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Biography of Neri L. Ackles

NERI L. ACKLES. – A man of broad experience in the business world, gained by practical contact with the different lines of enterprise in the northwest, the subject of this sketch is today one of Union county’s prominent and capable farmers and stockmen, whose ability has wrought for the advancement of the welfare of all, while he has prosecuted with vigor the industries that have come to his hand, gaining the reward of wisely bestowed labor in the land of resources and fertility. In Linn county, Missouri, Neri L. first saw the light and July 30, 1860, was the time of this important event in his career, while his parents are George and Louisa I. (Walker) Ackles, who essayed the tedious and dangerous journey across barren and heated plains and rugged and hard mountains to find a home place in this western land, in 1865, bringing their family with them. They came direct to the Grande Ronde valley and the father purchased a squatter’s right to a quarter section and homesteaded it and settled down to build a home from the raw land. Our subject received his first educational training from the primitive country schools and then matriculated at the Blue Mountain University, from which he took his degree in June, 1881. At that time he returned to his father’s farm and spent one year there and then repaired to Umatilla, where he bought a farm well improved and for eight years he was numbered with the leading agriculturists of that county when he sold out and went to Blaine, Washington, and took a contract to carry the mail...

Denney, William L. – Obituary

William L. “Bill” Denney, 63, of Champaign, Ill., and formerly of Wallowa County, died Aug. 13 after a long battle with pancreal cancer. Bramley Funeral Home in Champaign is in charge of arrangements. A funeral was held Aug. 18 in Divernon, Ill., with burial in Pawnee, Ill., at Calvary Cemetery. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Sept. 5 at Northside Baptist Church in Vancouver, Wash. A reception and visitation will follow. Bill was born Dec. 14, 1944, to Clifford R. and Mary (Betz) Denney in Spokane. He moved to Oregon in 1948 to the lower Imnaha area. He excelled in school with highest honors and several scholarships. He was grateful to Gardner Locke and Wm. Williams Sr. for help they gave him in high school, especially trigonometry, calculus and other advanced mathematics. He attended Oregon State University where he majored in forest-civil engineering, business administration and mathematics. He received his bachelor of science degree with highest honors. He worked for Bill Hagedorn of Portland as office manager and business manager for three years, then returned to Oregon State for graduate school. He received his MBA with highest honors in 1972. He met and married Arlys Wright in 1968. His daughter, Lanae, was born in 1975 and Rachelle was born in 1978. They lived in a home built at Salmon Creek. They moved to El Paso, Texas, in 1983 when Bill found work with Wang Computer Software as engineering manager. The family moved to Blaine, Wash., where he started a computer company, developing civil engineering software. The patent sold to Plus III Software, and he continued developing software...

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