Allyn C. Loosley

On Monday, November 12, 1962, at his residence, 2129 Florida ave., n.w., Allyn C. Loosley, beloved husband of Josephine B. Loosley, brother of Mrs. Ruth L. Ansberry and Richard Loosley, both of Berkeley, Calif. Services at the S.H. Hines Co. Funeral Home, 2901 14th st., n.w., on Wednesday, November 14th at 8 p.m. (parking facilities). Interment Berkeley, Calif. The family suggests that expressions of sympathy may be made in the form of a contribution to the American Cancer Society or the Heart Association of D.C.

Source:  Washington Post, November 14, 1962.

Nancy Brown Loosley

Mrs. Phillip Loosley, died at her home December 5 at 1:30 p.m. Interment took place December 6 at 12 p.m. A short funeral service being conducted at the grave by Rev. W.B. Calame. Mrs. Loosley was born June 6, 1866 being aged at the time of her death 35 years 6 months and 2 days. She was married to Phillip Loosley, October 31, 1887. Five children were born to them; Earl T. oldest being 13 years, Ada 11, Nellie 9, Horace 6 and Mary 2. Mrs. Loosley had been a member of the Methodist Episcopal church for a number of years her membership being in the Fort Klamath church at the time of her death. The many friends of the family extend to the bereaved husband and children their sympathy at this time of sorrow.

Source: Klamath Republican, December 12, 1901.

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


Will and Probate Documents for Jerome B. Walling


In the Name of the Benevolent Father of all, I, Jerome B. Walling of Boise City, County of Ada, State of Idaho, being of sound and disposing mind do publish and hereby declare this my last Will and Testament as follows:

First: I direct that my funeral be held with proper regard to my station in life and the circumstances of my estate.

Second: I direct that executor hereinafter named, as soon as there shall be sufficient funds in his hands, shall pay the funeral expenses and the expenses of my last sickness.

Third: I give and bequeath to my grand-daughter, Getrude Walling Scott, daughter of my son, Inman, deceased, the sum of five hundred ($500) dollars which shall be taken and delivered in full from her full share; and that of any children of said Inman Walling.

Fourth: I direct that, as the children of my daughter, Mary Walling Jackson, deceased, have been provided for in my lifetime, it is my will that nothing be given to said children or the heirs of said Mary Walling Jackson.

Fifth: I give and bequeath to Lucy Walling Loosley, my daughter, the bed and bedding now used by me in the house of my son Enos where I now reside.

Sixth: I hereby declared [sic] the following amounts to be deemed advancements to the several persons hereinafter named, being my sons and daughters, which sums I have advanced to said persons, at various times; and that no other sums whatsoever are to be taken or deemed as advancements unless the same shall be given in advance by me to them or either of [illegible] after the date of this will; and said sums shall be taken and deemed in full settlement of all claims of mine or my estate against said persons up to the date of this will, to wit: My son Jeptha, two hundred and twenty-five ($225) dollars; my daughter Rosalie Walling Gile, three hundred ($300) dollars; my daughter, Caroline Walling Mullany, one hundred ($100) dollars; my son, Nelson Walling, seven ($700) hundred dollars; My son, Enos C. Walling, one thousand ($1000) dollars, and said sums shall not bear interest or any interest to be added thereto.

Seventh: It is my will and I so direct that after the payment of my just debts, expenses of administration, and the payment of the above bequest of five hundred ($500) dollars that the rest, residue, and remainder of all my estate both real, personal, and mixed of every name and nature whatsoever including for the purposes of computation the amounts herein declared to be advancements and any hereafter made, shall be divided into eight (8) equal shares, one of which shares, after deducting from the amount thereof the sum charged against each as advancements, I give and bequeath to each of my sons and daughters now being to wit Jeptha, Lucy Loosley, Rosalie Gile, Caroline Mullany, Jerome, Nelson, and Enos, and the remaining one-eighth share I give and bequeath to my hereinafter named executor in trust for my son Fletcher.

Eighth: I direct that my hereinafter named executor shall represent my son Fletcher in all matters that may arise out of the settlement of my estate and the portion hereby bequeathed to my said son and that he shall retain the care, control, and custody of the said share by notice of this my will until my said son Fletcher shall become capable of the management of his own person and estate without the need of a guardian or committee or until his death; and my executor is hereby authorized and empowered to reduced said portion to money and invest the same in any manner he may deem for the best interest of my said son and his share of my estate. Should my son become capable of the management of his own estate and person, then it is my will and I direct that my executor shall on due proofs of the same at once turn over and pay to my said son Fletcher the portion of my estate herein bequeathed to him; and should my said son Fletcher died before becoming capable of the management of his own person and estate or before his portion has been turned over and paid to him, then it is my will and I direct that my said executor shall divide the said portion herein bequeathed to my said son Fletcher between my seven sons and daughters now living and named in paragraph seven herein, share and share alike.

Ninth: It is my will and I direct that my executor shall continue to administer my estate until the debts due to me or to my estate shall become due according to the terms thereof unless sooner paid; and that until the portion of my estate herein bequeathed to my executor in trust for my said son Fletcher has been distributed as herein before provided; unless my said executor should deem it to be for the best interest of my estate that the sums be sooner settle, and in apportioning the respective shares herein bequeathed except for the specific bequest of five hundred ($500) dollars, my executor may reduce all of the estate to money and make divisions of same; or he may make partitions of the real estate and personal property without so reducing them to money as he may deem best.

Tenth: I hereby nominate and appoint Harry C. Nyman of Boise City, Ada County and State of Idaho, the executor of this my last will and testament and hereby I do revoke all and any former wills by me at any time made.

In witness whereof I have [illegible] to set my hand and seal this 21st day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eighteen hundred and ninety three.

Jerome B. Walling

[Witnessed] David D.W. Edwards, Residence, Fort Springs Avenue, Boise City, Idaho
[Witnessed] Lewis L. Bonners, Residence, Cor. 10th and Idaho Sts., Boise City, Idaho

Source:  Ada County Probate File B-398.

Death of J.B. Walling

He Passes Away Peacefully at His Home on the Avenue


Large Number of Descendants — Funeral to Occur This Afternoon

Jerome B. Walling died yesterday morning at his residence on the Hot Springs road after a lingering illness of nearly seven years. For the past few months he had been gradually declining but up to the last was conscious and died peacefully.

Mr. Walling was born in New York state August 24, 1809. At the age of nine years, his parents moved to Meigs county, O., and in 1825 a further removal was made to Fulton county, Ill. Mr. Walling was there when the Black Hawk war broke out and served through it at the command of Captain Maxwell. At the close of the war he married Miss Sarah Leaverton of Fulton county, Ill., March 4th, 1829. She died April 2, 1890.

[In] 1837 Mr. and Mrs. Walling moved to Iowa and in 1848 they came to Yamhill county, Or. Mr. Walling served as a member of the state legislature in 1850 and in 1851 was elected county commissioner of Yamhill county, which office he held for four years. In 1864 he moved to the Boise valley and was so much pleased with the outlook that he resided here ever since.

Mr. Walling will ever be remembered with gratefulness by the people of Boise for the construction of the Walling ditch. He first took out water from the river some two miles above the present Walling place for the purpose of irrigating his own land. A company was soon formed by which the ditch was brought into town. Water for the shade trees of the city was furnished from the ditch free of charge for 20 years. Mr. Walling secured control of four-fifths of the ditch and E.J. Curtis the other fifth. Some 12 years ago Joseph Perrault bought the Walling interest and R.Z. Johnson owns the Curtis share.

Mr. Walling was the father of 16 children, eight of whom survive him. He had 75 grandchildren and a goodly number of great-grandchildren. The living children are as follows: Mrs. Lucy Loosley, Fort Klamath, Or.: Jeptha Walling, Tillamook, Or.: Fletcher Walling, Salem, Or.: Nelson Walling, Portland, Or.: Jerome Walling, California: Mrs. Clara Mullaney, Glenns Ferry: Mrs. Rosalie Gile, Highland Valley, Idaho: Enos C. Walling, Boise.

Mr. Walling was a member of the Masonic order, the only fraternal order he ever joined. He was a mason for 60 years. He showed good judgment and economy in his business transactions and always held the respect and confidence of his fellow citizens.

The funeral will take place at the family residence at 5 o’clock this afternoon. All friends of the deceased are invited to attend. Rev. J.B. Weber will conduct the services.

Source: The Idaho Daily Statesman, July 30, 1897.

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.

Green Pastures in Klamath Area Brought Pioneer Loosley to Basin

By Mrs. W.R. Loosley

When John Loosley, with his good wife Lucy and his eight children, arrived on the west bank of the Link River in 1871, he had little or no cash, but he did have goodly supply of wheat, as he had bought up much wheat before the financial panic of 1870, thinking to make a “killing,” but instead had gone broke, as had happened to so many speculators.

He had used wheat as collateral to trade for necessities on the trip from the Willamette Valley and now he “dickered” with the owner of the ferry, trading wheat for his toll across the river.

In two more days he had reached Klamath Agency, his destination, where he was to run a grist mill for the United States government. He had learned the miller’s trade in England, and it has been told that he started a mill in Chicago in the 1840s when Chicago was still a swampy village.

He had erected and run several mills in the Willamette Valley, where he had met and married Lucy Walling Buffum, whose first husband had died one short year after her marriage, leaving her with a baby. (When the baby was about a year old, the infant fell into a wash boiler of hot water and scalded to death.)

Lucy had long been troubled with asthma and John’s health had become much impaired, both of which they blamed on the dampness in the Willamette Valley, so when the government wanted a man to run a grist mill at the Klamath Agency he decided to apply for the position.

Agency Site

The site of the agency has been chosen because of the facilities for water power furnished by a fine spring which flowed from the mountainside over a reef which, through the years, had a developed a fall 12 feet high. It was said that the Indian name for this spring was Cola-Chuck, meaning “Spring of the Little People” or “Fairy Song” as the Indians, listening to the sounds of the water gurgling out of the hillside, imagined they heard voices of little people underground.

The waterfall furnished excellent power for running both a grist mill and a sawmill, the product of the latter being used first in the buildings at the agency and later for homes of the Indians on the reservation.

John and Lucy were delighted with the beautiful country—green meadows, broad expanses of timber, crystal clear streams and to the west, the high Cascades, crowned with snow half the year.

A few miles north of Klamath Agency, in the Wood River Valley, was Ft. Klamath, established in 1863 to keep peace, not only between the Indians and whites, but between various Indian tribes. The Klamaths had always been a peace loving tribe, but some of the neighboring tribes were fierce and warlike.

The fort was first garrisoned by Oregon volunteers, inasmuch as the Civil War was at its height. But with the ending of the war, regular troops were sent in. The first volunteers spent the winter in tents, but in 1864 a primitive sawmill was build and all buildings completed that year.

Filed Homestead

John Loosley was “taken” with the level grassland in the Wood River Valley and in 1872 filed on a homestead on the west bank of the crystal clear stream. John built a large house of boards, the first board house in the valley, excluding those at the fort—house of box construction. The front part was two-story, the upper story all in one room—the boys’ room. There was a one story addition on the back for kitchen and dining room.

The whole house was cold and drafty. The only method of heating the big front part was a fireplace. It was often said, “One side of you freeze while the other side roasts.” On cold winter nights the counterpanes on the beds were covered with a thin sheet of ice from the freezing of the occupants’ breaths. Notwithstanding, the family of John and Lucy were a strong and healthy lot, who seemed to thrive on the rigors of severe winters and short summers. John’s health was much improved. Lucy never again suffered from asthma.

Soon after John and Lucy were settled in their new home the Modoc war broke out. As the theater of this conflict was some 75 miles away, across the California line, it should have had had much impact on the family and probably would not have had, if 10-year-old John Frederick had not been asked to carry messages from Ft. Klamath to General Cany, who was leading the attack against the Modocs.

Fred told in later years of how frightened he became when darkness came on, especially when a herd of cattle, south of the present Klamath Falls, became alarmed and stampeded. He was sure he was being attacked by a band of savages. However, he continued on and completed his mission. It was said he was selected for this dangerous feat by an officer at the fort who had taken a liking to him.

“I tell you this lad would be our best bet. The Injuns wouldn’t think of him carrying a message.”

Fourth of July

The Loosley family, as did all families in that day, laid “great store” on Fourth of July celebration, and the one held at old Ft. Klamath was one to long remember.

The Indians of the reservation soon learned to celebrate the independence of the United States. Once the idea was introduced to them, they eagerly accept the white man’s day of celebration; and, in fact, soon became the principal attraction of the festivities during the early pioneer days at old Ft. Klamath.

With all their worldly possessions they encamped on the bank of Wood River near the fort. They gave a nomadic appearance with their wigwams, open fires and horses. Squaws and children scurried about the temporary settlement.

The actual celebration was very picturesque. The soldiers from the fort marched, and the Indians entered the parade, some marching, others riding their best horse. A huge dinner was served in which the Indians partook. In the evening there was much dancing and gaiety.

After the dancing had quieted down, and the campfires added light to the moon overhead, the Indian braves sat cross-legged around their fires, gambling far into the night. The strange chant that accompanied their odd type of gambling would be the only audible sound in the stillness of the night, except when some stalwart gave a grunt of satisfaction.

The Indians seemed craze by their gambling with these little sticks and would continue this sport until they had lost everything, including their fine horses, their squaws, children, and household goods, which often included many beautiful baskets the squaws had brought to sell or barter. An Indian often left very poor when he had come with much.

Source:  Klamath Falls Herald and News, March 17, 1960.

Another Pioneer Gone

Mrs. Lucy Loosley, familiarly known as Grandma Loosley, died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. John Smart, near Fort Klamath, on Tuesday morning, May 28, 1912, after an illness of about a month.  She was born in Muscatine, Iowa, May 22, 1824, and was consequently 88 years and 6 days old at the time of her death.

Mrs. Loosley was a daughter of J.B. Walling, who removed to Oregon with his family and settled on a donation claim near Amity, Yamhill County, Oregon, in 1947 [sic], where the daughter was married to John Loosley April 1, 1854.

The home of the Loosleys was at McMinnville until they established their residence in Wood River Valley in 1872, where she resided until her death, and where Mr. Loosley died about 12 years ago.  Mrs. Loosley was the mother of twelve children, seven sons and five daughters, and ten of these remain to mour [sic] her death.  She also leaves thirty-one grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.  A host of friends will miss her, for there is hardly a home in the community where she spent so many years of her life where she did not perform some deed of kindness or mercy.

She was an earnest, practical Christian, and early united with the United Brethren church, and later with the M.E. church at Klamath Falls Agency, Oregon.  She lived an exemplary, upright life, and died peacefully, trusting in the Savior.  She was a devoted wife, loving mother and a faithful friend.  That she may rest in peace is the prayer of a loving daughter.

Source:  Klamath Falls Evening Herald, June 5, 1912.