Webster,  Retta Elizabeth

Webster, Retta Elizabeth

Female 1878 - 1956  (77 years)

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  • Name Webster, Retta Elizabeth 
    Born 21 May 1878  Walla Walla, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Find A Grave Memorial 5892465 
    Occupation Milton-Freewater, Umatilla, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    First Woman Justice of the Peace 
    Residence 1920  Umatilla, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1930  Milton-Freewater, Umatilla, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 5 Mar 1956  Milton-Freewater, Umatilla, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 6 Mar 1956  Milton-Freewater, Umatilla, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Milton-Freewater IOOF Cemetery
    Person ID I32038  Sullivan Burgess Family Tree
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2018 

    Family Bailey, William Henderson,   b. 17 May 1846, Bayham, Elgin, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Sep 1937, Milton-Freewater, Umatilla, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 22 Jun 1916  Pendleton, Umatilla, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F238  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 21 May 1878 - Walla Walla, Washington, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - First Woman Justice of the Peace - - Milton-Freewater, Umatilla, Oregon, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 22 Jun 1916 - Pendleton, Umatilla, Oregon, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1920 - Umatilla, Oregon, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1930 - Milton-Freewater, Umatilla, Oregon, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 5 Mar 1956 - Milton-Freewater, Umatilla, Oregon, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 6 Mar 1956 - Milton-Freewater, Umatilla, Oregon, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Mrs. Retta Bailey, first woman Justice of the Pace in Milton, and Pete Ketsakis, Chief of Police and Deputy Sheriff for the east end of Umatilla County titled: Ready to Crack Down on Crooks
      Judge Bailey Eastern Oregon's Only Woman Justice of Peace
      The downcast eyes and modest demeanor of the young man in the accompanying picture might be attributed to one of several reasons, but the most plausible explanation is that he is simply dazzled by the honor of being photographed with eastern Oregon's only feminine Justice of the Peace. The lady in the picture is Mrs. Retta Bailey, who recently became Milton's Justice when appointed by Governor Sprague. The young man is known to a great many more people that would like to admit it. He is Pete Ketsakis, Chief of Police of Milton and Deputy Sheriff of Umatilla County.
      It would seem at first glance that these two people have a tacit understanding, as indeed they have. But it is one based on fairness and justice with the best interests of the community at heart and no law abiding citizen has anything but friendliness to expect from them.
      Mrs. Bailey, who is just another example of how efficiently women can take men's places when the occasion arises, as it has in this day of diminished man power, became Justice of the Peace only a week ago. She was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Fred Fullerton, who resigned because of the urgency of business details. Mrs. Bailey, to use her own expression, is "inching along very carefully" under the new responsibilities of her important position.
      "You know how it is", she explains. "Every young child must creep or crawl or hitch himself along in some way before he can walk, and I am only a week old!".
      Mrs. Bailey is doing all right, too, if one can believe the officers who furnish "grist for her mill". They seem to be of the opinion that she is a right precocious infant for a seven day old!
      The duties of Mrs. Bailey's new job are manifold. She is studying Oregon law intently in the moments she can spare from her business activities. She feels that Milton. with its heterogeneous and rapidly shifting summer population, is a fine place to test out the versatility and resourcefulness of a lady justice. While she is making herself conversant on the fine points of the Oregon law she has a sixth sense that tells her the officers are a bit dubious lest her feminity incline her to leniency toward offenders. - softness upon which their masculinity would frown. But such is not the case. Mrs. Bailey has an unbiased, humanitarian outlook, a strong sense of fairness and a firm belief that law enforcement is a justice to the people who love the American way of life. She is convinced that hers is an important trust and is determined that the service rendered shall be of the highest quality.
      OBIT - March 7, 1956
      Mrs. Retta E. Bailey Dies at Local Home
      Mrs. Retta Elizabeth Bailey, formerly a prominent figure in Milton-Freewater civic and social activities, passed away on Monday, March 5, after an extended illness. At the time of her death she was staying at a local nursing home.
      Mrs. Bailey was born in Waitsburg, WA and had lived in this community for 40 years. She was in her 80's. She was married to Col. W.H. Bailey on June 22, 1916, and he preceded her in death in 1937.
      A prominent member of the G.A.R. and Pythian Sisters, she was one of two remaining charter members of the Milton American Legion Auxiliary. She was a past president of the Women's Improvement Club, and was instrumental in the organization and building of the Library here. For many years she was organization and building of the Library here. For many years she was organizer of the Annual Memorial Day Services at the Cemetery. She was a member of the Episcopal Church.
      Col. and Mrs. Bailey owned and operated the Bailey Paint and Wallpaper Store here for many years and Mrs. Bailey continued operating the store for several years after the death of her Husband. She was city judge for over seven years, and also justice of the Peace for several years.
      Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Rose Kellogg and Mrs. Ruth Dobson, both of Seattle.
      Funeral services will be held on Friday at 10:30 am from Munselle's Chapel with Rev. Eric O. Robathan of Pendleton officiating. Interment will be in the IOOF Cemetery.