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Biographical Sketch of Dr. William Ansyl Brooke

Dr. Brooke was born 52 years ago at Dranion Springs, a little town near Placerville in El Dorado County. He studied medicine at Cooper Medical College in San Francisco, and practiced first in Sacramento, as intern in the City and County Hospital, later moving to Alameda. He came to Halfmoon Bay, eleven years ago, and has resided there ever since. He is a member of the San Mateo Medical Society, State Medical Society and American Medical Association. He was appointed Coroner and Public Administrator on April 7, 1915, which term he is now serving. His personal popularity and professional ability have won for him the highest regard of his fellow citizens. He also belongs to a number of fraternal organizations, among them being the Masons, Native Sons, Eagles, and...

Miles, Donna G. – Obituary

Donna G. Miles, 75, of Baker City, died Nov. 27, 2005. At her request, she was cremated. There will be a memorial gathering at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at her home at 850 Park St. Donna was born on May 31, 1930, at Baker City to Herbert and Elaine Miles. She was a 1948 Baker High School graduate and furthered her education at Whitman College at Walla Walla, Wash., receiving her bachelor’s of arts degree in English literature in 1952. After graduation, she moved to California where she lived for 52 years. She spent the last 32 years at Alameda, Calif. She worked for Industrial Indemnity at San Francisco in human resources. She returned to Baker City in April of 2004. She loved all of her family and friends. Survivors include nephews, William (Pat Smiley) Miles of Easton, Pa.; Kevin (Sharon) Miles of Nottingham, Pa., David Miles and Luis Alvarado of Oakland, Calif.; her dear cousins, Mary Ellen, Judy, Deanna/Marlena, Camille, Janine, Dennis, and Barbara; surrogate nieces, Maggie, Katie and Mollie; stepbrother and sister-in-law, Gordon and Madelyn Olsen of Baker City and their family; best friends, Mary Jo and Pleas Brown of Baker City; three grandnephews; and other friends too numerous to list. She was preceded in death by her brother, Bob; and her parents, Herb and Elaine Miles. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sumpter Valley Railroad Restoration, the Blue Mountain Humane Society or to a charity of one’s choice through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, December 2, 2005 Transcribed by:...

Biography of Joseph B. Keeney

JOSEPH B. KEENEY. – The railroads have largely spoiled the big, old stage-line routes; but still a few of them remain. One of these is that between Pendleton and Heppner, Arlington, Fossil, and from The Dalles to Prineville. This route is conducted on the old style, and by a man fully up to the old-time requirements. This is Mr. Kenney. He was born in 1841, in Indiana, and came to California in 1852, and on a steamer which required sixty-six days from the Isthumus to San Francisco. In the spring of 1860 he went to Arizona and, with others, built Gila City. We now find him moving around rapidly, now in San José, now at Moroville, Nevada, and again at Alameda in California, variously in the hotel business, mining, and as deputy sheriff at the last place. In Nevada he began the peculiar but very accommodating business of driving over the country, taking orders for whatever the scattered ranchers needed, and filling them at Placerville; and upon such trips he frequently carried passengers. He subsequently conducted a stage line from Helena, Montana, to Fort Benton, following this by driving stage from Salt Lake to Provost, and on the road from Bear River Junction to Boise City. In 1868 he took charge of Wells, Fargo & Co’s business as agent, and followed this until the Union Pacific Railroad was finished. He drove the last stage between the two roads, the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific, the regular time for the nine miles being forty minutes. After this he had charge of the stage line from Kelton to Boise, and,...

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