Location: Lostine Oregon

Childers, Russel – Obituary

Russel Gesner Childers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Childers, passed away July 5 after an illness which lasted several months. Early in September he began showing signs of extreme nervousness and later this was accompanied by paralysis on one side. A short time before his death he was stricken by apoplexy. His death has saddened the hearts of all who knew him as his sunny smile and loving disposition will be missed by all his friends and playmates. He was born at Lostine May 6, 1913, being 11 years, 1 month and 29 days old. He leaves to mourn his loss, his father and mother, three sisters, and two brothers. Card of Thanks We wish to thank all our friends and neighbors who contributed the floral offerings, and who assisted so kindly during the sickness and death of our little son and brother Russel. – Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Childers and family. Enterprise Record Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, Thursday, July 10, 1924, Page...

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Childers, Robert – Obituary

Robert Childers, Artist, Dies Robert Edward Childers III, 60, an artist, who designed the Hobbie Holly cloth doll while on the staff of American Greetings Inc. in New York, died Saturday in Medford. Enturnment [sic – Interment] will be in Jacksonville Cemetery with Hillcrest Mortuary, Medford, in charge of arrangements. No service is planned. Mr. Childers was born Jan. 21, 1924, in Lostin [sic – Lostine], Ore. He attended Medford schools, graduating in 1941 from Medford High School. While a student he had small parts in early Oregon Shakespearean Festival productions in Ashland. Following graduation he served in the U.S. Navy for six years. He then attended school in Copa, Miami, Fla., Philadelphia Museum School of Art, and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, from which he received his master’s degree. He received a gold medal upon graduating from the Museum School of Art and attended the Academy of Fine Arts on a Cresent scholarship. He also attended evening classes at Fleisher Memorial and performed for two years with the Philadelphia Dance Theater. His paintings – oil on canvas and wood – are exhibited in Philadelphia galleries, including three permanent exhibits in Wagner, Pa., and Minsky History of Theater. He was sponsored for three one-man shows in Philadelphia. While in Florida he worked for Ron Rico Rum. Following his studies, he worked in fabrics, film production, toys and illustrations for...

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Childers, Howard – Obituary

Howard Childers Dies At Kennewick Howard Boone Childers, a native of Lostine and son of the late B. F. and Maude Childers, passed away at his home in Kennewick, Wash., on Monday, May 8, 1967. Funeral services were held yesterday (Wednesday) at 10:30 a.m. at the Desert Memorial Chapel in Kennewick. He was a retired forest service employee, and at one time worked for the Walla Walla ranger district of the Umatilla National Forest and resided in College Place. He is survived by a son, Howard J., assistant superintendent of schools in Kennewick, a daughter, Mrs. Gay Tracy of Hermiston, and four sisters, Mrs. Uley (Georgia) McGinnis of Enterprise, Mrs. Maurice Dimmick of Pendleton, Mrs. Norma Wood, of California, and Ruth, address unknown. There are also ten grandchildren and one great grandchild. A sister, Mrs. Pauline Cruzan, of Portland, passed away a few years ago. Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, Thursday, May 11, 1967, Page 4 (unnumbered) Submitted by: Tom...

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Childers, George – Obituary

Lostine, Wallowa County, Oregon Another of Wallowa county’s influential citizens and pioneers was laid to rest Sunday afternoon. Perhaps no man in the county was better known than George Childers, having lived here 37 years. To know him was to become his friend. Few men have been more closely associated with the development of Wallowa county. He served on the freight lines between Wallowa county and Union county until the railroad made its appearance and he met the first train as a mail carrier to the Lostine depot. This position he served faithfully for 33 years, having failed only one-half day before his death. George Finley Childers, youngest son of Robert and Mary Childers, was born in Scotland county, Missouri, Sept. 15, 1867. At the age of 20 he came west to the state of Washington and spent the winter near Spokane. After a harvest near Walla Walla he moved to the Grande Ronde valley where he made his home with his cousin, Jim Childers. Being possessed of the true pioneer spirit, he was not satisfied with what that country offered and he and his brother, Boon, came to Wallowa county and homesteaded in 1894. Mr. Childers has been a man of much influence and highly esteemed by those who knew him. On Oct. 23, 1896 he was married to Mary Eliza Herring, of Enterprise, and to this union...

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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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Childers, Boone – Obituary

Death Of Boone Childers Boone Childers, the well known freighter between Elgin and Wallowa for 25 years, died Monday June 24, at Wallowa of heart disease. He was buried the following day at Lostine. Mr. Childers was born October 9, 1868, in Scotland county, Missouri, and came west when a young man. His wife, who was Miss Maude Herring [Hearing], and four children survive. One brother, George lives at Lostine, and another W. S. Childers, lives at Elmira, Wash., and Mrs. Belle Merritt, a sister, lives at Allerton, Iowa. Enterprise Record Chieftain, Thursday, 4 July 1912, Page 4. Contributed by: Robert C....

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Childers, Betty – Obituary

Minam, Wallowa County, Oregon Small Girl Drowns In River at Minam While picking flowers with playmates near the Wallowa river at Minam last Saturday, May 8, Betty Childers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Childers lost her balance and fell down the steep bank into the stream. She had been perhaps ten feet above the river. The water was high and deep quite to the bank. The child was carried about a mile down stream where her body was found half an hour later. She would have been three years old June 2 and was born near Lostine, where her parents formerly lived. Her parents and a baby brother, 15 months old, survive her. Funeral services were held Sunday at Elgin where the girl was laid to rest. Enterprise Record Chieftain, Thursday, May 14, 1925, Front...

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Ewing, Myron J. – Obituary

Myron J. Ewing was born in Trubull county Ohio, December 30, 1850. After an illness of one week he passed on to rest at the home of his daughter, Mrs. N. Jay Billings, at Wallowa, Oregon, December 27, 1917, being just three days short of his 67 years of age. His parents were of sturdy pioneer stock that settled in the midst of the forests of Ohio and proceeded to work out life’s tasks. Their sturdy fiber entered largely into the life of their son. His life was marked by earnestness of endeavor, firmness of conviction, breadth of vision and strength of character. Being by natural endowment a student, after completing the work of the Ohio public schools he took the Liberal Arts course at Ohio Northern University at Ada, Ohio, securing his B.A. degree. This was followed by a Post Graduate course in the Science at Northwestern University, Chicago. Then for some sixteen years he taught the Sciences in Ohio Northern University, his Alma Mater. Later he completed his course in Medical Science at Western Reserve University at Cleveland, Ohio, and entered upon the practice of Medicine in Findlay, Ohio, in 1890. For sixteen years, he enjoyed a large practice. In 1906 on account of the health of his family he came to Oregon and settled in Lake County near Summer Lake. Oregon has since been his home....

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Duckett, A. L. – Obituary

Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon Long-time Imnaha resident, A. L. Duclett dies at age 104 A. L. Duckett, who died last week at the age of 104, spent most of his adult life in Imnaha. He can be regarded as one of the most influential and popular citizens in Wallowa County’s history. By Elane Dickenson of the Chieftain Armel Lee Duckett, better known by his initials, A.L., died in Prineville last week after spending virtually all of his adult life as one of Imnaha’s leading citizens. The small Imnaha church built just 10 years ago on land he donated was packed with family and friends during his funeral service Saturday. During his long life, A.L. Duckett was interviewed many times by the Chieftain, and the following account was put together from information he supplied, as well as from a short summary of his life, hand-written in pencil by Duckett himself a few years ago. A native of Missouri, working 100-150 acres with a team by the time he was 15, he came to Oregon with his family when he was about 19, working for awhile in the railroad shops in La Grande where he learned to be a boiler maker. Duckett came for the first time to Wallowa County in 1916, working as a ranch hand on Prairie Creek, and then enlisted in the U.S. Army, in which he served...

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McCully, John William – Obituary

A pioneer of ’52, John William McCully dies at the home of his daughter at Lowden, Wash. (1911-Newspaper source unknown, family scrapbook) John William Mccully born 22 Feb 1847, New London, Henry Co., IA; came to Union Co., OR, 1872, resided there and in Wallowa County ever since; he was a freighter in early life, later living on his farm at Lostine, OR. He returned to Elgin, OR, “last fall” (1910), when he was afflicted with Bright’s Disease; he rallied somewhat, but then died while on a visit to his daughter, Mrs. Hetta Compau at Lowden, WA 23 May 1911; funeral at Christian Church (in Elgin?), to which denomination he has belonged since 1889. He married Sarah Jane Ownby at Union, OR, 5 May 1883, had 3 children living in 1911: Hetta Mccully Compau (Lowden, WA), Willard Mccully (Lostine, OR), and Floyd Mccully (Elgin, OR). Living siblings 1911: Estelle McCully Gilbert (Salem), Mary McCully Creighton (Portland, OR), Alfred McCully (Newburg, OR) and Frank D. McCully (Joseph, OR). Contributed By: Sandy...

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Darby, O. E. Rev. – Obituary

Rev. Darby A Victim of Influenza Rev. O. E. Darby, Christian minister at Lostine, died of bronchial pneumonia at his home in that on Friday evening, Dec. 13th. He contracted the illness while attending a ministerial meeting at Portland and was ill about one week. The body was held at Lostine until Tuesday when it was taken to Salem for burial. Mrs. Darby is very low with pneumonia and not expected to survive. They have one child one year old and sick with influenza. Miss Darby a sister of the deceased, accompanied the remains to Salem for burial. Wallowa County Reporter, Wallowa County, Oregon, Thursday December 19,...

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Cruzan, Pauline – Obituary

Pauline Cruzan Dies at Portland Word has been received of the passing on Monday, Oct. 10, 1960, of Mrs. Pauline Cruzan, about 49, of Portland, after an illness of several months. Funeral services were yesterday (Wednesday) at 3 p.m. at the Vernon Presbyterian church in Portland and burial was in Sunset Hills Memorial Park. Mrs. Cruzan was the daughter of Boone F. and Maude Childers and had lived in the Lostine area several years. She leaves her husband, James Cruzan, of Portland; a daughter, Mary Warfield; two foster sons, Dan and Michael Bolme, three grandchildren; four sisters: Mrs. Lulu Dimmick, Mrs. Uley McGinnis, Ruth Nuxall and Donna Goodale; and a brother, Howard Childers. Wallowa County Chieftain Thursday, October 13, 1960 Page 2 (unnumbered) Contributed by: Tom...

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Crow, Victor M. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Vic Crow Passes Away At Local Hospital Victor M. Crow, a rancher who lived near Enterprise and who was a native of Wallowa County, passed away Saturday, Oct. 25, 1975 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. He was the son of Michael and Jennie Crow and was born at Lostine on Aug. 30, 1918. On April 11, 1971 he was married at Lostine to Ariss J. Englund. He was a veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Joseph United Methodist Church, Standley Lodge 113 AF & AM of Wallowa, Baker Consistory of the Scottish Rite, BPOE 1829 of Enterprise, Hurricane Creek Grange, the Oregon State Grange, and American Legion Post 18 of Enterprise. Survivors include his wife, Ariss at the ranch home; a daughter Mrs. Bryan (Lou Ann) Wolfe of Hermiston; a son, Philip Crow of LaCrosse, Wash.; two brothers, Melvin E. Crow and L. Warner Crow of Lostine; one sister, Mrs. Corda (Martha) Locke of Lostine; and five grandchildren. Memorial services, conducted by the Bollman Funeral Home, were yesterday (Wednesday) at 2 p.m. at the Joseph Methodist Church, with the R. E. Hefty and the Rev. Wm. B. Watson officiating. Gail Swart was organist and a quartet – Malcolm Dawson, Floyd Kennedy, Clifford Collinsworth and Don Swart – sang “How Great Thou Art” and “Deep River”. Honorary pallbearers were the many friends...

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Crossler, Eliza Mary – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Eliza Crossler Services Held Eliza Mary Crossler passed away at her home in Walla Walla November 28. She was born February 2, 1878, at Sweet Home, Oregon. Her parents, George and Mary Hearing, with their family, came to Wallowa County in 1884, settling in the hill country east of Lostine where they farmed many years and endured the hardships of the early pioneers. Years later they moved to Lostine and then to Wallowa. Eliza was married to George Childers and to this union seven children were born, five of whom survive. Mr. Childers carried the Lostine mail to the first passenger train coming into the county, and held this position until his death many years afterward. They were both members of the Christian church. Several years later she married E. A. Crossler, a prosperous farmer of the Chapman district. After selling their farm they moved to Walla Walla where they have since resided. She is survived by her husband; two sons, Cecil of Joseph and Clair of Eugene; three daughters, Mrs. Vera Pierson and Mrs. Maxine Schumacher of Portland; and Mrs. Verda Davis of Emmett, Idaho; one brother, M. V. Hearing of Joseph, Oregon, and one sister, May of Medford. She also leaves nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; besides three step-daughters, Mrs. Charles (Eula Bloodsworth of Hermiston, Mrs. Quentin (Irene) Lathrop of Lostine, and...

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Cussins, Elizabeth N. Mrs. – Obituary

Lostine, Wallowa County, Oregon Elizabeth Cussins passed away Saturday morning, Sept. 4, 1926. She had been as well as usual, gathering the eggs Friday night and working about the house but Saturday morning when she failed to appear at the breakfast hour, one of her two sons, who were at home with her, went to her room and found that she had passed away. The funeral services were held at the Cussins home at 2 p.m. Sunday, conducted by Rev. W.F. Shields, and she was laid to rest beside her husband, S. J. Cussins, who died May 5, 1919. Elizabeth Nelson was born at Athens, Iowa, Octo. 19, 1842, and died at the age of 83 years, 10 months and 15 days. She was married to S. J. Cussins Sept. 4, 1862, having passed away on the 64th anniversary of her wedding. After their marriage they moved to Missouri and in 1866 they moved to Nebraska, driving an ox team. They were one of the pioneer families of Wallowa county, having come to Lostine in the year 1889, and settling on the ranch 1 1/2 mile west of town, where Mrs. Cussins has lived ever since. Nine children were born to this union, eight of whom are living. Wm. F. died in early childhood; Joseph S. lives in Beatrice, Nebr.; Frank A., George O., Leander, Arthur E., Kate M....

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