Untitled (Charles R. Amberg)

Charles R. Amberg, 50, of Kingston, formerly of Elmira, unexpectedly Monday, May 23, 1955. He was consultant to the Alfred University Research Laboratories at Kingston and long prominent in ceramics research and teaching. Survived by wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Selkirk Amberg; son, Charles Selkirk Amberg at home; daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Baxter of Alfred; sister, Miss Caroline Jane Amberg of Elmira. Body at A. Carr & Son Funeral Home, 1 Pearl St., Kingston. Funeral there Thursday at 2 p.m. Burial at Kingston.

Source: Elmira Advertiser, May 25, 1955.

Short News Items from 1902

The crack shots of the vicinity contested for honors and an oyster supper in a shooting match, blue rock pigeons being used as targets. Frank Boehringer and Lorin Walling were the captains. Loyd Hunt carried off the honors with a score of five birds out of six shots. The winning side and their partners were feasted to oysters in Lincoln warehouse. A pleasant evening was spent in games, but the oysters gave out and Mr. Boehringer and Mr. Duncan have not been heard from since. (Polk County Itemizer, January 17, 1902)

D.A. Baxter, principal of the public schools at Meridian, is in the city to attend the county teachers’ meeting. (Idaho Statesman, February 9, 1902)

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Short News Items from 1900

Another grand wolf hunt came off last Saturday. One wolf was cited but the hunters failed to serve their subpoenas on him. Wat Rorick has it in for some near-sighted nimrod who shot him in the lip. (Caldwell News, January 25, 1900)

If this spring-like weather continues Wat Rorick will soon be wending his way to the river with his fishing tackle. (Caldwell Advance, January 25, 1900)

W.M. Toner and family went out to Salem Thursday to visit with relatives. We wish them a pleasant visit. (Lincoln County Leader, March 2, 1900)

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Small Town News—Idaho Statesman

D.A. Baxter is back from his camping expedition. (Idaho Daily Statesman, August 23, 1900)

RETURNED HOME — Mrs. Frank Berkley, whose husband was killed near Pocatello, returned yesterday to Glenn’s Ferry, accompanied by her parents, Mrs. and Mrs. James Mullaney. (Idaho Daily Statesman, July 7, 1901)

Mrs. F.B. Berkley and Mrs. James Mullany went to Pocatello on Monday last to settle the affairs of the late F.B. Berkley. (Idaho Daily Statesman, July 18, 1901)

Mrs. Frank Berkley is visiting in Nampa, the guest of Mrs. B.F. Walling. (Idaho Daily Statesman, August 31, 1901)

An examination of the returns from Highland Valley precinct discloses that a vote was cast for Mrs. Gile for constable. (Idaho Daily Statesman, November 16, 1898)

The eighty-sixth birthday of J.B. Walling was celebrated on Saturday last at the home of his son, Enos Walling, near this city. Mr. Walling has been a citizen of Idaho for more than half a century and his kind deeds have won for him scores of friends. He has been an elder in the Church of Christ since that church was established and has given liberally for its maintenance. He is quite feeble in body, but loves the society of his friends. Among the number present from Boise at the birthday dinner were Professor and Mrs. Kiggins and Rev. and Mrs. J.L. Weaver. Relatives were also present from Oregon. An excellent dinner was served and the afternoon was spent in songs and conversation. The guests all wish for Mr. Walling many happy returns of the day. (Idaho Statesman, August 28, 1895)

J.J. Walling was up from Caldwell Sunday. (Idaho Statesman, January 29, 1901)

Jesse J. Walling

Important real estate interests at Nampa, Idaho, claim the attention of Jesse J. Walling, who was born at Albany, Oregon, November 22, 1873. He attended the public schools of Albany, Hood River, and Portland, Oregon, but when he was thirteen years of age his parents removed to Idaho. In 1886 the father established the present real estate business at Nampa under the name of B.F. Walling, but in 1915 he retired from active business and returned to Portland to live. In the same year the company was reorganized and is now operating under the name of the Walling Land Company, Limited. They handle principally farm lands in the Boise valley but also do a building and loan business, having developed this department of the enterprise to extensive proportions.

The paternal grandfather of our subject was one of Oregon’s famous pioneers of 1847, having gone to that state from Virginia. He crossed the plains with ox teams, passing through the Boise valley and crossing the Snake river at the mouth of the Boise. He settled at Lincoln, Polk county, six miles from Salem, and there engaged in farming. His death was an accidental one and was caused in his fifty-sixth year by a runaway pet horse. One the maternal side Jesse J. Walling’s grandfather was J.E. Comley, a Kentuckian by birth, who in 1851 crossed the plains with ox teams to Albany, Oregon, where he located. Members of the family on both sides have been instrumental in the early growth and later development of Portland, Albany and Salem, Oregon, and also of Boise and Nampa, Idaho, and the impress of their life’s labors has remained upon these states.

B.F. Walling, the father, was born on the home farm at Lincoln, Oregon, in the development of which he continued until his removal to Nampa in 1886. For three years previous to that date he had cultivated the farm independently after his father’s death. Arriving at Nampa, he found that the town had just been platted and he both fifty-three lots and also purchased a relinquishment claim of one hundred and sixty acres of land just north of the town. At that time there was just one small residence on the north side of the tract, the next sign of improvement being the post-office, a small frame building, which now stands in the rear of the Farmers & Merchants Bank. In 1887 a branch railroad was built to Boise and the depot on the Oregon Short Line was moved from King Hill to Nampa. In the fall of 1890 the first irrigation canal — the Phyllis Canal — was built, this irrigating about forty-five hundred acres. In 1900 it was enlarged to irrigate thirty-four thousand, five hundred acres. The Ridenbaugh canal was put in operation in 1891. With the advent of irrigation real estate received a great impetus and B.F. Walling, having foreseen the future of the town, came in for a large share of the profits. In 1904, after the government had begun to develop the irrigation possibilities of the section, Nampa took on a new lease of life and began to expand accordingly. B.F. Walling had much to do with the continued and helpful development of the town, his being the oldest real estate firm in Nampa, of which town he also is the pioneer.

B.F. Walling was born in Lincoln, Polk county, Oregon, November 24, 1848, while his wife, who was in her maidenhood Georgia M. Comley, was born at Albany, Oregon, in 1854. They were parents of four children: Dora M., the deceased wife of D.A. Baxter, who was for many years superintendent of schools; Frankie G., living at LaGrande, Oregon; Ben. F., Jr., in business in Portland, Oregon; and Jesse J., of this review.

Jesse J. Walling rounded out the public school education already referred to by two years’ attendance at Albany College, Oregon, where he was a student in 1892-3. He subsequently gave his close attention to his real estate interests, ably cooperating with his father. The continued success of the firm is largely due to his rare foresight and close study of local conditions. He is considered on the best informed real estate men in his district and, moreover, enjoys the highest reputation for reliability. It is therefore but natural that success in large measure has come to him. In 1904 Mr. Walling was elected a member of the board of directors of Boise-Payette Water Users Association, H.A. Partridge being the other member from this district, but after the water was turned into the canals they retired from the board. Outside of his real estate business in Nampa, Mr. Walling is also successfully engaged in farming near this city.

On March 10, 1896, he was united in marriage to Ella Madden, a daughter of Charles F. Madden, who was numbered among the honored pioneers of this state. Mr. Madden died in January, 1919, at the venerable age of eighty-eight years. Mr. and Mrs. Walling have many friends in Nampa and are very popular in the social set of this city and vicinity. They are ever ready to cooperate in measures and movements undertaken on behalf of the development of their city and district and are public-spirited American citizens.

Source: Hawley, James H. 1920. History of Idaho: The Gem of the Mountains. Chicago: The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company.

Benjamin Franklin Walling, Jr.

Benjamin Franklin Walling, Jr., a representative of one of Oregon’s honored pioneer families, is numbered among the successful young business men of Portland where he is now engaged in dealing with investment securities, with offices in the Lewis building. He is a typical western man, wide-awake, alert and enterprising and at all points in his career has been actuated by a progressive spirit and firm determination that has enabled him to overcome all obstacles and difficulties in his path and press steadily forward to the goal of success. He has been instrumental in the promotion of large irrigation projects and other public utilities and through his activities has contributed in substantial measure to the development and upbuilding of the northwest.

Mr. Walling is one of Oregon’s native sons. He was born at Hood River, July 4, 1884, of the marriage of Benjamin F. Walling, Sr., and Georgia M. (Comley) Walling, the former born in Spring Valley, Polk county, Oregon, November 24, 1848, while the latter’s birth occurred near Albany, in Benton county, this state, February 7, 1854. The paternal grandfather, Jesse D. Walling, was born in Ohio, April 1, 1816, and in 1836 he became a resident of Illinois. On the 1st of December, 1839, he wedded Miss Eliza A. Wise, of New York, and in 1847 they crossed the plains to Oregon as members of a company led by Captain Davidson, reaching Spring Valley, Polk county, on Christmas day of that year. There the grandfather followed farming for two years and in 1849 he went to California in search of gold and engaged in mining in that state until 1851. Upon his return to Oregon he established the town of Lincoln, in Polk county, where he built the first docks, stores and flouring mill, also becoming a pioneer in the steamboat business on the Willamette and Columbia rivers, being owner of the Peoples Transportation Company, his labors constituting an important element in the development and upbuilding of the state. Mr. Walling also outfitted the rescue party which went to the assistance of the William Dierdorff company which was stranded in the Cascade mountains while en route to Oregon City in the fall of 1854. Mr. and Mrs. Walling reared a family of fourteen children. He passed away May 9, 1870, at the age of fifty-four years, his being due to a runaway accident caused by a pet horse of the family. His wife’s demise occurred at Portland on the 10th of January, 1893, at which time she was seventy-one years of age. J.B. Comley, the grandfather on the maternal side, was born in Lancaster, Kentucky, September 21, 1827, and at Natchez, Mississippi, he married Dorinda McFadden, who was a native of Louisiana, born November 20, 1830. In 1853 the crossed the plains from St. Joseph, Missouri, in an emigrant train under command of Dr. O.P. Hill, settling in that year in Benton county, Oregon. While journeying near the Platte river, a member of the party named Babb, who was riding a white mule, accidentally killed a squaw and fearing the revenge of the Indians they colored the mule black with the assistance of Drs. O.P. and R.C. Hill, building a false bottom in the wagon, in which they concealed Babb. For many days the Indians followed the train in quest of Babb but finally abandoned the search without molesting the party. To Mr. and Mrs. Comley were born three children, of whom Georgia M. was the only daughter. At Albany, Oregon, on the 6th of November, 1872, she was united in marriage to Benjamin F. Walling, Sr., and subsequently they removed to California, after which they returned to Oregon, taking up their residence in Hood River in November, 1875, the father there engaging in the hotel business until 1886. In that year, he went to Nampa, Idaho, arriving there just as the town was being platted. He purchased fifty-three lots and also took a relinquishment claim of one hundred and sixty acres a short distance north of the town and became active in real estate circles there, being the pioneer in that line of endeavor in that locality. He was long connected with the business life of the city, his efforts proving a potent force in its development and improvement and he there continued to resided un 1915, when he retired from business pursuits and removed to Portland. To Mr. and Mrs. B.F. Walling, Sr., were born four children: Dora M., [sic] now deceased, who became the wife of D.A. Baxter who served for many years as superintendent of schools at Nampa, Idaho; Frankie G., living at La Grande, Oregon; Benjamin F., Jr., of this review; and Jesse J., a prominent real estate dealer of Nampa, Idaho.

In the public schools of Nampa and Boise, Idaho, and of Portland, Oregon, Benjamin F. Walling, Jr., pursued his education and when a young man of twenty-one years he engaged in mining in the Silver City district of Idaho, successfully continuing his operations along that line until 1907. In 1909, he became interested in irrigation, pumping water onto the lowlands along the Snake river. People at that time were very skeptical regarding the project, which, however, later became a great successes. Subsequently Mr. Walling went to Salt Lake and became identified with the Beaver irrigation project in Beaver county, Utah, the scene of his operations being two hundred and six miles south of Salt Lake City. He was engaged in that work for two years and the venture proved a most successful one. He afterwards engaged in the bond business in Chicago, Illinois, and in Boise, Idaho, raising eleven hundred thousand dollars in Chicago and St. Paul, when but twenty-five years old, for the purpose of financing the Beaver irrigation project. Subsequently he engaged in the bond business in Seattle and not finding the work congenial he turned his attention to coal mining. While residing in Washington he became interested in a project promoted by two banks of that state, one located at Seattle and the other at Centralia, for generating electric power from coal mines to supply the cities of Centralia and Chehalis, Washington, but both institutions became insolvent and Mr. Walling lost considerable money in the venture. However, he subsequently retrieved this loss, returning to Centralia where he installed a two thousand horse power generating plant which is still in operation. Later with an associate he took over the Maxwell Land & Irrigation Company at Hermiston, Oregon, and carried that project through to a successful completion. He was also the organizer of the Sherman Light & Power Company and in association with another formed the Washington-Idaho Water, Power & Light Company, which serves Lewiston, Idaho, and vicinity and also towns in southwestern Washington, his activities thus providing a most important element in the development of various sections of the northwest. Subsequently he disposed of his interests in these various companies and removed to Portland, Oregon, where he is now residing, dealing in investment securities. His initiative, spirit, resourcefulness and splendid executive ability have led him into important relations and his connection with any undertaking insures a prosperous outcome of the same, for whatever he undertakes he carries forward to successful completion. Although at times he has encountered discouragements and difficulties, which many another man would have found insurmountable, he has never lost courage but has steadily advanced until success has crowned his efforts.

On the 18th of March, 1908, in Caldwell, Idaho, Mr. Walling was united in marriage to Miss Erma B. Hart, a daughter of James B. Hart, a resident of Salt Lake City who crossed the plains in an early day, becoming a pioneer of Utah. The only child of this marriage is a son, Benjamin Walling. In his political views Mr. Walling is a staunch republican, interested in the welfare and success of the party but without aspirations for public office, preferring to devote his time and attention to the management of his extensive business interests. He belongs to the Masonic lodge and in his daily life exemplifies the beneficent teachings of that order. The name of Walling has ever been an honored one in connection with the pioneer development and later progress of Oregon and Benjamin F. Walling, Jr., is actuated by the spirit of advancement and enterprise which dominated his forbears and which has been a most effective force in the upbuilding of the northwest. Although still a young man he has accomplished much, for his his life has been one of intense activity, intelligently directed into those channels through which flows the greatest good to the greatest number and his efforts have brought him a measure of success that is most desirable, at the same time proving of benefit to his fellowmen in many fields. His integrity has never been open to question and his many sterling qualities of characters have gained him a high place in the respect and regard of all who have been brought into contact with him.

Source: Carey, Charles Henry. 1922. History of Oregon. Volume 3. Chicago: Pioneer Historical Publishing Company.