Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon
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Local people were grieved to learn through a telegram to Mrs. Mae McGregor, of the death last Wednesday morning, Dec. 5 of J.C. Rooney, merchant of Wallowa and who with his son Norval conducted a meat market and grocery in North Powder until early this fall. He died at Clarkston, Wash., after a protracted illness. Bright’s disease was the direct cause of his death.
Mr. Rooney had gone to Clarkston about two months ago to be under the care of physicians there.
No funeral arrangements have as yet been announced.
Mr. Rooney and his family moved to Joseph from Paradise in 1920, after trading his ranch for the Mitchell hotel, which he ran for a short time. Shortly after this, they traded back again, and Mr. Rooney worked for Mr. Mitchel a great deal up until the time when he established a meat market and grocery store here in 1922, which he had owned and operated since. Mr. Rooney also purchased a store in North Powder about two years ago which Norval conducted. The store there was closed however, because of the failing health of Mr. Rooney and Norval came home to take charge of the store here during Mr. Rooney’s illness. Mr. Rooney had the reputation of being an excellent business man and it is said by those who knew him well that everything to which he turned his hand prospered.
Oregon Trail Weekly
North Powder News
Saturday, December 15, 1928