Bunch Funeral Held Monday

FORT KLAMATH—Funeral services for Mrs. Fanny Bunch, 84, were conducted Monday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m. in O’Hair’s Memorial Chapel, Klamath Falls.

Mrs. Bunch died in Klamath Falls Saturday following an illness of several years. She was a pioneer of the Wood River Valley. Her parents were John and Lucy Loosley. She was born at the Loosley homestead south of Fort Klamath Jan. 17, 1876. Ten other children in the family preceded her in death.

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John F. Loosley Rites Thursday

John Frederick Loosley, pioneer son of Oregon, born at McMinnville on July 18, 1862, passed away here suddenly March 19, 9:30 a.m. Mr. Loosley spent his entire life in Oregon, being educated in Willamette valley schools. He came to southern Oregon at the age of ten with his parents, and they settled at Fort Klamath.

He was united in marriage to Miss Mary Culbertson at Fort Klamath, Oregon, in November, 1885. Five children were born to this union: one daughter, Mrs. Bessie Hartley, Merrill, Oregon; four sons, Forester W., and Claude F. Loosley, of Pittville, Calif., Raymond S. Loosley, Forth Klamath, and Merle J. Loosley, Malin, Oregon. Fourteen grandchildren also survive as do two sisters, Mrs. Mary Smart, Los Angeles, Calif., and Mrs. Fannie Bunch, Chiloquin, Oregon; six brothers, George W. Loosley, Ashland, Oregon; Phillip S. Loosley, Medford; B.F. Loosley, Chemault, Ore.; Marion F. Loosley, Long Beach, Calif.; Milan A. Loosley, Berkeley, Calif., and H.B. Loosley of Malin, Oregon.

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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.

Death Claims Basin Pioneer

FORT KLAMATH—Fanny Bunch, 84, pioneer of Klamath County, died Saturday in Ashland.

Mrs. Bunch had been in failing health for the past several years.

Born January 17, 1876 at the Loosley homestead south of here, she was the last survivor of 11 children born to John Loosley and Lucy Walling Loosley and had lived most of her life in this county.

She was married in 1894 to the late Oscar Bunch.

Survivors are Mrs. Loy (Marian) Barker, Klamath Falls, a son, Harold, of Olene, and one grandson.

Services will be held in Klamath Falls Monday at 2 p.m. at O’Hair’s Memorial Chapel. Interment will be in the family plot at Fort Klamath Cemetery.

Source:  Klamath Falls Herald and News, November 6, 1960.

George Walling Loosley

One of the first white children born at Champoeg, Oregon, in Clackamas County, was George Walling Loosley on August 16, 1856. He and his father, John Loosley, came to Klamath County in 1871, built and operated the first flour mill here and took an active part in the early development of the county. John Loosley was born on February 9, 1824, in Oxford, England, where he received his education. There he sang in Queen Victoria’s choir in the Episcopal Church. His trip to the United States required three months and on arrival he began his life-long trade of flour miller by operating a mill in Chicago. In 1852 he settled in Clackamas County, after coming west by covered wagon, remaining there nearly twenty years before he located in Klamath County at Wood River Valley where he was the first rancher and built the first home, dying there November 24, 1900. George Loosley’s mother, Lucy Walling, was born at Muscatine, Iowa, January 22, 1834. She crossed the plains in a covered wagon with her father, locating at Albany, Oregon, in 1847, and was married at Amity, Oregon, April 1, 1854. Her life was devoted to her 12 children and neighborhood service as practical nurse. On May 28, 1912, she died at Wood River. Among her children known here are Benjamin Henry of Malin; Birdseye McPherson, of Diamond Lake Junction; Fanny (Mrs. Oscar Bunch), of Chiloquin; Philip Sheridan, of Medford, Oregon.

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Death of John Loosley

It is reported that John Loosley an old settler and highly respected resident of this county died at his home in Fort Klamath last Saturday of heart trouble with which he has been a long sufferer. He came to Klamath county from McMinnville, Ore. in 1872. He leaves a wife and seven sons and three daughters. The sons are George, Fred, Phillip, Bird, Marion and Ben of Fort Klamath, Milan Loosley who is in Alaska, and the daughters, Mrs. John Smart, Mrs. Oscar Bunch of Fort Klamath, Mrs. George Nutley of Tacoma, Wash. The funeral took place Sunday.

Source: Klamath Republican, November 29,1900


George Walling Loosley

Various business interests and activities have claimed the attention of George W. Loosley, whose efforts have not only been a source of individual profit but also an element in public progress and prosperity. He now makes his home on a ranch on the west bank of Wood river, three miles south of Fort Klamath, and has converted the place from a tract of wild land into a well developed farm. He was born at Champoeg, Clackamas county, Oregon, August 16, 1856, a son of John and Lucy (Walling) Loosley. The father was born in Oxford, England, February 8, 1824, and the mother in Muscatine, Iowa, January 22, 1834. The father served an apprenticeship at the miller’s trade and when twenty-one years of age crossed the Atlantic to New York, whence he made his way to Chicago. There he operated a mill for a year and in 1852 made his way to the Gold Mines of California. He followed mining near Yreka and also in Jackson county, Oregon, and he operated the first gristmill at Albany, Oregon. He was married there and later when to Champoeg, where he conducted a gristmill for Major McLaughlin. Subsequently, he removed to the Grande Ronde Indian reservation in Yamhill county, where he was in the employ of the government under General John F. Miller for about three years. He next went to McMinnville, where he operated a gristmill for several years, but he lost all that he had in the milling business about 1870. He was also in ill health and he had a family of seven children to support. Conditions looked very dark and discouraging but in 1871 he made his way to Klamath Agency, secured a tract of government land and filed on his homestead, settling in the Wood River valley before the survey was made. The remainder of his life was here passed, his death occurring November 8, 1900. He engaged in the cattle business here, starting with sixty head, and he was the first to demonstrate the fact that cattle could remain in the valley through the winter, the other settlers telling him that there was too much snow. Mr. Loosley, however, cut hay and fed his stock and his care of them enabled them to withstand the hard winter. He owned three hundred and twenty acres of land and hard from three hundred to four hundred head of cattle on the range, for the whole country was open then. During the first two years of his residence in this part of the state he was employed at the Indian agency, at which time his nearest neighbors were at Klamath Falls, forty miles away, with some soldiers at the fort. He was largely instrumental in having this valley settled by homeseekers and he contributed in large measure to the early improvement and progress in this part of the state. His wife survived him and passed away in the Wood River valley May 28, 1912. She was a daughter of Jerome B. and Sarah Walling, natives of the middle west, who in 1847 crossed the plains to the Willamette valley and settled on the present site of Amity, in Yamhill county, where they secured a donation claim. In 1864 Mr. Walling removed to Boise Idaho, where he secured land and put in the first irrigation system and also planted the first orchard of that district. He prospered in his undertakings and had a goodly competency to leave to his large family at this death.

George W. Loosley was the second in order of birth in a family of eleven children, the other being: Nancy, the deceased wife of Jacob Moyer; Mary, the wife of John H. Smart, of Wood River valley; J.F., also living in this valley; Rose, the wife of George L. Nutley, of Tacoma, Washington; Bird, of Klamath Falls; Philip Sheridan, living at Tolo, Oregon; Marion, of Wood River valley; Fannie, the wife of Oscar Bunch of Fort Klamath; Milan A., of the Philippine Islands, in the signal service department of the government; and Benjamin, who is postmaster at Fort Klamath.

George W. Loosley remained at home with his parents until twenty-four years of age. He was married May 2, 1880, to Emma Anderson, who was born at Brownsville, Oregon, December 8, 1858, a daughter of the Rev. Marion and Malissa (Arnold) Anderson, who were born, reared and married in the middle west, and in 1851 settled in the Rogue River valley of Oregon, whence they later removed to the Willamette valley. The father was a lifelong clergyman of the Methodist Episcopal church. His wife died in January, and he in April of 1861, when they were residing near Ashland, Oregon.

In 1882 Mr. Loosley built and operated the first steamboat on the Upper Klamath lake. It was a screw-propeller, called the General Howard. He afterward built the City Klamath, a stern wheel boat but in 1887 he disposed of his steamboat interest and has since concentrated his energies upon ranching. He owns thirteen hundred acres in Wood River valley in three ranches. His own home is pleasantly situated three miles south of Fort Klamath, on the west bank of Wood river, and through his efforts the place has been transformed from a tract of wild land into a highly improved property. He has every acre under ditch and owns the water supply. The fencing, ditching and irrigating have all been done by him and he also erected good buildings upon his place, which is devoted to the raising of cattle. In 1895 he assisted in establishing the first creamery in Wood River valley at Fort Klamath and for a year after acted as manager, after which the business was sold to his brother John F. Loosley, who still conducts it. George W. Loosley also spent two years in the butchering business at Ashland, from 1908 until 1910, as a member of the Neil-Loosley Company. They owned three markets, bought and sold cattle and carried on an extensive business, their sales in the retail department amounting to sixty thousand dollars annually.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Loosley have been born four children. Earl was born June 28, 1881, and died January 3, 1882. Edward K., who was born March 4, 1883, is the owner of fruit ranch at Beswick, California. He married Bessie Butler and has one child, George. Carey V., born June 13, 1885, is at home. Clara M. is the wife of Fred R. Neil, a stockman on the Wood River valley, and they have two children: Joe, born March 11, 1907; and Frederick, born May 13, 1910. Edward Loosley spent one year at the State University and is a graduate of the Armstrong Business College. Carey spent three and a half years at the State University and is now superintendent of the Abner Weed ranch of twenty-two thousand acres in Wood River valley. Clara pursued a normal course at Ashland.

In his political views Mr. Loosley is a republican, having always supported the party, as did his father before him. His father voted to make Oregon a free state when the question of slavery was before the people. Fraternally, Mr. Loosley is connected with Ashland Lodge, No. 112, F. & A. M., and his wife is a member of the Eastern Star. They also hold membership in the Episcopal church and are interested in all that pertains to the material, intellectual, political and moral advancement of the district.

Source: The Centennial History of Oregon 1811-1912. Volume IV. 1912. Chicago: The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company.