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Lois Sample

Lois L. Sample died at St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Wash., July 9, 1987. She was 65.

No funeral services were held at her request.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children or the Elks Eye Clinic through Munsell-Rholdes Funeral Home Chapel in Milton-Freewater.

Sample was born in Wallowa to Cecil and Thelma (Crow) Childers, on April 29, 1922. She attended schools in Lostine and Joseph, completing high school at Enterprise in 1940.

She moved to Weiser, Idaho following high school graduation and attended the National Youth Business College. She eventually settled in Portland, working there as a business secretary.

She married Harvey Sample in Vancouver, Wash., on Aug. 30, 1947, traveling extensively with her husband during his career in the military. In 1972, the couple moved to Milton-Freewater shortly after his retirement.

Sample is survived by her husband, at home; a daughter, Marla Paz of Ventura, Calif.; a son, Greg Sample of Escondido, Calif.; her parents of Joseph; two brothers, Dale Childers of Milton-Freewater and Jack Childers of Boring; and three grandchildren.

Wallowa County Chieftain
Thursday, July 23, 1987
Page 15

Submitted by: Tom Childers


Edward Sargent

Edward Sargent died at his home in this city on Tuesday morning, February 26th, 1918, at the age of 70 years, four months and 21 days. He had been in bad health for a long time and was bed fast this winter. He leaves to mourn his departure a loving wife and one son and five daughters and 27 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

The deceased was not able to enlist in the great civil war because of his youth but had five brothers in the Union Army.

Mrs. Vera Williams, a daughter, lives on Alder Slope and Walter Sargent, a son, lives in Enterprise. The other children are Edna L. Warden, Staples, Minn.: Linnie Smiley, Drake, N.D.: Cora Trolson, Fraiser, Mont. And Mrs. Daisy Trexler, Merid, Canada. He also leaves a brother and sister.

The deceased was united in marriage to Eugenia Ellen Richards on March 2nd, 1872 who survives him.

Funeral services will be held today by Rev. Sibley.

Wallowa County Reporter
February 27, 1918


Ella Mae Sasser
Services Tomorrow

Ella Mae Sasser, who had been in ill health for the past several weeks passed away Tuesday morning, March 13, 1973, at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. Following the death of her husband, Chester H. Sasser, on February 14 she had moved from the Joseph home to an apartment in Alpine Village.

Mrs. Sasser was born July 22, 1905 in De Valls Bluff, Ark., the daughter of John and Minnie Buchanan. She has come to Wallowa County with her family 55 years ago. On June 4, 1922 she was married at Enterprise to Chester H. Sasser. She was a member of Silver Lake Rebekah Lodge 121 of Joseph and Eagle Cap VFW Auxiliary 4307 of Enterprise.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Glen (Wilda) Trump and Mrs. Robt. (Cherryl) Zacharias, both of Joseph; three sons, Wilford (Grant) of Wallowa, Earl Dean, Portland, and Ernest (Bunk) of Enterprise; a sister, Mrs. Darrel (Gertrude) Greenough of Lostine; two brothers, John E. Buchanan, New Plymouth, Ida., and Marion V. Buchanan, Clarkston, Wash.; and 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held tomorrow (Friday) at 2 p.m. at the Bollman Chapel, Rev. Douglas Money will officiate and interment will follow in the Enterprise cemetery.

Wallowa County Chieftain
Thursday March 15, 1973


Addie Schaupp

Mrs. Addie Schaupp wife of Arthur Schaupp of Joseph died Tuesday night June 17, 1919 at St. Vincent hospital in Portland. Her death came as a great shock to her friends here as she had gone with Mr. Schaupp to Portland on a pleasure trip a week ago Monday. They went to take in the Rose Festival and to enjoy a vacation. Thurs. evening Mrs. Schaupp was taken ill and her condition quickly grew so serious that she was removed to the hospital where and operation was performed. This failed to afford relief and on Tues. a telegram was sent to her parents Mr. and Mrs. Lou Knapper advising them that she was sinking and her recovery was considered hopeless. They left for Portland that afternoon with two daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Schaupp but did not reach the city until the morning after she passed away.

Contributed by Julie Botts


Mrs. John Schell

The community was shocked to hear of the death of Mrs. John Schell Monday morning at her home in the Burnaugh apartments. She had been a sufferer from ill health for over two years and during the past year had been in Portland at a sanitarium in hopes of receiving benefit. She returned home a week ago.

The funeral services were held at the residence of her only daughter, Mrs. W.F. Craig, Wednesday at 2 p.m., Rev. Cullison officiating.

Interment was at the Enterprise cemetery.

Mrs. Schell was born in Missouri and was aged 59 years, 8 months and 5 days.

Mr. and Mrs. Schell came here from St. Louis, Mo., 6 years ago, and have made this their home and have made a host of friends who grieve sincerely at her passing.

Wallowa County Reporter
Thursday March 18, 1920


Services Held
Mrs. Sarah Scott

Memorial services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Bollman Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Sarah W. Scott who passed away Saturday, March 28, in a La Grande hospital where she had been a patient for the past ten days. Rev. John Munsey officiated and Mrs. A.L. Kintner was organist. Soloist was Mrs. Gerald R. Brown who sang "In The Garden" and "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere."

Casket bearers were: Wilbur Reece, Maurice Weaver, William Morris, Ray Repplinger, Lowell Wortman and Pat Wortman and burial was in the Enterprise cemetery.

Mrs. Scott was born September 14, 1884 in LaCygne, Kansas, and was married October 31, 1906 to Ira L. Scott at Leavenworth Kansas. The couple came to Joseph in 1916 and he passed away January 31, 1928. In 1946 Mrs. Scott moved to Union. She was a member of the Methodist Church. She had been in failing health for the past year.

Surviving are two daughters and two sons; Mrs. Harry (Ruth) Fisher, of Union, Mrs. Estel (Edna) Posey, of Baker, Carl, of Enterprise, and Harold, of Clarkston, Wash.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Wallowa County Chieftain
Thursday April 2, 1959


FOUR PERISH IN BURNING HOUSE
Mrs. Shelts and Three Children Lost In Fire At Evans

An explosion in a heating stove into which kerosene oil had been thrown to start a fire cost the lives of  Mrs. J.W. Shelts and her three small children at Evans early Saturday morning, February 7. Mr. Shelts and Theodore Frost, brother of Mrs. Shelts, were dangerously burned but are expected to recover. The house was consumed by the flames in an incredibly short time.

The tragedy, the most serious in the history of the county, was enacted in a few terrible minutes at daybreak. Death had overtaken the four victims before the two men had time to realize what had happened. A few hours later, the ashes which had ceased to smolder around the wreckage of stoves and iron bedsteads, barely marked the spot. The four human bodies were nearly consumed in the flames.

Shelts and his family, and his brother-in-law, Frost, lived in a frame house a couple of hundred feet back from the county road perhaps an eighth of a mile west of the Evans station. Shelts worked on the railroad section gang under Foreman W.R. Breshears, who lived near by. Other close neighbors were C.F. Whitehead and Mark Harris.

Mrs. Shelts had been in poor health and early Saturday morning complained of being cold. She lay in a bed with an iron bedstead in the northeast, corner of the house, with her baby, Robert, a little past three months of age, at her side. The two other children, James, aged 3, and Florence, 2, lay sleeping in an iron crib with high sides, which was close to the other bed.

A sheet iron heating stove stood near the middle of the room, at the foot of the two beds. Shelts and Frost, arose at about 5:30 and Shelts tried to start up the fire in the heater while Frost went to the barn. The wood was green or damp and did not blaze up briskly altho it was smoldering in the bottom of the stove.

To hasten the fire, Shelts threw in a dash of kerosene, he said afterward. Almost instantly a violent explosion shook the room. The stove appears to have been blown apart and flames, oil and gas filled the room. Shelts bolted from the door, or was blown out by the blast, and the flames prevented his getting back to save his family.

Frost came running up at this moment and frantically broke in the window near the beds. Seeking to enter, he fell in and found himself in an inferno of flame. Shelts helped pull him out and Frost ran, with his clothing in flames, toward a plot of plowed ground in the yard and threw himself down and rolled on the soft, earth, seeking to extinguish the fire.

The cries of the men had been heard by neighbors but had not been taken seriously at first. Then the light of the fire was seen. Frances Breshears and her smaller brother, Vernon, dressed hastily and ran towards the Shelts house. She met Shelts who was wringing his hands, which had been burned very seriously. The house was burning savagely and Shelts said Frost was on fire and had disappeared and he feared he had been killed also.

In the field the girl and boy saw something burning and they ran to it. At the same time Mr. and Mrs. Harris ran from their house on the north and they hurriedly tore and cut Frost's garments from him. Mr. and Mrs. Whitehead and daughters, Marie and Margaret, came from their home a few minutes later and other neighbors arrived. The men received such first aid as could be given but nothing could be done to save the occupants of the house, nor the building itself.

It burned like a huge bonfire until the light, wooden walls fell and all was consumed. No one ever will know what happened inside in the brief moments following the explosion and before kindly unconsciousness had robbed Mrs. Shelts and her babies of sense. The charred remains of the four bodies were found inside the wreckage of the iron bedsteads showing that none of them had moved from their sleeping postures.

Dr. J.B. Gregory was called form Wallowa and he took the two men to his hospital. Later they were taken by the railroad company to the La Grande hospital.  Coroner C.L. Booth arrived from Enterprise in the early morning and he gathered up the few blackened remnants of the human bodies and removed them to the undertaking rooms. They were sealed together in one casket, and funeral services were held at the undertaking chapel at 10 o'clock Tuesday morning, with a short service by Rev. G.L. Matlock. Burial was in the Enterprise cemetery.

Deborah Frost was born in Kansas, Jan. 18, 1900., and so was just past 25 years of age. She was married to James Wellington Shelts at Yakima, Wash., nearly five years ago, and they came to Wallowa county shortly afterward. Their three children were born in Lostine: James Wellington, Jr., Florence Mabel, and Robert Thomas.

Mrs. Shelts is survived by her father, L.D. Frost., five sisters and two brothers: Mrs. J.R. Cary of Norfolk, Neb.; Mrs. E.V. Yarbrough of North Bend,; Mrs. Oscar Christenson of Salem; Mrs. R.R. Graves of Yakima; Bonnie Jean Frost of Snohomish, Wash.; Theodore Frost who lived with her; and Terrence Frost who is in the army.

Mrs. Shelts was a member of the Christian church, having united with that body several years ago.

Mr. Shelts is 36 years old and is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Parker Shelts, who moved to Lostine from Summerville two weeks ago. They came to Oregon ten years ago. Their other children, all living near Lostine, are Perry and George Shelts, Mrs. Harley Courtney and Gertrude Shelts.

Enterprise Record Chieftain
Front page - Thursday
March 12, 1925

(Mrs. Shelts' brother died shortly after the fire. I have also put his obit up on the site. While typing up the cemeteries, I came across this family and was curious as to what happened to them. Hence this article. - Janine)


Williard Shafer

Williard Shafer, aged fifteen years, died at his home near Troy, of heart failure on Wednesday morning. His parents have the sincere sympathy of the community.

Wallowa County Reporter
Thursday March 18, 1920


SERVICES HELD FOR TONY SHEROD

Funeral services were held at Albany November 21 for Toney L. Sherod, 74. He was reared in Wallowa County and formerly owned the Gerald Gelsinger place in middle valley. He had been bedfast for the past month.

He leaves his wife, Laura Heskett Sherod, two sons, Vincent, of Blodgett, Ore. and Willie of Lebanon. His brother, Earl H. Sherod went down from here to attend the funeral.

WALLOWA COUNTY CHIEFTAIN, Thursday, 26 November 1953, Page 1

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WALLOWA

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Sherod attended the funeral services on November 21st of his brother Tony Sherod at Albany, Ore. Tony, a former resident of Middle Valley passed away on November 19.

WALLOWA COUNTY CHIEFTAIN, Thursday, 26 November 1953, Page 2

Contributed by Robert C. Bull


L. E. [Joe] Shinn.....1981
Wallowa Co. Chieftain

L. E. (Joe) Shinn of Roseburg, OR, a former Wallowa Co. resident passed away at a Roseburg hospital Feb. 18, 1981 at the age of 98. He was born at Weston, OR on Sept. 17, 1882 to Robert A. and Rosetta [Whitman] Shinn. At an early age he moved with his parents to Wallowa Co., in the Joseph area. He attended school at Hurricane Creek. On July 5, 1908 he was married to Grace Daggett, daughter of Simeon T. Daggett of Joseph. They lived on a farm in the Hurricane Crk. area for awhile then moved to Imnaha in the late 1909 to the place now owned by Larry Russell in the Park district, at the mouth of Grouse Creek. In early 1918 they moved to Joseph area where they farmed until 1929 when the family moved to Roseburg. They bought a small acreage and went into the custom hatchery business.

In 1947 they retired from this business to a small place on the N. Umpqua river where they raised a large garden and flowers. [my note.. the flowers became a business] They raised and sold dahlia tubers until 1969 when they decided that they could no longer put in the long hours this business required and moved to town where they raised a much smaller garden and flower bed. Two years ago they sold their home and went to live with their daughter, Wilma Harty at Winston, Or. In January of this year they entered the Grandview Care Center in Roseburg where they were residing when he fell ill and entered the hospital.

Survivors are his wife Grace, of Grandview Care Cntr., 3-daughters, Gladys Stanley of Tigard, OR, Wilma Harty of Winston, OR., and Doris Busenbark of Roseburg; One son Jay Shinn of Roseburg. One son Clifford preceded him in death. Also surviving are two brothers, Sam Shinn of Enterprise, OR., Fred Shinn of Portland, OR.,; one sister Rowena Shafer of Enterprise; 15 grandchildren, 41 gret-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. At Joe's request, 6 of his great-grandsons served as pallbereers; another great-grandson served as organist.

Contributed by James Jay Stanley


Roy W. Showers Dies At Hospital

Roy William Showers, of Wallowa, passed away at Wallowa Memorial Hospital Tuesday afternoon, November 29, 1955 following a short illness. He leaves his wife, Celia Frances, of Wallowa; three brothers, Andrew H. and Carl W., of Wallowa, and Kenneth D., of Joseph; three sisters, Mrs. Hazel Young, Wallowa, Mrs. Violet L. Bell, Pondosa, Ore., and Mrs. Ardella Martin, Lewiston, Ida.

He was born December 11, 1903 in Sanger, Calif., and his parents were William D. and Cora Stills Showers. He had been a resident of Wallowa county for the past 42 years, and on October 6,1955 he was married to Celia Frances Avery.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow (Friday) at 2 p.m. from the Christian Church in Wallowa with the pastor, Rev. O.W. Jones to officiate. Music will be furnished by the church choir, and burial will be in the Wallowa cemetery.

Wallowa County Chieftain
Front Page, Thursday
December 1, 1955


Susanna Shuss

Susanna Shuss was born in Cadiz, Ohio, November 18, 1839. Died December 17, 1917 at the age of 78 years and 29 days. She was united in marriage to Geo. Shuss August 5, 1856 and to this union was born three children. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Portland.

Mrs. Shuss has spent the last two years with her only son. She had planned to return to Denver and spend the winter with her daughter, Mrs. Jennie Lewis. She leaves to mourn her loss Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Shuss of this place and her only daughter, Mrs. Lewis, of Denver, Colo. three grandchildren and many firends. The body will be shipped to Denver for burial following a service which will be conducted at the home of her son today by Rev. Hughs at 11:00 o'clock.

Wallowa County Reporter
December 19, 1917


Louis N. Simpson Dies at Portland

Word has been received at the death of Louis N. Simpson at Portland on January 5th. Mr. Simpson worked at Heacock's jewelry store for a year and a half. He left for Portland on Nov. 1st, Mr. and Mrs. Simpson roomed at the Voget home while in Enterprise.

We take the following from Saturday's Oregon Journal. The funeral services of Louis N. Simpson who died at his home, 815 Kenworth avenue, January 5, were conducted by the Rev. L.M. Christianson at the Finley chapel, Friday afternoon at 2:30. The body was cremated at the Portland cremetorium.

Simpson, a native of Denmark, was born in 1850 and came to Oregon 35 years ago. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Ethel H. Simpson, and two daughters, Mrs. Mable Bates of Portland and Mrs. Grace Brooks of Los Angeles.

Wallowa County Reporter
January 13, 1921


Mary Florence Singleton

Mary Florence Singleton was born at Darsville, Mo., in 1880 and departed this life, September 7th, 1920, aged 60 years and 19 days. She was married to Henry Schmith at Lewiston, Idaho, November 25th, 1900. Two children were born of this union, Clarence II, and Earl, who with the husband and father, remain to grieve her departure. She was one of a family of seven children of which number three brothers and one sister, survive her, John T. Singleton of Excello, Mo. and Mrs. Laura Anderson of Denton, Texas. She was converted and joined the Baptist Church in early womanhood and lived a faithful and consistent Christian all her life. For the past 20 years she has sojourned amongst us, a loving mother and a true friend. well may she say in the words of St. Paul, "Henceforth there is laid up for me, a crown of Righteousness."

Wallowa County Reporter
September 16, 1920


Valda Louina (FISHER) SIZEMORE

Valda Louina Sizemore died Nov. 9, 1994, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Walla Walla, Washington. She was born January 9, 1918, the daughter of James E. and Vera K. (Draper) Fisher. On October 4, 1976, she married Roy L. Sizemore at Elko, Neveda. He preceded her in death on June 27, 1985. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Vera and Manford Isley; four grandchildren, Stephen Isley of Joseph, Nancy Parker of Athena, Brain Isley of Lostine, and Sandra Isley of Eltopia, Washington; six great grandchildren; brothers, Wolvert Fisher of Enterprise and Leland Fisher of Hillsboro; nieces and nephews; two step-sons and their families, "Buddy" Dodson of Pasco, Washington and Kyle Dodson of Eugene. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Eunice Warren and Inez Varney, Cody Dodson. At her request, a private family service was held Saturday, November 12, at the Bollman Funeral Home. Interment followed at the Enterprise Cemetery.

Wallowa County Chieftain Newspaper
dated November 27, 1994.

Contributed by Michelle Drayton-Fisher


Henry T. Skaggs

Henry T. Skaggs was born in Indiana, Sept. 13, 1848, and died at his home in Enterprise on Dec. 25, 1920, aged 72 years, 3 months and 7 days.

When a young man he moved to Missouri, and soon afterward to Madison, Kansas, where on Sept. 18, 1881, he was married to Miss Effie Martin. About 31 years ago Mr. and Mrs. Skaggs moved to Dayton, Washington, and 28 years ago they moved to wallowa county, locating near Flora. A year ago last October they moved to Enterprise.

He leaves a wife, Mrs. Effie Skaggs, one daughter, Mrs. Edith Davis, and two sons, Charles M. Skaggs and Guy E. Skaggs; also two brothers, John Skaggs of Denver and George Skaggs of Virgil, Okla., and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Swartz of Indiana and Miss Mattie Skaggs of Oklahoma.

Some years ago he united with the Methodist Episcopal church and remained a member until his death. The funeral service was conducted at the Methodist church by his pastor, Rev. Homer e. Cullison, and interment was in the cemetery at Enterprise.

Wallowa County Reporter
December 30, 1920


Mrs. Franklin Loses Brother

Mrs. G.W. Franklin has received word of the death of a brother, JohnSloan, a corporal in the 313th Engineers, A.E.F, in France. Death was due to pneumonia. He enlisted in Missouri.

Enterprise Record Chieftain
Thursday, November 7, 1918


Ed Summerhouse Is Dead

A message came to Lostine on Saturday with the news of the death of Ed Summerhouse, a Lostine boy who enlisted in the navy. He was a first class fireman on the steamer Harrisburg, and died of bronchial pneumonia aboard ship while returning from his second trip to France. The boat had made three round trips to England before that, after he was assigned to the ship. His body will be laid to rest in a government cemetery somewhere in the east. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Wm. Kuhn of Enterprise, and two sisters, Gertrude of Enterprise and Carrie of Hutchinson, Kan., and three brothers, Henry of Enterprise, William of Hutchinson, Kan., and John of the hospital corps. A.E.F.

Enterprise Record Chieftain
Thursday, October 31, 1918


Arthur Southwick

Saturday evening Mr. and Mrs. B. E. Southwick of Promise received word that their son, Arthur, who was a corporal in Company A, 14th Infantry was seriously ill with pneumonia. They immediately left for Fort Dodge near Des Moines where he was stationed. Monday word came that he had died of pneumonia following an attack of Spanish Influenza. Wire was immediately dispatched tothem and they were over taken at Sidney, Nebr. and returned home at once. The body will be sent to Wallowa for burial by the government.

Wallowa County Reporter
Thursday October 17, 1918
 
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Monday morning Corporal Hughes of the 14th Infantry arrived from Camp Dodge, Iowa, with the body of Corporal Arthur Patterson Southwick who died October 13th of pneumonia following an attack of Spanish Influenza. 3 years ago he enlisted in the regular army and served for eighteen months when he was discharged for physical disability. When war with Germany was declared he enlisted at once being the first volunteer from Wallowa county. He was sent to Alaska. Last winter he was made a corporal and was just ready for a position as Sergeant when he was taken ill. His company had just returned from Alaska and he was taken from the train at Camp Dodge, Illinois.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Oct. 22, from the Methodist church conducted by Rev. Pratt of the M.E. church and Rev. Jasper Bogue of the Christian church. Interment was made in Wallowa cemetery. Members of the company of the state militia at Enterprise were present and accompanied the body to the grave giving all military honors.

Wallowa County Reporter
Thursday October 24, 1918


Mrs. Lillian Spence Passes Away Suddenly

Mrs. Liilian Spence, long-time resident of Wallowa county, Passed away at the Enterprise hospital yesterday (Wednesday) Morning at 8 o'clock.

Mrs. Spence, who for the past nine and a half years, had lived at the home of her son, W.H. Spence, in this city, appeared to be in her usual health until last Saturday, when she took sick and was removed to the hospital. Even then her condition was not considered serious and her death was unexpected. She observed her 74th birthday on April 1st.

Funeral arrangements have not been made, pending the arrival of her son from Portland, where he is employed in the Internal Revenue office.

Wallowa County Chieftain
Thursday April 8, 1943
Front Page


Pioneer of 1886 Dies In Wallowa

Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Spencer, a Wallowa County Pioneer, passed away at her home in Wallowa, Sunday, January 20, 1935. She was nearly 90 years old. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Christian Church in Wallowa, conducted by Reverend Walter Meyer, pastor, assisted by Reverend L. B. Williams of the Presbyterian Church, and Dr. H.W. Oliver, an old neighbor. Burial was in the Wallowa Cemetery.

Sarah Elizabeth Williams was born December 7, 1845, near Blandinsville, McDonough County, Illinois, the daughter of James and Mary Williams. She was the oldest of eleven, only two of whom survive. Edgar Williams, of Everett WA and a sister, Isabel Mackey of Los Angeles, CA.

Her girlhood days were spent on her fathers farm. On December 6, 1866 she was married to John Andrew Ghent. Six children were born to this marriage. Iris Bloodsworth of Enterprise, Cora Johnston of Notus Idaho, Anna Brown of Edmonds WA, Rosa Groat of Eugene OR. Ten grand children, ten great-grandchildren and one great-great grand child, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In 1874 she, her husband and children left IL and moved to Missouri. In 1883 they moved to Oregon to the Grande Ronde Valley. In 1886 they moved to Wallowa, and homesteaded on Parsnip Creek, above Lostine.

At that time Wallowa had two buildings. Life was hard and the country was new. She traveled many miles on horseback helping care for neighbors in need.

On August 17, 1893 her husband passed away. For several years she lived on the homestead, but finding life too hard, she moved to town 35 years ago. She married J. F. Spencer in 1914, he died April 1, 1925.

She joined the Baptist Church at age l4, and was faithful to her savior to the end. After coming to Wallowa she joined the Christian Church. She always loved to attend, as long as she was able but in later years enjoyed sermons over the radio, and always read a chapter in her bible on Sunday morning.

Known as Grandma to her friends and neighbors, and was loved by all. She was active in body and alert in mind until the last two weeks. A kind friend, loving Mother and generous neighbor, she was always faithful to her duties and obligations.

Wallowa Chieftain newspaper in Enterprise, Oregon

Donated by Mary Carter


Mr. Spurling

Mr. Spurling, a very feeble old gentleman who lived alone in Middle valley near the Liberty school house, was found dead in his house Tuesday by one of his neighbors. He had been dead for five or six days when found. He owned a ranch on which he had lived for a number of years. As far as known his nearest relative is a sister living in Idaho.

The Aurora
September 21, 1894


Roy Stanford

Delbert Stanford and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Down went to Milton Monday to attend the funeral of Roy Stanford who died of pneumonia on Dec. 29th at Pendleton. He leaves a wife having been married barely a year.

Wallowa County Reporter
Thursday January 2, 1919


John Stein

John C. Stein, 96, of Enterprise, died Monday 21, 1990, at the Wallowa County Nursing Home. He was born in Spokane county, Washington. At the age of 14, he moved with his family to Wallowa county in a covered wagon.

On May 26, 1918, he married Alta L. Fisher of Wallowa. To this union twelve children were born. Mr. Stein was a farmer for many years, later working for Wallowa County Grain Growers and the Joseph Stud Mill until he retired at age 65. Survivors include his wife, Alta; three daughters, Ruth Makin, Ruby Pratt, Fern Wolfe; nine sons, Myron, Harry, John Jr.., Keith, Kenneth, Warner, don, Dale, and Gail; 39 grandchildren, 102 great grandchildren, 35 great great grandchildren; nephew, Walt Stein and niece, Agnes Wagner.

Three great grandchildren, one brother, and seven sisters preceded him in death. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 25, 1990 at 2pm at the Enterprise Baptist church.

Wallowa County Chieftain Newspaper
dated May 24, 1990.

Contributed by Michelle Drayton-Fisher


J. C. Steinks

Mrs. F. Stroebel and L. Steinks were called to Salem Thursday by the death of their father J.C. Steinks. The elder Steinks was at one time a resident of the Paradise country.

Wallowa County Reporter
Thursday March 18, 1920


Child of Pearl Stevenson

Mr. And Mrs. Pearl Stevenson had the misfortune to lose their 15 months old child from the dread disease pneumonia. Mrs. Stevenson is a daughter of Mr. And Mrs. T. O. Clarke of this city. A short service and interment was held at the Enterprise cemetery, Wednesday afternoon.

Wallowa County Reporter
Thursday January 22, 1920

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