Ward Beacher Hescock

Ward Beecher Hescock - Dixie WA

Ward Beacher Hescock was born on June 3rd, 1867 to Austin Clarence and Harriet Elisabeth (Hurlburt) Hescock in Bristolville, Ohio.  Like many families of this era, the Hescocks had a large family.  Ward was the second oldest of eleven children and their father, Austin, was a farmer.  Sometime in the 1870’s, the family moved to Prairie Farm, Wisconsin where Ward’s dad worked in a store as a clerk.

At the age of 23, on the 4th of July, 1890, Ward married Ida June Goodsell.  They had a baby son in October of 1891 who died at birth.  The couple was living in Portage, Ohio and welcomed three daughters while living in Ohio.  (One who would later be my great grandmother, Adah Gertrude.)  Sometime between 1900 and 1902, the family moved to Dixie, Washington where Ida passed away at the age of 34, leaving Ward a widower.

A year and a half later, in August of 1903, Ward married Mary Anne Swearingen in Walla Walla, Washington.  In 1909, Ward and Mary Anne welcomed a son, Wilbur, born in Promise, Oregon.  Ward had found his way to Wallowa county and the Promise area where he was listed in the 1910 and 1920 census’ as a farmer.

By the 1930 census, Ward was working at the sawmill in Wallowa as a log scaler.  As a log scaler, he would have measured the volume of the cut tree and determined the grade of the wood to be sold.

By the 1940 census, Ward had again changed professions and is now listed as a Warden for the Department of Forestry in Wallowa county.


From the July  14th, 1943 Wallowa County Cheiftan 

WALLOWA – Ward Hescock, Tad McCrae, Wilfred Royster and Joe Roush will serve as fire wardens during this season for the state department of forestry. The following lookouts took up their duties this past week: Kitty Minor, Tope Creek; Dorothy Conner, Howard Butte; and Ed Carper, Acres.


Ward Beecher Hescock

Ward lived a long life, passing away at the age of 90 on May 14th, 1958.

Ward Hescock Headstone - Washington

He is buried in the Milton-Freewater IOOF Cemetery in Milton-Freewater, Oregon.

(Ward is my 2nd great-grandfather.  He is the father of Adah Gertrude (Hescock) Sannar who is the mother of my grandfather, Charles Alvin Sannar.)


“I remember Grandad. He was living in a house by my Grandma Sannar’s. I was always told not to bother him, but I just had to run down the sidewalk to his house. I loved talking to him., cause he laughed with me. I was pretty young so I don’t remember much.” ~ Kathleen (Sannar) Tannahill

“I remember him and grandma . He was grandma Sannar’s father and, I think,  she was her stepmom. They moved to Milton after Grandpa Sannar bought the property at Milton. We have a picture on the old home movie’s of him chopping wood at Milton. They had a little house that sat on the right side after you crossed the little wooden bridge.  They had to tear the house down when the dike went in.  Uncle Harry (Kennison) worked under him (when he was in high school) building forest service trails in Wallowa county.  Harry says Grandpa Hescock was in his 70’s then and a spry old fellow.  He couldn’t keep up with him going up and down those hills.  I remember Grandpa Hescock talking about their house in Promise, how in the winter you could step out the second story window into the snow.” ~ Tom Sannar

“When Ward Hescock married Mary Ann (Annie) Swearingen Griffith, it was the uniting of two widows. Each had lost one of four children and their spouse. Annie said that she would marry Ward if he would build her a house big enough to hold all of their children and then some. So he did, milling every piece of lumber himself right there only a few feet from the homestead. He gave it to her as a wedding present. One hundred and three years later it would still be standing with a lilac bush off the front porch.”  ~ a note added on Family Search from Karen Reade


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