Wallowa County Obituaries


Jesse Pelum Garrett

Jesse Pelum Garrett passed away at the Walowa County hospital Sunday morning.  He was taken to the hospital Saturday after his hip had been broken in a fall on Main street.  He was knocked to the sidewalk when some boys, who were wrestling, bumped into him.  At the hospital he sank rapidly, apparently suffering from the shock.

      Mr. Garrett had been a resident of Wallowa County for about 52 years.  He was born in Leicester, North Carolina, on April 3, 1863.  When  he was a young man he moved to Washington where he lived a few years before coming to Wallowa County.  About 1895 or 1896 he filed on a homestead four miles west of Flora and this was his home until 12 or 15 years ago when he moved to Flora.  For the past year he had lived in Enterprise.

      Mr. Garrett was never married.  He is survived by two brothers, Willie and Ellen, of North Carolina; two nephews, Edwin Lee Garrett on the Grande Ronde River and Richard Garrett of Jacksonville, Oregon; and by three nieces, Mrs. Lila Botts, Mrs. Neva Botts and Mrs. Velma  Osborn.

      Funeral survices, conducted by Rev. Howard Stover of the Community Church at Enterprise, will be held this afternoon (Thursday) at 2 o'clock at Flora with burial in the Flora cemetery.

      Contributed by Julie Botts

(I have Jesse as dying July 5, 1948 in my database - Janine)

John B. Garrett

John B. Garrett, and early settler in the Flora district, passed away in Thursday, June 20 1935 at his home. Funeral services were held Sunday Morning in the Methodist church at Flora and burial was in the Flora cemetery. John Brockman Garrett was born March 23, 1857in Buncom county North Carolina. He came west in the summer of 1884 and lived in Dayton Wash. where he was united in marriage to Edith Abel in the summer of 11189. To this union were born seven children. They moved from Dayton to Flora in 1895, where he took a homestead west of Flora.
Mrs. Garrett passed away May 13, 1909.

Mr. Garrett leaves to mourn his loss Edwin L. Garrett of Flora Edgar Garrett , Lostine,  Lila Botts and Neva Botts of Flora, Richard Garrett of Medford, Velma Osborne of Seneca and Raymond Garrett of Flora, 24 grandchildren and six great grandchildren; also five brothers and two sisters. He was a kind and loving husband and father and a man of mild and quiet habits. He was a member of the Christian church in Flora. He was a friend to all who knew him and will be greatly missed in the community.

       Contributed by Julie Botts

Raymond W. (Rod) Garrett

Raymond W. (Rod) Garrett passed away Sunday, May 17, 1942 at the home of his brother, Richard Garrett at Jacksonville near Medford. For a  year Rod had lived with his brother and recently had been working on the construction of a new army contonment.He had been in poor  health and was oppressed by personal worries and death came from a bullet fired from a high power rifle in his ojwn hands. The body was  brought to Enterprise by Richard Garrett and Cecil Osborne and funeral services were held yesterday afternoon  at the Flora Methodist church  and burial was in Flora Cemetery. Rev. O.M. Adams of the Enterprise Congregation church officiated.

  Raymond Walker Garrett was born at Flora, Nov 20, 1907 a son of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Garrett He lived at Flora and Enterprise in his young  manhood and had been away from here for sometime. He was married to Leona Chetwood and they had no children. He was survived by his  widow and six brothers and sisters ; Eddie Garrett of Flora, Edgar Garrett of Kennewick, Wash, Richard Garrett of Jacksonville, Mrs. Lila Botts  and Mrs. Neva Botts of Flora and Mrs. Cecil Osborne of Lakeview and also by and uncle, Pelham Garrett, pioneer resident of Flora. Rod was a  friendly and generous and his sudden death is regretted by many.

Donated by Julie Botts

Richard R Garrett

Funeral services for Richard R. Garrett of Medford who passed away Monday will be held today at 3 o'clock at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Medford. Mr. Richard F Genaw will officiate. Conger-Morris Funeral Directors of Medford are in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Garrett was born April 8, 1898 in Flora, Oregon the son of the late Brock and Edith Garrett. On Aug 7, 1931 he married the former Bessie Falvey who survives. He served in the army in World War I. He had lived in the Medford area for 50 years and was engaged in the logging business. Suurvivors , besides his wife include one son Richard P. Garrett, Bellevue Wash. One daughter Heloyse Burk, Portland: one sister Velma Osborne, LaGrande; four grandchildren. Three brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.

Contributed by Julie Botts

Lewis Giess

Mrs. A. L. Berry and Mrs. A. E. Hartley were called to La Grande the latter part of last week by the death of their sister's husband, Lewis Giess, in that city.

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday December 5, 1918


Peggy Contreras is a relative of Lewis. He was her Grandmother's brother. She writes to let us know the correct spelling was Geiss. Will leave the above on as that's how it's written in the newspaper.

Colonel Freemont Graves

Colonel Freemont Graves was born in Tahama county, California, June 5th, 1878 and with his parents moved to Union county, Oregon in 1880 and lived there until 1888 and with his parents moved to Enterprise where he has made his home ever since. He was married to Lena Davis on September 20, 1901 to them were born two children, Don age 7 and Nadine age 4. Mr. Graves ahs been engaged in the stock industry in Wallowa county since a small boy. For several years he has been a member of the Woodmen, Elk and K. of P. lodges. He has been in poor health for the last three years although he never gave up until the end came, Nov. 10th, 1920. He is survived by his wife and two children, his mother, Mrs. R. Rice of Puyallup, Wash., and two brothers, W.H. of Boise, Idaho, and Mark of Caldwell, Idaho.

Wallowa County Reporter November 18, 1920


The sad news came over the wire Monday morning that O. J. Gowey, of Prairie City, had departed this life. Mr. Gowey was formerly of this place and was well respected and loved - being "grandpa" to our whole community.

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday August 16, 1917

Services Held for Ray Gowey

Ray William Gowey of Joseph passed away on Tuesday, June 2, 1974 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital, where he had been a patient eight days. He had been in failing health for the past six months.

He was the son of Orlando and Margaret Gowey and was born at Flora on Feb. 27, 1901. He had lived most of his life at Flora and Troy, living for a time at Grass Valley, Calif. On Sept. 24, 1923 he was married at Enterprise to Opal A. Shuman who preceded him in death on June 13, 1962. He was a retired rancher.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Melvin (Margaret) Botts of Joseph; two brothers, Mark of Pomeroy, Wash., and Roy of Cataldo, Ida.; and seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Friday at 10 a.m. at the Bollman Chapel with the Rev. Edward J. Morrison officiating. Jeannette Powers was organist and Clifford Collinsworth sang "Just A Closer Walk With Thee" and "Beyond The Sunset."

Casket bearers were: B.H. Swisher, Norman Lovell, Marion Shoopman, Dave Murrill, Chet Hafer and Lester Kiesecker; and interment followed at 2 p.m. in the Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens at Lewiston, Ida.

Wallowa County Chieftain
Thursday July 11, 1974


Amos A. Greer, well known rancher and workman of Willow Springs district, died suddenly of pneumonia
Tuesday night, Sept. 19. Mr. Greer had been ill but was supposed to be on the road to recovery when a relapse
came and he died in a few hours.

The deceased was born in Ohio in 1871 and came to Wallow county nine years ago. He was a member of Wallowa
lodge No. 154, IOOF, and that order had charge of the remains to the depot on the way to Moscow, Idaho for
interment, funeral being held there Saturday. A widow and six children survive to mourn the loss of a loving
husband and father.

Enterprise Record Chieftain
Thursday September 28, 1911

Contributed by Charlotte Carper

George M. Gwenn

George M. Gwenn died at the Enterprise Hospital on November 29th, 1917. Appendicitis was the cause of his death. Mr. Gwenn recently moved to a farm near Joseph and came from Walla Walla. He was fifty years of age and leaves a wife and nine children to mourn his departure. The body was sent to Walla Walla for burial on Friday the 21st.

Wallowa County Reporter Wednesday, December 5, 1917

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