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Walter J. Tanzey died Tuesday morning at the Wallowa County Nursing Home in Enterprise. He was 74.

A celebration of life service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday in the Bollman Funeral Home chapel in Enterprise, with the Rev. Jerry Raedeke officiating.

He was born July 5, 1924, in Petroleum, W. VA., the youngest of the eight children of William and Alma Putnan Tanzey.

He attended high school for two years in Cairo, W. Va., and worked as a riveter in an airplane factory in Baltimore.

He joined the Army Air Corps on March 29, 1943, at Fort Hayes, Ohio. He served in the European theater as a crew chief sergeant for airplane maintenance and as an aerial engineer. He was honorably discharged on Jan. 10, 1947.

Mr. Tanzey was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4307 of Enterprise.

He married Ethel Lamm Nov. 17, 1945, in Wallowa, where they made their home. They moved to Enterprise in 1979.

Mr. Tanzey worked for Bates Mill and later retired after working 18 years for Union Pacific Railroad.

He is survived by his wife; three sons, David of Imnaha and Darvin "Butch" and Paul of Wallowa; brothers, Dick of Bealeton, VA., and Harry of Clarksburg, W. VA; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Brothers Leo and Albert and sisters, Peb Cain, Oni Collins and Tig Mullannaz died earlier.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the charity of choice in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise 97828.

THE OBSERVER, Wednesday, 27 January 1999, Page 2.

Contributed by Robert C. Bull


Evelyn Tautfest passed away at home, Oct. 2, 1985 from a prolonged illness. She was born March 7, 1943 at Enterprise to Cecil and Mildred Fisher. She married Edward Tautfest at La Grande in March 17, 1962. Her outside activities included working with Cub Scouts as a den mother and working part-time at the local Sears store. Evelyn's hobbies included gardening, camping, fishing and many more outdoor activities. She gained much strength from the Wallowa Mountains.

A dedicated wife and mother, she is survived by her husband, Ed Tautfest and two children, Daniel, who is stationed at Fort Ord, California and Deborah, who is a college student at Eastern Oregon State College; her parents, Cecil and Mildred Fisher of Enterprise; sister, Claudia Gasser of Huntington; two grandfathers, Bruce Fisher and Walter Makin, both of Enterprise.

Services were held Sat. Oct. 5, 1985 at the Bollman Funeral Home with Wayne Cook officiating. Interment followed in the Enterprise cemetery.

Wallowa County Chieftain Newspaper
dated Oct. 10, 1985.

Contributed by Michelle Drayton-Fisher

Jessie Thornburg Services Today

Mrs. Jessie Thornburg, a pioneer of Wallowa  County, passed away early Tuesday morning at Wallowa memorial Hospital where she had been since Friday morning when she fell at her home and broke her hip.

She was born April 10, 1882 in Illinois, daughter of J. W. and Martha Emmons and came to Wallowa County with her parents as a young child. On December 21, 1899 she was married at Enterprise to Delbert Homan who died on August 22, 1940. On June 27, 1942 she was married to Charles T. Thornburg who survives her.

Other survivors include a son, Warren P. Homan of Enterprise; and a grandson, Arthur W. Homan; and three great-grandchildren all of La Grande.

Mrs. Thornburg was a member of the First Baptist Church and of the Women Benefit Association.

Funeral services are being held this afternoon (Thursday) at 2 pm at the Bollman Chapel with Rev. Douglas T. Field, pastor of the Baptist Church officiating. Mrs. Donald Swart will be organist and Rev. and Mrs. Field will sing:  "When We See Christ" and "Be Still and Know".

Casket bearers will be Walter Myers, Bill Sheets, Lawrence Rowe, Glenn Wagner, Earl Hovis and Fred M. Wagner. Vault internment will be in the Enterprise Cemetery.

Wallowa County Chieftain- January 9, 1964

Contributed by S. Renee Schaeffer

Mrs. H. P. Throe (Cala L. Fovargue)

Mrs. H.P. Throe, a pioneer of Union and Wallowa counties, died after an operation performed at the Enterprise Hospital.

Cala L. Fovargue was born May 2nd, 1854, in Elkriver township, Clinton county Iowa. She was married to Hans P. Throe January 14th 1872. In November of 1877 they moved to Abilene, Kansas. After residing there for three years they moved to Oregon, making the journey by wagon. Three months after starting, they reached the Grande Ronde valley. In 1887, they moved to Joseph where they have resided ever since.

Mrs. Throe was the mother of thirteen children, eight of whom are living and who attended the funeral. They are: Daniel F. Throe, Mrs. S. Ryenearson, Mrs. E. Guyan, Clarence G. Throe, Leo I. Throe, Guy F. Throe, Raymond w. Throe and Mrs. W.W. graham. There are five grandchildren. Mrs Throe died at 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 16th, 1917, being 63 years, three months and fourteen days of age.

She was a faithful wife, a loving mother, a good neighbor and a good friend to all. Mrs. Throe was a charter member of the Silver Lake Rebekah Lodge, under whose auspice the funeral services were conducted.

The funeral services were held at the I.O.O.F. hall, Sunday, August 19, at 2 p.m. and was well attended.

The floral offerings were numerous and very beautiful. Among them were three links presented by the lodge. Internment was made in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery. A number of Rebekahs and friends from Enterprise attended.

Wallowa County Reporter
August 23, 1917

Francis C. Tierney

Died at his residence in this city, Thursday morning. His death came as a shock as he was in the best of health and spirits seemingly when he retired at night and in the morning was found lifeless.

He was born in Canada having come to this city about three years ago from Idaho where they still have a large ranch. His death was due to chronic valvular heart disease. He was 68 years, two months and fifteen days old. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.

The funeral services were held at the Catholic church at 10:30 a.m. Monday followed by interment at the Catholic cemetery of Enterprise.

Wallowa County Reporter Wednesday June 5, 1918

Lucy E. Tierney

T.C. Bunnell, received word last week of the death of his daughter, Mrs. E.W. Tierney at Richmond Calif. Mrs. Tierney has been in failing health for some time, and went to Calif. Last fall in hopes of benefit to her health. Her mother, Mrs. T.C. Bunnel of this place, was with her at the time of her death having gone there just one week previous in response to a telegram telling of her daughter's serious condition.

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday June 26, 1919


Lucy E. Tierney, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. T.C. Bunnell was born and raised in Wallowa County. The deceased was born April 12th, 1889 and died June 19, 1919, aged thirty years, two months and seven days. The deceased had been in poor health for some time and moved to Oakland, Calif., on June 19th, 1918 in hopes of benefiting her health.

The deceased leaves a father, mother and one sister and two brothers to mourn her loss. The brothers are Thomas E. Bunnell and Clarence M. Bunnell and the sister, Mrs. C. E. Hart, all of Enterprise, Oregon.

Funeral services were held in Enterprise last Tuesday and interment made in the Enterprise, cemetery. The relatives have the sincere sympathy of all in the bereavement.

Wallowa County Reporter
Thursday June 26, 1919


David Wilmer "Dick" Tippett of Orofino, Idaho, a former Imnaha and Chesnimnus area rancher, died Aug. 15, 1982, in Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane.

Born May 13, 1911, at Horse Creek Wallowa County, he was the son of T.S. and May (Applington) Tippett. He was married to the former Mildred G. Steigers.

Survivors include his wife Mildred of Orofino; daughters Deniece Osterberg of Orofino and Carol Kotz of Elgin; brother Ralph of Enterprise, sisters Marguerite Miller of Enterprise and Evely Poulton of Bangalore, South India; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services will be in the Bollman Chapel Friday, Aug. 20, at 1 p.m. with Lester Wells officiating. Pallbearers will be Walt Astwood, Kenneth Stickney, Clarence and Clyde Stonebrink, Don Davis and Walt Stein. Ritual committal services at the Enterprise Cemetery will be conducted by IOOF Lodge # 153.

Those who wish to make memorial contributions may send them to the Wells Bench Sunday School, c/p Carrie Belle Tripplet, Rt. 3, Orofino, Idaho.

Wallowa County Chieftain
Thursday August 19, 1982

T. S. Tibbet

Mrs. S.T. Tippet returned Saturday from Asotin, Wash. where she was called by the death of her son's wife, Mrs. T. S. Tibbet (sic), on May 12th. She brought home with her the youngest of the four children who where left motherless by this sad event. The mother had been failing health for about a year and they had left their home on the Imnaha last fall to spend the winter in Arizona in hopes of benefiting her; but came back to Asotin seven weeks preceding her death.

Wallowa County Reporter
Thursday May 22, 1919

Albina Mary (Payette) Tobin

Albina Mary Payette was born in Montreal, Canada in 1876 and was 42 years of age. She was married to Richard Tobin, Nov. 12, 1893, in the city of Centerville, Washington. Her death occurred at her home in Enterprise on Friday, Nov. 29th, 1918. Mr. And Mrs. Tobin came to Enterprise on October 8th, 1918, and have since made their home here. Burial was made in the Catholic cemetery. Father J.P. Stack officiating.

The deceased leaves to mourn her death six children, four sisters and one brother besides the husband. Death was due to influenza.

Wallowa County Reporter
Thursday December 5, 1918

Card of Thanks

For the many kind acts of sympathy shown us during our great bereavement, we wish to express our sincere thanks. R. S. Tobin and Children.

Wallowa County Reporter
Thursday December 12, 1918

Charles and Theodore Trost

James H. McBane Apprehended

Word was received by Sheriff Rinehart this week from the police of Edmonton, Canada that they had in custody James H. McBane who is alleged to have murdered Chas. and Theodore Trost in 1905. The Trosts were killed on a squatters claim in the Promise country by McBane, it is claimed, over a dispute regarding the ownership of the claim. McBane served three years in the penitentiary and was paroled in 1908 but was never tried for the murder of Theodore Trost. The Canadian police say that McBane came in with a shipment of cattle from Grand Prairie three hundred miles north of Edmonton and they nabbed him.

District Attorney Fairchild is preparing papers for his return to this county, for trial.

Wallowa County Reporter February 19, 1920


Sheriff Rinehart failed to identify the man held at Edmonton, Canada, as James McBain, the murderer of the Trosts and is returning without his man, according to a telegram received Tuesday.

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday February 26, 1920

Guy Tully

Wallowa Happenings

Guy Tully died at the home of his parents here last Saturday evening as a result of the "Flu." He was 29 years of age, a graduate of the Puyallup, Wash., high school and the Washington State College. He was born in Wallowa and many friends and relatives mourn his going. He was married last August to Miss Ethel Mitchell. His funeral service was held from the home Sunday afternoon, Rev. C.C. Pratt in charge.

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday December 19, 1918 Supplement


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