Death of J.B. Walling

He Passes Away Peacefully at His Home on the Avenue


Large Number of Descendants — Funeral to Occur This Afternoon

Jerome B. Walling died yesterday morning at his residence on the Hot Springs road after a lingering illness of nearly seven years. For the past few months he had been gradually declining but up to the last was conscious and died peacefully.

Mr. Walling was born in New York state August 24, 1809. At the age of nine years, his parents moved to Meigs county, O., and in 1825 a further removal was made to Fulton county, Ill. Mr. Walling was there when the Black Hawk war broke out and served through it at the command of Captain Maxwell. At the close of the war he married Miss Sarah Leaverton of Fulton county, Ill., March 4th, 1829. She died April 2, 1890.

[In] 1837 Mr. and Mrs. Walling moved to Iowa and in 1848 they came to Yamhill county, Or. Mr. Walling served as a member of the state legislature in 1850 and in 1851 was elected county commissioner of Yamhill county, which office he held for four years. In 1864 he moved to the Boise valley and was so much pleased with the outlook that he resided here ever since.

Mr. Walling will ever be remembered with gratefulness by the people of Boise for the construction of the Walling ditch. He first took out water from the river some two miles above the present Walling place for the purpose of irrigating his own land. A company was soon formed by which the ditch was brought into town. Water for the shade trees of the city was furnished from the ditch free of charge for 20 years. Mr. Walling secured control of four-fifths of the ditch and E.J. Curtis the other fifth. Some 12 years ago Joseph Perrault bought the Walling interest and R.Z. Johnson owns the Curtis share.

Mr. Walling was the father of 16 children, eight of whom survive him. He had 75 grandchildren and a goodly number of great-grandchildren. The living children are as follows: Mrs. Lucy Loosley, Fort Klamath, Or.: Jeptha Walling, Tillamook, Or.: Fletcher Walling, Salem, Or.: Nelson Walling, Portland, Or.: Jerome Walling, California: Mrs. Clara Mullaney, Glenns Ferry: Mrs. Rosalie Gile, Highland Valley, Idaho: Enos C. Walling, Boise.

Mr. Walling was a member of the Masonic order, the only fraternal order he ever joined. He was a mason for 60 years. He showed good judgment and economy in his business transactions and always held the respect and confidence of his fellow citizens.

The funeral will take place at the family residence at 5 o’clock this afternoon. All friends of the deceased are invited to attend. Rev. J.B. Weber will conduct the services.

Source: The Idaho Daily Statesman, July 30, 1897.


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