McCully, F. D. – Obituary

F.D. McCully passes away;
Pioneer of County was leader in various activities.

Frank D. McCully d. at home in Joseph, OR, 13 Mar 1939; health had been failing for several years; funeral at Methodist Church, burial in the Indian plot on Wallowa Lake (permission given by Bureau of Indian Affairs). “.. name has been a household word in Wallowa County for nearly 30 years.”

He established the first store in Joseph, the first bank, the first public water works, first electric plant, and first flour mill in Wallowa County. He ran stage lines between Union County railroad terminals and Joseph, and brought one of the first automobiles to Wallowa County. He had a forwarding (?) and merchandizing business, and was instrumental in inducing Union Pacific Railroad to build into Wallowa County.

In 1886, as a State Representative from Wallowa County, he introduced the bill to establish Wallowa County. Later, he served as a Wallowa County commissioner. late in life, he was a receiver (?) for two national banks under the Comptroller of Currency, and was a field agent for the Oregon State Land Board. he also ran the Imnaha mail line in later life. He was a staunch Republican, and was repeatedly head of the Wallowa County Republican organization.

He was b. Salem, OR 1859; attended Willamette University; came to Union, OR, in 1872; came with cattle to Wallowa valley in 1874, back in 1879 and in 1880 settled. His homestead included what is now part of the city of Joseph. In 1881, he married Julia Hambleton (Hamilton?); two children survive, Roy C. McCully (Portland) and Mrs. Lelia M. Ballinger (she and her husband W.H. Ballinger of Portland); their third son Wilmer McCully d. ca 1914 (his widow Martha McCully living in La Grande, OR).

On 19 Nov 1908 Frank M. Martha E. Dunbar. She was still living in 1939, as were their son Frank D. McCully Jr., grandson Frank D. McCully iii, and two step-children Raymond DUNBAR (Alameda, CA) and Mrs. Lucille (DUNBAR) Kellogg (Portland).

Also at funeral was Mrs. A.E. Johnson of Portland, sister of Martha E. Dunbar McCully.

The Chieftain-probably 14 Mar 1939.



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