Early Klickitat Valley Days by Robert Ballou
Sherman County Births
1870 & 1880 US Census of Klickitat County WA
1871, 1883, 1885, 1887 WA State Census, Klickitat County
Oregon Historical Society Quarterly XXVIII 1927: Rufus A. Wallis, original settler.
Rufus Carroll Wallis
born 11 June 1837 "Murray" County, TN [Maury?]
died 1914 [unknown place of death and burial]
to Chamberlin Flat on the Columbia River 1860s
had a homestead on Oak Flat, Pleasant Valley
married Mary Burgen 21 Feb 1866 at Columbus [Maryhill], Klickitat County, WA - Amos Stark officiating; Mary E. Burgen ran away to marry Wallis at his bachelor home at Columbus
1870 resident of Klickitat County, WA
1880 resident of Klickitat County, WA [census taker spelled it Wallace both times]
1883 Klickitat County, WA census
to Rufus 1886, platted the town
1890 built first hotel, a 2-story frame building that Mary ran for 25 years
Mary E. Burgen
born 1849 MO
died 23/25 Dec 1937 [place of death and burial unknown]
daughter of John S. Burgin and Suzanne Simpson who married 1844 in MO, came to OR 1852; John d. Goldendale 1900, Suzanne d. c. 1910.
Children of Rufus and Mary E. Wallis:
--William H./A. born c. 1867 Klickitat County, Washington Territory, might be the William who married Flora Wedgewood 22 Feb 1890 in Klickitat County, WA
--Newton W. born c. 1869 Klickitat County, WT
--Rufus A.? born c. 1871 WT
--Ida May born c. 1873/74 Klickitat County, WT, married John A. Foister 24 April 1892 at Rufus, Sherman County, OR, two children: Robert P. and Maravine
--Charles W. born c. 1876 WT
--Harvey ?W. born August 1879 WT [Sherman County Births: daughter born to Harvey Wallis and Rose Leavens 1 March 1906.]
--Josephine married 1st Bob Hailey, 2nd Paul French of The Dalles
--George E. married Minnie Blackburne, daughter of William & Clara, 1903 Moro, OR
--Harry E. born c. 1880 WT .
1870 US Census, Klickitat County, WA Household #29-23:
Rufus C. Wallace 33 TN farmer
Mary E. Wallace 20 MO
William A. Wallace 3 WT
Newton W. Wallace 1 WT.
1880 US Census, Klickitat County, WA Household #326-344:
R.C. Wallace 41 TN-TN-TN farmer
Mary Wallace 31 MO -0- IN
William Wallace 13 WT
Newton Wallace 11 WT
Rufus Wallace 9 WT
Ida M. Wallace ? WT
Charles W. Wallace 4 WT
Harvey Wallace born Aug 1880.
Mrs. John Davidson, The Dalles, OR
Klickitat County, WA census
Early Klickitat Valley Days by Robert Ballou
John Smith Burgen
born 15 Nov 1824 Lee County, VA
to KY, then MO, to OR 1852
took a land claim near Scio, OR
died 31 Dec 1899 Goldendale, Klickitat County, WA
married 25 April 1846 Andrew County, MO
Susanne/Susan Simpson born 1828 IN
children of John and Susanne/Suzanne Burgen:
--Sarah Jane born 3 Jan 1847 MO
--Mary born 29 July 1849 MO, d 1937, married Rufus C. Wallis 21 Feb 1866 Klickitat County,WA
--Thomas born 28 Jan 1851 MO
--Margaret[te] J. born 6 Sept 1853 Linn County, OR, m. William T. Johnson 8 Sept 1871 Klickitat County, WA
--William C. born 9 Dec 1855 Linn County, OR, d 20 Nov 1929 Goldendale, WA, m. Mary Adeline Scammon; pioneer at Goldendale, adventures and cowboying at Snake River headwaters, Wyoming, Utah and Idaho
--Nancy Ella born 17 Nov 1851 Linn County, OR, m. John P. Graham 4 June 1877 Klickitat Co WA
--Dennis Newton "Newt" born Jan 1860 Klickitat County, WT - well known "yarn spinner"
--Jacob born 21 Oct 1861 Klickitat County, WT
--Oscar [one source: Oscar Wallis] born 15 July 1867 WT, d. 1936
--Emma "Emmy" born 5 Nov 1869 Klickitat County, WT, m. Dewitt E. Golden 24 Nov 1887 Klickitat County, WA
--Lydia "Liddy" born 14 Feb 1872 WT, married F.L. Branton 27 Nov 1895 Wasco County, OR
Other Burgen info
The John Burgen and Thomas Burgen families went to Klickitat County, WT by ox & wagon, river steamboat, and on horseback from the Willamette Valley. John had 6 children when they arrived, 5 more born in Klickitat County
Thomas [brother of John] and Susan [Boots] Burgen were married in Linn County, OR and had a daughter Elvira Ella Burgen born 1863, married Robert Ferguson, died 1936.
Jim Burgen was an early day sheep man in the Upper Klickitat Valley and Rock Creek areas.
Bill Burgen was a well-known shearer.
Thomas Burgen of Platte County, MO died on the plains 1852.
Frank Fleck and his brother Peter Fleck owned Fleck's Orchard at Rufus.
Frank married Ellen who had two daughters by a previous marriage, one married R.A. Wallis, the other Van Heywood. Frank and Ellen had a daughter who married J.F. Fowler and lived at Rufus, son B.L. who lived in Redmond in 1932 and Byard who lived in Bellingham WA in 1932. Ellen died in Sherman County, OR Nov 1932 or 1926... buried at a Portland crematorium.