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John W. Womack was taken ill with pneumonia a few days ago and passed on October 20, 1921 at the age of 72 years, 3 months and 4 days.
John William Womack was born in Illinois, July 16, 1849. While still a boy he went to Missouri and came from there to Oregon in 1875. A year later he came to Wallowa County taking up a homestead one mile southwest of the present town of Wallowa in 1877.
He married Martha Jane Thompson in October, 1881, who preceded him to her heavenly home March 27, 1907. He leaves behind to mourn his loss eight children and 17 grandchildren. His children are. Mrs. Pearl Richards, Cove; Mrs. Fannie Gillaspey, Minam; Mrs. Berthe Mink, Joseph; Henry of Ferdinand, Idaho; William, Marion, and Osborne of Wallowa, and Johnnie, whose present address is unknown.
Not dead, oh no, only asleep—resting after his three score and ten years here. Behind the storm clouds always lurks the rainbow. Darkness precedes the dawning and out of the blackness of night comes the sunshine and joy of the day. He is gone! Another name is stricken from the ever-lessening roll of pioneers. One by one, those who have helped to lay the foundations of our present life today are passing away from us to their reward. Gone, but not forgotten.
Internment was made in the Lostine cemetery last Saturday, the 22nd, services being conducted at the grave by Rev. Mr. Feese, of the M.E. Church at Wallowa.
Permission is from The Wallowa Sun, Wallowa County, Oregon, Thursday, October 27, 1921.
Transcribed by: Gary Jaensch