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Grover C. Eckley

DIES FOR HIS COUNTRY

Word was received yesterday of the death of Grover C. Eckley on the battlefield in France on Sept. 28th. Johnny Eckley, as he was usually called, went from Enterprise in the call of April 26th, 1918 to Camp Lewis and was called overseas in about two months arriving in England in July.

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday November 7, 1918


Albert W. Edwards

The many friends of Albert Edwards of Lostine regret to hear of his death in France of pneumonia. He had many friends in all parts of the county who regret to hear of his death.

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday December 5, 1918


James Edwards

Another death is recorded in the county from the influenza at Joseph this week when James Edwards died on Monday the 2nd.

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday February 5, 1920

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James Edwards was born March 6, 1901 in Asotin County, Wash. and died at Joseph, Wallowa, Co. Oregon February 2, 1920, at the age of 18 years, 10 months and 27 days. He leaves one brother and a host of friends to mourn his going. His mother Mrs. Annie Edwards departed this life March 15, 1903. His body was laid to rest in the Paradise cemetery.

Wallowa County Reporter February 19, 1920


Hazel (FISHER) EIFFERT

Funeral services were held in Central Valley, California, June 2, 1982 for Hazel Fisher Eiffert, long time resident of Enterprise and Wallowa County, who died May 30, 1982. Born in Lostine to Hiram and Emma A. Fisher, she was married to John Eiffert. For the last 20 years she had lived in Central Valley. She is survived by her husband; a sister, Stella Colvin of Arizona; a brother, Harry Fisher of Union and several nieces and nephews.

Wallowa County Chieftain June 10, 1982.

This information contributed by Michelle Drayton-Fisher


Mrs. T. R. Elliott
Homicide and Suicide

Enterprise, Oregon, May 15. - A startling and deplorable tragedy was enacted about nine o'clock last night on Whiskey Creek, 11 miles north of Enterprise. Mrs. Elliott, wife of T. R. Elliott, shot and killed Rev. J. A. Hunter, a resident of that neighborhood and while on her way home after committing the deed, Mrs. Elliott took her own life. Trouble grew out of a dispute over the settlement of a threshing bill in which a son of Mr. Hunter and the Elliots were principally interested. The difficulty began last fall and assumed the form of a neighborhood feud in which the residents of the vicinity took part.

Mr. Hunter was a well known resident of Wallowa, and was one time representative for the county. He was formerly a minister of the Methodist church, but a few years ago severed his ministerial relations with the church. He leaves a wife who is quite advanced in age and in poor health. He has four grown sons, all of whom are residents of Wallowa.

The Elliot family have resided in Wallowa a number of years. Mr. Elliott, being extensively engaged in the saw-mill business.

Cove Ledger Thursday May 18, 1899


T. N. Estes

T.N. Estes, pioneer of Wallowa county and highly respected citizen, passed away Friday, Nov 1, 1918, at his residence in Joseph. The cause of his death was heart failure. He was almost 72 years old at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife and nine children.

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday November 7, 1918


Services Held For
Bertha E. Evans

Memorial services for Mrs. Bertha E. Evans were Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Bollman Chapel, with Rev. Harold D. Fuller, pastor of Bethel Assembly of God in Walla Walla, formerly of Enterprise, officiating. Mrs. Lyle Shumway was pianist, and Mrs. Harold D. Fuller sang "Life Is Like A Mountain Railroad" and "Sometimes We'll Understand."

Casket bearers were: Verne Conrad, Herbert Bork, Earl Conrad, Billy L. Bork, Tracy Puderbaugh, and Marvin Bork, and interment was in the Enterprise cemetery.

Bertha Emma Bork, daughter of Rudolph and Bertha Bork, pioneers of Wallowa county, was born August 22, 1899 in Flora, and passed away Friday, November 21, 1963 in a Walla Walla hospital where she had been a patient for five days. She had been in failing health for seven years and critically ill for the past few weeks.

She had lived in Wallowa county all of her life. On September 24, 1819 she was married to Anthony Lee Evans who preceded her in death on July 12, 1943. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Wilbur (Wilda) Zollman, of Enterprise; three sisters, Mrs. Eda Conrad, of Joseph, Mrs. Lesia Evans, of Enterprise, and Mrs. Lillie Evans, of LaGrande; three brothers, William Bork, of Walla Walla, Rudolph Bork, of Lostine, and Ira Bork, of Baker; and one granddaughter, Julia Ann Zollman, of Enterprise. A son, Billy, passed away May 12, 1963.

Wallowa County Chieftain
Thursday November 28, 1963
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Myron J. Ewing

Myron J. Ewing was born in Trubull county Ohio, December 30, 1850. After an illness of one week he passed on to rest at the home of his daughter, Mrs. N. Jay Billings, at Wallowa, Oregon, December 27, 1917, being just three days short of his 67 years of age.

His parents were of sturdy pioneer stock who settled in the midst of the forests of Ohio and proceeded to work out life's tasks. Their sturdy fibre entered largely into the life of their son.

His life was marked by earnestness of endeavor, firmness of conviction, breadth of vision and strength of character. Being by natural endowment a student, after completing the work of the Ohio public schools he took the Liberal Arts course at Ohio Northern University at Ada, Ohio, securing his B.A. degree. This was followed by a Post Graduate course in the Science at Northwestern University, Chicago. Then for some sixteen years he taught the Sciences in Ohio Northern University, his Alma Mater. Later he completed his course in Medical Science at Western Reserve University at Cleveland, Ohio, and entered upon the practice of Medicine in Findlay, Ohio, in 1890. For sixteen years, he enjoyed a large practice. In 1906 on account of the health of his family he came to Oregon and settled in Lake county near Summer Lake. Oregon has since been his home. For two years, he has engaged in the practice of medicine at Lostine, Wallowa county.

In 1874, he was united in marriage to Miss Adella G. Averil of Door, Michigan. To them were born seven children of whom four still live. Mrs. George Detweiler and Carl W. Ewing, of Summer Lake, Oregon; Mrs. H.C. Erwin, of Erie, Penn. and Mrs. N. Jay Billings of Wallowa, Oregon.

Mrs. Ewing died in Portland in April 1915 where she had gone for medical treatment. One sister still lives, Mrs. Eliza Ann Miller of Bluffton, Ohio. These with eight grandchildren and a large circle of friends scattered over the world cherish in high esteem and precious memory our brother who is gone.

Early in life he and his wife became members of the Christian church and continued in the faith unto the end. They sought ever to follow their great Leader. For many years the Doctor has been honored and esteemed of the Masonic Lodge.

The funeral services were conducted from the home of his daughter, Mrs. N. Jay Billings of Wallowa. December 29 by Jasper Bogue, the Christian Minister, and interment made in the Wallowa Cemetery. The Masonic Lodge of Wallowa attended in a body and conducted the beautiful and impressive Masonic Committal services at the grave. A good man, an honored citizen and a beloved father is at rest.

Card of Thanks

With sincere gratitude we wish to express our words of thanks and appreciation to the many friends and the Masonic Lodge and the Christian church for the many kindly words spoken and acts of tender ministry rendered to us and our beloved father during his illness and death. Mr. and Mrs. H. Jay Billings, Carl M. Ewing, Mrs. George Detweiler.

Both taken from the Wallowa County Reporter January 2, 1918

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