Wallowa County Obituaries McCULLY

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Alice Lee Zurcher McCULLY

Evadne McCULLY

Frank D. McCULLY

Frank David McCULLY - II

Frank M. McCULLY

John W. McCULLY

John William McCULLY


Wallowa County icon Alice McCully dead at age 92.

Alice Lee (Zurcher) McCully died of kidney failure at the Grande Ronde Hospital (La Grande, OR) on 1 Jan 1998. She had been living at Wallowa Lake; was discovered there a few days earlier with a broken hip.

She was the grand-dau. of John Zurcher, who with Robert F. Stubblefield founded Enterprise, OR, in 1887. She married Kermit "Mac" McCully in 1930 [who the reporter erroneously says was the grandson of Frank D. McCully, and also says elsewhere in the article that they were married in 1940]. She had been raised on the Will and Lena Zurcher (her parents) homestead at Pine Creek "in the Zumwalt country" about 30 miles from Enterprise. She was schooled at home until 3rd grade, eventually graduated Enterprise High School in 1925, received her teacher's certificate after 2 years at Oregon Teachers College. She taught in two different one-room schools near Enterprise in the 1920s, was away from teaching until the late 1940s when she began again in Enterprise, taught full time until 1971, then substituted well into the 1980s. Her speciality was 5th grade..

Alice and Kermit lived outside La Grande for most of their married life. They owned a restaurant in La Grande, and Kermit worked in the grocery business and drove a fruit truck there. He also managed Safeway stores in Beaverton, OR, and Aloha, OR, at one time, and spent several years managing a filbert farm in the Newberg, OR, area. They returned to Wallowa County in the 1940s, and leased his father's ranch. That's when they opened their restaurant, McCully's Fountain and Lunch (predecessor to the Davis Cafe); they later had a restaurant in Best's Hotel (now, the Pioneer Guest House).

She was survived by sons Jerry McCully (Selah, WA) and Bob McCully (wherabouts unknown) [NOTE: obituary doesn't say so, but Jerry and Bob were adoptees]; by grandsons Mi(chael?) McCully (American Airlines pilot in Dallas, TX) and Ma(rk?) McCully (who owns a sports bar in Vancouver, WA).

R. Swart (1998),
Wallowa Chieftain Jan. 1998 (issue?).

Sandy Wilbur

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Evadne McCully

Miss Evadne McCully, one Joseph's best known young people and a sophomore in Willamette University, died in Salem last week of the influenza. Her body was brought to Joseph tuesday for burial which took place Wednesday.

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday January 2, 1919

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F.D. McCully passes away

Pioneer of County was leader in various activities

Frank D. McCULLY d. at home in Joseph, OR, 13 Mar 1939; health had been failing for several years; funeral at Methodist Church, burial in the Indian plot on Wallowa Lake (permission given by Bureau of Indian Affairs). ".. name has been a household word in Wallowa County for nearly 30 years."

He established the first store in Joseph, the first bank, the first public water works, first electric plant, and first flour mill in Wallowa County. He ran stage lines between Union County railroad terminals and Joseph, and brought one of the first automobiles to Wallowa County. He had a forwarding (?) and merchandizing business, and was instrumental in inducing Union Pacific Railroad to build into Wallowa County.

In 1886, as a State Representative from Wallowa County, he introduced the bill to establish wallowa County. Later, he served as a Wallowa County commissioner. late in life, he was a receiver (?) for two national banks under the Coptroller of Currency, and was a field agent for the Oregon State Land Board. he also ran the Imnaha mail line in later life. He was a staunch Republican, and was repeatedly head of the Wallowa County Republican organization.

He was b. Salem, OR 1859; attended Willamette University; came to Union, OR, in 1872; came with cattle to Wallowa valley in 1874, back in 1879 and in 1880 settled. His homestead included what is now part of the city of Joseph. In 1881, he married Julia HAMBLETON (HAMILTON?); two children survive, Roy C. McCULLY (Portland) and Mrs. Lelia M. BALLINGER (she and her husband W.H. BALLINGER of Portland); their third son Wilmer McCULLY d. ca 1914 (his widow martha McCULLY living in La Grande, OR).

On 19 Nov 1908 Frank M. Martha E. DUNBAR. She was still living in 1939, as were their son Frank D. McCULLY Jr., grandson Frank D. McCULLY iii, and two step-children Raymond DUNBAR (Alameda, CA) and Mrs. Lucille (DUNBAR) KELLOGG(Portland).

Also at funeral was Mrs. A.E. JOHNSON of Portland, sister of Martha E. Dunbar McCULLY.

The Chieftain-probably 14 Mar 1939

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Year-long illness takes life of F.D. McCully, 79

Frank D. McCully d. 14 Mar 1939 at his home in Joseph, OR, after a yearlong illness; "The father of Wallowa County"; 1st republican representative elected to the State legislature from Union Co.; elected in 1886, immediately introduced a bill to create Wallowa Co.

Born Salem, OR 2 Jun 1859; attended Willamette University; started out in business at age 15; came to Union, OR, in 1872; 1874 made his first visit to wallowa Valley; 1879 returned there with a large herd of cattle; 1880, left the livestock business, opened a general store in Joseph, the first store in that town.

The townsite of Joseph is on Frank's preemption land claim, and much of the property still remains in his estate; owned stores in Joseph, Lostine, and Flora; was once president of the First bank of Joseph, the Joseph Milling Co., the Joseph electric light plant, and the Joseph waterworks. He once owned the phone line from Union Co. to Joseph and to Anatone, WA.

1881 m. Julia HAMBLETON of Missouri, 3 children: Wilmer, Roy and Lelia; Frank and Julia divorced; m. 2nd Martha E. DUNBAR, Frank D. McCULLY Jr. their only child; Frank D. McCULLY III the only grandchild.

Evening Observer (La Grande, OR), 14 Mar 1939

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Frank D. McCully died at his home in Joseph, OR, 13 Mar 1939. He organized and operated the first store in Joseph, the first bank, the first electric company, the first water system and the first flour mill. He was elected as State congressman from Union Co. 1886, and introduced the bill that created Wallowa County. He was active in having the Union Pacific Railroad built into the county, after he had run the local stageline for years.

After retirement, he was a receiver for two banks under the Comptroller of Currency, was a field representative for the State Land Board, and later contracted for and operated the Imnaha stage line.

He was b. Salem, OR 2 Jun 1859; came to eastern Oregon as a boy with stockmen in 1872, returned to live in 1880; married Julia Hambelton, two children surviving- Roy C. McCully and Mrs. W.H. Ballinger of Portland; m. 2nd Martha E. Dunbar 19 Nov 1908; she survived him and does their son Frank D. McCully Jr.

Unknown newspaper source 1939

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McCully’s death recalls Wallowa County’s building.

Frank D. McCully died at his home in Joseph, OR, 13 Mar 1939. He organized and operated the first store in Joseph, the first bank, the first electric company, the first water system, and the first flour mill. He was elected as State congressman from Union Co. 1886, and introduced the bill that created Wallowa County. He was active in having the Union Pacific Railroad built into the county, after he had run the local stageline for years.

After retirement, he was a receiver for two banks under the Comptroller of Currency, was a field representative for the State Land Board, and later contracted for and operated the Imnaha stage line.

He was b. Salem, OR 2 Jun 1859; came to eastern Oregon as a boy with stockmen in 1872, returned to live in 1880; married Julia Hambelton, two children surviving - Roy C. McCully and Mrs. W. H. Ballinger of Portland; m. 2nd Martha E. Dunbar 19 Nov 1908; she survived him, and does their son Frank D. McCully Jr.

Anon (1939),From unknown newspaper.

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Frank David McCully - II

Frank David McCULLY II died 23 Aug 1997, age 83, at Keizer, Marion Co., Oregon. He was born in Joseph, OR on 1 June 1914 to Frank D. and Martha McCully. He was educated in Joseph public schools and at Oregon State University (played freshman football at OSU).

He was one of the leaders in constructing the Joseph airport; he was Mayor of Joseph 1947; past-President of Northeastern Oregon Chamber of Commerce; named First Junior Citizen of Wallowa County in 1947; Joseph's Outstanding Citizen in 1949; and Grand marshal of Chief Joseph Days in 1985.

On 17 Aug 1933 he swam the length of Wallowa Lake in the then-record time of 1 hr, 57 minutes, and 28 seconds.

He and his 2nd wife Anne owned and operated the McCully Realty in Woodburn, OR for 23 years. He was survived by Anne, and three sons from his first marriage: Frank David McCully III (San Diego, CA), Ronald McCully (Portland, OR), and Craig McCully (Sumner, WA); also two grand-children and one nephew.

Services Friday 29 Aug 1997 at Joseph, OR, Methodist Church. Buried in Prairie Creek Cemetery. [Note: Dolly Sainsbury had heard from another source that he was buried with his parents at the Chief Joseph graveyard at Wallowa Lake; don't know which is correct.]

Obituary (1997) from an unidentified newspaper (probably eastern Oregon)

Sandy Wilbur

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Death of Frank McCully:
Demise of former Salem man casts deep gloom over wide circle of friends.

Frank Marion McCULLY d. 12 Mar 1907, age 49, at St. Peters Hospital, Olympia, WA; had been in ill health for several months; in early March had gall stone surgery, from which he did not recover.

Lived in Olympia for 6 years, was Ass't. Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Washington. He was born in Harrisburg, OR, 2 Oct 1857; in 1866 family moved to Salem, where Frank was educated; graduated from Willamette University 1877. In 1884 he established and published in Dayton, WA, the "School Journal", the pioneer school journal of WA State.

City Supt. of Dayton, WA, schools for 6 years; Supt. of Ellensburg, WA, schools for 8 years (where "School Journal" was published); County school supt. for Columbia Co., WA 1879-1881; county school supt. of Wallowa Co., OR, 1889-1891; 1901 appointed deputy supt. of public instruction, WA State; 1905 appointed Assistant Superintendent of Washington schools; published the "Washington School Journal" while in Olympia.

Married Emma CARSON, dau. of Isaac CARSON of Tacoma, WA, in 1880; had three children; son Merritt L. McCULLY only child surviving in 1907, was attending school at Washington State College, Pullman.

Anon (1907), From unidentified Salem, OR, newspaper.

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Death calls F. M. M’Cully,
passes away after a sinking spell yesterday morning -
funeral Thursday.

"Frank M. McCully, deputy state superintendent of public instruction, died at 5:30 o'clock yesterday morning...underwent an operation for removal of gall stones about ten days ago. The operation was successful but his condition was so enfeebled by the progress of the disease attended by kidney trouble of a similar nature, that he failed to rally and rapidly became worse. Saturday and Sunday death was fought off by the injection of saline solution but on Monday he rallied perceptibly and strong hope of his ultimate recovery was entertained. At four o'clock yesterday morning a sinking spell occurred and death occurred an hour and a half later."

"The flags on all the school buildings and upon the state capitol building were at half mast yesterday in respect to his memory...The Elks, of which Mr. McCully was a member, will have charge of the services at the grave. Interment will be in Masonic cemetery,"

Of Scotch descent; descendants first settled in New Brunswick [wrong]; later pioneers of Ohio, where his father was born in 1829; came to OR overland in 1852; Frank's father died earlier this year (1907) at the home of his daughter in OR.

Frank b. 2 Oct 1857 Harrisburg, OR; moved to Salem with family in 1866; graduated from Willamette U. in B. S. in 1877; went into newspaper work, being associated with the Columbia Chronicle (Dayton, WA), Pomeroy Republican (Pomeroy, WA), and Wallowa Chieftain for 6 yrs. In 1884 he established the School Journal at Dayton, went on to publish it five years at Ellesburg. Later in Olympia, he edited the Washington School Journal.

He was city superintendent of Dayton school for 6 yrs; of the Ellensburg schools for 8 yrs; Columbia County school superintendent 1879-1881; school superintendent of Wallowa Co., OR, 1889-1891; in 1901 appointed deputy superintendent of public instruction, and in 1905 to assistant superintendent. He and Emma Carson had three children, only one of who survives (Merritt, attending State College in Pullman, WA).

Morning Olympian (Olympia, WA),
13 Mar 1907, p.1.5.

Sandy Wilbur

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John W. McCully

John W. McCULLY b. 22 May 1821 New Brunswick; died 20 Jan 1899 Joseph, OR - 67 years 7 months 28 days. In 1822 the family moved to OH, stayed until 1844; 1844-1851 in IA; 1852-1862 resident of Jacksonville, OR; 1862-1867 visited Idaho, Montana, and Missouri - attended medical school in St. Louis. He had studied medicine and become a practicioner in IA.

1868-1878 purser on Willamette River steamboats; 1880-1889, resident of Joseph, OR. He was a member of the last Territorial Legislature, representing Jackson Co. Held "high positions" in the Masons.

Obituary (1899) from unidentified newspaper.

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John William McCully

A pioneer of '52, John William McCully dies at the home of his daughter at Lowden, Wash.(1911-Newspaper source unknown, family scrapbook)

John William McCULLY b. 22 Feb 1847, New London, Henry Co., IA; came to Union Co., OR, 1872, resided there and in Wallowa County ever since; he was a freighter in early life, later living on his farm at Lostine, OR.

He returned to Elgin, OR, "last fall" (1910), when he was afflicted with Bright's Disease; he rallied somewhat, but then died while on a visit to his dau. Mrs. Hetta COMPAU at Lowden, WA 23 May 1911; funeral at Christian Church (in Elgin?), to which denomination he has belonged since 1889.

He married Sarah Jane OWNBY at Union, OR, 5 May 1883, had 3 children living in 1911: Hetta McCULLY COMPAU (Lowden, WA), Willard McCULLY (Lostine, OR), and Floyd McCULLY (Elgin, OR).

Living siblings 1911: Estelle McCULLY GILBERT (Salem), Mary McCULLY CREIGHTON (Portland, OR), Alfred McCULLY (Newburg, OR) and Frank D. McCULLY (Joseph, OR).

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Williard McCully

Mrs. Wm. Arnold and daughter left Friday for Elgin where they were called by the death of Mrs. Arnold's nephew, Williard McCully. Mr. McCully was well known in Enterprise, having lived here formerly.

Wallowa County Reporter Wednesday July 31, 1918

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