Mrs. Bessie Goodman Beirs
Clayton Goodman received the sad news Friday evening of the death of his sister, Mrs. Bessie Goodman Beirs, at Salem. He left for La Grande Saturday morning after having just returned from there Friday evening, to be with his mother, Mrs. Mary Goodman while his sister, Mrs. Pauline Alusworth and her husband went to Salem to attend the funeral.
The news of her death was a shock to the family and friends, as they had not had any word of her illness, but a letter written a week earlier to her brother Clayton, stated that her little girl Naomi, had been quite sick with sore throat, the doctor being uncertain whether it was diphtheria. Mrs. Beirs died of that disease after only a few days illness. Mrs. Geo. Dodge’s brother, a young Mr. Hammack, who arrived from Salem on Tuesday said he met her on the street in Salem going to a pharmacy for medicine for her little girl on Monday.
Mrs. Beirs has many relatives here. Her other brother, Ralph, lives here and she was a niece of A.M. and J. S. Wagner of Enterprise. She spent practically all of her girlhood at Lostine, and has many old friends to mourn her departure. She was here for just one Sunday the latter part of August, the first time she had been to Lostine since about 7 years ago when she left for Salem, and the near relatives now feel her visit was providential.
She leaves a sister, Mrs. Effie Foster of Dunamuir, Calif., and Mrs. Lenore Reed of Portland and another brother Rawleigh Goodman of Ashland, besides those already mentioned and her brothers at Enterprise.
Enterprise Record Chieftain, Thursday, October 29, 1925, Page 8