Summerville, Union County, Oregon Was First Woman to Ride Into Grande Ronde Valley in Stage Coach Clarissa Lucinda Slack, who is said to have had the distinction of being the first woman to ride into the Grande Ronde valley on a stage coach, passed away at her home near Summerville last night after a lingering illness. She was a pioneer of this valley, coming across the plains to Oregon from Iowa in 1870 by train and by stage coach. Mrs. Slack was born Jan. 20, 1845 in Ohio and at the age of six, she moved to Iowa where she
Effie Slack Dies At Summerville Mrs. Effie Slack, 1306 Fourth street, died Sunday morning in her son’s home in Summerville. She was 69 years old. She had been ill for a long time. Mrs. Slack had lived in Union county all of her life. She was a member of the First Methodist Church and a 50-year member of the Rebecca lodge. Funeral services will be held for her at the Summerville chapel on next Wednesday at 2 p.m. Rev. Robinson will officiate. Mrs. Slack will be buried in the Summerville cemetery next to her husband who died in 1940. Mrs.
Summerville, Union County, Oregon Emra Slack, 18-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Burr Slack, of Summerville, died at the Grande Ronde hospital at 4 o’clock this morning. He was brought to La Grande suffering from pneumonia, an aftermath of influenza, a week ago Monday. The decedent’s father, who with the mother and several brothers and sisters, left the hospital the day Emra was taken there for treatment. The elder man also had been ill of pneumonia, but recovered after hope for his life had about been abandoned. La Grande Evening Observer Tuesday, March 16, 1926 Page 5
Summerville, Union County, Oregon Pioneer Of Valley Dies Finanders Slack Passes On at Summerville at Ripe Old Age; Many Mourn His Death. Finanders Slack, pioneer of the Grande Ronde valley, died at his home at Summerville late yesterday at the age of 78 years and 27 days at the termination of a brief illness. Countless friends mourn the passing on of Mr. Slack, who has resided in the Grande Ronde valley since 1865. The deceased was a pioneer stage driver from Walla Walla to Summerville and was mail carrier from Summerville to La Grande for several years. He married Miss
Funeral services for George H. Slack, 74, who died yesterday in a local hospital, will be held in the Summerville chapel tomorrow at 2 p.m. Rev. Gene Robinson will officiate and burial will be in Summerville cemetery. Snodgrass Funeral home is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Slack, a retired farmer, had been ill for some time. He was a lifetime resident of Union county having been born at Summerville on Aug. 30, 1878. Survivors include his sister, Allie Slack, of La Grande; two nieces, Mrs. Bernice Billerbeck of Summerville and Mrs. Spadis Kirby of Prineville. A nephew, Lyle Slack, lives
La Grande, Union County, Oregon Larry Clifton Slack, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifton L. Slack, Rt. 2. La Grande, died Saturday in a La Grande Hospital. He was six days old. His twin brother, Garry Clifford Slack, dies on Sept. 19. Graveside funeral services were held at 2:30 yesterday afternoon at the Summerville cemetery with Rev. Henry J. Gerhardt officiating. Arrangements were handled by the Snodgrass funeral home. Survivors besides the parents include a brother, Franklin Mathias, La Grande; two sisters, Donna Jean Mathias, La Grande, and Mrs. Lenore Meyers, Elgin Contributed By: Sue Wells
Lyle B. Slack, 1915 Davis St., died at his home Wednesday. He was 64. He was born Oct. 14, 1914, at Summerville, Ore. He attended elementary schools at Summerville and Imbler, and graduated from La Grande High School. Later, he lived in Wallowa County for five years. He was in the Army during World War II. Mr. Slack married Ruth Hopkins at Cheyenne, Wyo., June 4, 1943. They farmed in the Summerville area several years before moving to Milton-Freewater in 1962, where he owned and operated Slack Upholstery Shop. Survivors are his wife; son, Donald, Hermiston; daughter, Mrs. Don (Kathy)