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Catherine Robinson "Kate" McCathaney Murray
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Birth: Jan. 19, 1850
Ontario, Canada
Death: Nov. 18, 1942
Enterprise
Wallowa County
Oregon, USA



Catherine Robinson "Kate" (McCathney) Murray 1850-1942

Catherine Robinson McCathaney was born in 1850 in Canada to John McCathaney and Margaret (Lewis) McCathaney.

She married Alexander Murray on June 19, 1872 at the High Bluffs Methodist Church in Canada.

They couple became parents to eight children: Katherine "Kate" (Murray) Harsin, Harriet "Hattie" (Murray) Chenoweth , Margaret "Maggie" (Murray) Jacob Locke, Elizabeth "Lizzie" (Murray) Chenoweth, William Alexander "Sandy" Murray, Anna (Murray) McCormack, Gladys Jean (Murray) Fitzpatrick Stewart and Thomas George Murray.

Catherine passed away November 18, 1942 and was laid to rest in the Enterprise Cemetery, in Enterprise, Wallowa county, Oregon.



Enterprise Chieftain Newspaper, Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon, dated (Thursday) November 26, 1942.

Early Settler Laid To Rest

Mrs. Katie Murray Called To Rest At Age of 92

Mrs. Katherine (Katie) Murray, one of the few remaining pioneers of Wallowa County, passed away Wednesday, November 18, at the age of 92 years. Mrs. Murray had been very ill for several days and her passing was not unexpected.

Katherine McAchney was born in Ontario, Canada January 22, 1850 and was united in marriage to Alexander Murray June 19, 1872 at the High Bluffs Methodist Church in Canada. Mr. Murray had been an Indian fighter and at one time was held prisoner for six months by the Indiana. The prisoners were given nothing to eat by the Indians but buffalo meat and hard tack and 150 of them died of starvation. They were released by English soldiers.

From Toronto, Mr. and Mrs. Murray moved all their stock, farm machinery, and household furnishings to Alberta, a distance of 1200 miles. They made the 1200 mile trip by ox cart driving 100 head of cattle with them. The trip took all of one summer.

After homesteading in Alberta for three years they moved to Wallowa County in 1885, settling first on Alder Slope. From the Slope the Murrays moved to Trout Creek where they remained for many years, returning to the valley farm in the winter months. Mr. Murray passed away in 1912.

Mr. and Mrs. Murray were the parents of eight children, four of whom are still living: Mrs. Wm. (Margaret) Locke, of Clarkston, Wash; W.A. Murray of Enterprise; Mrs. Anna McCormack of Joseph; and Mrs. C.A. (Gladys) Fitzpatrick of Portland. She also had 15 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

Names of departed children; Mrs. Elizabeth Chenoweth, Mrs. Katie Harsin, Mrs. Harriet Chenoweth, and Thomas G. Murray.

Although Mrs. Murray was a frail woman, she enjoyed excellent health until comparatively recently and was always a devoted reader of the Bible. She was long a member of the Methodist church and had taken an active part in church work since the time when she was a girl.

Funeral services were held last Friday. Pallbearers were: Fred Asher, Clyde Pratt, Omar Hayes, Bill Hayes, Babe Brock and Wilbur Homan.

Reverend Oliver M. Adams officiated and burial was in the Enterprise cemetery.


The Wallowa Sun Newspaper, Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon, dated (Thursday) November 26, 1942.

Mrs. Catherine Murray, 92, County Resident 57 Years, Taken By Death

Mrs. Catherine Murray, one of the oldest residents as well as one of the earliest settlers of this country, died last Wednesday at the home of Mrs. Sarah Scott in Enterprise, where she had been making her home for the last several months.

Funeral services were held Friday morning at the Booth chapel, with Rev. O.M. Adams, pastor of the Community church, officiating. Mrs. B.F. McClain and Mrs. G.C. Amey sang "The City Foursquare" and "It Is Well with My Soul." Pall bearers were Omar Hays, Will Hays. D.D. Brock, Fred Asher, Wilbur Homan and Clyde Pratt. Interment was in the Enterprise cemetery.

Catherine McCathany was born in Toronto, Canada, January 22, 1850, and died Nov. 18, 1942, being nearly 93 years of age.

She was married to Alexander Murray June 20, 1872. Mr. Murray had been captured in the Reill rebellion and held prisoner in a fort for six months by the Indians and half-breeds. All they had to rat was buffalo meat and hard tack, and over 150 of the prisoners died of starvation. The rest were released by the English the next spring.

From Toronto, Mr. and Mrs. Murray moved to Alberta, Canada, making the long trip by ox-cart and driving 100 head of stock before them. The journey took an entire summer. Arriving in Alberta, they took up a homestead and lived there for three years before coming to this county in 1885, before this county had been set aside form Union county and before the town of Enterprise was started. Mr. and Mrs. Murray were the parents to eight children, all of whom grew to manhood and womanhood, and four of whom survive. They are Mrs. Margaret Locke of Clarkston, Mrs. Anna McCormack of Joseph, Mrs. Gladys Fitzpatrick of Portland and W.A. Murray of Enterprise. All were present for the funeral. There are also 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Mr. Murray passed away in 1911.

Mrs. Murray united with the Methodist church in girlhood, and had always lived a Christian life.

 
 
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 Spouse:
  Alexander Murray (1836 - 1912)
 
 Children:
  Margaret Murray Locke (1879 - 1953)*
  Gladys Jean Fitzpatrick Murray Stewart (1887 - 1971)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Enterprise Cemetery
Enterprise
Wallowa County
Oregon, USA
 
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Originally Created by: CA Croft
Record added: Jun 02, 2008
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