Walling Family Has Reunion Sunday

The 22nd annual reunion was held at the J.D. Walling grove at Walling [sic] Sunday. Following the dinner the afternoon hours were spent informally.

Present were Mrs. James Mott, Dorothy and Beverly Mott, Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Walling, Mr. and Mrs. Jess Walling, Ellis Walling, Celia Walling, Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Chapman, Virginia and Bobby Chapman.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Walling, Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Reant, all of Salem, Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Walling, Jerry Walling, Miss Marjorie Walling, Walter Walling, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Walling, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse M. Wise, Elva Johnson, Eva Johnson, Mildred B. Fall, Floyd Hall, Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Tipp, Marjorie and Audrey Tipp, Mrs. Mary Likens, Mrs. James D. Fall, Mr. and Mrs. L.L. Barzee, all of Portland, Edna Wadsworth of Seattle, J.W. Walling of Amity, Mr. and Mrs. G.G. Walling of Sherwood, W.H.K. Walling of Falls City, Mr. and Mrs. Karl G. Miller of Jefferson, Mrs. Curtis E. Stewart of Oswego, Mr. and Mrs. E. Tohler [sic] and Miss Deloris Tohler [sic] of Eugene, Mr. and Mrs. Jessie Walling of Dallas, Elsie L. Stutz of Brownsville, Mr. and Mrs. Baldwin and Donald Baldwin of West Salem.

Source: Salem Capital Journal, June 28, 1939.


J.F. Loosley Drops Dead At Medford

John Frederick ‘Fred’ Loosley, 74, widely known Klamath county stockman and pioneer resident of this section, dropped dead shortly before noon Tuesday in Medford.

Mr. Loosley was shopping in a grocery store, it is understood, at the time of his death. Mr. and Mrs. Loosley had been visiting relatives in the valley this past week.

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Frank M. Walling

WALLING—Frank M., late of 4235 NE Rodney ave., husband of Minnie E. Walling, father of Mrs. Florence E. Harrington, Mrs. Grace Hicks, Puget Island, Wash.; Mrs. Lorene Browning; brother of George G. Walling, Sherwood, Or.; Walter C. Walling of Eugene, Or.; Mrs. Nellie Fall, Portland; Le Roy Walling, New York city, N.Y., and four grandchildren. Service Monday 3 P.M., Little Chapel of the Chimes, 430 N. Killingsworth. Interment Rose City cemetery.

Source: Portland Oregonian, July 6, 1941.



Victim of Murder and Shooting Tragedy Discovered By Daughter of Slain Woman Lying Close Together On Back Porch of City Residence

Enactment of a double tragedy in which Mrs. Fred Neil of Ashland, member of a prominent Klamath family, was shot to death and Ray Jillson, believed to be her murderer, died from a self inflicted bullet, occurred at one o’clock yesterday afternoon in the Neil residence in Ashland according to Ashland police. Jillson, 34, a member of a prominent Jackson county family, after sending four bullets through Mrs. Neil’s body then turned the gun on himself, death coming instantly.

Mrs. Neil was shot four times with a .38 Wesson revolver and from the effects of the bullets it is estimated by police that the two could not have been separated more than three feet when the shots were fired.

Three of the shots entered the body of Mrs. Neil, two shots, either of which would have proved fatal. The first shot entered the left breast above the heart and the second shot about an inch below the right ear.


Bertha Jennings & Lorin Walling

At high noon, December the seventh, in her home beautifully decorated with Oregon grape and ferns, Bertha Elma, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Jennings, of Zena, Polk county, was given in marriage to Mr. Lorin Marion Walling, of Lincoln, the Rev. S.P. Knight officiating.  The bride was lovely in a rove [sic] of ivory satin with garnitures of embroidery and braid.  Her flowers were white carnations.  She was unattended.

An elaborate dinner was served after the ceremony, which was witnessed by relatives and a few close friends.  Mrs. Walling is a granddaughter of the late Mrs. Mary Ernest of Polk county, whom everyone knew and loved, and a graduate of Willamette College of Music, class nineteen hundred and two; a year of post graduate work followed in the same college.  There were many handsome gifts, among them a pianola from the groom’s parents.

The young couple will reside in a ranch home prepared for them near Gates. In connect with this wedding is an incident of peculiar interest. Revered Knight married the bride’s parents thirty-two years ago, when they lived in the same locality where they are at present living.

Source:  Salem Capital Journal, December 9, 1911.

Henry Benjamin Loosley

Funeral services were held Friday, July 30 at 3 p.m. at the Forest Lawn Hollywood Chapel, Santa Monica, California, for the late Henry B. (Ben) Loosley, whose passing on Monday, July 26, removed another member from the thinning ranks of those early settlers who pioneered the Wood River Valley. In memory of this beloved long time resident of Fort Klamath, the following is written:

Ben Loosley was born November 28, 1877, at the Wood River valley homestead of his parents, John and Nancy [sic] Walling Loosley, who were among the first to settle here; he was reared in Fort Klamath and received his education at local schools with the exception of two years spent in Boise, Idaho, with his mother and her relatives, members of the prominent Walling family of that city, where he attended school for the two year period. Later on, he and his father initiated the first industry to be started on Wood River, where they operated a creamery, which became famous because of the excellent quality of the cheese produced by father and son; some years later, he went into sheep raising with the late John Smart and eventually settled on his ranch, the present Leonard Meschke place, where he pastured cattle on a share basis. Several years later, he and Mrs. Loosley moved to Malin, where he engaged in ranching until forced by ill health to retire, when the couple went to Santa Monica to make their home with their only child, a daughter Helen, and her husband, the Ert Hollenbachs, where they have lived quietly ever since.

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Sensational Divorce Suit Filed Here

Prominent Nampa People Involved—Mrs. Jesse J. Walling Makes Grave Charges

A sensational divorce suit was filed in the district court Friday when Mrs. Ella M. Walling instituted proceedings against Jesse J. Walling, a well known Nampa real estate dealer. Mrs. Walling alleges that her husband started action to have her decreed insane so that he could deprive her of her estate, and then sent her to a Portland sanitorium where she was practically held as prisoner, and where she was given medical treatment that sapped her vitality and undermined her health.

The plaintiff alleges that on a number of occasions her husband kicked and otherwise ill-treated her. His denial of funds to properly support her made it necessary for her to establish millinery stores in Nampa, and at this place, it is claimed. Walling, however, sold these stores at great sacrifices while she was attending the National Educational association meeting in Portland, the complaint states, with deliberate and malicious intent to wreck the business and place the plaintiff at the mercy of her husband.

When Declared Insane

In August 1917, without due notice, Mrs. Walling claims, procedures were instituted to declare her insane, and a “pretended order” to that effect was issued by the Canyon county probate court, with J.H. Cowell as guardian of her estate. Mrs. Walling alleges this was a conspiracy to unlawfully deprive her of her civil rights and the enjoyment of her estate. It caused shame and humiliation among her friends, she says.

Later she was prevailed upon by the defendant and others to go to Mountain View sanitarium at Portland to recuperate. Here, according to the complaint, she was soon dissatisfied and endeavored to leave only to find that her clothes had been removed and that she was a virtual prisoner there. Communication was denied her with friends and her health rapidly became impaired. She alleges that drugs were administered that rapidly sapped her strength and health, causing her muscles and nerves to be paralyzed.

Escapes From Asylum

In February 1918 she was permitted to leave and being too ill to complain or object to any plans made for her, she was taken to the home of H.D. Poore, a Portland physician. While here she says that her husband repeatedly asked Dr. Poore to refuse her permission to communicate with friends. In the belief that Mrs. Walling as set forth in the compliant, this was done to dominate her and subject her to cruel and inhuman treatment and without just cause.

In March 1919, the probate court order was rescinded after a long fight and she was restored to legal mental competency. Since that time Walling has failed to provide for her needs, according to the complaint.

Mr. Walling is one of the wealthy real estate men of Nampa with an income estimated at $10,000 per annum. Mrs. Walling, in asking for a division of the community property, places its value at $100,000, of which $60,000 is realty, about $20,000 is stock in the Walling Land company and other property whose value is unknown to her.

They were married at Caldwell March 10, 1896. There are no children. Her case is being handled by Joe Partridge, a young Nampa attorney.

Source: Caldwell Tribune, May 23, 1919.

Cruelty Basis For Startling Divorce Action

Mrs. Ella Walling, Wife of Wealthy Nampa Realty Man, Begins Sensational Suit in District Court.

CALDWELL—That her husband instituted proceedings to have her declared insane so he could deprive her of her estate, and then sent her to a Portland sanitarium where she was given drugs that sapped her strength, and her clothes were removed to prevent her escape, is alleged by Mrs. Ella Walling in a suit for divorce filed here late Friday afternoon against Jesse Walling, a well known real estate dealer in Nampa. Cruelty is alleged as the basis for the suit.

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Ernest Walling Claim Bride Today In Rites

By Bess Middleton

Relatives and a few friends will gather in the First Congregational Church this morning at 9 o’clock for the wedding of Mrs. Mittie E. Johnson and Justice Ernest Walling, both of this city.

The bride, who will be attended by her daughter, Miss Joyce Johnson, will wear her traveling costume of navy blue sheer frock with matching cape jacket featured by white net flowers.

She will have a large navy blue straw [hat?] with white pique trim and her corsage will be fashioned of gardenias and lilies of the valley.

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