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Jennie Action Passes

     Jennie Martha Action passed on March 2nd at Enterprise. She was born Feb 7, 1879 at Weston, Ore., daughter of George and Welthy Serelda Kimberly Birdsell. She was married to James E. Action June 24, 1900. He passed on in 1909.
     Mrs. Action was member of the Rebekahs, VFW Auxiliary, H. O. Club, Past Noble Grands Club and was baptized in the Baptist Church. Memorial services were Saturday afternoon in Booth-Bollman Chapel with Rev. Leslie Bailey officiating. Mrs. Ralph Kay and Mrs. Garnet Best sang "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Abide with Me" with Mrs. Best at the organ.
     Bearers were Don Graves, Milo Murray, Clarence Shaver, Claude Rennei, Lawrence Rowe and Don Davis. Committal services were in charge of Emerald Rebekah Lodge No. 119. Burial was in the Prairie Creek Cemetery.
     Rev. Jack Hett of the Lostine Presbyterian Church officiated at the Committal services for Jennie Action.
     Survivors are her son, John W. Action, Enterprise and daughter, Mrs. Rudolph (Florence Seda), Yakima and sisters Mrs. Esther Wagner, Seattle, Mrs. Walter Kight, Vancouver, Mrs. Hattie Wolfer, Sherwood, Ore., Mrs. Hans Jackson, Portland, Mrs. Clarence Thompkins, Monmouth, Ore., and Mrs. John Harry, Oregon City, Ore.
     Following the death of her husband, Mrs. Action moved with her two children from Imnaha to Joseph. The children went to school in Joseph and were married here. They lived for a number of years in the house now occupied by the Lige Donnellys. Mrs. Action moved about 10 years ago to Enterprise.
     She always felt at home in Joseph and few years when the Library was making a plea for lamps and chairs to make the Library more attractive, she sent up a floor lamp and a table lamp.

Chieftain- Enterprise, Ore. - March 1955

Contributed by Pat Higley

Nora E. Anderson

     Long-time Wallowa County resident, Nora E. Anderson, 94, died May 21, 1993, at the Wallowa county Nursing Home.
     She was born Feb. 5,1899, at Sinking Springs, Minn, the daughter of Martin Peterson and Christina (Haaland) Miller.
     She taught school for many years and worked as Wallowa County treasurer for 34 years. Survivors include a son, Kenneth, of Pendleton; daughter, Maxine Hahn of Blodgett; brothers Julius Miller of Boise, Idaho and Mark Miller of Portland; sisters, Laura Tomkin of Eugene and Julia Davies of Bend; 13 Grandchildren, many great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.
     Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 27, at 2 p.m. at the Bollman Funeral Home in Enterprise with the burial in the Wallowa Cemetery.
     Memorials in her memory ma be made to the Wallowa County Nursing Home or charity of choice in care of the Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main, Enterprise.

Contributed by Orvetta Harmon

Mrs. Nancy Ager Passes Away

     Mrs. Nancy Jane Ager passed away last Thursday, February 5
     Nancy Jane Dakan was born on February 7, 1860 near Roseburg, Oregon.  When only a young girl she moved with her parents to Cricket Flat where she grew to womanhood.  She lived a few years at Dayton, Washington and from there moved to the John Day country and later to LaGrande.  In 1902 she came to Wallow County and settled on Day Ridge.
     In 1895 she was married to James Albert Ager.  To this union three children were born:  Mrs. Sam Davis, Joseph, Charley E. Ager (whereabouts unknown), and Mrs. Bill Forthman, Wallowa.  One son by a former marriage, Hiram Powell is deceased.
     She leaves to mourn her loss her two daughters, ten grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, three sisters,  Mrs. Ann Keith (her twin sister) of
Touchet, Wash., Mrs. Mary Elkins, Dayton, Wash., and Mrs. Emma Cady, Durkee, Oregon, and a host of other relatives and friends.  The last few years of her life were spent with the oldest daughter, Mrs. Sam Davis, in and near Joseph.
    Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon from the Booth chapel with Edwin Beem in charge.  Mrs. Garnet Best and Mrs. Gwen Coffin sang "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere" and Last Mile of the Way."  She was laid to rest on her 88th birthday in the Flora cemetery by the side of her son, Hiram Powell.

Enterprise Chieftain, Feb. 12, 1948.. front page

Contributed by Louise Ager Belsby, g-daughter of Nancy.

Kenneth R. Anderson

     Kenneth R. Anderson, 73, died December 18, 1993 at Pendleton, Oregon.
     He was born June 3, 1920. He married Dorothy Scott at Enterprise. She preceded him in death on April 23, 1960. Survivors include his son Keith of Portland. Two daughters Ilene Gilchrist and Elain Anderson, both of Pendleton. Seven grand and one great grand child.
     Funeral service was held Wednesday December 22, 1993, at the Bollman Funeral Home. With private vault entombment in Enterprise Cemetery.

Obituary copied from the files at Wallowa Chieftain, Enterprise

Contributed by Orvetta Harmon

Bert Adams

     Bert Adams committed suicide sometime Thursday night in the county jail where Sheriff Rinehart had given him lodging for the evening. He walked down from the logging camp the night before and had been at the pool halls and other places during the day and evening. Sheriff Rinehart who had been asked to keep a watchful eye on Adams, told him he might just as well sleep in one of the beds in jail, he finally accepted the invitation. In the morning, it was found that he had cut his throat.
     He left a brother at the logging camp the night before about ten o'clock saying that he could step out for a few minutes and instead of returning to the bunk house struck out for Enterprise and tramped the eighteen miles over the worst path that he could find.
     He leaves a wife and three children at Tekio, Wash., and the body was shipped to that place Sunday.
     He had been down in California lately and suffered a bad attack of the flu which is thought to have affected his mind.

Wallowa County Reporter
Thursday January 2, 1919

       Enterprise Man Killed at La Grande on Way to Market With Stock

     Joe Allen, well known at his home in Enterprise and elsewhere in Wallowa county, was killed in the railroad yards at La Grande last Saturday evening.  He was on his way to Portland with a car of hogs.  The body was brought back to Enterprise on Monday and the funeral, conducted by the Odd Fellows lodge, was held Tuesday morning.  Burial was in the Enterprise cemetery.
     Mr. Allen left Enterprise Saturday morning on the same train which George Chandler and Daniel Throe started to market with cattle for J. W. Chandler.  J. M. Blakely also went out with horses.
     At La Grande these men and others from outside this county were in the way car attached to the stock train bound for Portland in the evening when a train was switched past.  The two tracks were so close that the train struck the way car which jolted and then began to turn over.
     Mr. Blakely leaped to the door and out upon the ground in safety. Mr. Allen followed him, but the car was on edge as he struck the ground and it came down on him before he could get clear.  He cried for help once after being pinned down, but lapsed into unconsciousness before the woodwork of the car was chopped away, and died shortly afterward.
     Others in the car either did not try to get out or were unable to and escaped with bruises and minor injuries.  Mr. Blakely led in the work of extricating Mr. Allen from the wreckage.
     An investigation was made by the railroad board of inquiry and the blame was placed on the train and yard men responsible for leaving the car where it could be struck by the other train and for running this other train down on it.
     As Mr. Allen had a car of hogs on the way to market, it was necessary for action to be taken at once to preserve the property.  Judge J. H. Olmsted therefore appointed George S. Craig special administrator to look after perishable property, to retain his authority until a permanent administrator was appointed.
     John Selbert of Pendleton, who had business relations with Mr. Allen for some years, came to Enterprise Monday afternoon, accompanied by Col. F. S. Ivanhoe as his attorney.  Judge Olmsted appointed Mr. Selbert administrator, fixing his bond at $25,000.  The order appointing the administrator stated that Mr. Allen had no relatives in the state, as far as was known, and the he was indebted to Mr. Selbert for a considerable sum.
     The personal property, in the document, was estimated to be worth about $5,000, to which was added a claim for $7,500 against the O. W. R. & N. Co., for causing his death, making a total of $12,500.  The real estate is a more complicated matter.
     Of the 900 acres of farm land north of Enterprise credited to Mr. Allen, 240 acres are owned outright by Mr. Selbert.  Mr. Selbert also owns a half  interest in 320 acres, put in at a valuation of $9,600.  A mortgage of $6,200 is held by Mr. Selbert on Mr. Allenís half interest in the 320 and is
also secured on an additional 160 acres.  Mr. Allen also had a timber and stone claim of 40 acres and other land amounting to 140 acres.  This land on which Mr. Selbert had no mortgage was mortgaged to secure another loan of $2,500.
     S.F. Pace, S.D. Keltner and W. E. Taggart were appointed appraisers of the estate.
     Mr. Allen formerly lived in Pendleton where he had a livery stable and did a small produce business.  He came to Wallowa county ten years ago where he peddled merchandise and various goods to farmers, and bought hides.  Then he took up a homestead north of town and became a farmer.  In recent months he had rented his farm land and lived in town most of the time, giving his attention to buying live stock for the Portland market.  He was a shrewd buyer and was reputed to be wealthy.
     Mystery always has surrounded the early career of Mr. Allen.  It is the belief of those who knew him well that he was a Syrian, although other reports have it that he was born in Quebec of French ancestry.  He was thought by some to be related to Mr. Selbert, but this was incorrect.
     He never had any family with him in this county or in Pendleton, so far as Mr. Selbert can recall.  But there is a persistent rumor in circulation that a wife and children live in a town in northern Idaho.  An effort is being made to find them.  As the matter stands, no person in any way related to Mr. Allen has been discovered.

ERC  Thurs. Sept 12, 1912


   Will Take Charge When She Furnishes $25,000 Bond - Goes to Sell Idaho Home

Mrs. Joe Allen was appointed as administratrix last week of the estate of her late husband, who was killed recently at La Grande while on the way to Portland with live stock.  Her bond was fixed at $25,000, and she is to qualify and begin her administration as soon as she furnishes the necessary surety.  She went back late Saturday to Moscow, Idaho where she has a small home.  She will sell this and return to Enterprise to reside.
     Until she qualifies George S. Craig, the special administrator, will remain in charge of the estate.
     Mrs. Allenís attorney, William N. Morgan, of Moscow, also returned to his home after making arrangements with local counsel to look after his clientís interests here.
     John Selbert of Pendleton, a large creditor of Allen, was here with F. S. Ivanhoe, his attorney, when Judge Olmsted appointed Mrs. Allen administratix.  Mr. Selbert and Mr. Ivanhoe said the appointment was satisfactory to them, and was the logical step to be taken.  Col. Ivanhoe
said there had been some misapprehension regarding possession of Allenís papers.  The papers and a few articles of small value which were in Allenís pockets, Col. Ivanhoe said, were removed by the undertaker at La Grande and given to Mr. Selbert, who accepted them and held them until notified to turn them over to someone legally qualified to receive them.  That course was taken, Mr. Ivanhoe said on his advice, and in the interest of preserving everything belonging to the estate.

Enterprise Record Chieftain
Thurs. Sept 26, 1912
Transcribed by Charlotte Carper

Louise Allen
Powwatka Items

     Louise Allen aged 19 years died at her mother's home in this city on Tuesday, Dec. 3rd, after an illness of over a year. Burial at 2 p.m. today.

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday December 6, 1918

Jidge Tippett and Mr. and Mrs. Raburn had taken Nathan Appleton down to the boat on the Grande Ronde river on which he went on to Lewiston. Mr. Appleton was critically ill when he began the trip and died the following Wednesday at Lewiston

Enterprise Record Chieftain
January 25, 1912

Transcribed by Charlotte Carper

Sally G. Arney died in Portland Feb. 13, 1981.

     The daughter of Lelah and the late Dr. A. J. Hockett, she was born in Madison, Wisconsin, Nov. 26, 1935.
     She is survived by her husband Douglas Arney, her mother Lelah Hockett of Portland; sons John Beaudoin of California, Steve Beaudoin of Portland and Wade C. (Corky) Johnson of Bend.
     Memorials may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society.

Wallowa County Chieftain
Thursday February 19, 1981
Page 8

Contributed by: Tom Childers


     Funeral Services were conducted Sunday afternoon for Mrs. Richard Anderson (Lois Ward), 28, of Oregon City. Rev. Earl Rogers officiated. Music was provided by Mrs. Ralp Kay and Mrs. Garnet Best who sang "Beyond the Sunset". Pallbearers were Keith Searles, Harold Lay, Bob Hamilton, Jack Christy, Bob Freels and Clyde Fleenor. Interment was in the Enterprise cemetery. Her first funeral was held at 10:30 Saturday at the chapel of Atkinson Memorial Congregational church in Oregon City.
     Lois Eileen Ward was born January 6, 1923 in Portland, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Landy Ward. She was united in marriage to Richard Anderson at Freewater in 1946. She died at the Oregon City hospital Thursday, October 25. She had been in failing health since last summer but became worse about two weeks ago. Mrs. Anderson had lived in Oregon City for the last 2 and 1/2 years and her husband is the principal of the Park Place School. She was a member of the Atkinson Memorial Congregational Church and was active in the Primary Mother's club and the Yomareo club of the church. Also, she was a member of the Jaybettes. A memorial to Mrs. Anderson has been established at the Oregon City library. She is survived by her husband, year old daughter, Merri Jay, of Oregon City, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Landy Ward and brother, Jay Ward of Enterprise. Her other brother, Kenneth W. Ward is with the Army in Florida.

Wallowa County Chieftain Newspaper
dated Nov. 2, 1951.

Contributed by Michelle Drayton-Fisher


     Clifford Applegate, 51 year-old Umatilla carpenter, died here today at the home of his sister, Mrs. Merton Kuhn, following a brief illness.
     A native of Paradise, Ore., and a former resident of Wallowa county, Applegate had resided for the last three and one half years in Umatilla.
     He leaves his wife, Mrs. Maude Applegate, Umatilla; a grandson, Jimmie Applegate, Umatilla; a brother, Donald Applegate, Tillamook, and three sisters, Mrs. Sylvia Wade of Enterprise, Mrs. Letha Dailey of Portland and Mrs. Vadna Kuhn of La Grande.
     Services will be held from the Snodgrass Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Monday under the Rev. Gene Robinson, with burial to follow in the Portland crematorium.

Saturday, 19 June 1954, Page 4.

Contributed by Robert C. Bull


     Samuel D. Armon, a retired logger and farmer of Wallowa who had been in failing health for several weeks, passed away Friday, Sept. 12, 1975 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital.
     He was born July 31, 1888, near Des Moines Iowa, son of James Harvey and Frances Armon, and he had lived in Wallowa County since 1906. He was married on Jan. 1, 1911, at Enterprise to Melvina Mae Lortie, who preceded him in death on Aug. 6, 1975.
     He is survived by one son, Wayne, of Enterprise, three daughters, Mrs. Wilbur (Charlotte) Weaver and Mrs. Norman (Carol) Barton of Wallowa and Mrs. Glen (Carmen) Prince of Enterprise, and 15 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
     Memorial services were conducted by the Bollman Funeral Home on Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the Wallowa Christian Church with Richard Jenks officiating. Organist was Mary Ann Jenks and soloist was Jo Woodward who sang "In The Garden" and "Beyond The Sunset".
     Casket bearers were: Jim Ronsavell, Velpeau Moore, Florian DeJean, Wendell Weaver, Joe Preso and Keith Weaver. Vault interment was in the Bramlet Memorial Cemetery.

Wallowa County Chieftain
Thursday September 18, 1975


     A. F. Arnold was born Nov. 13, 1870, near Lexington, Ky. and passed away Oct. 30, 1946, at Joseph after a long illness.
     Mr. Arnold came to Wallowa county May 8, 1893. He was in the sheep business with N.C. Longfellow a while, and later bought him out and ran sheep by himself until 1918. Since then he had lived around Joseph.
     He was married to Dora Fairchild, and to this union were born six children, two of whom preceded him in death, one in infancy.
     He leaves to mourn his loss his wife and four children. Georgia Katz, Gene and Jack of Joseph, and Waldo of the Hawaiian Islands, and two grandchildren.
     Funeral services were held at the Imnaha school house Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, with Rev. Howard E. Pierce of the Joseph Church of Christ in charge. burial was in the Imnaha cemetery.

Card of Thanks

     We wish to express our thanks for the kindness shown us during the illness and passing of our loved one, and we especially thank Mrs. Lucy Miller, Fern Goodenow and all our friends on Imnaha.

Mrs. A. F. Arnold
Gene and Jack Arnold
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Katz and family

Wallowa County Chieftain
Front Page - Thursday
November 7, 1946


     Othe Arnold, oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Arnold, succumbed to an attack of heart failure yesterday morning, Wednesday, May 6, 1936, at the family home on Sheep creek. She was in the yard when she fell to the ground and passed away almost immediately.
     A call was sent to Imnaha and Mrs. E.C. Stoneman, formerly a trained nurse, went hurriedly to the Arnold home but found nothing to be done. Coroner C. L. Booth was summoned and he made an investigation, concluding it was simply a case of the heart ceasing to perform its function.
     Miss Arnold was 26 years old. Her parents and four brothers and sisters survive her. Burial services will be held at the grave in Imnaha cemetery this afternoon.

Enterprise Record Chieftain
Thursday May 7, 1935

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