Mary C. Wade, Pioneer Lady Died Yesterday
The onward march of time has claimed another of the Grande Ronde pioneers. Mary C. Wade, one of the best known pioneer ladies of this valley died yesterday afternoon at her home on Fourth street. She was the wife of Phares E. Wade, and their marriage occurred on June 18th, 1865. Her husband died in 1894.
The maiden name of the deceased was Mary Catherine Myers and she was born January 18, 1845, in Scotland county, Mo., at the town of Memphis. She crossed the plains in 1864 and settled in the Grande Ronde valley west of Summerville, as that part of the valley claimed the early settlers of those days. The trip across the plains was fraught with the dangers which make the blood tingle and Indian troubles were many and severe.
To the union with Phares. E. Wade five children were born: William T. Wade of Elgin, Lucy A. Wade of La Grande, Emma Conover of Payette, Idaho, Mrs. Carrie Hibbard of La Grande and Walter E. Wade, deceased. One sister, Mrs. Jeanette Tuttle of Imbler, and one brother, B. F. Myers of Culde Sac, Idaho, survive her. The deceased became a member of the Christian church forty-seven years ago.
Funeral services will be held at the chapel in the Summerville cemetery on Friday at 11 o’clock. There will probably be a very large attendance of the pioneers at this funeral as Mrs. Wade was well known and highly respected by the entire population of the county.
Paul Knox will render a solo “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere,” and the quartet of the Baptist church will render several songs at the funeral services.
The La Grande Evening Observer
Thursday, December 7, 1922
Contributed by: Tom Childers