Bertha Jennings & Lorin Walling

At high noon, December the seventh, in her home beautifully decorated with Oregon grape and ferns, Bertha Elma, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Jennings, of Zena, Polk county, was given in marriage to Mr. Lorin Marion Walling, of Lincoln, the Rev. S.P. Knight officiating.  The bride was lovely in a rove [sic] of ivory satin with garnitures of embroidery and braid.  Her flowers were white carnations.  She was unattended.

An elaborate dinner was served after the ceremony, which was witnessed by relatives and a few close friends.  Mrs. Walling is a granddaughter of the late Mrs. Mary Ernest of Polk county, whom everyone knew and loved, and a graduate of Willamette College of Music, class nineteen hundred and two; a year of post graduate work followed in the same college.  There were many handsome gifts, among them a pianola from the groom’s parents.

The young couple will reside in a ranch home prepared for them near Gates. In connect with this wedding is an incident of peculiar interest. Revered Knight married the bride’s parents thirty-two years ago, when they lived in the same locality where they are at present living.

Source:  Salem Capital Journal, December 9, 1911.


Henry Benjamin Loosley

Funeral services were held Friday, July 30 at 3 p.m. at the Forest Lawn Hollywood Chapel, Santa Monica, California, for the late Henry B. (Ben) Loosley, whose passing on Monday, July 26, removed another member from the thinning ranks of those early settlers who pioneered the Wood River Valley. In memory of this beloved long time resident of Fort Klamath, the following is written:

Ben Loosley was born November 28, 1877, at the Wood River valley homestead of his parents, John and Nancy [sic] Walling Loosley, who were among the first to settle here; he was reared in Fort Klamath and received his education at local schools with the exception of two years spent in Boise, Idaho, with his mother and her relatives, members of the prominent Walling family of that city, where he attended school for the two year period. Later on, he and his father initiated the first industry to be started on Wood River, where they operated a creamery, which became famous because of the excellent quality of the cheese produced by father and son; some years later, he went into sheep raising with the late John Smart and eventually settled on his ranch, the present Leonard Meschke place, where he pastured cattle on a share basis. Several years later, he and Mrs. Loosley moved to Malin, where he engaged in ranching until forced by ill health to retire, when the couple went to Santa Monica to make their home with their only child, a daughter Helen, and her husband, the Ert Hollenbachs, where they have lived quietly ever since.

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FORT KLAMATH – Word was received here of the death on December 30 at Letterman Army Hospital, San Francisco, of Major Milan Loosley, USA (Ret.), age 84. Services were held from St. Clement’s Episcopal Church at Berkeley on January 2 with full military honors. He was born on the old Loosley homestead in Fort Klamath, joined the Army Signal Corps in 1900, served in Alaska, the Philippines, and during World War I he organized and went overseas with the 415th Railroad Telegraph Battalion, participated in the Saint Mihiel offensive and subsequently commanded the 302d Field Signal Battalion, 77th Division, during the Meuse-Argonne offensive. He retired in 1925 and lived Berkeley. He was the son of the late John Loosley of England and Lucy Walling of Iowa. Survivors include the widow, Margaret Birdsall Loosley of Berkeley; two sons, Allyn C. Loosley of Washington, D.C., and Richard V. Loosley of Berkeley; a daughter, Mrs. Ruth L. Ansberry of Berkeley; a sister, Mrs. Fanny Bunch of Ashland and numerous nieces and nephews. It is thought by the family that he was the first white child born in Klamath County as his birth date is recorded as April 17, 1873.

Source: Klamath Falls Herald and News, January 23, 1958.

Sensational Divorce Suit Filed Here

Prominent Nampa People Involved—Mrs. Jesse J. Walling Makes Grave Charges

A sensational divorce suit was filed in the district court Friday when Mrs. Ella M. Walling instituted proceedings against Jesse J. Walling, a well known Nampa real estate dealer. Mrs. Walling alleges that her husband started action to have her decreed insane so that he could deprive her of her estate, and then sent her to a Portland sanitorium where she was practically held as prisoner, and where she was given medical treatment that sapped her vitality and undermined her health.

The plaintiff alleges that on a number of occasions her husband kicked and otherwise ill-treated her. His denial of funds to properly support her made it necessary for her to establish millinery stores in Nampa, and at this place, it is claimed. Walling, however, sold these stores at great sacrifices while she was attending the National Educational association meeting in Portland, the complaint states, with deliberate and malicious intent to wreck the business and place the plaintiff at the mercy of her husband.

When Declared Insane

In August 1917, without due notice, Mrs. Walling claims, procedures were instituted to declare her insane, and a “pretended order” to that effect was issued by the Canyon county probate court, with J.H. Cowell as guardian of her estate. Mrs. Walling alleges this was a conspiracy to unlawfully deprive her of her civil rights and the enjoyment of her estate. It caused shame and humiliation among her friends, she says.

Later she was prevailed upon by the defendant and others to go to Mountain View sanitarium at Portland to recuperate. Here, according to the complaint, she was soon dissatisfied and endeavored to leave only to find that her clothes had been removed and that she was a virtual prisoner there. Communication was denied her with friends and her health rapidly became impaired. She alleges that drugs were administered that rapidly sapped her strength and health, causing her muscles and nerves to be paralyzed.

Escapes From Asylum

In February 1918 she was permitted to leave and being too ill to complain or object to any plans made for her, she was taken to the home of H.D. Poore, a Portland physician. While here she says that her husband repeatedly asked Dr. Poore to refuse her permission to communicate with friends. In the belief that Mrs. Walling as set forth in the compliant, this was done to dominate her and subject her to cruel and inhuman treatment and without just cause.

In March 1919, the probate court order was rescinded after a long fight and she was restored to legal mental competency. Since that time Walling has failed to provide for her needs, according to the complaint.

Mr. Walling is one of the wealthy real estate men of Nampa with an income estimated at $10,000 per annum. Mrs. Walling, in asking for a division of the community property, places its value at $100,000, of which $60,000 is realty, about $20,000 is stock in the Walling Land company and other property whose value is unknown to her.

They were married at Caldwell March 10, 1896. There are no children. Her case is being handled by Joe Partridge, a young Nampa attorney.

Source: Caldwell Tribune, May 23, 1919.

Cruelty Basis For Startling Divorce Action

Mrs. Ella Walling, Wife of Wealthy Nampa Realty Man, Begins Sensational Suit in District Court.

CALDWELL—That her husband instituted proceedings to have her declared insane so he could deprive her of her estate, and then sent her to a Portland sanitarium where she was given drugs that sapped her strength, and her clothes were removed to prevent her escape, is alleged by Mrs. Ella Walling in a suit for divorce filed here late Friday afternoon against Jesse Walling, a well known real estate dealer in Nampa. Cruelty is alleged as the basis for the suit.

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A Divorce Case

Some time ago Miss Carrie Van Sickle, daughter of Mr. Wm. C. Van Sickle, of Sparrowbush, was married to Wm. M. Van Sickle, who has lately made himself notorious by his dissipated life and numerous violations of the laws.  She applied for a divorce from him on a complaint of adultery, and on the 7th of last May Judge Barnard granted her a decree of absolute divorce.  Mr. L.E. Carr, of this village, was her lawyer in the case and he has pushed the case with earnestness and with the most gratifying success.

Miss Van Sickle is now legally freed from her bonds, and her many friends in this vicinity congratulate her on her release from a companionship that has grown to be unendurable.

Source:  Tri-States Union, July 13, 1880.

Miss Robinson, Mr. Gilkey Wed in Reno

Announcement has come to Salem friends of the marriage of Miss Mary Robinson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F.R. Robinson of Eugene, to Richard W. Gilkey, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Gilkey of Salem.

The bride, former student at the University of Oregon, has been planning technician for the Marin county planning commission in California.

Mr. Gilkey, also a former student at the university, has been in the state highway office in Salem and is to be a pilot for the Royal Canadian air force. He reports for duty in Canada on July 21.

Source: Salem Capital Journal, June 26, 1941.

Bessie Martin & William John Coulter

Huguenot, Aug. 21.—Miss Bessie M. Martin, of Huguenot, and William John Coulter, of Middletown, were united in marriage at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. E. Martin, in Huguenot, at one o’clock on Tuesday afternoon, August 19th, the ceremony being performed by the Rev. E.R. Kruizenga pastor of the First Presbyterian church of Port Jervis, in the presence of 40 relatives, friends and invited guests.

Mr. and Mrs. Coulter were conveyed to this city by automobile and took Erie train 2 at 4:45 p.m., for a trip to New York city and points of interest in that city.

They will be at home after September 15th at 54 Sprague avenue, Middletown, N.Y.

Source: Port Jervis Evening Gazette, August 22, 1913.

Miss Doris Gallup Becomes Mrs. W. James Trott in Detroit Ceremony

At a simple home wedding in Detroit Friday evening, Miss Doris Gallup, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harper Gallup of Detroit, became the bride of W. James Trott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Trott, of Lockport.

The ceremony was read by the Rev. Robert L. Swaim of the Woodward Avenue Presbyterian church at 8 o’clock in the presence of relatives and friends of the couple.  A large blue bowl filled with white gladioli formed a background where the couple stood.

Miss Gallup wore a street-length of white soft sharkskin trimmed with ice-blue buttons, and a shoulder bouquet of pale pink gladioli and white roses.  Her only attendant was her sister, Miss Janet Gallup, who wore a light blue dress fashioned much the same as the bride’s and a corsage of white gladioli centered with pink roses.

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