George Walling Loosley

One of the first white children born at Champoeg, Oregon, in Clackamas County, was George Walling Loosley on August 16, 1856. He and his father, John Loosley, came to Klamath County in 1871, built and operated the first flour mill here and took an active part in the early development of the county. John Loosley was born on February 9, 1824, in Oxford, England, where he received his education. There he sang in Queen Victoria’s choir in the Episcopal Church. His trip to the United States required three months and on arrival he began his life-long trade of flour miller by operating a mill in Chicago. In 1852 he settled in Clackamas County, after coming west by covered wagon, remaining there nearly twenty years before he located in Klamath County at Wood River Valley where he was the first rancher and built the first home, dying there November 24, 1900. George Loosley’s mother, Lucy Walling, was born at Muscatine, Iowa, January 22, 1834. She crossed the plains in a covered wagon with her father, locating at Albany, Oregon, in 1847, and was married at Amity, Oregon, April 1, 1854. Her life was devoted to her 12 children and neighborhood service as practical nurse. On May 28, 1912, she died at Wood River. Among her children known here are Benjamin Henry of Malin; Birdseye McPherson, of Diamond Lake Junction; Fanny (Mrs. Oscar Bunch), of Chiloquin; Philip Sheridan, of Medford, Oregon.

George Loosley attended Oregon schools at Amity, Portland, and Linfield College at McMinnville. He began farming when 14, receiving 75 cents per day and helped support his family until he arrived in Klamath County. Here he was employed as superintendent of the shops and mills at Klamath Agency, subsequently building the school and dormitory, serving as Chief of Police, enforcing prohibition and acting as probation officer in the school work there. He also made rentals and leases of Indian lands. In 1882, he purchased the General Howard boat on Upper Klamath Lake to haul freight and soldiers’ supplied to Fort Klamath. A few years later he began purchasing land in Wood River Valley, acquiring 1200 acres. Although his ranching activities were interspersed with a great deal of service at the Fort and at Klamath Agency, George Loosley was well known in agricultural circles in the valley and, in 1905, raised the first Alsike clover in the county. He also produced the first oats and timothy in Wood River Valley. In 1890, he constructed Linkville Hotel, near Link River and operated this for a time before returning to Wood River where he was appointed custodian of the Fort for two years.

On May 2, 1880 Mr. Loosley married Emma Temperance Anderson at Klamath Agency. She was born at Brownsville, Oregon, December 8, 1859 and attended school in Jackson County, at Yreka and Fort Jones, California. She taught school at Klamath Agency from 1890 to 1895. Through her ancestor, George Anderson, a lieutenant in the Revolutionary Army, Mrs. Loosley is a member of Mount Ashland Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. Her father, Jessie Marion Anderson, was born in Monroe County, Indiana, January 13, 1832. He came to Oregon in 1852 as a Methodist minister and circuit rider, covered the territory from Brownsville to Ashland, Oregon. His death occurred in Ashland, April 9, 1865. Mrs. Loosley’s mother, Melissa Arnold, was born in Fountain County, Indiana, January 1, 1828. She taught school in Iowa before her marriage in that state, and passed the later years of her life at Ashland, where she died on January 21, 1865. Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. George Loosley, in Klamath County, as follows: Earl, born June 28 1881, died when six months old; Edward Kenneth, born March 4, 1883, well known contractor of Klamath Falls, has one child, George Butler; Cary Vernell, born June 13, 1885, resides in Klamath County, has two daughters, Carol Jane, a teacher in Klamath Falls, Frances Dorothy, attending Oswego College, Oregon; Clara Morris (Mrs. Fred Neil), born August 30, 1887, died November 25, 1925, had three children, Joe, of Seattle; Kay Frederick, at the State Medical School, Portland Oregon; Jean, a senior at the University of Oregon.

Mr. and Mrs. Loosley are of the Episcopal religious faith and both belong to Alpha Chapter No 1, Order of Easter Star, in Ashland Oregon. Mr. Loosley in consecutive years is the oldest living Mason of the Ashland Lodge, having joined the Order in June 1877. He is now retired, at the age of 84, living with his wife in Ashland, enjoying the fruition of a life well spent.

Source: Good, Rachel Applegate. 1942. History of Klamath County, Oregon : Its Resources and Its People, Illustrated. Klamath Falls, OR.

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Amity Man Resists Suit

Chester A. Walling Files Answer To Wife’s Charges.

Allegations Of Improper Conduct Are Made.

In a cross-complaint to his wife’s suit for divorce Chester A. Walling, of Amity, Or., accuses Zella Walling of conduct which for the sake of his 4-year-old son he does not “care to properly characterize.”

The defendant in the suit answers his wife’s charge of cruelty with asserting, in papers filed in the Circuit Court yesterday, that she not only had a tempestuous and wasteful disposition, but that she had numerous young men callers during her husband’s working hours.  Two named by Mr. Walling are Nelson Walling, a cousin, and Alger Cooper, who boasted, says the husband, of their conquest in Amity.

On November 19, 1918, Mrs. Walling is accused of running away with C.E. Tatro, owner of a homestead at Trenholm, Columbia County, Or., from whose home Mr. Walling and the Sheriff of Columbia County took her December 24, 1918.  As a result of that alleged episode Mr. Walling says he filed suit for divorce in the Multnomah court, but had been persuaded to drop it on account of his youngest.

The plaintiff asks that the defendant’s suit be denied, but that he be granted the decree and custody of the child, Carvel Errol Walling.

Source:  Portland Oregonian, February 5, 1919.

Mabel Jerman & Jesse Walling

A wedding of simplicity and charm was that of Miss Mabel Jerman and Jesse Walling, which took place at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. F.D. Jerman, in Salem Sunday afternoon at half past two o’clock. The house was fragrant with Spring blossoms, among which lilacs rather predominated. The bridal party stood beneath a bower of the white blossoms of narcissus and lilac, combined with ivy, where Rev. W.T. Scott performed the ceremony. The bride wore a white gown of embroidery and carried white lilacs and fern.

Immediately after the service a luncheon was served in the adjoining rooms, where lavender lilacs added to the atmosphere of Spring. Here at the delightfully informal repast reminiscences revealed that Mr. Walling had just been married in the house where he was born, the place being on an old donation claim of his father, J.D. Walling, who now resides near Lincoln, Or. The bride’s bouquet was caught by Miss Gertrude Walling, a student at Oregon Agricultural College, and following a liberal shower of rice and old shoes Mr. and Mrs. Walling left Salem on the evening train for Portland, where they are passing their honeymoon.

The guests at the wedding were Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Walling, Misses Eva Walling, Gertrude Walling, Harold Walling, Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Davis, Rev. and Mrs. W.T. Scott and Miss Lucy T. Higgins, who played the wedding march.

Source: Portland Oregonian, May 14, 1911)

Weddings and Anniversaries in Portland

James Glandon and Miss Janette Jacks were married December 30, at 201 Eleventh street at the residence of the pastor of the White Temple.  Dr. J. Whitcomb Brougher performed the ceremony.  (Portland Oregonian, December 23, 1906)

Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Thompson Rorick celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary Saturday with a reception at their home.  Their daughter and son, Harriette and J.T. Rorick, Jr., received with them.  Mrs. Nelda Taylor assisted with arrangements.  (Portland Oregonian, December 24, 1937)

Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Walling of Polk county celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary October 20 at a family gathering.  Their children are Mrs. James Mott, Washington, D.C.; Mrs. Eva M. Purvine, Amity; Miss Gertrude Walling, Harold Walling and Jesse Walling, all of Salem. (Portland Oregonian, November 14, 1935)

Ethel Walling & James Mott

The engagement of Ethel Walling and James W. Mott was announced at an attractive luncheon given by Gertrude Walling and Ruth Carlson at the home of the latter. The rooms were effectively arranged with autumn foliage and chrysanthemums. Covers were laid for the following: Ethel Walling, Mrs. Frank Mihnos, Mrs. Sam Whiteside, Mrs. George Dewey, Edith Mihnos, Dorothea Koerber, Frances Reisch, Adelaide Sheasgreen, Gertrude Walling, and Ruth Carlson. The date set for the wedding is December 14. Miss Walling was an O.A.C. girl, having finished in 1916. Mr. Mott attended the University of Oregon and Stanford and finished his education at Columbia university and the New York School of Dramatic Art. He is a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. At present Mr. Mott is practicing law in Astoria. Both Miss Walling and Mr. Mott were former Salem people.

Source: Portland Oregonian, November 16, 1919.

More Small Town News from Various Points

Portola, Calif., March 3 — Miss Barbara Loosley and Miss Lola Loosley, who have been residing with their grandmother, Mrs. H.C. Weir, have returned to their home in Beckwourth. (Nevada State Journal, March 4, 1933)

F.M. Loosley, a former merchant of Beckwith but now in the mercantile business in Valley Ford, is here visiting his son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Loosley. He is exhibiting a bruised lip when he received when his car was forced off the road. His car did not turn over but was wrecked badly enough to be put in the workshop. (Reno Evening Gazette, July 18, 1931)

Robert Mackrell, of Huntington, Indiana, stopped off here Wednesday afternoon to visit friends, being en route to Cleveland. He was accompanied as far as Ashland by J.K. Meachem. (Marion Daily Star, May 28, 1914)

Theo. Mackrell, Erie train despatcher at Newburgh, and daughter, Eva, spent Sunday at H.K. Wood’s. (Middletown Daily Times, February 1, 1894)

FIRE ENDANGERS BARNS: Fire from embers from burning brush carried to straw stacks, but for the assistance of neighbors, would have completely destroyed the large barns on the Porritt Farm, Seymour Lake, Friday the 6th. The water tanks for cattle and a large cistern provided sufficient water. (Clarkston Community News, May 21, 1921)

Mrs. Allen Price, of Penn Yan, was a week-end guest of her father, W.W. Hutchinson, and sister, Miss Dorothy Hutchinson. (Wellsboro Agitator, May 30, 1928)

The many friends of Clifford Rochelle, of Fifth and Heaton streets, will be sorry to learn that he is confined to Ft. Hamilton hospital for treatment. Mr. Rochelle has recently returned from the Good Samaritan hospital, Cincinnati, where he also underwent treatment. (Hamilton Evening Journal, August 21, 1931)

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Rochelle, Mrs. Ida Rochelle, Mrs. Chas. Stegel [sic], and son, George, left yesterday by motor to visit friends and relatives in Sandusky and Columbus. (Hamilton Daily News, August 29, 1924)

Mrs. Theodore C. Search of Maryville, Mo., is here for a visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. Werre. (Edwardsville Intelligencer, July 27, 1927)

Miss Minnie Spearin of the Grindstone City school is the guest of her sister, Mrs. Jas. Baldwin. (Bad Axe Democrat, December 30, 1887)

ONE YEAR AGO: The historic Bailey House, near Pilot Hill, has been sold by John B. Wagner to Clarence Steves, formerly of Orange County. (Placerville Mountain Democrat, July 31, 1947)

Mr. and Mrs. Estell Sullivan, of Fayette, former students at Ohio University, were weekend guests of Mrs. Sullivan’s aunt and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. I.D. Quick, Columbia Ave., and Mrs. Sullivan’s brother and family, Mr. and Mrs. John H. Acomb and son John III, Highland Ave. Mr. Acomb was a member of the graduating class at Ohio University Sunday. (Athens Messenger, June 9, 1953)

J.P. Sutton accompanied to Orion the remains of his brother whose death occurred last Sunday night at the residence of his sister Mrs. J.W. Linderman. (Northern Tribune, January 6, 1883)

Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Walling, parents of Mrs. Richard Jones, who have made their home in Silverton for several years, are now occupying a trailer house near their daughter, and family. (Dayton Tribune, September 23, 1971)

Miss Mildred Werre, who attends McKendree at Lebanon, is spending the week-end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. Werre. (Edwardsville Intelligencer, February 9, 1924)

Dr. and Mrs. Charles Wilkin, of Jeffersonville, Dr. and Mrs. Osmer J. Wilkin and daughter, of Newburgh, Mr. and Mrs. Karle Heinle, of Warwick, Mrs. Louise Van Kan and Miss Harriet Wilkin, of New York, were Sunday guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Heinle. (Kingston Daily Freeman, November 3, 1939)

Lawrence Willson, of Bowdoin College, Maine, is visiting his parents Mr. and Mrs. Merritt Willson over Christmas (Wantage Recorder, December 28, 1917)

Small Town News from Various Points

Mr. and Mrs. William L. Barclay, of East Ferry avenue, and their guests, Mrs. J. Ford Sutton and Mr. I. Hickman, who have been at their summer home at Bay View, Mich., returned home. (Detroit Free Press, December 9, 1917).

The following officers were elected by the Laurel Run borough school board: President, E.N. Johnson; vice president, Evan Griffith; secretary, Benjamin Belles; treasurer, Edward Chubb; solicitor, Chaz. Loveland. (Wilkes-Barre Times, December 11, 1907)

Dr. Rorick Bennett, and her daughter, Mrs. Clark, who have been occupying the Tilden residence [in Kensington, MD] for the past year, expect to return to Detroit, their former home, in the next year. (Washington Post, November 21, 1915)

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dilts have left for Morristown, N.J., where Mr. Dilts will begin his law practice. A June graduate of the University of Michigan law school, Mr. Dilts passed his Iowa bar examination Saturday. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Dilts, 1212 Lincoln way. (Ames Daily Tribune, June 27, 1950)

Lincoln—Mrs. Russell Gallagher of Colon, Canal Zone, was a guest here Sunday at the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Walling. Mrs. Gallagher (Marjorie Walling), formerly lived in this neighborhood and attended the school here. Miss Gertrude Walling of Portland was also a guest at the Walling home Sunday and was accompanied back to Portland by Mrs. Gallagher. (Daily Capital Journal, June 20, 1934)

Mr. and Mrs. Harper Gallup of Detroit spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Gallup. (Ann Arbor News, December 4, 1917)

Miss Hazel Gallup has returned from Union City and will spend the summer at her home here. Mr. and Mrs. Harper Gallup of Detroit were guests of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Gallup over the week-end. (Ann Arbor News, June 25, 1918)

REDDING, Aug. 11. — Mrs. E. Gardner, wife of a prominent dentist of this city, killed a black bear weighing 450 pounds on Noshana Creek, near Gregory, yesterday. While strolling from camp, rifle in hand, she saw two bears facing her in the road. The animals started towards her and she raised the rifle and shot one dead in its tracks. The other escaped. Mrs. Gardner’s daughter, Mrs. A.F. Dobrowsky, bagged three buck deer the same day. (San Jose Mercury News, August 11, 1905)

THIRTY YEARS AGO (1929): Mrs. Rose Garth who returned Friday from a visit with Dr. and Mrs. J.W. Garth at Beaumont, Texas brought with her the $1,000 donation “Dr. Will” made to the Clarion Library. (Wright County Monitor, November 19, 1959)

Misses Blanche Hightower and Agnes Devin were visitors to Bellingham on Friday. (Bellingham Herald, May 15, 1910)

Miss Eva Johnson, who has been motoring through the Willamette valley and has visited at the John Walling ranch, near Salem, is expected home today. Miss Elva Johnson has returned from a fortnight’s visit on Sauvies’ Island, where she was the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Paquet at their Oak Grove Ridge ranch. (Portland Oregonian, September 2, 1915)

The Misses Eva and Elva Johnson are at Yaquina Bay, enjoying the salmon trolling. They are the guests of their aunt, Mrs. W.M. Toner. (Portland Oregonian, September 6, 1916)

Mr. J.W. Linderman is entertaining Mr. J. Sutton, of Cheboygan. (Detroit Free Press, February 22, 1855)

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.