Location: Elgin Oregon

Beam, Delilah Mrs. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Pioneer Mother Answers Call Mrs. Delilah Beem passed away at the Wallowa county hospital Fe. 29,1948. Delilah Ellen Troy, daughter of David and Ellen Troy, was born at Elgin, Ore., July 4, 1873. She was united in marriage to John A. Logan Beem on Nov. 13, 1891, and to this union eight children were born, four of whom preceded her in death. Mrs. Beem spent her early childhood in and near Elgin and grew to young womanhood there. When she married she moved with Mr. Beem to his homestead on Trout Creek near Enterprise where they lived for 11 years and where four of their children were born. Because of her physical condition she spent the last several years of her life with her youngest son. She leaves to mourn her loss four children, Verdi Hug of Summerville: Dorothy Holmsback of Toledo, Ore., Edwin L. Beam of Enterprise, and Delphia Hunt of Portland; 20 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, other relatives and numerous friends. Mrs. Beem was a member of the Christian church and a faithful Christian. She will be remembered by her family as a loving mother and by her friends as a good neighbor and friend. Services were held at the Church of Christ at Elgin Wednesday. Rev. O.W. Jones of Wallowa assisted by Rev. Earl Rogers, Pastor of the Nazarene church at Enterprise, had...

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Johnson, Mabel Frances Field Mrs. – Obituary

Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon Mabel Johnson Dies at Hospital Mrs. Mabel Frances Johnson of Wallowa passed away at the Wallowa Memorial on Sunday, May 23, 1971, following several months of failing health. She was born July 5, 1897 at Elgin, daughter of William C. and Nanny Field, and had lived in Wallowa county most of her life. She was married in Wallowa in May of 1913 to Charley Johnson who passed away on October 12, 1939. She was a member of the Church of Christ of Wallowa. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Jim (Viola) Frazier of Bates, Mrs. Raymond (Geneva) Werst of Wallowa and Mrs. Truman (LaVern) Frazier of Baker; four sons, Jesse of Riverside, California, and James M., Robert I., and Aldon E., all of Wallowa; three sisters, Mary Rogers of Junction City, Matilda Johnson of Wallowa, and Edna Case of Tenino, Washington; and 25 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Memorial services were conducted yesterday (Wednesday) at 2 p.m. by the Bollman Funeral Home at the Church of Christ in Wallowa, with Don W. Coles of La Grande officiating. A quartet, Wallace and Opal Pruitt and Glen and Viola Henry, sang “Beautiful Isle Of Somewhere”, “In The Garden” and “Under His Wings.” Casket bearers, all grandsons of the deceased, were Jack, Dean, and Gene Werst, Bill, Michael K,. Timothy E., Jim and Bob Frazier, and Charles, Michael, Ronnie and...

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Shelton, Mack C. – Obituary

Mack C. Shelton Passes To Rest Mack C. Shelton was born in Dallas County, Iowa on February 25, 1885. He crossed the plains with his parents in 1862, coming first to Willamette valley. In 1873 he came to Union county and purchased a quarter section of land two and one-half miles northwest of Elgin in 1878. While he lived in this vicinity he was engaged in farming and stock-raising. He was married to Miss DeLilah Long September 21, 1874. To this union were born eleven children and two passed away in infancy. His wife passed away July 18,1900. He then sold his property and moved to the Grande Ronde river near Anatone, Washington, where he was engaged in the sheep business for a number of years. Later he purchased a place near Paradise, where he spent his remaining years. He was married to Bernice Hays on November 16, 1918. He passed away at his home on December 24, 1937, at the age of 82 years, 9 months and 29 days. He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife; one brother, Haratio Shelton of Ellensburg, Washington; two sisters, Maggie Fine of Walla Walla, Washington, and Alice Bowman of Richland and nine children; Mrs. Lula Griffith of Grand Junction, Colorado; Mrs. Estella Goble, Medical Springs; Mrs. Blanche Ryland, Hermiston; Mrs. Verda Gray, Alicel; Chesley Shelton, Wallowa; Mrs. Rosa Norton, Baley; Lawrence...

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Duncan W. R. Mrs. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Mrs. W. R. Duncan Dies Suddenly Mrs. W.R. Duncan, who with her husband lived north of Enterprise, passed away suddenly in La Grande Friday, December 5, 1958. Mrs. Duncan was the former Myrtle Cummins and was born May 19, 1895 in Elgin, daughter of John and Amelia Cummins. She had lived in Wallowa county for the past 26 years. Her survivors include her husband, Welford R. Duncan; a son, Welford R. (Bob) Duncan Jr., who also lives north of Enterprise; four grandchildren; and two brothers: Dee Cummins, Roseburg; and Orvan Cummins, Pendleton and five sisters: Mrs. Eva Spikes, Mrs. Auda Williams, and Mrs. Thelma Sherwood, all of elgin: Mrs. Lela Lockhart, Oxford, Nova Scotia; and Mrs. Katherine Dickenson, Medford. Services were held at the Snodgrass Chapel in La Grande with Elder Atterberry officiating. Burial was in the Elgin cemetery. Pall bearers were: John Nelson, Gerald Harmon and Eugene Gastin of Enterprise and Myron Chandler, Louie Hale and Frank Keller of Elgin. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, December 11, 1958 Contributed by: Sue Wells Transcribed by: Belva...

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Duncan, W.R. Mrs. – Obituary

Mrs. W.R. Duncan, who with her husband lived north of Enterprise, passed away suddenly in La Grande Friday, December 5, 1958. Mrs. Duncan was the former Myrtle Cummins and was born May 19, 1895 in Elgin, daughter of John and Amelia Cummins. She had lived in Wallowa County for the past 26 years. Her survivors include her husband, Welford R. Duncan; a son, Welford R. (Bob) Duncan Jr., who also lives north of Enterprise; four grandchildren; and two brothers: Dee Cummins, Roseburg; and Orvan Cummins, Pendleton and five sisters: Mrs. Eva Spikes, Mrs. Auda Williams and Mrs. Thelma Sherwood, all of Elgin: Mrs. Lela Lockhart, Oxford, Nova Scotia; and Mrs. Katherine Dickenson, Medford. Services were held at the Snodgrass Chapel in La Grande with Elder Atterberry officiating. Burial was in the Elgin cemetery. Pall bearers were: John Nelson, Gerald Harmon and Eugene Gastin of Enterprise and Myron Chandler, Louis Hale and Frank Keller of Elgin. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, December 11, 1958 Contributed by: Sue...

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Knight, Ralph – Obituary

Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon Ralph Knight died October 19, 1987 at St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Washington. He was 80. Ralph was born January 30, 1907 at Elgin, the son of Bill and Mary Troy Knight. He grew up on Eden Bench. On April 10, 1926 he married Bernice S. Catherine Scott in Wallowa. Ralph was a farmer, and farmed in the Promise Powwatka area. Survivors include sons, Leonard and Ted Knight of Wallowa, and Jack Knight, Kamiah, Idaho; daughter, Ruby Berry, Wallowa; sister, Eunice, brother, Ray Knight, La Grande; 13 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife on September 8.1973, and a son, Herb. Funeral services were held at the Wallowa Methodist Church on Saturday, October 24, with Lester Wells officiating. Music was provided by Fred Bornstedt. Pallbearers were Talbert Bennett, Lynn Clary, Bruce Arbogast, John Magee, Florian DeGene, and John Burns. Interment was in the Lostine Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, in care of the Bollman Funeral Home in Enterprise. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, October 29, 1987 page 2 Contributed by: Sue Wells Transcribed by: Belva...

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Hotchkiss, Florence Wheeler Mrs. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Mrs. Hotchkiss Dead Wife of Well-known Stock Buyer Answers the Last Summons. Mrs. M. E. Hotchkiss died at her home in Enterprise Friday morning after an illness of over 13 weeks. The body was taken to Elgin Saturday morning and the funeral was held at Elgin Sunday afternoon under the auspices of the Rathbone Sisters’ lodge of that city. Florence Wheeler was born in Tellico, Texas, January 9, 1876, and was at the time of her death, 31 years, 11 months, and 13 days of age. In 1887, in the company with her parents she came to Elgin, Oregon where they arrived on the first day of March. They settled near Elgin and the next few years were spent in that vicinity. She was married M.E. Hotchkiss and for 12 years lived in Elgin where she enjoyed the esteem of every one in the community: a little over a year ago they move to Enterprise where they have since resided. During the past three months, Mrs. Hotchkiss has been quite ill and during that time has won the admiration of all by her fortitude and cheerfulness. The best of medical skill availed nothing and death, the only relief, arrived at length and set the sufferer free. She leaves three little daughters; Irma, aged 12; Iolyn, aged 9; and the baby, Florence, aged three months; a...

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Wilson, Sidney Gene – Obituary

Minam, Oregon High School Youth Dies at Elgin Sidney Gene Wilson, 17-year-old Elgin high school junior, passed away August 1. He was the son of Fonzy Wilson of Minam and a brother of Esley Wilson of Elgin, with whom he made his home; two sisters, Bethel Crogan and Jessie Wilson McDowell of Elgin; a brother, Richard of Elgin, and a half-brother Willard Young stationed in Japan. Funeral services were held Monday at the Nazarene church in Elgin and interment was in the Elgin cemetery. Wallowa County Chieftain, Thursday, Front Page, August 7,...

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Williams, Stephen Ray – Obituary

Wallowa, Oregon Stephen Ray Williams Stephen Ray Williams of Elgin, 26, died at the University of Oregon Hospital in Portland on Saturday July 12, 1980, of injuries he received in a one-car accident just west of Enterprise on July 4. He was a resident of Wallowa most of his life. He was born in La Grande on July 28, 1953, the son of Fred and Myrtle Williams. In 1957, he moved with his family to Wallowa, where he lived until approximately seven years ago. On August 31, 1973, he was married to Linda Cameron in Elgin. He was a log truck driver by occupation, and was a member of the Christian Church. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 17 (today) at Bramlett Memorial Cemetery, Wallowa, where he will be interred. Bill Miller of Elgin will officiate. Bollman Funeral Home is in change of all arrangements. Survivors include his wife, Linda, one son, Andy Williams, and two daughters, Kristy Taylor and Erica Williams, all of Elgin; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Williams, Wallowa; two sisters, Mrs. Bob (Cherry) Taylor of Union and Mrs. Steve (Vickie) Hocker, La Grande; a grandmother, Mrs. Josephine Graf, Wallowa; a grandfather, George Gilmore, Portland; and other relatives. Those who wish may contribute to his memory to the University of Oregon Health Science Center, care of Bollman Funeral Home, Enterprise. Wallowa...

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Warnock, Tasy, Mrs. – Obituary

Flora, Oregon Mrs. Tasy Warnock Laid To Rest Mrs. Tasy Warnock passed away at the Wallowa County Hospital on March 21, after a lingering illness. Tasy Wright, daughter of James and Sarah Wright, pioneers of this county, was born at Cove, Oregon, September 28, 1872, and that same year her parents moved to Wallowa County, then a part of Union County. When Tasy was about three years old, due to Indian trouble in the county her parents moved back to Indian Valley where the town of Elgin now stands, and lived there for a few years, returning later to this county, where Mr. Wright took a homestead near Joseph. On December 16, 1902, Tasy Wright was united in marriage to Samuel B. Warnock, and four days later they went to the groom’s homestead on Day Ridge, which was her home until Mr. Warnock’s death in 1927. Here their three children were born: Mary C., Ruth W. and one son who was born and died Oct. 9, 1909. Since the death of her husband, Mrs. Warnock had made her home with her daughters, the last six years having been spent with her younger daughter, Mrs. Richman. Besides her daughters, Mrs. Mary C. Johnson of Portland and Mrs. Ruth Richman of Troy, she is survived by one grandson, Keith Richman, by three sisters, Lulu Henderson of Joseph, Margaret Ownbey of Enterprise...

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Babb, Frances Elaine Breshears – Obituary

Wallowa, Oregon Frances Elaine Breshears Babb, 96, of Eugene, died April 4, 2004. She was born April 8, 1907, in Elgin to William and Margaret (Eckley) Breshears. Mrs. Babb grew up in the Wallowa, Vincent and Rondowea areas and graduated from Lostine High School. She worked for M. Crow and Company in Lostine for a time. She married Avon Dale Babb in 1926 and lived in the Eugene area for the last 79 years. Her interests included vegetable and flower gardening, crossword puzzles, University of Oregon football and basketball, and travel. She enjoyed family and friends and was well known for her sense of humor and her memory for facts, figures, people and places. Survivors include daughters Frances Latone of Chicago, Donna Brown of Portland, and Nancy Gilmore of Eugene; sons Alan and Lee Babb, both of Eugene; 20 grandchildren; and 26 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1986, and a daughter, Rebecca, in 1984. Memorial services took place April 7, 2004, at the Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene. Memorial contributions may be made to the Assistance League of Eugene. Wallowa County Chieftain, Thursday, April 22, 2004 Contributed by Dixie Ricker Note: Additional obits can be found in the April 6, 2004 edition of the Register Guard, Eugene, Oregon and the April 10, 2004 edition of the Observer, LaGrande,...

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Cowan, Lois – Obituary

Wallowa, Oregon Lois Cowan of Wallowa died May 17, 2006, at the Wallowa Memorial Hospital after a short illness. She was 94. Mrs. Cowan was born Jan. 31, 1912, in Elgin to James Elvis and Bertha Witty Witherspoon. She grew up on the family farm on Cricket Flat and attended the Hindman Country School. She graduated from Elgin High School in 1931. After graduating, Lois worked as a telephone operator and a clerk in a grocery store. On June 26, 1938, she married Carl Raymond Cowan in Elgin. They lived in Baker City, Sumpter, La Grande and Elgin before moving to Wallowa in 1944. Raymond Cowan was the fire warden and Mrs. Cowan the dispatcher for the Oregon State Dept. of Forestry. She was also an aerial observer for bomber planes during the Korean War. Mrs. Cowan worked with the Wallowa School hot lunch program for many years. She volunteered at the Wallowa senior meal site and at the Wallowa food bank. She was a board member of the Friends of the Wallowa City Library, was a 4-H sewing leader, and worked on the Wallowa County Election Board for many years. In the early 1970’s the Cowans owned and operated the Elgin Playland Roller Skating Rink for several years. Mrs. Cowan loved gardening and preserving food. She also enjoyed sewing and music. She played the piano and violin in...

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Cross, Lauretta – Obituary

Lauretta Cross, of Milton-Freewater and a former resident of Wallowa County, died July 9, 2007, at Walla Walla General Hospital in Walla Walla, Wash. She was 85. Mrs. Cross was born June 19,1922, in La Grande to James Everett and Etta Rebecca Berg Rachau. The family resided on Pumpkin Ridge, outside of Elgin. They later moved to Minam, where Mrs. Cross attended school through the second grade. In 1930, the family moved to Onalaska, Wash., where she finished her schooling, graduating from the eighth grade twice. Her father didn’t believe in higher education for women. She married young and had three children, then divorced and worked in restaurants and the shipyard in Portland, during the war. She moved back to La Grande for a time and in 1956, moved to Everett, Wash. to work, and there she met Jerry Cross at a telephone company picnic. They were married Jan. 31, 1959, in Vancouver, Wash. In 1966, the family moved to Enterprise, when Mr. Cross was transferred with the phone company. Mrs. Cross was a homemaker and worked part time. In the late 1960’s, she joined the VFW Auxiliary #4307, and was very active for many years. She was a past president of the auxiliary, and later became a lifetime member. She was a talented and creative seamstress, making clothes and craft items. She loved gardening and had a beautiful...

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Allen, Ella L. – Obituary

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, Feb. 28, 1991, at 2 p.m. at Bollman Funeral Home for Ella L. Allen. Burial will follow in the Lostine Cemetery. Miss Allen died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 1991, at a Gresham nursing center from causes related to age. She was 93. She was born near Lostine, on Jan. 30, 1898, the youngest child of Wallowa County pioneer parents, William H, and Annie B. Allen. She was a graduate of Lostine High School and Oregon State University (then Oregon Agriculture College) in 1921. She taught home economics in Joseph, Wallowa and Elgin and in Tenino, and Redmond, Ore., and White Salmon and Camas Washington high schools. During World War II she took a leave of absence from teaching to work with the YWCA as director of United Service Organizations in Wilmington, California and Tacoma, Wash. She was a life-long member of the Christian Church. Her greatest interests and pleasures came from her family, her career and her church. She is survived by five nephews and seven nieces, numerous great- and great-great-nieces and nephews and friends. Miss Allen was the great-aunt of Joe Spence, Willis Bailey and Lois Blankinship, all of Enterprise. She was preceded in death by her parents, seven brothers and three sisters. The family suggests remembrances may be contributions to a charity of one’s choice. Wallowa County Chieftain Transcribed by Dixie...

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Barlow, Leonard Jay – Obituary

Elgin, Union County, Oregon Retired Lumberman, Passes Leonard Jay Barlow of Elgin, age 61, and a retired lumberman died at a local hospital Aug. 28. Funeral services where held Aug. 30 at 2 p.m. at the Christian Church in Elgin with Rev. Ed Liggett officiating. Interment was at the Island City Cemetery. Crippen and Daniels Chapel had charge of arrangements. Mr. Barlow was born in Tacoma, Wn., on Oct . 24, 1904 and had been a resident of Elgin for 30 years. He was a member of the Lumber and Sawmill Workers Union No. 2780, and the Baptist Church. Survivors include three sons: Cecil O. Of Elgin, William of Klamath Falls and Frederick J. of Visalia Calif.; two daughters, Mary Twitchdell, La Grande and Edna May Miller of Fairbanks, Alaska; two brothers, Carl of Los Angeles, Calif., and (info missing) The Recorder September 1, 1966 Contributed by: Larry...

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