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Childers, Dale – Obituary

Dale Childers, 57, of Milton-Freewater, died Sunday, Nov. 13, 1988, at his home. At Childers’ request there will be no funeral service. He was born Aug. 7, 1931, in Wallowa, to Cecil and Thelma Crow Childers. He grew up in the Wallowa Valley and graduated from Joseph High School in 1949. He attended Moler Barber College at Portland, graduating in 1950. Childers owned and operated barbershops at Klamath Falls and Arlington before moving to the Milton-Freewater area in the late 1960s. He operated Dale’s Barber Shop in Milton-Freewater for 20 years. On Nov. 5, 1973, he married Jan Hobbs at Lewiston, Idaho. Childers was a past member of the Elks and Eagles lodges. Survivors include his wife, at home; sons, Michael of Sacramento, Calif., and Craig of Redding, Calif.; daughter, Lynette Haines of Portland; stepdaughter, Kristine (Mrs. David) Murray of Milton-Freewater and Paula Hobbs of Spokane; his parents, Cecil and Thelma Childers of Joseph; a brother, Jack of Portland and three grandchildren. A sister, Lois Sample, died in July 1987. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital or Meadowood Springs Speech Camp though Munsell-Rhodes Funeral Home in Milton-Freewater. East Oregonian, Tuesday, November 15, 1988, Page...

Blaylock, Thomas Reed “Tom” – Obituary

Thomas Reed “Tom” Blaylock, 79, died Sept. 8, 2005, at St. Charles Hospital in Bend. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the McEwen Bible Fellowship. Pastor Bill Cox will officiate. Interment will be at the Sumpter Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded by Baker City AMVETS, Post No. 1874. Visitations will be until 7 o’clock tonight at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Tom was born on Aug. 8, 1926, at Seattle, Wash. He came to Oregon in 1945. He rode a horse to Arlington to work on a ranch. He graduated from school at Arlington. He entered the U.S. Army Air Corps for a short time during World War II. He was honorably discharged when the war ended and he returned to Oregon and worked on ranches in Eastern Oregon. He rodeoed in 1947. He met his wife to be at this time, Colleen Moore. They were married February 22, 1948. In 1993, Tom and Colleen retired at Sumpter. He was an artist and painted murals and made welcome signs in Sumpter. Tom and Colleen had four children: Carol Ann, Robert, Rita Marie and James. Survivors include his wife, Colleen; his children; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Lois Edward of Spokane, Wash., and Katherine Wilkerson of Beaverton; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. Memorial contributions may be made to the McEwen Bible Fellowship. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, September 16, 2005 Transcribed by: Belva...

Gyllenberg, John Powell “Jack” – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon John Powell “Jack” Gyllenberg, 79, a longtime Baker City resident, died June 18, 2004, at his home from cancer. His memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Baker City Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Jack was born in Baker City on July 13, 1924, to John “Lee” and Marguerite “Madge” Powell Gyllenberg. He spent a number of years in Baker City before the family moved to Arlington during the Great Depression. In Arlington, Jack worked as a child on the Hartfield Wheat Ranch. In later years, he shared stories of driving truck, sewing wheat sacks, and working with horse and mule teams. The family then moved to Salem briefly, before residing in Silverton, and later moving into what is now Silver Creek Falls Park. Jack worked as a guide and shared some of his most memorable moments from taking “dudes” horseback into the park. After a final childhood move, Jack graduated from West Seattle High School in 1942. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943. He graduated from the technical school of the AAF Training Command as class valedictorian and spent the duration of the war as a radio instructor. He received honorable discharge in 1946. During and shortly after his service, he attended Los Angeles Community College and Utah State University. Jack returned to Baker to aid his father after the death of his mother. He began working for the Gus Davis Ranch in Ironside and other Unity/Hereford area ranches. A favorite story was his involvement in gathering wild horses in Juntura. About this time Jack began...

Biographical Sketch of Ross Beardlsey

ROSS BEARDLSEY. – This gentleman, the present mayor of Arlington, Oregon, was born in Cass county, Michigan, July 7,1856, where he received a good common-school education, and followed the occupation of farming, working with his father until 1876, when he crossed the plains to Woodland, California, remaining until 1877 with an uncle, H.P. Merritt. After a year’s residence in this land of gold, he returned to Michigan, where he lived until 1879, making a trip in the meantime to Montana. Soon after his return to Michigan, he was married to Miss Jennie Speese of White Pigeon, in February, 1880. In 1881 they determined to pass their future lives on the Pacific coast. They came to California, and, after a year’s sojourn, moved to Walla Walla, Washington, where Mr. Beardsley opened a barber shop, continuing in this occupation until their removal in 1884 to Arlington. Here he also successfully established and conducted a shop for a period of five years. In 1889 he concluded to take charge of the Grand Hotel, and at the present time is ably conducting this house. Mr. Beardsley has been intrusted with the conduct of public affairs, having been elected to the office of city councilman in 1886. The following year he was elected mayor, acceptably filling the office two years. In 1889 he was re-elected, and is at present thus serving his city with honor to himself and to the advantage of the community at...

Biography of Judge M. V. Harrison

JUDGE M.V. HARRISON. – This early builder of Arlington, Oregon, and highly esteemed gentleman, was born in West Virginia in December, 1857, and in 1865 accompanied his parents to Indiana. He enjoyed educational advantages in a graded school at Dayton, gaining a good foundation for his later studies. In 1877 he began reading law under J.R. Carnahan at Lafayette, Indiana, but after a year abandoned this project and formed the purpose of learning the requirements and forms of mercantile life, and in pursuance of this plan accepted a position as clerk in a store. In 1880 he sought a larger life upon our Pacific coast and came hither, locating in the Yakima country. The following year he undertook the hard and adventurous trip back across the Rocky Mountains as one of the drovers of a band of cattle to Cheyenne. In the fall of 1882 he returned to our coast, locating at Arlington, where he opened a store, having an excellent assortment of goods, – the first stock of the kind placed in Arlington. In 1883 he disposed of this business and engaged with Mr. J.W. Smith, who had in the meantime brought in a very large stock of goods. In 1883 he established the hardware business, which he still manages with satisfactory results. In his public relations, Mr. Harrison has been active and efficient. He has served as councilman in the city of Arlington ever since its incorporation, being at present a member of the board. In December, 1888, he was appointed county judge to fill the unexpired term of W.W. Steiwer. He is a member of the...

Biography of Frank McFarland

FRANK McFARLAND. – This representative merchant of Eastern Oregon, one of our best and most enterprising men, was born at The Dalles December 17, 1858, and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James C. McFarland, who crossed the plains in the year 1852 from Ohio with four-horse teams, and in Oregon have reared a family of four daughters and two sons, all of whom occupy honorable positions in the Northwest. He made his native city his home until 1882, and spent his boyhood days in assiduous attendance upon the public school, obtaining thereby a thorough, practical education. He secured a position also as salesman and clerk in the general merchandise store of McFarland & French of The Dalles, where he learned the ins and outs and practical management of the mercantile business. At the age of twenty-four, having become ambitious to make for himself a career, he went to the town of Alkali (now Arlington) and entered, as a partner with Mr. A.W. Coffin, in the general merchandise business under the firm name of Coffin, McFarland & Co., successfully continuing the same until in 1887 the “Co.” was dropped; and Coffin & McFarland conducted the business a year longer. At the expiration of this time, Mr. McFarland moved to Heppner, Oregon, and opened a branch store, which he conducts at the present time with great success, having an extensive trade, and being one of the best liked, most popular and most trusted of the business men in the whole Inland Empire. He was married in December, 1880, to Miss Ida M. Potter of Hood River, and has a...

Van Gaasbeck, Florence Gladys Thompson Mrs. – Obituary

Florence Gladys Van Gaasbeck 81, a longtime Arlington resident, died Jan. 17, 2002, at a foster care home in Baker City. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Monte Loyd of the Baker Valley Christian Assembly will officiate. Interment will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Arlington Cemetery. Visitations will be until 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mrs. Van Gaasbeck was born on June 28, 1920, at Rufus to Glen and Jean Mathieson Thompson. She received her education at the Rufus Public School. She married Clark Van Gaasbeck on March 27, 1939, at Goldendale, Wash. She was very active in music and was in several bands playing both the piano and the saxophone. Florence was very active in the Eastern Star and in the United Methodist Church. She enjoyed painting, and doing various arts and crafts. Florence and Clark enjoyed camping and fishing, especially with their children and grandchildren. They were wheat ranchers for many years until leasing the ranch out in the 1960s. Survivors include her brother, Jim Thompson of Gillette, Wyo.; a daughter, Betty Carr of Portland; son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Judy Van Gaasbeck of Baker City; grandchildren, Melinda Plaschka and Chaundra Carr of Portland, Tina Carpenter of Boise, and Brad Van Gaasbeck and Andy Van Gaasbeck of Baker City; great-grandchildren, Rachel Carr, Brandy and Christine Plaschka, Stacy and Daric Carpenter, Matthew, Elizabeth, and Emily Van Gaasbeck; and Christian and Lauren Van Gaasbeck; and great-stepgranddaughter, Reyna Vaughn. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice or the Alzheimer’s Foundation through Coles...

Biographical Sketch of C. S. Perrin

C.S. PERRIN. – Mr. Perrin was born on a farm near Newton, Jasper county, Iowa, in 1857. He crossed the plains with his parents in 1871, locating near Salem, Oregon, engaging with them in agriculture. There he received his education at the Willamette University and the Chemeketa Academy, teaching public school during the summer season and attending upon a course of study during the winter, until 1878. After receiving his education, he followed teaching as a profession until 1881, coming in that year to Eastern Oregon and locating within the present limits of Gilliam county, near Arlington, engaging in the stock business, in which he still retains a considerable interest. In July, 1889, he was appointed deputy sheriff by Mr. E.W. Sanderson, and now fills that position with honor to himself and to the satisfaction of his superior, and with the marked approval of the people...

Biographical Sketch of Albert B. Vaughn

ALBERT B. VAUGHN. – This leading man of the younger generation of our state was born at Cottage Grove, Lane county, August 16, 1857, his father, J.W. Vaughn, being the proprietor of a mill located there. Our subject remained with his father until he was twenty-one years of age, receiving a common-school education. In 1878 he removed to Rock creek, and three years later came to Arlington, Oregon, and has made that flourishing town his home until the present time, conducting a remunerative business. In 1889 he was elected a member of the city council, and occupies that position to the present time. he is a man of growing influence, and one held in great esteem by all who know...

Biographical Sketch of Joseph A. Thomas

JOSEPH A. THOMAS. – This leading citizen of Gilliam county and a “native son” of our state, was born in Douglas county, September 18, 1854. With his parents he moved to Jefferson, Marion county, in 1862, and was furnished with good educational advantages, attending upon the excellent common-school of that town. In 1874 he went into business with his father, E.N. Thomas, a merchant with headquarters at Jefferson, but also with branch houses in various other localities, and indeed much occupied in other lines, such as livestock, of which he had accumulated as many as ten thousand head in Washington Territory; and who also maintained a large drug business in Arlington. This father has now retired from active business and lives at his home in Jefferson, having buried there his first wife, Margaret, née Cosper, who died in September, 1888, leaving two boys and one girl, – Laura G., Rosco and Clyde. Mr. Joseph A. Thomas, our subject, who early took charge of the business in Eastern Oregon, is one of the representative men of Arlington, and indeed of all Gilliam county, and is much respected by all associated with him. He has been publicly honored by the people, having been elected mayor of Arlington in 1886 and re-elected to the same office in 1887. He was elected county treasurer of Gilliam county in 1886, and served two years. He was elected in 1888 on the Republican ticket, by a majority of three hundred and fifty, to represent Gilliam county in the Oregon legislature, and served with credit and a good record throughout the last session, having been appointed...

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