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Biography of John B. Thatcher

John B. Thatcher, assessor and tax collector of Bannock county, and the owner of a valuable ranch on Bear river, where he carries on general farming and stock-raising, was born in Clark county, Ohio, October 22, 1834, being of English and German descent. At an early epoch in the history of Virginia, his ancestors, having braved the perils incident to ocean voyages at that day, took up their residence in the Old Dominion, and representatives of the family fought for the independence of the nation in the Revolutionary war. The parents of our subject, Hezekiah and Alley (Kitchen) Thatcher, were both natives of Virginia, and the father was an industrious and substantial farmer. He lived to be sixty-nine years of age, and his wife passed away at the age of eighty-two years. They were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and were people of the highest integrity of character. In their family were thirteen children, eight of whom reached years of maturity, while five are still living. John B. Thatcher was the fourth child and is now the eldest surviving member of the family. He was reared and educated in Illinois and in Salt Lake City, Utah, and afterward engaged in mining in El Dorado County, California. On the 1st of January 1858, he returned to Salt Lake City. In 1860 he went to Logan, Utah, where he engaged in clerking in the Mercantile House, being there employed for fifteen years. In the fall of 1881 he came to Idaho and purchased three hundred and sixty acres of land, upon which he has since...

Biography of William T. Reeves

William T. Reeves, a prominent lawyer of Idaho, residing at Pocatello, was born at Kinkleville, Kentucky, January 21, 1855, and is of Scotch-Irish ancestry, a combination which everywhere and always produces good citizens and has given to America many of her best and greatest men. George Reeves, Mr. Reeves paternal grandfather, emigrated from Ireland and brought his wife with him. They had four sons and three daughters. William Harrison Reeves, Mr. Reeves’ father, was born in Richmond, Virginia, and married Miss Penelope B. White, a native of Tennessee. While he was a mere boy his father removed with his family to Kentucky, and there he was reared and educated and wooed and won his wife. He died at the age of seventy-eight, she at sixty-one, and their neighbors in Kentucky, among whom they passed their busy and useful lives, bore testimony to their high character and the beneficent quality of the influence they exerted upon the community. William T. Reeves was educated in the common schools and in the college at Blandville, Kentucky. He read law at Blandville, under the direction of an older brother, then established in professional work, and was duly admitted to the bar in 1875. After ten years’ successful practice of his profession in his native state, he took up his residence at Eagle Rock, now Idaho Falls, Idaho, in 1885. Eagle Rock was then a leading railway town, and his success there was encouraging, but inducements were made to him to remove to Blackfoot. After ten years at Blackfoot he was for two years at Boise City. In 1894 he located at Pocatello, where...

Biography of James H. Bean, M. D.

James H. Bean, M. D., has attained a distinctive position in connection with the medical fraternity of southern Idaho, and is now successfully engaged in practicing in Pocatello, where he also conducts a drug store. Realizing the importance of the profession, he has carefully prepared himself for his chosen life work, and spares no effort that will further perfect him along that line. By the faithful performance of each day’s duty he finds inspiration and added strength for the labors of the next, and his marked skill has secured him prestige as the representative of one of the most important professions to which man may direct his energies. Dr. Bean is a native of Boston, Massachusetts, born October 23, 1856, of Scotch-Irish ancestry. His father, James Bean, was born in London, England, and there married Miss Harriet Harvey. In 1856 they came to the United States, locating in Boston, where the father engaged in business as a florist for a time. Later he was connected with the coal trade for twenty-five years, and is now living retired, at the advanced age of eighty years. In 1876 he was called upon to mourn the loss of his wife, who died in her fifty-seventh year. They were consistent members of the Episcopal Church, and people of genuine worth, who won the warm regard of all with whom they came in contact. In their family were nine children, eight of whom are living. The Doctor was educated in the schools of Medford, Massachusetts, and began the study of medicine with an army physician, after which he entered the medical department of Dartmouth...

Bower, Helen Marie – Obituary

Joseph, Oregon Helen Marie Bower, 86, of Hilgard died Nov. 19 at a local care center. A celebration of life will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in La Grande. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Bower was born Oct. 8, 1919, to Paul and Elsie Rudger Marti in Joseph, and graduated from high school in Cambridge, Idaho. She married Buck Bower on July 16, 1938, in Weiser, Idaho, and moved to this area 33 years ago from the Huntington area. She worked in the cafe at Blue Mountain Lanes for about 20 years. She was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and a past member of the Eagles, Eastern Star, VFW Auxiliary and the Lime Sewing Club. She enjoyed playing the piano and making dolls, including ceramic work, assembly, painting and making the clothes. Survivors include children and their spouses, Joan and Tom Hosey of Hilgard, Jean Smith of La Grande, and Karlee and Ivan Langley of Lime; 18 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and 21 great-great-grandchildren. Her husband, a son, Ronald LeRoy Bower, three brothers, Paul Jr. “Bud” Marti, Harry Marti and Eugene Marti, and a great-granddaughter, Shannyn Lee Miller, all died earlier. The Observer, Obituaries for the week ending Nov. 26 – Published: November 28, 2005 Contributed By: Sue...

Scoubes, Ronald Dave – Obituary

Elgin, Oregon Ronald Dave Scoubes, 91, of Elgin, died June 2 at his home. A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m., Wednesday June 7 at the Elgin Christian Church. Burial was at the Island City Cemetery. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Scoubes was born July 18, 1914, to David and Della Weston Scoubes in Cambridge, Idaho. He graduated from Elgin High School in 1933 and married Jessie Genevieve Jones in La Grande in 1936. He worked in the lumber industry and was shipping foreman at the Boise Cascade mill in La Grande. In 1966, he became Elgin city recorder, retiring after 13 1/2 years in that position. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, square dancing, gardening and being with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Coffee at Pop’s house for the past several years involved at three or four generations around his kitchen table. He will be remembered as a gentle, caring man who loved the country life and treasured his family Survivors include children and their spouses, Dee Ann and Larkin Conatser of Columbia, Md., and Ronald “Bud” and Janet Scoubes of Elgin; five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. His wife and two brothers, Harold Scoubes of Klamath Falls and Ralph Scoubes of Redding, Calif., all died earlier. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending June 10, 2006, Published June 8,...

Holt, James – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon James Holt, 58, of La Grande, died April 5 after a short battle with cancer. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at The Place, 62846 Philynda Loop, near Buchanan and McAlister. Arrangements are under the direction of Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Known as Jess, he was born Aug. 20, 1948, to Janice and Russell Holt in Pocatello, Idaho. He grew up in Boise, graduating from Borah High School in 1966, and served in the Air Force from 1968 to 1972. In 1978 he earned a degree in civil engineering from the University of Idaho and went to La Grande as an engineer. He later became a senior engineer, project manager and shareholder in the company. Jess married his wife, Jody, in 1981. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, drag racing, driving his little red sports car and spending time with his grandchildren. Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Jody; children and their spouses, Sandra and Shane Patterson of Union, Shayne and Mari Holt of St. John, Wash., Kelly Bohnenkamp of Greeley, Colo., and Aubree and Kenny Wright of Scottsdale, Ariz.; siblings, John Holt of Terrebonne, David Maria of Boise and Lee Woods of Boise; and four grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Association or the Grande Ronde Hospital Hospice. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending April 7, 2007 Published: April 7,...

Lilly, Doris May – Obituary

Summerville, Oregon Doris May Lilly, 89, died April 2 at her home in Summerville. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 11206 McAlister, in Island City. Dedication of the grave and burial will follow at the Hillcrest Cemetery. Viewing will be available from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley and from 9 to 10 a.m. before the service Friday at the Island City LDS Church. Mrs. Lilly was born March 22, 1918, to Charles Oliver and Adelia E. (Rogers) Sanderson in Cambridge, Idaho. As a child her family lived in various places around the Northwest. On Sept. 17, 1935, she married Albert W. Lilly in La Grande. When she was first married, she cooked for the Roy Shaffer Dude Ranch out of Lostine and filled in as a cook at Hot Lake. In 1965 the Lillys moved to Forest Grove and then returned to La Grande in 1971. She moved to Summerville four years ago. Mrs. Lilly was very active in the LDS Church and held many positions throughout the years, including Relief Society President and Compassionate Services Officer. She was also a member of the Women’s Benefit Association. She enjoyed crafting, sewing, quilting, gardening and canning. Her specialty was making candy at Christmastine. She also enjoyed time spent outdoors, including hunting and fishing. At the age of 70 she began painting and several of her paintings were displayed at the Elks Hospital in Boise as well as in the church. A loving, kind woman with a great sense of humor, she loved...

Schreiner, Deveron Willis – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Deveron Willis Schreiner, 38, of La Grande, died unexpectedly in Pendleton Thursday. A memorial service will be held at Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory Monday at 10 a.m., with burial to follow at Island City Cemetery. A full obituary will follow later. The Observer – June 28, 2008 Fowler, Oscar Ernest Union County, Oregon Obituary La Grande, Oregon Oscar Ernest “Ernie” Fowler, 92, of La Grande, died June 26 at a local care center. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday at the Island City Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints. A full obituary will be available later. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. The Observer, June 30, 2008 _______________________________________ Ernest “Ernie” Fowler, 92, of La Grande, died June 26 at a local care center. Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Fourth Ward Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Island City. Burial will be in Pocatello, Idaho. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. Ernest was born Feb. 7, 1916, to Guy and Martha (Seymour) Fowler in Mt. Grove, Mo. He married Elsie Vera Ormond in Pocatello Oct. 27, 1937. They had four children. Elsie died in 1973. He then married Dorothy Statler in 1975 in La Grande. She died in 1995. Dorothy had one daughter. Ernest retired from the Union Pacific Railroad in 1977. He greatly enjoyed dancing at the senior center, and was a member of the Knights of Pythias, Odd Fellows, Junior Old Timers, Kiwanis International, Eagles and Elks. He helped start the Toastmasters group in La...

Kiilsgaard, Marco – Obituary

Marco Kiilsgaard, 84, died April 12, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Care Center after a long illness. Her memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2625 Hughes Lane. Bishop David Richards will preside and Dick Hindman will conduct the service. Marco was born on Oct. 13, 1920, at Rockland, Idaho, to Chris and Martha Hunsaker Kiilsgaard. She was their second child. She attended elementary school at Inkom, Idaho, but the family moved north to Bonners Ferry, Idaho, when Marco was in junior high school. After high school, she attended Lewiston Normal School at Lewiston, Idaho. She began teaching at Bonners Ferry, Idaho. She later received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho at Moscow. She taught at Marysville, Wash., and Kodiak and Fairbanks, Alaska, before going to work for the Department of Defense teaching dependents of U.S. Air Force personnel. She taught in Germany, Morocco, the Philippines, Japan and Korea and spent most of her time on Okinawa. For a time she worked for the American Red Cross in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. At that time she returned to college and received a master’s degree in occupational therapy. Soon after that she returned to teaching on Okinawa. She retired from teaching and moved to Las Vegas, Nev., in 1985. After an illness, she moved to Baker City in December 1993. Her true love was to travel and fortunately, she was able to see most of the world. She said she had the perfect life for a single person. Survivors include her brothers and sisters, Thor Kiilsgaard and his...

Mitchell, Eloise Albrecht Mrs. – Obituary

Eloise (Albrecht) Mitchell, 82, a former Baker City resident, died Aug. 28, 2005, after a brief struggle with a blood disorder. Informal services will take place in September at her daughter Victoria’s home in Martinez, Calif. Eloise was born Oct. 6, 1922, at Pocatello, Idaho. When she was a young girl her family moved to Baker City. She went to school in Baker City and still has many area friends who will remember her. She was active in band, chorus, and Rainbow Girls. She was active in the First Presbyterian Church. She was proud that she never missed a class reunion until this year. She met and fell in love with Grant Mitchell. She knew she had chosen her lifetime dancing partner. They married in 1945 and moved to Boise, where they spent their married lives. They owned Mitchell Plumbing. They had so many wonderful friends and they enjoyed playing pinochle, bowling and golfing with them. They also danced on television as the Star Lighters. Eloise and Grant were active in the Southminster Presbyterian Church. Most of all they loved being together and now they are once again together. Eloise is survived by her devoted and loving brother, Frank Albrecht of Portland; her daughters, Linda Stiller of Augusta, Ga., and Victoria (Vicky) Oleson of Martinez, Calif.; her grandson, Steven Stiller; her granddaughter, Brenda Glenn; her grandson Peter D. Oleson; and her great-grandsons, Michael, Ritchie and Brady Glenn. She will be missed by her two sons-in-law, Harry Stiller and Peter A. Oleson. Eloise was and will continue to be a wonderful mother, friend, counselor and role-model to all who knew...
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