Location: Cove Oregon

Lynch, Fraty Mrs. – Obituary

In Memoriam At the family residence seven miles north of Enterprise, in Wallowa County, Oregon, at 12 o’clock Saturday night May 13, 1899, Mrs. Fraty Lynch, beloved wife of Winnie Lynch, aged 21 years, 1 month and 19 days. The deceased was a daughter of our esteemed neighbors Mr. and Mrs. E.F. Peal and sister of Mrs. W.F. Alexander, Misses Mollie and May Peal and Dudley and Bennie Peal, all residing in the Cove. The remains of the deceased were brought to the home of her parents, arriving at six o’clock Monday evening, and the funeral took place Tuesday forenoon from the Baptist church, Rev. C.H. Holloan preaching the funeral sermon. The interment was in the Cove cemtery by the side of the only two children who had already passed away. Mrs. Lynch had long been a suffer from a lingering illness and death came as a relief from pain. She was a consistent member of the Baptist church and died in the hope of a blessed immortality beyond the grave. A large attendance at the funeral testified to the sympathy of friends with the bereaved husband and relatives. Cove Ledger Thursday May 18, 1899 In Memoriam     Written in memory of Mrs. Fratie Lynch who died May 13, 1899. Sleeping, Fratie dearest sleeping. Sleeping in thy grave so low, We will not forget thee Fratie Though they form be...

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Fisher, Guy – Obituary

Death Claims Guy Fisher Guy Fisher, of Lostine, a retired grain inspector for the USDA, passed away Thursday February 17, 1966 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital where he had been a patient for five days. He had been in failing health for the past year. He was the son of Hiram and Emma Fisher and was born November 27, 1892 in Cove. He was a veteran of WWI and belonged to St. John’s American Legion Post No. 98 of Portland. He had lived in Wallowa county about 35 years. On July 13, 1912 he was married at Enterprise to Anna Inez Graham, who died June 20, 1945. On July 28, 1958 he was married at LaGrande to Ida Wart who preceded him in death on January 6, 1963. He is survived by one son, Jesse, of Lostine, four sisters; Mrs. Landy (Nell) Ward of Enterprise, Mrs. Earnest (Stella) Colvin of Colfax, Wash., Mrs. Minnie Hodges and Mrs. John Eiffert, both of Spokane; one brother, Harry of Union; a step-son, Delbert Wart of Enterprise; nine grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday at 2 p.m. at the Bollman Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Earl Eyre officiating. Freda-Bobs Hall was organist and she and Melvin Crow sang “There’s A Wilderness In God’s Mercy”. Casket bearers were Bill Britton, Lloyd Chapman, Dee Magee, Vern Conrad, D.D. Denney, and Maurice Weaver, and...

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Fisher, James E. – Obituary

James Edward Fisher, 69, a farmer, died suddenly Monday evening at his home near Enterprise. Funeral services are being held today at 2 p.m. at the Bollman Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Boschee officiating. Burial will be in Enterprise cemetery. Fisher was born at Cove, October 13, 1889, son of Hiram and Emma Fisher. June 21, 1913 he was married at Enterprise to Vera Draper who survives him. Other survivors include two sons, Leland, of Beaverton and Wolfert, of Enterprise; three daughters, Mrs. Inez Varney and Mrs. Louina Sizemore, of Enterprise, and Mrs. Eunice Van Houten, of Union; four sisters, Mrs. Nell Ward, Enterprise; Mrs. Stella Colvin, Colfax, Wash.; Mrs. Minnie Hodges, Spokane and Mrs. Hazel Rusten, La Crosse, Wash., two brothers, Guy, Lostine and Harry, Union; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren. LaGrande Newspaper James Fisher Passes Suddenly At Home James Edward Fisher passed away suddenly at his home on Alder Slope Monday evening, March 9, 1959. He had gone out to throw down hay for the cattle. When he failed to return, his wife went to look for him and hound his body lying on the hay. Funeral services are being held this afternoon (Thursday) at 2 o’clock at the Bollman Funeral chapel with Rev. Al Boschee officiating. Mrs. A.L. Kintner will be organist and Kenneth E. Johnson will sing, “The Old Rugged Cross” and “In The...

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Fisher, J. H. Mrs. – Obituary

Mrs. J.H. Fisher Answers Call Funeral services conducted by Rev. E.L. Beem of the Christain church, were held at the chapel on Tuesday afternoon for Mrs. J.H. (Harvey) Fisher, who passed away at her home in Hurricane Creek on Sunday, Dec. 9, after an illness of only an hour. Music was by Mrs. Helen Kay and Mrs. Lois Best, who sang “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Abide with Me”. Pallbearers were Fred Himelwright, Tracy Puderbaugh, Willard Heskett, Albert Childers, Elmer Roup and J.O. Blume. Hattie Ellen Bloom was born Jan. 13, 1863, at Cove, and had spent her entire life of 82 years in eastern Oregon. She was united in marriage to J.H. Fisher August 15, 1884, at Union. They made their home in Union county for 20 years, coming to Wallowa county in 1904 and settling in the Leap county, where they lived for about 16 years before moving their present home. Mrs. Fisher was the first white child born at Cove. Mrs. Fisher was the mother of 11 children, one passing away in infancy. Surviving, besides the widower are sons; Willie of Salem; Harry of Spokane; Bruce of Enterprise; Frank at the family home; and Ira of Milton-Freewater, and daughters; Mrs. Frank Downing, Mrs. W.M. Downing and Mrs. John Stein of Enterprise, Mrs. W.R. Freudenberg of Prairie Creek, and Mrs. Julius Aleson of Joseph. There are also...

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Fisher, J.H. – Obituary

James Harvey Fisher was born Jan. 12, 1864, the son of David and Nancy Jane Fisher, at Tillamook, Oregon, and passed away Nov. 6, 1947, at the age of 83 years, 10 months. Mr. Fisher had been in failing health for two years and had been bedfast for 14 months. He was united in marriage to Hattie Ellen Bloom Aug. 15, 1884, at Cove. To this union were born 11 children. One child passed away in infancy. Surviving are sons; Frank of Joseph, Bruce of Enterprise, Ira of Milton, Harry of Spokane, Willie of Salem; daughters, Mrs. John Stein, Mrs. W.M. Downing and Mrs. Frank Downing of Enterprise, Mrs. W.R. Freudenberg and Mrs. Julius Aleson of Joseph; also 24 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. One sister, Mrs. Belle Buisck of Union, also survive. Mr. Fisher’s mother passed away when he was nine years old. He and his father and brother, Hyram, came to Wallowa county in the fall of 1875, spending the winter at the mouth of Whiskey Creek. They returned to Myrtle Creek the following summer, coming back to Union county in 1877 where they made their home until coming to Wallowa County in 1899. They lived in the Leap county until 1920 when they moved to Hurricane Creek where they made their home until Mrs. Fisher passed away Dec. 9, 1945. Since then Mr. Fisher had made his...

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Cole, Robert Lindford – Obituary

Robert Lindford Cole 1867 – 1950 Robert Lindford Cole was the son of Rev. William Person Cole Sr. AKA Wiley P. Cole and Catherine Lindord Misner Cole. In the early 1940’s the Enterprise Chieftain published articles concerning Wallowa County Pioneers still living in the area. At this time they interviewed Robert Cole and the following article was published as a result. It gives his complete history. Another Wallowa County resident who belongs in the ranks of the pioneers is Robert Lindord Cole of Enterprise who has resided in the county since 1880. Mr. Cole was born on May 5, 1867 in Johnson county, Nebraska, about then miles from the town of Tecumsch. His parents lived on a corn farm, which they had homesteaded in the early ’60’s. The lure of the West gripped them in the spring of 1880 and with four neighbor families they set out in a covered wagon for Walla Walla, Washington. The Cole family consisted of Robert’s parents and three brothers and one sister. The oldest boy was eighteen and Robert Cole the youngest of the boys, was 13. His sister was 11. The five-wagon train left Johnson county, Nebraska, on April 20, 1880. During most of the trip Robert walked behind the wagons carrying a double barreled shotgun with which he managed to shoot enough ducks, grouse, sage hens, and rabbits to keep all...

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Belden, Augustus A. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Augustus A. Belden, veteran of the Civil war, died at the home of his daughter at 6210 58 Ave., S.E. Portland, Oregon, September 5, 1921. He suffered from a stroke of paralysis over a year ago. Increasing weakness for four weeks caused from a fall resulted in capillary pneumonia, which was the immediate cause of his death. Mr. Belden came from a long line of English pioneers. His first ancestry traceable being Sir Francis Belden who landed in England with William the Conqueror and was knighted by him for bravery. The first families in this country were surveyors, laying out the town of Weatherfield, Conn., soon after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth. The immediate ancestor of Augustus Belden, also a surveyor, later laid out the town of Canaan, Conn., and his family was given the portion of the town adjoining Belden Street. Here Augustus Belden was born in 1837, the sixth child of Captain Harry Belden and Sarah Beebe Belden. In 1861 he enlisted with the Second Michigan cavalry and was in active service for four years, making out the payroll when the last of his company were mustered out in 1865. Surveying with the Union Pacific, employed on the first train which came over the new road, visiting our cities when they were little more than diagrams in the wilderness-always a pioneer. In 1874...

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Caudle, Harley Floyd – Obituary

Harley Floyd Caudle was born Dec. 23, 1904, in Lostine, and died on April 23, 1997, in Enterprise at the age of 92. Harley was the son of Berkley V. and Carrie Viola Hammack Caudle. As a youngster he attended Lostine school until the age of 10 when he left home to go to work. He then worked for his room and board, milking cows, doing farm chores and continuing to go to school. All his life he was close to the land and animals, especially horses, which he broke and rode until three years ago when he was forced by health problems to leave his beloved ranch and the 10 head of horses he still owned. Harley married Agnes Chapman on June 28, 1942, in Enterprise. When they were first married he worked for the Oregon State Highway Department in Union County. Harley and his father helped build the highway up Minam hill. Later, Harley plowed the first furrow for the road coming around the hill into Enterprise. During Harley’s life he lived in Cove, Union and Lostine. He was active in community affairs, serving as president of Wallowa County Stockgrowers, receiving the award for Grass man of the Year, and serving several terms on the Lostine school board and Wallowa County Rural school board. Harley was active in South fork Grange, Wallowa County Wranglers, and the Elks...

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Holmes, George H. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon George H. Holmes was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1855. In early childhood he crossed the plains with his parents to Bannock City, Montana. Later the family came to Walla Walla and in 1868 they located at Cove, which was his home until early manhood. Mr. Holmes was one of the earliest settlers of Wallowa County, residing here at a time when there were only thirteen families in the County. While still a young man, Mr. Holmes proved up on a homestead on Crow Creek, the same homestead being farmed by himself the summer previous to his death. At the time of the establishment of the Wallowa National Bank in 1889 he was associated with his brother in the bank. In 1891 he was united in marriage to Susie A. Zurcher and to this union was born four children, John L., Jean, Ruth and Charles. Besides the wife and children he is survived by three brothers, W.R. Holmes of Enterprise, T.J. Holmes of La Grande, E.A. Holmes of Portland, and one sister, Mrs. Adelaide McKennon of Clarksville, Arkansas. In 1892, on his father’s death the family moved to Cove, Oregon where he had charge of his father’s estate for a number of years. Returning to Enterprise in 1915 the family made their home in the city during the winter and on the ranch on Crow...

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McCormack, William – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Pioneer Settler in the Valley Dead William McCormack First Permanent resident, Expires Suddenly William McCormack, the first settler in the Wallowa valley, died last Friday morning in his home on Alder Slope. He had not been robust for some time, but retired Thursday night in seemingly normal health. At 2 o’clock Friday morning, other members of the family heard groans coming from his room. He was found apparently suffering great pain although scarcely conscious. When a physician arrived, after being called in haste from Enterprise, the pioneer was dead. He never regained consciousness after the family was awakened. For some time Mr. McCormack had been suffering from rupture. This did not, however, prevent him from taking an active part in the management of his farm. He was in Enterprise a day or so before his death. Thursday afternoon he helped put up a hayrack on a wagon, and, it is supposed, strained himself. The internal injuries then suffered are believed to have precipitated his death. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon in the Friends church; Alder Rev. W.P. Samms preached the sermon to a very large gathering of Wallowa county pioneers. Burial was in the Alder cemetery, almost in sight of the spot where, in 1872, Mr. McCormack built his log cabin that marked the beginning of permanent settlement in this valley. Mr. McCormack was...

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Turnbow, Charles E. – Obituary

Joseph, Wallowa County, Oregon Charles E. Turnbow Succumbs at Joseph Charles E. Turnbow passed away yesterday, Dec. 29, 1937, in Joseph. He had been in very poor health for years, although his age was only 62 years, five months and 17 days. Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in the Christian Church at Joseph and burial will be in Prairie Creek cemetery. Mr. Turnbow was born in Cove July 12, 1875 and came to the upper Wallowa valley as a young man. He was married to Guylla Kutch in 1898 and they separated later and she passed away in March, 1937. Three children survive this union, John Turnbow, Mrs. Nellie Neiman of Joseph and Mrs. Daisy Marti of Cambridge, Idaho, and there are 11 grandchildren. Mr. Turnbow was married a second time to Cora Roark and they lived in Colorado several years and she died in that state about four years ago. Mr. Turnbow was married again, to Mary Bowen, in August, 1936, in Colorado, and she survives him. He also left ten brothers and sisters: William of Elgin, Rue of Walla Walla, Roe, Frank, Jess and Delbert of La Grande, Sam of Klamath falls, Mrs. Ella McMillan and Mrs. Nancy Drumsmith and Mrs. Elizabeth Shuey of La Grande. Mr. Turnbow lived in Enterprise a time and had a livery stable. Then he lived on Prairie...

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Ownbey, Jesse – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Jesse Ownbey Came To Oregon In 1845 Pioneer Who Died Recently Took a Homestead North of Enterprise Jesse Ownbey, whose funeral was held in Cove, August 27, was one of the historical band of pioneers to cross the plains even before the “days of 49.’ Which started the gold seekers in their mad rush for California. He first crossed the plains in 1845, then being 21 years old. He was born in Buckhannon County, Missouri, July 10, 1824. After his first trip to Oregon he remained in the far west for two years, returning to the eastern states in 1847 by the way of Panama. In December of that year he was married to Elizabeth C. Jasper. The lure of the west was too great, and in the following spring he again set out on the journey over the plains, his bride remaining back in Missouri. A second time he returned east by the way of isthmus. On his third trip across the continent he was accompanied by his wife, in 1851, and from that year until his death at Pendleton, August 25, he remained a resident of this state. At first, Mr. Ownbey lived in the Willamette valley near Corvallis. He sold his interests there in 1864 and then moved into Eastern Oregon wilderness, locating in the Grand Ronde valley, in the old settlement...

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Tulley, E.H. – Obituary

Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon E.H. Tulley Dies; Pioneer of 1873 One Of First Settlers In The County And Always A Leading Citizen Erasmus H. Tulley, one of the four first settlers in the lower part of the county, died Tuesday, October 19, 1920, at his home in Wallowa. The funeral was held yesterday afternoon at the home and burial was in the Wallowa cemetery. Mr. Tulley had been in good health until three weeks before he passed away. With his brother, James Tulley, and W.W. White, now of Enterprise, and James Masterson of Elgin, E.H. Tulley came from Union County in 1873 and the four settled in the middle valley. They were identified with all the early life of the pioneer days of the community, taking an active part in the dealings of the settlers with the Indians. One incident has been told often of Mr. Tulley and his friends, and it shows the courage and character of these men who at the very beginning stamped their impress on the community. Several reckless white men brought a quantity of whiskey into the county, intending to sell it to the Indians. Knowing that trouble would result if the Indians were permitted to get drunk, the middle valley settlers hunted up the renegades, raided their camp and emptied the liquor into the stream nearby. Thus Whiskey Creek received its name. Mr.,...

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Haggerty, Arthur – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Last Rites Held For Art Haggerty. Memorial services were held from the Booth-Bollman Funeral chapel Monday, February 11 at 3:00 p.m., for Arthur C. Haggerty, who passed away at the Wallowa Memorial Hospital Thursday, February 7, following an illness of short duration. Rev. John Munsey officiated with Mrs. George Swanson of Wallowa singing “In The Garden” and “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere”. Mrs. Garnet Best was at the organist. Pall bearers were: Fred Wagner, Ervan Witty, Ed Long, W.M. White, Wayne Reece and Claude Rennie. Vault internment was in the Enterprise cemetery. Arthur C. Haggerty was born October 31, 1887 at Cove, Oregon, the son of Leverett Haggerty and Celestial Etna, and for the past 55 years had been a resident of Wallowa County. June 15, 1915 he was united in marriage to Nettie Beem of Enterprise, and since that time the couple had engaged in farming near Enterprise. Survivors include his wife, Nettie; son, Vaughn; daughter, Mrs. Leonard (Eloise) Cornwell of Enterprise; one brother, A. W. Haggerty of Enterprise; four sisters, Lottie Bullock, of Lewiston, Idaho; Eva Varnadoe of Nampa, Idaho; Alta Weathers of Enterprise; Pearl Smith of Portland; and 1 granddaughter, Judy Cornwell. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, Feb. 14, 1957, Front Page Contributed by: Sue...

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Renfrow, Mary A. Wright Mrs. – Obituary

Services Held For Mary Renfrow Memorial services for Mary A. Renfrow sho passed away Thursday, December 4, 1958 in Forest Grove, where conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. by the Bollman Funeral Home from the Enterprise Church. The Rev. Al Boschee officiated, and Mrs. Don Kooch was organist. Mrs. Al Boschee and Mrs. Delbert Pratt sang “In The Garden” and “The Old Rugged Cross.” Casket bearers were: A.J. Oliver, Oscar Maxwell, James Fleet, Therval Gray, Hubert Johnson, Roy Carper, and vault entombment was in the Enterprise Cemetery. Mrs. Renfrow was the daughter of Jackson and Malinda Wright and was born January 31, 1869 at Myrtle Creek. In 1886 she was married in Lower Cove to Edward Renfrow who preceded her in death in 1936. She had been a resident of Wallowa county for 32 years, moving to Forest Grove a few years ago. She was a member of the Christian Church. She is survived by five sons: Frank, Wallowa; Earl James, Riverbank, California; Ernest Ray, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada; Willis Dale, Sandpoint, Idaho; and Elmer, Coldale, Alberta, Canada; three daughters: Mrs. Eli (Clara) May, La Grande; Miss Edna M. Renfrow, Portland; and Mrs. Ella Johnson, Forest Grove. She also leaves two brothers: Frank Wright, Fontana, California; Willie Wright, Cove; a sister, Mrs. Ellen Green, Bend; 21 grandchildren; and 35 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, December 11,...

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