Location: Joseph Oregon

Makin, Elzie O. – Obituary

For many years was engaged in the operation of a large sheep ranch in Wallowa county, is one of the substantial residents of Joseph, where he is now living retired. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now He was born in Madison County, Indiana, on August 7, 1862, the eldest and only surviving child born of the marriage of William and Mary (Fox) Makin. The father was at one time the largest sheep raiser in the Wallowa valley but he is now living retired in Enterprise. The mother, however, has long since passed away. When he was a child less than one year of age Elzie O. Makin accompanied his parents on their journey across the plains to Oregon. They arrived in November 1862 and the following spring the father filed on a claim in the Grande Ronde valley, where the son was reared to manhood. At that time the educational advantages in the rural districts were very inadequate, and the schooling of Elzie O. Makin was...

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McCully, F. D. – Obituary

F.D. McCully passes away; Pioneer of County was leader in various activities. Frank D. McCully d. at home in Joseph, OR, 13 Mar 1939; health had been failing for several years; funeral at Methodist Church, burial in the Indian plot on Wallowa Lake (permission given by Bureau of Indian Affairs). “.. name has been a household word in Wallowa County for nearly 30 years.” He established the first store in Joseph, the first bank, the first public water works, first electric plant, and first flour mill in Wallowa County. He ran stage lines between Union County railroad terminals and Joseph, and brought one of the first automobiles to Wallowa County. He had a forwarding (?) and merchandizing business, and was instrumental in inducing Union Pacific Railroad to build into Wallowa County. In 1886, as a State Representative from Wallowa County, he introduced the bill to establish Wallowa County. Later, he served as a Wallowa County commissioner. late in life, he was a receiver (?) for two national banks under the Comptroller of Currency, and was a field agent for the Oregon State Land Board. he also ran the Imnaha mail line in later life. He was a staunch Republican, and was repeatedly head of the Wallowa County Republican organization. He was b. Salem, OR 1859; attended Willamette University; came to Union, OR, in 1872; came with cattle to Wallowa...

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McCully, Fred F. – Obituary

Fred Fletcher McCully, father of Kermit McCully, of La Grande, died in a La Grande hospital Friday. Funeral services were held Monday in the Wallowa Methodist church with interment in the Prairie Creek cemetery at Joseph. He was born at Lebanon, October 8, 1870, and when about ten years of age, his parents came to Wallowa county where he grew to manhood. Joseph was the home of the deceased for a long time and he was cashier of the bank there; later he moved to Wallowa where he was active in community affairs and where he was city recorder at the time of his death. Besides his son here, he leaves his widow, Margaret McCully, of Wallowa. There is also one grandson Jerry McCully. Eastern Oregon Review. December of 1945 or January 1946. Contributed by: Holly...

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Baker, Alma W. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Alma Wilhelmina Eckley Baker passed away at Wallowa Memorial Hospital in Enterprise on Sunday, June 24, 1894. She was born on June 7, 1905at Joseph, daughter of Albin Max and Louise Rudger. As a young girl she grew up in the Liberty area east of Joseph and received her education at the Liberty School. She was baptized in the Lutheran Church. She started her married life with her husband, Benjamin Eckley, at Devil’s Gulch in a home in the mountains near Little Ship Creek. Ben ran two bands of sheep there and in the higher mountains. Three of their eight children were born there. The home burned and a band of sheep was sold. Land was bought on Upper Prairie Creek which Alma helped Ben clear for farmland. They also had milk cows and sold raw milk to the dairy. Alma did the milking by hand while Ben worked late in the fields doing his own, and custom farming. When bangs disease hit their herd of cows they were forced to get rid of them and the sheep. They then moved to an older house on another part of their property. After several years and more children, two of which died at birth, Ben acquired a small sawmill. The whole family worked in it, Alma as the boiler tender. They sawed and sold lumber, saving...

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Fisher, Erma – Obituary

Graveside funeral services will be Thursday, January 17 at 1:30 p.m. in the Milton-Freewater Cemetery for Mrs. Erma Fisher 72, of 1818 Walnut Street who died January 14 at Walla Walla General Hospital. Rev. Richard Davidson, First Christian Church, will officiate. Mrs. Fisher was born in Wallowa County December 14, 1907 to W. B. and Grace Heskett. She attended schools there and also Alder Slope and Joseph. She married Ira Fisher in Enterprise on October 18, 1926. They lived in Joseph until 1945 when they moved to Umapine. In 1946, they moved to their present home. She was a member of the First Christian Church. Memorials may be made to the Oregon Heart Association through Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home. Survivors are her husband, Ira, at the home; daughters, Mrs. Gary (Marlene) Wright, Walla Walla; Mrs. Melvin (Virginia) Smith, Santa Clara, Calif.; sisters, Mrs. Art (Elizabeth) Rose, Enterprise; Mrs. Mona Vest, Milton-Freewater; brothers, Jerry Heskett, Milton-Freewater; William Heskett, Portland; six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Milton-Freewater Valley Herald, Thursday 17 January 1980 Contributed by: Robert...

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Vest, Albert – Obituary

Services Held For Albert Vest Albert Raymond Vest, a sawmill worker of Joseph, who had been in ill health for the past six months, passed away on January 17, 1969 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital where he had been a patient for nine days. Mr. Vest was the son of William Harvey and Ellen Melissa Vest and was born on October 27, 1905 at Phillipsburg, Kansas. He had lived in Wallowa County for 58 years and was a veteran of World War II. On February 8, 1946 he was married at Lewiston to Mona Mae Heskett who survives him. He was a member of Lumber & Sawmill Workers Union, Local No. 2798. Besides his wife, he leaves a foster son, Clifford Rhodes Vest of Joseph; two sisters, Mrs. Cordelia Trump of Wallowa and Mrs. Mabel Prout of La Grande; and one brother Ellis Vest of Wendell, Idaho. Memorial services were Monday at 2 p.m. at the Bollman Chapel with Rev. James E. Jones officiating. Mrs. Geneva Johnson was organist and Mrs. Catherine DeBoie was soloist, singing “Lead Me Gently Home, Father” and “Near to the Heart of God.” Casket bearers were: Milo Fairchild, Victor Cronin, Lyle Boner, Bob Cole, Ralph Jewell, Brady Botts, Dean Gibbs and Everett Tucker, and vault entombment was in the Enterprise Cemetery. The Wallowa County Chieftain, Thursday, 23 January 1969 Contributed by: Robert...

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Heskett, Jesse C. ‘Jerry’ – Obituary

Pendleton–A graveside funeral for Jess C. “Jerry” Heskett will be held Saturday, 1 p.m. at the Enterprise Cemetery. Heskett, 76, of Pendleton, formerly of Milton-Freewater, died Wednesday, September 18, 1985, at Amber valley Nursing Home, Pendleton. He was born May 31, 1909, in the Leap area near Enterprise, the son of Willard and Grace (Feagins) Heskett. He attended schools at Trout Creek and Joseph and upon completion of his schooling Heskett farmed with his parents. He lived in Wallowa County until the mid-1960s when he moved to the Milton-Freewater area. He came to Pendleton in 1981 where he entered Amber Valley Care Center. Survivors include sisters, Dollie Wart of Milton-Freewater and Belle Rose of Enterprise; brother, William of Portland; several nieces and nephews. Two sisters, Erma Fisher and Mona Vest, died earlier. Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, Milton-Freewater, is in charge of arrangements. East Oregonian, Friday, 20 September 1985, Page # 7A. Contributed by: Robert...

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Action, Jennie Martha – Obituary

Enterprise Jennie Martha Action passed on March 2nd at Enterprise. She was born Feb 7, 1879 at Weston, Ore., daughter of George and Welthy Serelda Kimberly Birdsell. She was married to James E. Action June 24, 1900. He passed on in 1909. Mrs. Action was member of the Rebekahs, VFW Auxiliary, H. O. Club, Past Noble Grands Club and was baptized in the Baptist Church. Memorial services were Saturday afternoon in Booth-Bollman Chapel with Rev. Leslie Bailey officiating. Mrs. Ralph Kay and Mrs. Garnet Best sang “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Abide with Me” with Mrs. Best at the organ. Bearers were Don Graves, Milo Murray, Clarence Shaver, Claude Rennei, Lawrence Rowe and Don Davis. Committal services were in charge of Emerald Rebekah Lodge No. 119. Burial was in the Prairie Creek Cemetery. Rev. Jack Hett of the Lostine Presbyterian Church officiated at the Committal services for Jennie Action. Survivors are her son, John W. Action, Enterprise and daughter, Mrs. Rudolph (Florence Seda), Yakima and sisters Mrs. Esther Wagner, Seattle, Mrs. Walter Kight, Vancouver, Mrs. Hattie Wolfer, Sherwood, Ore., Mrs. Hans Jackson, Portland, Mrs. Clarence Thompkins, Monmouth, Ore., and Mrs. John Harry, Oregon City, Ore. Following the death of her husband, Mrs. Action moved with her two children from Imnaha to Joseph. The children went to school in Joseph and were married here. They lived for a number of...

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Balter, Julius – Obituary

Julius A. Balter was suddenly stricken by heart disease while cranking his car at a point about one half mile this side of Elgin on Sunday, September 12th. Mr. Balter was alone and was on his way from the Yakima valley to Joseph. He was found shortly after attack and taken to Elgin and given medical attention but lived only about forty minutes. The funeral services were held at the Prairie Creek cemetery on Tuesday, by Rev. Akers of Enterprise. The deceased was born in Prumburg, Germany, Nov. 21, 1850, came to America in 1863. His mother died when he was 13 years of age and he made his own living working in the summer time and going to school in winter. He obtained a common school education. After coming to America he lived in the east until 1875 when he went to Kansas. There he was united in marriage to Alice Beith on May 16th, 1878. They came to Oregon in 1883. To this union there were born four children, two have already passed away. He leaves to mourn his death an aged wife and two daughters, Mrs. Guy Mitchell of Joseph and Mrs. J.E. Lay of Enterprise and six grandchildren and a host of friends. Wallowa County Reporter September 16, 1920 Harold Balter has more information on this...

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Childers, Thelma Marie (Crow) – Obituary

Graveside services will be held at the Lostine Cemetery for Thelma Childers on Thursday, March 27, 1997 at 2 p.m. Mrs. Childers, a lifelong resident of Wallowa County was 97 years of age. Born at Hurricane Creek on December 12, 1899, the daughter of Grace and S. P. Crow, she attended and graduated from Lostine Schools. On July 24, 1921, she married Cecil Childers and has lived most of her remaining years in Joseph. She was preceded by her husband in 1991. She was a longtime member of the Eastern Star, Rebeccas, Daughters of the Nile and the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion. She worked for many years at several local businesses and had many friends. She is survived by one son, Jack of Joseph; a sister, Mina Houser of Elgin; a brother, Wayne Crow of California; nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice in care of the Bollman Funeral Home. Enterprise, Oregon, Thursday, March 27, 1997, Page...

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Childers, Emma Mrs.

Mrs. Childers Is Called By Death Mrs. Emma Childers, widow of the late James W. Childers, passed away Saturday evening, July 16, 1932, at the home of her son Earl Childers, east of Joseph. She was taken ill with a heart affliction seven weeks ago and was confined to her bed since then. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in the Methodist church and burial was in the Enterprise cemetery. The pastor Rev. Hall K. Wallis, conducted the services. Emma Tice was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Tice and was born in Salem, Jan. 12, 1854. Her mother was born in New Hampshire and crossed the plains with the Whitman party, and her father was born in New Jersey. She was married to James W. Childers at Weiser, Idaho, June 5, 1870. They lived on a farm near Summerville until 1892 when they moved to a farm at Elgin, and then made their home in town until 1899, when they came to Wallowa county and settled on a farm on Trout Creek. That remained their home until Mr. Childers passed away, October 4, 1929, although they were away from it a few years. Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Childers. One passed away in infancy and six survive: Mrs. E. A. Breshears of San Jose, Calif.; Mrs. L. M. Carswell of San Francisco, Calif.;...

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Childers, Cecil – Obituary

Cecil Childers, 91, of Joseph, died at La Grande, on May 18, 1991. He was born July 6, 1899, at Lostine, the son of George and Liza (Herring) Childers. On July 24, 1921, he married his wife, Thelma Marie. He worked for the park services. Survivors include his wife, Thelma of Joseph; son, Jack, of Joseph; and grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were held at the Joseph Baptist Church with vault interment following in the Lostine Cemetery. Memorial in his memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice in care of Bollman Funeral Home, in Enterprise. Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, Thursday, May 23,...

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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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Cole, Lindford Catherine – Obituary

Joseph, Wallowa County, Oregon Catherine Lindford 1835 – 1891 At her home near Joseph, December 10, 1891, Catherine Lindford Cole, aged 56 years, 6 months and 14 days. Catherine Lindford was born hear London, England may 17, 1835, her parents removing to America the same year, after a short residence in Pennsylvania,  they removed to Indiana, and finally settled in Clark County, Illinois. In 1854 she was married to Eli Misner who died in 1858. In 1859 Mrs. Misner moved to Iowa. In July, 1860 she was united in marriage to Wiley P. Cole (Rev.William Person Cole Sr.) Mr. and Mrs. Cole removed to Nebraska in 1866, and after 14 years’ residence in that State they came to Oregon and in October, 1880 settled in Wallowa valley where they have since resided. For three weeks previous to her death Mrs. Cole had suffered from an attack of erysipelas, but was considered out of danger from that disease. On the evening of her death she seemed bright and cheerful, and was sitting by the fire conversing with her family when the fatal attack came. She asked to be helped to bed, and as her daughter, son and husband gathered around she told them that she was going, a few moments later the spirit of the faithful wife and mother returned to the God who gave it, the immediate cause of...

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