Untitled (James J. Reynolds)

Last Sabbath morning, after church, Mr. James J. Reynolds and wife, while returning from Bluff Point Baptist Church, about one-half mile from the church, his horse became frightened at the top of his carriage. He got out of the carriage to lower the lines in the bit, when the horse (a colt) became unmanageable and started to run. Reynolds hung to him until he turned the carriage over, throwing Mrs. Reynolds out, hurting her hip at the time quite severely, but she is quite smart again. The horse and carriage came on towards home. The carriage, not much of a carriage, a complete wreck, horse not hurt. Considered a lucky accident.

Source: Yates County Chronicle, April 25, 1872.


Business & Professional Notices from the 1860s

We are indebted to Albert Walling, Esq., editor of the Oregon Farmer, for a copy of the Constitution of the Oregon State Ag. Society. (The Washington Standard, May 18, 1861)

D.E. Frambes and T.F. Margarum retire from firm of Edwards, Frambes & Co. (Newspaper Clippings from the Sussex Register, originally published September 28, 1862)

Premiums awarded by the Oregon State Agricultural Society: Mineral or Earth Paint, G.W. Walling, diploma; Iron Ore, G.W. Walling, diploma; Printing, A.G. Walling, bookwork, 1st premium; English Walnuts, J.D. Walling, diploma. (Weekly Oregonian, November 1, 1862)

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Mr. Walling’s Early Plum

The above representation of a very extraordinary plum produced at the nursery of Mr. Geo. W. Walling — ripe specimens of which were bro’t to this city some three weeks ago — was prepared and published sometime since in the Oregon Farmer.  The representation is a fair one — not larger than specimens we have seen.  We understand that scions of this Plum, when they were received from the States by Mr. Walling, were labeled “Peach Plum.”  The fruit does not answer the description of that variety of the Plum, as found in Downing’s work on Fruits.  It is larger, much earlier, and claims to be a freestone.  We do not consider it, in quality, as one of the best plums, but it is valuable as an early fruit.  We suppose Mr. W. has a stock of young trees, of this variety of Plum, for sale at his nursery, near the mouth of the Clackamas.  (Weekly Oregonian, August 4, 1860)

Welcome to 2019!

Livingston County Daily Press 27 Dec 1950As 2018 comes to a close and we look forward to 2019, I continue to gather information about the descendants of Gasper Rorick from newspaper databases across the country.  In the past, I’ve grouped things together for special occasions (e.g.,  wedding announcements on Valentine’s day or news about servicemen and women on Veterans Day).

This year, I’d like to do something a little different.  I’ll be posting in chronological order, starting with an advertisement for John C. Rorick’s Milwaukee commercial college from 1856 and moving through the years.  Short news items (social news, birth announcements, business items, wedding announcements, etc.) will be gathered by year or, in some cases, by decade if there is only one item for any given year.  I have a significant backlog of short items, so you’ll be seeing a lot of those, especially in the earlier years.  It’s my hope that posting items in chronological order will give a sense of how things changed for the family through the years.  There’s enough content to continue to post on a daily basis for the foreseeable future.

The source for this advertisement, for the Baldwin Hardware Company, is the Livingston County Daily Press, December 27, 1950. Happy New Year!

Artists’ Paradise

Attesting to the unusual scenic beauty of the 20 Miracle Miles are more than 150 artists working in this area. Of course, natural beauty alone does not account for the concentration of painters on this short stretch of the Wes Coast.  Much of the credit belongs to Maude Walling Wanker, an artist of national reputation who founded the Lincoln County Art Center at Delake in 1942 and the adjoining Gallery by the Sea in 1949—one of the few successful nonprofit ventures of its type.

Speaking from experience, Mrs. Wanker says, “It’s never too late to start painting.”  If you happen by the Lincoln County Art Center Aug. 17 or 18 during the annual art festival, she’ll have enough equipment to let you try your hand under the tutelage of two dozen professionals, any of whom would be happy to discover a “Grandpa Moses.”

Source:  San Bernardino County Sun, July 7, 1957. Excerpted from an article about Oregon tourism that was syndicated in several newspapers.

Lincoln Home Is Scene For Big Surprise

Lincoln, Ore., Sept. 3.—Mrs. J.D. Walling was honored with a surprise dinner birthday party at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. Fred Purvine at Zena recently.  Miss Gertrude Walling was assistant hostess with Mrs. Purvine.

The guests were seated about a beautifully appointed table centered with a lovely bouquet of mixed flowers, and the special feature of the dinner was a huge decorated birthday cake, bearing the wish of “happy birthday.”

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J.B. Walling, One of Idaho’s Pioneers, Celebrated His 83rd Birthday.

Yesterday was the eighty-third birthday of Jerome B. Walling, and his son Enos and wife, with whom he is living, gave a family feast in honor of the occasion. A number of Mr. Walling’s children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and Rev. J.A. Holton and family were present. A happy reunion and a royal dinner made the occasion one of more than ordinary enjoyment.

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Oregon Landmarks Shown In Pictures

Portland Artist to Put Work on Display.


Livestock Exhibit to Hang Collection of Mrs. Maude Walling Wanker.

Fifty pictures of Oregon landmarks, from the easel of Mrs. Maude Walling Wanker of Portland, will constitute a subject of special interest for many visitors this season at the Pacific International Livestock exposition. Mrs. Wanker, already a recognized artist of Oregon, has won new fame for herself by transferring to her canvas the likenesses of historical spots of the state before they are completely destroyed by crumbling and decay.

Most of the historical collection was painted by Mrs. Wanker during the past summer, which she devoted largely to the work. After reading and research on Oregon history and conferences with men and women best acquainted with the history and lore of the state, Mrs. Wanker set out to find the places she had learned about.

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A Story of Planning, Building and Living in a Beautiful Country Home

“A home should be a haven for those who live in it.

“A home should be a place of beauty and charm—with a feeling of peace, security and serenity; with an atmosphere of warmth, graciousness and hospitality.”

Those expressions indeed represent the philosophy of Mrs. James W. Mott, who is leaving her home after 35 years of planning, building and living in it.

She has sold her country home, a Polk County show place at Zena, to Mr. and Mrs. Jock Brydon, former Salem residents who are returning here after living in California. The new owners take possession this weekend.

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