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Alton R. Emmons
Earl William EMMONS
Elmer G. Emmons
Mrs. Else Ruth (Neal) EMMONS
George (Madison) Emmons
Leonard Berton EMMONS
Mrs. Martha Emeline (Day) EMMONS

Alton R. Emmons Services Held

Word was received Friday, September 3, by Mrs. Charles T. Thornburg, Charles D. Emmons and Leonard B. Emmons of the passing of their brother, Alton R. Emmons, in San Francisco where he lived with his daughter, Mrs. Maxine
Bindon. Funeral services were held in San Francisco Saturday afternoon, September 4.

Mr. Emmons was born January 2, 1879 in Illinois to John W. and Martha Emmons. He came to Wallowa county when a young man and was married at Enterprise on July 4, 1892 to Miss Flora Hawkins. For many years he and his
wife had a restaurant in Enterprise near the location of the Ideal Cleaners. After leaving Enterprise the family lived for a time in Union. After the death of his wife he had made his home in San Francisco.

Besides the sister and two brothers, of Enterprise, he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Anne Metcalf, of Downing, Calif., and Mrs. Maxine Bindon, of San Francisco; a son, Chester Emmons, of Reno, Nevada; a brother, George Emmons, of Baker; and a sister, Mrs. Lillie Davis, of Geneva, Nebraska. a son, Claude, and a daughter, Wilma, preceded him in death.

DEATH:  Wallowa County Chieftain Newspaper dated: Sept. 9, 1954 Front Page.

Services Honor Charles Emmons

Memorial services for Charles Dayton Emmons who passed away at Wallowa Memorial Hospital Saturday evening, May 26, 1962 were held Tuesday at 2 pm at the Bollman Funeral Chapel. Rev. A.L. Kinter officiated and his wife was
organist. Rev. Kinter and Mrs. Dean Harrison sang " Beyond the Sunset" and "No Night There".

Casket bearers were:  Clarence Shaver, Hoke Ollis, Wilmer Cook, Oscar Hammack, Ted Landis, and Donald H. Davis, and vault entombment was in the Enterprise Cemetery.

The deceased was the son of John W. and Martha Emmons early pioneers of Wallowa County and was born in Illinois September 2, 1877. He was a retired farmer and had been in ill health several months. He was a member of the
Christian Church. On November 29, 1898 he was married at Enterprise to Ella Boothe who lived only a few years. On November 29, 1908 he was married at Lagrande to Lena Malzer who survives him.

Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Harold, of Portland; two daughters: Mrs. Wayne (Irene) Reece of Enterprise and Mrs. Ben (Fern) Strickler of Joseph; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren and one
sister, Mrs. Charles T. (Jessie) Thornburg of Enterprise.

Wallowa County Chieftain - May 31, 1962

Earl William Emmons

Memorial services for Earl William Emmons who passed away at Wallowa Memorial Hospital Wednesday evening, May 22, 1963, were Friday at 2p.m. at the Bollman Chapel with the Rev. James Jones officiating and with Mrs. Arthur Maasdam as organist. Arnold Juve, soloist, sang: "In The Garden" and " The Old Rugged Cross".

Casket bearers were: Harold Ray, Wilson Wilde, Elmer Trump, Omar Hays, Stone Butner, and Walter Dutli, and burial was in the Enterprise cemetery beside the grave of his wife who passed away March 19, 1943.

The deceased was born at Enterprise December 28, 1897, son of Leonard B. Emmons, and Ivy Bloom Emmons, and lived in Wallowa county al of his life. He was married May 8, 1918 at Enterprise to Elsie Ruth Neal. He was a farmer by occupation but because of ill health for the past two years, he had retired. He had been a hospital patient for six weeks.

He leaves three daughters: Mrs.. Gerald (Marjorie) Wilson of Yakima, Wash., Mrs.. Don (Jeraldine) Williams of Spokane, Wash., and Mrs.. Leland (Wanda) Fisher, of Beaverton, Ore., two brothers; Lester, of LaGrande, and Milford, of Enterprise; three sisters: Mrs.. Floyd (Macel) Reece, Hailey, Ida., Mrs.. Earl (Vivian) Hovis, Joseph, and Mrs.. Cleo (Mildred) Santose, Alicel; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Among those who came for the funeral services were the three daughters and their husbands, Mr.. and Mrs.. Lester Emmons and Mr.. and Mrs.. Cleo Santose.

Wallowa County Chieftain

This obituary contributed by S. Renee Schaeffer


Elmer G. Emmons (No Date)

La Grande, April 30--Elmer G. Emmons, 39 president of La Grande aerie No. 259, Fraternal Order of Eagles, died unexpectedly in a local hospital Wednesday night. Funeral services are announced for Saturday morning, conducted by the lodge, with interment at Baker. Emmons was born at Enterprise and had lived here for 15 years. Survivors include the wife,
Esther M. Emmons, and three sons, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Emmons,
and a sister, Mrs. Erma Morrison, all of Baker.

Mrs. Earl Emmons is Laid to Rest
Succumbs Here After Protracted Illness

Mrs. Earl Emmons, who came home a week ago last Monday from Portland where she had been in the hospital for several weeks, passed away at her home on Alder Slope Friday, March 19th.

Else Ruth Neal was born January 3, 1901, near Fairview, Newton county, Missouri. At the age of three she came with her parents to Oregon, coming in 1914 to Enterprise or near which she had made her home ever since.

She was baptized in the Baptist church when she was 12 years old. she attended high school in Joseph.

On May 8, 1918, she was married to Earl William Emmons, and to them were born three daughters. Surviving Mrs. Emmons are her husband and daughters: Geraldine (Mrs. Fred Falconer, Jr.) of Boardman, Oregon, Marjorie (Mrs. Gerald Wilson), and Wanda Jean Emmons, a student at E.H.S.; her mother, Mrs. Frank Gildersleeve of Imnaha; her grandmother, Mrs. Ellen Neal of Weiser, Idaho; a sister, Mrs. Lester Emmons of Joseph, and one granddaughter, Beverly Jean Falconer, besides other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon in the Baptist church which was filled to capacity, and the altar banked with beautiful floral offerings. Rev. Ernest Losey of the Baptist church had charge of the service and music was furnished by Rev. Ruth Green, J.W. Henderson and Miss Zelpha Henderson, who sang "The Old Rugged Cross" and "The City Foursquare," with Mrs. Rhelda Stuart at the piano.

Bearing the casket were C.F. Johnson, C.F. Litch, Al Strohm, Omar Hays, Glenn Payne and Guy McCubbin. Interment was in the Enterprise Cemetery.

Wallowa County Chieftain

This information submitted by S. Renee Schaeffer

Services at Baker For George (Madison) Emmons (No Name on Paper)

George Madison Emmons, aged 80, 1908 Cherry Street, Baker, Oregon, died Saturday afternoon at his home. Services for Mr. Emmons were conducted at 11:00 am Tuesday morning at West and Company Chapel. Joe Jewett officiated.
Interment was in Mount Hope.

Mr. Emmons, son of John and Martha Emmons, was born in Carthage, Illinois on October 5, 1880. He moved with his parents to Oregon at the age of 5 and had lived in this state since then. He was a farmer in Wallowa, Union and Baker counties. he was married to Pearl Akins in Enterprise on October 14, 1902 and the family moved to Enterprise in 1925, then to La Grande in 1928 and to Baker in 1932.

He is survived by his wife, Pearl, of Baker; by a daughter, Mrs. Erma Nutt of Baker; by a brother, Charles Emmons of Enterprise; a sister, Mrs. Charles Thornburg of Enterprise; by a daughter-in-law, Esther Emmons of La grande; two grandsons, LeRoy Emmons of Wallowa and Donald Emmons of La Grande; by a granddaughter, Patricia Schon, of Baker; and by 15 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles T. Thornburg and Mr. and Mrs. Warren Homan drove to Baker for the funeral.

John W. Emmons

     Served through the Civil War in the Southern army, passed away Monday night., Jan. 2, 1933 at the home of his grandson, Harold Emmons on Alder Slope. He had been in failing strength for months, owing to advanced age and the end came as to one falling asleep from the weariness of many days filled w/ labor. Born 3/29/1843. At the close of the Civil War, he was married 12/21/1865 to Martha E. Day and they shortly moved to Ill. and later to Neb.

In 1885, they came west and settled in the Grande Rhonde Valley. Came to Wallow Co. in 1891. Mr. Emmons went to ranching near the Buttes using some of the land now in Clifford Wedes farm. His next move was to the Valley and he bought a farm on Alder Slope. Later he went into sheep ranching and bought a large ranch on Day Ridge later known as the Murdock Place. Selling this and getting out of the sheep business which was afflicted w/ one of its periodic depressions, he lived in the Valley a time, spent some months in Ca. and then went to a place in Brushy Canyon, before he retired from active work.

His wife passed away 11/7/1909. There are seven surviving children;Mrs.. Delbert Davis, Neb, Alton R. , San Francisco, Wm.. P. , add unknown, Leonard B. , Lostine, Charles D., Mrs. Delbert Homan (Jesse) , Enterprise. Mr.. Emmons belonged to the older generation which built up the country from primitive conditions. He was a kind friendly man upright and particular in conduct of business affairs and naturally everybody liked him.

Wallowa County Chieftain

This obituary contributed by S. Renee Schaeffer

Leonard Emmons Services Today

Another pioneer of Wallowa County, Leonard Berton Emmons, of Enterprise, passed away at the Don Huffman ranch on upper Imnaha Sunday evening, September 19, 1954. He had been in ill health for the past six years. Funeral services will be held this afternoon (Thursday) at 2 o'clock from the Booth-Bollman chapel, with Rev. John Munsey officiating. Interment will be in the Enterprise cemetery.

Son of John and Martha Emmons, he was born at Carthage, Ill., December 8, 1874. For a time he lived in Nebraska but for the past 65 years he had been a resident of Wallowa county where he farmed and raised livestock. On November 13, 1895 he was married at Enterprise to Ivy Bloom. After her death he was married June 5, 1901 to Bertha Wright who also preceded him in death.

On November 29, 1923 he was married to Rose Allison.

Three sons and four daughters survive: Lester, of Walla Walla, Earl and Milford of Enterprise, Mrs. Elnora Lawhead, Downey, Calif., Mrs. Macel Reece, Enterprise, Mrs. Vivian Hovis, Joseph, and Mrs. Mildred Santoes, Imbler. There are also two brothers, George, of Baker, and Charles D. of Enterprise, two sisters, Mrs. Jesse Thornburg, of Enterprise, and Mrs. Lillie davis, of Geneva, Neb: 16 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

Wallowa County Chieftain - Thursday, September 23, 1954

This obituary contributed by S. Renee Schaeffer

Death of Mrs. L. B. Emmons

     Last Saturday at 7:30 o'clock, the spirit of Mrs. Iva M. Emmons quietly passed from earth at the age of 21 years and 4 days. Mrs. Emmons had been suffering with the dread malady, consumption, for some time, and although the physicians had pronounced her case hopeless the end was not thought to be so near, and the summons came as a terrible shock to relatives and friends. The deceased was the second daughter of R.W. Bloom and Mary Etta Bloom, a native of Wallowa County and was married to Leonard B. Emmons about five years ago. The husband, three little ones, her parents and brothers and sisters are left to mourn her inconsolable loss, but while their hearts are torn with grief, they have the consolation that the parting is only for a time. We extend our sympathy to the bereaved ones.


     Died Nov. 18, 1900, of consumption, at her home on Alder Slope, Mrs. Leonard B. Emmons. Deceased, Iva May Bloom, second daughter of R. W. and Mary Etta Bloom, was born Nov. 13th, 1879, at Alder, Oregon. Nov. 13th, 1895, was married to L. B. Emmons. By this death the husband is not only bereft, but there are three sons who will never know a mother. The funeral services were conducted Sunday at 3:30 o'clock at the home by Rev. S.S. Lewis. Many friends followed the remains to the place of burial; and while it seemed hard to lay so young a mother beneath the first snow of Winter, it will be a comfort to friends and relatives to know that she expressed herself as being prepared to die. Let us think of her as waiting for us in that Haven of rest where all sighing, sickness, tears and strife are wiped away. The Bible tells us: "Eye hath not seen nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him." -- C.A.W.

Wallowa County Chieftain

This obituary contributed by S. Renee Schaeffer

Lester Emmons-Enterprise

Funeral services for Lester B. (Bloom) Emmons, of 1706 K. Ave., La Grande, who died in a La Grande Hospital on Saturday, Jan. 21, 1967 will be held Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Bollman chapel in Enterprise, with the Rev. Wendel Sullivan, pastor of the La Grande Baptist church officiating. Interment will be in the Enterprise cemetery.

Emmons, a retired farmer, was born April 19, 1897 at Enterprise, son of Leonard and Ivy Emmons, and had lived near Enterprise for 45 years. For the past five years he and his wife had lived in La Grande. On June 3, 1917 he was married on Alder slope to Eva Neal, who survives him. He had been in failing health for eight months, and a hospital patient for seven weeks.

Other survivors include two sons, Ed, of Enterprise, and Bill of La Grande; one brother, Milford of Seattle; three sisters, Mrs. Macel Reece of La Grande; Mrs. Vivian Hovis of Joseph, and Mrs. Mildred Santose of Union; and four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Wallowa County Chieftain

This information contributed by S. Renee Schaeffer

Mrs. Martha Emeline (Day) Emmons

died Nov. 7, 1909

     Mrs. J. W. Emmons passed away Sunday morning at 3:30 o'clock after a very brief illness of pneumonia. Funeral was held Monday at 10 a.m. from the Christian Church. Rev. W. S. Crockett conducting the services. Internment was in Enterprise Cemetery. A very large concourse of friends assembled in the church and followed the corpse to its last resting place.

     Mary Emeline Day was born at Flemingsburg, KY, April 13, 1847 and was married to J. W. Emmons Dec. 21, 1865. They moved to Illinois in 1871 and ten years later to Nebraska. In 1884, they came to Union County, Oregon and in 1893 to this county where they have since resided.

    Five sons and two daughters were born to them, all of whom survive, Alton R., Leonard B., Charles D., and George M. Emmons of this city and vicinity, William P. Emmons of LaGrande, Mrs.. Jessie Homan of Enterprise and Mrs.. Lilly J. Davis of Nebraska. All were at the funeral but Mrs.. Davis and the husband, who is in Oklahoma. Two nephews, F. A. and L.P. Day of LaGrande were here also.

     Mother Emmons as she was familiarly called, united with the Christian Church 30 years ago and always stood courageously for the right. Never strong physically, she was always doing for others, blessing by her presence.

    It was her request that the song "Jesus will Carry Me Over the River" be sung at her funeral. All who listened, felt as if those words were fulfilled and that she was at rest.

    The above obituary was taken from the " Wallowa Chieftain" newspaper for Thursday, November 11, 1909. There is a metal tombstone at her grave in the Enterprise Cemetery at the north edge of town. It is noted that her name was shown as "Mary" above.

This obituary contributed by S. Renee Schaeffer

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