Tacoma Folks Visit

ZENA, April 14—Recent visitors here from Tacoma at the homes of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Walling of Zena and Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Walling of Lincoln were Mrs. Lorraine Frakes Keil and daughter Margaret and Mrs. James Newberry.

Source: Salem Statesman Journal, April 15, 1937.

Short News Items from 1949

Lincoln—Mrs. Lorraine Keil of Altoona, Iowa and her sister, Mrs. J.S. Gilkey of Wheatland visited their aunt, Mrs. J.D. Walling and cousin, Mrs. Eva Purvine Monday. Mrs. Keil and Mrs. Gilkey are the former Lorraine and Mildred Frakes and formerly lived here. (Salem Statesman Journal, January 6, 1949)

Mrs. E.N. Baldwin and family spent the week end in Fayette, Ohio. On their way home they visited there son, Ned Nelson Baldwin and family at Tecumseh. (Livingston County Press, April 13, 1949)

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Short News Items from 1904

Charley Armstrong is up from Irvington today with the carcass of a large wolf which he trapped and secured. (Algona Advance, January 14, 1904)

Homer Drumm, who have [sic] been sick with lagrippe, is able to be out again. (Zanesville Times-Recorder, February 4, 1904)

Tracy Walling came up from Portland last night to attend the funeral of his brother, Fred Walling, at Zena this afternoon. (Salem Capital Journal, February 24, 1904)

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Death Notices from the 1890s

Newton Frakes, who died near Mitchell, Crook county, Oregon, on the 26th of last month, was born and raised in Polk county, where has many friends. He was about 40 years of age, and leaves a wife and three children to mourn his loss. (Independence Enterprise, January 25, 1895)

J.B. Walling, who died in Boise, Idaho, was an old Oregon pioneer. He was 87 years old, the eldest of six sons, and came from Iowa to Oregon in 1847, settling in Yamhill county. He laid out the town of Amity, and lived in Oregon until 1865, when he moved to Boise, Idaho. Mr. Walling built the first irrigation ditch, and set out the first orchard. (Friday Harbor Islander, November 12, 1896)

Short News Items from 1892

Mrs. Alvin Holmes and son and Mrs. James Casterline are visiting the family of Rev. Frank Doty of Avoca. (Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, February 18, 1892)

Newton Frakes and E.V. McGrew, of Portland, have been visiting their old Perrydale home. (Salem Statesman Journal, August 12, 1892)

E.V. McGrew, of Victoria, has been on a visit to relatives at Perrydale. (Oregon Statesman, December 2, 1892)

Wat. Rorick went to Canandaigua, Mich. last Tuesday morning, to be gone about two months. He ordered the News to follow him so as to be posted on home happenings. (The Caldwell News, December 22, 1892)

Chauffeur Recovers

Chester Frakes, chauffeur for J.S. Groo, superintendent of the Mt. Hood Railway, Light & Power company, who was seriously burned by electricity Monday night at the West Side power station of the company, is reported to be recovering from his injuries. He is at the Good Samaritan hospital.  He was saved from death by the quick action of Superintendent Groo, who, when he saw that his employee had grasped a live wire, jerked him away from certain death.  The man is said to have received almost 11,000 volts.

Source:  Oregon Journal, January 17, 1912.

Chauffeur Torn From Live Wire

Power Line Official Dares 11,000 Volts, Saves Life.

Chester Frakes Terribly Burned but Superintendent of Mount Hood Company Is Uninjured.

As he watched his chauffeur, Chester Frakes, hanging on to a live wire over which a full current of 11,000 volts was passing and knowing exactly that his own chances of death were great, J.S. Groo, superintendent of the Mount Hood Railway, Light & Power Company, grabbed the young man’s coat and tore him from his near-death grip on the wire.

Had the boy hung one minute onto the wire he would have been burned to a crisp, and even now it is not known how Groo escaped death, for he declines even to discuss the occurrence. Mr. Groo lives at 186 Ford street.

Superintendent Groo left Monday afternoon for the West Side plant of the railway company, at Front and Tenth, to turn on the current. He did his work and left the building. An attempt to close the door failed and Frakes jumped to his assistance. Seeing a wire obstructing the door, Frakes reached up for it and the moment his hands touched it 11,000 volts tore through his system.

The muscular twitches of the boy at once attracted the attention of Groo, who, it is supposed, pulled the boy down by his overcoat. Groo was shocked but not burned. He then drove Frakes to the Good Samaritan hospital, where it was found that both arms were burned black, while the flesh of his face was almost burned off.

“I can only think he caught my overcoat, for had he touched my body he would have been killed,” Frakes said last night. It is thought Frakes will recover.

Source: Portland Oregonian, January 17, 1912.

Referee’s Sale of Real Property

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT by virtue of a commission duly issued out of the circuit court of the state of Oregon for the county of Polk, and to me directed on the 15th day of January, 1900, upon a decree and order duly rendered and entered of a record by said court on the 5th day of January, 1900, in a certain suit therein pending, wherein Amy M. Gimble and S.S. Gimble are plaintiffs, and Olive Morris, Stella Johnson and Walter Johnson, her husband, Anna E. Frakes, Jesse B. [sic] and Cora Walling, his wife, Florence Toner and William M. Toner, her husband, Alice M. Pomeroy and O.S. Pomeroy, her husband, Grant Walling and Nellie Walling, his wife, Jennie L. Glandon, E.C. Keyt and J.N. Skaife are defendants, directing a sale of real property sought to be partitioned in said suite and hereinafter described, and appointing me referee to sell the same and report such sale, and to carry out the object of such decree according to law, I will, on

Wednesday, the 7th day of March,

1900, at the our of 11 o’clock in the forenoon, at the court house door in Dallas, Polk county, Oregon, sell at public auction to the highest bidder all the right, title, interest and estate of the plaintiffs and defendants in and to the following described premises, situated in the county of Polk and state of Oregon, to-wit: The east one-half (½) of the donation land claim of Jesse D. Walling and Eliza Ann Walling, his wife, being notification No. 247, claim No. 52, in section 31, township 6 south, range 3 west of Willamette meridian; clam No. 48 in sections 35 and 36, township 6 south, range 3 west of Willamette meridian, and claim No. 58 in sections 1 and 2, township 7 south, range 4 west of the Willamette meridian, and containing 322 71 acres. Also a part of said donation claim of Jesse D. Walling and wife, aforesaid, described as follows, to-wit: Beginning at a point on the north line of said donation land claim 78.17 chains west from the northeast corner of said claim; thence south 74½ degrees west, 38.67 chains along the north line of said claim; then south, 15 degrees, 22.64 chains; thence north, 74½ degrees east, 17 chains; thence north, 15 degrees west, 7 chains; thence north, 74 1-2 degrees east, 21.66 chains; and thence north, 15 degrees west, 15.25 chains to the place of beginning, containing 71.51 acres, more or less.

The said sale will be made subject to the approval and confirmation of said court upon the following terms, to-wit: Ten percent of the purchase price to be paid by the purchaser to the undersigned referees at the time of sale, and the balance thereof to be paid upon the confirmation of such sale by the court and delivery of the referee’s deed.

Dated this 29th day of January, A.D, 1900.


Source: Polk County Itemizer, February 9, 1900.

Some Short Death Notices

A news dispatch last week reported the death of John Bradbury at his home in Wallace. Mr. Bradbury was at one time cashier of the Kendrick State Bank. (Kendrick Gazette, October 3, 1919)

Newton Frakes, who died near Mitchell, Crook county, Oregon, on the 26th of last month, was born and raised in Polk county, where he has many friends. He was about 40 years of age, and leaves a wife and three children to mourn his loss. (Independence Enterprise, January 24, 1895)

Graveside services and a Masonic ritual will be conducted Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Zena Cemetery for Jesse S. Gilkey, Dayton, and his son, James, Eugene, whose bodies were found recently in a crashed plane in the Cascades.  Services will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in Simons & Lounsbury Funeral Home at Eugene.  (Salem Statesman Journal, June 10, 1965)

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Anna Walling Frakes Peaslee

PEASLEE—At the residence near Ryan Place, Or., July 3, Anna Walling Peaslee, aged 74 years, beloved mother of Mildred Gilkey and Mrs. [sic] C.N. Frakes of Portland and Mrs. Lorraine Kell of Tacoma, Wash. Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 6, at 2 P.M. at the residential chapel of Miller & Tracey at intersection of Washington and Morrison, 1 block beyond 20th.  Private incineration, Lincoln Memorial Park cemetery, BR 2691.

Source:  Portland Oregonian, July 5, 1929.