Location: Putman County MO

Biography of John William Womack

John William Womack, son of Jacob and Lurreene Bougher Womack, was born in Unionville, Missouri, He, and a cousin Crawford Wallace Womack, made an early trip into Wallowa Valley, camping along Bear Creek. During the night their horses wandered away from camp and were found the next morning at what is now the town site of Wallowa. They both returned again in 1877, when they both filed on homesteads. John filed southwest of the town of Wallowa, building a log cabin at the foot of the west slope of Green Hill. He named his homestead “Cove Ranch.” Crawford Wallace Womack and John McCubbin spent the first winter with John on his homestead. In 1881, a wagon train left Saint Joseph, Missouri, heading for Oregon, with Russell Thompson as wagon master. Russell and Catherine Hedges Thompson’s oldest daughter, Martha Jane, drove one of the teams and wagons across the plains. Traveling with the Thompson wagon train were Edna and Chella Pickett, also James (Tom) and his wife, Chata Pickett Willett. The train made a one-day layover about the location of Meridian, Idaho (about 10 miles west of Boise), where the Willetts son, Leslie (Leck), was born. The Willett family stopped at Union to spend the winter and the Thompson’s came on to the Wallowa Valley. John Womack married Martha Jane Thompson and they and their eight children lived in the...

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Bay, Lucretia – Obituary

Aged Matron Dies Friday Mrs. Lucretia Bay, 96, died Friday at the home of her daughter Mrs. Milton Showalter Funeral services were held Sunday at 2:30 pm from the Jerue Funeral Home with the Rev. Harold Sorweide officiating. Interment was in the Lance Hills Cemetery. Miss Lucretia Hearing was born Dec. 3, 1844 Putnam County, Missouri. She joined the Christian Church at an early age. She was married to Charles Bay in 1860 when she was 15 years old. Immediately after their marriage they crossed the plains by ox team. During the trip, death claimed her father, her mother, and one brother. Arriving in Oregon they settled in Umatilla. Nine children were born to them, seven of whom are still living. Mr. Bay died Oct 14, 1909 in Stites, Idaho She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Lizzie Heskett, of Enterprise, Oregon; Mrs. Mary Chambers of Victoria BC; and Mrs. Inis Showalter of Cheney; and four sons, Willie Bay of Summerville, Oregon; Fred Bay of Pendleton; Clyde Bay of Lewiston; and Wayne Bay of Enterprise. Pallbearers were G.W. Showalter, Frank Showalter, Arthur Watt, Lester Moore, John Kendrick and Fred Miller. Newspaper Unknown, received from Trudy Bay. Contributed by: Robert...

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Brice, Lawrence I. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Death Claims Enterprise Jeweler, Larry Brice Lawrence I. (Larry) Brice, 63, passed away at Wallowa Memorial Hospital October 3, after being a patient for eight days. He had been in failing health approximately three years. He had lived in Enterprise for 61/2 years where he and his wife were owners of the Brice’s Jewelry store. Born June 15, 1913 in Putnam County, Missouri, the son of Fred and Sylvia Brice. He married Eloise Thomas June 16, 1936 at Glascow, Montana. He was a jeweler by occupation and was a member of the American Watch Makers Institute, Retail Jewelers of America and Oregon, he had been a member of the Enterprise Lions, Mason and Shriner’s, Elks and Moose. He is survived by his wife, Eloise, at the Enterprise home; one son. Larry Thomas Brice, MD, of Vancouver, Wash.; two sisters, Mrs. Lloyd (Ida) Rash, Wenatchee, Wash, and Mrs. Erwin (Jewel) Roeser of Beulah, N. Dakota; brother, Clinton Brice, Dorena, Ore.; grandchildren, Lawrence Jonathon and Gretchen Delora Brice of Vancouver. Services were held Wednesday, October 6, at the Bollman Chapel at 2 p.m. with J. Maynard Norvell officiating. Organist was Jeannette Powers. Casket bearers were Don Brockett, Jim Trullinger, Delbert Pratt, Pierre Beaudoin, Cliff Collingsworth and Cecil Best. Internment was in the Enterprise cemetery. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, October 7, 1976 Page 10. Contributed by: Sue...

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Crawford, Jennie Gale – Obituary

1910-2004 Jennie Gale Crawford, 94, of Wallowa died Dec. 7 at a care center. The funeral will begin at 1 p.m. Dec. 11 at Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise. Mrs. Crawford was born Feb. 13, 1910, to James and Lucy Rutledge in Princeton, Mo. She grew up in Mercer, Mo., and on June 11, 1930, married Theodore Crawford in Corydon, Iowa. The couple lived in Powersville, Mo., Pleasant Valley, Telocaset and North Powder where they stayed for 24 years. They moved to Pilot Rock until retirement in 1972 and then to Wallowa. She was a member of the Lostine Presbyterian Church and enjoyed gardening, gathering mushrooms and being with her grandchildren. Survivors include children and their spouses, Richard and Beverly Crawford of La Grande, Patricia and Royce Horton of Wallowa; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, James Rutledge of Kansas and other relatives. Her husband, a son, a great-granddaughter, five brothers and five sisters all died earlier. Memorials may be made to any charity in care of Bollman Funeral Home. La Grande Observer – Obituaries from December 6 – December 11, 2004 – Published: December 23, 2004 Transcribed by Dixie...

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Green, Permelia – Obituary

At her home in this city, March 15, 1890, Permelia, wife of T.R.H. Green; age 52 years. Deceased was born in the state of Illinois February 8th, 1838. She was married to her now bereaved husband in Putman County, Missouri, December 12th, 1856 where they resided until 1863. They crossed the plains and settled in Umatilla county, Oregon: residing there until 1872, when they again removed and located in the Grande Ronde valley near Union. Here with her family was her home until the time of her death. She was the mother of eleven children, four of whom preceded her across the river of death. She was converted in 1856 and united with the Methodist church in whose communion she lived and died. The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. S.M. Driver at the M.E. Church Monday at 11 o’clock. A large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends followed the remains of a loving mother, wife, sister and friend to her last resting place in the Union cemetery. Eastern Oregon Republican, Thursday March 20,...

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Eaton, A. E. Mrs. – Obituary

Mrs. A.E. Eaton, who has been ill for the past five months, passed to her rest Thursday evening, December 6th at 8:30 o’clock. The deceased was born in Unionville, Missouri, May 1st, 1851, and removed to Union with her parents in 1863. She was married to Mr. Eaton November 6, 1867, at La Grande by Rev. Deardoff of the M.E. Church. She leaves four brothers and one sister, Viz: Daniel Baird of Union, David Baird of Lower Powder, George Baird of Tindall, Missouri, and Thomas Baird of Denver and Mrs. Nancy Michaels of Weiser, Idaho. The funeral services will be held at the M.E. Church Sunday, December 9th at 11 o’clock a.m. by the Revs. Anderson and Skipworth. Mr. Eaton the bereaved husband is one of our most prominent citizens and an early settler of Grande Ronde. The sympathy of the people is extended to him in his sad affliction. Eastern Oregon Republican Saturday, December 8,...

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Godsey, Stephen T. – Obituary

The funeral of Stephen T, Godsey took place from the undertaking parlors Saturday morning, February 18, and was attended by a large number of his old friends and neighbors. The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. Cook of the M. E. Church. Stephen Taylor Godsey was the fifth son of Abram and Margaret Godsey, and was born in Putnam County, Missouri, in 1860. When four years of age he moved with his parents to Mills county, Iowa, where he resided for thirty-eight years, coming to Union in 1905, and has resided on Catherine Creek until the time of his death. He was married in Mills County, Iowa, in 1894, to Miss Lora Clark, who survives him. To this union eight children wee born-the two oldest-Frank and Dick-dying in infancy. Frances, Neva, Chester, Clarence, Mabel and Vada, are still at home. Mr. Godsey was 61 years, 4 months and 17 days of age, and was an upright and honorable citizen, who numbered his friends by his acquaintances. 1922 newspaper item Contributed by: Larry...

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Robertson, John – Obituary

John Robertson dies of Heart Attack Sunday. Sudden death claims another old timer of Nyssa; Business houses close for funeral Tuesday. The community was shocked by the undespected death of John M. Robertson, 60, well known old timer of the city, who succumbed to the heart attack at 1:30 o’clock Sunday Morning. He had not been ill and was a man of rugged health. Mrs. Robertson was awakened by a cry but before aid could be summoned, he had passed quietly away. Funeral services were held from the Methodist Community Church Tuesday afternoon with the Rev. Floyd White in charge. Business houses closed and many old friends attended. Miss Edna Dennis sang a solo and there was other music by the choir. Interment was in the Ontario Cemetery with S. D. Gosluerl in charge for Wm. McBratney of Boise. Pall Bearers were Chas. McConnell, H. D. Homes, A. R. Miller, Jess Thompson, Ole Servoss and Walter Johnson. John Marion Roberts was born in Putnam County, Mo., June 27, 1872, the youngest son of a family of five children of which Mrs. Thos. Coward of Nyssa and James Robertson of Lucerne, Mo., now survive. He was married in Sullivan county, Mr., to Mary Bowers Novemeber 20, 1897, to which union three children were torn. Two died in infancy. Until 1912, Mr. Robertson engaged in farming and stock business in Missouri....

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