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Kit Carson, His Life and Adventures – Indian Wars

The subject of this sketch, Christopher “Kit” Carson, was born on the 24th of December, 1809, in Madison County, Kentucky. The following year his parents removed to Howard County, Missouri, then a vast prairie tract and still further away from the old settlements. The new home was in the midst of a region filled with game, and inhabited by several predatory and hostile tribes of Indians, who regarded the whites as only to be respected for the value of their scalps. The elder Carson at once endeavored to provide for the safety of his family, as far as possible, by the erection of that style of fortress then so common on the frontier, a log block house. In this isolated spot, surrounded by dangers of every sort, the little Christopher imbibed that love of adventure and apparent disregard of personal peril, which made him so famous in after years. When he was only twelve years old, being out one day assisting in the search of game, his father sent him to a little knoll, a short distance off, to see if a certain curious looking, overhanging cliff there might not possibly shelter a spring of water. Instead of the spring, however, he found a shallow cave, and in it, sleeping quietly on their bed of moss and leaves, lay two young cubs. With boyish exultation he caught them in his arms and hastened as fast as possible toward his father. In spite of their squirming he had borne them half way down the hill, when the sound of a heavy footfall and a fierce panting of breath warned him...

Biography of Joseph M. Shelton

JOSEPH M. SHELTON. – “Present misfortune is our future weal,” wrote the old homilist; and in human experience it has been well enough proved that in adversity is the power of a man’s character developed. Joseph M. Shelton, the subject of this sketch, had lived in comfort and prosperity on the family plantation in Caswell County, in North Carolina; but, in common with so many of the foremost Southern families, the Sheltons sustained heavy losses in the war, and by the liberation of the slaves of which Joseph’s father was a large owner. It was then that Joseph showed the force of character and sturdy determination which, in later years, have made him one of the leading men of the Northwest. He determined to be no longer dependent on his father, and, leaving the old plantation, crossed the plains with an ox-team, arriving in Denver, Colorado, in 1865. The Godfrey train, with which he traveled, was several times attacked by hostile Indians; and Mr. Shelton distinguished himself during these skirmishes by his bravery and ability as a leader of men. In Colorado he engaged in stock-raising in Boulder county, where he remained for seventeen years. it was during his residence there that he found his lifelong companion. In March, 1866, he was united in marriage to Miss Missouri C. Jones. Mrs. Shelton is one of those women who in ancient times were accounted the mothers of heroes. With the sweetness and gentleness of the truly refined lady, she combines the nobility of mind and the force of character that distinguish the typical women of the West. She was born...

Biography of Hon. De Forest H. Andrews

It is the enterprise and character of the citizens that enrich and ennoble the commonwealth. From individual enterprise have sprung all the splendor and importance of this great west. The greatest businessmen have developed from the humblest origins, and from clerkships have emerged men who have built up great business enterprises. Among those who have achieved prominence as men of marked ability and substantial worth in Boise is the subject of this sketch. De Forest H. Andrews, one of the most successful real-estate dealers of Idaho. A native of Auburn, New York, he was born on the 23d of May, 1841, and is a representative of one of the old families of that state. His grandfather, Salmon Andrews, was a resident of Syracuse, New York. His father, Salmon S. Andrews, was born in the Empire state, and there married Miss Sarah Stolp, a lady of German descent. In 1843 they removed to Aurora, Illinois, where for a time Mr. Andrews was engaged in farming. Later he removed to Valparaiso, Indiana, where he died at the age of seventy years. Mrs. Andrews then made her home with her son in Leadville, Colorado, where she died in the sixty-eighth year of her age. This worthy couple were the parents of eleven children, but only three are now living. De Forest H. Andrews acquired his education in the public schools of Indiana and Illinois. Throughout his business career his energies have been devoted principally to stock-raising, to mining and to real-estate dealing. In 1860 he emigrated to Colorado, where he engaged in mining at Leadville and Aspen, and in Gilpin and Boulder...

Biographical Sketch of M. Lyman Lawrence

Lawrence, M. Lyman; vice pres. Ohio Farm Development Co.; born, Cleveland, Dec. 23, 1868; public and high school education; married, Aug. 3, 1891, Olive M. Harp, of Denver, Col.; at the age of 16, went to Colorado; cowboy on the western plains until health was restored; 1889, entered the Peoples National Bank, Denver, and worked up from messenger to cashier; in 1893, returned to Cleveland and connected himself with the Ohio Farmer, owned by his father; had active part in its management; became vice pres. Lawrence Publishing Co.; vice pres. Lawrence-Williams Co.; Mason, since 1892; charter member of Brenton N. Babcock Lodge; member Cleveland Lodge of Elks; member Auto, Cleveland Yacht and Athletic Clubs, and Chamber of...

Stanley, Mary E. – Obituary

Joseph, Oregon Born in Newton Falls, OH, April 20, 1841 five years before the beginning of the Mexican war, she still retained faint recollections of those long ago times. Her girlhood was spent in front of the fire place, before the stove, the lamp or sewing machine were heard of. In the year 1868 at the age of 27 years, Mary E. Strock was united in marriage to James J. Stanley, a veteran of the Civil war. A year later they became residents of Gold Hill, Boulder County, Colorado. Here her two children were born. In 1883 the family came to Oregon making the trip from Colorado by team and wagon. They live a short time on Prairie Creek, moving into the village of Joseph in 1884. Here Mrs. Stanley has since resided having been a continuous resident of Joseph nearly 43 years. Her daughter, now Mrs. G.M. Cannon and son Charles N. Stanley, set type on the first issues of the Chieftain at that time published in Joseph. Mrs. Stanley was laid away in her wedding dress fashioned and made by her mother nearly 60-years ago. For years she had lived her quiet kindly life, pursuing her way untouched by the passing world. In death she was clothed in the quaint loveliness in which she had lived. Ripe in age, wisdom and character, her passing is mourned by her two children, one sister and three brothers, nine grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, besides a host of friends. Dying at the ripe age of 85 years, 8 months and 11 days, verily we say with the Psalmist, “She spent her...

Homan, Steven Warren – Obituary

Elgin, Oregon Steven Warren Homan, 52, of Echo and formerly of Elgin, Enterprise and La Grande, died April 13 at his home in Echo. Services will begin at 2 p.m. April 26 at the Lighthouse Pentecostal Church in Island City. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. Steven was born June 26, 1955, to Arthur Warren and Janet (Moys) Homan in Enterprise. He was raised and educated in Enterprise. After high school, he was a police officer in Enterprise, Elgin, La Grande, Hillsboro and Boulder, Colo., county sheriff’s departments. He moved from La Grande to Blackfoot, Idaho, and then to Echo. He greatly enjoyed dispatching for a trucking company and loved football, rodeo, fishing and mushrooming. He dearly loved the Denver Broncos. Steven is survived by his companion of over 10 years, Peggy Ervin; mother, Janet Homan of La Grande; children, Anthony “Tony” Homan of Walla Walla, Wash., and Arthur “AJ” Nittman of Longmont, Colo.; brother, Douglas “Doug” Homan of La Grande; sister, Cindy Homan of Joseph; and three grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 1508 Fourth Street, La Grande 97850. La Grande Observer, Obituaries for the week ending April 19,...

Easley, Carlos Eugene – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Carlos Eugene Easley, 91, of La Grande, died May 10 at his home. A funeral service will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the First Christian Church. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center is in charge of arrangements. Carlos was born April 7, 1917, the sixth of eight children, to George Woodson and Della Jeanette (Whitton) Easley in Chillicothe, Texas. He spent his early years in Texas, and then the family moved to Southern California where he attended schools in Baldwin Park and West Covina. One of his earliest memories is of a house fire that burned the family home. Everything was lost. He attended college at Fort Lewis, Colo., and graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder. On July 6, 1940, he married Wilma C. Thomas. He taught physics at Boulder High School for a year before coming to Oregon in 1943 with his wife and newborn daughter, Elizabeth. He was hired to teach pre-flight training classes as part of the war training program to Naval and Army cadets, intending to stay a year. The following year he taught in Pendleton where his second daughter, Carol, was born. In 1945 he was offered a position at Eastern Oregon College teaching radio-electronics in La Grande, where son, Tom, was born. Carlos received his master’s degree in 1948 from the University of Colorado in Boulder and his doctorate in education in 1952 from Washington State University in Pullman. He went on to become director of education at Eastern Oregon College in the early 1960s and taught many Extension classes. He served on the Teacher’s Credentialing...

Boulder County, Colorado Cemetery Records

Most of these cemetery listings are complete indices at the time of transcription, however, in some cases we list the listing when it is only a partial listing. The following cemeteries have gravesite photographs hosted at the Colorado Tombstone Photo Project Boulder Columbia Cemetery Green Mountain Cemetery Pioneer Cemetery Lafayette Evergreen Memorial Gardens Lafayette Municipal Cemetery Longmont Burlington Cemetery Mountain View Cemetery Louisville Louisville Cemetery Lyons Lyons Cemetery Niwot Niwot Cemetery Sunshine Sunshine Cemetery View Photographs The following cemeteries have transcriptions hosted at the Boulder County Colorado GenWeb Project Caribou Cemetery Jamestown Cemetery Boulder Green Mountain Cemetery (hosted at Boulder Genealogical Society) Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Cemetery Goldhill Goldhill Cemetery Longmont Burlington Cemetery Valmont Old Valmont Cemetery Valmont Cemetery The following cemeteries have transcriptions hosted at the Colorado USGW Archives Lyons Cemetery Niwot Cemetery View the Transcriptions...

Clarke, F. B. – Obituary

F.B. Clarke, 88, of Baker City, died Feb. 26, 2006, at his home. His funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. Father Julian Cassar will officiate. There will be a reception at the church after the service. Mr. Clarke was born on Jan. 2, 1918, at Boulder, Colo., to John L. and Ila Stauffer Clarke. He was raised at Benton, Ill. After graduating from high school, he worked in the New Orient Mine No. 2 at Benton until enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1940. Capt. Clarke served in World War II as a combat liaison pilot in the Pacific: Saipan, Tinian, Leyte and Okinawa. He received many commendations and the Purple Heart for injuries sustained at Saipan. He then served as an adviser with the XXIV Air Corps at Seoul, Korea, where he met 1st Lt. Zona M. Parker of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. They were married on Aug. 17, 1947. After returning to the states, F.B. and Zona lived on the ranch at Wingville where they raised a family of six children and farmed acres of wheat. During the winter months, F.B. worked at Levinger Rexall Drugs. In 1970, he purchased an insurance agency, which is now Clarke and Clarke Insurance. After his retirement, he and Zona joined the Peace Corps and traveled to Katmandu, Nepal. He was a gifted carpenter and enjoyed building projects of all kinds. Most especially, he was proud of his family, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Survivors include his wife, Zona M. Clarke; children and their spouses, Vicki and...

Knudsen, Clarice B. Coffman Stiff Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Clarice B. Knudsen, 95, a longtime Baker City resident, died Nov. 12, 2000, at Settler’s Park. At her request, there will be no funeral. A family celebration of her life is planned. Mrs. Knudsen was born Oct. 12, 1905, at Boulder, Colo., to Mitchell and Maude Coffman. She was raised and received her education in Scott City, Kan., and also attended business school at Boise. She married Robert Earl Stiff on June 14, 1925, in Boise, and they came to Baker City in 1944. They divorced in 1947. In May 1953 she married Leonard Knudsen in Baker City. They lived in John Day and Roseburg before returning to Baker City in September 1973. Mr. Knudsen passed away Sept. 12, 1994. Mrs. Knudsen worked as a desk clerk and banquet hostess at the Baker Hotel, as desk clerk at the Geiser Grand and Antlers hotels, and was the original owner and operator of the Inland Cafe. She was a longtime member of a Monday afternoon pinochle club, and was the last survivor of the original group. Mrs. Knudsen is survived by her daughters, LaVaughn Gould and her companion, Harold Harrop of Cave Junction, Drucilla Carpenter and her husband, Wayne, of Baker City, and JoAnne Hardy and her husband, George, of Unity; her sons, Duane Stiff and his wife, Carol, of San Clemente, Calif., and Carl Stiff and his wife, Barbara, of Baker City; a stepdaughter, Lenore Duden of Portland; a step son-in-law, Bill Wagner of Burns; a brother, Clifford Coffman of Weiser, Idaho; 26 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends. Mrs. Knudsen...
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