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Union Co., OR AGHP

Wallowa and Union County


Contributed by Jim Huffman/Roberta Still and Yvonne M. Huffman

Alice (Ames) Huffman = Mrs. Sopia Ames Arnel Huffman
Ed Huffman John Huffman Johnara (Huffman) Fisher =
Lester Huffman Mary (Huffman) Kuykendall = Mrs. Marshall HUFFMAN
Priscilla HUFFMAN Rose (Bird) Huffman Sam Huffman
Sylvia (Graves) Huffman Victor Huffman Vina Huffman

 Horrible Accident

Ed Huffman, who resides a few miles north of this city with his father, was the victim of a terrible accident Sunday morning. He, in company with Frank Shorter, was running a band of horses on a hillside when his horse slipped and fell to the ground with him. The unfortunate victim fell beneath the horse and they slid down the hill several feet. Huffman was immediately taken to his fathers house and Dr. Clouchek was sent for. When the Dr. arrived at the home he found the boy terribly mangled. An examination disclosed the fact that he had a fractured skull, a broken nose, both upper and lower jaw bones broken, two ribs broken, an eye almost torn from its socket and internal injuries. Dr. Clouchek rendered all the surgical aid possible but at the present writing the victim has a poor chance of recovering.

Elgin Recorder Friday
November 20, 1903


        Mrs. Marshall Huffman of La Grande, formerly of Union, died at Hot Lake January 21, 1931, after a long illness.  She had been a patient there for about two years.

        Deceased was a native of Cove and was aged 57 years, 7 months and 14 days.  For a number of years the family lived on a ranch south of Union.  She is survived by husband, son and brothers and sisters.

Oregon Trail Weekly
North Powder News
Jan 30, 1931

Transcribed by Charlotte Carper


Death of Priscilla Huffman Occurs November 6.

The death of Mrs. Priscilla Huffman, occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jacob Long, a few miles north of this city Monday, November 6, 1905, and marks the passing of another of Union county's pioneers to that unknown country. Priscilla Huffman, whose maiden name was Harris, was born in North Carolina, March 19, 1819, and was therefore 86 years, 7 months and 17 days old at the time of her death. When four years old she moved from her native state with her parents to Virginia, in which state she was married to John Huffman in 1836. In 1865 she came to Oregon with her husband and family and settled about four miles south of Elgin, on Indian creek, and has made her home in this immediate vicinity ever since.

Deceased was the mother of fourteen children. Those who survive her are Joseph and S. H. Huffman, of Elgin; John Huffman, of Wallowa county; Mrs. Wm. Gorden and Mrs. Mary Long, of Elgin; Mrs. Margaret and Mrs. Eliza Hayden, of California. She also leaves a brother, Joseph Harris, in this city to mourn her loss, and thirty seven grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren besides numerous other relatives.

Coming to Union county in 1865, she was one of our oldest pioneers and was known and highly respected by a host of friends. She had been a life long member and earnest worker of the Primitive Baptist church.

The funeral services were conducted in the Presbyterian church of this city by Elder G. E. Mayfield and the interment occurred in the city cemetery.

Elgin Recorder Friday
November 10, 1905

Arnel R. Huffman

     Arnel R. Huffman, age 81 Sunnyside resident since 1924, passed away Sunday, at a local hospital.  Born at Elgin, Oregon, he spent most of his early life on a homestead on Big Sheep Creek, in eastern Oregon.  A carpenter, he farmed and followed his trade, working on many Sunnyside houses and buildings.  He was a charter member of the Assembly of God in Sunnyside.
     Survivors include his wife, Sylvia, and son, Robert of Sunnyside; a daughter, Mrs Thelma Bain, Mill City, Oregon; a brother, Lester of LaGrande, two sisters Mrs. Sidney Kidd, of Richland and Mrs. Wealthy Crisp, of Cove, Oregon, also seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.
     Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 19, 2:00 P.M. in the Neighborhood Chruch of the Assemblies of God, with Rev. R. Dean Young officiating.  Burial will be in the Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, with Walter C. Ball & Son in charge of arrangements


     Died – of agrippe at Dive, Or. Feb. 24,  Mrs. Sopia Ames, mother of Mrs. J. W. Huffman.  The remains were laid to rest in the Prairie Creek cemetery the following day.  All relatives and friends of the decease extend their thanks to the citizens of Prairie Creek for their assistance during the illness and burial.

Copied from the Huffman family Bible.  F. A. P. 7/9/98




     With the passing of John W. Huffman, familiarly known as “Dad Huffman” Sunday at his home on Big Sheep creek the last member of a family of the early pioneers of Union county is gone and it also marks the passing of one of the best known cowboys of the west.  Two years ago, when he was 81 years old, Mr. Huffman rode on the range for the last time but even a year later he attended the Stockmens convention which was held at John Day.  At the Stockmens convention held at Enterprise two years ago he was introduced as the oldest active cowboy in the state.
     Mr. Huffman was also very hospitable, and the old trail which led from Joseph to Imnaha passed his house and his house was the stopping place of all making that two day journey.
     John W. Huffman was born in Milan, Missouri on January ??, 18?1 and was one of a family of seven children when in 1807 crossed the plains and _____________ Indian creek in Union County.  There John came to manhood and married Alice ____ Ames.
     In 1871 they came to Wallowa county and took a homestead on Big Sheep which is a part of his present holdings. Having engaged in stock raising he has bought up much of the adjoining land.
     To them were born ten children two of whom are dead.
     Mrs. Huffman died three years ago and since that time their daughter, Mrs. Mary ________has kept house for him.
     The eight living children are: Arnold and Mrs. Walter Fisher of Sunnyside Wash., Mrs. Wren Crisp of ____Oreg., Mrs. Sidney Kid of Santa Barbara, Calif., Lester, Sam, Victor and Mrs. _______ of Wallowa county.  He is also survived by 31 grandchildren.
     Funeral services were held in the Joseph Methodist church Tuesday with Rev. Archer in charge and burial was in the Prairie creek cemetery.


      Lester Cecil Huffman, who had lived in Wallowa County since he was two years of age and who was a retired rancher, passed away April 7, 1963 in a LaGrande hospital where he had been a patient for a few days.  He had been in failing health for the past two months and was being cared for at Hot Lake.
     He was the son of John W. and Alice Huffman and was born September 27, 1882 on Cricket Flat near Elgin.  For many years he was a rancher on the Divide east of Joseph.
     Among his survivors are four daughters:  Mrs. Clyde Sherman, of Pueblo, Colo., another daughter whose name and address are unknown at this writing, Mrs. William (Georgia) Pena, of Eureka, Calif., and Mrs. Doyle (Judy) Cary, of Klamath Falls, one son, Jack W., of Joseph; two sisters; Mrs. Sydney Kidd, Pasco, Wash., and Mrs. Wren (Welthy) Crisp, of Cove; eleven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
     Memorial services will be tomorrow (Friday) at 2 p.m. at the Bollman Chapel, with Rev. LeRoy A. Brownell officiating.  Mrs. Robert Sorweide will be organist, and Mrs. Dan DeBoic will sing; “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Rock of Ages”.
     Casket bearers will be:  Harold Lathrop, Fred Bird, Clyde Simons, Jeff Huffman, Henry Bird and Nide Huffman, and interment will be in the Prairie Creek cemetery.


      As a shock to her family and friends Mrs. Sam Huffman, of Imnaha passed away very suddenly at the hospital Saturday morning.  March 29, 1952 following an illness of two days.
     Funeral services conducted by the Booth-Bollman Funeral Home were held Tuesday, April 1 at 2 p.m. from the Wallowa Christian Church with Rev. O. W. Jones officiating.  Music was furnished by members of the choir who sang Rock of Ages and Going Down the Valley.  Interment was in the Wallowa Cemetery and acting pallbearers were Casey Williamson, Tuff Lathrop, Ord Wortman, A. L. Buckett, Jack Denney and Bern Colvin.
     Rose Maude Bird, daughter of John and Nellie Bird, was born in Hood River, Ore. December 23 1902.  In 1919 she was married at Vale, Ore. To Sam Huffman.  Prior to her marriage she had lived with her family at Hood River, Vale and John Day, Ore., and after her marriage she and her husband came to Wallowa county in make their home.  She was a member of the Christian Church.
     Surviving to mourn the loss of this loved one are one daughter, Annitta and three sons, Robbin, Sammie and John, of Imnaha, and a son William of Wallowa: two sisters, Haille Kooken, Pocatello Ida., and Carrie Houghin, of Keith Ore., four brothers, Clifford Bird, Walla Walla, Fred and Henry Bird, of Joseph, and Max Bird of Mount Vernon, Ore. Mrs. Huffman was preceded in death by one son Jimmy who passed away three years ago.


     Samuel Grover Huffman, 66, a retired farmer living in Cove the past eight months, died in a LaGrande hospital Saturday.  Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Wallowa Christian church by the Dempsey Snodgrass Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. O. W. Jones officiating.  Burial will be in the Wallowa cemetery.
     Mr. Huffman was born in Joseph in 1892 and lived most of his life in Wallowa county.
     He is survived by four sons, John of Cove, Robert of Izec, Ore., William of Cove, and Samuel Jr., also of Cove; one daughter, Mrs. Anita Perry of Four Lakes, Wash., brothers, Arnel Huffman of Sunnyside, Wash; Lester Huffman of Cove, Sidney Kidd of California; Johnora Fisher of Summerville and Wealthy Crisp of Cove; and seven grandchildren. Samuel Huffman died in 1958.


          Funeral services are being conducted this afternoon at two o’clock by the Booth-Bollman funeral home at the Joseph Methodist Church for Victor Huffman, who passed away at his home in Joseph Monday, July 16, 1956 after seven years of failing health.
     The Rev. John Munsey will officiate, and Mrs. Jean Dawson will be organist.  Mrs. Dan ___ Boie and Mrs. Orval Willcox will sing “Beyond the Sunset” and “What A Friend We Have In Jesus”.  Casket bearers will be Clyde Simmons, David Warnock, S. W. Begley, A. L. Duckett, _____ Warnock, and Wilmer Scott and burial will be in the Prairie Creek cemetery.
     Mr. Huffman was the son of John W. and Wilmer Scott and burial will be in the Prairie Creek cemetery.
     Mr. Huffman was the son of John W. and Alice Huffman and was born near Elgin April 2, 1884. On October 30, 1904 he was married at Elgin to Miss Vina Huffman.  He had lived in the county for the past 72 years and was a stockman.
     He leaves his wife, Vina, at the home in Joseph; five sons Don, Jeff, Nide, and Jerry, of Imnaha, and Joe of Joseph; five daughters; Mrs. Fred (Alice) Bird, Mrs. Henry (Stella) Bird and Mrs Mervin (Mary) Horner of Joseph, and Jeanette and Arlene Huffman, of Imnaha; three brothers; Arnold, Sunnyside Wash., Lester, of Enterprise, and Sam, of John Day; three sisters Mrs. Sidney Kidd, Santa Barbara, Calif., Mrs. Genora Fisher, Summerville, and Mrs. Wealthy Crisp, of Baker; 14 grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren.


     Mrs. Vina Priscilla Huffman, who had lived in and near Joseph since 1904, passed away on Sunday, February 4, 1968 at the Valley View Manor in LaGrande where she had been for about a month.  She had been in failing health or the past four or five years.
     She was born November 20, 1888 in Elgin, daughter of Seebert and Adeline Huffman, and was married there in 1904 to Victor O. Huffman, who passed away in July 1956.  She was a member of the Baptist Church.
     Survivors include five daughters, Mrs. Fred (Alice) Bird, Mrs. Estella Bird, Mrs. Mervin (Mary) Horner and Mrs. Clyde (Jeanette) Simmons, all of Joseph, and Mrs. Earl (Arlene) Avery of Gladstone; five sons, Don, Joe and Jeff, all of Enterprise, and Nide and Jerry, both of Joseph; one sister, Mrs. David (Estella) Scott, of Wallowa; 19 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.


Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside

     SUNNYSIDE --  Sylvia E. (Graves ) Huffman, 97, of West Edison, Sunnyside, died Monday in Sunnyside Community Hospital.
     She was born in Amber, Mich.  In 1902 her family moved to Herrick, Mich., and, in 1909, to Joseph, Ore.  She attended school in Joseph and later taught school there.
     On Nov. 15, 1918, she and Arnel Huffman were married in Joseph. They moved in 1924 to Sunnyside, where he worked as a carpenter. Mr. Huffman died March 17, 1963.
     Mrs. Huffman was a charter, active member of Neighborhood Assembly of God Church of Sunnyside.  She taught Sunday school for many years and was organist and pianist for the children’s division.  She was active in the women’s ministries of the church.
     Survivors include two stepchildren, Robert Huffman of Sunnyside and Thelma Bain of Staton, Ore., six grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.
     The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Smith Funeral Home chapel, Sunnyside.  Burial will be in  _______Valley Memorial_________________________.


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