The Passing of the Pioneers (excerpt)

Amity, Ore.—Grandma Celestia Walling died December 6. Mrs. Walling was a pioneer woman, having come to Oregon in 1847, two years before the discovery of gold in California. She was born near Peoria, Ill., in 1839, and was 8 years old when her parents crossed the plains. Mrs. Walling is survived by four sons—J.W., Fred and Will Walling of Amity, and Frank Walling of Oregon City. There are 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren living and one sister, Mrs. Phoebe Burch, all of Amity.

Source: Spokane Spokesman-Review, December 13, 1912.

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