Grim Angel Takes Pioneer of Grande Ronde Valley – Demise Due to Heart Attack
Mrs. A. B. Conley, Union county pioneer, died this morning at 10 o’clock at her home here following a heart attack suffered yesterday afternoon. She was 86 years old.
Mrs. Conley was born in Jefferson County, Ill., and was raised there, marrying A. B. Conley in the year 1858. In the fall of 1874 Mr. and Mrs. Conley and their three children came to Union county, crossing the plains with a team and wagon.
The settled on land in the Cove section and for many years Mr.Conley was one of the most extensive farmers in Eastern Oregon, the Conley ranch being known all over this part of the state.
Lived at Cove
After leaving the farm they moved to Cove and made their home there for several years, and about 15 years ago they moved to La Grande and have since made their home here at 1602 Adams avenue.
Mr. Conley died two years ago at the age of 88 years. Two years before his death Mr. and Mrs. Conley celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary here.
Mrs. Conley spent last winter in California, returning to La Grande this spring in excellent health. She met with members of the family and friends at Riverside park less than a month ago, when the Smith-Conley reunion was held there. Her sudden death came as a shock to her many friends and relatives.
She leaves three children, one daughter, Mrs. George Miller, and two sons, Jabe Conley and Frank Conley, all of Cove, also one sister, Mrs. Delphia Sinks, of Ill., and a half-sister, Mrs. Malinda Bradshaw, who lives in Idaho. In addition to these she leaves to mourn her loss 23 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren, besides a multitude of friends.
The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at two o’clock from the First Baptist church. The Rev. G. A. Pollard, former pastor of the church will return to La Grande from Beaverton, Ore., to conduct the service. Interment will be made in the Island City cemetery. The remains are at the Bohnenkamp mortuary.
La Grande Evening Observer
La Grande, Oregon
Saturday, July 9, 1927
Contributed by: Tom Childers