Obituaries 1952 – 1957
The following are the obituaries and death notices contained within the pages of the Sherman County Journal, on the microfilm roll containing the issues from January 4, 1952 to December 27, 1957.
January 4, 1952
- Wert Pointer Found Dead; Heart Attack Probable Cause. Wert Ralph (Doc) Pointer, 38, was found dead in the house on the Bud Belshe place last Thursday about four o’clock, by Belshe himself who had come up from his home in The Dalles to visit his ranch. He found that Pointer who has been employed on the ranch had apparently started to cook a meal and had laid down and passed away from a heart attack. He was a single man. Wert Pointer was born in Washington county and had served in the army during World War II having been seriously wounded in battle when shot through the shoulder and back. He drew compensation from the government but was large and strong although probably not as healthy as he appeared. Survivors are his mother, Alice Pointer, Portland; five sisters, Alvira Deering, Mildred Dunn, Erma Lechelt, Ethel Lechelt and Adelia Brisbin of Portland; two brothers, James and Edward, also of Portland. Funeral services were held from Miller & Tracy Wednesday with interment at Sunset Hills cemetery near Portland.
January 11, 1952
- Everett McQuillin Buried In Portland. Everett W. McQuillen, former resident of Sherman county, died at Good Samaritan hospital in Portland Tuesday after a long illness. Mr. McQuillen was born in Fulton county, Ohio, November 4, 1884 and spent a large part of his life in Sherman county. He has lived in Portland for about ten years. He will be remembered here for his interest and participation in boxing contests. Survivors are his widow, Ethel Barzee McQuillen, a son, Darrell, a daughter, Mrs. Jene Joyal, and three grandchildren, who are living in Fossil, and his mother and a sister in Ohio. Funeral services were held Wednesday in Portland with interment there.
January 18, 1952
January 25, 1952
- Arnold A. Dunlap Succumbs To Heart Ailment Suddenly. Arnold A. Dunlap died Friday evening as he entered a car to return to his Grass Valley home after visiting his daughter, Mrs. Arthur Watkins and family northeast of Wasco. He had had a heart attack some weeks ago. A. A. Dunlap was born in Pennsylvania, December 13, 1884, and had been a resident of Sherman county since 1910 when he came to Kent and began working in a store. He became store owner and after it burned he moved to Grass Valley where he was manager of the Grass Valley Grain Growers. He served as county commissioner from January 1924 until 1939; he was mayor of Grass Valley; he was active in the war-time bond campaigns; he was manager of the county’s successful infantile paralysis drives; he was an officer of the Sherman County Historical society; he was a member of the county budget committee; he was a public servant who took part in nearly every activity for community benefit. Fraternally he was an Elk, a Mason, a Shriner and Odd Fellow and a Presbyterian. Five Children Survive. Surviving are his widow, Dorothy (Haynes); three daughters, Mrs. Margaret Mobley of Kent; Mrs. Doris Watkins of Wasco; Mrs. Anita Hooper of Grass Valley; two sons, Kendrick of Carlton and Charles of Bellflower, California; a sister, Mrs. Neil Swick, Warren, Pennsylvania. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon from Spencer & Libby parlors in The Dalles with interment in the cemetery there. Grass Valley Masons conducted the rites of that order.
- ‘Lafe’ Barnett’s Life Ends Short of 93. Funeral services for Francis Lafe Barnett were held Monday from the Wasco Methodist church following his death Friday in The Dalles. Lafe Barnett was born in Yankeetown, Indiana, February 5, 1859 and came to Sherman county in the early 80s, taking up land west of Wasco where he lived until it was sold a few years ago. He raised a family of seven, built a good house and prospered on a half section of land. He was a successful participant in many shooting matches, being an expert with a shotgun. Surviving are four sons, Benton of Rufus, O.T. of Portland, Dean of Zig Zag, Leslie of Muskogee, Okalhoma; three daughters, Mrs. Ara Cloud of Gardena, Calif., Mrs. D. E. Brewer of Odell, Mrs. A. W. Anderson of Sandy; one brother, Homer of Brighton, Colorado. Rev. H. Gravenor gave the funeral sermon and Smith-Callaway was in charge. Interment was in Sunrise cemetery at Wasco.
- David Nish Buried Here Tuesday. David William Nish was buried in the Moro cemetery Tuesday afternoon. He died at Bridal Veil Saturday after a lingering illness. He was in a rest home there. Mr. Nish was born in McHenry county, Illinois, March 3, 1859 and liked to tell of early days on a farm where his parents raised stock for the Chicago market. He went to that city and was teamster on the fire department for years before he came to Oregon to be near his brother, Alex, who had a homestead here. The death of his wife a year or two ago saddened the aged man who found it difficult to adjust himself to living a different sort of life. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Lloyd Gimes of Portland. Services were held from the Moro Community church with Rev. W. W. Gearhart officiating.
- Moro Personals. and Mrs. Lloyd Grimes of Portland were here Monday and Tuesday to make arrangements for and to attend the funeral of her father, David W. Nish.
- Grass Valley. and Mrs. R.E. LeBleu of Terrrebonne came Sunday and were over night guests of the John Rusts. All going to The Dalles Monday to the funeral of A. A. Dunlap.
- Grass Valley. Many friends from Grass Valley and Kent went to The Dalles Monday to attend the funeral services for A. Dunlap held at Spencer & Libby funeral chapel. The Rev. A. L. Kintner of Grass Valley officiated.
- Grass Valley. Mr. and Mrs. Kendrick Dunlap and children arrived early Saturday morning from Carlton after receiving word of the death of his father, A. A. Dunlap. Kendrick went to Portland Saturday and met his brother, Charles Dunlap, who arrived by plane from Los Angeles, California.
February 1, 1952
February 8, 1952
- W. M. Edwards Buried Here Tuesday. Mrs. Marguerite Edwards, 43, died Friday in The Dalles after an illness of several weeks caused by cancer. She had been a resident of Sherman county for most of her life although born in Tacoma, Wn., December 18, 1908. Surviving are her widower William, seven daughters, Mrs. George DeMoss, Moro, Mrs. Don DeMoss, Viola, Rosa, Elmira, Emma and Joyce and two sons, Leslie and William, all of Moro, a father, Fred Dickenson of Terrebonne and four grandchildren. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. from the Moro Community church with Rev. William Gearhart officiating and interment in the Moro cemetery.
- Moro Personals. Here for the funeral of Mrs. William Edwards Tuesday afternoon were Mrs. Herman Pape of Corvallis, an aunt of Mr. Edwards and Mrs. Lucy Stogsdale of Portland, an aunt of Mrs. Edwards.
- Moro Personals. Roy Kessinger was down from Redmond Tuesday to attend the funeral of Mrs. William Edwards who was his cousin. He came with her father and brother, Fred and Leslie [Dickensen]. Roy looks fine and says he feels that way.
February 15, 1952
- Karen McLachlan Buried Sunday. Funeral services for little Karen McLachlan who died in a hospital in Portland during an operation for a brain tumor, were held from the Moro Community church Sunday afternoon at 2:30 with W. W. Gearhart in charge. Karen was born in The Dalles September 12, 1949, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William McLachlan. A brother, Donald James McLachlan, also survives. Grandparents are Mrs. Mollie McLachlan, Moro and Mr. and Mrs. Max Samson of Washougal, Washington.
- Carrie Morrow Buried At Salem. Mrs. Carrie Morrow, widow of the late Frank Morrow, died in Salem January 27 and was buried in Bellcrest cemetery there. Surviving children are Mrs. Gladys Laidlaw of Salem and Ross Morrow of Hubbard. Mrs. Morrow was a Hull and had lived in Sherman county for some 60 years before she moved to Salem after the death of her husband, who was manager of a garage in Wasco for years.
February 22, 1952
- Olive Robinson Dies After Long Illness. Miss Olive Robinson, 58, lifelong resident of Wasco died in a hospital in The Dalles Wednesday after several weeks illness. She is survived by a brother, John Q. Robinson, with whom she had lived for many years on a farm east of town, and by many friends who were attracted by her pleasant and helpful attributes.
February 29, 1952
March 7, 1952
March 14, 1952
- Clide Eridley [Fridley] Dies Suddenly. Mrs. Clide Fridley died Thursday, March 6, in The Dalles, passing away in the morning from a sudden illness. Daisy Hill Fridley was born in Beverly, Kansas, August 26, 1886 and came to Sherman county with her parents in 1893. she was married to Clide Fridley in October 1906 and lived on the Fridley place near Emigrant Springs until a few years ago when they retired to The Dalles. Survivors are Mrs. Inez Wallace, Grass Valley, Mrs. Catherine Thomas, Wasco; Ira and Kenneth of Wasco and Clide, Jr. of Tillamook; four brothers, Chester Hill of Goldendale, Jebert Hill of Condon; Guy Hill of Warren and Fay Hill of Portland, a sister, Marguerite Nelson of Portland, six grandchildren and her widower. She was a member of the Wasco Methodist church, the Annie Fulton chapter Eastern Star, Rufus grange and the Sherman County Historical society. Funeral services were held in The Dalles Saturday with the Rev. Fletcher Cannell giving the sermon and the Eastern Star giving the burial ceremony. [Typos are those of the newspaper.]
- Mrs. Alf Dillinger Buried In The Dalles. Margaret Ann Dillinger, 89, long time resident of Sherman county, died at a hospital in The Dalles Friday. She was born in Indiana March 1, 1863 and was married to Alfred Dillinger in 1878. They came to Oregon in 1884 and lived in Sherman county for 25 years before retiring to The Dalles. She is survived by four granddaughters, Mrs. Gladys Hurst of Elko, Nevada; Mrs. Mamie Warnock of Reno, Nevada; Mrs. Naomi Bradberry of Portland and Mrs. Bessie Stevenson of Seattle, four great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday from the United Brethren church in The Dalles with interment in the cemetery there.
March 21, 1952
March 28, 1952
- Mrs. E.E. Barzee Dies Wednesday Morning. Mrs. Elmer E, Barzee died quietly Wednesday morning at the family home in Moro after a long illness. Nanna J. Silver was born in Riley county, Kansas, October 22, 1869 and came to Oregon with her parents when she was six years old, settling near Turner. She was married to Mr. Barzee August 30, 1891 at Turner, near Salem and they have lived together for over 60 years. They moved to Sherman county in 1902 and have been continuous residents here for 50 years. Surviving are her widower, a son, Elmer R. of Portland, a sister Mrs. Fannie Barzee of Fossil, a grandson, Max of Moro, a granddaughter, Mrs. Robert G. Fairfield of Walnut Creek, California, and four great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 29, at 2:00 p.m. from the Moro Community church with interment in the IOOF cemetery.
- Mrs. John Patjens Dies In Portland. Mrs. Margaret Patjens died at the Emanuel hospital in Portland Saturday, March 22. She was born in Utersen, Germany, March 12, 1868 and was married to John Patjens in 1889. They came to Oregon in 1894 and lived in Sherman county until 1942 at which time her husband passed away and she moved to Portland where she resided until her death. She is survived by two children, Andrew and Mrs. Katherine Jacob, both of Portland. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of the Chimes in Portland and graveside services and interment made at IOOF cemetery at Grass Valley Thursday at 1:00 p.m.
April 4, 1952
- Mrs. E. O. McCoy Buried At The Dalles. Mrs. E.O. (Dutch) McCoy, resident of Sherman county in the days when her husband was operating warehouses and establishing banks here, died in a Portland hospital Saturday at 86 years of age. Mr. McCoy died in 1939. Surviving are three grandchildren, Mrs. Christine Keith of The Dalles, Paul and Tad McCoy of Wasco, and five great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday in The Dalles.
- Among those here for the funeral of Jake Wilson were Mr. and Mrs. Ben Sias of Forest Grove, J.C. Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Harbin, Mr. and Mrs. John Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. Jesss Canright, Mrs. Mary Wilson, all of Portland, Mr. and Mrs. I. E. Wilson of Wawawai, Wn., Mrs. Essie Wilson of Pullman, Wn., and Frank Sias of Walla Walla, Washington.
- Services Held Saturday For Jacob H. Wilson. Jacob Haynes Wilson, eldest of the well known Wilson family of this county, died at a hospital in The Dalles Wednesday. He was 75. Mr. Wilson was born in Jackson county, Tenn. February 17, 1877 and came to Sherman county in 1905 after having married Mary Alice Wilson earlier that year. She died in 1941 after the Wilsons had raised two sons, Joseph G. Wilson, a doctor of Moscow, Idaho, John K. Wilson, a retired farmer of Portland and a daughter, Mrs. Martha Robinson of Davenport, Washington. Mr. Wilson married Jessie Nau of Yamhill in 1946. Surviving are Mrs. Wilson, the three above mentioned children, three brothers, Jerry of Kent, Jim of Portland, and Errett of Wawawai, Wash.; five sisters, Mrs. Beulah Harbin of Portland, Miss Essie Wilson of Pullman, Wash., Mrs. Brooks Helyer of The Dalles, Mrs. Maude Sias of Forest Grove and Mrs. Ruth Canright of Portland and seven grandchildren. He was a member of the Christian church, had long been active in school affairs at Kent and was a substantial farmer in that area before his retirement. Services were held Saturday from the Spencer & Libby chapel in The Dalles with Rev. C.L. Pickett officiating. Interment was in the Kent Odd-Fellows cemetery.
April 11, 1952
April 19, 1952
- Louise Brown Louise Brown, a resident of Wasco for many years died in The Dalles Monday at the age of 61 years. Mrs. Brown was born February 5, 1891at Albany and moved to Wasco in 1905. Survivors are her widower, Ray Brown of Wasco; one son, Marvin Thomas of Wasco; two daughters, Mrs. Mable Overholtz of Marion and Mrs. Mary Williams of Astoria; one brother, Sherman Whiting of Oswego and five stepchildren. Funeral services were held Thursday April 17, at Smith Callaway chapel 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Gravenor of the Wasco Methodist church officiating. Interment was made in The Dalles IOOF cemetery.
April 25, 1952
- William E. Garrett Services Held In Grass Valley Church. Funeral services for William E. (Jack) Garrett, 83, were held Tuesday, April 22, at the Grass Valley Baptist church at 2:00 p.m. with Spencer & Libby in charge. Mr. Garrett was born September 16, 1868, in Linn county and died Thursday, April 18, 1952 in Pendleton. He had been a resident of the Grass Valley community for nearly half a century and for most of the time a member of the local Odd Fellow lodge. He was a member of the Baptist church. Surviving are a brother, T.M. Garrett, a half brother, R.G. Garrett, both of Grass Valley; a sister, Mrs. Charles Frazier, Burns; two half sisters, Mrs. Roe Buchanan, LaGrande and Mrs. Naomi Bradford, Burns.
May 2, 1952
- Services Held At Longview For Mrs. Gertrude P. Gore. Gertrude P. Gore, 66, of 503-19th Ave, Longview, Wash., died suddenly of a heart attack on April 9, 1952. Rev. A.A. Harrisman, who was a pastor at Wasco 25 years ago officiated for her funeral services. Mrs. Gore was born at Klondike April 27, 1885 and lived in Wasco many years before moving to Longview, Wash., where she has resided for the past 20 years. She was a member of the First Christian church, the Rebekah lodge and was commander of the Army Mothers of Longview. Survivors include her widower, Charles; three sons, Archie of Longview, Guy C. of Tacoma and Robert of Longview; two daughters, Mrs. Viola Anderson of Longview and Mrs. Geraldine Church of Newark, N.J.; a brother Guy Pickard of Blalock; three sisters, Mrs. F.C. Matthias of Outlook, Wash., Mrs. R.M. Jones of Princeton B.C. and Mrs. Earl Hoag of Blalock.
May 9, 1952
- Man’s Body Found In John Day River. Sheriff Norman Fields and Coroner E. M. Alley were called to the John Day river Wednesday to claim the body of an unidentified man which had been recovered from the river. The spot where the body was located was about 10 miles from the river’s mouth, James Fox reported the find to the authorities. Sheriff Fields said the body had apparently been in the water about a month and there were no papers or marks of identification to give officials even a lead. In the hope that notice of finding the body may lead to discovery of relatives, the sheriff has sent out a description including age, 30 to 35 years; weight 150 to 160 pounds; height, five feet 11 inches; reddish brown hair; wearing levis, brown Pendleton shirt, 16 inch air boots, and a handmade belt sans initials.
- Mrs. F. M. Crews Dies At Hood River Wednesday. Word has been received here of the death of Mrs. F.M. Crews at Hood River Wednesday afternoon, May 7. Funeral services will be held at Smith Calloway chapel at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 10, with interment in IOOF cemetery The Dalles. Rev. W.W. Gearhart of Moro will be in charge. Mildred Hull was born Sept. 24, 1888 in Christon county, Ill. She came to Oregon with her parents when a young girl and the family settled in Gilliam county. She and Freeman M. Crews were married at Arlington, Sept 23, 1906. They moved to Wasco approximately 25 years ago. She is survived by her husband, and two sons, Ray of New York city, and Marion of Stevenson, Wash., and one grandson, Don of New York. The family has requested that flowers be omitted and instead that donations be made to the cancer fund in care of Mrs. Grace Goin of Hood River.
- Funeral Services Held For Charles Forrester. Funeral services for Charles Forrester were held at Goldendale Sunday. Forrester died at the Veterans hospital in Vancouver May 1. Those attending were Mr. and Mrs. Sam Stark, Mr. and Mrs. Olan Stark, Don Cox, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Brinkert, Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Fritts, Frank Pike, Mr. and Mrs. Grover Young, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Blaylock, Mrs. Blanche Baldwin and Mrs. Florence Clark and J.B. Adams of Portland.
May 16, 1952
May 23, 1952
- Rufus News. The community was saddened Saturday to hear of the death of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Smith‘s six month old daughter, Linda. The Smiths had entered the baby in a local hospital Tuesday when she became ill. The next day she was a little better. Friday, Mr. Smith took some of the boys in the upper grade room which he teaches at Rufus school to Suttle lake for a field trip. When he arrived at Suttle lake there was a call awaiting him that the baby was worse, so they came right home. Mr. and Mrs. Smith left for Vancouver Saturday night where Mrs. Smith’s folks live, and where the baby was buried Monday. This was their only child. Smith intends to remain with her folks while he comes back to finish the school year. School will be out May 29 at Rufus.
May 30, 1952
June 6, 1952
- Rufus News. A telegram was received by Bill Myers of the death May 28, of his father, Lincoln Myers, who has been working about three months in Okinawa. He was accidentally electrocuted. Myers who is 67 had been a resident of Sherman county for a good many years. He was born June 30, 1884, in Iowa. Survivors besides his son Bill in Rufus are Sergeant Ray E. Myers of Spokane and Lloyd A. Myers of the U.S. Navy; four daughters, Mrs. Evelyn Harrison of Witchita, Kansas, Mrs. Bertha Vieg and Mrs. Ruth Coleman both of Umatilla and Mrs. Betty Wade of Palm City, California; a brother Frank Myers in Iowa and nine grandchildren. The body will be returned here for burial. Arrangements are under the direction of Smith Callaway chapel.
June 13, 1952
- About the County about folks you do know or would enjoy knowing. Jim Johnson and his brother Bob of Helix, were in South Dakota last week where they attended the funeral of their father who died there after a brief illness. Bob Johnson remained here while the men were away.
- Donald Ellis Killed In Action In Korea. Mr. and Mrs. Lin Ellis received a telegram from the war department Wednesday afternoon telling them that their son, Donald Davis Ellis, had been killed in action in Korea, Friday, June 13. Young Ellis was here before entering the service. He had been overseas 16 months as a member of Co. A, 178th Regimental Combat Team, 45th (Thunderbird) division, which was originally the Oklahoma National Guard. He was born, October 5, 1928 in Douglas, Wyoming and graduated from the University of Idaho in 1950. He was wounded in February and had but recently returned to the front lines. He was a boxer and had fought in bouts between regiments while stationed in Japan. Surviving are his parents and a brother, Evan, all of Moro.
June 27, 1952
- Two Boys Drowned In John Day River; Bodies Recovered. Frank Scherrer and Clarence Kirby had worked at putting up the hay on the Carl Scherrer place on the John Day river. They wanted to go fishing and Carl said it was alright, he would go cook supper, for it was evening. The boys took a truck and drove off. When they did not come Carl went up the river, found the truck and one straw hat in the river. Search availed nothing from the Friday evening when the boys disappeared until Monday when the Kirby boy’s body was found a mile down stream on a little bar. Tuesday a little before noon the body of Frank Scherrer was discovered floating in the river a mile and a half below the place where the nine foot bank had caved off and a hat was found. Friends and relatives, police and neighbors had searched for days; a diver had come from Portland to probe the deep holes beneath that fatal bank. Clarence Kirby, 13, graduated from the eighth grade last month and Frank Scherrer, 16, was in high school. Frank Scherrer. Frank Leonard Scherrer was born June 10, 1936 at Helena, Montana and had lived the greater part of his life in Moro. He was a freshman in Moro high school, a member of the football squad, capable at drawing. Funeral services will be held Monday, June 30, from the Moro Community church with Rev. W. W. Gearhart in charge followed by interment in the local cemetery. Survivors are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Scherrer, two sisters, Margaret and Mrs. June Shelley, both of Moro, a step brother, George Geiger of Helena, Montana and a step-sister, Mrs. Katherine Wooderson, Moro and a grandfather, Leonhart Scherrer of Helena, Montana. Clarence Kirby. George Clarence Kirby was born October 28, 1938 in The Dalles and had moved to Moro three years ago when his father became P.P. & L. manager here. Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Kirby, a brother, Leonard and a sister, Orleana of Moro and a sister, Mrs. Albert Stepper, White Salmon, Wash. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 28, at 2 p.m. from Smith-Callaway’s in The Dalles with interment there. Virgil West of Blalock flew the plane from which the body of young Kirby was discovered and Larry Wilbur first saw the body of young Scherrer floating in the water. Many had helped in the search, putting in long hours patrolling the stream on both sides. Sheriff Norman Fields was in charge of the search. The drowning occurred on the Gilliam side of the river and many of those going to the scene traveled across Cottonwood to get to the river. Others went down to McDonald’s ferry, the Merritt ranch, and crossed the river and drove up as far as they could. The John Day is higher this June than normal and cannot be forded readily.
- Grass Valley. Relatives from out of town attending the Roy Wells‘ funeral were Mrs. Frances Mathews of Seattle, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Baker of Bend, and Mr. and Mrs. L.W. Brockway of The Dalles.
July 4, 1952
- Two River Victims Buried Over Weekend. Funeral services for the two boys drowned in the John Day river were held last weekend, that of Clarence Kiby in The Dalles Saturday with interment in the cemetery there. Classmates were pallbearers. Funeral for Frank Scherrer was held in Moro Monday and Boy Scouts in the Sherman county troop were pallbearers. Interment was in the local cemetery.
- Two Ex-Sherman Countians Die. Mr. and Mrs. Grover Young and daughter Mrs. Florence Clark, were in Klamath county last week to attend the funeral of Grover’s sister, Mrs. Marie Richardson, who died at Merril after a long illness from arthritis. She left a husband, Harry and two children Marjorie Stewart and Stanley Richardson.
- News of the death of Jim Hinkle at Lebanon was received Wednesday by Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Thompson who learned that the funeral will be Saturday July 5 at Lebanon. Hinkle was a long time resident of Sherman county farming near Grass Valley and Moro. He is survived by his widow and four children, Ralph at Shedd, Hester, Bob and Oleta, all of Lebanon.
July 11, 1952
- Andrew M. Patjens. Graveside services were held Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. at the Grass Valley cemetery for Andrew M. Patjens, who died in Portland July 4. Mr. Patjens was born in Utersen, Germany, December 18, 1893 and was brought to Oregon by his parents when a year and a half old. He lived in Sherman county until 1942 when he moved to Portland. Surviving is one sister, Mrs. Katherine Jacobs of Portland. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. in Portland.
July 18, 1952
- Dale Baker, Wife, Her Parents, Killed In Plane Crash. Dale E. Baker of Grass Valley, with his wife and parents in law, was instantly killed Thursday morning shortly after seven o’clock when the four passenger Stinson plane he was flying hit a house shortly after leaving Hawthorne airfield near Los Angeles. No one in the house was injured according to early reports of the accident which came as newspapers tried to obtain details of Baker and who might be accompanying him. The party had gone to California a few days ago and were expected to return to Oregon by Friday. Dale E. Baker was born in Grass Valley September 30, 1914 and lived there until he finished high school. He attended Pacific university and studied music, which he taught in high schools in Oregon and Washington. He had not lived in Grass Valley for any period since youth. He is survived by his mother, Mary E. Baker of The Dalles, a daughter by his first wife, two sons by his second wife. His present wife was Miss Muriel Jones of Gresham, to whom he was married in May. Her parents, who were also killed in the crash, were Jackson F. Jones and his wife Florence. The report says that the plane developed motor trouble on the take off and crashed into some houses setting two of them afire. Neighbors with hoses extinguished the fires.
July 25, 1952
- Funeral For Accident Victims, Dale Baker and Wife, Held. Funeral services for Dale Edwin Baker and his wife were held Wednesday afternoon at The Dalles Baptist church and interment was made in the Grass Valley cemetery in the family plot. They were killed in a plane accident near Los Angeles last Thursday morning together with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jackson Jones of Gresham. Members of the Kent Legion post were in charge of the graveside services for Mr. Baker who had served from 1942 to 1945 in the army during World War II. Former residents here for the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Sam Baker of Grants Pass and their granddaughter, Linda; Loy Heath of Spokane; Mr. and Mrs. Theo Serrrurier of Linden, Wn.
August 1, 1952
August 8, 1952
August 15, 1952
- Moro Personals. Mr. and Mrs. Lin Ellis are home again from Kooskia, Idaho where they buried their son, Don a week ago Sunday.
August 22, 1952
- Mr. Trumbo, father of Clifford Trumbo and Mrs. Alta Smith, was buried in Goldendale, Wn., Thursday. Mr. Trumbo had spent some time with his children living here, but his home had always been in Goldendale.
- Word was received here that Dr. Charles Gray passed away Thursday morning. He had been at Echo the last couple of years and leaves his son Charles Lester Gray there, who is also a doctor, as his father was.
August 29, 1952
- Aurelia DeMoss died at Eugene Monday night at the age of 72. As Aurelia Davis she married George DeMoss and lived in Sherman county until his death in 1933. She was born in 1879 in Iowa. Graveside services will be held at the DeMoss cemetery … Friday at 11 a.m. Funeral services were held Thursday in Eugene. A son, Elbert, survives.
- Mrs. Rayburn Buried At LaGrande. Funeral services for Mrs. Florence E. Rayburn, 55, of Wasco who died Sunday were held in LaGrande, her former home. Mrs. Rayburn suffered a heart attack. She was born in Shevlin, Minn. October 6, 1896, has lived in Oregon since 1924 and in Wasco but a few months. Surviving are her widower, Lee; three sons, John of LaGrande; Glen of Pasco, Wn.; William of Wasco; three daughters, Mrs. Floye Bruce, Portland; Mrs. Bernice Snider of Baton Rouge, La.; Mrs. Ruth Hughes of Pasco and eight grandchildren.
September 5, 1952
- Charles Everett Buried At Wasco. Charles Everett, marshal of Wasco, was buried in that city Tuesday afternoon following his death Friday in a Portland hospital where he had been but a few days. He underwent an operation for perforated ulcers and died without coming out of the anaesthetic, probably from uremic poisoning. Charley Everett was born in Tumway, Iowa, March 2, 1883, and had been a resident of Sherman county since he was a boy, his father having a farm near the head of Biglow canyon. He worked at farming and harvesting and at the age of 33 – 36 years ago – became marshal of Wasco, a position he had held continuously. He pumped the water, policed the streets, jailed or cautioned the law breakers and was custodian of city services and behavior. He was a member of the Masonic lodge of Wasco and the Methodist church. Survivors are his widow, Idah, a daughter, Mrs. Helen Walcott of Salem; three brothers, Carl of Wasco; Lee of Bend; Perl of Coos Bay; three sisters, Mrs. Myrtie Funk of Wasco; Mrs. Iva Downey of Los Angeles and Mrs. Mattie Ross of Salem. Funeral services were in charge of Smith Callaway and interment was made in Sunset cemetery at Wasco.
- Aurelia DeMoss Buried In Family Plot. Graveside services were held Friday at the DeMoss cemetery for Mrs. Aurelia DeMoss, widow of the late George DeMoss. Here in addition to members of the family living here were Elbert DeMoss and sons Lewis and Elbert; Homer DeMoss and daughters Evelyn and Virginia, and son Jimmy; Hershell Davis and wife and daughters, Walden and Sandra of Eugene; Mr. and Mrs. Myron Blackwell (Arvilla Davis) of Powell Butte; Mrs. Nita Precon and Mr. and Mrs. John DeMoss of Hansville, Washington.
September 12, 1952
September 19, 1952
- L. M. Webber Dies At Hood River. Mrs. Lillie May Webber died in Hood River Wednesday night after a long illness. She was 89 years old having been born in Illinois August 1, 1863. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. L.M. Thomas of Hood River, two sisters, Mrs. E.E. Kaseberg of The Dalles and Mrs. Nan Golliher of Salem; and a brother Hal Morrow of The Dalles; three grandchildren, Mrs. Ray Borger of Pendleton, Vinton Kinkade of Portland and Paul May of Moro, and five great grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are being made by Smith Callaways in The Dalles and the date will be announced later. Interment will be in the Wasco cemetery.
September 26, 1952
- Tom Garrett, Grass Valley Mayor, Dies Of Heart Attack. Tom Garrett, 68, died of a heart attack at his home in Grass Valley Wednesday morning about six o’clock. He had not been ill. Thomas M. Garrett was born near Halsey March 10, 1884. He came to Grass Valley in 1919 and has lived there since, being engaged in carpenter building and for years was marshal of the town. He had served as deputy sheriff for 30 years. He was named mayor in the spring of 1951 and had been active in planning better traffic enforcement in his term. The death of Mr. Garrett removes the second and last of the deputy sheriffs of Sherman county who had long experience, Charles Everett of Wasco having died earlier this month. Surviving are his widow, Pearl, a daughter, Mrs. Frank Ketter, two granddaughters, Pamela and Constance Ketter, all of Grass Valley; a sister, Mrs. Orah Frazier of Burns; two half sisters, Mrs. Dolly Buchanan of LaGrande and Mrs. Naomi Bradford of Burns; a half brother, Glenn Garrett of Portland. Mr. Garrett was a member of the Odd-Fellows lodge, long served as Democratic committeeman and was active in many community affairs. Funeral services are in charge of Spencer & Libby and the funeral will be held Friday, September 26 at 2:00 o’clock p.m. from the Baptist church in Grass Valley. The IOOF will be in charge of the services.
October 3, 1952
- Funeral Services For Tom Garrett. Funeral services for Tom M. Garrett were held from the Baptist church in Grass Valley Friday at 2 o’clock with the Rev. Paul Bayles of Kent officiating. Pallbearers were Kenneth Crews, Ross Fields, Edgar Alley, Willard Barnett, John Rolfe and Frank Pike. Honorary pallbearers were I.D. Pike, J.S. Newcomb, Grover Young, Jim Jones, Ed Alley and Herman Ziegler. The Grass Valley Odd-Fellows had charge of the services and arrangements were under the direction of Spencer & Libby with burial in the IOOF cemetery at Grass Valley. Out of town relatives attending were Mrs. Naomi Bradford and William Shoate of Burns; Mr. and Mrs. Keith Walker, Mr. and Mrs. Buchanan, LaGrande; Mr. and Mrs. Keith Arnold, Mrs. Maude Bevans, Donald Schanno, A.J. Moore and Ed Lewis of Bend; Mrs. Anna Summers, Jim Garrett, Mrs. Betty Wyman of Prineville; Mrs. Mae Palmer and Frances Pomeroy of Klamath Falls; Mr. and Mrs. Dee Bowen of Sacramento, Calif., Mrs. Laura Jessee of Portland; Mr. and Mrs. C. Moore and children and Mrs. Margaret Johnson of Harrisburg; Mrs. Maude Garrett and son Bob of Shaniko and Lucille Peetz of The Dalles.
- J.O. Elrod, well known to elder Sherman countians, died in Portland Sunday almost reaching the age of 77. He was active in early day affairs in Moro being mayor and councilman and real estate dealer.
October 10, 1952
October 17, 1952
October 24, 1952
- Grass Valley. Mrs. Bob Rolfe received word of the death of her sister, Mrs. Eva Kauffman at a Salem hospital. [Coffman]
- Wasco News. The many friends of the Roy Coffmans were shocked and saddened by Mrs. Coffman’s death Saturday. The Coffman’s formerly lived in Wasco and had been living at Stayton the past three years. Coffman (Eva) was 43 years old.
- Wasco News. News of the death of Fred Fortner at Portland was received here late last week.
- Rufus News. When Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Jordon went to The Dalles Tuesday night to visit Leonard’s mother they found she had just passed quietly at the hospital there. The funeral was not until the last of the week waiting until all the relatives could get here.
October 31, 1952
- Mary Roos Buried In Moro Cemetery. Mary E. Roos, 66, wife of William Roos, died suddenly in a hospital in The Dalles Thursday night of last week. She had been in the hospital but a day or two and was feeling well earlier in the evening, dying suddenly about eight o’clock. Mrs. Roos was born in Galveston, Texas, April 14, 1886 and was married to Mr. Roos in 1905. They have lived in Sherman county for many years recently retiring to Moro after leaving the farm to their son. She was a member of the Eastern Star and Rebekah lodges. Surviving are her widower, a son Howard and a daughter, Mrs. Harvey Thompson, both of Moro, four grandchildren, and one brother, Henry Rowland of Portland. Funeral services were held Monday from the Moro Community church with Rev. Henry Hanson officiating. Interment was in the Moro cemetery.
- Moro Personals. James R. Phillips, a brother-in-law of Harvey Thompson, died in Portland early Tuesday and Mr. and Mrs. Thompson were called to aid his sister, Georgia. Their children remained here with the Bob Boynton and Virgil Conlee families.
- George Mitchell received word Wednesday night that his brother had died suddenly at the R.R. Raymond ranch near Helix. The brother, younger than George, had been working there since coming from California where he had farmed for several years. He is survived by his widow and a daughter in California. and Mrs. Mitchell are in Pendleton.
November 7, 1952
November 14, 1952
- Grass Valley. Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Kock returned home Sunday evening from Sandy where they were since Thursday visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hans Kock. His father was ill in a Portland hospital. After they got home they received word that his father had passed away.
- Mr. and Mrs. Owen Eakin and daughter returned home last Tuesday from Charlotte, N.C. where they were called recently on account of the illness and death of her mother.
November 21, 1952
- Grass Valley. Among those going to Gresham Thursday to attend the funeral of Hans Kock, father of Alfred Kock, were Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Kock and son Bud, Mrs. Donald von Borstel, Mr. and Mrs. Claus Bardenhagen, Mr. and Mrs. Dean Pinkerton and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Eakin of Condon and Fritz Rohweder.
November 28, 1952
December 5, 1952
- Esther Morris Buried At Bend. Funeral services for Mrs. Esther Cushman Morris were held in Bend last Saturday following her death from a probable heart attack. She had written some letters for her husband, Irvine, and collapsed, dying before she reached the hospital. Mrs. Morris was born in Moro and attended the schools here. Surviving are her widower and a son, Donald, now a radio announcer in Hood River.
December 12, 1952
- Arthur W. Spencer, 69, died Tuesday while being taken to a hospital in The Dalles. He was born November 22, 1883 at Bedford, Iowa, and had been a resident of Sherman county since early in this century. He lived west of Wasco at the head of Fulton canyon and farmed for a number of years and he drove school bus into Wasco for 22 years before retiring at the end of the 1949 school year. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Idallia Bohms of Echo and Mrs. Audrey Maurus jr. of Wasco; four sisters, Mrs. C.A. Blakney of Portland, Mrs. William McCarty of The Dalles, Mrs. Otis McCarty of Echo and Mrs. Carl Everett of Wasco; and a brother, Frank of Portland and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Smith Callaway Chapel with interment in The Dalles IOOF cemetery. [Photo of Arthur standing beside a Locust Grove school bus]
December 19, 1952
December 26, 1952
January 2, 1953
- Carl Fuller Killed By Nephew. Carl Fuller, known to nearly every Sherman countian as a shoe salesman, died in Portland last Friday night from what police describe as a blow from a pop bottle wielded by his nephew Charles Fuller, who had taken over this territory as representative of the Knapp shoe company after his uncle, Carl was advanced to state manager. A charge of second degree murder has been placed against Charles Fuller. The elder Fuller was described as intoxicated and belligerent at the time and the fatal blow was struck in an effort to get him to bed after several hours of argument.
January 9, 1953
- Joe Yocum Buried At Wasco. Funeral services for Joe Yocum were held last Thursday, January 1 at the Methodist church in Wasco following his death at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Bert Kane at Heppner. Mr. Yocum was born in Yamhill county, Oregon, April 15, 1865. For many years he was a wheat grower east of Wasco. He was a member of the first agriculture committee in Sherman county which made up the first allotments. Surviving are two sons, Dick of Wasco and Ercel of Pendleton and a step son Lawrence Funk of Wasco and four daughters, Reta Oviatt of Ocean Lake, Bessie Church of Portland, Vera Happld and Vivian Kane of Heppner.
- Moro Personals. Mrs. Lin Ellis received word Tuesday night that her parents had both been found dead at their home in Iowa. They were nearing 80 and it is thought that he died from a heart attack and the shock killer [killed] her mother. She left immediately.
January 16, 1953
January 23, 1953
- Word received here is that Sherm Huff, one-time resident of Moro and Sherman county, died at Edmonton, Alberta, January 13 at the age of 90. His wife, Rose, is still living although blind.
January 30, 1953
- Moro Personals. Funeral services for William A. Saunders were held in The Dalles Thursday afternoon who died Monday. He was the father of Mrs. Floyd Flatt. Over survivors are two daughters and two sons.
- Grass Valley. Mrs. Wallace May received word Monday evening January 19 of the death of her mother, Mrs. J. A. Walter, at her home in Hood River. Mrs. May went to Hood River Tuesday. Mr. May went down Thursday for the funeral, they returned home Saturday accompanied by her brother, William Walter, who will spend some time with them.
February 6, 1953
- Moro Personals. Cora Peake White of Seattle, mother of Mrs. Dewey Thompson, died last week following a short illness. Mr. and Mrs. Thompson, who have been in California for a month, came by home on their way to the funeral. Mr. and Mrs. Ted Thompson and Mr. and Mrs. Don Thompson and Mr. and Mrs. Keith Thompson all went to Seattle for the funeral of their grandmother.
February 13, 1953
- Ellis’ Get Award For Deceased Son. and Mrs. Lin Ellis and son, Evan, went to Moscow, January 24 where Mr. Ellis received a posthumous award of the Bronze Star for heroism in action for Corporal Donald D. Ellis, University of Idaho boxing star, who was killed in Korea. Young Ellis was a member of the Idaho national intercollegiate boxing team in 1950. He was killed last June 13 in an attempt to save the life of a wounded radioman. Lt. Col. Blewett presented the award.
- Hugh Arstill’s brother died in Portland last week and Mr. and Mrs. Arstill went down Sunday to attend the funeral.
February 20, 1953
February 27, 1953
- Art Futter of Centralia, Washington died Friday following an operation and was buried there. The Futter family formerly lived in Sherman county and lived on a farm east of Moro.
March 6, 1953
- Mrs. Archie Cantrall received word Tuesday morning that her mother, Mrs. Leo Everett, had passed away that morning in a hospital in Portland. Funeral services will be held in Payette, Idaho, Saturday, March 7.
- Mr. and Mrs. Carl Tuggle attended the funeral services for Mrs. A. G. Futter at Centralia, Washington, last week and also visited relatives and friends at Olympia, Washington.
March 13, 1953
March 20, 1953
March 27, 1953
April 3, 1953
- Frank Fagan Dies at McMinnville Home. Word was received Thursday morning by Mrs. D. A. Van Gilder that her brother-in-law, Frank Fagan, died Wednesday night at his home in McMinnville. Mr. Fagan, a former county superintendent of Sherman county and for a time superintendent of the Moro public school, retired two years ago after serving as city superintendent of schools in McMinnville for about 23 years. It was about 40 years ago that he came to Sherman county and from Moro went to Woodburn where he was city superintendent for three years. Surviving him are his wife, Alda; three daughters, Mrs. Robert Graham, Eugene; Mrs. Norman Reid and Mrs. Carl Trent, McMinnville and two brothers, Hugh and Guy Fagan, The Dalles. Mr and Mrs Van Gilder plan to attend the funeral services, time for which had not been set Thursday morning.
April 10, 1953
- Mr. and Mrs. Darwin Van Gilder and Mrs. J.C. Freeman returned Monday from McMinnville where they went to attend the funeral of Mrs. Van Gilder’s brother-in-law, Frank Fagan, Saturday. Mrs. Freeman was a friend of the Fagan family during their residence here.
- Word was received last week of the sudden passing of Perk Everett [Perl], a former resident and very well known. He had been ill with flu and on his return to work suffered a heart attack. Everett was born in 1901 and he leaves his wife Margaret, a son Robert who is home on leave from the navy, and a daughter Mary, two brothers, Lee Everett of Bend and Carl Everett of Olex; three sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Funk, Wasco, Mrs. Mattie Ross, Salem, and Mrs. Iva Downie of Los Angeles, Calif.
- Mr. and Mrs. Carl Everett of Olex were called to the L.L. Funk home last week on news of the death of a brother, Perl. Mr. Everett, Lois Ann Everett and Mr. and Mrs. Funk attended the services at Coos Bay Friday.
April 17, 1953
- Two Former Residents Die In Week. David Jones, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Jones, Sherman county residents of early days, died at Helix Tuesday night at the age of 66. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Pendleton and the funeral party will leave Pendleton at one o’clock for Grass Valley for interment upon arrival. Surviving of the Jones family is one sister, Mrs. Harry Gray of Prineville.
- Perl Everett, former resident of Wasco, and scion of an old Sherman county family is dead at the age of 52 having a heart attack while at work. He leaves a widow, a son Robert and daughter, Mary; two brothers, Carl of Olex and Lee of Bend; three sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Funk of Wasco, Mrs. Mattie Ross of Salem and Mrs. Iva Downie of Los Angeles.
April 24, 1953
May 1, 1953
- Moro Personals. The funeral of Mrs. Maude Watson was held in The Dalles Tuesday following her death Sunday in Pendleton. She was born Maude Rust in Colusa, California and settled with her parents on land south of Moro in the early eighties. She married Frank Watson, miller in The Dalles. Survivors are three sons, daughter and a sister, Mrs. Mae Nicholson of Pendleton.
- Mr. and Mrs. Amandus von Borstel and sons, Fred and Phil, Mr. and Mrs. Frank von Borstel attended the funeral of John Wernmark in The Dalles last Tuesday.
March 8, 1953
- Leota H. French Dies In Portland. Leota H. French, 77, died in Portland Saturday after a long illness from cancer. Born in Centerville, Iowa, she had lived in Baker county before coming to Grass Valley with her husband, the late L.R. French. Surviving are two sons, John Homewood, Greensboro, N.C.; Boyd Homewood, Lakeland air base, Texas; three daughters, Mrs. Marian Homewood Miller, Goshen, Indiana, Mrs. Louise Homewood Coltharp and Mrs. Helene Homewood Brugger, Portland, a sister and two brothers in Iowa. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in Portland with final rites at the Portland crematorium.
May 15, 1953
May 22, 1953
- Edgar M. Alley Buried At Grass Valley. Edgar Max Alley, 64, died in The Dalles Thursday evening after an illness of an hour or so. He and his brother, Tom, were down town and as they started home Ed agreed to stop at the hospital, where after a short time he died from a heart attack. Ed Alley was born in Knox county, Tenn. October 12, 1888 and had lived in several mid-western states before coming to Sherman county in 1911. He farmed near Wasco and Grass Valley for 30 years before moving to Grass Valley where he bought a confectionery store. He has been county coroner for many years and just last week resigned that office having moved to The Dalles to be closer to doctors. Survivors are his widow, Sadie (Hays), a daughter, Mrs. Wayne Karnes of Studley, Kansas; a son, Bruce at Grass Valley; a sister, Mrs. Minnie Cole, Wasco; two brothers, Tom of The Dalles and Jim of Yale, Michigan and three grandchildren, Karen and Dick Alley and Ray Karnes. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Baptist church of Grass Valley with Rev. Charles Myers giving the sermon. IOOF was in charge of the graveside service and Spencer & Libby directed. Mr. Alley was well known throughout the county having been active in many sports affairs, county fair and baseball. He was an Elk, Odd-Fellow and Baptist.
- Mr. and Mrs. Sam Brock drove to Hood River Wednesday to attend the funeral of Sam’s brother in law who lived there.
- Two Former Residents Die In Seventies. Mr. and Mrs. Art Johnson were in Salem last week to attend the funeral of Mrs. Daye Idleman, 74, elder sister of Mrs. Johnson who died in a Salem hospital. She went to school in Moro and married Dr. Idleman here. For years she was director of education at Fairview Home. Surviving is a daughter, Mrs. Gene Legg, two sisters, Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Jean Stamey of Salem.
- William S. Burres, 76, one time wheat grower west of Wasco died at his home in Portland Wednesday after an illness of two years. Two sons, Lowell of Prescott and Orville of Richland, Washington, a daughter, Mrs. Harland Johnson of Dayton, Washington and his widow survive.
- C.I. Laffoon Dies From Heart Attack. Funeral services for Clarence Ivan Laffoon were held at the Spencer & Libby home Tuesday afternoon followed by interment in the IOOF cemetery at Grass Valley. Mr. Laffoon died suddenly of a heart attack Saturday while starting his car as he prepared to leave the Kent store. He was born October 8, 1891 at Kentland, Indiana, although much of his life was spent in the west. He had lived in Sherman county for 25 years or more, farming northeast of Kent, where he raised thoroughbred horses in addition to wheat and cattle. Surviving are his widow Irma, two daughters, Mrs. Ted Carlson, Kent and Mrs. Harold Howard, Junction City; four brothers, Delmar of Corvallis, Archie of Eugene, Clyde of Springfield and Ernest of Fowler, Indiana and four grandchildren.
May 29, 1953
- John Engstrom received word that a cousin, Carl Lund of Portland, was killed Friday evening in a hit and run accident. Mrs. Lund was taken to the Portland Sanitarium with injuries.
June 5, 1953
- Mrs. C.O. Higley Dies After Long Illness. Mrs. Clarence O. Higley, nee Mary E. Reese, died at The Dalles hospital Saturday night after an illness of several weeks. She was born at Moro April 16, 1911, a daughter of T.S. Reese and the late Mrs. Reese. Surviving are her widower, C.O. Higley, a son, Tommy; two daughters Mary Penolope and Kathleen Ina; father, T.S. Reese; two sisters, Mrs. George Mitchell of Moro and Mrs. Owen Elliott of Tacoma, Wn. Mrs. Higley was a member of Harlandview grange and the Eastern Star of Moro. Funeral services under the direction of Smith Callaway, were held from the Moro Community church Thursday at 1:00 p.m. and interment made in the IOOF cemetery at The Dalles.
- James Matthes Dead At 73 years. James Lawrence Matthes, an Oregon native, died at the age of 73 at a hospital in The Dalles Wednesday. “Jimmy” Matthes had lived in Sherman county for many years until he went to The Dalles a few years ago for doctors care. He operated warehouses and elevators at Kent. He was born August 5, 1879 at Salem and has lived here for nearly 50 years. Surviving are his widow, Bertha, The Dalles; two bothers, Edward and Willard, Salem; a sister, Mrs. Marie Mumper, Salem, and a daughter, Mrs. Velma Hamlin of Richmond, Cal. and two grandchildren. Funeral services are in charge of Spencer & Libby who will announce the date and time.
June 12, 1953
June 19, 1953
- The Donald Peake, 16 year old boy, who was drowned in the Seaside pool, was a nephew of Mrs. Dewey Thompson.
June 26, 1953
July 3, 1953
- Henry G. Hanson Dead At 77 Years. Rev. Henry G. Hanson, former pastor of the Moro Presbyterian church, died in Portland Tuesday after a long illness. Rev. Hanson served here twice as pastor and is known to nearly all residents of this part of the county. He was born in Minneapolis, Minn., February 27, 1876, graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1903 and came west to begin his ministry in 1913 in Portland. Surviving are his widow, Meldora, a son, LeeRoy and three sisters and two grandsons. The funeral services were held at the Calvary Presbyterian church at 72nd & Sandy Boulevard, Friday, July 3, at 2 p.m. Dewey Thompson and Harry Pinkerton served as pallbearers. Several Moro friends attended the services.
July 10, 1953
- Arch L. Russell Buried Near Eugene. Arch L. Russell, former resident of Grass Valley, died in a Eugene hospital July 4 after a short illness. He was born in California January 17, 1886. When a young man he came to Grass Valley to work for Tommy Morrison and was an athlete of note in his youth. Surviving are his widow, Cora (Daugherty); three sons, Forrest, Vancouver, Wn., Avery, Newberg, Bennie, Eugene; four daughters, Mrs. Lois Macy, Portland, Mrs. Greta Watts, Dallas, Texas, Mrs. Alma Dobra, San Diego, Cal., Mrs. Irma Collins, Underwood, Wn.; two brothers and three sisters. Funeral services were held Thursday at Springfield with interment in Pleasant Hill cemetery.
- and Mrs. Fred Dormaier were called to Seattle last week on the illness and death of her father.
July 17, 1953
July 24, 1953
- Eleanora Anderson. Funeral services for Mrs. Eleanora Anderson were held Tuesday in The Dalles following her death last week. Rev. Martin Larson officiated and Arthur Sargent, John Robinson, Walter Farrar, Harley Dutton, Arvid Anderson and Gordon Harper were pallbearers. Mrs. Anderson was the wife of the late Emil Anderson and was for many years a resident of the Wasco community.
- Moro Personals. Chester P. Walker, of Yamhill, former farmer near Moro, died at Portland Sunday. Funeral services were held Wednesday at McMinnville which were attended by Mr. and Mrs. Max Belshee of Moro, a nephew. Survivors are his widow, Blanche and a son, Kendall.
July 31, 1953
- Rufus Personals. Sam Brock’s sister, Mrs. Minnie Brock, passed away a couple of weeks ago in Hood River.
August 7, 1953
- Among those going to Portland last week to attend the funeral of Art Jacobs were Mr. and Mrs. Claus Bardenhagen and daughter Martha, Mr. and Mrs. Hans Bardenhagen, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Buether, Mr. and Mrs. Ted von Borstel and Fritz Rohweder. Jacobs came home with Mr. and Mrs. Claus Bardenhagen to stay awhile.
August 14, 1953
- Will Morgan Dies After Stroke. Will Morgan, 77, died Tuesday night in a hospital in McMinnville where he had been taken Saturday after suffering a stroke. Funeral services were held Thursday at 2:30 in McMinnville with interment at Sheridan where he lived. Mr. Morgan was born in Knox county, Missouri, March 23, 1876 and came to Sherman county in 1900. While here he married Ophie Sayrs. In 1920 he and family went to Gilliam county and later to the valley. Morgan was killed in an auto accident a few years ago. Surviving are four sons, Arthel and Ray of John Day, Morris and Amory of Coquille, two daughters, Mrs. Zola Tilers, Lebanon and Mrs. Dorothy Whittler of Spokane, Wash., and one brother Dick of Moro.
- Moro Matters. Mr. and Mrs. Dick Morgan accompanied their daughter Mrs. Thelma Dimmick of Kennewick, Wash., and daughter Mrs. Rena Ransier of The Dalles to McMinnville for the funeral of Mr. Morgan’s brother, Will.
August 21, 1953
- C.W. Kenny Buried In The Dalles Monday. Funeral services for Charles W. Kenny were held in The Dalles Monday following his death Friday afternoon. He has been in poor health for some years because of a heart ailment which caused him to retire from his Sherman county farm to The Dalles. Charley Kenny was born near Moro, April 8, 1888 and had spent his entire life here until his retirement. He raised wheat and cattle since adulthood. Surviving are his widow, Minnie; one daughter, Anita Drake of Malin; one son, Lawrence, Moro; two brothers, Patrick of Vay, Idaho, John of Pendleton; three sisters, Mrs. Clarence Mersinger, Moro, Mrs. Fred Ruckman, Coos Bay, Miss Addie Kenny, Lyle, Washington; seven grandchildren and 13 nieces and nephews. He was a member of the Masonic lodge of Moro, the Cattlemen’s association and was a Wasco county pioneer. Services were conducted from Spencer & Libby’s with William Roos, Dewey Thompson, Ralph Eakin, Alex Marshall, G. Douma and Bernie Rice as pallbearers. Interment was in The Dalles cemetery.
- Worth Tate Dies In Hood River. Worth A. Tate, long time resident of Sherman county, farming near Rufus, died at his home in Hood River Tuesday after a long illness. Tate was born in Chicago, February 17, 1872 and came to Oregon when a small boy to locate in this county. Survivors are his widow, Amy; a son, James W., Rufus; a daughter, Frances Martin of Vallejo, Calif.; three brothers Earnest of Glendale, Calif., Frank and Richard of Chicago; a sister, Mrs. Mary Rogers, Portland; and six grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock from Spencer & Libby’s in The Dalles.
- Hugh Shull Loses Grandson In Wreck. Andrew Hugh Young, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Shull, well known in Sherman county, was killed in a pickup accident near Coos Bay, August 6. He was 13 years of age and a son of Mrs. Doris Young. Besides his mother, he is survived by two sisters and his grandparents. Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Shull and son, Douglas, of Moro, attended the funeral services in Portland at the Little Chapel of the Chimes.
- A Thought of Gratefulness. In Memoriam – The passing of Ora Lewellen Zell – June 29, 1953 – aged 72 years. Dear Friends — Your flowers, a token of affection for her, and words of condolence to us — are ours to cherish — and yet, the heart throbs of empty arms, and regretful heart crowd in up on us — as we grope our way alone. Some meaningful word – is given by Fraternal Friends, which we beg to offer – as “an ECHO” of her passing, and from the destiny, which we hope is hers. May they express encouragement to you, and our appreciation to those who were kind and thoughtful to her, as she in obscurity lived the last eight years of her stay among us… [Note: a long farewell with no other names shown; no obituary found. Ora Evelyn Lewellen (1881-__) m. Charles Milton Zell]
August 28, 1953
- Mrs. Knighten’s Mother Dies. Mrs. Annie Laurie MacGregor, mother of Mrs. Wily Knighten, died at her home in Portland after a long illness with heart trouble. She would have been 85 Saturday, August 22. Funeral services were held Monday. Surviving in addition to Mrs. Knighten are Ruth MacGregor of Portland, Mrs. Helen Lee and Margaret MacGregor of San Francisco, John of New York and Allister of Seattle; four grandchildren. Wily Knighten jr. came up from Hamilton Field, California for the funeral of his grandmother in Portland Monday and returned to duty with the air force Thursday.
- Maud Driscoll Buried In Wasco. Mrs. Maud Driscoll died Sunday of a stroke in Portland at the age of 83 years. Services were held Wednesday at Little Chapel of the Chimes with graveside services at Wasco cemetery at 2 p.m. Rev. Alfred Solomon in charge. Pallbearers were Willard Harper, Gordon Harper, Harry Van Gilder, Free Crews, Joe Peters, and Harry Pinkerton. Surviving and attending the services a daughter, Mrs. Ethel Searcy and a son, Clyde F. Driscoll, a granddaughter, Mrs. Audrey Thogerson of Spokane; a grandson, Dale Driscoll of Portland; four brothers, Will, George, Erwin and Ira Kirklin, all of the Spokane area. Additional survivors a sister, Mrs. Hazel Slack of Spokane and four great grandchildren. Mrs. Driscoll was a member of the Methodist church and Rebekah lodge of Goldendale, Wn.
September 4, 1953
- Clide Fridley Dies After 70 Years. Clide L. Fridley, 70, a Sherman countian for nearly all his life, died in a hospital in The Dalles last Friday. He had long been ill. Mr. Fridley was born near Corvallis, February 17, 1883, and when a boy came to Sherman county with his parents to take up land near Emigrant Springs which he still owns. He went to Biglow school and attended school in Portland. In 1906 he was married in Wasco to Daisy Hill whose death a few months ago was a severe blow to his health. Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Dewey Thomas of Wasco, Mrs. Inez Taylor of Terrebonne; three sons, Kenneth, Ira and Clyde, the first two from Wasco and Clyde now in Tillamook; eight grandchildren, a brother, Clifford N.; two sisters, Mrs. Dora Moore, Wasco and Mrs. Frank Jackson, Hood River. Mr. Fridley spent his life raising wheat and stock on land owned by his family and himself. He was a member of the grange and the Masons and the Wasco Methodist church. The funeral was held Monday in The Dalles with Rev. F.L. Cannel officiating and with interment in The Dalles cemetery.
September 11, 1953
- Perry Venable Perry Venable, long-time resident of Sherman county, died Sunday, August 23, 1953 in Seattle, Wn., after a long illness. Mr. Venable was born September 7, 1875 at Silverton, Oregon, and is survived by two sisters Mrs. Eva Doane of The Dalles and Mrs. Addie Courtway of Wenatchee, Wn. Also a number of nieces and nephews. Interment was made August 26 at North Bend, Wn.
September 18, 1953
- George Updegraff Dead From Heart Attack Sunday. Death claimed George G. Updegraff early Sunday morning. From his apartment he called Dr. W.N. Morse who heard the phone drop and hurried to answer the call but found it too late. Updegraff had died from a heart attack, the first one known to his friends. George Gavin Updegraff was born in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, October 24, 1898, came to Portland in 1916 after attending school in many railroad towns in the mid-west where his father worked. He graduated from OSC in 1918 after attending business college in St. Mary’s in Portland. He went to Stanford university where he was private clerk for Mrs. Herbert Hoover who assisted him through college as she did a number of young men. Graduating in 1925 he stayed to obtain his J.D. degree and a short time later came to Wasco to begin practice. On the resignation of Francis Wade, then district attorney, Updegraff was appointed to that office. In 1932 he bought a share of the Sherman Abstract Co., and moved to Moro. He bought the Mid-Columbia Title company in The Dalles in 1947 after obtaining the Gilliam and Wheeler county companies. His residence has been in The Dalles since then although he came to Moro two or three times a week. He was an organizer and officer of the Mid-Columbia Show ass’n., a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Elks of Corvallis and the American Legion. Upon the death of Judge Carl Hendricks in 1942 he was appointed circuit judge for the 11th district and served to the end of the term, refusing to be a candidate. Surviving are his mother, Mrs. George H. Updegraff of Portland and a brother Rear Admiral William N. Updegraff, retired, of San Francisco. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning in Portland at the Blessed Sacrament church with entombment in Mt. Calvary cemetery. [Photo]
- Lydia Darby Buried In Wasco Cemetery. Funeral services for Mrs. Lydia Darby were held Monday at 2 p.m. from the Methodist church in Wasco where she had resided for the greater part of her life. Lydia Smith Darby was born near Turner, December 28, 1888 and came to Sherman county with her parents in 1904. She attended school at Grass Valley for several years, the family farming near there. She moved to Wasco about 40 years ago and had been a trusted employee for the Sherman Co-op Grain Growers many years until her retirement a year or so ago. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Kenneth Ferguson of Portland, six grandchildren, two brothers, Arthur Smith of Wasco and L.K. Smith of Goldendale, Washington. She died in Providence hospital in Portland as the result of a lingering illness. Interment was made in Sunrise cemetery near Wasco.
- William P. Luttrell Dies In Pendleton. William Pleasant Luttrell, 75, died in Pendleton Monday after a long illness. He was born in Knoxville, Tenn., and had lived in Oregon 57 years. He owned a pool hall in Grass Valley many years ago and attained much renown for his high good humor and friendliness. He is survived by a step-son, Kenneth Lane of Pendleton and a step-daughter, Mrs. Charles Low of Tacoma; a brother, Omer S., Hermiston and a sister, Mrs. Luther Stout, Wishram, Wn. Funeral services and interment were at Pendleton on Wednesday.
September 25, 1953
- Ben Shull Buried At Walla Walla. Funeral services for Benjamin F. Shull who died in Salem Thursday were held Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. in The Dalles with interment in the Odd-Fellows cemetery at Walla Walla, Wash. Mr. Shull was born in Joplin, Missouri, December 29, 1872 and came to Oregon when a boy settling first in the Willamette He came to Sherman county in 1904 and went to farming which he followed until he retired to a few acres in Hay Canyon. Surviving are two sons, Ernest of Moro and George of Lewiston, Idaho, a brother, Hugh of Yachats, three grandchildren and one great grandchild.
October 2, 1953
October 9, 1953
- Bert Davis Buried In Portland. Bert Davis, former resident of Sherman county, died at his home in Portland of a heart attack and was buried Tuesday, October 6, in Rose City cemetery after services in the Chapel of Chimes. Mr. Davis was born in Missouri November 11, 1876 and when a boy rode a saddle horse across the plains herding the extra stock. His family lived in Idaho, Marion county and near Battleground, Wn. Bert came to Sherman county about 30 years ago and farmed here until 1942 when he moved to Portland. Surviving are his widow, Anna; two brothers, William of Battleground and Walter of Vancouver, a sister, Mrs. A.B. McFadden of The Dalles, a son, Norman of Rome and a grandson.
October 16, 1953
- Former Resident Dies In Modesto, California. Funeral services were held for Mrs. Nellie May Matteson, in Modesto, California September 28. She was born at Fulton, Kansas November 3, 1881 and came to Sherman county with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur F. Watkins when a small child and lived west of Wasco until she went to California where she lived until her death. She married George K. Matteson. Mrs. Matteson was a member of the Christian church, the Rebekah lodge, and was active in the American Legion auxiliary. During the last war she served as hostess in the Modesto Service Center. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Velma Calvert of Fresno, Calif., a son, Vernal Matteson, Modesto, California, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Larry Simpson of Portland, Mrs. Albert Kaseberg of Wasco, two brothers, E.H. & W.D. Watkins, Wasco; a half sister and two half bothers of Seattle, Washington.
October 25, 1953
- W.H. Ragsdale was up from his home in The Dalles Friday and said that he had recently returned from Orcus Island, Washington where he attended the funeral of Harold Christianson, husband of Margaret Morrison, a niece of Mrs. Ragsdale.
- Mr. and Mrs. Tom Coyle received word Wednesday of the sudden death of her uncle, Cliff Rice at his home in Sweet Home. Mr. and Mrs. Coyle left Friday to attend the funeral in Sweet Home. They visited Mr. Coyle’s sister, Mrs. Charles Amon at Silverton before returning home Sunday.
October 30, 1953
- Last Rites For Ralph Brisbane Held Tuesday. Last rites for Ralph Brisbane, 65, who passed away at a hospital in The Dalles Friday, October 23, were held at the Community church in Moro at 2 o’clock p.m., Tuesday, the Rev. Alfred Soloman conducting the service. Interment was in the Moro IOOF cemetery where the American Legion conducted graveside military rites. Smith Callaway of The Dalles had charge of arrangements. J.W. McKean was soloist, accompanied by Mrs. Max Barzee at the organ. Pallbearers were Fred Winebarger, The Dalles; Stanley Reavis, Parkdale; John Stradley, Wenatchee; Darwin Van Gilder, Theodore Johnston and Wily W. Knighten, Moro. Mr. Brisbane was born March 15, 1888, at Newberg and came to Moro with his parents at the age of 14. He was with Pacific Power and Light company at Moro for 32 years and was a school bus driver for the Moro schools at the time of his death. A veteran of World War I, Mr. Brisbane took part in two Allied offensives, the battle of St. Mihiel and the Argonne. He was a charter member of Chris Schultz post No. 91 of the American Legion at Moro and a member of the Moro IOOF lodge and Eureka lodge No. 121, AF&AM. Survivors include his widow, Havie of Moro, a son, Robert of Moro, a daughter, Mrs. Carrol S. Bennett of Lebanon; a brother, Haden of Hillsboro; and two grandchildren. Relatives and friends coming from a distance to attend the funeral included Mr. and Mrs. Carroll S. Bennett, Lebanon; Mr. and Mrs. Haden Brisbine, Hillsboro; Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Brisbine, Beaverton; Mr. and Mrs. Neil Freeman, Eugene; Mr. and Mrs. Avery Martin and Mrs. Charles Belshe, McMinnville; Mildred Meek, Portland; Ruby Brisbine and Annie Boatman, Newberg; Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Justeson, Tygh Valley; Mr. and Mrs. O.T. Hanson, The Dalles; Mr. and Mrs. Jack O’Neal, Goldendale, Wash., and Mr. and Mrs. Glen Van Gilder.
November 6, 1953
- A number of Wasco people attended the funeral services of Ralph Brisbine at Moro Tuesday. Brisbine had been known and lived in Wasco for a good many years.
November 13, 1953
November 20, 1953
- and Mrs. Frank T. Bayer left Wednesday for Buckridge, Canada to attend the funeral of his brother, Tom Bayer Saturday.
November 27, 1953
- Opal Feldman Hulisz Buried At Wasco. Funeral services for Mrs. Opal Feldman Hulisz of Portland was held Tuesday afternoon at the Wasco Methodist church with Rev. H. Gravenor officiating. The Church of the Little Chimes handled arrangements and burial was in the Sunrise cemetery. Mrs. Hulisz is survived by her husband, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Feldman and a sister Mrs. Walt Maffie of Hermiston. The Feldmans were residents of Wasco for a number of years.
December 4, 1953
- W.H. Ragsdale Buried In Moro. The funeral for William H. Ragsdale was held from the Moro Community Presbyterian church Sunday afternoon at two o’clock following his death in Hillsboro at the home of his son in law, John Searcy, Thursday evening. Mr. Ragsdale had been in Portland to be at the bedside of his wife who underwent a serious operation. He had not been in good health for some months because of a weak heart. Mr. Ragsdale was born in Missouri, January 25, 1872, and became a resident of what became Sherman county when ten years old when his father took up a homestead near Moro. He attended the normal school at Monmouth in 1896. He taught school here until 1898 when he was elected county school superintendent. While in that office he began studying law with J.B. Hosford, then a well-known attorney and part-time publisher of the Sherman County Observer. Within a few years Mr. Ragsdale passed the bar examination and began practice of law. But business attracted him more and he dealt in land, and in time became president of the Farmers State Bank and a substantial land owner of the county. He served also as city councilman, was a member of the Presbyterian church and the AOUW and IOOF lodges and was active in most of the civic and political affairs of the city and county. He served one term as state senator from the joint district of Gilliam, Sherman and Wheeler counties. He was elected director of the Federal Land Bank at Spokane and moved to The Dalles where he spent the last ten or twelve years of his life, looking after his farms from that distance. Surviving are his widow, Lida (Belshee); a daughter, Mrs. John Searcy of Hillsboro; a son, Harry of Portland, three grandchildren and a brother, Ray of LaGrande.
- Sadie Shearer Dies at 69. Funeral services for Mrs. Sadie Shearer were held at Albany Wednesday following her death at a hospital there Sunday. Mrs. Shearer will be remembered in Moro as Sadie Tomlin who was married to W.Y. Shearer (Bill) at Pendleton in 1912. Mrs. Shearer was born in Stockton, Missouri, January 19, 1884 and came to Moro in 1887 with her parents. She lived here until 1916 when she moved to Shedd where she has lived until recently. Surviving are her widower, and five brothers, Ed of Portland, Carl of Klamath Falls, Ben, Laurel and George of California.
- Grass Valley. Mr. and Mrs. Frank T. Bayer returned Sunday from Buckridge, Canada where they attended the funeral of his brother, Tom Bayer, who was killed while working in the woods. Mrs. Walter Middleton, who stayed a week with her mother, came back with them and they took her to her home in Hillsboro Monday. They went to Sheridan to visit Mr. and Mrs. Milo Elliott and to bring Mr. and Mrs. Guy Vintin back with them Wednesday, taking them to their home in Carlton, Wn., Saturday returning on Sunday.
December 11, 1953
- Western Builders Workman Dies From Heart Attack. Hosey Hall, 49, an employee of the Western Builders died suddenly on the job near Grass Valley Monday morning as work started for the day on erection of steel frames for electric lines. He was born August 20, 1904 and was a resident of Seattle were his widow, Martha, was living. Coroner Bruce Alley and Coroner Kenneth Libby made the examination as soon as called by members of the crew. A heart attack indicated as the cause of death. He had been here since October and worked out of Moro for a time before going to Grass Valley.
- Hal Morrow Dead After 86 Year Life. Hal [Harry Edwin] Morrow, long time Sherman countian, died in The Dalles Wednesday at the age of 86. He had just entered a hospital. Mr. Morrow was born October 21, 1867 in Illinois and the family came west where it settled on Starvation point. He moved to Kent where he farmed for nearly 30 years before selling out and retiring to The Dalles. Surviving are four sons, Edwin and Marion of The Dalles; Basil of San Diego and Joe of Woodburn; three daughters, Mrs. Frances McCausland and Mrs. Nora Howell of Spokane and Mrs. Mabel Murray of Odell; two sisters, Mrs. E.E. Kaseberg of The Dalles and Mrs. Nan [Golliher] of Salem, 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
- Mildred L. Bright, widow of the late C.J. Bright, and a one time resident of Moro when Bright, Bryant & Ellis were practicing attorneys here, died in Portland after a brief illness, last week.
December 18, 1953
- Eleven year old John McEldowney, son of Mrs. Robert King and Wilmer McEldowney of Harrisburg, was found dead Tuesday night at the home of his grandparents in The Dalles were he was living. The coroner attributed the cause of death as accidental hanging.
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- Former Grass Valley Carpenter Suicide. Jacob H. Gorence, 43, a carpenter who has worked at Grass Valley for several years, mostly with the Henry George company, builders of elevators, committed suicide Tuesday near Moses Lake, Washington by carbon monoxide gas. He has a brother, George, and a brother in law, who are being sought to determine what will be done with the body.
- Orville M. Gibson Suicide In Canyon Near Old Home. Orville M. Gibson, 67, Madras, ended his life by shooting himself with a 303 Savage rifle in a small cave in Remington canyon, probably Saturday night and his body was not found until one o’clock Tuesday afternoon. Gibson has been mechanic in the garage at Willowdale for some time and had recently gone to Portland to go through a clinic where he was told that he had cancer. Saturday morning he told his wife that he had a job to do in Shaniko and would probably not be home that night. After he had gone his wife found that he had not taken his tools or his identification papers or other things usually carried and that afternoon she and her brother in law, Bert Cox, notified the local state police officer, Harold Engbaum, who started to search. Saturday, Gibson had mailed a letter in Grass Valley to his wife which was delivered to her Monday forenoon. The letter told her that he was going to the Moro cemetery to visit the grave of his mother and then would return to the Grass Valley cemetery to the grave of their daughter, that he would leave his car there and walk down into the canyon where he knew of a cave his dog had found years ago when chasing a porcupine. He wrote that the cave had a small opening and that there was no need to search for him and that burial would thereby be unnecessary. Gibson Lived Here. Orville Gibson was born in Douglas county, it is believed by those who knew him. His mother had a homestead at the head of the canyon where the body was found and he had once been well acquainted with the country. Willard Barnett had noticed the car parked in the cemetery and had given notice of it. Officer Engbaum brought Spencer Darrah of Madras with him and with local men started search. It is evident that Gibson did not find the cave he sought, probably because of darkness, and found one with a large opening. It is about 100 yards from the bottom of the canyon on the south side. He had eaten his lunch, which he carried in a bucket and left that in the canyon. Keep and DellgraveLdtheBmto W Darrah and Officer Archie Keep and Dell Olds were the party that found the body. Bruce Alley, county coroner, called Kenneth Libby, Wasco county coroner, who took the body to The Dalles. Sheriff Norman Fields and Deputy George Geiser, aided in the search as did local men acquainted with the country. Tom Monroe took his plane but the body was found before he had received his bearings. He is survived by his widow, Bessie of Madras, and a half-brother, Ed Lewis of Bend. Funeral arrangements have not been announced by the family. [Note: copied as it appeared, typos are those of the editor]
- Grass Valley. Arch Cantrall left Friday for Nyssa after recieving word his mother, Mrs. A.F. McGinnis, was very ill. She passed away at the hospital on Saturday, the funeral will be held Tuesday at Nyssa. Cantrall and son, Everett Cantrall, and Mrs. A.A. Dunlap left Monday for Nyssa to attend the funeral.
January 22, 1954
- Orville Gibson Buried In GV Cemetery. Graveside services were held for Orville Gibson of Madras at the IOOF cemetery in Grass Valley Friday afternoon by a minister from Madras. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Spencer-Libby of The Dalles. Among the relatives and friends attending the services were Mrs. Gibson from Madras, Mrs. Katie Blanchard and daughter, Maxine Ashenberry, and Mr. and Mrs. Don Jolly from Hoquiam, Wn., Mr. and Mrs. Warren Morgan from Condon, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Messinger and Ed Lewis from Bend, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Cox, Don Cox, Mr. and Mrs. E.R. Blaylock, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Blagg, Mrs. T.M. Rolfe, John Rolfe, Dell Olds, Earl Olds, and Mr. and Mrs. John Rust.
- Grass Valley. Mr. and Mrs. Warren Morgan arrived Wednesday from Condon after receiving word of the death of his uncle, Orville Gibson. They were guests at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Cox, until Sunday when they returned home.
January 29, 1954
- Charles Belshee To Be Buried Saturday. Mrs. Charles R. Belshee died Wednesday morning at the McMinnville hospital after a lingering illness that has kept her bedfast for weeks. Mrs. Belshee was born in Sherman county May 9, 1888, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Wright and had spent her entire life here. She was married December 18, 1906 to Charles Belshee who survives her. Besides her widower she leaves a daughter, Mrs. Avery Martin of McMinnville, two granddaughters, Mrs. Janet Robinson of Portland and Beverly Martin of McMinnville, and a sister, Mrs. Howard Belshee of The Dalles. Funeral services will be held from the Moro church Saturday afternoon at two o’clock.
- Jess N. Landry Buried In Portland. Jess N. Landry, resident of Sherman county for nearly all of his 73 years, died at his home in Portland Sunday morning. He had been ill for a long time. Jess Landry was born at Sprague, Washington, May 6, 1880 and came to Sherman county with his parents in the 80s. His father was a blacksmith and had a shop in Moro. Jess was a barber in his early years although for years he had farmed the W.S. Powell farm west of town, from which he retired last fall to move to Portland. Surviving are his widow, Eva, a son Arnold, two grandchildren, a sister Clara Barnum. Funeral services were held in Portland Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. with interment in Riverview cemetery. Relatives from here had to take the train to attend the funeral.
- One Time Resident Dies In Salem. Abbie Mortensen, 80, a long time resident of Sherman county, died at Salem Thursday after a four year illness. She was born in Bois D’Ark, Missouri, January 13, 1874 and came to Lakeview where she taught school. She was married in Yakima, Wn., to Ole Mortensen who died two years ago. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. R.H. Gabriel, Sweet Home, Mrs. Carl Melzer, Dayton, Mrs. Clyde Booten, Ocean Park, Calif., Miss Grace Mortensen, Helena, Mont.; three sisters, Mrs. J.P. Hunt, Salem, Mrs. S.J. Brock, Wasco, Mrs. Cora Conley, Sparks, Nev., 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held in Salem Saturday. Attending from here were Mr. and Mrs. Harold Melzer, Wayne and Millard Melzer and Mrs. S.J. Brock.
- Bertha Coyle Dies In Hospital. Funeral services for Mrs. Bertha L. Coyle were held Wednesday afternoon from the Grass Valley church following her death Saturday in a hospital in The Dalles. Mrs. Coyle was born in Linn county, Oregon, March 15, 1884 and came to Sherman county as a bride in 1903 and has been here since that time. The Coyles worked for wages on farms, rented and bought and paid for a good sized farm by their own efforts. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last summer. Surviving are her widower, Thomas J.; three daughters, Mrs. Hazel Zurlinden, Portland, Mrs. Cecile Eakin and Mrs. Sylvia Gilkison, both of Grass Valley; four grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Hettie Madden of Fresno, Calif.; four brothers, Frank, Loren, Collis, and Ralph Rice of Holley. Pallbearers were Ivan Blagg, Elton Eakin, Max Brown, Bernard Martin, Robert Schilling and Boyce Blaylock. Rev. H. Gravener officiated.
February 5, 1954
- Bill Shearer Dies At Albany. Word was received by relatives Monday afternoon of the death of Y. (Bill) Shearer of Albany, Oregon. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon in Albany. Husband of Sadie Shearer, who passed away November 29. Brother of Andy of The Dalles, John of Corvallis, Lawrence and Earl of Tangent, Sisters Lena and Carrie, of California.
February 12, 1954
- Fred Krusow Dead After 97 Years. Fred Krusow died Tuesday morning on High Prairie, near The Dalles, after 70 years spent in this area, mostly in Sherman county. By his own account he was born in Wisconsin, June 24, 1856, son of German immigrants who later took him to Minnesota where he grew to manhood. He was not strong and doctors advised him to seek a different climate. He came to The Dalles, worked on Tygh Ridge for a time and settled in Sherman county five miles south west of Grass Valley in 1884. He hauled crooked lumber from Lake’s mill above Wamic and straightened it for his house and barn, he forked for threshers and tilled his acres so successfully that by 1904 he was able to retire to Grass Valley where he bought the A. Scott residence. Fred Krusow became county commissioner and county judge where he advanced the roads program and kept the county on an even financial keel. He was married in 1898 to Agnes Scott, of New Brunswick who preceded him in death. They adopted a son, Stanley, with whom the old judge made his home in recent years. Mr. Krusow was long a member of the Grass Valley IOOF lodge, The Dalles Elks. Funeral services were held Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at Smith Callaways in The Dalles with interment being in the Grass Valley cemetery later in the day. Fred Krusow was a huge man physically, of strong will, prompt in this dealings, helpful to his friends, a lover of hard work and one who respected honest achievement in others.
February 19, 1954
- Agnes Andrews Buried At Wasco. Mrs. Agnes Andrews, widow of the late Ben Andrews, of Wasco died at a hospital in The Dalles Sunday at the age of 85. She came with her parents from Missouri to settle near Grant in 1882 and has been a resident of this county since that time. She married Mr. Andrews in 1890 and they spent their life in upper Girking [Gerking] canyon raising three sons, W.H. of Wasco, Ross and Roy of Portland and two daughters, Mrs. Elwood McPherson of Wasco and Mrs. Virginia York of Portland. Two granddaughters and one great granddaughter also survive. She was a member of the Christian church in Wasco from which the funeral services were conducted. Rev. Merlin Shields officiated Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. services. Interment was in the Sunrise cemetery. Pallbearers were Keith McDonald, David Richelderfer, Lewis Hastings, Robert Bish, Glen Van Gilder and Clem Welk. [Agnes R. Andrews]
- Moro Personals. Caroline Sells, sister of Mrs. W.B. Johnston, Salem, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Helen Brighthall at New Troy, Michigan, on February 13. Mrs. Sells frequently visited here with her sister when the Johnstons lived on the farm now occupied by their son, Theodore.
February 26, 1954
- Larry Matthias Was Sherman Countian. The Larry Mathias, fire chief of Pasco, Washington, who was killed by gas in the basement of a dwelling there Sunday was Lawrence Matthias, graduate of Wasco high school and a son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Matthias, once of Wasco and Grass Valley. Lawrence stayed at the Pinkerton ranch for many years. He was trying to put out an oil furnace fire in a house that had several bedrooms in the basement when he was overcome by gas, his mask being defective. He was in the smoke for 40 minutes before firemen could rescue him. The house was not destroyed. Mr. Matthias was survived by his widow and his parents who live at Outlook, Wash., and several brothers and sisters. and Mrs. Pinkerton attended the funeral Wednesday at Pasco.
- Moro Personals. Victor Barr (Virgie) died at Sweet Home Saturday after a long illness. She was a resident here with her husband for many years when he was farming the Powell place some time ago. Her widower and a son Ferrel, survive.
March 5, 1954
- Mrs. Andrew Dyer Dies. Mrs. James Dyer and her daughter Mrs. James Coons, left Thursday for Eugene to attend the funeral of Mrs. Andrew Dyer who passed away March 2. Services will be held Friday at 10:30 from the Poole-Larson funeral home in Eugene. Interment will be made at Coburg cemetery, where Mrs. Dyer’s parents and many other members of her family rest.
- Dave Maxwell Dead. David A. Maxwell died at a rest home in Portland at the age of 88 on March 2 and funeral services will be held from the Colonial Mortuary in that city. He was for many years a resident of Moro and was owner of a farm east of town, presently farmed by Vernon Miller.
March 12, 1954
- Elizabeth Strange Dies At Portland. Mrs. Elizabeth Strange died Tuesday in Portland at the age of 76 after a long illness. She was a Sherman county resident for the greater part of her life, coming here as a young girl from Hanover, Germany where she was born May 11, 1877. She was the widow of Chris Koepke, a farmer in the German settlement west of Kent and a member of the Patjen family. Survivors are Mrs. Adele Simon of Grass Valley, Mrs. Emma Chamberlin of Portland, Mrs. Amanda West of Clinton, Wash. and a son, Gustave of The Dalles, a sister, Mrs. Anna Holman of Portland, five grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 9:30 in Portland and graveside services at the Grass Valley cemetery at 2:30 that afternoon.
- Archie Gosson Funeral In The Dalles Today. Funeral services for Archie L. Gosson, who died at Pendleton Tuesday, will be held from the Spencer & Libby chapel in The Dalles Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. Interment will be in the Odd-Fellows cemetery there. Mr. Gosson, a farmer in the Klondike neighborhood for 45 years, was known throughout the county for his witty and pointed stories. He was born at Digby Neck, Nova Scotia, March 29, 1880, and that year was brought to Klickitat county, Washington by his parents who took up a homestead there. Within ten years they moved to Mill creek near The Dalles. Archie came to Sherman county and farmed one place for the Potters until 1950 when he retired because of failing health. Surviving are his widow, Orel G. of Wasco, a son, Lloyd and a daughter, Mrs. Earle Morrison of Wasco and a daughter, Mrs. Loyal Pratt of The Dalles, nine brothers and sisters, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
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April 9, 1954
- Mrs. E. Schaeffer Dies Suddenly After 85 Active Years. Mary Elizabeth Schaeffer, 85, did up her housework Monday morning, put out the washing and proceded to other housecleaning chores when she was stricken with a heart attack which proved fatal before she reached a hospital. Mrs. Schaeffer, nee Snoderly, was born near Waterloo, Oregon, January 6, 1869 and was brought to what is now Crook county when an infant. She married John Schaeffer, a farmer at Kent and Erskine, a Civil war veteran and a singer in early day musicals. Surviving child of his union is Mrs. Lois Barzee of The Dalles. Two grandchildren, Max of Moro and Mrs. Robert Fairfield of Walnut Creek, Calif., survive as do five great grandchildren. Mrs. Schaeffer belonged to the Grass Valley Baptist church and the Lupine Rebekah lodge of Moro, had been queen of the Crook county pioneer gathering, and was well known for her vigor and liveliness. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at two o’clock from the Moro Community church with the Rev. Alfred Solomon officiating and Smith-Callaway in charge of arrangements.
April 16, 1954
- Chet Bargenholt Buried In The Dalles. Chester Bargenholt, 63, long time resident of Sherman county, died in Portland Sunday morning after a brief illness. He was born April 17, 1890 in Hastings, Nebraska and came to Sherman county when a young man, working on farms for years before going to work for the county where he helped build and maintain roads. He had been working for the Sherman Co-op Grain Growers since 1942. A veteran of World War I, he was a member of the Wasco American Legion post. Survivors include his widow, Maude of Wasco, his mother, Mrs. Minnie Bargenholt of Portland, a sister, Mrs. Cora Hartley of Portland, a niece and three nephews. Services were held Wednesday, April 14, at 2 p.m. at Smith Callaway’s in The Dalles with interment in The Dalles cemetery.
April 23, 1954
April 30, 1954
- John Jones Dies In Sleep At Wasco. John R. Jones, 74, a resident of Wasco and a frequent visitor in Moro with Con Davis, died in bed Friday morning at the home of his sister, Mrs. Mai McDermid in Wasco. When she went to call him in the morning he was found to be dead. Mr. Jones was born in Wales, March 31, 1880, although he had been a resident of Oregon for 30 years living in Dufur and Wasco. He was a veteran of World War I and a member of the Baptist church. Survivors are Mrs. McDermid and another sister, Mrs. Lena Jones also of Wasco. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Smith Callaway’s in The Dalles with interment in the cemetery in that city.
May 7, 1954
- Moro Personals. Mrs. Lester Barnum was in Arlington Wednesday of last week to attend the funeral of her uncle John Roberts, 74.
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May 21, 1954
- A. Young Buried At Oregon City. Word was received of the death of W.A. Young, long time resident of Kent, who died at the Oregon City hospital after a short illness. He was 83 years, 6 months and 16 days. He homesteaded near Kent in 1890 and lived there until 20 years ago when he moved to near Portland. Mr. Young is survived by his widow, Mrs. Sarah Young, four daughters, Mrs. Harry Horner, Coquille, Mrs. Roy Barnet, The Dalles, Mrs. Lottie Hampton, Portland, Mrs. Otho Smith, Tacoma, Wn., two sons, Willie Young, Oregon City, Lloyd Young, Portland, twelve grandchildren and twenty-three great grandchildren. Services will be held Saturday, May 22 at 2 p.m. at the Hill Top Mortuary, Oregon City.
- C.B. Halfpenny Funeral Sunday. Chester Halfpenny, resident of Grass Valley for several years and former UP agent there, died in a hospital in The Dalles Monday. He was born February 8, 1884 in Pennsylvania and has long been an Oregonian. Funeral services will be held Sunday at the Baptist church in Grass Valley with Smith Callaway in charge. Interment will be in the Lincoln Memorial at Portland. He was an Elk and a Mason. Survivors are a brother William in Pennsylvania, two sisters, Annie and Nellie Halfpenny, also of Pennsylvania, a niece Mrs. Joseph Satdotz of Portland.
- “Hub” Nichols Dies In California. Herman H. “Hub” Nichols passed away at Oroville, California, early Friday morning May 14, 1954 of a heart attack. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Alta Nichols. Herman Nichols was born in Coffee county, Kansas, April 15, 1888; came to Oregon with his parents in 1889 to Marion county where the family lived until March 15, 1913, on which date they moved to the home ranch east of Moro. He lived there until 1942, at which time he and his wife moved to Cecil, Oregon. At the time of his death he was on a vacation, visiting his wife’s daughter in California. His widow will continue to make her home there. Other survivors are three sisters, Mrs. Gladis Fox of Salem, Mrs. Iva Thomas of San Jose, California, Mrs. Lorena Anderson of Grants Pass; three brothers, Everett of Lewiston, Idaho, Wesley of Moro, Arthur of Spokane, Washington. “Hub” was a member of the Chris Shultz American Legion post of Moro. Mr. and Mrs. Everett Nichols of Lewiston, Arthur of Spokane and Wesley drove down for the funeral which was held May 18 at 2 p.m.
May 28, 1954
- I.D. Pike received word Tuesday from Mrs. Valda Winston of Seattle, Wn., that her brother Elbie Chandler of Yakima died May 10 of a heart attack. Their mother will be remembered here as Mrs. Meifert. They lived here about 30 years ago.
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July 9, 1954
- Howard Coon Buried At Grass Valley. Howard Coon, former resident of Grass Valley, died at his home near Sandy July 3 and was buried at the Grass Valley cemetery July 6. Clarence Howard Coon was born June 17, 1875 and spent his younger years around Grass Valley where he was renowned as a rider of bad horses. He farmed for many years and raised his family there. Surviving are his widow Edna (Stanton), five children, three sons and two daughters, two brothers, J.B., now in a rest home in Hood River, Leslie in Grants Pass and many nieces and nephews.
July 16, 1954
- Bob May Funeral To Be Held Today. Robert Ralph May died in Portland July 12 after an illness reported to be cancer of the lung. He was a long time resident of Sherman county. Born February 22, 1900 in Woodburn he came to Sherman county where he attended school at both Wasco and Moro. He was employed for 21 years by the Pacific Power & Light Co. at The Dalles leaving that job to come to Moro and grow wheat and wire farm houses when electricity became available. He also sold electrical equipment in Moro. While in The Dalles he was a well known amateur ball player. He was a member of the Elks lodge at Hood River and was working for the Oregon Lumber company at Dee at the time of his last illness. Surviving are his widow, Maude, two sons, Claude of Moro, Robert of The Dalles and a daughter, Mrs. Vern Rolfe of Odell and a sister, Mrs. Esta M. Powell of Portland. Services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in The Dalles.
- Dick Abel Dies Quietly At Home. Richard Abel, 84, long time resident of Kent, died at his home sometime Tuesday nght of natural causes. His body was discovered Wednesday morning when he failed to appear for lunch at his accustomed place. He had not been feeling well the day before but was not seriously ill. Apparently he had gotten out of bed and sat in a chair to die quietly of a heart attack with his cane in his hand and his other hand on the arm of his favorite chair. Dick Abel was born in Cornwall, England and came to Kent about 1910 where he was warehouse manager, store operator, and in late years oil distributor. He had neither wife nor other relatives known to his friends in Kent. He was widely known. Funeral services will be held Saturday at two o’clock at Kent with interment in the cemetery there.
July 23, 1954
- Mrs. W. Fehrenbacher Dies At Gresham. Mrs. Will Fehrenbacker of Gresham passed away suddenly Sunday at a hospital there. Mrs. Fehrenbacker was the former Sadie Fox, who came to Wasco in 1902 with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Fox from Patterson, New Jersey. Mrs. Fehrenbacher, who was 70 years old, taught the Webfoot school in 1905, then worked at the Moro courthouse as deputy clerk until her marriage in 1905 to Wm. Fehrenbacher who survives her. They lived at Lowden, Wn., for many years, then settled at Troutdale in 1928 where they continued to live until their retirement a couple years ago when they bought a home in Gresham. They had five children who are all married and living in Oregon. Mrs. Fehrenbacher leaves here a father, William Fox, two brothers, James and George Fox, a sister, Rose Fox, all of Wasco. Funeral services were held from the Gresham Catholic church at 9 a.m. July 21, and burial made in Gresham. [Note: see August 20, 1954 for her father’s obit.]
July 30, 1954
- Joesphine May Funeral Today. Mrs. Andrew May (Josephine) died Monday night, July 26 in a rest home in Vancouver, Wash., the result of a stroke suffered in June. She was living with her son, Clifford until moved to the home while his house was remodeled. Mrs. May was born Josephine Pourron of French parentage on November 1, 1874 and was married to Andy May in Kansas in 1897. In 1904 they came to Sherman county where they lived until his death. Surviving are three sons, Clifford of Vancouver, Wash., Frank of Dufur and Lewis of Hermiston and one brother, Charley Pourron of Portland. Funeral services will be held Friday at 1:30 p.m. from the Moro Community church in Moro with interment in the Moro IOOF cemetery.
August 6, 1954
August 13, 1954
August 20, 1954
- William Fox William Fox of Wasco passed away Monday evening, August 16 at a hospital in The Dalles. Mr. Fox had a slight stroke Wednesday evening and gradually grew weaker until he died. William Fox was born at Patterson, New Jersey October 20, 1861, and came to Wasco with his family in 1902 where he has continuously resided since that time on his fruit ranch on the John Day river. His wife died in 1915 and his daughter Rose kept house for him after her passing. Mr. Fox is survived by three children, James, George and Rose all of Wasco, 13 grandchildren and 33 grandchildren. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. [Note: copied as it appeared, typos are those of the editor] [Note: See July 23, 1954 for his daughter, Sadie (Fox) Fehrenbacher’s obit.]
- Attends Grandmother’s Funeral in Milwaukie. Mary Pratt of the county agent’s office was called to Milwaukie for the funeral of her grandmother, Mrs. Mary Fopiano Richards. Mrs. Richards was born in Italy 84 years ago and came to this county when she was 17 years of age. Mrs. Richards settled at Waterman Flat, in Wheeler county where the uncle, John Fopiano, who was responsible for her coming to Oregon, founded the Fopiano ranch now known as the Collins ranch. Sunday the family attended last rites at the ranch where Mrs. Richards was buried.
August 27, 1954
- Milt O’Brien News has been received of the death of Milt O’Brien of Eugene. He was formerly a merchant at Grass Valley in partnership with Neal O’Leary. Survivors are his widow, Maude and two sons, Dick at Joseph and Tom of Eugene. He was 73.
- Rufus Personals. Mr. and Mrs. Leo Fehrenbacher of Terrebonne were overnight guests Wednesday of the George Foxes. They came for the funeral of Leo’s grandfather William Fox held in The Dalles Thursday morning. After the funeral the Foxes served a picnic lunch to the relatives coming from out of town. They were Francis Greiner of Mt. Angel, Mr. and Mrs. John Greiner of Portland, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Bergeron and Mrs. Bob Rodgers of Gresham, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Greiner and Mr. and Mrs. James Greiner of Mayville, Mr. and Mrs. George Eaton of Condon, Arnold and Jack Lampert of Troutdale and Mr. and Mrs. Leo Fehrenbacher of Terrebonne.
September 3, 1954
- Louie Langford Buried In The Dalles. Louis E. Langford passed away at his home at 519 Benton St., The Dalles August 28 after a long illness. Mr. Langford was born in Missouri July 28, 1880 and came to Sherman county in 1904. In 1906 he was married to Jessie Morris and they made their home near Rufus on a fruit orchard, where they lived until moving to The Dalles in 1944. Langford was a member of The Dalles Seventh Day Adventist church. Funeral services were held from Spencer & Libby funeral home Tuesday. Elder Dolman, former pastor of The Dalles SDA church officiated. Burial was in The Dalles IOOF cemetery. Pallbearers were Henry Rumbolz, Eldon Gray, Lawrence Malcolm and Lee Peck, The Dalles, Claud Coats, Odell and Luther Steward, Rufus. Mr. Langford is survived by his wife, Jessie and a daughter, Mrs. Fay Brackett of Rufus and two grandchildren.
September 10, 1954
- John Royse Buried In Wasco Cemetery. John F. Royce, 77, almost a life-time resident of the Wasco community, died in The Dalles Sunday after a long illness. He was born in Iowa July 25, 1877 and came to Sherman county in 1898. Survivors are his widow, Augusta, two sons, Lloyd of Wasco and Otis of Portland, a brother, Charles of San Jose, Calif., a sister, Mrs. Josephine Lamborn, The Dalles, eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He was a member of the Methodist church of Wasco. Funeral services were held Wednesday at Smith-Callaway Chapel in The Dalles with interment in Sunrise cemetery at Wasco. Richard Bruner of Wasco officiating. Pallbearers were neighbors, Del Wright, L.P. Haven, Vernon Van Gilder, Harley Dutton, Tom Striker, and John Robinson.
- Mr. and Mrs. H.O. Dugger went to Boring Tuesday where they attended the funeral of his aunt, Mrs. Lizzie Dugger.
- A number of Rufus friends attended the funeral Tuesday of their former friend and neighbor, Louis Langford, who was buried in The Dalles.
September 17, 1954
- Wilbur Woods Jim Woods and wife, here for the fair, received word of the death of his brother, Wilbur, who passed away at Newburg Monday. He was born at Clarinda, Iowa August 6, 1878 and came to Sherman county in the 80s with his parents. Survivors are his widow and a daughter, three sisters, Mrs. Julia Hansen, Portland, Mrs. Etta Moore, The Dalles, Mrs. Nellie Cushman, Portland, and two brothers, James of Portland, and Ellsworth of Independence.
- Henry Peters Dies Quietly In Sleep. Henry Peters died in his sleep at his home near Bourbon Thursday morning and was found by members of the family. Apparently he had died of a heart attack without awakening according to early report. Henry Peters was born in the house where he died in February 1895 and he lived there all of his life. He was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henrich Peters, who came from Germany in the 1880s to help settle Sherman county. Henry went to World War I and became a member of the 8th division after basic training at Camp Lewis. He never married. He was a member of the American Legion and the 40 et 8, service organizations. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Anna Barnett, three brothers, John, Herman and Fred, all of Grass Valley and many nephews and nieces. Funeral services are in charge of Spencer & Libby of The Dalles.
- Dennis Barkley Jumps Into Columbia From Maryhill Ferry. Dennis Barkley, 36, resident of Poplar Grove is reported by ferryman to have jumped from the Maryhill ferry early Sunday morning and went down in an effort to swim to the Washington side of the Columbia river from near the Oregon side. The story goes that Barkley had gotten on the ferry at Maryhill with his car and came across where his car was parked for him by the ferryman. He then decided to ride across again. On the return trip, after some threats to try swimming the river, he took off his shoes and shirt and jumped in. Search failed to find his body. Barkley had been working for the Tamashika gardeners at Maryhill. His mother is Mrs. Delie Kirtley, who, with her husband, J.O. Kirtley is lessee of the Poplar Grove station. Barkley’s wife, Alberta, was on her way to Sutherlin at the time of the death. She has a daughter, Shirley Smith, by a former marriage. The plunge into the river occurred about 5:45 Sunday morning. Sheriffs of Klickitat county and Sherman county dragged the river and a coast guard plane conducted a search without finding the body. Another body was discovered, however, that had been in the river for an estimated three months and identification has not been made.
September 24, 1954
- Moro Personals. The body of Dennis Barkley who drowned in the Columbia river the morning of September 12 was recovered Friday night below the construction work on The Dalles dam. Klickitat county officers were called and an autopsy was held which found that death had been accidental.
- Word was received Wednesday by Dewey Thompson of the death of Thomas Henkle in Portland Tuesday. Henkle was about 92 and for years was a farmer southeast of Moro. He is survived by his widow, a daughter, Hazel, with whom they were living, two sons, Mark of The Dalles and Clark of Klamath Falls.
- Henry Peters’ Funeral Brings Old Timers. Funeral services for Henry Peters were held from the Baptist church Sunday, September 19 at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Donald Leach officiating. Orville Ruggles sang accompanied by Mrs. Ruggles at the piano. The Masonic services at the church were conducted by Ray Hoffman of Salem. Color guard of the American George Bell Post No. 49 was Donald von Borstel, Bob Rolfe, Clair Blazer and Jimmy Ziegler. Acting pallbearers were Joe Bibby, George Helms, Wallace May, Robert Schilling, Grover Young and Luther Davis. Honorary Pallbearers were Matt Simon, Con Buckley, Bill Bardenhagen, Eben Kee, Frank Pike and Harry Stark. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Spencer & Libby with interment in the IOOF cemetery at Grass Valley. Out of town relatives and friends attending were Arnold Sharp of Olympia, Wash., John Schassen of Portland, Mrs. Carl Hess of Vancouver, Mr. and Mrs. Rodelle Schassen and Mr. and Mrs. Gus Schassen of Portland, Mrs. Erna Pike of Pendleton, Edwin Peters of San Francisco, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Peters Jr. of Portland, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hoffman, Mr. and Mrs. George Wilcox of Salem, Dr and Mrs. Frank Wilcox of Newberg, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Young and family of Portland, Mrs. Roy Baker, Jack Howe, Mr. and Mrs. V.B. Eakin, Mr. and Mrs. L.D. Eakin, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Payne of The Dalles.
October 1, 1954
- B. “Bud” Coon Buried Thursday. John Burke Coon, 83, died in The Dalles Monday, September 27 after a long illness. He was born in Lafayette, Oregon, February 23, 1871 and came to Sherman county in 1886. He married Flora Messinger June 20, 1892 in Wasco, which was the county seat at the time. She preceded him in death September 11, 1950. He farmed south of Grass Valley until 1931 when he retired and moved to Grass Valley where he lived until the death of his wife, when he lived with his daughter, Mrs. Roy Schilling on the ranch, before going to The Dalles where he lived until his death. Survivors are a son, Florin M. of Klamath Falls and a daughter, Mrs. Roy Schilling of Grass Valley, one brother, F. Leslie Coon of Grants Pass and one grandson. Funeral services for J. B. Coon were held from the Baptist church Thursday at 2 o’clock with the Rev. Donald Leach officiating. Pallbearers were Willard Barnett, Edgar Alley, Arzell Lemley, Fred Peters, James Easter and Don Smith. Funeral services were under the direction of Spencer & Libby with interment in the IOOF cemetery at Grass Valley. Relatives attending were Mr. and Mrs. Norwood Hads and Mrs. Howard Coon of Wemme, Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Coon of Prineville and Florin M. Coon of Klamath Falls.
- Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Fields went to Camas, Wn., Sunday and on to Portland and back to Camas Monday where they attended the funeral of Eddie Burnett, returning home that evening.
- Donald Clodfelter and Mrs. Frank von Borsetl received word that their brother, Francis T. Clodfelter, passed away Sunday evening, September 26 at the Good Samaritan hospital in Corvallis. Funeral services were held at Corvallis Thursday with interment at Salem.
October 8, 1954
- George McKay Buried At Kent Saturday. George Franklin McKay, 70, died suddenly in his garden at Kent last Thursday presumably from a heart attack. Funeral services were held Saturday at the Baptist church in Grass Valley with interment at Kent. Allan Bekkahahl and Betty Thurman officiated. George McKay was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, November 2, 1883 and had lived at Kent for nearly 30 years where he was a farmer and service station operator. Surviving are his widow, Emma Ophelia, three sons, John Albert, Roseberg, J. Franklin and Harley R. of Kent; five daughters Mrs. Nellie Bell Smith, Mrs. Maudie Cooleu and Mrs. Edna Jane Koepke, Kent, Mrs. Emma May Cratty of Napa, Cal., and Mrs. Mattie Leatherwood of Riddle; three sisters, Mrs. Gertrude Holdsworth, Willow Lake, N.D., Mrs. Emma May Haynes, Baring, Wn., and Mrs. Myrtle Cratty, Marysville, Cal.; and 34 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. Pallbearers were Robert Tatum, John Decker, Jesse Helyer, Wm. Jefferies, Carl Watkins and Verne Mobley.
- Harvey Strong, a former resident of Moro, and a younger brother of Horace Strong, died at Cottage Grove Saturday after a short illness. He had lived there for many years, having left here in the first years of this century. He was 76.
October 15, 1954
- Mrs. Bernard Martin received word Friday that her mother, Mrs. Frank Grubbe of Roseburg was hit by a car at Cottage Grove and was taken to a hospital in Eugene where she died before Mrs. Martin arrived. Funeral services were held at Roseburg Tuesday, October 12.
- Lily Coon Dead In Klamath Falls. Lily Nyquist Coon, 51, was found dead in a hotel room in Klamath Falls Tuesday with indications that she had died from beating as her body was covered with bruises. Her husband, Florin Coon, was held until after the inquest on an open charge. He said the pair had been drinking heavily for several days and had been fighting. Florin Coon is a native of Grass Valley where he married Mrs. Coon who came there from Colton to teach school, at which occupation she made herself an enviable local reputation.
October 22, 1954
- Bernard Martin and children, Deanna and Danny, Mr. and Mrs. Owen Eakin, Mr. and Mrs. Elton Eakin went to Roseburg Monday to attend the funeral Tuesday of Mrs. Martin’s mother, Mrs. Frank Grubbe. They returned home the same evening. Martin returned Friday after spending a few days with her father, Frank Grubbe.
- Moro Personals. Wily Knighten and Mrs. Theodore Johnston went to Oregon City Monday for the funeral of Lily Nyquist Coon. Also attending were Mrs. Sam Davis and Mrs. Charles Davis from Grass Valley.
October 29, 1954
November 5, 1954
- Mrs. Frank Bazzel Buried Tuesday. Mrs. Frank Bazzel of Camas, Wash., and a former resident of Moro died October 31 at the age of 69. Funeral services were held at Camas, November 2 with interment at the Evergreen Memorial in Vancouver, Wn. Mrs. Ted Thompson attended from here. Mrs. Bazzel was born Ella McDole in Winterset, Iowa, in 1886 and lived in the midwest until moving to Oregon about ten years ago. Surviving are her widower, Frank, former Sherman county road boss, two sons, Irvine of Goldendale and Melvin of Los Angeles; two daughters, Mrs. Eva Lamb of Los Angeles and Mrs. Lavella Brunmit of Vancouver, a sister, Mrs. Cadwaller, three brothers, Roy, Will and George McDole and nine grandchildren.
November 12, 1954
- Mr. and Mrs. Harold Owens left last Saturday for Los Angeles, Calif., after receiving word of the death of his sister, Mrs. Eunice Bailey. They returned home Thursday.
November 19, 1954
November 26, 1954
- Frank Fortner Dead. Funeral services for Frank E. Fortner, were held Tuesday afternoon in Portland. He was a former resident and bank manager in Moro for many years leaving here early in the 1930s. Surviving are his widow Ruby, two daughters, Doris Wilkens and Eleanor Ann Grimes and a son, Scott; a brother, Robert Archie and a sister Ethel Haskins.
- Charles J. Bullard Buried Tuesday. Funeral services for Charles J. Bullard were held Tuesday afternoon from the Moro Community church following his death at a The Dalles hospital Saturday night. Bullard went to the hospital earlier in the week and while there suffered two attacks of recurring heart ailment. Charley Bullard was born in Butte county, California June 25, 1879 and came north to Sherman county when a young man. He married Myra Thompson here October 6, 1906 and spent the greater part of his life as a Sherman county wheat farmer. He left his ranch, a few miles south of town a few years ago and retired to Moro. Surviving are his widow, a step daughter, Florence Brown and Mrs. Winnie Dannels, Mrs. Alice Ketchum, Mrs. Darsie Wallen, Mrs. Helen Lynch, nieces and Will Sebring, nephew, all living in California. Rev. Alfred Soloman gave the funeral sermon and pallbearers were Russel Belshee, Don Thompson, Lloyd Henrichs, Keith and Ted Thompson and Mac Hall.
- George Hewlitt Dies Suddenly In Bed. George Vance Hewlett, 62, died suddenly at the home of his daughter, Mary Rehr in Wasco Friday morning. He had been well and had driven to The Dalles with his daughter Thursday. Friday morning he was found dead. His home was in South Dakota where he had lived since coming to that state from Iowa where he was born March 9, 1892. He served in World War I. He was a retired farmer. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Rehr, Mrs. Louis Mitchell of Troutdale and Mrs. Ruth Baker of Canning, South Dakota, two brothers, James and Ted of Fairview, a sister, Mrs. Amelia Struthers and six grandchildren. The body was sent back to South Dakota for funeral services and interment. [Note: copied as it appeared; typos are those of the editor.]
- Mary Rehr left Saturday evening to accompany the body of her father to South Dakota for funeral services and burial. He had visited here for some time and had planned to return to his home late in the week.
December 3, 1954
December 10, 1954
- Leslie L. Bell Called By Death Sunday. Private services were held at 2 o’clock p.m. Wednesday at the Smith-Callaway funeral chapel in The Dalles for Leslie L. Bell who passed away Sunday evening, December 5, at the Mid-Columbia hospital. Immediate cause of death was a stroke, although Mr. Bell had been ill many months. Born March 19, 1878 at Dayton, Wash., Mr. Bell moved with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Bell, of Boyd, Wasco county. He came to Sherman county in 1903 and on June 5, 1910, was married to Martha Hein at Kent. They resided on a farm seven miles southeast of Moro which had been the family home for 37 years. Survivors besides the wife, Martha, are two daughters, Pearl and Cinthy, both at home; and two sisters, Mrs. Irene Sandman, Brea, Calif. and Mrs. W. C. Guyton, Dufur.
- Rufus Items. Word was received that Ross Guilford passed away Sunday. He came to the north end of Sherman county the first part of the century. He settled on the Hazen-Hyland place which is eight miles south of Rufus in 1915 where he continuously resided until they moved to a place near Oregon City in 1950 where they lived at the time of his death. Bill Andrews and Mrs. Elwood McPherson who live here are cousins of Guilford. Ross was a charter member of Rufus grange having served as master and in numerous other offices before they left here.
December 17, 1954
- Alex McLennan Dies Sunday. Alev McLennan died at his home in The Dalles Sunday morning. He was for many years a homesteader and farmer near Kent and was well known to residents there. Mr. McLennan was born in Inverness, Scotland, August 1, 1878 and came to America when he was 21, living most of his remaining life around Shaniko and Kent. Funeral services are in charge of Spencer & Libby.
- Mr. and Mrs. John Paul heard Monday of the death of the seven month’s old child of his sister in Utah from undisclosed causes.
December 24, 1954
- Word was received here by friends that O. Clodfelter a former resident of the Biglow and Klondike area died Saturday in the valley. He was buried Tuesday in Wasco cemetery beside his wife who died here many years ago.
- O. Clodfelter Dies At Age of 82. Graveside services for Seth Oliver Clodfelter were held at the Sunrise cemetery at Wasco Tuesday at 3 p.m. Mr. Clodfelter passed away in Newberg Saturday, December 18 at the age of 82. Mr. Clodfelter was born near Russell, Iowa, May 25, 1872 and came to Oregon as a young man where he was engaged in farming near Wasco and Grass Valley for many years. Survivors include his widow, Frances E. of Portland, a daughter, Mrs. Floye von Borstel of Grass Valley, two sons, Harland R. of Newberg and Donald L. of Grass Valley; a sister, Mrs. Minnie Rose of Portland and ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
December 31, 1954
- Arthur Smith Buried In The Dalles. Arthur S. Smith, Sherman countian for the greater part of his 72 years, died at a hospital in The Dalles Thursday, December 23. Mr. Smith was born at Richland, Iowa May 1, 1882 and came to Sherman county in 1886 with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Isaiah Smith and the other members of that numerous family. He farmed the home place east of Grass Valley and ended his farming career on the Schenk place in 1932. He has been living in The Dalles where he was watchman for the Port of The Dalles. He was an Odd-Fellow and a member of the Wasco County Pioneer association. Surviving are his widow, Ica of The Dalles and two brothers, Ross and Hubert of Riverside, Washington and many other relatives. Funeral services were held from Spencer & Libby Tuesday afternoon with interment in the Odd-Fellows cemetery there.
- LaVerne Porter Dead From Heart Attack. LaVerne Porter, 58, native Sherman countian died at his home near Hermiston last Sunday of a sudden heart attack. Funeral services were held Tuesday with interment at Stanfield. and Mrs. Vernon Van Gilder and Glen and Raymond Van Gilder attended from Wasco. The deceased was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Dell Porter and lived at Wasco until about 20 years ago when he moved to Salem and later to Hermiston. Surviving is his wife, Rachael, three sons and two daughters.
- Mr. and Mrs. Donald Clodfelter drove to Hood River last Monday where they were overnight guests of their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Marsh and family. Tuesday they left for Portland accompanied by their sons in law and daughters, the Marshes and the Bruce Eccles of Dee to attend the funeral of Mr. Clodfelter’s father, S.O. Clodfelter held at 11:30 at the Colonial Mortuary.
January 7, 1955
- Oscar N. Ruggles Dies In Portland. Oscar N. Ruggles, 72, died at a hospital in Portland Monday afternoon after a long illness. He was a native of Sherman county having been born in Moro in the winter of 1882-83, one of the first children born here. His parents had come from California the fall before. The took up land east of Grass Valley and Oscar grew up there and on the John Day where Phil Ruggles, his father, moved after leaving the wheat land. He farmed and later bought the Finnegan ranch with Charles Belshee, who he bought out later. It has been his home for many years and he has been engaged in raising cattle and some wheat. Surviving are his widow, Allie, nee Huls; a son, Orville, on the home ranch; two daughters, Mrs. Zela McKinney, Ione, Mrs. Charlotte Barnett, Grass Valley; five grandsons, two brothers, Starr of Stayton, Walter of Heppner; three sisters, Mrs. Lois Olds of California, Mrs. Eva Landry of Portland and Mrs. Lu Brown. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Grass Valley Baptist church in Grass Valley with interment in the Odd-Fellows cemetery at Moro.
- Joe Morrison Buried Here Today. Funeral services for Joseph B. Morrison were held at Arlington Tuesday morning following by interment at the Moro cemetery. Morrison died of a heart attack Friday, December 31 at his home in Arlington. Joe Morrison was born in Pennsylvania February 19, 1865, the son of an early day minister who came to this county in 1896 bringing his numerous family. He lived in Hay Canyon when a young man, married Jennie Belshee, and farmed many places in the county, living in both Moro and Grass Valley. About 30 years ago he moved to Gilliam county which has been his home since that time and where he and members of his family have farms. Surviving are his widow, Mae; three sons, Clarence of Wasco, James of Portland, Jodie of Arlington; daughters, Marie Wilcox, Salem, Margarette Christianson, Moro, Lillian Montague, Milwaukie, Mary Alice Clark, Albany; a brother, James of Portland; three sisters, Nancy Thompson, Bremerton, Wn., Margaret Bates, Corvallis, Maude Keenan, Sacramento, California. He was an Elk and a pioneer of Wasco county.
January 14, 1955
- Grass Valley. Funeral services for Oscar N. Ruggles were held from the Baptist church in Grass Valley Wednesday at 2 o’clock with the Rev. Donald Leach officiating. Mrs. Al Roberts of Corvallis sang accompanied by Mrs. Elton Eakin at the Organ. Acting pallbearers were Boyce Blaylock, Bill Holmes, Olan Stark, Ed Fritts and Owen Eakin. Honorary pallbearers were Charles Belshee, Elvin Barnum, Fred Cox, Dell Olds and Herman Ziegler. Arrangements were under the direction of Spencer & Libby with interment in the Odd-Fellows cemetery in Moro. Out of town relatives and friends attending were Mrs. Lois Olds of Yuba City, Calif., Mrs. Eva Landry and son of Portland, Starr Ruggles and sons, Neal and Henry, of Stayton, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Ruggles and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ruggles of Heppner, Mr. and Mrs. Earl McKinney and sons of Ione, Mr. and Mrs. Phil Ruggles of The Dalles, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Shannon of Gresham, Mrs. Cora Russell and Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Macey of Portland and Mr. and Mrs. George Wilcox of Salem.
January 21, 1955
- Leon V. Moore Buried Thursday At Moro. Funeral services for Leon V. Moore were held from the Moro Community church Thursday afternoon with Rev. Alfred Solomon officiating. Moore died in a hospital in The Dalles Monday night after a long illness. Leon V. Moore was born in Cherokee, California June 5, 1868 and came to Sherman county in 1882 when the several families of Moores settled here. He bought land, engaged in the hardware business and then moved to the farm south of town where he lived until he retired to Moro which was his home until he entered the hospital several weeks ago. Surviving are his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Gladys Morrison, Moro, Mrs. Cecile Morse, The Dalles and one son, Dr. Leo Moore, The Dalles, three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
- Station Planner Dead In Washington. M. Jardine, then in charge of experiments with dry land grains, in 1909 assisted in the selection of the site for the location of the Sherman branch experiment station, known at that time as the eastern Oregon dry land farming experiment station. He and H.D. Scudder of the Oregon Agricultural college spent two months reviewing possible locations in eastern Oregon for the station and finally recommended the site at Moro. Later in 1911 he assisted in outlining a series of crop rotation experiments on the station which was grown continuously until 1952.
- Edgar Smith, 70, father of Mrs. Lester Wilson, died in a hospital in The Dalles Sunday. Born in Missouri he had long been active in affairs in Wasco county, as dairyman near Dufur and lately as owner of a drug store in The Dalles. He was father of the late Dr. Noel Smith and another son, Henry, in the store.
January 28, 1955
- Ruth Akers Holloway. Word was received last week by Mr. and Mrs. Guy Andrews of the passing of a cousin Mrs. Ruth Akers Holloway of Los Angeles, California. Holloway, a long time Wasco resident was to be buried Saturday. She was a graduate of the Boston Academy of Music and soloed for the Los Angeles Presbyterian church. Mr. and Mrs. Holloway visited here last fall and she became ill almost immediately on her return home and never fully recovered.
- Metta Axtell Dies At Advanced Age. Funeral services for Mrs. Metta Gertrude Axtell, wife of Perry C. Axtell, were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in The Dalles with interment there. Mrs. Axtell died Saturday after a long illness at the age of 81. She was born June 25, 1873 in Illinois and had lived in Sherman county since the eighties until she moved away about ten years ago. With her husband she farmed land near Hay Canyon. Surviving are her widower, a sister, Mrs. Jerusha Hollenbeck of Oakland, California and several nephews and nieces. Members of the Lupine Rebekah lodge of Moro assisted with the services. Axtell was also a member of the Christian church.
- Rufus Personals. Bob Morris’ mother Mrs. Augur, passed away in Portland last weekend. The funeral was at Walla Walla, Wn. Those from Rufus who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Robert Morris, Mr. and Mrs. William Meyers, Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Morris, Mrs. Ray Brown, Mrs. Robert Byrd and Mr. and Mrs. Francis Malone. Mr. and Mrs. Dick Peck and Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Peck attended from The Dalles.
February 4, 1955
February 11, 1955
February 18, 1955
- Ex-County Judge Jerry M. Wilson Buried At Kent. Funeral services for Jerry M. Wilson were held from the Kent Christian church Tuesday at 2 p.m. following his death Saturday. Earl Hastings and Rev. Donald Leach officiated and interment was in the Kent IOOF cemetery. Mr. Wilson was born at Mountain City, Tennessee July 2, 1878 and came to Sherman county over 50 years ago. He taught school for a term or two before engaging in farming which was his major occupation throughout his life. He was always active in public affairs, being a member of the county court from 1922 until 1926 after which he moved temporarily to Eugene. He was elected county commissioner again in 1938 and served until 1942 when he became judge, serving a six year term. He did not seek re-election. He was also a lay preacher for the Christian church and an accomplished public speaker. Surviving are his widow, Leatitia, one daughter, Mrs. Luther Davis, Kent; five sons, George, Lester, Jerry and Richard of Kent and Paul of Eugene; five sisters, Mrs. Roy Harbin, Portland, Mrs. Essie Wilson, Pullman, Wash., Mrs. B.M. Sias, Forest Grove, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Helyer, The Dalles, Mrs. J.T. Canright, Portland; two brothers, Jim of Portland and Errit, Wawawai, Wash., and 16 grandchildren. He was a member of the Kent Christian church and the IOOF lodge of Grass Valley. Pallbearers were his five sons and a son in law. Rev. Swander, a long-time Kent minister assisted with the service which was attended by a large crowd, many more than could get into the church.
- Moro Personals. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bruckert went to Heppner last week to attend the funeral of George B. McDonald, 79, her last paternal uncle, who lived at Hardman for 50 years. He was born in Canada and was never married.
- Original Settler Buried At Hood River. William L. Mercer passed away at a rest home in Hood River February 13 at the age of 93. He came to what is now Sherman county with his parents about 1882 and homesteaded at the mouth of Saltmarsh canyon. He at one time carried the mail from Eaton’s to the post office that his parents had at their home at that time. Mr. Mercer later farmed at Hay Canyon for several years and then moved to Wasco and run the Phallamont livery barn coming to Hood River about 1912 where he remained until his death. William Mercer was a son of William and Nancy Jane Mercer who settled near Grass Valley canyon at its junction with Hay canyon in the 80s. Both were keepers of the post office of Grover which was in their home in the canyon from March 20, 1888 until September 18, 1890.
March 4, 1955
- Mrs. Len Garland received word last Monday that her mother, Mrs. Nave, passed away at her home in Mountain City, Tenn.
- Claus Bardenhagen Dies After Long Illness. Funeral services for Claus Bardenhagen were held Tuesday afternoon from the Baptist church in Grass Valley at 2:00 o’clock with Rev. H. Albert Mann conducting Lutheran services. Interment was in the Grass Valley IOOF cemetery. Mr. Bardenhagen was born in Germany, October 31, 1891, and was an under officer in the artillery in the German army that invaded Belgium in the first World War. Soon after that he came to this country where he worked on farms until he rented one for himself. He farmed until he turned his lease over to his son after he had served in the army in World War II. He came to the United States in September 1927, his family followed the next spring. Mr. Bardenhagen had been in the hospital since November undergoing several unsuccessful operations for ulcers of the stomach. Surviving are his widow, Marie, a son, Hans of Grass Valley, a daughter, Martha, now a student of John Hopkins hospital in Baltimore, Maryland; a brother, Bill of Grass Valley and four sisters and a brother still in Germany. Also four granddaughters. Pallbearers were Luther Davis, John Buether Jr., Donald von Borstel, Carl von Borstel, Bill Jefferies, John Reckmann. Honorary pallbearers were Ted von Borstel, John Buether, Bill Buether, Amandus von Borstel, W.F. Schilling, W.S. Holmes, Beatty Kelley, William Pausch, C.W. Fields.
- Mr. and Mrs. John Rust went to The Dalles Sunday to visit his brother Vivian Rust at the hospital. They received word Monday he passed away that morning, after a long illness.
- Vivian Rust Succumbs To Long Illness. Vivian Rust died at a hospital in The Dalles Monday following a long illness. Funeral services were held Thursday in The Dalles with interment being made in the cemetery there. He was born near Grass Valley, October 23, 1898 and had lived in this county all of his life, attending school at the Sherar school near his father’s farm. He was section foreman at Wasco for many years until his fatal illness. He belonged to the Eagles and the Masons. Surviving are his widow, Dell, now in a hospital in The Dalles, a daughter, Mrs. Clarence Peterson of The Dalles and four brothers, Con of The Dalles, Lot of Dufur and Ralph and John of Grass Valley.
- James Dyer Buried Monday In Moro. James Dyer died Friday morning in a The Dalles hospital as the culmination of a long siege of heart attacks. He had been home until a day before his death. He was born November 14, 1882 in Corvallis, moved to Prineville where he spent his youth and later to The Dalles where he was employed by the U.S. Engineers at Celilo. He came to Moro after his retirement from that position. He was an Elk and a Maccabee, both memberships being in The Dalles. Survivors are his widow, Zella, a daughter, Mrs. James W. Coons of Moro and a son, James Alden of Salem and two grandchildren. The funeral was held Monday from the Community church in Moro with interment in the Moro Odd Fellows cemetery.
March 11, 1955
- Isabelle Hogue Buried At Kent Tuesday. Isabelle Amelia Hogue died Saturday morning at a hospital in The Dalles at the age of 84. She was born in Page county, Iowa, October 9, 1870 and came to Sherman county when 16 years old and made her home at Kent until a few years ago when she moved to The Dalles. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Gertrude Hogue of The Dalles, Mrs. Jennie Simler of Eugene, and two sons, Wren of Crater Lake and Lyle V. of Portland, seven grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning from the Church of Christ in The Dalles with interment that afternoon in the Kent IOOF cemetery.
- Grass Valley. Among those going to The Dalles Thursday to attend the funeral of Vivian Rust were Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Rust, Mr. and Mrs. John Rust, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Cox, Mr. and Mrs. H.O. Dugger, Mr. and Mrs. Max Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Bennie Payne, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Payne, Clyde Stradley, Dell Olds, and Mr. and Mrs. William Brinkert.
- Marie Bardenhagen and daughter, Martha, took the former’s brother Hans Sylvester, to Portland Saturday where he took the plane for his home in Brooklyn, New York, after attending the funeral of Claus Bardenhagen.
March 18, 1955
- Hattie Dugger Funeral Set For Friday. Miss Hattie Dugger, 90, died at Vale Sunday and funeral services will be held Friday at the Baptist church in Grass Valley at 2 p.m. with Rev. Don Leach giving the sermon. Interment will be in the IOOF cemetery there. Miss Dugger was a daughter of the late George Hardin Dugger with whom she lived during her long residence at Grass Valley. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. May Dugger Patterson Brown of Vale and many nieces and nephews.
- Tom Coyle Dead From Gunshot Wounds. Thomas J. Coyle, 71, was found dead by gunshot wounds on the Finnegan road south of Grass Valley Friday afternoon a little after three o’clock by Nita Ruggles who was driving past. Investigation showed that three shell cases had been fired from the 12 gauge shotgun found nearby. One volley had hit Mr. Coyle on the left side and had been deflected by ribs. Another had hit him in the abdomen. Both were fired at close range. An autopsy was held and an investigation is being made by the state laboratory and state and local police. Tom Coyle came to this county about 1896 to work on farms. He was born in California September 22, 1882 and was married to Bertha Rice in Linn county in 1903. His wife had preceded him in death by about a year, a shock that he could not adjust himself to. He bought the Fred Krusow homestead southwest of Grass Valley and also some surrounding land, lived there until he moved to town last summer. His daughter, Mrs. Zurlinden came up from Portland to keep house for him. Last Friday Coyle drove out of town in his pickup and nothing is known of his movements until his body was found. Question to be determined by the police is the third shell. He had a rip at the knee of his trousers as if they had been caught on the barbed wire fence, an accident that may have caused the gun to discharge. Funeral services were held from the Baptist church in Grass Valley Tuesday afternoon with Rev. Don Leach officiating. Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Hazel Zurlinden, Mrs. Harold Eakin and Mrs. Norris Gilkison of Grass Valley, a sister, Mrs. Charles Amos of Silverton, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
March 25, 1955
April 1, 1955
- Omer C. Luttrell Dies At Pendleton. Omer C. Luttrell, one-time Sherman county resident, died at Pendleton last week at the age of 71. He was a native of Tennessee who came to Oregon in early life to farm. Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Lois Snively of Hermiston, Miss Edna Luttrell of Los Angeles, Mrs. Ruth Vanderwood of Libby, Montana, Mrs. Faye Munkers of Lexington and Mrs. Fern Boyer of Pendleton. Funeral services were held in Pendleton.
- Lee Hines Dies At 80 Years. Lee Hines died Saturday in The Dalles at the age of 80 years, nearly all of which had been spent in Sherman county and adjacent counties. Levi Shelton Hines was born at Philomath October 6, 1874 and was brought to this county in 1882. His parents were among the early settlers and Lee was a farmer and stockman all of his life, producing some of the best mules the county had in the pre-tractor days. He was married in Goldendale, Wn., Dec. 30, 1896 and he and his wife had celebrated their 50th anniversary nearly ten years ago. He was a member of Taylor lodge of Masons at Wasco, The Dalles chapter. Royal Arch Masons and Columbia Commandery Knights Templar, the Methodist church and the Wasco county Pioneer association. Surviving are his widow, Mary, three sons, Howard and Orville of The Dalles, Lloyd of Vancouver and a daughter Mrs. Neva West of Arlington, 12 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held in The Dalles Tuesday afternoon and interment was made in Sunrise cemetery at Wasco.
April 8, 1955
April 15, 1955
April 22, 1955
- O.G. Crawford Buried At Seaside. Funeral services for Mrs. Viola Dice Crawford, 66, were held at Seaside Wednesday morning following her death in a hospital there Sunday. She suffered a cerebral hemorrhage at her home Thursday morning and was partially paralyzed and unconscious until her death. Interment was in Ocean View cemetery at Seaside. Mrs. Crawford was the wife of O.G. Crawford who has served as interim editor of the Sherman County Journal on several occasions. She was well known here. They were owners of the Heppner Gazette-Times until they sold it and retired about five years ago. Since they have done vacation work in weekly newspapers to let owners take a vacation. Surviving are her widower, Otheo G. and a daughter, Mrs. Jean Dunham of Seaside and one granddaughter.
- Manfred Nordin died in Portland Wednesday night and funeral services will be held later in the week. Word was sent here by his widow, May Belshe Nordin.
- Frances T. Bibby Mrs. Frances T. Bibby, 80, died in The Dalles Thursday at one o’clock. Funeral services will be held Saturday at one o’clock in The Dalles with graveside services and interment in the Grass Valley cemetery that afternoon.
April 29, 1955
- Frances T. Bibby Buried At Grass Valley. Funeral services for Mrs. Frances Bibby were held Saturday in The Dalles from Smith Callaway chapel at one o’clock. The Rev. E. Taylor officiated. Pallbearers were Myrl Walgamont, August Wassenmiller, Herman, Fred and John Peters and Herman Ziegler. Burial was in the IOOF cemetery at Grass Valley with graveside services. She is survived by four sons, Arthur and Joe Bibby of Grass Valley, Luke Bibby of Heppner and Michael Bibby of Orangevale, California; a daughter, Mrs. Elsie Woolwine of The Dalles and two grandchildren. Mrs. Bibby was born in Bavaria, Germany, March 10, 1875. She came to this country when she was six years old and spent most of her childhood in Milwaukie, Oregon. She was married at Oswego February 12, 1893. Mrs. Bibby lived in Oswego until 1900 when she moved to Grass Valley, where the family took up a homestead. She spent the last eight years in The Dalles.
- Grass Valley. Among those attending the funeral of Mrs. Frances Bibby in The Dalles Saturday were Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schilling, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Holmes, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Peters, Mr. and Mrs. Eben Kee and Mr. and Mrs. Loy Cochran of Moro.
May 6, 1955
May 13, 1955
- Hugh Walker Dead After Active Life. Hugh Alexander Walker, for many years a farmer in Sherman county, died at a hospital in The Dalles Thursday morning. Mr. Walker was born in Weston, Umatilla county, August 6, 1881, and after farming in that county a few years moved to Sherman county and leased the McDermid place on Gordon ridge which he later bought and operated until 1943 when he retired and moved to The Dalles. He was active in the Wheat League and the Republican party and helped organize the Sherman Co-op Grain Growers while here. In The Dalles he was a member of the city planning commission, and the draft board. He belonged to the Knights of Pythias, the Kiwanis club and the Elks. Surviving are his widow, Agnes, a daughter, Mrs. Rosemary Mann, four granddaughters and a sister, Mrs. Jean Curtis of Portland. Funeral services will be held from Smith Callaway’s Saturday at 2 p.m. with interment in The Dalles Odd Fellows cemetery.
May 20, 1955
- Jack Gibson, Famed Buckroo, Dead At 82. Jack Gibson, died at a hospital in The Dalles Monday at a reported age of 82. Many thought him older than that for no one can remember him as a young man. Jack Gibson lived on the John Day river on the south side of the point called Starvation. He was a cattleman all of his life and in his youth and middle age was the best rider in these parts. Small, dark, wiry, he rode until a few years ago and appeared at the fair horseback only a year and a half ago. Surviving are his widow, Lena, Wasco, a brother, George of Banks, and a stepdaughter, Mrs. Iva Dams of Moro. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock in The Dalles.
- Emma Davis Dies In The Dalles Sunday. Mrs. Emma Schassen Davis died in The Dalles Sunday at the age of 64. She was born near Kent, September 4, 1890, a daughter of early settlers, Mr. and Mrs. John Schassen. She married Luther Davis in 1916 and lived on farms near Kent until she moved to The Dalles four years ago. Surviving are a son, Luther Warren, Kent; a daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Tracewell of Portland; three sisters, Mrs. Minnie Eck, Mrs. Annie Clark of Portland, Miss Lillian Schassen of The Dalles; a brother, John of Portland and four grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. with interment in The Dalles IOOF cemetery. [Emma Catherine Davis]
- Moro Personals. DeWalt Elrod, a Moroite in days gone by, a son of Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Elrod, died in Portland last week.
- Moro Personals. Mr. and Mrs. John DeMoss motored to Eugene May 8 to attend the funeral of Mrs. Herschel Davis on the 9th. Mr. Davis is the son of the late Lizzie and P. Waldo Davis who lived for many years at DeMoss Springs before moving to Eugene.
May 27, 1955
June 3, 1955
- Delpha Ramsey Buried Thursday. Mrs. Delpha Ramsey died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Melvin Schadewitz in Portland Monday after a long period of invalidism. Funeral services were held in Portland Thursday morning and interment was made in the Moro cemetery at 3 p.m. that afternoon. Mrs. Ramsey was born in Ohio May 28, 1881 and lived for many years in Sherman county, her father having a farm near Ruthledge. She was a devout church worker. Surviving are her daughter, three grandchildren, Father M. Ramsey Schadewitz, Janet Bren and Oren Schadewitz, four great grandchildren and a brother, Roscoe Yarnell, all of Portland.
- Florin Coon Gets Life. Florin Coon, 51, former Grass Valley resident, was sentenced to life imprisonment Wednesday following his conviction for second degree murder of his wife, Lilly, in Klamath Falls last fall. The prosecuting attorney pictured him as a sadist and a man depraved from drink.
- Samuel F. Alberty Dies At Age of 73. Funeral services for Samuel Forrest Alberty were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the Grass Valley Baptist church with interment there. Alberty died Monday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Floyd Lane, near Moro. He was born at Siloam Springs, Ark., March 27, 1882. Surviving are his widow, Dorinda, five sons, Samuel and Melvin of Grass Valley, Roy of Parkdale, Alonzo, Woodburn, Dennis of Santa Maria, Calif. Seven daughters, Mrs. William Meyer, Aurora, Mo., Mrs. Floyd Lane, Moro; Mrs. Rodney Williamson, Cupertino, Calif., Mrs. Joe Riggs, Rufus; Mrs. Victor Lane, Santa Maria, Calif.; Mrs. Basil Lewis of Santa Maria, Calif.; Mrs. Phillip Carranza, Santa Maria, Calif; two brothers, Lee and Richard, Oilton, Okla.; four sisters, Mrs. Maude Keigley and Mrs. Norma Chambers, Holdenville, Okla.; 23 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
June 10, 1955
- Nellie Meloy Buried In Portland Tuesday. Nellie M. Meloy, 79, died at the home of her son, George, in Portland Sunday after a long illness. She was born in Benton county in 1876 and lived for most of her adult years in Sherman county, later moving to Newport until her illness. Surviving are a son, George, a daughter, Kathleen Loughlin of Marysville, Calif., two granddaughters, one grandson, four great granddaughters and five great grandsons, three sisters, Mrs. M.A. Bull, Mrs. Charles Adlard, Moro, Mrs. Ernest Everett, Tacoma, Wn., a brother, Milo Elliott of Sheridan. Mr. and Mrs. Adlard and Mrs. Bull drove to Portland Tuesday to attend the funeral.
June 17, 1955
June 24, 1955
- Dick Morgan Buried At Tuesday Service. Richard Thomas Morgan died in a hospital in The Dalles Sunday, June 19, after an illness of several days. He was born in Knox county, Missouri, July 5, 1871 and spent his youth in North Dakota and the Willamette valley before coming to Sherman county in 1896. He was married to Ivy Sayrs in 1898 and became a farmer, a pursuit that he followed until he grew aged. He was one time active in public affairs, being one of the several sponsors of the first county fair. Surviving are his widow; four daughters, Mrs. David Ransier, The Dalles, Miss Zora Morgan, Portland, Mrs. Joe Dimmick, Kennewick, Wash., Mrs. Lloyd Johnson, Moro; one son, Ariel, Arlington and sister, Mrs. Jurettie Brown, Hillsboro; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from the Moro Community church with Rev. E.E. Taylor presiding and interment in the Moro cemetery.
- Jesse Thompson Rites To Be In Portland. Jesse R. Thompson, brother of Dewey, Claud and Mrs. Edna Melzer, died Tuesday in Portland and funeral services will be held Friday from the Colonial Mortuary. He is survived by his widow, Lottie and a daughter, Corrine Bishop and three grandchildren. A son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Thompson, he lived here in his youth before moving to the city.
July 1, 1955
July 8, 1955
- Al Fox, 74, Grass Valley resident for the past four years, passed away in an Oregon City hospital Saturday evening. Funeral services were held Wednesday July 6 at the Peak Funeral Home in Milwaukie, with interment in Lincoln Memorial Park.
July 15, 1955
- Life Time Wasco Resident Called By Death Sunday. Services were conducted at 2 o’clock p.m. Wednesday from the Wasco Methodist church, for Vernon Van Gilder, 62, who passed away Sunday at The Dalles following a brief illness. Richard E. Bruner conducted the services and arrangements were in charge of the Smith-Callaway chapel of The Dalles. Bearers were Arthur Smith, Arthur Barzee, Albert Kaseberg, Lewis Hastings, Pete McNab and Harry Allen. Born February 18, 1893, Vernon was the son of Milon A. and Jennie Porter Van Gilder who came west and settled at Wasco in 1889. He spent his life in that vicinity and had been a wheat farmer for many years. Out of town relatives and friends attending the services included George, Marvin and Mason Hines and Mr. and Mrs. Tracy Hines of Lookout, Calif., Mr. and Mrs. Otis Hins of Adin, Calif., Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Decote of San Jose, and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Criss and children of Bieber, Calif. The Hines men are brothers of Mrs. Vernon Van Gilder. Mr. and Mrs. Orville Hines, Mrs. Howard Hines, Mrs. Mary Hines, Mr. and Mrs. Ove L. Hansen and Mrs. Sid Fadness, The Dalles; The Rev. Charles Neville, Corvallis; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Mills and sons, Scappoose; Lloyd Hines, Vancouver, Wash., Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Olson, Kelso, Wash.; Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Porter, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Porter, Ordnance; Mr. and Mrs. Francis Porter, Hermiston; Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Porter, Salem; Mrs. Mary Ling and son, Tigard; Mr. and Mrs. Alvin West, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. West, Arlington; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Ellsworth, Gus Burres, Jack Burres, Condon; Mrs. Sid Cooper, Mikkalo, and Mrs. Stanley Gordh of Portland.
- Wm McLachlan Loses Life When Boat Overturns. Services were held at 2 o’clock p.m. Monday from the Moro Community church for William E. McLachlan, who lost his life Friday afternoon while fishing in Ochoco lake. The Reverend W.W. Gearhart of Ojai, Calif., conducted the services and arrangements were in charge of the Smith Callaway chapel of The Dalles. Interment was in the IOOF cemetery, Moro, with military rites performed by members of Chris Schultz Post No. 71, American Legion. Bearers were Art Christianson, Tom Monroe, Hugh Arstill, Jerry Wilson, Jack Brady and Max Belshe. An ardent fisherman and hunter, Mr McLachlan had gone to Ochoco lake, five miles east of Prineville, accompanied by Jerry Wilson of Moro and Jack Lyons of Kent on a fishing expedition. After some time on the water, McLachlan took his companions ashore and returned for more fishing. He was about 50 yards offshore when the boat capsized. He clung to the overturned boat while his companions looked on unable to go to his aid. Several boats put out to go to his rescue but he suddenly released his hold and disappeared in the deep water. A native of Moro, William E. McLachlan was born December 17, 1908, the son of Daniel J. and Mollie McLachlan. The father preceded him in death 11 years ago. He received his education in the Moro schools and lived here his entire life. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific. Survivors include the widow, Mildred; two sons, Donald James and Ronald Max McLachlan; his mother, Mrs. Mollie McLachlan, all of Moro; three brothers, Glen McLachlan of Heppner, Wendell McLachlan of Boise, Ida., and Ronald [Roland] McLachlan of Moro; and two sisters, Mrs. Lucille Harrington and Mrs. Evelyn Chamness, both of Madras.
- Death Calls Moro Civic Leader and Business Man. Sherman county citizens were called upon Tuesday to lay to rest one of their most respected men when final rites were held for Vernon Flatt, 60, who passed away Saturday evening in a Portland hospital following an illness of several days. He had become ill while attending the water pageant at Bend during the Fourth of July weekend and was taken to Portland after a short time spent in the Bend hospital. Services were held at 2 o’clock p.m. from the Moro Community church, with the Rev. W.W. Gearhart officiating, and arrangements in charge of the Smith Callaway Chapel of The Dalles. Music included two songs, “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Somewhere” sung by Mrs. J.K. McKean. Bearers included Robert Brisbine, Robert Christianson, Jack Cushman, Lloyd Wooderson, John Shipley and Ted Thompson. Honorary bearers were M.A. Fugey, Dewey Thompson, Lester Conlee, J.K. McKean, Jack Lawrence and Andrew Paulson. Born in Grandin, N.D., in 1895, Mr. Flatt came to this vicinity in 1924 to work with his brother, Floyd, in the transfer business. He started the mail route here in 1925. In the early 1930s he obtained a contract with the Union Pacific which included hauling mail and express on at least three branch routes when daily train service was discontinued on the Sherman, Gilliam and Morrow county lines. Always willing to do his part, Mr. Flatt was one of Moro’s most active citizens in civic affairs until failing health forced him to retire. Elected mayor in 1952, he found the demands of the office too exacting and gave it up after several months. He served in other capacities including president of Moro Booster club and chairman of the Sherman county chapter of the Red Cross and took an active part in various fund raising activities. Survivors include the widow, Lillian, of Moro; two sons, Robert of Heppner and William of Condon; a daughter, Mrs. Lois Axtell of Moro; a brother, Floyd of Moro; a half brother, Herbert Flatt, living in Minnesota; a half-sister, Mrs. Melvin Grage of Hillsboro, N.D., and eight grandchildren.
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On The Passing of Vernon Flatt
At last another grand and noble
Pard has ceased to be;
The man whom all of us died once
Regard with high degree.
We saw in him a love that was not small;
Not just for one or two, but for us all,
Cardinal virtues, all, belonged to
Him — his very soul!
Brightly shining e’en when his
Live grew dim as years would roll.
Steadfastly living, loving to the end.
And now he is gone! Our old faithful
friend has furled the scroll.
Lament the blight of death’s sad,
Sombre pall, sorrow, regret;
Yet, know that He who marks the
Sparrow’s fall will not forget
Our Vernon — his exalted deeds mark down;
And forge from them, with love,
A golden crown with stars beset.
By W.H.L. Davis
- Lena D. Hansen. Services for Lena D. Hansen, (Mrs. Martin Hansen) who passed away recently in El Paso, Texas, were held Saturday, July 9 at the Holman and Son chapel in Portland. Bearers were Fred Hennagin, Clarence Sparling, John Wise, John Wise, Jr., Charles Powell and George Meloy. Mrs. Hansen was the mother of Clarence and Joseph Hansen and Mrs. Emma Rocheford. Three grandchildren also survive. Interment was in Lincoln Memorial Park Mausoleum.
- Moro Personals. Mrs. Martin Hansen passed away recently in El Paso, Texas, where she lived with her daughter. Services were held Saturday, July 9, in Portland. She was a former resident of Sisters and was well known in central Oregon.
- Here Tuesday for the funeral of the late Vernon Flatt were Mr. and Mrs. E.R. Fatland of Condon.
July 22, 1955
- Geraldine V. Douglas Dead At Ephrata. Geraldine Vintin Douglas passed away at her home in Ephrata, Wn., July 12, 1955, following a lengthy illness. Mrs. Douglas, daughter of the late George C. Vintin and Echo B. Vintin, pioneers of Grass Valley, was born at Grass Valley, December 27, 1908. She attended grade and high school at Grass Valley and was graduated with honors from Oregon State College in June 1930. Following graduation she married Edward L. Douglas of Wenatchee, Wn., and they made their home in Wenatchee until 1940 when they moved to Ephrata. and Mrs. Douglas celebrated their silver wedding anniversary a few weeks before her passing. Mrs. Douglas is survived by her husband, her daughter, Joan of Seattle, Wn., her son Rec E. of Ephrata, her mother Echo B. Vintin and her brother George Clayton Vintin, both of Belmont, California and a sister Mrs. R.C. (Betty Jeanne) Ross of Ardsley, New York. Mrs. Douglas was a member of the Community Methodist church of Ephrata and of the American Association of University Women. At her request no funeral services were held and cremation rites conducted with memorial gifts being made to the building fund of her church.
- George Ellard Buried In The Dalles. George Ellard, 87, died in The Dalles Monday. As a young man he came to Sherman county and took up a homestead in the Buckley district and later moved to town where he operated the livery barn and one of the first auto taxis in the county. He was born in Ireland, March 18, 1868, came to the U.S. when 21 and to Sherman county shortly thereafter. He also owned another quarter of land northeast of Grass Valley which added to his income. He moved to The Dalles 30 years ago to retire from active work. Requiem mass was said Thursday morning at St. Peter’s and interment was made in St. Peter’s cemetery in The Dalles.
- Attending the funeral of Vernon Flatt Tuesday were Mr. and Mrs. Lou Grage, Mrs. Marvin Howard, Mrs. Francis Schechinger of Grandin, N.D. and Mrs. Merlin Grage of Hillsboro, N.D. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Cauthers, Mr. and Mrs. R.T. Cowin of Seattle, Mrs. Ralph Kraft of Jamestown, N.D. and Mr. and Mrs. Edd Crawford of Sequim, Wash., Mr. and Mrs. P.E. Curtiss, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Cloe, H.H. Nelson, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Davis, Mrs. Bernard Bockhold, Mr. and Mrs. Don Lewis, all of The Dalles, M.A. Fugey and Lloyd Neece of Portland.
July 29, 1955
- Mrs. Dell Rust Buried Wednesday. Mrs. Dell Rust died in a hospital in The Dalles Saturday after a long illness and funeral services were held there Wednesday with interment in The Dalles cemetery. Alice Dell Rust was born in Oklahoma January 10, 1901 and was married to Vivian Rust after moving to Sherman county when a girl. They lived most of their life at Wasco where he was section foreman until his illness that resulted in his death last February. She was a member of the Eastern Star and the Neighbors of Woodcraft. Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Clarence Peterson of The Dalles, and a brother, Leon Murphy, of Powers.
August 5, 1955
- Paul Goddard Dies Suddenly In Portland. Paul V. Goddard, 45, died after a brief illness at his home in Portland Saturday morning at 1:30 of acute leukemia. He did not know he had it and had attended a baseball game Friday night becoming ill while at the park. Mr. Goddard was born at Reedsport, Oregon, and came to Moro in 1935 to teach in the grade school. He married Gayle Amidon while here, taught at Grass Valley and owned a store there before moving away. He taught later in Condon and Portland. Surviving are his widow, three children, Karen Marie, Paul V., Jr., and Orval Eugene, two brothers, O.J. and Curtis and one sister, Mrs. Ardis Cunningham. Funeral services were held Monday from Finley’s Rose chapel with interment in Skyline Memorial cemetery.
- Grass Valley. Mr. and Mrs. Willard Barnett went to Portland Sunday to attend the funeral of Paul Goddard held Monday at Finley’s funeral chapel.
- Grass Valley. Mr. and Mrs. Willard Barnett went to Warm Springs Friday and returned home Saturday, having been called back by the death of Paul Goddard of Portland.
- Marvin H. Layton, Beaverton, was killed in a logging accident July 18 at Tillamook. He was a brother of Mrs. Mildred Smith of Kent and was fullback on the Nebraska football team and earned a berth on the 1924 Olympic squad.
August 12, 1955
- Meldora Hanson Buried In Portland. Mrs. Meldora J. Hanson, widow of Rev. Henry G. Hanson, and a long time resident of Sherman county before retirement, died at Portland Friday after a long illness. Mrs. Hanson was born July 10, 1877 and graduated from OAC with the class of 1900 becoming a home economics teacher. She married Rev. Trublood Smith, a Sherman county minister and later Mr. Hanson. Surviving are a son, LeRoy, now superintendent of schools at Tillamook, a sister,, Mrs. James A. Smith and two grandsons. Funeral services were held at the Calvary Presbyterian church with interment in Lincoln Memorial. Attending from here were Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Thompson, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Pinkerton, Mrs. L.E. Kaseberg, Mrs. John F. Foss and Mrs. Gwen Matteson.
- Mai McDermid Dies After Long Illness. Mai McDermid passed away Monday morning after an illness of several years. She had been a resident of Wasco and Sherman county since early times. Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Lena Jones of Rufus and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Wednesday, 2 p.m. at Smith-Callaway. The Rev. Richard Bruner officiated, followed by Eastern Star services in the Chapel. Bearers were Art Smith, Albert Kaseberg, Guy Andrews, George Drinkard Jr., T. Lester Johnson and Harry Van Gilder.
August 19, 1955
August 26, 1955
- Two Indians Meet Death Within County. Coroner Loy Cochran has been busy this week caring for the remains of two Indians who died or were killed within the county. First was that of Fred Ross, 47, of Toppenish found about a mile west of Biggs, just off the new cut on the highways. His body was found laying face down in fine dust on the railroad grade and there was speculation as to whether he had been thrown from the road or had fallen. An autopsy showed that he had died from a heart attack. Friends have said that [he] had been ill with similar symptoms a few days previous to the discovery of his body, which was estimated to be two days after death. Saturday night Mrs. Daisy Colfax of Celilo was killed when struck by a car driven by Carlie Daniels of New Mexico as she was crossing the Old Oregon Trail toward the Rufus Tavern. She was with a party of Indians that had stopped on the south side of the highway. A car going east temporally blinded Daniels, he reported to police, and he did not see the woman on the highway. He threw her 40 feet, breaking and lacerating her right arm, and it is thought that loss of blood was the major cause of her death two hours later in a hospital in The Dalles. No other bones were broken. Daniels was not held. Surviving are her widower, Fred Colfax and three children, a brother, Charles Teewee of Tacoma and a sister Emmy Telikish of Spring Hill, Washington.
September 2, 1955
September 9, 1955
- Moro Personals. Dean Hayes, son of Mr. and Mrs. S.S. Hayes, died at Eugene last week after a long illness. His father was one of the early county clerks in Sherman county.
September 16, 1955
September 23, 1955
- Frank Bartholemew Frank Bartholemew, a resident of many years, died in his bed sometime early Monday morning it is thought, as he was found by John Belloni and Curt Tom Monday evening. The neighbors noticed Frank was not around, and they watched for him as he lives alone. So went to see about him and found him dead, laying on his bed.
- Grass Valley. Mr. and Mrs. Frank von Borstel went to Portland Thursday to attend the funeral of Mrs. Mae Whitcomb, who was state secretary for the American Legion auxiliary for the past 17 years.
September 30, 1955
- Frank Bartholomew Old Rufus Citizen. One of Rufus’ older residents was laid to rest Friday Sept. 23, in the Wasco cemetery beside the grave of his wife. The community mourned a kind honest man when William Franklin Bartholomew was found dead in his bed the Monday before. His death was caused by a heart attack. William Franklin Bartholomew was born Feb. 12, 1876 at Milford, Ind., of parents John and Catherine Tom Bartholomew. He left Milford when a young man of about 20 and came to this area where relatives had settled earlier at Grant, Ore. He first worked for Charles Tom (father of Curt) for several years. The first person he worked for besides relatives was Frank Medler. Bartholomew married Cora Ramey Sept 2, 1903 at the old Umatilla House in The Dalles. Cora was the daughter of William and Virginia Ramey and the young couple lived at the Ramey ranch until 1918 when the place was sold to Curt Tom. Then for a short time the Bartholomews lived with Cora’s brother, George until they bought the house that they lived in until their deaths. Bartholomew died April 9, 1949. They had no children. Frank Bartholomew gave generously to all community drives. He attended all graduation exercises at Rufus school and had presents for all the graduates. They donated their piano to the Rufus church years ago. Coming here for the funeral was his sister, Mrs. Hattie Ireland of Milford, Ind., her daughter, Mrs. Letha Perry, Gary, Ind., and a cousin Mrs. Abbie Riggle of Wallowa, who with Mrs. Ireland will stay a while to dispose of personal possessions. Mrs. Ireland is known here as she cared for Mrs. Bartholomew prior to her death and had spent the past spring here.
- Dean Fuller Dies As Car Plunges Off Ferry Slip. Funeral services for Wesley Dean Fuller, 24 year old son of Wesley C. Fuller of Portland and Mrs. Count Fuller of Moro, were held in The Dalles Tuesday afternoon with interment there. Dean Fuller was drowned Thursday night at the Washington side of the Columbia river when a car he was driving plunged off the ferry slip. The story, as told by Fred Lumm, 37, of Portland is that he met Fuller at Langdon’s Thursday evening and between eight and nine o’clock the two left in Lumm’s new Buick, crossed the river into Washington and stopped at a tavern on the way to Goldendale. They decided to return to The Dalles by way of the Maryhill ferry. After stopping on the ferry slip Fuller, who was driving, stepped on the throttle instead of the brake as the car started to roll. The big car jumped into the river and swung around downstream. Fuller is reported to have said, “Looks like we’d better get out of here,” as the car filled with water. Lumm made the shore in a few strokes and Fuller didn’t. His body was found in a hole a few yards away by John and Curly DeMoss, searching in a boat with others Saturday afternoon. Dean Fuller was born in The Dalles January 29, 1931 and has lived in Sherman county all his life, going to the Moro school. After that he enlisted in the army and was sent to Germany in 1949 where he spent more than two years. He returned in 1952 and began farming. He married a girl who came from Germany and they have one son, now two years old. He had many interests being an accomplished photographer who developed his own color films, had been interested in importing a German made wrench into this country and selling it. Surviving is his widow, Lie, his son, David, his parents and a sister, Mrs. Vivian Warnock of Salem. The Chris Schultz American Legion post and the George Bell post of Kent provided a color guard and firing squad at the funeral.
October 7, 1955
October 14, 1955
October 21, 1955
- Ida Davis Buried In Kent Cemetery. Mrs. Ida Davis died Sunday at a hospital in The Dalles after an illness of several days probably starting from a stroke. Mrs. Davis was born in Shelbyville, Tenn., June 23, 1873, was married there, and came to Oregon in 1913. She lived at Kent for many years until she came to Moro about 15 years ago. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Grace Smith and Mrs. James C. Wilson of Portland and Mrs. G. Douma of Moro with whom Mrs. Davis lived, six grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock from the Kent Christian church of which Mrs. Davis was a member. Rev. C.F. Swander of Portland, a former pastor of the church gave the sermon and interment was made in the Kent cemetery.
October 28, 1955
- Clarence Mersinger Buried Here Thursday. Clarence Mersinger, 71, a long time Sherman countian died in The Dalles Tuesday morning after brief hospitalization. He was born in Peoria, Illinois, November 2, 1883 and came to Oregon as a young man. He farmed near Moro and Grass Valley before moving to Moro in 1925 where he was courthouse janitor for many years. He was secretary of the IOOF lodge and a charter member. Surviving are his widow, Mary, a son, Linden of Moro, two daughters, Mrs. Beth Green of Chester, Montana, Mrs. Clara Mather of Spokane, Wn., a brother, Earl of Ukiah, Cal., three sisters, Mrs. Hazel Nish, Cannon Beach, Mrs. Addie Luddit, Denver, Colo., Mrs. Ella Reilly, Chicago, Ill., and four grandchildren. Funeral services were held Thursday from the Moro church with the local IOOF lodge being in charge of graveside ceremonies.
November 4, 1955
November 11, 1955
- Etta R. Evans. Christian Science services were held for Mrs. Etta R. Evans, who died November 5, at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the A.J. Rose & Son chapel of Portland. Interment was at 1:30 p.m. in Sunrise cemetery at Wasco where graveside services were conducted by Rev. Richard Bruner. Mrs. Evans was a life-long resident of Oregon. She was born in Beaverton May 6, 1885, the daughter of pioneer residents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wolf. On November 6, 1912 she was married to Robert Evans of Portland, where they made their home until 1928, at which time they moved to Wasco. Mr. Evans preceded her in death in May, 1944, while they were residing in Moro. After leaving Moro Mrs. Evans lived in Hillsboro eight years and in Forest Grove the last two, moving to Portland last March. Mrs. Evans had been ill for several months. Surviving are a brother, Lorenz Wolf, Raleigh Hills, and four sisters, Mrs. Hattie Rossi, Beaverton; Mrs. Minerva Hoytt, Portland; Mrs. Martha Weisenflush, Seattle; Mrs. Gretchen Miller, Portland; and several nieces and nephews.
- Youth Killed As Speeding Car Overturns, Rolls. William Max Williams, son of Max Williams of Madras and Mrs. Fern Anderson of The Dalles, was instantly killed Tuesday afternoon at 3:25 when his car skidded as he hit the left turn a mile and a half north of Kent, turned over three times and threw him 60 feet. Young Williams was 17, having been born December 6, 1937. He was on his way to Wasco to appear before the justice of peace on a reckless driving charge made Sunday. He had a 1950 Ford, souped for speed. Witnesses estimated his speed was at least 75 miles an hour as he hit the curve and skid marks were over 180 feet long before the car overturned the first time and bounced high in the air. His back was broken in addition to a concussion and other breaks. Williams had attended school at Wasco and Madras and was working in a garage and a store at the time of his death.
November 18, 1955
- Myles E. Martin Dead of Food Poisoning. Myles Elroy Martin, a native of Sherman county but for years a resident of Morrow county, died at St. Anthony’s hospital in Pendleton Tuesday from the result of food poisoning. He had been to a public dinner and his illness was ascribed to salad dressing served. Mr. Martin was 68 years old at the time of his death. Orlow Martin is farming his father’s place near Moro. Funeral services will be held Friday at 10:00 a.m., November 25 from the Methodist church in Heppner with interment in the Masonic cemetery there.
December 2, 1955
- Moro Personals. Dean Martin was home from OTI at Klamath Falls and to attend his grandfather’s funeral.
December 9, 1955
December 16, 1955
- Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Robert Boynton Wednesday, December 14, twin girls. The first was still born. Graveside services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Moro cemetery. [Esther]
December 23, 1955
December 30, 1955
January 6, 1956
- Elizabeth Potter Dies Wednesday. Mrs. Elizabeth Potter, widow of Antone Potter, died at a hospital in The Dalles Wednesday, January 4 at the age of 85 after an extended illness. Mrs. Potter was born Elizabeth Jacks, Sept 11, 1870 in Nebraska, a daughter of Mr and Mrs. Henry Clay Jacks who moved to the then very new country that became Sherman county in 1880, being among the very first settlers here. In 1886 she married Antone Potter who had come from California in 1882 and they lived at Klondike for the remainder of their wedded life. She attended school at the Jack’s school house, a well known building in early days. It was just east of Klondike. Mrs. Potter had an excellent memory and was able to recall many events of early days. Funeral services will be held Saturday at two o’clock from Smith Callaway’s in The Dalles and interment will be in the Odd Fellows cemetery there. Rev. Richard Bruner will officiate. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Mayme Elliot of Klondike, and Mrs. Guy Weedman of Portland, one son, George, now of The Dalles, although one-time county judge of Sherman county and keeper of the family store at Klondike; a sister, Mrs. Alex McLeod of Spokane and a brother, Silbie Jacks of Baldwin Park, California; five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Mrs. Potter was a member of Annie Fulton chapter OES and the Wasco Methodist church. It was her request that contributions be made to the Wasco churches in lieu of flowers.
- Ernest Eslinger Buried In The Dalles. Funeral services for Ernest Eslinger, 63, were held from the Moro church Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. and interment was made in The Dalles. Mr. Eslinger was born November 17, 1892 at Cedar Springs, Mo., and came to Sherman county with his parents in 1905 to live here most of the remainder of his life. He was married to Leta Newton in Moro in 1913 and to them were born two sons, Walter, a navy lieutenant stationed at Kodiak, Alaska, and Marcus of Springston, Idaho. Deceased farmed for a time, owned the Vintin Hotel in Grass Valley, ran a pool hall, at the same place; was owner of a taxi service in The Dalles, managed a service station and since 1945 has been owner of the Moro Hotel. Surviving are his widow, Leta, the two sons, three sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Blagg of Grass Valley, Mrs. Maude Griffin, Eureka, Calif. and Mrs. Beulah Patterson of Eugene; three brothers, Claude of Forest Grove, Clem of Hillsboro and Pearrant of Cloverdale. He was a member of the Masonic lodge and Eastern Star at Grass Valley.
- Bill Dugan Dies At Age of 84. Bill Dugan was buried in The Dalles Tuesday following his death Friday at a hospital in The Dalles. Dugan’s name was Wilburn Edgar Guenther and he was born in Princeton, Mo., March 16, 1871. He came to Kent in 1904 and for years ran the confectionery there and it was here he came to be called Dugan for reasons lost in history. For the past two years Bill Dugan has lived in the county hospital in The Dalles and there he died of a heart attack at the age of 84.
- Jim Kunsman Dead After Long Illness. William James Kunsman, 73, died in The Dalles Monday after a long illness. He was the elder of the Kunsman family that has lived in Sherman county for over 50 years. He was born in Ohio December 25, 1882 and spent his younger years in this county before moving to The Dalles where he worked for the railroad, first the Great Southern that ran to Dufur and later for the Union Pacific. Surviving are his widow, Daisy, two sons, Olen of Vancouver, Wn., and Glen of The Dalles, one daughter, Mrs. Ralph Farmer of The Dalles; three sisters, May Barnum of The Dalles, Mrs. Mary Crosfield of Oakland, Calif., and Mrs. Blanche Landingham, Sheridan and three brothers, Harry of Moro, Irvin of Portland and Roy of The Dalles. Funeral services were held Thursday with interment in The Dalles.
January 13, 1956
- Marian Medler Dies At 79 Years of Age. Marian H. Medler, widow of the late Ernest Medler, died at Hood River Friday, January 6, after a long illness, at the age of 79. She was born Marian Myers and had lived in Sherman county since very early days. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Arthur Lowell of Bickleton, Wn., Mrs. D.W. Byrd of Hillsboro, Mrs. C.R. McMillin of Berkeley, Calif., and Mrs. Carl Nelson of Salem, a sister, Mrs. Elsie Medler of Portland, a brother, James of Sacramento, Calif., eight grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held from the Wasco Methodist church Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 with interment at Sunrise cemetery.
- Wasco News. In the past week we have lost two good friends and neighbors in the deaths of Mrs. Elizabeth Potter and Mrs. Marian Medler. They had both resided in Sherman county for over 70 years.
- Grass Valley. Bernice Wilt, widow of John H. Wilt, one-time Grass Valley merchant, died in Portland last week at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ray Blake and funeral services were held in that city. Mrs. Wilt had also lived in Moro when Mr. Blake was in the bank here.
January 20, 1956
January 27, 1956
February 3, 1956
February 10, 1956
February 17, 1956
February 24, 1956
- Former Countians Taken By Death. E. (Bill) Miller, resident of Grass Valley 40 years ago when he farmed the George Schwartz place, died at Anaheim, California at the age of 90. Surviving are his widow, Lizzie and children, Walter, Maud, Willie and Lottie, scattered over the United States. Mrs. H.A. Strader (Leta Curl), granddaughter of the Curls who owned the Krusow place, died Monday in western Washington. Mrs. W. Ray Blake died in Portland Monday after a brief illness and funeral services were held at Holman’s Wednesday with interment in Portland. Mr. and Mrs. Truman Strong attended. Mrs. Bernice Wilt, Mrs. Blake’s mother, died but a few weeks ago. Surviving are her widower and a daughter, Mrs. Scott Fortner. She had lived for many years in Moro and Grass Valley.
March 2, 1956
- Mrs. Conlee’s Father Dies At 98. Mr. and Mrs. Howard Conlee and their daughter, Mrs. Bill Reid have just returned from Eugene where they attended the funeral of Mrs. Conlee’s father, Nicholas Barnett Toll, who died on his homestead there at the age of 98. He came to California in 1863 from Illinois and to Oregon in 1882 to homestead near Eugene. He leaves a family of four daughters and four sons and 11 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren. The Tolls are a long lived West Virginia family as were the Barneys, on his maternal side, and members of both fought in the Revolutionary war and one went to France to borrow money for the colonies.
March 9, 1956
March 16, 1956
- A.M. Hicks Dead At Age Of 91. Funeral services for Alexander Michael Hicks, 91, who was found dead at his home in Wasco Monday will be held Friday at 2:30 p.m. from Smith-Callaway chapel in The Dalles with graveside rites at Sunrise cemetery near Wasco. Mr. Hicks was born December 12, 1864 at Independence, Virginia, but has been a resident of Sherman county since a young man. His wife to whom he was married in 1889, died in 1936 and he has lived alone for the past 20 years. He was the first exclusive plumber in Wasco, working at the job for much of his active life. Surviving are a niece, Clara VanKleek, Wecoma Beach, and a nephew, Glen Brock, postmaster of Goldendale, Washington.
March 23, 1956
- Perry Axtell Dead In Hood River. Perry C. Axtell died at Hood River Tuesday after long illness. Born July 8, 1874 he came to Sherman County as a young man and farmed successfully in Hay canyon until his retirement about 12 years ago. He was one of the county court that got the county out of debt during depression, was bank director and good citizen in general. Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. May James and Mrs. Nanette Franklin of Portland and Mrs. Bertha Hartsook of Albany, three brothers, C.F. and H. R. of Eugene and H.B. of Portland. Funeral services will be held at Spencer & Libby’s at 2 p.m. Friday, March 23, with interment in The Dalles IOOF cemetery.
- Scout Leader Jim Jones Dies Monday. Jim (James Walter) Jones, Sherman county’s beloved Boy Scout leader, died at his new home in Grass Valley Monday afternoon at the age of 61. He has not been feeling well and after working around in his garden for a short time went into the house and laid down. Shortly his mother noted that he was dead. Jim Jones was born in Stella, Nebraska, February 24, 1895, served in World War I and because of his interest in wild life became a government trapper so he could be outdoors, protecting game. He has been in Sherman county at that occupation for 12 years. He started Troop 362, BSA, at Grass Valley and brought it to position equal or above that of any scout troop in the state with nearly every boy reaching top rank. His influence on the youth of the south end of Sherman county was always a healthy and impressive one. He won the Beaver award for his leadership. Mr. Jones, was a member of the American Legion at Kent, the Elks lodge of Ellensburg, Wash. Surviving is his mother, Mrs. James W. Jones, of Grass Valley, who reached her 85th birthday Saturday. They live in a new home, only recently completed. Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. from the Grass Valley Baptist church with Rev. Don Leach officiating. Interment will be made Thursday at Oregon City, the former home of the family. [Photo]
March 30, 1956
- P. G. O’Meara Buried Thursday. Mrs. Ruby May O’Meara, 70, wife of Patrick G. O’Meara of Wasco died in a Portland hospital Monday evening after a long confinement there. Mrs. O’Meara was born Ruby Yates March 20, 1886 near Elmira Oregon where her family had moved from Illinois. She was a sister of the late State Senator Phil Yates. Surviving are her widower, five sons, James Y., Philip G., Stephen R., Richard H. and Patrick E., all of Wasco and a brother, Richard Yates and nine grandchildren. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Wasco Christian church with the Rev. Merlin Shields officiating. Interment will be in The Dalles IOOF cemetery.
April 6, 1956
- William Baker Killed By Falling Concrete Bucket. William Earl Baker was instantly killed Tuesday at 2:15 p.m. while at work for Wall, Bartrum & Sandford at the site of the new Sherman High school building. Henry H. Jasmann, superintendent on the job, said that Barker’s job was to fill the loading bucket of the Mixermobile handling sand and gravel with a small tractor. When filled this bucket is hoisted into the machine which mixes it into concrete and carries it to the forms where needed. On the other end is another bucket that the mixed concrete runs into. It can be hoisted about 12 feet and dumped through a spout. This bucket, containing a quarter yard of mixed concrete, stuck and while the operator went to get a prop to hold it up for inspection and repair, Baker stepped under the bucket. At that moment it released dropping and killing him instantly. Total weight was probably 1500 pounds and the fall perhaps ten feet. Baker was born March 23, 1905 at Ogden, Utah and moved to Moro from Redmond about a year and a half ago, having been employed here on several farm and construction jobs. He is survived by his widow, Pearl of Moro, a daughter in college and three brothers. Funeral services will be conducted at the Redmond Mormon church Saturday at 2 p.m. and interment made in Redmond.
- John McClure Dies Suddenly In Portland. John Ernest McClure died suddenly in Portland Tuesday of a heart attack. He had just left a doctor’s office where he was advised to go to a hospital. Mr. McClure was a long time resident of Sherman county having finished high school at Moro in 1910 and later farmed east of Wasco before retiring to Portland and renting his ranch. Surviving are his widow, Frances, two sons, John and Donald, two daughters, Mrs. Jean McGregor and Mary Ann, a sister, Mrs. Lloyd Robinson and a brother, Andrew. Funeral services will be held Friday at 2:30 p.m. from Finley’s in Portland with interment at Riverside cemetery.
April 13, 1956
April 20, 1956
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles Blake were away from Rufus several days attending the funeral of a near relative. Mrs. Bob Byrd ran the grocery and service station while they were away.
April 27, 1956
- V. (Vannie) Walton, 83, long ill and crippled from an auto accident died in a Portland hospital Friday morning. He was born March 18, 1873 in Indiana and spent the greater part of his life in Sherman county before retiring to The Dalles after selling his ranch east of Kent. Vigorous, red-haired Vannie Walton was an aggressive citizen and well known in southern Sherman county a few years ago. He accumulated a large wheat farm now owned by George Wilson. Surviving is his widow, Ora. He was a member of the Masonic lodge which conducted his funeral rites held in The Dalles Monday with interment in the IOOF cemetery there.
- Louis J. Gates, former storekeeper at Kent, died in The Dalles Thursday after a long illness. He was 86, having been born January 27, 1870 in Excelsior, Missouri. He owned stores at Fossil and at Arlington and Kent before becoming a salesman for Sperry with headquarters at The Dalles. He was active in politics although not as a candidate. He was an Odd-Fellow for 50 years. A man of intense opinions and with ability to express them, he accumulated friends and opponents, all of whom held him in respect. Funeral services were held Saturday with interment in The Dalles. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Forrest Hunter and Miss Margaret Gates of The Dalles, a brother and a sister and two grandchildren.
May 4, 1956
May 11, 1956
- Ross C. Ornduff Succumbs Friday. Ross C. Ornduff, former county clerk and deputy sheriff, died in The Dalles Friday after a long illness. He was born on his father’s homestead November 21, 1888 and went to Sherman county schools finishing at Wasco high school. He became deputy sheriff and later left the county to move to Metolius where he ran a store a few years. He worked for the Watts Marble Works in The Dalles and later organized The Dalles Marble & Granite Company which he operated at the time of his death. He served three terms as county clerk retiring a few years ago on account of health. He was a Mason, a Knights Templar of Al Kader and the mid-Columbia Shrine club. Surviving are his widow, Alice of The Dalles and a brother, Harry of Oceano, Calif., two step daughters, Mrs. Paul Cyphers of Moro and Mrs. Harry Walther of The Dalles and four grandsons.
- Grass Valley. Stanley Powers of Ellensburg, Wn., died April 14 at his home from a heart attack. He was the husband of Ninus Eslinger.
May 18, 1956
May 25, 1956
June 1, 1956
- C.C. Chapman (Chappie to his friends) died this week in Portland from a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 80 years. There was a period of years not long distant when legislators never passed a budget until it had the OK of Mr. Chapman. He knew more about budgets and taxes than any of them. Lately that has not been so although his opinions were still respected and often observed. He was the father of the gas tax and of many other governmental innovations. He was kindly and courteous in manner although in his heyday could be so analytical that he earned a reputation for vitriolic writing. Chapman has been a sort of conscience to Oregon politics. His little magazine, the Oregon Voter, being read and quoted far beyond the reach of its small circulation. Nominally he was a Republican, but not a partisan, who often expounded ideas foreign to the party’s creed. He was something unique and Oregon has been fortunate to have had him. His compilation of figures on business and taxes, his strict adherence to his code of ethics, his bravery in expression were ever helpful toward keeping the state’s government clean and economical.
June 8, 1956
- Miss Vivian Trounce Buried At Wasco. Miss Vivian Trounce, for more than 30 years a Sherman county music teacher, died at a hospital in The Dalles Sunday. Miss Trounce was born in England, 79 years ago, and received her musical education at London and Paris before coming to the United States. She had lived in Los Angeles but after coming to this county remained here most of the time although traveling in the summers. She taught piano to pupils all over the county being universally popular and ever willing to play for entertainments and have her pupils do so. She was a member of the Episcopal church, the Rebekah lodge and the American Legion auxiliary. Surviving are a sister, May Sheppard in England, two brothers, Davis in LaJolla, Calif., and Louis, of Vancouver, B.C. Funeral services were held Wednesday from the Methodist church in Wasco at 2 p.m. with Rev. Charles Neville giving the sermon. Interment was in Sunrise cemetery at Wasco.
June 15, 1956
June 22, 1956
- Mary Gibson Buried In The Dalles. Mrs. Mary Gibson, widow of Jack Gibson and long time resident of Sherman county died at a hospital in The Dalles Thursday and funeral services were held there Monday. Mrs. Gibson was born in Lane county November 13, 1871. She married Jack Gibson in The Dalles and lived on the John Day until they sold their place there shortly before he died in 1955. Since then Mrs. Gibson has lived with her daughter, Mrs. Iva Dams east of Moro. Surviving are Mrs. Dams, two sons, O. B. Baker of Lexington and William Baker of Montesano, Wash., 16 grandchildren and one great grandson. Interment was made in the Odd Fellows cemetery at The Dalles following services at Spencer & Libby’s.
June 29, 1956
- Zella Quinn Kenny, 38, wife of Lawrence Kenny, died in a Portland hospital Tuesday morning after a brief illness from leukemia. Mrs. Kenny had not been feeling well and after an examination she went to specialists in Portland who confirmed her pervious information about her illness. She was born near Dufur November 10, 1917 and came to Sherman county about 20 years ago where she met and married her husband. She was always active and alert and had an interest in many things about her and in public affairs. Surviving are her widower, a daughter, Mary Michael, a son, Patrick, a brother Lawrence Quinn, Washougal, Wn., a sister Bella Jean Rea, Salem, two step sisters, Mrs. Violet Ewing, Seattle, Mrs. Luella Weber, Portland, two step brothers, Frank Welch The Dalles and Virgil Welch, Portland. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at two o’clock at the Spencer & Libby Home in Portland with interment in Parklawn Memorial cemetery.
- Fred Cyphers, father of Paul Cyphers, died suddenly at his home at Ocean Park, Wash., Friday while returning from a clamming trip. Long a resident of The Dalles before retiring to the coast he was father of eight sons and one daughter, all of whom survive him as does his widow. He had 22 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Tuesday in The Dalles with interment there.
- Grover Cleveland Coffman died suddenly in The Dalles Saturday afternoon. With his wife he had gone to visit her mother, who lives there. Grover cut the lawn and came into the house where he sat down and was soon dead. He was born July 30, 1893 in Warrensburg, Mo., and came to Oregon when he was eight years old. The family lived at Grass Valley where Grover attended school and started work on the section. He continued at that work all his life. In 1917 he volunteered for the navy with a group of others going that spring and was a fireman through World War I. On his return he went to work for the Union Pacific, going to Rock creek and to Shaniko where he was section boss. He has had a similar position at Moro 21 years. Surviving are his widow, Eva Jane; a daughter, Mrs. William F. Dyer, The Dalles; two brothers, Chester and Dewey of Portland; two half brothers, Rolly and Vern White, Portland; three sisters, Mrs. Viola Wilkerson and Mrs. Beulah Mack, Portland and Mrs. Curtis Stark, Bend; two grandchildren and three step grandsons. Funeral services were held at the Smith Callaway Chapel Tuesday afternoon at two o’clock with interment in The Dalles cemetery. Masons gave their rites at the funeral and the American Legion conducted military rites at the IOOF cemetery.
July 6, 1956
- Man Killed When Car Driven Off Road Into Canyon. Winifred F. Parker, 50, was killed almost instantly Saturday night when he drove his car off Highway 97 about half a mile south of Biggs Junction where a low rock wall is built along the creek in Spanish Hollow. Mr. Parker was coming from Walla Walla to work for Max Belshe during the harvest and was reported to have worked for a railroad company until poor eyesight made that no longer possible. No skid marks showed on the pavement. The train crew saw the wreck in the creek bed and notified police who called an ambulance. Neither state police nor Norman Fields, nor the ambulance crew saw the wreck which was not visible from the highway and it was several hours before the body was found. Joe Drinkard found the wreck. Mr. Parker is survived by his widow.
July 13, 1956
July 20, 1956
- Ella Thompson Funeral Saturday. Mrs. Ella Thompson, widow of the late N.W. Thompson, died at Hillsboro Wednesday night from a long illness. With her husband Mrs. Thompson lived on a farm for years before moving to town where they ran a hardware store until retirement. She fell and broke a hip causing her to be bedfast for her later years. Surviving are a son, Harvey, two daughters, Mrs. Frances Henrichs and Mrs. Grace Busch, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Graveside services will be held Saturday at Rose cemetery with the Eastern Star in charge.
- Albert Pleumke Dies At Madras Home. Albert (Dutch) Pleumke [Pluemke] , 45, died at a hospital at Redmond Thursday night from a heart attack of a few hours earlier. He had been in vigorous health. Mr. Pleumke was born in Moro in December of 1910 and obtained his education at Moro High school where he was a star fullback. After the war he went to Madras where he farmed, was town marshal, and later county commissioner of Jefferson county. Surviving are his widow and a son and daughter, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Max Pleumke of Portland, a sister, Mrs. Paul Smith of Albany and a brother, Carl of Albany. Funeral services were held Monday at Madras with interment there. [Pluemke]
July 27, 1956
- Ella Thompson Buried In Rose Cemetery. Donelson & Sewell Mortuary, in charge of arrangements, transported the body of Mrs. Ella Thompson to Moro for graveside rites at the Rose cemetery with Mrs. Eva Landry and the Eastern Star officiating, Saturday, July 21 at 11 a.m. Mrs. Ella Thompson was born in Colorado on October 15, 1873, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Thompson. She was married to Nelson W. Thompson at Monkland, Oregon on November 28, 1889. To this union were born three children; a son, Harvey C. Thompson, of Hillsboro; two daughters, Mrs. Grace I. Busch of Hillsboro, and Mrs. Frances E. Henrichs of Marysville, California. All three children survive. He husband predeceased her in 1911. Surviving in addition to her son and two daughters, are eight grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. B.B. Montag, Mrs. Edna Schwarzman; a brother, Layton Thompson, all of Portland. Mrs. Thompson was a thirty-five year member of the Bethlehem No. 65 Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star, Moro, of which she was also a past matron.
- Thora Justesen Dies At 90 Years. Mrs. Thora Justesen died in a hospital in The Dalles last week at the age of 90. Mrs. Justesen was born April 22, 1866 in Denmark and came to the United States when 19 settling with her parents at Omaha, Neb. There she married Fred Justesen and moved to Oregon, coming to Sherman county in 1901and buying land east of Kent which has been the family residence to this time. Surviving are four sons, Arthur, and Harry of Kent, Theodore of Tygh Valley and Roy of Sacramento, California; four grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Mrs. Justesen was a life-long member of the Lutheran church and since World War I a member of the Legion Auxiliary at Kent. Funeral services were held Sunday from the Moro Community church with interment in the Moro cemetery.
August 3, 1956
- Sam Stark Dies At Redmond. Samuel L. Stark, for 40 years, a resident of Grass Valley, died at Redmond Wednesday from an illness that attacked him suddenly. With Archie Cantrall, also of Grass Valley, he was on his way to Redmond to see a doctor when he became ill. They stopped at a service station and an ambulance was called to take Mr. Stark to a hospital in Redmond where he died shortly after arrival, according to a story told here that afternoon. Mr. Stark was a native of Missouri who came to farm in the early years of the century and who remained to buy land and raise a numerous family. He was about 81 years of age.
- Word has been received here of the death of Isabella Catherine Bourhill in Pasadena, California, at the age of 87. Miss Bourhill was born at Bonnington, Scotland and spent a lifetime in church and Red Cross work before retiring to the Monte Vista Grove home where she died.
August 10, 1956
- Mrs. Roy Belshee Funeral Friday. Mrs. Eunice Belshee died at Eugene Sunday morning after a long illness from a heart ailment. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at two o’clock from Holman-Hankins & Reliance mortuary at Oregon City with cremation at the Portland Memorial later. Mrs. Belshee was born Eunice May Harlow, March 14, 1886 at Kimball, S. D. and lived much of her life at Cottage Grove. Surviving are her widower, Roy Belshee, Moro, one son, Hugh, Port Angeles, Wash., a sister, Mrs. Lulu Bringham, Springfield, three brothers, Fletcher, Springfield, Charles and Carrol Harlow, Eugene. She was a member of the First Church of Christian Science of Portland which will conduct services. She was past matron of Rose Croix, Portland, OES and Gaspar Shrine, The Dalles, Lydia Temple, Daughters of the Nile.
- Sam Stark Long County Resident. Samuel L. Stark was born November 22, 1874 at Lebeck, Mo., and died at Redmond, Oregon, August 1, 1956 at the age of 81. He married Julia Catherine Hackleman on May 20, 1900 at Cedar Springs, Mo. Twelve children were born to this union, four preceding him in death, three in infancy and Lt. Samuel Ferdinand Stark, who was killed in a typhoon in World War II. His wife passed away on March 18, 1926. He later married Mrs. Effie Dale in Nevada, Mo., on January 7, 1936, who survives him. Also eight children, Curtis of Bend, Hadley of Terrebonne, Wallace of Laguna Beach, Calif., Harry of Grass Valley, Olan of Kent, Mrs. Josephine Parkhurst of Roseberg, Mrs. Eula Brittain of Parkdale and Mrs. Helen Bayer of Grass Valley. Fifteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Mr. Stark came to Oregon in 1913 … to work for Claude Eslinger until about 1915 when he began renting from other land owners and in 1918 he leased the Lemon ranch which he has farmed since and purchased all the land west of the road.
- Grass Valley. Funeral services for Sam Stark were held from the Grass Valley Baptist church at 3 p.m. Saturday with the Rev. Donald Leach officiating. and Mrs. Orville Ruggles sang with Mrs. Elton Eakin the accompanist. Pallbearers were his sons, Wallace, Hadley, Olan, Harry and Curtis Stark and a grandson, Irwin Parkhurst. Honorary pallbearers were Herman Ziegler, J.W. Blagg, E.R. Blaylock, E.B. Lemon, Alex Marshal and L.K. Smith. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Spencer & Libby with interment in the IOOF cemetery at Grass Valley. Among the out of town relatives and friends attending were Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Stark of Laguna Beach, Calif., Mr. and Mrs. Hadley Stark of Terrebonne, Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Stark of Bend, Mrs. Josephine Parkurst of Roseburg, Mr. and Mrs. Irwin Parkhurst and sons of Roseburg, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kneebone and daughter of Ashland, Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Wagers and daughter of Summer Lake, Mr. and Mrs. Willis Brittian and children of Parkdale, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Gordon and son of Silverdale, Wn., Mr. and Mrs. E.B. Lemon of Corvallis, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Ritner of Madras, PFC David Parkhurst from Fort Bliss, Texas, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Arthur of Condon, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Johnson and daughter of Lebanon, Mr. and Mrs. Claud Eslinger, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hodges and daughter and Miss Fay Hill from Forest Grove, Alex Marshal, Mr. and Mrs. V.B. Eakin and Mr. and Mrs. Ben Payne of The Dalles, Mr. and Mrs. Omer Brittain and Mr. and Mrs. Dubs Doane of Tygh Valley, Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Mack of Portland, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Perrigo of Astoria.
August 17, 1956
- John Sanders Dies While At Work. John Sanders of Wasco died suddenly Tuesday afternoon while working at the Klondike elevator from a heart attack. Sanders was born at Cleveland, Wash., August 18, 1893, lived at Bickleton during his youth and served in the Marine corps during World War I and also in World War II. He moved to The Dalles after the war and in 1953 moved to Wasco where he has worked for the grain growers. Surviving are his widow, Grace, two sons, Bruce and John of Wasco, a daughter, Mrs. Ila Clark of Merriel, a brother, Frank of Patterson, Wash., and a sister Mrs. Hazel Churchill of Patterson and three grandchildren. Funeral services will he held Friday at 2 p.m. from the Presbyterian church at Bickleton with Rev. Richard Bruner of Wasco officiating. Deceased was a member of the IOOF at Bickleton. The family has requested that no flowers be sent and that contributions be sent to the heart fund, care of Dr. Stevenson at The Dalles.
August 24, 1956
- Gus Reeder Dies At 88 Years. Gustav H. Reeder, for several years a resident of Moro and for most of his life an important citizen of Shaniko, died at The Dalles Wednesday after a long illness. Mr. Reeder was born at Wheatland, Iowa January 23, 1868 and came to Shaniko to be with a brother when a young man. He engaged in sheep raising, was a saddle maker, deputy sheriff, city marshal and mayor of Shaniko during his nearly 70 years there. Surviving are two sons, Ralph of Portland, John of Shaniko; three daughters, Elma Linsoe of Fargo, N.D., Marguerite Starr of Albany and Elsie Jones, Moro; two sisters, Minnie Hayes, Shellburg, Iowa and Dora Wright, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, six grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. His wife died in 1951. Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Spencer & Libby’s with the Rev. Ernest Taylor of the Episcopal church officiating. Burial will be in The Dalles.
- Moro Personals. and Mrs. Lawrence Kirby left Wednesday afternoon for Salem on receiving word of the death of their son, Leonard, who committed suicide in that city by hanging himself after leaving a note for his wife and two children.
August 31, 1956
- Ada Bell Murray Killed In Accident. Ada Bell Murray, wife of Allan Murray of Hood River, was killed and Virginia Murray Reynolds and two children also of Hood River, were injured Sunday in a collision with another car near Cannon Beach. Occupants of the other car were not injured. Mrs. Murray formerly lived in Sherman county where she was a school teacher before marrying Allan Murray who farmed here for many years before moving to Hood River.
- Mrs. Al Ruckman. Word was received here Wednesday night of the sudden death of Mrs. Al Ruckman at Coos Bay, by her sister, Mrs. Mary Mersinger. She was here a few weeks ago and seemed in good health at the time. No details are available.
September 7, 1956
- Ella May Ruckman. Funeral services for Mrs. Ella May Ruckman, who died Wednesday night, August 29, in a hospital in Coos Bay from the effects of a stroke, were held Saturday. She was born near Monkland May 8, 1906 and was raised in Sherman county. Surviving are her husband, Fred Reuckman of Empire, a daughter, Mrs. Maxine Roberts, Kensington, Md.; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Mersinger of Moro and Adeline Kenny of Lyle, Wash., and one brother, Pat of Vey, Idaho.
September 14, 1956
- Mrs. Oral Gosson Dies In The Dalles. Mrs. Oral Gosson, 68, long a resident of Wasco and city recorder there, died in a hospital in The Dalles Tuesday night. She was born January 27, 1888 in Paxton, Nebraska. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Earle Morrison of Wasco and Mrs. Loyal Pratt of The Dalles, a son Lloyd Gosson of Wasco, a brother, Don McClain of Albany and six grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Friday at two o’clock at Spencer & Libby’s home with the Rev. Richard Bruner officiating and interment in the IOOF cemetery at The Dalles. She was a member of the Wasco Methodist church.
September 21, 1956
- Chester Axtell Funeral services were held in The Dalles Monday for Chester Axtell who was born at Moro August 16, 1892, and a member of the large Axtell family once headquartered in Sherman county. Survivors include his widow, Ethel, three sons, Wendell of Moro, Dale of Reno and Dwight of The Dalles, two brothers and three sisters.
September 28, 1956
October 5, 1956
- Halbert Belshe Dies While Hunting. Halbert Belshe, 48, died while deer hunting near his home at The Dalles Saturday. He was born in Portland of Sherman county parents August 14, 1908 and was a resident of this county for a large part of his live. Surviving are his widow, Irene, a daughter, Frances, his mother, Mrs. Alice Lavender, three sisters, Mrs. Wilma Null, The Dalles, Mrs. Catherine Jaeger, Cambridge, Ida., Mrs. Dorothy Melvin, Sherwood; two brothers, Bob of Moro and Lloyd of Crescent City, California. He was a member of the IOOF lodge at Grass Valley. Services were held at The Dalles Monday with interment there.
- James Dyce Dead Of Heart Attack. James M. Dyce, 73, resident of Sherman county for more than ten years, died suddenly in a hospital about noon Tuesday, October 2. Although probate officials have found and opened his lock box in which he said he had instructions for burial and a will, no such papers were found when the box was opened Thursday morning and Sheriff Norman Fields is trying to find possible relatives, especially a sister thought to be in Pennsylvania. Mr. Dyce was born in Maryland where his parents were oyster fishermen, a business which he left to herd sheep for the Muddy ranch out of Antelope and watch engines for the Union Pacific on this branch until he retired about seven years ago. Since then he has lived in Moro, owning his own house, raising rare flowers and making many friends.
October 12, 1956
- Moro Personals. Funeral services for James M. Dyce were held from the Community church Tuesday afternoon with Rev. Ernest Goodenberger officiating. After the services interment was made in the Odd-Fellows cemetery in The Dalles.
- Wasco News. Friends were saddened to hear of the passing of P. Boice, long time resident of Wasco. He passed away Thursday morning, Oct. 4, from a heart attack. The funeral was Monday in Camas, Wn., where the Boices had lived for the past few years. He had worked for the Crown Zellerback Paper Mill since leaving Wasco and had just retired a few days before his death. Besides his wife, Faye, he leaves three sons, Grant, Gordon and Glenn; a daughter, Mrs. Ramona Marchbanks and six grandchildren.
October 19, 1956
- Pearl Garrett Buried Saturday. Mrs. Pearl Garrett, 69, died in a hospital in The Dalles Thursday after a lingering illness of several years. She had lived at Grass Valley for 37 years. Mrs. Garrett was born at Halsey, Oregon, Nov. 22, 1886 and lived there as a girl. She married the late Tom Garrett, also of Halsey. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Norma Ketter of Grass Valley, five sisters, Mrs. Maude Bevens of Bend, Mrs. Mae Whicker of Klamath Falls, Mrs. Alice Davidson of Portland, Mrs. Florence Replogle of Yakima, Wn., and Mrs. Laura Jesse of Sacramento, California; and three granddaughters. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon from the Baptist church with Rev. Don Leach officiating with interment in the Grass Valley IOOF cemetery.
- Wasco News. Attend Garrett Funeral. At Grass Valley to attend the funeral of Mrs. Pearl Garrett Saturday were her sisters, Mrs. Maud Bevens of Bend, Mrs. John Whitcher of Klamath, Mrs. Aice Davidson of Portland and a sister in law, Mrs. Maud Garrett of Shaniko. Nieces here were Frances Pomeroy of Klamath, Mr. and Mrs. Alex Haeck, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Baldra, Mrs. Clara Carson of Portland, Mrs. Margaret Johnson of Sweet Home and Mrs. Max Moore of Leganon. Nephews were George Walton, Portland, William and Robert Garrett of Shaniko. Others here were A.J. Moore, Bend, Harold Schano, Bend, Miss Lucille Peetz, The Dalles, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Ketter and Mrs. John Snedden of Tacoma.
October 26, 1956
November 2, 1956
- Arthur L. Barzee, 72, lately a resident of Fossil and for years a Sherman countian, died in The Dalles Tuesday after a long illness. He was operated on for lung cancer recently. He was born in Marion county and came here as a young man to remain most of his life as a farmer. Survivors are his widow, Fannie, a step-daughter, Mrs. Earl Loomis, a sister, Mrs. Ethel McQuillen and four brothers, Lester and Gene of Oceanlake, Harry of Monmouth and Earl of Wenatchee, Washington. Funeral services will be held Friday at one o’clock at Smith-Callaway chapel in The Dalles.
- Miss Clema Ann Allen, 74, died in a hospital in The Dalles October 26. Miss Allen has been a resident of the Wasco community since 1895 when she as a girl of 13 came from Goldendale where she was born January 12, 1882. Her parents had a stock ranch in Grass Valley canyon. Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. G.A. Merritt, Wasco, Mrs. E.L. McKay, Bend, Mrs. W.W. Muir, Portland, one brother, Harry, Wasco. Funeral services were held Monday with interment in The Dalles IOOF cemetery.
November 9, 1956
November 16, 1956
- Mrs. J.S. Taylor received word of the death of her brother, Richard Doty in Portland November 5. Mr. and Mrs. Taylor left Tuesday for Portland to attend the funeral held at Adams Memorial chapel in Riverview cemetery.
- Funeral services for Ray Blake were held in Portland Tuesday, November 13 at 4 p.m. at the Portland Mausoleum. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Scott Fortner and two grandchildren of Portland and three brothers, Mearle, Kenneth and Ted Blake.
November 23, 1956
- Marie Smith Buried Wednesday. Mrs. Marie Barnett Smith died in a hospital in The Dalles Saturday after a lengthy illness that has kept her hospitalized for several weeks. She came to Grass Valley in 1903 and was married to Clyde Smith, living on a ranch in the Ruthledge country until 1949. She has been living at Goldendale recently. She was 75. Surviving are a brother, Tommy Barnett of Grass Valley and two nieces, Mrs. Edgar Alley and Mrs. Bill Johnson. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon from the Baptist church with Rev. Don Leach officiating. Interment will be in the Odd-Fellows cemetery at Grass Valley.
- Herb Lawrence Killed In Evening Accident. Herbert William Lawrence, 27, recently moved to Mosier, was killed Friday night when he drove his car into the rear of a loaded truck at the west end of The Dalles. It was dark and raining with short visibility. Herbie Lawrence is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Lawrence of Moro and is a graduate of Moro high school where he was a halfback on the football team. Since the army service he has lived in The Dalles where he was steadily employed until buying a tavern in Mosier recently. He is married and only a few weeks ago became the father of a son, Herbert Kelly. He has a sister here, Mrs. Ted Thompson and another, Mrs. Bert Lite of Portland. The motor of the Lawrence car ran under some protruding timbers on the truck, which was just pulling onto the highway, and the load pushed in the windshield and rolled back the top of the car. Lawrence was dead on arrival at a hospital. Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 20 in The Dalles with interment in a cemetery there.
- Moro Personals. Lena Gosch writes from The Dalles that Mrs. Annie Eddy had passed away suddenly September 16 from a heart block. She had been living with her niece, Mrs. Roy Rash at Poulsbo, Washington.
- Mr. and Mrs. Fred Cox went to Portland Friday to attend the funeral of Mrs. Ed. Cofer held on Saturday at the Finley Funeral Home, returning that evening. The Cofers were former residents of Grass Valley, when he was pastor of the Baptist church here.
November 30, 1956
- Child Fatally Burned In Motel Fire At Dinty’s Station. Two and a half year old Michael Raymond Thompson was burned to death Wednesday, November 21 in a fire that completely destroyed a cabin in which he was sleeping at Dinty’s station near Biggs. The child had been left asleep while his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Edward Thompson were at work in Dinty’s Cafe. No one knows how the fire started but it was out of control before it was discovered and nothing could be done to save the child. It was reported that when the flames broke out of the cabin they did so with a rush that might have indicated an explosion. Attempts to put it out with garden hoses were unavailing and it was not until the Wasco Fire department arrived that it was put out. Loy Cochran, county coroner, and Sheriff Norman Fields took charge of the body and investigation.
- Marie Baker Buried Saturday. Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Jane Baker were held in The Dalles Saturday following her death in her home there Wednesday after a long illness. Mrs. Baker was born in 1884, Mary Jane Smith, and married Roy J. Baker, October 11, 1903 in Grass Valley. She had lived with Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey Heath before her marriage. They lived in Grass Valley until retiring to The Dalles where Mr. Baker died several years ago. He was the Grass Valley banker most of his life. Surviving are three grandchildren, Carol of Oregon City and Gary and Stewart of Waterbury, Connecticut and one sister, Mrs. J. T. Reinhardt of Los Angeles. Mrs. Baker was a member of the Baptist church and Rebekah lodge which conducted the services. Interment was in the Grass Valley IOOF cemetery at Grass Valley.
December 7, 1956
- Grass Valley. Mrs. Myrle Smith and her mother in law, Mrs. John Smith left Sunday for Ellensburg after receiving word of the sudden death of the latter’s granddaughter, Verna Marquissee. Myrle left Monday to attend the funeral.
December 14, 1956
- John T. Johnson Buried At Wasco. John T. Johnson, 83, died last Saturday at a hospital in The Dalles and funeral services were held Tuesday from the Methodist church in Wasco with interment in Sunrise cemetery there. Mr. Johnson was born at Farmer City, Illinois, February 14, 1873 and was brought by his family to Oregon City when a boy. They came to Sherman county in 1885 and took up land. This has been his home since that time. He was a farmer most of his life, was once county surveyor, and warehouse manager. He was married January 27, 1903 at Bement, Illinois and is survived by his widow, Cornelia H. of The Dalles and four children, Mrs. Victor L. Larsen of Spokane, Mrs. Ted Proudfoot of Alhambra, California, F. Harland of Twin Falls, Idaho and John T. jr. of Medford and seven grandchildren. A brother, C.W. Johnson and a sister, Mrs. May Michaels, both of Aloha, also survive.
December 21, 1956
- Anna Lee Buried In Wasco Monday. Mrs. Anna Lee, 82, died Thursday after a long illness and funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Wasco Monday afternoon with Rev. R.E. Bruner officiating. Interment was in Sunrise cemetery. Mrs. Lee was born Anna Meiners July 28, 1874 in Illinois and came to Pendleton when a girl to reside there until coming to Wasco about 60 years ago to make her permanent home. She was a member of the Methodist church, Frank Brown unit American Legion Auxiliary, Annie Fulton chapter OES, and the Sherman County Historical society. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. A.J. Smith, granddaughter, Mrs. Floyd Rathbun, a grandson, Delmer Smith, all of Wasco and ten great grandchildren, two brothers William R. Meiners of Pendleton and Henry J. Meiners of Walla Walla, Washington.
December 28, 1956
- Elmer E. Barzee Dies Christmas Day at 87. Elmer E. Barzee, 87, died at his home in Moro the evening of Christmas day after gradually and slowly wasting away from a long illness. Mr. Barzee was born near Turner, July 15, 1869, one of the younger sons of a large family. He lived in the valley most of the 19th century and came to Sherman county at the behest of a brother in 1903 to remain here as a farmer and land owner during his long life. He was a musician who played a violin in orchestras and in the local bands of another day. He once owned a hardware store in Moro and served on the city council during the 1930s. He was a member of the Methodist church and of the Masonic and Eastern Star lodges. Mrs. Barzee died about five years ago and Mr. Barzee lost a leg by operation nearly three years ago making him a cripple for the last years of his life. Surviving is his son, Elmer R. Barzee of The Dalles, two grandchildren, Mrs. Louise Fairfield, now living in California, and Max Barzee of Moro, and five great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at one o’clock from the Moro Community church with Rev. Richard E. Bruner officiating and Smith Callaway in charge. Interment will be in the local cemetery.
January 4, 1957
- Charles S. Fulton Dies December 30. Charles S. Fulton died at a hospital in The Dalles December 30 at the age of 71. He had been ill for several weeks. Fulton was born October 17, 1885 at Goldendale, a son of Frank Fulton. Mr. Fulton returned to Sherman county about 20 years ago to farm his paternal acres after spending a large part of his life in Seattle, the home of his wife. He lived on the bluff above Biggs. Surviving is his widow Elsie. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 11 o’clock a.m. in The Dalles followed by cremation in Portland. Mr. Fulton was one of the last local residents of the Fulton family that was among the first settlers in Sherman county, Colonel James Fulton having come over from Fifteen Mile to superintend a bridge across the Deschutes of which he was part owner. He established a store at Fultonville which he operated a short time. His sons, James, John, Dave and Frank all farmed and ran stock in early days and the family brought the first threshing machine into the county in 1879 to thresh out some seed wheat. James Fulton was appointed the first judge of the county, an appointment he refused and Owen Scott was then named. At the first election John Fulton, who has been surveyor for Wasco county, was chosen judge, a position he filled for years. James Fulton’s descendants still reside in Wasco county.
January 11, 1957
- Tom Peugh. Longtime Resident Dies At 82. Tom Peugh, 82, long time resident of Wasco, died at a hospital in The Dalles Wednesday following a heart attack. He had been brought to The Dalles by county ambulance that morning. Humphery Thomas Peugh has been a resident of Sherman county for all of 60 years and has farmed and been a farm owner most of that time, his original place being just west of Wasco. Surviving are his widow, Gertrude Huls Peugh, two daughters, Ester and Ivalou of Wasco, a brother, Charles of Oswego and a sister, Miss Nettie, Long Beach, California. Smith-Callaway is in charge of funeral arrangements.
January 18, 1957
January 25, 1957
- Mary Morrisey Buried In The Dalles. Mary Morisey, long time resident of Sherman and Wasco counties, died at her home in The Dalles early Monday morning. Mrs. Morrisey was born in Fairfield, California, February 27, 1870, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew McDonald who took up a homestead east of Moro about 1888. She was married to Joe Morrisey in November 1896 and lived on his farm until he died a few years later after which she moved to Grass Valley to raise her two children, later going to The Dalles. Surviving is a daughter, Mrs. Ben Hockman of The Dalles and a sister, Mrs. Sadie Bunch of Yakima, four grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Requiem mass was offered at St. Peter’s Catholic church in The Dalles at 10 a.m. Thursday and interment made in St. Peter’s cemetery at The Dalles.
February 1, 1957
February 8, 1957
- Earl Lyons Dies Under Truck After Cold Night. Earl Lyons, 33, died early Saturday in an accident on the hill south of Rufus. He worked for Leonard Fields and was going home to the place where Tracy Fields formerly lived with medicine for his wife who had but three days before returned from a hospital with chronic asthma. His heavy pickup would not go up the ice covered grade and Lyons stopped to put on chains. He jacked the right hind wheel and chained it and while working on the left one the car, as the accident was reconstructed by the coroner, slipped from the jack and dropped the wheel across his abdomen. He struggled through the night, slipping the pickup down the hill with him still under the wheel. His wife’s mother, Mrs. George Carter drove from The Dalles to bring medicine to Mrs. Lyons and discovered Lyons, who she said was still alive at 7:15 in the morning. He was dead, when she returned from Rufus with help. About ten o’clock that night Allen Tom, coming home from Salem, started up the hill and finding it slick, went around another way to reach his home, thus failing to find the unfortunate man. Earl James Lyons was born in Tennessee September 19, 1923, but has lived nearly all his life at Kent where his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Lyons reside. Lyons is now ill in Tennessee and Earl expected to go to visit her the day of the accident. Surviving are his widow, Jacqueline, two sons, Carl Norman and James Alfred, a brother, Jack, five sisters, Mrs. Hester Wilson, The Dalles, Edna Schilling, The Dalles, Phoebe McKay, and Sammie Watkins, Kent and Mary Earl of The Dalles and his parents. Funeral services were held from the Kent Community church Tuesday afternoon with Rev. David Gaumitz officiating. The American Legion of which Lyons belonged because of World War II service, conducted graveside services at the Kent cemetery.
- W.E. Dutton Dies After Brief Illness. W. E. (Ed) Dutton, 79, of Wasco died in a hospital in The Dalles after a brief illness Sunday and funeral services were held from the Wasco Methodist church Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Richard Bruner officiating, followed by interment in Sunrise cemetery. Mr. Dutton was born October 5, 1877 in Ohio going when a boy to Kansas where he was married in March of 1900. The young couple soon moved to Sherman county and farmed a place in Rosebush for several years before moving to Wasco where they have lived ever since. Surviving are his widow, Minnie E., a son Vern and a brother, Harley, all of Wasco, a brother, Roy of Yakima, three grandsons, Donald and Douglas of Wasco and Jean of Las Vegas, Nevada.
- Rufus Personals. This community was shocked when Earl Lyons was found dead by his mother in law, Mrs. George Carter, Saturday morning pinned underneath a wheel of his car. He attempted to put chains on his car late Friday night on the way to his farm home. He lives on the Trace Fields farm. The temperature was 22 degrees above zero that night.
- Grass Valley. Mrs. George von Borstel received word Sunday of the sudden death of her father, Bill Johnson, in Portage, Penn. Mrs. von Borstel and her brother, Bill Johnson, jr. of Parkdale were taken to Portland by Mr. von Borstel where they left by plane for Pennsylvania. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hattrup of The Dalles came up to stay with George and baby Judith.
February 15, 1957
February 22, 1957
- George von Borstel went to Portland Wednesday to meet Mrs. von Borstel who returned from Portage, Penn., where she was called by the death of her father, Bill Johnson.
March 1, 1957
March 8, 1957
- Tom Douma Buried In Portland Wednesday. Funeral services for Thomas H. Douma, 65, were held from Finley’s chapel Wednesday morning in Portland following his death Sunday from a long illness with cancer. Tom Douma was born in Washington county, Oregon April 6, 1891 and came to Sherman county with his parents a few years later. When a boy he started to learn the butcher’s trade and worked at that a large part of his life until he started to farm, buying the old Martin place east of Moro. He was married in the early thirties to Adelia Shipley, who survives. Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Marie Peters, Moro and Alida Brown, Shaniko, four brothers, Jake and Marius of Wheeler and Aurelius and Ghirardius of Moro and three stepsons, Vernon Shipley of The Dalles, Earle of Los Angeles and John on the home place at Moro. Tom Douma was a veteran of World War I and a member of the American Legion post of Moro. He retired a few years ago and built a home southwest of Portland near Beaverton. Interment was in Sunset Hills cemetery.
- Moro Personals. A large number of friends, neighbors and relatives of Tom Douma drove to Portland Wednesday to attend his funeral held there at one o’clock.
March 15, 1957
March 22, 1957
- Harley Dutton Buried At Wasco Wednesday. Harley Douglas Dutton, 77, long time resident of Wasco died at his home there Monday after a long illness. Mr. Dutton was born December 18, 1879 in Hillsboro, Ohio, moving later to Kansas before coming to Oregon. He farmed in this county for years and owned a store in Fossil for several years. Surviving is his widow, Emma (Richelderfer) a son, Harold, and a daughter, Mrs. Kathryn Peterson of Seattle, a brother, Roy of Yakima, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at one o’clock Wednesday afternoon from the Wasco Methodist church of which he was a member. The Rev. Richard Bruner officiated. Interment was made in Sunrise cemetery under the direction of Smith-Callaway.
March 29, 1957
April 5, 1957
- Paul May Funeral Set For Saturday. Paul May, until a year ago, a resident of Moro and owner of May & Son grocery, died at his home in Albany Wednesday from a heart attack. Funeral services will be held from Smith Callaway chapel in The Dalles Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. Mr. May was a son of the late Water and Ethel May and was a native son of Sherman county. Surviving are his widow, Lucille, and daughter Sandra of Albany, and son Ronnie of Portland.
- Funeral Held For Mrs. Elspeth Shaw. Funeral services for Mrs. Elspeth Shaw were held from the Moro Community church Wednesday afternoon at one o’clock. Shaw died at Hillsboro March 29 after a long illness. Mrs. Shaw was born in Scotland May 26, 1887 and spent her early years in her native land. With her husband she went to Australia in 1926 where her husband, a captain in the Royal Navy, died in 1946. Four years later Mrs. Shaw came to this country to visit her daughter, Mrs. Lloyd Henrichs, and suffered a stroke shortly before she planned to return home. She has been in a nursing home since that time. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Betty Henrichs of Moro and Mrs. Jean Nunn of Melbourne, Australia. Mrs. Shaw was a loyal and devoted member of the Scottish Presbyterian church.
April 12, 1957
- John Macnab Buried Tuesday. Funeral services for Dr. John A. Macnab were held Tuesday morning from St Peters Catholic church in The Dalles following his death Saturday morning from a heart attack. He was 47. Dr. Macnab was born in Portland and grew up in Sherman county being eldest of the large family of the late Alex Macnab and Mrs. Beatrice Macnab who survives. Brothers are Robert, of The Dalles, William, Donald, Thomas, Peter, George and Patrick of Sherman county. Sisters are Mrs. E.W. McMillin, Portland, Mrs. Helen Medler, Rufus, Mrs. Rose McCulloch, Dufur, Miss Joan Macnab, The Dalles. Surviving are his widow, Gertrude, three daughters and three sons. He was a graduate of North Pacific School of Dentistry, a Kiwanis, an Elk, and member of the Camera club.
April 29, 1957
- Moro Personals. and Mrs. Bill Edwards went to McMinnville Tuesday to attend the funeral of Willard Helyer, an uncle of Edwards, who was buried there.
April 26, 1957
May 3, 1957
- Moro Personals. Two native Sherman countians died in Portland recently. One was Ben F. Peetz, youngest son of the Carl Peetz family who was buried last week. The other was Warren William Dieckman, son of a resident of DeMoss Springs who was also a carpenter.
May 10, 1957
- Jack Brady Buried At Grass Valley. Jack Brady died in a hospital in The Dalles Saturday night from the effects of an accident with his car on the Columbia river highway a week ago last Wednesday. Pneumonia was given as the cause of death. Mr. Brady was born May 16, 1916, at Pitkin, Colorado. He has been here for several years working as a housepainter and contractor, living most of the time at Grass Valley. Surviving are his widow, Marie; two sons, Jack (Bucky) now in the navy, James in high school, three daughters, Mary, now in the WAVES and small Joy Ann and Kelly Marie; two brothers, Archie of Dyer, Nevada and Robert of Bomb Desert, Calif.; and a sister, Mrs. Mary Dickerson, Stockton, Calif. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. from the Grass Valley Baptist church with interment in the Grass Valley IOOF cemetery.
- Jerry O’Malley Dies Of Heart Attack. Jerry O’Malley, 58, who has been working for Art Justesen for several years died suddenly Monday while at the Rolfe ranch near Clarno where he had gone to see about doing some repair work. He was a veteran of both World Wars, serving in the navy and there are no known relatives although there may be brother in Montana who is being sought. He formerly lived at Lakeview. He was a member of the VFW at Lakeview. Funeral services will be Monday, May 13, at 11 a.m. at Smith Callaway chapel in The Dalles. Interment will be made in the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland at 2:30 p.m.
- Grant Armsworthy Dies At 88 Years. Grant Armsworthy, 88, died in a hospital in The Dalles Tuesday ending the life of one of the county’s oldest pioneers. Armsworthy was born at Chamberlain Flat, Klickitat county, Washington February 1, 1869. In the 1880s his father, Levi Armsworthy, moved to Wasco and started a blacksmith shop, an occupation later followed by his son who only retired from it after he was 75. Grant Armsworthy was married to Lela Harvey in April 1894 and they had two daughters who survive, Mrs. Norma O’Neil and Mrs. Florence Grant, both of Eugene. Mrs. Armsworthy died in 1942. Funeral services for W. Grant Armsworthy will be held Friday at 2 p.m. from the Wasco Christian church with Rev. Harold Fowler officiating. The Masonic lodge, of which deceased was a member, will be in charge of committal services at Sunrise cemetery.
May 17, 1957
- Bob Stow Buried At McMinnville. Robert A. Stow was buried in Evergreen cemetery at McMinnville Thursday, May 9, following his death in Portland May 6. Mr. Stow was born near McMinnville September 25, 1866 and was 90 years old at time of death. He moved to Sherman county with his family shortly before the turn of the century and homesteaded on Sherar’s grade where he ran a blacksmith shop along with his farm. He later moved to Grass Valley where he did many things, always being busy. Lately he has lived much of the time with his children. Surviving are three sons, James and Floyd of Portland and Volney of San Carlos, Calif., and one daughter, Hattie Wilcox of Portland. Two brothers also survive.
May 24, 1957
- Gladys Morrison Buried Monday. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon from the Moro Community church for Mrs. Gladys Morrison who died in a hospital in The Dalles Friday evening after a lingering illness. Mrs. Morrison was born September 8, 1894 at Moro and lived here all her life. Most of it was spent on the Leon Moore farm where she grew up and where she lived after marriage and much of later years. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Doris Coelsch, Moro, Mrs. Helen Waldorff, Sunnyside, Wn., four grandchildren, her mother, Mrs. Etta Moore, Moro, a brother, Dr. Leo Moore and sister, Mrs. Willard Morse of The Dalles. She was a past noble grand of Lupine Rebekah lodge, a member of the American Legion auxiliary and Harlandview grange. Interment was in the IOOF cemetery at Moro.
May 31, 1957
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June 21, 1957
- Moro Personals. Joe Morrison died at Castle Rock, Wn., last Friday after a long illness caused primarily by a fall and a broken hip. Funeral services were held there Monday.
June 28, 1957
- Grass Valley. Mr. and Mrs. Alex Brander and daughter, Susan, left Wednesday for Harrington, Wn., to visit his mother, Mrs. Jessie Brander, and to attend the funeral of his great uncle, John Gordon, Thursday. They stayed with his mother until Saturday when they stopped at Spokane enroute home to visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Evans.
July 5, 1957
- Verna Block Dies at 56. Mrs. Verna Block, 56, died at a hospital in The Dalles Sunday, June 30. Verna Hays Block was born at Grass Valley July 3, 1900 and had lived there all her life spending many years as telephone operator and proprietor of a small store. She married John Block and has lived in other parts of this area for short periods. Surviving are her widower, her mother, Mrs. Carrie Hays, and four sisters, all of The Dalles. They are Mrs. Hattie Zehner, Mrs. Bertha Smith, Mrs. Sadie Alley and Mrs. Ruth Feely. Funeral services were held Wednesday at one o’clock at Spencer & Libby Funeral home in The Dalles with the Rev. Harold Westling officiating. The Rebekah lodge of Grass Valley were in charge of graveside services.
July 12, 1957
- Jennie Foss Buried Thursday. Mrs. Jennie Katherine Foss, wife of John F. Foss, died in a hospital in The Dalles, Tuesday, July 9. Funeral services were held Thursday from the Moro Community church at 2:00 p.m. Jennie McCallum was born at Chippewa Falls, Wis., July 6, 1879, being just past 79 years at time of her death. With her parents, Daniel and Margaret McCallum, she came to Sherman county in 1883 living on the family homestead a few miles east of Moro. She had lived here 74 years. Mr. and Mrs. Foss were married April 17, 1901. To them were born three daughters who survive: Mrs. Marguerite Kaseberg, Wasco, Mrs. Gwen Matteson, Moro and Mrs. Dorothy Hellberg, Portland and one son, John Austin of Wasco. Seven grandchildren and one great grandchild also survive. Mrs. Foss was a member of the Moro Presbyterian church, the Missionary society, American Legion Auxiliary and Lupine Rebekah lodge.
July 19, 1957
- Moro Personals. May Mitchell was buried in the Kent cemetery last week following her death in Portland July 3.
- Card of Thanks. We are sincerely grateful for the countless expressions of kindness and sympathy which came to us during our recent bereavement. Our appreciation cannot be fully expressed. and Mrs. Robert Mitchell and family, Mr. and Mrs Volna Guyton and family, Mr. and Mrs. John Decker and family, Mr. and Mrs. Allan Bekkehahl and family, Mrs. Juanita Johnson & son. [Note: Not able to locate an obit to match this]
July 26, 1957
August 2, 1957
- Bernis Guy Buried At The Dalles. Bernis Guy died in Portland Sunday at the age of 57 and was buried in The Dalles mausoleum Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. after service in Portland. Bernis Weld Guy was born at Ames, Iowa September 13, 1899 and spent nearly all of his life in Sherman county. He moved to Portland about 12 years ago after farming southwest of Wasco for years. Surviving are his widow Frances, one daughter, Mrs. Al Dormaier of Wasco, a son, Gaylord of Portland, two sisters, Lottie Bowman of Redmond and Lois Loomis of Forest Grove; four brothers, Harold of Goldendale, Malcolm of Yamhill, Maynard of Forest Grove and Roy of Grass Valley.
- Mildred Drinkard Buried Wednesday. Mrs. George (Mildred) Drinkard died at the family home east of Moro Monday morning. She was 53 years old, having been born in The Dalles in 1904 and lived in this vicinity all of her life, the past 17 years at Moro. Surviving are her widower, George Drinkard Jr. and a brother, Claud Nelson of Soap Lake, Washington. Funeral services were held from Smith Callaway chapel at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 31 with interment in the Odd Fellows cemetery there. Pallbearers were James, Phil and Steve O’Meara, Virgil Conlee, Gus Nichols and Harvey Thompson.
August 9, 1957
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August 23, 1957
- Harvey C. Thompson Buried Sunday. Graveside services for Harvey C. Thompson, 62, were held Sunday at Rose cemetery following his death in a hospital at Pasco, Washington, last Thursday. He was ill but a short time. Harvey Thompson was born December 27, 1894 near Moro and lived here for the greater part of his life, farming land owned by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. N.W. Thompson and helping in their store. He had lived at Portland, Hillsboro and lately near Pasco since leaving here. He was a World War I veteran and a member of Eureka lodge A.F.&A.M. at Moro, which conducted the services Sunday. Surviving are four sons, G.W. (Bill) Mesa, Wash., H. Wayne and Gordon of Walla Walla, Washington and Dean of Seattle, Wash., and two sisters Mrs. Frances Henrichs of Marysville, Calif., and Mrs. Grace Busch of Hillsboro.
August 30, 1957
September 6, 1957
- John Rasmussen Buried At Hillsboro. Funeral service for John A. Rasmussen, Hood River, was held in the Sunset Chapel of Donelson, Sewell & Hammack Mortuary on Wednesday, August 26 at 11 a.m. Interment followed at the Odd Fellows cemetery, Hillsboro. Mr. Rasmussen was born in Denmark July 10, 1875, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ras Rasmussen. He was married in 1902 to Miss Frances Collins at Hillsboro, Oregon. He had farmed near Moro for 30 years, resided at Newport two years and at Hillsboro for 39 years before going to Hood River eight months ago. Surviving are Mrs. Grace Thompson, of Forest Grove and Hood River; a sister, Mrs. Sophia Andersen Portland; two nieces, Frances Andersen, Portland and Bessie Geyer, Klamath Falls. A grandson, David, also survives.
September 13, 1957
- Fannie Barzee Buried In The Dalles. Mrs. Fannie Pearl Barzee, widow of the late Art Barzee, and well known here through her long residence in Sherman county, died in Condon Saturday. She had just heard the news of the death of Jean Joyal, a nephew and the shock caused her death. Mrs. Barzee was born at Turner, April 21, 1876. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Earl Loomis of Fossil, three grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She was a member of the Fossil Methodist church and the Eastern Star at Moro. Funeral services were held from the Methodist church at Fossil Tuesday at 10 a.m. with interment in The Dalles cemetery that afternoon.
September 20, 1957
- Jennie Martin Dies Thursday A.M. Mrs. Jennie Martin, 78, died from a heart attack at the home of her sister, Mrs. Ernest Brown at Olympia, Washington where Mrs. Martin had come Monday for a short visit. Survivors are three sons, Kenneth of Kent, Donald of Moro and Bernard of Grass Valley and six grandchildren. Funeral services will be in Moro with interment at Rose cemetery beside her husband, Jess Martin.
- Stewart Hardie Buried In Condon Wednesday. [Photo] Stewart Hardie, 55, publisher of the Condon-Globe Times and the Fossil Journal and member of an old time Gilliam county family, died in Portland a few weeks after an operation for stomach ulcers. Mr. Hardie was born at Trail Fork, Gilliam county, attended school at Condon and Oregon State college, became city clerk and county clerk and recorder before buying the Globe-Times. He served this district as state senator two terms retiring in 1956. Funeral services were held Wednesday at Condon with interment in the cemetery there. Surviving are his widow and three daughters and three brothers and four sisters. Ernest Shull of Moro is a sister.
- Graveside Services for Carroll Akers. Graveside services were held at the Wasco Sunrise cemetery Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. for Carroll E. Akers who died in Portland and whose funeral services were held there Wednesday morning. Akers was reared in Wasco, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. G.C. Akers, one-time county clerk. Surviving are his widow, five children and a sister, Mrs. Lloyd Hennagin, and four grandchildren.
- Grass Valley. Frank Ketter returned Thursday from Tacoma where he attended the funeral of his uncle, Bernard Ketter on Wednesday.
September 27, 1957
- Funeral Services Held For Mrs. Jennie Martin. Funeral services for Mrs. Jennie Martin were held Monday afternoon from the Moro church with Rev. E.C. Goodenberger officiating. Mrs. Martin died Thursday morning from a heart attack while visiting at the home of her sister, Mrs. E.J. Brown in Olympia, Wn. She was born February 9, 1879 in Minnesota and came to Grass Valley in 1910 with her husband Jess and family. He died in 1932. Martin has lived in Moro for 15 years. She was a member of the Eastern Star at Grass Valley. In addition to three sons all living in Sherman county she is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Brown, Mrs. J.C. Nelson and Mrs. R.L. Dudrow of Portland and a brother, A.E. Jones of Gresham, six grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Interment was in the Rose cemetery.
- October 4, 1957
- Glen Maurer Buried In Portland. Funeral services for Mrs. Jessica Maurer were held in Portland form the Colonial Mortuary Tuesday following her death at her home in Portland September 28 after a short illness. Jessica Hoskinson Maurer was born in Moro August 7, 1902 and she was married to Glen Maurer of Wasco in August 1926. They have made their home in Portland since 1931 where he was employed by the Collins grain company. Besides her husband she is survived by three brothers, R.B. Hoskinson of Moro, C.D. Hoskinson of Tacoma, Wn., and B.E. Hoskinson of Los Angeles, Calif. Interment was in Rose City cemetery.
- Grass Valley. After the funeral of Mrs. Jennie Martin last Monday, a group of friends and relatives gathered at the Bernard Martin ranch home for dinner, which was brought in by the neighbors and the Eastern Star. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Elton Eakin and family, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Eakin, Mr. and Mrs. Owen Eakin and family, Mr. and Mrs. Eakin and family of Condon, Mr. and Mrs. Alva Eakin and family of Weiser, Idaho, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Jaeger of Moro, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Eakin, Dick Reckman, Melvin Brunson and his mother of Portland, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Brown of Olympia, Wn., Mr. and Mrs. Persival James of Selah, Wn., Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Martin and Mr. and Mrs. Bob Martin and baby of Kent, Mrs. Helen Dudro of Portland and Mr. and Mrs. Donald Martin and family of Moro.
October 11, 1957
- A.J. Price Buried In The Dalles. Funeral services for Albert Jay Price were held Monday in The Dalles following his death Friday, October 4, at a hospital in Vancouver, Washington. Former presidents of the Wasco County Pioneer association were pallbearers and interment was made in the Odd Fellows cemetery there. Tom Fraser sang his favorite songs at the services. Albert Jay Price was born near Dufur, February 3, 1866 to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Price. His mother, formerly Mrs. George Massiker [Masiker], had come across the plains in the 1840s and had lived in the Willamette valley and on Fifteen Mile in Wasco county before moving to Sand Springs (now called Love’s Grove about a quarter mile west of the Hugh White place) to run the stage station. Mr. [Masiker] died in 1863 and the widow married Mr. Price, a native of Ohio. Jay Price grew up around the stage station and attended the first school in the county when his father hired a teacher for himself and elder brother, Martin [Masiker], who was the first white child born in what is now Sherman county. The boys later went to school with the Eaton family, parents hiring a teacher from The Dalles. As a young man Mr. Price went to work for C.I. Helm, a horseman, as rider, and went with the Helm horses when settlers started coming into the county, to northern Washington where he stayed for several years helping run the horse ranch. He was working on the Grant ferry during the 1894 flood and helped save the workmen trapped in the distillery there and he was for many years manager of The Dalles ferry and earned the title Captain Price which many called him. For the last 27 years of his life he has lived at North Bonneville making regular trips to attend historical meetings. He wrote many articles for The Dalles papers and the Sherman County Journal about early times. He was past president of the Wasco County Pioneers and the Sherman County Historical society and was instrumental in having markers placed along the Oregon Trail through Sherman county. Surviving are his widow, Nina, a daughter, Mrs. Frank Scholtes of The Dalles, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
- Jack Lawrence Dies Wednesday. Mrs. Jack Lawrence passed away at a hospital in The Dalles Wednesday evening after a long illness that has kept her hospitalized for much of the past year and incapacitated for months prior to that. Maude Beardsley was born at Gardner, North Dakota, May 19, 1901 and was married to Jack Lawrence there in 1920. They had three children, Mrs. Eunice Lite of Portland, Mrs. Florence Thompson of Moro and Herbert, who was killed in an accident last fall. In addition to her widower and two daughters, five grandchildren survive Mrs. Lawrence.
- W.H. McDonald Jr. Dies On Duty In Japan. William Harland McDonald Jr., Navy CS2-c, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harland McDonald of Rufus died suddenly last Friday in Japan as a result of inoculations. Mr. McDonald joined the navy in October 1948 after graduation from Rufus high school and he has stayed with the service since then. Funeral services depend on the arrival of the body from Japan with military escort. Survivors are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harland McDonald of Rufus, a sister, Mrs. Alton Christensen of Portland, and grandmothers, Mrs. Signe Pearson and Mrs. W.G. McDonald of Portland.
- Carl Thompson’s Life Ended At Hospital. Glen L. Thompson, a long time resident of Rufus died Tuesday in a hospital in The Dalles after months of illness. Mr. Thompson was born September 16, 1882 in Berry county, Michigan, coming to Oregon when a young man. He married Jane Mathieson at Rufus, who survives him. [Note: The following item appears in the October 25 issue of this paper. “Last week in a headline we noted the funeral of Carl Thompson who is alive and well. It was Glen Thompson who was buried.”]
- Word of Death of Ray Messinger Sent. Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Noonan received word Tuesday afternoon that her brother, Ray Messinger, had died at his home in Maricopa, California where he was superintendent of schools. A heart attack was the cause of his sudden death. John Ray Messinger was born in Moro, November 24, 1903, graduated from Moro high school and went to college from here becoming a school teacher. He leaves a widow and one son. Two sisters, Mrs. Iris Newton of Farmington, N.M. and Mrs. Violet Noonan of Moro.
- Fred Peters Dead Of Heart Attack. Fred K. Peters, working on a farm, come home last Thursday about noon because of unfavorable weather, sat down in a chair at home and died of a heart attack. His daughter Derrie, nine years old, came home from school and found him, immediately calling her mother at work. Fred Peters was born near Grass Valley October 2, 1901, and had lived there all his life. He was a member of the Lutheran church and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Surviving are his widow, Evelyn, a daughter, Derrie; two brothers, John and Herman and a sister, Mrs. W.D. Barnett, all of Grass Valley. Funeral services were held Monday at the Baptist church at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Donald Leach officiating. Orville Ruggles sang accompanied at the organ by Mrs. Ruggles. Casket bearers were Willard Barnett, John Koepke, Rodel Schassen, Henry Schassen, Herman A. Peters and Keith Barnett. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Spencer & Libby with interment at the IOOF cemetery at Grass Valley. Among the out of town relatives and friends attending were Mr. and Mrs. John Schassen, Mr. and Mrs. Rodel Schassen of Portland, Mrs. Carl Hess of Vancouver, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schassen of Oregon City, Arnold Sharpe of Olympia, Wn., Miss Marquita Koepke of Yakima, Wn., Frank Pike and Erna Pike of Roseberg, L.K. Smith and King Fritts of Goldendale, Wn., Mr. and Mrs. James Easter of Madras, Mr. and Mrs. Glen Perry of Portland, Mrs. Bertie Brown, Mrs. George Balzer, Alfred Brown and Mr. and Mrs. Lester Brittain all from Tygh Valley and Mrs. Ronald Powell of Moro.
- Rufus Personals. The town of Rufus was saddened by the sudden death October 4 of Billy McDonald, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harland McDonald. Billy was in the navy in Japan at the time of his death. His body is being flown here by plane for burial.
- Wasco News. Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Nisbet, Robert Nisbet and Gerald Nisbet went to Rupert, Idaho, to attend the funeral of the stepmother of W.A. Nisbet Tuesday.
October 18, 1957
- Maude Lawrence Buried In The Dalles. Funeral services for Mrs. Maude Lawrence were held at Smith Calloway Chapel in The Dalles, Monday, October 14, following her death, Wednesday, October 9 at the age of 56. Rev. Ernest Goodenberger of Moro officiated and interment was in Parklawn cemetery at The Dalles. Survivors of the long time Moro resident were her widower, John, two daughters, Mrs. Ted Thompson, Moro and Mrs. Burdette Lite, Portland, brothers, George Beardsley, Portland and Harold Beardsley, Minneapolis, Minn., sisters, Mrs. Davis Swenson, Ershine, Minn., Mrs. William Konklefritz, Minneapolis, Minn., Mrs. Bessie Saunders, Big Rapids, Michigan; a daughter in law, Mrs. Shirley Lawrence of The Dalles, six grandchildren. She was a member of the Presbyterian church of Moro, and the American Legion Auxiliary.
- W.H. McDonald Jr. To Be Buried Friday. Funeral services will be held Friday at Smith Callaway for William Harland McDonald, Jr., 27, who died while on naval service in Japan after an inoculation. Mr. McDonald graduated from Rufus High school in 1948 and joined the navy that year, remaining there since that time. In addition to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harland McDonald of Rufus, he is survived by a sister, Mrs. Alton Christianson of Portland and two grandmothers. Rev. Richard Bruner of Wasco will officiate and interment will be made in the IOOF cemetery in The Dalles.
- Moro Personals. Mr. and Mrs. George Beardsley of Portland came Monday for the funeral of his sister, Mrs. Maude Lawrence held in The Dalles.
- Grass Valley. Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Reynolds were in The Dalles Monday to attend the funeral of Mrs. Jack Lawrence.
October 25, 1957
- Wilma Hansen Buried In The Dalles. Funeral services for Mrs. Wilma Henrichs Hansen were held in The Dalles Saturday afternoon following her death Thursday morning from a lingering illness. Mrs. Hansen, a daughter of one time county judge William Henrichs and Henrietta Medler Henrichs, was born in Moro, March 12, 1899 and spent nearly all of her life in Sherman county, moving to The Dalles in 1950. Surviving are her widower, Ove T. Hansen, a daughter, Mrs. Glen Van Gilder of Antelope, two grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Gertrude Brown of Portland and a brother, Raymond Henrichs of Cascade Locks. Interment was made in Parklawn cemetery at The Dalles.
- Rufus Items. A native boy of Rufus, Billy McDonald was laid to rest Friday afternoon at the Mausoleum in The Dalles by the pallbearers he had known most of his life: Leonard Jordon, Robert Davis, Joe and Bob Morris, Richard Peck and Gene Back. Billy was born in Portland 27 years ago, but came in time to enter the 1st grade in school at Rufus. Billy received his twelve years of education at Rufus Consolidated school graduating high school in 1948. Starting to school with Billy in 1936 were four other local residents: Velda Guilford, Audrey Blackburne, Donna Smith and Dolores Fox, who went on the graduate with him here at Rufus.
- W.F. Schilling Buried At Grass Valley. William Fredrick Schilling (Finnegin Bill) died in a hospital in The Dalles Monday evening after a long illness. He was 85. Mr. Schilling was born May 17, 1872 in Brandenberg, Germany, and came to the United States with his parents when ten years old, one son being lost in a storm at sea. They settled in Wisconsin where he married Matilda Luchterhand in 1901, moving to Oregon shortly thereafter. The Schillings, father and sons, bought land and farmed until their retirement or death. Mr. Schilling retired from his farm south of Grass Valley several years ago. Surviving are his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Walter Kindt of Eugene, Mrs. Dick Edwards of Portland, three sons, Arthur and Roy of Grass Valley and William of Cottage Grove, three sisters, Mrs. Amelia Peterson, Grass Valley, Mrs. Joe Newcomb of Cambrian Park, California, Mrs. Ray Newcomb of Vancouver, Wash., twelve grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Thursday at two o’clock from the Baptist church at Grass Valley under direction of Spencer & Libby, with Rev. Don Leach officiating. Interment will be in the Grass Valley cemetery.
- Everett Nichols Dies At Lewiston, Idaho. Everett H. Nichols, who lived at Moro during his youth, died of a heart attack at his home in Lewiston, Idaho, last Friday and funeral services were held for him there Monday. He was born in Salem September 6, 1902 and came to Moro in 1913 attending school here before going to Portland where he was married in 1925. At Lewiston he owned a paint and body shop and was interested in hunting and fishing and other outdoor pursuits. He was a Mason and a member of the Christian church. Surviving is his wife, a son, Donald, two brothers, Wesley of Moro and Arthur of Spokane, three sisters, Mrs. Loren Anderson of Grants Pass, Mrs. Iva Thomas of San Jose, Calif., and Mrs. Gladys Dow of Salem.
- About the County. Frances Henrichs and her daughter, Maxine Henrichs, were up from Marysville, California for the funeral of Mrs. Ove Hansen Saturday and visited with her son and family, the Lloyd Henrichs while here. Her daughter, Vera Jean Campbell of Springfield was also here for the funeral.
November 1, 1957
- Starr Ruggles Dead At Stayton Home. Elijah Starr Ruggles, native Sherman countain, died at his home in Stayton probably Tuesday. He had gone to get a flu shot and was not seen until Friday when his son went to his home and found him dead. Doctors estimated that he had died Tuesday, probably from a heart attack. Starr Ruggles was born on the family homestead at Rutledge, April 2, 1888 of a pioneer family that had come from California in the early 80s. He spent his early years here. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Helen Hilton, Plainville, Mrs. Esther Mills, Red Bluff, Cal., two sons, Neil, Weott, Calif., and Henry of Turner, a brother, Walter of Heppner, three sisters, Mrs. Lois Olds of Yuba City, Cal., Mrs. Eva Landry of Portland and Lucy Brown who also lives in California. He was a member of the Masonic lodge. Funeral services were held at Stayton Sunday afternoon with interment there.
- Iva Kee Buried At Grass Valley. Funeral services for Mrs. Iva Jane Morris Kee were held from the Grass Valley Baptist church Sunday afternoon following her death in Portland Thursday, October 24 from the effects of long life. Mrs. Kee was born at Rushville, Illinois August 4, 1867, moved to Missouri, married and to that union were born Estella, Roy and Dorothy Tiller. Later she married Frank Kee, helped him raise his family of four and born to them was another daughter, Ethel. They moved to Oregon about 1906 and she had spent much of her later life in Sherman county. Surviving are Mrs. Estella Eddy, Portland, Roy Tiller, Hermiston, __________*, Tygh Valley, Mrs. Ethel Milton, Pateros, Washington, ten grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Ethel Jarvis, Joplin, Mo., and Mrs. Walter Rice, Louisburg, Missouri. She was a member of the Presbyterian church of LaGrande. Pallbearers were her grandsons, Bill Alsup, Kelly Tiller, Jack Alsup and Lowell Tiller. Honorary bearers were Herman Ziegler, Louis Sather, Ernest Blaylock, Bert Cole, Ocie Dugger and James Blagg. Services were under the direction of Burns Mortuary of Hermiston with the Rev. David Gaumitz of Kent officiating. Mrs. Ronald Powell sang accompanied by Mrs. Carroll Sayrs, who also furnished other music. Interment was in the Grass Valley cemetery. [*Note: In a Card of Thanks, the names of the children were listed as follows: Roy Tiller, Estella Eddy, Dorothy Alsup, Ethel Milton and families.]
- Moro Personals. Funeral services for Mrs. Christine Catherine Kock, 93, were held in Gresham Wednesday. She was the mother of Alfred Kock, of Moro, George, Eureka, Calif., John of Cooks, Wash., Walter, Sandy, Mrs. W.E. Rannow of Boring, many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She had visited here on many occasions.
- Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Kock were in Portland the first of the week following word of the death of his mother. The attended the funeral which was held in Gresham Wednesday.
- Grass Valley. Among the out of town relatives that gathered at the home of Mrs. W.F. Schilling Thursday after the funeral of F. Schilling were Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Schilling of Cottage Grove, Mrs. Walter Kindt of Eugene, Mr and Mrs Dick Edwards and daughters, Mrs. Ivan McBee and Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Rick, all of Portland, Mrs. Herman Schilling of The Dalles, and Carl Schilling, U.S. Navy from Fort Huemene, California.
- Grass Valley. About 40 relatives and friends of the Tiller family gathered at the John Rust home Sunday after the funeral of Mrs. Iva Kee, who passed away in a Portland hospital Thursday. Services were held at the Baptist church with the Rev. David Gaumitz of Kent officiating.
- Dean Ruggles was a guest at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Barnum while his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Orville Ruggles went to Stayton to attend the funeral of his uncle, Starr Ruggles
November 8, 1957
- Del Wright Buried In Rose Hill Cemetery. Dell Wright, farmer, thresher man, stockman and veterinarian, in Sherman county for nearly 50 years, died in The Dalles Monday after a long illness. He had retired from his work as veterinarian a few years ago. Dell H. Wright was born February 5, 1875 at Fort Dodge, Iowa and came to Sherman county as a young man, living in Bull canyon before moving to Wasco. He was a member of the Church of God. Surviving are his widow, Sally and four children by a previous marriage, Leston and Perle of Portland, Alvin of Manzanita and Mrs. Gladys Barnes of San Diego, Calif., nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren and two sisters, Alta Gore of Castle Rock, Wash., and Mrs. Olive Hayner of Portland. Funeral services were conducted from the Wasco Methodist church Wednesday afternoon with Rev. C.F. Hemenway officiating. Interment was in the Rose Hill cemetery east of Moro.
- Irwin D. Pike Dead At Age 83. Irwin Denny Pike, who was born at Lebanon December 28, 1873 and came to Sherman county in 1883, died in a Eugene hospital October 31 from the effects of old age. Mr. Pike, son of one-time Sherman county assessor, Benjamin Franklin Pike, spent the greater part of his life in Sherman county being in the hardware business, one of the first tractor operators, _______________________________ in The Dalles and for 26 years postmaster at Grass Valley, and once chief of police at The Dalles. He was ciey [city] recorder at Grass Valley for many years. He has lived in Springfield for the last few years. He was married to Nellie Holder Dec. 23, 1900. She survives him as do a son, Frank of Roseburg, four daughters, Mrs. Fay Lister, Hayward, Calif., Mrs. Jessie Gordon, Pilot Rock, Mrs. Vere May, Hermiston, six grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday in The Dalles with interment there. Masons conducted the services as he was 48 years a Mason and pallbearers were Odd Fellows, and order to which he belonged 54 years.
- Grass Valley. I.D. Pike of Springfield, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Pike of Roseburg and Mrs. Ralph Lister of Hayward, Calif., were over night visitors here Saturday, going to The Dalles Sunday to meet the rest of the family and to attend the funeral of I.D. Pike at Spencer & Libby Memorial chapel on Monday.
November 15, 1957
- Former Resident of Wasco Dies Sunday. Will C. Sievers died Sunday evening at Emanuel hospital in Portland at the age of 88 years. He was born in Iowa where he grew up to become a wheat grower before he came to Sherman county and went in with R.H. McKean in the Wasco flouring mill. He moved to Portland in 1906, having bought a wheat ranch near Heppner as retirement income. Surviving are his widow, Gertrude, a daughter Mrs. Lucile Walter of Portland and a son William B. Sievers of The Dalles and three grandchildren. He was a master of a Masonic lodge 60 years ago and for 54 years a Shriner. Funeral services were held in Portland Wednesday.
- R.O. Scott Buried At Wasco Saturday. Captain Ryland O. Scott died Wednesday of last week in a Portland hospital after a long illness and funeral services were held Saturday from the Methodist church in Wasco under direction of the American Legion of which he was long a member. Mr. Scott was born October 30, 1873 in Multnomah county and was an Oregonian all his life. In World War I he went to the Presidio, became an officer and instructor. Later he helped plan the Clackamas rifle range. He did some farming in Sherman county and spent the later years of his life as Justice of Peace for Sherman county. He was a Mason. His wife, Maude Upton Scott, preceded him in death. Survivors are three sisters, Olive Maye Cattle, Eva Inez North and Ruby W. Fortner and a brother, Frank, all of Portland.
- Lee Vern Dennison, 64, a resident of Moro for the past few years, died at a hospital in The Dalles Friday after a long illness with cancer. Mr. Dennison was a native of Montana and a veteran of World War I and his body was buried in the veteran’s plot in the IOOF cemetery in The Dalles. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Banzer of Tacoma, a son, Robert of Portland, three brothers, Lester of The Dalles and C.E. and Clarence Burton of Billings, Montana and a sister, Mrs. Edna Johnson of Billings and two grandchildren.
- Moro Personals. Ormand Weaver stopped in Moro briefly Tuesday while on her way home at Selah, Washington after being at Ashland to make arrangements for shipping the body of her husband home following his death there Sunday from Bright’s disease. Funeral services will be in Yakima Thursday. Mr. Weaver was a former resident of Moro several years ago.
- Moro Personals. Word was received by Mrs. Allan Pinkerton that her grandmother, Mrs. Frank Snyder, had passed away early Monday morning in a Pendleton hospital following a long illness.
November 22, 1957
- Etta Moore Buried Tuesday. Mrs. Etta M. Woods Moore was buried Tuesday afternoon from the Moro Presbyterian church following her death Saturday in The Dalles. Mrs. Moore was born April 21, 1873 at Clarinda, Iowa and came to Oregon and what is now Sherman county in 1883, attending school here and marrying Leon V. Moore in 1891. He died in 1955. She was a member of the Presbyterian church and the Old Wasco Pioneer association and other organizations. Mrs. Moore was a resident of the Moro vicinity for 66 years and was known to nearly everyone in the community. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. W.N. Morse, and a son, Dr. Leo Moore, both of The Dalles, two sisters, Mrs. Julia Hansen and Mrs. Nellie Cushman of Portland; two brothers, James G. Woods of Portland and Ellsworth Woods of Warden, Washington.
November 29, 1957
December 6, 1957
- George Rebmen Dead At 77 years. Paul Alley received word Wednesday that his uncle, George Rebmen, died at Toppenish, Wn., Tuesday. He had been hauling hay, came in to eat at noon and died in his chair. He was 77. George Rebmen was a resident of Sherman county in the decades near the turn of the century farming EOL [Eastern Oregon Land Company] land north of Grass Valley and the Mathias place near Klondike. He married a Mathias girl. Funeral services will be held at Toppenish, Friday at 1:30 p.m. with interment at Yakima.
- A.A. Dunlap, Mr. and Mrs. Kendrick Dunlap of Moro and Mrs. Harry Hooper went to McMinnville last Monday were they attended the funeral of Mrs. Frank Haynes, an aunt of Mrs. A.A. Dunlap. Mrs. Dunlap stayed until Wednesday visiting Mrs. Gladys Haynes of Yamhill.
- Mrs. Joe Charles Buried Today. Mrs. Joe (Lucille) Charles, 49, wife of the section boss stationed at Moro died in a hospital in The Dalles, December 10 after a long illness caused by a succession of strokes. Surviving are her widower, a daughter, Mrs. Cleo Knight, Lodi, California; brothers, Albert Schmidt, Boston, Mass., William Schmidt, Stockton, California; sister, Mrs. Evelyn Law, Alberta, Canada; mother, Mrs. Pearl Brown, Stockton, California and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, December 17 with interment in the IOOF cemetery at The Dalles.
- Norman E. Fields Dies At 40, Long Ill. Funeral services for Norman E. Fields were held at The Dalles Thursday afternoon with interment in the IOOF cemetery there. Fields, county sheriff, died in a hospital in The Dalles Monday morning following a long period of increasing illness. Norman Fields was born at Wasco March 15, 1917 and attended school at Wasco. He worked there until he entered military service in 1941, serving in the infantry on the European front where he was seriously wounded more than once and from which he was partially disabled. Shortly after his return he was appointed sheriff on the resignation of C.C. Wilson, the date being February 1, 1946. He has been elected steadily since. He interested himself in many local projects, including the county ambulance and was helpful to anyone in need. Surviving are one daughter, Carol, now living in Alaska with her mother, again married, a half brother, Damon, and a stepmother, Mrs. Prudence Smith and uncles and cousins living in Sherman county. The family request that instead of flowers a like donation be made to the Sherman county ambulance fund. Frank Brown post, American Legion conducted the services which were held from Spencer & Libby. [Norman Earl Fields]
December 20, 1957
- Relatives who gathered at the T.L. Fields home before and after the funeral of Sheriff Norman E. Fields, last Thursday were Mr. and Mrs. Damon Fields of Ashcroft, B.C., I.E. Fields, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Fields, John and Virgil, Mr. and Mrs. Basil Bains of Portland, Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Fields of Grass Valley, Mr. and Mrs. Verle Fields of Salem, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Brown of Klamath Falls, and Mr. and Mrs. Pat Whealy of Washougal. Coming to The Dalles to attend the funeral were his aunt and uncle Mr. and Mrs. Claud Guyton of Dufur, their son Dean and daughter Gail. Other relatives unable to attend the funeral were his daughter, Carol of Alaska, his stepmother, Mrs. Prudence Smith of Ashcroft, B.C., and aunt of Spokane and Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Whealy of Arizona.
December 27, 1957
- Roy Guy Buried At Goldendale. Harry L. (Roy) Guy died Saturday at the Veteran’s hospital in Portland after a long illness. He has been residing at Grass Valley for many months although a frequent visitor to the hospital. Last week he was taken to The Dalles and on to Portland. Roy Guy was a veteran of World War I, going from Wasco. Survivors are sisters, Mrs. Floyd Loomis, Forest Grove, Mrs. Frank Bowman, Redmond; three brothers, Harold, Goldendale, Wn., Malcolm, Yamhill, Maynard, Forest Grove. Funeral services were held Thursday at Goldendale with interment there.
- M. von Borstel Dead At 85 Years. Mrs. Margherita von Borstel, long a resident of Sherman county, died at Oregon City Monday following a long illness. She was 85. A native of Germany from where she came in pioneer times with her husband Carsten von Borstel to homestead in Sherman county, she lived most of her life in this country raising a family of four daughters and three sons. Survivors are four daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth Stinner, Roseburg, Mrs. Katherine Koch, Oregon City, Mrs. Clara Kock, Moro and Mrs. Alma Brown, Oregon City; three sons, Frank and Amandus of Kent and Theodore of The Dalles; and one brother, Andrew Patjens of Sandy. Funeral services will be held Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the Mt Scott funeral home in Portland with interment at Lincoln Memorial park.
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