Short News Items from 1902

The crack shots of the vicinity contested for honors and an oyster supper in a shooting match, blue rock pigeons being used as targets. Frank Boehringer and Lorin Walling were the captains. Loyd Hunt carried off the honors with a score of five birds out of six shots. The winning side and their partners were feasted to oysters in Lincoln warehouse. A pleasant evening was spent in games, but the oysters gave out and Mr. Boehringer and Mr. Duncan have not been heard from since. (Polk County Itemizer, January 17, 1902)

D.A. Baxter, principal of the public schools at Meridian, is in the city to attend the county teachers’ meeting. (Idaho Statesman, February 9, 1902)

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Short News Items from 1900

Another grand wolf hunt came off last Saturday. One wolf was cited but the hunters failed to serve their subpoenas on him. Wat Rorick has it in for some near-sighted nimrod who shot him in the lip. (Caldwell News, January 25, 1900)

If this spring-like weather continues Wat Rorick will soon be wending his way to the river with his fishing tackle. (Caldwell Advance, January 25, 1900)

W.M. Toner and family went out to Salem Thursday to visit with relatives. We wish them a pleasant visit. (Lincoln County Leader, March 2, 1900)

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Short News Items from 1899

Mrs. Z.C. Andruss returned Wednesday from her visit with her daughters, Mrs. Dilts, at Randolph, Iowa. (Algona Courier, January 6, 1899)

Mrs. Z.E. Brown of Minneapolis has been visiting her brother and sister, Dr. Armstrong and Mrs. Z.C. Andruss of Irvington. (Algona Republican, January 11, 1899)

Now that Steve George has joined the army of benedicts Wat Rorick has formed a partnership with Grant Cooksey and will be able to scoop any and all fishing next spring that is if he can teach Grant how to fish as fisherman should. (The Caldwell Advance, January 19, 1899)

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Business & Professional Notices from 1897

The deputy sheriff left Saturday with “Bub” Lantern for the Athens Hospital, at which institution he was taken on a writ of lunacy. Sheriff Stone after some telegraphing persuaded Doctor Rorick to accept Lantern who really has a violent form of epileptic insanity. (Athens Messenger and Herald, February 11, 1897)

H.K. Wood, formerly of Warwick, will open a café in the Carey building on Depot street shortly. (Middletown Daily Argus, June 8, 1897)

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Former Corvallisite Here

William Toner, a well known citizen of Lincoln county, was in Corvallis Saturday from his home at Yaquina to spend a short time looking after business interests here and visit with old friends.  Mr. Toner and his family resided in Corvallis a few years ago when he was employed as local agent for the Wells Fargo Express Company.

Source:  Corvallis Gazette-Times, March 11, 1918.

Why the Lily Didn’t Bloom

Mr. George Simpson, the accommodating driver of Wells, Fargo & Co’s express, has been carefully nurturing a plant which he supposed was a Chinese lily. It was presented to him by Mr. W.M. Toner, express messenger on the Yaquina train, and looked like a fine specimen. But in fact Mr. Toner had peeled a big Oregon onion and nestled it artistilally [sic] among some pebbles in a glass bowl. The plant, under George’s tender care, acquired a splendid growth, but it refused to show any sign of blooming. A critical examination revealed the true state of facts, and now George is laying awake nights to invent a plan for getting even.—Albany Herald.

Source: Lincoln County Leader, January 7, 1897.

Referee’s Sale of Real Property

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT by virtue of a commission duly issued out of the circuit court of the state of Oregon for the county of Polk, and to me directed on the 15th day of January, 1900, upon a decree and order duly rendered and entered of a record by said court on the 5th day of January, 1900, in a certain suit therein pending, wherein Amy M. Gimble and S.S. Gimble are plaintiffs, and Olive Morris, Stella Johnson and Walter Johnson, her husband, Anna E. Frakes, Jesse B. [sic] and Cora Walling, his wife, Florence Toner and William M. Toner, her husband, Alice M. Pomeroy and O.S. Pomeroy, her husband, Grant Walling and Nellie Walling, his wife, Jennie L. Glandon, E.C. Keyt and J.N. Skaife are defendants, directing a sale of real property sought to be partitioned in said suite and hereinafter described, and appointing me referee to sell the same and report such sale, and to carry out the object of such decree according to law, I will, on

Wednesday, the 7th day of March,

1900, at the our of 11 o’clock in the forenoon, at the court house door in Dallas, Polk county, Oregon, sell at public auction to the highest bidder all the right, title, interest and estate of the plaintiffs and defendants in and to the following described premises, situated in the county of Polk and state of Oregon, to-wit: The east one-half (½) of the donation land claim of Jesse D. Walling and Eliza Ann Walling, his wife, being notification No. 247, claim No. 52, in section 31, township 6 south, range 3 west of Willamette meridian; clam No. 48 in sections 35 and 36, township 6 south, range 3 west of Willamette meridian, and claim No. 58 in sections 1 and 2, township 7 south, range 4 west of the Willamette meridian, and containing 322 71 acres. Also a part of said donation claim of Jesse D. Walling and wife, aforesaid, described as follows, to-wit: Beginning at a point on the north line of said donation land claim 78.17 chains west from the northeast corner of said claim; thence south 74½ degrees west, 38.67 chains along the north line of said claim; then south, 15 degrees, 22.64 chains; thence north, 74½ degrees east, 17 chains; thence north, 15 degrees west, 7 chains; thence north, 74 1-2 degrees east, 21.66 chains; and thence north, 15 degrees west, 15.25 chains to the place of beginning, containing 71.51 acres, more or less.

The said sale will be made subject to the approval and confirmation of said court upon the following terms, to-wit: Ten percent of the purchase price to be paid by the purchaser to the undersigned referees at the time of sale, and the balance thereof to be paid upon the confirmation of such sale by the court and delivery of the referee’s deed.

Dated this 29th day of January, A.D, 1900.


Source: Polk County Itemizer, February 9, 1900.

Toners Visit Corvallis

Mr. and Mrs. William Toner left a few days ago for their home in Yaquina, Lincoln county, following a short visit with friends in Corvallis. They stopped off here while enroute home from a trip to Salem and other valley points where they had been for a visit with relatives and friends. Mr. and Mrs. Toner resided in Corvallis for a time and are well known here. Mr. Toner was a Wells Fargo expressman on the C. & E. railroad for a number of years and was decidedly popular with the patrons along the route. Later he was assigned to the Corvallis office and the family resided here for a time.

Source: Corvallis Gazette-Times, February 3, 1917.

Sloop Capsized; Crew of 5 Perish

Heavy Sea at Newport Harbor Overturns Craft.

Lack of Familiarity With South Spit Brings Disaster to Fishing Craft Pilgrim.

NEWPORK [sic], Or., Oct. 5.—(Special.)—Crossing over South Spit bar with a heavy sea rolling and a crew unfamiliar with the harbor entrance, the fishing sloop Pilgrim capsized at 5 o’clock this evening and the crew of five men were lost.

The missing are: Claud Toner, owner of the craft; J.W. McKenzie, engineer; Tarl Telefson, master, and Forest Wooster and Michael Henry aides.

The life-saving crew here hastened to give assistance, with the launch Ollie S., but the little vessel turned turtle too quickly and dumped its human freight into the sea before any possible aid could be given.

It is practically certain that the crew was anything but familiar with the harbor approach or no attempt would have been made to cross in under such a big sea breaking over the spit.

The vessel was carried along the beach for two miles south of the entrance.

Up to a late hour tonight none of the bodies have been recovered. The life-saving crew continues to patrol the beach.

Source: Portland Oregonian, October 6, 1912.


Wallings Are Host To Tacoma Friends

LINCOLN—Mrs. Harry Keil and daughter, Margaret of Tacoma, Wn., are guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Walling, who has just returned from a trip to Alaska and also Tacoma.

Mrs. Keil formerly lived in this vicinity, having spent her girlhood on the old J.D. Walling donation land claim near Zena. She is a daughter of Mrs. Frank Peaslee. Four years had elapsed since she had visited here when she attended the clan reunion. Mrs. Peaslee and Margaret will visit other relatives while here. They, with Miss Gertrude Walling accompanied Harold Walling of Portland to Toledo Thursday to visit and an aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. William Toner.

Source: Salem Daily Capital Journal, August 9, 1930.