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Bruce FISHER Cecil FISHER Cora Ellen (FISHER) FREUDENBERG
David Cyrus FISHER Erma (HESKETT) FISHER Ethel Fay (FISHER) DOWNING
Evelyn (FISHER) TAUTFEST Frank FISHER Guy FISHER
Harry L. FISHER Hazel (FISHER) EIFFERT Hiram S. FISHER
Mrs. Hiram FISHER (Emma RUNDALL) Ida (GRAHAM) FISHER Inez LaVera (FISHER) VARNEY
Ira FISHER James E. FISHER James Harvey FISHER
Mrs. James H. FISHER (Hattie BLOOM) James W. FISHER Jess C. FISHER
Johnara (Huffman) Fisher Lloyd Leland FISHER Mary E. (MAHAFFEY) FISHER
Nellie Maud (FISHER) WARD Orlando "Landy" WARD Oscar FISHER
Margaret (Reece) FISHER Valda Louina (FISHER)SIZEMORE Vera K. FISHER
. Willie Cyrus FISHER .

Bruce Fisher

Bruce Fisher, 101, died Sept. 8, 1994 at the Wallowa County Nursing Home in Enterprise. Graveside services were held Sat., Sept. 10 at the Enterprise cemetery, conducted by Stanley Lodge AF&AM. He was born Aug. 2, 1893 in Cove, the son of Harvey and Hattie Fisher. At the age of 10 he moved with his parents and nine brothers and sisters to the Leap area where his parents homesteaded. He attended school through the 5th grade in a one room school in Leap. He quit school to work full time on the family homestead.

On Sept. 30, 1912 he married Verna Feagins. They remained on the family homestead for over 40 years, then moved to Enterprise where he worked for the city for several years. Bruce enjoyed the out-of-doors. He loved to hunt deer and elk which he did every fall until it became hard for him to get around. He also enjoyed his fiddle, which he played for many local dances in the Leap area. His wife, Verna, would accompany him on the organ. He was a long time member of the Masons. He was presented his 75 year pin July 2, 1992, at the age of 98. He was also a member of the Leap and Lostine Grange.

Survivors include 3 sisters, Alta Stein, Ethel Downing and Myrtle Aleson, all of Enterprise; daughter-in-law, Mildred (Makin) Fisher of Enterprise; granddaughter, Claudia Gasser of Huntington; five great grandchildren and nine great great grandchildren and many, many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Verna; son, Cecil Edward Fisher; granddaughter, Evelyn Tautfest and four brothers and two sisters. Memorials may be made to the charity of choice in care of Bollman Funeral Home.

Wallowa County Chieftain Sept. 15, 1994.


Cora Ellen (FISHER) FREUDENBERG

Services Today For Cora Freudenberg

Memorial services are being held this afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Bollman Chapel for Mrs. Cora Ellen Freudenberg who passed away on Monday June 24, 1968 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital where she had been a patient of only a short time. Casket bearers will be Fred Himelwright, James Myers, E.F. Cool, Henry Klages, W.H. Miller and M. Keith Wilson; and vault entombment will be in the Enterprise cemetery. Mrs. Freudenberg was the daughter of James H. and Hattie E. Fisher, and was born in the Leap area on August 30, 1906.

On Dec. 25, 1939 she was married at Enterprise to William R. Freudenberg, who survives her. She was a member of Hurricane Creek Grange No. 608, Wallowa County Cowbells, and an active worker and leader in the 4-H programs. Other survivors include a daughter, Nancy Jean Freudenberg of Joseph; four sisters, Mrs. Frank (Iva) Downing, Mrs. John (Alta) Stein, Mrs. William (Ethel) Downing, and Mrs. Julius (Myrtle) Aleson, all of Enterprise; and three brothers, Harry Fisher of Spokane, Bruce and Ira Fisher of Milton-Freewater.

Wallowa County Chieftain June 27, 1968.


Cecil FISHER

Wallowa County native, Cecil E. Fisher, 79, died May 12, 1993 at Grande Ronde Hospital. He was born August 20, 1913 at Wallowa, the only child of Bruce and Verna Fisher. He was raised in the Leap area, ranching with his father until the early 4's when he moved to Enterprise, where he drove his own truck for several years. He became employed by the Wallowa County Road Department and worked for them until he retired in 1974. On May 21, 1938, he married Mildred Makin at Walla Walla, Washington. The had two children, Evelyn and Claudia. He belonged to the Leap Grande, was president two times for the AARP in Enterprise, was treasurer two terms for the Little Swiss Rovers Chapter of the Good Sam Club and was newly elected president of the club.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred of Enterprise; daughter, Claudia Gasser of Huntington; his father, Bruce of Enterprise; five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; aunts, Alta Stein, Ethel Downing and Myrtle Aleson, all of Enterprise and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his mother, Verna and daughter, Evelyn Tautfest. Funeral services were held Sat. May 15, at the Enterprise cemetery and interment following. Memorials in his memory may be made to the charity of choice in care of the Bollman Funeral Home in Enterprise.

Wallowa County Chieftain May 20, 1993.


Charles Fisher

The earthly remains of Charles Fisher, hero of the world war, who met his death in France two years ago, were shipped to his home in Wallowa, and Monday of this week were given a military burial by his comrades of the American Legion, Post Kruse, nine or ten of the Enterprise comrades assisting. The funeral was preached by an ex-service man who was a member of the Royal Flying Corps, Canadian army, and the entire proceedings were very impressive. The deceased was in the Engineers' corps when he met his death.

Wallowa County Reporter January 20, 1921


Pioneer Who Crossed The Plains in 1859 Dies At Ontario
David Cyrus Fisher

David Cyrus Fisher, resident of Oregon since 1862, died at Ontario, April 17, aged 75 years. Mr. Fisher was a native of Illinois and crossed the plains in 1859 to California, coming from that state to Oregon in 1862. He first settled in the Willamette Valley, later moving to the Grande Rhode Valley, where he passed the later years of his life.

Mr. Fisher is survived by nine children: Hiram Fisher and Harvey Fisher of Wallowa; Mrs. Phemina Forman of Bidwell, Calif.; Mrs. Mattie Henely of Portland; Mrs. Mary McKennon and Otis Fisher of Portland; Mrs. L. Couch of Wallowa; Charles Fisher of Union; Guy Fisher of Ontario.

Wallowa County Reporter April *, 1915


Erma (HESKETT) FISHER

Mrs. Erma Fisher of Milton-Freewater passed away in Walla Walla, Monday, Jan. 14, at the age of 72. She is survived by her husband, Ira Fisher, at the home; daughters, Mrs. Gary Wright of Walla Walla and Mrs. Melvin Smith of Santa Clara, California; sisters, Mrs. Art Rose, Enterprise, Mrs. William Wart of Athena, Mrs. Mona Vest of Milton-Freewter, brothers, Jerry Heskett of Milton-Freewater and William Heskett of Portland; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Mrs. Fisher was born Dec. 24, 1907 in Wallowa county. she was raised in Wallowa county, attending schools at Alder Slope and Joseph. She married Ira Fisher in Enterprise on Oct. 18, 1926 and they lived in Joseph until 1945. They then moved to Umapine and Milton-Freewater in 1946. Funeral services will be Thursday, Jan. 17, 1:30pm at the graveside in Milton-Freewater cemetery. Rev. Richard Davidson of First Christian Church, of which she was a member, is officiating.

Wallowa County Chieftain Jan. 17, 1980.


Ethel Fay (FISHER) DOWNING

Wallowa county native, Ethel Fay Downing, died Tues.. Nov. 28, 1995, at the Wallowa County Nursing Home where she had been a resident for 2 1/2 years. She had lived at local retirement homes from August 1991 until she entered the nursing home in May of 1993.

She was born Aug. 27, 1904, in the Leap area of Wallowa county, the daughter of Harvey James and Hattie Ellen (Bloom) Fisher. On Aug. 25, 1921, she married William McKinley Downing in Enterprise. They continued to make their home in Wallowa county. Ethel worked for several years as a finish presser at two local dry cleaning establishments. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Caring for her family was always the most important part of her life. She enjoyed working in her yard and flower beds as long as her health allowed.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Ross and Murna Downing, daughter and son-in-law, Edith and Bud Estes, all of Enterprise; grandsons, Clark Downing of Enterprise, Allen Estes of Lostine, Larry Estes and wife, Laurel of Enterprise; six great grandchildren, Tina and Terri Downing of Enterprise, Brain, Mark and Kerri Estes of Enterprise and Dean Estes of Lostine; step-granddaughter and her husband, Shawna and Zene Wilks of Wallowa; and great great step-grandson, Christopher Wilks of Wallowa; two sisters, Alta Stein and Myrtle Aleson, both of Enterprise; and many nieces and nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie, in 1969, grandson Michael Downing in 1967, brothers Willie, Harry, Bruce, Frank and Ira Fisher; and sisters, Iva Downing and Cora Freudenberg.

Services were held Sat. Dec. 2, at the Bollman Funeral Home with Rev. Jerry Raedeke officiating. Vault interment followed in the Enterprise Cemetery.

Wallowa County Chieftain Dec. 7, 1995.


Evelyn (FISHER) TAUTFEST

Evelyn Tautfest passed away at home, Oct. 2, 1985 from a prolonged illness. She was born March 7, 1943 at Enterprise to Cecil and Mildred Fisher. She married Edward Tautfest at La Grande in March 17, 1962. Her outside activities included working with Cub Scouts as a den mother and working part-time at the local Sears store. Evelyn's hobbies included gardening, camping, fishing and many more outdoor activities. She gained much strength from the Wallowa Mountains.

A dedicated wife and mother, she is survived by her husband, Ed Tautfest and two children, Daniel, who is stationed at Fort Ord, California and Deborah, who is a college student at Eastern Oregon State College; her parents, Cecil and Mildred Fisher of Enterprise; sister, Claudia Gasser of Huntington; two grandfathers, Bruce Fisher and Walter Makin, both of Enterprise.

Services were held Sat. Oct. 5, 1985 at the Bollman Funeral Home with Wayne Cook officiating. Interment followed in the Enterprise cemetery.

Wallowa County Chieftain Oct. 10, 1985.


Frank Fisher Services Saturday

Memorial services were Sat. at 2pm at the Bollman Chapel for Frank Edward Fisher, who died suddenly Wed. evening Aug. 14, 1965 at the Chief Joseph hotel in Joseph, where he had been living. Rev. Douglas T. Field of the Baptist church officiated. Casket bearers were Ben Tippett, Fred Himelwright, Wilmer Scott, Dexter Yokom, Milo Puderbaugh and Rex Payne and vault entombment was in the Enterprise cemetery. American Legion Post NO. 157 of Joseph had the committed service. Mr. Fisher was born Sept. 1896 in Union county, son of James H. and Hattie E. Fisher and had lived in Wallowa county for 66 years. He had never married. He was a veteran of W.W.I and belonged to the American Legion Post No. 157 of Joseph, AF&AM No. 123 of Lostine and Hurricane Creek Grange No. 608.

He is survived by five sisters; Mrs. Iva Downing, Mrs. Alta Stein, Mrs. Ethel Downing, and Mrs. Myrtle Aleson, all of Enterprise, and Mrs. Cora Freudenberg of Joseph; and three brothers, Harry of Spokane, Bruce and Ira both of Milton-Freewater.

Wallowa County Chieftain Aug. 19, 1965


Death Claims Guy Fisher

Guy Fisher, of Lostine, a retired grain inspector for the USDA, passed away Thursday Feb. 17, 1966 at Wallowa Memorial hospital where he had been a patient for five days. He had been in failing health for the past year. He was the son of Hiram and Emma Fisher and was born Nov. 27, 1892 in Cove. He was a veteran of WWl and belonged to St. John's American Legion Post No. 98 of Portland. He had lived in Wallowa county about 35 years.

On July 13, 1912 he was married at Enterprise to Anna Inez Graham, who died June 30,1945. On July 28, 1958 he was married at La Grande to Ida Wart who preceded him in death on Jan. 6, 1963. He is survived by one son, Jesse of Lostine; four sisters, Mrs. Landy (Nell) Ward of Enterprise, Mrs. Earnest (Stella) Colvin of Colfax, Washington, Mrs. Minnie Hodges and Mrs. John Eiffert, both of Spokane; one brother, Harry of Union; a step-son, Delbert Wart of Enterprise; nine grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

Funeral services were Monday at 2 pm at the Bollman Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Earl Eyre officiating. Freda-Bobs Hall was organist and she and Melvin Crow sang "There's A Wilderness In God's Mercy". Casket bearers were Bill Britton, Lloyd Chapman, Dee Magee, Vern Conrad, D.D. Denney and Maurice Weaver, and interment was in the Lostine cemetery.

Wallowa County Chieftain Feb. 24, 1966.


Harry L. FISHER

Harry L. Fisher, age 88, a long-time resident of Enterprise, died on Thurs. Sept. 13, 1979 at the Wallowa County Nursing Home, where he had been a resident since April. He was born April 8, 1891 in Cove, the son of James and Hattie Fisher. On Feb. 6, 1916, he was married to Mary E. Mahaffey in Enterprise. She preceded him in death on Jan. 11, 1977. A retired railroad engineer, he was also a licensed barber and a farmer. He lived in Wallowa county approx.. 40 years. He was a life member of F.O.E. of Spokane, Washington. Funeral services were held at 11am on Sat., Sept. 15, at the Bollman Chapel, with Eric Walch officiating. Vault interment was in the Enterprise cemetery. Soloist Kathy Millar sang "Old Rugged Cross" and Beyond The Sunset". Wanda Soreweide served as organist. Bearers were Ross Downing, Cecil Fisher, Don Stein, John Stein Jr.., Kenneth Stein and Myron Stein, all related to the deceased. Survivors included two brothers, Bruce Fisher of Enterprise and Ira Fisher of Milton-Freewater; three sisters, Mrs. John (Alta) Stein, Ethel Downing and Myrtle Aleson, all of Enterprise and nieces and nephews.

Wallowa County Chieftain Sept. 20, 1979.


Hazel (FISHER) EIFFERT

Funeral services were held in Central Valley, California, June 2, 1982 for Hazel Fisher Eiffert, long time resident of Enterprise and Wallowa County, who died May 30, 1982. Born in Lostine to Hiram and Emma A. Fisher, she was married to John Eiffert. For the last 20 years she had lived in Central Valley. She is survived by her husband; a sister, Stella Colvin of Arizona; a brother, Harry Fisher of Union and several nieces and nephews.

Wallowa County Chieftain June 10, 1982


Fall Is Fatal To H.S. Fisher

While helping wreck box cars at the East Oregon lumber yard Saturday, H.S. Fisher fell to the ground. He struck the back of his head on a flat car and fractured his skull and suffered other severe bruises, and was taken to the hospital unconscious. He never fully regained consciousness and passed away late Monday night.

Funeral services were held at the Booth chapel yesterday afternoon, conducted by Rev. H.G. Luscombe of the Methodist church, and burial was in the Wallowa cemetery.

Hiram Sloan Fisher was born at Tillamook, March 3, 1865, and was a son of D.C. Fisher, a native Oregonian who was near the top of the list of native sons. The family lived at Myrtle Creek at time and than came into Wallowa valley in 1874, making them among the half dozen first residents of the district which is now Wallowa county. Mr. Fisher, the father, bought the place later known as the Andy Harris home, on Wallowa river near the city of Wallowa, and lived there for about a year. Then he abandoned it and the family went to Union county where they remained many years.

Hiram Fisher was married at Cove, February 19, 1888, to Emma Rundall. They came to Wallowa county in 1909 and lived in Leap and then moved to the valley and made their home at or near Lostine some years, before moving to Enterprise. Mrs. Fisher survives her husband and there are four sons and four daughters; James E., Oscar and Harry Fisher of Enterprise and Guy Fisher of Portland, and Mrs. Minnie Luther of Colfax, Wash; Mrs. Stella Colvin of St. Johns, Wash.; Mrs. Nell Ward and Hazel Fisher of Enterprise. There are 16 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Guy Fisher hurried from Portland when he learned of his father's fatal injuries.

Mr. Fisher left four brothers; Harvey of Hurricane creek, Charles of La Grande; Guy of Mullen, Idaho; and Otis of Portland, and a sister, Mrs. Mattie Henley, lives in Portland. He also left many friends to mourn his loss.

Wallowa County Chieftain November 26, 1936


Mrs. Hiram Fisher Laid to Rest

Mrs. Hiram Fisher died at the Grande Ronde hospital in LaGrande early Monday morning. Funeral services were held from the Booth chapel Tuesday afternoon with Rev. Howard Stover of the Community church in charge. Emma Rundall was born Aug. 29, 1868, near Anamosa, Iowa. she crossed the plains to Oregon in 1876 when she was eight years old and was married at Cove to Hiram Fisher in January, 1887. Their first home was a homestead between Union and cove. In March 1908, they moved to Wallowa county which was their home until the time of her death.

Surving are four sons; James and Oscar of Enterprise, Guy of Portland, Harry of Union, five daughters; Mrs. Nellie Ward and Miss Hazel Fisher of Enterprise, Mrs. Minnie Luther of Medical Lake, Wash., Mrs. Stella Colvin of St. John, Wash., and Mrs. Charles Harmon of Pendleton; 19 grandchildren three great grandchildren. Besides her own children, Mrs. Fisher raised her grandson, Charles Harmon, a brother, Jim Rundall and Grace Wilkinson.

Wallowa County Chieftain July 10, 1947


Ida (GRAHAM) FISHER

Ida Fisher, of Lostine, died Jan. 6, 1963 at Wallowa Memorial hospital. She was the daughter of Susan and John Graham. She was born in Elgin on July 25, 1890. In 1958 she married Guy Fisher in La Grande, Oregon, who survives her. She was a member of the Christian Church and Lostine Rebekah Lodge No. 158.

Wallowa County Chieftain Newspaper dated Jan. 10, 1963


Inez LaVera (FISHER) VARNEY

Inez L. Varney, former resident of Enterprise, died March 15, 1980 at the Dalles General Hospital, The Dalles, Oregon. She was born Jan. 12, 1922 in Enterprise, Oregon and married Otis Varney on December 23, 1941. She attended the Enterprise Community church and was a member of the Lay Elks, BPOE #1829. she received her 20 year pin from the Eagle Cap Auxiliary Post #4307,VFW. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 18. Burial was in the Enterprise cemetery. Survivors include her husband, Otis of Troy; a son, Dennis L. Varney of Selhah, Washington; a daughter, Donna Aschenbrenner of Enterprise.

Wallowa County Chieftain Newspaper dated March 20, 1980


Ira FISHER

Former Wallowa county resident, Ira Fisher, 92, of Milton-Freewater died Dec. 2, 1990 at Walla Walla, Washington. He was born Oct. 4, 1898 in Island City, the son of Harvey and Hattie (Bloom) Fisher. He lived with his family in a covered wagon from Island City to Wallowa county at the age of 6 months. He grew up in Wallowa county and attended schools here. After his schooling, he began farming. On Oct. 18, 1926, he married Erma Heskett in Enterprise. The couple moved to Umapine in 1945 where they operated a dairy farm. In 1948, the family moved to Milton-Freewater where he worked for the Rogers Walla Walla cannery and than the Umatilla Cannery where he retired at the age of 72. Mr. Fisher enjoyed raising cattle, rodeos, livestock shows and visiting with friends. He was a member of the Teamsters Union No. 556.

Survivors include two daughters, Marlene Wright of Walla Walla, Washington and Virginia Smith of Santa Clara, California; brother, Bruce Fisher of La Grande; sisters, Myrtle A. Aleson, Ethel Downing and Alta Stein, all of Enterprise; six grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife on January 14, 1980. Funeral services will be held Dec. 6, today, at 11am, Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home in Milton-Freewater, with Rev. Ed Morrisch officiating.

Wallowa County Chieftain Newspaper dated Dec. 6, 1990.


Services Held For Iva Downing

Memorial services for Mrs. Frank A. Downing, who passed away at Wallowa Memorial Hospital on Friday, July 31, 1969 after being a patient for 5 months, were held Monday at 10am at the Bollman Chapel. Rev. Gary Johnson, pastor of the Wallowa Christian church officiated and Mrs. Nyda Scott was organist and soloist singing "A Golden Tomorrow" and "The Old Rugged Cross". Casket bearers were Morris and Delbert Pratt, Richard Brock, Fred Hemelwright, Elzie Makin and Jay Ward, and vault entombment was in the Enterprise cemetery.

Iva Jane Fisher was the daughter of Harvey and Hattie Fisher and was born at Cove on Nov. 1, 1887. On Nov. 1, 1905 she was married at Wallowa to Frank A. Downing, who proceeded here in death on Jan. 13, 1958. She had lived in Wallowa County for 75 years and for the past few years had lived at Alder Slope. Survivors include, one daughter, Mrs. James (Faye) Weaver of Enterprise; three brothers, Harry L. Fisher of Spokane, and Bruce and Ira Fisher, both of Milton-Freewater; three sisters, Mrs. John (Alta) Stein, Mrs. William (Ethel) Downing, and Mrs. Julius (Myrtle) Aleson, all of Enterprise; one granddaughter, Mrs. Dale (Kathryn) Tankersley of Boise, Idaho and three great grandchildren.

Wallowa County Chieftain August 7, 1969.


James Fisher Passes Suddenly At Home

James Edward Fisher passed away suddenly at his home on Alder Slope Monday evening, March 9, 1959. He had gone out to throw down hay for the cattle. When he failed to return, his wife went to look for him and found his body lying on the hay.

Funeral services are being this afternoon (Thursday) at 2 o'clock at the Bollman Funeral chapel with Rev. Al Boschee officiating. Mrs. A.L. Kintner will be organist and Kenneth E. Johnson will sing " The Old Rugged Cross" and "In the Garden". Casket bearers will be L.M. Rowe, C.R. Rowe, Ralph Makin, Eugene Johnson, Marvin Searles and Wilbur Reece, and burial will be in the Enterprise cemetery.

Mr. Fisher was born at Cove, October 18, 1889, son of Hiram and Emma Fisher and had lived in Oregon all his life, coming to Wallowa county fifty years ago. On June 21, 1913 he was married at Enterprise to Vera Draper who survives him. Besides his wife, he leaves two sons, Leland of Beaverton, and Wolvert of Enterprise; three daughters, Mrs. Otis (Inez) Varney and Mrs. Louina Sizemore of Enterprise, Mrs. Eunice Van Hourten of Union; four sisters, Mrs. Landy (Nell) Ward of Enterprise, Mrs. Ernest (Stella) Colvin of Colfax, Wash., Mrs. Minnie Hodges of Spokane, and Mrs. Charles (Hazel) Rusten, La Cross, Wash.; two brothers, Guy of Lostine and Harry of Union; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Wallowa County Chieftain March 12, 1959


Services Held For J.H. Fisher

James Harvey Fisher was born Jan. 12, 1864, the son of David and Nancy Jane Fisher, at Tillamook, Ore., and passed away Nov. 6, 1947, at the age of 83 years, 10 months. Mr. Fisher had been in failing health for two years and had been bedfast for 14 months.

He was united in marriage to Hattie Ellen Bloom Aug. 15, 1884, at Cove. To this union were born 11 children. One child passed away in infancy. Surviving are sons; Frank of Joseph, Bruce of Enterprise, Ira of Milton, Harry of Spokane, Willie of Salem; and daughters, Mrs. John Stein, Mrs. W.M. Downing and Mrs. Frank Downing of Enterprise, Mrs. W.R. Freudenberg and Mrs. Julius Aleson of Joseph; also 24 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. One sister, Mrs. May Smith of near Portland and Guy of Spokane, and one step-sister, Mrs. Belle Busick of Union, also survive.

Mr. Fisher's mother passed away when he was nine years old. He and his father and brother, Hiram, came to Wallowa county in the fall of 1875, spending the winter at the mouth of Whiskey creek. They returned to Myrtle creek the following summer, coming back to Union county in 1877 where they made their home until coming to Wallowa county in 1899.

They lived in the Leap country until 1920 when they moved to Hurricane creek where they made their home until Mrs. Fisher passed away Dec. 9, 1945. Since then Mr. fisher had made his home with his daughters the last 14 months in Enterprise with Mrs. John Stein and Mrs. W.M. Downing. He passed away in the hospital where he had been a patient for eight days.

Mr. Fisher was a kind and generous person devoted to his family and loved by all who knew him. Services were conducted by E.L. Beem of the Christian church at the chapel on Saturday afternoon at 2:30. Music was furnished by Mrs. Helen Kay and Mrs. Lois Best who sang "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Abide with Me". Pallbearers were Fred Himelwright, Tracy Puderbaugh, Willard Heskett, J.O. Blume, Elmer Roup and Charles Crow. Out-of-town relatives coming for the services were Harry Fisher of Spokane, Ira Fisher of Milton, and Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Fisher of Salem.

Wallowa County Chieftain November 13, 1947


Mrs. J.H. Fisher Answers Call

Funeral services conducted by Rev. E.L. Beem of the Christian church were held at the chapel on Tuesday afternoon for Mrs. J.H. (Harvey) Fisher, who passed away at her home in Hurricane Creek on Sunday, December 9, after an illness of only an hour. Music was by Mrs. Helen Kay and Mrs. Lois Best, who sang "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Abide with Me". Pallbearers were Fred Himelwright, Tracy Puderbaugh, Willard Heskett, Albert Childers, Elmer Roup and J.O. Blume.

Hattie Ellen Bloom was born January 13, 1863, at Cove, and had spent her entire life of 82 years in eastern Oregon. She was united in marriage to J.H. Fisher, August 15, 1884, at Union. They made their home in Union county for 20 years, coming to Wallowa county in 1904 and settling in the Leap country, where they lived for about 16 years before moving to their present home. Mrs. Fisher was the first white child born at Cove.

Mrs. Fisher was the mother of 11 children, one passing away in infancy. Surviving, besides the widower are sons; Willie of Salem, Harry of Spokane, Bruce of Enterprise, Frank at the family home, and Ira of Milton-Freewater; and daughters, Mrs. Frank Downing, Mrs. W.M. Downing and Mrs. John Stein of Enterprise, Mrs. W. R. Freudenberg of Prairie Creek, and Mrs. Julius Aleson of Joseph. There are also 24 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Mrs. Fisher was a kind and generous person, devoted to her family and loved by all who knew here. Out-of-town relatives coming for the funeral were Otis Fisher, grandson of Salem; Mrs. Hattie Wolverton, niece of Echo; and Ralph and Eugene Bloom, nephews of Salem, Willie and Harry were unable to come.

Enterprise Record Chieftain December 13, 1945


James W. Fisher

Enterprise resident, James Wolvert Fisher, 74, died Dec. 18, 1994, at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington.

"J-Dub", as he was affectionately called, was born June 21, 1920*, at Vale, the son of James E. and Vera Kyle (Draper) Fisher. After graduating from Wallowa High School in 1939, he worked with his father on Alder Slope cutting wood and helping in the family restaurant "Fisher's Cafe". On May 2, 1945, he married Margaret (Margy) Ruth Reece. she preceded him in death in 1988. After a 3 1/2 year tour of duty in France, Italy and Africa, he returned home to Wallowa County to raise his family and pursue a 32 years career with the Oregon State Highway Department. He retired in 1982 and devoted much time to his love of outdoors and wood working.

He is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Jim Fishers of Asotin, Wash., Allen and Diane Fisher of Enterprise, and Bill and Michelle Fisher of Joseph; grandsons, Jeff and Brad Fisher of Enterprise and Travis Fisher of Echo; granddaughters, Kellie Fisher of Salt Lake City, Utah and Jessi Fisher of Echo; and one brother, Leland Fisher of Hillsboro. Services will be held Thursday, Dec. 22, at 11 a.m. at the Bollman Funeral Home with private interment in the Enterprise cemetery.

(Note*: birthdate in obituary is incorrect, should be May 21, 1920)

Wallowa County Chieftain December 22, 1994


Jess C. FISHER

Jess C. Fisher, of Milton-Freewater, formerly of Lostine, Oregon, passed away December 17, 1985 at the Elzora Manor Nursing Home in Milton-Freewater at the age of 65. He was born January 27, 1920 in Lostine, the son of Guy and Anna (Graham) Fisher. He moved to Portland in 1921 where he lived and attend schools. Mr. Fisher enlisted in the US Army, serving in the Pacific during World War II. He was discharged in 1945. After his discharge he returned to Lostine for some time.

He married Ruth Bardner Doyle on January 6, 1967 in La Grande, Oregon. The couple moved to Walla Walla, Washington in 1972 and he was employed by the Eastgate County Store. He retired in 1982 due to ill health. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars #992 in Walla Walla, Washington. He is survived by his wife, Ruth at their home; a step-daughter, Mrs. Jim (Marie) Norwood of Farmington Hills, Michigan; s step-son, Gary Gardner of Salem, and 5 step grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 20, at the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home in Milton-Freewater, Oregon. Burial was in the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon.

Wallowa County Chieftain January 2, 1986.


Lloyd Leland FISHER

Lloyd Leland Fisher, 72, died Feb. 8, 1999, at his home in Hillsboro following a lengthy illness. Born Nov. 3, 1926, in Enterprise, he was one of five children born to James Edward and Vera Kyle (Draper) Fisher. Lloyd was raised and schooled in Enterprise. He left school before the end of his senior year to join the Navy during W.W.II. Following his discharge,he returned to Enterprise and finished high school. He served in the Air Force reserve, only to be called once again to active duty during the Korean War. In 1956 he moved to La Grande and in 1957 to the Beaverton/Hillsboro area. He worked for GTE for 36 years, retiring in 1989. He was an engineer in their communications division.

Lloyd and Naomi were married Jan. 5, 1994, in Hillsboro. At the time of his death, he and his wife were attending Alliance Bible Church. A former Mason at the Joseph Lodge, he also had been an active member of the Tualatin Valley Gem and Agate Club. In addition to lapidary and rock hunting, he enjoyed fishing and hunting. Survivors include his wife, Naomi Fisher of Hillsboro; daughters, Renee Fisher-Schaeffer of Seattle, Washington, and Nancy Price of Aloha; daughters and sons-in-law Denita and Joe Ware of Stayton and LaRee and Jerry DeBusk of Redmond; sons Dan Leis of Cloverdale, Todd Holt and Tom Spicer of Hillsboro, David Fisher and wife Gay of Vancouver, Washington, Douglas Fisher and wife Sandi of Hillsboro, and Michael Holt and wife Judy of Keizer. Other survivors include nephews, Jim Fisher of Asotin, Wash., Allyn and Diana Fisher of Enterprise and Bill and Michelle Fisher of Hermiston; niece Vera and Manford Isley of Enterprise; son-in-law Bob Turner of Beaverton; 22 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Private services were held Feb. 8, 1999, with Pastor Bud Makus officiating.

Wallowa County Chieftain February 18, 1999


Margaret Fisher

Margaret "Margy" Fisher, Enterprise, died Saturday, Aug. 20, 1988 at Tri-State Memorial Hospital in Clarkston, Wash. She was born Margaret Ruth Reece, Dec. 26, 1923, to Lacy and Ruth Reece in Enterprise. A lifelong resident of Enterprise, on May 2, 1945 she married James W. Fisher in Enterprise. She was a homemaker and retail sales clerk for many years and loved sewing and home crafting for her family.

She is survived by her husband, J.W. of Enterprise; sons, Jim Fisher of Asotin, Wash., Allen Fisher and Bill Fisher, both of Enterprise; grandchildren, Kelly, Jeff, Brad, Jessi, and Travis; brothers, Dean Reece and Wilbur Reece of Hermiston, Bill Reece of North Carolina, Larry Reece of Walla Walla, and Wade Reece of Sumner, Wash.; sisters, Milly Garland of Walla Walla and Mary Jo Cantrell of Sumner, Wash. she was preceded in death by one sister, Helen of Athena. Graveside services were held Tuesday, Aug. 23, 1988 at the Enterprise cemetery.

Wallowa County Chieftain August 25, 1988


Mary Fisher Passes Away

Mary E. Fisher of Enterprise, passed away Tues.. Jan. 11, 1977 at the La Grande Nursing Center where she had been a resident for two years. Mrs. Fisher had been a resident of Enterprise for approx.. 30-35 years. Funeral services will be conducted Fri. Jan. 14, at 2 p.m. at the Bollman Funeral Chapel. Interment will be in the Enterprise cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Harry L. Fisher of Enterprise; niece Cressie Bonner-Green and a nephew, Virgil Weaver, both of Enterprise and other relatives. A complete obituary will appear in next week's Chieftain.

Wallowa County Chieftain Jan. 13, 1977

"Memorial Services"

Memorial services were held Jan. 14, at the Bollman Chapel in Enterprise for Mary E. Fisher who passed away Jan. 11, 1977 at the La Grande Nursing Center. Eric Walch officiated. Cliff Collinsworth sang "Old Rugged Cross" and "Beyond The Sunset". Jeanette Powers was organist. Pallbearers were Ross Downing, Cecil Fisher, Myron Stein, Don Stein, John Stein and Kenneth Stein. Vault interment was in the Enterprise cemetery. Mrs. Fisher was born at St.. Paul, Arkansas on July 25, 1887. Survivors included her husband, Harry L. Fisher of Enterprise; Cressie Bonner-Green, a niece, and Virgil Weaver, a nephew, both of Enterprise.

Wallowa County Chieftain Jan. 20, 1977.


Nellie Maud (FISHER) WARD

Nell Fisher Ward, a lifetime resident of Wallowa CO., died April 26, 1981, at Wallowa Memorial hospital. She was 80 years old. The daughter of Hiram and Emma Rundall fisher, she was born Sept. 18, 1902 in Lostine. On March 14, 1923, she married Landy Orlando Ward in Enterprise.

Graveside services will be Thursday April 30, at 2 pm in the Enterprise cemetery. The Rev. Dennis Schmidt is to officiate. Interment will follow. Mrs. Ward is survived by her son, Jay Clifton of Enterprise, a brother Harry Fisher of Union, six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice in Mrs. Ward's name. Arrangements were made by Bollman Funeral Home.

Wallowa County Chieftain April 30, 1981.


Oscar Fisher Dies Suddenly

Relatives here have received word that Oscar Fisher, 63, passed away suddenly with a heart attack on Thanksgiving Day at the home of his nephew's in Caldwell, Idaho. He is survived by three brothers, Jim of Alder Slope, Guy of Lostine, Harry of Union; and four sisters, Mrs. Landy (Nell) Ward, Mrs. Minnie Hodges of Spokane, Mrs. Hazel Knutson and Ms. Stella Colvin of Colfax, Wash. Burial was in the Wallowa cemetery.

Wallowa County Chieftain Dec. 11, 1958


Valda Louina (FISHER) SIZEMORE

Valda Louina Sizemore died Nov. 9, 1994, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Walla Walla, Washington. She was born January 9, 1918, the daughter of James E. and Vera K. (Draper) Fisher. On October 4, 1976, she married Roy L. Sizemore at Elko, Neveda. He preceded her in death on June 27, 1985. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Vera and Manford Isley; four grandchildren, Stephen Isley of Joseph, Nancy Parker of Athena, Brain Isley of Lostine, and Sandra Isley of Eltopia, Washington; six great grandchildren; brothers, Wolvert Fisher of Enterprise and Leland Fisher of Hillsboro; nieces and nephews; two step-sons and their families, "Buddy" Dodson of Pasco, Washington and Kyle Dodson of Eugene. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Eunice Warren and Inez Varney, Cody Dodson. At her request, a private family service was held Saturday, November 12, at the Bollman Funeral Home. Interment followed at the Enterprise Cemetery.

Wallowa County Chieftain November 27, 1994.


Vera K. Fisher

Vera Kyle Fisher died Feb. 14, 1990, at the Wallowa County Nursing Home in Enterprise. She was born Nov. 21, 1895, at LaGrande, the daughter of Judson W. and Frances (Baldwin) Draper. One June 21, 1913, she married James E. Fisher in Enterprise. He preceded her in death on March 9, 1959.

As a young girl, attending school in Lostine, she won the state spelling bee. Mrs. fisher was a homemaker and a member of the VFW Auxiliary. She and her husband farmed and later owned and operated two different restaurants. They also operated the Enterprise Little Store for several years.

Survivors include two sons, Wolvert of Enterprise, and Leland of Hillsboro; one daughter, Louina Sizemore of Enterprise; nine grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, and six great great grandchildren. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by two daughters and one brother.

Family services were held at the Bollman Funeral Home Feb. 17. Private interment was in the Enterprise cemetery. Memorials may be made in care of the Bollman Funeral Home in Enterprise.

Wallowa County Chieftain February 22, 1990


Willie Fisher Laid To Rest

Willie Cyrus Fisher, a long-time resident of Wallowa County, died suddenly Monday, April 26, at the Blue Lake Creamery at West Salem following a heart attack. Willie, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Harvey Fisher was born in Island City, Sept. 15, 1889, and came with his parents to Wallowa County when he was a small boy. He was married May 27, 1924 to Pearl M. Heskett, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. F.W. Heskett.

They farmed in Wallowa county until 1919, moving from here to Echo where they resided for 10 years. From Echo, they moved to Salem where they lived until his death. Surviving are the widow; two daughters, Mrs. Harold Ogren of Wenachee, Washington, and Mrs. Rae Martins of Montesano, Washington; three sons, Harold of Eugene, Willie Otis of Salem and Robert Russell, state patrol officer of Grants Pass; four brothers, Frank of Joseph, Bruce of Enterprise, Ira of Milton, and Harry of Spokane; five sisters, Cora Freudenberg of Joseph, Iva Downing, Ethel Downing, Myrtle Aleson and Alta Stein, all of Enterprise; also nine grandchildren and three step- grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Salem with many relatives from here attending. His sister, Mrs. William Downing and Mrs. W.R. Freudenberg went from Enterprise. Mrs. Fisher's sister, Mrs. Maude Childers, went from Imnaha; two brothers, Harry of Spokane and Ira of Milton, were present, and Mrs. Bruce Fisher, sister-in-law, also went for the funeral. Mrs. Albert Childers is remaining in Salem for awhile to care for her sister, who is suffering from severe shock.

Wallowa County Chieftain May 6, 1948.

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