Promise, Wallowa County, Oregon
Early Promise Resident Dies
Charles P. Carper, resident of Promise for 42 years, died at La Grande, Monday, May 24, 1937, after an illness of over a year. Funeral services were held at the cemetery in Promise, Tuesday, and were attended by a large gathering of relatives and friends, Rev. Albert Kribs, pastor of the Christina church of Elgin, gave the address.
Six of Mr. Carper’s sons were pall bearers, Harold, Robert, Ralph, Melvin, Roy and Orville Carper.
Mr. Carper was a son of Washington Carper, one of the first of the many who came to the county from West Virginia. He visited the county and carried back glowing reports of it which, induced the family to move west. Charles Carper was born in Raleigh county, West Virginia, April 8, 1872, and moved to La Grande in1891 and farmed near there for three years and in 1894 came into the forest belt of Wallowa county and took a homestead at Promise.
He married Miss Bertha Doud May 12, 1897, to which union 15 children were born, all but one of whom survive him.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Bertha Carper and the following children: Mrs. Curtis Lindsey, La Grande; Mrs. Roy Burnett, Baker; Ralph Carper, Hilgard; Robert Carper, la Grande; Roy Carper, Troy; Mrs. Frank Lindsey, Mrs. Ivan Garrett, Howard, Melvin, Harold, Orval, Ivan, Lewis and Louella Carper, all of Promise; 17 grandchildren the following brothers and sisters, Mrs. Jennie Tyree, of West Virginia; Mrs. Julia Sannar, of Promise; Mrs. Rachel Bennett and Mrs. N.S. Fleshman, of Wallowa; Joe Carper, of Rochester, Wash., John and Walter Carper of Promise.
All but one of the children were at the funeral.
Enterprise Record Chieftain, Front Page – Thursday, May 27, 1937