Ashland, Dec. 5 – Last rites will be held here Thursday at the Episcopal church at 3 p.m. for George Walling Loosley, 89, who died at his home in Ashland, Dec. 4. The deceased was the first white child born in the old Oregon settlement of Champoeg, his birth having taken place there Aug. 16, 1856.
Mr. Loosley’s father built and operated the first flour mill at Champoeg for Dr. McLaughlin of the Hudson’s Bay company and as a lad worked for the Indian service and during the Modoc Indian wars served as a messenger for the army. He owned and operated the first steamboat ever used on Klamath Lake. In later years he operated a ranch, and retired from ranching about six years ago to live in Ashland.
The deceased had been a master mason since January of 1879, and was a charter member of Ashland Masonic lodge and also belonged to the Ashland Eastern Star and the Episcopal church. The funeral service will be conducted by Rev. A.H. MacDonnell of the Episcopal Church assisted by Masons. Friends are asked to omit flowers.
Survivors are the widow, Emma, who resides at the family home, 94 Third street, two sons, E.K. Loosley of Klamath Falls, and C.V. Loosley of Fort Klamath, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Loosley celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary last May.
Source: Medford Mail-Tribune, December 5, 1945.