Location: La Grande Oregon

Warnock, Samuel B. – Obituary

Samuel B. Warnock, pioneer of Day Ridge, died Friday, November 11, 1927, at La Grande, where he had gone a few days before for treatment for Bright’s disease. He had been in poor health for several months and with his wife had spent the summer and fall at the warm springs on Joseph Creek. About three weeks ago they went to the home of their daughter, Mrs. Kenneth Johnson, on Day Ridge. Mr. Warnock was taken worse and went to la Grande, where his wife and Mrs. Johnson were summoned last Wednesday. The body was brought to Enterprise Saturday by C.L. Booth and was taken to Flora Sunday in the Methodist church. Prof. D.W. Moore of flora delivered the sermon in the presence of a large gathering of friends. Mr. and Mrs. George Clausen of Day Ridge came to Enterprise Friday and remained with the family, going to Flora with them Sunday. Mrs. George Emmons and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Young and son of Wallowa went to Flora to attend the funeral. Mr. Warnock was born January 31, 1863, at Rockford, Ill. When he was 3 years old the family moved to Nebraska where they lived a short time, moving thence to Kansas. From that state, when he was 26 years old, he came to Oregon, stopping first in the Grand Ronde valley for a year. In 1889 he...

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Waelty, M. E. – Obituary

Funeral services were held for Murland Edwin Waelty Saturday, March 28 at 2 p.m., at the Bollman Funeral chapel in Enterprise. Mr. Waelty died at the Grand Ronde hospital in La Grande March 26, 1959, following a long illness. He was born at Summerville, Oregon, March 10, 1888, the son of Albert and Minnie Waelty. With his parents he came to Wallowa County at the age of 13 years and had resided here continuously until his death. He was married to Christina Goebel on July 5, 1909. Mr. and Mrs. Waelty resided on their farm in Middle Valley for many years. They sold their farm there a number of years ago and moved to an acreage on Bear Creek, where they lived until two years ago, when on the completion of a new home in town, they sold their acreage and moved to town. Mr. Waelty was engaged in the sawmill business for four years following disposing of his farm. During the past number of years he was engaged in doing carpenter work. Rev. Willis Ludlow, pastor of the Methodist church of Wallowa, officiated at the services. Rachel Ann Sutphin sang two selections, “No Night There” and “Beyond the Sunset.” Organist was Mrs. A. L. Kinter of Enterprise. A large number of floral offerings were arranged about the chapel, and upon the casket, forming a beautiful tribute to the...

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Stubblefield, Ralph – Obituary

Wallowa County, Oregon Ralph Stubblefield, 87, of La Grande, died Sunday, August 27, 1978, at the La Grande Nursing Home. He was born February 4, 1891. at Enterprise to Robert and Mary (Foust) Stubblefield. He farmed in Wallowa and Union counties for many years. Mr. Stubblefield was married to Frances Buzzard October 4, 1911, at Cove. She preceded him death on December 17, 1977. Survivors include his sons, Harlan of La Pine, Donovan of Union, Chester of Portland, Frank of Tacoma, Omar of Prineville and Paul of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; daughters, Frances Nealeigh of Philomath, Mrs. Jesse (Anna) Moore of Burris, Wyo., Erma Trump of Hermiston; a sister, Vera green, Clarkston, 36 grandchildren, 76 great-grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren and many relatives. Funeral services were held Friday, September 1, 1978 at Daniels Valley Funeral Chapel. Concluding services followed at the Grandview Cemetery. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, September 7, 1978 Page 15 Contributed by: Sue...

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Maxwell, Oscar – Obituary

Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon Oscar Maxwell, 91, a life-long resident of the Wallowa area, died on Wednesday, June 13, 1979, at the Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande, where he had been a patient for 8 days. He was in failing health for two months preceding his death. He was born in Wallowa on Jan., 31, 1888, the son of Levi W. and Mary Ellen Maxwell. He was married on Oct. 29, 1913, in Wallowa to Mabel Elena Tulley. She preceded him in death on Nov. 2, 1951. A retired rancher-stockman in the Wallowa area, Maxwell served as Grand Marshall for Chief Joseph Days in 1966. He was a charter member of BPOE #1829, Enterprise; a member of IOOF #154, Wallowa, and Carnation Rebekah Lodge #157; and had been a member of Wallowa Grange #603 and Oregon State Grange for 25 continuous years. He was named Father of the Year in 1977 by IOOF and carnation Rebekahs. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, 1979, in the Wallowa Methodist Church, with Rev. Robert E. Hefty officiating. Colleen DeGrofft was organist. Bearers were Jim Hassler, Wesley, Wallace and Walter Johnson; Don, LeRoy and Dale Bartmess; Marvin and Bud Maxwell; and Gary O. Lozier. Internment was in Wallowa Cemetery. Bollman Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements. He is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Clifford (Sevilla)...

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Berry, Nancy Luella – Obituary

Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon Services Held For Nancy L. Berry Nancy Luella Berry was born in Jefferson County, Kansas, July 3, 1869 and passed away at La Grande, Oregon June 4, 1960 after a short illness at the age of 90 years, eleven months and one day. She was the eldest daughter of James and Mary Sales. She was united in marriage to John Wesley Berry on July 1, 1886 at Florence, Nebraska. To this union were born eleven children, seven boys and four girls. Her husband and four children preceded her in death. She leaves to mourn her passing, four daughters, Mrs. Lillian Bonney and Mrs. Opal Sanders, Union, Mrs. Cora and Mrs. Eva Robertson of White Salmon, Wash.; three sons, John W. Berry and Charles G. Berry, Wallowa, and son, Berry of Milton-Freewater; twenty-three grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren. Three sisters, Mrs. Hattie Nickles and Mrs. Elizabeth Butler, Loveland, Colorado, and Mrs. Mollie Metzger, Ozakie, Kansas; and one brother , Thomas Sales, of Ozakie, Kansas. Mrs. Berry was a resident of Wallowa county for many years, moving to Union county about 17 years ago. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Union with an elder of the Seventh Day Adventist church officiating. Graveside services were held at the Wallowa cemetery with the Auxiliaries of Kruse Unit No. 72 presenting their funeral service. Mrs. Berry...

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Blokland, Emma L. Mrs. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Pioneer Mother Dies at La Grande Mrs. Emma L. Van Blokland, of Island City who crossed the plains by wagon train with her parents, Daniel and Sarah Henderson and several brothers and sisters, and homesteaded on Alder Slope, passed away in La Grande on Monday, January 13, 1964. She was born at LaPlata, Missouri 89 years ago, and had made her home in Island City for many years. She was a member of the First Methodist church, and a 50-year member of the Eastern Star. Survivors include three sons, Milo and Clifford Van Blokland, both of Island City, and Walter Van Blokland, of Redding Calif.; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and a brother, Charles Henderson, of Anaheim, Calif. The late James Henderson, who sold his farm on Alder Slope to Mr. and Mrs. Homer Eads, was a brother. Memorial services were Thursday, January 16, at 2 p.m. at the Dempsey’s Funeral Chapel in La Grande, with Rev. Boone White officiating. Burial followed in the Island City cemetery. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, January 23, 1964. Contributed by: Sue...

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Down, Melvin C. – Obituary

Joseph, Wallowa County Melvin Charles Down, 55, of Island City, died Friday, May 25, in Baker. Mr. Down was born Aug. 8, 1923 in Joseph to Roy and Ethel Stanford Down. On April 29, 1950 he married Peggy Waddingham in La Grande. In 1969 he moved from Milton-Freewater to La Grande. He was a World War II veteran and a member of La Grande Eagles Aeri No. 259, La Grande Elks Lodge #433 and the American Legion. He was a logger and former member of the Oregon Log Truckers Association. Survivors include his wife of Island city: sons, Kenneth, stationed in Hawaii with the Army, and John, La Grande; brother, Eldon, Union; three nieces and other relatives. Services were Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Daniels Valley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Ronnie Stricklan of Trinity Baptist Church officiating. Internment was at Summerville Cemetery. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, June 21, 1979 Page 12 Contributed by: Sue...

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Himelwright, Mellisa Jane Mrs. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Pioneer Mother Services Today Mrs. Mellisa Jane Himelwright, one of the oldest of Wallowa County pioneers and who had been in failing health for the last several months, passed away Tuesday, November 5, 1957 at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Robert Trezona in Enterprise. She fell last March and broke her hip and had since been confined to a wheel chair or her bed. Memorial services are being held this afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Booth-Bollman Chapel with the Rev. John Sinclair of the Christian Church officiating. Mrs. John Munsey will be organist and Mrs. R.D. Kay and Mrs. H.R. Weatherford will sing “Beyond The Sunset” and “beautiful Isle of Somewhere.” Casket Bearers will be Robert Trezona, Stanley Sager, Donald Kooch, Tracy Puderbaugh, Alonzo Lockwood, and Frank Shevlin, and internment will be in the Enterprise Cemetery beside the grave of her husband. Mrs. Himelwright was the daughter of Eldon and Melvina Gillaspie and was born September 20, 1867 in Vernon County, Missouri. Her mother passed away when Mrs. Himelwright was quite young, and in 1880 Mrs. Himelwright crossed the plains with her father, a sister and two brothers. For ten years they lived near La Grande. On December 20, 1890 she was married at La Grande to Schuyler C. Himelwright and the couple immediately went to The Park on the Imnaha to a...

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Knight, Margaret – Obituary

Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon Margaret Knight, Wallowa, died Jan 9, 1990, at Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande. Services will be held Saturday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m. at the Wallowa Methodist Church with internment to follow in the Lostine Cemetery. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, January 11, 1990, Page 2 Contributed by: Sue...

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Sheets, Margaret Mrs. – Obituary

Joseph, Wallowa County, Oregon Pioneer Woman Dies At Joseph Mrs. Margaret Sheets, pioneer resident of Joseph, passed away Sunday morning, April 12, 1942, following a week’s illness, having been stricken with paralysis Easter Sunday. Margaret Ann Scott was born in Carthage, Mo., Aug. 20, 1854, and died at the age of 87 years, 7 months and 23 days. She came to Weston, Oregon, with her family by ox team in 1866 and later moved to La Grande where on Aug. 7, 1870, she was united in marriage to Adam Francis Sheets. To this union 11 children were born, four of whom survive. They are Mrs. Mable Gates of Union, Mrs. C.A. Collingsworth of Joseph, and Mrs. S.D. Houck of The Dalles, all of whom were present to care for their mother during her illness, and a son, Jacob Sheets of Oakland, Cal., was unable to be present. Mr. and Mrs. Sheets and their children came to Joseph about 1899 where Mrs. Sheets had a restaurant, later building the Sheets hotel which she operated as long as she was physically able. Mr. Sheets had a blacksmith shop. He died Feb. 10, 1919. Mrs. Sheets was a typical pioneer mother, enduring hardships of an early day cheerfully and meeting each day with courage. She was a cheerful disposition, an untiring worker, a loving mother and kind friend. Funeral services were conducted...

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Sanders, Katherine – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon The many friends of Mrs. Katherine Sanders were grieved when word reached them of her passing on Sunday morning, March 18, 1951 at the St. Joseph hospital in La Grande where she had been a patient for several days. She had been in ill health for several years. Katherine Agnes Myers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. Myers, was born September 6, 1872 in Beaverville, Illinois. Her girlhood was spent in California. On January 12, 1896 she was married to James Preston Sanders at Corrine, Utah and to them was born one daughter, Routh. In 1905 the family moved to Enterprise which had since been her home. For many years she and her husband had a photograph studio which was located in the block east of the courthouse. Following her husbands death on October 17, 1930 she conducted an art shop for several years and was especially skilled in needlework. She was an earnest student of the Bible and for many years taught a group of women at the Baptist church of which she was a member. She is survived by her daughter, Routh Zollman of Freewater; three granddaughters, Mrs. Weewona Ingram of Dayton, Washington, Mrs. Kathryn Reed of Pendleton, and Mrs. Annette Jenkins of Sewell, N.J.; two grandsons, Milton Flower of Onaka, Minnesota, and Sgt. Warren Flower, who is stationed in Korea; and...

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Bookout, John A. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon John A. Bookout passed away at his home in La Grande, Friday, Feb. 8, 1935. He and his wife went to La grande last fall and made it their temporary home after renting their Alder Slope farm to their son-in-law, Homer Eads. Funeral services were held yesterday in the Christian church in Enterprise, conducted by the pastor, Rev. C.N. Trout, and Rev. H.S. Fulton, and burial was in the Enterprise cemetery. Mr. Bookout was born Jan. 1, 1878, in Huntsville, Ark., and came as a small boy to Oregon with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John A. Bookout, pioneers in Wallowa county. He spent the greater part of his life in Wallowa and Union counties, going to California several winters. He was married to Ora B. Ownbey Dec., 17, 1902, and was survived by the widow and two children, Mrs. Homer L. Eads and Donald D. Bookout, also by two grandchildren, LaVera and Jack Eads, and one brother, W.R. Bookout of Freewater, and four sisters, Mrs. Martha Cornelison of Weston, Mrs. Mary Cornelison of Othello, Wash., Mrs. Florence Wagner of La Grande and Mrs. Ora Burnett of Pleasant Valley. In 1912 he was converted and joined the Baptist church, and later affiliated with the Church Of God. His favorite passage in the Bible is found in john’s gospel, third chapter, verses 1 to 9. Mrs....

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Cathcart, H.J. – Obituary

Joseph, Wallowa County, Oregon Henry James Cathcart, of La Grande, formerly of Joseph, passed away Thursday, September 2, 1965 at St. Joseph hospital in La Grande, following several months of ill health. Memorial services were held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Bollman Chapel with Rev. James E. Jones officiating. Mrs. Luella Miller was organist and Rev. Douglas T. Field was soloist and Sang “The Lord Is My Shepherd.” Casket bearers were: S.W. Begley, Lou Knapper, Willard Prout, Carlyle Roundy, Earl Hovis and Kirk Hayes, and internment was in the Prairie Creek cemetery. Mr. Cathcart, a retired merchant, had lived in Joseph for 18 years, moving to La Grande a few months ago. He was the son of James and Sara Cathcart and was born October 23, 1891 in Duncan, British Columbia. Survivors include his wife, Eda, and one son, Jack, both of La Grande; one daughter, Mrs. Gordon (Barbara) Kinney, of Salem, Mass.; two sisters, Mrs. Jack (Hazel) McKinnon and Mrs. Doris Sawyer, and one brother, John Cathcart, all of British Columbia; and four grandchildren. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, September 9, 1965, Page 2 Contributed by: Sue...

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Scott, Ethel Mary – Obituary

Joseph, Wallowa County, Oregon Wallowa County native Ethel Mary Scott, who wrote a book about her life growing up in Wallowa County, died April 21, 1989, at Grande Ronde Hospital. She was 80. She was born May 25, 1908, at Joseph to William and Vergie (Pinkley) Halsy. Mrs. Scott graduated from Joseph High School and later from Behnke-Walker Business School in Portland. Following graduation from Business school she worked for an attorney in Joseph. She was married to Noel S. Scott of Wallowa on Christmas day, 1928 in Wallowa. He preceded her in death in 1986. The Scotts owned and operated the Sweet Shop in Joseph and, in the early 1930s moved to Crickett Flat, 13 miles from Elgin, where the owned and operated a ranch and raised four children. In 1965 Noel and Ethel retired from ranching and moved to Elgin where they worked for United Farm Agency and in 1975 Ethel retired. They traveled extensively through Europe and other countries and in 1979 she wrote her autobiography which was published and named “Heritage of the Wallowas.” She was a member of the First Methodist Church of Elgin, W.S.C.S. past member of the Grange and many other organizations. She was named Woman of the Year in Elgin. She was an avid gardener and always kept a full cookie jar for family and friends. She moved into the Grande...

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Young, Earl – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Former Resident Passes At La Grande Hospital-by Martha Crow Earl Young passed away in a hospital at La Grande Friday, November 21. He was born on a farm near Enterprise in June, 1899 and spent much of his early life in Wallowa County. He was a veteran of World War I. The past several years he made his home in the Sommer Hotel in la Grande where he had many friends. Several time a year he visited in Lostine with relatives and friends. He leaves to mourn his loss a sister, Arla Womack of Lostine, a brother, Curtis Young of Hood River, and several nephews and nieces. He was laid to rest in the Summerville cemetery, Nov.24, at 2 o’clock. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, November 27, 1969. Contributed by: Sue...

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