Samuel B. Warnock, pioneer of Day Ridge, died Friday, November 11, 1927, at La Grande, where he had gone a few days before for treatment for Bright’s disease. He had been in poor health for several months and with his wife had spent the summer and fall at the warm springs on Joseph Creek. About three weeks ago they went to the home of their daughter, Mrs. Kenneth Johnson, on Day Ridge. Mr. Warnock was taken worse and went to la Grande, where his wife and Mrs. Johnson were summoned last Wednesday.
The body was brought to Enterprise Saturday by C.L. Booth and was taken to Flora Sunday in the Methodist church. Prof. D.W. Moore of flora delivered the sermon in the presence of a large gathering of friends.
Mr. and Mrs. George Clausen of Day Ridge came to Enterprise Friday and remained with the family, going to Flora with them Sunday. Mrs. George Emmons and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Young and son of Wallowa went to Flora to attend the funeral.
Mr. Warnock was born January 31, 1863, at Rockford, Ill. When he was 3 years old the family moved to Nebraska where they lived a short time, moving thence to Kansas. From that state, when he was 26 years old, he came to Oregon, stopping first in the Grand Ronde valley for a year. In 1889 he came to what is now Wallowa County and homesteaded on Day Ridge on land which remained his home the rest of his life.
He was married in 1902 to Tasy E. Wright of Alder Slope and three children were born to this union, of whom two survive: Mary C. Johnson and Ruth Warnock who is attending school in Enterprise. His widow also survives and two brothers and three sisters.
Mr. Warnock raised stock on his Day Ridge farm, which was enlarged by the purchase of adjoining land. He and his wife worked hard and two years ago felt the need of a rest. They rented their farm this spring to Jay Gowey and son and moved a camping outfit to the Joseph creek warm springs where they remained until recently.
Mr. Warnock was a member of the Presbyterian Church. He was a sturdy, upright citizen and a good man in his home and neighborhood and was most highly regarded by those who knew him best.
Card of Thanks
We wish to extend our sincere thanks to friends and neighbors who so kindly assisted us during our bereavement.
Mrs. S.B. Warnock, Mr. and Mrs. K.R. Johnson, Ruth Warnock
Enterprise Record Chieftain November 17, 1927 Page 5