Death Records for Malheur County Oregon

(I will be listing here any death records that have a link to Malheur, obituaries included)

A

Acord, Ozie
B

Bennefiel, Frank
Blaylock, Lee
Bledsoe, Lloyd
Boswell, Susan
Bull, Elizabeth
Busteed, William
Butler, Villa
C

Chester, Beulah
Clarke, Frank
Cook, Lewis
Corey, John
D

Dake, Archie
E
F

Fay, Mrs. Albert
Fisher, Rachel
G

Gabriel, George
H
I - J

Jackson, Nellie
Johnson, Mary
Jones, Joseph
Juneau, Edward
K

King, Malinda
Kolony, Dan
L

Lake, Jessie
Lockett, Cyrus
M

McClintock, John
McDonald, Eliza
Mead, Mary
Moore, Gladys
Moore, Joseph
Mullins, Rosella
Murphy, James
N
O - P

Olsen, Karl
Palmer, Sophia
Q - R

Richardson, Brittana
S

Shira, Olen
Silvers, Susie
Sketa Ike
Smith, C. F.
Smith, Elton
Staples, Hickman
Strickland, A. J.
Swanson, J. W.
T

Tennyson, Aldin
Tucker, Shirleigh
U - V

Vandebender, H. T.
W

Walker, Robert
Westfall, James
X - Y

Yokey, Maler
Z

 

Richardson, Brittana

Died at Vale, Malheur county, Sunday, December 23 1888 Mrs. Brittana Richardson wife of John Richardson,  a native of Kentucky at the age of 78 years. Mrs. Richardson crossed the plains to Oregon in 1843. She leaves her husband, John Richardson, one daughter and four sons. The family lived previously in Yamhill.

Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) - Thursday, December 27, 1888
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Bledsoe, Lloyd

Ontario, Ore.     Lloyd Garland Bledsoe, 75, of Ontario, Ore., passed away peacefully on July 30, 2004.     A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2004, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 661 SW 12th St., Ontario, Ore., with vault interment to follow at the Evergreen Cemetery. A viewing for family and friends was held from 6 until 8 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 2, 2004, at the Haren-Wood Funeral Chapel in Ontario and from 10 until 11 a.m. today, Tuesday, at the church.     Lloyd was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend and will be missed by all who had the pleasure to know him.     Lloyd was born in Lubbock, Texas, on Nov. 28, 1928, the 12th of 13 children to Richard Maynard Bledsoe and Maude Mae Wasson. When Lloyd was 9 the family moved from Chandler, Okla., to Buhl, Idaho.     Lloyd had learned to provide for himself at the age of 9. Lloyd had a gift for spelling and math and won many contests in those areas. He also loved and excelled in football, basketball and baseball. His brother, Eugene, played on the same football team in high school and at Albion State College with Eugene playing quarterback and Lloyd offensive end. Many times in those games there would be a cry out of the loud speakers of a pass from Bledsoe to Bledsoe for a touchdown. He also was a Golden Gloves boxing champion.     Lloyd attended Albion State College where he enlisted in the Marine Corps. While participating in the Reserves and attending college, he met his wife, Carole Norton. As they were planning to get married, the Reserves called Lloyd to active duty, so, three days before reporting to the Marine Base in San Diego, they were married in Elko, Nev., on Sept. 14, 1950. Lloyd served as a Marine in Korea for 13 months. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho falls LDS Temple.     After returning home from Korea, Lloyd received a football scholarship from Utah State University where he graduated with a degree in accounting and received his professional license as a Certified Public Accountant. He started his career as an accountant with the firm of Riddle & Roth CPA's in Twin Falls, Idaho. He later became a partner in the firm. While living in Twin Falls, Lloyd was active in the Lions Club and was president of the YMCA. Lloyd also served as Scoutmaster and helped many young men become Eagle Scouts.     After 15 years in Twin Falls, Lloyd moved to Nampa, Idaho, and became a partner in the firm Severn, Ripley, Dorne and Hansen. After four years there, Lloyd started his own CPA practice in Nampa and Ontario, Ore.     Lloyd was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many church callings. Lloyd is survived by his wife, Carole; and four children, Kirt Bledsoe, Ontario, Ore., Craig Bledsoe, Nampa, Idaho, Linda (Bledsoe) Colledge and Tamera (Bledsoe) Stensrud, Salt Lake City, Utah.     Lloyd is also survived by his 16 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The Times News - Unknown 2004
Contributed by Janice Rice
King, Malinda

Prominent Ontario Woman Dies Suddenly


Mrs. Malinda King Wife of Judge King Passed Away at Her Home in this City Thursday Evening of Last Week

On May 8th, at her beautiful home in North Ontario, surrounded by her loved ones, Mrs. Malinda I. King, peacefully and painlessly died, or as the Good Book says, “fell asleep,” for death came unaccompanied by pain or long suffering, but as the sleep of the tired child who, at the close of day, climbs into its mother's arms and is lulled to peaceful slumber.

All around the orchards are white with fragrant blossoms and on the hillsides and in the valleys wild flowers blooming and nature is putting on her most gorgeous robes of life.  To the young, life is pleasant and they want to stay, but to the old it is a harbinger of winter and decay and they know that these beautiful creations are only a little less fleeting than the lives of men.

As a girl she enjoyed these enchanting seasons of the year on the banks of the Ohio river, for she was born in Louisville, Kentucky, on September 3, 1856 and spent her maiden life in that old romantic city, leaving there with her parents in 1873 for the, then new state of Nebraska, in which state at Grand Island, she was married to Gilbert L. King on September 7, 1875, who, with four sons, Edward L., Arthur S., Ira N., and Homer G. and two daughters, Mrs. Edna King Arnold and Mrs. Alice King Huston and two gran children, live to remember the kind and loving wife and mother.

Many changes have occurred since the deceased came to Ontario in 1885.  The sage brush plain and vast expanse of valley has become a garden and orchard, and a pleasant city and hundreds of beautiful homes surround the spot where stood her first Ontario home.

The funeral took place from the home on Sunday, May 11, 1913.  The flowers and treasures of May and the many elegant floral offerings of friends and neighbors were no mere beautiful than the quiet, lovely face of the deceased and as the solemn, impressive services of the Episcopal church were rendered by Canon Curtis, of St. Mathews, Boise, not only the dear ones of the dead, but all present must have realized that death here was robbed of much of its victory and that the history of a life may extend beyond the grave.

Seven young ladies clad in white rendered appropriate musical selections and over the hallowed scene there seemed to hover the benediction of an everlasting peace.

The sons whom in their infancy she had borne in her arms, now preformed the last act that marks the final close of this beautiful life and bore the white casket that contained the body of their loved and honored mother to the grave.  A fitting service at the final closing of this noble life.

The Ontario Argus (Ontario, OR) - Thursday, May 15, 1913
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Jones, Joseph

Old Malheur County Resident Passes Away.

Jos. S. Jones died Friday morning last week and was buried from the Baptist church on Sunday, Rev. Myers officiating.

Daddy Jones, as he was generally called, was born in Henderson county, Kentucky, June 13, 1836.  He married Lou E. Locket 49 years ago.  He came here from Kentucky in 1881 and first located on Willow creek, later moving here.

There is a widow left who will be consoled by her four daughters, Mrs. Ed Test, Mrs. John Weaver, Mrs. Ben Brown and Mrs. S. P. Newman, and her four sons, Thomas of Vale, Robert, of Shoshone, Hick and Paul, of Ontario.  There are also nineteen grandchildren.

Mr. Jones friends say they never knew him to say an unkind word of anyone, but always found some good in his acquaintances.  Such a character necessarily made him many friends.

The Ontario Argus (Ontario, OR) - Thursday, May 15, 1913
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Cook, Lewis

Obituary

Relative and friends were shocked Sunday morning when word was received here of the death of Lewis N. Cook.  Mr. Cook passed away May 21, 1913, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. B. Starr, at Kewanna, Indiana.  He had been in failing health all winter and on May 5 he was taken suddenly worse.  He was taken to the hospital at Caldwell where an operation was deemed necessary, but which proved fruitless.  His brother, George, of Dunkirk, Indiana, insisted on his going east thinking the change would benefit him and the physicians thought he could stand the trip.  Mr. Cook and his wife left Caldwell, Idaho May 14 and arrived at Kewanna, May 17.

Lewis N. Cook was born near Ridgeville, Ind., October 20, 1855.  He was the oldest son of William and Catherine Cook.  He entered the academy at Kewanee at the age of 15, and was a faithful student always found at his books instead of joining with the boys in the play at recess.  He was a favorit with everyone, young and old, having a kind and pleasant disposition.

After leaving Kewanna he entered college at Ridgeville, Indiana.  Shortly after leaving school he was married to Miss Rena Drewey.  One child was born to them, now Mrs. W. B. Starr, of Kewanna, Indiana.  His wife passed away at Marion, Indiana, April 1906.  He was married to Miss Margaret Farquar, of Marion, Ind., August 20, 1910; at Baker, Oregon.

He leaves to mourn his loss his wife, his daughter, Mrs. W. B. Starr, two brothers, George of Dunkirk, Ind., and Oscar, of Ridgeville, Ind., and a half brother, Frank Collins, of Dunkirk and his cousin Mrs. F. G. Kraus and her son Charles, of Ontario.  The many friends in this city and vicinity extend their sympathy to the bereaved wife and relatives.

The Ontario Argus (Ontario, OR) - Thursday, May 29, 1913
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Westfall, James

Pioneer Of Malheur Dies Suddenly of Apoplexy

James Westfall, aged 72 years, died at Westfall, on the 31st of May.  He worked all that day and died a short time after finishing a hearty supper, from apoplexy.

Mr. Westfall has been an active agent in the development of this county, having been here thirty years and raised a family here.  The children are Mrs. Ada Wilson and James Westfall, of Westfall, Oscar Westfall, of Salem, and Mrs. Ida Hillman at Boise.  Miss Nettie Hillman, of this city is a granddaughter and attended the funeral at Westfall.

The Ontario Argus (Ontario, OR) - Thursday, June 12, 1913
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Mead, Mary

Mrs. Mary Mead of This City Dies After Operation

Mrs. Mary Mead, of Ontario, died at the hospital on Thursday evening following an operation for gall stones and the funeral was held from the Methodist church Saturday morning at 10 o'clock.  The people of Ontario deeply sympathize with the members of the bereaved family.

The Ontario Argus (Ontario, OR) - Thursday, June 12, 1913
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Butler, Villa

Killed By Accidental Discharge Of Rifle

Villa Lee Butler of Arcadia is Shot in Attempt to Unload Gun.

Villa Lee Butler, the 19 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Butler, Sr., and a member of the last graduating class of the Ontario high school, was accidentally shot Tuesday afternoon, while trying to extract the cartridges from a heavy rifle, and died a few minutes later at her home near Arcadia, about eight miles south of town.

For some days the fact of the rifle being in the house and loaded had bothered the girl, and she had made the statement that if some one did not remove the cartridges she would do it herself.  On the morning of the fatal accident she went with her father in their auto up into the orchard after cherries.  On her return, finding her mother tired and not well, she insisted that she should lie down, while she finished the work.  Consenting to do this, her mother went into the front room, while Villa busied herself about the kitchen and a little later she was heard to go into the bathroom.  She tidied up the bath room and, evidently, seeing the rifle, determined to remove the cartridges, for an explosion was heard.  Her mother thinking the gasoline tank had exploded, rushed out of doors, but her father and brother, Cody, being more familiar with the sound of firearms, hurried into the house, and after a short search, found her lying with the rifle in a pool of blood and barley conscious, being even then so weak that she could not speak coherently.

The distracted parents bravely went to work to apply first aid while Cody sent in an emergency call for physicians and summoned aid from the neighbors.  Three physicians responded, Drs. Payne and Prinzing, from Ontario and Dr. Sarazan from Nyssa.  It was quickly seen that nothing could be done for the injured girl.

Apparently in taking out the cartridge, she had leaned over the rifle and instead of inserting her hand in the hand hole had placed her finger in the guard and not having sufficient leverage to pull easily, had braced the muzzle against her shoulder and in pushing the guard back her fingers had touched the trigger, sending the heavy bullet through her body, the missile entering her left breast, barely missing the heart and came out at the back.  So great was the force that it went through the ceiling and out of the roof of the house.  Villa was the idol of her parents and great favorite among her friends.

The funeral was held Thursday from the Methodist church.

The Ontario Argus (Ontario, OR) - Thursday, June 19, 1913
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Silvers, Susie

Susie Silvers, 99, Vale, died Thursday, June 27, 2002, in a Vale nursing home. Liturgy of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2002, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Vale. Burial will follow in Brogan Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of Vale's Lienkaemper Chapel.

The Ontario Argus (Ontario, OR) - Sunday, June 30, 2002
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Acord, Ozie

Ozie Louise Acord, 78, Brogan, died Monday, April 28, 2003, at home. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 3, 2003, at the Brogan Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of Haren-Wood Funeral Chapel, Ontario.

Louise was born June 29, 1924, about a mile south of Bandon, to Dow and Gladys Lancaster. Louise married her high school sweetheart Jesse Conn. They lived in Bandon where they raised their family until his death in 1973.

A few years later she married Don Acord and they resided in Springfield until his death in 1988.

Louise was a loving friend and mother. When she was younger she loved the water and would take her grandchildren to the local swimming hole once or twice a day during hot summer days. She loved to go fishing, picnicking and working in her garden and flowers. Her biggest asset was doing for others. Her passing will leave a hole in the hearts of many.

Louise is survived by her friend and companion, Shirleigh Tucker, Brogan; daughter and son-in-law, Suzie and Bob Briggs, Glide; granddaughter, Kelly David, Roseburg; grandson, Robb Briggs and wife, Vicki, Eugene; great-grandchildren, Aaron and Taylor Briggs, Brittany, Brandon, and McKenzie David; her sister, Mona Jo Choat, Bandon; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her son, Jesse Vernon Conn; and sister, Neva Dean Kiefer.
The Ontario Argus (Ontario, OR) - Thursday, May 1, 2003
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Tucker, Shirleigh

Shirleigh Denton Tucker Jr., 84, passed away Sunday, June 22, 2008, in Ontario, at the home of his daughter, Elizabeth. Graveside services with military honors will be held Wednesday, June 25, 2008, at the Brogan Cemetery, with arrangements handled by the Haren Wood Funeral Chapel.

Shirleigh Tucker was born Sept. 30, 1923, in La Grande, Ore., to Shirleigh Denton Tucker Sr. and Hazel (Kelly) Tucker. His parents were homesteading just below the Malheur reservoir with his mother"s parents, Lester and Carrie Kelly, and went to La Grande for his birth at the home of his paternal grandmother, Cora Olsen. Two years later his brother Donald was born.

When Shirleigh was 7 years old, his mother died of appendicitis. After "baching" for three years, Shirleigh Sr. married Helen Britt, of La Grande, and she joined the family on the ranch, which was between Malheur City and Huntington.

Shirleigh and Donald attended Whiskey Gulch School. After graduating from the eighth grade, Shirleigh went no farther in school. His parents declined to send either him or his brother to high school in Vale or Ontario, saying they feared "social diseases."

He worked on the home ranch, especially after his dad returned to being an engineer for the Union Pacific railroad. Two days before his 16th birthday, he began working for gold miners in the Mormon Basin, fueling, servicing, and greasing Caterpillars, thus beginning his love of old "Cats." Soon he went to work for Willard Boydstun, mining in the Basin, driving a Cat for $4 a day.

World War II was raging. After Pearl Harbor, Shirleigh joined the U.S. infantry and took his basic training at Camp Roberts, Calif. Then he was sent to the southwest Pacific with the 147th Infantry, assigned to the 3rd Marine Division. He was in New Caledonia and Guadalcanal, and was then sent north to Iwo Jima, where his unit fought the Japanese, cleaning out snipers and doing a mopping up operation. He drove Cats, burying both garbage and bodies. Shirleigh said many of the city boys came into the service never having fired a gun, while he"d grown up shooting squirrels and coyotes, so he was a sniper, as well as a bulldozer operator. His unit was issued wool uniforms for an invasion of Japan, but then the atomic bombs were dropped and the war ended. Shirleigh was honorably discharged in 1946, and he was always very proud of his military service, though he wouldn"t discuss it much. He earned the Combat Infantry Badge MM M-1 Rifle, Asiatic Pacific Theatre Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Army of Occupation Victory Medal.

Shirleigh came home and ran the ranch by himself. His parents had moved to La Grande. In 1949, he met Elizabeth Jones, a teacher from St. Paul, Minn. She was in Brogan visiting her aunt, Mamie Vilsmeyer, and family. They corresponded for two years and married April 27, 1951, in Omaha, Neb. She drove from St. Paul and he took the train to meet her in Omaha. They were two totally different people, Shirleigh the country boy, and "Betty" the city girl, a graduate of Mankato Teachers" College. They raised four children before selling the ranch and divorcing in 1974. In 1964, they moved down to Brogan after their ranch house burned, so their kids could go to school. Shirleigh resided in that same house until now.

Shirleigh leveled land and drove Caterpillars all his adult life. He used to say he"d worked on most places between Brogan and Vale. He was happiest "digging dirt," working on equipment and helping a neighbor. He refused to leave Brogan until the very end of his life, saying "If a place is good enough to live in, it"s good enough to die in." He loved being "up to the shop." His love of life only went away with the death six years ago of his son, Denny.

Shirleigh is survived by two daughters, Virginia (Jim) Romine, of Prescott, Wash., and Elizabeth Tucker, of Ontario, who will always be Effie to the family; daughter-in-law, Debi Tucker, of Ontario; son, William (Denine) Tucker, of Vale; five grandsons, Doug (Randi) Tucker, of Eugene, Jon (Erin) Dentinger, of Vale, Frederick Tucker, of Ontario, Jarrod Tucker, of Vale, and Matthew Tucker, of Prescott, Wash.; five granddaughters, Kathleen (Mike) Phillips, of Nampa, Gwendolyn (Billy) Judy, of Vale, Caroline Dawley, of Enterprise, Hayley Tucker, of Ontario, and Emma Tucker, of Vale; four great-grandsons, Ty and Kyle Jordan, of Nampa, Charlie Judy, of Vale, and Jack Tucker, of Eugene; four great-granddaughters, Josie Tyler and Cayla Judy, of Vale, Karli Tucker, of Eugene, and Michaela Phillips, of Nampa; step-grandson, Jamie Romine, of Prescott, Wash.; sisters-in-law, Juanita Jones, of Redmond, and Edith Tucker, of La Grande; niece, Vivian Peterson of La Grande; and many other nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Donald; his ex-wife, Elizabeth Tucker; his longtime companion, Louise Acord; and his beloved son, Denton Tucker.

Memorial contributions to Shirleigh"s memory may be made to the Brogan Community Society in care of Gary Smith, for the maintenance and upkeep of the brush fire truck recently dedicated to Denny"s memory.

The Tucker family would like to thank Joyce, Rick and Judy Wilcox, Sharon and Richard Chubb, Guy Jordan, Randy Simmons and Gary Smith for being such good friends to Shirleigh whenever he needed them.

Condolences may be sent to the family and the online guest book signed at www.Haren-Wood.com.

The Ontario Argus (Ontario, OR) - Monday, June 23, 2008
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Murphy, James

Obituary

James Murphy was born in Waxford county, Ireland, October 11th, 1828, and died in Ontario, Oregon, June 25th, 1913, at the age of 84 years.  Death was caused by cancer of the throat.

During his early life he was rather self reliant, being without family ties and free to travel at his own will, he found it easy to supply the necessities for his comfort until he was seriously handicapped by the burden of years.  About 23 years ago the H. A. Chapman family found him struggling for an existence without means.  They freely opened the doors of their home and from that time on to his death he was the fortunate recipient of their kind hospitality.

He was without the claim of relationship upon them, however they cared for him as tenderly and patiently as if a member of the family, receiving no other recompense for their service than the consciousness of performing a Christian duty, and the thankful expressions of the one befriended.

James Murphy has gone to his rest.  He will no longer need the ministry of kind and willing hands nor the encouragement of cheering words, but the Father who sees the sparrow fall and rewards the benificient hand that gives the cup of cold water, will also take notice of the deeds and acts of those who made life easy and comfortable for him in his declining years.

The funeral services were held from the Congregational church Thursday afternoon, Rev. Koenig in charge.  Interment in the Ontario cemetery.       - Rev. Koenig

The Ontario Argus (Ontario, OR) - Thursday, June 26, 1913
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Fay, Mrs. Albert

Mrs. Fay Dies At Hospital

Mrs. Albert Fay, aged 44 years, died Tuesday evening after a short illness.  Mrs. Fay was the mother of ten children, five of them surviving her.  The husband and three children live here, together with a brother, Walter Burgess.

The Ontario Argus (Ontario, OR) - Thursday, July 3, 1913
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Staples, Hickman

Instantly Killed by Electricity

Awful Death of a Highly Respected Young Man

Hickman Staples lost his life in a tragic manner Wednesday morning at the sub-station of the Idaho-Oregon Light & Power Co.

He was engaged in painting the interior of the building and was at work under a switchboard, about three feet from the floor, and must have been kneeling at the time, and when he arose the left side of his head came in contact with a live wire and he received 2300 volts, killing him instantly.  His head was frightfully burned.

Hick Staples was aged 28 years and resided in Ontario for the past 11 years.  If there ever was a good soul, Hick Staples was one.  He radiated sunshine with his perpetual smile and always looked on the bright side of life.  But he is gone, and every heart in Ontario is touched with sadness at his untimely end.

He leaves a wife and baby, father, mother, three sisters and four brothers and warm friends innumeralbe to mourn his demise.  His mother is visiting in Henderson, Ky.

To the stricken relatives the deepest sympathy is extended by all in this vicinity in their terrible bereavement.

The funeral took place from the family residence at 2 p.m. yesterday, Rev. Myers officiating, and was largely attended, attesting the high esteem in which Hick was held in Ontario.

The Ontario Argus (Ontario, OR) - Friday, June 11, 1909
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Bull, Elizabeth

Long Illness Ends in Death of Mrs. Elizabeth W. Bull

Mrs. Orrin Bull, Mother of Large Family, Many of Whom Live Here, Passes After Life of Usefulness

Mrs. Orrin Bull died at her home west of the city at 7:30 Sunday morning, December 24, 1922, after an illness of several months.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon from the home, and at 2:00 from the United Presbyterian church, Rev. F. E. Springer of Caldwell, officiating, assisted by Rev. D. D. Reese of the Congregational church.

Interment was made at the Ontario cemetery.

Maria Elizabeth Wakefield was born at Tiger Lake, Carver county, Minnesota, Dec. 30, 1858.  Her earlier life was spent in southern Minnesota, where she was left fatherless while still a small child, her father giving his life for his country during the Civil War.  In 1879 she, with her mother and step-father, moved to Star Lake, Minn., and on June 22, 1881 she was married to Mr. Orrin Bull at Fergus Falls, Minn.  They immediately commenced housekeeping on Mr. Bull's  farm at Maine, Minn., where practically all their married life was spent and their family of nine children were born.  One daughter Annette, died in infancy.  Nine years ago last November Mr. and Mrs. Bull sold the home place and came to Ontario, Oregon.  Here they built a beautiful country home south west of the city, and where they hoped to spend many years together and in the companionship of their children, most of whom reside in Ontario.

Mrs. Bull was a Christian from girlhood, and after her marriage with her husband, united with the Presbyterian church of Maine, and after their removal to Ontario, became members of the United Presbyterian.  Of a quiet, retiring nature here home was her world, but she strove faithfully to be a true help-mate to her husband and a devoted mother to her children, always untiring in her efforts for the comfort and welfare of her family.  Truly it can be said of her, “She Looketh Well to the Ways of Her Household.”

During the long weeks and months of her last illness her life was a beautiful example of faith and patience.

She leaves to mourn her departure her husband and eight children, three sons and five daughters, Mrs. Lola L. Secoy, Schuyler G. Bull, Mrs. Florence L. Keefe of Ontario; Mrs. Myrtle L. Smith of Perram, Minn.; Barney L. Bull, Mrs. Jennie J. Gramse, Earl V. Bull of Ontario, and Mrs. Hazel E. Hickox of Caldwell, Idaho, and fourteen grandchildren besides her many friends who cherish the memory of a good and noble woman.

The Ontario Argus (Ontario, OR) - Thursday, December 22, 1922
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Vandebender, H. T.

Died

In Malheur City, Aug. 12th, H. T. Vandebender native of Texas; the deceased was caved on in a claim owned by Wm. Leatherwood.

The deceased has a brother residing at Hogem, who upon hearing of his brothers accident, started to see him, and upon arriving at this town learned of his brother's death.

Bedrock Democrat (Baker City, OR) - Wednesday, August 21, 1872
Lake, Jessie

At Malheur City on the 19th inst., Jessie May, infant daughter of Thomas and Eliza Lake, age 2 years and 3 months.

Bedrock Democrat (Baker City, OR) - Wednesday, August 28, 1872
Strickland, A. J.

A. J. Strickland, an old and highly esteemed resident of Jordan valley, died recently at Cow creek lakes, Malheur county.  The remains were buried in Jordan valley

The Oregonian (Portland, OR) - Thursday, July 10, 1890
Walker, Robert

Brief News of Oregon

Robert Walker, the 16 years old brother of Rev. C. L. Walker, pastor of the Methodist church of Nyssa, Or., was accidentally killed.  Alone he had gone duck shooting on an island in Snake river two miles north of town.

Tillamook Herald (Tillamook, OR) – Friday, February 28, 1913
Boswell, Susan

Twelve days, almost to the hour, after her husband, William Boswell, pioneer mining man, died at his home at Malheur, his widow, Susan F. Boswell, one of the best-known early residents in this vicinity, passed away at the old home.  She had been ill with dropsy.

Source: Malheur Enterprise (Vale, OR) – Saturday, August 21, 1915
Smith, Elton

Elton James Smith, 64, died at Holy Rosary Hospital Tuesday night.  Services pending Bertelson-Lienkaemper Funeral Chapel, Ontario

Source: The Argus-Observer (Ontario, OR) – Thursday, October 8, 1970
Mullins, Rosella

Services for Rosella White Mullins, 64, Ontario, who died Monday in the Ontario hospital will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Bishop Louis J. Wettstein.  Interment will be at Evergreen under the direction of the Ontario Chapel of the Roses.

Mrs. Mullins was born June 29, 1906 in Teton City, Idaho.  She had lived in Ontario for the past 45 years, coming here from Jermone [sic].  She was a member of the LDS Church.

She is survived by a son, Darold Mullins, Parma; a daughter, Mrs. Freda Richardson, Ontario, four brothers, Verlin White, Salem, Ore.; Alphonso White, Jerome, Ivan White, Wattsburg, Wash.; and Everett White, Echo, Ore.; a sister, Mrs. Hazel Folger, Florence, Ore., three grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Source: The Argus-Observer (Ontario, OR) – Thursday, October 8, 1970
Shira, Olen

Olen Ray Shira, 78, Ontario, died Monday in a Vale nursing home.

He was born Aug. 16, 1892, in Lineville, Mo.  He was a retired farmer.

He married Belle Webster on Oct. 25, 1915, in Lineville.  They moved  from Lineville to Fruitland in 1922 and to Harper, Ore., in 1927 where they homesteaded a farm.  They moved to Ontario in 1960.

Mr. Shira is survived by his wife, Ontario; three sons, Sargent A. Shira, San Jose, Calif., Clayton W. Shira, Harper, and Thomas T. Shira, Unity; four daughters, Mrs. Boyd (Margaret) Newman, Grass Valley, Calif., Mrs. Dalis (Wanda) Jones, Ontario, Mrs. Buck (Phyllis) Mulvaney, Juntura, and Mrs. Ray (Teressa) Falck, Astoria, Ore.; 24 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Bertelson-Lienkaemper Memorial Chapel in Ontario by the Rev. Edward McIndoo, pastor of the First Christian Church.  Interment will be at Evergreen.

Source: The Argus-Observer (Ontario, OR) – Thursday, October 8, 1970
Corey, John

John Maurice Corey, 84, a long time resident of the Nyssa area, died Thursday at a Nyssa hospital.

He was born Oct. 13, 1885, in Wisconsin.

He was employed for many years as a printer at the Nyssa Gate City Journal.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Fay Meder and Mrs. Dorothy Koebbe, both of Garden City, Mich.; one step-daughter, Mrs. Margaret Eaton Martinez, Florida; one sister, Mrs. Mabbelle Watson, Elk Rapids, Mich.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at Lienkaemper Chapel at Nyssa by the Rev. J. D. Crego of the Nyssa United Methodist Church.  Interment will be at Nyssa under the direction of Lienkaemper Chapel.

Source: The Argus-Observer (Ontario, OR) – Thursday, October 8, 1970
Jackson, Nellie

Funeral services for Nellie May Jackson, 87, resident of Pendleton who died Monday, Oct. 5, will be conducted at the First Baptist Church in New Plymouth Thursday at 2 p.m., with Rev. Hayden Abel officiating.  Interment at Park View will follow under the direction of Folsom's Funeral Chapel in Pendleton.

Mrs. Jackson was born June 7, 1883 in Fort Scott, Kansas.  She was a former resident of Fruitland and had lived in Pendleton for four years.

Survivors include two sons, John Jackson, Sacramento, Calif., and Andrew Jackson Hubbard, Ohio; two daughters Mrs. Joe (Carolyn) Angotti, Pendleton, and Mrs. Ralph (May) Dunlap, Fort Scott, Kansas; one sister, Mrs. Edith Higgins, New Plymouth; 14 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, three great, great-grandchildren.  Mrs. Jackson was one of nine brothers and sisters.

Source: The Argus-Observer (Ontario, OR) – Thursday, October 8, 1970
Fisher, Rachel

Rachel D. Fisher, 68, a resident of Nyssa for the past fe months, died at her home Sunday.

She was born June 22, 1902, in Nebraska.

Survivors include her two sons, Robert Northey, Cook City, Mont., and Don O. Northey, Nyssa; one daughter, Juanita Orr, Veneta, Ore.; three brothers, Joe Moore, Nyssa, Sam Moore, Los Angeles, Calif., and Ted Moore, Washington; one sister Mrs. Mary E. Gallengton, Vancouver, Wash., and four grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at Lienkaemper Chapel in Nyssa.  Cremation will be at Bosie.

Source: The Argus-Observer (Ontario, OR) – Thursday, October 8, 1970
Gabriel, George

George William Gabriel, 88, a retired Nyssa area farmer, died Monday at a Nyssa hospital.

He was born Jan. 21, 1882 in Missouri.  He farmed near Nyssa for 33 years.

He is survived by his wife Belvia of Nyssa.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday at Lienkaemper Chapel in Nyssa.  Interment will be at Mount Hope in Baker, Ore.

Source: The Argus-Observer (Ontario, OR) – Thursday, October 8, 1970
Dake, Archie

Services for Archie N. Dake, 75, a resident of rural Ontario who died Sunday at an Ontario hospital, were conducted Wednesday at 11 a.m. at High Chapel.

Bishopric counsellor John Jacobs of the Vale Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officiated at Valley View with military honors by the Vale American Legion Post No. 96.

Mr. Dake was born June 1, 1895, at Central Lake, Mich.  He served with the armed forces during World War I.  He was in the grocery business in Portland for a time and later was employed on the Al-Can Highway.

He married Viola M. Micklem in Vancouver, B. C. on March 25, 1938.  He was employed in 1941 by the Alaksan Railroad at Anchorage.  In 1959 he retired from the railroad and moved to Malheur County where he farmed near Malheur Butte.  Ill health forced him to sell his farm and he moved to the White settlement area.  He also was a member of World War I Barracks No. 352.

Survivors include his wife, Viola, Ontario; a nephew, Pat Connolly, Portland, Ore.; a niece, Mrs. Fred Rankin, Spokane, Wash., and two children that he raised, Mrs. Millie Medsker, Mountain View, Mo., and Dan Milam, with the United States Navy.

Source: The Argus-Observer (Ontario, OR) – Thursday, October 8, 1970
Moore, Joseph

Services for Joseph Elvin Moore, 84, Nyssa who died Monday, January 7, 1980 at a Boise hospital were conducted Friday, January 11, 1980 at Lienkaemper Chapel, Nyssa by the Rev. Martin Ogre and the Rev. Carl Lassiter.  Interment was in the Nyssa Cemetery.

He was born February 14, 1895, at Broken Bow, Nebraska, to Brooks and Henrietta Moore.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1918 until 1919.  He married Gladys O'Neal in 1920 at Decatur, Arkansas.  He farmed and ranched in Nebraska and Colorado before being called to the ministry, which he served in Wyoming, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Oregon including a year as a pastor of the Pentecostal Church in Nyssa.

Surviving are his wife, of Nyssa; three daughters, Mrs. Wanda Bratton of Seattle, Mrs. Willis (Laurel) Zeman of Aberdeen, Washington and Mrs. Glen (Ruth) Mura of Cherry Valley, California; a son Thomas J. of Lave Hot Springs; a sister, Mary E. Gallington of Vancouver, Washington; a brother Ted of Ryder Wood, Washington; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Source: Nyssa Gate City Journal (Nyssa, OR) - Thursday, January 17, 1980
Juneau, Edward

Death of Ed. L. Juneau

Edward L. Juneau who was in Vale recently, died Tuesday week in Boise of tuberculosis, from which he is known to have suffered for a long time.

Mr. Juneau came from Chicago to this country and was engaged here in the work of examining irrigation projects in which he had earned a name as an expert.

He was about 45 years of age.

Source: Malheur Enterprise (Vale, OR) – Saturday, November 27, 1909
Clarke, Frank

Man Shot Dead At Jordan Valley

Frank Clarke was shot and killed by Lewis Franklin in the Jordan Valley Hotel last Thursday evening about 6:30 o'clock.

The killing is said to have been done in self defense and only after Clarke had attempted to kill Franklin.  According to the reports Clarke butted into a conversation in which Franklin and some other men were engaged and resented the efforts of the others to get rid of him when he became a nuisance.  He went away stating that he would get Franklin and soon afterwards returned to the hotel where Franklin dining.  As the latter left the dining room Clarke fired, the bullet grazing Franklin's breast.  Franklin then pulled a gun and shot his assailant fatally through the neck.

Clarke has lived for 20 years in Jordan Valley and was peacefully inclined except when under the influence of drink.  Franklin is a new arrival.  Sheriff Bob Odell was summoned to the scene and left immediately afterwards by auto.  He will probably place Franklin under arrest.

Source: Malheur Enterprise (Vale, OR) – Saturday, December 4, 1909


Killing Was Justifiable

Lewis Franklin who shot and killed Frank Clarke last Thursday at Jordan Valley was cleared of blame by the Coroner's Jury at the inquest as it was clearly shown that the act was committed in self defense.

Sheriff Bob Odell who was summoned from Vale on the evening of the killing had an exceedingly rough experience on the journey but reached the scene next day at noon and acted in his official capacity.

Source: Malheur Enterprise (Vale, OR) – Saturday, December 11, 1909
Bennefiel, Frank

Frank Bennefiel Commits Suicide

Frank Bennefiel committed suicide last Saturday at John Sells' ranch near Westfall.  No cause has been assigned for the act and Bennefiel, who was well known by several people in this city, is said to have been a very honest sort of fellow and one who would never be suspected of suicidal tendencies.  He was an employe of the ranch.

Source: Malheur Enterprise (Vale, OR) – Saturday, December 11, 1909
Chester, Beulah

Miss Chester Laid To Rest

Impressive Services Held and Large Attendance at Funeral Attest Community's Sorrow

The remains of Miss Beulah Chester were laid to rest last Monday, the funeral leaving at 1 p.m. from the Methodist Episcopal Church, after an impressive service conducted by the Rev. Mr. Meredith.

The sorrow of the community at the loss sustained by the young lady's death was attested by the large attendance at the funeral, and by the deep sympathy expressed on all sides for her family.

The pall bearers were Messrs. Halliday, Mueller, Morffitt, Dunaway, Gus Hurley and Weaver, and the chief mourners were Miss Chester's mother and father, three brothers and two sisters who live in Vale.  The members of the Eastern Star Lodge of which the deceased young lady was a member, also marched in the procession.  Miss Chester was born in Missouri last April 24 years ago, and died last Saturday at Owyhee where she had been teaching school.

Source: Malheur Enterprise (Vale, OR) – Saturday, December 25, 1909
McClintock,  John

Man Shot Dead Near Rock Spur

Still one more fatal shooting affray occurred in this region when Lafe Roe, a camp tender, shot and killed John McClintock, a homesteader, near Rock Spur last Monday.  The shooting was the result of a feud which had arisen between the two men and which was the result of a disagreement caused by McClintock when he ordered Roe to take the sheep he was herding from the McClintock property.

Roe says he fired in self defense and only when McClintock made a motion to draw a gun.  Roe was arrested.

Source: Malheur Enterprise (Vale, OR) – Saturday, January 1, 1910
Yokey, Maler

Maler Yokey Meets Death

Falls From Building At Weiser And Sustains Fatal Fracture Of The Skull

Left Vale Day Before

Had lived Here Nearly Three Years And Leaves a Wife Who Resides In Vale

Maler Yokey, of Vale, fell from the roof of a new building at Weiser last Friday evening and died in a hospital in that city on Sunday afternoon.  The distance from the roof to the ground was forty feet, and the fall resulted in the fracture of the skull and one hip.  Mr Yokey never regained consciousness.  Mr. Woods, a carpenter employed on the building, told Mrs. Yokey that the cause of the accident was a slippery roof.  It is believed that some snow had accumulated on the boards, and as the accident occurred just before quitting time it is thought probable that the poor light prevented the unfortunate man from seeing the bad footing.

He left Vale on Thursday and when he failed to return Mrs. Yokey became uneasy.  On Saturday the sad news came to her and she left for Weiser on Sunday morning.  A few hours after arriving there her husband passed away.  He was buried on Tuesday, and Mrs. Yokey returned to Vale on the following day.

Mr. Yokey had succeeded in obtaining work on the building from which he fell, but did not intend to begin before Monday.  He had arranged to return to Vale before starting.

He was born in Indiana 51 years ago last March, and has resided in Vale with his wife since July, 1907.  He was married twice but no children have come the second marriage.

He has a house here, which, however, is heavily mortgaged.  When he died he was totally out of funds, and, with the exception of a supply of provisions, Mrs. Yokey is left without means.  The funeral was carried out at the expense of the city of Weiser.

Source: Malheur Enterprise (Vale, OR) – Saturday, January 1, 1910
Busteed, William

Fatal Wreck At Arcadia

The train known as “the pony” ran into a freight last Wednesday night at Arcadia and William D. Busteed, the engineer, received fatal injuries, while the fireman and one or two passengers were injured.  Some Vale people were witnesses of the accident.   The freight had received orders to go into the siding, but the pony came on before the other had cleared the main track.  The engineer stated before his death that the leaking steam from his engine prevented him from seeing the freight.

Source: Malheur Enterprise (Vale, OR) – Saturday, January 15, 1910
Smith, C. F.

Royal Arch Mason Dead

C. R. Smith, a royal arch mason, was buried at Westfall last Tuesday.  He was a rancher in that neighborhood but was formerly a lawyer in California.

Source: Malheur Enterprise (Vale, OR) – Saturday, January 22, 1910
Tennyson, Aldin

Died

Aldin Tennyson, the three months old adopted son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ellis of this city, died on Tuesday of cholera infantum.  The funeral took place Wednesday, Rev. Meredith having charge of the services.  Mrs. Tennyson, of Boise, mother of the child was there to attend the funeral.

Source: Malheur Enterprise (Vale, OR) – Saturday, June 25, 1910
Blaylock, Lee

Child Falls In Tub Of Hot Water

At Riverside – Dies From Effects Two Days Later

A sad accident occurred in Riverside on June 24th while the mother was scrubbing the floor with hot water.  Lee William, the little two-year-old son, fell in a pan containing hot water and which resulted in his death.  The little sufferer was attended to by Dr. Burrow of Burns, who did everything to give the little fellow relief.  Although the burns did not seem serious at first, the child passed away two days later, Sunday, June 26, at 6 p.m.  The remains were laid to rest at Riverside on the ranch of J. C. Blaylock.  The parents have the sympathy of all their acquaintances.

Source: Malheur Enterprise (Vale, OR) – Saturday, July 9, 1910
Swanson, J. W.

Body Washed On Snake River Bar

Coroner Payne Finds that Man is J. W. Swanson Drowned Three Months Ago.

The body of a man was found on a gravel bar on an island in Snake river, at Big Bend last Saturday, and Coroner Payne, of Ontario went to that place and had the remains taken to Parma.  The body had probably been in the water for three months.  The only means of identification found on the body was the name, J. W. Swanson, of King Hill, Idaho.  Coroner Payne wired that place and received a message from Mrs. Swanson to bury the remains and that she would stand funeral expenses.

Source: Malheur Enterprise (Vale, OR) – Saturday, July 9, 1910
Johnson, Mary

Well Known Woman Passes Away

At Westfall on June 28th – Had Taught School At Warm Springs and Westfall

Mary Morton Johnson was born in Dunn county, Wisconsin, on July 24th, 1867.  She came of good New England stock, her parents tracing their descent from the House of Morton, who came over with the Pilgrim Fathers.  Her early days were spent in the State of Indiana, her folk having gone into that state, about four years after she was born.  She had a good opportunity to obtain a thorough education, in the neighborhood to which they removed, and she availed herself of it to the very utmost, with the result that, after graduating with honors, she took up teaching as her work in life; and, also as her mission.  About this time, she joined the Free-Will Baptist church, it being the only church then in her immediate neighborhood and she took an active part in all its various branches and organizations.  Later, as soon as opportunity occurred, she entered the Methodist church.  For eight long years, she taught school with her whole heart and soul; with the result that at the end of that time, she was compelled to give it up on account of her health giving away under the severe strain that she had subjected it to.

Mrs. Johnson was advised to seek a change of climate, so in 1897, having some relatives in this part  of the country, she came west, and excepting for a brief visit to her home, before she was married, in the spring of 1902, has been here ever since.  She came to the Mortons in Ontario, and after a brief rest, resumed teaching, which she varied with occasional spells of bookkeeping and clerking in the stores in town.  She taught school two terms in Westfall and one in the Warm Springs school, and always won friends, as well as gave satisfaction.  She was quiet, refined and unassuming, and was first and last, a lady, in the fullest sense of the word, and as such, respected and admired by her most intimate friends, as well as her less familiar associates.  She was married in February, 1902, to Allen G. Johnson of this place, and theirs was a happy marriage.  She leaves behind her as a pledge of her love, one boy, Karl by name, who is a credit to his parents.  She also leaves her father, three brothers and three sisters, her mother having died fourteen years ago, six years before she left home.  One brother and sister with the father live in Indiana, one brother is in Wyoming and the last is in the frozen North, in far Alaska, from whence one of her remaining sisters, Mrs. H. L. Leslie, now of Nampa, but lately returned.  The other sister, Mrs. J. C. Kelsay, is a resident of this district, as is also Mrs. John L. Sells, a first cousin to the deceased and almost a sister, if affection goes for anything.  Mary Morton Johnson passed away early on the morning of the 29th of last month just as the day was breaking and the earth was silent.

Source: Malheur Enterprise (Vale, OR) – Saturday, July 9, 1910
Kolony, Dan

Greek Laborer Drowns In Malheur

A Greek railroad laborer, about twenty-five years of age, whose name was Dan Kolony, was drowned in the Malheur river near the mouth of Willow creek last Saturday evening.  With eight other companions of the same nationality, he went in swimming in one of the deep holes.  When out where the water was about 15 feet deep the Greek simply gave up and sank.  One of his companions rushed to his assistance, but had to let go of the drowning man who was fighting him in his death struggles.  The man sank and never rose again to the surface.  The body was not recovered until early Sunday morning.

No inquest was deemed necessary on account of the friends who witnessed the drowning.  The funeral took place Monday from the Nelsen undertaking parlors with burial in the city cemetery.  The deceased leaves a wife and a son in the old country.

Source: Malheur Enterprise (Vale, OR) – Saturday, July 16, 1910
Palmer, Sophia

Mrs. John Palmer of Watson Dead

Was Well Known Oregon Pioneer – Came From Gilliam County One Year Ago

The funeral of Mrs. Sophia Palmer, of Watson, was held in this city Wednesday afternoon with burial in the city cemetery.  Rev. Bachelder conducted the services.  Mrs. Palmer was 74 years of age and died at Watson, this county, on Tuesday, July 12, 1910, after a lingering illness of many years.  She and her husband, who survives her, came to Malheur county a year ago from Condon, Gilliam county, where they were known as early pioneers.

Deceased also leaves four children: Mrs. Mary Topins, of Victoria, B. C.; Mrs. Sarah Hanna, of Pendleton; Frank Palmer and L. E. Palmer, both of Watson.

Source: Malheur Enterprise (Vale, OR) – Saturday, July 16, 1910
McDonald, Eliza

Died – At the Malheur Agency, Feb. 16th, 1880, of billious remittant fever, Mrs. E. J. McDonald, aged 31 years, and 3 months.

Source: Grant County News (Canyon City, OR) – Saturday, February 28, 1880
Lockett, Cyrus

Cyrus Lockett was killed by Wm. Morton a few days ago near Ontario.  The affray resulted from a dispute about some land, embracing 700 acres, and known as Morton island in Snake river, about one mile from Ontario.

Source: Grant County News (Canyon City, OR) – Thursday, May 17, 1888
Sketa Ike

Sketa Ike, a Piute, became despondent on account of family troubles and ended his existence by eating wild parsnip at Fort McDermitt, last week.  The Indians seem to think that his squaw bewitched him and they will probably send her spirit to meet his. - Lakeview Examiner.

Source:Grant County News (Canyon City, OR) – Thursday, May 24, 1888
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Moore, Gladys

Gladys O. Moore, 100, Nyssa, died Thursday, March 28, 2002, at her home. Services pending, Lienkaemper Chapel.

Source: Argus Observer (Ontario, OR) - Thursday, March 28, 2002
Olsen, Karl

Former Catlow Valley Resident Dies

The Times-Herald is in receipt of information to the effect that Karl O. Olsen, a resident of Catlow Valley, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. V. Snyder, at Ontario on July 30, of heart failure following influenza.  Deceased is survived by his widow, three sons and two daughters, Earl G. Olsen, Walla Walla; Austin Olsen, Raymond Olsen, Mrs. W. V. Snyder all of Ontario, and Mrs. E. B. Williams of Powell Butte.

Source: The Times-Herald (Burns, OR) - Saturday, August 14, 1920

 

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