Laid To Rest
James Lafayette Hammack was born Oct. 18, 1860 in Wayne County, Iowa, and passed away at Lostine June 13, 1948. He crossed the plains with his parents in 1865, first to Yamhill County, and later to Summerville in Union County, where he lived until he was a young man. He then moved to Wallowa County where he had since made his home except from 1915 until 1928 when he lived in Hermiston, Oregon.
He was united in marriage to Sarah A. Allen April 11, 1886. She passed away October 2, 1903. He was married on November 16, 1913, to Jessie May Robinson, who survives.
He is also survived by an adopted daughter, Mrs. Laura Bales of Ellensburg, Wash.; five sisters, Mrs. Josie King of Ashland, Mrs. Emma Gastin of Wallowa, Mrs. Effie Cook, Mrs. Carrie Caudle and Mrs. Hattie Leonard all of Lostine; two stepsons, Dwight Purinton of Troy and Dan Robinson of Coulee City, Wash., and two step-daughters, Mrs. Gertie Thompson and Mrs. Bessie Wilson of Lostine, and many other relatives and friends.
He united in 1930 with the Assembly of God church which he served faithfully. Funeral services were held in the Christian church Tuesday with Dick Johnston, pastor of the Wallowa Assembly of God church, in charge. Mr. and Mrs. M. Crow, Kate Page, Ella McArtor and Melvin Crow sang “When I’ve Gone the Last Mile of the Way,” “When They Ring Those Golden Bells” and “In the Sweet Bye and Bye,” accompanied by Frieda Smith at the piano. Pall bearers were Wm. Mullen, Chas. Page, Fred Asher, S. M. Crow, Walter Quesenberry and Earl Ollis.
Contributed by: Sue Wells
Wallowa County Chieftain, June 17, 1948, Front Page