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Frank Marr

Frank Marr, of Joseph, died at Enterprise on Wednesday, Feb. 11th, from pneumonia and was taken to Joseph today by the Odd fellows of this place for burial. He was sick only three days.

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday February 12, 1920

Delbert William Marshall

The infant child of Mr. And Mrs. Oscar Marshall died Monday. Little Delbert William was only two months and three weeks of age and had suffered from heart ailment throughout it's short life. The funeral was held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at the home of the grandmother, Mrs. Vera Bailey. Interment in the Enterprise cemetery.

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday October 16, 1919


Mrs. Mabel Martin died at Medford Aug. 1. Mabel Adeline Dunn was born in Guthrie Center, Iowa, June 6, 1880. She came to Wallowa county with her parents in 1893 and settled in the north end of the county. She was married to Robert M. Martin Dec. 14, 1899, and to this union eight children were born, three daughters and five sons. Two daughters and one son are deceased. She was left a widow by the death of her husband Feb. 12, 1945.

The greater part of her life was spent in and near Flora, and during this period she served as the local telephone operator for 18 years and was correspondent for the Wallowa Sun and The Chieftain. Shortly after the death of her husband she moved to Wallowa where she purchased a home and resided until June 5 of this year when she moved to Portland.

She is survived by a daughter. Mrs. Chet French, Trail, Ore.; four sons, Melvin of Echo, Marvin E. of Seeley Lake, Mont., Raymond D. of Wallowa, and Robert W. of Vancouver, Wash.; one sister, Mrs. Della Morris of Portland; two brothers A.M. Dunn of Portland and Arthur Dunn of San Francisco, and five grandchildren.

Funeral services conducted by Rev. Edwin Beem were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Flora.

Wallowa County Chieftain
Thursday - Front Page
August 7, 1947


Grandma Martin, one of the pioneers of Lost Prairie, died last Saturday, November 9th.  She was 83 years old and was for more than 20 years a resident of this end of the county.  For more than a year she has been having poor health but death came when it was hardly expected.  For an old woman she possessed an unusual amount of vitality and vigor in both body and mind, and death came as a silent messenger and bore her spirit away quietly and peacefully.  She leaves to mourn her loss three sons, four daughters, a number of grand children and a host of friends.  Her remains were laid away in the family cemetery Monday, November 11th, Rev. A. L. Cathera conducting the services.

Enterprise Record Chieftain
Thurs. Nov.14, 1918

Transcribed by Charlotte Carper

Grandpa Marvin

Grandpa Marvin died at Wallowa this morning. He was the father of Judge Marvin.

Wallowa County Reporter February 19, 1920

Frank M. Mason Dies
In Eugene Hospital

Frank M. Mason, who lived on Lost Prairie when a small boy, died in a hospital at Eugene Saturday, March 1. He had been a cripple and had been in the hospital some time. Funeral services were held at Marcola, Lane county, last Wednesday and burial was in the I.O.O.F. cemetery.

Mr. Mason was the oldest son of Dr. Frank M. Mason, a pioneer physician, and was born at Cove June 21, 1879. The family moved in early days to Lost Prairie. The name of the postoffice was changed later to Arko and then to Flora. Mr. Mason left Flora in 1901 and had made his home at Marcola since 1911.

He never married and was survived by four sisters; Mrs. Bertha Hansen of Lewiston, Mrs. Maud Gamble of San Francisco, Cal., Mrs. Amy Vestal of Redmond and Mrs. Alma Burke of San Jose, Cal., and one brother, Herman Mason of Marcola. Mrs. Mabel Martin of Flora is a niece, and received word of his death last week.

Enterprise Record Chieftain
Thursday March 13, 1941


Ray Masterson was born at Lostine, Wallowa County, Oregon, Nov. 6, 1889, and died at the U.S. base hospital at Vancouver, Wash., May 15, 1918, aged 28 years, 6 months and 9 days. He graduated from the Portland business college in 1906, and enlisted in the U.S. army on December 1, 1917. He had been a resident of Eagle Valley for a long time and was well known thruout this section where he had a host of friends. Ray was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Masterson of this place and leaves besides the parents to mourn his departure one brother, H.R. Masterson of Richland, and two sisters, Mrs. W.L. McCubbin, of Joseph, and Mrs. Bert Poulson of Tekoa, Wash., all of whom were present at the last sad rites.

The funeral services were conducted at the Eagle Valley cemetery Friday, May 17, at 1:30 p.m., under the direction of the G.A.R. and were very impressive. Rev. J.M. Johnson delivered a most appropriate address, taking for his text, "Greater love hath no man than he who giveth his life for his friends." His words were full of consolation for the grief-stricken, and an inspiration toward greater patriotism to our flag for every person in hearing his voice. - Eagle Valley News.

Enterprise Record Chieftain
Thursday June 13, 1918

Mrs. Frances H. Matthews of The Dalles, mother of Mrs. H. H. Nottingham of Enterprise, died at The Dalles
hospital, Sunday morning, Aug. 13, 1911. Mr. and Mrs. Nottingham have been at her bedside for nearly three
weeks, and expect to return to Enterprise the latter part of this week. They will be accompanied by Mrs.
Nottingham's, sister, Harriot, who will make her home with them.

Enterprise Record Chieftain
August 24, 1911
Transcribed by Charlotte Carper

John Matthews

John Matthews passed away at his home in Flora, Tuesday, September 7th at the age of 73 years. He had lived in the Flora neighborhood 28 years and was known and respected by all of the people in the north end of the county. He lived with his son-in-law, Andy Forbes.

Wallowa County Reporter September 9, 1920


John E. Matthews, an old time settler and a familiar figure in this end of Wallowa County, departed this life on the morning of September 8th, loved and mourned by all. Mr. Matthews was born in 1848 in the state of Indiana and came to this part of the state in 1892 where he has since made his home. He suddenly passed to the Great Beyond early on the morning of the 8th, after a lingering illness of several months. His wife preceded him by four years. There is left to grieve his home going, James Matthews of Portland, Oregon, Frederick Matthews and Mrs. Fannie Forbes, both of Flora, and Mrs. Lucy Luck Dully, a resident of Canada, as well as Eulah Matthews of Asotin, Washington, who are left behind, bound for the western gate, where all may be reunited again.

Mr. Matthews was a member of the Christian church, an ardent disciple of the gospel which he lived in his every day life, most decided as to the teachings of the scripture. His life well spent, has left a deep impression upon all who may have known him, realizing that the essence of faith was to be found in The Word, independent of the doctorine of men. Such are assured of their abundant entry through the gates into the City of the Living God.

We hasten to assure our heartfelt sympathy to all those who grieve his departure.

Wallowa County Reporter September 16, 1920

Dies at Camp Kearney

Another Wallowa county young man died in the service when Mathew Mawhin passed away at Camp Freemont, California, on Oct. 28, 1918. The deceased lived with his parents on their farm near Joseph until in April, 1917, when he volunteered for army service. He had been home on a furlough only a month ago and was in the best of spirits thinking that he was soon to receive a commission as interpreter of french language in the army. He was assigned to work in the sick wards two weeks ago and contracted the influenza.

His father was born near Leeds, Belgium, and his mother is of French descent and Mathew felt keenly the wrongs that the people of his blood had suffered from the terrible Hun and was anxious to do what he could to avenge their sufferings.

The interment was made at the Enterprise cemetery on Nov. 4, 1918, and the deceased was given full military honors by a detachment from the home company of state militia.

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday November 7, 1918



The body of Mathew Mawhin of the regular army medical corps, who died Thursday, Oct. 29, 1918, at Camp Kearney, Ca., was brought to Enterprise for burial on Monday. Services were conducted at the cemetery by Rev. F.R. Sibley. A squad of the militia company attended the body from the railroad station and gave the soldier the honor of a military burial.

Mathew Mawhin was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Mathew Mawhin of the Three Lakes district. He was born April 2, 1897, at Paterson, N.J. The family came here five years ago, and the young man responded to his country's first call and enlisted in April, 1917. Death was caused by pneumonia, following the influenza. The parents and four brothers survive, Leon, Gerald, Edgar, and Joseph Mawhin.

Private Donald S. Taylor came from Camp Kearney with the body, bringing all the boy's personal effects, and also a message of appreciation and consolation from the government in whose service he had died. The funeral was attended by many neighbors and friends and the community paid its respects for the memory of a splendid young man who had done his duty faithfully.

Enterprise Record Chieftain
Thursday, November 7, 1918

Pioneer of Wallowa County Passes Away

C. W. Meek, a pioneer of Wallowa county and a prominent Odd Fellow of Joseph, died at his home in Joseph early Saturday morning of 68 years, 2 months and 19 days.

His funeral was conducted on Sunday afternoon at the M. E. church, Rev. Achilles of Spokane, officiating. Mr. Meek was well known in Joseph and his death is a great loss to the community. The funeral services were conducted by his brother lodgemen, who had learned to love the deceased.

The deceased was born in Herfordshire, England, on June 12th 1850. In 1865 he came to New York city from which place he journeyed to Michigan, where he was married to Miss Alice Baker in 1866 on the 13th day of March. In 1878 they moved to La Grande, where they lived six months before coming to Joseph where they have resided ever since. A wife and several children are left to mourn his death.

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday September 5, 1918


Was Pioneer on Upper Prairie Creek Where His Sawmill Helped Early Settlers

Charles William Meek, one of Wallowa county's oldest pioneers, died at his home in Joseph last Saturday morning, August 31, 1918. For the past two years Mr. Meek had been ill and as time went on he grew gradually worse. His death was not due to any one ailment, but a series attendant on old age.

Mr. Meek and his family arrived in Wallowa valley in 1878 when the county was in the early stages of its development. He moved to Prairie creek soon and took up a homestead where he lived continuously until about five years ago when he moved to town to live the remaining years of his life. On his homestead Mr. Meek established a sawmill and much of the lumber sawed was used in the construction of homes for the early pioneers. A carpenter by trade, he made much of the furniture that was used in the homes as it was not possible to get such things from the outside factories.

Charles William Meek was born in Hertfordshire, England, June 12,1850. His father died in England and he came to the United States with his mother, to New York in 1865, and thence to Michigan in 1866. On March 13, 1871, he was united in marriage to Alice Baker. From Michigan, Mr. and Mrs. Meek came west, locating in La Grande in 1878, where they lived six months, then coming on in to Wallowa valley.

Besides his wife, Mr. Meek leaves seven children, two brothers and one sister to mourn his loss. His children are Mrs. Vila Powers, Wallowa; Mrs. T. O. Marks, Mrs. J. Fred McClain, Mrs. Elmer Roup, Mrs. Fred Gorsline, Ben and William Meek, all of Joseph. His brothers and sisters are James Meek, Michigan; A.H. Meek, Joseph; Mrs. James Whitworth, Michigan.

Funeral services for the deceased were held Sunday afternoon at two o'clock in the Odd Fellows hall and his fraternal brothers conducted the last sad rites.

Enterprise Record Chieftain
Thursday, September 5, 1918

Flora Irene (Allen) (Childers) Merriken

Private services were held for Flora Irene Merriken at the Veterans Administration National Cemetery in Eagle Point.

Mrs. Merriken, 92, of Medford, died Monday (March 28, 1988).

She was born Flora Irene Allen, July 16, 1895, near Lostine. On Aug. 17, 1943, in Medford, she married Harry F. Merriken who survives.

She lived in the Rogue Valley for the past 50 years. She taught third grade for 25 years at Roosevelt, Jackson, Washington and Lincoln elementary schools.

Survivors include a son, Stephen Childers of California, and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Betty, and a son, Robert.

Conger-Morris Funeral Directors of Central Point handled the arrangements.

The Mail-Tribune
Medford, Oregon
Wednesday, March 30, 1988
Page 2A

Submitted by: Tom Childers

I. W. Miller child stolen

I. W. Miller of Summerville, who has been searching far and wide for his child that was stolen by Gypsies and who recently went to Newark, Ohio in answer to a telegram that his child has been found there, writes home that the child is not his.

The Aurora January 5, 1894

End Comes to Circulator of First Local Option Petition in County

Alexander J. Murray, known as the father of local option in Wallowa county, died Thursday evening in his home on Alder Slope. He had been in critical health for some months. For about four years he had been confined to his home, following a stroke of paralysis.

The funeral was held Saturday forenoon in Alder church and the burial was in Alder cemetery. Rev. B.F. Meredith preached the funeral sermon.

Before the license question had become an issue in the county, Mr. Murray, eight years ago, prepared the first petitions for the submission of the matter to the voters. He circulated the petitions, secured the requisite number of signatures and filed the documents. There was no public discussion and, in fact, the question apparently was receiving no consideration from the people. But when the votes were counted, it was found that no license had carried in nearly every precinct in the county.

Mr. Murray was born in Ireland 76 years ago. He moved to Canada where he lived for a number of years and where all but the two youngest children of his family were born. Twenty-five years ago he came to Oregon and had been a resident of Wallowa county ever since.

The survivors are Mrs. Murray and their children: Maggie, wife of George Jacobs, Salem; Katie, wife of Fred Harsen, who lives at the Buttes; Hattie, the wife of Albert Chenoweth, Salem; Annie, the wife of Logan McCormack, Imnaha; Gladys, the wife of Albert Fitzpatrick, Salem; and W.A. and Thomas.

Within a week the fathers of both Logan McCormack and Mrs. McCormack have died. William McCormack, the pioneer who died last week, was Mr. McCormack’s father.

Enterprise Record Chieftain
Thursday February 8, 1912

Transcribed by Charlotte Carper

Cecilia Murray

One of the saddest accidents which ever occured in Joseph was the death of little Cecilia Murray, the four year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. P. Murray, who drowned in an irrigating ditch near Joseph about noon Saturday. The child and her brother were playing near the ditch which runs past the Carpenter Planing Mill when the boy, Mike, age ten, attempted to lead her across on a plank, the baby slipped and fell in, striking her head on a rock which rendered her unconscious. The boy jumped in after her but became entangled in some barbed wire and was unable to reach her. Help was then summoned and after a long search the body was found several miles out in the country near the Sam Foster place. She was then taken to the hospital in Joseph where the attempt was made to bring back life but to no avail.

The funeral took place Monday morning at the Catholic church, father Stack officiating. The mother was sick at the time of the accident and gave birth to a baby boy the same day that the accident occured.

Wallowa County Reporter Wednesday July 31, 1918


Cecelia Bridget Murray of Joseph Loses Life While Fishing With Her Brother

Cecelia Bridget, 4 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank P. Murray, was drowned in the Wrenn-Dobbin ditch at Joseph about 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, while fishing with her brother Frank aged 9. The same evening following the afternoon's tragedy the mother of the drowned girl gave birth to an 11 pound boy. Tho the shock of the two events was great the mother is getting along nicely.

As had been their custom the two children went fishing in the stream west of the Enterprise Electric company's power plant, where the Murray family lives, Wednesday morning. On this occasion they strayed farther from home than on similar trips. While going along the ditch back of the Dawson planing mill it was necessary for the little girl to cross a flume on a small plank, laid on the cross pieces. She lost her footing here and fell into the ditch, which more nearly approximates a river at this time as it is full, carrying 2,000 inches of water.

As she fell she screamed and the brother rushed to her aid from where he was fishing. The little fellow dived into the water and came near reaching her several times, but on each trial he was buffeted away by the current. At the same time the little girl was making every effort to save herself until she struck a rock with her head and then the struggle ceased as she was knocked unconscious by the blow. When the body was recovered there was a great bruise on the forehead.

Frank followed the body for a ways and then realizing that he would be unable to help her in the least he ran into town panic stricken, sobbing out his story about his sister falling in the water. A crowd gathered in a few seconds, then scattered to the ditch and took up the search.

Bert Jones in his auto drove north in the Creighton lane to the mile lane running east, going as far as the S. A. Foster place, where the ditch crosses the road. He started back on the ditch and soon found the little body floating. It was immediately brought in to town and taken to the Joseph hospital. Dr. Gregory pronounced her dead and beyond the help of artificial resuscitation.

The immediate family of the drowned girl did not know of the tragedy until an auto drove up to where Mr. Murray was working in his garden, and broke the news. The news shocked the entire community and the stricken family has the sympathy of all.

Funeral services were held in the Catholic church Monday morning at 10:30 and were conducted by Father J.P. Stack. Interment was in the Enterprise Catholic cemetery. Cecilia was born at Wallowa, September 29, 1914, and many of her friends and the family's came up to attend the last rights.

Enterprise Record Chieftain
Thursday August 1, 1918

Mrs. Jessie Murrill

Mrs. Jessie Murrill, wife of William Murrill of Lost Prairie, died Friday, December 17, 1920, at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.G. Locke of Alder Slope, where she had come to be near medical aid. She had been ill for two years and her condition had been serious for some months. The funeral was held Saturday morning at the Locke home and burial was in the Enterprise cemetery. Rev. Homer E. Cullison of the Methodist church conducted the services.

Jessie C. Locke was born near Fort Scott, Kansas, April 12, 1871. The family moved farther north in Kansas and later to Iowa, whence they came to Wallowa county in 1883, when the pioneers were first settling this frontier district. They located in the north end, in Lost Prairie where they lived for many years. Jessie Locke was married to William Murrill on Lost Prairie Jan. 3, 1891.

Mrs. Murrill is survived by her husband and six children. Arley, Hilbert, Guy, Hubert, Cecil and Ava, and by her parents and two brothers, William M. and Lester Locke. One brother died several years ago when the family lived in Enterprise. Mrs. Murrill was a gentle kindly woman who will be missed by relatives and many friends.

Card of Thanks

We wish to express our gratitude to friends and neighbors for their many acts of kindness and sympathy during our recent bereavement. - William Murrill and family.

Enterprise Record Chieftain
Page 3 - Thursday December 23, 1920

Services Held for Wm. Murrill

William Neely Murrill, an early pioneer of Washington and Oregon, passed away at Clarkton, Wash., Monday, November 21, 1955. Funeral services were held Friday, November 25, at 1 p.m. at the Booth-Bollman chapel, with the Rev. Lyle J. Haines officiating. Mrs. H.R. Weatherford and Mrs. Garnet Best sang "Under His Wings" and "Near To The Heart Of God," accompanied by Mrs. Best at the organ. Casket bearers were Doke Cole, Spencer Bacon, Ralph Jewell, Everett Cannon, Harold Kuhn and Clifford Kuhn, with committal services and burial in the Enterprise cemetery beside the grave of his wife who passed away in the early 20's.

Survivors are three sons, Hilbert, Guy and Cecil, all of Flora; 11 grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. Two sons, Arley and Hubert, and a daughter, Mrs. Armel (Ava) Cole, preceded him in death.

Mr. Murrill was the son of William N. and Elvira Murrill, and was born June 26, 1862 in Reynolds county, Mo. His father fought and was killed in the Civil War. In 1884 he with other members of his family came by immigrant train to Washington and for several years he made that state his home, living near Dayton and Pomeroy. In 1887 he filed on a homestead in Oregon near Troy, and in 1899 on another homestead on Lost Prairie. On January 3, 1892 he was married to Miss Jessie Carrie Locke who was born and raised in Lost Prairie. They continued to live and farm in Lost Prairie, and it was not until 1938 that he retired to Clarkston, Washington.

Wallowa County Chieftain
Front Page, Thursday
December 1, 1955

George F. Myers

Geo. F. Myers died Sunday at his home, very suddenly. He had been in his usual health and was in his place of business until late Saturday evening. He complained of not feeling well early Sunday morning and passed away about eleven o'clock.

He was 48 years 3 months and 10 days of age at the time of his death. He was born in Ohio and came to Enterprise from Bradford, Ohio only about a year ago. He had established a good business at shoe repairing in connection with the Bruce Harness Shop.

The funeral was held at the residence, Tuesday, at 2 p.m., Rev. Coley of the Christian church officiating. Interment was made in the Enterprise cemetery. He leaves besides a widow, four daughters, Thelma, Onda, Alta and Georgetta. Thelma is a teacher in the city schools.

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday September 11, 1919

Margarete (Alford) Myers

Margarete Alford was born at Alfordsville, Indiana, October 12, 1863. She died at her home in Wallowa, Oregon, January 13th, 1919, being 55 years and three months of age. When a child her parents moved to Chautauqua county Kansas. Here she grew to young womanhood and in 1883 was united in marriage to Silas Myers.

In 1884 they moved to Milton, Oregon and soon after to Olympia, Wash. In 1886 they came to Wallowa county settling in the Lower Wallowa Valley. To them were born seven children, one dying in infancy and one daughter, Mabel, died four years ago.

Mrs. Myers was a woman loved and esteemed by all who knew her. From childhood she had been a faithful follower of Christ and ever sought to live true to Him. Patient in much suffering, ever ready to aid in need, a loving and true mother, a good neighbor, a noble woman has gone to her rest and reward. Funeral services were conducted from the home on January 15th and the remains were laid to rest beside her husband and daughter in Lower Valley Cemetery. Rev. Bogue, minister in charge.

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday January 16, 1919

Body of Soldier Returned Home

Word has been received here by Walter Myers that the body of his nephew, Sgt. Don Myers, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.O. Meyers, would arrive in Pendleton the past week from the South Pacific. Sgt. Myers died on Blak island in Dutch New Guinea as the result of wounds received in action.

He was a native of Enterprise where he was born on May 26,1918 and resided in La Grande before moving to Stanfield where he finished high school. He was married on Dec. 11, 1943, to an Australian girl. His parents are now living at the Mt. Emily Lumber Co. camp out of La Grande.

Wallowa County Chieftain
Front Page - Thursday
February 24, 1949

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