Student Dead

Alfred Toner, son of William Toner, Wells-Fargo messenger on the C.&E., died at the bay last night. He had been ill of typhoid several weeks. Young Toner was an O.A.C. student and was known to many people in this vicinity.

Source:  Corvallis Daily Gazette, August 4, 1909.

Reunion Draws Many Relatives

The twelfth Walling family reunion was held recently when the immediate descendants of the old pioneer family of Jesse D. and Eliza Wise Walling and many relatives to the third and fourth generation met in the beautiful grove of giant oaks at the home of Jesse D. Walling, Jr., himself well into the seventies, near what was once called Lincoln, and very near to the old donation land claim of Jesse D. Walling in Polk county. Continue reading “Reunion Draws Many Relatives”

44th Wedding Anniversary

ZENA, July 5.—Mr. and Mrs. J. Fred Purvine of Zena were hosts at a dinner Tuesday evening given in honor of the 44th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. William Toner, of Toledo, who have been visiting here for a week.

Golden Marigolds were used about the rooms.

Guests for the occasion were the guests of honor, Mr. and Mrs. William Toner, Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Walling, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Walling, Miss Gertrude Walling, Miss Mrajorie [sic] Walling, Lowell Purvine and the hosts.

Source: Salem Statesman Journal, July 7, 1929.

What Kills Herring.

Express Agent William Toner, of the Corvallis and Eastern, spent Sunday in Albany. He would have preferred to be at the Bay, expects to be soon. A petition is being circulated asking for a change back to the old system. Mr. Toner says the new way is disastrous to the fish business. That people over the other side universally want the old time table reestablished.

Mr. Toner, who has been in the fish business on the side for many years, has an interesting explanation of the recent dead herring, which is probably correct. It is that herring, a salt water fish go up the Yaquina river, the fresh water killing them, and they lie around ever [sic] year, this year more than usual because of the fish getting struck by a freshet which made a sweep of the ittle [sic] fellows.

Source: Albany Democrat, September 18, 1908.

Some Short Death Notices

A news dispatch last week reported the death of John Bradbury at his home in Wallace. Mr. Bradbury was at one time cashier of the Kendrick State Bank. (Kendrick Gazette, October 3, 1919)

Newton Frakes, who died near Mitchell, Crook county, Oregon, on the 26th of last month, was born and raised in Polk county, where he has many friends. He was about 40 years of age, and leaves a wife and three children to mourn his loss. (Independence Enterprise, January 24, 1895)

Graveside services and a Masonic ritual will be conducted Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Zena Cemetery for Jesse S. Gilkey, Dayton, and his son, James, Eugene, whose bodies were found recently in a crashed plane in the Cascades.  Services will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in Simons & Lounsbury Funeral Home at Eugene.  (Salem Statesman Journal, June 10, 1965)

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William Toner Is Called Beyond

ZENA, October 10—Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Walling of Zena were called to Toledo Thursday to be at the bedside of William Toner who suffered a paralytic stroke Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Toner died Thursday afternoon at 4 o’clock. Mrs. Toner is Jesse Walling’s aunt.

Mr. Toner had been out of doors when he became ill. A neighbor woman and Mrs. Toner were trying to get him in the house as it had begun to rain but could not move him when the train which passes near the house came in sight. Mr. Toner had been an express agent for some time years ago and was always interested in the train and the men who watched as they passed each day to wave to him. They stopped the train, provided a stretcher and carried Mr. Toner into the house. Mr. Toner had been in the rain and contracted pneumonia which hastened his death.

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Toner Rites Held At Zena Church

ZENA, October 13—Funeral services for William M. Toner, 71, of Toledo, Oregon, whose death was caused by a paralytic stroke Thursday, October 9, were held at the “church on the hilltop” at Zena, Saturday, October 11.

Six nephews served as pallbearers, namely Harold Walling, Portland; James Mott, Salem; Jesse Walling, Zena; Tracy and Alvin Walling, Lincoln; and Kirk Walling, Unionvale.

William M. Toner was an Oregon pioneer resident having been [born] at Oregon City, March 7, 1859, and later moving to Lincoln, Polk county. Here he met and married Miss Florence Walling of Zena, July 2, 1885. Mr. Toner was a railroad man having been in the employ of the Wells-Fargo Co. for forty years. After he retired from the express business he moved to his farm at Toledo where he resided at the time of his death. William M. Toner is survived by his wife, Florence Toner of Toledo; a sister, Mrs. Carrie E. Wright of Portland; a brother, A.F. Toner of Dallas and several nephews.

Source: Salem Statesman Journal, October 14, 1930.

William Toner

William Toner Dead—A number of the older residents of Corvallis remember well William Toner of Yaquina and Toledo, who died last Thursday at 4 o’clock at the family home at Toledo following a paralytic stroke and an attack of pneumonia. Mr. Toner was in the yard at his home at the time he was stricken. Rain was falling at the time and it is believed Mr. Toner contracted a cold which developed into pneumonia. Mr. Toner was a mail clerk on the old Corvallis and Eastern run between Yaquina and Albany for a number of years and was with the railroad probably 30 years. Me [sic] and Mrs. Toner lost their two sons in recent years. The widow survives, as does a brother, Fred Toner of Dallas, and a sister, Mrs. P.P. Wright of Portland. The funeral for Mr. Toner was held Saturday afternoon at Zena, in Marion county, and interment was in that vicinity. Dr. W.C. Kantner, Congregational minister of Salem and formerly of the Corvallis church, officiated.

Source: Corvallis Gazette-Times, October 13, 1930.

Stroke Fatal To Former Lincoln Man

Lincoln—William Toner of Toledo, formerly a resident of Lincoln, died Thursday afternoon at 4 o’clock from a stroke of paralysis Wednesday with pneumonia complications.

The funeral will be held at the Zena church Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, Dr. W.C. Kantner of Salem officiating. Interment will be in the Zena cemetery. The Salem mortuary has charge of the arrangements.

Surviving members of the family are the widow, Mrs. Flora Walling Toner; one brother, Fred, of Dallas; one sister, Mrs. P.P. Wright, of Portland, and two nephews.

Source: Salem Daily Capital Journal, October 10, 1930.


At Toledo, Ore., Saturday, March 23, Mrs. Florence Toner, aged 77 years. Beloved sister of J.D. Walling of Lincoln, Grant Walling of Hopewell, Mrs. Jennie McFarland of Salem and Mrs. Alice Pomeroy of Kimberley, Idaho. Funeral Wednesday March 27, at 2 p.m. at Zena, in charge of Salem mortuary, 545 North Capitol. Interment Zena cemetery, Rev. Kantner officiating.

Source: Salem Statesman Journal, March 26, 1935.