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Wallowa County Obituaries

Bruce ~ Botts

Henry BRUCE Mrs. J.F. BRUCE Bernard BOTTS
Edna Blanche (Forbes) BOTTS Eliza (Powell) BOTTS Neva BOTTS

 

HENRY BRUCE KILLED IN BATTLE

The Second Enterprise Young Man to Give His Life on the Battlefield

     Word was received last evening by Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Bruce of the death of their son, Henry, on the battlefield of France during the later days of the severe fighting.
     Henry went with the contingent of Wallowa county boys on June 24th from Enterprise and was advanced rapidly arriving in France in less than two months after leaving Enterprise. He was one of Wallowa's finest young men and the county will cherish his memory as one who made the supreme sacrifice.
     The parents have the heartfelt sympathy of all in their great sorrow.

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday November 21, 1918

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The Death of Mrs. J. F. Bruce

Mrs. J.F. Bruce died at her home in this city last evening at 7:30 from heart failure.

Mrs. Bruce had been as well as usual until about 6 p.m. when she complained of being ill. A physician was called and left the patient resting easy but at 7:30 this good lady passed away.

Funeral services will be held Saturday from the Bruce residence. Mr. And Mrs. Bruce bought a residence property in Lewiston, Idaho last week and had their household goods packed for shipment when death came to Mrs. Bruce.

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday, February 12, 1920

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Contributed by Julie (Jennings) Botts. My thanks to her for donating. According to Julie these were found in her husband's grandmother's belongings, Neva Botts being the grandmother.

Bernard L. Botts

      Bernard L. Botts a retired farmer and a native of Wallowa County passed away at his home in Lewiston, Orchards Sunday Nov. 6, 1955 at 2:10 p.m. a victim of heart ailment. Son of Bernard B. and Eliza Botts, he was born January 17, 1890 in Flora where he lived until moving to  Lewiston in 1951.
     On June 22, 1917 he was married in Enterprise to Miss Neva Garrett who survives him.
     Besides his wife he is survived by  three sons Bradford, Ashland Oregon, Brady, Enterprise and Delmer, Callahan Calif.; four brothers Otho,  Seattle and Fred and George,   Flora; Three sisters, Mrs. Eva Fleet, La Grande, Mrs. Ida Hill, Longview Wash, and Mrs. Jessie Shumate, Olympia Wash; and eight grandchildren.
      Funeral services were held yesterday at 2 p.m. from the Brower-Wann Funeral chapel.

Blanche Botts

     Mrs. Blanche Botts of Flora passed away June 20 at Pendleton.  Edna Blanche, daughter of Andrew and Francis Forbes was born October  3, 1899 at Flora, and passed away June 20 after many years of illness.
      On February 14, 1919 she was united in marriage to Earl Botts, and they continued to make their home at Flora.  She is survived by her  faithful husband, and two sons, Orville A.,  who is in the army, stationed at Orlando, Florida, Airbase, and Melvin F. at home, and by her father Andy Forbes of Flora.  Three sisters also survive, Mrs. Esther Lampkins of Wallowa, Oregon, Mrs. Beulah Berner and Mrs. Myrtle Wulff both of Flora.  Her mother preceeded her in death 6 years ago. 
     She was on a cheerful disposition and bore the many long years of  suffering bravely, and her husband did everything possible for her comfort and happiness.
      The funeral services were conducted at Flora by Rev. Ruth Green and burial was in the Flora cemetery.

Eliza A. Botts

     Mrs Eliza A. Botts pioneer resident of the county and of the Flora District, died Thursday Nov 24 1938 at the home of her daughter Mrs. Eva  Fleet, where she had made her home for 15 years. Her funeral was held at the Flora Methodist church Saturday afternoon and burial was in  Flora cemetery. The pallbearers were six grandsons; Dwain Fleet, Twain Conley, Ivan, Bradford, Gerald and Orville Botts.
     Eliza A Powell was born in Calhooun county , Georgia. July 19, 1853, and passed away at the age of 85 years four months and five days. She  was married to Bernard Botts in Missouri Oct 30 1875. He passed away Oct 16, 1915. In 1884 they drove a mule team across the plains. They came into the then wilderness of the Wallowa county being one of the pioneers of the north end. Eight children survive, thirteen having been born to the union. The survivors are Earl, Bernard, Fred, George, And Mrs. Eva Fleet all of Flora; Otho Botts of Seattle, Wash, Mrs. Ida McCallister of Longview Wash; Mrs. Jessie Shumate of Olympia , Wash. While Susie  Conley, Maggie Locke, Anna Wright, Lulu and Clarence Botts died some years ago. Also 26 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren  survive.
     Grandma had been ill for the last year or so. She was a member of the Christian church since early childhood and was a woman of much strength and Character, Who will be greatly missed by all who knew her. All eight children were at the funeral except Otho of Seattle. Ida of  Longview and Jessie of Olympia, and also Mrs. Viona Berland of Stevenson, Wash. a grand daughter who was adopted to the family at the young age of 18 months old after the death of her mother (Anna Wright) were present.

     Neva May Botts

     Mrs. Neva May Botts 66, was pronounced dead at St. Joseph's Hospital after suffering a heart attack outside the
Lewiston Eagles Hall at  1304 Main St. She had just emerged from the lodge hall with Mr. and Mrs. Chester Bull
when she slumped to the sidewalk. She was rushed to the hospital, where a doctor and Wilfred J Duclos, Nez
Prece County coroner pronounced her dead at 1:37 A.M. . The doctor said she had suffered a coronary occlusion
and was dead when she hit the sidewalk. The Bulls with whom she had attended the club said she had danced
frequently during the evening.
     She was born Neva May Garrett Jan 24, 1897 at Flora Ore and had lived most of here life there. On June 22, 1917 she Married Bernard Botts at Enterprise. Botts a farmer retired in 1950 and the couple moved to  Lewiston. He died Nov 6, 1955 . Since then she lived quietly in her home.
     She is survived by three sons Delmar, Etna Calif. Brady of Enterprise, and Bradford , Ashland, Ore. a brother Richard Garrett, Medford Oregon and a sister Velma Osborne, LaGrande.

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