To Resume Rate War

It is likely the rate war which for so long was vigorously waged by between Kamm, Shaver and Kellogg on one side and W.E. Newsom on the other, will be resumed. Rumor has it that Mr. Newsom is looking around for a boat suitable for the purpose to take the place of the Iralda, which he sold to The Dalles, Portland and Astoria people when the 25-cent rate was declared by both the rail and water lines, and it is said he has already procured one. It was owing to the keen competition between the two factions that the little steamer Athlon, which recently went to the Sound, was built. The business to Rainier is an important one, and should Mr. Newsom place a 25-cent rate in effect, it will bother the other lines plying on the river.

Source: St. Helens Mist, June 28, 1901.



One of the prettiest June weddings was solemnized Tuesday evening, June 30, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert A. Hale, when their daughter, Muriel Russell, was united in marriage to Albert Junius Newsom. Preceding the ceremony Miss Alice McCoy song [sic] “I Love You Truly.” To the strains of the Lohengrin bridal chorus, played by Miss Elsie Clair, the bride entered the parlor, on the arm of her father. The bride was gowned in white messaline, with a veil, and carried a bouquet of bride roses. The bridesmaid, Miss Hazel Ford, wore a gown of sheer white over yellow, with a bouquet of coreopsis. David Newsom, brother of the groom, was best man.

The parlor was decorated in yellow and white flowers and the bride and groom stood in a bay window under a bower of flowers. Rev. Dr. Young, of Taylor-Street M.E. Church, officiated. Refreshments were served in the dining room. The color effect here was pink and green, with quantities of Caroline Testout roses being used. The hall was beautiful in roses, crimson ramblers being effectively twined in the staircase and from the chandelier.

Mr. and Mrs. Newsom left for Coos County, where they are to make their home.

Source: The Portland Oregonian, July 12, 1908.

Newsom Family Death Notices

Salem, Or., Oct.2 — (Special) — Albert J. Newsom, who fell Thursday from the base of the dome at the State House to the third floor, crushing his skull, died this morning at the Salem Hospital as a result of his injuries. He was 25 years old and was survived by a wife, parents and other other relatives. The body was taken to Portland for cremation. The deceased was born in Portland and comes of a pioneer family. (Portland Oregonian, October 3, 1909)

NEWSOM — The funeral of Albert J. Newsom will be held at the Crametorium [sic], today (Sunday), at 3 P.M. Friends invited. (Portland Oregonian, October 3, 1909)

NEWSOM – In this city April 18, Mary Walling Newsom, late of 716 S.E. 20th ave., mother of David E., Ira E. and Lewis W. of Bonneville; grandmother of Gayle Newsom of Bonneville; sister of E.W. Walling. Member of Multnomah Chapter, D.A.R.; West Side Lavender Club; Over the Top post No. 81, V.F.W. Friends are invited to attend funeral services today (Tuesday) at 1:30 P.M., at the Conservatory Chapel of A.J. Rose & Son, S.E. 6th and Alder. Interment private. (Portland Oregonian, April 20, 1937)

Captain William E. Newsom, owner of the steamer Iralda, and for 40 years one of the well-known navigators of the Columbia River, died Friday night in Los Angeles, where he had recently gone for his health. He had made his home at 202 Hazelfern place, in Laurelhurst, and was spending the winter in the south. The captain is survived by his widow, Mary Walling Newsom, and by three sons, David E. of Portland, Ira E. of Rainier, and Lewis, who is in Chile. The body will reach Portland Monday night and funeral arrangements will be announced later. (Portland Oregonian, January 18, 1920)

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.