Location: Whitman County WA

Raymond, Ida Lee – Obituary

Mrs. Ida Raymond aged 49 of Kalotus who died in Colfax, Friday September 14 [1923], was buried Saturday afternoon at Colfax. Services were held at the Baptist Church at 2:30. Rev. W. P. Osgoo officiating. Mrs. Raymond was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. Lee, Colfax pioneers. She is survived by her husband, Ernest Raymond, her parents, three children, two brothers, and sisters, Mrs. Katie Palmer, Walla Walla, Mrs. Ollie Schuldt, The Dalles Ore., and Harvey and Louis Lee, Diamond. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Lee, William Max – Obituary

William M. Lee, who came to Whitman County in 1872 from Walla Walla, died at his home in this city Tuesday evening [June 16, 1925], surrounded by his wife and four surviving children. He suffered an attack of pneumonia about two weeks ago and due to his advanced age of 77 years the after effects proved fatal. Funeral services were held from the Baptist Church Thursday at 2 p.m., Rev. W. P. Osgood, a former pastor coming from Albany, Oregon, to officiate, assisted by the new pastor, Rev. J. L. Peringer. Mr. Lee was an active member of the finance committee which made possible the erection of the present modern church structure from which he was buried. Colfax business houses closed for a half hour during the services. Honorary pallbearers were J. L. Strevy, F. N. English, Henry Hickman, Alex Hickman, J. R. Good, S. W. Crumbaker and Charles Stilson. The active pallbearers were John Aegerter, Frank Schreiber, Fred Waldrip, Will T. Smith, Chester Hamilton, Philo Stilson and Miller Stripe. Besides his wife, Tressa, he is survived by two sons, Harvey and Louie Lee of Diamond, and two daughters, Mrs. A. C. Palmer of Walla Walla and Mrs. E. F. Schuldt of The Dalles, Oregon. Mr. Lee was born at Bartholomew Co., Indiana, May 3, 1948. A year later his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. G. Lee moved to...

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Lee, Maxine Campbell – Obituary

The funeral service for Maxine C. Lee, Colfax resident, will be Friday, Aug. 6, at 4 p.m. in the Chapel of the Bruning Funeral Home with the Reverends James E. Doak and Charles Lyman officiating. Burial will follow at the Colfax Cemetery. Mrs. Lee died Aug. 2, 1993 at the Whitman Convalescent Center. She was 72. Born May 9, 1921 at Troy, Ida. to Harry and Fern Campbell, she graduated from Troy High School in 1939 and attended the University of Idaho. She married Robert (Bob) Lee at Moscow Jan. 25, 1942, and they lived in Colfax most of their fifty-one years of marriage. Mrs. Lee operated one of the first kindergartens in her home in Colfax. She was also a 16-year employee of Pioneer National Title Co., a secretary for several Colfax attorneys and the first secretary for the Council on Aging. She retired after 10 years with the Colfax office. She was a member of the Colfax United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School. She was also a member of Altrua Club and had served as president. She enjoyed traveling and hobbies in the field of art. Mrs. Lee is survived by her husband Bob at the family home in Colfax; one son, Robert Eugene Lee, Bothell; her mother, Fern Campbell, Troy; two sisters, LoRayne Sherman, Boise, and JoAnn Bennett, Vancouver, Wash.; three brothers, Warren Campbell...

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Lee, Harvey – Obituary

Funeral services for Harvey Lee, 75, who died Aug. 30 [1954] at the E. W. Johnson farm home, were held Wednesday at 3:30 p.,. in the Bruning Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in the Colfax Cemetery. Mr. Lee had lived in the Colfax-Diamond vicinity all his life, and served on the police force and as court bailiff. He was a retired farmer. Surviving are his widow, Gertrude, at Colfax; a son, Burton Lee, Colfax; two daughters, Mrs. Ralph Rose, Pullman and Mrs. Dillard Anderson, San Bernardino, Calif.; a brother, Louis Lee, Colfax.; a brother, Louis Lee, Colfax; and two sisters, Mrs. E. F. Schuldt, Colfax and Mrs. Katie Palmer, Corvallis, Ore. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Lee, Bertha Pearl Armfield – Obituary

Mrs. Bertha Pearl Lee, 58, wife of Harvey Lee, for more than 50 years a resident of the Diamond and Colfax communities, died at 12:45 a.m. Thursday [October 26, 1939] at her home, N210 Mill Street, following an illness of 19 months. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Baptist Church here, the Rev. Mrs. E. M. Leisher and the Rev. E. C. Newham officiating. Members of the Pythias Sisters Lodge will attend in a body. Burial will be in Colfax Cemetery. Mrs. Lee was born to Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Armfield at Winston, N.C., and at the age of 6 came with her parents to Diamond, where she was married to Mr. Lee on October 24, 1900. With Mr. Lee, she moved to Colfax 11 years ago. She was a member of the Methodist Church and had been active in the work of the Baptist Church. Besides her widower, she is survived by her father and mother, the latter being critically ill in a hospital in Everett at the time of her daughter’s death; one son, Burton, Colfax; two daughters, Mrs. Ralph Rose, Pullman, and Mrs. J. D. Anderson, Long Beach, Calif.; two brothers, Fred Armfield, Whitehall, Mont., and Allen Armfield, Portland, and two sisters, Mrs. M. J. Williams, Seattle, and Mrs. Glen Baker, Everett. Mrs. Anderson will arrive here Saturday evening. Mrs....

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Pointer, John William – Obituary

John W. Pointer, aged 79 years and 21 days, died at St. Ignatius Hospital Wednesday morning [June 12, 1912] after several weeks’ illness. Funeral services were held at the Baptist Church, Thursday at 2:30 p.m., Rev., J. H. Bainton preaching the sermon. Burial was in the Colfax Cemetery. For 27 years, Mr. Pointer had been a resident of Whitman County. He was born in Missouri and first located near Winona when he came to this county in 1885. In his long residence in the county he has become well known and leaves many friends. The surviving children are William Pointer of Colfax, Mrs. Nancy Lee of Hooper, R. E. Pointer of Colfax, Oceola Pointer of Spokane and Mrs. Sarah Jones of Dayton. Colfax Gazette, June 14, 1912 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Lee, Jay Right – Obituary

Jay Right Lee was born in Oskaloosa, Iowa, Feb. 2, 1853, and had he lived until February 2, would have been 75 years of age. He was next to the youngest child in a family of five and the last to survive, his oldest brother, W. M. Lee who spent most of his life in this vicinity, having passed away two years ago. Jay R. Lee crossed the plains with the family in the early sixties settling in Walla Walla, where he grew to manhood. He married Nancy Ann Pointer, Sept. 19, 1880, at Dayton, Wash. To this union were born 12 children of whom 10 are living. Mr. Lee is survived by his wife, Mrs. J. R. Lee, and the 10 children, namely, Mrs. P. J. Neal, Port Orchard; Mrs. Thomas, Walla Walla; Mrs. Jake Shinkoskey, Stockton, Cal.; Mrs. Win Delano, Hooper; Mrs. Harold Thomas, Bremerton, Wash.; Mrs. Bert Vinson, Portland; Mrs. F. M. Day, Folsom, Cal.; J. M. Lee, Colfax; Clarence Lee, Plummer, Ida.; J. R. Lee Jr., Stockton and Willie Lee of Ellensburg, a son by a former marriage. Mr. Lee was one of those sturdy pioneers whose strength and courage transformed the rough wild hills of Whitman county into one of the most fertile and productive regions of our land. When he settled at Lee’s siding in the 80s, there was a mass of rolling...

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Whitman, Josephine – Obituary

Joseph, Wallowa County, Oregon Mrs. Whitman Dies After Long Illness Mrs. C.A. Whitman died yesterday morning, May 8, 1940, at the Enterprise hospital. She had been ill for some months and was taken to the hospital from her home in Joseph on Tuesday. Her funeral will be held in the Joseph Methodist church tomorrow, Friday afternoon, at 2 o’clock, and burial will be in the Enterprise cemetery. Josephine Scott was born Dec. 4, 1899, at La Cross, Wash., a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Scott. The family moved here in 1916 and located on Lower Prairie creek. She graduated from Enterprise High school in 1921, and taught school for three years. On May 6, 1923, she was married to C.A. Whitman, at the Methodist parsonage, and they lived on their farm in Crow creek pass until they moved to Joseph. Mr. Whitman and three daughters and one son survive. Also the father and family. Source: Enterprise Chieftain, May 9, 1940 Page 8 Contributed by: Sue...

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Fine, John Walter – Obituary

Death Clams County Stockman John Walter Fine, a resident of Wallowa county since 1906 and known as one of Wallowa county’s most prominent ranchers and stockmen, passed away early Friday morning, January 11, 1952 at the Wallowa Memorial hospital after an illness of three weeks. Son of Henry and olive Fine, he was born in Genesee, Idaho June 27, 1880. In 1882 his family moved to Whitman County, Washington, where they lived until 1894. From 1894 to 1906 he made Prescott, Washington his home, coming to Wallowa county in 1906. On December 27, 1910 he was married to Enterprise to Miss Florence Tinsley who preceded him in death in 1945. For many years he had been an active stockman, running horses on the Chesnimnus range and farming hill land. In later years he and his sons, Gerald and Maurice, continued in the stock business. Funeral services were Sunday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock from the Booth-Bollman Chapel with a background of soft folklore music of the hills. Rev. John Munsey of the Community Church officiated and Mrs. R.D. Kay and Mrs. Garnet Best sang “In the Garden” and “Beyond the Clouds”. Pallbearers were Ben Weathers, Clint Johnson, (Continued on back page) rest of article missing Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, January 17, 1952 page 1 Contributed by: Sue Wells Transcribed by: Belva...

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Ward, Kenneth Wayne – Obituary

Ken Ward Killed in Car Wreck Enterprise, Oregon Kenneth Wayne Ward, 40, of Pullman, Washington, formerly of Enterprise, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Landy Ward of Enterprise, was killed at 1:50 pm on Saturday, Jan. 25, 1969 in a two car collision of US Highway 195 about seven miles south of Pullman. Kenneth was driving a 1967 Plymouth sedan and was south bound when his car skidded on the icy road and collided with a north bound 1963 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by John George, a professor at WSU, who was accompanied by his wife, Mary Helen. Mrs. George passed away at the Pullman Memorial hospital. Mr. George suffered bruises, abrasions and shock. Washington State Police said that the Ward vehicle went into a skid on a slightly downhill curve and crossed into the path of the George vehicle and was struck on the driver’s side. Both vehicles came to a stop in the ditch adjacent to the northbound lane of traffic. Both vehicles were damaged beyond practical repair. Ward was killed outright and Mrs. George, a lab technician at WSU, died enroute to a Pullman hospital. Ward had been employed as a ranch hand by Richard D. Wilbourn, Rt.. 2, Pullman, for the last six years. Memorial services for Kenneth are being held today (Thurs.) at 2 pm at the Bollman Chapel with Rev. Lester T. Wells...

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Johnson, Lora Jeannette – Obituary

Lora J. Johnson died on May 20, 2007, at Alpine House in Joseph. She was 90. Mrs. Johnson was born on Sept. 12, 1916, in Regina, Saskatchewan Province, Canada to Durbin Yost and Anna McKay Yost. Her parents immigrated to Pullman, Wash. where she graduated from high school and briefly attended Washington State University. She married C. Raymond Johnson in 1938 and they lived at, and operated, the family ranch on Prairie Creek, in the Wallowa Valley. She lived at the ranch for over sixty years until she moved to Alpine House several years ago. Mrs. Johnson loved life at the ranch and the close relationship she had with her husband Raymond, her children and her friends and neighbors. After she raised her children, she enjoyed her grandchildren and the many family gatherings. She loved the Wallowa Valley and her view of the Wallowa Mountains, which she often said she enjoyed each and every day. She was a long time member of the Enterprise Community Congregational Church and was active for many years in the Cowbelles and the Lady Elks. She is survived by daughter Judy and husband Brent Atherton; daughter Linda and husband Bob Chrisman; son Roland and wife Donna; daughter-in-law Christy Johnson; ten grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren and her brother Paul Yost. Her son Len Johnson and her husband C. Raymond Johnson preceded her in death. Funeral Services...

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Cavallaro, Bruce A. – Obituary

Enterprise, Oregon Bruce A. Rutherford died April 16, 2007, at his Pullman, Wash. home. He was 82. Mr. Rutherford was born on a farm Aug. 18, 1924, near Landis, Saskatchewan, Canada, to Merrill and Gladys McHargue Rutherford. He grew up in Enterprise and graduated from high school there in 1942. He attended WSU in Pullman, Wash. for a brief time before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. He served during World War II as a bombardier and radar observer operator. He married his high school sweetheart, Betty Warnock in Carlsbad, N.M. on Sept. 9, 1944. Upon being honorably discharged from the military, he returned to WSU and completed his degree in electrical engineering in 1948. The couple made their home in Pullman and he began working for the building and grounds department at WSU. He worked his way up in the department and became Director of the Physical Plant in 1965. He retired from WSU in 1976 and then sold real estate in the Pullman area for several years. Mr. Rutherford loved golfing, fishing and hunting and he enjoyed woodworking. He was active in the Community Congregational Church and served on several boards. He was also a member of the Pullman City Council for nine years. He was a member of the Pullman Lions Club and the American Legion. He is survived by his wife Betty; three children Susan...

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Johnson, Lora Jeannette – Obituary

Enterprise, Oregon Lora Jeannette Johnson of Enterprise May 20, 2007. She was 90. Services will be held June 2, 2007, at 2:30 p.m. at the Community Congregational Church in Enterprise. A complete obituary will run at a later date. Wallowa County Chieftain, May 24, 2007 Contributed by Dixie Ricker Second Obit. Lora J. Johnson died on May 20, 2007, at Alpine House in Joseph. She was 90. Mrs. Johnson was born on Sept. 12, 1916, in Regina, Saskatchewan Province, Canada to Durbin Yost and Anna McKay Yost. Her parents immigrated to Pullman, Wash. where she graduated from high school and briefly attended Washington State University. She married C. Raymond Johnson in 1938 and they lived at, and operated, the family ranch on Prairie Creek, in the Wallowa Valley. She lived at the ranch for over sixty years until she moved to Alpine House several years ago. Mrs. Johnson loved life at the ranch and the close relationship she had with her husband Raymond, her children and her friends and neighbors. After she raised her children, she enjoyed her grandchildren and the many family gatherings. She loved the Wallowa Valley and her view of the Wallowa Mountains, which she often said she enjoyed each and every day. She was a long time member of the Enterprise Community Congregational Church and was active for many years in the Cowbelles and the...

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Bean, Rufus Eusebeous – Obituary

Rufus E. Bean of Milton, well-known civic and political leader of Umatilla County, died Saturday afternoon [April 5] at a Walla Walla hospital of cerebral thrombosis. Born January 1, 1876 at Virgil City, Mo., he was the youngest of 13 children. After four years of schooling in a one-room school in Michigan, he learned telegraphy at Janesville, Wis., where his teacher was George Parker, fountain pen inventor. He worked as a telegraph operator at Floodwood, Minn., and at Portland. He became and agent for the O.W.R. & N. Company at Milton, and lived in this community for the rest of his life, with the exception of three years at Tekoa. In 1904 he married Nellie W. Sanderson at Pomeroy. She survives him, as do three children, Mrs. A. W. Priaul of Portland, R. Allan Bean of Richmond, Calif., and Mrs. Robert E. Lee of Forest Grove, and eight grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Anna Reese of Caro, Mich., and a brother, David E. Beam of Pigeon, Mich. He was widely known throughout the Walla Walla Valley and Eastern Oregon as an active member of the Republican Party and community affairs. Until his election as Umatilla County Commissioner in 1920, he owned and operated a ranch at Umapine. A member of the county commission for 12 years, he was later elected mayor of Freewater, serving for...

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Dull, Sarah J. – Obituary

Mrs. Sarah J. Dull, grandmother of Mrs. Wisdom Carnes, whose death occurred Sunday, February 28, in Tekoa, Wsh., was born in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, Jan. 4, 1859. She grew to womanhood there and was married to Mr. Thomas. A few years after their marriage, her husband died, and she was later married to John Dull .Mr. Dull died several years ago. Mrs. Dull came west in 1890, and has made her home in Tekoa most of the time since then. Among the many relatives who mourn her loss, are eight great-grandchildren. Mrs. Dull was held in such respect in Tekoa that the business houses were closed from two until three o’clock on the afternoon of March 1 during the funeral services. Mrs. Dull will be best known to residents of North Powder as “Grandma” Dull. She was a frequent visitor at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Windom Carnes. North Powder News Friday, March 11,...

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