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Arlando Jackson STURM

Armintia A. (Winters) Miller STURM

Artie Blanche (Sturm) BUNNEL

Eliza (Sturm) OSBORNE

Henry D. STURM

Jackson STURM


Joseph STURM

Robert C. "Bob" STURM


Susan England STURM

A.J. Sturm Passes
At Home Near Town

Arlando Jackson Sturm passed away Thursday, March 6, 1941, at his home south of town. Funeral services were held Sunday in the Booth chapel, with E.E. Callahan of the Christian church officiating, and burial was in Enterprise cemetery. Pall bearers were Ed E. Rodgers, Milt Sasser, Robert Sasser and John Garrett.

Mr. Sturm was born in Barber county, Virginia, now a part of West Virginia, Oct. 6, 1861, a son of James and Susan Sturm. He remained in his native state until 1909, when he came west to join his parents and his brother, Henry, who had preceded him to the northwest and had located in the north end of Wallowa county.

Arlando Sturm and family traveled by railroad to Lewiston, Idaho, where Henry Sturm met them and they came by wagon across Asotin flat and down to the Grande Ronde river which they crossed on a ferry at Hansen's ferry. They drove up the long grade to the Paradise district and spent their first night at the Dan Doran place. Later Mr. Sturm homesteaded on Bear canyon, and lived on the place until he sold it to his son, Roy, who has since passed away, and moved to Paradise. He remained there until 1927 when he moved to the valley.

When a young man, Mr. Sturm married Florence Butcher, who died leaving three children, who came west with their father. They are Mrs. Blanche Evans of Idaho City, Idaho, Mrs. Minnie McCray of Long Creek and Della Sturm of Fruitland, Idaho.

Mr. Sturm was married to Cora G. Smith April 9, 1899, and she survives and they have two daughters, Mrs. J.E. Dale and Mrs. Foy Sasser, of Enterprise. There are 28 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Two brothers are living in West Virginia and one at Flora, Charles Sturm.

Enterprise Record Chieftain
Thursday March 13, 1941

Funeral Services For
Armintia A. Sturm

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at Paradise for Mrs. Armintia A. Sturm who passed away at her home there Sunday, May 26, 1940. E.E. Callahan, pastor of the Enterprise Christian church, was in charge of the services, and interment was in the Paradise cemetery beside her husband and son.

Pall bearers were Albert Wilson, William Curry, Doc Shelton, B.D. Beach, William Frazier and Baley Shelton.

Armintia Angeline Winters was born in Boonseville, Iowa, April 13, 1863, and crossed the plains when 18 years old, settling at Baker where she was united in marriage to Brisco Miller. Mr. Miller passed away in 1890 and Mrs. Miller and their small son moved to Southwick, Idaho, where they resided for a few years. In 1892 she and two brothers came to Wallowa county, crossing the Grande Ronde river before any road was built.

Mrs. Miller homesteaded at paradise, being among the first settlers in that country, and altho she had seen many hardships she could see the bright side and was a kind, loving mother and faithful neighbor and was always willing to help any one in need. She was still living on her homestead at the time of her death.

Mrs. Miller was married to Henry Sturm in 1897 and to this union three children were born. William, Floyd (deceased), and Artie. Mr. Sturm passed away May10,1931.

She leaves to mourn her loss, three children, Harry Miller of Sacramento, Calif., William Sturm of Paradise, Mrs. Artie Bunnell of Paradise; and four grandchildren, Vivian Osburn of Sacramento, Jack, Kenneth and Vivian Bunnel of Paradise; four great grandchildren, Beverly, Darrel, James and Sharron, and one sister, Martha Graham of Yacolt, Wash.

Card of Thanks

We wish to express our thanks for the many kind expressions of sympathy extended us during our bereavement and for the assistance given by friends and neighbors. - Children of Mrs. Armintie Sturm.

Enterprise Chieftain
Thursday, May 30, 1940

Mrs. Thomas Bunnel
of Paradise Passes

Mrs. Thomas Bunnel of Paradise, passed away at Enterprise Friday, Janu. 2, 1942, after a lingering illness. Funeral services were conducted from the Paradise church Monday by Rev. E.E. Callahan and burial was in the Paradise cemetery.

Artie Blanche Sturm was born at Paradise Oct. 2, 1903, the youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Sturm. She grew to womanhood in the Paradise community and completed her schooling at the Deer creek school.

On June 29, 1926, she was married to T.E. Bunnel at La Grande. They lived at Paradise until January, 1928 when they moved to Redmond. In 1933 they moved back to Paradise. In July 1937 they took the Paradise postoffice and have since been in charge of it.

Mrs. Bunnel was a kind, loving mother and wife, always thinking of others instead of herself. The last few years Mrs. Bunnel had been in poor health but never complaining. She will be greatly missed by all.

Her mother, father, one brother and daughter, have preceded her. She was survived by her husband, three children, Lovina, Thomas Jackson and Vivian Blanche, two brothers, William Sturm, of Paradise and Harry Miller of Sacramento, Calif., and a host of relatives.

Card Of Thanks

We wish to express our sincere thanks to many friends and neighbors for their kindness and sympathy during our recent bereavement. - T.E. Bunnel and family, and Bill Sturm.

Enterprise Chieftain
Thursday, January 8, 1942

Mrs. Laco D. Osborne

Mrs. Laco D. Osborne, former resident of this county, died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1937, at Seneca, in the forest belt some distance west of Baker. Funeral services were held at the Booth chapel Sunday and burial was in the Enterprise cemetery, with Rev. Lloyd W. Halverson of the Presbyterian church officiating.

Auntie Eliza Sturm was born in Meadowville, West Virginia, Oct. 31, 1882, and was married to Laco D. Osborn at Elkins, West Virginia, July 5, 1898. After coming to Oregon they lived in Enterprise several years when Mr. Osborne was logging for the East Oregon Lumber company. When the lumber industry faded away, the family moved and had been living at Seneca some time.

Mrs. Osborne was survived by her husband, three children, eight grandchildren and four brothers, while many friends and acquaintances mourn her loss.

Enterprise Record Chieftain
Thursday, January 21, 1937

Henry D. Sturm

Henry Davis Sturm died at his home in Paradise, Saturday, May 9, 1931 at the age of 66 years, 6 months and 10 days. Funeral services were held Monday and were conducted by Rev. Hall K. Wallis of the Methodist church, Enterprise. Burial was in the Paradise cemetery.

Mr. Sturm was born at Meadowdale, West Virginia, October 24, 1865. He was one of a family of 15 children of whom only five are living. When a young man he came west and lived for a time near Moscow, Idaho, later drifting to the north end of Wallowa county, where he homesteaded and spent the remainder of his life.

He was married to Mrs. Lina Miller, Dec. 12, 1899, and to this union three children were born, William of Paradise, Floyd Jackson deceased and Mrs. Artie Bunnell of Redmond. Besides his wife and children he leaves to mourn his death two brothers in the east, Orlando Sturm of Lostine, Charles Sturm of Flora, and a sister, Mrs. Laco Osburn of California. Mr. Sturm united with the Christian church 20 years ago.

Enterprise Record Chieftain
Thursday, May 14, 1931
Page 5

Jackson Sturm Dies
At Walla Walla

Mr. Jackson Sturm, R. 2, Milton Freewater, passed away Tuesday, September 16, at a Walla Walla hospital at age 61.

Mr. Sturm was born March 26, 1914 at Flora. He married Wanda Berner in La Grande September 6, 1945. They lived in Flora all their lives until eight years ago, when they moved to the Milton Freewater area. He was a farmer while living in Flora. He was a custodian at the Umapine School until retiring two months ago because of ill health.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda, at the home; sons, Jim at Athena, Robert, US Air Force stationed in Holland; Bryce of Milton Freewater; a daughter, Mrs. Jim (Beaulah) Wynans of Prineville; a brother, Clifford Sturm, Boise; and three grand children.

Funeral services will be held at the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home in Milton Freewater, with graveside services and interment at the Enterprise cemetery, pending the arrival of his son from Holland.

Wallowa County Chieftain
Thursday September 18, 1975

James Sturm

Grandpa Sturm passed away Sunday Sept. 25, 1921, after a serious illness of several days, while for months he has been in the very poorest of health. He was one of the old pioneer settlers of the north end, being 88 years old. He leaves to mourn his loss a wife, four sons, Chas., Henry and Orlando Sturm, who live in Paradise, a daughter, Mrs. Lake Osbourne of Alberta, and several grandchildren besides a host of friends, who extend the sorrowing relatives their sympathy in their bereavement.

Enterprise Record Chieftain
Thursday October 6, 1921


Joseph Sturm of Flora died last Tuesday, December 24, after the car in which he was riding left the road and plunged into Camas creek near Ukiah Lake Monday. Sturm a World War II veteran, and Witt Nolton, driver of the car, were rescued from the icy waters and both were apparently uninjured. However, Mr. Strum died enroute to Pilot Rock.

Joseph Charles Strum was born at Paradise, Oregon, June 22,1908. He was the son of Charles and Lizzie Sturm. He lived on a farm in that vicinity until entering the service, April 9, 1942. Since his discharge October 1, 1945, he has been engaged in logging near Ukiah, Oregon.

He is survived by his father and two brothers; Jack and Clifford Sturm, all of Flora. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. H.C. Stover of the Enterprise Community church, were held at Flora, Saturday afternoon. Mrs. Garnet Best and Mrs. Helen Kay, accompanied at the organ by Rev. Stover, sang, "Abide With Me" and "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere". Burial was in the Paradise cemetery.

Wallowa County Chieftain
Thursday, January 2, 1947
Front Page


Bob passed away at his home in Puyallup, Washington on January 2, 2002, held by his wife and soul mate Susan and surrounded by his 4 furred children.  He was born in Walla Walla, Washington on 12/20/49 to Jack and Wanda Sturm.  Growing up on a farm in Flora, Oregon and involved in 4-H, he met a young lady by the name of Susan Benson when he was 14 and did some serious flirting for a week at 4-H summer school.  Bob attended Enterprise High School and then dated his young 4-H friend for a summer.

After high school Bob enlisted in the Air Force with his first overseas duty being in Southeast Asia.  He made the military his career, living and traveling throughout the world.  While in military service, Bob knew he would make a better contribution after retirement with a college education. He proudly graduated from McKendree College in Illinois with a Bachelorís Degree in Business Administration in 1991.  SMSgt. Sturm retired to Puyallup, Washington in 1991 and continued to use his aviation expertise as an Aviation Safety Inspector for the FAA.  He was employed by the FAA at the time of his death.

The story goes that in 1998, he was working in his yard when he thought of the long-lost 4-H friend who he had not seen or talked to for 32 years.  During the next few months, with serious searching and considerable Devine intervention, he was able to locate her in Beaverton, Oregon and on July 17, 1999 they were married; each knowing they had finally connected with the missing piece to their lifeís puzzle.  The day after their 2nd wedding anniversary in 2001, Bob was diagnosed with metastasized pancreatic cancer.  During the last five and a half months of Bobís life, the two of them prayed constantly for Godís miracle of healing.  While that particular miracle did not manifest itself as they had hoped; they both realized the real miracle of their lives was finding each other at last and walking in pure love and sunshine for 2 Ĺ years.

We know Bob was welcomed on this final journey by his father, Jack Sturm, his beloved grandparents, James and Beulah Berner and a big old yellow dog named Max.   Bob is survived by his wife Susan; devoted step-daughter Kelly Cook (from his first marriage) of Sandpoint, ID; step-children Brooke Schmidt of Dundee, OR and Chad Schmidt, of The Dalles, OR; mother, Wanda (Doug) Ankney of Milton-Freewater, OR; sister Beulah Fern Wynans of Lostine, OR; brothers Bryce Sturm (Celie) of Walla Walla, WA and Jim Sturm (Marcella) of Moses Lake, WA; nieces, nephews and the ones who miss being spoiled rotten:  Sampson, Panda, Spike and Sassy.

Bob was a member of Christ Episcopal Church, The Retired Enlisted Association and the Benevolent Order of the Elks.

Memorial Services will be held at 4:30pm on Saturday, January 5 at Christ Episcopal Church in Puyallup.  By Bobís request, his ashes will be returned to the land of his youth, and buried at Prairie Creek Cemetery in Joseph.  Remembrances may be made to The Retired Enlisted Association, Chapter 110, Scholarship Fund, Puyallup or St. Joseph Franciscan Hospice, 1717 S. J St., Tacoma, WA 97421.

In Loving Memory
Your Wife,
Susan Sturm
January, 2002

Accident On Swamp Creek
Is Fatal To Young Man
From Paradise

Roy Sturm, son of A. J. Sturm of Flora, died at the E.O.L. camp Monday night from injuries received while at work. He was working with a team skidding logs down in the decks and started down with five logs "dogged" together. Evidently one of the rear logs came loose and rolled over him.

No one knows just how the accident occurred as Mr. Sturm was working alone at the time and altho conscious to the time of his death, he was unable to tell just how it had occurred. The team came running down dragging two logs and men who saw them went to investigate, finding Mr. Sturm badly injured. He was carried down to the Osburn camp and Dr. C. T. Hockett was rushed by auto to camp 6 and from there seven miles on the speeder to his bedside.

The physician found Mr. Sturm suffering with a broken leg, many body bruises and internal injuries. The nature of his injuries would not permit him to be moved and so he could not be brought to Enterprise for the operation that was deemed advisable.

The accident occurred about 2:30 in the afternoon and Mr. Sturm died at 8:50 Monday evening from an internal hemorrhage.

Roy Sturm was born in Tucker, West Virginia, Nov. 22, 1890. His mother died when he was seven years old, and when he was 14 years old he came with his father to Flora. He spent seven years in Washington and then returned to the Flora country. For the past year he had been employed on Swamp creek with various contractors.

Besides his father, A. J. Sturm, he leaves a sister, Mrs. A.G. McCray, whose husband is a contractor at the camp; a brother, Dallas Sturm, who is a partner of L.D. Osborn, contractors, for whom Roy Sturm was working; and a sister, Mrs. Blanche Evans who lives in West Virginia. Many friends also mourn his untimely death. He was unmarried.

Funeral services were held at Flora Wednesday and burial was in the Paradise cemetery.

Enterprise Record Chieftain
Thursday, June 28, 1923
Front Page

Susan England Sturm

The Flora and north end communities were shocked Saturday morning when the sad news reached here of the sudden death of Grandma Sturm, mother of Henry Alando and Charles Sturm, of this community and Mrs. L. D. Osburn of E.O.L. Camp 10, where Grandma made her home. Grandma seemed as well as usual Friday and was all ready to go to Enterprise Saturday morning with her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Osburn. When Mrs. Osburn went into Grandma's bedroom Saturday morning to build a fire and call her for breakfast, she found that life was gone and Grandma had peacefully passed away to the great beyond. It was a terrible shock to Mrs. Osburn and a doctor was called at once, but there was nothing to be done.

Mr. and Mrs. James Sturm came to Paradise from South Carolina about twenty years ago and spent most of that time in the north end. They were in Canada a few years while their daughter and family lived there. Mr. Sturm passed away Sept. 25, 1921. Mrs. Sturm has lived most of the time since at the E.O.L. camps with her daughter Mrs. Osburn. She was born Dec. 7, 1841, in Barbour county, Virginia, now West Virginia, and died Oct. 24, 1925, at Sled Springs, Oregon. The remains were brought to Paradise Sunday afternoon, and burial was in the Paradise cemetery. Funeral services were conducted at the grave by Rev. F. L. Bouquet of Enterprise. Many beautiful flowers were placed on the casket and new made mound.

She was the mother of 15 children, seven of whom are living, three sons in the east, and three sons and one daughter here. She also leaves a great number of grandchildren and great grandchildren, and a great host of friends to mourn her loss. The relatives have the deepest sympathy of the entire community. Mrs. Sturm was a member of the Methodist church at White Oaks, West Virginia.

Enterprise Record Chieftain
Thursday October 29, 1925
Page Eight

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