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Biography of Capt. Thomas Smith

CAPTAIN. THOMAS SMITH. – Captain Smith, the intrepid Indian fighter and pioneer, has seen the beginning of every Indian disturbance in Southern Oregon; and his narratives are therefore of peculiar interest. He was born September 14, 1809, in Campbell County, Kentucky. At the age of seventeen he removed with his recently widowed mother to Boone County, and learned the trade of a carpenter. In 1839 he went to Texas, and in 1849 formed a party designated as the Equal Rights Company, to cross the plains by the southern route via El Paso and the Gila River to California. The journey was notably difficult, chiefly from the excessive heat and lack of water. Captain Smith’s indomitable spirit had many occasions in which to be tested, as when he recovered a horse and mule from the Pima Indians on the Gila, or led his column – seventy-five men and two hundred and fifty animals – across the desert, following Colonel Crook’s trail by the animals of the government train which had died and had dried up by reason of the desert air, and finding water and grass on a sunken river and at a small lake. Arrived in California in the autumn, Captain Smith’s experiences in the mines at Dry Creek, Oroville, and on the Feather River, were of the checkered character of the argonauts, – more of sickness and ill luck than of success. By 1851 he was at Yreka, and thence came over into Oregon; and, seeing a better prospect in raising vegetables than in digging gold, he induced three others, Patrick Dunn, Frederick Alberding and David S. Earl,...

Biography of George O. Sampson

George O. Sampson, of Silver City, was born in Siskiyou, California, on the nth of December 1853, and is of English lineage, the original American ancestors of the family having settled in Maine on their emigration from the Old World. Jonathan Sampson, the father of our subject, was born in the Pine Tree state and engaged in the lumber business there. In 1850, however, he came to the Pacific coast and engaged in mining in California, also in lumbering in Siskiyou County. In 1855 he removed to Ashland, Oregon, and later took up his abode in Portland. He lived to a good old age and spent his last days at Garden City. His life was up-right and honorable, in harmony with his professions as a member of the Methodist church. His wife lived to be sixty-three years of age. They were the parents of six children, five of whom reached years of maturity, while four are still living. George O. Sampson acquired the greater part of his education in Portland, Oregon, and on putting aside his text-books became a mechanical engineer. His residence in Idaho dates from 1864. He worked on newspapers for some years and in 1871 came to Silver City, where he was employed as an engineer for about fifteen years, running some of the largest hoists in the camp. In 1893 he purchased the Silver City and De Lamar stage line, and in January 1894, in partnership with J. C. Brown, bought out the De Lamar Livery Company. In 1895 they also purchased the Owyhee livery stable at Silver City, and in October 1896, they sold...

Steinbeck, J. D. – Obituary

Formerly of La Grande 1915-2009 J.D. Steinbeck, 93, of Seneca and formerly of La Grande, died Jan. 31 at Country Spice Assisted Living Center in John Day. Graveside services will begin at 1 p.m. Friday at the Hermiston Cemetery. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements. J.D. was born May 19, 1915, to Frank and Clara (Hadley) Steinbeck in La Grande. He graduated from La Grande High School and later from Boeing Aircraft School in California. He served in the U.S. Army as a diesel mechanic instructor based in Seattle. He then returned to La Grande to work for Bunting Tractor Co. as parts manager. He later started and managed Inland Machinery Co. in John Day. He also owned and operated a motel in Ashland at one time. Throughout his life, J.D. was involved in farming and cattle in Culver, Tillamook and Hermiston. After selling the farm in Hermiston he was employed at Pendleton Grain Growers, Lamb Weston and Eastern Oregon Farms as farm manager. He served on the Westland Water District Board of Directors. He was a member of the Elks and a Mason. Survivors include his son, Don, and his wife, Char; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; son, Jim; and wife, Aretha. The Observer – Obituaries for the day of February 3,...

Wood, Timothy – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Timothy Wood, 57, of La Grande, died Oct. 10 at a local care center. A full obituary will be available later. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. La Grande Observer – October 12, 2009 ________________________________ Timothy J. Wood La Grande 1951-2009 Timothy Joel Wood, 57, of La Grande, died Oct. 10 at Evergreen Health and Rehab Center of a fast-growing brain tumor. Services will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Christ with Minister Doug Edmonds officiating. Viewing will be one hour before the service. Burial will be later in Phoenix at the Hillcrest Cemetery at 11 a.m. Oct. 26. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. Timothy was born Oct. 21, 1951, to Ralph and Charlotte Wood in Abilene, Texas. The family moved back to Oregon in 1953, and they moved to Ashland in March1954. He attended schools in Ashland, and graduated in May 1970. He worked at numerous and varied jobs before going into the Navy where he was stationed on the USS Nathaniel Greene Nuclear Submarine. After being discharged, he worked on farms; as a taxi driver; a carnival driver; a telephone lineman in Montana; a tow truck driver; a big rig cross country driver; a Harley mechanic; a Medford Mail Tribune carrier; and at a truck wash. Then in fall 1997, he moved to La Grande where he logged for Ken McCoy, and worked at the Blue Mountain Animal Shelter before he had a back injury and was forced to retire. He was actively involved with the Union County Search and Rescue. He...

King, Josephine Nancy – Obituary

Ashland, Oregon Josephine Nancy King, 87, a resident of 303 Oak Street, died Monday evening at the Ashland General hospital following an illness of several weeks. Mrs. King was born Nov. 14, 1863 in Union County, Ore., and had been a resident of Ashland for 24 years. Her husband George W. King preceded her in death a few years ago. She was a member of the Baptist church and of the Ashland Rebekah Lodge of which she was a Past Noble Grand. She is survived by a son Bert cook of Ashland and two sisters Mrs. F. B. Leonard and Mrs. Bert Caudle, both of Lostine, Ore. A son James A. Cook preceded her in death on May 5, 1939. Funeral services will be held Thursday, afternoon at 1:30 at the Litwiller Funeral home with the rev. W.H. Tillman and the Rebekah Lodge officiating. Internment will be held at the Mountain View...

King, George W. King – Obituary

Ashland, Oregon George W. King Succumbs Here George W. king, resident of this city for the past 30 years, passed away at his home at 66 Pine Street this morning at about five o’clock. Mr. King was stricken with a heart attack Tuesday morning. Mr. King was born February 22, 1869, in the East, and was aged 75 years, and 20 days at the time of his death. Mr. King spent many years in Lake County, coming to this city shortly after 1900. For a time he managed the Ashland Hotel, was later employed at the city power house, and more recently cared for a small ranch on Nutley Street. He was a member of the Baptist Church. Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. King, five stepsons, Frank E. Russell, Ashland, Leslie Russell, Portland, Henry Russell, Reno, Nevada, James A. Cook and Bert Cook, of Ashland and Mrs. Alta Hackett of Montana. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the Stock Chapel. Internment to be in Mountain View cemetery. Source: Must be from an Ashland, Oregon Newspaper Transcribed by: Gary Jaensch Note: George W. King was married to Nancy Josephine Hammack Cook after Mr. Thomas Cook’s death in Wallowa County, Oregon. They had two sons James A. Cook and Bert Cook, daughter Alta Cook Hackett. After Thomas’s death she met George W. King probably in Wallowa or Union Counties, Oregon. Nancy Josephine Hammack-Cook-King is buried in the Mountain View cemetery in Ashland,...

Cook, J.A. – Obituary

Ashland, Oregon J.A. Cook Dies This Afternoon J.A. “Allie” Cook, long-time Ashland resident and owner of The Reception Pool Hall, passed away at his High Street home shortly after noon today. His death came as a result of a prolonged illness. Funeral arrangements, which will be announced later, will be in charge of the Litwiller Funeral home. Source: Daily Tidings, Ashland, Jackson County, Oregon, may 5, 1939. Contributed by: Sue Wells. Transcribed by: Gary Jaensch Note: J.A. Cook was James Alvin Cook, his parents were Thomas Richard and Nancy Josephine Hammack-Cook-King. He was born in Wallowa County,...

Savage, Carl D. – Obituary

Funeral services for Carl Dean Savage, former Haines resident who died at his home in Yreka, California July 21, were held here Sunday. Burial was in the Haines Cemetery with West and company of Baker in charge. Mr. Savage was born in Lane county, Oregon, March 30, 1871. He came to Baker county with his parents when he was an infant. He and his brother E. E. Savage operated the Okay feed store in Baker for two years and he lived in Haines for several years prior to 1914, when he moved to Ashland where Mrs. Savage died. Mr. Savage was engaged in mining at the time of his death. The deceased is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Mintie Petropoli, San Diego; three sisters, Mrs. Lula Cavin, Gotville, California, Mrs. Ollie Gardner, North Powder and Mrs. Nora Lang of Yakima, Washington, and four brothers, J.S. Savage, Woodland, Washington, E. E. Savage, Baker, and J. R. Savage and I. N. Savage, Walla Walla. The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, Aug. 2, 1934 page 8 Contributed by: Belva...

Kinnison, Beulah Adelia Starmer Mrs. – Obituary

Kinnison Rites Slated Thursday Mrs. Beulah Adelia Kinnison, 56, of 2035 East street, died Tuesday morning at St. Elizabeth hospital. She was born on May 6, 1901 to the Rev. A.J. and Minnie R. Starmer at Ashland. She moved from Ashland to Albany, coming to Baker from Albany 39 years ago. Two and a half years ago she became co-owner of the Corset Clinic in the Antlers hotel building, and was manager until her illness. Mrs. Kinnison was a member of the Pythian Sisters and of the Methodist church. She is survived by three daughters and one son, Lilith B. Kinnison and Mrs. Joella Williams, both of Boise, Mrs. Barbara Morin and Buford L. Kinninson both of Baker, she also leaves her mother, Mrs. Minnie R. Starmer of Albany, Oregon; three sisters, Mrs. Nina Watt of Portland, Mrs. Clara DeSpain of Cascade Locks, and Mrs. Bertha Stanley of Portland; two brothers, Wyatt B. Starmer of La Grande and Arthur L. Starmer of Stevenson, Washington and six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father and one grandson. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at West and company chapel. The Rev. I. Rex Lindemood will officiate. Interment will be in Mt. Hope. Source: Baker Democrat Herald, Baker City, Oregon, July 31, 1957, page 3 Contributed by: Sue...

Schock, Berniece Parker Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Berniece Schock, 71, of Hermiston, died Nov. 10, 2004, at the Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston. Her graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Eternal Hills Cemetery in Klamath Falls. She was born on Oct. 11, 1933, at Baker City to Clifford and Cecelia Bowman Parker. She married Harold H. Schock on May 23, 1952, at Payette, Idaho. The couple lived at Pondosa and later in the Baker City area for more than 30 years. They moved to Ashland in 1990. Harold died in 1992. Berniece returned to Baker City in 1994 and lived here until moving to the Hermiston area in 1999. She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed doing embroidery work, crocheting, fishing, hunting, flowers, gardening and playing pinochle. Survivors include her sons, Robert Schock and his wife, Kathy, of Klamath Falls, Vernon Schock of Milton-Freewater, Myron Schock of John Day, and Avery Schock and his wife, Nan, of Irrigon; two brothers, Jasper Parker of Portland and Stanley Parker of Wasco; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold; and a sister, Ruby Farley. The Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, November 12, 2004 Transcribed by: Belva...
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