Location: Island City Oregon

Grimmet, John G. – Obituary

May 22d, 1878 near Island City of Diptheria, JOHN G. Grimmet son of G.A. Grimmet, aged 7 years and one day. The parents, brothers and sisters are sad in their bereavement, but let them not mourn for the departed as dead, he has only passed. Mountain Sentinel, Saturday June 15,...

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McCall, John – Obituary

Another Pioneer Gone John McCall John McCall, one of the well known citizens of the county, died at his home in Island City Monday afternoon quite suddenly. He had been attending to his usual business duties until about the middle of the afternoon, when he was taken suddenly ill. Dr. Militor was summoned from La Grande but was unable to afford any permanent relief and the patient died about 4 o’clock p.m. Deceased was among the early settlers of the county and was quite well known to most all the old timers of this and Wallowa counties. The funeral occurred at Island City Wednesday. Elgin Reporter Friday November 6,...

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Kiddle, E. E. – Obituary

Island City, Union County, Oregon E. E. Kiddle Died Tuesday Morning State highway commissioner Edward E. Kiddle died suddenly at his home in Island City at 4:30 o’clock Tuesday morning of this week. Death was due to acute indigestion and neuralgia of the heart. Mr. Kiddle was one of the best known men in Oregon, having represented Union and Wallowa counties in the state senate and since the death of highway commissioner Burgess, he has served by appointment of Governor Olcott as a member of the state highway commission. He had returned from the national capital where he had been in conference with highway commissioners from different states only a few days before his death. Mr. Kiddle was a native of Illinois, born at Warren in 1862. He was married to Miss Emma Walling at Hamilton, Mo., in 1884 and came to Oregon two years later. Settling at Union he engaged in the milling business. Later he removed to Island City and has since been one of the firm of a milling company at that place. Two sons, two daughters and the widow are the immediate surviving relatives. Funeral services were held at Island City Thursday afternoon and interment was in the cemetery at that town. North Powder News Saturday, January 1,...

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Kiddle, Jessie Mrs. – Obituary

Island City, Union County, Oregon Mrs. Merton W. Kiddle of Island City, died suddenly Monday morning at her home. The funeral was held Wednesday and interment was in the Island City Cemetery. Mrs. Kiddle was formerly Miss Jessie Wade and she was born near Summerville in 1885. Her parents were among the first settlers in Grande Ronde valley. Besides her husband she is survived by two daughters aged eleven and twelve years. Mrs. Kiddle was a member of the Christian Science Church. North Powder News Saturday, February 26,...

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Hail, Fielding W. – Obituary

Aged Man Victim La Grande Auto Crash La Grande, Dec. 20. Fielding W. Hail, 68 years of age, was killed early this morning when a car driven by Ray Billups, of Walla Walla, left the road near Island City and overturned. Mr. Hail, who occupied the back seat, was thrown from the car, the crash fracturing his skull and causing internal injuries. He was dead when found about half an hour after the accident. Mr. Billups and a companion, Lee Dunham, escaped with only minor bruises and scratches. They are being held on an open charge. According to reports received by Dick Robertson, state traffic officer, who investigated the accident, the car was coming toward La Grande about 12:40 a.m. and failed to make the curve in the La Grande-Wallowa Lake highway just the other side of the bridge near Island City. The machine shattered a mail box and then somersaulted, landing from which it came. It is almost a total wreck. The two men in the front seat were thrown into the river and made their way to safety. George McDonald who was near the scene, saw the lights of the car disappear and went to investigate, finding Mr. Billups and Mr. Dunham. The three made a brief search for Mr. Hail but, not finding him, they came to La Grande. Face In Water  Mr. McDonald then returned...

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Humphrey, Lee – Obituary

Island City, Union County, Oregon Lee Humphrey Passed Away William Lee Humphrey died last night at the Grande Ronde hospital, where he has been the past few weeks. The deceased was 65 years of age. On account of a severe accident a few years ago, Mr. Humphrey has been an invalid the most of the time and his trouble was further intensified over the loss of his wife, Mrs. Alabama Humphrey years ago. There were no children. He was a nephew of the late John A. Childers and Mrs. Chas. Golden is a cousin. He had many friends among whom he will be greatly missed The funeral will be held at the Odd Fellows hall at Island City, at 2:00 o’clock tomorrow afternoon. Ensign Ollie [Olive] Childers will preach the funeral sermon. La Grande Evening Observer Wednesday April 3, 1918 Front Page Contributed by: Tom...

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Humphrey, Lee Mrs. – Obituary

Island City, Union County, Oregon Funeral Set For Thursday Body Of Late Pioneer Buried Tomorrow Island City Church and Cemetery Is Place of Services The Rebekah lodge of this city is preparing to attend the funeral of the late Mrs. Lee Humphrey of Island City, in a body tomorrow afternoon. The noble grand, Mrs. Clapp, has issued a call to all members to be present at the hall at 1 o’clock tomorrow at which time conveyances will be supplied to take them to the funeral. The funeral services will be held at the church in Island City tomorrow at 2 o’clock, Olive Childers presiding. Interment will be made in the Island City cemetery. Zophrania Alabama Parker was born in Carlton, Mo. in 1868. In 1899 she came to Baker and was there met and married to Lee Humphrey. They came at once to La Grande and for a number of years farmed in this vicinity. For the past six or seven years they have had a comfortable home in Island City. Mrs. Humphrey was a talented woman, and the walls of her home carry mute testimony of her skill with the brush. She was accomplished in many ways. For the past decade she has been troubled with diabetes and it was that disease that drove her to her bed a week ago and yesterday claimed it reward. The death...

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Halley, Sarah C. Mrs. – Obituary

Island City, Union County, Oregon The death of Mrs. Sarah C. Halley occurred at her home in Island City Wednesday, February 8, 1905. Death was due from paralysis. The funeral services, conducted by Rev. Gillilan, were held in the Island City church Friday and were attended by a large concourse of friends. Sarah C. Halley was born at Laplata, Macon County, Mo., October 4, 1857, aged 47 years, 4 months and 8 days. She was converted at the age of 12 years and became a member of the Protestant Methodist church and led a consistent life and during her illness she expressed strong faith in her Saviour and often during her illness was heard expressing her desire to be taken home and the end was very quiet and peaceful. Her friends were many and will all miss dear Aunt Kate, who was well known throughout Union and Wallowa counties, and loved by all. She leaves numerous relatives to mourn her loss among them being “Grandma” Henderson and Sons J.H. and Chas. of this city. Elgin Recorder Friday February 10,...

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Staple, Eugene – Obituary

Island City, Union County, Oregon A very deplorable accident occurred at Island City Monday morning resulting in the death of Eugene, the eight year old son of Mr. and Mrs. E.P. Staples. At eight o’clock the child was kicked in the breast by a horse and the injury proved fatal, the child dying three hours thereafter. This was the only child of the family and the deep grief that is thus so suddenly inflicted upon the parents will deeply touch the hearts of their friends and neighbors. The funeral interment will take place at Baker City Wednesday. – La Grande Chronicle Cove Ledger Thursday September 14,...

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Pearson, William Mrs. – Obituary

Pioneer Of Grande Ronde Valley Died In Island City Mrs. William Pearson who resides on the Vandecar farm, received word last Wednesday from Island City that her mother, Mrs. Emma Jane Shafer, had passed away. Mrs. Pearson left at once for Island City. Funeral services for Mrs. Shafer were held Sunday afternoon from the Snodgrass & Zimmerman chapel in La Grande, Rev. W.C. Ross of the Presbyterian church officiating. Mrs. Shafer came to the Grande Ronde Valley 54 years ago. Her husband died nine years ago. Surviving her are two sons, Fred of Troy, Oregon, and Isaac of Island City; four daughters, Mrs. Allie Pearson of North Powder, Mrs. Minnie A. Oldenberg of Santa Rosa, Calif., Mrs. Marguerite Chandler and Mrs. Clara Sixbey of La Grande. North Powder News Saturday, March 27,...

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Van Blokland, Icis L. – Obituary

Icis L. Van Blokland, 91, of Tigard and formerly of La Grande, died Tuesday, Dec 25, 1990, at St. Vincent Hospital in Portland. A private family interment service was held Friday at the Island City Cemetery. A memorial service will be held later. Mrs. Van Blokland was born Aug. 21, 1899, at Kansas City, Mo., to Haskell and Letitia (Halstead) Bryant. She moved to Island City in 1912 and married Ray Van Blokland on Oct. 14, 1924. He died in 1949. Following her husband’s death, she moved to La Grande where she lived until moving to Tigard in 1987. She was a lifelong member of the La Grande United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Ruth Robinson Circle and was a member of the Chapter I, P.E.O. Sisterhood for 69 years. Survivors include her daughters Virginia Robertson of Tigard and Marjorie Folsom of Aloha; one granddaughter and two great-grandsons. Memorials may be made in her name to the La Grande United Methodist Church Memorial Fund in care of Payne Family Mortuary, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande. Contributed by: Mike and...

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Goodnough, Effie P. – Obituary

Effie Pearl Goodnough, 94, of La Grande, died Thursday afternoon at the La Grande Nursing Center. Mrs. Goodnough was born Feb. 16, 1894, on a farm near Cove to Jabe and Alma (Brown) Conley. On May 10, 1922, she married Raymond Goodnough. He died on Sept. 19, 1948. She was a graduate of Cove High School and lived all her life near Cove or Island City and in La Grande. Following the death of her husband, she worked for many years at Fitzgerald’s Flowers in La Grande. She enjoyed playing cards with her friends and liked the outdoors, especially fishing. Survivors include nieces Lois Delong and Ruth Lyman of La Grande, Cleo Delong and Beryl Perard of Vancouver, Wash., and Thelma Kier of Salem; a nephew Paul Bull of La Grande and many great nieces and nephews. Her brothers, Archie and Nip Conley, and sisters, Myrtle Heryford and Irene Carter, died earlier. A grave side service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Island City Cemetery under the auspices of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Friends may call at Payne Family Mortuary from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Observer, Saturday, 6 August 1988, Page...

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Walnum, Bessie M. – Obituary

Bessie M. Walnum, 87, Island City, died Tuesday at a local hospital. Mrs. Walnum was born on Jan. 24, 1884 at Island City, the daughter of Charles and Mary Goodnough. She graduated from La Grande High School and attended Weston Normal School. On June 8, 1908, she was married to James Walnum at La Grande. She was a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church of La Grande and was an avid gardener. Survivors include her sons, Charles G. Walnum, La Grande, and Frank Philip Walnum, Pendleton; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Friday at Daniels Valley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. William S. Woodman officiating. Vault interment will follow at the Island City Cemetery. The Observer, Thursday, 28 Oct 1971, Page 3. Contributed by: Robert...

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Walnum, James Y. – Obituary

Island City, Union County, Oregon James Walnum Dies in Hospital James Y. Walnum, 77, retired locomotive engineer and Island City resident, died at a local hospital yesterday. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Daniels Funeral Home with the Rev. Louis Samson officiating. Burial will follow in Island City cemetery. Born in Bergen, Norway, Sept. 24, 1882, Mr. Walnum had resided in Union County for 55 years. He was a member of the Elks Lodge No. 433, Union Pacific Old Timers and Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Engineers Survivors are the widow, Mrs. Bessie May Walnum, Island City; two sons, Charles Walnum, La Grande, and Phillip Walnum, Pendleton; two brothers, Frank Walnum of California, and Ingoff Walnum, of Montana; one sister Miss Franka Walnum, Oslo, Norway, and two grandchildren and one great grandson. Friends who wish, may contribute to the Heart Fund. The Observer, Saturday, 6 August 1960, Page 6. Contributed by: Robert...

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See, James B. – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon James B. See Pioneer of This County Dead James B. See who was born on June 25, 1869 near Island City, died this week in Tacoma. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the Summerville Chapel under the auspices of the Moose Lodge. He is survived by his father, Benjamin See who resides in La Grande. Four brothers; Jefferson, Frank, George and Albert, and a sister, Anna Arthur living at Stanfield. The See families were early settlers of this valley and for many years made their home on the Summerville District. Source: The La Grande District News Friday March 7, 1930 Page 1 Source: David Ronald...

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