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 Iva (Weaver) McANULTY

Kenneth McCLAREN





McCULLY Obituaries

Hecter McDonald

Georgia (Childers) McGinnis

 Uley Perry McGINNIS


Mrs. Iva McAnulty Killed by Leap of Horse from Snake River Corral

A singular mishap caused the death last Wednesday, April 17, of Mrs. Iva McAnulty, wife of Charles R. McAnulty and daughter of Joshua J. Weaver of Enterprise. McAnulty and his wife were at the old ranger station above Dodson on Snake river where the husband had engaged to do some plowing for Dodson.

With his wife, McAnulty went out to catch and harness the horses for the day’s work. The animals were driven into the corral and the bars were set in place. Mrs. McAnulty stood outside by the bars while her husband entered to catch the horses. One of the animals, a spirited mare, raced around the corral and then made a leap for the bars. The mare did not clear the top bar, but struck it, knocking it off with terrific force.

One end of the bar hit Mrs. McAnulty on the head hurling her to the ground. Her husband jumped to her side and raised her, but the blow seemed to have broken a blood vessel for shortly blood began to flow copiously from her mouth, ears, and nose.

Mrs. McAnulty remained conscious for some time, but could not speak because her voice seemed to be choked with the discharging blood. Her husband worked desperately with her, but could accomplish nothing and she died at 4 o’clock in the afternoon.

A telegram was got to Enterprise as soon as the accident happened. Mrs. L. F. McAnulty and son George started an hour later for Snake river, 80 miles distant. Later the same day a second message was received saying the young woman was dead. L.F. McAnulty telephoned to Imnaha bridge and got word there half an hour before his wife and son arrived and they turned back, reaching Enterprise Friday evening.

Charles McAnulty, after sending word of the fatal result of the accident, began preparations for bring the body back to Enterprise. Some of his neighbors thought the trip too long and difficult and tried to persuade him not to attempt it. But he insisted and came through Idaho by the way of Lewiston, Pendleton, and LaGrande, making a railroad and wagon trip of 500 miles, while the direct distance between Enterprise and the Snake at this point probably is not 70 miles. He reached here Sunday afternoon and was met at the depot by many friends of both families who wished to show their share in the common sorrow. An inquest was held here Monday morning.

The funeral was held here in the Methodist church Monday afternoon and burial was in Alder Slope cemetery.

Mrs. and Mrs. McAnulty were married a year and a half ago. A boy was born five months ago, who is now left motherless. The little fellow of course was brought back here by his father.

Enterprise Record Chieftain
Thursday April 25, 1912

Transcribed by Charlotte Carper

Kenneth McClaren

All Wallowa was shocked last Thursday when word went out that little Kenneth McClaren had been shot. He and Tom Baker were playing in the Baker home and found a 22-rifle and Tom was showing Kenneth how the gun worked and some way the gun was discharged and shot Kenneth in the chest the bullet severing both arteries leading from the heart and death resulted almost instantly. Dr. Gregory hasted to the scene but death had preceded him.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon from the home conducted by Rev. Powell of the Episcopal church. The hearts of the people of the community beat in sympathy with the parents of both the boys in this time of sorrow and bereavement.

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday October 17, 1918

One of the largest funerals in the history of the town of Union marked the obsequies of the pioneer editor and politician, E. S. McComas. The funeral was held at Union, Wednesday afternoon, September 6 at 3 o’clock, and was attended by a great gathering of pioneers. The body was laid to rest beside his mother, brother, and son.

The deceased leaves a widow, one daughter, an adopted son and three sisters, Mrs. Alice M. Bell of Enterprise, Mrs. Esther E. Pursel and Mrs. Mary R. Thomson of Union. Mrs. Bell received word of her brother’s extermity Saturday afternoon and went at once to his home near Wallowa, and was at his bedside when he passed away, Monday, September 4.

Following is a graphic account of the busy, useful life of Mr. McComas, largely taken from his own diary.

Elgin Recorder: -- E.S. McComas, for forty-nine years a resident of Eastern Oregon, died at Wallowa on Monday last. He was born, to quote his diary which is before us, “In Adams County, Ohio, on January 23, 1839, and at the age of four years came with my parents to Montgomery county, Indiana. My father was a native of Kentucky, of Scotch-Irish ancestry, and my mother was born in Ohio, of Dutch-English parents.” His education was, as he says “absorbed while shivering in the back seat or roasting up against a hot stove in the old-fashioned log school houses so common on the frontier in Indiana and Iowa.”

“In the fall of 1860,” says the diary, “I was living in Johnson county, on Pleasant Valley, and although not quite twenty-one years of age, I believed I was capable of teaching school.” The writer tells of his experience in quelling the turbulent spirits of a country school, which must have been nearly as exciting as Indian fighting. Later on he became involved in a hot discussion of the question: “Resolved, that the present war is as much the fault of the Northern abolitionist as the Southern secessionist.” McComas says. “The prominent part I had taken in the discussion made me a shining mark, and the position I had taken in the debate made it very inconsistent for me to enlist, so it was decided at a family council that I should be outfitted with the funds I had coming from teaching, and with the little assistance I could render to go to Salmon River, which at that time was attracting
widespread attention.” So he started for the West on the 14th day of May, 1862, his first objective point being Omaha, Nebraska. The journey up the Platte was uneventful until he reached Fort Laramie where the soldiers gave him rations and permitted him to sleep on the parade grounds. McComas here had a desperate fight with a soldier who assaulted him while asleep. He shot the soldier, but not seriously, and the next morning the affair was satisfactorily explained to the commanding officer, and McComas again struck out on his long trail. McComas’ journey across the plains was full of incidents of great interest, especially to the old pioneers of Eastern Oregon. On the 16th day of September, 1862, the train camped “near what is now known as the Jenkins Corral, in the now suburbs of the thriving mining metropolis of Easter Oregon, Baker City.” Here the train broke up, McComas and “Old Bone” moving to the mining town of Auburn, then to Crystal Fountain Spring, “made famous, at least locally, by the beautiful poem written by Hon. M. C. Brainard, ex-county judge and treasurer of Union County.”

Says the diary: “In the spring of 1866 I was nominated by the Democratic party for county clerk, to which I was elected, being the first county clerk of the new county of Union, which had been cut off from Baker by an act of the legislature of 1864. In 1867 I was married to the girl I left behind me in Iowa in 1862, but who had the nerve to brave the dangers of an ocean trip from New York to San Francisco and on to Portland, and thence by steamer to Umatilla, where I met her and we were married by Hon. Joseph Wilson, Circuit Judge of this district, at the Western Hotel, where Umatilla, now an almost deserted station on the O. R. & N., was a flourishing city of about twenty-five hundred busy people.....At the session of the legislature in 1870, I was elected Register of State Lands for the newly created land district.” In this position McComas did good service for the people, keeping many of them from losing their homes by securing from the legislature action that made it possible for them to settle with the state.

In July 1870, he established in partnership with John E. Jeffrey, the Grande Ronde Sentinel. Says the diary: “When it became generally known that a democratic weekly paper was about to be established in LaGrande, a consultation was held among the ‘truly loyal’ and, under the firm name of Baker, Coggin & Co. material for another paper was soon on the way, and there was much rivalry, each side rushing nobly to the front, and the subscription lists grew rapidly, but, owing to some delay in shipping some of our material, the Sentinel lost the honor of being the first newspaper published in the Grande Ronde valley by a nose.” On the 4th day of April 1874, a fire destroyed property belonging to McComas amounting to probably thirty thousand dollars, leaving him with an indebtedness of $15,500. He gave notes for the amount, repurchased, in company with Jap H. Stevens, the Grande Ronde Sentinel, moved it to Union and changed the name to the Mountain Sentinel. They built up a business worth about $500 per month and McComas paid every dollar of his debts with interest. About three years ago he moved to Elgin, where he entered into business with R. C. Mays and others. While here he was interested in every movement for the city’s benefit, though old age curtailed his activities. Last spring, he moved to the town of Wallowa, in Wallowa county, where death terminated his adventurous career.

 Enterprise Record Chieftain
SEPT. 14, 1911

Transcribed by Charlotte Carper


William McCormack, the first settler in the Wallowa valley, died last Friday morning in his home on Alder Slope. He had not been robust for some time, but retired Thursday night in seemingly normal health. At 2 o’clock Friday morning, other members of the family heard groans coming from his room. He was found apparently suffering great pain although scarcely conscious. When a physician arrived, after being called in haste from Enterprise, the pioneer was dead. He never regained
consciousness after the family was awakened.

For some time Mr. McCormack had been suffering from rupture. This did not, however, prevent him from taking an active part in the management of his farm. He was in Enterprise a day or so before his death. Thursday afternoon he helped put up a hayrack on a wagon, and, it is supposed, strained himself. The internal injuries then suffered are believed to have precipitated his death.

The funeral was held Sunday afternoon in the Friends church, Alder Rev. W.P. Samms preached the sermon to a very large gathering of Wallowa county pioneers. Burial was in the Alder cemetery, almost in sight of the spot where, in 1872, Mr. McCormack built his log cabin that marked the beginning of permanent settlement in this valley.

Mr. McCormack was born in Indiana, July 29, 1841, and was, therefore, 70 years and 6 months old. His family removed to Missouri when he was a youth. He crossed the plains in 1861 and lived for some years in the Grande Ronde valley at Cove.

In the spring of 1872 he came into Wallowa, selected a home site on Hurricane creek and built a log cabin.

W. W. White of Enterprise, who followed close after Mr. McCormack, said of the latter:

“When I came here in July, 1872, I found Mr. McCormack on what is now the Carl Whitmore place on Hurricane creek. He was the only settler then in the valley. He had begun a log cabin, but it was not finished then. He was cutting and preparing to put up wild hay--the coarse, swamp grass growing there then--so that he could feed his stock later. He had not then brought his stock in, having left it back at Cove.”

Mr. McCormack was a substantial citizen, upright and respected. He made his home in the county continuously after his first settlement. He is survived by Mrs. McCormack, his widow, and three sons, Logan who lives on the Imnaha and John and Bert, and one daughter, Lenora, the wife of Wilbur Holmes.

Enterprise Record Chieftain
January 25, 1912

Transcribed by Charlotte Carper

S.W. McConnell

S.W. McConnell, who had been in ill health for a long time, died at his home in Paradise, Sunday, Nov. 10th, and was buried Tuesday in the Paradise cemetery. Mr. McConnell was well known in our locality and was held in very high esteem by those who were so fortunate as to know him.

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday November 14, 1918

W. L. McCubbin

The funeral service of W.L. McCubbin of near Joseph, formerly of Lostine, was held at the Lostine cemetery last Friday at noon, in charge of the I.O.O.F. of which he was a member. Mr. McCubbin had a severe attack of the Spanish influenza, which affected his mind, and he was taken to Pendleton for treatment, but he only lived four days. He died Wednesday morning, Nov. 13th. He leaves a wife, daughter and two sons beside a host of friends, who mourn the loss of a good, kind husband, father and neighbor.

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday November 21, 1918

Hecter McDonald Passes Away
Last Thursday Evening.

Hector McDonald, aged 52, and one of the larger landholders of the valley, died Thursday evening, following a several months illness at his home on Diamond prairie, a few miles west of Wallowa.

Mr. McDonald has always been a promoter of industrial interests and has ever taken a lead in all matters of public interest, having been closely connected with the growth of Wallowa county into one of the finest agricultural counties of the state. Mr. McDonald was born in the Grande Ronde valley on December 24, 1868, his parents being old pioneers, John and Jane McDonald. His education was received in the Union county schools of that time and when 19 years of age, Mr. McDonald became an active partner in the firm of his brothers John, Peter and Duncan, who were in the stock business. This firm handled many horses for the United states army and also for the British government.

On May 15th, 1901, Mr. McDonald was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Cameron of Walla Walla, and Mr. and Mrs. McDonald have maintained their home in Wallowa county since that time.

Besides the widow, Mr. McDonald leaves to mourn his loss, two sisters, Mrs. Turner Oliver of Spokane, Mrs. R.F. Reasoner of Winters, Calif., and four brothers, John of Wallowa; Mordo of Walla Walla and Peter and Duncan of Wallowa.

Funeral services were held Monday at 2 o'clock in Wallowa.

Wallowa County Reporter November 18, 1920

Friends Pay Tribute To Georgia McGinnis

Memorial services for Georgia McGinnis, who passed away at Wallowa Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, June 3, 1975, were conducted by the Bollman Funeral Home on Friday at 2 p.m. at the Enterprise Community Church, with Rev. Eric Walch officiating. Gail Swart was organist and Clifford Collinsworth sang "Whispering Hope" and "In The Garden".

Casket bearers were: Jerry Cross, Gene Poulson, Art Homan, Earl Falconer, Pete Sawin and Lawrence Strohm, and interment was in the Enterprise Cemetery.

Mrs. McGinnis was born Aug. 11, 1905 at Joseph, daughter of Boone and Maude Childers, and had lived in Enterprise all of her life. On Oct. 3, 1924 she married Uley McGinnis at Enterprise. He preceded her in death on April 24, 1971. She was a member of the Enterprise Community Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Douglas (Marylin Romanza) Crawford, Klamath Falls, and Mrs. John (Lolita Fermanich) Antigo, Wisc.; three sons, Gordon Andrew, Milwaukie; Howard Vernon, Sublimity; and James Patrick of Enterprise; three sisters, Mrs. Lulu Dimmick, Walla Walla, Mrs. Paul (Ruth) Nuxall, Pendleton, and Mrs. Everett (Norma) Goodale, Center Island - Decater, Wash.; and 22 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Wallowa County Chieftain
Thursday, June 12, 1975
Page 3

Submitted by: Tom Childers

Uley P. McGinnis Dies Suddenly

Uley Perry McGinnis, a native of Wallowa county and retired superintendent of the Enterprise water and sewer department, passed away suddenly on Saturday morning April 24, 1971, at the Enterprise disposal area where he was in charge.

Memorial services were conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. by the Bollman Funeral Home at the Enterprise Community Church with Rev. James E. Jones officiating.  Organist was Gail Swart and soloist was Ella McArtor who sang "Beyond the Sunset" and "No Night There."

Casket bearers were: Mitch Heasty, Earl Falconer, Dawson Neil, Carl Meyer, Harold Lay and Arthur Homan, and interment was in the Enterprise cemetery.

Uley was the son of Andrew and Nancy McGinnis and was born May 26, 1903 near Wallowa.  On Sept. 2, 1924 he was married to Georgia Naomi Childers at Enterprise.  He was a member of the Enterprise Congregational Community Church.

Survivors include his wife, Georgia, at the Enterprise home; two daughters, Mrs. Doug (Romanza Marylin) Crawford of Klamath Falls and Mrs. Jack (Lolita Amelia) Fermanich of Antigo, Wisc.; three sons, Gordon Andrew of Milwaukie, Howard Vernon of Enterprise and James Patrick in the service; one sister, Mrs. W. P. (Hattie) Ballard of La Grande; one brother, Gordon McGinnis of Spokane; and 14 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Wallowa County Chieftain
Thursday April 29, 1971
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Submitted by:
 Tom Childers


Bryce Edward McKinney, 21, of Wallowa, died Aug. 15, 1982, at St. Mary's hospital in Walla Walla from injuries received in a motorcycle wreck.

Born in Prairie City, on Sept. 13, 1960, he was the son of Howard and Irene (Pritchett) McKinney. He was a 1978 graduate of Wallowa High School and was an employee of Rogge Mill at the time of his death.

Survivors include his parents of Wallowa, son Ryan Thomas; brother Craig; grandfather James Pritchett of St. Louis, Mo., and grandmother Julie Brown of Houston, Mo.

Funeral services will be held today (Thursday) in the Bollman Chapel at 2 p.m. with Lester Wells officiating. Pall bearers will be Kevin Werst, Wade Gentle, Dan McKenzie, and Dennis Roberts.

Interment will be in the Wallowa Cemetery.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Wallowa County Emergency Medical Technicians Association.

Wallowa County Chieftain
Thursday August 19, 1982


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