Location: La Grande Oregon

Allen, Joe – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Joe Allen Dead In Train Wreck Enterprise Man Killed at La Grande on way to Market with Stock Joe Allen, well known at his home in Enterprise and elsewhere in Wallowa county, was killed in the railroad yards at La Grande last Saturday evening. He was on his way to Portland with a car of hogs. The body was brought back to Enterprise on Monday and the funeral, conducted by the Odd Fellows lodge, was held Tuesday morning. Burial was in the Enterprise cemetery. Mr. Allen left Enterprise Saturday morning on the same train which George Chandler and Daniel Throe started to market with cattle for J. W. Chandler. J. M. Blakely also went out with horses. At La Grande these men and others from outside this county were in the way car attached to the stock train bound for Portland in the evening when a train was switched past. The two tracks were so close that the train struck the way car which jolted and then began to turn over. Mr. Blakely leaped to the door and out upon the ground in safety. Mr. Allen followed him, but the car was on edge as he struck the ground and it came down on him before he could get clear. He cried for help once after being pinned down, but lapsed into unconsciousness before the...

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Ager, Nancy Jane – Obituary

Wallowa County, Oregon Mrs. Nancy Jane Ager passed away last Thursday, February 5 Nancy Jane Dakan was born on February 7, 1860 near Roseburg, Oregon. When only a young girl she moved with her parents to Cricket Flat where she grew to womanhood. She lived a few years at Dayton, Washington and from there moved to the John Day country and later to La Grande. In 1902 she came to Wallowa County and settled on Day Ridge. In 1895 she was married to James Albert Ager. To this union three children were born: Mrs. Sam Davis, Joseph, Charley E. Ager (whereabouts unknown), and Mrs. Bill Forthman, Wallowa. One son by a former marriage, Hiram Powell is deceased. She leaves to mourn her loss her two daughters, ten grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, three sisters, Mrs. Ann Keith (her twin sister) of Touchet, Wash., Mrs. Mary Elkins, Dayton, Wash., and Mrs. Emma Cady, Durkee, Oregon, and a host of other relatives and friends. The last few years of her life were spent with the oldest daughter, Mrs. Sam Davis, in and near Joseph. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon from the Booth chapel with Edwin Beem in charge. Mrs. Garnet Best and Mrs. Gwen Coffin sang “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere” and Last Mile of the Way.” She was laid to rest on her 88th birthday in the Flora cemetery by the...

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Farr, Grace Lee – Obituary

Grace Lee Farr, 91, a pioneer resident of the Flora area, died in Milton-Freewater on Wednesday, July 9, 1980. She had been in failing health about a year. She was born on Nov. 17, 1888, in La Grande, the daughter of James Jackson and Bell Martin Berner. The family moved in the spring of 1889 to Fora, where Mrs. Farr lived until last August when she moved to Milton-Freewater. On Dec. 12, 1912, she was married to Claude Cole in Flora; he died on May 10,1944. On September 20, 1950, she married Walter Farr in Lewiston, Id. He preceded her in death on May 1, 1962. She loved farm life, her garden and the out-of-doors, always finding time to create Afghans, quilts and artificial flowers. Services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 12, at the Bollman Chapel with J. Maynard Norvell officiating. Soloist Kathy Miller sang “In The Garden” and “Peace In The Valley.” Wanda Sorweide was organist. Bearers were Keith Mathews, Jim Sturm, Bryce Sturm, Spencer Bacon, Elmo Curry, and Delbert McCall. Interment was in the Enterprise Cemetery. Survivors include one sister, Mrs. Orvel (Lovilla) Austin, Lewiston, Id.; and four nieces. Wanda Sturm of Milton-Freewater, Anna Belle Wolfer of Livermore, Cal., and Margaret Mathews and Wilda Fern Johnson, both of Spokane, Wash. Those who wish may contribute to the Wallowa County Heart Fund or the Wallowa...

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Day, Lemuel – Obituary

Lemuel P. Day Dies in La Grande Lemuel Presley Day passed away in La Grande Sunday, March 18, 1956 following an extended illness. He was a cousin of Mrs. Charles T. Thornburg, Charles D. Emmons, and the late Robert L. Day. When young he lived in the Flora country. He was born in Illinois October 10, 1868 and had lived in La Grande for 65 years. He was a member of IOOF lodge 16 of La Grande. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Elma Day, La Grande; a son Calvin Vance Day, Prosser, Washington; a daughter Mrs. Ruby Klinghammer, La Grande; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Daniels Funeral Home in La Grande Tuesday at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Henry Gernhardt officiating. Burial was in the Elgin Cemetery. Contributed by S. Renee...

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Davidson, Gilda Marie – Obituary

Gilda Davidson Dies in Athens Gilda Marie Davidson, a long-time resident of Union and Wallowa counties, died September 13, in Athens, Greece where she had been receiving medical care for a week. She was 63. The daughter of Henry Newton and Jeannie Gail Ashby, she was born March 5, 1912 in Kansas City, Mo. She and her family moved to La Grande in 1922. She was graduated from La Grande High School and from Lindenwood School for Girls in St. Louis, Mo. She was married to John Raymond Davidson June 23, 1936. The Davidson and Ashby’s moved from La Grande to their ranch homes at Water Canyon near Wallowa in 1940. After the ranch was sold the Davidson’s moved back to La Grande in 1972. Mrs. Davidson had worked as a bookkeeper for several years at the former Bowman-Hicks Lumber Co. in La Grande and at their Wallowa office which her father had managed until it was sold in the late 1940’s. She was a partner with her husband in the J.R. Davidson, Inc. Logging Co. in Wallowa until they retired in 1972. Mrs. Davidson was a member and Past Worthy Matron of Jessica Chapter, Order of Eastern Star, in Wallowa and had held the state OES office of Grand Marshal. She was a founder and the first Mother Advisor of Rainbow for Girls in Wallowa. Mrs. Davidson was...

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Callahan, Daniel Peter – Obituary

Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon Daniel P. Callahan Laid To Rest Daniel Peter Callahan, old time resident of Joseph, passed away in the Marshall nursing home in La Grande Sunday evening, Aug. 3. He was born Dec. 11, 1866, at St. Martin’s, Brown County, Ohio, the son of Hugh and Anna Callahan. He came to Joseph in 1903 and was a resident of this county from that time until 1946 when he was hospitalized in La Grande. Mr. Callahan had been a prospector and preferred the outdoor life. He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Agnes Cook of Portland, and Mrs. Sarah McDerrnott, Chicago, Ill., and by a nephew, W. J. Cook of Portland. Funeral services were held Thursday morning at 9 o’clock in La Grande with Father Charles in charge. Burial was in the Catholic cemetery in La Grande. Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon, Thursday August 7, 1947 Front...

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Bay, Lulu Catherine Mrs. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Rosary Tomorrow For Lulu Bay Mrs. LuLu Catherine Bay passed away Wednesday morning, March 28, 1973 at Wallowa County Nursing Home where she had resided since July 1, 1967. She was born April 14, 1887 in La Grande, daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. Jake Gulling. She was a member of St. Katherine’s Catholic Church. Survivors include one sister, Ethel Sears, Corry, PA.; two grandsons, David Bay, Concord Calif., and Steve Bay, Los Angeles. Recitation of Rosary will be tomorrow (Friday) at 6:30 p. m. at the Bollman Chapel, and requiem mass will be offered by Father Richard S. Bradley at 10 a. m. Saturday at St. Katherine’s Catholic Church followed by Interment at 1 p. m. in Calvary in La Grande. Wallowa County Chieftain, Wallowa County, Oregon Thursday, 29 Mar 1973, Page 2. Contributed By. Robert...

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Frost, Theodore – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Frost is Fifth victim Of Fire Evans Tragedy Also Fatal to Mrs. Shelts Brother Theodore S. Frost died Sunday, March 15, at the hospital at La Grande, the fifth victim of the fire at Evans which cost the lives of his sister, Mrs. J. W. Shelts, and her three children. He was 21 years old. Mr. Shelts, who also was painfully burned about his hands and lower arms, is recovering. It will be remembered that Frost had gone out of the house when the early morning explosion of a heating stove set fire to the frail cottage at Evans. He hurried to it and tried to enter a window to rescue his sister and the children, and fell forward into the blazing room. Shelts had to help him out, and his body was badly burned. It was thought at first he would recover but his injuries proved more extensive and serious than believed. He was taken to the La Grande hospital by the railroad company by which he had been employed. Mr. Frost is survived by five sisters and his father and one brother. They are: Mrs. F. R. Carey, North Fork, Nebr.; Mrs. E.B. Yarbrough, North Bend; Mrs. R.R. Graves, Clyde, Wash.; Mrs. Oscar Christianson, Salem; Mrs. Bonnie Frost, Snohomish, Wash.; Terrence Frost, North Bend, Ore. Enterprise Record Chieftain, Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Thursday,...

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McComas, E. S. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon One of the largest funerals in the history of the town of Union marked the obsequies of the pioneer editor and politician, E. S. McComas. The funeral was held at Union, Wednesday afternoon, September 6 at 3 o’clock, and was attended by a great gathering of pioneers. The body was laid to rest beside his mother, brother, and son. The deceased leaves a widow, one daughter, an adopted son and three sisters, Mrs. Alice M. Bell of Enterprise, Mrs. Esther E. Pursel and Mrs. Mary R. Thomson of Union. Mrs. Bell received word of her brother’s extremity Saturday afternoon and went at once to his home near Wallowa, and was at his bedside when he passed away, Monday, September 4. Following is a graphic account of the busy, useful life of Mr. McComas, largely taken from his own diary. Elgin Recorder: — E.S. McComas, for forty-nine years a resident of Eastern Oregon, died at Wallowa on Monday last. He was born, to quote his diary which is before us, “In Adams County, Ohio, on January 23, 1839, and at the age of four years came with my parents to Montgomery County, Indiana. My father was a native of Kentucky, of Scotch-Irish ancestry, and my mother was born in Ohio, of Dutch-English parents.” His education was, as he says “absorbed while shivering in the back seat...

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Harmon, W. T. Mrs. – Obituary

Mrs. W.T. Harmon whose death occurred at La Grande on July 29th was born in Missouri in 1864. She was a resident of Enterprise a number of years, moving to La Grande recently. Services were held at the Church of God Tuesday at 2:30 by Rev. Cooper. Interment was made at Alder Slope. Wallowa County Reporter Wednesday July 31,...

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Cussins, George Oscar – Obituary

George (Dock) Cussins Passes at LaGrande George Oscar (Dock) Cussins, for 53 years a resident of Wallowa county, died at the Grande Ronde hospital yesterday morning as the result of a heart ailment which had followed a siege of bronchial pneumonia suffered by Mr. Cussins last winter. Last Thursday Mr. Cussins was taken to the hospital by his nephew, Roy Gastin, and his condition gradually grew worse until the end came. No funeral arrangements had been made late yesterday, pending the arrival of a sister and brothers. Mr. Cussins was born in Beatrice, Neb., in September, 1870, and when a lad of 17 came to Wallowa. He first landed on Alder Slope and engaged in sheep herding, working for several sheep men, among them the late Jonathan Haas. He saved his earnings and with Frank Cook as partner went into the sheep business, but that was prior to the depression of 1893, and during those hard times they lost their sheep. After this misfortune Mr. Cussins worked as a herder and laborer again until 1900 when he and his brother-in-law J. B. Gastin, purchased the 683 – acre ranch in the Lower Leap which had since been his home. In 1924 Mr. Gastin died and since that time Mrs. Gastin, her son Roy, and Mr. Cussins, had continued operating the farm and he had made his home with his...

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Hironimous,Henry Elzy – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Henry Elzy Hironimous passed away at his home in Enterprise July 12, 1940 after a lingering illness. He spent some time in Portland, returning to his home in Enterprise one month ago after it was found that there was nothing that could be done to aid him. Henry Hironimous was born at La Grande, June 11, 1876 and spent practically all his life in Union and Wallowa counties, coming to Wallowa county when 12 years old and living here the balance of his life. He first married Emma Harper and to their union three daughters and one son was born all of who are living. They of Mrs. George Miller and Mrs. Charles Chapman of Toppenish, Wn., Mrs. George King of Bingen, Wn., and Lester Hironimous of Tacoma, Wn. On May 11, 1925 he married Mrs. Ettie Vaughan at Sunnyside, Wn., and since that time they had made their home in Enterprise. Mr. Hironimous had for years been a member of the Enterprise I. O. O. F. lodge which had charge of the funeral which was held Sunday, July 14, at the Booth chapel. Interment was in the Enterprise cemetery the Odd Fellows conducting the services at the...

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Carper, John – Obituary

Promise, Wallowa County, Oregon 1955-2004 John Wesley Carper, 49, of Promise died Dec. 10. A celebration of life and potluck will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at the IOOF hall in Wallowa. Mr. Carper was born March 8, 1955, to John Edgar and Linda Juhola Carper in La Grande. He graduated from high school in Alsea where he was a member of the state champion football team. He had a ranch in Wallowa County and worked at Rogge’s Mill, where he received awards as a lumber grader. He enjoyed hunting, gathering mushrooms and rocks, and loved the history of the Promise area. Survivors include siblings, Elaine Wright, Alan Crawford and Robert Huotari. His parents and a brother, Russell Crawford, died earlier. LaGrande Observer, LaGrande, Oregon, Obituaries From December 13 – December 18, 2004, Published: December 23, 2004 John Wesley Carper, 48, passed away on Dec. 10, 2004, in Promise. John was born on March 8, 1955, in La Grande. He attended several schools in Oregon and graduated from Alsea High School, where he was a member of the state champion football team. In Wallowa County he was a rancher and worked at Rogge’s Mill, where he received awards as one of the best lumber graders in the area. He had a wide variety of outdoor interests, including hunting, mushrooming and rock hounding. He loved, and was very knowledgeable about...

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Skillings, Marcella – Obituary

Marcella Lucinda Skillings, 80, died Dec. 2 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Dec. 10 at Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise. Mrs. Skillings was born June 20, 1924, to John and Eva DeClue in St. Louis, Mo. She lived in Alaska and California before coming to La Grande. She married Raymond Benjamin Skillings on May 21, 1955. She earned a nursing degree in 1968 and worked at Hot Lake for a while before settling in Wallowa. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, quilting and being with her husband and family. Survivors include her children, Joseph Skillings of Wallowa and Annette Hernandez of Pendleton; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Bulah Davis of Southerland, Jessie Saner of Idana, Lucille Hanson of Kennewick, Bonnie Hicks of Hermiston and JoAnn Pittser of La Grande; and a brother, Elmer DeClue of La Grande. Her husband, three sisters; Eva DeClue, Duella Valek and Barbara Brown, and two brothers, Bob and Junior DeClue, all died earlier. La Grande Observer, December 23,...

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