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Collection: Wallowa County Oregon Obituaries

Hamilton, William S. – Obituary

Pioneer Dies This Morning William S. Hamilton Passes On At the Home of His Son at End of Long Illness William S. Hamilton died at the home of his son this morning of an extended illness. He was formerly of Wallowa where he was employed as engineer by the Nibley-Mimnaugh Lumber company for a period of 10 years. Interment will be made in the Summerville cemetery on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock under the auspices of the I. O. O. F. of which the deceased was a member. Snodgrass and Zimmerman undertaking parlors have charge of the body. William S. Hamilton was born November 22, 1855, in Friendship, Scioto county, Ohio, and went to Missouri when a small boy then crossing the plains in 1874, arriving in the Grande Ronde valley on July 7th. He settled on the Sand Ridge and was united in marriage to Olive C. Hulse September 28, 1882. To this union was born five children, three sons and two daughters, William H. Arthur, Charles S., Mrs. Ethel Newbill and Mrs. Edith Brown, all of whom survive him with the exception of Arthur who died when a small boy. Additional survivors are his wife, one brother C. W. Hamilton of Alicel; Mrs. O. A. Rhinehart of Husum, Washington, and Mrs. Richard Myers of Caldwell, Idaho, besides a number of more distant relatives. La Grande Evening Observer...

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Moore, Charles – Obituary

Accidently Killed Chas. Moore, a herder in one of Sam Litch’s sheep camps in Wallowa county, accidentally shot and killed himself this week. The camp is situated 25 miles northeast of Enterprise and the unfortunate man was found a short time after the accident by friends. A coroner’s jury was called and after investigating the case, concluded that the affair was purely accidental. Elgin Recorder Friday June 15,...

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Lilly, Alfred – Obituary

Lostine Resident Killed in Portland Alfred Lilly, old time resident and uncle of Mrs. Eva Quesenberry of Lostine, was electrocuted near his home in Portland, Wednesday. He was helping to put up a radio and the aerial came in contact with a live wire. Death was instantaneous. His body was taken to Lostine Saturday where the Odd Fellows laid him to rest in the Lostine cemetery. Oregon Trail Weekly North Powder News Saturday, January 28,...

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Lynch, Fraty Mrs. – Obituary

In Memoriam At the family residence seven miles north of Enterprise, in Wallowa County, Oregon, at 12 o’clock Saturday night May 13, 1899, Mrs. Fraty Lynch, beloved wife of Winnie Lynch, aged 21 years, 1 month and 19 days. The deceased was a daughter of our esteemed neighbors Mr. and Mrs. E.F. Peal and sister of Mrs. W.F. Alexander, Misses Mollie and May Peal and Dudley and Bennie Peal, all residing in the Cove. The remains of the deceased were brought to the home of her parents, arriving at six o’clock Monday evening, and the funeral took place Tuesday forenoon from the Baptist church, Rev. C.H. Holloan preaching the funeral sermon. The interment was in the Cove cemtery by the side of the only two children who had already passed away. Mrs. Lynch had long been a suffer from a lingering illness and death came as a relief from pain. She was a consistent member of the Baptist church and died in the hope of a blessed immortality beyond the grave. A large attendance at the funeral testified to the sympathy of friends with the bereaved husband and relatives. Cove Ledger Thursday May 18, 1899 In Memoriam     Written in memory of Mrs. Fratie Lynch who died May 13, 1899. Sleeping, Fratie dearest sleeping. Sleeping in thy grave so low, We will not forget thee Fratie Though they form be...

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Krell, John – Obituary

Another Herder Dead A sheep herder in Wallowa county, somewhere on the Looking Glass, made the ghastly find of another dead herder last Friday. He immediately phoned friends at Milton, who in turn informed the sheriff of Union county. Deputies were dispatched to the scene, but found the place across the line and in Wallowa county. When the Wallowa officers reached the scene the body of the dead man was found to be so badly decomposed as to make its removal next to impossible. The deceased man is John Krell and, aside from having friends in Milton, Oregon, little is known of the man. The finding of dead sheep herders hear abouts of late has occurred so frequently as to cause a suspicion of foul play among sheep men. Hardly a week now passes without another addition to the dead list. Usually a cheap gun is found near the body, evidence toward the support of the suicide theory. Can it be that these men are shot from ambush and placed in positions to conceal the real cause of death? Later – Deputy Coroner Ellsworth, of Island City, accompanied by other parties, passed through this city yesterday on his way to the scene of the herder’s death to hold an inquest. The dead herder is in this county, being on the Garden of Eden road, about 30 miles north of...

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Kail, Mary Braughton – Obituary

Mary Kail of 1208 11th St. died Sunday, June 3 at Grande Ronde Hospital at the age of 80. Mrs. Kail was born Feb. 23, 1893 at Boring, Ky., the daughter of John and Lavicia Braughton. She came to Wallowa County at the age of nine and was a graduate of Eastern Oregon College. She began teaching in Wallowa County at the age of 17. She taught in Wallowa and Union counties for more than 50 years. She taught all grades and was principal of Island City and Perry schools. In 1940 she ran for county school superintendent. She began 4-H leadership in 1926 and in 1961 was presented with a citation for Outstanding Service to 4-H. At that time she had led 95 groups with a total project enrollment of 1,077. She served as president of the Union County 4-H Leaders Association on three different occasions, chaperoned county delegates to 4-H summer schools at Corvallis six times and for 10 years served as 4-H home economics chairman at the Union County Fair. In 1954 she was selected to attend the National 4-H Club Congress in Chicago. Mrs. Kail was active in the Union County Historical Society, Three Links Club, Rebekah Lodge, American Association of University Women, Young Women’s Education Association and the American Association for Childhood Education. She was a member of the First Christian Church of La...

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McCully, F. D. – Obituary

F.D. McCully passes away; Pioneer of County was leader in various activities. Frank D. McCully d. at home in Joseph, OR, 13 Mar 1939; health had been failing for several years; funeral at Methodist Church, burial in the Indian plot on Wallowa Lake (permission given by Bureau of Indian Affairs). “.. name has been a household word in Wallowa County for nearly 30 years.” He established the first store in Joseph, the first bank, the first public water works, first electric plant, and first flour mill in Wallowa County. He ran stage lines between Union County railroad terminals and Joseph, and brought one of the first automobiles to Wallowa County. He had a forwarding (?) and merchandizing business, and was instrumental in inducing Union Pacific Railroad to build into Wallowa County. In 1886, as a State Representative from Wallowa County, he introduced the bill to establish Wallowa County. Later, he served as a Wallowa County commissioner. late in life, he was a receiver (?) for two national banks under the Comptroller of Currency, and was a field agent for the Oregon State Land Board. he also ran the Imnaha mail line in later life. He was a staunch Republican, and was repeatedly head of the Wallowa County Republican organization. He was b. Salem, OR 1859; attended Willamette University; came to Union, OR, in 1872; came with cattle to Wallowa...

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McCully, Fred F. – Obituary

Fred Fletcher McCully, father of Kermit McCully, of La Grande, died in a La Grande hospital Friday. Funeral services were held Monday in the Wallowa Methodist church with interment in the Prairie Creek cemetery at Joseph. He was born at Lebanon, October 8, 1870, and when about ten years of age, his parents came to Wallowa county where he grew to manhood. Joseph was the home of the deceased for a long time and he was cashier of the bank there; later he moved to Wallowa where he was active in community affairs and where he was city recorder at the time of his death. Besides his son here, he leaves his widow, Margaret McCully, of Wallowa. There is also one grandson Jerry McCully. Eastern Oregon Review. December of 1945 or January 1946. Contributed by: Holly...

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McDonald, Hector – Obituary

Wallowa, Nov. 12—Hector McDonald, aged 52, and one of the larger landholders of the valley, died last evening, following several months’ illness at this home on Diamond Prairie, a few miles west of Wallowa. 1920 newspaper item Contributed by: Larry...

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Milady, Barney – Obituary

Drowned While Intoxicated Barney Milady, and Old Man, Meets Unfortunate End Barney Milady, an old man who had been employed as watch at Rumble & McCully’s sawmill about 6 miles below the Wallowa Bridge, was found dead last Friday morning in a small ditch about one mile above the mill. The old man had gone from the mill to the Canyon Hotel on the night of March 8th for supplies and stayed at the hotel that night, leaving early the next morning for the mill with a sack load of supplies thrown across his back, and was seen about 1 o’clock that afternoon about two miles below the fish hatchery by John Fisher and wife. So far as can be ascertained that was the last time he was seen alive, and nothing was known of him until found last Friday morning by John Fisher and others who had started down to the mill for lumber. When within about one mile of the mill Mr. Fisher and friends found the body of the old man lying in a ditch face downward. Fisher immediately went to the Canyon House and notified the company of his death and they in turn notified the coroner of Wallowa county who impaneled a jury and proceeded to the place where the unfortunate victim had been found. After looking over the ground it was decided not...

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Morelock, James – Obituary

James Morelock Funeral Will Be Held Wednesday  Funeral services for James P. Morelock, who died unexpectedly early Monday morning, will be held a 1:30 o’clock tomorrow afternoon at the Snodgrass and Zimmerman mortuary. Dr. Henry Marcotte, of the Presbyterian church will officiate. The Stanley lodge, A. F. & A. M., of Wallowa, of which he was a life member, will have charge of the grave services at the Summerville cemetery. Mr. Morelock was a native of Union county. He was born in Summerville Sept. 23, 1872 and was 65 years, one month and 9 days of age. He resided in Oregon all his life, and much of the time was spent in Wallowa county. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Mary Morelock; a daughter, Mrs. Jesse V. Andrews, La Grande; a son, Ed, who is with the state highway department at Jordan Valley; the following brothers and sisters, William of Cottage Grove; Mrs. Martha Russell and Mrs. Mary Smith, of Elgin; Lee, of Los Angeles; Roy, of Seattle; Mrs. Emma Christian, of Seattle; Mrs. Cora Evans and John W., both of Pendleton; Leonard, of Salem, Ore., and Tylden, whose address is unknown. La Grande Evening Observer Tuesday, November 2, 1937 Page 6 Contrubuted by: Tom Childers Portland,...

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Ruckman, Omar – Obituary

Omar Ruckman Dies In Hospital Omar [Scoot] Ruckman, 52, of Alicel, died in a hospital here on Sunday, after a long illness. he was born at Alicel on July 17, 1904 and had lived in the county all his life. Funeral services are scheduled for Daniels Funeral Home on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 2 p. m. with the Rev. Gene Robinson officiating. Burial is to be in Summerville Cemetery. Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Ruckman of Alicel; two brothers, Audmer Ruckman, Oakland, Calif.; Clark Ruckman, La Grande; a sister, Mrs. Lucretia Paroz, Imbler, and other relatives. La Grande Evening Observer Monday, Nov 19, 1956, Page...

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Ruckman, Samuel G. Mrs. – Obituary

Alicel, Union County, Oregon Mrs. Samuel G. Ruckman Dead Survived by Husband and Four Children Death Comes a Few Hours After the Birth of a Son Saturday Night  A few hours after a son had been born to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel G. Ruckman of Alicel last Saturday night, Mrs. Ruckman died of an acute attack of Bright’s disease,a malady with which she had been suffering for some time, and which was the cause of her being moved to the local hospital from her Alicel home shortly before death came. The motherless babe is healthy and strong today. Mrs. Ruckman’s remains were laid away at Alicel this morning at 11 o’clock with rev. Hamilton officiating. The sorrowing relatives and intimate friends have the sympathy of the entire community for yet young, popular and well known, Mrs. Ruckman’s death is causing deep sorrow and regret. She is survived by her husband, S. G. Ruckman, two sons, a daughter and a babe of two days, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Clark of Alicel, and several brothers and sisters. Before her marriage to Mr. Ruckman she was Miss Lillie Clark and her parents are well known pioneers of the county. Among near relatives of the deceased are Samuel Cochran, C. E. Cochran, and George T. Cochran of this city, all of whom attended the funeral this morning. Source: La Grande Evening...

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Ruckman, Samuel G. – Obituary

Alicel, Union County, Oregon Services Set For Samuel Ruckman Services for Samuel G. Ruckman of ALicel, who died at the Grande Ronde Hospital Sunday, will be held at Daniels Funeral Home, Thursday at 2 p.m. Rev. Gordon Milldrum will officiate. Burial will follow at Summerville cemetery. Born at Alicel, he had lived there all his life. He was a member of the First Christian Church. Survivovors include his widow, Mrs. Hermia Ruckman, Alicel; two sons, Audmer Ruckman, Oakland, Calif., Clark Ruckman, La Grande, one daughter, Mrs. Lucretia Paroz, Imbler; one stepson, Walter Phillips, Salem; 11 grandchildren, two great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Source: La Grande Observer Thursday, 4 Aug 1964, Pg 7 Final Services Held for Samuel G. Ruckman Samuel G. Ruckman, retired farmer of Alicel where he was born on Jan. 6, 1880, and where he lived throughout his lifetime, passed away last Sunday, Aug. 2, at a local hospital following an extended illness. He was 84 years of age. Funeral services are being held today at Daniels Funeral Home at 2:00 p.m., and Rev. Gordon Milldrum will officiate. Mr. Ruckman had been a member of the First Christian Church. Interment will take place at the Summerville Cemetery. Surviving are Mr. Ruckman’s wife, Mrs. Hermia Ruckman of Alicel; two sons, Clark of La Grande, and Audmer of Oakland, Calif., together with a daughter, Mrs. Lucretia Paroz of...

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