Mrs. Golden, Pioneer Of 1864, Dies
Secretary of Pioneer Association Passes One Day After Annual Event
Was Very Prominent in Grange, Rebekah, W. R. C., Church and Pioneer Circles in the Valley.
Mrs. Mattie Golden, one of the early pioneers of Union county, passed away yesterday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Archie Conley, at the age of 69 years, six months. Mrs. Golden had been ill for some weeks.
Her death removes another of the real pioneers of the valley. She crossed the plains to Oregon by wagon train in the year, 1864, a full score years before the railroad came into La Grande. Her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. John A. Childers settled near Grange hall and she had lived in that vicinity until a few years ago when she moved to La Grande.
On May 2, 1880 she was married to Charles E. Golden, who died 18 years ago. To this union six children were born: Mrs. Rachel Utter, of Astoria; Mrs. Archie Conley, of La Grande; J. J. Golden, of Portland; Mrs. LeRoy Hull of Glenns Ferry, Ida; A. E. Golden who lives at the family home near Grange hall, and Mrs. F. Y. Yeske, of La Grande.
Mrs. Golden had long been an active member of the Christian church of this city. In 1931 she was awarded the 25-year veterans’ jewel by the Crystal Rebekah lodge, and recently was made an honorary member of Blue Mountain grange 345 for charter membership. She also was a member of the Women’s Relief corps and had been secretary of the Union County Pioneer association for several years. She was reelected at the pioneer picnic held Thursday at Riverside park, a day before her death. That was the first pioneer meeting she had been unable to attend in many years.
Funeral services will be held from the Christian church at 4 p.m. Sunday and the Rebekahs will conduct the services at the cemetery. The body is at the Snodgrass and Zimmerman mortuary.
La Grande Evening Observer
Saturday, July 23, 1932