History and Genealogy
of
Morrow County, Oregon


Obituaries & Death Notices

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Adkins, Frank
Ayers, Cora
Ayers, Sarah
B

Baldwin, Cecil
Barrett, Unknown
Benge, Cynthia
Boyle, Unknown
Brown, George
C

Claeys, Justin
Clark, Cynthia
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Dennison, Percival
Dickens, Wake
Dickson son
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F

Ferguson, James
G

Gaunt, Henry
H

Haney, Pauline
Hansbro, Oliver
Hendrix, Margaret
Heppner, Henry
Higgins, Isaac
Huston, Johnny
I - J

Johnson, Bertha
K
L

Lichenthal, Rosa
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McSwords, Perly
Morgan, Alfred
Morgan, Zelph
Morrow, Amelia
Morrow, Charley
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O - P

Puett, Unknown
Q - R


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Smith, Charley
Snyder, Ollie
Sperry, Caldona
Steers, John
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Taylor, Harriet
Taylor, Henry
U - V

Vinson, James
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Warren, Dennis
Warren, Linda
Wilson, Herman
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Yarlett, Nancy
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Sperry, Caldona

Ione, Or., Dec. 3 – (Special) – The funeral of Mrs. Caldona May Sperry, aged 48, who died at her home in Ione, November 25, was held here November 28, under the auspices of the Rebecca lodge.  Mrs. Sperry was born in Texas, May 28, 1873, and moved to Ione with her parents in 1884.  She was married to Charles R. Sperry on November 28, 1894.  She was buried in the Oddfellow’s cemetery, beside her husband, who died less than ten months ago.

Mrs. Sperry is survived by four children – Mrs. J. M. Gambill, Springfield; Harley D. Sperry, Ione; H. Beatrice Sperry, Portland, and Wayne M. Sperry of Ione; her mother, Mrs. B. A. Ritchie of Ione; five brothers, J. H., S. J., Charles M., F. B. and George W. Ritchie, all of Ione, and three sisters, Alice E. Cochran, Ione; Rosa L. Miller, Portland, and Ida B. Cochran, Pendleton.

Source: The Sunday Oregonian (Portland, OR) - Sunday, December 4, 1921
Dickens, Wake

Wake Dickens was shot and killed by his brother Zeb, at Hardman, Ore. Jealousy is the cause.

Source: The Evening Bulletin (Maysville, KY) - Wednesday, February 19, 1890
Hendrix, Margaret

Mrs. Margaret Hendrix, who recently died at Hardman, was 86 years old. She was the widow of Eli O. Hendrix, who died in 1864. She was born in St. Clair County, Illinois, April 4, 1814, her maiden name being Brownfield. Her father and mother both died the same week when she was 3 months old. She was raised by her older sister. In 1835 she was united in marriage with Eli O. Hendrix. Of their nine children five are living, all in Eastern Oregon. Mrs. Hendrix, with her family, crossed the plains and settled near Athena, in Umatilla County, in 1863, being among the earliest settlers. In 1877 Mrs. Hendrix moved to Morrow County, and settled on Rock Creek. Here she lived until about a month previous to her death, when she went to the home of her son George, near Hardman.

Source: The Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) – Wednesday, August 22, 1900


Mrs. Margaret Hendrix, who recently died at Hardman [Oregon], was 86 years old. She was the widow of Eli O. Hendrix.

Source: Madison County Monitor (MT) - Auhust 24, 1900
Contributed by Robyn Greenlund

Steers, John

John L. Steers of Wheeler county, aged 31 years, died in Heppner, Wednesday, of spinal meningitis after months sickness.

Source: East Oregonian (Pendleton, OR) – Saturday, September 28, 1901
Clark, Cynthia

Death of Pioneer Woman

Grandma Clark Died at Heppner Last Night at the Age of 93

“Grandma” Clark died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Swaggart, in Heppner last night at the age of 93 years.

Mrs. Clark was one of the best known pioneers of Umatilla county.  She, with her family came to this county and settled in Weston many years ago, when the country was new and few people were in the county.  They remained in that city until after Mr. Clark died several years ago, and then Mrs. Clark went to Heppner to make her home with her daughter.

The body will arrive in Pendleton on the 5:20 train this evening on its way to Weston, where it will be interred by the side of Mr. Clark.

Source: East Oregonian (Pendleton, OR) – Tuesday, September 23, 1902
Heppner, Henry

Heppner, Or., Feb. 17 – (Special) – Henry Heppner, founder of the town of Heppner, and one of Morrow County's early pioneers, died at the Heppner Sanitarium last night.  Mr. Heppner had been subject to severe sinking spells for some time, and, from his advanced aged, was quite feeble.  Monday morning, at his apartments at the Palace Hotel, he suffered a severe attack of heart failure, and was very near death's door.  This left him in a weakened condition.  Resolute and full of energy to the last, it was hard work to persuade him to go to the sanitarium, where he could be bettered cared for.  The end came  about 9 o'clock yesterday evening.  The body will be embalmed and will be shipped to Portland for burial, where the funeral will take place next Sunday.

Henry Heppner was born in Germany 76 years ago.  When quite young he left Germany and came to New York, where he resided for a number of years.  Drifting West, he came to Eastern Oregon in the early '70s, and was engaged in packing.  As the early pack trails followed the water courses, Mr. Heppner came up the valley of Willow Creek and camped on the ground where Heppner now stands, on July 4, 1872, which was then a wilderness.  He became impressed with the surroundings, and not long afterward came back and started a small store, which was the start of the present prosperous town.  From that time until the end, at the ripe old age, he has been identified with Morrow County interests, and, being a man of good judgment and keen foresight, has amassed a large fortune.

While a little eccentric, Mr. Heppner was a big-hearted man, and as he has passed away there goes with him a prominent landmark in the history of Heppner and Morrow County.  In times of need he has helped many.

Source: The Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) – Saturday February 18, 1905
Higgins, Isaac

Isaac Higgins, an early settler of Eastern Oregon and a veteran of the Civil war, died in a Heppner hospital last week at the age of 79.

Source: The Ontario Argus (Ontario, OR) – Thursday, January 13, 1921
Ayres, Cora

Died At Heppner

Mr. and Mrs. John Neal, of Turner, returned Tuesday night from Heppner, where they were called by the death of their daughter, Mrs. Cora Frances Neal-Ayres, who died Sunday, the 16th inst., aged 32 years.  The deceased left a husband.  Burial was had in the Heppner cemetery.  Mrs. Ayres was born January 21, 1870, near Turner, where she lived until about six years ago, when she removed with her husband to Heppner.  The bereaved husband and parents of the young woman have the sympathy of a wide circle of friends.

Source: The Daily Journal (Salem, OR) -  Friday, August 22, 1902
Johnson, Bertha

Bertha A. Johnson, wife of Harry Johnson, died at the home of her parents James and Alice Adkins in Heppner, Oregon, May 4, 1910, aged 29 years, 3 months and 1? days. She was a granddaughter of the late Nancy A Kirk, and had many relatives in and around Junction City, and were grieved to hear of her death.

Source: Junction City Times (Junction City, OR) - Saturday, May 14, 1910
Contributed by Karen Windheim
Dennison, Percival

Pistol Ends Life

Wheeler County Sheepman Dies by His Own Hand

Wife, Five Children Left

Percival H. Dennison, of Spray, Wheeler County, Kills Himself in Heppner Barroom – Carried $20,000 Life Insurance.

HEPPNER, Or., June 3 – (Special) – Percival H. Dennison, a prominent sheepman of near Spray, Wheeler county, committed suicide in the barroom of the Palace Hotel, in this city, last night at 9:30 o'clock, by shooting himself through the heart with a 38-caliber revolver.

Dennison had been in the city for the past three days attending the wool sales and arranging business affairs.  He had numerous friends in this city, and about 9 o'clock stopped several of them on the street, telling them he was going to leave and wanted to say good-bye.  Several, thinking he was joking, paid no attention to the matter.

Calling James Elder, an intimate friend, he bade him good-bye, saying he would not see him again.

Elder tried to take Dennison's revolver from him, but Dennison pushed him away and entered the Palace Hotel, whereupon Elder called to Mr. Wilkins, one of the proprietors of the Palace, to watch Dennison until he could get his brother Frank.  Wilkins, being busy, called the same precaution to Mr. Maddock, motioning for Maddock to follow him into the bar-room.

Dennison, according to several present, walked to the bar with his hand in his inside coat pocket, fumbling for his gun.  Maddock followed him in time to see him press a long barreled revolver close to heart and pull the trigger.  Death was almost instantaneous.

Dennison, together with his brother Frank, had been engaged in the sheep business near Spray for several years, and leaves a wife and five small children.  Financial troubles are given as the reason for his rash act.  Deceased carried life insurance amounting to $20,000.

Source: The Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) – Saturday, June 4, 1910
Snyder, Ollie

Alleged Lynchers Arrested

Heppner – Deputy Sheriff Joe Cassidy, Ben Hinton, Emmet and James Shields and a brother of Arthur Green, the murdered man, have been arrested charged with the murder of Ollie Snyder, the man who shot Arthur Green, Friday night, December 23, near Monument.

Citizens of Grant county are incensed at the lynching and are giving all their assistance to aid in the arrest of the guilty persons.  Owing to the storm, all telephone communication between Monument and the rest of the world is shut off and it is impossible to obtain details.

Source: The Ontario Argus (Ontario, OR) – Friday, January 7, 1910
McSwords, Perly

Class of 1882 – PERLY B. MC SWORDS. B. 15 Oct., 1856, Windsor, Vt. Physician, Heppner, Ore. D. 14 June, 1903, Hepper, Ore.

Source: Dartmouth College Necrology, 1902-1903, Hanover, N.H.
Transcribed by Kim Mohler

Morgan, Zelph

Heppner correspondence: A young man by the name of Zelph Morgan, living on what is known as Thirty-mile creek, started out to hunt sheep and got lost during the recent cold snap and was frozen to death.

Source: The Eugene City Guard (Eugene, OR) – Saturday, January 31, 1880
Morgan, Alfred

Alfred Morgan, a young man eighteen years of age, living about twelve miles from Heppner, in what is known as Cabin Canyon, while in his house was killed, on the 9th inst., by a tree blowing on the house.

Source: The Eugene City Guard (Eugene, OR) – Saturday, January 31, 1880
Ferguson, James

Killed By A Horse – our Monroe correspondent has kindly furnished us with a private letter to Alex Lamb of that place from Heppner, giving the sad news that James Ferguson, who was born and raised in Lane county four miles south of Monroe, and the son of the early pioneer, John B. Ferguson, and for the last few years, a resident near Heppner, while trying to hitch a span of horses to a hack on the 17th inst., one of the horses, a large 1300 pounder, becoming fractious, kicked Mr. Ferguson with both feet, one foot striking him on the right groin, about even with the navel, and the other stroke was about three or four inches to the right.  The letter above alluded to was from the attending physician, L. F. Shipley, M. D., who states that the kick which struck near the navel was the fatal stroke.  He died on the morning of the 19th, after suffering very severely, and was mortifying internally when he died.  The deceased was well known to the writer ever since boyhood.  He was an honorable, industrious and well respected citizen, and a brother-in-law of our fellow townsman, the Hon. John Burnett.  –Gazette

Source: The Eugene City Guard (Eugene, OR) – Saturday, August 6, 1881
Yarlett, Nancy

Heppner has had one case of smallpox.  The victim was Miss Nancy Yarlott, a young lady about 20 years old.  It is not known how she contracted the disease, and of the numerous persons exposed, none have taken it from her.

Source: The Eugene City Guard (Eugene, OR) – Saturday, November 19, 1881
Hansbro, Oliver

Oliver Hansbro, for some months a driver between Heppner and Blalocks for the U.I. & O. stage company died on the 14th of measles.  This makes the third driver who has met his fate on this road in the past eighteen months.  One was drowned while fording a stream and the died with smallpox.

Source: The Eugene City Guard (Eugene, OR) – Saturday, May 27, 1882
Barrett, Unknown

Fred Crump stabbed and killed a man named Barrett, last week, near Heppner, on account of trouble over a sheep range.

Source: Grant County News (Canyon City, OR) – Thursday, March 8, 1888
Claeys, Justin

Justin R. Claeys, five-months old son of Randall and Carmen [?] Claeys of Salem died December 25, 1984 at his home.

He was born June 29, 1984 in Salem.  Graveside services were held December 28 and Hopewell Cemetery with the Rev. Bob Mulkey of the Court Street Christian Church of Salem officiating.

Survivors include his parents Randall and Carmen Claeys of Salem, a sister, Rachele N. Claeys of Salem, his grandparents, Bonnie and [?]man Clow of Irrigon and Jo[?] Williams of Davenport, Iowa; great-grandparents Daisy and W[?]don Swan and John and Hazel [?] all of Danton, Walter and L[?] Behm of Port Byron, Illinois, [?] Lola Claeys of Atkinson, Illinois.

Memorial contribution may be made to the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Foundation.  Scott-McGhehey funeral home in McMinnville was in charge of arrangements.

Source: The Enterprise (Boardman, OR) – Thursday, January 17, 1985
Baldwin, Cecil

Irrigon Man dies in Accident

An Irrigon man died early Tuesday as the result of injuries received in a one-car accident on Interstate 84 one mile east of Boardman.

Cecil L. Baldwin, 29, was taken to Good Shepherd Community Hospital in Hermiston, where he died at 2:30 a.m., according to Oregon State Police reports.

Baldwin was eastbound on I-84 at 1 a.m.  He had passed another vehicle at a high rate of speed and then lost control of his car, according to the report.  His car went into the median and rolled.  Baldwin was ejected.  The car continued across the west-bound lanes and came to a rest on the north shoulder of the freeway, the report said.

Source: The Enterprise (Boardman, OR) – Thursday, February 28, 1985
Taylor, Harriet

Harriet Yvonne Taylor, a resident of Boardman since 1948, died April 4 at the Good Shepherd Comminty Hospital in Hermiston.  She was 69.

Mrs. Taylor was born at Lebanon, Kan., on March 31, 1916.  She and her husband, Jack, had been married for 50 years.

She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Dorothy Johannbroer of Pasco; a brother, Robert E. Lyons Jr., of Boardman; a sister, Georgia Malon of San Francisco; and three grandchildren.

Graveside services were held April 8 at the Hermiston Cemetery.  Burns Mortuary was in care of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Heart Fund.

Source: The Enterprise (Boardman, OR) – Thursday, April 11, 1985
Warren, Dennis
Warren, Linda


Two Warrens Killed in Seattle Crash

The community was stunned last weekend when word was received from Seattle of the three-car accident that took the lives of a brother and sister and her friend.

Details of the wreck are sketchy but it occurred about 9:30 Friday evening.  Killed instantly were Linda Kay Warren 23 and her friend known here only as Russ.  Dennis Delbert Warren, 26, driver of the car, died in a Seattle Hospital about six hours later.  Parents of the two are Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Warren of Heppner.  Other survivors are a sister, Barbara Warren Bloodswoth of Heppner and a brother, Arthur of Ione.  Dennis' twin sister, Diane, was killed in an auto accident here in October 1964.

Dennis is also survived by a son, Dennis Raymond Warren and a daughter, Kimberly Dawn Warren, both of Heppner.

Arhtur was hunting in the mountains and Mrs. Bloodsworth went to the mountains to tell him of the accident.

Graveside services were held Tuesday at High View Cemetery.  Contributions may be made to the Warren Scholarship fund at the Bank of Eastern Oregon or Sweeney Mortuary in Heppner.

Debby Warren, junior at Oregon State, accompanied by her sister, Mrs. Victor Klinger and Sheridan of Portland came home to spend this week with the family.  They are daughters of Arthur Warren.


Dennis Delbert Warren, age 26, died Nov. 11 in Seattle due to an auto accident.  He was born Aug 14, 1946 in The Dalles, Oregon, the son of Clarence Warren and Evelyn McDowell Warren.

Vault interment and graveside services were held Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. at the High View Cemetery in Ione with the Rev. Mark Johnson of the Hope and Valby Lutheran churches officiating.  Contributions may be made to the Warren Scholarship Fund in care of the Bank of Eastern Oregon or through Sweeney Mortuary.

Besides his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Warren of Heppner, he is survived by a brother, Arthur Warren, of Ione, a sister, Barbara Bloodsworth of Heppner and a son, Dennis Raymond, and daughter, Kimberly Dawn, both of Heppner.


Linda Kay Warren, age 23, died in an auto accident Nov. 10 in Seattle.  She was born May 19, 1949 in The Dalles, Oregon, the daughter of  Clarence Warren and Evelyn McDowell Warren.  She graduated from Heppner High School in 1967 and was a member of the Pendleton Eagles Auxiliary.

Vault interment and graveside services were held Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. at the High View Cemetery in Ione with the Rev. Mark Johnson of the Hope and Valby Lutheran churches officiating.  Contributions may be made to the Warren Scholarship Fund in care of the Bank of Eastern Oregon or through Sweeney Mortuary.

Besides her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Warren of Heppner, she is survived by a brother, Arthur Warren, of Ione and a sister, Barbara Bloodsworth of Heppner.

Source: The Heppner Gazette-Times (Heppner, OR) – Thursday, November 16, 1972
Taylor, Henry

Died – At the residence of Johnny Ayers, Saturday, of old age, Henry G. Taylor, aged about 80 years.

Source: Heppner Gazette (Heppner, OR) – Tuesday, March 1, 1892
Brown, George

Died Suddenly – At 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon, Geo. B. Brown, familiarly known as “Scotch” Brown, who lives on Social Ridge, died quite suddenly.  He had been to Lexington yesterday morning, returning about 12:30.  About 1 o'clock p.m. he dined quite heartily, but shortly afterward complained of a heavy pain in his chest, being compelled to go to bed in consequence.  His wife applied some hot cloths, as she had done before for the same complaint, which seemed to relieve him.  About 3 o'clock some of the family were talking of an advertisement which they had noticed in a paper.  This attracted Mr. Brown's attention and he asked what it was about.  Before they could answer he had expired.  The old gentleman was well and favorably known, and has seen both sides of life.  He is a native of Scotland, coming to this country forty years ago.  The interment will take place tomorrow at Lexington.  Peace to his ashes.

Source: Heppner Gazette (Heppner, OR) – Friday, March 4, 1892
Vinson, James

Died – From J. S. Delevan we learn that on Tuesday last James A. Vinson died in Heppner at the residence of his sister, Mrs. Dickson, aged 19 years.  The funeral took place March 1.  Consumption was the cause of death.

Source: The East Oregonian (Pendleton, OR) – Saturday, March 3, 1877
Dickson son

Heppner Correspondence

Mr. and Mrs. N. Dickson of this place, lost their eldest son – four years old I believe.  The disease was said to be congestive fever.  He died on Friday night last.

Source: The East Oregonian (Pendleton, OR) – Saturday, October 6, 1877
Morrow, Charley
Morrow, Amelia


Died

At Heppner on the 26th inst. of diphtheria, Charley, aged 17 years, and Amelia, aged 15 years; son and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Morrow.

Source: The East Oregonian (Pendleton, OR) – Saturday, February 2, 1878
Haney, Pauline

Died

Pauline, daughter of J. Haney of Heppner died Thursday morning of diphtheria.  She was a young lady grown.

Source: The East Oregonian (Pendleton, OR) – Saturday, February 16, 1878
Smith, Charley

Died

At Heppner March 14, of diphtheria, Charley, son of Mrs. E. J. Smith, aged 8 years.

Source: The East Oregonian (Pendleton, OR) – Saturday, March 16, 1878


On the 14th day of March 1878, at Heppner, Oregon, of diphtheria, Charlie H., son of Mrs. E. J. Smith, aged 5 years 9 months and 18 days.

Source: The East Oregonian (Pendleton, OR) – Saturday, March 23, 1878
Huston, Johnny

Died

Near Heppner, June 5th, of thyphus fever and membranous croup, Johnny Roy, son of J. T and E. D. Huston, aged 1 year, 5 months and 20 days.

Source: The East Oregonian (Pendleton, OR) – Saturday, June 15, 1878
Wilson, Herman

Died

At Heppner, on the 7th inst. of dropsy of the heart, Herman S., only child of John Wilson, aged 12 years.

Source: The East Oregonian (Pendleton, OR) – Saturday, June 15, 1878


WILSON – At Heppner on the 7th of June, Herman Wilson, only son of John Q. Wilson, of dropsy of the heart.

Source: The East Oregonian (Pendleton, OR) – Saturday, June 29, 1878
Ayers, Sarah

AYERS – In Heppner, November 5th 1878, of gravel, Sarah Ayers, wife of Thos. Ayers, aged 39 years.

Source: The East Oregonian (Pendleton, OR) – Saturday, November 9, 1878
Gaunt, Henry

Fatal Accident

On Wednesday after of last week a deplorable accident occurred in H[?] canyon, about 14 miles southeast of Heppner, by which Henry, a son of H. Gaunt, lost his life.  A. J. Hale was hauling a large load of rails down the canyon, and the two Gaunt bots, Henry and Johnnie, were with him, their family residing in there while Mr. Gaunt was engaged in getting out some timber.  The road down the canyon was [?] sidling, but wagons had often passed over it without accident.  A ten-foot rail was tied to the wagon and run straight out on the upper side.  On this rail the boys rode to keep the load from capsizing, while Mr. Hale rode on the brake-block.  All might have gone well had not the wheels slid down some distance and one of the hind ones dropped into a chuck-hole.  Then the wagon went over.  Mr. Hale sang out to the boys to jump off the rail.  Johnnie did son, but Henry clung to it.  As he went over the spring from the rail shot him through the air a distance of fifty feet, throwing him with terrific force against the side of a cabin.  The unfortunate boy struck his head and shoulders, cracking the shakes out of which the building is constructed.  His father picked him up apparently dead, but by hard work some signs of life were brought back, though he never recovered consciousness.  Dr. Shipley went out, and with the parents and Mrs. Crank and Messrs. Hill, Glenn and Kirk, did everything in their power to save the boy’s life, but in spite of all efforts he died at 11 o’clock Thursday night.  Henry was a real bright and promising boy of 14 years, and his sad death is a severe blow to his bereaved parents.  Rev. Mr. Hope will preach the funeral sermon at the Hale schoolhouse next Sunday.

Source: Heppner Weekly Gazette (Heppner, OR) – Friday, June 22, 1883
Lichenthal, Rosa

Rosa, the little daughter of Mat. Lichenthal, who was attacked by croup a few days ago, died this Thursday morning.  She was bright and active little girl, and her parents have the sincere sympathy of the community in their sad affliction.

Source: Heppner Weekly Gazette (Heppner, OR) – Thursday, December 20, 1883
Puett, Unknown

Over near Camp Watson, on the Canyon City road last Monday, a man named Puett, while making rails, was killed by a tree falling on him.

Source: Heppner Weekly Gazette (Heppner, OR) – Thursday, December 20, 1883
Boyle, Unknown

Found Dead

The body of a man named Boyle was found last Saturday in the grass near the road leading from Sand Hollow to Butter creek.  He left Butter creek over a month ago and started towards Heppner, as he said, to take charge of a band of sheep, since which time nothing has been heard of him, and from the condition of the remains, it is supposed that he has been dead most of that time.

Source: Heppner Weekly Gazette (Heppner, OR) – Thursday, December 20, 1883
Adkins, Frank

Rev. Frank C. Adkins, a pioneer, and one of the most highly respected citizens of Morrow County, died very suddenly last Friday evening at his home near Heppner of heart failure. Up to within a few moments of his death he had been enjoying good health. A few minutes before his death he complained of feeling dizzy and the family telephoned for a physician, but before the doctor had started work on him, he was dead.

Rev. Adkins was one of the best known citizens in this county, having come here with his parents in 1868; and, had continuously resided here ever since, with the exception of a few years when he was called elsewhere in the ministerial service. Owing to his failing health he retired from his ministerial work about two years ago and bought a ranch near this city where he resided until his death.

Besides a wife, five sons, two daughters - all of them resided at the family home - Mr. Adkins leaves two brothers and one sister: Jesse James Adkins of Rhea Creek, Dr. John Edward Adkins of Hillsboro, and Mary Jane Waddill of Kirksville Missouri.

The funeral service was held in the South Methodist Church last Sunday at 11 o'clock in the forenoon, and was the largest ever held in this city in point of attendance. Rev. Adkins high character and kind disposition won for him the friendship of all his acquaintances hence the great desire to say a last tribute of respect. The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. Joseph Buie, present pastor of the South Methodist Church in this city, whose eulogy upon the character of a man whose life was so worthy of emulation, left few dry eyes in the church, which was overflowed entirely beyond its capacity by friends of the bereaved family.

Frank C. Adkins was born in Kirksville, Missouri, in the year of 1865 crossed the plains with his parents, to Lane County, this State, and then to Rhea Creek, Morrow County, where he has since made his home.

Source: The Gazette Times (Heppner, OR) - Friday, September 14, 1906
Benge, Cynthia

Cynthia A. Benge

On last Thursday, midnight, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Eph Eskelson, three miles southeast of Lexington, death called from this earth one of our most worth pioneers in the person of Mrs. Synthia a. Benge.  Mrs. Benge had not been real well for some time, but feeling some better than common, she went to the home of her daughter to spend a few days.  For some hours before retiring on Thursday evening she was in the best of spirits and spent a very pleasant evening in the home of her daughter, but not a great while after going to bed she took sick and became suddenly very ill and died before aid could be called in.  funeral services were held in the congregational church at Lexington on Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Bradstreet, and the  remains were laid to rest in the Odd Fellows cemetery at Lexington, being attended by a very large number of relatives and friends of the deceased; in fact it seemed as though almost everybody in Lexington and vicinity turned out to pay their respects to the departed, for she was a woman who was greatly beloved in that community.

Cynthia A. Sheffer was born in Williamsport, Indiana, December 4, 1832, and died near Lexington, Oregon, June 1, 1911, aged 78 years, 5 months and 27 days.  Her parents were Nicholas B. and Matilda Sheffer.  She was married in the state of Indiana to Dr. Lewis Benge and they removed ot Iowa where they resided for a number of years.  Crossing the plains in 1862, they visited in the Walla Walla on land on which a part of the city of Walla Wall now stands.  They lived in Walla Walla and Umatilla counties in the early days and assisted in pioneering that section.  Dr. Benge, while a physician was also an educator, and one of the early teachers of this country, in which work he was ably assisted by his wife.  He was a member of the first board of county commissioners of Umatilla county, being an associate in the county court with the late William Mitchell.  He also served as school superintendent of the county by appointment in the year 1869.  Dr. Benge died December 21, 1872, at Walla Walla.

Mrs. Benge came to Morrow county in 1884, with her family, and settled on land near Lexington, where she remained until the year 1900, when she left her farm and removed to Lexington to reside in the little home she had built there.  She was the mother of eleven children, five of them living.  These  are Frank H., of Benge, Adams county, Wash.; Ralph L., of Lexington; Mrs. Henderson of Culdesac, Idaho; Mrs. C. P. Barnett of Pendleton, and Mrs. Eph Eskelson of Lexington.  She leaves also fifteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.  The members of her own family now living were present at the funeral.

Mrs. Benge was a woman will respected in her own community and elsewhere in the sphere of her acquaintance; indeed she was beloved by all.  She had had many of the hard experiences of life, yet she was of a most pleasant disposition and came through all trials with the smile of one who is victorious over all of her difficulties.  She always had a pleasant word of cheer and comfort for the sorrowing in her neighborhood, was a friend in their hour of need, and many are those she has left behind who will rise up and call her blessed.  She died without an enemy in this world, and with the full assurance that there is waiting for her a home in that mansion not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.   – Heppner Gazette

Source: East Oregonian (Pendleton, OR) – Saturday, June 17, 1911




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