Short News Items from 1919

Jas. Burns and Miss Ida Burns returned to their home at Athol Thursday after spending a week at the Chas. Schnell home in this city [Kensington]. (The Athol Record, January 30, 1919)

Of interest to many Athens people will be the following clipping from a Fayette paper with regard to Mrs. E.H. Rorick, wife of Dr. Rorick former superintendent of the Athens State hospital: The many friends of Dr. and Mrs. E.H. Rorick of Fayette, are sending messages of sympathy and encouragement for the recovery of Mrs. Rorick from an attack of paralysis which she suffered Monday. Her friendly greetings, pleasant smile and acts of kindness have won a strong hold on the hearts of the people. She is one the county’s noblest women. The latest reports are very encouraging for her recovery. (Athens Daily Messenger, March 17, 1919)

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Short News Items from 1915

John C. Rorick is busy these days enlarging and improving the building west of residence on East Elm street.  (Fulton County Tribune, April 9, 1915)

John Wallace who is attending school at Gooding, Idaho, arrived at home Friday evening and will spend his vacation with the old folks at home.  Johnny has attended this school for ths [sic] last six years, and he has been mimicking the busy bee—improved each shinin’ minute, and has gotted [sic] every bit of good there’s in it.  (Nezperce Herald, June 17, 1915)

Jesse Spiers of Ono attended the dance given by the Harrison Gulch band last Saturday.  (Red Bluff Daily People’s Cause, June 17, 1915)

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Albert G. Walling

Funeral services for Albert G. Walling, pioneer of Oregon who died at Rockaway May 17, were held in Portland Monday afternoon with interment in the Rose City cemetery. Walling was born June 24, 1847 on the plains while his parents, George and Francis Walling were on their way to Oregon. He made his home in Portland until about ten years ago. He is survived by his widow, Mary Walling, of Rockaway; three children, Mrs. Elsa Beardon [sic], Rockaway; Mrs. Frances Hallinan and Walter W. Walling and one brother, George Walling of Salem; and the following grandchildren, Mrs. Altha Butler, Mrs. Genevieve Johnson, Seattle, Miss Marjorie Walling, Salem and Cecil Hallinan and Marydell Walling, of Redland.

Source: Salem Daily Capital Journal, May 21, 1928.

Harold Tilden Chapin

Former Lake Orion resident, Harold Tilden Chapin, was accidentally killed last week, when he was cultivating on his father-in-law’s farm, Glen McNeil of 810 Beardsley Rd., Orion Township.  He leaned over to put the tractor in reverse and apparently didn’t realize he was so close to a tree.  When the garden tractor backed up, it pinned him against the tree.  Harold Chapin was born in Lake Orion and graduated from Orion schools.  His widow, Bonnie; survives, a son Mark Steven; his mother, Mrs. Margaret Chapin; and a sister, Mrs. Robert Butler of Pontiac.  Funeral services were held Monday from Allens Funeral Home, Rev. H.H. Hausser officiating.  Interment at White Chapel Cemetery.

Source: Orion Weekly Review, June 4, 1953.

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.

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Marjorie Groover Anderson

Marjorie Anderson of Lake Orion died on Oct. 20, 1991 at the age of 70. She is survived by her children, Dennis Perry of Lake Orion and William Stokes of Pontiac; a sister, Margaret Habermas of Waterford Township; five grandchildren and she is the aunt of Barbara and Bob Butler. Funeral arrangements were made by the Lake Orion Chapter of Sparks-Griffin Funeral Home.

Source:  Lake Orion Review, October 23, 1991.