Final Rites to Be Tomorrow for Olive Slater, Early-Day Teacher
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Olive Agnes Slater, for whom funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Sunday at the Snodgrass Funeral home, daughter of the late James H. and Edna Elizabeth Slater was born at Corvallis March 29, 1860. She with her parents went to Auburn, Ore., in 1864, coming to La Grande two years later.
Miss Slater attended the public schools of Union county and later graduated from St. Paul’s Episcopal school in Walla Walla, Wash., majoring in art and music. She taught for a number of years in public schools then in Ascension school, Cove, and Anne Wright seminary, Tacoma, Wash., both church schools.
In 1899 Miss Slater, after the passing of her father, gave up her teaching and music career to care for the home and her mother.
After the passing of her mother in 1916 she went to Portland and became a companion to Mrs. Frank Dick, mother of Paul S. Dick of Portland until her health failed and she had to discontinue. Before coming here to make her home with Mrs. A. B. Cherry, her sister, she had been with her youngest sister, the late Bertha Slater Smith.
During her earlier years she was interested in church and Sunday school work. Although in later years handicapped by ill health she took a keen interest in political and economic affairs, musical advancement and activities, also, the educational welfare and moral uplift of youth.
Miss Slater was one of the few remaining pioneers and a sister of the late J. D. Slater. Other survivors besides Mrs. Cherry are two brothers, Francis S., Santa Rosa, Calif., and John L., Portland.
La Grande Evening Observer
Saturday, February 10, 1940
Contributed by: Tom Childers