Shower Honors Miss Walling

LINCOLN—Miss Dorothy Walling was honored with a bridal shower at the home of Mrs. R.J. Meissner at Lincoln. Co-hostesses for the affair were Mesdames H.W. Ashford, Clifford Walling, Robert F. Yungen, Joe Camillo, Chris Baal, Marvin Cherry and Lois Crawford.

Refreshments were served to the guest of honor, her sisters, Mrs. Thelma Fisher and Mrs. Richard Smith, and Mrs. Clarence F. Merrick, Mrs. Eva Purvine, Mrs. Roy W. Hammer, Mrs. Blanche Walling, Mrs. Bert Teats, Mrs. Rose Waykins, Mrs. John Cox, Mrs. W.D. Kyle, Mrs. Edward Shlegel [sic], Mrs. Jeff Williams, Mrs. Darrell Johnson, Mrs. Lester Walling and Jean and Sally, Mrs. Avalt Miller and Norma and Verna, Genevieve Ashford, Mrs. Henry J. Neiger, and Judy Meissner.

Source: Salem Statesman Journal, October 24, 1952.


“Aunt” Celia Walling Has 88th Birthday

Zena—Mrs. Celia Walling, known to her many friends here at “Aunt” Celia, was assisted in celebrating her 88th birthday anniversary Friday afternoon by a committee of Spring Valley Home Missionary members who met at the home of the president, Mrs. Wayne D. Henry, and presented her with an electric table lamp, in behalf of the society, a birthday cake and material for making quilts.

Mrs. Walling, who has been piecing quilts ever since she was eight years old, cannot estimate how many she has made, but the number would probably run into hundreds. Present were Mrs. Walling, Mrs. W.W. Henry, Mrs. James A. French, Mrs. C.M. Purvine, Mrs. R.C. Shepard, Mrs. Roy E. Barker, Mrs. W.N. Crawford and Mrs. Henry.

Source: Salem Capital Journal, January 18, 1938.

Death Takes J.T. Rorick

The Dalles Ex-Official Ill Several Months.

Retired Lawyer Also Newspaper Editor and Educator in Long Career.

THE DALLES, Or., Aug. 17.—(Special.) J.T. Rorick, 79, retired lawyer, newspaper man, educator and public official, died here this afternoon at the family home after an illness of several months, brought on by a heart attack.

A graduate in law at the University of Michigan, Mr. Rorick later gave up active practice and went into newspaper work. For eight years he was editor and publisher of the Bad-Axe Democrat at Bad Axe, Mich. Later he was appointed postmaster at Bad Axe by President McKinley. Continue reading “Death Takes J.T. Rorick”

Death Claims Nampa Postmaster

NAMPA, Feb. 4 (AP)—Jesse J. Walling, postmaster of Nampa since 1936, and a resident since March 1887, died Friday morning at a local hospital.

Mr. Walling slipped on the snowy sidewalk as he was going to work Jan. 24 and fractured his hip and shoulder. His condition became critical following a paralytic stroke last Sunday.

Mr. Walling was the son and grandson of pioneers of the early west. First member of his family to pass through the Boise valley was his grandfather, who came through here by ox team in 1847. He was enroute from Virginia to Willamette valley. Two years later his grandmother and her relatives passed through here on their way from Kentucky to Oregon.

Source: Idaho Falls Post-Register, February 4, 1944.

Wm. B. Rorick Is Dead In Morenci

MORENCI, Mich., July 21.—Wm. B. Rorick, head of the Rorick hardware concern of this village, and a man widely known in the state, is dead from catarrhal pneumonia. He was about 47 years of age, and was the son of the late Elias B. Rorick, for many years a hardware dealer and also a banker, and one of the leading citizens here.

Following his father’s death he assumed charge of the hardware business and with his partner, Mr. Clair La Rowe, was making a fine success with bright prospects.

His death removes the last member of the immediate family to which he belonged, he having survived his parents, a brother and a sister. He leaves a devoted wife to whom he was married about five years, and a host of relatives and many friends in Morenci and the county. He was a member of the Pythian lodge of this village and the Elks of Adrian.

Source: Detroit Times, July 22, 1908.

Sidney A. Benedict

Sidney A. Benedict, who was connected with the Jessup and Moore Paper Co. here for 20 years, died yesterday at his home, 30 Hilltop rd., Chestnut Hill, after an illness of six weeks. He was 71 years old.

Mr. Benedict was born in Lake Forest, Ill., and was a resident of Chicago and Evanston until he came to Philadelphia two decades ago. He was a member of the Chestnut Hill Presbyterian Church.

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, November 21, 1938.

Walling Rites Held Here

Funeral services were to be held Friday afternoon for Sidney D. Walling of Eugene, who died Tuesday.

Mr. Walling, 74, was born in Boise, Idaho, Oct. 16, 1886. He operated a traveling motion picture circuit in Idaho until 1939, when he came to Oregon with the circuit, operating in several Emerald Empire towns, including Marcola and Brownsville. He retired in 1948.

At the time of his death, he lived at 633 W. 8th Ave., Eugene, and was operating an apartment house.

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Sidney D. Walling

WALLING—Sidney D. of 633 West 8th Avenue, passed away Tuesday, October 18, 1960, was born October 16, 1888, in Boise, Idaho.  He lived in Idaho until 1939, coming to Oregon, having a traveling theater circuit from 1939 to 1948 when he retired.  He was operating an apartment house at the time of his passing.  He married Nettie F. Ingram, December 28, 1908 in Portland, Ore. He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Ann May Johnson of Creswell; 3 sons: Stewart of Eugene, Francis of Marcola, David of Eugene; 8 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; following brothers and sisters: Raymond of Fullerton, California, Ted of Los Angeles, Arva [sic] Day of Fullerton, California, and Stella Hauser of Portland; many other near relatives.  Funeral services will be held Friday, October 21, 1960 at 1:30 p.m. in England Funeral Home, Pearl at 18th.  Reverend Norman Few officiating.  Interment in Lane Memorial.

Source:  Eugene Guard, October 20, 1960.

Charles B. Sutton

Chief Petty Officer Charles Blauvelt Sutton, 53, formerly of Uniondale, husband of Mrs. Carolyn Sutton, Sayre, and son of Leon Sutton, Waverly, N.Y., died March 18 in the Jacksonville, Fla., Naval Hospital of chest injuries suffered in the attach on Toulon, France.  He will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA. He served with the 77th Division in World War I. Surviving are a son, Charles, and a daughter, Marion, both of Sayre, and two brothers, Frank, Elmira, N.Y., and Ahral, Arlington, VA.

Source:  Hancock Herald, March 29, 1945.

Dayton RAF Flyer Lost Over Corsica

Richard W. Gilkey, flying officer in the royal air force, who worked for the state department for a year following his graduation from Oregon State college in 1940, has been reported missing in action.  Word was received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Gilkey of route 1, Dayton.  Mr. Gilkey is on the staff of the state tax commission.  His sister, Dr. Helen Gilkey, is professor of botany at Oregon State college.

A letter from his wing command, H. Law-Wright, of the RAF stationed in North Africa, gave the details of his last mission, as far as they were known.  His plane was delayed to flying duty over the northwest Mediterranean on December 28 and evidently was crippled by enemy fire and failed to make port.  Wing Commander Law-Wright’s letter said:

“It is with great regret that I am now writing to tell you of the circumstances in which your son was posted missing at about midday on the 28th December 1943.

He was captain of an aeroplane which took off on a low level reconnaissance mission for enemy shipping in the northwest Mediterranean.  Towards the end of his patrol a message was received from him stating that he was intending to make a landing on one engine at an aerodrome in Corsica.  No further word was received from his aircraft and its precise situation was unknown.  A very thorough search of the whole area in which he could have been was immediately carried out, both by fighters and by aircraft specially employed on air sea rescue operations.  I am sorry to say that these failed to reveal any sign of your son or his crew, and I can therefore offer no hope of his having been picked up.

Dick was one of the most capable pilots that we have on the squadron, and I feel sure that if anything could have been to save his crew and himself, he would have done it. He was a leader in every sense of the word, and I expected great things of him in his operations against the enemy.

During the time that he was with us, he made himself very popular with everyone and he is now sadly missed by all of us.”

Gilkey, who graduated from Lincoln high, Portland, before attending OSC, enlisted in the RAF in 1941,  He trained in Canada and later in England. In the winter of 1941-42 he ferried 21 planes across the Atlantic  In the winter of 1942-43 he was assigned to patrol duty over the North sea and was sent to Africa in May, 1943.  He  had 500 hours of combat flying, had been awarded a medal and recommend for promotion to the rank of squadron leader, he reported in his last letter home.

A younger brother, Jim, is an air cadet at Yale university.

Source:  Salem Statesman Journal, January 14, 1944.