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Alma Violet (McCulloch) HEARING

 Annie M. (Keeler) HEARING


David Henry HEARING








Ruth Genevieve (Breshears) HEARING


 Alma Hearing of 423 Sac Annex, died Wed., August 30th, at the local hospital at the age of 63.

 Mrs. Hearing was born September 10, 1888 at San Francisco, Calif. the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John
McCulloch.  She moved with her family to Northeastern Oregon in 1889.  On October 6, 1915 she was married to
Merle V. Hearing at Enterprise.  She lived most of her life in Wallowa and moved to La Grande in 1961.  Hearing
preceded his wife in death July 5, 1963.  She was also preceded in death by one son, Harold Hearing on Oct. 3,

 Mrs. Hearing was a member of Hope Chapter No. 13 Order of Eastern Star and the American Legion Auxiliary.
 Survivors include a son, Ross Hearing of La Grande; a daughter Marie Sprague Zamzow, Joseph; a brother, John
C. McCulloch, Creswell, Ore.; 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

 Funeral services will be held on Fri., September 1, at 1:00 at Daniels Valley Funeral Chapel with Rev. Jack
MacLeod officiating.  Vault interment will follow at the prairie Creek Cemetery at Joseph at 4:00.

The Observer, Thursday, 31 August 1972, Page 3.

Donated by  Robert C. Bull

Early Settler Laid to Rest

 Funeral services were Tuesday morning, February 27 from the Booth-Bollman Chapel at 10 o'clock for Mrs. David
H. Hearing, who passed away in Yakima, Washington Saturday, February 24, 1951.  Rev. Lyle J. Haines officiated
and Mrs. R. D. Kay accompanied by Mrs. W. F. Craig, sang "Beyond the Sunset" and "The City Foursquare".
Pallbearers were grandchildren of the deceased.  Interment was in the Wallowa cemetery.  Services were also held
Monday at Toppenish, Washington where she had made her home.

 Annie M. Keeler, daughter of Alozo[Alonzo] and Mary Keeler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota July 15,
1862.  When only five years of age she and her family crossed the plains and settled in Oregon.  On December 29,
1879 she was married at Summerville, Oregon to David H. Hearing who preceded her in death eleven years ago.
She and her husband moved near Wallowa in 1883 where they lived until 1921.  They then moved to Freewater,
Oregon, living there until 1944 when they moved to Toppenish, Washington.

 Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Gertrude McFetridge of Enterprise, Mrs. Etta Roberts and Mrs. H. R. (Leo)
Shintaffer of Satus, Washington, and Mrs. Lennie Weathers of Freewater, Oregon; one son, Fred Hearing of
Wallowa; one sister, Mrs. Ida Bloom of Echo, Oregon; 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and one
great-great-grandchild.  A son passed away in 1907 and another son, Harry C. in 1949.

Wallowa County Chieftain,
Thursday, 1 March 1951, Front Page.

Donated by:
 Robert C. Bull

Clara Hearing

 Clara Hearing, 80, died Thursday, Jan. 4, at Elzora Manor in Milton-Freewater.

 A funeral service was held this afternoon at Bollman Funeral Home, Enterprise.  Private vault interment was held
at Wallowa Cemetery.

 Mrs. Hearing was born Jan. 31, 1909, in Spokane to John and Dorothy (Briscoe) White.  She married Fred Hearing
July 11, 1933, at Pasco, Wash.

 Survivors include her daughter, Lennie Rice, Hutchinson, Kan.; sister Juliet Moore, San Pedro, Calif.; three
grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

 Memorial contributions may be made to the CowBelles Scholarship Fund in care of Bollman Funeral Home,

The Observer,
Tuesday, 9 Jan 1990, Page 8.

Donated by:
 Robert C. Bull

Wallowa Pioneer Dies in Umapine

WALLOWA (Special) - Funeral services were held in Wallowa Thursday afternoon at the Methodist Episcopal church for David H. Hearing, 81, a Wallowa pioneer, who died Aug. 29 at his home hear Umapine after a lingering illness. He was born in Texas in 1858 and came to Linn county, Oregon, in 1862, to Summerville in 1877 and in 1884 came to Wallowa county. He homesteaded the place adjoining the Glen Sherod farm in Middle valley.

He left Wallowa 20 years ago and had since lived near Umapine. He is survived by his widow Anna M. Hearing and by four daughters and two sons.

He was buried in the Wallowa cemetery beside a son, Owen, who died here in 1907.

La Grande Evening Observer
Thursday, September 7, 1939
Page 2

Submitted by: Tom Childers


 George A. Hearing passed away at his home in Minam Feb. 3, 1941.  He had not been in good health for many
years.  Monday morning his wife arose to build the fires and returning to the room found her husband had

 He was born in Linn county, near Sweet Home to George and Mary Hearing, Oct. 7, 1868, and lived there until a
lad of 16 years when the family moved to Union county.  In 1884 his parents came to Wallowa county,
homesteading in the Leap country northeast of Wallowa, where the family lived many years.

 He was married to Ila L. Henderson Dec. 23 1898[1897].  She survives and there are three children; Mrs. Icel
Gawith of Baker; Mrs. Violet Allen of Wallowa, and Gerald Hearing of Minam.  There are four sisters and one
brother; Mrs. Eliza Crossler and Mrs. Maud Wood of Lostine, Mrs. Effie Dalkey and Mrs. May Leaper at
Medford, and Merle Hearing of Wallowa.  There are five grandchildren and one great grandchild.

 Mr. Hearing possessed a kindly disposition and had a host of friends through the county.

 The remains were laid to rest in the family lot in the Lostine cemetery.  Services were held at the graveside
Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. Arvil Hurt of Wallowa officiating.

Enterprise Record Chieftain,
Thursday, 6 February 1941, Page 6.

Donated by:
 Robert C. Bull

George W. Hearing

George W. Hearing, son of Samuel and Susanah Hearing, was born in Porter county, Indiana, April 27, 1836, and died at his home in Wallowa, Oregon, April 26, 1918, having just one day less than 82 years.

When but a boy his parents moved to Putnam county Mo., where George grew to manhood and entered upon life's work. Here he was married in 1855 to Miss Margarette Cooper. To them were born three children of whom one David M. Hearing of Chico, Oregon, still lives.

In 1862, Mr. Hearing and family came to Linn County, Oregon. Here his wife died and in 1865 he was married to Miss Cora Connor. To this union were born 11 children, of whom three have passed to rest and eight live. They are Mrs. Alice Payne of Deschutes, Oregon, George W. Hearing, Mrs. May Behrene, Mrs. Effie Hammock, and Merlin V. Hearing of Wallowa, Oregon. Mrs. Mattie Anderson, Summerville, Oregon and Mrs. George Childers and Mrs. Maude Childers of Lostine, Oregon. Besides these 9 children, one brother, D.B. Hearing of Portland, Oregon and one sister, Mrs. J.W. Emmons of Enterprise, Ore., and his wife of 53 years, left to cherish his memory. All this large family except one brother and daughter few of the more distant relatives were present for the funeral services.

Mr. Hearing was one of the pioneers of Oregon having crossed the plains in the old days of the immigrant train. After contributing his part to the building up of the Willamette valley, in 1884 he came with his family to Wallowa County where he has since resided.

He was a man of sterling worth, honest in his dealings with his fellow man and loyal to his conception of right. He was held in high esteem by all who knew him. He has labored long on life's tasks, reared a large family added his portion to the development of the land and now rests from his labors.

He was a man of large physical powers until the 17th of July when he suffered from a broken hip which never healed. From that time to his death, he suffered untold pains and constant confinement to his bed. He was patient in it all. His good wife and children have stood by his ride and most tenderly cared for and aided him in his days of affliction.

The funeral services were conducted by Jasper Bogue of the Christian church. Short services were held at the house at 12:30 Sunday and then at the Lostine cemetery continued and interment made there.

Wallowa County Reporter May 1, 1918

Gerald C. Hearing

ENTERPRISE - Gerald C. Hearing, 67, a retired woodsman and sawmill worker, passed away Tuesday, November 19, at a hospital in La Grande where he had been a patient for only a short time. He had been a patient at La Grande nursing home since 1964.

Mr. Hearing was the son of George A. and Ila Hearing and was born April 12, 1901, at Lostine. He had lived in the Wallowa area all of his life. Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Violet Allen and Mrs. Icel Brooks, both of Wallowa; and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are today (Thursday) at 2 p.m. at the Bollman Chapel with Rev. Gary Johnson officiating. Interment will be in the Lostine cemetery.

La Grande, Oregon
Thursday, November 21, 1968
Page 11

Submitted by: Tom Childers

Harry Hearing Answers Call

 Harry C. Hearing, the son of an Oregon Pioneer family, passed away  suddenly following a cerebral hemorrhage
at his home in Zillah, Wash., on Feb. 10.

 He was born July 28, 1889, at Wallowa, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dave Hearing, who lived in Wallowa County for
more than 37 years.

 For several years he ran the Wool Growers warehouse at Evans.  In addition he owned and operated a large stock
ranch on Mud Creek.

 Owing to failing health, he sold the ranch two years ago and moved to Zillah, Wash., where he purchased land
and became a successful potato grower.

 Survivors include his wife, Victoria; two sons, David H. of Pendleton and William A. of Portland; one daughter,
Mrs. Viola Malloy of La Grande; his mother, Mrs. Anna Hearing of Toppenish; four sisters, Mrs. H. R. Shintaffer
and Mrs. J. A. Roberts both of Toppenish; Mrs. William Weathers of Freewater and Mrs. Alvin McFetridge of
Enterprise; one brother, Fred Hearing of Wallowa; six grandchildren and a host of friends.

 Funeral services were held in Hopkins mortuary at Toppenish on Feb. 12.  Interment was in Zillah cemetery.

Wallowa County Chieftain,
Thursday, 17 February 1949, Front page.

Donated by:
 Robert C. Bull


 Harold Vandon Hearing, 48, general parts manager for Inland Machinery, and resident of 2702 N. Birch, died

 Services will be at the Crippin and Daniels Chapel Tuesday at 2 p.m.  Dr. Louis Samson will officiate, and burial
will be in Grandview cemetery under the auspices of the Elks Lodge No. 433.

 Born in Wallowa, Hearing had resided in La Grande for 30 years.  He was a member of BPOE No. 433,
secretary-treasurer of Inland Machinery; and a World War II Veteran.

 Survivors include his widow,. Ruth; two sons, Gordon and Robert; his mother, Mrs. Alma Hearing; one brother,
Ross Hearing, all of La Grande; one sister, Marie Sprague of Joseph; and one nephew, Terry Sprague of Boise,

La Grande Observer, Monday, 3 October 1966, Page 7.

Donated by  Robert C. Bull

Merland Hearing, 72, Dies in La Grande

 Merland V. Hearing, 72, retired resident of 2606 North Birch St., died Friday at a local hospital.
 Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Daniels Funeral Home.  Rev. Danny Pyles will officiate and burial
follows in the Joseph cemetery at 2 p.m.

 Born near Lostine, Mr. Hearing had lived in La Grande for two years.

 Survivors are the widow, Mrs. Alma Hearing, La Grande; two sons, Ross and Harold Hearing both of La Grande;
a step-daughter, Mrs. Marie Sprague, Joseph; and five grandchildren.

La Grande Observer, Saturday, 6 July 1963, Page 5.

Donated by
Robert C. Bull

Enterprise Native Succumbs at Hospital

 Myrtle I. Hearing of Enterprise passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 1975 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital following
several months of ill health.

 She was the daughter of pioneer parents, Nicholas and Mary Ownbey and was born in Enterprise on Aug. 25,
1890.  She lived here until 1928 when she moved to Walla Walla, Wash., to live with a sister, Mrs. Ora Bookout.
Later Mrs. Hearing, with her sister, moved to Portland where they made their home.  After the death of her sister,
she lived with a nephew, Don Bookout of Portland.  Being in failing health, Mrs. Hearing came to Enterprise to be
with her daughter, Oretta Clegg, and a younger sister, Alta McFetridge.  She was a member of the Christian
Church of Walla Walla.

 After a three weeks stay in the hospital in November, Mrs. Hearing enjoyed being home with the grandchildren
and great-grandson for Christmas festivities, highlighted by one grandson David, on navy leave from Midway
Island, being present.

 Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Oretta) Clegg of Enterprise; two sisters, Mrs. John (Alta) McFetridge
of Enterprise and Mrs. Elmer (Hattie) McFetridge of Salem; four grandchildren, Jim Clegg of Tigard, Ron and
Debbie Clegg of Enterprise and Dave Clegg in the Navy; one great-grandson, Deron Clegg of Tigard; nieces and

 Memorial services were Friday at 2 p.m. at the Bollman Chapel with Rev. Joe Jewitt officiating.  Organist was
Jeannette Powers and soloist was Clifford Collinsworth who sang "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Precious Lord,
Take My Hand".  Casket bearers were: Hoke Ollis, Floyd Kennedy, Delbert Pratt, Clifford Whitmore, Gordon
Arnhart and Wayne McFetridge; and vault interment was in the Enterprise Cemetery.

Wallowa County Chieftain,
Thursday, 8 January 1976, Page 8.

Donated by
Robert C. Bull

Ruth  Hearing

 Ruth Genevieve Hearing, 79, La Grande, died Monday, May 15, 1995 at Grande Ronde Hospital.

 A service for Mrs. Hearing will be at the Grandview Cemetery at 11 a.m. Friday.  Friends may call at Daniels
Chapel of the Valley on Thursday until 8 p.m.

 Mrs. Hearing was born on May 8, 1916, to Jesse and Mary Ann (Glasson) Breshears in Elgin.  She attended
schools in Elgin and later graduated from La Grande High School.  She married Harold V. Hearing on April 4, 1946.
He died on Oct. 7, 1966.

 She worked as a deputy sheriff along with her father, who was sheriff at the time.

 Mrs. Hearing was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, the Emblem Club, the Eagles Auxiliary and was active
with a bowling league.  She became a charter member of the Grande Ronde Bird Club in 1977.  She loved hunting,
fishing, mushrooming and the mountains, and her flowers and garden.

 Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Gordon and Regina Hearing of Cove, and Robert and Linda
Hearing of Milwaukie; grandchildren, Jamie, Cody and Matthew, all of La Grande; a sister, Bessie Geiger of
Klamath Falls; and other friends and relatives.

 Her brothers, Richard and Buss Breshears, and a sister, Anna Dougherty, died earlier.

 Memorial contributions may be made to the Grande Ronde Bird Club, P.O. Box 29, La Grande, 97850.

The Observer, Wednesday, 17 May 1995, Page 9.

Donated by   Robert C. Bull

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