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Mrs. W.T. Knapp passed away Sunday evening, Jan. 1, 1939, at the St. Anthony hospital in Pendleton after a major operation three months and four days ago.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Hermiston, conducted by Rev. C. R. Moore and burial will be at Hermiston.

Maggie Irene Bridwell was born seventy years ago, October 19, 1868 in Norborne, Missouri. She crossed the plains at the age of ten with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. David A. Bridwell, in a wagon train, coming to Union county. After a few years they moved to Wallowa County where she was united in marriage to William Thomas Knapp January 2, 1887. To this union was born five children. Guy Elmer, Hermiston; Edna A. Childers, deceased; Myrl B. Whitmore, Enterprise; Jenit Roberta Hoffnagle, Pendleton; Budd Homer, Hermiston.

Mrs. And Mrs. Knapp were among the first settlers of Wallowa County and homesteaded near Leap 52 years ago this spring. Later they moved to Lostine and from there they took up farming in the Leap country. They reside here until 26 years ago and they moved to Umatilla County to Echo. In 1920 they moved to the Stanfield project where they lived 12 years and then moved to Hermiston six years ago where they resided at the time of Mrs. Knapp’s death.

Her parents, David A. and Mary Frances (Hamilton) Bridwell passed away several years ago. Two brothers, Charles, Lostine; George, Long Beach, California; five sisters, May Cray, Wallowa; Bessie Clayton, Myrtle Point; Y[J?]ackie Chapman, Lostine; Lulu Ackley, Long Beach, Calif.; Eva Forrester Applegate, 23 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and children survive. A brother and sister passed away in infancy.

Mrs. Knapp was an active member in the Hermiston Townsend Club where she was a charter member. She was ambitious and cheerful, and kind and helpful to all. She leaves many friends to mourn her loss.

Enterprise Chieftain, Wallowa County, Oregon, Thursday, January 5, 1939 Page 6
Submitted by: Tom Childers

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