Wallowa County Obituaries - COLE

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Catherine (Lindford) COLE

Claud Lindford COLE

Marvin COLE

Maud (Burnap) COLE

Philip Loyd COLE

Robert Lindford COLE


Catherine Lindford 1835 - 1891

Cole - At her home near Joseph, December 10, 1891, Catherine Lindford Cole, aged 56 years, 6 months and 14 days.

Catherine Lindford was born hear London, England may 17, 1835, her parents removing to America the same year. after a short residence in Pennsylvania, they removing to America the same year. after a short residence in Pennsylvania, they removed to Indiana, and finally settled in clark County, Illinois. In 1854 she was married to Eli Misner who died in 1858. In 1859 Mrs. Misner moved to Iowa. In July, 1860 she was united in marriage to Wiley P. Cole (Rev.William Person Cole Sr.) Mr. and Mrs. Cole removed to Nebraska in 1866, and after 14 years' residence in that State they came to Oregon and in October, 1880 settled in Wallowa valley where they have since resided.

For three weeks previous to her death Mrs. Cole had suffered from an attack of erysipelas, but was considered out of danger from that disease. On the evening of her death she seemed bright and cheerful, and was sitting by the fire conversing with her family when the fatal attack came. She asked to be helped to bed, and as her daughter, son and husband gathered around she told them that she was going. a few moments later the spirit of the faithful wife and mother returned to the God who gave it, the immediate cause of death being heart disease.

Mrs. Cole was a consistent Christian women, at the time of her death being a member of the Missionary Baptist church. she leaves a husband and six children to revere her memory, and the community deeply sympathizes with the bereaved family in their affliction. the funeral services, conducted at the Presbyterian church last Saturday by Re. e.G. Fowler, were largely attended and a deserved tribute to the deceased.

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We have no other information on Catherine Lindford other that the fact that she not only raised her own five Cole children (her first child died at the age of 5 months) but also raised Eli f. Misner who was apparently her first husband's nephew.

The following obituary appears in a scrapbook owned by Melvina Burnap. The paper is which it was published is unknown.

Information taken from page 34 of Burnap and Cole History, "Crossing the Plains" by Maud Burnap Cole. Compiled and printed by Bonnie June Lindroff (Boone) in 1965.

Bonnie June Lindroff (Boone) Nov. 1,1926 - Oct 9, 1967 was the daughter of Cordilla Maud Cole and Everett Boone.

Donated by Mona Pomraning


Claud Lindford Cole

Claud was the eldest child of Maud Ruthanar Burnap and Robert Lindford Cole. He was born at Prairie Creek, Oregon on August 24, 1888. Claud's name sake was his paternal grandmother Catherine Lindford, 3rd wife of Rev. William Person Cole, AKA Wiley P. Cole Sr.

His elementary schooling was started there and completed in Touchet, Washington, and in Lost Prairie, Oregon where he graduated from the eight grade. He then took a Teacher's Examination which gave him his first teacher's certificate.

Claud taught in several out lying districts for the next few years, including Lost Prairie. It was here that his brother, Loyd and his three youngest sisters were all students of his. His first term of teaching was at Troy, Oregon in the fall of 1907 and his last school was Sunnyglade (outside Flora) in the early 1920's.

On December 8, 1912 he married a neighbor girl, Grace Lee Berner. Grace was born Nov. 17, 1888.

As the school terms were usually three months in the fall and three months in the spring, Claud also did farm and ranch work. He did considerable amount of sheep-shearing and was considered one of he fasted in the country. While in Klamath Falls, Oregon in 1927 working at a sheep camp, he suffered a perforated ulcer and emergency surgery. Due to stomach ulcers he was in poor health the rest of his life.

Claud was an excellent natural musicians. by watching and listening to his father, he taught himself to play the fiddle at a very early age. In scrap book held by the Boone family there are newspaper clippings of him winning prizes in fiddling contests. He played for local dances accompanied by either his brother, Loyd, or his sister, Lelah. It was not unusual for him to "just make up a tune as he went along". Many people remarked that Claud Cole could get the most beautiful tone from a violin they had ever heard.

Claud had a most pleasant personality and was well liked by those he worked with and those he taught. He was considered a "born" teacher by both his students and their parents. However, in later years he enjoyed recalling an incident that happened in his first term of teaching that made him wonder at the time if he would ever be accepted as a teacher! Claud had just had his 19th birthday when he started teaching and a number of the 7th and 8th grade boys were practically his age. One recess period Claud and the older boys were all out wading in the creek looking for fish bait when the Superintendent of Schools rode up. Claud laughed about it later but at the time his face was exceedingly red!

In the Spring of 1944, Claud died in the hospital at Enterprise, Oregon. He was survived by his wife, Grace of Flora, Oregon. Grace and Claud did not have any children. Grace was the daughter of James J. Berner and Gertie Belle Martin.

Maud Ruthanar Burnap was born 1/16/1870 in West Point, Ill. Robert Lindford Cole was born 5/5/1867 in Johnson County Nebraska. Robert and Maud had six children: Claud Linford, Lelah Hazel Ralls, Philip Loyd Cole, Hettie Gwendolen Price, Margie Juanita Blankenship, Cordelia Maud (Boone) Bollinger.

Robert was the 17 of 18 child of the Rev. William Person Cole Sr of Joseph Oregon. WP Cole had 18 children including:

Wiley and E. M. Ferrell had the following children:
+2 i. John Leonard Cole
+3 ii. Elizabeth Rebecca Cole
+4 iii. Evelinda Melinda Cole

Wiley and Elizabeth T. "Eliza" Marr had the following children:
+5 iv. Samuel Doke Cole
+6 v. James Allen Cole
+7 vi. Sarah Jane Cole
+8 vii. Charles Franklin Cole
+9 viii. William Chalen Cole
+10 ix. Joseph Cole
+11 x. Mary Cole
+12 xi. Mary Alice Cole
+13 Xii. Henry Hunter Cole

Wiley and Catherine Lindford Misner had the following children:
+14 Xiii. Hannah Eliza Cole
+15 Xiv. William P Cole
+16 xv. George L Cole
+17 Xvi. Albert E. Cole
+18 Xvii. Robert Lindford Cole
+19 Xviii. Sarah C. Cole

Information taken from page 38 of Burnap and Cole History, "Crossing the Plains" by Maud Burnap Cole. Compiled and printed by Bonnie June Lindroff (Boone) in 1965.

Bonnie June Lindroff (Boone) Nov. 1,1926 - Oct 9, 1967 was the daughter of Cordilla Maud Cole and Everett Boone.

Donated by Mona Pomraning


Marvin Cole

Mrs. Earl Allen received word Tuesday that her brother Marvin Cole, had been killed while braking on a freight train at Dunsmuir, California. Mrs. Allen left that night for La grande where she took the train for California.

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday November 7, 1918

Donated by Mona Pomraning



Mrs. Robert Cole, who came to the county half a century ago, passed away Tuesday evening. August 13, 1935, at the home of her daughter. Mrs. Price Applegate, in Enterprise. She had been in poor health since winter but had not really been ill till June and since then had declined steadily. Funeral services will be held this afternoon at the Methodist church and burial will be in Prairie Creek cemetery.

  Maude Burnap was born at West Point Illinois, Jan 16 1870. The family moved to Kansas and then to Missouri when she was small, and in 1885 drove across the plains to Oregon, direct to upper Wallowa valley. They spent the first winter on the Al Meek place on Upper Prairie  Creek and then moved to what was known for many years as the S.P. Williams ranch. She married Robert L. Cole in Joseph, Oct 23, 1887 and they continued to live in the upper valley until 1899 when they moved to Perry where Mr. Cole worked in a sawmill for a time. Then they  went to Touchet, Wash. to stay until 1902 when they settled in Paradise. In 1917 they moved to Alberta where they remained most of the time  until 1929 when they returned to Wallowa county.

  Mrs. Cole was survived by her husband and five children; Claude Cole and Mrs. Price Applegate of Enterprise, Lloyd Cole of Hespers  Alberta, Mrs. Cordelia Boone of Paradise, and she had four brothers Marious of Pendlton, Albert of Boise, Idaho Eugene of Zillah Wash and  A B Burnap of Touchet, Wash.

  Mrs. Cole was greatly loved by all who knew her as she had lived a life of helpfulness and service to others

Donated by Julie Botts


Philip Loyd Cole 1896 - 1954

Philip Loyd was the third child and youngest son of Maud Ruthanar Burnap and Robert Lindford Cole. He was born in Prairie Creek, Oregon on April 5, 1896. He went through grade school in Lost Prairie, Oregon where his parents had homesteader. His last school teacher was his older brother, Claud. After finishing his schooling he worked on his father's homestead until he left for Lethbridge, Canada in 1916. he did farm and ranch work there also.

On March 23, 1920 he married Marie Shinman, a registered nurse. In 1922 their only child, a son Ogden, was born. Loyd continued farming until 1937 at which time his wife, married, died.

Lloyd then started driving truck and later clearing land with a large Caterpillar tractor. he worked at this until 1945. at this time he went into partnership with another person on a Cat and cutter of their own. When his son, Ogden, came back from World War II he and Loyd filed on homesteads north of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. They were able to use the Cat to build the first road into their places.

On November 17, 1946 Loyd married Madelene Wilson of Piapot, Saskatchewan. their son, Philip Joseph, was born in 1951.

Loyd developed heart trouble and failed fairly fast after homesteading. he, Madeline and Philip were living on the homestead at the time of his death in November 24, 1954. At the time of his death, Loyd was in the process of taking out Canadian citizenship papers but they were never completed.

Loyd played the organ and in his earlier life often accompanied his brother Claud when they played for dances. In later years he confined his love of music to dancing which he enjoyed a great deal. As Ogden grew up, he and Loyd became more like brothers than father and son, enjoying many of the same interests both at work and socially. Loyd had a pleasant, pleasing personality and enjoyed people as much as they enjoyed him.

Loyd's two sons, Ogden and Philip, are the only members of the remaining Robert Lindford Cole members with the surname of Cole.

Information taken from page 40 of Burnap and Cole History, "Crossing the Plains" by Maud Burnap Cole. Compiled and printed by Bonnie June Lindroff (Boone) in 1965.

Bonnie June Lindroff (Boone) Nov. 1,1926 - Oct 9, 1967 was the daughter of Cordilla Maud Cole and Everett Boone.

Donated by: Mona Pomraning


Robert Lindford Cole 1867 - 1950

Robert Lindford Cole was the son of Rev. William Person Cole Sr. AKA Wiley P. Cole and Catherine Lindord Misner Cole. In the early 1940's the Enterprise Chieftain published articles concerning Wallowa County Pioneers still living in the area. At this time they interviewed Robert Cole and the following article was published as a result. It gives his complete history.

Another Wallowa County resident who belongs in the ranks of the pioneers si Robert Lindord Cole of Enterprise who has resided in the county since 1880.

Mr. Cole was born on May 5, 1867 in Johnson county, Nebraska, about then miles from the town of Tecumsch. His parents lived on a corn farm, which they had homesteaded in the early '60's. The lure of the West gripped them in the spring of 1880 and with four neighbor families they set out in a covered wagon for Walla Walla, Washington. The Cole family consisted of Robert's parents and three brothers and one sister. The oldest boy was eighteen and Robert Cole the youngest of the boys, was 13. His sister was 11.

The five-wagon train left Johnson county, Nebraska, on April 20, 1880. During most of the trip Robert walked behind the wagons carrying a double barreled shotgun with which he managed to shoot enough ducks, grouse, sage hens, and rabbits to keep all five of the families supplied with meat. While he tramped about over the county to the sides of the road in search of game, he often lost sight of the wagons. Generally in the evening he would catch up with them, but on two or three occasion the wagons got too far ahead an he camped out alone for the night catching up with the wagons the following day. This activity kept his mother in a constant state of anxiety.

Although the road was not too well defined in places, they managed to move along without too much trouble. In the course of their journey they met many herds of cattle, sheep, and horses being driven east to market. No Indians were encountered and the wagons came through with not more than a couple of short stopovers. All five of the wagons, which set out from Nebraska, arrived in the Grande Ronde Valley on July 9, 1880 making the time on the road a little less than three months. All of the emigrants except the Cole family went on to Walla Walla, the original destination. The Coles, however, stopped in the Cove and went to work.

Their employer was Dan Chandler who owned a large farm and at the time was engaged in building a house in addition to harvest work. Mrs. Cole cooked for the hired hands another boys and Mr. Cole went to work in the fields, Robert however worked on the new house doing miscellaneous unskilled jobs.

After living in one of the houses belonging to their employer for about three months the family drove on into the Wallowa valley making their first stop across the rive west of Joseph. Robert's father bought the improvements on a place there and the two oldest boys filed on homesteads.

Robert went to a nearby subscription school where each pupil paid an agreed part o the teacher's salary. His first teacher was Arthur Soul. Later a schoolhouse was built in Joseph and he went there to school. Cora Samms, later Cora White, was the teacher. Mrs. White and Mr. Cole became lifelong friends and visited often over a period of many years.

On October 23, 1887 he married Maud Burnap, a neighbor girl who had come across the plains with her parents in 1885. At that time he was not yet 21 years old and had to secure the consent of his parents to the marriage.

Following his marriage he filed on a preemption of 57 acres adjoining his brothers' places. Before proving up on this claim, however, he sold out to is brothers and moved to a place on upper Prairie Creek where he farmed for several years, first on the T. F. Rich place, then later on the Sam Adams and Thomas Roup places.

Near the turn of the century he rented a place at Lowden Station near Walla Walla and worked for wages for two years. From there he moved on to a homestead at Lost Prairie were he lived until 1917 when he moved to Canada.

After farming two years in Alberta and having two complete crop failures, Mr. Cole come back to Wallowa County and sold his homestead to William Fordice. For the next few years he lived at Paradise. In 1924 he moved back to Canada to a farm north of Edmonton, Alberta. In 1929 he returned to have an opertion performed on his eyes and soon moved to fossil, Oregon to take care of the children of this daughter, Margie, who had just passed away. From there he moved to Talent, Oregon where he lived for a couple of years. Coming back to Wallowa County Mr. and Mrs. Cole took the Paradise post office, which they managed until 1935 when Mrs. Cole passed away. Mr. Cole has made Enterprise his home from that time up to the present.

Mr. Cole states his parents, brothers, and sisters have all passed away. He has two sons, Claude Cole of flora and Lloyd Cole of Alberta, Canada. There are also two daughters, Mrs. Roy Ralls of Paradise and Mrs. Everette Boone of McMinnville. Two daughters, Mrs. Margie Blankenship, and Mrs. Hettie Applegate are deceased.

Mr. Cole states that Wallowa County has looked better to him every time he ahs been away and returned. He is firmly convinced that the county is a hard place to beat.

Five years ago, Mr. Cole states he let his Master take charge of his life and since then he has known greater peace and happiness than he had ever experienced in his life before. His advice to the young people of today is for them to make their peace with the Master and most of their problems will be solved.

Information taken from page 35-36 of Burnap and Cole History, "Crossing the Plains" by Maud Burnap Cole. Compiled and printed by Bonnie June Lindroff (Boone) in 1965.

Bonnie June Lindroff (Boone) Nov. 1,1926 - Oct 9, 1967 was the daughter of Cordilla Maud Cole and Everett Boone.

Donated by Mona Pomraning