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Dec. 30, 1926
PAYETTE PIONEER CALLED BY DEATH
J. R. BANKS SUCCUMBS AFTER LINGERING ILLNESS—WAS A RESIDENT OF PAYETTE VALLEY 48 YEARS.
J. R. Banks, one of the early settlers of the Payette Valley died at his home two miles
west of Payette Monday morning after an illness of several years. He was stricken with
paralysis of the throat about three years ago which baffled all medical science, and in
spite of every means to restore him, he gradually grew worse and death came as the only
relief at an early hour last Monday morning.
Mr. Banks was born in Appanoose county, Iowa, November 14, 1860, and came west when a
young man, 13 years of age, in company with William Wald and Travis Brown. His first
employment was with the railroad company in building the road through this section in
1883. Soon after became a resident of Payette, (then called Boomerang) and was one of the
prominent aggressors in building up the town of Payette and surrounding territory.
Characteristic of the early settlers he was always kind hearted, honest to a fault. His
word was as good as his signature in any business transaction. He was always charitable
and ready to lend willing assistance where it was needed.
In March 1891 he was united in marriage to Alda Butler at Payette where they have since
made their home, moving from the city of Payette to their ranch near town about 15 years
ago. Besides his wife he is survived by three sons and one daughter, Leon Banks of
Seattle; Claud of Klamath Falls, Ore.; John of Payette and Mrs. Lucille Milliman of
Portland all of whom were present at the funeral. He is also survived by one sister in
Kansas, one brother in Iowa and one brother who’s residence is unknown. The funeral was
held from the Episcopal church this (Thursday) afternoon, conducted by Rev. Thomas
Ashworth and interment made in Riverside cemetery.