Amity Pioneer Man is Called to Final Home

Amity, April 9.—William Gilbert Walling was born in Spring Valley, near Zena, Oregon, on June 5, 1858, and died at his home near Amity, Oregon, April 5, 1927, at the age of 68 years and 10 months. He was the oldest son of Nelson and Celestia Walling, pioneers of 1847, and a nephew of Jerome Walling who laid out the original town of Amity.
Walling came to Amity in 1880 and in 1885 he was married to Miss Jessie Beckett, who survives him, also the following children: Chester Walling of Falls City, Merle Walling of Independence, Mrs. Idahlia Freeman of Portland, Mrs. Dewitt Warner, Mrs. Marie Munkers and Gilbert Walling of Amity, and 18 grandchildren. He also leaves three brothers, Fred Walling and John Walling of Amity and Frank Walling of Portland.
Walling was a member of the Baptist church. Funeral services were conducted in the Methodist church at 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon, Rev. L.S. Shumaker, pastor of the Amity Baptist church officiating, and the final rites were held in the Amity cemetery.

Source: The Salem Capital Journal, April 9, 1927.

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Walling Clan Reunion Held on Old Claim

Lincoln—Meeting for the 13th annual clan re-union between 80 and 90 of the descendants of the original pioneer Walling family met at the J.D. Walling home which is located on the old donation land claim of the first J.D. Walling and spent the day visiting and with sports and a bountious [sic] basket dinner at noon.

One of the surprises of the day came with the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Walling and sons, Walter and Dick, of Minneapolis, Minn., who had arranged their vacation at a time which would allow them to attend the re-union. Walter Walling is a son of Gabriel Walling. He gave an interesting talk in the afternoon. J.R. Shepard, an old-time friend of the family, was present and gave a talk which was much appreciated, and another friend, C.S. Chapman, sang several numbers. Both Shepard and Chapman were from Portland.

Twenty-one years had elapsed since O.S. Pomeroy of Kimberly, Idaho, had been here. Mrs. Pomeroy was here three years ago. Pomeroy used to drive a stage in this part of the valley, and he is very much surprised and pleased with the great development which has been taking place all about particularly the change in roads and their better condition. The Pomeroys formerly lived at Woodburn.

Relatives and guests who signed the registration book which is being kept each year were as follows:

Mr. and Mrs. O.S. Pomeroy of Kimberly, Idaho; Mr. and Mrs. Fall and three children, Portland; Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Walling and sons, Walter and Dick, Minneapolis, Minn.; Tracey Walling and daughters, Jaunita [sic], Dorothy, Genevieve, and Marian, Lincoln; Mrs. Grace Walling Portland; Miss Lorine Walling, Portland; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Walling, Portland; Mr. and Mrs. D.K. Keyt, Perrydale; Mrs. Linna Keyt, Ferris; Mrs. Elsie L. Stutz, Perrydale; Lawrence Macken and Jean Macken, Perrydale; J.W. Walling, Amity; Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Munkers and children, Loma and Jessie, McMinnville; J.R. Shepard, Portland; Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Reaney and daughter, Grace, Salem; Mrs. Jennie Walling McFarland, Salem; Mrs. Mary E. Jennings, Salem; Mrs. Ellen Southwick, Salem; Mrs. Mary Wait, Salem; Mr. and Mrs. George G. Walling and daughters, Ruthie and Adetha, Sherwood; Mrs. Sylvia Holznagel, Herman Holznagel and Robert Holznagel, Sherwood; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Walling, Amity; Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Wright, Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Jess Gilkey, Portland; Miss Lorine and Claude Walling, Salem; Miss Marjorie Walling, Amity; Mr. and Mrs. J. Fred Purvine, Mr. and Mrs. Kirk , Walling and daughter Loraine, Dayton; Mr. and Mrs. James W. Mott and daughters, Francis and Dorothy, Salem; C.S. Chapman, Portland; Mrs. Grant Walling, Dayton; O.C. Wait, Salem; Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Walling, Salem, Jessie [sic] Walling and two sons, Jesse and Ellis, Zena; Mr. and Mrs. Harold C. Walling, Portland; Lowell Purvine, Portland; Mr. Case, Portland; and Mr. Massey, Amity.

Source: The Salem Capital Journal, July 7, 1931.

Walling Family Reunion

The Wallings, pioneer Willamette valley family, held their annual reunion one Sunday recently at the grove at the J.D. Walling farm near Lincoln.  A picnic dinner, a program in the afternoon with various members of the family group contributing musical and reading numbers, and plans for the reunion next year, occupied the group during the day.

Children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and cousins and other relatives of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse D. Walling who crossed the plains and took up a farm in Spring Valley in the earlier fifties were included in the family group.

Eight of the thirteen children of Jess D. Walling who survive him are John Walling of Toledo, B.F. Walling of Portland, J.D. Walling of Salem, Grant Walling of Amity, Mrs. Peasley [sic], Mrs. Alice Pomeroy of Kimberly, Idaho, Mrs. Florence Toner of Toledo and Mrs. Jennie McFarlane [sic] of Salem.

Those present for the reunion included Ben F. Walling, Georgia M. Walling, Ben F. Walling, Jr., all of Portland; Jennie L. McFarland of Salem; J.D. Walling of Salem, route 1; Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Munkers and their daughters, Loma [sic] and Jessie of McMinnville; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Walling on Amity; Ruby Warner of Amity; Mr. and Mrs. Roy A. Freeman of Portland; O.C. Wait, of Salem, route 2; J.W. Walling of Amity; Grand Walling of Dayton and Nellie Walling of Dayton; Marjorie Walling and Lorine Walling of Dayton; Frank B. Walling, Katie E. Walling, Mrs. Hazel Hollingsworth and Richard and Robinette all of Portland; Mrs. Kirk Walling, Lorraine Walling of Dayton; Elsie L. Stutz, Lawrence Macken, Jean Mackin, of Perrydale; Gertrude Walling of Portland; Mrs. D.L. Keyt of Perrydale; Florence Newson [sic] and D.E. Newson [sic] of Portland; Mrs. O.C. Wait, Mrs. Mary Toews of Salem; Ira E. Newsom of Portland; Mary E. Jennings Mr. and Mrs. Seymour Wilson of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. J. Fred Purvine, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Walling, and Jesse Walling, Jr., all of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Merle Walling of Independence; Jessie M. Walling, Lester Walling, Ellsworth Loft, Gilbert Walling, D.L. Kent, all of Amity; Mr. and Mrs. James Hiatt, Mrs. B.W. Harritt, Miss Jessie Harritt, Miss Julia Cal, and Nellie Keyt Cal, all of Salem.

Source:  The Salem Capital Journal, July 7, 1927.