WALLING—At the home of his son, in Portland, Oregon, Friday, January 15, 1904, at about 6:30 o’clock a.m., Gabriel Walling, aged 67 years and 11 months, of heart failure.
Although the deceased has been a resident of Portland during his declining years, he was one of Oregon’s earliest and most respectable settlers and is quite well known throughout the Willamette valley.
He was born in Illinois in February, 1836, and crossed the plains to Oregon with his parents; Mr. and Mrs. John Walling, deceased, when but eighteen years of age, with a four-horse team. They settled in the Amity neighborhood, Polk county, where his parents resided up to the time of their death. Mr. Walling was one of Oregon’s most progressive and prosperous husbandmen and his demise will be a most regrettable event to all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance and friendship.
The direct cause of his demise is not definitely known, as it came suddenly and without warning, but it is supposed to have been due to heart failure, as he was apparently in the best of health and spirts when he retired on Thursday evening, although he has been a sufferer of facial neuralgia for several years, but when his son went to his room to awaken him at 6:30 o’clock he found the lifeless body, which still contained warmth, indicating that life had only been extinct a few minutes. Five sons and one daughter survive him, George G., Leroy, Frank M., of Portland; John E., Lane county; W.C. of Salem, and Nellie E. Walling of Salem.
The funeral services will be held at Amity M.E. church on Sunday morning, January 17, and interment will be had in the Amity cemetery.
Source: Salem Statesman Journal, January 16, 1904.