Elgin, Union County, Oregon
Funeral Services for Sadie Steers to be Saturday
Funeral services for Mrs. Sadie Steers will be held Saturday, July 5, at 2 PM, at the Elgin Church of the Nazarene. Mrs. Steers died Tuesday at a La Grande hospital at the age of 89. She had been in failing health for a number of years, but was able to care for her personal needs very well up until she was taken to the hospital June 18.
Interment will be in the Summerville cemetery. Rev. Volney Johnson will be in charge of services at the church here, and Mrs. Ona Harwood will sing. Pall bearers will be John Croghan, Bill Townsend, Earl Moore, John Waelty, Kenny Dunn and Louis Phillips.
Mrs. Steers was born August 8, 1868 (should be 1869) in Illinois, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William (should be Thomas Jefferson) Althiser. She was married to W.A. Schaffer at Fulton, MO., in 1888, and to this union four children were born, three daughters and one son.
She came west in 1906 and married L.N. Steers of La Grande and has resided in the county since.
Three children survive her, Mrs. Opal Miller of La Grande, Mrs. W. A. Doty of Goldendale, Wash., and Mr. H.M. Schaffer of Salem.
There are nine grandchildren: Vernon Newman, Yakima, Wash.; Harold Newman, Seattle, Wash.; Mrs. Clara Hyatt, Seattle, Wash.; Mrs. Dorothy Hatch, Tacoma, Wash.; Mrs. Nita Karr, Stayton, Ore.; Marvin Schaffer, Salem; Miss Norma Miller and Kenneth Miller, Los Angeles, Calif.; and Mrs. Elmer Hart, Los Angeles, Calif. There are 10 great grandchildren.
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First the names that my great-grandmother went by in Union Co.
1. When she moved to Union Co. she was Sarah Ellen Schaffer (maiden name was Althiser). She had been called Ellen for some time prior to her move.
2. She, Sarah Ellen Schaffer married in Union Co. April 13, 1908 to Leroy N. Steers. By this time she was going by Sadie and was known as Sadie Steers the rest of her life. The local folks did call her Mamie as a nickname.
3. Sadie Steers divorced Leroy and married and divorced George Holland in 1929. She took back the name of Steers.
Her daughter, is buried near her in the Summerville Cemetery. Her headstone reads:
Her whole name was Loney Opal (nee Schaffer) Miller.
Contributed by: Sharon Karr