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Biography of John J. Owen

The history of the first things is always interesting. In any town the first settler’s is the name most carefully preserved. The places where he established his home and first worked at his primitive vocation are carefully noted, and his deeds and words are recounted often and with increasing interest as generations succeed one another. There lives in Genesee, Idaho, a man, now the postmaster of the city, who was its pioneer in more ways than one and it is the purpose of the biographer to record now a brief statement of the facts of his life and of his residence in the town with whose progress he has been so long and closely identified. John J. Owen is of English and Welsh ancestry and was born in Birmingham, England, January 30, 1843, a son of John and Matilda (Jordan) Owen. In 1849, when he was six years old, the family came to the United States. It consisted of Mr. and Mrs. Owen, John J. and two sisters. Charles, an older son, had been lost at sea. W. H., the youngest of the family, was born after the others came to this country and is now living in Minnesota. The family settled at Jacksonville, Illinois, where the elder Owen found work as a tinner, a trade which he had learned and at which he had been employed in England. Later the family lived successively in Mason county and in Iroquois county, Illinois: and there John Owen died at the age of seventy-seven, after having survived his wife several years. They had been reared in the Baptist faith, and later...

Biography of James H. Roe

James H. Roe, a member of the firm of Holmes, Roe & Pierson, the publishers of the Riverside Daily Press and Weekly Horticulturist, is classed among the pioneers of Riverside, and for the sixteen years preceding this writing has been prominently connected with the interests and industries of the colony. The brief facts gathered relating to his life are of interest: He was born in Birmingham, England, in 1843, his parents being the Rev. Charles Hill, a native of the north of Ireland, and Mary (Steadman) Roe, a native of England. His father emigrated with his family to the United States in 1851, and located in Boone County, Illinois, where he was engaged in his ministerial duties until the breaking out of the civil war, when he entered the United States service as a chaplain, and later was the superintendent of the Freedmen’s Aid Commission, having jurisdiction of the affairs of that association in the southwest. He was a sincere Christian, a philanthropist and able orator, and visited England delivering lectures, and obtaining aid for the suffering freedmen of the South. Mr. Roe was reared and schooled in Boone County until 1859, when he entered the University of Chicago and was diligently pursuing his course of study in that institution when the breaking out of the war induced him to abandon his college studies and tender his aid. In 1862 he accompanied his father, who was chaplain of the fifty-sixth Regiment Illinois Infantry, to the field, and participated in the campaign of the Shenandoah Valley under General Banks, and later was at the siege and surrender of Harper’s Ferry....

Davis, Patricia Bernadette Darling Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Patricia Bernadette Davis, 69, of Baker City, died March 2, 2004, at her home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 9, at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, 2235 First St., followed by a graveside service at Mount Hope Cemetery. Father Rob Irwin will officiate. Friends are invited to join the family after the services for coffee in the St. Francis Parish Hall. Visitations will be held at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., on Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Patricia was born to Eric J. and Edith (Wilks) Darling on March 3, 1934, in Birmingham, England. Pat lived in the Midlands until World War II, when she was sent to live in a convent near London. She lived in the convent until she was 17. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now After the war ended she and her bothers returned to Wolverhampton. Pat then attended nursing school in England and became a registered nurse. She continued living in the Midlands where she began her life long career in nursing. Patricia met Billy Oliver Davis, who was serving overseas in the U.S. Air Force, and the two were married and moved...

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