Impressions of the Journal Man, Part 2 (Flora Savage Richardson)

Mrs. Flora Savage Richardson, who lives with her daughter, Mrs. Sadie McKee, at S.E. 170th avenue and Division street, was born in Yamhill county on October 14, 1851. She went to school to Sylvester Pennoyer and later attended the Harrison Street school and Portland academy. This is a portion of her story:

“When I was 17 my father, Charles Savage, who, with my stepmother and their four children, lived at Jacksonville, sent for me to come to Jacksonville to do the house work. I had not been there long when what was known as black smallpox broke out, and Jacksonville was quarantined. Two of the first to die were Mrs. John Loye and her child. George Funk died in his cabin, south of town and was buried nearby. Colonel W.G. T’Vault was buried at midnight by the priest who had been with him when he died. The siege lasted about two months. During that time they kept bonfires of pitch pine burning to serve as a disinfectant.

“Colonel T’Vault was the first editor of the Oregon Spectator, started at Oregon City in February, 1846. Hel later served in the legislature of the provisional government and in the territorial legislature. He was aide to General Joseph Lane in the Rogue River war. He started the Umpqua Gazette in Scottsburg, in 1855, the Table Rock Sentinel, Jacksonville, that same year.

“Not long after the smallpox epidemic was over, my stepmother decided I had better go back to Portland. My Uncle, Jesse D. Walling, told me I could go out to Spring Valley and live with them. It was a wonderful change and relief to go to him. Uncle Jesse was born in Ohio in 1816 and came across the plains with the rest of the family in 1847. He took a donation land claim in Spring Valley, in Polk county, seven miles from Salem. He went to the California gold fields in 1849. His wife’s maiden name was Eliza A Wise. Thirteen of their children grew to maturity.

“That fall I went to work for Mrs. Enos Williams, at Amity. She had adopted my brother, Charley. He lived with them until he died, at the age of 21. I stayed with the Williams family till I was 20. They were kindly, Christian people. Before going to Amity I had worked awhile at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Abrams. Their son Carle, has for many years lived at Salem. Carle’s father was running a store at Lincoln when I worked there.

“I was married to George W. Richardson in the fall of 1871, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Williams, at Amity. The Rev. James Campbell of the Christian church married us. My husband was born on the Platt river, in Nebraska, in 1851.

“We had a small farm near Bethel. The place was uncleared, being mostly timber and brush. We had nine children, all of whom were born there except one born at Amity. My husband’s sister came to live with us when she was 10 years old. She lived with us until her marriage to James Butterick. My oldest daughter, Dora, married William Butterick. My son, Charles, lives at Roseburg. Jesse, named for Uncle Jesse Walling, has been a railway mail clerk 20 years. He lies at Seattle. Elva, now Mrs. Fred Werner, lives at West Salem. Helen died six years ago. Sarah Ann – though we always call her Sadie –married William McKee. Her husband is an engineer on the Bonneville dam. I live here with Sadie. Frank lives at Seattle. Lynn started to work for the Southern Pacific when he was 15. He is now a section foreman at Salem. Crystal married Frank Carter. They live at Stayton. He is a carpenter. My husband did at Amity five years ago. We lived at Forest Grove and Salem prior to going to Amity. My husband’s father, the Rev. G.W. Richardson, was a minister of the Christian church.”

Source:  Oregon Daily Journal, August 8, 1936.

Impressions of the Journal Man, Part 1 (Flora Savage Richardson)

Mrs. George W. Richardson, who has lived in Oregon 85 years, lives with her daughter, Mrs. Sadie McKee, at Division street and 170th avenue.

“I was small for my age, as a child,” said Mrs. Richardson, “But when I finally got my growth I was 4 feet 10 inches high. For 70 years my weight has varied from 75 to 95 pounds.

“I was born at Dayton, Or., October 14, 1851. My father was Charles Savage. I don’t know when or where he was born, in fact, I know very little about him. My mother’s maiden was Phoebe Walling. She died when I was 4 and my brother Charlie was 2 years old. My father, shortly after Mother’s death, married Lois Hull, and they went to Jacksonville. My brother was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Enos Williams of Amity. They were very good to him. They had none of their own, and they adopted a number of children. I went to Jacksonville with my father and stepmother, but when an uncle, Albert Walling, came to Jacksonville to see how I was getting along he took me back to Portland with him.

“William B. Taylor had started a paper, The Oregon Farmer in Portland, and my uncle was its editor. Later my uncle published a number of county histories and for many years was in the printing business.

“By the time I was 17, I had lived with a good many families. In those days women were hard worked and had few conveniences. Money was scarce, and they felt that it was their duty to make anyone staying with them earn her way by working hard from the time they got up till they went to bed. So I had little or no playtime.”

“Uncle Albert bought a place in South Portland, near the penitentiary. They were then building the Harrison Street schoolhouse. I went to school there a while. Later I attended the Portland Academy and Female Seminary near William S. Ladd’s beautiful home. There were no Willamette bridges in those days, and only a few farms in East Portland. Occasionally we would cross the ferry to attend a funeral at Lone Fir cemetery. I attended Sunday school at Taylor Street Methodist church.

“My uncle had a place on the Willamette between Oregon City and Oswego. Each spring we would move out and spend the summer. If we went to Portland it was by steamboat. His children were younger than I,, so I did most of the chores. One was to row down the river at 5 o’clock each morning about a mile to get our supply of milk.

“My uncle George Walling had a farm about half a mile above Uncle Albert’s place. He had an orchard and a nursery. Mr. and Mrs. Bullock had a place about a mile from us, not far from Oswego, where a that time there was a big iron works. One of Uncle Albert’s children took sick, so Aunt Sarah sent me to ask Mrs. Bullock to come. Mrs. Bullock said, ‘How did you come?’

“I said, ‘by the trail through the woods.’ She said, ‘The boys are out in the woods hunting a panther, so we had better go to your place in a boat.’ When wild blackberries were ripe I would stay at Mrs. Bullock’s place to gather and dry them. One day I reached out over the river to pick some particularly fine berries, lost my balance and fell in I climbed on a rock and waited a long time. The girls came with a boat and took me off.

“When I was 17, my father thought I could do the work at his house in Jacksonville, so I went there. I had had very little pleasure when I was a girl, but I nearly had a good time when I was in Jacksonville. My father told me I could go to a dance, so I made myself a dress and looked forward to the dance with great anticipation; but the very day the dance was to be given someone broke out with black smallpox and the dance was called off. The town was quarantined, schools and churches dismissed and a pesthouse established. One doctor died and the other left. The Catholic priest had already had smallpox, and he and the sisters visited the sick and dying.”

Source:  Oregon Daily Journal, August 2, 1936.

Obituary of Celestia Buffum Walling

Celestia Buffum was born in Fulton county, Illinois, on the 3rd of August, 1839, and departed this life on the 6th day of December 1912, at the age of 73 years 4 months and 2 days.

She belonged to the noble band of pioneers, being but 8 years old when she crossed the plains to Oregon, her father having died on the way. On the 25th day of August 1857 she was united in marriage to Nelson Walling and 5 children were born to them; William Walling, Frederick Walling, Carrie Walling, Francis Walling, and John Walling, of these the four sons together with 17 grandchildren and three great grandchildren remain to mourn their loss. She rests from her labors and her works do follow her, greatly afflicted in body during the last years of her pilgrimage, she waited for the call to the deathless and immortal land.

Many were the deeds of loving service freely given by her in the spirit of Him who she loved, and who she served, and in whom she put her trust, a beautiful tribute from one who has known Grandma Walling for many years, testifies to the loving deeds wrought by this good woman in many a home where sickness had come.

She was so good to wait on the sick, never thought of herself, never too tired to go where help was needed, never did anything for show, but in a quiet way did what she could. “She hath done what she could” were the words of Him whose approving smile is better than life. Her work and her suffering here is done, her reward enter upon the home of the Blessed, where all tears are wiped away and the inhabitants never say “I am sick.”, [sic] Mrs. Walling was a life long member of the Columbia Presbyterian church.

Source: Undated newspaper clipping found on Ancestry.

Roy Walling on the Road

This is an advertisement for a tour of The Flower of the Ranch, a musical that debuted on Broadway in 1908 then was popular with stock companies for several years thereafter.  It was described as “a western play with music” and was set in the imaginary town of  Tomahawk, CA. Unfortunately, I failed to note the date for this clipping, but it’s for the Lyceum Theater in Ogden, UT.  Roy Walling is pictured on the right.


Manhattan Nocturne by Roy Walling

Roy Walling was an actor, playwright, and producer.  This an advertisement for one of the plays he wrote, Manhattan Nocturne.  It ran for about three weeks and is considered a flop.  Playbill summarized the plot as, “A down-and-out writer asks a call girl to appear in his bedroom as correspondent in a divorce suit, but he finds himself drawn to her and willing to help her out of her sad circumstances.”

Walling Flyer

Roy Walling, Actor and Producer

In “The Love Child” Roy Walling, who is both stage manager and actor, understudies Sidney Blackmer and Lee Baker. (New York Times, February 18, 1923)

Roy Walling, producer of “Conscience,” now at the Cherry Lane in New York, had an exciting time during the rehearsal period. It was necessary that he find a magpie and he combed New York State before securing one. (Oakland Tribune, August 29, 1924)

W. Herbert Adams and Roy Walling formed a producing partnership. Their first will be “The Fast Worker” by Fred Ballard and Charles Bickford. (Syracuse Herald, May 19, 1928)

Roy Walling, well-known Broadway producers of such successes as “What Anne Brought Home,” “Mary’s Other Husband,” “Laff That Off,” “Her Majesty the Widow,” “Brothers,” “Conscience,” and other plays is visiting the Manhattan Players at Whalom. Mr. Walling sold the late David Belasco the play, “It’s a Wise Child,” which was produced in stock at Whalom four years ago. Mr. Walling will remain in Fitchburg until after the opening of the new comedy, “A Reason for Youth.” (Fitchburg Sentinel, July 25, 1936)

Casting Notes: Paula MacLean, W.O. McWatters, Carree Clarke, Roy Walling, Darren Dublin, and Don Symington to “One Shoe Off”. (New York Times, February 16, 1946)
Clarence Jacobson aims to produce Roy Walling’s dramatization of Mannix Walker’s book, “The Lonely Carrot,” in January. (New York Times, October 13, 1947)

Small Town News—Idaho Statesman

D.A. Baxter is back from his camping expedition. (Idaho Daily Statesman, August 23, 1900)

RETURNED HOME — Mrs. Frank Berkley, whose husband was killed near Pocatello, returned yesterday to Glenn’s Ferry, accompanied by her parents, Mrs. and Mrs. James Mullaney. (Idaho Daily Statesman, July 7, 1901)

Mrs. F.B. Berkley and Mrs. James Mullany went to Pocatello on Monday last to settle the affairs of the late F.B. Berkley. (Idaho Daily Statesman, July 18, 1901)

Mrs. Frank Berkley is visiting in Nampa, the guest of Mrs. B.F. Walling. (Idaho Daily Statesman, August 31, 1901)

An examination of the returns from Highland Valley precinct discloses that a vote was cast for Mrs. Gile for constable. (Idaho Daily Statesman, November 16, 1898)

The eighty-sixth birthday of J.B. Walling was celebrated on Saturday last at the home of his son, Enos Walling, near this city. Mr. Walling has been a citizen of Idaho for more than half a century and his kind deeds have won for him scores of friends. He has been an elder in the Church of Christ since that church was established and has given liberally for its maintenance. He is quite feeble in body, but loves the society of his friends. Among the number present from Boise at the birthday dinner were Professor and Mrs. Kiggins and Rev. and Mrs. J.L. Weaver. Relatives were also present from Oregon. An excellent dinner was served and the afternoon was spent in songs and conversation. The guests all wish for Mr. Walling many happy returns of the day. (Idaho Statesman, August 28, 1895)

J.J. Walling was up from Caldwell Sunday. (Idaho Statesman, January 29, 1901)

The Walling Ditch

The Walling Ditch, owned by Jerome B. Walling, was an important source of water during the early days of Boise, ID.  It appears that the company was a family business that employed, at various times, Jerome Walling’s sons,  Enos C. and Nelson B. Walling, and his son-in-law, James Mullany. Following are some news items about the Walling Ditch.

NOTICE: The undersigned is now cleaning out the Boise City Water Ditch, bringing water to the upper part of the city. Those desiring to take water, and pay for the same in work, can have an opportunity to do so by applying immediately for work. J.B. Walling, Superintendent, Boise City, I.T., April 13, 1872. (Idaho Tri-Weekly Statesman, April 13, 1872)

Those who have observed the growth of our city will remember the building of the ditch south of Main street, and the rapid settlement of that part of town lying along the ditch, known as Grove street. This was owing to facilities afforded by the ditch in obtaining water for irrigating purposes. Many fine residences were erected, shade trees, shubbery and fruit trees planted out, and have grown up, so that this street is truly lovely and delightful. In the north or upper side of town there was no ditch, and although this portion of town was considerably well settled up in 1864, and has been growing slowly since that time, the houses are inferior and property cheaper than on the south side. The land is quite as good and the surface level, but the drawback for the want of water was seriously felt, and without this advantage it was plainly evident that this portion of town would never become desirable. After several ineffectual efforts, a ditch was brought in from Boise River covering all this portion of the city. For some cause or other the ditch has not proved profitable to the owner, or all that was necessary for the prosperity of those who depended upon it for watering their trees and gardens. It was, however, largely improved last year, and afforded water the major part of the season. This year the ditch has been farther [sic] improved, and we have every reason to believe it will yield a good supply of water. Mr. J.B. Walling is in charge of the ditch, and there is no doubt but that he understands the business and will keep all this portion of town fully supplied with water during the whole season. He has reduced the water rates, and no man need to grumble, and proposes to insure a supply of water by collecting the rent from time to time as the season advances so that none shall say that they have paid for water they didn’t have. There is no reason why this ditch should not yield as certain a supply of water as the lower ditch, and we are satisfied it will under Mr. Walling’s good management. If this fact is established it will raise the credit of the ditch property, and make the property in the upper portion of town the most desirable. The location is more elevated, and with the same improvements, residences, shade trees and gardens, it would be more beautiful and we doubt not will eventually become more valuable. With the public square well fenced, a good State House erected, shade trees grown up, and the grounds laid out in walks and otherwise ornamented, who would not consider a residences [sic] in this locality as desirable, if not more so, than in any other portion of our city. (Idaho Tri-Weekly Statesman, June 18, 1872)

WATER, WATER: Persons will take notice that water is now running in the Boise Water Ditch, and they are required to clean out the town ditches, preparatory to using it. Terms, one half down and the other half payable the first of July. All persons using the water will be required to pay. — J.B. Walling, Superintendent. (Idaho Tri-Weekly Statesman, May 13, 1873)

WATER! WATER! All persons wanting water from the upper ditch will clean out their ditches and apply to me for water. — J.B. Walling (Idaho Tri-Weekly Statesman, May 20, 1876)

GET READY FOR WATER: Parties who want water from the Walling ditch will attend to putting in taps or boxes immediately, as it will be inconvenient to put them in when the ditch is full of water. The water will be let into the ditch in three of four days. — James Mullaney, manager of the Walling ditch (Idaho Tri-Weekly Statesman, April 19, 1881)

NO DAMS: All persons are notified not to put any dam or dams in the Walling Ditch, as any or all persons who do so after the publication of this notice will be prosecuted. — James Mullaney, Superintendent (Idaho Tri-Weekly Statesman, August 2, 1881)

The bridge across the Walling ditch, on the Warm Springs road, is an old rattletrap. It is not half as wide as it ought to be, the plank should be thicker, put on new stringers and fastened down, and a good railing put up at each end of the bridge. It is only a miracle that some accident has not happened at this place and we hope the road supervisor of that district will see that a new and substantial bridge is made over that ditch. And while he is mending his ways in this respect, let him cause the road to be opened through Bob Wilson’s place to its proper place. We have read in the scriptures that the road to the penitentiary is “broad and smooth,” and we are in scripture land. (Idaho Statesman, September 23, 1881)

Four-fifths of the Walling Ditch was sold by J.B. Walling to Joseph Perrault on Monday last for $10,500, and one fifth by E.L. Curtis to R.Z. Johnson. (Idaho Daily Statesman, March 7, 1888)

It will be seen that Mr. Walling has inserted an advertisement in our columns in which he requests that all ditches that take water from his own be cleaned out. In addiiton to this Marshall Iseli puts in his demand and says they must be, or he will enforce the city ordinances in that direction, as he does not mean that every sidewalk and street on the line dependent upon that ditch shall be converted into a mud puddle. (Idaho Daily Statesman, March 31, 1888)

The marshal had the water shut off in the Walling ditch yesterday because property owners had not complied with the law and some of the streets became flooded. People should clean out their [unclear]. The marshal does not wish to be severe and the acts of the negligent cause others to suffer. The city cannot forebear much longer. (Idaho Daily Statesman, April 10, 1888)

Water from the Walling ditch is improving vegetation on the north side of town very much. (Idaho Daily Statesman, April 10, 1888).

The expression of intention made by Mr. Joseph Perrault, as the representative of the owners of the Walling ditch, to no longer sell irrigating water to the people of Boise City, deserves consideration. It is to be presumed that Mr. Perrault would not make such a statement unless he meant it, and if the owners of the Walling ditch do intend to discontinue running water into the city, some movements should be made at once to arrange for an irrigation supply. It will not do to permit Boise’s beautiful trees and lawns to die for lack of irrigation, and more rneans than the water company’s supply will undoubtedly need to be obtained. (Idaho Daily Statesman, September 12, 1891).

Curlew gulch is as dry as a bone. The water supply from the city serves for drinking and culinary purposes, while the horses get their drink from the Walling ditch. (Idaho Daily Statesman, October 4, 1891)

The city council has ordered the bridge across the Walling ditch at Ninth street to be repaired. The owners of the ditch refused to repair the bridge. The city will do so and bring suit to recover the cost in the event of the Grove street ditch case being decided in its favor. (Idaho Daily Statesman, October 14, 1899)

Educational News

Sharon Carroll, daugher of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Carroll, has enrolled at the Goldey-Beacom School of Business for the summer session. (Denton Journal, June 21, 1923)

Those who received certificates of promotion from the seventh grade of Hillsboro school are Roberta Rowe, Dorothy Knotts, Hazel Passwaters, Mildred Worth, Pearl Eveland, Herbert Rice, John Eveland, and Lee Seymour. (Denton Journal, June 25, 1921)

Mr. and Mrs. John Eveland, Mrs. J.E. Eveland, and Miss Pearl Eveland attended commencement exercises at Western Maryland College last Monday. Thos. Eveland, a son of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Eveland, was a graduate. (Denton Journal, June 13, 1936)

Stephen Ray Hanson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marion R. Hanson of Junction City, has enrolled at Huntington College, Huntington, Ind. Huntington College is founded and supported by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ. (Zanesville Times Recorder, September 22, 1966)

Fairmont Seminary last night sent out its annual quota of cultured womanhood. Sixteen misses representing nine states and the District of Columbia, who have been making preparation for their future careers received their diplomas, certifying they are competent to assume “added rights and new responsibilities” in the parlance of Representative Victor Murdock, of Kansas, who delivered the address of the evening. The graduates are Mary Katharine Brown, of Ohio; Miss Lillian Beatty, of Ohio; Miss Dorothy Marie Borland, of Pennsylvania; Miss Ethel Louise Foster, of this city; Miss Virginia Guitar, of Texas; Miss Hazel Herr, of Pennsylvania; Miss Mabel Elizabeth Halloway, of Kansas; Miss Sarah Frances Hancock, of Texas; Miss Eliza Watts Killian, of South Carolina; Miss Katharine Lauck, of Pennsylvania; Miss Mildred Mann, of Missouri; Miss Ada Rorick McConnell, of Michigan; Miss Grace Marie McClelland, of Pennsylvania; Miss Mabel Clair Payne, of Arkansas; Miss Harriette Richardson, of Texas; and Miss Mattie Lee Yokley, of Tennessee. (Washington Post, May 28, 1910)

Miss Alice Van Sickle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Van Sickle has been selected as valedictorian of the graduating class of Port Jervis High School, it was announced today by Charles D. Marsh, principal. Maintaining the tradition of a number of years, Miss Van Sickle was chosen by virtue of her holding honor position in the class with the highest average for for years. (Middletown Times Herald, June 22, 1934)

Salem, May 13 — To-day were held the closing exercises of the Oregon school for the blind in the presence of a few invited guests and friends of the pupils. The programmes were very interesting, and consisted of exercises which those who have the full five senses might be proud to be able to render as well. These were not graduating exercises, and the entire class will return next year. The names of the pupils are: Ernest Voos, Portland; Bertie Waller, Salem; Fred V. Cooper, Portland; Misses Lou Lewis, Corvallis; Mollie Read, Mitchell, Wasco county; Blanche Savage, near Salem; Sadie Bristow, near Monmouth; Mary Baker, Silverton; Jess Watkins, Albany; Hattie Carruthers, Albany; Amy Walling, Polk county. The school is under the supervision of D.B. Gray; matron, Mrs. Gray; assistant teacher, Miss N.J. McFallen; music teacher, Miss Helen Holman. (Portland Oregonian, May 14, 1887)

85th Birthday of Jerome B. Walling

There was a pleasant little dinner party Friday last at the Walling homestead, above the city. The occasion was the eighty-fifth birthday of J.B. Walling, one of the oldest of the old-timers. Grandfather Walling, as he is affectionately known, was born in New York state Aug. 24, 1809. Driving an ox team across the plains, he settled in the Willamette valley, Oregon, bringing with him the first sheep ever in that valley. Then he engaged in farming and fruit raising for 17 years. In 1864 he came to Boise valley, took up the Walling homestead, about two miles above town, went back for his family and the next year settled on that ranch which is still his home. There he has lived ever since, and by hard, faithful work, together with a life of thorough honesty and uprightness, has accumulated quite enough to support him in his old age. It was he who brought the first irrigating ditch into Boise, and that ditch, though now in other hands, is still known as the Walling ditch. Grandfather Walling is well known throughout this section of Idaho, and his many friends join in wishing that he may live to enjoy many years more.

Source: Idaho Statesman, August 26, 1894.