Josephine County Oregon Obituaries and Death Notices


Owen Marshall of East Main St. has received word of the death of his son in law E.A. Holloway of Grants Pass, Oregon. Mr. Halloway visited in the Tyrone neighborhood about twenty two years ago where he has man friends. His wife died twenty years ago.

Coshocton Weekly Times, Coshocton Ohio January 17, 1907
Contributed by S. Williams

Charles A. Beach, of Althouse, Josephine county, was on Sunday stricken with paralysis and died twelve hours later. Deceased was an excellent citizen and an exemplary man. He settled at Althouse in 1853.

August 28, 1888 Morning Oregonian, Portland Oregon
Contributed by
Shauna Williams

June 26, 1917; Grants Pass pays tribute to the first local boy to give his life in Nation's service. One of the largest funerals ever held in southern Oregon was the tribute paid on tuesday to Joseph Borough, the first Grants Pass boy to lose his life in the service of his country. Born in 1897 at Wilderville Oregon son of J.B. and Esther Borough, he was raised from childhood in Josephine county. When his country called for soldiers he enlisted in the Aviation corp, which took him to Fort Sam Houston ,Texas. he died June 19, 1917, aged 20.

Contributed by Sally

O.P. Randall and his little granddaughter were drowned while attempting to cross Rogue river, near Grant's Pass, on a small ferryboat.

Mountain Democrat (Placerville, CA) Feb. 26, 1898
Contributed by Robyn Greenlund

Charles Wiggins was caught in a cave-in in the Steam Beer mine, near Leland [Oregon],, and was so badly bruised that he died within a short time after being dug out.

Mountain Democrat (Placerville, CA) Feb. 26, 1898
Contributed by Robyn Greenlund

H.H. Davis was run down by a train while attempting to clear a bridge and fell forty feet upon a bed of boulders, crushing his skull and dying instantly. The casualty occurred near Grant's Pass.

Mountain Democrat (Placerville, CA) Nov. 20, 1897
Contributed by Robyn Greenlund

Blew His Head Off

William Hyde, who went to Chetco, Curry County, from Grant's Pass, and had been engaged thereabouts as a trapper, in a fit of despondency concluded that life was not worth living, and, taking his gun from behind his cabin door, placed the muzzle of it under his jaw and blew the top of his head off. The suicide occurred Monday evening, the 20th of December, and the dead man was found soon after the fatal shot was fired. His lifeless body was found in a sitting position on a trunk, the head resting on the weapon which had inflicted the deadly wound. Hyde left a widow and four children in Josephine County.

The Oregonian (Portland, OR) - Jan. 2. 1898 pg. 22
Contributed by Robyn Greenlund

A correspondent of the Jacksonville Times writes as follows under date of January 11: William Triplett was drowned in Rogue river, just above Galice creek, last Wednesday evening. While taking a small craft down that stream it upset and turned over on him. Getting fast in the rope he could not extricate himself and was drowned. His father was on the opposite side, but could not do anything for the drowning man. The body was in the river for three hours, and was buried on the bar on which he lived Friday evening. Mr. Triplett leaves a wife and seven children, we are told, in destitute circumstances.

The Oregonian (Portland, OR) - Jan. 1, 1886 pg. 8

Submitted by Robyn Greenlund

Jean Pruitt, 86, of Grants Pass died Sunday, May 23, 2010, at her home.A memorial service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Redwood Christian Church. Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home in Ashland is in charge of arrangements.She was born Erma "Jean" Diehl on May 20, 1924, in Twin Falls, Idaho. After graduating from high school in 1942, she attended college in Pocatello, Idaho, for two terms, and then moved to Oregon to attend the University of Oregon and Northwest Christian College in Eugene. She graduated in 1946.On Sept. 10, 1946, in Boise, Idaho, she married Bobby Pruitt, who survives. They returned to Oregon in 1947.She was a member of Redwood Christian Church. She enjoyed reading, music and gardening. She especially enjoyed her family and helping others.In addition to her husband, survivors include three sons, Ernie, Steve, and Lee; three daughters, Mary, Jeannie and Holly; 19 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

The Daily Courier (Grants Pass, OR) Published Thursday, May 27, 2010
Submitted by Jim Dezotell

William "Billy" Pruitt

William Blaine "Billy" Pruitt, 65, of Grants Pass, died Thursday, Sept. 10, 1998, of a heart attack while hiking on Three Finger Jack Mountain near Sisters.

Viewing will take place at Hull & Hull Funeral Directors today from 2 to 5 p.m. A memorial service will be at Redwood Christian Church at 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

Pruitt was born on Dec. 26, 1932, in Grants Pass. He was educated in Grants Pass, Prospect and Corvallis. He graduated from Oregon State University in 1955. He was in ROTC, and later became an infantryman in the U.S. Army, where he trained as a paratrooper and mountain ranger. Pruitt had a life-long interest in mountain climbing.

He owned and operated Pruitt's Feed and Seed store for a number of years and was a Josephine County Extension agent. He was also a ranch manager at Beaver Meadows Ranch on the Boulder River in McLeod, Mont., from 1979 until his death.

Pruitt is survived by his wife, Ida Mae Pruitt; two sons, Bill Pruitt of Grants Pass, and Clifford Pruitt, of McCloud, Calif; a daughter, Penny Pruitt, of Portland; a brother, Bobby Pruitt of Grants Pass; a sister, Bonny Maphet of Grants Pass; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Pruitt Friend.

The Daily Courier (Grants Pass, OR) - Monday, September 14, 1998
Submitted by Jim Dezotell

Francis Bratton Black, native of Tennessee, age 31 years, 9 months and 16 days, passed away in Grants Pass, Oregon, Tuesday, October 11th, following an illness of one month. Mrs. Black had made her home in Grants Pass for the past five months, previous to that time she had lived in Klamath Falls for seven years. She is survived by her husband, Donald Black, also her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. G.S. Bratton, one brother George W. Bratton and one sister, Mrs. H.D. Jones, all of Klamath Falls. Friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral services Friday afternoon October 14, at 2:30 o'clock at the chapel of the Earl Whitlock Funeral Home, Pine avenue at Sixth street, with the Rev. T. Davis officiating, assisted by Rev. A. Theodore Smith. Commitment services will held and Interment made in the family plot in Linkville cemetery.

The Klamath News (Klamath Falls, OR) - October, 1932
Contributed by Jeanie Sawyer

Mr. Hull, of Grant’s Pass, was drowned at the head of Louse creek last Thursday.  The young man had gone up to the reservoir, and in some unknown way fell in and was drowned.

The Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) – Tuesday, January 1, 1895

Mr. Hull, of Grant's Pass, was drowned at the head of Louse creek last Thursday.  The young man had gone up to the reservoir, and in some unknown way fell in and was drowned.

The Plaindealer (Roseburg, OR) - Thursday, January 3, 1895
Former Portland Resident Drowns

Merlin, Or, June 17 --J.W. Powders was drowned in Rogue River just below Hell Gate Wednesday and the body has not been recovered. He was 22 years old and until recently a resident at Portland, Or., rooming at 91 North Park street. His parents live in Rockport, IL.

The Oregonian (Portland, OR) - June 18, 1911 Sec 4, pg 11
Contributed by Robyn Greenlund


Jack C. Nealy, 83, died at 5:30 P. M., Saturday, at his home, 430 West G street.  He was born April 28, 1858 in Berry county, Mo., and came to Oregon in 1931.

Mr. Nealy is survived by his wife, Josephine Barr-Nealy. He leaves the following 10 children: John A. Nealy, Hotchkiss, Colo.; James M. Nealy, Grants Pass; Richard E. Nealy, Cave Junction; Cecil King, Dryden; Ruth Nealy, Grants Pass; Jess L. Nealy, Bremerton, Wash.; Mrs. Lewis Booth, Pionia, Colo.; Oliver R. Nealy, Buhl, Idaho; Oscar B. Nealy, Cave Junction; Woodrow Nealy, Grants Pass.

He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren

( Unknown Source ) - May 22, 1941
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

Mrs. Coffee passes at nursing home

Mrs. Georgeanna U. Coffee, 71 mother of Mrs. Clara Hammer of Selma died Thursday morning, November 11 at 3;10 a.m. at the Schramneck nursing home in Medford where she had been a patient for two years. She was born in Kansas City Mo. on May 20, 1871. Two sons and a daughter survive. Edwin M. Tucker, Pendleton Oregon, George L.Usher,  Of the U.S. navy, at San Pedro, and Mrs. Hammer. Surviving also are 11 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the L.B.Hall funeral home with Rev H.A.Shaw, pastor of the first Baptist church officiating. Interment at Hillcrest memorial park.

Illinois valley news (Cave Junction, OR) - November 1942

Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

John G. Gilmore, 81 of Eureka California, died in a Eureka hospital, September 8, after a long illness. He was born June 13, 1877 in Kerby, Oregon. He was the son of David M. Gilmore and Mary F. Gilmore early settlers of the Illinois Valley. He lived his early years in the valley and worked most of his life as a miner and a farmer. He also drove stage coast in eastern Oregon and other routes of the west.

He is survived by a brother, William E, Gilmore of Eureka and a sister Maude Brown Hedden of Arcata California, nephews Vess Clark of Hayfork California Charles Gilmore, Klamath Falls Oregon Vern Gilmore Happy camp California David Gilmore Eureka, Arthur Brown Kings Bay California and Robert Brown of Honeydew California.
Nieces Ethel Wolfe Lodi ca, Katherine Fennimore, Los Angeles Ca., Jessie White Richmond Ca. Marie March, Willetts Ca. Alice Barker Elk Grove Ca. Hattie Hogue Gold Beach Oregon, Pauline Deo, Eureka, Francis Corsetti Eureka, Minnie Hall Gold beach, Ada Johnston, Wedderburn Oregon. 27 Great nieces and nephews 29 great great nieces and nephews Funeral services were held at Cooper Mortuary chapel of the ferns internment at the ocean view cemetery in Eureka California.

( Unknown Source ) - September 1958
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

Henry Morgan Pfefferle dies in Klamath Falls

Henry Morgan Pfefferle, aged 75 years, passed away in Klamath Falls Wednesday November 26 after a lingering illness of several years. Mr. Pefferle was a former resident of the valley for many years making his home near takilma. He leaves his widow Myrtle, three sons Paul, and Phayo of Klamath falls and Allen of Doris California: Two daughters, Mrs. Josephine Durgin of Klamath Falls and Iona Pfefferle of Berkley California and five grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at the IOOF cemetery here Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.Major Norman Bowyer of the Salvation Army at Klamath Falls will conduct the services. All friends and family is invited.

Illinois Valley News (Cave Junction, OR) - Thursday October 23, 1958
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

Ada F. Miller passes away in Klamath Falls

Ada F. Miller, a resident of Southern Oregon for the past 47 years passed away at Klamath Falls, Sunday October 5 at the age of 82 years. She was a native of Austin Texas and was well known in Grants Pass. She leaves to mourn her passing the following children; Mrs. Mamie Clements and Mrs.R.T.McNicholas of Klamath Falls; Richard Miller of Dunsmuir California and Blake Miller of Cave Junction. She has often visited her son Blake in Kerby and Cave Junction where she had many friends. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at Presbyterian Church in Glendale.

Source: ( Unknown ) - November 27, 1941
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

Thurlow Seifert, 65, died Feb.4, 1985 at the Boswell mine residence. He was born Aug. 16, 1919 at Rolfe, Iowa and moved to Illinois Valley in 1946 from Hawthorne California.  Mr. Seifert was a US Army veteran of WWII. 
He is survived by his wife Rosalie Seifert of Selma Oregon; a mother Ruth Seifert of Selma Oregon; daughters Carol Holm of Klamath Falls Oregon, Robyn Runyon of Medford Oregon, Lisa Martin of Cave Junction and Tamara Rose of Medford. Thurlow had one sister, Betty Shadel, of Rogue River Oregon and 11 grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held in the Clausen Illinois Valley funeral home. Interment will follow at the Laurel Cemetery in Cave Junction Oregon.

Source: ( Unknown ) - October 9, 1941
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

Those living in the Holland area and knowing Milton F. Parker will be saddened to hear of his death in Redwood City Ca. March 31. He is the father of Ferris Parker and Mrs. B.B. Sharpe on numerous occasions he was known as “Dad” to all.

Source: ( Unknown ) - April 10, 1947
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

Jesse L. Knighten Oregon pioneer died last week

Jesse L Knighten native Oregonian and resident of Grants Pass and vicinity for more than 70 years died at 1:55 A.M. last Thursday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Olen Bell, with whom he had lived at 215 south 7th street. He would have been 92 years old on his next birthday, having been born in Forest Grove Oregon Oct. 10, 1855.

In addition to Mrs. Bell surviving children are Mrs. Delia Smith, Wiley E. and Jesse Knighten all of Klamath Falls; Mrs. May M. Wimer, Wallowa Oregon; Elorice L. Knighten of Redding Ca.: Two brothers Lee and Fount Knighten of Ukiah Ca. and Hiatt Knighten of Lake Port Ca. Also there are 15 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. He was the grandfather of Mrs. Dorothea Bearss of Cave Junction.

Mr. Knighten was well known in the valley where he had lived for 10 years before moving to Grants Pass. Years ago he owned what is now the L.W. Monroe ranch, near Takilma, farmed the Frank Barrett property on Caves Hwy, and other acreage in the valley. Funeral services were held at Hull and Hull Chapel last Monday afternoon, April 7, with Rev L.B. Hall officiating. Internment was at I.O.O.F. cemetery on Grants Pass.

Source: ( Unknown ) - April 10, 1947
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

Robert L. Gates

Funeral services were held last Tuesday morning in Grants Pass for Robert L. Gates who passed away on Wednesday July 2, at Josephine general hospital.

Mr. Gates was well known in the valley and had made his home for a number of years near Holland.

Rev. E.J.Aschenbrenner officiated at the service in the chapel of Hull and Hull mortuary, internment followed at the IOOF cemetery.

Source: ( Unknown ) - July 10, 1947
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

The death of Emma Tuttle was a blow to her many friends in Selma.

Source: ( Unknown ) - February 27, 1947
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

The funeral for Mrs. John Hermann (Friedereke) was held at the Deer Creek Cemetery last Friday. Mrs. Hermann was a pioneer resident of Selma having moved here in 1895 at the age of 23.The entire valley was saddened by her passing.

Source: ( Unknown ) - February 27, 1947
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

[This is Friedereke Hermann born 07/1872 Germany Died 02/18/1947 Married to John F. Hermann Sr.]

Passing of Louis J. Hill Mourned

Louis Jackson Hill aged 61 died Thursday, February 20, 1947 at the Portland sanitarium and hospital. He was born September 14, 1885 in Hartley Iowa and has been a resident of the Illinois Valley for 55 years. He married September 18, 1910 Aubrey L. Carter.
He is survived by his wife Aubrey of Cave Junction two children Delbert Hill and Lucille Elliott both of Cave Junction, One brother John Hill, of Cave Junction a sister Ellen Higgins of Crescent City Ca: One niece; and three grandchildren all of Cave Junction.

Source: ( Unknown ) - February 27, 1947
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

Former Sheriff of Josephine County Joseph G. Hiatt Dies

Joseph G. Hiatt passed away April 2nd at his home on Sonoma Avenue in Santa Rosa, California, after an illness of two weeks caused by a paralytic stroke. He was 77 years old and had lived in Sonoma County since 1910.

His widow, Mary F. Hiatt, three sons, Robert, Fay and Ralph D., a daughter, Mrs. Kate Hogue, survive. Also the following sisters, Mrs. Kate D. Lewis of Holland, Oregon; Mrs. Fanny Swigart, Mrs. Molly Gardener and Louis Kirch, and Martha Smith and Mae Allison besides numerous relatives in both Oregon and California.

Mr. Hiatt was born in Putman County, Missouri February 15, 1861 and came to Oregon in 1884 from California, locating near Grants Pass and was engaged in the stock business for several years. He was a delegate to the county convention of 1890 and 1892, to the state convention and the league of 1895 and in 1894. He was elected sheriff of Josephine County where he served for two terms.

Source: ( Unknown ) - April 21, 1938
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

WILLIS GARBE: Willis Garbe about 70 years of age died January 3, 1939 at the Josephine General Hospital where he had been since December 6. His home was in Selma. Willis was born October 2, 1868 in Auburn California The son of John and Caroline Garbe he married Belle Miller Garbe who survives. Willis is buried in the Deer Creek Cemetery.

Source: ( Unknown ) - January 1939
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough


John Bour 74,who was born and reared in the Illinois Valley died Wednesday morning November 30,1938 at his home in Kerby. He was born April 1, 1864. He had been making his home with two brothers David and George Bour. Other survivors include two brothers Joe and Frank and a sister Mrs. Mary Scott of Montana Funeral services will be held Friday at 1:30 in the IOOF cemetery. Hull and Hull funeral home is in charge of the arrangements.

Source: ( Unknown ) - December 1938
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

Bill Sauer Passes:

Ludwig Sauer better known as “Bill” died at the Klamath Falls Hospital Tuesday afternoon as a result of being hit by a car at Merrill. Mr. Sauer started to cross the street stepping from behind another car when he was struck causing fatal injuries. Maurice and Clem Sauer are brothers of the deceased. Mrs. Nick Sauer is his mother they all live on farms north of Kerby. Ludwig was born on Deer Creek a few miles east of Selma and is well known by the older residents. Interment will be Friday January 20, 2 pm at the I.O.O.F. cemetery.

Source: ( Unknown ) - January 19, 1938
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

W.A. Tresham died Monday Jan 6, 1939

The Community was shocked to learn that W.A. Tresham, whose home recently burned at Bridgeview and who had been in poor health for some time passed away in Prineville, Oregon, while visiting his daughter and son-in-law Mr. and Mrs. Howard Harker. He was taken to the hospital in Prineville January 11 and gradually sank until the end. Mr. and Mrs. Tresham came to Southern Oregon in 1889 and made their home here for the past 11 years. Four children and his widow survived his passing H.A. of Kerby, O.R. of Sam’s Valley, J.D. of Gold Hill and Mrs. Elsie Harker of Prineville. The funeral will be held at 2 pm at pearl funeral home Medford. Interment will be in Siskiyou memorial park Medford. All friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral services.

Source: ( Unknown ) - January, 1939
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

Funeral services were held Saturday in Lundburg's L. B. Hall chapel for Henry A. Krauss 77 who died Thursday at his home in Grants Pass. The Rev William Gildehaus of Hope Presbyterian church in Rogue River officiated with burial in Granite Hill Cemetery.

Born June 3, 1903 in Selma. Krauss lived there 63 years before moving to Grants Pass in 1966. He was a cattle and Grain Rancher and was in the lumber trucking business before retirement. He was a member of The Hope Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are his wife Roberta of Grants Pass, sons Henry Krauss of Grants Pass and Dennis Krauss of Chiloquin, daughter Willi Krauss of Cupertino, Ca. sister Pearl Snively of Grants Pass Six grandchildren and one great grandchild.

His brothers Lewis and Fritz Krauss and sister Rieka Morrison are deceased.

Illinois Valley News (Cave Junction, OR) - November, 13, 1980
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

Bert J. Squire passed away September 26, 1971. A resident of 439 East street Trinidad, Ca. Husband of Frances
A. Squire of Eureka, father of Mrs. Juanita Buell of Arcata, Mrs. Virginia McGruder of Eureka, Bert E. and Edwin G. Squire both of Cave Junction, Oregon. Brother of Jesse M. Squire of Earlimart, Ca. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Having lived in Humboldt County for the past 14 years, Mr. Squire homesteaded on property at Thompson Creek in
Illinois Valley after he was discharged from the US Army. He was a veteran of World war one aged 77. He was a native of Glendale, Ca. Services were at Chapel of Ferns Cooper mortuary on Wednesday, September 29 at 10:30 a.m. with the Reverend Wendell Ensor of the United First Methodist Church officiating. Private concluding services followed at Ocean View Cemetery in Eureka, Ca.

Illinois Valley News (Cave Junction, OR) - October 7, 1971
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

Allan Dale Currier Died Sunday In Hospital

Allan Dale Currier aged 36, died Sunday evening at 6 o'clock at the Grants Pass General hospital without ever gaining consciousness from the automobile accident near Cave Junction, when Harry G. Keithly hit him while he was working on the highway.

The whole valley was hoping that Al would pull through and get well, but his condition was worse than we knew, and he passed away never regaining consciousness.

Keithly was arrested on a charge of involuntary manslaughter and is now in the county jail waiting for the grand jury to hear his case. He made a voluntary statement and will put himself to the mercy of the court.

Funeral services were held for Allan Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the chapel of Hull & Hull's funeral home and interment was in the Hillcrest Memorial park. Mr. Currier is survived by his wife, Nellie and two daughters, Sharon Diana and Virginia Dale and a son Allan Daniel. He leaves his mother, Mrs. Clara May Currier Grants Pass, and one brother and three sisters: William Currier of Grants Pass; Mrs. Jessie Stumbo, Wolf Creek; Mrs. Fern Kellow, Medford and Mrs. Edward Miller of Los Angeles.

Mr. Currier, next to Sam Bunch, had been employed the longest of any employee on the highway department in the valley, and was considered one of the best road and highway employees on the commission's payroll.

The pall bearers, all employees of the state highway department, - three from Grants Pass and three from the valley were, Sam Bunch, Harry Tresham, Joe Hudron, Lewis Theilan, N. R. Swacker and R. H. Badley.

Many Cave Junction residents attended the funeral in Grants Pass Wednesday to pay their last respects to the man they all loved.

(Unknown) - May 1941
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

Takes own Life Not to Be Burden

Charles Minor, about 74, took his own life with a shotgun Saturday morning near his home a Tigertown.    He was found dead by the side of the road about 100 yards from the house where he had been living the past year and a half with Robert Fleming.

Coroner Virgil E. Hull said Minor apparently ended his own life to avoid continuing what he felt would be a burden on his friends through ill health and poverty.

Fleming had spent the night in Holland Friday and when he tried to call Minor by telephone Saturday morning at 9 o'clock, Minor failed to answer. He started out on foot and reached their home about noon where he found Minor had shot himself.

Fleming's house caught on fire soon after he arrived home and a big hole was burned in the roof. Dr. A. N. Collman and L. E. Athey of Cave Junction helped Fleming extinguish the fire. Dr. Collman was called to go out to see the body and Athey accompanied him.

Coroner Virgil Hull was called to the scene, arriving in the afternoon just after the fire was controlled.

Minor was a United States deputy marshal in Alaska during the gold rush days. He is survived by one nephew, whose address was unknown.

The Hull and Hull funeral home was in charge of funeral Services.

(Unknown) - March 12, 1942
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

Albert T. Crosby, 77 years old, died last Friday at 1:45 a. m. at Josephine General Hospital in Grants Pass, where he was taken about two weeks before. He was born November 3, 1863, at Parkershead, Maine, and has lived in Cave Junction for the past several years making his home with Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Hout at Camp Hoquiam.

Mr. Crosby is survived by two sons, Herbert Crosby and Preston L. Crosby, a brother, William A. Crosby and a sister, Martha Curtis of Fairfield, Maine.

Graveside services were held last week at the Granite Hill cemetery with L. B. Hall Funeral Home in charge.

(Unknown) - January 16, 1941
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

Ellen Curnow was born at Reno, Nevada, on June 11, 1875, and departed from this life at the Josephine General hospital of Grants Pass, Ore., on June 6, 1940, at the age of 64 years, 11 months and 25 days. The Curnow family had made their home in this part of the state for the past 16 years. Her husband preceded her in death only four months ago.

She leaves to mourn her death the following children: Albert W.  Curnow and James N. Curnow of Grants Pass, James H. Curnow of Takilma,  Mrs. Beatrice Corder and Mrs. Silas McClung of Grants Pass, Mrs. Erie Fowler of Galice, and Mrs. Irene Donaca of Ashland. She also leaves one brother, Henry Stancil of Smith Flat, Calif.

Funeral services were conducted at the Hull and Hull funeral home by Rev. Harold A. Shaw on Saturday, June 8. Interment was at the Granite Hill cemetery.

(Unknown) - June 16, 1940
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough


Services for James E. Sowell, 68, who passed away at the family residence in Medford, were held in last Tuesday at 1:30 p. m. with Rev. Meredith Groves officiating. Interment was in the I. O. O. F. cemetery.

Mr. Sowell was born July 7, 1881, in Waldo, Oregon, the son of John Greene Sowell and Nellie Viola Hogue Sowell and had lived in this community for 23 years. He was united in marriage to Catherine L. Egger, October 8, 1903 in Waldo.

Surviving besides his widow  three daughters, Mrs. Edward L Schultz, Medford; Mrs. George Hoffman, Ashland, and Mrs. Linnie George, Medford; three brothers, Richard  Greene Sowell, Kerby; Harrison Ebenezer and William Joseph Sowell, all of Cave Junction, and several nieces and nephews.

(Unknown) - September 29, 1949
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

Clinton Eggers Dies from Serious Injuries

Clinton James Eggers, 29, of Cave Junction, son of John Wesley and Emily Hight Eggers, was seriously injured in a logging accident Sunday afternoon, July 3rd, while operating a caterpillar for Ted Webb, in the latter's logging operations near O'Brien. He was rushed to the Grants Pass General hospital and died Monday morning, July 4th from his injuries.

No one seems to know exactly what happened, as no one saw the accident, but it is presumed that Clint lost control of the cat and jumped, but the cat caught him and crushed him badly. However, he did not pass away until the next day at the hospital. Clinton was born March 18, 1920 in Takilma.

He leaves his mother, Mrs. Emily Eggers, Cave Junction; five brothers, Jack of Bridgeview; Frank of Crescent City; George, Herman and Albert of Cave Junction, a half-brother, Clarence Eggers of Grants Pass; four sisters, Mrs. Robert Owen of Gold Beach; Mrs. Zane Gray, Mrs. Boyd Reese and Mrs. Clarence Goodwin, all of Cave Junction.
Graveyard services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 p. m. at Laurel cemetery, under the direction of Hull & Hull Funeral home.

(Unknown) - July 7, 1949
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough


Edward Jules Lind was born December 22, 1868, on the high seas aboard a vessel flying the U. S. flag en route from Stockholm, Sweden, to New York. He moved with his parents to Everton, Wyoming, where he spent his boyhood days and where his father was killed by Indians.

When a young man he came to North Bend, Washington, and afterwards to British Columbia where he was a contractor.

In 1901, he moved to Spokane Washington, where he married Anna Grimmett. In 1909, they moved to the Illinois Valley. He served as commissioner for two terms in Josephine County, and was an important figure in the building of the present county courthouse. From 1918 to 1921 he served this county again as road boss. Mr. Lind was a member of Temple Lodge No. 42 A. F. & A. M., at Chenny, Washington. He was a member of the Eastern Star and also I. O. O. F.  He leaves no living relatives except his widow, Anna Lind of Grants Pass.

Edward J. Lind was well known in the Illinois Valley, having lived at the Lind home for years. Belt Lodge No. 18, A. F. & A. M. conducted the funeral services at the graveside.

(Unknown) - September 24, 1942
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

Death Calls Local Residents to Minnesota

Mr. and Mrs. Warren Berkner and Mr. and Mrs. Ray Suess and son, Steven, left Friday night for New Ulm, Minn., on receiving word of the passing away of Mrs. Andrew Suess
[Catherine Suess], mother of Mrs. Berkner and Mrs. Suess.

Mr. and Mrs. Berkner, who recently took possession of the fountain and lunch counter at Badden's bakery, expect to be gone about three weeks, and until their return, Kenneth Berkner will be in charge. They want to express their sincere thanks to their many friends who are helping them carry on.

(Unknown) - April 24, 1947
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

Ed Burke, Pioneer Passes Away

The valley was saddened this week when news of the death of Ed Burke, long-time resident of the valley passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Edda Ortman in Toledo, Ohio, Friday, April 18.

He had been in poor health for a long time and his passing was not unexpected, nevertheless it was a sad bit of news that was flashed to relatives and friends.

Ed Burke was born in Iowa, April 16, 1867, and was 81 years old when he passed away. May 23 he took a plane for Toledo to make his home with his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Ortman. He became ill last June and was in a critical condition for months.

He came to the valley in 1905 and married Minnie May Hogue Tycer [October 31, 1906]. Two children survive Ralph Tycer of Montana and Mrs. Edda Ortman of Toledo.

He was a long-time member of Belt Lodge No. 18, A. F. & A. M. and Kerbyville Lodge, I.O.O.F. For the last 15 years he had been tyler of Belt Lodge. Belt Lodge will have charge of the graveside funeral in the I. O. O. F. cemetery at 2 p. m. Friday, April 25.

[Ed’s father was John Burke and his mother Helen Conway]

(Unknown) - April 24, 1947
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

Death Takes Clarence Gilbert Sawyer

Residents of the Illinois valley were shocked to learn last Sunday that Clarence Sawyer passed away at the wheel of his car while in route from Sherwood Oregon, to Cave Junction. The accident occurred at Junction City, Oregon, on Sunday, March 10.

Mr. Sawyer had left Sherwood, where he was making his home with a son, for Cave Junction to help Freeling Sawyer, his brother, and the latter’s son Phil, build their new ice plant and lockers on the Caves highway.

Clarence had lived in the Illinois valley for many years and was one of the old reliable members of the Illinois Valley Grange. He was also a member of the Methodist church. He is survived by his widow May, two sons, Kenneth, of Sherwood, and Arthur, of Burns, Oregon; a sister, Mrs. Agnes Smith; and his brother, Freeling Sawyer of Cave Junction. Funeral services were held this [Thursday] afternoon in the Cave Junction Community Church with interment in the I.O.O.F. cemetery.

Clarence was born August 30, 1880 in Kerby son of Margaret Adella Lovejoy Sawyer and William Freeling Sawyer. He married May White May 2, 1906 in Josephine county Oregon.

(Unknown) - March, 1946
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough


John Wesley Young, 60 passed away at 11:30 a. m. Saturday, July 6 of a kidney ailment, after an illness of several months. Mr. Young was born March 29, 1886, in Escalante, Utah. He and Mrs. Young have been residents of Selma for one year, having come north from Tarzana, in California's San Fernando Valley. Surviving are his wife, Johanna Belle Young of Selma; daughters Frances M. Young of Selma and Harriet A. Arent of Phoenix, Arizona; one son, William W. Young of Huntington Park, California. The children are here now, having been summoned by Mr. Young's death.  Funeral services were conducted by the Mormon Church at the Hull & Hull Funeral Home in Grants Pass at 3 p. m. Wednesday July 10.

(Unknown) - July 11, 1946
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough


Homer White, 83, died at his home in Takilma at 4:20 a. m. Wednesday, July 10. Born in Morrow County, Oregon in 1863, White came to the valley in 1876 and for the past 65 years operated a farm there. White is survived by his wife, Mary E. White; two sons, Homer T. White of Portland and Charles H. White of Camas, Washington, and a brother, Samuel H. White of Trinity Center, California. Funeral services will be announced later by Hull and Hull. Homer married his wife Mary Ellen Seyforth May 12, 1890 in Josephine County. He was the son of Samuel T. White and Lucinda Woodcock.

(Unknown) - July, 1946
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

Mary Adams Peacock, Station Operator, Dead

Word has been received here by friends of the death of Mrs. Mary Adams Peacock which took place at her home at Gasquet, Calif., on Monday, July 13, at the age of 81 years. Friends gathered from all over the west coast to pay their last respects to this pioneer character. Funeral services were held Thursday, July 16, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Crescent City and interment was in the Catholic cemetery beside her husband, the late Peter Peacock, who died several years ago.

"Aunt Mary," as she was affectionately known to hundreds, for many years operated Adams Station, one of the historic stage stations in the West, located about one mile west of Gasquet.

She was of a large pioneer family, living at Waldo in the early day. For a time, she made her home with Mrs. Walter Simmons in Grants Pass, mother of the late Mrs. George Riddle.

Mary Adams was in charge of the hotel at Gasquet during the late 90's after the death of Mrs. Gasquet, established Adams Station nearby.   Later, she married Peter Peacock, who preceded her in death.    She was a handsome woman, even in her later years, and was known for the excellence of her table and open hearted hospitality. It is said that for many years, she was the only nurse between Waldo and Crescent City no trip was too hard or too long for her to make to aid the sick. A few years ago, the bridge over Smith River near her home was dedicated to her and a plaque is on the bridge today in her memory. It is said that it is the only bridge on the highway dedicated to an individual.

Her sister, Ellen Davis, became the wife of "Scotty'* Allen, famed as being in charge of the Alaskan dog races for many years.

The Del Norte Triplicate of Crescent City said of her, "Perhaps no other person in Del Norte County more truly symbolized the pioneer spirit of the West than Mary Adams Peacock.

(Unknown) - July, 1946
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough


Olaf E. Jones aged 45 years, died Wednesday morning in Medford after a prolonged illness. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Conger Funeral parlors in Medford with burial in Siskiyou memorial cemetery.

"Ole" as he was known to many friends in the valley, was the former owner of the Cave City Theater, and helped to build our present fire truck. After leaving Cave Junction, he moved to Grants Pass where he and Mrs. Jones made their home until his recent illness which took him to the Mayo clinic and then back to the hospital in Medford where he passed away. March 1942

(Unknown) - March, 1942
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough


Jesse B. Barnett, aged 78 years, passed away last Sunday morning at 8:50 o'clock, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George Thrasher, at Murphy, Oregon. Mr. Barnett had been a resident of Kerby for 45 years and for the past two weeks had been at the home of Mrs. Thrasher.

He was born at Madison, Wisconsin, March 16, 1863, and is survived by his wife, Ella B. Barnett and the following children: Kay Barnett of Salt Lake, Agnes Bronson of Honolulu, Edith Yovovich of Medford, Paul Barnett of Alaska, Hugh Barnett of Albany, California, Ruth Tycer of Portland and Rachel Thrasher of Murphy.

Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, at the I. O. O. F. cemetery with Hull & Hull in charge. March 1, 1942 Jesse was the son of Levi Barnett and Margaret Thomas.

(Unknown) - March, 1942
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

Former valley merchant dies

Carl J. Jacobson 71 former merchant in Grants Pass and Cave Junction died Friday at his home in Eugene. He was born July 7, 1869 in Morris, Minnesota. Mr. Jacobson operated a harness shop in Grants Pass and later a variety store. He then moved to cave Junction and repaired harnesses and also managed a variety store before moving to Eugene recently. Mr. Jacobson married Hannah Thomason at Morris, Minnesota August 30, 1891. He is survived by his wife and the following children: Melinda Bollman of Spokane, Clarice Bilger of Klamath Falls, Adeline Smith of Eugene, Miss Helen Jacobson San Mateo, California. He also leaves four grandchildren. Brothers and Sisters; surviving are Peter and Hans of Minnesota. Marie Larson of Minnesota, Eddie Jacobson North Dakota, Joe of Seattle, Otto of Canada and Tillie Hallum Minnesota. Funeral will be in Eugene

(Unknown) - September 19, 1940
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

In Loving memory of Anna Stiwalt, co-founder and past president of the O'Brien Women's Club, and valued personal friend of each of its members.

Born March 10, 1885, her birthplace was near Boise, Idaho. Anna May was the daughter of John O’Brien and Flora Powell O’Brien. She married Frank C. Stiwalt December 24, 1902.She; came with her family to Oregon as a girl and spent the full rich years of her life in Josephine County. Besides her participation in other county endeavor, The O'Brien Woman’s Club has been greatly benefitted by her active interest. As co-founder of the club she helped formulate its high ideals of mutual improvement through study and mental stimulation.

Under her supervision during her, two years of presidency the club was started on its way to the accomplishment of its purposes, among her many plans for the up building of the club was the determination to establish a small library for better reading for the  people of the community. Several club members contributed generously to this. The inspiration of the very fine leadership of Anna Stiwalt called out the abilities and talents of each member of the club. We responded to her unselfish example and thus we have been successful as a club.

Through the years of the club's activities she had ever in mind the one hope for mutual improvement, culminating in the providing of a community club house. A tower of strength has fallen from our midst. It is for us who remain to press together in our common cause in filling, if we can, the vacancy in our broken ranks.  The O'Brien Women's Club feels deeply its loss, and aside from this we sense individually a personal loss in the passing of this kindly efficient woman.

(Unknown) - July 21, 1946
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough


Howard Monroe Yarbrough, 85, died Sunday February 21 at 5:50 P.M. at Josephine general hospital. Mr. Yarbrough was born June 27, 1857 in Linn County, Oregon. He spent his entire life in Oregon. He is survived by his wife Jennie, his daughter Mrs. Robert Breeding of Rogue River, a son Arthur E. Yarbrough of Grants Pass a brother Lewis Yarbrough of Smith River, California nineteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Tuesday February 23 at 2P.M. at the L.B. Hall funeral home with Rev. H.B. Reichard of the Bethany Presbyterian church officiating. Interment will be at Hillcrest memorial park.

Grants Pass Daily Courier (Grants Pass, OR) - February 22, 1943
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough


Jennie H. Yarbrough, 81, pioneer of 60 years in this community died at the Parkview rest home Friday January 9, at 8 P.M. She had been a patient at the home for the past year. She was born May 2, 1866 at Barrington, Illinois. Survivors include a son A.E. (Doc) Yarbrough of this city and a daughter Mrs. R. E. Breeding of Eagle Point. Funeral services will be Tuesday January 13, at 2 PM at the L.B. Hall funeral home. Interment will be at the Hillcrest memorial Park.

Grants Pass Daily Courier (Grants Pass, OR) - January 10, 1948
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

Theodore O. Naucke, 72-year old native of the Illinois valley, was found dead in his home at Kerby about 6:45 a. m., Friday, by two Kerby friends, Phil Dessinger and J. M. Finch, Coroner Virgil Hull reported.

Death was attributed by the coroner to cerebral hemorrhage or heart failure.

Mr. Naucke was last seen alive Wednesday evening when visited by Mr. Finch. He appeared all right at the time, but was known to be in failing health. Coroner Hull stated that he apparently died later the same night. He was found, partly dressed, in his bed room Friday morning.

Mr. Naucke was born at Waldo April 2, 1869 the son of William Alfred Naucke his mother’s name was Nancy. He resided alone at Kerby, and leaves to mourn his loss, Tracy Lewis, Elsie Stith and Ted Stith, nieces and nephews of Seattle, Marilda Stith of San Francisco, niece, and Rupert Leonard, of Eugene, a nephew and a host of friends.
Mr. Naucke was an Odd Fellow, having joined Kerbyville Lodge No. 55, I. O. O. F. June 16, 1894, and joined Marguerite Lodge No. Ill of Rebekah on' November 10, 1900. He was a charter member of both organizations.
Funeral services were held in the I. O. O. F. hall, with the Rev. Mr. Gray conducting the services. Graveyard services were under the auspices of the I. O. O. F. lodge with burial at the I. O. O. F. cemetery.

(Unknown) - May 1941
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

Frank Fruiht Died Suddenly In His Store

Frank Eugene Fruiht, 66 years, passed away suddenly Wednesday about 4 p. m. in his store in Cave Junction, from a blood clot. He had just returned home from Portland where he underwent two major operations, and he apparently was on the road to recovery, when the clot took his life.

Mr. and Mrs. Fruiht came to Cave Junction in April, 1948 and purchased the Boucher's Rexall store, and changed the name to Fruiht's Remedies store.

Mr. Fruiht was born in Richfield, Washington, Aug. 10, 1883. Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Grace M. Fruiht; two daughters, Mrs. Wilma Morrison of Republic, Washington, and Mrs. Velva Rosebraugh of Beaverton, Oregon. He had one son, Thomas Fruiht of Eugene Oregon; six grandchildren and one great grandchild. He had two brothers, Fred W. Fruiht of El Cojan, California and Otto D. Fruiht, of Portland, Oregon.

Funeral services will be held Saturday in the Portland Crematorium

(Unknown) - August 1949
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

George Baldwin Comes Home To Rest in Peace

Private George A. Baldwin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond T. Baldwin, route 1, box 167, Cave Junction, who was killed in January 27, 1944, during the American invasion of Italy, will find his last resting place in the Laurel cemetery, the parents announced this week. George was born August 2, 1922 in Holland Oregon; his father was Raymond Thomas Baldwin and his mother Daisy E. Hervey Baldwin.

The deceased soldier's remains have been returned from Italy aboard the transport, Carroll Victory. The date of the funeral will be announced later by Hull and Hull. The Illinois Valley VFW post and the Cave Junction American Legion post will have joint charge of the funeral. A graduate of Kerby high school George Baldwin, at 19 years of age, entered the Army in March, 1943. He went overseas in September of the same year. In addition to his parents, a brother, James Edward, resides at home.

(Unknown) - July 15, 1948
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

Freak Accident Kills Local Men's Brother

Everett George (Pat) Hogue, brother of Jim D. Rogue and Bert Hogue of the Illinois Valley, died Saturday night, August 9, in the Hillside Hospital at Klamath Falls, from one of the freakiest accidents ever told.

On Friday evening, Mr. Hogue climbed onto a tubular chrome kitchen chair to reach a cupboard at his home in Klamath Falls. The slick chrome legs of the chair slipped on the floor as he climbed up. Mr. Hogue struck the back of the chair when he fell; his weight shattered the wooden back. The exposed chrome tube stabbed completely through his body, entering his back just above the hip and coming out through the abdomen.

His wife, alone with him at the time, extracted the tube, and he was rushed at once to the hospital. He expired at 9:07 Saturday evening.

He was born at Selma, but had lived for the past 25 years at Klamath Falls.

(Unknown) - August 14, 1947
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

Patsy Emma Cross, five-month-old daughter of Muriace. H. Cross and his wife Vivian Stone Cross of Kerby, died Monday, January 19, at 11:45 a. m. in the Josephine General hospital. She was born August 8, 1947.

Funeral services will be held in the Kerby church, Monday, January 26 at 2 p. m., the Rev. Don Wantland officiating. Interment will follow at the Deer Creek cemetery. Hull & Hull is in charge of the arrangements.

(Unknown) - January 1948
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

C. N. Versteeg Sr., MD

Charles N. Versteeg Sr. MD, 86, of Cave Junction died on Monday, Dec. 23 2002 in Medford.

A private service will held, with Hull & Hull Funeral Directors of Grants Pass in charge of arrangements.

The family's requests memorial contributions to: IVHS Alumni & Friends Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 2086, Cave Junction, OR 97523; or Cave Junction Community Swimming Pool, c/o Grants Pass YMCA, P.O. Box 5439, Grants Pass, OR 97528.

"Doc Versteeg" was born in Amity, Ore. in 1916. He Graduated from Willamette University and the University of Oregon Medical School (now Oregon Science Health University). During World War II he served in the U.S. Army.

Dr. Versteeg moved in 1948 to Illinois Valley, where he opened his medical office and practiced in the area for more than 40 years. For many of those years he was the only physician and surgeon in the valley. Survivors include his wife Helen; three sons, Charles Jr., Ronald; and Maurice; and two daughters, Linda and Sara.

(Unknown) - December, 2002
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

Memorial service set Saturday, October 26 for Edna A. Hoskins.

A memorial service is planned at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 in the RCC Belt Bldg. in Kerby for longtime valley resident Edna Alice Hoskins 101, who died on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2002 at Highland House Nursing and Rehabilitation center in Grants Pass.

Mrs. Hoskins was born Edna Alice Wilber on Aug. 18, 1901 to Edward and Nellie Wilber in Bryon, Ohio. At the age of 4 she traveled by covered wagon with her family from California to Oregon.

On Sept. 28, 1919 in the Yamhill Valley she married Louie McCready, who died on December 12, 1929. On Jan 1, 1934 she married William Hoskins, who died on December 12, 1959. The Hoskins family moved from Yamhill Valley to Cave Junction in 1934. She worked as a housekeeper. She was a member of the Western Star, chapter 64, order of the eastern star; Kerby Marguerite Rebekah lodge; American legion auxiliary of post 70 and the Illinois Valley garden club. She loved to dance and enjoyed rafting the lower Rogue River with her family. Her bottle and elephant collection were well known. Surviving are five daughters, Alice Steel, Mary Hoskins, Sarah Jones, Norma Trickel, and Adelaide Porter; and two sons, Doug Hoskins, and Richard McCready.

In addition, spanning five generations she had 27 grandchildren; 59 great-grandchildren; 15 great great grandchildren; and one great-great-great-grandchild. A daughter, Dorothy Berthaud; and two sons, William E. Hoskins and Frank L. Hoskins, died before her.

(Unknown) - October, 2002
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

Elwood K. Hussey

Former Illinois Valley resident, Elwood K. Hussey of Anchorage, Alaska, died of natural causes on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2002 at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. Mr. Hussey was born on Aug. 19, 1922 in Eureka., Calif. To former valley residents, Elwood and Amy Hussey, they were instrumental in establishing Cave Junction. Growing up in the valley, he worked in the logging industry. He served for 31 years in the U.S. Army, from 1940-'45 and 1947-'73. His tours included World War 11in the European and Pacific Theaters; Korean War, and Vietnam War, where he earned many awards, including the Bronze star and Distinguished Service Medal.

The Husseys moved to Wasilla, Alaska in 1956 and later to Anchorage, where he embarked on a second career in the Federal Aviation Administration, working with them for 13 years.

In Wasilla he was a member of the Glacier View Alliance Church. He enjoyed time with his family, music, woodworking, and mechanics.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Ada Hussey; four daughters, Clarissa Allen, Jackie Warren, Dodie Martsolf, and Gerry Ellison; a brother, Otis Hussey; 13 grandchildren, and 14 great, grand, children.

An infant daughter, EIreath Karen, his parents, Elwood and Amy Hussey, and a nephew, Michael Hussey, died before him.

(Unknown) - February, 2002
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

Otis Harold Hussey

Former Cave Junction resident Otis Harold Hussey, 84, of Central Point died Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, in Eagle Point.

A celebration of life will be held Sunday at 10 a.m. at Alliance fable Chapel in Ashland. A graveside service will follow at 3:30 p.m. at Laurel Cemetery in Cave Junction. Litwiller Simonsen Funeral Home in Ashland is in charge of arrangements.

He was born Dec. 21, 1927, in Grants Pass to Elwood and Amy Henry Hussey of Cave City (now Cave Junction). He graduated from Kerby Union High School in 1946. That same year, he married Carmelita Krauss, who survives.
From 1946 to 1957, he worked for Rough and Ready Lumber Co. From 1947 to 1957, he was a member of the 186th Infantry unit of the Oregon National Guard and attained the rank of second lieutenant.

In 1957, he moved his family to Ashland, where he attended Southern Oregon College (now University) and earned a bachelor’s degree in education in 1960. He taught at Ashland Junior High School from 1960 to 1974 and earned a master's degree in social studies during that time. In 1974, he and his wife accepted teaching positions at Sentani International School in Irian Jay a (now Papua), Indonesia, where they taught until retiring in 1989.

Since 1957, he was a member of Alliance Bible Chapel. He enjoyed being with family and friends, reading his Bible, keeping up with current events, telling stories, hunting and horseback riding.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Kathryn of Virginia; a son, Steven of Medford; six grandchildren and six great, grandchildren.

A brother, Elwood Hussey, and a son, Michael Hussey, died before him.

(Unknown) - February, 2012
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

Norman "Ted" Hooey, 91, of Cave Junction died Thursday, May 26, 2005, at Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bridgeview Community Church in Cave Junction, with Charles Bridges conducting. Southern Oregon Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.

Hooey was born April 9, 1914, in Moosejaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. Due to his rough and ready attitude, he was nicknamed "Ted," after Teddy Roosevelt. In Seattle, he married Emily Fisher, to whom he was married for 68 years before she died. They lived in Seattle until 1946, when they moved to Cave Junction with a logging company he was working for. He logged in and around this valley for many years and helped build several Forest Service roads.

He was a member of Bridgeview Community Church. He enjoyed listening to music and reading. He also enjoyed horses, riding and attending campouts and workshops put on by the Cattleman's Association in Klamath Falls. He rode in the Labor Day Parade in Cave Junction for many years until he was 86.

Survivors include three sons, Ted Hooey, Steve Hooey and Norman Hooey; a brother, Slim Hooey; a half-sister Ellen. Ted had seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter.

(Unknown) - May, 2005
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

Eb Hogue, a pioneer of Illinois valley, who died and was buried the last week of December, 1915 was born in Lawrence County Pennsylvania, May 10, 1831. He was married to Miss Ellen Dean May 18,1851.Crossed the plains to California and moved to Oregon in 1859, since then Mr. Hogue’s time and life efforts have been spent in Illinois valley. Among the living in his family circle are his venerable lifelong companion now 84 years old; a son William F. Hogue; four daughters, Mrs. Delia Payne, Mrs. Vida Sowell, Mrs. Mary Hervey and Mrs. Minnie Burke. Eb had numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as a host of citizens comprising the pioneers of the Illinois Valley. The passing away of Grandpa Hogue was not a surprise as he had been an invalid for a long time and required constant care. With his death another member of the pioneer band has been removed. One by one they are being taken away and soon all will be gone and we shall be left with only the memory and appreciation of their worth to the commonwealth which they have been instrumental in building up.
Published in the Daily Rogue River Courier Jan 20, 1916  page 4

Daily Rogue River Courier (Grants Pass, OR) - January 20, 1916
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

Chas. P. Johnson, Lifetime Takilma resident, passes

Charles P. Johnson, well known resident of Takilma, died Saturday, August 31 at the Josephine General Hospital in Grants Pass.

Johnson, who was born in Takilma, spent his entire life in the Illinois Valley. He was married in 1914 to Florence Adams. They have two children, Charles C. Johnson and Donald F. Johnson.

In addition to his widow and children, Johnson is survived by a sister, Mrs. Ida Veatch of Portland.

Here to attend funeral services, in addition to the many friends who were shocked by his passing, are his sister, Mrs. Veatch, Mr. and Mrs. Don Kirkland of Alturas California, and Mr. And Mrs. Burgess of Lebanon, Oregon.

Funeral services were held at the L. B. Hall Funeral Home in Grants Pass, with interment at Hillcrest Cemetery.

(Unknown) - September 5, 1946
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough


Louis Randall Webb, 79, of Elk Creek, one of the best known people in the Illinois Valley, died Friday, July 26, 1946 at the Josephine General Hospital after a prolonged illness.

Webb was born in Minnesota in 1867, and came to the Illinois Valley about 30 years ago. He was the son of Clark Webb and Harriett Lancaster Webb. His philosophies were widely read in The News and the Grants Pass Courier under the name of 'Phil Snort,' in his frequent letters to the editors.

He is survived by his son, Verne Webb of O'Brien. His wife Martha Johnson Webb died June 5, 1945.

Funeral services were conducted by the Grants Pass Elks lodge Tuesday, July 30 at the I.O.O.F. cemetery in Kerby.

(Unknown) - August, 1946
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

Medal Posthumously Awarded "Bud" McLean

An impressive ceremony was held last Monday evening in the Kerby high school, when Captain Harry Witte, from the Medford Army Air Field, presented the Air Medal, with two Oak Leaf Clusters posthumously to William "Bud" McLean, son of Mr. and Mrs. William J. McLean of Kerby.   Captain Witte presented the air medal to Bud's youngest sister, pinning it on her dress.

A large crowd attended the ceremony, which, while very short was very impressive Captain Whitt read the citation and order from the president.

(Unknown) - Unknown
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

Michael McBriety, aged 70 years passed away last Thursday, April 4th, 1946 in the Josephine General Hospital in Grants Pass. He was born in Kerby June 19, 1875, the son of Michael and Ellen Daily McBriety.

Surviving are his widow, Mary Valen McBriety of Takilma; three daughters, Mrs. Wendell Webb of Medford, Mrs. C. A. Hale of Cave Junction, and Mrs. C. P. Owen of Gold Beach; two sons, Carl McBriety of O'Brien and Michael McBriety, Jr. of Takilma. Funeral services were held last Sunday afternoon in the Cave Junction Community church with the Rev. George Gray officiating. Interment was in the Kerby I.O.O.F. cemetery, with L. B. Hall Funeral Home in charge.

(Unknown) - April 11, 1946
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

Joseph Andrew Skeeters, 79, Pioneer Miner Dies

Josephine Andrew Skeeters, 79, Talent, died Sunday, June 13, after an illness of 15 months. He was born at Jacksonville, Ore., April 19, 1864, and spent his entire life in Jackson and Josephine counties.

Joseph Skeeters was the son of Isaac and Grace Skeeters, one of the earliest pioneer families of this part of the state. Isaac Skeeters was one of the parties of seven who discovered Crater Lake. Joseph, himself, was a member of the second party to explore the Oregon Caves.

He was a miner in the early days and was well-known in southern Oregon. He was a member of the I.O.O.F. No. 55 of Kerby for over 40 years.

He is survived by his wife, Arizona Belle Skeeters of Talent; two sons, Charles of Talent and Everett of Prospect; a brother, Charles F. Skeeters of Medford; a sister, Mrs. Leona Martin of Waldport; and three grandsons. Funeral services were held on Wednesday at the Litwiller funeral home in Ashland at 10 a. m., after which the remains were taken to Kerby to be placed in the family lot in the IOOF cemetery.

(Unknown) - June 17, 1946
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

Leota P. Tucker

Former longtime Selma resident, Leota Pearl (Imes) Tucker, 87, died on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2002 in a Grants Pass nursing center.

Viewing will be held at Hull & Hull Funeral Chapel in Grants Pass from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8. A graveside service will be held at Deer Creek Cemetery in Selma at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9 with Pastor Monty Pope, of First Baptist Church of Selma, officiating.

Mrs. Tucker was born Leota Pearl Imes on Feb. 12, 1914 at the Indian Reservation in Ada, Okla. In 1931 she married Dale Rubin Tucker, who died in 1972. She was a Selma resident for 60 years.

She was president for five terms of the I.V. Federated Woman's Club; taught canning fruit to a local 4-H club; and worked at Kerbyville Museum. She enjoyed doing ceramic work at her home.

Survivors include two sons, Daniel Tucker, and Leonard Tucker, five daughters, Diane Jordan, Sally Kendall, Shirley Bushnell, Donna Thornton, and Sharon Swanson; 25 grandchildren; and several great, and great-great-grandchildren.

(Unknown) - January 8, 2002
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

Rose Aleine Benge, 97, of Grants Pass died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, at her home.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bethany Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Steve Parker officiating. Entombment will be at Memory Gardens Memorial Park in Medford. Memory Gardens Mortuary in Medford is in charge of arrangements.

Benge was born July 23, 1905, in Agency, Iowa. In 1931, in Cody, Wyo., she married Garland G. Benge, who died in 1967. She moved to the Rogue Valley 55 years ago from California. She taught at Illinois Valley High School and Lincoln Savage Middle School. Prior to her retirement in 1970, she was dean of girls at Lincoln Savage. She enjoyed needlecraft and playing bridge. Survivors include two daughters, Jonelle Maurer and Sharon Rodgers, a sister, Frances Wood; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

(Unknown) - January, 2003
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough


Sarah Elizabeth White, 88, Cave Junction, died at 905 West B Street in Grants Pass, on Monday March 22, 4:30 a. m. She was born on October 12, 1854, at Brownsville, Ore., and had lived in Cave Junction for 75 years.

Surviving Mrs. White are: a daughter, Mrs. C. G. Sawyer, Holland; three sons, Ralph White, Ray E. White, both of Cave Junction, and Harold White, Corvallis; three brothers, William O. Taylor, P. J. Tycer, and E. L. Tycer, all of Cave Junction; a sister, Mrs. Alice White, Fort Bragg, Calif.; and a number of grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 24, at 2 p. m., at the Community church in Kerby with Rev. G. Gray officiating. Interment was in Kerby I.O.O.F. cemetery.

(Unknown) - March 25, 1943
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

Prominent Valley Man Passed Away

Coming as a shock to the entire county and a very distinct shock to his hundreds of personal friends, was the news flashed this morning (Thursday) that Raphael Sebastian Leonard died in the Grants Pass.

Mr. Leonard suffered a severe heart attack two weeks ago and was rushed to the hospital where it was thought he was progressing satisfactorily, and his family had hoped to have him home before long, but he went to sleep Wednesday night and never woke up. Raphael Leonard was born on the Leonard ranch, located on Sucker creek, about six miles from Cave Junction on the Holland road, October 29, 1889, and was 54 years old. He had lived all his life on this ranch, and when his mother passed away, he was made trustee of the estate and brought the ranch into production as one of the best in the Illinois valley.

He was Past Master of Belt Lodge No. 18, A. F. & A. M., was the lodge secretary for many years and at the time of his death was Associate Patron of Western Star Chapter, O. E. S.

Leaving to mourn his loss are his widow, Jessie May Leonard; one son, Gordon R. Leonard; one brother, Frank T. Leonard of West Springfield, Mass., and one sister, Mrs. Mercedes Lewis of Randall, Washington. Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon, March 29th at 2 p. m. in the Cave Junction Community church, Rev. George H. Gray officiating. At the grave side, full Masonic services will be held, under auspices of Belt Lodge I No. 18. Interment will be at the I. O. O. F. cemetery.

(Unknown) - March 25, 1943
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough


Peter Joseph Pour, aged 70 years, died last Friday, June 3rd, at the Josephine General hospital. He was born February 2, 1879 in Detroit, Michigan, and for the past 17 years has been a resident of Holland. Funeral arrangements were made by Hull & Hull funeral home.

(Unknown) - June 9, 1949
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough


"Too much pain and misery can’t stand it any longer," wrote Warren P. Foote, aged 43 years, last Sunday night sometime, when he used a 22 caliber repeating rifle to end his suffering, on the Don Morrison place on the West Side highway.

Foote had worked nearly a year on Wake Island, coming home just before the war. While working there he had received a shoulder injury that gradually grew worse and caused him intense pain. He told relatives that it was seldom he slept at night, walking the floor with extreme pain.

He was last seen alive Sunday afternoon about 3 o'clock by his brother-in-law, R. F. Stevenson,  foreman of the J. H. Pomeroy ranch, when he left for the Morrison place, which he was taking care of for Mr. Stevenson who has the place leased. He apparently finished the evening chores and ate his supper. Sometime during the night he scribbled the above note and ended his trouble.

Foote was a World War veteran having served in the Canadian army. He was scheduled to have his physical examination for the Army today, (Thursday).

Mrs. Stevenson, Foote's sister, went on horseback from the Pomeroy ranch to the Morrison ranch and there found her brother on the floor dead and terrified with grief told her husband what she had found. Stevenson called the coroner and Virgil Hull responded and took charge of the body Monday afternoon.

(Unknown) - July 23, 1942
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough


Emma Everett Breazeale passed away at her home in Selma, last Friday morning at 5 o'clock. Mrs. Breazeale was born July 26, 1867, at Ozark, Missouri, The daughter of Joseph and Sarah Weaver. She had made her home at Selma since 1908 She was 71 years of age at her passing.

Besides her husband, Thomas J. Breazeale, who survives her are nine children, 48 grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren. Children are Gloreen Regan, Anna Hammer, Marie Clifford, Blaine Breazeale, and Barbara Tucker, Frank and Tom Breazeale.

Rev. E. W. McCash of Grants Pass officiated at the funeral services which were held Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the Baptist church in Selma; Interment was at the Deer Creek cemetery. Hull and Hull, Funeral directors were in charge of arrangements.

(Unknown) - July 23, 1942
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough


John M. Spence, aged 57 years, formerly of Kerby, died at the Masonic home in Forest Grove Sunday, February 9th, where he had been living for the past three years.

He was born February 29, 1884, at Kerby. He was the son of Dr. and Mrs. James Spence and had spent the greater part of his life in this community. His wife, Claudia, passed away in 1930.

He is survived by three brothers, James Spence of Kerby; Carl Spence of Mt. Shasta, California, Edward Spence of Covelo, California, and one sister, Mrs. Margaret Kitterman of Mt. Shasta, California. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 p. m., at the I. O. O. F. hall in Kerby with Rev. John Connor officiating. Graveside services were conducted at the Kerby cemetery by Belt Lodge No. 18 A. F. & A. M. The L. B. Hall Funeral home in Grants Pass were in charge of arrangements. February 13, 1941

(Unknown) - February 13, 1941
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough


Merle Elliott, about 65 years old, was found dead in his home at Takilma by George Eggers at 2 o'clock this afternoon (Thursday).

The last seen of Mr. Elliott was Monday afternoon, and Takilma people believe he must have died Monday night some time.

Sheriff Don Barnes came out this afternoon on some matters pertaining to his office and met the Coroner, Virgil Hull and his deputy, who had been notified and were on their way to Takilma Sheriff Barnes accompanied them. It is not known what caused his death, but Mr. Elliott had been ailing for some time and it is believed he died in his sleep.

(Unknown) - February 13, 1941
Contributed by Sally Yarbrough

BARRETT – At Winona, Friday, Sept. 28, 1900, of typhoid pneumonia, Miss Eva Barrett, aged 20 years.

The deceased was a young woman of ability, highly respected by all who knew her and one whose death will be a deep loss to the community.  She was engaged to teach the Greenback school which was to have opened Sept. 15, but had been postponed on account of the illness.  She leaves a mother and four sisters to mourn her loss.  The funeral was held Saturday afternoon and the interment took place at the Pleasant Valley cemetery.

Rogue River Courier (Grants Pass, OR) – Thursday, October 4, 1900

SPARLIN – At Williams, Oregon, Sunday September 30, 1900, Mrs. H. H. [Rachel] Sparlin, aged 45 years and 9 months.

Mrs. Sparlin was the daughter of Lewis Hays, of Applegate, Ore., and an old resident of this county, having lived here since 1865; a highly respected and estimable woman, the mother of nine children, six of whom are now living.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Hoxie at Williams Monday afternoon, the remains being interred in the Williams cemetery.

Rogue River Courier (Grants Pass, OR) – Thursday, October 4, 1900

DUKE – At Rice Lake, Wis., Wednesday Oct. 25, 1900, Thos. Duke, father of Mrs. Jos. Holman, aged 88 years.

Rogue River Courier (Grants Pass, OR) – Thursday, November 1, 1900

MYRICK – At Grants Pass, Tuesday, October 30, 1900, infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. A. Myrick, aged 3 months.

Rogue River Courier (Grants Pass, OR) – Thursday, November 1, 1900

F. A. WEBBER – At Grants Pass, Monday October 29, 1900, F. A. Webber of Santa Barbara, Calif., aged 20 years.

F. A. Webber and John Webber his father were on their way from Santa Barbara to Portland in hope of benefiting the health of the younger man.  His condition was such that they were compelled to stop off at this place Friday, the 19th.  The young man had been sick for some time with pneumonia which developed into consumption.  The remains were embalmed and on Tuesday night they were transported to Santa Barbara where a mother and sister was awaiting.

Rogue River Courier (Grants Pass, OR) – Thursday, November 1, 1900

Death of Louis Belfils

Louis Belfils, the well known watchmaker and jeweler died suddenly on Monday evening at Mrs. H. Thornton's where he was boarding.  He ate supper as usual and then lay down upon a lounge and seemed to fall asleep.  When noticed a short time afterward, he had ceased breathing.  A physician was summoned immediately, but life had already departed.  His death was painless and easy.  Apoplexy is named as the cause of his death.

Mr. Belfils was about 74 years of age and enjoyed the acquaintance and respect of a large number of people in this part of the state,  His son arrived from Roseburg Tuesday and the remains were removed to that place Tuesday evening.  Mrs. Belfils and daughter, who reside at Tulare, Cal., passed through Wednesday morning on their way to Roseburg.

Rogue River Courier (Grants Pass, OR) – Thursday, November 8, 1900


BELFILS – In this city, Monday evening, Nov. 5, 1900, Louis Belfils, aged 74 years.

Rogue River Courier (Grants Pass, OR) – Thursday, November 8, 1900

AVERY – In Merlin precinct, Saturday, Nov. 3, 1900, Flora Avery, aged 10 years.

Rogue River Courier (Grants Pass, OR) – Thursday, November 8, 1900

AVERY – In Merlin precinct, Wednesday, October 31, 1900, Kern Avery, aged 6 years.

Rogue River Courier (Grants Pass, OR) – Thursday, November 8, 1900

ROWE – At his home near Merlin, Nov. 8, 1900, of consumption, T. M. Rowe, aged about 45 years.

Rogue River Courier (Grants Pass, OR) – Thursday, November 15, 1900

BOYNTON – At his home on Grave creek, Thursday, Nov. 1, 1900, G. W. Boynton, aged about 68 years.

Rogue River Courier (Grants Pass, OR) – Thursday, November 15, 1900

Chas. Gorsuch, a former resident of this place died about the last of June in Manila, where previous to his death he had been engaged in his vocation as railroad engineer.  Mr. Gorsuch was formerly in the employ of the S.P. Company at this place and he and his family are well remembered and have many friends here.  The various fraternal orders are requested to ascertain if he was or had been a member.  He had been absent from this place about five years.

Rogue River Courier (Grants Pass, OR) – Thursday, November 15, 1900

L. Clayman, proprietor of the cleaning and dyeing establishment near Clevenger's gallery, dropped dead Tuesday while engaged in his work.  Heart disease was the cause of his death.  He had just been dyeing a skirt and was hanging it on a clothes line in his back yard when he dropped dead.

He was 58 years of age and unmarried.  He was a member of the G.A.R. which organization is taking charge of the funeral.

Rogue River Courier (Grants Pass, OR) – Thursday, November 22, 1900

BLACK – At his home in this city, Nov. 14th, 1900, Robert W. Black, aged 78 years.

Mr. Black was born in Sumner Co., Tenn., Oct. 19th, 1823.  He married in 1848 Miss Elizabeth Fisher who died in 1867, leaving him with four children.  In 1888 the family came to Josephine Co., Ore. making Grants Pass their home.  His children, Rev. G. W. Black of Burns, Ore. and W. H. Black, Mary Black and Mrs. Emma E. Rogers of this city, survive him.  Mr. Black was a member of the Methodist church (South).  Funeral services were held in the Baptist church, pastor Leslie officiating.

Rogue River Courier (Grants Pass, OR) – Thursday, November 22, 1900

STREW – At the city hotel, Grants Pass on Saturday, Nov. 17, 1900, M. S. Strew, aged 63 years.

Deceased was a veteran of the civil war and had been suffering some time from long trouble.  His funeral was held Sunday.

Rogue River Courier (Grants Pass, OR) – Thursday, November 22, 1900

BURGESS – At the Soldiers Home, Roseburg, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 1900, George Burgess aged 61 years.

The deceased was an old and well-known resident of Grants Pass and a member of the G.A.R.  The remains were brought to Grants Pass Thursday and on Friday the funeral services were held at his home by the G.A.R.  He leaves a wife and four children.

Rogue River Courier (Grants Pass, OR) – Thursday, November 22, 1900

Frank Duff Killed

Frank Duff, a miner from Galice, was killed on Sunday about half past one o'clock by an incoming freight train, ner the S.P.D. & L. factory.  It was an undoubted case of suicide and such is the opinion and decision of Coroner Hood, who held an inquest on the body.  The old man kept in the middle of the track and walked toward the train until he met it.  The train was on quite a stiff down grade and it would have been a difficult matter to have stopped even had there been any apparent reason for it.  Duff was fully aware of the train's approach, had plenty of time to get off the track and would have done so had he not deliberately contemplated ending his life.

Engineer E. Zimmermann testified that he saw Duff coming at a distance of about 200 yards.  Both whistles were blown and the bell rung.  The air was on at the time and was put in emergency.

Rogue River Courier (Grants Pass, OR) – Thursday, November 29, 1900

J. L. Wilder, an old resident of this county, died of dropsy at Edgewood, Cal., on Nov. 12.  He was visiting here last summer with Mr. and Mrs. H. Thornton.  The town of Wilderville is named for him.

Rogue River Courier (Grants Pass, OR) – Thursday, November 29, 1900

WILDER – At Edgewood, Cal., Nov. 12, 1900, J. L. Wilder, aged 70 years.

Rogue River Courier (Grants Pass, OR) – Thursday, November 29, 1900

Found Dead in a Barn

Monday evening, a man applied to Mr. Pierce, who lives on the Severson place east of town, asking permission to sleep in his barn.  The request was granted and the man, a stranger, went to the barn to sleep.  During the next day, Tuesday, Mr. Pierce had no occasion to visit the barn, but on Wednesday morning he found the dead body in a shed which adjoins the barn.  He came to town immediately and notified Coroner T. A. Hood, who went out this (Wednesday) afternoon to hold the inquest.

Rogue River Courier (Grants Pass, OR) – Thursday, November 29, 1900

The man of whom we made mention last week, that was found dead in Mr. Pierce's barn a few miles east of town, was J. S. Kelley, supposed to be from Myrtle Creek.  Heart disease was ascribed as the cause of his death.

Rogue River Courier (Grants Pass, OR) – Thursday, December 6, 1900

Crushed by Falling Timbers

“Doc” Parriott, a man of about 52 years of age, who has been living here for some time, was killed Wednesday while assisting in repairs which were being made on the Rogue River bridge.

A new bent was being put in at the approach on the farther side and the structure was supported by means of false timbers and raised by two jackscrews so that the old timbers could be taken out and new ones put in.  The new bent had been raised very nearly to its place, when one of the jackscrews slipped out and the bridge collapsed, the heavy beam of the bent catching Parriott against another beam, crushing and killing him instantly.

Two other men under the bridge escaped miraculously, as one side of the bridge was supported so that it did not reach the ground.  Hiram Drake was badly cut about the head and face, but not seriously injured.

Rogue River Courier (Grants Pass, OR) – Thursday, November 29, 1900

Another Death

Perry Kincaid, 18 years of age, was killed near Comstock Sunday morning.  Accompanied by his brother, he was beating his way south on the railroad.  He lost his position on the rods underneath a car of train No. 15, and in trying to regain it missed his hold and became tangled in the breakebeams [sic].  He was dragged for more than a mile and his body was torn to pieces and scattered along the track.  His brother, who failed to get on the train, followed after on foot.  He found successively articles of clothing, then portions of the body and then the trunk.  The brothers were from Auburn, Wash.

Rogue River Courier (Grants Pass, OR) – Thursday, December 6, 1900

FOSS – At Leland, Ore., Nov. 30, 1900, of malarial fever, C. L. Foss, aged 67 years.

Mr. Foss was an old and experienced miner who had been in the employ of J. C. Lewis, as foreman for several years.

Rogue River Courier (Grants Pass, OR) – Thursday, December 6, 1900

YOST – At the home of her son Geo. L. Yost, at Placer, Ore. Nov. 20th, 1900, Mrs. A. Yost, aged 63 years.

Mrs. Yost was born in Kentucky, Nov. 15th, 1837.  Converted in early life, she was a consistent Christian and at the time of her death, was a member of the Baptist church in Grants Pass, Oregon.  Funeral services were held in Pleasant Valley cemetery and were conducted by her pastor, Rev. Robert Leslie.

Rogue River Courier (Grants Pass, OR) – Thursday, December 6, 1900

CROFFORD – In San Francisco, Dec. 4, 1900, William Crofford, aged 34 years.  The remains were brought to Grants Pass for interment and the funeral was held on Thursday.

Rogue River Courier (Grants Pass, OR) – Thursday, December 13, 1900

HEFLING – At Merlin, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 1900, infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Hefling, aged 2 years.

Rogue River Courier (Grants Pass, OR) – Thursday, December 13, 1900

Another Fatality

Passengers on Saturday's south bound overland brought the news of another fatality on the railroad, which occurred as the train was leaving Glendale.  The victim was Louis Hodges of Redding, Cal., who was trying to board the brake beams and in so doing fell under the wheels, several cars passing over his body.

Rogue River Courier (Grants Pass, OR) – Thursday, December 27, 1900

The following account of the death of John Angel, well known in this county as a mining promoter, appears in Friday's Telegram: “After an illness of several weeks John Angel, the well-known real estate dealer and mining promoter, died last night at St. Vincent's Hospital, of apoplexy.  Mr. Angel had been living at Tenino, Wash., and was brought to the hospital in Portland for medical treatment.  Instead of improving, however, he continued to fail until death came to his relief.

The deceased was a native Oregonian, being born in Jackson county, this state, 1854.  He was for many years one of Portland's most energetic and wide awake real estate dealers, and at one time had amassed considerable of a fortune.  During the Villard boom there were few men in Portland better known than John Angel, and also few more successful than he.  Unfortunate speculations, however, dissipated his means and during the past 10 years Mr. Angel had been knocking about considerably with the hope of obtaining a new grip on the fickle Goddess of Fortune.

Mr. Angel was also largely instrumental in bringing the mines of southern Oregon to the attention of capital, and through his efforts many a property was opened up.  The deceased was a man of warm impulses, generous to a fault and had many friends.

John Angel's career was so meteoric that he was nicknamed by his friends, “Villard.”  In the '80s everybody called in Villard, and in the '90s he still retained a hold on that name.

Angel's last important known mining dealings were at Green Gulch and Jump-Off-Joe.  Two years ago he went from the Gulch to Dawson City, but what he did there he never cared to tell.  He returned to Portland eight months ago, and went from here to southern Oregon, and from thence to San Francisco, where he tried to sell some placer claims.  Failing in this, he returned and leased the mines to Chinese.  In advancing the sale of these claims he was backed by the late B. N. Barnett.

Rogue River Courier (Grants Pass, OR) – Thursday, January 3, 1901

EGGERS – Near Waldo, December 13, 1900, of pneumonia, Ruth, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Eggers, aged 2 months and 27 days.

Rogue River Courier (Grants Pass, OR) – Thursday, January 3, 1901

EGGERS – Near Waldo, November 30, 1900, Bennie, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Eggers, aged 10 months 20 days.

Rogue River Courier (Grants Pass, OR) – Thursday, January 3, 1901

PATRICK – In this city, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 1901, Melcom, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Patrick, aged 4 years.

He had undergone an operation on the preceding day, for an abscess, and had seemed to recover as rapidly and as well as could be expected, but early on Tuesday morning he sank rapidly and died in a few minutes after his condition was realized.

Rogue River Courier (Grants Pass, OR) – Thursday, January 3, 1901

A Mr. Johnson, aged about fifty years, died rather suddenly at Silver creek, Josephine county, recently.  His partner had left him apparently well a short time previously, and when he returned Johnson was lying on the floor of their cabin, lifeless.

The Eugene City Guard (Eugene, OR) – Saturday, April 17, 1880

A man named Burlison, living on Gray’s Creek, a tributary of Applegate, in Josephine county, was thrown from his wagon last Friday and instantly killed, his neck being broken by the fall.  He was about 60 years of age.

The Eugene City Guard (Eugene, OR) – Saturday, May 22, 1880

A Father’s Revenge – Considerable excitement prevails in Josephine county, says the Jacksonville Times, over a shooting affray that occurred in Althouse precinct on the 22d, which resulted fatally to Walker Aikers.  D. M. Gilmore, his slayer, is also seriously wounded in the thigh.  We may not be correctly informed, but this is the versions of the affair, as we have learned it:  Aikers seduced Gilmore’s daughter while she was in his wife’s employ, and left the country when her condition became known.  He returned recently, however, and the exasperated father took the matter in his own hands, with the above termination.

The Eugene City Guard (Eugene, OR) – Saturday, June 10, 1882

Contributed by The History of Today

Osea Brown, a pensioner of the war of 1812, died near Grant’s Pass, Ore., Tuesday, aged 105 years.

San Diego Union (San Diego, CA) - Thursday, November 18, 1897
Transcribed by FoFG mz

Brakeman Killed By Train on S.P.

E. B. McAllister of Roseburg The Unfortunate Man

Under Wheels of Freight

W. D. Turner, Another Roseburg Brakeman, Lost Right Leg In Accident at Merlin Monday

E. B. McAllister, brakeman on a special freight, was killed early Tuesday morning at Dimmick siding, just west of Grants Pass by falling beneath the wheels of his train.  The special was ordered to take the siding at Dimmick and allow the regular No. 220, northbound, to pass.  It is supposed that McAllister attempted to jump upon the pilot of the second engine on his train after switching and that he slipped, falling beneath the wheels.  He was dragged along the middle of the track to the switch, where he caught in the frog and was literally ground to pieces by the wheels of the cars.  The body was brought to this city and an inquest held Wednesday morning.

McAllister was a young man, only 21 or 22 years of age, and resided at Roseburg.

The dead man leaves a father, three sisters and a brother at Roseburg, and the funeral will be held there.  The remains will be taken to that city tonight, the father having arrived this afternoon to accompany them home.

Brakeman Turner Loses Foot

Another Roseburg man, brakeman on a special freight southbound, lost his right leg earlier in the night be falling beneath his train at Merlin, this accident occurring at about 9:30 o'clock Monday evening.  W. D. Turner was walking along the top of the cars when he fell in some unaccountable manner between two of the cars and the right leg was so badly crushed just above the ankle that amputation of the foot was necessary.  The left foot was also severely lacerated, but will suffer no permanent injury.  The injured man was taken aboard the train and hurried to the South Pacific hospital in this city, where he was given immediate surgical care.  He is 28 years of age.

Rogue River Courier (Grants Pass, OR) – Friday, November 21, 1913

The Sentinel learns that a young man named Wakman, 17 or 18 years of age, was drown while attempting to cross Illinois river, Josephine county, a few days ago.

The Guard (Eugene, OR) – Saturday, November 27, 1869
Shoup, Rose

Rose A. Perry Shoup, 64, died Friday (Dec. 4, 1964) in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Born Feb. 2, 1900, in Burns, she taught in Josephine County and Grants Pass school systems for a number of years before her marriage.

Survivors include the widower, Rollie D., Salt Lake City; four brothers, Frank Perry, Salt Lake City; Walter, John and George Perry, all of Grants Pass; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Arrangements will be announced later.

Daily Courier (Grants Pass, OR) - Saturday, December 5, 1964
Dezotell, Arthur

Arthur James Dezotell, 83, of 306 SW I St., died Friday (Dec. 4, 1964) at Southern Oregon Hospital.  Born Sept. 21, 1881 in Bellingham, Minn., he had lived here two years.

Services will be Monday at 2 p.m. in L. B. Hall Chapel, with the Rev. John E. Martin of the First Christian Church officiating.  Interment will follow at Hawthorne Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include the widow, Ethel, Grants Pass; four sons, Chester and Floyd, both of Mankato, Minn.; Kenneth, Edmonds, Wash.; and Claude, Ellensburg, Wash.; two daughters, Mrs. Blanche Berglund, Appleton, Minn., and Mrs. Lillian Christenson, St. Paul., Minn.; 17 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Daily Courier (Grants Pass, OR) - Saturday, December 5, 1964
Brockman, Anna

DIED.   BROCKMAN---In Josephine county, March 17, 1883, Anna,
daughter of Milton and Martha C. Brockman; aged 25 years and 16 days.

Oregon Sentinel (Jacksonville, Oregon) - April 28, 1883
Contributed by Friends of Free Genealogy (FoFG)

Holsclaw, B. F.
Holsclaw, Mrs. B. F.

A Sad Affair – A telegraphic dispatch from Oroville (Cal.), dated the 8th, announces that Dr. B. F. Holsclaw, of Durham station, that morning killed his wife and himself.  He had been married but a week.  Jealousy is assigned as the cause of the affair.  Holsclaw was well known in this section, having one time represented Josephine county in the Senate, as well as serving one term as County Judge there.  He was also warden of the penitentiary under Bill Watkihds; but of late years has been engaged in the practice of medicine.  He left Oregon over a year ago.

The East Oregonian (Pendleton, OR) – Saturday, June 22, 1878
Tolin, Austin

Austin Tolin, Pioneer Resident, Is Dead

Austin Tolin, a pioneer of the Grants Pass district, died at his home in this city Saturday night, of Bright's disease, from which he had been suffering for some time.

The deceased was nearly seventy years of age, having been born August 23, 1842. He came to the Rogue River valley 35 years ago, since which time he had made his home in this vicinity, dividing his time of late between his farm at Dryden, on Deer creek, and his residence in this city. He was never married, but on the death of his brother many years ago he assumed the place of a father for his brothers' Children, who grew up to love him as they would love an own father. Mr. Tolin was a veteran of the civil war.

Funeral services were held today at two o'clock, from Hall's undertaking parlors. Rev. Wm. R. Jeffries Jr. officiating.

Rogue River Courier (Grants Pass, OR) - Friday, June 21, 1912
Contributed by Sally
Congdon, Ray

CONGDON – Ray Fenton Congdon, former resident of Horton, Oregon, passed away in Ashland, Oregon February 23, 1960 at the age of 80 years.  He was born October 31, 1879 in Michigan and had lived in Horton for 54 years, while living there he was engaged in farming and timber cruising.  He was a member of Newport Lodge Number 85 AF & AM.  He is survived by his wife, Agnes of Ashland; two daughters, Marie Griffin of Albany, Dorothy McDonald of Portland, two sons, Lee of Texas and Howard of Portland, eleven grandchildren nad one sister, Bessie Beatty of Portland.  Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 27, 1960 at 1:30 p.m. in the Junction City Chapel of Murphy Funeral Home, under the direction of Litiweller Funeral Home of Ashland.  Interment will follow in the IOOF Cemetery.

The Eugene Register-Guard (Eugene, OR) – Thursday, February 25, 1960
Donnelley, Unknown


At the residence of Wm. H. Pennington, Williams Creek, Josephine county, Oregon, June 10th, Michael or James Donnelley (of Irish descent) aged 45 years.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, July 30, 1859
Logan, George

Cave Junction Sawmill Operator Fatally Hurt

Grants Pass, Ore. – Funeral services were pending Friday for George James Logan, 33, operator of a sawmill at Cave Junction, who was crushed to death by a falling tree Thursday.

The deceased is a son of Mrs. Rose Goodspeed, formerly of Medford and now of San Francisco, and a nephew of Mrs. B. L. Sanderson and Mrs. David Hood, Medford, and Mrs. James Arnold, Butte Falls.  The Sandersons are motoring to Klamath Falls today to meet Mrs. Goodspeed, and her daughters, Mrs. Walter Fennell and Ms. Malcom Whiteford, Los Angeles, and take the three women to Cave Junction.

Logan is survived by his wife and four small children.

Medford Mail Tribune (Medford, OR) – Friday, February 8, 1952
Logan, James

Last Rites Held For James Logan

Funeral services were held at Grants Pass this afternoon for James T. Logan, 69, who passed away last Friday after a long illness.  He was widely known mining man of southern Oregon and operated mines in Josephine and Jackson counties successfully.  He was a member of the Elks lodge, members of which acted as pallbearers.

Medford Mail Tribune (Medford, OR) – Tuesday, September 2, 1941


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