Joseph Resident Dies at Hospital
Death came to Max Mink of Joseph Sunday morning, August 17, 1941 at the Enterprise hospital following a critical illness of seventeen days. He had not been feeling well for several days but no one thought of the illness being serious until Friday, August 1 when he was brought to the hospital suffering from double pneumonia.
Max Mink was born September 25, 1892 at Marysville, Kansas and came west in 1908 settling first in Baker County where he resided until 1915 when he moved to Wallowa County, taking up a homestead on Marr Flat. On September 19, 1917 he was united in marriage to Bertha Womack and the young couple continued to live on the homestead until 1920 when they moved to Joseph. That city had been their home since. They were the parents of two children, the son passing away in 1935.
Mr. Mink had long been connected with the railroad starting his career at the age of 12years, when he drove a team of mules on a grading gang. At the time of his death he was engine watchman at Joseph, a position he had held may years.
Funeral services were held a 2 o’clock Tuesday from the Methodist Church in Joseph with Rev. Max G. Colburn in charge, and internment was held in the Prairie Creek cemetery.
Music was furnished by the Methodist choir singing “No Night There” and “Does Jesus Care.” Pallbearers were: E.M. Calvert, J.M. Bradburn, Chris Bue, Lester Estes and Cub Begley.
Mr. Mink is survived by his wife, Bertha (Womack) Mink, one daughter; Maxine, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Julius Mink of Gresham; and the following brothers and sisters, Walter Mink of San Francisco, Cal., Martha Larkin, Portland; Amelia Full, Portland; Eva Bjur, Gresham and Lucille Pearson, Portland.
His father and three sisters, Mrs. Larkin, Mrs. Pearson and Mrs. Full came for the funeral and the other sister remained at home with the mother who was unable to come for the service.
Used with permission from: Enterprise Record Chieftain, Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon, August 21, 1941, Page 6.
Transcribed by Sue Wells