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Mabel V. (Creasey) THOMPSON
Mark Pomroy THOMPSON
Martha Ellen (Gastin) Thompson


Lulu Thompson Dies in La Grande

Mrs. Roy M. (Lulu W.) Thompson of Enterprise passed away on Tuesday December 9, 1975 at the Grande Ronde Hospital in LaGrande. She had been in failing health for the past year.

She was the daughter of Marion and Hattie Coverdale and was born near Joseph on August 25, 1896. She was married to Roy M. Thompson on December 14, 1973 at Phiomath. She was a member of Silver Lake Rebekah Lodge 121 of Joseph.

Survivors include her husband, Roy M. at the Enterprise home; two daughters, Mrs. William (Bethel) Bougher, Sunnyvale, Calif.,and Joyce Luxon of Portland; a son Dean Wilson, Fremont, Calif.; three half-brothers, Bing Coverdale, Portland, Cecil Coverdale, Westport, Wash., and Harold Coverdale, Wolfe Creek, Ore.; and 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Memorial services were Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Bollman Chapel with Rev. Joe Jewett officiating. Marguerite Sartin was organist and Clifford Collinsworth sang "The Lord's Prayer." Casket bearers were: Larry Luxon, Jack Luxon, Lawrence Potter, Jean Butler, Mark Marks, Fred Warnock and Steven Akers; and interment was in the Prairie Creek Cemetery.

Chieftain, Enterprise, Or. - December 1975
Contributed by Pat Higley

Friends Mourn Mable Thompson

Mrs. Mabel V. Thompson daughter of Henry and Ella Creasey who came to Wallowa County at the age of eight years with her mother, Ella Rodriguez, passed away at Valley View Manor in La Grande, on Thursday May 18, 1967. She had been a patient there for the past month.

She was born June 26, 1877 in Dell Prairie, Wisconsin, and had lived on the Imnaha most of her life. She was married November 23, 1893 on the Imnaha to Mark P. Thompson who preceded her in death on April 2, 1943.

She was a member of the Methodist Church, Joseph Chapter No. 67 of the Order of Eastern Star, and Silver Lake Rebekah Lodge No. 121 of Joseph.

Survivors include a son, Roy M. Thompson of Alder Slope; three daughters Mrs. Ethel Needham of Clarkston, Mrs. Vaunie Warnock of Enterprise, and Mrs. Lawrence (Ilene) Potter of Joseph, one brother Summer Rodriguez of Corvallis, one sister Mrs. A.B. (Blanche) Berg of Toledo, ten grandchildren, thirty great grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren.

Memorial services were held Monday at 2:00 p.m. at the Bollman Chapel with Rev. Lester T. Wells officiating. Mrs. Luella Miller was organist, and Rev. Douglas T. Field sang "Will There Be Any Stars In My Crown" and "The Old Rugged Cross."

Honorary pallbearers were Frank Shevlin, Jack Morrow, Platt Talbott, Edward Quinn, Wilbur Reece, J.E. Butler, Willard Prout, Fred Himelwright and Floyd Kennedy and casket bearers were Fred Warnock, Jay and Rodney Potter, Mark and Dan Marks, and Don Conrad. Interment was in the Prairie Creek cemetery with ritualistic services by Silver Lake Rebekah Lodge No. 121 of Joseph.

Wallowa County Chieftain
Thursday May 25, 1967
Front Page

Joan Meister is part of the Thompson family from Ohio.


Pioneer Citizen Summoned After Brief Illness

One of the earlier pioneers of Wallowa county and Imnaha, Ore., passed away last Friday when M.P.. Thompson of Little Sheep creek died in the Enterprise hospital following a week's illness.

Mark Pomroy Thompson, son of Eliza and Thomas B. Thompson, was born Oct. 26, 1874; in Dow City, Iowa, and passed away Friday, April 2, 1943, aged 68 years five months and six days.

He was married Nov. 23, 1893, to Mable U. Creasy of Imnaha, Ore., and is survived by his widow and four children: Mrs. Ethel Marks, Roy M. Thompson, Mrs. Earl Warnock, and Mrs. Lawrence Potter, all of whom were at his bedside during his last illness.

There are also ten grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Katie R. Markham, two brothers, John E. Thompson of Seattle, Wash., and William B. Thompson of Dow City, Iowa.

Mr. Thompson came to Oregon in 1888 with his father and had lived on the Imnaha and in Wallowa county ever since with the exception of one year.

In 1890 Mark, then a lad of 16, helped his uncle, T.F. Rich, drive a band of wild horses to Colorado. After the horses were sold the Rich party wintered in Fruita, Colorado, and it is from this town that the post office of Fruita on the Imnaha river received its name.

Following their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Thompson lived on Imnaha most of the time until 1923. They spent two years in the valley during that time, and when they returned to Imnaha bought a ranch where they ran cattle for some 16 years, selling out in 1923 to Earl Warnock, who still is owner.

Mr. Thompson bought a ranch on Little Sheep creek in December, 1927, and this had since been their home and where they had planned to celebrate their Golden Wedding in November of this year.

Friendliness and hospitality was the keynote of the Thompson home and its doors were open to all. The many old friends and neighbors who came many miles to attend his funeral are evidence of the esteem in which he was held.

Any young man coming to Wallowa county in the 1880's has seen the development of a country from crude pioneer days and ways, manners and customs, to its present state of comfort and prosperity. They have lived through interesting times and had all sorts of experiences. Mr. Thompson was of course no exception, and tried his hand at all sorts of labor but mostly cattle raising and farming. He went through many hard experiences but remained a kindly husband and father, friend and neighbor, who will be missed by many.

Practically every home on Imnaha was represented at the funeral of Mr. Thompson Monday afternoon. The Thompsons had lived there so many years and the friendships of those living in this community who were so dependent on each other in the early days are lasting and sincere.

Wallowa County Chieftain
Thursday April 8, 1943
Front Page

Joan Meister is part of the Thompson family from Ohio.

Mrs. Martha Ellen Thompson

Mrs. Martha Ellen Thompson who homesteaded east of Wallowa in1902. The homestead now being a part of the Kitty Minor ranch, passed away at her home in Wallowa last Friday, Dec. 27, at the age of 76 years, seven months and one day. Mrs. Thompson had suffered a stroke of paralysis Dec. 15, from which she never rallied.

Mrs. Thompson was born Martha Ellen Gastin, May 26, 1864, near Waterloo, Iowa, but spent most of her childhood in Missouri and Kansas. She was married to Henry Thompson on February 13, 1882, and to this union nine children were born, five of whom died in infancy and childhood. Mrs. Thompson was widowed in1900. Mr. Thompson passing away in Kansas, and she came to Oregon in1902, taking up homestead east of Wallowa, when her son, J.C. (Pat) enlisted in the Navy in 1917, she returned to Kansas, residing htere and in Missouri until 1934 when she returned to Wallowa and had reisded here since.

Four children survive her. Joe L., John C. and Nina of Wallowa and Mrs. Edna Feagins of Ft. Scott, Kansas. She is also survived by two brothers, T.M. Gastin of Wallowa and A.M. Gastin of California and 15 Grand children and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held from the Wallowa Church of Christ Sunday Afternoon at 3:30 with Rev. Joe Standidge of the Reorganized Church of the Latter Day Saints, of which Mrs. Thompson was a member, in charge. Music was by a trio composed of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Henry and Mrs. Marjorie Jensch, who sang "Rock of Ages" and "Abide with Me." Pall Bearers were all legionnaires and were Sam Jaensch, who sang "Rock of Ages" and Abide with Me." Pall Bearers were all legionnaires and were Sam Berry, W.F. Goebel, Oscar Lampkins, P.L. Bales. E.V. Lewis and W.O. Brines. Burial was in the Wallowa Cemetery by the side of her father and mother, William Penn Gastin and Mary Barr Gastin.

Obituary from the Wallowa Sun
Contributed by:  Orvetta Harmon

Moses C. Thompson

Word has been received in this city that Moses C. Thompson, veteran of the Civil war and resident of this city for many years, died at the G.A.R. home at Roseburg on Monday. Mr. Thompson served in the navy during the war and was a member of the local post of the G.A.R. He had lived here for about 20 years, where he owned his own home. About two months ago he went to Roseburg. Mr. Thompson leaves a daughter, Mrs. Stein, who lives in Wallowa county at Zumwalt. -La Grande Observer

Wallowa County Reporter
Thursday December 11, 1919

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