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Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon
Pioneer Mother Dies at La Grande
Mrs. Emma L. Van Blokland, of Island City who crossed the plains by wagon train with her parents, Daniel and Sarah Henderson and several brothers and sisters, and homesteaded on Alder Slope, passed away in La Grande on Monday, January 13, 1964.
She was born at LaPlata, Missouri 89 years ago, and had made her home in Island City for many years. She was a member of the First Methodist church, and a 50-year member of the Eastern Star.
Survivors include three sons, Milo and Clifford Van Blokland, both of Island City, and Walter Van Blokland, of Redding Calif.; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and a brother, Charles Henderson, of Anaheim, Calif. The late James Henderson, who sold his farm on Alder Slope to Mr. and Mrs. Homer Eads, was a brother.
Memorial services were Thursday, January 16, at 2 p.m. at the Dempsey’s Funeral Chapel in La Grande, with Rev. Boone White officiating. Burial followed in the Island City cemetery.
Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, January 23, 1964.
Contributed by: Sue Wells