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Joseph Arthur Devore was born at Boone, Iowa, July 9, 1850, and died at the home of his son Ray in Union, Oregon, August 20, 1927. He was married to Lucinda Ann Shafer at Cherokee, Iowa, in the year 1874.
To this union nine children were born, Viola, Mae, James, Bert, ray, Arthur, Charles and Clarence Devore. His wife preceded him to the great beyond three years ago, Jan 6, 1924. One daughter, Viola, died at the age of 3 years. His daughter Mae Mason and son William Devore passed away during the war flu epidemic.
He leaves to mourn his loss six sons-Clarence Devore, of Lawton, Oklahoma; James, Charles, Arthur and Ray Devore, of Union, Oregon; one grandchild, Arthur Devore, son of William Devore, was drowned at Globe, Arizona, at the age of 12 years. Fourteen grandchildren survive, Flo, Floyd and Alvin Mason, of Richland, Oregon; Dr. C. C. Mason of Baker, Oregon; Harry Mason, of La Grande, Mrs. Veta Hulick of Keating, Oregon; Fay, Robert and Lester Devore, of Baker; Norma Devore of Lawton , Oklahoma; Ruby, Reta, Gordon and Max Devore, of Union. Two great grand children, Norman Hulick of Keating and Elsie Mason, of La Grande. With the exception of one son, Clarence Devore and wife and two great grand children and two grand children, all were present for the funeral. Five nieces were also present for the funeral. Mrs. Rose Doaring, Mrs. Minnie Watson, Mrs. Dora Puckett, Mrs. Florence McKennis and Mrs. Etta Dennison.
Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Devore came to Puget Sound, Washington, from Iowa in 1864, and from there they moved to the Grande Ronde Valley in the year 1896. With the exception of three years spent at Richland, Oregon, they have resided in the vicinity of Union and Cove for the last 31 years, up until the time of passing away. Interment in the Union cemetery.
Those attending the Devore funeral from outside points were Bert Devore and Mrs. Al Puckett of Cove, Mrs. Rose Doaring, Mr. and Mrs. James McKennis, Mr. and Mrs. Al Watson, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Dennes and son, of Imbler; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Mason and family of Richland; Harry Mason and wife and Robert Mason, of La Grande; Dr. C.C. Mason, of Baker; Robert and Fay Devore of Baker.
Contributed by: Larry Rader