Location: Prairie Creek Oregon

Wallowa County Oregon Burial Index – Surnames A – Z

Surname A ABLE: Flora ACTON: Flora, Prairie Creek ADAMS: Prairie Creek ADEY: Enterprise ADRIAN: Enterprise AGER: Flora AKERS: Wallowa AKIN: Alder Slope AKINS: Enterprise ALESON: Enterprise ALEXANDER: Paradise ALFORD: Bramlet, Enterprise ALLARD: Prairie Creek, Wallowa ALLEN: Bramlet, Enterprise, Lost Prairie, Lostine ALTO: Enterprise ALUMBAUGH: Wallowa ALVERTIE: Enterprise AMEY: Enterprise, Prairie Creek AMONINO: Enterprise ANDERSON: Bramlet, Enterprise, Prairie Creek, Wallowa ANDRAESON: Wallowa ANDREWS: Enterprise ANSON: Lostine APPLEGATE: Flora, Paradise, Prairie Creek ARAM: Enterprise ARMON: Bramlet ARNOLD: Enterprise, Imnaha ASCHENBRENNER: Enterprise ASERNATH: Enterprise ASHER: Enterprise, Lostine ASSMAN: Lostine ASTWOOD: Enterprise AUDET: Enterprise AULT: Enterprise AUSLER: Enterprise, Flora AUTHIER: Lost Prairie AUTRLY: Bartlett AVERILL: Enterprise AVERY: Enterprise, Lostine Surname B BACON: Enterprise, Lost Prairie BAGGETT: Wallowa BAILEY: Enterprise BAILIE: Enterprise BAIRD: Enterprise, Wallowa BAKER, Enterprise, Flora, Prairie Creek, Wallowa BAKKE: Wallowa BALDWIN: Bramlet BALENTIN: Prairie Creek BALES: Enterprise, Prairie Creek, Wallowa BALLANTYNE: Prairie Creek BALLARD: Enterprise, Wallowa BALLAS: Enterprise BALTER: Prairie Creek BANKHEAD: Bramlet, Wallowa BANNISTER: Enterprise BARBER: Enterprise BARE: Imnaha BAREMORE: Wallowa BARKLOW: Wallowa BARNARD: Hurricane Creek, Prairie Creek BARNES: Enterprise, Paradise BARNETT: Enterprise, Wallowa BARNHILL: Enterprise BARTER: Enterprise BARTH: Enterprise BARTLES: Enterprise BARTON: Bramlet, Enterprise, Hurricane Creek, Lostine, Prairie Creek, Promise, Wallowa BASENETT: Enterprise BASFORD: Enterprise BASH: Enterprise BASIM: Enterprise BASSETT: Wallowa BATER: Enterprise BATES: Prairie Creek BATLY: Prairie Creek BAUER: Enterprise BAXLEY: Enterprise BAXTER: Enterprise, Prairie Creek, Wallowa BAY: Alder Slope, Enterprise BAZINE: Wallowa BEACH: Enterprise, Paradise BEALS: Prairie...

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Adams, Mary Mrs. – Obituary

Prairie Creek, Wallowa County, Oregon February 5, 1931 County Loses a Loved Pioneer In Passing of Mrs. Adams In the passing of Mrs. Mary Adams at her home on Prairie Creek last Wednesday evening, Wallowa County lost one of its oldest and most loved pioneers. Mrs. Adams, with her husband and little girl, came to Wallowa county more than 50 years ago. The family settled on Prairie Creek on the ranch upon which they lived for many years and where both Mr. And Mrs. Adams died. In 1882 they moved to Imnaha, which was at that time an almost inaccessible frontier. On their way to their new home a distance of eight miles above Imnaha bridge it was necessary to ford the river 18 times. There were but five families on Imnaha at that time and horseback riding was the chief mode of travel. During their 18 years of residence on Imnaha Mrs. Adams endured all the hardships incident to pioneering. She also assumed the task of welcoming into the world the little newcomers of the neighborhood for which a doctor was seldom called. No task was too great for her, no neighborliness too much trouble. Into her later life came other hardships and sorrows, for about twenty years ago her younger daughter died, leaving two little girls for Mrs. Adams to rear. Again in 1927 a granddaughter passed...

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Cole, Claud Lindford – Obituary

Joseph, Wallowa County, Oregon Claud was the eldest child of Maud Ruthanar Burnap and Robert Lindford Cole. He was born at Prairie Creek, Oregon on August 24, 1888. Claud’s name sake was his paternal grandmother Catherine Lindford, 3rd wife of Rev. William Person Cole, AKA Wiley P. Cole Sr. His elementary schooling was started there and completed in Touchet, Washington, and in Lost Prairie, Oregon where he graduated from the eight grade. He then took a Teacher’s Examination which gave him his first teacher’s certificate. Claud taught in several out lying districts for the next few years, including Lost Prairie. It was here that his brother, Loyd and his three youngest sisters were all students of his. His first term of teaching was at Troy, Oregon in the fall of 1907 and his last school was Sunnyglade (outside Flora) in the early 1920’s. On December 8, 1912 he married a neighbor girl, Grace Lee Berner. Grace was born Nov. 17, 1888. As the school terms were usually three months in the fall and three months in the spring, Claud also did farm and ranch work. He did considerable amount of sheep-shearing and was considered one of he fasted in the country. While in Klamath Falls, Oregon in 1927 working at a sheep camp, he suffered a perforated ulcer and emergency surgery. Due to stomach ulcers he was in poor...

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Balter, Alice Viola Beith – Obituary

Mrs. Alice Balter, aged pioneer of Wallowa County, passed quietly away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Guy Mitchell, just before midnight, Tuesday September 6,1932. Mrs. Balter had been in poor health for some time and following an illness of flu in Montana last winter has been much worse. August 29 she was stricken with paralysis and never recovered complete consciousness before the end. Alice Beith was born Sept. 7,1856 in Batavia, Illinois and died Sept 6, 1932 at the age of 76 years. When she was a small child, the Beith family moved to Waseca, Minn., and at the age of 16 she again moved, this time to El Dorado, Kansas. She was married in El Dorado, Kansas, to Julius Balter May 16,1877 and in 1883 with two small children Mr. and Mrs. Balter came to Wallowa county. There they made a home on Prairie Creek and lived mostly in or near Joseph until death came. Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Balter: Mrs. J.E. Lay of Bozeman, Montana: Mrs. Guy Mitchell of Joseph William who died in 1904, at the age of 25, and Birdine, who died when a small child. Mrs. Balter was a devoted wife and mother, a good neighbor and friend. She endured the hardships of a pioneer life with courage and fortitude. She united with the Methodist church in Joseph...

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Cole, Philip Loyd – Obituary

Philip Loyd Cole 1896 – 1954 Philip Loyd was the third child and youngest son of Maud Ruthanar Burnap and Robert Lindford Cole. He was born in Prairie Creek, Oregon on April 5, 1896. He went through grade school in Lost Prairie, Oregon where his parents had homesteader. His last school teacher was his older brother, Claud. After finishing his schooling he worked on his father’s homestead until he left for Lethbridge, Canada in 1916. he did farm and ranch work there also. On March 23, 1920 he married Marie Shinman, a registered nurse. In 1922 their only child, a son Ogden, was born. Loyd continued farming until 1937 at which time his wife, married, died. Lloyd then started driving truck and later clearing land with a large Caterpillar tractor. he worked at this until 1945. at this time he went into partnership with another person on a Cat and cutter of their own. When his son, Ogden, came back from World War II he and Loyd filed on homesteads north of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. They were able to use the Cat to build the first road into their places. On November 17, 1946 Loyd married Madelene Wilson of Piapot, Saskatchewan. their son, Philip Joseph, was born in 1951. Loyd developed heart trouble and failed fairly fast after homesteading. he, Madeline and Philip were living on the homestead...

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Binkley, Mrs. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Mrs. Binkley, mother of Mrs. Wm. Halsey, died at her daughter’s home on Prairie Creek last Thursday. Wallowa County Reporter, Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon, Thursday November 7,...

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Coverdale, Zadock – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Zadock Coverdale, a pioneer of Upper Prairie Creek, this county, but of late a resident of Milton, Oregon, died December 15th at the advanced age of 83 years. Chieftain, Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon, January 4, 1912 Contributed by Pat...

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Herzog, Henry B. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Henry Herzog Dies After Long Illness Henry B.Herzog passed away at the St. Joseph hospital, La Grande, Sunday, March 9,1941. He had suffered from cancer for months and was taken to the hospital for care. An operation was performed last Tuesday but nothing could restore him to health. His wife and children all were with him during his last hours at the hospital. Funeral services were held yesterday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father R.E. Kenendy officiating. Pall bearers were Louis Audet, Henry Perren, Fred McFetridge, W.H. Kirkman, Punch Foster and Adolph Nuxoll. Mr. Herzog was born Sept. 26, 1870, in Stearns County, Minnesota. His mother died when he was four years old. He came west when 18 years old and lived at Genesee, Idaho, and later took up a homestead on what had been the Nezperce reservation. He was married to Mary Elizabeth Helm, Feb. 1, 1909, and they had a dairy farm in eastern Washington and then came to Wallowa County in 1915. They bought a farm on Prairie creek four years ago. Surviving are the widow and seven children; Vernon Herzog of Enterprise, Walter Herzog of Wallowa, Mrs. Hilda Nouguier of Cheney, Wash., Mrs. Josephine Neilson of Seattle, Mrs. Wayne McFetridge of Enterprise, Lawrence Herzog who lives at home and Evelyne Herzog who is taking nurse’s training at Lewiston. There are...

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Lathrop, Harold West ‘Shorty’ – Obituary

Harold West “Shorty” Lathrop died at his home on Feb. 27, 2005. He was born in Wallowa on Feb. 11, 1920, the sixth of Louis and Hazel Lathrop’s 13 children. Through the eight grade he rode his horse to the one-room schoolhouse in the Leap area, and later moved to town and boarded with his uncle “Letty” Lathrop while attending Enterprise High School. After graduation he worked at Willard Duncan’s saw mill. From 1942 to 1945 he served as a corporal in the Army Air Forces in the Pacific Theater of World War II. After the war he went into a partnership with his brother-in-law Max Walker on Day Ridge, where he met Nellie E. Bird. They married on June 30, 1949 at the Joseph Methodist Church and honeymooned along the Columbia Gorge. Mr. Lathrop then formed a partnership with his brother Emra “Duke” Lathrop and the Lathrops moved to a remote spot on the Snake River where they started a family. In 1954 they bought a small ranch on Prairie Creek where they lived for the next 50 years. He was baptized in 1959 and helped organize the Joseph Baptist Church, where, as a charter member, he taught Sunday School and led as a deacon for many years. The Wallowa County Cattleman’s Association honored him as Grassman of the Year in 1981, and Cattleman of the Year in...

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McClain, John – Obituary

Joseph, Wallowa County, Oregon John J. McClain died at the Wallowa Memorial Hospital June 26, 1978 where he had been a patient for 5 days. He was a resident of the Pioneer Guest Home, and a former resident of Medford and Salem. He was born September 30, 1886 on Upper Prairie Creek to James R. and Alice McClain. He married Ida Mae Hursch at Medical Springs, Oregon. She preceded him in death in 1939. In August of 1977 he married Lurena B. in Salem, Oregon. Mr. McClain was a meat cutter, retired. Services were held Saturday, July 1 at Bollman Chapel at 4:00 p.m., with Eric Walch officiating. Cliff Collingsworth was the soloist singing “How Great Thou Art” and “The Old Rugged Cross.” Organist was Jeannette Powers. Pall bearers were Jim McClain, Max Gorsline, Harold Klages, Jack Harmon, Vern McClain and Norman McClain. Internment was in the family plot at Prairie Creek Cemetery, Joseph. Survivors are his wife, Lurena B. McClain of Salem, two sons, Gene H. McClain of Sanger, California; Kermit Raymond McClain of Newport, Washington; One daughter, Mrs. Clyde R. (Marilyn) Wilson of Kelley, Iowa; one sister, Hattie Beaudoin; 8 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Bollman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, July 6, 1978, Page 14 Contributed by: Sue...

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Down, Charles Mrs. – Obituary

Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon Mrs. Charles Down died Wednesday morning, April 15, 1925, on Prairie Creek, after a long illness. She was the wife of one of largest farmers in the county. Her body will be sent to Summerville, Union county, for burial, as she was a member of an old family of that county, her father being John E. Jones. Mary Louisa Jones was born at Salt Lake City September 13, 1853, and after her marriage to Mr. Down came to Wallowa valley 23 years ago. She is survived by her husband and two sons, Roscoe and Roy, and one daughter, Ruth. Several brothers and sisters live in Union county. Source: Enterprise Record Chieftain, Thursday, April 16, 1925 Contributed by: Sue...

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Adams, Mary Margaret Bickel Mrs. – Obituary

beginning of article missing (on page 1) her at 8 o’clock, Wednesday evening, January 28. Mary Margaret Bickel was born at Lake Mills, Portage county, Wisconsin, April 12, 1855. Died at her home on Prairie creek, January 28, 1931, at the age of 75 years, 9 months and 16 days. She was united in marriage to Arba N. Adams in Wisconsin November 7, 1869. They came to Oregon in 1876 and the greater part of her life since then has been spent in Wallowa county. Mrs. Adams is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Minnie Vaughan of Corning, California; four grandchildren, Norma Hope of Joseph, Nellie Gowing of Lorane, Oregon, Ione Dodson of Ellensburg, Washington, and Floyd Vaughan of Willows, California, and 15 great-grandchildren; one brother, John W. Bickel of Chicago, Illinois, and one sister, Mrs. Carrie Howard of Gilroy, California. There are several nieces one of whom is Mrs. Rhoena Morgan of Imnaha. She was for many years a member of the Rebekah lodge at Joseph. Funeral services were conducted at the residence by Rev. S.E. Smutz of Joseph M.E. Church. Interment was in Prairie Creek cemetery. The casket was covered with beautiful flowers, the tribute of family and friends. Source: Enterprise Record Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, February 5, 1931 page 2 Contributed by: Sue Wells Transcribed by: Belva...

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Biography of J. C. McFetridge

The subject of the following article is one of the stanch and loyal citizen of Wallowa county, where he has wrought for advancement and progress shoulder to shoulder with the best men in the county and has demeaned himself in a commendable manner meanwhile, having ever been led by his characteristic sagacity, prudence and practical judgment. It is also one of the distinctions that belongs to Mr. McFetridge, that when Columbia called for sons to stand for her honor and defend her banner in the Civil war, he stepped quickly to the front and showed his mettle in military service of merit and valor. Our subject, J. C. McFetridge, entered this life on December 22, 1844, in Smith county, Virginia, being the son of Ephriam and Armanda (Myers) McFetridge, natives respectively, of Pennsylvania and Virginia. The father was a farmer and schoolteacher and removed from Virginia to eastern Tennessee. His career ended at Maynardsville, in that state, where his remains sleep peacefully at the present time. In 1863 Mr. McFetridge crossed the mountains from east Tennessee to Kentucky and found the United States troops at Condon. He hired to work for the government as teamster, being in Bowman’s brigade, Second Division, Ninth Corps, under General Burnside. He was once called from his labors as teamster to fight Morgan’s command. After the war he returned to his home in eastern Tennessee....

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Biographical Sketch of George H. Furgason

Among the heavy property owners of Wallowa County, mention must be made of the esteemed subject of this sketch, whose career has manifested steadfastness of purpose and capabilities that have wrought out his present prominent place in the agricultural and stock raising population of our county, while his qualities of uprightness and truth have given him the happy prestige that is his to enjoy, and it is due to such men as Mr. Furgason that Wallowa county owes her development and prominence today. George H. was born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, on August 13, 1959, being the son of Alexander and Janett (Dwinell) Furgason. In 1862, the parents came across the wide plains and rugged mountains that separated the eastern section of the country from the Pacific slope and they found a home in the Grande Ronde valley, near Island City, being among the very first that settled in that section. Our subject grew to manhood in the environments of the frontier, gaining a good education from the public schools and in careful reading. He remained under the parental roof until 1882, in which year he came to Wallowa county, or the territory that is now embraced in this county, and selected a homestead on Prairie creek, seven miles east from the present Joseph. Here he engaged himself in tilling the soil and in raising stock until 1888, then...

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