A Pioneer of Idaho

E.C. Walling living on East Warm Springs avenue yesterday received a telegram telling of the death of his brother Fletcher Walling, at Salem, Oregon.  The deceased was 61 years of age at the time of his death.  He leaves no family.  Fletcher Walling was one of the earliest comers to this section of Idaho, he having lived in Boise in the early 60’s.  He left Idaho a number of years ago, however, after the pioneering days were over, and has made his home in Oregon. He will be recalled by some of the old timers here though he left before the present generation came on the scene.

Source:  Idaho Statesman, April 26, 1907.


The Natural Climax To A Love Story

The marriage of Mr. Loren Walling and Miss Bertha Jennings, at the home of the bride’s parents was the climax of a pretty country love story. The young couple are well known both in Spring Valley and in Salem. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Walling, while the bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Jennings. The Wallings and the Jennings are old settlers in Oregon.

Many beautiful, as well as serviceable presents were received by the young pair, and some one had the audacity to bring along a bag of old shoes, and a couple of tiny new ones. Rev. P.S. Knight drove out this morning to perform the ceremony.

Source: Salem Capital Journal, December 7, 1911.

News from Cass City, MI

Amzy Clay had the pleasure of receiving a letter from a brother last week living at Unionville, Orange Co., N.Y., from whom he had not heard for several years. (Cass City Chronicle, May 10, 1895)

Highway Commission Chas. Schrader has been doing some good work in placing a railing at the brink of the river where it cuts into the road at the point at the ox-bow opposite Amzy Clay’s. This has been a very dangerous place for several years. (Cass City Chronicle, May 4, 1906)

Amzy Clay is on the sick list. (Cass City Chronicle, October 25, 1907)

The Misses Ida and Anna Clay hear the story is going around that they are going to move away. Such has not been their intention, and they will not go off the place. This is the last summer they can spend in the old home, and they wish to spend it all there. So if they go it will be pure compulsion–nothing else, without it should be fear for their own well being which would be the same thing. (Cass City Chronicle, June 4, 1909)

Harry D. Hunt visited with his aunts, the misses Ida and Anna Clay, Sunday. (Cass City Chronicle, September 17, 1909)

The writer received a letter from Henry M. Clay of Portland, Oregon, the eldest son of the late Amzy Clay, that his wife who had been poorly for the last two years was very ill and had been for some time. For the last three weeks before he wrote that he had not been able to work because she was so ill. Dannie, his little son, was not well and he himself at the time of writing had been taken with lumbago, and old standby of his. (Cass City Chronicle, January 27, 1911)

Walter B. Gerth

Walter B. Gerth, 93, of 1915 Dallas Highway NW, retired grocer and Willamette River pilot, died Monday in a Salem nursing home.

He came to West Salem from Lincoln, northwest of Salem, in 1911, started a grocery store and bought a tugboat. He was a member of the first Salem City Council when the city was incorporated in 1913 and was the first contributor for construction of the Methodist Church at 3rd and Gerth streets, NW.

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John F. Purvine Rites Thursday

SPRING VALLEY (Special) – Funeral services will be held Thursday for John Frederick Purvine, former Spring Valley resident, who died Monday at Portland. He was 80.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. at the Zena Church, the Rev. John W. Hood officiating.

Burial will be at Zena Cemetery, with services under direction of Ross-Hollywood Chapel, Portland.

Source: Salem Capital Journal, May 6, 1959.


A very pretty wedding took place Wednesday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James S. Smith, 55 Langley avenue, when their sister, Miss Amie Spaulding and Mr. Cosper Rorick, of Seneca, Michigan, were united in marriage, Rev. J.M. Barkley officiating. The bride was becomingly attired in a gown of cream brocade satin, trimmed with white lace, and carried a bouquet of bridal roses. After the ceremony, a wedding supper was served. The rooms were beautifully decorated with chrysanthemums, roses and carnations. Mr. and Mrs. Rorick will reside at Morenci, Mich.

Source: Detroit Free Press, December 2, 1894.

Some Large Potatoes

J.L. Shauger, 52 Comstock street brought to the Telegram office a couple of potatoes grown in his garden that are certainly of the jumbo variety. One of the weighs two pounds. He says he brought them down to show that city people can raise big potatoes as well as the farmers.

Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, September 25, 1912.

William Polley, 60, Passes in Wyoming

William Polley, 60, of Wyoming, Ill., former resident of Moline, brother of Norman Polley, 1831 Sixteenth avenue, Moline, died yesterday in his home. Mr. and Mrs. Norman Polley and daughter, Mervane, have left to attend the funeral services which will be held tomorrow afternoon in Wyoming. Surviving Mr. Polley are the widow, one daughter, Mrs. Robert Craig, both of Wyoming, one brother, Norman H. Polly [sic] of Moline, one sister, Mrs. Bella M. Hopson of Bement, Ill., and one granddaughter.

Source: Moline Daily Dispatch, November 22, 1927.

Eva M. Gerth

Late resident of Rt. 1, Box 422, Salem Jan. 6 in Salem. Survived by widower Walter Gerth, Salem; daughter, Mrs. Marjorie Stephens, North Bend; sisters, Mrs. Gertrude Stewart, Lake Oswego, Mrs. Ethel Tillie [sic], Redwood Valley, Calif.; brothers, Jesse Walling, Harold Walling, both Salem. One grandson, Michael Stephens, North Bend. Services Sat., Jan. 8 at 1:30 p.m. in the VIRGIL T. GOLDEN CHAPEL, 605 Com’l SE at Oak. Interment at Zena Cemetery. Ritualistic services by Salem, Rebecca Lodge No. 1. If friends wish contributions may be made to Zena Cemetery Fund c/o Frank Crawford, Sec., 1560 Wallace Rd. NW.

Source: Salem Capitol Journal, January 7, 1972.