Helen <I>Reed</I> Helfrich

Helen Reed Helfrich

Birth
Bend, Deschutes County, Oregon, USA
Death 30 Jul 1989 (aged 81)
Klamath Falls, Klamath County, Oregon, USA
Burial Klamath Falls, Klamath County, Oregon, USA
Memorial ID 30072227 · View Source
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Helen Helfrich, 81 died Sunday, July 30, 1989, in her Klamath Falls home.

She was born in Bend to Lou and Bessie Reed.

She was married Aug. 2, 1926, to John "Devere" Helfrich in Bend. He was employed, at that time, in the office of the Central Oregon Irrigation District in Redmond.

They moved Jan. 1, 1930, to Tumalo, where her husband was employed as secretary-manager of the Tumalo Irrigation District.

They purchased a new and used furniture business in Redmond and moved the store to Klamath Falls in 1933, locating it at 833 Klamath Ave. They later sold the store to Harry Hafter and bought Meriloe's Ice Cream Store at 337 E. Main St. Because of a lack of ingredients for ice cream and candy and parts for equipment, the store closed during World War II and Mr. Helfrich worked in the surveying of the air base and the Marine Hospital and various other jobs until going into rodeo photography.

She and her husband were the official photographers for the Professional Rodeo Association until retiring in 1967 and actively pursued a hobby of following and researching history of early emigrant roads.

The 36,000 rodeo negatives taken in their 30 years of rodeo photography are in the Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center archives in Oklahoma City, Okla.

In 1964, Mr. Helfrich was appointed editor of Klamath Echoes, an annual history of communities in the Klamath Country, by the Klamath County Historical Society.

Mrs. Helfrich and her husband took over the publicaton in 1971 and contiued publishing it until 1978.

They compiled a trail guide that was published by Trails West Inc., a group formed for the purpose of marking emigrant trails.

Mrs. Helfrich was an active member of the Klamath County Historical Society, Friends of the Klamath County Museum, Shaw Historical Library and Trails West Inc. She also kept in touch with many of her rodeo friends.

Mrs. Helfrich was preceded in death by her husband Sept. 1, 1981.

Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Darle and Buff Runnels, Klamath Falls, and Delores and John Scott, Junction City; grandsons, Mark and Jerry Runnels, both Klamath Falls; granddaughters, Janice Plourde, Centralia, Wash., Zelda Rosenberg, Mt. Vernon and Helen Goodwin, Marsland, Neb.; 11 great-grandchildren; and sister, Margaret Ann Fielding, Brightwood.


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  • Added: 25 Sep 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 30072227
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Helen Reed Helfrich (29 Oct 1907–30 Jul 1989), Find A Grave Memorial no. 30072227, citing Klamath Memorial Park, Klamath Falls, Klamath County, Oregon, USA ; Maintained by J (contributor 46897785) .