Society (excerpt)

The annual gathering of the Walling clan took place Sunday in Walling grove, near Lincoln. Eighty eight were present, the oldest being Mrs. Nancy J. Wise age eighty. Five members are old Oregon pioneers. A picnic dinner was spread in the grove and a short program was enjoyed, after which Tracy Walling was elected president of the clan for the coming year, Ralph D. [sic] Walling, vice president; Mrs. J.D. Walling, secretary and Will Toner, treasurer.

Source: Salem Capital Journal, July 14, 1920.


Deaths and Funerals from the 1910s

Morenci—Casper Rorick, the president of the First National bank here, is dead at the home of his sister, Mrs. Rorick Bennett, Detroit, as the result of an operation. The widow and four children survive. (Benton Harbor News Palladium, April 28, 1910)

Z.T. Cooper, whose two sons were asphyxiated while digging a well near Las Vegas, has erected in the memory of the boys the Cooper Brothers Memorial Methodist Episcopal church at Rosalia, Washington. (Santa Fe New Mexican, January 3, 1911)

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Untitled (Dilla Walling Grubbs)

GRUBBS—At the family home, Selba, California, Saturday, December 5, 1903, at 4 o’clock p.m., Dill [sic] Loraine Walling-Grubb [sic], aged 42 years, 7 months and 25 days, while undergoing a surgical operation.

Deceased was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Walling, of Zena, Polk county, and was born April 12, 1861. She was a member of the Methodist church and a devoted Christian. In 1886 she was united in marriage to L.B. Grubbs, formerly of Polk county. Besides a bereaved husband she leaves one son, Harold. She was a sister of Mrs. S.S. Gimble, of this city; Mrs. O.S. Pomeroy, of Woodburn; Mrs. F.W. Peaslee, of Zena; John, Jesse and Grant Walling of Lincoln, Polk county; B.F. Walling of Nampa, Idaho; Mrs. Olive Morris, Seattle, Washington; Mrs. Stella Johnson, Mrs. Pheba [sic] McGrew, Jennie Glandon, of Portland, and Mrs. W.M. Toner, of Yaquina, Oregon. She has a host of friends who will mourn her demise very deeply.

Source: Oregon Statesman, December 11, 1903.

Three Bodies Recovered At Newport Yesterday

The Bodies of Claude Toner and Forest Wooster Are Still Missing Says Capt. Wakefield

When interviewed at the Van Dran hotel this morning by the Democrat representative regarding the accident in Yaquina Bay Saturday evening when five men were drowned by the capsizing of the fishing sloop “Pilgrim,” Captain William R. Wakefield, a well known resident and proprietor of the Wakefield hotel at Newport said:

“The life-saving crew patrolled the south beach Saturday evening and when they were able to reach the “Pilgrim,” they found the bodies of Capt. J.W. McKenzie, Tarld Telefson, and Michael Henry. The bodies of Forest Wooster and Claude Toner have not yet been recovered. The “Pilgrim” was washed ashore and is beached a short distance up the South Beach from the jetty. The beach is patrolled with the hope that the bodies of the other two young men will be recovered.”

Capt. Wakefield, who gave this information to the Democrat representative this morning, has been a resident of Newport for many years and is well known among the skippers of the coast. He went to Portland this morning on a short business trip.

Source: Albany Democrat, October 11, 1912.

Five Drowned At Newport Saturday

Huge Wave Capsizes Fishing Sloop Throwing Occupants Into the Ocean.


Forest Wooster, 15-year Old Son of Levi Wooster Was One of Men Drowned.

While attempting to cross the bar at Yaquina bay at 5 o’clock Saturday evening, the fishing sloop Pilgrim was hit by a huge wave and capsized, throwing its five passengers into the water where they were drowned. Those drowned are: J.W. McKenzie, captain; Claude Toner, owner of the craft; Tarld Telefson, Forest Wooster, and Michael Henry. News of the terrible disaster reached Newport shortly after the accident occurred and the life-saving crew responded at once, crossing out to the south beach where after a hard battle with the waves they managed to make a line fast to the sloop and brought here to shore. All that was found in the boat was a hat, coat, and a sweater. The beach was patroled [sic] all night Saturday and yesterday in the hope that the bodies would be washed ashore but all attempts to find any of the bodies have so far been without avail.

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Untitled (Mabel Jerman & Jesse D. Walling)

The home of Mr. and Mrs. D.F. Jerman at Zena was festive with flowers and hospitality last Sunday afternoon, May 7, in honor of the wedding of their daughter, Miss Mabel Jerman, and Jesse D. Walling. The motif of the decoration of the large living room was the purity of white lilac and narcisus [sic] blossoms. A bower of a large window was interwoven with the same, toned with the green of ivy, and to the strain of Lang’s Flower Girl, the contracting parties took their stand under its retreat, where the ceremony was perofrmed [sic] by Rev. W.T. Scott, the past of the Presbyterian church at Zena. The bride was gowned in simple white of embroidery and carried a bouquet of white lilac and asparagus fern, which was caught later by Miss Gertrude Walling, a lucky contestant.

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Untitled (Mabel Jerman & Jesse D. Walling)

Simplicity marked the wedding of Miss Mabel Jerman to Mr. Jesse Walling, solemnized Sunday, May seventh, by the Reverend W.T. Scott at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. D.F. Jerman of Zena.  In a bower arranged of narcissus, laurel blossoms and ivy, the marriage service was read, the bride very pretty in her dainty wedding gown.  Following congratulations the guests were served a dinner, the table beautiful with flowers and room bright with lilac blossoms. The young couple are enjoying a visit in Portland and will be at home to their friends upon their return to this vicinity of Zena.

The wedding guests included relatives of the bride and groom and the following friends: Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Walling, Mr. and Mrs. W.P. Davis, Reverend and Mrs. W.T. Scott, the Misses Eva, Ethel and Gertrude Walling, and Lucy Higgins, Mr. Claude Toner, of Corvallis, and Master Harold Walling.

Source:  Salem Capitol Journal, May 13, 1911. 

This Oregon Goat Balks At One Food

Will Lick Up Everything On Ranch Until He Reaches Soap.

The popular belief that goats will eat anything has been shattered by the experience of William Toner, for many years express messenger on the Albany-Yaquina run on the Corvallis & Eastern railroad. They may eat tin cans, old clothes and cordwood, but they draw the line at soap, says the Polk County Itemizer.

Toner has been camping for a week on his ranch just east of Toledo and has a number of goats there. They have been killing off all small vegetation on his uncleared land, eating leaves, bark and twigs off small trees. They ate everything they could reach in the field in which they were placed and one day when the Toner family were away from the ranch they invaded the camp.

They started in to eat everything not covered up, disposing of various kinds of vegetables, a box of crackers and other supplies. But they stopped on a bar of soap. One goat took a bit off the end of the bar, but he didn’t finish it.

Source: Salem Statesman Journal, August 27, 1910.

Short News Items from 1912

Charley Armstrong has made his trip to California and has stuck his stake there and will move out ere long. He bought a lot and bungalow next door to John Smith’s, and is very much please with his purchase. Before buying he went up the state to San Francisco and to other places, but he found it too foggy up that way to suit him, and so concluded to settle in Santa Monica. He found a man who was just in the humor for selling and he got a bargain, being worth at least $3500 he got it for $2700. He says Mr. and Mrs. Smith are enjoying life in an ideal manner. They live eight blocks from the sea, and the fishing is good and Mr. Smith makes the most of it. Deer and other game may be had in the mountains five miles from there. Mr. Armstrong expects to take his sisters with him, and for a short time they will all live in the bungalow. We wish them every happiness, but are sorry they leave Kossuth county. (Algona Courier, February 9, 1912)

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Short News Items from 1909

Egbert D. Chittenden is very ill with bronchitis and heart trouble at his residence, 42 Apple street. (Muskegon Chronicle, January 11, 1909)

J.J. Walling returned this morning from a two months trip during which he went to the finest parts of California. He reports a very plaeasant [sic] trip but is glad to get back to Nampa valley where there are fewer storms and greater opportunities for getting on in the world than in the famed citrus belt.—Nampa Leader-Herald. (Caldwell Tribune, March 13 1909)

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