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Biography of Arthur Winford Goodwin

Arthur Winford Goodwin. When the details of his career have been examined it will be seen that Arthur W. Goodwin had been the architect of a successful career in commercial fields. He started at the bottom, laboring as a boy in country stores to pay his own way in the world. He gained more than mere wages. All those early experiences he had turned to profit since he became a business man on his own account, and at the present time he is a member of the firm which conducts the largest department and general merchandise establishment at Howard, in Elk County. He is of an old American family. The Goodwins came from England and settled in New Hampshire in Colonial days. His grandfather, Daniel Goodwin, was a native of New Hampshire, where he was born in 1795. Little more than a boy, he served as a soldier in the War of 1812. He subsequently became an early settler in Louisville, New York, where he followed the trade of carpenter and the business of farmer until his death in 1883 at the venerable age of eighty-eight. The father of the Howard merchant was Rev. W. C. Goodwin, who became well known in Kansas as a pioneer minister of the Methodist Church, and whose career is sketched above. Rev. Mr. Goodwin married Miss Ellen Southworth, who was born in Louisville, New York, in 1837, and died at Moline, Kansas, in January, 1884. A record of their children is as follows: Carl E., who is connected with the Polar Mercantile Company at Emporia, Kansas; Frank S., a farmer at Granada, Colorado;...

Emele, Elmer A. Obit

Elmer Emele Of Baker Succumbs Former Farmer Employed By City for Last 16 Years. Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Elmer A. Emele of Baker died yesterday afternoon at his home on tenth Street after a long illness. Born October 24, 1889, in Rosendale, Missouri, Mr. Emele crossed the plains with his parents when was but four years of age. The family camped here in September 17, 1873 and later moved to Big Creek, which is now known as Medical Springs. Mr. Emele purchased the Ross homestead in that region and lived there much of his early life, engaging in farming and stock-raising. He and Miss Elsie Sams were married June 22, 1894. they moved to Baker in 1906. Mr. Emele had been employed in the city street department here for the last 16 years. Mr. Emele is survived by his widow; three daughters, Nell Emele of Portland, Barbara Emile of Salem, Mrs. Mike O’Donnell of Baker; four sons, Alfred of Portland, and Harry, Vernon and Donald of Baker; two sisters, Mrs. William Pope and Mrs. Matt Dean; one brother, Ben Emele of Haines, and six grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 in the Baker Funeral Home with Rev. J. T. Croot officiating. Interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery. Baker Democrat Herald – – August 31,...

Holt, William – Obituary

Three Killed In Auto Accident After attending a dance in Pendleton, Saturday night, William Holt of Baker, with three companions, Ben Griggs, Miss Helen Whitted and Miss Barbara Watkins of Pendleton, went on a joy ride in a Cadillac car. At a point about one-half mile west of Reith the car plunged over the grade and into the canyon below, about 120 feet, and was crashed into atoms on the huge boulders. Three of the inmates of the car, William Holt, Ben Griggs and Miss Watkins were killed out right and their bodies terribly mangled, the body of Holt being almost unrecognizable, as reported by those who reviewed the remains. Miss Whitted who was picked up unconscious and taken to the hospital at Pendleton where she has since hovered between life and death, but with chances for recovery. News of the tragic accident reached Baker Sunday morning and several friends of Holt went to Pendleton and the scene of the crash. Holt had for the past three years been a driver for the Boise-Pendleton auto stage. He had been a resident of Baker since childhood. He was born in Andrew county, Mo., November 12, 1900. He is survived by four sisters, Mrs. Win Duncan of Medical Springs; Mrs. W.H. Gilkison of Haines, Mrs. John Wellingham of Sparta; Mrs. J.W. Gilkison of Baker. His father, M. S. Holt, formerly residing here, is in Missouri. Funeral services for Holt were held at West’s Chapel in Baker Thursday afternoon.The other victims were buried in Pendleton Tuesday. North Powder News Saturday, March 26,...

Lorentzen, Emma – Obituary

Emma Duncan Lorentzen, 73, 1905, Cherry St. died Tuesday afternoon at St. Elizabeth Hospital. Services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Friday at West and Co. Chapel with the Rev. Allen Lambert officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery with the Pomona Grange conducting graveside rites. Mrs. Lorentzen, daughter of Milt and Virginia Hoit, was born in Andrew County, Mo., on Feb. 27, 1887, and came to Baker County in 1892. She married Win H. Duncan at Baker in March of 1911. He died in August of 1945. Mrs. Duncan than married Albert P. Lorentzen on May 9, 1959. Mrs. Lorentzen was a member of the Rebekah Lodge, Missouri Flat Grange, Barracks 78 Auxiliary of World War I Veterans, Pomona Grange, the state and national granges, and the Pioneers Assn. She served as treasurer of Pomona Grange for 18 years and was president of the Baker County Historical Society for several years. Mrs. Lorentzen organized the Friendly Club of Baker. Survivors are the widower, Albert, of Baker; a son, Roscoe E. Duncan of Keating; two daughters, Mildred W. Williams of Portland and Wilma Y. Bennett of Klamath Falls; two sisters, Matilda A. Willingham of Elgin and Linnie Gilkison of Keating; 11 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Baker Democrat Herald – – Feb. 16,...

Biography of Ira C. Buzick

Ira C. Buzick was one of the pioneer lawyers of Lincoln County. He was the first man elected to represent that county in the State Legislature after the county was formally organized in 1870. He had a long and active career as a lawyer and in public affairs, and the name is still continued on the professional rolls of the Kansas bar through his son, Alonson Ruckman Buzick of Salina. Ira C. Buzick was born June 21, 1841, at Dayton, Ohio. His parents were also native Ohioans. At the age of twenty-two he took up the study of law, and when twenty-five years of age graduated from Allegheny College at Meadville, Pennsylvania. He soon afterwards went west and first located for practice at Oregon, Missouri. In 1868 he represented Holt County in the Missouri Legislature. He also founded the New Era, the first republican paper even published at Savannah, Missouri. Besides his newspaper work and his practice as a lawyer he served for a time as principal of an academy at Savannah. In 1870 Ira C. Buzick came out to Kansas and located in Lincoln County. Lincoln County was created about 1867, but it had no civil organization until 1870. Mr. Buzick took an active part in that process by which the county was organized, and in the election of November of that year he was chosen to represent the county in the State Legislature during the session of 1871. He was very active at Topeka in behalf of his constituents and also gave important service on various committees. As a lawyer he built up a splendid practice at...

Biography of Col. Cornelius Gilliam

COL. CORNELIUS GILLIAM. – Colonel Gilliam was a native of North Carolina, and was born in 1798. But his recollection of that state in after years was like a dream; for when but a youth he accompanied his parents to Missouri, where he lived for many years. August 31, 1820, he married Miss Mary Crawford of that state. Ten years later he was elected sheriff of Clay county for a term of two years; and at the expiration of that time he joined the Black Hawk war. In 1837 he served as captain of the company which fought all through the Seminole war. About this time trouble arose with the Mormons. The authorities decided to expel them from the state; and for that purpose volunteer were called for. Captain Gilliam came to the front, raised a company and was chosen its captain. He was soon after promoted to a colonelcy for meritorious conduct. In 1843 he represented Andrew county in the legislature. Religiously he was a free-will Baptist. In 1845 he was ordained to the ministry; and the next year he left for Oregon, arriving in the fall. He first settled in Polk county, but soon removed to Benton county, there remaining until his departure in 1847 to join the then marshaling forces for the Cayuse war; for the Indians threatened death and destruction on every hand. The people were in mortal dread and terror, both for their lives and their property; for many depredations had been committed by the Indians; and in several instances coldblooded, outright murder and atrocious massacres of whole families had occurred. The life and...

Biography of Jesse C. Thompson

Jesse C. Thompson, a prominent resident of Westminster, was born in Clay County, Missouri, February 17, 1829. His parents, John B. and Hannah (Clark) Thompson were natives of North Carolina, and had eleven children, five of whom lived to be grown. They moved to Missouri in 1825, where the children were educated in such schools as were common in those times. In 1840 they moved to Andrew County. In March, 1850, Jesse started, in company with his brother Samuel, with an ox team for California. His brother died on the road, July 26. Jesse arrived in Placerville on August 31, stayed there but a short time, and went to Sonoma County, where he followed agriculture for the next fifteen years; then he was engaged in the cattle and sheep business in Mendocino County until 1885, when he moved down to Long Beach and bought land of the Cerritos colony. Afterward he moved to Westminster and bought forty acres. Since then he and his three sons have bought fifty-seven acres of valuable peat land. Mr. Thompson was married in 1852, in Sonoma County, to Miss Margaret A. Camron, who was born in Illinois, June 15, 1836. Her parents, John M. Camron, a native of Georgia, and a Cumberland Presbyterian minister, and Mary Orendorf Camron, a native of South Carolina. When Mrs. Thompson was one and one-half years old they moved to Iowa. in April, 1849, they started for California, arriving in October, having endured great hardships. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Thompson are: Adelia M., wife of E. J. Phelps, of Westminster; Samuel C., who was married to Miss...
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