Location: Portland Oregon

Arnold, Ettie Virginia – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Ettie Virginia Arnold of Enterprise died at the University of Oregon Medical Center in Portland on April 21, 1989. She was born April 20, 1921, at West Jefferson, N. C., the daughter of Jesse and Nellie Lewis. On Aug. 5, 1939 she married Quincy A. Arnold at Mount City, Tenn. The Arnold family moved to Enterprise in 1972. She was a homemaker and a member of the Flat Grove Baptist Church. She loved making quilts, gardening, walking, canning, camping and most of all, attending yard sales. Survivors include her husband, Quincy; two sons, J.R. of Enterprise and Jones of Lebanon, Penn.; and Merinda Downing of Enterprise; four brothers, Gwyn Lewis, Enterprise, Gene Lewis, West Jefferson, N.C., Coy Lewis, Cleveland, Ohio; sisters, Ollie Lewis, West Jefferson, N.C., and Clyde Dipple, Acron, Ohio; nine grandchildren; and four...

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Hearing, Mary E. – Obituary

Lostine, Wallowa County, Oregon Funeral services were held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Lostine Christian church for Mary Elizabeth Hearing, Wallowa County pioneer, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Otto Dolkey near Medford, May 29, 1929. Rev. Arthur Harriman of Wallowa conducted the services. A quartet, Mrs. Orval McArtor, Mrs. Roy Haun, Roy Haun and Chas. Bridwell, sang appropriate hymns, with Mrs. S.L. Magill at the piano. Interment was in the Lostine cemetery. Mary Elizabeth Conner was born in Sigourney, Iowa, July 28, 1846, and crossed the plains to Portland, Oregon in 1853 at the age of seven years. She was united in marriage to George Hearing in 1865. To this union were born eleven children, seven of whom are still living. The children surviving the aged mother are Mrs. Alice Bayne of Bend, Oregon; Mrs. James Leeper, Mrs. Otto Dolkey in Medford, Oregon; Mrs. George Childers, Mrs. Oliver Wood of Lostine; George Hearing of Minam, and M.V. Hearing of Wallowa. All of them were present to pay their last respects to the memory of their mother. Mrs. Hearing was one among the early pioneers, having come to Wallowa county in 1884. She lived on a homestead, experiencing all the hardships of an unsettled land. She lived at different locations in the valley continuously for 41 years. Her husband preceded her in death April 27,...

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Bork, Ivan Richard – Obituary

Ivan Richard Bork, 84, a resident of The Dalles, since 1966, died at a local care center on Saturday, July 21, 2001. He was born May 30, 1917, in Flora, Oregon, the oldest of eight children to Ira H. and Lora (Moys) Bork He was the grandson of early Wallowa County pioneers, Rudolph and Bertha Bork, who came from Germany in 1885 and settled in Wallowa County as United States citizens in 1891. Ivan was married to Leola Surber on June 23, 1940, in Enterprise, by the same Justice of Peace, A.B. Conway, that had married their parents, Ira and Lora Bork and Richard and Edith Surber in June 1916. He was a logger in Eastern Oregon until moving in April 1949 to Baker City, where he worked as a faller and catskinner. In 1959, the family moved to Portland with Ivan logging in Estacada. In June 1962, he went to work at the Tygh Valley Lumber Company, working as a loader operator until his retirement in 1982. He was a member of the Solid Rock Community Church of God and being a faithful Christian man, his life’s priority and dedication was to his church work. Ivan’s favorite pastime was his ham radio, chatting with new friends and helping truckers with driving directions and weather reports. He also participated yearly in the Diabetes Bike-A-Thon. He is survived by his...

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Rouse, Levi J. – Obituary

Another Old Pioneer Departed Last Sunday, Feb. 3, at St. Vincent Hospital in Portland, after several weeks of intense suffering from a complication of diseases, Levi J. Rouse, one of the oldest, most widely known and respected pioneer citizens of this part of this state was claimed by the angel of death and taken to another world. His demise is a time of sincere mourning, for he was well and favorably known throughout all parts of this and Union counties; he having been closely associated with the educational, political and industrial development of both for many years. Levi J. Rouse was born near Urbana, Champaign, County, Ohio, October 15th, 1835. His early life was spent on the farm with his parents until the age of seventeen he procured a certificate and embarked in the life of the educator. He was successful as a teacher and continued teaching in Ohio and Iowa until the year 1859 when he crossed the plains and settled at Independence. In the spring he went with a drove of cattle to California, spending the summer at Shasta, returning in the fall to Independence The next winter was spent in clerking for Captain Lyon. In the spring of 1861 Mr. Rouse was one of the first ones to enter the Oro Fino mining regions and from that time on until 1866 he engaged in mining there...

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Ward, A. J. Mrs. – Obituary

Dies at Stayton Mrs. A. J. Ward passed away at her home in Stayton, Oregon September 05, 1967. Margaret Jane Everett was born on June 30, 1883 in Madison County, Arkansas to the late William and Catherine Presley Everett. She was Married to Albert J. Ward on may 04, 1902 in Alabam, Arkansas and came west with him in 1910, at which time they settled in Wallowa county, where they owned and operated a store. They sold their business in 1941 and moved to Portland, Oregon, where Mr. Ward died on Sept. 15, 1946. Two children predeceased their parents. In recent years Mrs. Ward has made her home at Stayton. Her death occurred exactly one week after that of her son-in-law, Oscar Hammack of Enterprise. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Oscar (Carrie) Hammack of Enterprise, and Mrs. Lee (Esther) Horner of Stayton; four sons, Maynard Ward of Portland; Everett Ward of Camarillo, California; Woodrow Ward, Eatonville, Washington and Robert Ward of Morton, Washington. Also surviving are eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. Funeral services for Mrs. Ward were conducted on Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the Baptist church, Enterprise, with Rev. Douglas Field, pastor, officiating. Rev. and Mrs. Field served as vocalists, and Mrs. Lawrence Rowe as organist. Casket bearers were Lawrence Rowe, Mervin Zollman, David Ervin,Gifford Botts, and Vernon and William Hammack. Internment followed at the Enterprise...

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Belden, Augustus A. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Augustus A. Belden, veteran of the Civil war, died at the home of his daughter at 6210 58 Ave., S.E. Portland, Oregon, September 5, 1921. He suffered from a stroke of paralysis over a year ago. Increasing weakness for four weeks caused from a fall resulted in capillary pneumonia, which was the immediate cause of his death. Mr. Belden came from a long line of English pioneers. His first ancestry traceable being Sir Francis Belden who landed in England with William the Conqueror and was knighted by him for bravery. The first families in this country were surveyors, laying out the town of Weatherfield, Conn., soon after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth. The immediate ancestor of Augustus Belden, also a surveyor, later laid out the town of Canaan, Conn., and his family was given the portion of the town adjoining Belden Street. Here Augustus Belden was born in 1837, the sixth child of Captain Harry Belden and Sarah Beebe Belden. In 1861 he enlisted with the Second Michigan cavalry and was in active service for four years, making out the payroll when the last of his company were mustered out in 1865. Surveying with the Union Pacific, employed on the first train which came over the new road, visiting our cities when they were little more than diagrams in the wilderness-always a pioneer. In 1874...

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Anderson, Lois Eileen (Ward) – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Funeral Services were conducted Sunday afternoon for Mrs. Richard Anderson (Lois Ward), 28, of Oregon City. Rev. Earl Rogers officiated. Music was provided by Mrs. Ralp Kay and Mrs. Garnet Best who sang “Beyond the Sunset”. Pallbearers were Keith Searles, Harold Lay, Bob Hamilton, Jack Christy, Bob Freels and Clyde Fleenor. Interment was in the Enterprise cemetery. Her first funeral was held at 10:30 Saturday at the chapel of Atkinson Memorial Congregational church in Oregon City. Lois Eileen Ward was born January 6, 1923 in Portland, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Landy Ward. She was united in marriage to Richard Anderson at Freewater in 1946. She died at the Oregon City hospital Thursday, October 25. She had been in failing health since last summer but became worse about two weeks ago. Mrs. Anderson had lived in Oregon City for the last 2 and 1/2 years and her husband is the principal of the Park Place School. She was a member of the Atkinson Memorial Congregational Church and was active in the Primary Mother’s club and the Yomareo club of the church. Also, she was a member of the Jaybettes. A memorial to Mrs. Anderson has been established at the Oregon City library. She is survived by her husband, year old daughter, Merri Jay, of Oregon City, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Landy Ward and...

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Bowlby, Enoch R. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon E.R. Bowelby Passes after Long Illness Enoch R. Bowlby died at the Enterprise hospital Saturday evening, Sept. 24, 1938. He had not been well for several years and for some 12 months past had been failing steadily. Funeral services were held Monday at the Booth chapel, conducted by Rev. Paul C. Cramblit. Burial was in Enterprise cemetery and services at the grave were in charge of the Masonic lodge. Mr. Bowlby was born in Green County, Pennsylvania, June 9, 1861, and when a young man went to Colorado where he handled stock. He went later to Natoma, Kansas, where he worked with a brother, S. L. Bowlby. He was married there May 23, 1884, to Lulu M. Quinn. He came to Oregon in 1888, going first to Portland, and then to Umatilla county. The next year he came to Union county and in 1893 he landed in Wallowa County, which remained his home. He homesteaded a mile and a half south of Enterprise and had an extensive ranch, running sheep on a large scale. Later he fed cattle, and ultimately bought a ranch on Swamp creek. He was very well-to-do in early days and built the Main street building now owned and occupied by Byram Mayfield. In later years he suffered reverses from which he was not able to recover. He was a true gentleman...

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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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Couch, Minnith O. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Minnith O. Couch, 74, of Toppenish, Washington, died Saturday, Oct. 29, 1983 in St.. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise, Idaho. He was born Dec. 21, 1908 in Wallowa, to Leonard and Minnie (Fisher) Couch. He attended schools in Wallowa, graduating in 1927 from Wallowa High School. He attended Oregon State University; then he served in the Army during W.W.I, earning the Victory Medal, the American Theater Service Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal. In 1945 he was discharged and went to work in Portland, as an oiler in the Jones Lumber Company sawmill. He moved to Toppenish in 1956 and worked for the Toppenish School District as a custodian, retiring in 1971. Mr. Couch married Ruby Langdon on Feb. 6, 1959 in Toppenish. He was a member of the Washington Old Time Fiddlers, the Blue Mt. Fiddlers, and the Mid-Valley Geological Society and attended the Calvary Baptist Church in Toppenish. Survives include his wife, Ruby Couch of Toppenish; two step-sons, Ray Morris of Anchorage, Alaska, and Jim Morris of Toppenish; three step-daughters, Betty Lou Coles of Yakima and Mary Winberry and LaVonne Cupits, both of Boise, Idaho; three brothers, Quinton Couch of Portland, Robert Couch of Colville and Phillip Couch of Dayton, Ohio; 17 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one sister, four brothers and...

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Fowler, J. J. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon W. W. Fowler’s Father Passes Away Suddenly J.J. Fowler, father of W.W. Fowler of Enterprise, died suddenly of heart disease last week in his room in a Spokane hotel. W.W. Fowler was greatly shocked to hear the news on Friday and left at once for Portland, where his father’s body was taken for burial. The father was here in November, leaving on the tenth. He was robust and appeared in the best of health and did not look more than 55 years of age although he was 62. The senior Mr. Fowler was a salesman for the Clarke, Woodward Drug Company of Portland. He had represented the house on the road for 25 years and was considered the dean of the traveling men of Portland and the most able salesman in his line in the northwest. He was born in Illinois and came across the plains to Oregon with his parents in 1852. For many years he kept a general store at Glencoe. His wife had been dead for some years. Six children survive: Mrs. C. W. Michael, Dr. O. S. Fowler, Frank F. Fowler of Portland, W.W. Fowler of Enterprise, Reatha and Howard Fowler of North Yakima, Wash. Immediately after his sudden death, reports in the Portland paper sought to connect it with a number of fatalities resulting from partaking of poisoned drink of...

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Martin, Mabel Mrs. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Mrs. Mabel Martin Laid To Rest Mrs. Mabel Martin died at Medford Aug. 1. Mabel Adeline Dunn was born in Guthrie Center, Iowa, June 6, 1880. She came to Wallowa County with her parents in 1893 and settled in the north end of the county. She was married to Robert M. Martin Dec. 14, 1899, and to this union eight children were born, three daughters and five sons. Two daughters and one son are deceased. She was left a widow by the death of her husband Feb. 12, 1945. The greater part of her life was spent in and near Flora, and during this period she served as the local telephone operator for 18 years and was correspondent for the Wallowa Sun and The Chieftain. Shortly after the death of her husband she moved to Wallowa where she purchased a home and resided until June 5 of this year when she moved to Portland. She is survived by a daughter. Mrs. Chet French, Trail, Ore.; four sons, Melvin of Echo, Marvin E. of Seeley Lake, Mont., Raymond D. of Wallowa, and Robert W. of Vancouver, Wash.; one sister, Mrs. Della Morris of Portland; two brothers A.M. Dunn of Portland and Arthur Dunn of San Francisco, and five grandchildren. Funeral services conducted by Rev. Edwin Beem were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Flora. Wallowa County...

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Loosely, Charles A. – Obituary

Death Claims Well Known Fraternalist Following days of critical Illness, Chas. A. Loosely passed away at his home Sunday. The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at the I.O.O.F. Hall with Rev. Cullison in charge. The body will be taken later to Iowa for burial. Charles A. Loosely was born in Keithsburg, Mercer County, Illinois, November 2, 1877, and passed at his home in Enterprise, Oregon, at 3:30 Sunday afternoon, August 29th, 1920. His early life was spent in Illinois. He married to Miss Nina Baner in Burlington, Iowa, on September 28, 1898, and they made their home for several years in New Boston, Illinois, where their son, Donald, was born. They later moved to Aledo and to Monmouth, Illinois, coming to Enterprise, Oregon, March 17, 1908. Here they resided until 1913, when they went to Portland, where they made their home until Jun 1919, when they returned to Enterprise hoping the higher altitude might prove beneficial to Mr. Loosely’s health which had been failing for some time. Besides the bereaved wife and son, Mr. Loosely leaves his mother, Mrs. Pauline Loosely of Galesburg, Illinois, and two sisters, Mrs. Gertrude Carney of Galesburg, Illinois, and Mrs. Geneva Drury of Davenport, Iowa. He was a member of Enterprise lodge, No. 153, I.O.O.F. and of Emerald Rebekah lodge, No. 119. Wallowa County Reporter, Wallowa County, Oregon, September 2,...

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Lenington, Pauline Nora – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Services Held For Young Enterprise Mother Pauline Nora Lenington, 30, wife of James R. Lenington of Enterprise, passed away unexpectedly Friday evening July 17, 1953 at the Wallowa Memorial Hospital following a short illness. Daughter of James R. and Nora Anderson, she was born October 15, 1922 at Hood River. Her early childhood was spent in Portland and Oakland, Oregon. When seven years old she moved with her parents to Wallowa where she attended grade school and graduated from high school. Since that time Enterprise has been her home. She married James R. Lenington in 1941 at Weiser, Idaho. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Enterprise and was a devoted church worker, being a member of the Women’s missionary society, the church clerk and a Sunday school teacher. Mrs. Lenington is survived by her husband, James R. Lenington, three small daughters, Carol Ann, Susan Ella, and Laura Lee and her mother Mrs. Nora Anderson, all of Enterprise. Her father James R. Anderson of Ukiah, Oregon; two brothers Kenneth and Wilbur Anderson and one sister Mrs. Arnold (Maxine) Hahn, of Enterprise, and one grandmother, Mrs. Christine Miller of Eagle Point, Oregon. Funeral services, arranged by Booth Bollman Funeral Home, were held Tuesday, July 21 at 2 P.M. at the First Baptist church. Rev. Vern R. Hodges officiated. Mrs. Edith Locke sang “The...

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Larkins, Mary Mrs. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon L.G. Seaton received a telegram on Tuesday, telling of the death of his mother, Mrs. Mary Larkins, in Portland. She was in Enterprise and later in Wallowa during this year, and left two months ago for Portland with her daughter, Mrs. George Scheufield, who remained with her to the last. At first the change of climate seemed to benefit her, but the heart trouble from which she was suffering returned with greater severity and caused her death. She was 56 years old, and had two children, Mrs. Scheufield and Mr. Seaton. The body will be buried in Portland. Enterprise Record Chieftain, Wallowa County, Oregon, Thursday, October 3,...

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