Pioneer Matron Of Grande Ronde Valley Succumbs

Mrs. Mary E. Goodnough, 84 died Saturday evening in the Island City home of her daughter, Mrs. James Y. Walnum.

Mrs. Goodnough was born in Richardson County, Nebraska, Dec 21, 1860, and crossed the plains in 1862 with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Bay. They left the famous “Iowa” train, captained by Micaja Baker, at Auburn, but the next spring came on to La Grande. In 1882, Mary Bay married Charles D. Goodnough, contractor and cabinetmaker, who died here in 1929.

A pioneer of 82 years residence in La Grande, Mrs. Goodnough leaves many friends throughout the Grande Ronde valley. Surviving relatives include three daughters, Mrs. Walnum, Mrs. C. C. Bull and Mrs. H. E. Banton, and two sons, Ray Goodnough and Ronald Goodnough, all of La Grande; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, and a niece, Mrs. Mae West of La Grande.

One granddaughter and two grandsons are in the armed services, Lorna Baker, WAC, Charles Walnum, Navy, and Claude Baker, Army.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 PM tomorrow in the Snodgrass funeral home. Interment will be in the family plot in the Masonic cemetery.

The La Grande Evening Observer, Monday, 19 March 1945, Page 5.
Contributed by: Robert Bull