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Mr. Landers

We learn that a man, living on the Imnaha named Landers, accidentally shot himself Wednesday and bled to death from the effect of the wound. We failed to get the particulars.

The Aurora November 1, 1895

Called by Mother's Death

L. G. Seaton received a telegram on Tuesday, telling of the death of his mother, Mrs. Mary Larkins, in Portland. She was in Enterprise and later in Wallowa during this year, and left two months ago for Portland with her daughter, Mrs. George Scheufield, who remained with her to the last. At first the change of climate seemed to benefit her, but the heart trouble from which she was suffering returned with greater severity and caused her death. She was 56 years old, and had two children, Mrs. Scheufield and Mr. Seaton. The body will be buried in Portland.

Enterprise Record Chieftain
Thursday, October 3, 1918

Child of Cal Larm

The little son of Mr. and Mrs. Cal Larm died Wednesday morning of Influenza. Funeral services under direction of Rev. Pratt under regulations governing contagious cases.

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday November 7, 1918

J. F. Laverty Dies at North Bend

Word was received that J. F. Laverty died at North Bend, Oregon on Tuesday of this week. Mr. Laverty was a resident of Lostine until April of last year when he located in western Oregon. The funeral will be held in Portland on Saturday and interment will be made there. He was a member of the Lostine Lodge I.O.O.F. A son, Glen Laverty, resides at Lostine.

Wallowa County Reporter August 23, 1917

Oscar Law

George Law received news of the death of his father, Oscar Law at Lincoln, Nebr. Saturday and left for that place Sunday. The old gentleman was 78 years old and a veteran of the civil war. Both he and his wife made the trip out last summer to the G.A.R. reunion at Portland and visited their son and family here at that time.

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday May 22, 1919

Shirley Leffler

After a long illness, Shirley, the six months old child of Mr. And Mrs. Thos. Leffler died last Thursday evening at the home of its parents in south Joseph. The child was buried in Prairie Creek cemetery on the following day, Rev. A. Cook, officiating.

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday December 5, 1918

Services Held For Young Enterprise Mother

Pauline Nora Lenington, 30, wife of James R. Lenington of Enterprise, passed away unexpectedly Friday evening July 17, 1953 at the Wallowa Memorial Hospital following a short illness.

Daughter of James R. and Nora Anderson, she was born October 15, 1922 at Hood River. Her early childhood was spent in Portland and Oakland, Oregon. When seven years old she moved with her parents to Wallowa where she attended grade school and graduated from high school. Since that time Enterprise has been her home. She married James R. Lenington in 1941 at Weiser, Idaho.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Enterprise and was a devoted church worker, being a member of the Women's missionary society, the church clerk and a Sunday school teacher.

Mrs. Lenington is survived by her husband, James R. Lenington, three small daughters, Carol Ann, Susan Ella, and Laura Lee and her mother Mrs. Nora Anderson, all of Enterprise. Her father James R. Anderson of Ukiah, Oregon; two brothers Kenneth and Wilbur Anderson and one sister Mrs. Arnold (Maxine) Hahn, of Enterprise, and one grandmother, Mrs. Christine Miller of Eagle Point, Oregon.

Funeral services, arranged by Booth Bollman Funeral Home, were held Tuesday, July 21 at 2 P.M. at the First Baptist church. Rev. Vern R. Hodges officiated. Mrs. Edith Locke sang "The Lord is My Shepherd," and Mrs. Locke ad Mrs. Gerald Brown sang God is Love" accompanied by Mrs. C.C. Jacobs. Pallbearers were Herb Casteel, Gerald R. Brown, Wilmer Cook, Sidney Brock, Arthur Wood and Robert L. Coxe. Internment was in the Wallowa Cemetery.

Relatives from out of town attending the services were Mr. and Mrs. James Anderson, Ukiah; Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Wiseman, LaGrande, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Lenington, Ordinance; Mr. and Mrs. Julius Miller and children, Garden Valley, Idaho; Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Miller, Portland; Mrs. L.L. Dougan, Portland; Mrs. Clarence Davies, Eagle Point; Mr. and Mrs. John Anderson La Grande; Mrs. Orval Anderson, LaGrande.

Donated by Orvetta Harmon

G. D. F.  Lile

G.D.F. Lile died at his home in the Leap country on Monday, Feby. 10th, from pneumonia brought on by an attack of the influenza. The deceased was born in Washington on Nov. 25, 1867. He leaves a wife and children to mourn his death. The body was sent to Pomeroy, Wash., for burial.

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday, February 12, 1920

Child of Lester Little

The little five month old son of Lester Little died Nov. 28 of bronchial pneumonia.

Mrs. E.F. Combs of Summerville was in town last week called by the death of the five months old baby of her son Lester Little.

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday December 5, 1918


Following days of critical Illness, Chas. A. Loosely passed away at his home Sunday. The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at the I.O.O.F. hall with Rev. Cullison in charge. The body will be taken later to Iowa for burial.

Charles A. Loosely was born in Keithsburg, Mercer county, Illinois, November 2, 1877, and passed this home in Enterprise, Oregon, at 3:30 Sunday afternoon, August 29th, 1920.

His early life was spent in Illinois. He married to Miss Nina Baner in Burlington, Iowa, on September 28, 1898, and they made their home for several years in New Boston, Illinois, where their son, Donald, was born. They later moved to Aledo and to Monmouth, Illinois, coming to Enterprise, Oregon, March 17, 1908. Here they resided until 1913, when they went to Portland, where they made their home until Jun 1919, when they returned to Enterprise hoping the higher altitude might prove beneficial to Mr. Loosely's health which had been failing for some time.

Besides the bereaved wife and son, Mr. Loosely leaves his mother, Mrs. Pauline Loosely of Galesburg, Illinois, and two sisters, Mrs. Gertrude Carney of Galesburg, Illnois, and Mrs. Goneva Drury of Davenport, Iowa.

He was a member of Enterprise lodge, No. 153, I.O.O.F. and of Emerald Rebekah lodge, No. 119.

Wallowa County Reporter September 2, 1920


Will Lord of Pine Creek, a young man employed by Graves Bros. was killed by a fall from his horse two miles
beyond the salt cabins on Lick creek in the mountains 20 miles southeast of Joseph, some time between 11 and 1 o’clock, Monday. His body was found at the latter hour by John Vaughan, a herder who had been sent back to look for Lord. Death was caused by a fractured skull.

Coroner Dr. J. H. Thompson was notified and he and four men from Joseph went in to bring the body out. An inquest was held and the finding was in accordance with the foregoing facts.

The body was taken to Pine Creek Tuesday and buried beside the deceased’s parents. Will was unmarried. He leaves a brother, Ed Lord of The Buttes, and a sister Ada who is married and resides at Roseburg.

Enterprise Record Chieftain
Sept. 5, 1911
Transcribed by Charlotte Carper

A Fatal Accident

Odessa Lorene died Monday evening at 9 o'clock at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Lorenz, about two miles above Calpella. Her death was particularly sad, resulting as it did from thoughtlessness of a playmate.

At school about three weeks ago she was swinging with a companion and a boy pushed them unexpectedly with such force that both fell out of the swing. The other girl was not injured but Odessa struck on her back and was unconscious several minutes. With returning consciousness she seemed to regain her former strength but grew steadily (sic) weaker and had several severe sinking spells. Dr. Bowles was called in but found the spine so injured that she was past relief and nothing could be done except to allay the intense pain she suffered. -Ukiah (California) Times.

Some of our readers will remember little "Dessie" with her dark curls and bird-like voice, who use to assist in our entertainment and will sympathize with the parents in their bereavement. - Ed.

Flora Journal July 3, 1903


Harry C. Beeson, Peter Bue and August Lunquist Give Lives in Service Of the Flag.

Telegrams were received Saturday evening from the war department announcing the death of August Linquist and Harry C. Beeson and Peter Bue in action on the field of battle in France. They were all killed on the same day according to the telegram.

Harry C. Beeson was the son of M.H. and Julia Beeson who live on the Chas. Bilyea farm near Enterprise. He was 23 years of age and was born in Wyoming. He left with the contingent of June 24th.

August Lunquist was born in Norway and was 26 years of age. He leaves a brother, Carl, who lives in Enterprise. He also left for Camp Lewis on June 24th. He had been employed at the East Oregon Mills for some time.

Peter Bue was the son of Mr. and Mrs. C.K. Bue of Enterprise and was 26 years of age. He left with the other boys on June 24th.

Enterprise has suffered heavily, losing so far as reports have come five of her best young men, more in proportion to the population than any city we have heard of so far. The boys were in action after the short space of three months from the time they discarded their civilian clothes for the uniform of their country and must have been engaged in one of the worst battles of the war north of Verdun where the United troops had the difficult task of pusing the Huns back through forests and rough country.

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday November 28, 1918

Died Coming to Town

Nina Louise Lydell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Lydell, died Sunday evening while the family was coming to Enterprise from their home near Imnaha. When the family started from their home in the morning the child seemed to be in its usual health but on the way the child was taken violently ill and before medical aid could be reached died in the wagon.

The little girl was two years and three months old. Short funeral services were held at the Enterprise cemetery where the body was laid away Monday afternoon.

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday September 20, 1917

Isaac Lyle

Isaac Lyle died at the home of his son, G.D. in the Leap country, last Saturday, January 31st and the body was shipped on Monday to Pomeroy, Washington for burial. The deceased was eighty years of age and had been making his home with his son during the past year.

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday, February 5, 1920

GROSSMAN - The oldest boy of Mr. and Mrs. John Lyons died today of diphtheria. Some of the other children
are dangerously sick.

Enterprise Record Chieftain
August 24, 1911
Transcribed by Charlotte Carper


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