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Arthur Burr Cox Fannie DeClarke Adaline Freeman Frances Vida Kraus Bertha Markley Marguerite Mercedes Mathiot Thomas Wheeler Stewart Chester Adelbert Wheeler Clarence John Wheeler Collister Martin Wheeler Edward Collister Wheeler John Collister Wheeler Mary Elizabeth Wheeler
Arthur Burr Cox, The Oregonian, 29 Jul 1918, page 7

A. B. Cox, for 37 years an employee of the railway mail service, died yesterday at 3 A.M. at his home in Rose City Park. He leaves a widow, Mrs. Fannie De Clark Cox, who was, before her marriage to Mr. Cox, the widow of the late Edward Wheeler, a former Mayor of East Portland. Mr. Cox died at the age of 64. He was born in Kalamazoo, Mich., and came to Portland in his youth. He is prominently identified with the early history of East Portland, where he was postmaster at one time. During his employ in the railway mail service he made the run between Portland and Pocatello. Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 2 P.M. at Dunning's chapel, under the auspices of Oddfellows' Lodge, interment in Lone Fir Cemetery.

Fannie DeClarke, The Oregonian, 30 Apr 1933, page 13, col 2

Mrs. Fannie Wheeler Cox, for many years a resident of Portland, died yesterday morning in Santa Monica, Cal., according to a telegram received by friends from her son, John Wheeler. Funeral services will be held in Santa Monica at 2 P. M. tomorrow, with interment at Sierra Madre. Mrs. Cox lived here nearly all her life until shortly after the war, when she moved to California to be with her son.

Adaline Freeman, Oregonian, Wednesday, 1 Jul 1891

DIED -- Wheeler -- In this city, June 29, Adaline Freeman Wheeler, mother of Elmer M. and Clarence J. Wheeler and Mrs. J. T. Stewart. Funeral from the residence of her son Clarence, 17th and Clay sts. Holladay's add., this Wednesday, July 1, at 3:30 P. M. Friends are invited.

Frances Vida Kraus, Oregonian, Thursday, 19 Oct 2006

Frances Wheeler passed away Oct. 10, 2006. After a minor heart attack in February of 2005, she moved into an adult foster home where she impressed her new family with her dignity, elegance, and determination to enjoy life.

An amateur singer since she learned to walk, Frances made her solo debut at the age of 5 singing "Away in the Manger" at the Mays Landing Presbyterian Church. In 1977 she joined the Mello Macs at the Multnomah Athletic Club. Although she could no longer perform with the group, she attended rehearsals as recently as this summer.

Besides singing, her other great passion was the English language. At the age of 13, she became the Atlantic County, N.J., spelling champion and went on to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. She solved crossword puzzles all her life and frequently astounded family members by unscrambling Jumble puzzles as soon as she looked at them.

Frances Vida Kraus was born Oct. 28, 1912, to Henry Sebastian Kraus and Pauline (Eberhardt) Kraus in Atlantic City, N.J. She grew up in Mays Landing and after high school studied nursing. She worked 30 years for the Public Health Service, starting in Philadelphia, then Boston, Baltimore, San Francisco, and finally Portland.

After her retirement, she married Portland dentist, Ruben Joseph Rutten, in 1965. Ruben died in 1971 and she married another Portland dentist, Collister Martin Wheeler, in 1973. She was predeceased by her husband in 1997 and her only sister, Gladys Pauline Kraus of Mays Landing in 2005.

She is lovingly remembered for her style, grace, and generosity by cousins, the extended Rutten family, the extended Wheeler family, and the Jurju family.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Oct. 28.

Bertha Markley, Santa Cruz Sentinel, Sunday, 23 Jan 1966, Page 14

WHEELER--In Santa Cruz, Calif., January 22, 1966. Bertha M. Wheeler. Survived by a sister, Mrs. Gladys Hinrichs of Hood River, Oregon, a daughter, Mrs. Mary B. Roper of Ben Lomond, Calif., four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Native of Kansas, aged 87 years.

Services will be conducted at the Wessendorf & Thal chapel, 223 Church St., Monday, January 24th at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Lou Blakesley of the First Church of Religious Science officiating. Private inurnment. IOOF Crematory.

Marguerite Mercedes Mathiot, The Oregonian, Tuesday, 5 Dec 1972, Page 32

Wheeler -- Dec 3, Marguerite, 14555 NE Knott Ct.; mother of Frances Robinson, Jack and Chester Wheeler; 8 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, sister of Mrs. Paul Gurske. Private family arrangements were made through Ross Hollywood Chapel. Family suggests memorials be made to Westside School for exceptional children.

Thomas Wheeler Stewart Oakland Tribune, 21 Nov 1916

Funeral services were conducted this afternoon for the late Thomas W. Stewart, San Francisco business man, whose death occurred at his home at 2119 Parker street. The services were held at the residence and conducted by Rev. W. H. Hodgkin, of the Chapel of All Souls, and Rev. H. E. B. Speight of the First Unitarian church.

Stewart was 28 years of age, a graduate of Berkeley high school. Two years ago he was married to Miss Florence Kelsey, daughter of Harry Kelsey of this city, and he is survived by her and his mother and one sister.

Chester Adelbert Wheeler, Oregonian, 28 Dec 1965

WHEELER -- Dec. 26, Chester A., husband of Marguerite M., 3055 SE 174th; father of Chester M., Jack N., and Mrs. Ronald Maggard; brother of Dr. Collister M. Private services Wednesday, Dec. 29, 10 am, ROSS HOLLYWOOD CHAPEL, NE 48th & Sandy, under auspices of Friendship Lodge No. 160, AF&AM. Also life member of Coast Guard Auxillary and Telephone Pioneers of America. Memorial contributions may be made to Friendship Lodge No. 160, AF&AM

Clarence John Wheeler, Oregon Journal, 12 July 1935, page 22

Funeral services for Clarence J. Wheeler, 70, retired salesman for Powers Furniture company, who died at Long Beach, Wash., Monday, will be held at 10 a. m., Friday, in Finley's chapel. Interment at Lone Fir cemetery will be private. Mr. Wheeler had been in Long Beach a month when he died. He lived here at 1801 Northeast Broadway. Surviving are his widow, Frances M. Wheeler; two sons, Chester A. and Dr. Collister Wheeler, Portland, and a brother, Milton I. Wheeler, Los Angeles.

Collister Martin Wheeler, Oregonian, 16 Oct 1997

Collister M. Wheeler, a Portland dentist who spent much of his life as a physical fitness enthusiast and set several world records in age-group sports competition, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1997, in a Portland hospital at the age of 104.

Mr. Wheeler was born June 20, 1893, on Portland's east side and lived his entire life in the city. He served in the Navy in World War I, World War II and the Korean War. He was a sailor during World War I before becoming a dentist, then served aboard a ship in the Pacific as a dentist during World War II. During the Korean war, he was a Navy captain and headed the reserve dental program from Washington, D.C.

Mr. Wheeler lived for a number of years in an apartment in the West Hills.

He retired from a 42-year dental practice in the Medical Arts Building when he was 75. It was seven years later that he became interested in age-group sports competition in swimming and in track and field.

In his early years, he had boxed and had been a canoeist and an enthusiastic weightlifter.

"He was known as the father of weightlifting," said Joe Loprenzi, who retired in August after 60 years as a fitness instructor at the Multnomah Athletic Club, where Wheeler was an active member and participant in fitness activities.

Describing his early life in athletics and interest in fitness in an interview with The Oregonian a few years ago, Wheeler said that until he was about 18 he participated in boxing.

"Had a punching bag in the basement," he said, "and I was about the champ of the Irvington area." A short time later, his interest shifted to canoeing, and the group he was with dominated canoeing on the river at the time.

"He loved to go out in a canoe," his wife, Frances, said, "loved to teach people how to canoe. When he steered, he did not move the paddle from one side to the other. He steered by what he called the Little J stroke."

When he was 90, Wheeler went to New Zealand to compete in an international age-group swimming competition. His interest in working out and in age-group competition continued until he was 100.

He excelled in age-group competition in track and field and in swimming. To his best recollection, he set 16 world age-group records in swimming and another 15 in track and field, some of which have been broken.

"He enjoyed being called the best in the world," his wife recalled.

Besides his wife, whom he married on his 80th birthday, Wheeler is survived by four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. His first wife, Estelle Hawkins Wheeler, died in 1956, and a daughter, Mary Carolyn Ashby, died in 1992.

There will be no funeral services, but a celebration of life will be held at a date to be determined at the Multnomah Athletic Club, where Wheeler had been a member since 1912.

Finley's Sunset Hills Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Edward Collister Wheeler, Oregonian, 13 Jun 1889

Mayor E. C. Wheeler, who has been sick with heart disease for the past four months, died yesterday afternoon at the residence of J. T. Stewart, at 1:15. Mr. Wheeler has been a resident of East Portland for about ten years, during which time he was a member of the city council one term, and has been mayor for the past two years. His term for the latter office would have expired July 1.

Mr. Wheeler was 35 years of age, and he leaves a wife and child. The city hall and engine houses have been draped in mourning out of respect to him.

The funeral will take place to-morrow at 10 A.M., from the residence of J. T. Stewart, Fourth and A. The remains will be conveyed to Lone Fir cemetery for interment.

It is expected that the business houses will be closed between 9 A.M. and 1 P.M. to-morrow in accordance with the request of the president of the common council.

John Collister Wheeler, Oregonian, 8 Jun 1907, page 9, col 5

Wheeler -- In Los Angeles, Cal., April 7, John C. Wheeler, aged 79 years. Father of Mrs. Mary Stewart of Berkeley, Cal.; Clarence J. Wheeler and the late E. C. Wheeler, of Portland.

Mary Elizabeth Wheeler Berkeley Gazette, 3 Jan 1933

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary E. Stewart, pioneer woman insurance broker of the bay cities, were conducted this afternoon at the Little Chapel of the Flowers. Rev. Charles Hassenden[?], an old family friend, conducted services.

Mrs. Stewart passed away about midnight, New Year's Eve, from a heart attack, while reading in an easy chair before the fire at her home, 3119 Parker Street. She was in her office in San Francisco on Saturday and on her return stopped at the library for some books. Mr. and Mrs. Lawton left her reading, and when they returned at 1 o'clock they found that she had passed away. She had suffered from a heart ailment for several years. She was born in Wisconsin and 70 years of age.

Mrs. Stewart has been in the insurance business for the last 35 years, operating under the firm name, M. E. Stewart and Son. She is believed to be the first woman insurance broker on the Pacific Coast. Her son, the late Thomas W. Stewart passed away several years ago and she continued the business alone.

Mrs. Stewart was prominent in women's activities both in San Francisco and on this side of the bay, being a charter member of a number of women's organizations. She was a member of the Soroptimist Club of San Francisco, the Women's City Club of San Francisco and the San Francisco Business and Professional Women's Club. She was past matron of Berkeley Chapter No. 178, Order of the Eastern Star, having served as the 191[?] matron.

Mrs. Stewart is survived by one daughter, Mrs. D. Power Boothe of Modesto. She also leaves two brothers. They are Clarence Wheeler of Portland, and Milton Wheeler of Los Angeles, both of whom were here for the funeral services.

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