Joseph, Wallowa County, Oregon
Ruby P. Collins, 90, formerly of Joseph and Athena, died Monday, October 19, 1987 at Hillsboro.
She was born April 10, 1897, at Athena, the daughter of Bern and Mary Pinkerton Banister. She was a member of Athena High School’s first graduating class.
In 1916, she married Ross Payne. The couple farmed in the Adams area and had ranching interests at Joseph. Payne died in 1949, but she continued their farming and ranching until her retirement.
During World War II she worked as a mechanic at the Pendleton Air Base and also received awards as an airplane spotter.
In 1954, she married James Collins at Milton Freewater. The couple was noted in Milton Freewater for their support of the high school sports programs……(rest of article missing)
Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, October 29, 1987 page 2
Contributed by: Sue Wells
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor