Obituaries 1942 – 1947
The following are the death notices and obituaries contained within the pages of the Sherman County Journal, on the microfilm roll containing the issues from May 15, 1942 to June 27, 1947.
May 22, 1942
- Ladru Barnum Funeral Attended by Many Friends. Ladru Barnum, former Sherman county banker and merchant who was known to every resident, died in The Dalles Monday morning after a ten day illness. “Dru” Barnum was born in Moro, May 17, 1877, being the first child born in this city. He was but a few hours past his 65th birthday at the time of his death. He attended schools in Moro and worked on the family lands until 20 years old when he started work for the Moro Mercantile company’s store at Klondike. From there he was moved to Moro where he stayed but a few months before deciding to take a commercial course in Portland. On his return, he was again employed by the company. He became assistant manager of the W.W. M. Co. bank when that institution was bought from Moore Bros. and later was manager, from which position he went to The Dalles as manager of the First National Bank. He has remained there for 23 years and became a leader in business and civil affairs. He was a member of the Wasco county selective service board and had spent many days work in that capacity in the past year. He was local manager of the Continental Grain company. Survivors are his widow, May, two brothers, E.E. and A.J. of Moro, a sister, Mrs. L.L. Peetz, three half sisters, Mrs. Charles Bartlett of Bend, Mrs. Roy Church of Otis and Mrs. Stanley Lake of Myrtle Creek. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon from the Congressional church in The Dalles. Many Sherman county friends attended.
May 29, 1942
- John Patjens Buried at Grass Valley. John Deitrich Patjens, a resident of the Grass Valley country for nearly fifty years, died last Friday at his home. He was born in Hanover, Germany August 23, 1863 and came to America when a young man. He settled northwest of Kent and has remained there. He had been ill for many months. Mr. Patjens is survived by his widow, Margaret, a son, Andrew, a daughter, Mrs. Katherine Andews all of Grass Valley and 4 sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Strange and Mrs. Emma Holman of Portland, Mrs. Margaret Schassen of The Dalles and Mrs. Tom Smith of Yakima. Funeral services were held in Grass Valley Monday afternoon with Rev. W.I. Eck officiating. Interment was in the Grass Valley Odd Fellows cemetery.
- In Other Days. From the Observer May 30, 1913. E. Brownlee died at Wasco Monday evening from injuries received at the Hugh Shull ranch when three teams ran away. Mr. Brownlee was cut by a disc harrow. [Earl]
- and Mrs. R.J. Baker, Mr. and Mrs. O.N. Ruggles, Grover Young and George Wilcox attended the funeral of L. Barnum in The Dalles Wednesday afternoon.
- Among out of town relatives and friends who attended the funeral of John Patjens Monday afternoon were Miss Lillian Schassen of The Dalles; Mrs. Elizabeth Strange of Portland; Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Patjens of Bakeoven; Mr and Mrs. Louis Sather, James Wilson, Dick Abel, Mr. and Mrs. James Matthew and Mrs. Max Pluemke of Kent.
- Funeral services for John Patjens were held from the civic auditorium Monday afternoon with Rev. W.I. Eck of Portland officiating. Music was furnished by Mrs. Al Roberts and Orville Ruggles with Mrs. Ruggles at the piano. Honorary pallbearers were Herman Ziegler, Gus Engstrom, Fred Krusow, Hans Koepke, Sam Holmes and George Witter. Active pallbearers included E.M. Helyer, Ted von Borstel, Claus Bardenhagen, William Buether, Roy Barnet and William Bardenhagen. Interment was made in the IOOF cemetery at Grass Valley with arrangements in charge of C.R. Callaway of The Dalles.
June 5, 1942
- In Other Days. From the Observer, June 5, 1913. John Reckmann was instantly killed and his wife seriously injured in an auto accident west of Kent Sunday afternoon. The accident occurred close to the Wm. Koehler farm on a straight piece of road.
June 12, 1942
June 19, 1942
June 26, 1942
July 3, 1942
- Wasco Boy Suffocates In Grain Bin. Fred Lutje, 12 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Lutje of Wasco, died from suffocation in a wheat bin on the Herbert Root ranch west of Wasco Thursday afternoon. The boy, with his elder brother Lewis, were at the Root ranch from an adjoining farm where they live. They went to shock hay but had stopped that job. Root was hauling bulk grain from his farm storage bin. How the boy happened to fall or jump into the bin is not known but when Mr. Root stopped loading wheat at the cry of the elder boy Fred was completely covered with wheat except for an arm. Although he was removed from the wheat as soon as possible and started to The Dalles to meet the pulmotor crew, he could not be revived. He had apparently strangled on wheat as his lungs and throat were full of it. The funeral was held Sunday from the Methodist church in Wasco with Rev. F.L. Cannell officiating. Surviving are the parents and two brothers, Lewis and Douglas.
- Win Fields Buried In Wasco Sunday. Winfield Scott Fields, elder brother of Tracy, Cecil, Earl of Wasco and C.W. Fields of Grass Valley died suddenly at his home in Vancouver, Washington Thursday. He had come home from his work as night watchman and gone to bed about noon. He was dead when called in the evening. He was the son of John Fields an early day resident of the north end of the county and had lived here until the early twenties when he moved to Camas, Wash., later going to Vancouver. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the Christian church in Wasco. Surviving are his widow, Ethel and two sons, Verle, a soldier in India, and Keith of Eagle Point, Oregon and two grandchildren.
- Grant Armsworthy Dies At Seventy-two. Mrs. Grant Armsworthy of Wasco died in The Dalles Tuesday night after an illness of several weeks. Mrs. Armsworthy was a native Oregonian having been born near Bethel schoolhouse in 1869 of pioneer parents. She has been a resident of Wasco since pioneer days. Surviving are her widower, W.G. Armsworthy, two daughters, Mrs. Norma Illingsworth of The Dalles and Mrs. Florence Grant of Bremerton, Wash., three brothers, Clarence Harvey of Bend Claude of Portland and Omer of Pendleton. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. from the Christian church in Wasco with interment in the Wasco cemetery. [Lela E.]
- Mary Schadewitz Funeral Held. Mary Ann Schadewitz, died in The Dalles Sunday and her funeral was held Wednesday afternoon from the Kent church with interment in the cemetery there. Mrs. Schadewitz was the widow of Louis Schadewitz who died in 1932. Born Mary Ann Parks in 1869 she was married here in 1895. Her sister was the wife of Henry Schadewitz. Until very recent years she had been a resident of Sherman county. Surviving are two sons, Oliver of Wamic, Virgil of Vancouver, Wash., two daughters, Mrs. Marie Hendricks of Battle Ground, Wash., and Mrs. J.S. Fritts of Grass Valley.
- Ernest Medler Dies In The Dalles. Ernest A. Medler, a pioneer resident of the Wasco community, died in The Dalles Tuesday night following a brief illness. He was born in Missouri, Feb. 22, 1867 and had lived near Wasco since 1881 when the Medler family came to Sherman county. He was farmer and landowner. He was married Marion Meyers in 1894 and to them was born four daughters who survive. They are Mrs. Arthur Lowell of Alderdale, Wash., Mrs. Chester McMillen of Phoenix, Ariz., Mrs. Donald Bryd of Bremerton, Wash., and Mrs. Carl Nelson of Oakland, Cal. There [are] two grand children by a deceased son and five other grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Brothers are Frank of Wasco and John G. of Lebanon. The funeral was held from the Wasco Methodist church Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m. with Rev. Cannell in charge. Interment was in the Wasco cemetery. [Ernest Aubrey]
July 10, 1942
- Those attending the Lela Armsworthy funeral from away were: Mr. and Mrs. George Kaseberg of Condon, Mrs. Vernon Klarman of Lancaster, Cal., Mrs. Myrtle Geist of Longview, Wn., Maud Cin and Mrs. Birdie Henle of Toppenish, Wn., Mrs. Mabel Pell and daughter of Wapato, Mrs. Millie Anderson of Corriche, Wn., Mrs. Velma Ledal and two daughters of Bend, Ore., Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Harvey of Portland, Mrs. Dick Tozier of Helix, Erby Nelson of Pendleton and Mr. and Mrs. Ed Larr of The Dalles.
July 17, 1942
- Fred Messinger Buried In Kelso. Mrs. Fred Messenger died last Saturday and was buried Monday at Kelso, Wash., according to a message received here by Mrs. Jack Noonan. Mrs. Messenger was a resident of this county in youth and middle age, coming here as Eunice Gibson. Her widower and two children, Ronald and Myrtis survive as well as several grandchildren.
- America Moore Dies In Portland Home. America Moore, widow of Henry Moore, died of a heart attack at her home in Portland Wednesday night according to word sent to members of the family here. Mrs. Moore, then America Cushman came to Sherman county in the spring of 1882 with members of the Moore family. She lived here until about 1910 before moving to the city. One son, Harry survives.
- Maude Garrent [Garrett] received word Tuesday of the death of her mother, W.J. Crozier at Snohomish, Wash., Mrs. Garrent, Mrs. Don Smith and Mrs. James Phifer left that day for the funeral.
July 24, 1942
July 31, 1942
August 7, 1942
August 14, 1942
August 21, 1942
August 28, 1942
- Two McKinney’s Die In Week, Both Tragically. Death came twice this week to the McKinney family, both times quickly. Robert S. McKinney, who had been living with his daughter, Mrs. George Smith, south of Moro, committed suicide Sunday morning by shooting himself. He had been in poor health for several months. Monday night his son, Charles W. McKinney, was killed on Highway 97 in Klamath county while hurrying to attend the funeral of his father. He was in the United States navy and was riding with three friends, none of whom were hurt seriously. Robert S. McKinney was born at Spruce Pine, North Carolina, May 2, 1877 being 65 years of age at the time of his death. Survivors are his widow, Hattie, two daughters, Mrs. Smith, and Mrs. Roberta Daughtery of Lexington, two sisters, Mrs. Edith Little of Walla Walla and Mrs. Hulda Solvester of The Dalles.
- H. McIntyre received word of the death of his father, H.A. McIntyre at the home of his daughter at Ridgefield, Wash., Monday. Afton left that evening. Funeral services are waiting word from a son at Cambridge, Mass. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. O.R. Burris of Ridgefield and three sons, J.E. of Massachusetts, S.A. of Weston and A.H. of Wasco.
September 4, 1942
- Guy Andrews Dies After Long Illness. Guy Thomas Andrews died in The Dalles, Ore., August 30, at a local hospital. He was born in Virginia, and was 75 years old at the time of his death. He was a resident for 48 years in Wasco and was well and favorably known. He had been ill for about four years. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife, Ida Andrews of Wasco, and five children, Harold Andrews of Portland, Mrs. Nell Hull of Portland, Lena Andrews of Yakima, Wn., Marie Andrews of Portland, Effie Andrews of Heppner, three grandchildren, and a brother, Jack Andrews of Prosser, Wn. The _____ were held at the C.R. Callaway funeral home in The Dalles with Rev. F.L. Cannell officiating. Graveside services were held by the Elks lodge of which he was a member, and committal was at The Dalles IOOF cemetery.
- Schilling Buried At Grass Valley. Herman Schilling, well known farmer and business man of the Grass Valley neighborhood, died at his home in that city Saturday evening. Mr. Schilling was born in Berlin, Germany, July 4, 1870, and came to Sherman county about 40 years ago, buying property with his father. His operations were successful and he retired from the farm after the last war. Then he became a stockholder in the bank and president of the Grass Valley Grain Growers. He had been ill for about a year. Surviving are his widow, Etha, a son Robert, a stepdaughter, Mrs. Jesse Helyer, a brother, William F. and three sisters, Mrs. Ray Newcomb of Vancouver, Mrs. Joe Newcomb and Mrs. Frank Peterson of Grass Valley. Funeral services for Herman Schilling were conducted from the Methodist church Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock with the Rev. W.I. Eck of Portland officiating. Music was furnished by Tom Fraser and Miss Sybil Belshe. Honorary pallbearers were Gus Engstrom, R.A. Stow, Charles Lemley, Sam Holmes, John Engstrom and Fred Krusow. Active pallbearers were Roy Feeley, R.J. Baker, Luther Davis, J.W. Shepard, A.A. Dunlap, and Herman Ziegler. Funeral arrangements were in charge of C.R. Callaway and Son of The Dalles, with interment in the IOOF cemetery at Grass Valley. Out of town relatives who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Ray Newcomb of Vancouver, Wash., Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Smith of Boise, Idaho; Robert Smith and son, Harvey, of Ione; Mrs. Wayland Weld of Corvallis; Mrs. Lynn Perrine of Aberdeen, Wn.; Mrs. Lowell Boling of Hoquiam; and Mrs. George Jongward of Yakima, Wash.
- Two of Family Buried Sunday. The double funeral of Robert Samuel McKinney and his son Charles William McKinney was held at Arlington Sunday. Charles McKinney had been killed Monday evening when traveling in Klamath county on his way to the funeral of his father. He was in the navy. Both McKinneys were residents of Gilliam county, having lived for many years in the vicinity of Arlington and Blalock, although the elder man was living here at the time of his death, and the younger man had enlisted from this county.
- Sam Stark left Wednesday night for her former home in Missouri, having received word of the death of her mother. Mr. Stark took her to The Dalles.
- Those who attended the double funeral of Robert [McKinney] and son Charles [McKinney] at Arlington Sunday were Mr. and Mrs. Ed Alley, C.B. Halfpenny, Mr. and Mrs. Art Bibby, Mrs. Joe Bibby, Mr. and Mrs. Eben Kee, Glen Karnes, C.W. Fields and Mrs. Elna Rawleigh.
September 11, 1942
- Tom Coffman Buried In Portland. Thomas P. Coffman, resident of Sherman county for many years prior to the last war, died in Portland September 4, at the age of 72 years. He is survived by children, Oliver and Chester and Mrs. Viola Wilkerson of Portland, Grover of Moro, Mrs. W.B. Mack of Kernville, Cal., and Mrs. Minnie Stark of Tygh Valley, 14 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held in Portland and interment made in that city.
- M. Axtell Dies At 89 After Long Illness. James Murray Axtell, aged Moro resident, died at The Dalles Wednesday morning after several years of steadily failing health. Mr. Axtell was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, December 25, 1852, being 89 years old at the time of his death. He came to Sherman county over 40 years ago and bought land, which he farmed until his retirement several years ago. He lived in town for many years. Surviving are three sons, Roy of Roseville, Cal.; Aden K. and Clare R. of Moro; ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held today, Friday, at 2 p.m. from the Moro Presbyterian church and interment will be in the Moro cemetery.
- Moro News. and Mrs. Ray Gordy from Klamath Falls arrived in Moro Thursday, remaining for the J.M. Axtell funeral Friday. Mrs. Gordy is a granddaughter of the late Mr. Axtell.
- Word was received by Mrs. Dora Moore that Mrs. Delilah Stiffle died at Santa Ana, Calif., August 31. She was an old time Wasco resident and well known here.
September 18, 1942
- U.S. Crowder Dies At Salem. Rev. U.S. Crowder, former pastor of a church in Wasco, died at his home in Salem this week. He was the father of Raymond Crowder, editor of the Arlington Bulletin and was well known to many residents of Sherman county.
- Bertha McDonald Buried Here Sunday. Mrs. Bertha McDonald, widow of Neal [Neil] McDonald, died in The Dalles, Friday September 11 and was buried in Moro Sunday with interment in the Rose cemetery. Mrs. McDonald had been a resident of Sherman for the major part of her life having raised her family in this county. She is survived by a son, George, who farms the home place, three daughters, Mrs. R.J. Bruckert and Mrs. Ernest Houston of Moro and Mrs. W.F. Rader. Funeral services were held in Moro with Rev. J.D. Moberg officiating. Pallbearers were Howard Belshee, James Kenny, P.C. Axtell, Ross Ornduff, Bernard Martin and Carl Adams.
September 25, 1942
- Old Resident Buried Here Wednesday. Joseph C. Hockman, aged 85, died in The Dalles Monday after an illness of almost exactly a year. Hockman had been a resident of Sherman county for about 45 years, having come here from Illinois, via western Washington, just before the beginning of this century. He bought, and owned at the time of his death, a farm northeast of Moro, on which he had lived most of his time in the county. He is survived by two sons, Ben of The Dalles and Orville of Moro, and a daughter, Adeline, of Portland; three step daughters, Mrs. May Belshe and Mrs. Dan McLachlan of Moro and Mrs. Lottie Lee of Portland; 14 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon from the Moro Presbyterian church with interment being made in the Moro cemetery.
- Well known in Wasco was Mrs. Clara Porter, 83 years old, who died on the way to The Dalles hospital from her home at Twin Bridge. She leaves two daughters, Mrs. Bertha Huck of Rufus, and Mrs. Eunice Bergeron of Goldendale, Wn.; two sons, Delbert of Goldendale, Wn., and Chas. of Cecil, Ore.; and six grandchildren. Funeral services were held from Zell’s funeral home Wednesday afternoon, and interment made in The Dalles IOOF cemetery. Her husband, H.K. Porter, died in 1941. She was resident of Twin Falls (sic) community 46 years. [Twin Bridge – at the mouth of the John Day River]
October 2, 1942
- Local Woman’s Brother Dies In Beaverton. Aden Axtell received a telegram Thursday stating that his wife’s youngest brother, Wallace Brown, died Wednesday night in Beaverton of a heart attack. Axtell went down last Saturday for a visit with relatives there.
- In Memoriam. In loving memory of my darling boy, Ross Hilderbrand, who passed away one year ago today, October 6. No one knows the silent heartache that only a mother can know to lose one we loved so dearly. –Rebecca Hilderbrand Coryell.
- Jessie Washburn Hamilton died recently in Grants Pass at the age of 77. She was a resident of Grass Valley years ago when her husband and his brother had a store in the south end of town.
October 9, 1942
- Funeral Services Held Today For Wasco Man. Arvid Theodore (Ted) Anderson of Wasco died Wednesday at a hospital in The Dalles, at the age of 45. He was born at Sloan, Iowa, Nov. 7, 1896. His body will be returned to Iowa following funeral services to be held Friday (today) at the chapel of C.R. Callaway and Son, The Dalles, at 2 p.m. F.L. Cannell of Wasco will conduct the services. Mr. Anderson is survived by his mother, Mrs. Ida Anderson, of Sloan, Iowa; his wife, Mrs. Glennie Anderson, of Wasco; two sons, Stanley and Leland, of Wasco; an uncle, Arvid Anderson, of Wasco; two brothers, and six sisters.
October 16, 1942
October 25, 1942
- Carl Hendricks Killed In Tragic Hunting Accident. Accidental Gun Discharge Ends Life of Popular Circuit Judge of This District. Carl Hendricks, beloved circuit judge of the Sherman, Gilliam, Wheeler county district, was killed Sunday while on a deer hunting expedition in the Richmond section of his own Wheeler county. Judge Hendricks had left his home in Fossil early in the morning to hunt. During the morning he hunted with members of the Potter family who own a ranch near Richmond. Shortly after noon they moved to another part of the range. As Hendricks, who was driving his own car, stepped from it and started to walk away the elder Potter and his son, Bill, a boy of 15 started to exchange guns. One of the guns was discharged, the bullet striking the judge in the back of the head emerging in the forehead. Although Dr. J.A. Reuter was called by airplane from The Dalles, nothing could be done to save the life of the mortally wounded jurist, who expired a few minutes after being struck. Carl Herbert Hendricks was born in Fossil May 5, 1892, a son of Mr. and Mrs. H.H. Hendricks, a pioneer lawyer and school teacher of this section of Oregon. He was educated in Fossil, Eugene high school and the University of Oregon and obtained his degree in law from the University of Washington in 1917. He then entered the army and served overseas with the AEF. On his return to civil life he married Bessie E. Johnson of Seattle, who with one daughter, Carlotta survives. He homesteaded in Wheeler county and entered the practice of law with his father remaining there until his election as circuit judge of the 11th judicial district in 1932. He was reelected in 1938 for a term which would have ended in 1944. During his term as judge he served in nearly every court in Oregon as relief judge and became known for his fairness and ____ law. His name was frequently mentioned whenever there were openings on the state supreme bench and his appointment to that place had been urged during the past year by his many friends. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon from the Legion Hall in Fossil with Rev. W.N. Byers of Prineville giving the sermon. The Masonic rites were given by Alex Curry of Gilliam county and members of the American Legion of three counties participated by acting as pallbearers, color guards and directing the firing squad. The crowd of friends filled the hall. Interment was in the Fossil cemetery.
- Called To Final Court. [Photo] Carl Hendricks, circuit judge of this district, killed in hunting accident Sunday near Waterman.
October 30, 1942
- Hugh Chrisman Dies From Effect of Fall. Hugh Chrisman, 17 years sheriff of Sherman county, died in The Dalles last Thursday from the result of a broken hip suffered in a fall. He was 76 years old. Hugh Chrisman was born November 21, 1865 in Dufur of pioneer parents. When he was a small boy his parents moved to The Dalles and entered the general merchandise business where the young man obtained his business training after finishing the local schools. When he was 21 he married Hattie Corson, and entered the grocery business with his brother-in-law. Later he was employed by the Wasco Warehouse & Milling company at Rufus where he remained until he was appointed sheriff. He stayed in office until his retirement in 1936. He is survived by his widow, a daughter, Mrs. Anna Blackburn of Portland, two sons, William of Portland and Vernon of The Dalles and two grandchildren. Levi, of The Dalles, Frank of Ashland and Eugene of Toledo are the brothers remaining of the original family of six. Funeral services were held in The Dalles Saturday with the Masonic lodge in charge. Interment was made there. Many Sherman county friends attended.
November 6, 1942
- Sereno Hall Dies Suddenly In Portland. Sereno Alfred Hall, for 35 years a citizen of Sherman county, died suddenly in a Portland hospital Saturday afternoon as a result of an operation. Hall, native Oregonian, was born at Hillsboro November 4, 1883 and came to this county as a young man to work. He remained to make this his home and to carve a modest fortune from Sherman county soil. He married Miss Lilah Nish and to them has been born two children, Mrs. Hope Belshee and Mac Hall, both of Moro. He also leaves two brothers W.W. of Portland, and Elmer of Long Beach, Cal. and a sister, Mrs. Irena Robinson of Portland. Mr. Hall was one of the solid and prosperous farmers of the Hay Canyon country where he had farmed for 25 years. The funeral was held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the Presbyterian church of which deceased was a member. Rev. J.D. Moberg officiated. Interment was made in the Rose cemetery.
November 13, 1942
- Former Wasco Resident Dies In The Dalles. Spencer, father of Mrs. Carl Everett, died at The Dalles and the funeral was held there Friday of last week.
- Word was received here that Mrs. B.A. Hogue’s son-in-law passed away Friday. She left for Portland Saturday.
November 20, 1942
- Wilford Belshe Dies Suddenly; Heart Attack. Wilford Belshe, well known Sherman county farmer, died quietly Thursday night at his home from a heart attack. He had been well and working during the day. Mr. Belshe was born near DeMoss Springs, May 15, 1891 and lived in the county until the turn of the century when he moved to Monmouth with his parents. When he was 18 the family moved to Old Mexico where he lived a few years, also spending some time on the San Juan islands. He returned to Sherman county as a young man and began farming, an occupation that held him until his death. On November 18, 1914 he was married to Hazel Kuykendall in Yamhill, who survives him. He had been a member of the Christian church since boyhood, was active in the Grange which he helped to organize, and had also been a member of the local Masonic lodge. Surviving are a son Max, now a soldier in Hawaii, two daughters, Sybil, a teacher in Multnomah county and Barbara, who is employed in the hospital at Camp Adair. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Community church with Rev. James D. Moberg giving the sermon. Interment was made in the Rose cemetery east of Moro.
- Max Brown Losses Sailor Brother. Mrs. Max Brown of Grass Valley has received word that her brother, Ernest Perrin of Redmond, had been killed in action while serving as a sailor on a ship in the Pacific war zone. He joined the navy last February and was sent into action soon. He was 24 and had spent several summers in Sherman county. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Perrin reside at Redmond. Another brother is also in the navy somewhere in the fighting zone.
November 27, 1942
- P. Anderson, 80, long time resident of Rufus, died at The Dalles Saturday, November 21 and was buried Tuesday in that city. Mr. Anderson had lived in Moro and Wasco in recent years although he had been in The Dalles for about six months. He was born in Denmark, the son of Hans and Sophia Anderson. He had a sister, Miss Mary Anderson in Iowa Falls, Iowa and no other known relatives.
- Word was received here of the death of Bill Snoderly, brother of Mrs. Elizabeth Schaeffer, who has visited here many times in past years. He died at Long Creek where he made his home.
December 4, 1942
- The death of Darwin Root of Glendale, Cal., brother of Herb Root, occurred November 26. Herb Root and sister, Mrs. H.E. Morrow of The Dalles left Saturday to attend the funeral in Glendale.
- The funeral services for the late Van Patten of Dayton, Wash. were held Saturday Nov. 26. He was well known in Wasco.
December 11. 1942
- John Venable Dies At North Bend, Wn. John R. Venable, long time resident of Sherman county, died December 7, in a hospital in Seattle at the age of 77 years. Mr. Venable left Sherman county 25 years ago and since then has owned and operated a service station at North Bend, Wash. He was born in Silverton, Mar. 26, 1865. Survivors are six children, Francis of Klamath Falls, Chester and Mrs. Clifford Duckett of Wenatchee, Wash., Paul in the service at Fort Lewis, Max of Toppenish, Wash., and Mrs. Everett Watkins of Wasco. Three sisters, Mrs. Eva Doane and Mrs. Rose Weld of Portland, Mrs. A. B. Courtney of Wenatchee, Wash., and one brother, Perry of North Bend, seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Funeral services and interment were held at North Bend December 9.
December 18, 1942
- Word from Mrs. N.P. Hansen tells of the death of Frank Lanphear, December 12 at LaGrande. Lanphear was an old time resident of Sherman county and was related to some of the old families.
- Alfred K. Scott, 36 years a resident of the Wasco community, recently passed away at the age of 62 at his winter home in Portland. He was well known, having worked 12 years at the Arthur Sargent ranch and for Mrs. Sargent’s father, the late Mr. Van Gilder, for a number of years before that.
December 25, 1942
- Shelton Fritts received word recently that his father had passed away at his home in Mountain City, Tenn.
January 1, 1943
- John Bell Dies In California. John Hulbert Bell, former resident of Kent, died Dec. 25, 1942 in Los Angeles. He was born Jan. 30, 1894 near Boyd where he remained during his boyhood. He lived in Sherman county about 13 years, graduated from the grade school at Kent and moved to Colorado. He served in the US Army in the first World War and was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He leaves to mourn his loss, two sisters, Mrs. W.C. Guyton of Dufur, Mrs. Irene Sandman of Brea, Cal. and five brothers, L.L. of Moro, Alfred of Arvada, Colo., Ray of Boulder, Colo., Roy and Paul addresses unknown. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Bell were early day pioneers of Wasco county.
January 8, 1943
- Moro Farmer Buried Here On Tuesday. Omer G. Sayrs died early Sunday morning at his farm home after an illness of about an hour. He had not been ill the day previous, and was in good spirits when he retired. Mr. Sayrs was born April 22, 1890, a son of Frank Sayrs and Emma Powell Sayrs, pioneers of this county. He farmed the home place until he bought the Erskine farm southwest of town which he improved and made into a modern farm home. He served in the US Army during World War I at Camp Lewis, and was a member of the American Legion post. Omer Sayrs was always interested in public affairs and was to be counted on to aid any community endeavor with his time and his capital. He served as president of the fair board until 1940, and during his term of service some of the county’s biggest fairs were held. He is survived by his widow, Edith; two daughters, Lavon Hart of Beaverton and Mary of Moro; his mother, Emma Sayrs; one son, Lamer of Moro; four grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. Dick Morgan and Mrs. Clair Axtell of Moro, Mrs. Will Morgan of Sheridan, and Mrs. Edgar Race of Bingen, Wash.; and one brother Carroll, of Moro. Funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon from the Moro Community church with Rev. James D. Moberg officiating. The American Legion members presented the full military funeral for their departed comrade. Interment was in the Moro cemetery.
January 15, 1943
- Fred Cole received the sad news of the death of his mother, Mrs. Nancy Cole, at Sherwood, January 10. Cole and sister, Miss Lottie Cole, left Monday to attend the funeral services held Wednesday from the Tualatin Methodist church.
January 22, 1943
January 29, 1943
- Local Banker Leaves For Mother’s Funeral. Ray Blake left Wednesday morning on the stage to attend the funeral of his mother, Mrs. W.J. Blake, 69, of Ione. Mrs. Ray Blake and their daughter, Mrs. Scott Fortner, left Thursday morning by car. The funeral was Thursday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Blake had spent the previous weekend with his parents at Ione, because of the serious illness of Mr. Blake’s father, but came home Sunday leaving the elder Mr. Blake much improved. Word came Tuesday morning of the sudden death of Mrs. Blake, who had not been previously ill.
- News has been received of the death of Miss Ennis of Willamette University. She had several former students of music here.
February 5, 1943
- Wasco Resident Buried This Week. Arthur Franklin Watkins was born in Joplin, Mo., March 31, 1858, and died at Vancouver, Wn., Jan 31, 1943, at the age of 84. He came to Oregon with his wife and three children 58 years ago; five other children were born in Oregon. His wife and two children preceded him in death. He remarried in 1905, and to this union three children were born. In 1910 they moved to Wasco, where he resided up to the time of his passing. He was a member of the Methodist church. Surviving are his wife, Iva L. Watkins; five sons and four daughters as follows: Bert Watkins of Wasco; Roy of The Dalles; Everett of Wasco; Harold of Shelton, Wash., and Garl of Seattle, Wash., in US service; Mrs. Nellie Matteson of Modesto, Cal.; Mrs. Metta Kaseberg of Wasco; Mrs. Hazel Bargfeld of Seattle; Mrs. Wanda Sweney of Seattle; also 15 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and a host of friends. Funeral services were held from the Methodist church on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 3, at 1:00 p.m., with Rev. F.L. Cannell officiating. Interment was at Sunrise cemetery.
- and Mrs. Carl Melzer and Mrs. Howard Conlee motored to The Dalles Saturday, when Mrs. Melzer and Mrs. Conlee left to attend the funeral of Mrs. Conlee’s mother, Mrs. Toll who died Friday evening. Her home was near Eugene. While in the Valley Mrs. Melzer visited with her parents at Salem, with her sister, Mrs. Adella Gabriel, at Cascadia, and with her son Millard.
February 12, 1943
- Belle Clothier received word Monday that her brother, Louis Mosier, had died at the Veteran’s hospital in Vancouver. She left Wednesday morning for Portland with her son, William, to be present at the funeral services.
February 19, 1943
- Graveside services were held at the Sunrise cemetery at Wasco, Thursday for George W. Ramey, 83, of Rufus. At one time he farmed the land which is now owned by Mrs. Edith Hoggard, next to the Ben Andrews place. The deceased is survived by two sisters, Mrs. B.L. Andrews of Wasco and Mrs. Cora Bartholomew of Rufus, also several nephews and nieces.
February 26, 1943
- Services Held For Local Farmer Sunday. Funeral services were held here Sunday afternoon for Bart Burrel, 43, who has been active in local farming ventures for the past 25 years. He is survived by his widow, Leota, who he married Sept 16, 1927, and by four sisters: Mrs. Alice Speer of Sweet Home; Mrs. Stella Tobert, Mrs. Elsie Hobson and Mrs. Goldia Bellinger, all of Lebanon. Bart Burrell was born in Lebanon, Sept 11, 1899. He died in a hospital in The Dalles, Feb. 19, 1943, following an operation. He was a member of the Elks lodge in The Dalles. Services were conducted from the Moro Community church with Rev. James D. Moberg officiating. Burial was in the IOOF cemetery in The Dalles, with graveside services conducted by The Dalles Elks. R. Calloway & Son were in charge.
- Moro Woman Buried In The Dalles. Funeral services for Mrs. Eliza Coffman were held Tuesday afternoon at the chapel of C.R. Calloway & Son at The Dalles. Interment was in the IOOF cemetery at The Dalles. She was born at Sayre, Okla., Sept 9, 1874, and died in The Dalles Feb. 20, 1943, after a very short illness. She was 68 years of age at the time of her death. Survivors include a son, Joseph Franklin Ritner, now in the US navy; three daughters, Mrs. Fornie Ronspiev and Mrs. Ella Ronspiev, both of Okauchee, Okla., and Mrs. Leta Coffman of The Dalles; stepson, Grover C. Coffman, of Moro; one stepdaughter, Mrs. Minnie Stark of Tygh Valley; 14 grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.
- Tom Striker received word this week of the death of his aunt, Mrs. Thos. Benson of Bellville, Kansas, at the age of 93.
- and Mrs. Cliff Fridley left Monday morning for Aurora to attend the funeral services for Mrs Fridley’s sister-in-law, Mrs. Earl Barnett, who died at her home in Portland last week.
- and Mrs. Leo Watkins and daughters Joan and Judith were in Glendale, Wn., Friday to attend the funeral services of Mrs. Watkins’ grandfather, Oscar Kuhnhausen.
- It has been reported that Ed Race, a former resident of Moro, died Thursday morning from a heart attack, at his home in Bingen, Wn.
- Word was received here this week of the death of Mrs. Hershel Axtell, who died Sunday at her home in Eugene. and Mrs. Axtell are former Sherman county residents and are well known here. He is the brother of Perry Axtell of Moro.
- The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Burdet Lite of Portland died from pneumonia last week. Lite’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Lawrence, and Mrs. Vernon Flatt went to Portland for the burial services.
March 5, 1943
- The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elton Eakin died in The Dalles last Wednesday evening, and was buried at Moro Friday. Those attending the services from here were Mr. and Mrs. V.B. Eakin, daughter Ellen and son Owen, Mr. and Mrs. Millard Eakin, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Eakin, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Blaylock, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Todd and Dell Eakin.
- Burial services for held Friday for the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elton Eakin of Grass Valley. Eakin is the former Mary Coats of Wasco.
March 12, 1943
March 19, 1943
- Leroy H. Martin Buried In Portland Tuesday. Leroy H. Martin died at Salem March 14 after a lengthy illness. He was one of the early residents of Sherman county having lived here for many years after coming from California where he was born October 16, 1858. He is survived by three brothers, Wilbert J. Martin of Moro, Julius Martin of Moscow, Idaho, and Harvey Martin of The Dalles, a daughter, Mrs. C.C. Clelland of Portland and a son, Myles E. Martin of Lexington. Funeral services were held in Portland Tuesday of this week and were attended by Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Martin, Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Martin, jr. Mr. and Mrs. Randall Martin and Mr. and Mrs. Orlo Martin of this city.
March 26, 1943
April 2, 1943
- Engstrom Dies After Long Illness. Mrs. Gus Engstrom died Tuesday morning at a hospital in The Dallas after a long illness. Mrs. Engstrom was born Elsie Martin at Springfield, Mo., September 18, 1872 and came to Sherman county in the early years of this century and married Mr. Engstrom at Vancouver, Wash., August 24, 1913. Besides her widower she is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Herman Ziegler and Mrs. Edgar Alley, both of Grass Valley, one sister, Mrs. Manuel Eslinger of Ellensburg, Wash., and two brothers, John Martin of Cedar Springs, Mo., and Verdan Martin of Huntington Park, Cal. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon from the Baptist church in Grass Valley with Zell in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers will be Arnold Dunlap, Herman Peters, Chester Anderson, James Blagg, Sam Stark and Wallace May.
- The community of Wasco heard this week of the death of Robert McPherson, former Sherman county farmer, who has recently been working at Camas, Wash. He passed way at a Vancouver hospital Monday a.m., March 29. His wife had preceded him several years ago. His mother Mrs. Belle Brown and sister, Mrs. Agnes Feadnor of Sacramento, Cal., and a brother, Elwood of Wasco and a stepson, Maitland Shepard, survive him. Funeral services will be arranged when his mother arrives.
April 9, 1943
- Word has been received here of the death, March 31, in Salem, of Mrs. Alice Passmore, mother of Mrs. Dorothy Johnston. Her funeral was held in Butte, Mont.
April 16, 1943
- Nora Smith Ends Long Life. An old and respected resident of Sherman county, Mrs. Nora Smith, died Sunday, April 11, 1943, at her home in Wasco. She was born in Illinois March 5, 1863, and was 80 years old at the time of her death. She moved to Oregon with her parents when she was two years old. On March 5, 1882, she was united in marriage to James Arthur Smith. To this union five children were born; one daughter and her husband preceded her in death. She has lived in Sherman county 39 years, and was an active member of the Methodist church, Sunday school, and Ladies’ Aid until age and illness kept her home. Her keen mind, Christian spirit, and loyalty to home and friends will make her greatly missed in the community. She leaves to mourn her death three sons and one daughter: Chester W. Smith of Moro, Lester K. Smith of Grass Valley, Arthur Smith and Lydia Darby of Wasco; also six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Funeral services were held from the Methodist church Tuesday afternoon, April 13, 1943, at 2:30 p.m., Rev. F.L. Cannell officiating. Interment was made at Wasco Sunrise cemetery.
- Fred Messinger Buried At Longview. Word was received here last week of the death of Fred Messinger at Longview, Wash., where he had been living with his daughter, Mrs. Myrtis Gray, since the death of his wife last July. Death was caused from a heart attack as he was dead when his daughter awoke the morning of April 2. The funeral was held at Longview Tuesday, April 6, and interment was made at Longview. The deceased was a longtime resident of Sherman although he has not lived here for fifteen years. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Gray; two sons, Ronald of Longview and Dale in the army; three brothers, Edgar of Wapato, Wash., Ira and Albert of The Dalles; and two sisters, Mrs. George Kaseberg of Condon and Mrs. J.B. Coon of Grass Valley.
- and Mrs. George Wilcox motored to Portland Thursday where they attended the funeral services of Mrs. Darwin Wilcox and baby.
April 23, 1943
- Anna Ellsworth Inter[ment] Here. The interment of Mrs. Anna Ellsworth in the Moro cemetery occurred Monday after her funeral was held that morning in Condon, where she had lived for several years with her daughter, Mrs. Ollie Willis. Mrs. Ellsworth lived in Moro until about ten years ago when she closed her business here. She had operated the Ellsworth hotel. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Pearl Kelly of Vancouver, Washington, Louise in California, Mrs. Lusk in St. Helens and Mrs. Willis and four sons, George and Mac of Portland, Ralph of Gilliam county and Herb of Chico, California. Mrs. Ellsworth had been bedfast for several months because of illness and her age which was 78 years.
- Jane Mathieson Buried At Wasco. Mrs. Jane Mathieson passed away at her home near Rufus Saturday evening, April 17, at the age of 80 years, after spending 59 years on a farm in Sherman county. She was born December 31, 1862 near Edin[burgh], Scotland, where she belonged and attended a Presbyterian church. She came to America in 1882 and married John Mathieson June 15, 1883 at Springfield, Illinois living in Illinois and Pennsylvania over a year. They came to Portland in 1884 and later settled on a farm near Rufus where they celebrated their gold wedding in 1933. Her husband died in 1937, also one son preceded her in death. To this union were born nine children, eight of whom are living, John and Hugh Mathieson of Rufus, Mrs. Jean Thompson, Mrs. Margaret Leff, Mrs. Agnes Barnett, and Mrs. Anna Kuypers, all of Rufus, Mrs. Ellen Rickets of Independence, Oregon and Mrs. Kathrine Veile of Dayton, Oregon. Thirty grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren. Funeral services were held in the Wasco Methodist Church Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. Reverend F.L. Cannell officiating. Interment was made in the Sunrise cemetery.
- Walter Moon of Connell, Wash. eldest brother of the late Ed Moon died April 12 at the Mid-Columbia hospital in The Dalles and was buried in that city April 16. Wilbur and Jesse Moon of Belgrade, Neb., John Moon of Spokane, Wash., and Mrs. Ed Moon of Moro stayed overnight here and attended the funeral.
April 30, 1943
- Margaret Peetz Buried Monday, Illness Long. With Husband Deceased Had Served Nearly 40 Years As County Assessor. Funeral services for Margaret Whalley Peetz, county assessor, were held from the Moro Community Presbyterian church Monday afternoon at 2:30. Her death occurred early Saturday morning in a hospital in The Dalles where she had been since February 5. Mrs. Peetz was born April 7, 1888 in Lawrence, Mass., and was brought to Washington territory by her parents when two weeks old. Her father remained in Washington but a few years, during which time he served in the first legislature of the new state. He then moved to Portland where he later served as a member of the Oregon legislature. Mrs. Peetz attended the old Portland academy, Pacific university and graduated from the University of Oregon after which she taught school. In 1916 when teaching at DeMoss she was married to Otto Peetz who was the county assessor. Following his death in 1924 she was appointed to his position and held it until her death. As Mr. Peetz had been assessor since his first election in 1904 that office had been in their immediate family for nearly forty years. Rev. H.G. Hansen preached the funeral sermon and spoke of the active interest of the deceased in the community and the church, her work in education and in fraternal orders. For twenty years she had kept the church decorated with flowers when available and had developed the courthouse grounds by planting and caring for flowers there. Mrs. Peetz was a member of the Rebekahs and the Eastern Star and of the Moro Woman’s club. She is survived by one son, Carl, who will finish his work at the University of Oregon, this year, one sister, Mrs. Carroll Sayrs of Moro and two brothers, Fredrick and Benson of Portland.
- Attending the Margaret Peetz funeral here Monday were Fredrick Whalley and wife, Benson Whalley and wife, B.F. Peetz and daughter all of Portland.
May 7, 1943
- Lilah Hall Buried Sunday. Mrs. Lilah Hall died in a hospital in The Dalles Friday morning, April 30, after an operation which she had undergone a little over a week previously. Mrs. Hall was born in Corvallis, January 2, 1890, the daughter of Alexander Nish and Harriett Thompson Nish. She was married November 27, 1912, to Sereno Hall, who preceded her in death by a few months, having died last fall. She had been a member of the Moro Presbyterian church for many years and of the Monkland church before the time of the Moro church. Funeral services were conducted from the Moro Presbyterian church Sunday, May 2, with Calloway’s in charge. Interment was in the Rose cemetery beside her husband. Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Hope Belshee; a son, Mac Hall; a brother, Charles Nish of Mikkalo; and her mother Harriett Nish of The Dalles.
May 14, 1943
- Wasco Woman’s Sister Buried In Hood River. Rose Woodworth, sister of Mrs. Esther Stanley, died May 3, at her home in Colton after a long illness. The funeral services were held at Hood River Thursday afternoon, May 6 and interment made in Wildwood cemetery near there. Mrs. Stanley will return after the affairs are settled.
May 21, 1943
- Pearl Thompson Funeral Held. Pearl Thompson died Sunday in The Dalles after an illness of several weeks. She was a sister of Percy Thompson and a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.O. Thompson both deceased. Miss Thompson was born near Monkland, June 9, 1889 and lived in Sherman county until 1915 when she moved with her parents to Tygh Valley, later going on to The Dalles where she had made her home in recent years, except for some years spent in California as nurse in a children’s home. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in Wasco and interment was made in the Wasco cemetery in the family plot. Surviving is Percy Thompson, brother, and many cousins in this county. [Place of burial – Wasco Methodist Cemetery]
- Ida May King Dies Wednesday. Ida May Hines King, long time resident of Sherman county, died in The Dalles Wednesday morning as a result of a heart attack. King was born at Corvallis, July 16, 1861 of parents who had made the long trip across the plains. She came to Sherman county with her parents and October 3, 1889 was married in The Dalles to William King. They lived for many years on their farm west of Wasco. No children were born to them. Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Kate Mitchell of Willits, Cal., and two brothers, W.E. Hines who has been living in Wasco with his sister and Lee Hines of The Dalles. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 22 at 2 p.m. at Wasco with burial in the cemetery there.
- Ex-Senator Yates Buried Monday In Portland. Life Ends For 50 Year Resident Who Served City and District As Officer. James Philip Yates, who was “Uncle Phil” to half of Wasco, died Friday morning in Portland from a heart attack. Although he had been ill for over a year his death was unexpected as he had been up the day before and was in apparently as good spirits as before. Mr. Yates was born in Springfield, Illinois, March 30, 1874, of a family that was noted for its interest in public affairs, members having been governors and United States senators. The family moved to Oregon when he was a youth and in 1893 he came to Sherman county to work, sewing sacks and bucking wheat. After a few years of this work, interspersed with school terms in Portland in the winters he decided to live in Sherman county permanently and this had been his home ever since. He became owner and manager of the Wasco Lumber company which he controlled for 27 years until its sale to the Tum-a-lum Lumber company. Public Service Long. He was elected mayor of Wasco for two terms and in 1929 was elected state representative from the 22nd district, Gilliam, Wheeler and Sherman counties, serving with Oregon’s present governor, Earl Snell. He later served a term as senator, a position from which he resigned in 1934. Of late years he had owned a dry goods store in Wasco. He also owned a farm east of Wasco. Funeral services were held in Portland Monday afternoon and interment was made in Lincoln Memorial cemetery there. Surviving are his widow, Casha Murray, a sister, Mrs. Ruby O’Meara and a brother, Richard H. Yates. [photo]
- Randall Martin left Friday for Portland to attend the funeral of his maternal grandmother.
May 28, 1943
June 4, 1943
- Frank Welk Buried In Portland. Frank N. Welk, 33, a brother of Mrs. Damon Fields of Wasco, died in Portland May 26 and was buried last Friday in Mt Calvary cemetery in Portland. He was born in North Dakota and had lived in Oregon for 9 years. He is survived by six sisters and three brothers, one of whom is in the navy.
- Ida Hetzler Dies In Olympia, Wn. Ida B. Hetzler was born at Osanago, Dodge county, Minnesota, Oct, 26, 1869 and passed away at Olympia, Washington May 28, 1943 at the age of 73 years and 7 months. She leaves two sons, W.A. Spencer of The Dalles, E.R. Spencer of Vancouver, Wn.; one daughter, Mrs. Bessie Martin of Olympia, Wn. one brother, Bert Hathaway of Los Angeles, Cal.; also ten grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a member of the Christian church and Rebekah Lodge of Wasco. Brother Keith Fields of Eagle Point, a visiting Christian minister had charge of the services at the Wasco Christian church. The Rebekah burial ritual form was given at the graveside. Interment was made in Sunrise cemetery.
June 11, 1943
- Bill Raymond Dies After Long Illness. A. Raymond, a workman who took pride in his work, died in The Dalles last Thursday evening after a long illness. He had had one leg taken off a few years ago and underwent another operation last winter from which he did not recover. Bill Raymond was born in Lenawee county, Michigan, Oct. 15, 1894 and after spending his youth on the farm there came west to the Willamette valley working at Falls City and Dallas. He came to Sherman county in 1898 and had resided here for 45 years. He was a carpenter, a cement worker, a brick layer, a sheep shearer and best of all a photographer. His work at all of them was the best he could do. He was artist as well as artisan. The funeral was held Monday afternoon from the Community church with Rev. James Moberg giving the sermon. Members of the Odd-Fellows lodge were pall bearers and the Masonic services were read at the grave. Interment was in the Moro cemetery. Never married Mr. Raymond left a niece, Mrs. Fern Hart of Boise, Idaho, as his only remaining relative.
- Lee Dean Hockman Buried Thursday. Lee Dean, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Orville Hockman, passed away in The Dalles Tuesday after an illness of nearly a month. He was born August 11. In addition to his parents he is survived by a brother, Keith. His maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jack Cothran of Los Gatos, Calif. Graveside services were held Thursday afternoon at 2:30 and interment was made in the Moro cemetery.
June 18, 1943
- Verna Brown Buried Thursday. Mrs. Verna James Brown was killed in an automobile accident Friday night, June 11, near White Salmon and was buried in The Dalles Thursday afternoon under the direction of Zells. Mrs. Brown was born near Halsey, Ore., April 11, 1899 and spent her girlhood there. Surviving are her husband, Lewis Brown, her mother, Mrs. Alice Schuknecht of Grass Valley, a daughter, Frances James of Portland, and two uncles, Tom and W.E. Garrett and a sister, Leta. Mr. Brown had been one of the crew working on the rock crusher at Grass Valley for the past few weeks.
- Gordon Rich Dies In Portland. Georgia Harriet Rich passed away at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Bracken 7216 SW 31st Ave. Portland, after an illness of almost one year. Her family have lived in Portland for the past fifteen years. She was a teacher in the Wasco Public School during the school years of ’39 and ’40, and she taught at Redmond during the year of ’41. On July 10, 1941 she was united in marriage to Mr. Gordon H. Rich of Wasco, at the first Christian church in Portland, of which she had been a member for a of number of years. This union was blessed with one child, little Susan Virginia. Funeral arrangements are pending in Portland, of the arrival of her sister, Mrs. Harold Kimsey, from Pecos, Texas. The arrangements are in charge of J.P. Finley and Son. While in Wasco she made a number of close friends who, with her family, will mourn the untimely death of a dear mother, wife, daughter and friend.
- B.A. Hogue and Gertrude were called to The Dalles last week because of the death of Mrs. Hogue’s brother, Walter Bennett.
- Roy Watkins passed away at The Dalles Saturday and was buried there Monday. She was a sister in law of Mrs. Albert Kaseberg, Bert and Everett Watkins. Those attending the funeral services were Mrs. James O’Meara and infant son, Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Watkins, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Kaseberg and daughter, Janett, Mr. and Mrs. Everett Watkins, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Watkins, Collis Kaseberg and Harry Richelderfer.
June 25, 1943
- Turpin Hill Buried In Grass Valley. Graveside services were held at Grass Valley Saturday afternoon for Mrs. Turp Hill, who died at Forest Grove. The Rev. Lloyd T. Anderson of The Dalles officiated. Mrs. Hill was a resident of this county for many years, her husband being a farmer near Bourbon. They later lived in town to educate their family of two daughters, Elsie, now Mrs. Claud Eslinger, and Faye. Pallbearers were Sam Stark, Harold Eakin, Ernest Blaylock, Herman Peters, Edgar Alley and Herman Ziegler. Out of town relatives and friends attending were Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hodges, Mr. and Mrs. Claud Eslinger and Miss Faye Hill of Forest Grove. Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Eslinger and Mrs. W.C. Patterson of The Dalles.
July 2, 1943
- Lily B. Austin Buried In Molalla. Lily B. Austin, mother of Mrs. Syble McMillan of Wasco, passed away Saturday at The Dalles hospital after a short illness at the age of 84. She was born May 12, 1859 at Salem, Oregon. Beside Mrs. McMillan, her only daughter, she leaves eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren. The funeral services were held at Molalla Tuesday, June 29th at 2:00 p.m. with Callaway and Son in charge. Austin has lived with her daughter in Wasco several years.
- Esther King Dies In Portland. Mrs. Esther King, 54, sister of George Wilcox and a resident of Sherman county for many years died in Portland June 18 and was buried there June 21. She had been partially paralyzed for several months. Mrs. King was born July 20, 1888 in South Dakota and came to Oregon at the beginning of the century with her parents. After marriage she lived near Bourbon for several years before moving to Grass Valley where Mr. King owned a general store. They moved to Portland twenty years ago. Surviving is her widower and one daughter, Mrs. Nadine Dalrymple, four brothers and one sister.
July 9, 1943
- Pioneer Preacher Buried At Salem. Frank Spalding, early day minister who served in Sherman county in early times and for whom the old Spalding chapel was named, died in Vale at the age of 81. Funeral services were held Sunday and interment was made in Salem. Bishop Bruce Baxter officiated. Rev. Frank Spalding first preached in Hood River in 1886 and spent several years as pastor of churches at Monkland and Moro and Wasco. Except for four years spent as a missionary in Brazil he has lived in Oregon and continued his work. Surviving are six sons, Earl of Hood River, Rollin and Frank of Texas, Olin of Arlington, Lee of Los Angeles. Bruce of Dallas and two daughters, Mrs. Fay Swan of Vale and Mrs. Mary Fletcher of Eugene.
- Vic Smith Buried In Portland. Victor Hugo Smith died at his home near Hillsboro at the age of 72 and was buried in Lincoln Memorial park July 7th in Portland. Vic Smith, twenty-five years ago was one of the most active of Sherman county farmers in promoting farm organization. He made several trips to Chicago and at least one to Washington in behalf of northwest farmers. He left here about ten years ago to reside at Hillsboro. He is survived by a son, Lynde, of Bellflower, California, two daughters, Mrs. Bernice Basick and Mrs. Virginia Hershey of Hillsboro, two sisters, his widow, three grandchildren and one great grandchild.
July 16, 1943
- Death of Former Resident Told By Visitor. Logan Gentry was here from Portland last week and a part of this to visit his daughter, Mrs. Art Bucholtz and friends. Logan reports that Harold Thorgesen, now a Portland policeman, told him that Donald Barnes had been killed in the service.
July 23, 1943
- Harold Bryant Dead In Accident. Word was received here Wednesday of the death of Harold Bryant in Hood River Tuesday. According to the information Mr. Bryant had recently come back to Hood River after serving in the army. He was on leave awaiting a commission. He was getting ready for an outing with friends when a gun fell from the wall and was discharged, the bullet striking him in the head causing instant death. Harold Bryant was born in Moro and received his high school education here. He was the only son of the late W.C. Bryant and Mrs. Elva Bryant, now a resident of Hood River. He was 36 years of age. Besides his mother and three sisters, Ruth, Helen and Lois, he is survived by his wife and two sons. The funeral was held in Hood River Thursday afternoon at two.
- Captain K. Busch’s Body Found. Funeral services for Keith Busch were held in Hillsboro Tuesday with final rites at the Portland crematorium. Captain Busch was the pilot of the plane that left Portland March 3 and for which a search had been conducted until last week. The body of a private who was a passenger on the plane was found which led to the discovery of the wrecked machine and the bodies of the other eight occupants in the mountains near Las Vegas. The plane had hit a mountain side in eight feet of snow. Captain Busch was a son of Mr. and Mrs. L. Busch of Hillsboro and a grandson of Mrs. Ella Thompson of Moro. He is also survived by a wife and 20 month old daughter. Frances Henrichs, Mrs. Thompson, Mrs. Inez Thompson and Mr. and Mrs. M.A. Bull were attendants at the funeral.
- Clara Stone Dies At 81. Clara McBride Stone, pioneer was buried at Wasco Tuesday. Mrs. Stone was born October 19, 1862 on her parents’ home place near Dixon, Cal. In April 1885 she was united in marriage with Louis a. Stone of Knight’s Landing, Cal., and came to Wasco to make their home on what is now known as the Hugh White place west of town. To this union five children were born, one daughter dying in infancy. Surviving are Frank Harold of Carcross, Canada, Murvel of Wasco, Mrs. Rosaline White and Mrs. Esther Kaseberg both of Wasco, 13 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. One sister, Mrs. Mary MacRae of Berkley, Cal. and many nieces and nephews and many friends. She was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian church, a member of the Eastern Star and Frank E Brown unit American Legion Auxiliary. Services were held at Callaway’s in The Dalles and interment made Wasco’s Sunrise cemetery. Rev. Keith Fields officiated.
July 30, 1943
- Ethelyn May Buried In Wasco. Mrs. Ethelyn May died Sunday night while being returned to the hospital after being at home in Moro for two weeks. She suffered a heart attack several months ago and failed to recover. Another attack proved fatal. Mrs. May was born in Illinois, September 22, 1887 and had spent nearly all of her life in Sherman county having come here as a girl. She was the widow of Walter A. May and had been active in the operation of the May store in Moro. Surviving are a son, Paul of Moro, a sister, Mrs. Alta Thomas of Portland and her mother, Mrs. L.M. Webber of Moro and two grandchildren. Funeral services were held from the Moro Presbyterian church Thursday afternoon at two with interment in Sunrise cemetery at Wasco.
- D. Reckman Dies At Boring. Mrs. Deitrich Reckmann was buried in the Grass Valley cemetery Thursday afternoon following her death Monday at the family home near Boring. Mrs. Reckmann, born Dora Patjen in Germany, came to this country with her parents in the eighties and lived here until the removal of the family to the valley several years ago. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth Hartley of Grass Valley, Mrs. Katherine Eakin of Moro and Mrs. Marie Eakin of Boyd, four sons, Dick of Grass Valley, John of Kent and Henry and Andy of Boring, two brothers Henry of Gresham and Andy of Shaniko and one sister, Mrs. Margerita von Borstel of Milwauke and the widower of Boring. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Grass Valley at two o’clock.
August 6, 1943
- Many Attend Reckman Funeral At Grass Valley. Funeral services for Mrs. Dick Reckman, who died at her home in Boring Tuesday morning, was held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Methodist church in Grass Valley. The Rev. Edward J. Blenker of The Dalles officiating. Pallbearers were VB Eakin, William Brinkert, J.S. Newcomb, Fred Cox, Frank Lemley and Oscar Ruggles. Arrangements were in care of the Jacobson Funeral Home of Gresham with interment in the IOOF cemetery at Grass Valley. Out of town relatives attending were Dick Reckman, Henry Reckman of Boring, Mr. and Mrs. Andy Reckman and baby and Mrs. Kenn of Sandy, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Kock of Gladstone, Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Brown of Portland, Mrs. Elsie Patjens and son of Shaniko, Mrs. Carsten vonBorstel of Portland, Mrs. Delvin Dean of The Dalles, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Eakin and family of Moro and Mr. and Mrs. Alva Eakin and family of Boyd.
August 13, 1943
- Herb Willard Buried Monday. Mrs. Herbert (Alta) Willard died in The Dalles August 6th at the age of 49 and was buried in The Dalles Monday. Mrs. Willard was born in Nebraska December 22, 1893 and came to Sherman county when a child. She married Mr. Willard in 1920. She has been a constant resident of this county. Surviving are the widower, a son, John in the navy, and a daughter, Mrs. Iva Bishop of Biggs, her mother, Mrs. Effie Lindeman of Biggs, two brothers, Clarence of Portland and Robert of Vista, California. Pallbearers were Cecil Fields, Kenneth Spagle, Carl Thompson, Elwood McPherson, Clyde Hearing and Bruce Millard.
August 20, 1943
- Ed Ball Buried In The Dalles. Ed Ball, former Sherman county resident, died suddenly while seated at the desk of the Bank Hotel, which he has operated for years. He was born in Iowa in 1881 and came to Sherman county in the first years of this century. With Alf Dillinger he operated a general merchandise store at Monkland for years and also taught school in that neighborhood before moving to The Dalles where he owned the Parlor Grocery before going into the hotel business. He is survived by his widow, three sisters and three brothers, a majority of whom are still in Iowa. Funeral services were held from St. Peter’s church Wednesday at The Dalles.
- Mary Macnab of Portland died August 14 at the age of 81. She is the mother of Mrs. Alex Macnab of Wasco, Mrs. L.E. Porter of Salem, Mrs. C.P. Leehan and L.B. Macnab of Portland. Interment was made at Calvary cemetery, Portland Tuesday, August 17th.
August 27, 1943
September 3, 1943
- Clyde Hearing Buried In The Dalles. Clyde Hearing was found dead in bed Monday morning when Elwood McPherson went to call him to go to work. Both were working for the county at Moro. Hearing had been alone at his house as Mrs. Hearing was in Hermiston with her mother who is ill.
- An investigation was started by Sheriff Wilson, Coroner E.M. alley and state policemen and an autopsy was performed by Dr. Beeman of Portland, who found that Mr. Hearing had died of natural causes. Clyde Hearing was born in Lebanon in 1883 and had been a resident of Sherman county for over 40 years. He is survived by his widow, four daughters, Mrs. Eldon Neasham of Wasco, Mrs. Lovella Brown of Portland, Mrs. Dessie Dunn of Portland and Mrs. Jeanette Stuart of The Dalles. He also had four sisters in California and one in Prineville and a brother in California. Funeral services were held in The Dalles Thursday and interment made there.
- Donald Burnet Killed In Plane Accident. Word was received here Thursday afternoon of the death of Donald Burnet in a flying accident in Louisiana. Donald was the son of Mrs. Edith Burnet and has been in the flying corps for about two years and was an instructor. The report has not been verified.
September 10, 1943
- Donald Burnet Buried Here After Fatal Plane Accident. The body of Donald Burnet, who was killed in Louisiana, last week was brought home for burial in the Moro cemetery Wednesday afternoon. From meager information it appears that Donald, normally a mechanic, and a pilot and co-pilot were flying above the Mississippi from a field in Mississippi where they were stationed. Time was Wednesday, September 1, in the evening. In a storm the plane they were flying disintegrated, either through lightning or from wind stress or undetermined reason. All three men were killed and the plane scattered over a section of country a mile and a half long. Donald Burnet was born near Moro July 12, 1914 and grew to manhood and received his education here. He has been a member of the air force for over three years. Technical Sergeant Roger M. Treshman, a friend, came to Oregon with the body. Surviving are his wife, Ruth, a step daughter, Bonnie, of Salinas, California, his mother, Mrs. Edith Burnet, a sister, Mrs. W.C. Schilling and a brother, Charles, all of Moro. A military funeral was held with a squad of soldiers from the Madras airport in attendance and Legionnaires attending in a body. Pallbearers were Lamer Sayers, Lyle Woods, Blaine Miller, Ronald Powell, Arnold Landry and Russel Belshee. J.D. Moberg gave the sermon and Tom Fraser sang two hymns including the favorite of the deceased, “Ave Maria.”
September 17, 1943
September 24, 1943
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October 8, 1943
- William R. Lincoln Dies Suddenly. William Randolph Lincoln, who had been a resident of Wasco since 1915 died in a hospital in The Dalles last Thursday, September 30 after a short illness. He had been in poor health for some time. He called Dell Wright, his neighbor, who notified authorities who took him to the hospital. Although he had had asthma for years it is believed that a heart ailment caused his death. Mr. Lincoln was born in Bloomfield, Missouri, January 6, 1872. He came to the northwest as a school teacher and taught at White Salmon, Wash. His wife, who was Addie F. Miers died there in May of 1912 and is buried in that town. He came to Wasco in 1915 and has made this county his home for the past 28 years. He was buried in The Dalles Saturday.
- M. Stephens Dies While Hunting. News accounts Monday told of the sudden death of H.M. Stephens while on a hunting trip into the Steens mountain country. He was reported to have shot a buck which fell over a small cliff. He called to his wife to bring up his horse and died from a heart attack as she came up. Mr. Stephens was formerly a liquidator of the Bank of Moro and Bank of Commerce at Wasco during which time he lived in Moro. He was a director of the First National Bank of The Dalles prior to that and had moved to that town from Bend where he was in the same business. He is survived by his wife, Elsie. He was a partner in the Stephens-Staples company which sold motor cars and repaired them.
October 15, 1943
October 22, 1943
- Hugh Herin Buried In The Dalles. The funeral of Hugh R. Herin was held Tuesday in The Dalles after his death in Portland last week. He had been a resident of Sherman county for many years having owned a wheat farm northeast of Wasco. He is survived by his widow, Grace, and three sons, Floyd and Virgil, who are both in the army and Jewel who operates the farm, and a brother A.L. Herin of Portland.
- F.L. Cannell received a telegram Saturday stating her half-brother, E.J. White, had passed away at his home in Santa Rosa. Mrs. Cannell was unable to attend the funeral services, because of travel conditions.
October 29, 1943
- John Adams Dies While Visiting Here. John Adams died shortly after mid-night Sunday while at the Elner Helyer home south of Grass Valley where he was visiting, Mrs., Helyer, his daughter. He had been in ill health for some time. Passing was caused by a heart attack. The deceased was born October 23, 1868 in Pennsylvania and came to Sherman county in 1898 when he took up a homestead, now the V.B. Eakin home place. He lived here most of the time until he moved to Shaniko. He sold his place there twelve years ago and moved to Hood River where he has been living. He was only a few minutes over 75 years at the time of death. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Bertha Adams, one son, Oscar of Hood River, two daughters, Mrs. Elner Helyer of Grass Valley and Mrs. Emmitt Eakin of Hood River and one brother, Carl of Grass Valley. Funeral services were held in Hood River, Tuesday afternoon.
- Clyde Simpson Dies Of Heart Attack. Clyde Simpson, music teacher and band leader in many of the Sherman county schools, died suddenly from a heart attack Tuesday morning in a hospital in The Dalles. He had been active Monday and had attended the institute with other teachers. He was 54. He is survived by his widow, Jessie, three daughters, Mrs. Carl Spaulding, and Maxine of Los Angeles and Barbara at home. He also had three brothers, Melvin, Roscoe and Ellis all living in California. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon in The Dalles. Mr. Simpson was well known in Sherman county having started the many school bands in Kent, Grass Valley, Moro, Rufus and also teaching music in Wasco one year. Students in his bands have won many prizes.
- An old Sherman countian but late of Hermiston, Walter Moorehouse passed away at Pendleton last week. He farmed when in Wasco, what is now the Emil Anderson place and married a niece of the late Mrs. John Fulton, who with twin sons and a daughter survive him. He was buried at Hermiston last Thursday.
November 5, 1943
- Ira Coffey Buried In Wasco Cemetery. Funeral services for Ira Austin Coffey, who died Sunday after a short illness, were held Wednesday, November 3rd at 2:00 p.m. from the Wasco Christian church. Coffey was born in Bloomington, Indiana, January 7, 1855 and came to Sherman county by way of Kansas in 1907. He worked for the Wasco Lumber Company for a number of years and several years ago went to Portland to live with a daughter. Surviving are two sons, Leeson and Walter, one daughter Lucy, and two grandchildren, Donna and Barbara Coffey all of Portland and one sister, Mrs. L.D. May of Grass Valley.
- Alex Hunter Ends Long Life. Alexander Hunter, long time resident of the Moro vicinity, died October 31 and was buried November 4 in the Rose City cemetery in Portland where he had made his home at 2911 SE Pine. Mr. Hunter was born at Chatham, Ontario, Canada, May 9, 1859 but lived nearly all his life in Oregon. He is survived by his widow, Louisa, and a daughter Oliva of Portland, a son John of Moro, a sister, Mrs. Margaret Devlin of Lethbridge, Alberta, two granddaughters, Mrs. Ethelyn Pierson of Heppner and Mrs. Alice McKee of Moro, a grandson Clinton Kessinger of Portland and 4 grand daughters.
- A letter received by friends states that Mrs. Dell Van Dorn, who was Dell Armstrong, formerly of Wasco but later of Nunda, New York died in September at that place. She was the widow of the late Howard Van Dorn.
November 12, 1943
- Roy Dugger Dies At Sister’s Home. Roy Dugger, died at the home of his sister, Mrs. George Allgeirer, at Sandy, Wednesday night having suffered another stroke the previous Thursday after several months of fairly good health. He was born in Missouri March 10, 1884 and came to Sherman county when a boy. He had spent a large part of his life here moving away about two years ago after becoming ill. He is survived by his widow, three sisters, Mrs. John DeMoss of Moro, Mrs. Allgeirer, Mrs. Frank Cox of Oregon City, three brothers, John of Centralia, Wash., Marion of California and Garfield of Washougal, Washington. The funeral will be held Saturday at 2:00 pm from the McGinnis and Wilhelm Funeral home at Milwaukie.
- William J. Martin Dies Suddenly While At Work. Top of Elevator Scene of Death of Foreman; Son’s Arrival Awaited For Burial. William J. (Toots) Martin died suddenly Tuesday afternoon about four o’clock while weighing grain in the top of the Moro elevator. He had been driving truck, hauling grain from DeMoss, and had gone to the top of the elevator to weigh a bin full. Mr. Martin had had other heart attacks but his demise was entirely unexpected. His body was found by Fred Beardsley, a fellow worker, who called to him from the ground, getting no response he climbed the ladder to the top and found that Martin had fallen to the floor in front of the scales before weighing the grain. Attempts at resuscitation were unavailing and medical examination discovered that death had been instantaneous. He was a longtime and valued employee of the Moro Grain Growers being the foreman of operations for several years. He was born February 9, 1892 and lived with his parents in Washington and Oregon in Sherman and Morrow counties. December 4, 1917 he was married shortly before entering the army. He served overseas and was discharged August 8, 1919. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur J. Martin of Moro, both of whom are past 80 years of age, his widow, Florence and one son, George, in the air corps and stationed at Charlestown, South Carolina, three brothers, Avery and Wilbur of Portland and George of Tacoma, Wash., two sisters, Mrs. Lillie Morgan of Cheney, Wash., and Mrs. Claudina Wooten of Sacramento, California. Mr. Martin was commander of Chris Schultz Post, American Legion having been installed to that office just last Sunday night at Wasco, and also a member of the Odd-Fellows and Masonic lodges. Day and hour of the funeral services have not been announced as relatives here are awaiting the arrival of George who is flying home and is expected to arrive in Pendleton Thursday.
- Erza Thompson, 70, brother of A.C. Thompson and Mrs. Charles Bullard died at his home near Philomath Monday, according to word received here. Thompson lived in Sherman county during his early years, having come to the county with his father. He is survived by his widow. He was the father of Mrs. James Henkle and Earl Thompson.
November 19, 1943
- Martin Funeral Held Sunday. The funeral of William John Martin was held from the Presbyterian church Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. with the Rev. J.D. Moberg officiating. Pallbearers were W.T. Balsigner, Joe Peters, Clarence Sparling, Robert Hoskinson, Lyle Woods, and Arthur Bucholtz. Chris Schultz Post, American Legion, of which the deceased was commander, had a firing squad and the colors in attendance and Masons conducted graveside rites.
- and Mrs. Jack Lawrence and Fred Beardsley are in Portland this week to attend the funeral of Mrs. Lawrence and Fred’s mother who died in Portland Sunday.
November 26, 1943
December 3, 1943
- P. Hulse Buried Here Monday. Oscar Paul (O.P.) Hulse, died in The Dalles Friday, November 26 after a long illness. He was born in Antioch, Ohio, July 10, 1855, was married to Mary Alice Howard of Sabina, Ohio in 1876. He came to Oregon in 1891 and lived here for some twenty years before going to Portland to enter the real estate business. For 25 years he has lived in Dufur and The Dalles. Surviving are two sons, Guy of Portland and Ray of Camas, Wash., and numerous grandchildren. Another son, Roy, died in 1940. Mr. Hulse was an Odd Fellow and a Presbyterian. Graveside services were held Monday afternoon at the Moro cemetery where interment was made with Zell’s in charge.
- Frank Medler Dies of Heart Attack. Mrs. Hattie May Medler, wife of Frank Medler, died in The Dalles Monday from a heart attack an ailment from which she had suffered for some time. She was born near Aumsville, April 13, 1874, the daughter of Alanson Lovelace and Allie Lovelace. She moved to Grants early in life and on February 9, 1895 was married to Frank Medler and has continued to live in Sherman county. She is survived by her widower, two sons, Francis of The Dalles and Leland in the navy, three daughters, Mrs. Adelia Patterson of The Dalles, Mrs. Leo Dumler of Bend and Mrs. William Macnab of Rufus and three half brothers, Joseph and James Brady and Roy Fleck and a number of grandchildren. Funeral services await the arrival of Leland who is coming from Rhode Island.
- and Mrs. O.N. Ruggles attended the graveside services for her uncle, O.P. Hulse, of The Dalles held at Moro Monday afternoon. Mrs. Lucy Ruggles accompanied them home.
- Alta Brash Martin, wife of Dr. Martin of Seaside died there last week. She was born in Moro in 1904, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P.M. Brash, who was a painter here.
- The sad news of the death of Mrs. Jennie Porter, mother of ___ They took their daughter, Beverly Anne who has been staying with Mrs. Aberta Mills of Portland, was received Monday morning. The aged woman, a long time resident of Wasco, fell and broke her hip at her daughter’s home and was taken to the Portland hospital but failed to survive. Funeral services will be held at the Methodist church Thursday afternoon, Rev. F.L. Cannell officiating. One other daughter, Mrs. Grace Lowry of Rickereall and several grandchildren survive her. [copied exactly as it read in the paper]
December 10, 1943
December 17, 1943
- William White Dies At Advanced Age. William S. White died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E.T. Olsen, December 12 at the age of 87 years after about a week’s illness. He was born September 30, 1856 at Catskill, New York and was married to Martha Coon April 12, 1884 at Ft Scott, Kansas, who preceded him in death in 1933. They moved west in March 1888 and took up a homestead near Biggs, Oregon, where they lived over 20 years. Eight children blessed this union, Hugh White and Mrs. Elsie Olsen of Wasco, Mrs. Iris Hettman of Oakland, California, Mrs. Emma Ritzschke of Centerville, Wn., Charles White deceased, Mrs. Carrie Majors of The Dalles, William F. White of Lyle, Wn and Mrs. Helen Jacobson of Olex. There are 12 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Calloway Funeral Home Wednesday, December 15 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. F.L. Cannell of Wasco giving the sermon. Interment was at the Wasco Sunrise cemetery.
- James E. Coleman Dies In Los Angeles. James E. Coleman, for nearly thirty years a resident of Moro, died in Los Angeles last Thursday. He had arrived on a train from the home of his son at Gresham when he collapsed. He died in a hospital. He had gone to Los Angeles to live with his cousin, Hattie Lanphear. Burial was in Forest Lawn cemetery. He is survived by three daughters, Margaret, Lois and Eunice, all married and living in California and one son, William of Gresham, and one sister, Mrs. Belle Ginn of California. Mr. Coleman was born near Clarinda, Iowa, September 5, 1856 being over 87 at the time of his death. He lived for many years in Nebraska before moving to Moro about 1912. He was a partner in the firm of Ginn Coleman & Co., hardware and machinery dealers for years.
- Early Day Dentist Dies In Salem; Had Long Practice. Lloyd D. Idleman, 64, died in Salem after an illness that had caused an operation earlier in the year. Forty years ago Dr Idleman was a dentist in Moro with offices in the now removed Maxwell building. He had learned his profession early and practiced it for 45 years. For 22 years he had been dentist at Fairview home near Salem. Funeral services were held in Salem Saturday and last rites at the Portland crematorium. He is survived by his widow, formerly Day Anderson and one daughter of Seaside.
December 24, 1943
- Eldon Nisham received the sad news of his mother’s death this week.
December 31, 1943
- Ben Andrews Dies AT 80 Years. Benjamin Lewis Andrews, pioneer of Sherman county, died suddenly at his home north of Wasco December 23. Funeral services were held Monday and interment made in the Wasco Sunrise cemetery. Fields officiated. Ben Andrews was born in Glasgow, Missouri, January 9, 1863 and came to Oregon at the age of 19 to settle in the new land. He had lived on the same place for most of the years since 1882. He is survived by his widow Agnes Ramsey Andrews, two daughters, Mrs. Virginia York of Portland and Mrs. Belle McPherson of Wasco, three sons, W.H. of Wasco, R.F. of Portland and Roy in the army and one sister, A.B. Guilford of Los Angeles, a granddaughter and a grandson.
- Clyde E. Crites Buried Wednesday. Clyde Crites met death by his own hand at The Dalles the afternoon of Christmas day and funeral services were held from the Moro Presbyterian church Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock with Rev. J.D. Moberg giving the sermon. Clyde Elwood Crites was born in Jackson, Mich. February 4, 1881. About 25 years ago he came to Moro and had been farming here for many years. He had been ill health for a number of years and until this fall had lived alone on his place east of town. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Claudia Haggerd and Dorothy both of Vancouver, Wash., and one granddaughter, Patricia Haggerd, and one brother, Clarence of Jackson, Michigan.
- Val Workman Buried In Wasco Cemetery. Val Workman passed away December 22 at the St. Charles hospital in Bend after a three day illness. He had gone to Bend to spend the holidays with his son and daughter. He was married in 1894 to Lulu E. Barber in Kansas City, Mo., t[h]en came to Oregon residing in Salem for a few years before coming to Sherman county in 1898 where he lived until death. Mr. Workman was born in Bloomsfield, Iowa, November 23, 1863. His survivors are one daughter, Ruby McCann of Bend and two sons, Leonard of Bend and Ora of Wasco, also two grandchildren. Burial was the Wasco cemetery, Monday December 27.
- Grass Valley Guests Hear Of Brothers Death. and Mrs. Harry Heising and children came up from Portland with Mr. and Mrs. Dell Olds, but they received word that his brother, Dorsey Heising, was drowned on Thursday in the mill pond at the Warm Springs Lumber company. The Heisings left Sunday for Warm Springs.
January 7, 1944
- A.B. Potter received the sad news of the death of her sister, Mrs. Sam Dole of Colfax, Wn., December 27. She was unable to attend the funeral services.
- Russel Piersol Funeral services for Russel H. Pierson, 52, Hermiston business man and navy veteran of world war I, were held at Hermiston Sunday afternoon with the American Legion in charge. A native of Ritter, Oregon he had resided at Hermiston the last ten years. Survivors are his widow, Clara, three children, Russel, Jr., U.S. Navy; Mrs. Floyd Coxen, Weiser, Idaho; Ann Piersol, Hermiston; four sisters Mrs. Alfred Smith and Mrs. M.S. Kern, Pendleton, Mrs. Sam Fletcher and Mrs. Asa Arbogast, Walla Walla, and two brothers Bert Piersol, Walla Walla, and Hally F. Piersol, Long Creek, Oregon. Mr. Piersol was at one time a business man in Wasco, Oregon.
January 14, 1944
- Margaret Coats Dies. Mrs. Margaret Coats, 84, died at Dufur Monday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Addington. She had been a resident of Rufus for 40 years. Mrs. Coats was the mother of Mrs. Herman Brackett of Rufus. Surviving in addition to the two daughters are one sister of Yakima, a brother, William Fox of Arkansas six grandchildren and a like number of great grandchildren. Funeral services were held in Wasco with Rev. Keith Fields officiating.
January 21, 1944
- Eliza Dingle Dies of Heart Attack. Mrs. Eliza Dingle of Wasco died in a hospital in The Dalles Sunday evening after a few hours illness. She had suffered a heart attack at her Wasco home earlier in the day and succumbed shortly after reaching the hospital. Mrs. Dingle was born in Indiana, January 24, 1863 and came to Oregon in the 90s where she married John McDermid who died in 1920. In 1925 she was married to Richard Dingle who passed away in 1930. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Julia Brown of Westport, Ky., a brother Alfred Smith of Pomona, California and a nephew, Clyde Ogle in The Dalles. Richard Dingle, Mrs. Nellie Fields and Mrs. Prudence Fields of Rufus are step children. Mrs. Dingle has long been interested in church work and has been the giver of many benevolences. She traveled extensively until recent years making a trip to England and Palestine before the war. Funeral services were held Thursday from the Christian church in Wasco of which she was a long time member. Interment was made in Sunrise cemetery.
- William Holdaway Dies Here Friday. William M. Holdaway, 61, died at the home of his son in Moro Friday morning, January 14 from tuberculosis. He has been here this winter but had not been seriously ill until recent weeks. Mr. Holdaway was born in Texas March 12, 1882 and came to Washington when a baby, living for many years at Glenwood. He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Jack Roberts of Portland, two sons, Cpl. Charles I. with the US Engineers in the south Pacific and Pvt. Richard, now thought to be in the European war zone, with the air corps engineers. Friends from Glenwood and Roosevelt, Wn., attended the funeral as did Horace White a life long friend from Portland. Funeral services were conducted from Calloways in The Dalles Tuesday with interment in the Odd Fellows cemetery there.
- J.J. Wiley Buried In Portland. Julius J. Wiley, long time resident of this section, died Sunday in Portland after an illness of about a month. He has been a resident of the city for about 15 years. When a young man Mr. Wiley worked in the old Umatilla house in The Dalles until he came to Shaniko where he built the first building when that town was started in 1900. He was later in business in Kent and Grass Valley before buying a farm east of that town. He farmed a few years before his retirement to the insurance and real estate business in Portland. Surviving are his wife, Alata, a son Ed and a granddaughter, Mrs. Gus Koepke of The Dalles and a step son, Herman Praag. Funeral services were conducted in Portland Wednesday with interment in Lincoln Memorial Park.
January 28, 1944
- Andrew Landles Dies At Daughter’s Home. Landles, well known band leader in our school for several years, whose resignation late last fall caused much regret, died January 21st at the home of his daughter in Marshfield. He was buried Monday, January 24, at that place. His friends in Wasco deeply regret his death.
- Elmer Pearson Elmer Pearson, who has worked for many years at the Decker ranch, died there Sunday night at the age of 67. Swedish born, he has been in the United States since a young man. He has three sisters, Hilma Pearson in Los Angeles, Mrs. Anna Andahl of Los Angeles and Mrs. C. Lindquist of Minneapolis. Funeral services were held at Kent with interment being made in the cemetery there.
February 4, 1944
- John McCune Dies In Portland. John Harrison McCune, a resident of this county most of this century, died in Portland Sunday according to word received by the Masonic lodge from his brother, James McCune. John McCune was born on a farm near Corvallis August 25, 1868, was married in Albany in 1892 and buried his wife in McMinnville in 1906. With the aid of his mother he raised three children, a son, Frank and two daughters, Mrs. Robert Kinney and Mrs. Clara Schonegar, all of Portland, who survive him. Other survivors are a brother, James, a brother Joseph and a granddaughter. Funeral services were held Tuesday at Oakville cemetery near Scio. John McCune had spent many years working in Sherman county and had many friends here.
February 11, 1944
- Mary Barzee Buried In Portland. The funeral of Mrs. Mary P. Howell Barzee was held in Portland Saturday, February 5, following her death Wednesday at her home there, Mrs. Barzee was born in 1855 in Jasper county, Iowa and crossed the plains with her parents when a girl. She was married in 1872 near Salem to William S. Barzee, who died in 1939. They lived for many years in Sherman county farming and raising stock. Later years were spent in Portland. Their 65th wedding anniversary was observed in 1937. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Everett McQuellin and seven sons, W.L., H.A., and Eugene of Portland, Clifford of Corvallis, Earl of Wenatchee, Charles of Toledo, and Arthur of Fossil and many grandchildren and great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
- James McCune, brother of the late John McCune came up from his home in Portland Wednesday night by stage to gather up the possessions of his brother. He says that John died of pneumonia after an illness of about ten days in the Vanport Hospital. He was buried in Oakville cemetery between Albany and Corvallis.
- An old time Sherman county pioneer, Mary P. Barzee, died at an advanced age in Portland and was buried Saturday in Lincoln Memorial Park.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ormand Hilderbrand, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hilderbrand, and Mrs. Grace Medler attended the funeral Sunday of the Hilderbrand’s aunt, Mrs. Lyle (Meta) Winters, a former resident of Walla Walla, Wn. The funeral services were conducted at White Salmon, Wn.
February 18, 1944
- Earl Dutton Killed In Plane Crash In Pacific. First Lieutenant Earl Dutton, second son of Mr. and Mrs. Harley Dutton of Wasco was reported killed in a plane crash in the South Pacific February 8. Details of the crash have not been received here. Earl Dutton was born in Idaho 26 years ago and spent his boyhood in Wasco and Moro, later moving to Fossil with his parents. He attended Oregon State College and was working in Portland as an insurance man when he joined the air forces. Surviving are his parents, one sister, Mrs. James Dunn of Portland and one brother Captain Harold Dutton with the coast with the coast artillery in California.
February 25, 1944
- Archie Gossen received word of the death of a cousin in Salem and left Saturday by stage to attend his funeral. Her daughter, Lavilla of Clatskanie, met her in Portland and accompanied her to Salem. [Gosson]
March 3, 1944
- Former Resident Dies At Bend. Agnes Merritt and sister, Miss Clema Allen returned from Bend last week, where they were called by the illness and death of their brother, Shelby Allen of Redmond, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John M Allen, pioneer residents of Sherman county. Shelby Allen was a veteran of World War I. He leaves his widow, a brother, Harry J. Allen of Amboy, Wash., and four sisters including Mrs. Mattie McKay of Bend and Mrs. Viola Muir of Portland.
March 10, 1944
March 17, 1944
- Daisy Stone Buried Thursday. Mrs. Daisy Stone, wife of Murvel Stone of Wasco died March 7, shortly after the birth of a child and funeral services were held Thursday March 9, at Wasco Christian church with the Rev. Keith Fields giving the sermon.
- Born, Daisy Violet Warren 42 years ago, Mrs. Stone has lived in Wasco 20 years. She is survived by her widower, four daughters, Gladys of Salem, where she is attending Willamette University, Elva May of Lebanon, Georgia Elizabeth and Carol Louise, both of Wasco; two sons Murvel jr. and Edgar of Wasco; her mother, Mrs. Jennie Warren of Lebanon and a sister, Mrs. Clara Pyburn of Rufus and a brother, Arthur Warren of Lebanon.
- Miss Gladys Stone of Willamette University and sister, Elva, of Lebanon arrived Wednesday on the bus to attend the funeral services of their mother, Mrs. Daisy Stone, which was held Thursday at the Christian church.
March 24, 1944
- The day old son of Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Wallace (Margaret Caldwell) died Saturday in Portland. Harold Ginn, mother of Mrs. Wallace was in Portland.
- Donald James, son of Mr. and Mrs. George James, a nephew of Perry Axtell, died in Eugene Sunday after a lingering illness.
March 31, 1944
April 7, 1944
- Tom Sink Buried Yesterday. Mrs. Florence Sink, widow of Tom Sink, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Edna Udey at Hermiston Tuesday morning. Mrs. Sink was born Florence Thompson in Tennessee and came to Oregon with her parents in early times. In Wasco in 1886 she married Mr. Sink who preceded her in death. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Jennie Hearing and Mrs. Udey and five grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 2 pm Thursday afternoon in The Dalles with interment being made in the Odd Fellows cemetery.
April 14, 1944
- Margaret Clark Buried At Wasco. Mrs. Margaret E. Clark of Rufus died at the age of 71 yrs 4 mo., April 7, 1944. She leaves one daughter, Mrs. C.E. Coats of Wasco, one son, Chas. Oliver Clark of Tigard, one sister Mrs. C.A. Tom of Rufus and three brothers, Rev. G.P. White of Portland, C.R. White of The Dalles and J.F. White of Willows. Also 14 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren. She united with the Methodist church in 1908 at Enterprise and at her death was a member of The Dalles Methodist church. She taught school for many years until her sight failed in 1929. She was a member of the Eastern Star lodge at Arlington. Pound conducted the services at the Rufus church Monday afternoon and interment was made at Wasco Sunrise cemetery. The pallbearers were Frank Barthololmew, John Mathieson, I. E. Landford, Bruce Millard, David Reid and H.H. Brackett.
- Emsley Siscel received word Thursday morning that her son in law, Thomas S. Eaton, died at a hospital in Alhambra, California, his home, April 5th at the age of 70 years. He leaves besides his widow Della Eaton, a daughter, Mrs. June Smart, and a son, Edgar, all of Alhambra, California. He had submitted to an operation about ten days before his death. Mr. Eaton was at one time in the draying business in Wasco and had many old friends and acquaintances here.
April 21, 1944
- George Gochnour Reported Dead. Sherman county friends of Geo. R. Gochnour have received word of his death at Sunnyside, Wn., April 2. He was calling the regular market day sale there when he suffered an heart attack, said the report, and died shortly. Gochnur was well known throughout all Sherman county as horse salesman of years ago, and auctioneer of many farm sales in the days when farm power meant horseflesh. He was starter for the Sherman county fair and judge of the horses there on occasions. Burial was at Sunnyside, Wn., Mr. Gochnour’s home.
- Burton Toomey Word has been received at Wasco of the death of Burton Toomey at Lakeview. Mr. Toomey was a lumberman formerly of Klickitat county and husband of Nell (Mrs. L.J.) Lucas, well known here.
April 21, 1944
- Dewey Burrell Murder Solved By Confession of Long Time Suspect. [three columns long]
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ruggles left Tuesday for St. Helens to attend the funeral of E. I. Ballagh, father of Mrs. Phil Ruggles, who died there Saturday.
April 28, 1944
- Harlow Parkins Reported Killed In Action. Former Soil Conservation Project Manager Killed On Italian Front. Harlow Parkins, former CCC head here and officer in the engineer corp, was killed in action in Italy, according to a war department telegram received Thursday morning by his wife, who is living here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Powell. Parkins came here to organize the CCC camp and the soil conservation work and remained for several months before being put in charge of a soil erosion experiment near Athena. He joined the engineers early in the war and has been Africa since the American troops landed there. Word is that he was killed in a plane crash somewhere in Italy, April 8, but details of his death are lacking.
- Mrs. G. Johnson Buried Wednesday. Mrs. Gerhardine Johnson died Sunday after a lingering illness and her funeral was held Wednesday afternoon from the Moro Community church with Rev. Moberg officiating. She was born near Bremen, Germany, June 29, 1862 and came to America when a girl. She stayed for a short time near Chicago and moved to Oregon in 1883. Within a few months of her arrival here she was married to John Johnson who preceded her in death. Two sons have also died, leaving one daughter, Mrs. Mary Johnson Eva, as the only direct survivor. For nearly 60 years Mrs. Johnson lived on the farm near town and took an active interest in all that happened there, caring for stock and garden until incapacitated. She was a member of the Lutheran church and the Eastern Star. A brother still lives in Germany and a niece, Mrs. A.W. Pruhsme’er lives in Portland. Interment was in the Odd-Fellows cemetery.
- Miss Jessie Hull‘s Funeral Today. Miss Jessie Hull, a resident of Sherman county since the early nineties, died suddenly Tuesday morning while washing on her back porch in Wasco. Miss Hull was born in Illinois and came to Sherman county when a girl. She was a member of a numerous family that has lived here since pioneer days. She leaves many nieces and nephews. Three sisters, Mrs. Emma Shearer, Mrs. Josie Underhill and Mrs. Carrie Morrow, and one brother, Charles survive. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Christian church in Wasco with the Rev. Keith Fields giving the sermon. Interment will be in Sunrise cemetery.
May 5, 1944
- W. Fields and Mrs. Elna Rawleigh went to Wasco Friday to attend the funeral services for the former’s aunt, Mrs. Jessie Hull.
May 12, 1944
- Asa Eslinger Buried In Forest Grove. Mrs. Asa Eslinger died May 5th, at a hospital in Forest Grove after a lond illness caused by a fall which injured her hip. She was born Rosannh Pearrant in Iowa, April 13, 1862 and was married in 1880, October 30. With her family she came to Oregon in 1905 living in Sherman county until 1917 when they moved to Forest Grove. Surviving are her widower, three daughters, Maudie Griffith of Hebo, Myrtle Blagg of Grass Valley and Beulah Patterson of The Dalles, four sons, Claud of Forest Grove, Ernest of Hood River, Clem of Hillsboro and Pearrant of Forest Grove, 19 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Viola Eslinger of Parma, Idaho and a half brother of Kansas. Funeral services were held Tuesday in Forest Grove.
May 19, 1944
- Mr. and Mrs. Bud Coon received word Monday of the death of Otto Niquist at his home at Colton. He is the father of their daughter-in-law, Mrs. Florin Coon.
- Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Blagg and daughter, Marie, and Gerald Blagg returned home last Tuesday from Forest Grove where they attended the funeral services for Mrs. Blagg’s mother, Mrs. Asa Eslinger. Mrs. Jimmy Blagg and children of Bingen, Wash., accompanied them here to spend some time with them.
May 26, 1944
- Robert Evans Buried In Wasco cemetery. Robert F. Evans, resident of Moro for the past two years and for many years a Sherman countian, died at his home here Sunday evening after a long illness. Mr. Evans was born in Port Carven, Pennsylvania November 6, 1881. He came to Wasco in 1901 and later moved to Portland where he was married in 1912. He later returned to Sherman county. For the past two years he has been janitor of the Moro school building. Surviving are his widow Etta, a brother James of Phoenixville, Penn., and a sister, Mrs. J.J. Fassnecht of Patterson, New Jersey. Funeral services were held Wednesday from the Methodist church at Wasco with the Rev. J.D. Moberg in charge. Interment was made in Sunrise cemetery at Wasco.
- Word was received here Thursday that Edgar Miller, former resident of Moro, had died at his home near Sisters. He was the father of Marvin Miller, who is now in Alaska.
- G.A. Williams received word that her brother, Murdo Smith of Druid, Saskatchewan, died May 14th. He was a veteran of World War I.
June 2, 1944
- Frank Pitts Dies Suddenly At Work. Frank Pitts, who has been a resident of the Wasco community for nearly 20 years, died suddenly May 30, while assisting with a combine repair job at the Art Bucholtz farm near Moro. Pitts was recognized as a good machinist and was in demand as a repairman for tractors and combines. He had not been well and was aiding with advice more than actual work. He sat down, complaining of feeling badly, and died in a few moments. It was reported that he was born in Sacramento, California and no relatives are known to his friends here. The body is in charge of Zell’s although funeral arrangements have not been announced.
June 9, 1944
- Frank Pitts Buried In Wasco Cemetery. The funeral of Frank Pitts, who died Memorial day while working at the Art Bucholtz ranch, was held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Wasco cemetery under the supervision of Zell’s Funeral Home. Mr. Pitts is survived by two brothers, Harry, a nurseryman at Healdburg, California, who attended the service, and T.D. of Los Angeles, and two sisters, Clara Pitts of Santa Rosa and Mrs. Mabel Vanlandingham of Los Angeles. The Masonic lodge of which the deceased was a member was in charge of the ceremony.
- Carl Larson Reported Dead. Julia Woods Hansen visited in the county from Thursday of last week until Monday morning when she returned to her home in Portland with Mr. and Mrs. Poole. She reports that Carl Larson, who lived here several years, was buried at Canby, May 22.
- Major W. Akers Dies In San Francisco Hospital. Maud Akers received word Tuesday morning of the death of her eldest son, Major Wayne Akers in San Francisco, California. Major Akers has been in the army since early in the war having been finance officer for the camp that operates the Letterman General hospital in San Francisco. He was recently ordered transferred to Fort Benj. Harrison in Indiana for expected service overseas but had to remain in the west because of illness. He was born in Monett, Missouri March 20, 1899 and moved to Wasco when a child. He graduated from the Wasco high school, the University of Oregon. While there he was in training for the last war. He had been employed by the First National bank in Eugene nearly all the time since his graduation from the university and had risen to a directorship before he volunteered for service in this war. He was married June 13, 1924 to Alice Titus who survives, as do two of the three children born to them, Margaret Jane, 16 and John Harry, 12. Other survivors are his mother, Mrs. Maud Akers of Wasco, two sisters, Mrs. Ruth Holloway of Hollywood, Cal., and Mrs. Henrietta Hennagin of Portland and one brother, Carroll of Portland. Funeral services, which will be held in Eugene, have not been made awaiting the arrival of the body at Eugene.
June 16, 1944
June 23, 1944
- Eliza Martin To Be Buried Today. Mrs. Eliza Etta Martin died Sunday at Sacramento, California where she had been visiting at the home of her daughter. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 from the Moro church. Mrs. Martin, born Eliza Buchanan, at Island City, Oregon August 2, 1866. She was married July 27, 1884 at LaGrande to Wilbert John Martin. Her death interrupted a marriage that had lasted nearly sixty years. Last March Mr. and Mrs. Martin went to California to stay with their daughter, Mrs. H.E. Wooten for a few weeks. He fell and broke some ribs and was incapacitated. Mrs. Martin, already grieving over the death of a son, William J. Martin, in Moro last fall, went to the hospital where she died. Nearly all of the Martin’s married life has been spent in Sherman county where she became a member of the Eastern Star and the Rebekahs and the Christian church. Survivors are her widower, two daughters, Mrs. BF Morgan of Medical Lake, Wn., and Mrs. Wooten, three sons, George E. of Tacoma, Wn., Wilbert A. and Avery M., both of Portland and a number of grandchildren.
- Desta Hoyt received the sad news of the death of her sister-in-law in LaGrande.
June 30, 1944
- Mrs. George Williams learned last week of the death of her sister, Mrs. Flora Church of Druid, Saskatchewan. The sister died but five weeks after the death of a brother at the same town.
- Mr. and Mrs. George Wilcox were in Seattle, Wash., last week to attend the funeral of his sister, Mrs. James Wilkie.
- Lafe Barnettt received word that his daughter’s husband in California died suddenly last week.
July 7, 1944
- Notice of the funeral of Ab Black, former resident of Grass Valley, was contained in the Chronicle this week.
July 14, 1944
July 21, 1944
- Maud Akers Buried Monday. Funeral services for Mrs. Nora Maud Akers were held from the Wasco Methodist church last Monday afternoon following here sudden death early Friday morning at her home in Wasco. She was found dead in her bed. Nora Maud McHenry was born in Janesville, Iowa, September 6, 1875 and was married to Glen C. Akers at Monette, Missouri, July 1, 1897. They came to Oregon in 1910 and lived in Wasco most of the time since then. Mr. Akers had a farm and worked at various inside jobs about Wasco until he was appointed county clerk at Moro. He died in 1931. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Ruth Holloway of Los Angeles and Mrs. Henrietta Hennagin of Portland and a son, Carol of Portland, ten grandchildren. Another son, Maj. Wayne Akers died last month in San Francisco. Mrs. Akers was always active in social and church circles wherever she lived. At her death she was a member of the Wasco Methodist church, director of the Women’s Choral club, member of the Tuesday and Friday Study clubs of Wasco and was engaged in other activities. Rev. FL Cannell gave the funeral sermon and interment was made in the Wasco cemetery beside the grave of her husband. Many friends from all over the county attended.
- Dan McLachlan Dies Wednesday. Dan J. McLachan died at The Dalles Wednesday afternoon after an illness of a little over a month that resulted in the amputation of his right leg, an operation that failed to stop the onset of the disease. He was born near Monkland October 24, 1888, being 55 years old at the time of his death. At the age of 17 he was married to Mollie Robinson. For the greater part of his life he farmed in the county although for several years he has lived in Moro and Portland. Surviving are his widow, two sisters, Mrs. Estella Dillinger of Salem and Mrs. W.A. Woods of Dufur, four sons Bill of Camas, Washington, Wendell and Roland, now in service, and Glen of Moro, two daughters, Mrs. Lucille Harrington of Eugene and Mrs. Evelyn Chamness of Portland, both of whose husbands are in the service. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. from the Moro Community church and interment will be made in the Odd-Fellows cemetery. [Daniel James]
July 28, 1944
August 4, 1944
- Mrs. Perry Axtell returned from Eugene this week after attending the funeral of her brother, George James, who was killed by a neighbor’s yearling bull while in a pasture near his farm southeast of Eugene. His wife, who is Mr. Axtell’s sister, missed him and started a search but he was not found until early the following morning. Exposure was thought to have been a partial cause of death. He had tied his overalls to his dog and sent him to the house but the overalls were lost and the dog had to lead the searchers to his master after difficulty in attracting their attention.
August 11, 1944
- Mrs. John Schassen Dies Tuesday Night. Mrs. Margaret Schassen, widow of John A. Schassen, died at Pendleton Tuesday night after a long illness. She was born in Hanover, Germany, a daughter of Andrew and Lizzie Patjens, and came to this county when she was a girl and settled south of Grass Valley. She was married in 1886 in The Dalles to John Schassen, also an emigrant from Hanover. They lived on their farm until they moved to The Dalles in the early twenties. Mr. Schassen died in 1924. Surviving are a son, John of Portland, four daughters, Mrs. Emma Davis of Kent, Mrs. Anna Clark of Portland, Mrs. Minnie Eck of Portland and Lillie Schassen of The Dalles.
- Harry N. Richelderfer Buried Sunday. Harry Nathan Richelderfer, who died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Leo Watkins, near Wasco August 3, was born in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, November 3, 1870. He spent his boyhood and early manhood in this community as the Richelderfers came to Oregon in 1880. He was married to Gerda Kuhnhausen of Glenwood, Washington December 25, 1904 and resided on the Orr place until she died in 1923; He then returned to Wasco. He was manager of the Wasco Market for 14 years, a member of the Odd-Fellows lodge, Marian Rebekah lodge and the Wasco Methodist church and of Glenwood Grange. Survivors are his daughter, Mrs. [Selma] Watkins, a son Henry M. of Ordnance, Oregon, four grandchildren, two brothers, E.H. [Earl H.] and A.D. [Asa D.] of Wasco, two sisters, Mrs. Emma Dutton of Wasco and Mrs. Laura Fordyce of Husum, Washington. Funeral services were held Sunday at one o’clock at the Wasco Methodist church with Rev. FL Cannell officiating. Interment was made in Mt. Adams cemetery at Glenwood with the Glenwood Grange giving graveside services.
- Robert W. Pinkerton Dies at 86. Robert W. Pinkerton died at his home in Moro Monday morning after a long illness. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon from the Community church with Rev. Moberg giving the sermon. Mr. Pinkerton was born April 25, 1858 in Page county, Iowa of Irish ancestry. He was married at Clarinda, Iowa February 8, 1882 to Miss Carrie Bennett with whom he lived for over 59 years until her death at Moro March 5, 1941. They came to Oregon in 1886 and in 1892 filed on land and established the home that is still his estate. Four children were born to this couple, Mrs. Wilma Poole of The Dalles, who has been with her father much of the past year, Mrs. Margaret Eoff of Yakima, Harry of Moro and Mrs. W.E. Newton, now deceased. Eleven grandchildren survive. During his entire life Mr. Pinkerton was a devout member of the Reformed Presbyterian church, stern in his faith and consistent in observance. He had been ill for long months and has been bedfast for three years.
August 18, 1944
- Prisoner Commits Suicide In County Jail. John Ctibor Ends Life By Hanging Self With Belt Sunday Morning. Joh Ctibor, 52, itinerant farm laborer, committed suicide by hanging while an inmate of the county jail Sunday morning. Ctibor had been employed on the Klaus Bardenhagen ranch south of Grass Valley for about ten days, having come up from The Dalles office of the employment service. Papers indicated he had lived in Sacramento and at Stockton, California where he worked for the Diamond Match company. He weighed 170 pounds and was 5 feet and 7 inches in height. Arrest was made by Sheriff C.C. Wilson Saturday evening on complaint of residents of Grass Valley who had reported that Ctibor was wandering around the south end of town clad in fewer clothes than proper. He had been given his time at the Bardenhagen ranch earlier that day. Wilson went to look at his prisoner late Saturday night and he was alright. He was taken out for breakfast Sunday morning and about 40 minutes after being put back in jail the sheriff and Marshal Aden Axtell went to see him and found him dead. He had hanged himself to the jail bars with his belt. Coroner Ed Alley, Dr. Leo Moore and District Attorney T. Lester Johnson were called and the death pronounced suicide. The body at Zell’s in The Dalles and officials are awaiting word from relatives who are thought to live at Willis, Montana.
August 25, 1944
September 1, 1944
- Charles Wilson Held For Murder Of Stepdaughter. Antelope Scene of Fatal Shooting Scrape And Man Hunt. Charles Wilson, 45, resident of Antelope and The Dalles, was lodging in the Sherman county jail Monday night after having been arrested that afternoon for the murder of his stepdaughter, Genevieve Fulkerson at Antelope, last Saturday night. The story as told by police is that Wilson had returned from The Dalles to Antelope arriving just before midnight. He was reportedly drunk and quarrelsome. After two threats to shoot his wife from which she dissuaded him, he rose from the bed on which he was lying and started shooting. Genevieve had come into her mother’s room to be with her during the quarrel and was in bed with her. One of the bullets wounded Mrs. Wilson in a finger and went on through the heart of the 13 year old girl killing her almost instantly. Wilson then left for the hills although he did take a few shots at the Fulkerson boy, who had been sent to his grandmother’s house for aid. Sheriff Sexton of Wasco county and state police and Sheriff Wilson of Sherman county took up the trail but the culprit was not discovered until he crawled out of a haystack on the Brogan farm Monday afternoon and surrendered to James Brogan and George McDonald who were building fence nearby. Wilson has been a resident of this district for several years having come from Tennessee. Several brothers are also living here. The dead girl had four sisters, LaVerne, Rosie and Geraldine Fulkerson and Christine Wilson and a brother, Roy Fulkerson. Funeral services were held at Antelope Wednesday afternoon at 2:30. Wilson was bound over to the grand jury at a hearing in the Wasco county circuit court in The Dalles Wednesday.
- Minnie Blau Buried In Wasco. Mrs. Minnie Blau died at her home in Portland Friday, August 25 and funeral services were held Tuesday at Wasco. Mrs. Blau was born in Waterloo, Oregon Nov 14, 1878 and came when a girl to Wasco with her father, James Gibson. She was married in November 1897 to Fred Blau and continued to live on the farm near Wasco until 1917 when the family moved to Portland, which remained her home until death. Surviving are a son, Walter of Wasco, two grandchildren Kenneth, in the air force in Pensacola, Fla., and Helen at home, three brothers, Omar and Charles Gibson of Yakima, John of Sacramento, and one sister, Mrs. Harold Staniels of Portland.
September 8, 1944
- Mrs. Truman Strong At Father’s Funeral. C.A. Rasch, father of Mrs. Truman Strong, died at his home in Redmond last Sunday morning at the age of 84 years and ten month. Funeral services were held there Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Rasch was born in Denmark and came to this country when a boy. After ten years he returned to Demark and married, bringing his bride to Oregon where they made their home. They celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary this summer. In addition to Mrs. Strong he is survived by his widow, and two sons, Herman of Redmond and Walter of Tacoma, Washington. Mr. and Mrs. Strong and their daughter, Mrs. Frances Watkins and Mr. Watkins attended the funeral.
September 15, 1944
- John Brogan Dies From Grief Over Soldier Son. Mrs. John Brogan of Antelope died Monday evening shortly after learning of the death of her eldest son, John, who was drowned while in army training in Louisiana. Mr. Brogan had received the word of their son’s death while on the ranch at Antelope. He drove to The Dalles to acquaint the family of the sad news. Mrs. Brogan went to the undertaking establishment to make final arrangements for the funeral of her son and collapsed and died shortly after returning home. Mrs. Brogan, born Mary Lelia Holmes near Grass Valley, August 4, 1895, has been a resident of Sherman and Wasco counties all of her life. With her family she has lived in The Dalles in the winter in order to send her children to St. Mary’s Academy. Surviving are her widower, two remaining sons, Francis in the submarine service and William at Antelope, six daughters, Agnes in training at St. Vincent’s hospital, Margaret, Cecelia, Josephine, Catherine and Bernadette all attending St. Mary’s in The Dalles. Also surviving are her father, Samuel B. Holmes, of Grass Valley, now in his 87th year, three sisters Cassie of The Dalles, Mabel and Mrs. Theodore von Borstel and a brother, William S., all of Grass Valley. The son, John, was drowned had been a member of the army air corps for the past three years as a mechanic. He was 27 years of age.
September 22, 1944
September 29, 1944
- Kenneth Barnet Dies In South Pacific Of Heat. Word Tells Meager Details Of Death of Sherman County Native Son. A telegram was received by Mrs. Kenneth Barnet, Tuesday giving the information that her husband Kenneth Emmett Barnet, who was a pharmacists mate second class in the US Naval Reserve, died September 18 from the effects of heat exhaustion while in the service. Further information was that there was no definite information about burial, it was probable that he was either buried at sea or at some point near the locality of death. Further information was promised when available. Kenneth Emmett Barnet was born in Grass Valley March 17, 1920 being a son of Mr. and Mrs. George Thomas Barnet. He obtained his education in the Grass Valley schools and lived in that part of the county all of his life until he entered the navy December 11, 1942. He has not been home since his departure. He is survived by his parents, two sisters, Ethel and Margaret, and his widow, Anita Dunlap Barnet, whom he married June 27, 1941 at Grass Valley.
October 6, 1944
- Moro News. and Mrs. John Foss were in Spokane the first of the week to attend the funeral of Mrs. Byron Hawk, a cousin of Mrs. Foss.
October 13, 1944
October 20, 1944
- Jack Eva Buried At Moro Monday. John Woodley (Jack) Eva, died at The Dalles Friday morning after being seriously ill for several days. He was a sufferer from asthma and had been growing worse all summer. About two weeks ago he and Mrs. Eva went to Portland and the coast in an effort to find relief. They later drove to Victoria B.C. to remain along the coast. As Mr. Eva grew more distressed he was brought back to The Dalles but nothing could be done for him. He was born in Cardiff, Wales, June 13, 1883 and came to America in 1900 when a young man. He was a miner and worked in Canada and the United States as powder man. He came to Sherman county when the Sherman highway was being built. May 18, 1926 he was married to Mary Johnson at San Francisco, California and has been engaged in farming the Johnson place south of Moro since that time. Surviving are his widow, and a half brother in Australia. He was a member of the Episcopal church. Funeral services were held Monday at 2:30 from the Moro Community church with Rev. J.D. Moberg officiating. Interment was in the Odd Fellows cemetery.
- Leona Howell, wife of James Howell, died in Portland Sept 29 after a long illness.
October 27, 1944
November 3, 1944
- County Treasurer’s Sister Buried Thursday. Funeral services for Mrs. Z.A. Watkins, 59, were held Thursday afternoon at Wamic, following her death in a Portland hospital Tuesday. She had been ill for several months. Mrs. Watkins was born Mary Young, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.M. Young, formerly Moro residents where he was county treasurer, surviving are the widower, Zene Watkins, three daughters, Mrs. Zeta Cooper of Redmond, Mrs. Zelda Snyder and Mrs. Bonita Carter both of Albany, two sisters Mrs. F.E. Fagan of McMinnville and Mrs. Darwin Van Gilder of Moro and five grandchildren.
- Bryan VanGilder Dies While Goose Hunting. Wasco Farmer Succumbs To Heart Attack When Alone After Geese. Bryan Van Gilder was found dead in a wheat field belonging to Frank Medler Monday morning after relatives and friends has searched for him for several hours. Sheriff Wilson, Coroner Alley and District Attorney Johnson were called and they reached the conclusion that Van Gilder had ___ running after a wounded goose and that he had died suddenly of a heart attack. He had told friends in Wasco he was going after a goose. When he was missed Monday morning his sister, Mrs. Arthur Sargent and Mr. Sargent, Walter Eaton and Mr. Van Gilder’s daughter in law, Vera Van Gilder went in search of him. They found his pickup and then the body lying in the stubble. Bryan Van Gilder was 48, a native son of Sherman county. He served in the army in World War I. He is survived by a son, Raymond, now in England in the army, who was born in 1922. Van Gilder died in 1928 and Bryan has been farming the home place and living alone since the departure of his son. Others surviving besides his son and wife are his sister, Mrs. Sargent, and three brothers, Harry and Vernon of Wasco and Darwin, now with the army air force engineers someplace in the Pacific. The body is at Callaway’s awaiting word from relatives before funeral services are set.
- Jennie Blackwood, 82, wife of Harry Blackwood and mother of Mrs. Clara Pyburn, died at Lebanon Monday after a long illness. Interment was in the Wasco cemetery Thursday morning. She had been a resident of the Wasco community.
November 10, 1944
- C. von Borstel Reported Killed In Italian Battle. Additional word was received by Mr. and Mrs. Amandus vonBorstel that their son. Carsten, had been killed in action while on the Italian front. At first the von Borstels were informed that Carsten was missing in action and the second telegram confirmed their worst fears by bringing the news of death in action. Carsten von Borstel was born at Kent December 3, 1924 and until he was inducted January 12, 1944 he had spent his entire life on the farm with his parents. He attended Kent public schools, graduating from the high school there. He was active in 4-H club work and took several calves to the Pacific International as a part of that work. He is survived by his parents, two brothers, Phil and Fred and two sisters, Helen and Mary.
- Victor Anderson Funeral Held Today. V. (Vic) Anderson died at his home west of Wasco Tuesday afternoon after a long illness. He was born in Vestervick, Sweden, July 9, 1870 and at the age of 19 came to the United States. Fifty years ago with his brother, Emil, he came to Sherman county and began farming. He is survived by a son, Carl V. of Portland, a granddaughter, Dorothy, and two step daughters, Mrs. Hildred Zell of Wasco and Pvt. Dorothy Miller, now in New York. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 from the Methodist church in Wasco with interment at Sunrise cemetery. Mr. Anderson was a member of Taylor lodge of Masons of Wasco and Al Kader Temple in Portland of the Shrine.
- Mrs. JG Van Meter [Metre] Dead At Yakima; Former Resident. Cyril Van Metre of Sacramento, and John Van Metre of Chico, California stopped here briefly Sunday evening on their way to Sunnyside, Wash., having received word of the death of their mother, Mrs. J.G. Van Metre, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. O.A. Melley.
November 24, 1944
- Elmer Hansen Buried In The Dalles. The funeral for Elmer Hansen was held at Goldendale, Wash., last Monday at 1:30 in the afternoon and was attended by many friends from Sherman county. His death occurred last Friday night about ten o’clock after an illness of over a week. Elmer Hansen was born at Eugene, March 17, 1902. With his family he moved to Sherman county when a child and attended schools here. He had been an employee of the Pacific Power & Light company for 20 years and had moved to Goldendale from Moro in 1933. Surviving are his widow, Glenna, one daughter, Sally Ann, his mother, Mrs. Soren Hansen of Moro, and a brother, Ove of Wasco. Masons from Goldendale gave the rites at the funeral and the Moro lodge presided at the graveside services which were held in The Dalles.
- Word was received here this week of the death of Arthur L. French from heart failure at Grants Pass. He lived in Grass Valley years ago.
- Marie Goffin was found dead in her home in Portland from a heart attack. With her husband, Dr. O.G. Goffin, she practiced medicine in the first decade of this century. A few years ago she wrote a book using Sherman county as a scene.
December 1, 1944
- Mr. and Mrs. T. Lester Johnson were called to Portland Thursday by the sudden death of Mrs. Johnson’s father, Arthur Grosscup.
December 8, 1944
December 15, 1944
December 22, 1944
- Winnie Helyer Dies After Long Illness. Winnie G. Helyer, long a resident of Sherman county, died at a hospital in The Dalles Tuesday after a long illness and many years of ill health. Mr. Helyer was born in McMinnville, but had spent nearly his entire life in the Kent neighborhood until his removal to The Dalles about a year ago. Surviving are his widow, Clara, a son Jesse of Kent and a daughter, Mrs. Rua Holdaway of The Dalles, and a granddaughter Doris Holdaway, three brothers, William of Lyle, Willard of Antelope and Wilbur of Kent, a sister Mrs. Minnie Pape of Corvallis. Funeral services will be held Friday at 1:30 from Callaway’s and interment will be made in The Dalles cemetery.
December 29, 1944
- Hans Koepke Buried At Grass Valley. Funeral services for Hans Koepke were held at Grass Valley Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 following his death at Pendleton December 22.Hans Koepke came to Sherman county in the early days of the century from Germany via the middle west where he had lived as a boy. He married Mary Peters who preceded him in death by several years. Until a few years ago Mr. Koepke farmed in Kent and Grass Valley district. Surviving is a daughter, Mrs. Frank Pike of Grass Valley and a son, John of Redmond and two grandchildren; a sister still lived in Iowa.
- W. Nichols Dies At Albany. The funeral of Wharton Wadsworth Nichols was held in Wasco December 26 and interment made in Sunrise cemetery there. Mr. Nichols died at Albany December 22. He was born in Woodford county, Illinois, March 30, 1861 and was married to Laura Mary Watrous in Wichita, Kansas, in 1885. They came to Salem in 1889 and to Sherman county in 1913 where he bought land that has remained in the family. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Gladys Dow of Albany, Mrs. Iva Thomas of Salem, Mrs. Lorena Anderson of Grants Pass, four sons, Herman of Cecil, Everett of Lewiston, Idaho, Arthur of Spokane, Wash., and Wesley of Moro, seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Mr. Nichols was a member of the Evangelical church. Since leaving the ranch east of Moro he has lived with his daughters in Medford and Albany.
- Leonard Winnett, nephew of Mrs. Howard Spencer of Wasco was reported killed in action in Palau, in the South Pacific. He was a son of Ira Winnett of The Dalles, and had been in service five years and had been across since June of this year.
January 5, 1945
January 12, 1945
- Man Killed On Highway By Officer’s Car. Captain Walter Smejkal of Spokane, where he is a medical officer at Geiger Field, having been transferred from California, hit and instantly killed Bruno W. Deline, approximately 57, Monday night at 8:32 on the Columbia highway near Fleck’s orchard. Deline was a World War veteran who had been working at Maryhill in orchards there. He was single. Smejkal was not held as the coroner’s jury found insufficient evidence to do so.
- Verne Baker Reported Killed On Leyte. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Pike received word Saturday that the former’s nephew, Staff Sergeant Verne Baker, was killed in action on Leyte on December 11, 1944. Sgt. Baker has been in the army about five years and had been overseas about three years.
January 19, 1945
- Former Grass Valley Youth Killed In Action. Staff Sergeant Verle J. Baker, 21, son of Mrs L.M. Baker, of Springfield, formerly of Grass Valley, was killed in action Dec. 11, on Leyte, according to a message which was received here. He was serving in the signal corps. Sgt. Baker was born Feb 6, 1923, and was graduated in May, 1940, from the Elma, Wash., high school. He spent several years in the Grass Valley school while staying with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. I.D. Pike. He entered the regular army at Fort Lewis in June, 1940, and was assigned to the Signal Corps. After taking training at various places in the United States he shipped out to Australia in June, 1941. He had served throughout the New Guinea campaign prior to the invasion of Leyte. Besides his mother, a brother, Frank Baker, and one sister, Cleo Baker, survive him.
January 26, 1945
February 2, 1945
- Fred Krusow Buried Thursday. Friends were saddened this week by the news of the death of Mrs. Fred Krusow of Grass Valley, who passed away early Tuesday morning. She was at The Dalles hospital where she had been taken after suffering a broken hip. Funeral services were held at the Grass Valley Methodist church Thursday afternoon in charge of Rev James D. Moberg of Moro. Interment was in the Odd Fellow cemetery at Grass Valley. Agnes Scott was born at Port Elgin, New Brunswick, Canada, June 2, 1859, and died at The Dalles, Oregon, January 30, 1945. She was married at Cambridge, Mass., in 1898 to Fred Krusow and with him she came to Sherman county where she had since resided. She was a member of the Presbyterian church. Besides her husband, she leaves an adopted son, Stanley; a brother, John Scott, in Canada; a nephew, Walter Swartz, in The Dalles, and two grandchildren.
- Wiliams Died Monday in Portland. Funeral services will be held in Portland Saturday for George A. Williams, long time resident of Moro, who passed away in a hospital there Monday morning. Members of the family living in Moro left the first of the week for Portland. Mr. Williams was born December 30, 1863, and was 81 years old at the time of his death. He was the father of ten children, 24 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. The family has lived in the Moro community for many years. Besides his widow, Mrs. Annie Williams, the seven sons and three daughters who survive are Hubert A., Portland; George L., Cessford, Alberta; Oliver H.C., Vancouver, B.C.; Walter H., and Travers H., Portland; Mrs. Mamie Mitchell, Canby; Alfred W.R., Kalispell, Mont.; Mrs. Sadie Dunlap, Eugene; Mrs. Flora Conlee and Donald J., of Moro. Funeral services will be at the Conservatory chapel S.E. Sixth and Alder, and interment will be in Rose City cemetery.
- Fred Krusow was called to The Dalles Monday because of the serious illness of Mrs. Krusow in the hospital with a broken hip. Word was received Tuesday that Mrs. Krusow had passed away.
February 9, 1945
- Former Grass Valley Man Died At Tacoma, Wn. John D. Dugger passed away at Tacoma, Wash., this week after an illness of three months. He was born in Missouri in 1876 and came to Sherman county when a boy. For several years he engaged in farming southwest of Grass Valley. During the past thirty-four years he has resided in Centralia, Wash. Besides his widow, Della Dugger, he is survived by five sons: Herbert of Eugene, Claude of Centralia, Guy and Clarence of Tacoma, and Donald in the navy, and three daughters, Mrs. Eunice Fitzgerald of Boring, Mrs. Beulah Thomas of Tacoma and Mrs. Ireta Stoves of Centralia; his mother, Mrs. Nan Dugger Beard of Washougal; three sisters, Mrs. Ollie Cox of Oregon City, Mrs. Izzie Allgiver of Sandy and Mrs. Etha DeMoss of Moro; and nine grandchildren.
- A.L. Huff, a pioneer in Sherman county for a number of years, died in Arlington last week. His funeral was held in Arlington Wednesday. Attending from Moro were Mr. and Mrs. Roy Powell, Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Barnum and Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Moore.
February 16, 1945
February 23, 1945
March 2, 1945
- Luther Davis Died Friday at The Dalles. Funeral services were held at The Dalles Monday for John Luther Davis who passed away in a hospital there February 23 at the age of 48. Interment was in The Dalles. Mr. Davis had been a resident of the Kent district since 1911 and was one of the county’s successful grain growers and stockmen. He had been active in civic affairs and served as master of local and county Grange organizations. He was the first chairman of the county AAA and his advice was sought in many public matters. Born October 28, 1896, at Mountain City, Tennessee, Mr. Davis came to Oregon in 1911, settling at Kent. He was married to Miss Emma Schassen on October 28, 1916. Surviving in addition to the widow are a son, Lt Luther Davis, stationed at Fort Knox, but now home on leave; a daughter Evelyn Davis of Portland; his mother Mrs. Ida Davis of Moro, and three sisters, Mrs. Pearl Wilson, Portland; Mrs. Grace Smith, Prineville, and Mrs. Pauline Douma, Moro.
- C.A. Blagg Buried At Grass Valley. Clarence Albert Blagg, aged 55, passed away February 21 as the result of a heart attack. He was born at Bernard, Mo., in 1889. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Irene Hoffman of Los Angeles, and Mrs. Agnes Shughs of Orchards, Wash.; three brothers, J.W. Blagg of Grass Valley, J.H. of Gardner, Kans., and Eugene of Eldorado Springs, Mo., three sisters, Mrs. Mary Nichols of Eldorado Springs, Mrs. Gertrude Hauch of Chicago, and Mrs. Rose Tilson of St. Joseph, Mo.; also two grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon with the Rev. F.L. Cannell officiating. Graveside rites at the IOOF cemetery were conducted by the Masonic lodge. Out of town relatives attending the funeral were his daughter, Mrs. Agnes Hughes, and children from Orchards, Wash., and M-Sgt. Ivan Blagg from Los Angeles. [? Shughs or Hughes – copied as they appeared.]
- John Brogan stopped at the Sam Holmes home Saturday on his way from Antelope to Woodburn to attend the funeral of his sister, Mrs. Susie Brogan Weiss.
March 9, 1945
- Mrs. Fred Haynes Passed Away Feb. 25. Word has reached here of the death of Mrs. Fred Haynes for 27 years a resident of the Kent community. Mrs. Haynes, born Augusta Lamb April 3, 1873, in Minneapolis; moved to Mapleton, Iowa, at the age of nine. She was married to Fred Haynes October 9, 1892. Mrs. Haynes came with her husband and family to Kent, Oregon in 1903 where they resided until moving to Corvallis in 1930. Following the death of her husband July 22, 1940, Mrs. Haynes moved to Carlton, Oregon, where she made her home until the time of her death. Surviving are seven sons, Guy of Yamhill, Frank of Portland, Ralph of Richland, Wn., John of Carlton and Donald, Darrell and Roger all serving in the U.S. Navy; three daughters, Mrs. Louise Smith of Eugene, Mrs. Dorothy Dunlap of Grass Valley and Mrs. Marjory Hatler of Imperial, Calif., a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren. Funeral services were held from the Macy Funeral Home, McMinnville, March 1st, with interment being made in the Evergreen cemetery by the side of her husband.
- A.A. Dunlap and daughter, Mrs. Anita Barnett, Mrs. Alfred Kock and Mrs. Paul Wilson of Moro left Wednesday for Yamhill to attend the funeral services for Mrs. Dunlap’s mother, Mrs. Fred Haynes, which was held in McMinnville on Thursday. Mrs. Haynes suffered a stroke while shopping at Carlton on Tuesday and died on Sunday. Mrs. Haynes was a resident of Kent for a good many years, before moving to the Valley.
- Mrs. Kirklie received word Saturday that her brother in the armed forces was recently killed in the South Pacific.
March 16, 1945
- Word Received of the Death of Wyman French. “The Secretary of War regrets to inform you that your son, Private First Class Wyman J. French was killed in action twenty seven February in Holland. Confirming letter follows” is the text of a telegram received last Friday by Mr. and Mrs. Giles French of Moro. Wyman John French was born near Grass Valley September 30, 1922, and attended school at Grass Valley and Moro before going to the University of Oregon where he was nearly ready to finish pre-law course when his enlistment into the army became effective. He served at Fort Custer, Naperville, Illinois, and at Camp Polk, where he became a machine gunner in the 8th armored division. He left for Europe in November and his division went into active combat a few days before he was killed. Besides his parents, he leaves two sisters of his immediate family, Mrs. Jane Frees, now of Hood River and Patty of Moro. Further details have not been received.
March 23, 1945
- Carl Peetz Killed In Action In Germany. Notice that Staff Sergeant Carl Peetz had been killed in action in Germany where he was a member of the 76th division was received here by his aunt, Mrs. Carroll Sayrs Thursday morning. The telegram stated that he had been killed March 7, in Germany. Young Peetz, 24, son of the late Otto Peetz and Margaret Peetz, both Sherman county assessors, had graduated from the University of Oregon after finishing the local schools.
- Montgomery Buried Tuesday. Funeral services for Charles L. Montgomery were held from the Moro community church Tuesday afternoon following his death from a heart attack in Portland Friday, March 16. Mr. Montgomery was born in Illinois June 4, 1870 and had been a resident of Moro for many years until his removal to Portland about three years ago. He lived there with his niece Mrs. Ida Beymer. Other survivors are a brother, Homer of Jonesboro, Illinois and Curtis Tom and Mrs. Sarah Yocum of Rufus. Services were in charge of the Odd Fellows lodge of which Mr. Montgomery had been a member for many years. Interment was made in the local cemetery.
March 30, 1945
April 6, 1945
- Former Moro Boy Drowned In Columbia. Seth S. Hayes, youngest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Steve S. Hayes, early day settlers and county clerk of Sherman county, was drowned in the Columbia River Tuesday night while fishing. He was born in Moro 48 years ago and has recently been living in Rainer near where he was drowned. Surviving are his widow and three children, a sister, Mrs. M.R. MacEwan and a brother, Dean Hayes both of Portland.
April 13, 1945
- Nels Hansen‘s Death Reported Here. News of the death of Nels Hansen was received in Moro Wednesday night. He had died that day after a long illness. Hansen was born in Demark and came here when a young man to settle and farm east of Moro. He later was owner of the Monkland store. For some twenty years he has lived in Portland in retirement, having sold his land in this county. Surviving are his widow, Julia Woods Hansen, and four daughters, Mrs. Roy Powell, Mrs. Roy Kunsman, Mrs. John Hardin and Mrs. Margaret Wigle. Mrs. Powell was with her father at the time of his death. Funeral services have not been announced.
- Clarence Scheurer Buried At Butteville. Clarence Scheurer, former mechanic and Standard Oil agent, at Grass Valley and one time operator of his father’s threshing machine in that territory died at his home at Aurora Sunday, April 8, 1945. Funeral was held Wednesday and interment made at Butteville, near the long time home of the Scheurers. Surviving are his widow, Nell, a son, Howard of Tulare, California, a naval officer, five brothers, Ralph, Charles, Emmitt, Merle and Reuben and two sisters, Mrs. Florence Wade of Ocean Lake and Mrs. Joyce Madden of Los Angeles. The Scheurers have lived in Portland for nearly 20 years since Clarence left Grass Valley to become chief mechanic at the Standard Oil shops there, a job from which was retired several years ago.
- Donna Rae Knox Buried Tuesday. Funeral services for Donna Rae Knox were held Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Wasco Methodist church, Rev. F.L. Cannell officiated, interment followed in the Evergreen cemetery in The Dalles. Donna was born in Wasco April 8, 1922. She was a graduate of the Wasco Grammar and High school. She was a member of the Methodist church and an active worker in the Sunday school and Epworth league. She died at the age of 22, on April 4, 1945 in Seattle, Washington due to severe burns. Surviving are her father, Frank Knox of Wasco, and two sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Collins of Pasco, Washington and Mrs. Jesse Anfang of Indiana.
April 20, 1945
- Pete Dillinger Dies Of Heart Attack. Peter James Dillinger died suddenly Wednesday morning while on the way to the hospital at The Dalles. He was working for Walter Ruggles east of Klondike and became ill at the breakfast table. Mr. Ruggles started to the hospital with him and death occurred as they entered Wasco. Heart failure was given as the cause. Peter Dillinger was born near Scranton, Iowa, April 1, 1881 and lived 64 years and 17 days, a large part of which was spent in Sherman county where he farmed for a number of years. Surviving are a son, Elmer Earl of Portland, two daughters, Mrs. Geneva Irene Alford of Portland and Edith May Andrews of Longview, Texas, five grandchildren, five sisters and one brother in Iowa. Services will be held from Callaway’s in The Dalles Monday, April 23 at 2 p.m. followed by interment in the IOOF cemetery at that place.
- Dave McKelvey Buried Wednesday. Dave McKelvey died in the county hospital near The Dalles Tuesday morning after an illness of several weeks. He was 91 years old, having been born in Pennsylvania August 24, 1853. Dave McKelvey was an early citizen of Sherman county having been here in the days when homesteaders turned teamsters and brought the wool from the interior to The Dalles. Many tales are told of his prowess in the rough and tumble activities of those days. He was a small man, with attentive black eyes that snapped with life and he wore a black curly beard for the greater part of his life until the passage of well postponed old age turned it white. On his homestead above Jacknife canyon he raised horses and entertained his friends until he moved to Kent for care, but that was at an age when men less tough and hardy, had long since given up the rough ways of life. Funeral services were held Wednesday at The Dalles. Surviving are his widow, from whom he was long separated, still living at Fossil at the age of 82 and one son, Floyd, of Redmond are the only ones listed. [On following page is an article about Dave and his adventures.]
- Word has been received here of the death of James U. Leonard in Hood River, a former resident of this county. Leonard was the father of Mrs. Fern Gentry and grandfather of Donald and Bessie Gentry who attended school here a few years ago.
April 27, 1945
- Wasco Resident Dies From Heart Attack. Milton M. Gilman, 66, a farmer in the vicinity of Wasco, died Saturday afternoon at a local hospital, following a heart attack. He had been a resident of the Wasco community but a short time. Surviving are the widow, Laura of Wasco, three daughters, Mrs. Ora Workman of Wasco, Mrs. Jed DeMers of Aurora Grande, California and Mrs. Wesley Weyrant of Portland, a sister Mrs. Ijora Rissberger of Tacoma, a brother, James of Weiser, Idaho, and three grandchildren. The body is at the Callaway chapel. Funeral services were held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Hood River with committal in the Hood River cemetery.
- Funeral services were held Monday from the Callaway chapel at 2 p.m. for Peter James Dillinger, 64, who died Wednesday from a heart attack while en route to The Dalles from his home in Klondike. The Rev. Lloyd Anderson officiated. Committal was in the Odd Fellows cemetery.
- C.H. Alford and children, Pat and Donna came up from Portland to attend the funeral of Pete Dillinger.
May 4, 1945
- Leland Barnett Dies In Oakland; Funeral Today. Leland Barnett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy P. Barnett of Kent, died at Oakland, California last Friday after an illness of several weeks caused by Leukemia, a disease of the blood. He was in the navy having volunteered upon his graduation from The Dalles High school last May. He was born June 26, 1926, being one of the twin boys, Lee, the other, is also in the navy. He attended school at Kent and was active in 4-H club work for many years being in the beef clubs. For his last year of high school he went to The Dalles where the family was living. His parents were called to Oakland about the middle of March on account of his illness and at that time were told that the disease was a very serious one and likely to result fatally. Surviving are his parents, Lee, and a sister, Mrs. Wm. Jefferies of Kent. Funeral services will be held today, Friday, at The Dalles at 2 o’clock in the afternoon, according to announcement made Thursday.
- Announcement was made this week of the death of Arlie Landingham at Sheridan, and his funeral Wednesday. He lived in southern Sherman county 40 years ago and sometime later farmed east of Moro.
- S.L. Boyce Dies In Portland After Stroke. Mr. and Mrs. Orville Ruggles left Thursday for Portland having received word that her father, Rev. S.L. Boyce, had a stroke. Mrs. Ruggles remained when Orville returned Saturday. He returned Tuesday, Mr. Boyce having died Monday morning. Funeral services were held Wednesday. Mr. Boyce was the Baptist minister in Grass Valley for several years and his family all attended school here.
May 11, 1945
- Chester Watkins Reported Killed In Germany. Word was received in Wasco Tuesday that Chester Donovan Watkins had been killed in Germany where he was serving in the army. He was one of three sons of Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Watkins now serving in the army, the others being Arthur in the engineers in the Pacific and Vinton with the quartermasters in Europe. Chester was born near Wasco April 8, 1914 and had lived there his entire life until he went to the army. He graduated from Wasco schools and was married December 14, 1941 to Danajean McMillan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steve McMillan of Wasco. Another brother, Leo is also a resident of the Wasco community. Details have not been received and further information is not expected for weeks.
May 18, 1945
- Floyd Westerfield Dead. News of the death of Floyd C. Westerfield in Portland was reported Thursday. He died May 15 while at work at the shipyards. Floyd was the only son of the late W.I. Westerfield and wife. He attended school at Grass Valley and later went to the university at Eugene. He was part owner of the Springfield newspaper for a time and later sold insurance. Surviving are his widow, Velma, and two sisters, Miss Veda Westerfield and Mrs. C.A. Shodall of California.
May 25, 1945
- A memorial in honor of Staff Sergeant Carl F. Peetz, who was killed in Germany March 7 of this year, will be held at the Moro Community church next Sunday May 27th immediately following the church service.
- Vickie Davis of Grants Pass is visiting her brother, Tom Jones and family, here this week. Mrs. Davis was a resident of Grass Valley, Moro and Wasco about 30 years ago. Her only son T-5 Malcolm B. Davis was a recent casualty in Germany.
June 1, 1945
- Memorial Held For Moro Man Killed In Battle. A memorial service for Staff Sergeant Carl Fredrick Peetz, who was killed in action in Germany March 7 was held at the Moro Community church Sunday May 27, with Rev. James D. Moberg giving the sermon for the solider. Carl was born in Moro April 12, 1920, son of Otto Peetz and Margaret Whalley Peetz. He attended school here until his graduation when he went to the University of Oregon where he completed his four year course and returned for his master’s degree another year. He volunteered in the enlisted reserve and was called in the summer of 1943. He attended officer’s school at Fort Benning, Ga., and was later sent to Wisconsin for training with a combat outfit. From his officers came word that he was leading his platoon in combat against a German village March 7 when mortar shells began to come over. Peetz ordered his men out and was struck by a piece of shell that killed him quickly. Rev. Moberg recalled his helpful disposition and said that all who had known him had benefited from that acquaintance. Mrs. Velma McKean and Mrs. Linnie Hart sang a duet and, with Mrs. Harry Pinkerton and Mrs. Hazel Belshe sang a quartette at the ceremony.
- Mrs. Henry Howell Buried Yesterday. Funeral services for Mrs. Henry Howell were held Thursday afternoon from the Methodist church in Wasco following her death at Seaside Sunday of an heart attack. Mrs. Howell was a sister of Tom J. Peugh of Wasco, J.H. Peugh of Fair Oaks, Cal., and Charles R. Peugh of Oswego and Mrs. Nettie Peugh of Long Beach, Cal. The late, Mrs. F.L. Barnett was another sister. Mr. and Mrs. Howell have spent much of recent years at Seaside although the greater part of her 64 years was spent in Sherman county. Surviving are her widower, and one son, Marvin of Wasco and a grandchild. Interment was in Sunrise cemetery at Wasco.
- Mr. and Mrs. Benson Whalley and Mr. and Mrs. Fredrick Whalley and Miss Harriet Whalley were here from Portland Sunday to attend the memorial service for Carl Peetz, a nephew of the men. Sgt Chester Peetz and wife of The Dalles were also here.
- Flora Healey, 72, aunt of Mrs. Mollie McLachlan and Mrs. May Belshe, died in Centralia, Wn., last week. Mrs. Belshe attended the funeral. But one brother, Geo. Ames, remains of the family.
June 8, 1945
- Ida Strong Buried In Eugene. Ida Miller Strong of Eugene died at her home June 1. She was born at Neoshoe, Kansas on September 21, 1867 and moved to Oregon in 1888. She married Horace W. Strong at Moro, Oregon, on June 6, 1892. She lived near Moro for almost thirty years before going to Eugene in 1919. Mr. Strong died in 1934. Surviving are a son, Truman, of Moro, two daughters, Mrs. Ted Ball of Grass Valley and Mrs. Harold Potter of Eugene, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted from the Poole-Larsen chapel on Saturday, June 2, at 3:30 p.m. Rev L.O. Griffith officiated and interment was in the family plot in the Rest Haven memorial park, Eugene.
June 15, 1945
- Grass Valley Boy Killed In Fall From Horse. Charles Baker took his son, Scott, to The Dalles hospital Sunday where they found he had ruptured his spleen caused when he fell off a horse and his cousin falling on top of him. Word was received Tuesday morning that he died Monday night. Scott was born in The Dalles in 1938 and had lived the greater part of his life near Grass Valley.
June 22, 1945
- Funeral Services Held For Scott Baker. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the Methodist church for Charles Scott Baker, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.R. Baker of Grass Valley, who died Monday at a hospital in The Dalles. F.L. Cannell of Wasco officiated. Pall bearers were Stephen Bibby, John Alley, Clarence May and Carl Schilling. Interment was in the IOOF cemetery at Grass Valley under the direction of C.R. Callaway and Son.
June 29, 1945
July 6, 1945
July 13, 1945
- M.L. Fritts, one time resident of Grass Valley, died at Newport July 4th at the age of 80 years. He was the father of Mrs. L.W. Rakes and Cecil Fritts, who were well known at Grass Valley.
- Mrs. Max Brown’s father, C.F. Perrin of Bend died Monday July 10 at a hospital in that city after a long illness. The funeral services will be held Thursday at Redmond.
July 20, 1945
July 27, 1945
August 3, 1945
- The small daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Lite passed away Wednesday morning. Mrs. Lite is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Lawrence.
- Mr. and Mrs. Jack Lawrence went to Portland Thursday to attend the funeral of their granddaughter, infant of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Lite who will be buried in the city today.
- It is reported here that the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie Walker died in Portland last week. Both Mr. and Mrs. Walker were school former [former school] teachers in the Moro schools.
August 10, 1945
- W. Champneys Died Suddenly At Washington Home. Word was received here by Geo. G. Updegraff that H.W. Champneys, former bank liquidator of the banks in this county, had died suddenly as his home near Seattle. Mr. Champneys was here during the thirties when the banks were being settled by the state examiner. He came from Burns.
August 17, 1945
August 24, 1945
August 31, 1945
- Mae Johnson Dies Monday Night. Funeral services for Mrs. Lena Mae Johnson, 59, who died in Portland Monday night will be held Saturday at 2:30 from Callaway’s in The Dalles. Mrs. Johnson was the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bruno Medler and was born in Sherman county March 20, 1886. She had lived here all her life until she moved to the valley about eight years ago for her health. Death ended a long illness. Surviving are her widower, Charles (Chub), a daughter, Mrs. Catherine Vetterlein of Portland, two sons, Rolland of Wasco and Charles Gordon of the U.S. army, three brothers, Julius and Walter of Wasco and Fred of Portland and two sisters, Mrs. Ida Woolen of Portland and Mrs. E.E. Barnum of Moro.
September 7, 1945
- The death of Mrs. Effie Lindeman, former resident of Rufus, occurred at The Dalles Monday. She was in her 85th year. She was the mother of Clarence Lindeman, now of Portland and R.C. Lindeman of California. Other survivors are four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Tuesday.
September 14, 1945
September 21, 1945
- Henry Kelly Buried At Grass Valley Wednesday. James Easter and Max Brown took Henry Kelly to The Dalles Saturday night when he entered the hospital, having been ill several days, he died Sunday morning. Funeral services were held at Grass Valley Wednesday.
September 28, 1945
- William Wilson Dies In The Dalles. Funeral services for William Lafeyette Wilson, who died in The Dalles Thursday September 20, were held from Callaway’s chapel Saturday. Mr. Wilson was born at Mountain City, Tennessee July 4, 1864, being 81 years old at the time of his death. He was married at Bentonville, Ark., to Mary Louisa Morris and the young couple came to Sherman county where they homesteaded east of Moro, later moving to Rufus where they lived until a few years ago when they retired and moved to The Dalles. Surviving are his widow, four sons, Atlee of Rufus, Dwight of Berkeley, Cal., Dow of John Day, Charles of Popular Grove and a daughter, Mrs. Lillie Chilberg of Klamath Falls, six sisters and 13 grandchildren. Interment was made in the Odd Fellows cemetery at The Dalles.
- The day old baby, born to Mr. and Mrs. W.M. Edwards Saturday, died Sunday and funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2:30 at the cemetery with Rev. James Moberg officiating.
October 5, 1945
- News of the death of Charles Cox of Heppner was received here Tuesday. He had had an accident with his car which threw him out of it causing fatal injuries. Cox was the first president of the Eastern Oregon Wheat League, postmaster of Heppner and prominent in public affairs.
October 12, 1945
- Ellen Sommer Laid To Rest Monday. Funeral services for Mrs. Ellen E. Sommer were held Monday afternoon at two o’clock from the Methodist church at Grass Valley, following her death in a Portland hospital Thursday evening. Mrs. Sommer had been a resident of Sherman county for nearly fifty of her 78 years having been the wife of William McLeod an early settler, before she married H.A. Sommer, both of whom preceded her in death. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. J.K. Irby of Arlington, Mrs. Kenneth Martin and Mrs. C.I. Laffoon of Kent, two sons, Alex W. of Moro and William of Salem. There are 15 grandchildren. Interment was made in the Grass Valley cemetery under the direction of Callaways.
- Pardy Rich Dies In Hospital In The Dalles. Pardy Rich, well known farmer and former truck line operator of Wasco, died at the Mid-Columbia hospital in The Dalles Wednesday at 2:30. He had not been ill long. Mr. Rich was born at Centerville, Washington April 28, 1890 and has spent most of his life in Sherman county where he farmed near Hay Canyon and north of Wasco. He owned a truck line and bought stock for a time. Surviving are his widow, Sadie, two sons, Gordon of Portland and Elvis of Wasco, and a daughter, Mrs. Marjorie Van Gilder of Wasco, three sisters, Mrs. Zetta Beach of Vancouver, Wn., Mrs. Opal Smith of Reedsport and Mrs. Ruby Agee of Roseburg and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2:30 from the Wasco Christian church with the Rev. Roy Pittman officiating and with Callaway’s in charge. Interment will be in the Wasco Sunrise cemetery.
- Funeral services for Mrs. Ellen Sommer, who died in a Portland hospital Thursday, October 4, were held from the Methodist church Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock with the Rev. Lloyd Anderson of The Dalles officiating. Pallbearers were R.J. Baker, Herman Ziegler, Herman Peters, J.E. Norton, Amandus von Borstel and Jerry Wilson with interment in the Odd Fellows cemetery at Grass Valley under the direction of C.R. Callaway and Son of The Dalles.
October 19, 1945
October 26, 1945
- W.G. McDonald Buried Monday. The funeral of W.G. McDonald was held in The Dalles October 22, 1945. William Grant McDonald was born November 4, 1870 at Swordale, Bonar Bridge, Scotland, and passed away near Rufus, Oregon, October 19, 1945 and for many years operated the John Day ferry at McDonald, Oregon. In December 19, 1900 he married Mattie J. Murray, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Murray, also early residents of Sherman county, at the Murray Springs place near Grant, Oregon. Surviving are his widow Mrs. Mattie McDonald of Rufus; two sons, William Harland of Rufus and Robert M. of Portland; two grandchildren, Billy McDonald of Rufus and Mrs. Jeanette Christenson of Port Orchard, Washington; a brother, Kenneth at Birmingham, England. Funeral services were held from Callaway’s with interment in the Odd Fellows cemetery in The Dalles.
November 2, 1945
- W.S. Powell Buried Sunday. Funeral services for Mrs. W.S. Powell were held Sunday afternoon at two o’clock from the Moro Community church with Zell’s in charge and Rev. James Moberg giving the sermon. Mrs. Powell was born Frankie Landry near Pullman, Washington and came to this county with her parents when a small girl. She has lived here all of her life since her arrival, having been married to Mr. Powell January 1, 1896. Surviving are her widower, William Powell, two daughters, Mrs. Opal Parkins and Mrs. Velma McKean and one granddaughter, Nancy McKean, a brother, Jess of Moro and a sister, Mrs. Clara Barnum of Portland.
November 9, 1945
November 16, 1945
November 25, 1945
- Mrs. John Rolfe Buried Tuesday. Funeral services were held for Mrs. Gladys Rolfe from the Methodist church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock with the Rev. Walter Eck of Portland officiating. Mr. and Mrs. Orville Ruggles sang accompanied at the piano by Mrs. Elton Eakin. Mrs. Rolfe, who died Friday in a hospital in The Dalles, was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Perry. Surviving are her widower, John and two sons, besides her mother and brothers and sisters. Pallbearers were Frank Lemley, Oscar Lemley, Boyce Blaylock, Clyde Stradley, Edgar Alley and Alfred Payne. The Grass Valley Rebekah lodge No. 188 conducted the graveside services. Interment was in the IOOF cemetery at Grass Valley under the direction of C.R. Callaway and Son of The Dalles. Out of town relatives attending were Mrs John Perry of Hillsboro, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Schumerich of Hillsboro, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Gnos of Paulsbo, Washington, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hasse of Cornelius, Alfred Cramer of The Dalles, Mrs. Marietta Beeler of Hillsboro, Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Mathews of Seattle, Washington, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Wells of McMinnville, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Baker of Antelope, Mr. and Mrs. Everett Dunlap of Gateway.
- Ed Olson has gone to Minneapolis, Minnesota to attend his mother’s funeral. He will remain there for a few days visit with his sister.
- Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Jones attended the funeral of Mrs. Lorraine Hood Hulse in Dufur Saturday.
- Word has been received that the mother of Mrs. Lester Barnum passed away soon after her arrival at her home in Mountain City, Tennessee.
November 30, 1945
December 7, 1945
- Andy May Dies Suddenly Here. The funeral for Andy May was held at the Moro Community church Tuesday afternoon with Rev James Moberg giving the sermon. Interment was in the cemetery at Wasco. Mr. May died last Friday night, when he came in to the house from milking. He sat down by the stove and was dead when his wife tried to arouse him a few moments later. William Andrew May was born in Indiana November 5, 1872 and came to Oregon about the turn of the century after living in midwestern states. Surviving are his widow, Josephine, four sons, Clifford of Oregon City, Clayton of The Dalles, Frank of Portland and Louis of Hermiston, now on furlough from service and a sister in Iowa and several grandchildren.
December 14, 1945
- Two Airmen Killed In Local Plane Crash. Spokane Bound Pair Crash In Stubblefield. Plane Broken and Burned On Point Far From Any Habitation. Instant death for two men resulted in the crash of an army advanced trainer plane Tuesday night 10 miles east of Grass Valley. The men, Chester W. Chaflin, of Worcester, Mass., veteran B-24 pilot with South Pacific experience, and Sgt. Ralph E. Balser, whose wife lives in Chicago, were enroute from Lemoore air field, Fresno, California to Geiger Field, Spokane. They had left at 3:27 according to press reports and were heard over North Dalles at 4:50. They were due at Spokane at 5:27. The plane was traveling south when it came down at an angle to hit the stubble field on the place owned by Sam Holmes and known as the Bolton point. Bodies of the men were thrown clear of the wreckage which burned. The wreckage was discovered by Myrle Smith, recently discharged from the air force, who is living on the Del Eakin place. He heard the plane Tuesday night but could find nothing because of the fog and darkness. Wednesday morning he searched again and found the place and the bodies. He called Sheriff Wilson and the Portland Air Base. Wilson and state police made preliminary investigation and air corps men came Wednesday night from Walla Walla, Washington to examine the scene of the accident and take the bodies of the men.
- Eldon Neasham Loses Brother In Plane Wreck. Eldon Neasham received a wire Monday informing him that his brother, T-5 Ned Neasham was among those killed in the crash of an army transport plane at Billings, Montana Saturday. Ned Neasham’s home was in Lakeview.
- Mr. and Mrs. George Van Gaasbeck and Mrs. Minnie Dutton returned this week from a visit at Spokane, Washington. The trip was made because of the death of Ned Glasgow, a brother in law of both Mr. Van Gaasbeck and Mrs. Dutton.
December 21, 1945
December 28, 1945
- Ida Woolen Buried In Portland. Funeral services for Mrs. Ida Woolen were held in Portland Thursday following her death there Sunday after an illness of several weeks and an operation. Ida Medler Woolen was born in West Virginia April 20, 1872 and came to what is now Sherman county with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bruno Medler in 1881. This was her home until she moved to Portland several years ago to live with her daughter. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Elsie Masten, a son Donald, a grandson Paul Woolen, one sister, Mrs. Mary E. Barnum of Moro, three brothers, Julius and Walter of Wasco and Fred of Portland. Interment was made in the Rose City cemetery in Portland.
- Andy Sandvig Dies Alone In Bed. Antone Sandvig, long time resident of Wasco, was found dead in bed in the house he occupied there last Friday morning by Bob Richardson, a friend who came in to see him. Sandvig was for years clerk in the Crosfield store and has remained in the community since. Only known surviving relative is a sister in Canada and her family and word has not been received from her. Funeral arrangements are being delayed pending word and the date has not been announced.
- Wesley J. Wilde Laid To Last Rest. Wesley John Wilde was born at Beverly, Columbia county, Kansas, March 1884, and passed away at The Dalles, Oregon December 23, 1945 at the age of 61. He lived in Sherman county for 51 years and was respected by all who knew him. Mr. Wilde had owned and operated the garage just below Wasco for many years. Surviving are his widow, Wilma of Wasco, two sons, Kenneth W. and Valdis M., both in the US service, one step-daughter, Mrs. Robert Belknap of St. Helens and one step-son, Billy Sheets of Wasco, three sisters, Mrs. Bertha Moon of Wasco, Mrs. Amanda Fagan and Mrs. Mildred Harriman, both of The Dalles, and several nephews and nieces. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Wasco Thursday at 2:30 p.m. Rev. F.L. Cannell officiated, and interment was made in Sunrise cemetery.
January 4, 1946
- Julius Medler Julius Medler, 76, dropped dead from a heart attack in the office of T. Lester Johnson at Wasco Thursday afternoon between two and three o’clock. Mr. Medler has been ill for several years and under a doctor’s care for a heart ailment. Surviving are his widow, Gina, a sister, Mrs. Mary E. Barnum of Moro, two brothers, Walter of Wasco and Fred of Portland and many nieces and nephews. He is the third of the elder Medler family to die in six months.
January 11, 1946
- Julius Medler Buried At Wasco Sunday. Funeral services for Julius Medler were held from the Christian church in Wasco Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. Roy Pittman in charge and Callaway’s officiating. Pittman and Mrs. Ormand Hilderbrand sang accompanied by Mrs. John T. Johnson. Interment was made in Sunrise cemetery near Wasco. Out of town attendants at the services were C.W. Johnson of Aloha, Fred Medler of Portland, Howard Woolen of The Dalles, Donald Woolen of Portland. Mr. Medler was born in West Virginia, September 30, 1869 and came to Sherman county in 1880 with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bruno Medler. He has been a continuous resident of the county and has remained on the same farm all the 65 years since his arrival. He was married in 1937 to his wife who survives him.
- Funeral services were conducted for Andy Sanvig [Sandvig] in the Methodist church on Saturday, January 5, Rev. F.L. Cannell delivered the sermon. He was laid to rest in Sunrise cemetery.
January 18, 1946
January 25, 1946
February 1, 1946
- Man Reported Burned To Death. A man was burned to death in a fire that consumed a small house just west of Olson’s store in Shaniko Wednesday night, reported Bill Bardenhagen who drives the school bus from Shaniko. Name of the deceased was not learned although he was said to have come from Hood River some weeks ago and to have been waiting for work on the ranches. Two men were occupying the cabin, one escaped and the body of the other man was found near the doorway to a small porch.
February 8, 1946
- W.C. Harper Dies Tuesday At 70 Years. William C. Harper, resident of Sherman county for 65 years died in The Dalles Tuesday night. Mr. Harper was born in Topeka, Kansas January 26, 1876 and came to Sherman county among the first settlers of the 80s. He had been a farmer in the Wasco country for many years until his retirement last fall. Surviving are a daughter, Georgia, who had been living with her father, two sons, Gordon and Willard, both farmers near Wasco, and a brother, Charles, now retired in The Dalles. Mrs. Harper died several years ago. Funeral services will be held today, Friday, from the Wasco Methodist church with Rev. F.L. Cannell giving the sermon and interment being in the Sunrise cemetery with Masons giving final rites.
February 15, 1946
- Anson B. Woods Funeral Held. Funeral services for Anson B. Woods were held at Walla Walla, Washington, Wednesday following his death at his home last Sunday at the age of 81. Woods was born in Iowa in September of 1864 and came to Moro in 1883 to settle here with his family. He married Eliza McDonald, who survives. He was a resident of Walla Walla for many years. Surviving of his family are four brothers, James of The Dalles, Albert of Dufur, Wilbur of Lewiston, Idaho, Ellsworth of Klondike, three sisters, Mrs. Eugene Cushman of Carson, Wash., Mrs. Julia Hansen of Portland and Mrs. L.V. Moore of Moro. An adopted daughter also survives. Members of the family from this county attended the funeral which was held in the Baptist church, of which Mr Woods was a member.
- Henry Patjen Buried At Grass Valley. Henry Patjen, 71, was laid to rest in the Grass Valley cemetery Tuesday following funeral services held at two o’clock from the Methodist church. Patjen was a native of Germany but had been a resident of Sherman county since a youth. He started in the sheep business near Kent and remained in it all of his active life. He sold out after suffering a stroke about nine years ago, which incapacitated him for work. Since then he has been bedridden. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Marghrita von Borstel and a brother Andy Patjen of Shaniko.
- Mr. and Mrs. Herb Hensley returned last week from Carrolton, Missouri where they attended the funeral of her father, Charles Young, 64, who died suddenly at his home there. He had been employed by a power company for over 20 years. Another sister and brother survive as do two sisters and four grandchildren.
February 22, 1946
- Mrs. Dick Johnson Buried In Eugene. The many friends of Mrs. Maud Johnson, wife of J.R. Johnson, were saddened to hear of her sudden passing in Eugene. The Johnsons are old time residents of Sherman county, having moved to Eugene about a year ago to be near her daughter. She was laid to rest in Eugene.
- Gillmors Go To Brother’s Funeral. and Mrs. Clyde Gillmor left Sunday for Oroville, California to attend the funeral of his brother, Harold J., 38, who died there last week from a heart attack. He had been working for Butte county as a shovel operator. Harold (Jack) attended school at Kent and graduated from the Wasco High school while the family were residents of Sherman county. He is survived by a widow, Thelma, two brothers and two sisters.
March 1, 1946
- Mrs. Hal Morrow Buried in The Dalles. Mrs. Hal Morrow was buried in The Dalles Monday following her death Friday at the family home near The Dalles. She had been a lifelong resident of Sherman county until she and her husband moved to Wasco county five or six years ago. She was born in California and came with her parents to Sherman county in 1881. Her father, Henry Root, taking land west of Wasco. She was married to Hal Morrow and lived at Kent for many years. Surviving are her widower, four sons, Herbert and Marion of The Dalles, Basil of San Diego, California, and Joseph of Wasco. Three daughters, Mrs. Frances McCausland, Cheney, Wn., Mrs. Mabel Murray, Redmond, and Mrs. Nona Howell The Dalles. Herb Root, a brother also survives. [Nora Frances]
March 8, 1946
- Mr. and Mrs. Art Macheel and family attended the funeral of Mrs. Dallas Miller of Hoquiam, Washington last weekend. Mrs. Miller, a sister of Mrs. Macheel’s, was struck by a car on the highway when she got out of the truck she and her husband were riding in to investigate why it had stalled. Surviving are her husband and six children.
MarcMr. h 15, 1946
March 22, 1946
- Graveside services for the infant daughter, Jane Marie, of Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Kulick, was held at the IOOF cemetery at Grass Valley Monday afternoon with Father John O’Brien of Dufur officiating.
March 29, 1946
- Last Rites Held For William C. Davis. William Carlton Davis, long well known in Sherman county, died in The Dalles, March 20 after a short illness. Funeral services were held from Callaway’s chapel Saturday at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Lloyd T. Anderson giving the sermon. Mr. Davis was born at Eldorado Springs, Missouri, July 19, 1892 and came to Sherman county with his parents in 1904. After school in Grass Valley, he farmed for several years there and at Wasco, later moving to Hood River. He became a meat cutter and owned shops in Hood River, Hermiston and The Dalles. He one time operated the Sherman Hotel at Wasco and at the time of his death was owner of Davis Cafe in The Dalles. Surviving are his widow, Vashti, his mother, Mrs. W.J. Davis, three daughters, Mrs. Charlotte Attebery, Parma, Idaho; Mrs. Norma Null, Portland; Mrs. Audeen Wells, Weippe, Idaho; four grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Fred Cox and three brothers, Charles and Sam of Grass Valley and Clyde of Ione.
April 5, 1946
- Rudolf Buried At White Salmon. Many Sherman county relatives and friends went to White Salmon, Wash., Wednesday to attend the funeral of William Rudolf, who died at Kelso, Wash., Sunday after a long illness. Mr. Rudolf was born in Germany 81 years ago and lived in the east before coming to Oregon where he married Eva Hennagin and moved to Moro. He operated a confectionery store here for a number of years. He built the Moro hall while here. He moved to White Salmon in 1911 and has lived in that state since, being janitor of the school there and boatman on Northwestern Lake for years. He learned English by his own efforts after his arrival in this county.
April 12, 1946
April 19, 1946
- Bert Stanton Buried At Prineville. Charles Albert (Bert) Stanton died at his home in Prineville on April 9, at the age of 73. He came with his parents to Sherman county 54 years ago from Michigan and lived here until 1906. He married Orah Turner and was the father of two sons, Harold who died in 1942 and Farris. In 1918 Mr. Stanton moved to Prineville where he worked for the railway there for a time. He has been in California much of the time for 20 years. Surviving is his son, Ferris, and three sisters, Mrs. Loie Remington and Mrs. Edna Coon of Portland and Carrie Oaks of Prineville. Interment was made in the Masonic cemetery at Prineville.
April 26, 1946
- Mr. and Mrs. Ingolf Torvend of Modesto, California arrived here Monday evening and will be guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Art Bibby. They came to attend the funeral of her father, O.M. Fraley who died Monday.
- O.M. Fraley Buried At Grass Valley. The funeral for Oliver M. Fraley was held Thursday with services at Callaways in The Dalles and committal in the Grass Valley cemetery. Mr. Fraley died Monday in The Dalles after an illness of several weeks. Rev Howard Schilling officiated. Mr. Fraley was born in Missouri in 1862 to parents who had originally come from Iowa and Indiana. He moved to Wasco county in the late eighties and lived there until about 30 years ago when he moved to Grass Valley which was his home until recently. He was a blacksmith. Surviving him are three sons, B.D., of Maupin, Bert of Kansas City and Harry of Sedalia, Mo., five daughters, Mrs. S.M. Hix of Dufur, Mrs. Ingold Torvend of Modesto, Cal., Mrs. Art Bibby of Grass Valley, Mrs. Edison Sutherland of Richland, Wn. and Louise of Portland. Two sisters also survive and 12 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
- George Barnet Dies At 89 Years. Many Sherman countains from the south end were in The Dalles Tuesday to attend the funeral of George W. Barnett, long time land owner and former resident of Sherman county. Barnett was born in Missouri and came to Sherman county about the turn of the century and settled near Kent where he raised his family of five sons and two daughters. They are Mrs. James Matthias of Kent, Mrs. Arthur Holt of Redmond, William D. and Roy of Grass Valley, Carl of Parkdale, George of Maupin and Ernest of The Dalles. A great number of grandchildren and great grandchildren also survive. Mr. Barnett was 89 at the time of his death.
- Among those who attended the funeral of George Barnett in The Dalles Tuesday afternoon were Mr. and Mrs. Willard Barnet, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Owens, Tommie Barnett, Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Barnett, Dorothy Barnett, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Peters, Mr. and Mrs. O.N. Ruggles, Mrs. Orville Ruggles, Grover Young, Matt Simon, Mr. and Mrs. A.A. Dunlap, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Kock and Pat McHugh.
- Bruce Kee Succumbs To Long Illness. Funeral services for Bruce Kee were held Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. from the Methodist church at Grass Valley with Rev. F.L. Cannell, giving the sermon. Bruce Fairfax Kee, was born September 27, 1888 at Beverly, Kansas and came to Sherman county with his father in 1905. He farmed here for several years between Grass Valley and Moro, lived later in The Dalles and Portland. He has been in the state hospital in The Dalles for about a year, dying there Sunday morning. Surviving are a son, Jack, two daughters, Mrs. Irene Brace of Portland and Mrs. Elma McCook of New London, Conn., a brother Eben of Grass Valley, three sisters, Mrs. Loy Cochran of Portland, Mrs. Jerry Derrick of Tacoma, Wash., and Mrs. Fletcher Milton of LaGrande, and a granddaughter, Barbara Brace. Interment was made in the IOOF cemetery at Grass Valley.
May 3, 1946
- Mrs. Guy Andrews Dies At Wasco. Mrs. Guy Andrews died last Thursday after a long illness and funeral services for her were held at Wasco Tuesday afternoon. Mrs. Andrews was born in Wasco, 58 years ago, exactly on the day she died, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roxy Bowles. She has lived her entire life in this county. Surviving are her widower, two sons, Philip of Tacoma and Chester of Salem, a sister Nita of New York and a brother, Howard in California. Interment was made in the Sunrise cemetery at Wasco.
May 10, 1946
- Art Juhnke Art Juhnke, former resident of Wasco, died near Couer d’ Alene, Idaho, Monday, April 29, from a heart attack. He was riding in a truck from which he fell, attributed to heart trouble. He was a son in law of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Striker. Surviving are two daughters, Betty and Shirley Juhnke of Wasco, a wife and small son, Dickie, and several brothers and sisters. Funeral services were held at Colfax, Washington, Friday May 3.
May 17, 1946
May 24, 1946
- Man Dies In Trailer Fire On Parking Lot. Salem Veteran’s Body Sent Home For Burial. Corbett R. Mattox, 34, of Salem was burned to death in a trailer house parked on the old Ginn Coleman lots here early Sunday morning. With Lowell C. King, also of Salem, Mattox had been occupying a trailer house since the oiling crew, of which both were members, had been here. Work started May 7. Orville Hockman and wife were delivering milk to Moro customers when they saw the glow of fire in the little house. He pounded on the wall and received no response so started the siren. Within a few minutes amateur firemen had put water on the fire putting it out immediately. Mattox’ body was found laying near the door to which he had apparently started from the bed. The lower part of his body was badly burned. State police and the coroner were called by Sheriff Fields and an investigation made. The body was shipped to Salem Monday and the funeral held Thursday at Cottage Grove. Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Mattox of 1563 Court St., Salem and two sisters, Mrs. Nellie Stewart and Miss Fay Mattox.
May 31, 1946
- P.N. Lemmon Buried Friday. Funeral services were held last Friday for P.N. Lemmon, former resident of Sherman county, who died at the home of his daughter near Independence Tuesday. Mr. Lemmon was for years a merchant in Grass Valley and farmed near there previous to that time. He had lived in Portland, Albany and Independence after leaving here. Surviving are his widow, Clara (Kent), two daughters, Mr. Phyliss Wettland, Los Angeles, Mrs. Fay Kline of Independence and one son, Owen of Independence. Until last fall Mr. Lemmon had owned land in Sherman county and had made regular trips to this county.
June 7, 1946
June 14, 1946
- Martin Melzer Funeral Held. Martin George Melzer died in the Mid-Columbia hospital Sunday, June 9, after several weeks of serious illness that followed years of constant decline in health. Mr. Melzer was born January 28, 1894 near Sherwood and came to Sherman county 32 years ago. He was married October 12, 1915 to Edna Thompson, who survives him. There are three daughters, Mrs. Norma Cushing, Mrs. Lois Murphy and Priscilla, and one grandson. Three brothers, Carl, Moro; Joseph, Portland; Walter, Sherwood and five nephews also survive. Early in life Mr. Melzer was christened in the Lutheran church near Sherwood and has been a member of the Presbyterian church since 1915, during 24 years of which he has been elder of the local church and Sunday school superintendent for 12 years. He was a charter member of Harlandview grange, being the first master and was a member of the Masons and Eastern Star. He farmed at Monkland until later years when he was a truck operator and lumber dealer. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Moro Community church and interment made in the local cemetery.
- Relatives here received word of Mrs. W.R. Copeland of Walla Walla, Washington. The funeral was held Monday at 2 p.m. Mrs Copeland was a sister of E.E. Kaseberg, A.C. Kaseberg and Mrs. Herbert Root. Those attending the funeral from Wasco were Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Root, Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Kaseberg, Mr. and Mrs. Paulen Kaseberg, and Mr and Mrs L.E. Kaseberg, E.E. Kaseberg and Mrs. Ben Peterson from Portland and Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Root from Pendleton. Copeland’s parents were pioneers in Sherman county.
June 21, 1946
- William Henry Harder Buried At Milton. Friends were saddened by the recent death of William Henry Harder of Milton, Oregon, who died June 8, 1946 at Walla Walla, Washington, at the age of 72. Mr. Harder owned and operated his ranch southwest of Grass Valley until three years ago when he retired to his old home in Milton, leasing his ranch to Arzell Lemley. Among his Sherman county friends and neighbors who attended his funeral at Milton Monday were Mr. and Mrs. A.A. Dunlap, Mr. and Mrs. Arzell Lemley, Frank Hammond, Mr. and Mrs. Max Brown and Mr. and Mrs. Donald Clodfelter.
June 28, 1946
July 5, 1946
- Mike Mulick received word Wednesday of the death of his father in Wallington, New Jersey and he left that night for his home. Surviving are the widow, five daughters and two sons.
July 12, 1946
July 19, 1946
- Funeral services for Albert Messinger, who died at his farm home near The Dalles Sunday were held Tuesday with interment there. He was a one time resident of Sherman county being the brother of Ben Messinger, Edgar Messinger and Mrs. J.B. Coon. Survivors are his widow, three daughters and a son.
July 26, 1946
- Jack McMillan Buried At Wasco Tuesday. Jack McMillan, elder of the pioneer McMillan family, died at Prineville last week and funeral services were held at Wasco Tuesday afternoon. Jack McMillan was one time stage driver on the Biggs south run before the days of the Shaniko railroad and was freighter and horseman for years previous to that time. In recent years he had a ranch and for a year of two has lived in the city of Prineville where he passed away. Steve McMillan is the only surviving brother still a resident of Sherman county. Jack McMillan was never married.
- Jack McMillan, a one time resident of Wasco passed away in Prineville a few days ago. The funeral was held at the Wasco Methodist church Tuesday afternoon. Jack was a brother of Steve McMillan of Wasco.
August 2, 1946
- Fred Peetz Funeral Held Here Wednesday. Funeral services for Hans Fredrick Peetz were held from the Moro Community church Wednesday morning. Mr. Peetz was born at Tacoma, Washington and came to Sherman county when a boy. He lived here and farmed for many years until recently when he has been living near Madras. For a time he worked in the Cherry Creek mine and later at McDermott, Nevada, for the same company. He became ill last week and his brother, Ben of Portland, went to Madras to be near him. Sunday night he went to sleep but was found dead in his bathroom in early morning. Survivors are a son, Chester of Seattle, Washington and two brothers, Louis of Moro and Ben of Portland. Interment was in the IOOF cemetery at Moro.
- O.J. Goffin, an early day doctor of Moro, died in Portland the first of the week after a long illness. The Goffins, both physicians, were in Moro over 30 years ago.
- Ben Peetz and daughter, Marie, were here from Portland Wednesday to attend the funeral of his brother, Fred. and Mrs. Chester Peetz were also here from Seattle.
- John F. McMillan. John Franklin McMillan was born near Rockland, California, December 2, 1864, and passed away at his home in Prineville July 20, 1946 at the age of 81 years, 7 months and 18 days. When a young man, twenty years old, he came to Wasco county from California where for a time he drove stagecoach. Later he worked as a railroad employee at Goldendale, Wash., Shaniko and Prineville, Oregon. In 1916 he went to live on a homestead in Crook county near Post, which place he made his home until he was forced to retire because of ill health. He leaves three brothers, Eugene of Portland, Leland of Stevenson, Washington, Stephen of Wasco, and a number of nieces and nephews as well as a host of friends.
- Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Perry and daughter left Thursday for Hillsboro to attend the funeral on Friday of his uncle, Henry J. Haaffe, who was killed when he fell out of the haymow, at his home.
August 9, 1946
- C.L. Poley Dies After Long Illness. Dr. Clarence Leighton Poley, who for nearly 30 years administered to the medical needs of Sherman and southern Wasco counties, died at his home in The Dalles about five o’clock Thursday morning, August 8, after a long illness which followed a stroke of paralysis. C.L. Poley was born in Ashland, Oregon and obtained his higher education at the University of Oregon where he was a distance runner. He took his medical degree at Northwestern University of Chicago where he was assistant to Dr. Murphy for a time. He came to Moro in 1912, following the Goffins and remained here in active practice until a few years ago when inability to make long trips caused him to go into practice at The Dalles hospital. Announcement of funeral services will be made later, pending word from his son, Robert of San Diego, California. A daughter Rachael and his wife, Mrs. Stella Poley, and a sister, were with him at the time of his death.
- Sherman Countians Attend Poley Rites. Numbers of people from Sherman county drove to The Dalles Sunday to be present at the funeral services held at 3:00 p.m. for C.L. Poley, for years a Sherman county doctor and advisor.
- Former Wasco Resident Dies At Reedsport. James A. Ellis, former resident of Wasco, died at his home in Reedsport last week quite suddenly. He once ran a furniture store in Wasco and was the owner of the Ellis building on Main Street. Surviving are his widow, a daughter, son and two grandchildren.
August 23, 1946
- Cecil Fields Killed In Truck Accident. Cecil Fields was fatally injured last Thursday evening when he drove his loaded wheat truck off the grade that comes into the Sherman highway about a mile south of Dinty’s station. He was accompanied by John Fulton who was not seriously injured. Observers of the scene of the wreck found that the truck gradually bore to the right and off the grade in a little draw indicating that the driver’s attention had been distracted from the road. Fields suffered a crushed chest and died before he reached the hospital. John Cecil Fields had been a resident of Sherman county for 48 of his 51 years, being one of an old time family of the north end of the county. He has farmed since he was a young man, usually on land belonging to the Fulton family. Funeral services were held Sunday at the Wasco Legion Hall with Rev. F.L. Cannell giving the service. The body was taken to Portland for cremation following committal services by the Elks lodge of which the deceased was a member. Surviving are his widow, two sons, Norman E., Sherman county sheriff and Damon, farming with his father, three brothers, Earl and Tracy of Wasco and Charles of Grass Valley.
- Clyde Smith Buried At Grass Valley. Clyde Smith, resident of Sherman county for 60 years, died at The Dalles hospital Friday night following a stroke and fall that day at his farm home southeast of Grass Valley. Emmett Clyde Smith was born January 9, 1875 at Richland, Iowa and came to Sherman county in 1886. This has been his home since that time. He had farmed most of his life in the Rutledge community where he had built a comfortable farm home 30 years ago. Surviving are his widow, Marie, a sister, Mrs. Myrtle Wells of Buena Vista, and four brothers, W.L. (Brick) of Dufur, Ross of Riverside, Wash., Hubert of Wenatchee, Wash., and Arthur of The Dalles. Funeral services were held Tuesday from the Baptist church in Grass Valley with Rev. Howard Schilling giving the sermon. Interment was in the IOOF cemetery there.
- Mrs. Percy Thompson To Be Buried Saturday At Hood River. Funeral services for Mrs. Percy Thompson, who died August 21, at the exact age of 48, will be held Saturday at 10:30 form Anderson’s Funeral Home in Hood River. Mrs. Percy Thompson died at a Pendleton hospital Wednesday afternoon after a few days critical illness. She had been hospitalized for about a month. Mr. Thompson was called to see her earlier in the day. Funeral arrangements have not been made at this time and will probably be held in Hood River where two sisters and two brothers and her mother reside.
- Leighton Fields of Pilot Rock and his grandmother, Mrs. I.D. Pike, came down Sunday to visit at the C.W. Fields and Frank Pike homes and to attend the funeral of Leighton’s uncle, Cecil Fields, at Wasco.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ross Fields came up from The Dalles Saturday evening to visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Newcomb and to attend the funeral of his uncle, Cecil Fields, at Wasco Sunday, returning to The Dalles Monday morning.
August 30, 1946
September 6, 1946
September 13, 1946
- Mrs. Ray Crews Dies In Bombay, India. Free Crews received word Sunday that his daughter in law, Mrs. Ray Crews had died in Bombay, India September 8, and was buried that day. Mrs. Crews had graduated from The Dalles high school in 1931 as Gladys White, a niece of Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Jackson of The Dalles. She is survived by an eight year old son, Don and the widower, who is manager of the Western Electric company in India. Mrs. Crews and son left New York last spring for India arriving there August 8, just a month before her fatal illness.
September 20, 1946
September 27, 1946
October 4, 1946
October 11, 1946
- Gally Medler Buried In Wasco Cemetery After Death In Portland; Old Time Resident. Funeral services were held Monday at 2:00 p.m. from the Methodist church for John G. Medler who died in Portland Friday morning. Surviving are the widow, Ella M. Medler, two sons Malcolm P. of Portland, John H. of National City, California and two daughters, Mrs. James Tower of Portland, Mrs. George Utley of Newport, and one brother, Frank Medler of Wasco. Cannell officiated with burial in the Wasco Sunrise cemetery.
- John Conroy Buried In The Dalles. Funeral services for John Conroy, who died in The Dalles Friday, were held from St. Peter’s Catholic church Monday morning with many friends from Sherman county in attendance. Mr. Conroy came here from Ireland about 40 years ago and after working for sheep men, went into the business for himself. He bought land west of Grass Valley which he owned at the time of his death. He sold his sheep a few years ago and has been raising wheat. Surviving are one sister, Nellie, in Oregon and some relatives in Ireland.
- A number of Grass Valley people were in The Dalles Monday to attend the funeral of John Conroy, who died at a Dalles hospital Friday after a long illness.
October 18, 1946
- Mr. and Mrs. A.D. Richelderfer left by plane for Duluth, Minn., Thursday to attend the funeral of Mrs. Richelderfer’s sister.
October 25, 1946
November 1, 1946
- Mr. and Mrs. Dick Edwards arrived Sunday from Vida to be with Mrs. John Engstrom and to attend the funeral services for John Engstrom on Tuesday.
- John Engstrom Interred at G. Valley. John Engstrom was born in Finland, May 4, 1874, and came to Astoria, Oregon in 1906. He had lived in Grass Valley since 1910 and farmed southwest of Grass Valley until several years ago when he moved to Grass Valley, where he lived until his death in The Dalles Saturday, October 26, 1946 at the age of 72. He had been ill for over a year. Surviving are his wife, Amanda, one brother and one sister in Finland and one brother in San Pedro, California. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the Baptist church in Grass Valley. The Rev. Howard Schilling officiated. Willard Barnett and Orville Ruggles sang accompanied by the piano by Mrs. Ruggles. Pallbearers were R.J. Baker, W.C. Todd, J.W. Blagg, Herman Ziegler, Art Schilling and J.S. Newcomb. Arrangements were under the direction of Spencer and Libby funeral home with interment in the IOOF cemetery at Grass Valley.
November 8, 1946
- Funeral services for Aldoph Heydt, 66, were held Thursday in Portland following his death Tuesday. He was formerly Moro’s harness maker in days of harness. Surviving are his widow, Lena, and a son James A. and a cousin, Evan Cousens.
November 15, 1946
November 22, 1946
- Mrs. Bruckert Dies In The Dalles. Mrs. Mary Anna Bruckert was born in Germany February 3, 1870 and came to the United States at the age of 12 and settled in Nebraska; she was married to C.R. Bruckert February 21, 1895 in Alexandria, Nebraska. Mrs. Bruckert was a resident of Sherman county for 32 years and of The Dalles the last 13 years. She passed away in The Dalles Friday, November 15, at the age of 76. Surviving are her husband C.R. Bruckert, The Dalles; three sons, R.J. and W.E. of Moro, and Oscar C. of Portland; three daughters, Mrs. Anna Balzer, Grass Valley, Mrs. Alma Hull, Vancouver, Wash., and Mrs. Hilda Hartmann of Wasco. She also leaves five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the C.R. Callaway and Son chapel with the Rev. J.C. Suter officiating. Pallbearers were A.C. Vandiver, George McDonald, John Logan, Clarence Higley, Jack Preston and Mark Hinkle. Interment was in the Odd Fellows cemetery in The Dalles.
- New and Final Information About Bob Christianson Sent. Word from the War Department to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Christianson is that their son, Robert Kelso Christianson, was on a B-24 that made a flight from Green Island to Truk, strongly fortified Japanese naval base, and that his place was seen to explode north of Uman Island. Time of death has therefore been set as April 6, 1944. Previously the date of death was computed as February 1945. This information is new as to the flight and cause of death.
November 29, 1946
December 6, 1946
- LeRoy Adams Killed By Overturning Car. LeRoy Adams, 17, stepson of Gordon B. Harris, living at Kent while employed by Thompson & Parker, REA contractors, was killed Wednesday afternoon about three o’clock near Kelsey Springs on Highway 97 when his 1934 Ford pick-up overturned and skidded 258 feet on the highway. Adams and his mother and stepfather are from Napa, California and have been here helping set poles for the southern section of the Wasco-Sherman REA line, for which Thompson & Parker have the contract. Observers conclude that he was driving the old pick-up at a high rate of speed causing him to lose control. He was not dead when found by his stepfather but died before an ambulance called by John Reeder, Wasco county deputy sheriff at Shaniko, could arrive from Madras. The Wasco county coroner then took charge of the body which is at The Dalles awaiting funeral arrangements which will probably be at Napa. It is probable that the truck contained some blasting powder as observers saw some scattered around the wreck. None exploded however.
- William Cauthers Dies Wednesday. William H. Cauthers died at his home in Moro Wednesday morning after a long illness that had kept him on the verge of death for several weeks. Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. from the Moro Community church with Rev. J. K. MacFarlane officiating. Interment will be in the Moro cemetery. The deceased was born in Stanton, Ontario in 1874 and moved to North Dakota when a lad of 16. There he married Eva Flewell by whom he had seven children, six surviving. They are Charles of Lyle, Wash., Frank of Seattle, Wash., Mrs. Maude Gilbertson of Eugene, Mrs Edith Knudtson of Washington, D.C., Mrs. Etta McCulloch of Pittsburg, Pa., and Mrs. Irene Curtis of The Dalles. After coming to Oregon Mr. Cauthers united in marriage with Mrs. Lenora Huls, who survives him. Three brothers are living, Jim of Moro, Robert of Glenburn, N.D., Wilford of Portland and one sister, Mrs. Roy Cowin of Seattle as well as 13 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
- Former Local Doctor Buried In Seaside. Funeral services for Ray Logan were held in Seaside Saturday. Dr. Logan was an early doctor of Moro coming here after his graduation from the University of Oregon. He had been born in The Dalles in April of 1877. While here Dr. Logan married Bertha Darby, a school teacher, who survives him. Later he went to LaGrande and then to Seaside where he lived until his death last week. Residents of 45 years ago recall Logan as a lively young man with an eye for a good time mingled with his serious moments as a community doctor.
December 13, 1946
- D.E. Stephens Dies of Heart Attack At Colfax. Word of the death of David E. Stephens Tuesday evening in a hospital in Colfax, Washington was received by Mrs. Ernie Moore. Mr. Stephens had his lower teeth removed recently and had suffered several attacks of illness that he thought were indigestion. Thanksgiving he became ill again and a doctor diagnosed the illness as heart ailment and put him in hospital, where he was doing well, being able to write to Merrill Oveson and Bob Hoskinson here last Sunday. Mrs. Stephens, who has been ill with a heart attack since 1938, was brought to the hospital Tuesday in a serious condition, and Mr. Stephens was taken in to see her. As he was being wheeled back to his room he collapsed and died, according to information from friends at Pullman. David Edmund Stephens was born at Malad, Idaho, May 15, 1879 and obtained his education at Utah Agricultural college and University of California, finishing the latter school in 1907. He married Katherine Izatt of Logan, Utah, June 10, 1906. He taught at Utah Agricultural college when he went to the cereal office in Washington DC where he remained until 1912 when he came to Sherman county to take over the experiment station here. He remained here until August 1938 when he went to Washington as co-coordinator between soil conservation and the department of field crops. He returned to the northwest at Pullman in the spring of 1942 and has been a resident of that town since. Surviving are his widow, two sons, Edmund with the USDA in Washington DC, Tom in Monterey, California, two daughters, Jean (Peterson) of Corvallis and Janet (DeGraff) of Portland. While in Moro Mr. Stephens took an interest in community affairs being a member of the school board for years, active in civic clubs and often speaker at public functions and had much to do with development of new wheats and new tillage methods now in use in the mid-Columbia wheat counties.
- Late minute news is that the funeral for the late D.E. Stephens will be held Monday, December 16 at 2 p.m. in The Dalles.
- Word was received here Thursday morning by Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Barnum that their granddaughter, Carol Jones, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Jones (Erma Barnum) had died in a Portland hospital Wednesday night after a brief illness. She had been taken to the hospital Monday. Lester Barnum took Mrs. E.E. Barnum to Portland Thursday to be with her daughter and family. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at ten o’clock.
December 20, 1946
- Mrs. A.C. Thompson Buried Sunday. Mrs. Andrew Thompson died at the family home in Moro last Thursday afternoon at the age of 89 years. She had been in failing health for several months. Rosa Ann Henkle was born in Corvallis July 28, 1857 and was married in that city, November 11, 1879 to Andrew C. Thompson. They moved to Sherman county which has been their home for 60 years. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary here in 1944. For years Mrs. Thompson has been unable to see. Surviving are her widower, Andrew, three sons, Claude and Dewey of Moro and Jesse of Portland and one daughter, Mrs. Edna Melzer of Moro, 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday from the Moro Community church, of which Mrs. Thompson had long been a faithful member, with interment in the Rose cemetery east of town. Rev. J.K. MacFarlane conducted the services.
- Stephens’ Rites Held. Services for David Edmund Stephens were held from Callaway’s in The Dalles Monday after which the body was taken to Portland for vault entombment. Many friends of Sherman county were down for the funeral which was also attended by many members of the families of Mr. and Mrs. Stephens. Edmund Stephens remained with his mother who is still in the hospital at Colfax, Wn. Rev. H.G. Hanson came up from Portland to give the sermon and Tom Fraser sang as a part of the musical program.
- C.A. Buckley Dead At 83 Years. Graveside services for Mrs. Frances M. Buckley were held at Riverview cemetery in Portland Tuesday. She died in a hospital in The Dalles Sunday following an accident that resulted in a broken hip. Mrs. Buckley was a pioneer of Sherman county having come here in 1884, a niece of A. Kerr, early day sheepman and partner of Charles A. Buckley, to whom deceased was married in 1887. She was born in Potsdam, New York, October 8, 1863. During her life at Grass Valley Mrs. Buckley was a leader in social and fraternal activities and was one of the first accomplished pianists in that pioneer settlement. Following the death of Mr. Buckley in 1925 she lived in Portland and later in The Dalles where she has made her home lately. Surviving is one son, Abel Conklin Buckley of The Dalles.
- Dan McDermid Dies In Hospital. Donald (Dan) McDermid, Sherman county wheat farmer since 1906, was buried in The Dalles Tuesday following his death Friday, December 13. Mr. McDermid was born at Nottawa, Ontario, Canada, May 15, 1877, a son of Donald and Margaret Campbell McDermid of Scotland and came to the United States 50 years ago. In 1906 he came to Sherman county and June 2, 1915 he was married to Grace Pinkerton. He farmed near Gordon Butte, where he was owner of land. Surviving are his widow, two sons, Malcolm and Donald and one daughter, Mrs. Kenneth Blau and one grandson, all of Wasco, three brothers, John of Wasco, and Archie and Alex of Collingwood, Canada, two sisters, Mrs. Jeanette Brown of Rob Roy, Ontario and Mrs. Flora Grieg of Chicago, and two cousins, Hugh Walker of The Dalles and Jeane Curtis of Portland. He was a member of Taylor Lodge A.F.&A.M. and of the Royal Arch Masons, No. 6 of The Dalles. C.R. Callaway & Sons were in charge of the funeral with Rev. F.L. Cannell giving the sermon. Pallbearers were Matt Schwendel, W.A. Nisbet, Lawrence Funk, Joe Hilderbrand, Arthur Sargent, and Harry Pinkerton. The Wasco lodge had charge of graveside rites and interment was in the Odd-Fellows cemetery in The Dalles.
December 27, 1946
January 3, 1947
- Hattie Chrisman Buried In The Dalles. Funeral services for Mrs. Hattie Chrisman, widow of the late Hugh Chrisman, former Sherman county sheriff, was held Monday in The Dalles with interment in the Odd Fellows cemetery there. Mrs. Chrisman was born in Springfield, Illinois, August 13, 1869 and came to Oregon at an early age. For many years she lived at Rufus moving to Moro in 1920 when Mr. Chrisman became sheriff. They moved to The Dalles in 1933. Surviving are two sons, William of Portland and Hugh Verne of The Dalles and one daughter, Mrs. Annie Blackburn of Portland, two grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Mrs. Chrisman was a member of the Methodist church and the Eastern Star Lodge.
January 10, 1947
January 17, 1947
- Last Rites For Kate Stephens Held Monday. Funeral services were held for Mrs. Kate Izatt Stephens in Portland Monday at the Lincoln Memorial Park with interment beside her late husband, David E. Stephens. Rev H.G. Hanson conducted the services Mrs. Stephens went to Corvallis from Colfax, Wn. in December to live with her daughter, Mrs. Karl G. Peterson. She died in a local hospital Thursday night, January 9, following an extended illness, only a month after the passing of her husband. She was born in Logan, Utah, in 1883 as Katherine Izatt and attended the Utah State Agricultural College. She married on June 10, 1906 to Mr. Stephens who was connected with the Utah State college. In 1909 they moved to Washington, DC, where Mr. Stephens worked in the cereal office until 1912 when they came to Sherman county to take over the experiment station. While in Moro Mrs. Stephens was active in the Moro Women’s Club being president in 1926-7, as a Past Matron in the Eastern Star, and took great interest in the 4-H club cooking class. In 1938 they went back to Washington DC. and in 1942 returned to the Northwest at Pullman, Wn. Surviving are two sons, Edmund of Washington DC, Tom in Monterey, California, two daughters, Jean (Peterson) of Corvallis and Janet (DeGraff) of Portland; seven grandchildren; two brothers and two sisters.
January 24, 1947
- A.D. Richelderfer Dies Suddenly. Asa David Richelderfer of Wasco, 71, died Sunday morning after a short illness. Funeral services were held at the Wasco Methodist church Wednesday afternoon, January 22, at 2 o’clock with Rev. F.L. Cannell officiating; interment was in the Sunrise cemetery. Richelderfer was born at Philipsburg, New Jersey January 10, 1876, he moved to Oregon with his parents when a small child living in Portland for a short time, then at the mouth of the Deschutes river. In 1880 he moved with his parents to Sherman county where he has resided up to this time. He married Dr. Sarah Leah Ricker on June 6, 1917 and to this union four children were born, one of which preceded him in death. Surviving are his widow; a daughter Mrs. Catherine Bish; two sons, David R. and Henry N.; a brother Earl H. Richelderfer of Wasco; two sisters, Mrs. Emma Dutton of Wasco, and Mrs. Fordyce of White Salmon, Wn.; a grandson Douglas Robert Bish.
January 31, 1947
- Clarence Ogren Dies From Heart Attack. Clarence C. Ogren, warehouse inspector in Sherman county for several years, died Tuesday, January 28 at the Moro Hotel from a heart attack. Ogren had started from Wasco about 4 o’clock in the afternoon and when he reached Moro was very ill. An ambulance was called later but he died before it reached Moro. The county coroner, Ed Alley was called and Sheriff Fields made reports on the case, finding that he died from natural causes. He had been under doctor’s care during the past month. Mr. Ogren was from Oregon City and is survived by his widow, one son and one daughter. The body was taken to C.R. Callaway in The Dalles until the family made further plans.
- Martin Masiker Dies In The Dalles. Word was received here Wednesday of the death of Martin J. Masiker, 83, in The Dalles at the Wasco County Home, as reported by Mrs. L.L. Peetz. Masiker was born May 22, 1863 and was the first white child born in Sherman county, birthplace being the old Love place west of Wasco. He left the county when a young man moving to Spray and other places in Oregon. Surviving is a half brother, Jay Price of North Bonneville, Wn. He was an uncle of E.E. and Art Barnum and Mrs. L.L. Peetz. Funeral services will be held in The Dalles Friday at 2 p.m.
- Margaretha Roth Dies In Olympia. Word was received here Thursday from Henry Roth that his mother, Mrs. Margaretha Roth, 90, died in Olympia, Wn. recently. She had been living with Mr. Roth there. Mrs. Roth was born in Russia and came to the United States in 1911. A widow, she is survived by four sons, Henry and Karl of Olympia; John in Seattle, and Gus of Caldwell, Idaho; three daughters, Mrs. Christina Roth, Los Angeles; Mrs. Margaret Sauer, Mott, North Dakota; and Mrs. Elizabeth Myers, Spokane, Wn., 45 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Henry Roth is here visiting his daughter, Mrs. Kenneth Crews for a week or so.
February 7, 1947
February 14, 1947
February 21, 1947
- Starr Ruggles Dies At Stayton. Funeral services were held for Mrs. Starr Ruggles Saturday, February 15, at Stayton, Oregon where she had lived for 13 years. She was born January 30, 1879 and was married to Starr Ruggles in February of 1910. They lived in Sherman county for several years. Mrs. Ruggles belonged to the Eastern Star at Moro. She is survived by her widower; two daughters, Helen and Mrs. Esther Mills of Paulina; two sons, Henry and Neal both of Stayton.
- Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Nisbet were called to Portland last week to attend the funeral of Mrs. Nisbets grandmother, Mrs. Albert Cook.
- Mr. and Mrs. O.N. Ruggles received word Thursday evening that his brother’s wife Mrs. Starr Ruggles had passed away Wednesday at her home in Stayton after an illness of ten days caused by a heart attack. Mr. and Mrs. Ruggles left Friday for Stayton to attend the funeral that was held on Saturday. They returned home on Monday.
February 28, 1947
March 7, 1947
- Mr. and Mrs. Darwin Van Gilder left Thursday for Albany to attend the funeral of Mrs. Van Gilder’s aunt, Mrs. Jennie Johnson of Scio, who passed away.
March 14, 1947
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- Lyle Wallan Killed On Speeder. Funeral services were held in Pasco, Wn. Tuesday for William Lyle Wallan son of Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Wallan of Moro. He was killed on a speeder last Saturday afternoon, March 8, near Pasco as he was going to his home in Kahotus, Wn. Interment was to be at Ontario, Oregon. Mr. Wallan was born in Moro in 1910 and lived here a part of his life. Besides his widow he leaves two sons and a daughter; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Wallan of Moro and a brother Leland.
March 21, 1947
- Wasco News Tells Of The Death Of Charles A. Akers. Charles Arron Akers passed away in Portland March 14th, he leaves a daughter Melinice Akers. Akers lived in Sherman county and used to own and operate what was then known as The Candy Kitchen now owned by Stephen O’Meara.
March 28, 1947
- O.B. Messinger Dies Wednesday. Word was received Wednesday of the death of Sarah Adeline Messinger at St. Helens, Oregon. She was born Sarah Adeline Sutton on April on April 18, 1876 at Amity, Oregon and was married July 5, 1893 to Otis B. Messinger of Sherman county. They made their home in this county until 1925 when they moved to St. Helens. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. J.F. Noonan of Moro and Mrs. J.A. Newton of Farmington, New Mexico; two sons, V. Otis of Astoria and J. Ray of Bakersfield, California, an adopted granddaughter, Mrs. Arthur Saber, St Helens; ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Funeral services will be at St. Helens with a graveside service at Moro Sunday morning.
April 4, 1947
- H.H. White Dies Sunday In The Dalles. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon in The Dalles at the C.R. Callaway & Son Chapel, for Henry Harrison White, 75, a resident of Sherman county for the last 49 years. He died Sunday in a hospital in The Dalles. He was born in Albia, Iowa, November 28, 1871, the son of James K. and Agnes R. White, and came to Oregon in 1891, engaging in the teaching profession. He was married on August 24, 1891 to Cora Hudson of Tangent, Oregon, coming to Wasco where he taught in Sherman county’s first high school. Mr. White later retired from teaching and farmed near Grass Valley and Wasco, living the last ten years in Wasco. Surviving are his widow, Cora H. White; two daughters Helen Bruckert and Louise Endicott both of Wasco; two sons, Harold R. White of Wasco and J. Hudson White of Prineville; two sisters, Miss Grace D. White of Arlington, Va., and Mrs. Alice McClanahan, La Jara, Colo., and three grandchildren. Mr. White was affiliated with the Christian church at an early age. Committal was in The Dalles Odd Fellows cemetery.
- Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Foss and Mrs. L.E. Kaseberg went to Forest Grove Saturday morning to attend the funeral of Mrs. Ida May Grant. Mrs. Grant will be remembered as Ida May Johnston who taught in the Moro school a few years ago.
April 11, 1947
- Katherine Stow Buried In McMinnville. Mrs. Katherine Stow, wife of R.A. Stow of Grass Valley, died Saturday in a hospital in The Dalles after an illness of a few days. Mrs. Stow, 78, had suffered a stroke of paralysis a few days before her death. Mrs. Stow came to Sherman county about 20 years ago when she married R.A. Stow, business man and justice of peace at Grass Valley. Surviving are her widower and four sons by a previous marriage, Bert Christianson of Bend, Aage and Ingleman of Spokane and Arne of Newport, and two daughters, Mrs. Esther Schmidt of Portland and Mrs. Gudrun Schmidt of Hood River, 14 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Funeral services were held in McMinnville and interment was made there in the Stow family plot.
- Daisy Belshee Dies Suddenly. Funeral services for Mrs. Daisy Belshee were held from the Moro Community church Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 following her sudden death Saturday afternoon. Mrs. Belshee, 64, had just stepped from the beauty parlor and had talked with friends in a car along the curb. Her daughter, Mrs. Walter Williams of Portland, had gone to get their car when Mrs. Belshee stepped on the sidewalk and collapsed, probably from cerebral hemorrhage. The deceased was born Daisy Fuller in Vancouver, Washington, December 16, 1882. She came to Sherman county when a girl and on October 25, 1897 was married to George Hennagin. They spent the greater part of their married life on a farm southeast of Moro. After Mr. Hennagin’s death in 1936 Mrs. Hennagin married Roy Belshee and moved to a farm near Wasco, which was their home until recently, when they came to Moro. Surviving are her widower, three daughters, Mrs. James Kenny of Moro, Mrs. Walter Williams and Mrs. A.O. Ekstrom of Portland, two sons, Lloyd and George of Los Angeles. Other survivors are 15 grandchildren and six great grandchildren and a brother Al Fuller of Portland and three sisters, Mrs. Fred Couch of Vancouver, Mrs. Cora Isenberg of Hood River and Mrs. Rella Tubbs of Bingen, Washington. Mrs. Belshee was always active and made many friends and also was a member of many organizations, among them were the Moro Community church, the Eastern Star, Rebekahs, the White Shrine and the Grange. Henry Hanson of Portland, retired Moro minister, came up to preach the funeral sermon.
- Shaniko Stories. G.H. Reeder received word of the death of his brother, M. Reeder at Orchards, Wash., and he and his son attended the funeral Tuesday at Orchards. The deceased was formerly a resident of this section.
- Josie Underhill Buried Monday; Long Wasco Resident. Mary Josephine Underhill passed away at her home in Wasco, Thursday, April 3, at the age of 81. She was a resident of this community for 58 years. Mrs. Underhill was born in Pike county, Illinois, May 16, 1866 and came to Oregon with her parents in 1889. Survivors are one brother, Chas. E. Hull of Chico, Calif., and two sisters, Mrs. Frank Morrow of Salem and Mrs. Andy Shearer of Wasco, and many nieces and nephews, also other relatives and many friends. Funeral services were held Monday from the Methodist church with Rev. F. Claud Stephens officiating. Interment was made in Sunrise cemetery.
- Among those out of town attending the funeral of Mrs. Josephine Underhill were Charles Hull and Marlowe Anderson of Chico, California, Verle Fields of Vancouver, Wash., Mrs. Ross Morrow and Mr. and Mrs. Marion Crews of Salem, Mrs. Margaret Black of Milwaukie, Mrs. Charles Shannon and daughter, Mary of Umatilla, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Hull, Mr. and Mrs. Wilford Spencer and daughter, Ruth and Mrs. Guy Pound of The Dalles and Wayne Hull of Portland.
April 18, 1947
April 25, 1947
May 2, 1947
May 9, 1947
- E.C. Eaton was called to Vancouver last week by the death of his father.
- Woman’s Body Taken From Columbia. The body of Hazel Dorothy Elsey was found below Arlington last Sunday and state police, aided by Sheriff Norman Fields, took it out of the water. She was drowned the day of the celebration over the start of Umatilla’s dam together with her husband and Mrs. Lynn Grogan.
- The body of John Twee, Indian, who fell into the Deschutes river below Sherar’s falls last Friday has been found but not recovered to date. It was snagged by salmon fisherman a little ways below the scene of the accident.
- Chester A. Todd Dies At Fresno, California. Chester A. Todd, 64, a painting contractor and former deputy county assessor, died April 16, at his home in Fresco, California. He had been in ill health for the past two years. Mr. Todd served as deputy assessor for 18 years, working outside the office on part time basis. He also conducted a painting contractor’s business. He was an elder in the Westminster Presbyterian church and had been an active member of the congregation since coming in 1919. For a time he was troop master of Scout Troop No. 28 sponsored by the church. He was born in Corvallis, and married in May, 1904 in Philomath to Mabel A. Pugsley, who survives. Other surviving relatives include three daughters, Marian Waston of Arvin, Helen L. Adams of Delano and Evelyn Wallis of Fort Eustis, Va., a son, Donald of Delano, a brother, Will Todd of Grass Valley and six grandchildren. Mr. Todd lived on a farm in the vicinity of Moro about 28 years ago, before he left for Fresno, California to make his home.
May 16, 1947
- Fred Justesen Service Set For Sunday. Fred Justesen, resident of Sherman county since 1904, died Wednesday night in a hospital in The Dalles after a weeks illness. Mr. Justesen was born in Demark July 18, 1857 and came to America when he was 20 years old. In 1889 he was married to Thora Boesen in Omaha, Nebraska. They later came to Oregon moving to Sherman county in the first years of the century. Surviving are his widow and four sons, Art and Harry, who operate the family wheat ranch east of Kent, Theodore of Maupin and Roy of Condon. He was a member of the Lutheran church and has been an Odd Fellow for 50 years. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. from the Moro Community church and interment will be made in the Moro cemetery.
May 23, 1947
- Vernon Futter Word was received here by Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Thompson Thursday morning that Vern Futter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Art Futter of Centralia, Wn., had been killed while working with a tractor near Centralia. Young Futter spent a large part of his boyhood here, attending Moro schools, and joined the Marine Corps where he became a flier. He was 27 years old. Funeral services will be held Saturday in Centralia.
May 30, 1947
June 6, 1947
- ‘Cotton’ Morrow Dies In The Dalles. Louis M. (Cotton) Morrow died at his home in The Dalles Last Friday and was buried in the Odd Fellows cemetery there Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Morrow was born in Logan county, Illinois, April 9, 1872 and came with his parents to Sherman county in 1888. He made his home here until a few years ago when he moved to The Dalles. Surviving are his widow, Maude, a son Barnard of Ashland, a brother, Hal of The Dalles and three sisters, Mrs. L.M. Webber of Hood River, Mrs. Ed Kaseberg of Portland and Mrs. Annie Golliher of Salem.
- Anna Buhman, widow of Arnold Buhman, former resident of Wasco died at her home at Hermiston this week. Graveside services will be held at the Wasco cemetery Saturday at 2 p.m. Mrs. Buhman was a sister of the late Judge Wm Henrichs.
June 13, 1947
- O’Meara Infant Daughter Buried. Mr. and Mrs. Jim O’Meara are being extended condolences on the death of their infant daughter Kathleen, who died June 8. Interment was in the Wasco cemetery Wednesday afternoon.
June 20, 1947
June 27, 1947
- Friday Mrs. B. Estrelle Hailey was called to Portland by news of the serious illness of her father, Henry Ford, who died Saturday. Everett Watkins attended the funeral services in Portland Tuesday. Ford was well known in Wasco through his many visits here.
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