Joseph, Wallowa County, Oregon
Funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon at the Methodist church in Joseph m for Mrs. Ellen M. Knapper, who died Sunday evening, Dec 15.1940.
Rev. Ralph Vanderwood was in charge and the Methodist quartet sang Beautiful Isle of Somewhere and Abide with Me. The pall bearers who assisted in the service were Henry Mitchell, P. Mullins, Max Wilson and Polk Mays, of Joseph, and Charles Johnson and Ross Leslie of Enterprise, Interment was made in Prairie Creek Cemetery besides her husband.
Mrs. Knapper was born in Astoria Illinois, Feb 3 1862. She married Ludwig Knapper January 2, 1881. She came with her husband to Oregon in the spring of 1882 settling in Pendleton. Six years later they moved to Joseph, which has been her home since that time, except for ten years she spent in Portland after the death of her husband in 1926. She returned to Joseph in 1938.
On October 9th of this year she suffered a stroke and was confined to her bed until her death. Mrs. Knapper was a charter member of the Joseph Methodist Ladies Aid which was organized about 45 years ago and was always interested in the general social life of the town.
Three children survive their mother, Robert B., of Joseph, Benjamin, of Portland and Mrs. Maude Eberhard, of La Grande. One daughter Addie Schaupp preceded her in death, leaving two daughters, Irene Schaupp, Portland and Mrs. Linn Latourette (Francis Schaupp), of Jennings Lodge Ore. whom Mrs. Knapper raised. Also still living are nine grand children and three great grandsons, besides several nieces and nephews.
Joseph Herald, Wallowa County, Oregon
Donated by Julie Botts