Location: Portland Oregon

Cussins, Norris – Obituary

World War Vet Dies in Portland Norris Cussins, 54, World war veteran, died at the Veteran’s hospital at Portland Saturday morning. He was born November 14, 1886 in Gage County, Neb., and came to Oregon at the age of two years. He spent most of his life on the Cussins’ homestead a mile west of Lostine. He entered the World war and spent 18 months over seas. He was taken to the Veterans’ hospital in Walla Walla last summer and later transferred to the Veterans’ hospital at Portland. He was buried at Portland. Funeral services were held in Portland for Norris Cussins, who died at the Veterans hospital in that city Saturday, Feb. 1. Interment was in the veteran’s cemetery. Henry Norris Cussins was born Nov. 14, 1886, in Gage County, Nebraska, and was the youngest of seven children. His parents were Samuel Jefferson and Louisa Elizabeth Cussins, pioneer settlers of Wallowa County. They came to Oregon when Norris was two years of age and lived on a farm west of Lostine all of his life with the exception of about two years. He entered the service of the U.S. army under the first draft of 1917 and spent 18 months overseas in active service. He was in the battle of the Argonnne forest. Twice during the last two years he was taken to the Veterans hospital at Walla...

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Hess, Gertrude Jean – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Gertrude Jean Hess, 59, of 123 Union St., Walla Walla, died June 21, 1981 at Portland’s St. Vincent Hospital. Mrs. Hess was born July 19, 1921, in Criterion, Oregon to Peter and Birtha Herling Kirsch. She attended Criterion and Maupin schools and graduated from Oregon State University in Corvallis. She married W. John Hess June 9, 1946. She was a teacher in Enterprise and a homemaker. She was a member of Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, Christian Womens Club and Engineers Wives. Mrs. Hess is survived by her husband, at home; three sons, Dan and Mark Hess, both of Walla Walla and Lee Hess of Portland; two brothers, Theodore Kirsch of Myrtle Point, Oregon and Paul Kirsch of Roseburg; and two...

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Biography of John T. Denton, Hon.

Hon. John T. Denton. While John T. Denton had been a staid and substantial banker, business man and public spirited citizen of Grenola and Elk County for over thirty years, he had covered a great deal of territory in the course of his earlier experiences, and he came through difficulties and hardships on the road to success. He was left an orphan boy in Kentucky, was reared in the home of relatives, started out to make his own way in the world when sixteen, and had always considered it fortunate that he came to Kansas in the early days of the state, and had found his real destiny in her commonwealth. Mr. Denton was born at Wyoming, Bath County, Kentucky, March 9, 1850. His ancestors were English people who settled in Virginia in Colonial days. His great-grandfather was born in Virginia, and as a young man crossed the mountains into Kentucky. Mr. Denton’s grandfather was William Denton, who spent many years of his life in Kentucky as a farmer, but died at Huntsville, Indiana, in 1850. Abraham Denton, the father of the Grenola banker, was born in Bath County, Kentucky, and died at Wyoming in that locality in 1855. He spent all his life in Bath County, was a farmer, stockman, merchant and a hotel proprietor. In politics he was a whig, a follower of the great Henry Clay,...

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Ridgley, Josephine – Obituary

Josephine (Reichmuth) Ridgley was born near Zurich, Switzerland May 14, 1888. She immigrated to the United States in the early 1900’s with her sister Marie to Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington to join other family members that lived there. Miss Reichmuth was married to Charles Franklin Jaensch Sr. in Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington in 1909. To this union was born two sons; Charles Franklin Jaensch Jr. and Joseph William Jaensch. Mr. and Mrs. Jaensch lived in Wallowa County for a number of years farming on Alder Slope. Mr. and Mrs. Jaensch later divorced and Mrs. Jaensch moved to Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon. She worked for a number of years at the Heathman Hotel in Portland. At a later date she was a caregiver to Mr. Ridgley, eventually they were married and lived at 5304 North Concord Street in Portland, Oregon. After Mr. Ridgleys death, Mrs. Ridgley in her later years moved to an assisted living nursing home in Portland, Oregon where she passed away in February 1984. Mrs. Ridgley was interred in the Rose Lawn Cemetery in Portland. Mrs. Ridgley was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Annie, first husband Charles Franklin Jaensch Sr. and Mr. Ridgley of Portland and a son, Joseph William Jaensch of El Paso, Texas. She is survived by a son, Charles Franklin Jaensch Jr., grandchildren Gerald Franklin Jaensch of Baker, Oregon and David...

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Hammack,Ross Robert

Ross Robert Hammack, 85, died on Nov. 27, 2004 He was born on Aug. 22, 1919 in Lostine to Floyd and Zelma Hammack, the youngest of six children. Ross graduated from Enterprise High School as president of his class and went to college at Oregon State University where he studied engineering. He married his wife of 63 years, Donna Mae Brown, on Aug. 2, 1941. He is survived by four children, Jonathan Ross Hammack (Linda) of Portland; Jeffrey Charles Hammack (Sandra) of Buhl, Idaho; Linda Hammack Giles (Don) of Portland; and Matthew Lyle Hammack of Danville, Calif.; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and his sister, Velva Hofmann of La Grande. He has many nieces, nephews and lifelong friends who will miss his warm smile and gracious manner. After college, Ross went to work for Willamette Iron & Steel and was posted to the U.S. Naval shipyard in Bremerton, Wash. during World War II, where he worked on electrical engineering projects for submarines. He then returned Kaiser Industries on Swan Island before joining his older brother, Lyle, at Raven Creamery in Portland. In 1961 Ross started the Hammack Brokerage Company and four years later he purchased Dickensheets-Potter Food Brokerage Co. In 1974 the company became Hammack & Associates, Inc. Ross was an inaugural inductee into the Oregon Food Industry Hall of Fame, president of the Founding Board of Directors of the...

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Conaway, Barry – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Barry Conaway Passes Away A. B. Conaway, attorney and justice of the peace, in Enterprise for over 30 years, passed away at St. Vincent hospital in Portland Monday after a month’s illness. He was taken to Portland about ten days ago when it became apparent that he was losing ground rapidly. Although there seemed to be only slight hope that anything further could be done for him in his weakened condition, it was hoped that something might be found which would be able to check the malady with which he was suffering. Barry, as he was affectionately known to everybody in Enterprise and Wallowa County, was born Jan. 28, 1881, near LeRoy, Illinois and later moved with his family to Clearfield, Iowa. He attended Drake University where he was an outstanding star in football, baseball and track. For several years he held many school and conference championships in various fields of athletic competition. He weighed around 240 lbs and was a particular strong contender in all contests in which strength was an important element, such as the hammer throw. After graduating from the law school at Drake, Barry returned to Clearfield. In a short time he received word from the dean of the law school to drop in and see him, which he did at once. The dean showed him a letter which he had...

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McFetridge, Alta M. – Obituary

Wallowa County, Oregon Alta M. McFetridge passed away September 3, 1978 at Emanuel Hospital in Portland. Born February 8, 1900 at Enterprise, she was the daughter of Nicholas and Mary Ownbey. She was a resident of Wallowa County most of her life. Mrs. McFetridge was a homemaker, a member of Enterprise Christian Church, the Woman’s Benefit Association, and a former employee of a local bank. On June 30, 1918, she was married in La Grande to John O. McFetridge, who preceded her in death on April 21, 1974. Funeral services will be held Thursday (today), September 7 at 2:00 p.m. at the Bollman Chapel with Wayne Pickens officiating. Soloist will be Sam Morgan, singing “Precious Lord Take My Hand” and “The Lords Prayer”. Bearers are George knight, Floyd Kennedy, Carlyle Roundy, Delbert Pratt, Clyde Stonebrink and Hoke Ollis. Vault internment will be in the Enterprise Cemetery. Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Elmer (Hattie) McFetridge of Salem, nieces and nephews. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, September 7, 1978 Page 15 Contributed by: Sue...

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Daniels, Nancy C. Mrs. – Obituary

Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon Pioneer Resident Answers Call Mrs. Nancy C. Daniels, pioneer resident of the county for 46 years, died August 30 at the Good Samaritan hospital in Portland, where she had been a patient about two weeks. The body was brought by C.L. Booth to Wallowa for burial. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. Edgar A. Pollock, were held in the Methodist church in Wallowa Sunday afternoon. Music was by the same quartet who had sung at the funeral of Mr. Daniels, who passed away in 1920, Mr. and Mrs. K.W. McKenzie and Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Eddleman, accompanied at the piano by Mrs. Ross Johnson. They sang “How firm a Foundation” and “Old Rugged Cross.” Roy, Ross, Rex and Raymond Southwick, Leon Wortman and Doyce Clecknick, grandsons of the deceased, acted as pallbearers, and burial was in the Wallowa cemetery. Nancy C. McGinnis was born July 20, 1882, in Raleigh county, West Virginia, and was married April 16, 1881, to C.D. Daniels. They came west in 1900 and settled in Wallowa county, which remained her home. Twelve children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Daniels, six of whom survive: M.C. Daniels of Lewiston, Mrs. A.B. Miller of Enterprise, Mrs. J.H. Leonard of Coquille, Mrs. G.H. Lloyd of Portland, and Mrs. Myrtle Brandon and Mrs. Ersa Wortman of Wallowa. She is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren,...

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Hearing, Myrtle I. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Enterprise Native Succumbs At Hospital. Myrtle I. Hearing of Enterprise passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 1975 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital following several months of ill health. She was the daughter of pioneer parents, Nicholas and Mary Ownbey and was born in Enterprise on Aug. 25, 1890. She lived here until 1928 when she moved to Walla Walla, Wash., to live with a sister, Mrs. Ora Bookout. Later Mrs. Hearing, with her sister, moved to Portland where they made their home. After the death of her sister, she lived with a nephew, Don Bookout of Portland. Being in failing health, Mrs. Hearing came to Enterprise to be with her daughter, Oretta Clegg, and a younger sister, Alta McFetridge. She was a member of the Christian Church of Walla Walla. After a three week stay in the hospital in November, Mrs. Hearing enjoyed being home with the grandchildren and great-grandson for Christmas festivities, highlighted by one grandson David, on Navy leave from Midway Island, being present. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Oretta) Clegg of Enterprise; two sisters, Mrs. John (Alta) McFetridge of Enterprise and Mrs. Elmer (Hattie) McFetridge of Salem; four grandchildren, Jim Clegg of Tigard, Ron and Debbie Clegg of Enterprise and Dave Clegg in the Navy; one great-grandson, Deron Clegg of Tigard; nieces and nephews. Memorial services were Friday at 2 p.m. at...

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Rynearson, Marvin – Obituary

Joseph, Wallowa County, Oregon Child Passes Away Marvin Rynearson, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Lemuel Rynearson, died at Doernbecker hospital in Portland Monday, Jan. 29, 1940. The parents went with the baby to Portland a couple of days earlier in the hope of finding treatment to meet the needs of the child. They arrived back in Joseph yesterday for funeral and burial services. The baby was born at Joseph March 5, 1939, and was survived by its parents and one sister. Source: Enterprise Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, Thursday, February 1, 1940 Contributed by: Sue...

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Putnam, Dorothy – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Dorothy Matilda “Tilly” Putnam, 88, died Sunday, June 17, 1979, in Wallowa Memorial Hospital, after a stay of four days. She had been in failing health for three or four years. Two years ago she moved from Portland to Enterprise, where she was a resident of Alpine Village. She was born on Feb. 2, 1891, in Ostrander, Minn., the daughter of Olle J. and Margaretta Hager. On June 21, 1931, she was married to Harold Douglas Putnam in Reno, Nev. He preceded her in death on July 15, 1968. A homemaker, Mrs. Putnam had been a school teacher in her younger years. She was a member of the Baptist church in St. John’s, Portland. Services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20, 1979, in the Bollman Chapel, with Father Leo Weckerle officiating. A duet, Ella McArtor and Melvin Crow, sang “In The Garden” and “Peace In The Valley”. Jeanette Powers was organist. Bearers were Lewis Britton, Ed Warren, and Alfred Scott, James and Alvin Elliott. Vault internment was in the Lostine Cemetery. Survivors include her sister, Mrs. Ed J. (Anna) Hook, Wallowa; stepson Harold Putnam, Alhambra, Cal.; nephew Alfred Warren Scott, Lostine; and other relatives. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, Thurs, June 21, 1979 Page 12 Contributed by: Sue...

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Marshall, Katherin Mrs. – Obituary

Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon Mrs. Katherin Marshall died Sunday, Jan. 24th, 1937 at Wallowa. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Wallowa Tuesday afternoon, conducted by the pastor, Rev. E.A. Pollock. Burial was in Wallowa cemetery. Katherin Jones was born in Kansas City, Mo., in 1873 and died at the age 64 years, six months and 20 days. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Marion Jones. Her parents came to Oregon when she was a small girl and settled in the Grande Ronde valley where she was married to William Marshall in 1886. She and her husband moved to Harney County and lived there several years, then returned to La Grande and later went to Portland, coming to Wallowa 14 years ago. Mr. Marshall passed away eight years ago. Two daughters survive, Mrs. Letha Chapman of Prairie Creek, and Mrs. Nellie Sherod of Wallowa, and two sons, Robert of Enterprise and Jess of Wallowa, and there were three sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Cochran and Mrs. Ella Webb of Wallowa. One son, Frank died eight years ago. Source: Enterprise Record Chieftain, January 28, 1937 Page 5 Contributed by: Sue...

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Smith, Eli – Obituary

Mrs. Weldon Silver of Troy received word Friday night that her father, Eli Smith, died at his home Thursday evening. Mr. Smith was an early pioneer of the Grouse country, coming in on Grouse flat and taking a homestead many years ago. His first wife died on the homestead many years ago. He was married again and stayed on the place for several years. Two years ago this fall as Mr. and Mrs. Smith were coming to Troy their team became frightened and ran away down the grade, throwing both of them out of the buggy. Mrs. Smith was so badly hurt that she was taken to Lewiston at once but only lived a few days and was buried at Lewiston. Mr. Smith gave up farming and sold off all of his stock and went to live with his daughter Jewell for awhile in Portland. But it seems he had a home in Idaho at the time of his death. He was about 72 years old. There was never a better neighbor than Mr. Smith and he was a good husband and father. He leaves to mourn his death three daughters, two sons and several grandchildren, besides many warm friends. Mr. Smith’s oldest son, Oscar, was drowned many years ago in Southwestern Idaho. Mr. Smith was well known throughout the whole North country, and his children have the deepest...

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Olds, George R. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon George R. Olds died on January 22, 1988 at the Veterans Medical Center in Portland. He was born February 15, 1924 at Buffalo, Wyo., son of George and Agnes (Anderson) Olds. On May 7, 1950 he was married to Helen Hollas at Billings, Montana. He was a lineman for Pacific Power and Light. Survivors include his wife, Helen of Enterprise; on son, Donald Olds of Fountain Green , Utah; four daughters, Sharon Price of Milton-Freewater, Patsy Reynolds of Anchorage, Alaska, Nancy Lathrop of La Grande and Shelley Curtis of Baker; and 12 grandchildren. Memorial services were held at Bollman Funeral Home on Jan. 25, with Lester Wells officiating. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Heart Fund in care of Bollman Funeral Home, Main at West 3rd, Enterprise. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, Thursday, February 4, 1988 Contributed by: Sue Wells Transcribed by: Dixie...

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Heskett, William Franklin – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Former Wallowa County resident, William Franklin Heskett, died Jan. 4, 1988 at Portland. He was 76. He was born March 13, 1911 at Wallowa, the son of Willard and Lucy Grace (Feagins) Heskett. He grew up in Wallowa County and attended school there. He married Dorothy McCormack, April 2, 1934. The couple lived near Enterprise and Lostine until 1965 when they moved to Portland where he worked at the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children until his retirement. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; four daughters, Twyla Harmon, Oregon City, Melva Wheeler, Moses Lake, Wash., Tammy Heskett, Iowa City, Ia., Betty Jo Bray, Portland; one son, William Heskett, Athena; 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and four sisters and one brother. Funeral services were held Jan. 9, 1988 at the Christian Church in Enterprise with Rev. Maynard Norvell officiating. Private burial was in the Enterprise cemetery. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, Thursday, February 4, 1988 Contributed by: Sue Wells Transcribed by: Dixie...

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