Amity, April 9.—William Gilbert Walling was born in Spring Valley, near Zena, Oregon, on June 5, 1858, and died at his home near Amity, Oregon, April 5, 1927, at the age of 68 years and 10 months. He was the oldest son of Nelson and Celestia Walling, pioneers of 1847, and a nephew of Jerome Walling who laid out the original town of Amity.
Walling came to Amity in 1880 and in 1885 he was married to Miss Jessie Beckett, who survives him, also the following children: Chester Walling of Falls City, Merle Walling of Independence, Mrs. Idahlia Freeman of Portland, Mrs. Dewitt Warner, Mrs. Marie Munkers and Gilbert Walling of Amity, and 18 grandchildren. He also leaves three brothers, Fred Walling and John Walling of Amity and Frank Walling of Portland.
Walling was a member of the Baptist church. Funeral services were conducted in the Methodist church at 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon, Rev. L.S. Shumaker, pastor of the Amity Baptist church officiating, and the final rites were held in the Amity cemetery.
Source: The Salem Capital Journal, April 9, 1927.