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Child of Arthur Neal

The little fifteen months old child of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Neal of Joseph, died Tuesday and was buried in the Enterprise cemetery today.

Wallowa County Reporter February 13, 1919

OBIT: Services for George Neal

Friends and relatives of the Neal and Emmons family were grieved to learn of the sudden passing of George William Neal at the home of his grandson, Edwin Emmons, near Joseph from a heart attack on Saturday morning, November 18, 1950. He only lived two hours from the time he was stricken.

Mr. Neal, son of John and Ellen Neal was born in Pierce City, Missouri October 23, 1880. On November 20, 1899 at Fairview, Missouri he was married to Miss Ollie Davidson. In 1913 he and his wife came west and lived near or in Joseph until 1946. They then moved to near Freewater, Oregon where they have since lived. Most of his life has been spent on a farm.

He is survived by his wife, Ollie Neal and one daughter, Mrs. Eva Emmons of Freewater, three brothers, Oscar of Buckaroouse, Missouri, and Otis and Arthur of Weiser, Idaho, and one sister Mrs. Iva Deathridge of Richmond, California.

Funeral Services were held at the chapel of the Booth-Bollman Funeral Home Monday afternoon, November 20, at 2 o'clock with Rev. Lyle J. Haines of the Christian Church officiating. Mrs. R. D. Kay and Mrs. Garnet Best sang "What a Friend We have in Jesus" and " Beyond the Sunset". Pallbearers were Earl Hovis, of Joseph, Ben Caudle, of Lostine and Floyd Reece, Omar Hays, Milford Emmons and Leland Hambelton of Enterprise and interment was in the Enterprise Cemetery.

Contributed by S. Renee Schaeffer

Mrs. Macel Neeb
Dies In Idaho

Mrs. Macel Neeb, 57, of Smiths Ferry, Idaho died enroute to a Cascade hospital Friday night. Death was attributed to heart trouble.

She was born in Enterprise, Ore., July 2, 1906. She married Melvin Neeb in 1925 and moved to Long Valley that year. She had been postmaster at Smiths Ferry for 28 years. She and her husband operated a motel there from 1935 to 1947.

She was a past matron of the Valley Chapter No. 74, Order of the Eastern Star; past High Priestess of Kemi Court No. 55, Ladies Oriental Shrine and a member of Iras Temple No. 40, Daughters of the Nile.

Survivors are her husband, Melvin Neeb, of Smith's Ferry; her father, C.C. Boswell of Union, Ore.; three daughters, Mrs. Betty Gardner and Mrs. Naomi Peterson of Cascade and Mrs. Jo Anne Cole of Smiths Ferry; Mrs. Jess Poulson of Enterprise, Ore. And Mrs. Ted Holbrook of Milwaukie, Ore.; two brothers, Gene Boswell of Joseph, Ore., and Irving Boswell of Deerfield, Ill.; one foster son, Jack Jones, of Otis Air Force Base, Mass.; twelve grandchildren; five nephews, four nieces; and a number of great nieces and nephews.

All members of the family attended services which were held Tuesday at the Summers Chapel.

Wallowa County Chieftain
Thursday November 28, 1963

Mrs. Carrie S. Nelson

Carrie S. Nelson, wife of B.W. Nelson, died April 21st at the home of her husband's brother, Chas. Nelson, where she had been seriously ill for about a week. Her death being the result of a cerebral hemorrhage following a stroke of paralysis. She was 46 years of age.

Her early life was spent in Washington, D.C. She came west about 18 years ago and lived in Seattle until last December when she and Mr. Nelson were married and settled on a ranch 12 miles east of Enterprise. Besides her husband she is survived by two sons, of a former marriage. Joe and Harry Belke of Seattle. Funeral services will be held tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. at the Methodist church. The body will be taken to Seattle on the afternoon train for interment.

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday April 24, 1919

Card of Thanks

I wish to thank all who so kindly assisted during the illness of my wife and after her death. Their kindness will never be forgotten.

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday May 1, 1919

William Aaron Nicoson

The community was saddened when the news was spread Saturday, that Will Nicoson had died suddenly at his home at Arko. He was filling the radiator of his car, to go to the Arko school house to do some work, when a heart attack came and he dropped to the ground. He had been suffering from a weak heart for more than two years.

Funeral services were held at the home Sunday and burial was in the cemetery near Flora. Rev. Howard Smith of La Grande, Sunday school missionary, was in the community at the time and conducted the services at the church. Mr. Nicoson was a member of the Chief Joseph post, American Legion, and the post attended in a body and was in charge of services at the grave.

William Aaron Nicoson was born at Flora Sept. 21, 1892, a son of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Nicoson, north end pioneers, and died Saturday, Nov. 10, 1934, having lived all his life on the same farm. His father died March 19, 1919, and he remained on the homeplace with his mother. He was survived by his mother, two brothers, Omer B. Nicoson and Roy R. Nicoson, and two sisters, Mrs. Ada V. Shelton and Mrs. Louisa L. Cole, all living north of Flora, and many other distant relatives. He never married.

Mr. Nicoson served his country thru the World war and joined the Legion when it was organized. He united with the Christian church 25 years ago and was a consistent and faithful member. He was a man of high character and had a host of friends.

Card of Thanks

We extend our heartfelt thanks to our relatives, neighbors, and friends, for their love and sympathy in our great sorrow, the death and burial of our beloved son and brother. And we also thank the American Legion of Enterprise for their service and sympathy shown us and for all the beautiful floral offerings. - Mrs. W.H. Nicoson and family.

Enterprise Record Chieftain
Thursday November 15, 1934

Rosa Norton

Long-time Imnaha resident, Rosa Norton, died Sept. 21, 1987 at La Grande. She was 92.

Rosa was born Nov. 1, 1894 at Elgin, the daughter of McKenzie "Mack" and Delilah Long Shelton.

On Aug. 14, 1912, she married Albert "Bert" Norton at Asotin, Wash. He preceeded her in death on Aug. 22, 1960.

Rosa and Bert filed and proved up on a homesteadin the lower Grande Ronde River Canyon area accessible only by horseback. By the misfortune of disease in their herd of horses, they went broke and moved to a loging camp in the Eugene area where they both worked. Bert sawing logs and Rosa cooking.

They saved enough money to come back to Wallowa County to farm and ranch. They retired from ranching in 1958 when they moved to Joseph.

Rosa was active in community affairs. She was a member of the Silverr Lake Rebekah Lodge, Hurricane Creek Grange, and Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion. She attended the Joseph Baptist Church, was active with the Ladies Flower Club, served on election boards and participated in senior citizen functions.

She is survived by sons, Alvin of Mouston, Wisc., and Donald of Imnaha; daughter, Edris Etta Ralls of Kennewick, Wash.; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Bollman Funeral Hme with Rev. Robert Vance officiating. Pallbearers were Grant Warnock, Dwayne Fleet, Wayne Hockett, Harry Hockett, Larry Fleshman, John Freels, and Roy Shelton. Vault interment followed at the Enterprise Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Imnaha Fellowship Memorial Fund in care of Barbara Krilsey, Imnaha.

Wallowa County Chieftain
Page 2 - Thursday
October 1, 1987

Erma Mae Nutt 72
Died January 28, 1980

Erma Mae Nutt 72 of Halfway, Oregon passed away Wednesday, January 28 at St. Elizabeth  Community Hospital. Funeral services for Mrs. Nutt will be conducted Saturday, January 31 at 2:00 p.m. in the Halfway Presbyterian Church. Reverend Sidney Sandusky of the Halfway Presbyterian church will officiate. Interment will follow at the Pine Haven Cemetery Halfway,

Mrs. Nutt was born on May 2, 1908 in Enterprise, Oregon to Mr. and Mrs. George and Pearl Atins-Emmons. Mrs. Nutt was born and raised in the Enterprise area and attended schools there. She worked in La Grande for a Doctor's office. She left the area for awhile and returned to Baker in 1942.

She married David Bill Nutt in Wennemucca, Nevada on Oct. 18, 1960. She had been employed at the Basche Sage Hardware for nine years and had been in Halfway for 20 years. She also cleaned the Presbyterian Church every

She is survived by her daughter Pat Schon and husband Paul of John Day, Oregon; four grandchildren; Paul W. Schon of Halfway, Oregon; Patty Barber of Ontario, Oregon, David Schon of Drewsey, Oregon, Tommy Schon, US Navy,
San Diego, California; three great grandchildren; Michael Barber, Candi Barber, Crissy Lynn Schon. she is preceeded in death by her parents and her husband and one half brother. Friends who wish may contribute to the Halfway Ambulance Fund in her memory. This may be done at Gray's  West and Company Chapel in Baker, Oregon.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Schon of John Day, Oregon, Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Schon of San Diego, California and Patrick and Patty Barber of Ontario were in attendance. Funeral Services were held at the Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 2:00 p.m. for Erma Nutt. Rev. Sidney Sandusky officiated, while soloist, Dennis Curtis sang 2 songs, "In the Garden" and "Beyond the Sunset", with Olive Marker, the organist. Casket bearers were, George Bryan, Bob Phipps, Earl Thompson, Jerry Bryan, Chick Crow and Chub Smith. Interment wasin the Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway.

Contributed by S. Renee Schaeffer

Clarence Paul (Mike) Nuxall

Clarence Paul (Mike) Nuxall passed away on March 8, 1982 at the Wallowa Memorial Hospital in Enterprise, Ore.

The son of John H. and Mary Hussman Nuxall, he was born at Greencreek, Idaho on August 28, 1905. At the age of eight, his parents moved to the Three Lakes Area near Joseph. He was married to Oma Childers in Enterprise in 1929. He lived in the Joseph and Enterprise area where he engaged in farming until his induction into the U. S. Army, July 17, 1942. He served in the European, African and Middle East Theaters during World War II as a power unit operator connected with the 21st GH Medical Detachment. He received his discharge on November 13, 1945 at Fort Lewis, Washington.

Following his tour of duty in the Army, he moved to the Pendleton area and was married to Ruth Nuxall on September 13, 1963. He was employed by the Cunningham Sheep Company until his retirement in 1977. He returned to Enterprise to make his home until his death.

He is survived by his wife Ruth, one daughter, Mrs. Melvin (Elaine) Welch of Dayscreek, Oregon, a stepson, Stanley Leo Nuxall of Richland, Washington; three granddaughters and one grandson. He has four great grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers, Adolph of La Grande, Clem of Bountiful, Utah; one sister, Mrs. Pauline Longstreet of Enterprise; three nephews and six nieces.

He was preceded in death by a twin sister Clara; sisters, Nellie Scott, Laura Cox, brothers Lewis, Gilbert, Leo and twin brothers Richard and Raymond.

Graveside services were conducted by Reverend Dennis Schmidt at the Enterprise Cemetery with interment following, Thursday, March 11, 1982 at 10 a.m.

Mike will be remembered as a gentle and kind man who was always willing to help his neighbors and others in need.

Those who wish may contribute in Mr. Nuxall's memory to the Critical Care Unit at the Wallowa Memorial Hospital. Contributions may be made c/o Bollman Funeral Home, Main at W. Third, Enterprise, Oregon 97828.

Wallowa County Chieftain
Thursday March 11, 1982
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Submitted by: Tom Childers

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