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Wallowa County Obituaries


Mrs. Rebecca Keeler

The funeral services of Mrs. Rebecca Keeler was conducted by Rev. L.A. Cook of Joseph from the Presbyterian church last Friday, Rev. Atkins assisting. A large number of Wallowa people accompanied the family and remains to Evans where the body was interred.

Wallowa County Reporter January 19, 1918

Mrs. H.F. Kelley Dies

Mrs. Harry E. Kelley died Sunday, Nov. 3, at the family home at Washtucna, Wash., after an illness of only about a week. Mr. Kelley was here last week when he received word that she was seriously ill and he hastened home. Death was caused by an abscess at the base of the brain. Three small sons survive their mother. Three small sons survive their mother. Burial was in the Masonic cemetery at Walla Walla yesterday.

Enterprise Record Chieftain
Thursday, November 7, 1918

Earl Kimble

Word was received Tuesday of the death of Earl Kimble at Spokane. The telegram did not give the cause of his death but it is supposed to have been the influenza as they are having it hard in Spokane. He accompanied his father to this city last month to attend the funeral of L.W. Kimble.

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday November 7, 1918

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Lawrence W. Kimble

Lawrence W. Kimble was born at Benton, Pa, June 16, 1871. Died in Enterprise, Sunday, October 6th, 1918.
    When Lawrence was five years of age his parents and family moved to Springield, Illinois where they remained seven years, then moving to Minnesota. They returned to the old home in Pennsylvania where they now reside. Lawrence remained in the central west except for two years spent at the old home in Pennsylvania just before coming to the far west. He first moved to Kennewick, Wash., in 1911 and to Enterprise in the fall of 1912 when he became manager of the Enterprise M & M flour mills.
    He was married Jany. 21, 1893 to Amelia Lehman in Minnesota. His wife and three children, Mrs. Ethel Hamilton, Fern and Clarence Kimble, all of Enterprise, survive him. A brother, C.L. Kimble, lives in Spokane and the aged parents in Benton, Pa.
    The death of Mr. Kimble was a great shock to his many friends in this city and surrounding country. He had been stricken less than a week. Mr. Kimble was an active member of the M.E. church in this city and a valued member of the I.O.O.F lodge of this city.
    The funeral was largely attended and the funeral services at the M.E. church was conducted by Rev. Sibley. The Odd Fellows had charge at the cemetery.
     The floral offerings were beautiful and large.
    Mr. Kimble was quiet and unassuming but to know him was to realize his splendid character and great worth to the community. The sincere sympathy of the entire community goes out to the bereaved ones in their great loss.

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday, October 10, 1918


Resolutions of Condolence

Whereas, the Supreme Ruler of the Universe has seen fit to remove from our midst our beloved brother, Lawrence W. Kimble and from his family a loving and devoted husband and father, and from the community a worthy citizen.
    Be it resolved by Enterprise Lodge, No. 153, I.O.O.F. that we extend to the bereaved family the hand and heart of Odd Fellowship in this their hour of bereavement, drape our charter in mourning for a period of thirty days, spread a copy hereof upon our minutes and furnish a copy to the family and to the local press.

R.V. Hamilton
J.W. Boyd
W.A. Strickler
Victory Johnson
J.W. Rodgers

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday, October 10, 1918

Mrs. C. Kingery

Mrs. C. Kingery passed away at her home in this city on Wednesday the 8th after an illness of about one week. She leaves to mourn her loss a husband and a little girl. The remains were taken to Glasco, Kentucky and the husband and daughter accompanied the remains and will not return.

Wallowa County Reporter August 16, 1917

Alexander P. Kirkland

Alexander P. Kirkland died at his home in this city last Sunday, June 20th, 1920, at the age of 70 years. The cause of his death was paralysis. He leaves to mourn his death his wife, two sons and three daughters. Also the aged father who resides in Independence, Oregon, and a brother. The funeral was held Tuesday and burial made at the Enterprise cemetery.

Wallowa County Reporter Enterprise June 24, 1920

Mrs. W. T. Knapp

Mrs. W. T. Knapp passed away Sunday evening, Jan. 1, 1939, at the St. Anthony hospital in Pendleton after a major operation three months and four days ago.
    Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Hermiston, conducted by Rev. C. R. Moore and burial will be at Hermiston.
     Maggie Irene Bridwell was born seventy years ago, October 19, 1868 in Norborne, Missouri. She crossed the plains at the age of ten with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. David A. Bridwell, in a wagon train, coming to Union county. After a few years they moved to Wallowa county where she was unitied in marriage to William Thomas Knapp January 2, 1887. To this union was born five children. Guy Elmer, Hermiston; Edna A. Childers, deceased; Myrl B. Whitmore, Enterprise; Jenit Roberta Hoffnagle, Pendleton; Budd Homer, Hermiston.
     Mrs. And Mrs. Knapp were among the first settlers of Wallowa county and homesteaded near Leap 52 years ago this spring. Later they moved to Lostine and from there they took up farming in the Leap country. They reside here until 26 years ago and they moved to Umatilla county to Echo. In 1920 they moved to the Stanfield project where they lived 12 years and then moved to Hermiston six years ago where they resided at the time of Mrs. Knapp's death.
     Her parents, David A. and Mary Frances (Hamilton) Bridwell passed away several years ago. Two brothers, Charles, Lostine; George, Long Beach, California; five sisters, May Cray, Wallowa; Bessie Clayton, Myrtle Point; Y[J?]ackie Chapman, Lostine; Lulu Ackley, Long Beach, Calif.; Eva Forrester Applegate, 23 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and children survive. A brother and sister passed away in infancy.
     Mrs. Knapp was an active member in the Hermiston Townsend Club where she was a charter member. She was ambitious and cheerful, and kind and helpful to all. She leaves many friends to mourn her loss.

Enterprise Chieftain
Enterprise, Oregon
Thursday, January 5, 1939
Page 6

Submitted by: Tom Childers

Mrs. Ellen Knapper

Funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon at the Methodist church in Joseph m for Mrs. Ellen M. Knapper, who died Sunday evening, Dec 15.1940.
     Rev. Ralph Vanderwood was in charge and the Methodist quartet sang Beautiful Isle of Somewhere and Abide with Me. The pall bearers who assisted in the service were Henry Mitchell, P. Mullins, Max Wilson and Polk Mays, of Joseph, and Charles Johnson and Ross Leslie of Enterprise, Interment was made in Prairie Creek Cemetery besides her husband.
     Mrs. Knapper was born in Astoria Illinois, Feb 3 1862. She married Ludwig Knapper January 2, 1881. She came with her husband to Oregon in the spring of 1882 settling in Pendleton. Six years later they moved to Joseph, which has been her home since that time, except for ten years she spent in Portland after the death of her husband in 1926. She returned to Joseph in 1938.
     On October 9th of this year she suffered a stroke and was confined to her bed until her death. Mrs. Knapper was a charter member of the Joseph Methodist Ladies Aid which was organized about 45 years ago and was always interested in the general social life of the town.
     Three children survive their mother , Robert B. , of Joseph, Benjamin , of Portland. and Mrs. Maude Eberhard, of La Grande. One daughter Addie Schaupp preceded her in death, leaving two daughters, Irene Schaupp, Portland and Mrs. Linn Latourette (Francis Schaupp), of Jennings Lodge Ore. whom Mrs. Knapper raised. Also still living are nine grand children and three great grandsons, besides several nieces and nephews.

Joseph Herald

Donated by Julie Botts

Services Held For Georgia Kotz

Georgia Kotz of Joseph, who had been in ill health for the past six months, passed away at the Wallowa Memorial Hospital on Monday, July 8, 1974.
     She was a daughter of Abijah and Dora Arnold and was born at Joseph on Jan. 20, 1914. She had lived in Wallowa County all of her life, living for a time on the Imnaha. On May 29, 1933 she was married at Lewiston to George B. Kotz. She was a member of St. Katherine's Catholic Church.
     Survivors include her husband George B. Kotz of Joseph; two sons, Norman of Spokane and Dean of Joseph; one brother, Gene Arnold of Enterprise; and six grandchildren.
     Prayer Vigil was Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Bollman Chapel and requiem mass was offered by Father Leo F. Weckerie yesterday (Wednesday) at 10 a.m. at St. Katherine's Catholic Church. Florence Brennan was organist. Casket bearers were: Milo and Verine Fairchild, Elzie Lewis, Charles Lydall, Bill Kellermann and John Burnsire; and interment was in the Enterprise Catholic Cemetery.

Wallowa County Chieftain
Thursday July 11, 1974

Roy William Kruse

Official announcement that Roy William Kruse of Wallowa was killed in action on Sept. 29th has been received by his parents. He is the ninth Wallowa county boy to give his life on the battlefield.

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday December 12, 1918


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