Location: Wallowa Oregon

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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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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Biography of Sabe Choate

SABE CHOATE. – A man who had the ability, force of character and perseverance to master two distinct lines of industry as has the subject of this sketch, besides being able to handle successfully the same with added lines of enterprise and to bring prosperity out of it all is surely deserving of the approbation of his fellows, which it is right to say Mr. Choate has received in no unstinted measure, being at the present time one of the substantial and highly respected citizens of Union county. In Fenders county, Tennessee, on April 13, 1825, our subject was born to John and Annie (Titrow) Choate. There also the parents lived until death called them hence. The educational advantages of the time were rather limited and our subject was obliged to be content with the meager instruction to be had; however, an active mind made search in the archives of the world and gleaned much useful knowledge, while the problems of active life gave discipline of a practical kind. His days of youth were not wasted, for he made himself master of the boot and shoemaker’s trade and then became an adept in the blacksmith’s art. Upon reaching his majority he stepped out on the plain of life’s activities and first took up steamboating, but soon took up blacksmithing and farming together, and for thirty-five years he was found...

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Biography of Nelson Schoonover

NELSON SCHOONOVER. – It now becomes our pleasant privilege to outline the career of the enterprising and progressive citizen, whose name initiates this paragraph, and who has wrought in Union county for many years, ever being active for its upbuilding and advancement, while his wisdom and energy and ability have served in many instances for the good of his fellows. Mr. Schoonover has been occupied in many different lines of industry, but in them all he has never forgotten its labor for the town and county where his lot was cast, and to-day he stands as one of our most public-spiritied and broad-minded citizens, while his moral worth is commensurate with his other commendable activities and qualities. Our subject was born in Monroe county, Pennsylvania, on May 24, 1838, being the son of Samuel G. and Mary (Heller) Schoonover, farmers of that state. During his minority, he remained under the parental roof, obtaining a good education from the schools and also learning the miller’s trade, but when he reached the age of nineteen, he migrated to Fort Wayne, Indiana, and there worked at his trade for a period of six years. In 1864, he crossed the plains with mule teams to northeastern Oregon and thence to Idaho City, Idaho, where he engaged in placer mining for a time and then took up earning from Umatilla Landing to Boise Basin...

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Womack, John William – Obituary

John William Womack, son of Jacob and Lurreene Bougher Womack, was born in Unionville, Missouri, He, and a cousin Crawford 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 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 little homestead...

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Bay, Lulu Catherine Mrs.

Rosary Tomorrow For Lulu Bay Mrs. Lulu Catherine Bay passed away Wednesday morning, March 28, 1973 at Wallowa County Nursing Home where she had resided since July 1, 1967. She was born April 14, 1887 in La Grande, daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. Jake Gulling. She was a member of St. Katherine’s Catholic Church. Survivors include one sister, Ethel Sears, Corry, PA.; two grandsons, David Bay, Concord Calif., and Steve Bay, Los Angeles. Recitation of Rosary will be tomorrow (Friday) at 6:30 p. m. at the Bollman Chapel, and requiem mass will be offered by Father Richard S. Bradley at 10 a. m. Saturday at St. Katherine’s Catholic Church followed by Interment at 1 p. m. in Calvary in La Grande. Wallowa County Chieftain, Thursday, 29 Mar 1973, Page...

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Warren, Eunice – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Eunice Warren passed away July 28, 1978 at Wallowa Memorial hospital. She had been a patient for five weeks and in failing health approximately two years. She was born on November 18, 1913 in Enterprise, daughter of James and Vera (Draper) Fisher. She lived in Wallowa county most of her life. On March 16, 1971 she married Henry W. Warren in Enterprise, Oregon. Survivors include her husband, Henry of Enterprise; her mother Vera Fisher; brothers, Leland Fisher of Hillsboro, Oregon; Wolvert Fisher of Enterprise, Oregon; two sisters, Mrs. Otis (Inez) Varney of the Dalles; and Mrs. Roy (Louina) Sizemore of Joseph, Oregon. Vigil service was at 7:30 pm Monday, July 31, at the Bollman Chapel. Mass of Christian burial was offered by Father Leo Wickerle at 10 am, Tuesday at St. Katherine’s church in Enterprise. Pall bearers were Jim, Allyn, and Bill Fisher, Gilbert Nuxall, W.S. Brock, and Dennis Botts. Interment was in the Enterprise cemetery. Bollman Funeral home was in charge of arrangements. Wallowa County Chieftain Newspaper (page 10) Aug. 3, 1978 Contributed by: Michelle...

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Childers, Clarice Gayle “Gay” – Obituary

Gay Childers dies suddenly Clarice Gayle “Gay” Childers, 56, the wife of Wallowa County Judge LeRoy Childers, died of an apparent heart attack in the Whiskey Creek area north of Wallowa early Sunday afternoon, Oct. 12, 1986. She was with her husband on a wood gathering expedition at the time of her death. Mrs. Childers was a native of Cove, and lived in Wallowa for the past 20 years. Besides her husband, she is survived by three children and two grandchildren. Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Cove cemetery. A full obituary appears in this issue of the Chieftain. Wallowa County Chieftain Thursday, October 16, 1986 Front Page Clarice G. Childers Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon Clarice Gayle “Gay” Childers, 56, Wallowa died Sunday after suffering a heart attack while gathering wood near Whiskey Creek north of Wallowa. Mrs. Childers was born Feb. 25, 1930, at Baker, to Thomas Richard Conklin and Helen J. Antles. She married LeRoy Childers at Cove on Dec. 26, 1950. She was a homemaker all of her life. Mrs. Childers attended Cove schools, Eastern Oregon State College, and Oregon State University. She had lived in Wallowa for 20 years. Survivors include her husband LeRoy; sons Lon Childers of Nampa, Idaho, and Tom Childers of Portland; daughter Belinda Kubler of La Grande; and two grandchildren, Melissa Powers and Emily...

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Johnson, Mina Hazel (Womack, Litchfield) – Obituary

Wallowa County native Mina Hazel, (Womack, Litchfield) Johnson died Thursday, March 21, 1996, at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. She had been a resident of the Wallowa County Nursing Home for the past year. She was born December 12, 1903, at Lostine, the daughter of Jacob (Clairborne) and Emily (Elestia-Emma) Womack. As a young woman she met and married Ira Litchfield. They had two children, James M. (McClelland) and Esther D. He preceded her in death. On August 20, 1937, she married Eugene E. (Tiny) Johnson. They lived in Wallowa for many years before moving to Enterprise. He preceded her in death in 1979. She worked as a dispatcher for the city and county before she retired. Mina was a member of the Christian Church, and the Stitch and Chatter Club. She was a devoted mother and grandmother. She is survived by her son, James Litchfield of Wallowa and a daughter Esther D. Carper of Enterprise; five grandchildren, Melodie (Twidwell) Bailey and Ron Carper of Hillsboro, Oregon., Judy Horton of Wallowa, Marvin Litchfield of Portland, Oregon and Larry Twidwell of California; and eight great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by two grandchildren, Gary Carper and Steve Litchfield, two sisters and daughter-in-law, Joan Litchfield. Funeral services were held at the Bollman Funeral Home on Monday, March 25, with internment following at the Bramlet Cemetery in Wallowa. Remembrances may be made to...

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McDonald, Hector – Obituary

Wallowa, Nov. 12—Hector McDonald, aged 52, and one of the larger landholders of the valley, died last evening, following several months’ illness at this home on Diamond Prairie, a few miles west of Wallowa. 1920 newspaper item Contributed by: Larry...

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Milady, Barney – Obituary

Drowned While Intoxicated Barney Milady, and Old Man, Meets Unfortunate End Barney Milady, an old man who had been employed as watch at Rumble & McCully’s sawmill about 6 miles below the Wallowa Bridge, was found dead last Friday morning in a small ditch about one mile above the mill. The old man had gone from the mill to the Canyon Hotel on the night of March 8th for supplies and stayed at the hotel that night, leaving early the next morning for the mill with a sack load of supplies thrown across his back, and was seen about 1 o’clock that afternoon about two miles below the fish hatchery by John Fisher and wife. So far as can be ascertained that was the last time he was seen alive, and nothing was known of him until found last Friday morning by John Fisher and others who had started down to the mill for lumber. When within about one mile of the mill Mr. Fisher and friends found the body of the old man lying in a ditch face downward. Fisher immediately went to the Canyon House and notified the company of his death and they in turn notified the coroner of Wallowa county who impaneled a jury and proceeded to the place where the unfortunate victim had been found. After looking over the ground it was decided not...

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Rooney, J. C. – Obituary

Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon Local people were grieved to learn through a telegram to Mrs. Mae McGregor, of the death last Wednesday morning, Dec. 5 of J.C. Rooney, merchant of Wallowa and who with his son Norval conducted a meat market and grocery in North Powder until early this fall. He died at Clarkston, Wash., after a protracted illness. Bright’s disease was the direct cause of his death. Mr. Rooney had gone to Clarkston about two months ago to be under the care of physicians there. No funeral arrangements have as yet been announced. Mr. Rooney and his family moved to Joseph from Paradise in 1920, after trading his ranch for the Mitchell hotel, which he ran for a short time. Shortly after this, they traded back again, and Mr. Rooney worked for Mr. Mitchel a great deal up until the time when he established a meat market and grocery store here in 1922, which he had owned and operated since. Mr. Rooney also purchased a store in North Powder about two years ago which Norval conducted. The store there was closed however, because of the failing health of Mr. Rooney and Norval came home to take charge of the store here during Mr. Rooney’s illness. Mr. Rooney had the reputation of being an excellent business man and it is said by those who knew him well that everything...

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Baker, Leonard – Obituary

Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon Leonard Baker Called Beyond Leonard Baker, who had been a resident of Wallowa county most of the time since 1888, died at La Grande last Wednesday, January 13, 1937. He moved to that city three months ago. His two brothers in Wallowa County did not know he was seriously ill until a short time before he passed away. Funeral services were held at the Nazarene church in Wallowa, Friday, conducted by the pastor, Rev. V. H. Willard, and burial was in Enterprise cemetery. Mr. Baker was a son of J. T. Baker and was born at Greenhall, Jackson county, Kentucky, November 21, 1878. When Leonard was two years old the family moved to Arkansas, then back to Kentucky, and later to Arkansas again, to Kansas and to Oregon in the spring of 1888. They stopped at Wallowa first when the whole town consisted of a post office, hotel, stage office and barn. Mr. Baker was married to Daisy Crader and they moved to the upper part of the county and lived on Swamp creek, on Elk mountain, on Prairie creek in Enterprise and Wallowa before they moved to La Grande. He was survived by his widow, a son, Morris and a daughter, Mrs. Reta Pullen, all of La Grande; by two grandsons, a sister, Mrs. T. C. Bales of Joseph and four brothers, Neil Baker...

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Schaeffer, Henry – Obituary

Henry Schaeffer passed away Sunday at his home in Wallowa after an illness that had developed into serious nature only two weeks earlier. He had been in poor health, however, for a much longer time and for a year had used a crutch and cane to get about. His physicians gave bright’s disease as the cause of death. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the home and burial was in the Wallowa cemetery. For all time, Mr. Schaeffer will occupy an unique position in this history of Wallowa county as he and his wife were married at the first wedding ceremony ever held in the county, November 4, 1873(?). Oregon Trail Weekly North Powder News Saturday, December 24,...

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Wood, James F. (Franklin) – Obituary

Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon James Franklin Wood, a resident of Wallowa for the last five years, passed away Tuesday afternoon following a lingering illness. Mr. Wood had been ill just three months and two days having been working at the mill the day he was taken sick. Funeral services are to be held this afternoon at two o’clock at the Nazarene Church, of which he had been a member for many years, with Rev. J. S. Stuart in charge. Music will be furnished by a quartette composed of Opal Lively, Verla Hawley, Glen Henry and Jesse Johnson with Geneva Schaeffer at the piano. The songs they will sing are: “Saved by Grace”, “When I Get to the End of the Way” and “The Eastern gate”, at the church, and “Asleep in Jesus”, at the grave. Internment will be in the Lostine cemetery. Pallbearers will be O. L. Hawkins, Joe Fisher, B. B. Oliver, Wm. George, Joe Rounsavell and Ted Landis. James F. (Franklin) Wood was born in Bloomington, Illinois, on August 25, 1881, the second child in a family of ten born to George (Sedgewick) and (Nancy) Ellen (Bunney) Wood. When a small child Mr. Wood moved with his parents to Nebraska and in 1910 came out to the west where he was engaged in signal maintaining on the railroad, which was his occupation until five years ago when...

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