Roy Barker Given Birthday Surprise

ZENA, December 18.—Roy E. Barker of Spring Valley was the recipient of a delightful birthday party Monday evening when a group of about 45 friends were invited to their home by Mrs. Roy E. Barker to help him celebrate his birthday anniversary.

Mr. Barker received numerous lovely gifts. Among them were a number of humorous ones, such as a box of all day suckers from some fun loving friend.

Seven tables of bridge were played during the evening. Mrs. L.M. Purvine of Salem won high school for ladies and Jesse Walling high score for men. The hostess served delicious refreshments at small tables at a rather late hour.

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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 1929

Mr. and Mrs. Horton C. Rorick of Toledo, who are spending the season at the Everglades Club, entertain there frequently, and on Thursday evening at the regular dinner dance, asked a number of their friends to join them. (Palm Beach Post, February 10, 1929)

Ceilan Rorick had enjoyed a dip in the pool and was joined by Thomas Kenny and Horton C. Rorick. Mr. and Mrs. Horton C. Rorick had for dinner guests at the Everglades Sunday evening: Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Rorick, Mr. and Mrs. Ceilan Rorick, Mr. and Mrs. G. Bryan Pitts, Richard McAllister and John Raskob. (Palm Beach Post, March 19, 1929)

Mr. and Mrs. Horton C. Rorick were on the beach with Miss Mary Kenny, who left them early to join the happy swimming group which included William Kenny, Thomas Kenny and John J. Raskob. (Palm Beach Post, March 26, 1929)

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Lincoln Home Is Scene For Big Surprise

Lincoln, Ore., Sept. 3.—Mrs. J.D. Walling was honored with a surprise dinner birthday party at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. Fred Purvine at Zena recently.  Miss Gertrude Walling was assistant hostess with Mrs. Purvine.

The guests were seated about a beautifully appointed table centered with a lovely bouquet of mixed flowers, and the special feature of the dinner was a huge decorated birthday cake, bearing the wish of “happy birthday.”

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Shower Honors Miss Walling

LINCOLN—Miss Dorothy Walling was honored with a bridal shower at the home of Mrs. R.J. Meissner at Lincoln. Co-hostesses for the affair were Mesdames H.W. Ashford, Clifford Walling, Robert F. Yungen, Joe Camillo, Chris Baal, Marvin Cherry and Lois Crawford.

Refreshments were served to the guest of honor, her sisters, Mrs. Thelma Fisher and Mrs. Richard Smith, and Mrs. Clarence F. Merrick, Mrs. Eva Purvine, Mrs. Roy W. Hammer, Mrs. Blanche Walling, Mrs. Bert Teats, Mrs. Rose Waykins, Mrs. John Cox, Mrs. W.D. Kyle, Mrs. Edward Shlegel [sic], Mrs. Jeff Williams, Mrs. Darrell Johnson, Mrs. Lester Walling and Jean and Sally, Mrs. Avalt Miller and Norma and Verna, Genevieve Ashford, Mrs. Henry J. Neiger, and Judy Meissner.

Source: Salem Statesman Journal, October 24, 1952.

“Aunt” Celia Walling Has 88th Birthday

Zena—Mrs. Celia Walling, known to her many friends here at “Aunt” Celia, was assisted in celebrating her 88th birthday anniversary Friday afternoon by a committee of Spring Valley Home Missionary members who met at the home of the president, Mrs. Wayne D. Henry, and presented her with an electric table lamp, in behalf of the society, a birthday cake and material for making quilts.

Mrs. Walling, who has been piecing quilts ever since she was eight years old, cannot estimate how many she has made, but the number would probably run into hundreds. Present were Mrs. Walling, Mrs. W.W. Henry, Mrs. James A. French, Mrs. C.M. Purvine, Mrs. R.C. Shepard, Mrs. Roy E. Barker, Mrs. W.N. Crawford and Mrs. Henry.

Source: Salem Capital Journal, January 18, 1938.

Canal Zone Activities Related by Valley Folks Just Home From Vacation

Lincoln—Interesting facts about living conditions in the Canal zone, particularly near Panama and Christobal, were brought home by Mrs. Eva Purvine and John Walling who have returned from a three months vacation. Mrs. Purvine spent her time with her daughter, Mrs. Russell Gallagher, formerly Marjorie Walling of Salem, and Walling visited with his son at Panama City.

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Servicewomen: What they can do, what they’re doing about it

AMITY—Miss Marjorie Walling, who is visiting her mother, Mrs. Eva Purvine, on Nursery street, spent the weekend in Portland. Miss Walling recently enlisted with the WAVES as an apprentice seaman and will leave about December 15 for Cedar Falls, Iowa, where she will take up radio work. For some time she has been manager of Bill’s Beauty shop in Hollywood, Portland, and was an officer of the mayor’s emergency corps of that city.

Miss Walling is a graduate of Salem high school and later attended business school in Salem. She is a granddaughter of the late Jesse D. Walling of Spring Valley, Oregon pioneer, and a niece of Congressman James W. Mott.

Source: Salem Statesman Journal, December 6, 1942.

Dorothy Mott & Benjamin Whisenand

Stellar wedding of the autumn season for capital society will be solemnized at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon at the country place of Congressman and Mrs. James W. Mott when their second daughter, Miss Dorothy Mott, becomes the bride of Ensign Benjamin Murry Whisenand, son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin E. Whisenand of Bend. Rev. George H. Swift, rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal church, will read the ceremony in the presence of the two families and an assemblage of distinguished guests.

The couple will exchange their vows before a large window looking out into the lovely sloping gardens. White chrysanthemums, ivy and cathedral tapers will grace the improvised altar.

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Dinner Party at Walling Home

Lincoln—One of the most attractive pre-Halloween affairs given here this week was the family dinner for which Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Walling were hosts at their home. The primary purpose of the dinner was to assist Mrs. Eva Walling Purvine, Mrs. Marjorie Gahlegar [sic], Harold and Ellis Walling in celebrating their birthdays which all occur in October.

A Halloween harvest basket of pumpkin, filled with lovely fruits, was used as a centerpiece for the table at which were seated the honor guests, Mrs. Eva Walling Purvine, Mrs. Marjorie Gahlegar [sic], Harold and Ellis Walling, Rep. and Mrs. James Mott and daughters, Dorothy and Frances, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Walling, Mrs. Harold Walling, Miss Gertrude Walling, Miss Martha Sanderson and the hosts, Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Walling.

Source: Salem Capital Journal, October 31, 1936.