About J. Fred Loosley

J. Fred Loosley, the Ft. Klamath giant, who makes excellent cheese and butter at his creamery, came in from east of the mountains last Friday and returned Monday. He was accompanied by his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. John Loosley, who left that evening for Salinas, Calif., where they will spend the winter. Fred tells us that next year he will have the milk from 450 cows at the creamery, which will be 100 more than he had this year. With this addition he hopes to come somewhere near being able to supply the local demand for his product. While in a valley town recently his cheese was put up for comparison with cheese made in New York state—the banner cheese country of the world—and those making the test could not tell which was the York [sic] state cheese and which was Klamath County’s product. While there is little if any difference in the product there is a decided per centage our way in cost as the eastern cheese costs eighteen and a half cents per pound while ours only costs eleven cents per pound.

Source: Medford Mail, November 17, 1899.


Rite Solemnized In Home Nuptials

The Summer Lake home of Mrs. and Mrs. Sidney D. Harris was the setting for the wedding of their daughter, Sidney Jean, when she exchanged vows with Merle John Loosley of Malin. Rites were solemnized at 2 o’clock the afternoon of June 20.

Rev. Kenneth L. Stafford of Lakeview read the nuptials. Mrs. William Collier sang “Because,” accompanied by Margaret Bettis just before the vows.

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Funeral Set For Ashland Pioneer

Ashland, Dec. 5 – Last rites will be held here Thursday at the Episcopal church at 3 p.m. for George Walling Loosley, 89, who died at his home in Ashland, Dec. 4. The deceased was the first white child born in the old Oregon settlement of Champoeg, his birth having taken place there Aug. 16, 1856.

Mr. Loosley’s father built and operated the first flour mill at Champoeg for Dr. McLaughlin of the Hudson’s Bay company and as a lad worked for the Indian service and during the Modoc Indian wars served as a messenger for the army. He owned and operated the first steamboat ever used on Klamath Lake. In later years he operated a ranch, and retired from ranching about six years ago to live in Ashland.

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Fort Klamath Pioneer Dies

With the death of Mary Isabelle Loosley, 82, widow of the late John Frederick Loosley, Fort Klamath pioneer, at a Medford hospital at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, January 2, the Klamath county lost another of its beloved matrons and early day residents.

Mrs. Loosley left three weeks ago for Central Point to spend the holidays with her brother, James Culbertson. Details of her illness were not learned here. Ward’s will announce final rites Saturday.

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Fred Neil

News was received here this week of the accidental death of Fred Neil, 76, who drowned February 3 while on a fishing trip to Smith River, near Crescent City, California. A well known former resident of Fort Klamath and a son-in-law of the late Mr. and Mrs. George Loosley, who were among the earliest homesteaders of Wood River Valley, Mr. Neil had visited here frequently with relatives and friends since moving to Ashland some years ago to live. For a time he was on the faculty of the Ashland Normal School. He was an accountant and bookkeeper by profession, being retired at the time of his death. Mr. Neil devoted most of his time to fishing and hunting in later years. He was the husband of the late Clara Loosley, only daughter of the George Loosleys, who died in Ashland about 29 years ago. Surviving are two sons, Joe of Sacramento, Kay of Portland, and a daughter, Jean, wife of Major Lutz, West Point graduate, now with the U.S. Army of occupation in Germany. Jean is especially well remembered here, as she lived for many years with her grandparents while attending school, later on being employed on the Chiloquin school faculty. The late Mr. Neil was a cousin by marriage of Raymond S. Loosley, a member of the prominent pioneer Loosley family, who was a cousin of the late Mrs. Fred (Clara) Neil. Another local relative by marriage surviving is Mrs. Elizabeth M. Loosley, widow of Edward K. Loosley, who was a brother of the deceased’s late wife.

Source: Klamath Falls Herald and News, February 10, 1954.



Victim of Murder and Shooting Tragedy Discovered By Daughter of Slain Woman Lying Close Together On Back Porch of City Residence

Enactment of a double tragedy in which Mrs. Fred Neil of Ashland, member of a prominent Klamath family, was shot to death and Ray Jillson, believed to be her murderer, died from a self inflicted bullet, occurred at one o’clock yesterday afternoon in the Neil residence in Ashland according to Ashland police. Jillson, 34, a member of a prominent Jackson county family, after sending four bullets through Mrs. Neil’s body then turned the gun on himself, death coming instantly.

Mrs. Neil was shot four times with a .38 Wesson revolver and from the effects of the bullets it is estimated by police that the two could not have been separated more than three feet when the shots were fired.

Three of the shots entered the body of Mrs. Neil, two shots, either of which would have proved fatal. The first shot entered the left breast above the heart and the second shot about an inch below the right ear.


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.

Some Short Wedding Notices

In Shasta, February 19th, Mr. J.R. Kemble to Miss Margaret J. Reynolds.   (Marysville Daily Appeal, March 10, 1868)

Mr. and Mrs. David Rorick, Jr., Oceanside, announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah, to Ens. Franklin Allen Leib, USN, son of Mrs. Carl Morton, San Miguel Allende, Mexico, and the late Samuel Franklin Leib. Miss Rorick is a graduate of the Santa Catalina School for Girls and of Stanford University. The wedding will take place in August. (San Diego Union, July 2, 1967)

Word received here has it that two young people of this community were recently married at Vancouver, they are Miss Lepha Walling, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Walling and Joseph Loop, who is a son of Mrs. Loop of this city and who is an overseas veteran of the world war.  (Salem Capital Journal, August 31, 1920)

LOOSLEY-ANDERSON—At the residence of Captain O.C. Applegate at Klamath Agency, May 2d, 1880; by Rev. L.N. Nickerson, George Loosley to Miss Emma T. Anderson  (Oregon Sentinel, May 12, 1880)

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