Thursday, March 30, 2006

Ella Erline Ohlegschlager 1919-2001

Ella Erline Ohlegschlager (Huston)(Prince)(Cooper), 82, a resident of The Dalles, OR. died at her home Friday, Mar 2001.

She was born May 10, 1919, in The Dalles, the older of two children, to Roy Harold James and Mary Emma (Shearer) Ohlegschlager. She grew up in Shaniko and Heppner, until moving to her uncle Walts homestead(one of Great grandma Keenans properties) on Upper Mill Creek near The Dalles in 1933. During the great depression many families had to double up and make do.

Ella's father, Roy, was my dad's half brother, Ella's mother was my mothers sister,Mary Emma (Shearer). This threw four young females together. we became, like sisters, Ella being the oldest, me, then my sister, Edwina, then Joyce the youngest. She and her sister Joyce went to the Mill Creek school and on to The Dalles High school with Edwina and I.

Ella married "Bud" Houston first and had a daughter Joyce Marie White) Joyce proceeded Ella in death in 1981,(Joyce Marie was murdered in her bed by an ex husband or boyfriend.)

Ella married 2nd Sam Prince and they had a son, Samuel Prince. She later married her 3rd husband, Whitey Cooper, had n/i, lived in Idaho. When Ella and Whitey were coming from Idaho to attend my parents 50th wedding anniversary at their home on Upper Mill Creek ... an accident happened that changed Ella's life completely ... a deer jumped out in front of the car ... throwing Ella out onto the pavement where she slid on her head doing much damage to her head .... she was never the same, she retired back to her mothers and her Aunt Bertha's home at 905 Case St. The Dalles, She and Whitey were divorced in 1967. She worked as a bartender at the Liberty Club and the Legion Club for many years. She enjoyed storytelling, hunting, fishing, bingo and shuffleboard.

Survivors include her son, Samuel Prince, her aunt Bertha Spletzer, her sister Joyce, all of The Dalles along with 8 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and several neices and nephews.

(see the photo taken on the back porch of great grandma's Hotel in Biggs, OR abt. 1921 or 1922 showing our great grandfather, Bernard Keenan, holding his three great grand daughters, Ella, standing, Berniece on the left and Me - Winiford, on the right knee.)

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Letter from Germany to Hattie

I received some old letters from Harriet, my cousin some
years ago, letters our grandma Hattie received from her
sister in Germany (In German, except for one)

Schneideville (sp in question) Jan 13, 1920

[Note: I, Winnie, her great grand daughter was born Jan
6th 1919, grandma Hedwig Domann Mathwig Ohlegachlager,
was also born in Jan.]

Dear Hedwig
We received your card Jan 8th and I don't want to let you wait
long for an answer. I am sorry to have to tell you the sad news,
that our dear mother is no longer alive. She died on the 20th
of May last year. She had to endure so much pain, these last two
years, she spent in bed. It was difficult for mother as well as
for me, even tho I would still be happy to take care of her. I
don't complain about her death and am happy she has the rest she
so wished for. She waited so long for news from you, but it was
seldom that a letter from The Dalles came. All though she was
never in need, she always was happy when a letter came, especially
with a doller or tw was in it , because she by a little something
for someone or a birthday gift.
You must know that mother was ill for 20 years and that all her
savings went long ago, for doctors and other costs. It gave her
great happyness when someone thought of her.

(( There is more to this letter ... "all in poor heatlh, because
of the war" ... WW I, do you suppose, which Germany more or
less caused as I recall, or was it France ?

A great granddaughter, thankful grandma Hedwig came to America.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Who is this J. F. Ohlegschlager?

I did a Google search this morning for Ohlegschlager and found this.

This would be a mail-list at for Sherman County OR.
Extractions by Earline Wasser

Polk’s Sherman County Tax List 1910
Ohlegschlager J F, $1195, Kent.

Kent is along highway 97 a bit north of Shaniko. By 1910 Jacob was deceased, Jacob J was in The Dalles. Could this be John, the oldest of the Ohlegschlager children? I checked the census indexes for 1910 but have not yet found this person.

P.S. The Ohlegschlager BLOG also came up in the search (which is why I was Googling)

Hattie Ohlegschlager - Marshal, Royal Neighbors Lodge

FROM: The Dalles Chronicle
Looking Back: A Glimpse Through The Chronicle's Files December 5, 2004

80 Years Ago, December 5, 1924

Officers of the Royal Neighbors lodge for the year 1925 have been elected as follows: Oracle, Mrs. W. Walden; V.O., Mrs. L. Underwood; recorder, Mrs. F. Oakman; treasurer, Mrs. G. Johnson; marshal, Mrs. H. Ohlegschlager; chancellor, Mrs. LeForge; P.O., Mrs. H. Watson; I.S., Mrs. C. Wilds; G.S., Mrs. W. Nichols; managers, Mrs. Webb; Mrs. Charles Swinford; Mrs. C.M. Zell; musician, Miss Grace Torington.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Chris A. Wetle Obituary

NOTE: Chris was the son of Jacob Wetle and Appolenia "Lena" Ohlegschlager Wetle.

From: The Albany Democratic-Harold, April 7, 1975, Page 9

Chris Wetle

LEBANON – Requium Mass for Chris A. Wetle, 79, 46 W. Vine St., who died Saturday at Lebanon Community Hospital, will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Edward’s Catholic Church with the Rev William M. Hugh officiating. Burial follows at Lebanon IOOF Cemetery. Jost Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Friends who wish may contribute in his memory to the American Cancer Society.

He was born Nopv 25, 1895 in The Dalles where he was reared and received his education. He entered the U. S. Army in 1917, serving until 1919. He returned to The Dalles and was a buyer at the A.M. Williams Department Store. He moved to Walla Walla , Wash. In 1931, where he was employed in a department store. He moved to Lebanon in 1961.

He married Mable Rae Green, June 20, 1927 in Portland. She survives.

He was a member of St. Edward’s Catholic Church, American Legion Post No. 51, BPOE Lodge No 1663 and Pineway Golf Club. He was a charter member of The Dalles Lions Club.

In addition to his widow survivors include a brother, John, of Bend, two nieces and two nephews.

Maud Agnes "Daisy" Wetle Obituary

From: The Bend Bulletin, February 9, 1971


Maud Agnes (“Daisy”) Wetle, 88, wife of John L. Wetle Sr, died early Sunday morning at the family home at 530 Trenton Ave.

She had been a Bend resident since she and her husband came here 47 years ago from The Dalles to establish Wetle’s Department Store.

She had been a school teacher prior to her marriage Sept 2, 1912, in Oregon City. A graduate of Oregon College of Education (Monmouth). She was born Dec 21, 1882, at Crookston, Minn.

She was a member of the Delphinian Society, Neighbors of Woodcraft, St. Francis Catholic Church and the church alter society.

In addition to her husband, survivors include two sons and a daughter, all of Bend, John L. (Jack) Wetle, Jr., Robert J. Wetle and Mrs. Wayne (Helen) Faddis.

She leaves two sisters, Mrs. Eva Mayer and Mrs. Viola Paulson, both of Portland. There are grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Requium mass will be said Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church, with the Rev. Aloysius McKenna as celebrant. Recisitation of the rosary will be Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the Tabor Funeral Home chapel.

Concluding services and vault interment will be at Deschutes Memorial Gardens.

John L. Wetle, Sr. Obituary

NOTE: John was the son of Jacob Wetle and Appolenia "Lena" Ohlegschlager Wetle.

From: The Bend Bulletin, May 14, 1976


John L. Wetle, 86, who 53 years ago founded the Bend department store that bears his name, died early this morning at his home at 530 NW Trenton Ave.

Mass of Christian burial will be said Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church with the Rev. William Coughlin as celebrant.

Mr. Wetle was well known as a sportsman, particularly as an expert dry-fly fisherman. He came to Central Oregon in the early 1920s and camped on the Metolious near the present Camp Sherman area for two years before moving to Bend. He bought an existing dry goods store from Charles Warner, and established the John L. Wetle Co. in April 1923.

Mr. Wetle was a member of the Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, the Deschutes County Sportsman’s Association and the Isack Walton League. He was a past president of the Bend Lions Club, and in past years was active in the Chamber of Commerce, the Elks Lodge and the St. Charles Memorial Hospital board.

He was born Aug. 15, 1889, at The Dalles. He had four brothers who preceded him in death.

His survivors include two sons, John L. “Jack” Jr. and Robert J., and a daughter, Mrs. Wayne (Helen) Faddis, all of Bend. There are 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Recitation of the rosary will be Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Niswonger-Reynolds Chapel. After the funeral Mass Saturday, burial will be at Deschutes Memorial Gardens beside the grave of his wife, Maud A., who died Feb. 7, 1971.

Lena Ohlegschlager Wetle Obituary

From: The Bend Bulletin, April 24, 1944

Mrs. Lena Wetle Dies at Age of 87
Mrs. Lena Wetle, 87 years old, died here Saturday evening at 8 o’clock in the St. Charles hospital where she had been taken a few days previously, after many years of failing health. Mrs. Wetle, a native of Germany, had been bedfast the past six years after coming here 15 years ago from The Dalles to make her home with her son, John Wetle, 530 Trenton. Special rosary services were held last evening at the Niswonger and Winslow funeral chapel, attended by many friends who will be unable to attend the services Tuesday morning in The Dalles.

Mr. and Mrs. John Wetle and daughter, Helen, accompanies by Mrs. Leo Herbring, left Bend this morning for The Dalles to complete arrangements for the funeral, which will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday from St. Peter’s Catholic church, with Rev. R. Nooy officiating.

Besides her son and granddaughter in Bend, Mrs. Wetle is survived by the following other sons: Clem and George Wetle of Portland; Chris Wetle of Walla Walla, Wash; and Fred Wetle of The Dalles; and the following other grandchildren, Robert and John Wetle, Jr., both of Bend and now in the armed forces; Mrs. George Ritchie of Portland.

Mrs. Wetle was a member of a pioneer family in The Dalles.