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Mrs. Emma Parker

Mrs. Parker, mother of W. B. and Caddie Parker died Wednesday morning, February 4th, from the results of a bad fall sustained three or four weeks ago. The deceased had reached the age of 80 years and lived with her son on Greenwood Street.

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday, February 5, 1920


Mrs. Emma Parker died at the home of her son, W. B. in Enterprise on Monday, Feby. 9th. The deceased had made her home with her son during the past three years. She was a native of Arkansas and was seventy years of age at the time of her death. Burial was made in the Enterprise cemetery on Feby. 10th.

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday, February 12, 1920


Mrs. J. S. Wagner has received a letter from her sister, Mrs. Glaphrey Shelley of Cornelius, Ore., telling of the death of her daughter, Mrs. Delia Peat, wife of Arthur Peat, at Leavenworth, Wash., Oct. 2. Mrs. Shelley has been to Enterprise many times and is remembered by friends of the family. She wrote:
"She started to her home a little before midnight and as the trainmen had told her it would be safe to cross the tracks, she started across them, as it was a nearer route home. As she crossed the last track, a train ran over her and she lived only two hours. They brought her here for burial. Her husband and children are here and expect to stay this winter. Her boy is 10 years old and the girl is 8. They are nice quiet children and I am glad to have them and their father. "Milas, Virgil and Louie came to the funeral. Milas' wife and little girl came, also Louis brought two children.

The three named are the other children of Mrs. Shelley. Louie is the wife of Ernest Taylor, who has also been in Enterprise. Milas and Virgil Hinshaw are sons of Mrs. Shelley by a former marriage and both are prominent in the prohibition party, the latter having been state chairman for some years.

Enterprise Record Chieftain
Thursday, October 17, 1918

Rev. Alvin E. Pierce

Rev. Alvin E. Pierce was born in Deerfield, Wisconsin, November 2, 1874 and died at the home of his sisters, Mrs. Mary Runkel and Mrs. Eva Jeffers in Enterprise, Oregon, Thursday, Dec. 23, 1920 at 1 a.m.

He spent the early years of his life in Almond and Hancock, in business until he felt called of God to enter the ministry, when he enrolled as a student at the Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Illinois, from which Institution he graduated Dec. 1912. He joined the Wisconsin Conference in the year 1909, and served as pastor of three charges, Poy Sippi, Stockbridge, and Lamartine, all in Wisconsin; serving three years in each place.

He was united in marriage to Kathleen J. Bunn at her home in New York City, April 15, 1914.

While in Lamartine his health failed and he came West accompanied by his wife and sister, Mrs. N.G. Engel of Hancock, hoping that the climate would be benefit to him but he grew gradually worse.

Mrs. Emma Crowe of Portland, Maine, cousin of Mrs. Pierce, came to help in the care of Rev. Pierce but all that loving care could do could not restore his health and he went to meet his Savior whom he loved and served so well.

He leaves to mourn his loss his wife, four sisters and two brothers. The sisters are: Mrs. N.G. Engle, Hancock, Wis; Mrs. M.F. Callanan, Clear Lake, Iowa; Mrs. Eva Jeffers and Mrs. Mary Runkel, Enterprise. The brothers are: Mr. Jno. T. Pierce, Endiang, Canada and Gay W. Pierce, cornell, Wis.

Funeral on Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the Methodist church.

Wallowa County Reporter December 30, 1920

Vera Fay Pierson

WOODBURN - Vera F. Pierson, 84, Woodburn, died Friday at French Prairie Care Center.

Born in Enterprise, she had lived in Portland for 30 years before coming here six months ago. She was a member of the Christian Church.

Survivors include her daughter, Dorothy Galvin, Woodburn; stepson, Gerald Pierson of Ohio; brother, Cecil Childers, Joseph; sister, Verda A. Moeller, Emmett, Idaho; and three grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Cornwell mortuary, Woodburn. Internment will be in St. Luke Cemetery.

Salem, Oregon
Saturday, November 14, 1981
Page 2B

Submitted by: Tom Childers

I. N. Pitzer

I. N. Pitzer died at Vancouver, Washington on Dec. 11th from heart failure. The remains were brought to Enterprise on Monday, the 16th, by a brother, George Pitzer, and interment was made in the Enterprise cemetery, this service being in charge of the I.O.G.F. and K. of P's of this city. The deceased was 66 years of age and been a resident of Enterprise for twenty-five years. He leaves five brothers and three sisters. Before coming to Enterprise and while living at Salt Lake City, Utah, his wife and only child died and he never remarried.

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday December 19, 1918

Resolutions of Condolence
I.N. Pitzer

Whereas, it has pleased the Almighty in his infinite Wisdom to remove from this earth to a home beyond our beloved Brother, I.N. Pitzer and Whereas, that in death of our brother the lodge has lost a faithful and respected member, be it resolved that we extend to the relatives of the deceased our heartfelt sympathy and be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be printed in the local papers, also that a copy of the same be spread on the records of the lodge, I.O.O.F. 153

B.W. Hamilton, Chris. Bauer, Chas. Wilgerodt Committe

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday January 2, 1919


Orville J. Poley, prominent resident of Lostine for many years passed away Dec. 28 at the Ambassador Apartments, in Newberg, which he and his wife had been operating for a few years.

He is survived by his widow, Minnie R. (Day) Poley of Newberg, one daughter, Mrs. Margaret Jackson of Japan; a small grandchild; one brother A.F. Poley of Portland and two sisters, Mrs. Flora P. Mitchell and Mrs. Bessie Cray of Springfield, Ore.

Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 30 at 2 p.m. at Hudson's Mortuary at Newburg.

Wallowa County Chieftain
January 2, 1947
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Hiram Owen Powell

The body of Hiram Owen Powell arrived on Monday's train from Dayton, Washington, where he died on Dec. 4th. He was a son of Mrs. Augur of Flora, a pioneer of this county. He was aged 29 years, 5 months and 5 days.

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday December 12, 1918

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Pioneer Laid to Rest

The funeral of Chas. E. Pratt was held at the Federated church last Sunday afternoon, Rev. Hughes conducting the services.

The deceased was a pioneer of Wallowa County and an old soldier. His death occured at Clarkston, on November 15, and the remains arrived on the Sunday train. He went to Clarkston about two weeks before his death hoping that the lower altitude might be benefieical. He was about seventy-four years of age. Three sons and one daughter survive him.

Wallowa County Reporter November 22, 1917

Mary E. Proebstel

The funeral of Mrs. Mary E. Proebstel was held in Joseph Monday afternoon with Rev. J. Fred Stilwell officiating. Mrs. Proebstel, one of the earliest settlers of Wallowa county, died in Pendleton some time ago.

It has often been stated that she was the first white woman to come to the valley and make her home. In the History of Union and Wallowa Counties, published about twenty years ago, a short sketch of Mrs. Proebstel's life up to that time is given, and the following account is extracted therefrom:
Mrs. Mary E. Proebstel was born in 1835 in Carroll County, state of Ohio, and remained in the place of her infancy for five years. Her parents then removed to Iowa and upon the prairies of that progressive commonwealth she spent the days of her girlhood, receiving a good education in the public schools there existing. In September 1865, she came to the Grande Ronde valley and there met and married Frederic W. Proebstel. To them were born the following children: Dolly R. (Mrs. Thomas Rich, deceased); Ida, wife of J. C. Estes; John, deceased; Minnie C., wife of D. G. Tucker.

About 1870 they removed to Wallowa county, taking a homestead four miles east of Joseph. Here they settled down to general farming and stock raising. Success attended their efforts until their real estate holdings were doubled, and addition to that they acquired eighty acres of timber.

Mrs. Proebstel was the daughter of Joseph and Sarah Hull, old pioneers of the Grande Ronde valley. She was 89 years, 11 months and 26 days of age at the time of death, lacking but four days of reaching the 90th milestone. She was a typical pioneer, braving hardships experienced only by those who fought their way into a new country ahead of the advancing civilization. Before an accident which left her crippled for the balance of her life there were none who sought refuge at Mrs. Proebstel's home but who obtained it. She was ever ready to assist the needy, and it was in pursuit of a mission of kindness that she was thrown from her horse and received a broken arm and a broken hip. For years in the early history of this valley Mrs. Proebstel was doctor and nurse to many of the pioneer families.

Thus passes another respected pioneer mother.

The La Grande Evening Observer
Saturday, January 26, 1924
Page 5

Death Calls O. M. Prout

The death of O. M. Prout at the Enterprise hospital last Sunday followed an illness of almost a year's duration from nephrites. He had been able to be about all summer and until Friday morning when he was taken to the hospital. He was sixty-six years of age and for many years had been associated with leading farmer movements in the county. He was at one time president of the Farmer's Association.

He lived on his farm on Prairie Creek until recently when he moved to Joseph. He was universally liked and respected.

Besides the wife he leaves two daughters, Mrs. Eva Hewitt of Minam, and Aubrey and four sons, Jasper, Roy, Audrey of this vicinity and Clarence of Portland.

The funeral was held in Joseph the first of the week.

Wallowa County Reporter November 25, 1920

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