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Alfred Porter MARKS

Benjamin MARKS

Clara (Royce) Marks

Tom Marks

Death Claims Imnaha Pioneer

Alfred Porter Marks, an early pioneer of the county, and a farmer and stockman of Imnaha, passed away Saturday, December 27, 1958 at the Wallowa Memorial Hospital where he had been a patient for about five weeks.

He was born in Linn county, Oregon, January 28, 1881, son of Benjamin and Elizabeth Marks, coming to Wallowa county in 1889. On June 8, 1912 he was married at Joseph to Mary Fisk who passed away November 10, 1941.

Survivors include two sons, Clarence and Elmer; both of Imnaha; five brothers; Arch, of La Grande; Jake, of Enterprise; and Joe, Ira and Charlie, of Imnaha; two sisters, Mrs. Frank (Minnie) Shevlin, of Joseph, and Mrs. Ann Denney, of Springfield; and two grandchildren.

Funeral services were Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Bollman Funeral Chapel with the Rev. A. L. Kintner officiating. Mrs. A. L. Kintner was organist, and Kenneth E. Johnson sang; "The Old Rugged Cross' and "Beyond The Sunset." Casket bearers were: A. L. Duckett, Verne Colvin, Kelsie Simmons, Ed Long, Dave Warnock and Lou Warnock, and vault entombment was in the Imnaha cemetery beside the grave of his wife.

Wallowa County Chieftain
January 1, 1959  

Benjamin Marks Settled On River In 1889 and Always Loved Canyon

Died March 9, 1923, at his home on Imnaha. Benjamin Marks, aged 83 years, 1 month and 25 days.

Mr. Marks had been in fair health this winter the rather feeble and inclined to rest and sleep a great deal. Thursday he was about, as usual, eating dinner and then taking a nap. He said he did not care for supper and retired rather early.

At the family bedtime he was seen to be sleeping peacefully but when they rose in the morning he was found to have passed quietly into the great beyond. There was no sign of suffering but a look of peace as tho he had slipped into another world quite without conscious struggle.

The remains were buried beside his wife who had died in December, of 1915. When Mrs. Marks died, the bereaved husband requested that burial be made on the homeplace that he might still be near the faithful wife of his youth. There they sleep on a hillside overlooking the home they made together and loved.

Benjamin Marks was born in Jackson county, Missouri, January 14, 1840. When a lad of thirteen he came with his parents by ox team to Lynn county where the family settled. He afterward lived in other parts of Oregon but in 1889 settled on the Imnaha where he lived until the time of his death.

On January 21, 1866, Mr. Marks married Miss Elizabeth Nye, also a pioneer of Lynn county. To this union fourteen children were born, ten of whom are living. Three died in infancy and one was drowned in Snake River.

The eldest son, Thomas Marks, resides in Joseph but the remaining members of the family all have homes on the Imnaha river. Two sons remained on the home ranch and a widowed daughter was housekeeper.

Mr. Marks raised one of the most wonderful gardens on the river and it was the pride of his life. After he became too feeble to do all the work he still spent many happy hours there. He also had a fine orchard where many luscious fruits were grown.

Benjamin Marks was an honest upright citizen who had the respect and admiration of all who knew him. His sons were trained in those qualities which go to make up the true American and his daughters are splendid homemakers. What more can be said of a man and wife! Their children are their memorial. And to the sturdy descendents of these true Americans it is given to carry on.

Enterprise Record Chieftain
Thursday - Front Page
March 15, 1923

Mrs. James Marks

Mrs. James Marks passed away suddenly Thursday noon, June 14, 1928, at the family home at Joseph. She had just eaten dinner when she was stricken and in a few minutes the end came. Two years ago in October Mrs. Marks suffered a stroke of paralysis from which she recovered only partly, and she was able to get about the house with the help of other members of the family.

Clara Royce was born Feb. 14, 1857, at Shelbyville, Ill. When she was 19 years of age the family moved to Caldwell county, Missouri, where she was married July 4,1880, to James Marks. In the years following they lived at various places in the central western states.In1881 they moved to Pawnee county, Nebraska, and remained there until 1884 when they went to Ellis county, Kansas. Their next move was in 1895 when they moved to Arkansas county, Kansas, where they lived 15 years, coming thence to Oregon where their sons and daughters had preceded them. They arrived at Joseph March 18, 1911, and made that their permanent home.

Mrs. Marks was survived by her husband and seven children: B.F., E.E., W.F., and S.S. Marks, Mrs. D.L. Church and Mrs. J.T. Davis all of Joseph and Prairie Creek, and Mrs. C.M. Medesker, who is teaching school at Nyssa and was in Portland on her way to the Monmouth normal school when her mother passed away. There are several brothers and sisters in the central states.

Mrs. Marks united with the Christian church in her girlhood and had remained true to that believe thru the years. The funeral was held at the Christian church in Enterprise Monday afternoon, with services conducted by Rev. H. L. Ford, the pastor, and the remains were laid to rest in the Enterprise cemetery.

Enterprise Record Chieftain
Page 7
Thursday June 21, 1928

Clara Marks is part of the family of Mary Royse 

Tom Marks Dies At Home Here

Tom O. Marks passed away at 7:45 p.m. August 5 at his home in Enterprise at the age of 80 years.

Mr. Marks was born at Sweet Home, Ore., Dec. 9, 1866, and lived in Olax, Prineville and Arlington before moving to Imnaha at the age of 23 where he lived on a homestead. In 1905 he and Charles Rice formed a partnership and together they raised cattle for ten years.

He was married Sept. 15, 1915, to Mrs. Vertie Snell at Vancouver, Wash.

While living on the Imnaha he served as deputy sheriff, school clerk and school director for many years and was a director in the Joseph bank. Mr. and Mrs. Marks made their home in Enterprise for the past few years.

Surviving are his widow; a step-daughter, Mrs. B.C. Christy of Imnaha; brothers, Arch of Union, Alfred, Jake, Ira, Charlie and Joe of Imnaha; sisters, Mrs. Frank Shevlin of Joseph and Mr.s anna Denney of Imnaha, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday from the Booth chapel in Enterprise and burial will be in the Prairie Creek Cemetery.

Wallowa County Chieftain
    Thursday - Front Page
August 7, 1947


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