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About Heppner gazette-times. (Heppner, Or.) 1925-current | View Entire Issue (March 8, 1945)
Mary Aiice Adkins
Was Pioneer of 1875
Funeral services were held at
(the Methodist church Tuesday aft
ernoon for Mary Alice Adkins, who
died Saturday,, March 3, at the
home of her son, Albert Adkins, in
Cottage Grove. Rev. Bennie Howe
officiated, with arrangements in
charge of the Case Mortuary. Mrs
Tom Wells and Mrs. Don Romine
sang the hymns, accompanied by
Miss Marie Barlow at the piano.
Interment was made in the Hepp
ner Masonic cemetery beside the
grave of her husband, the late
Jesse James Adkins, who preceded
her in death on April 1, 1923. Mrs.
Adkins' three sons, Ralph, Harley
and Albert, accompanied the body
here, as did Mrs. Albert Adkins.
Mary Alice MeClure was distinct
ly an Oregon pioneer. She was born
Heppner Gazette Times, March 8, 1945 5
Dec 26, 1857 near Eugene. She and
Jesse James Adkins were married
in 1875 at Eugene and came to Mor
row county to make their home on
Rhea creek where Mr. Adkins had
resided since 1868. They lived on
the ranch for 42 years, selling it and
moving to Heppner in 1917 to spend
their declining years. They had
built a residence in south Heppner
in 1892 which was used during the
part of the year when their chil
dren were in school. After Mr. Ad
kins passed away, Mrs. Adkins con
tinued to make Heppner her home
until 1937 when she went to Cot
tage Grove to live with her son Al
bert and family.
Mrs. Adkins was a devout Chris
tian all her life and missed church
services and auxiliary meetings on
ly when physically unable to at
tend. Survivors are the three sons and
numerous grandchildren and great
grandchildren. Four children nre. 9
ceded her in death, Maggie, (Mrs.
W. C. Howard), Bertha, (Mrs. Har.
ry Johnson), Olive and Ora M. Ad
kins. GEORGE LUND
Funeral services for George
Lund, 78, were held Wednesday
afternoon from the Phelps Funeral
home, with interment in the Hepp
ner Masonic cemetery. A native of
the Virgin Isles, Lund came to
Morrow county at the age of 16 and
worked at various pursuits until ill
health compelled him to retire. He
was employed by Harold Cohn for
several years. There are no known
Mr. and Mrs. Lee Howell and Mr.
and Mrs. Burl Coxen drove to Mil
ton Sunday and spent the day with
the Blaine Elliott family.
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Helliesen Lumber Company, Yakima
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year after PP&L was organized, there
were only 42,000 people in the entire
county. Now there are 125,000. That's
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try is bound to keep growing.
In the past 34 years there have been
thousands of acres of land put under
irrigation in this valley; orchards and
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has come in here and added to the sta
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Yakima in 1911 and joined his brother, H. M.
Helliesen, in the lumber business. In those
days, a lumber dealer had to be a combination
of architect, planner and furnisher of building
supplies. All materials were hauled by team,
and a farmer from the Naches or Cowiche
area 15 or 20 miles away would spend two,
days getting a load of lumber out to his place.
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ber and materials for general building in
Yakima, Selah, Cowiche, Naches, Tieton and
rural areas throughout the upper valley to
house the expanding population.
With his nephew, Harold, son of the1
founder, Mr. Helliesen continues to operate
the lumber company. Their outlook for peace
time is to assist in the planning and building
of homes, business and farm buildings to
meet the requirements of the modern electri
cal age. His own home is altelectric, with
range, water heater, refrigerator, and a num
ber of small time-saving electrical appliances,
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