Obituaries of descendants of Solomon McNulty and Delilah Logan (daughter of William Logan and Matilda Thaxton, granddaughter of Thomas Thaxton and Jemima Cobb of Pendleton Dist., S.C., and Allen Co., Ky.):
From the Walla Walla (WA) Union-Bulletin, 03 Jan 1949, an obituary of Delilah’s daughter Ora McNulty Kennedy Ocker:
OCKER — January 2 at a local hospital, Mrs. Ora L. Ocker of 825 North Ninth avenue aged 76 years; mother of Lillie M. Jackson and Irene J. Ogle of Walla Walla, Hattie M. Hack of Kennewick and Roy Kennedy of Seattle. Eight grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Lena Westervelt, Milton, also survive. Born October 10, 1872 in Illinois. Member of Methodist church and Rebekah lodge of Mineral, Kas. Remains at Cookerly and Groseclose.—(Paid notice)
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Friday, 13 Jul 1946:
Edgar Ocker Dies in Local Hospital Saturday
Edgar Ocker, 84, of 825 North Ninth, died in a local hospital Saturday.
He was born in Pennsylvania, October 16, 1851 and had come to Walla Walla from Idaho 10 years ago. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Ora Ocker at the family home, a son Willis of Death Valley, Calif., four step-children, Mrs. Irene Bogle and Mrs. Lillian Jackson both of Walla Walla, Mrs. Ben Hack of Kennewick and Roy Kennedy of Seattle.
Note: another almost identical item says he died July 13.
From the Walla-Walla (WA) Union-Bulletin, 22 Dec 1969, an obituary of Delilah’s daughter Lena Maud McNulty Westervelt:
M-F Woman Killed in Two-Vehicle Collision
MILTON-FREEWATER – A Milton-Freewater woman was killed and two other persons injured Saturday night in a two-vehicle collision on S Main St.
Killed was Mrs. Lena Westervelt, 83, 11 SW Fifth St., the driver of one of the vehicles involved in the accident. Larry Elliott, 25, Route 1, Box 74, was listed in good condition Monday at St. Mary Hospital in Walla
Walla. Listed in fair condition Monday was Linda Horton. 22, Route 2, Box 6, a passenger in the vehicle driven by Elliott.
Police said the accident occurred about 10 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Fourth and S. Main St. The
Elliott vehicle was apparently proceeding north on Main St. and struck the Westervelt car broadside, police said.
Milton-Freewater Police Chief William Biggs said the position of the vehicles following the accident and the lack of eyewitnesses made it difficult for police to determine exactly how the accident occurred. He said city and state police are continuing the investigation.
Mrs. Westervelt was born Dec. 24, 1885 in West Mineral, Kansas, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sol McNulty and married Simon P. Westervelt in Columbus, Kansas Dec. 20, 1905. The couple lived in West Mineral, Kansas until 1921 when they moved to Milton-Freewater. He died Aug. 20, 1964.
Mrs. Westervelt had worked in the canneries and packing houses in earlier years and had been active in church and lodge work. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Rebekah Integrity Lodge 175 for
over 45 years and the Golden Age Club.
Services will be 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Munselle-Rhodes chapel with Rev. Paul White of the First Baptist Church officiating. Interment will follow in the Milton-Freewater Cemetery with Rebekah Integrity Lodge 175 in
charge of the graveside ritualistic services.
From the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, 22 Dec 1969:
WESTERVELT — Dec 20, 1969 at Milton-Freewater Mrs Lena Maude Westervelt of 11 S.W. 5th, Milton-
Freewater aged 83 years. Survived by a daughter, Mrs. Mirval (Verna) Bennett of Milton-Freewater; a son, Horace Westervelt of Parsons, Kan., and several nieces. Born Dec 24, 1885 in West Mineral, Kan. Member of the First Baptist Church, Rebekah Integrity Lodge 175 and the Golden Age Club, all of Milton-Freewater Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home Chapel in Milton-Freewater in charge of the arrangements (Paid notice)
From the East Oregonian (Pendleton, OR), 19 Sep 2005:
MILTON-FREEWATER — The funeral for Verna M. Bennett was held 11 a.m. today, Monday, Sept. 19, in the chapel at Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St, in Milton-Freewater. Concluding service and interment were in the Milton-Freewater Cemetery.
Mrs. Bennett, 97 of Milton-Freewater, died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2005 at her home.
One of two children, she was born Jan. 17, 1908, in West Mineral, Kan., to Simon and Lena McNulty Westervelt. She went to school in Jacksonville, Kan. The family left Kansas in September 1921 for Milton-Freewater. She attended school at Tum-A-Lum and later Mac-Hi.
On Dec. 20, 1928, she married Cleve Huntley in Milton-Freewater. Mr. Huntley died Nov. 24, 1960.
She was employed by Pacific Northwest Bell for 35 years as a telephone operator, a job that she really loved.
She married Mirval Bennett, May 15, 1964, in Milton-Freewater. They made their home on Main Street. Mr. Bennett died May 27, 1983.
Mrs. Bennett’s home was known for her Christmas lights and decorations and her beautiful gardens and irises. She won many awards for her irises and received Yard of the Month many times.
She was a member of the M-F Garden Club, Walla Walla Iris Club, Blue Mountain Iris Club, Integrity Rebekah Lodge 175 of Milton-Freewater, Telephone Pioneers, Walla Walla Travel Club, M-F Senior Center and was a Lady Elk.
Survivors include her stepdaughter, Kathleen Gray of Marcellus, Mich.; stepson, Terry Bennett of Eugene, and her cousin, niece and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, by her husbands, Cleve Huntley and Mirval Bennett, and by a brother, Horace Westervelt.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Telephone Pioneers, Salvation Army or a charity of choice through Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862.
From the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, 02 Aug 1976:
MILTON-FREEWATER – Horace E. Westervelt of Parsons, Kan., died July 19 in Parsons at the age of 66.
Westervelt was born July 4, 1910, in West Mineral, Kan., to Simon and Lena McNulty Westervelt. He moved with his parents to Milton-Freewater in 1921. Westervelt lived in Milton-Freewater until moving to McCune, Kan., in 1937 and to Parsons in 1942.
He married Pauline Hale on Sept. 1, 1935 in Walla Walla.
Survivors include his widow Pauline Westervelt, at the home; and one sister, Verna Bennett of Milton-Freewater.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Tues., 04 Jul 1950:
Death Takes Ben Otto Hack of Kennewick
KENNEWICK – Ben Otto Hack of 310 Avenue C, died June 30. He was born March 13, 1894. He had made his home here about 10 years.
The funeral was held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Nazarene Church with the Rev. Bridgewater officiating. Burial was in Walla Walla.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Hattie Hack; five children, Clifford Hack of Eugene; Raymond Hack of McNary; Harold Hack of Kennewick; Mrs. Hazel Attwood of Seattle; and Mrs. Delores Harrow of Kennewick; eight grandchildren; and a brother, Henry Hack of Leadville, Colo.