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Biography of William W. Webb

William W. Webb. A resident of Topeka thirty years, Mr. Webb was at first in the service of the Sants Fe Railway Company, later a merchant, and for many years past had been in the real esfate and insurance business. Successful in private affairs, his enterprise in public matters is worthy of special mention. In 1890 he became identified with the Topeka Commercial Club. Through that medium he had worked in and out of season for the improvement and betterment of his city. He had asslsted in every undertaking prompted by the club, and was particularly active in the movement to keep the Santa Fe shops at Topeka, being one of the committee of fifteen to raise $25,000 for the purchase of ground for the new shops. He was also active in the campaign when the city purchased the waterworks plant. Still later he was chaimnan of the committee to establish the “Great White Way” lighting system of Topeka. For this service each member of the committee was presented a handsomely engraved resolution of appreciation by the club. His many services were given a fitting token in January, 1916, when Mr. Webb was elected president of the Topeka Commercial Club. He is a native of Michigan, and was born at Ontonagon, in the Upper Peninsula, May 22, 1865. When he was five years of age his parents, William and Jane (Ester) Webb, moved to Appleton, Wisconsin, where his father engaged in business as a mining broker. The son grew up at Appleton, attended the public schools, was for two years employed as clerk in the local postoffice, later was...

Steen, Leona Marie – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Leona Marie Steen, 89, of La Grande, died Sept. 18 at a local care center. At her request there will be no public services. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center is in charge of arrangements. Leona was born Aug. 10, 1920, to Paul William and Laura (Quin) Barber in Aberdeen, S.D. She came to Oregon from South Dakota in 1971. She worked as an office clerk for Adult and Family Services until her retirement. She was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, the American Legion Auxiliary, the VFW Auxiliary, the Eagles Auxiliary and the Women of the Moose of Seaside. She enjoyed sewing and going to the senior center. Survivors include her son, Larry Howard Steen of Hillsboro; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Sherry Rush in May 2009, and sisters, LoReign Barber and Vera Strom. Memorial contributions may be made to the senior center or the arthritis association. La Grande Observer – October 14,...

George Thompson Todd of Aberdeen SD

George Thompson Todd7, (Eli6, Jonah5, Abraham4, Jonah3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Sept. 6, 1810, in New Milford, Conn., died Feb. 10, 1897, in Aberdeen, South Dak., married first, June 27, 1844, Mary A. Winchell, who was born Feb. 8, 1817, died Dec. 29, 1850. He married second, Corolie Chamberlain, who was born April 28, 1824. She is now (1914) living in Minneapolis. Mr. Todd was reared at New Milford, Conn.; took a college course at Yale University, then a course at Yale Law School. Shortly before completing the latter, he decided to change from the study of the law to the study for the ministry; accordingly, he left the Law School, entered the Andover Theological Seminary, and after a partial course there, he went to the Princeton Theological Seminary and graduated from there in 1834; ordained by the Presbytery of Bedford, in 1838. From 1838, to 1855, he held Presbyterian pastorates in New York State; Gilead Church at Carmel, N. Y., from 1835-44; Balston Spa, 1845-47; Smithfield Church, City, 1847-55. After a ministry in the Presbyterian Churches of nearly twenty years, severe illness left him with permanently impaired health and he retired from the active ministry, but later learned to use copies of the Scriptures prepared for the blind. He lived on a small farm near Fond Du Lac, Wis., from 1891 to 1893, thence he removed to Aberdeen, South Dak., where he lived till his death in 1893. Children by Mary Winchell: *1450. Mary Elizabeth, b. April 22, 1845. 1451. Julia Wickes, b. Jan. 30, 1849, d. Oct. 23, 1874, unmarried, she taught school in Fond Du Lac, Wis....

Calvin Chamberlain Todd of Aberdeen SD

Calvin Chamberlain Todd8, (George T.7, Eli6, Jonah5, Abraham4, Jonah3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Dec. 14, 1856, married July 2, 1901, Katherine E. Case, who was born Sept. 29, 1866, and was a native of Aldenville, Penn. In 1883, she moved with her father’s family to S. Dak.; she took a two years course at Pratt’s Arts Institute, in Brooklyn, N. Y.; taught school in S. Dak. He attended the Wisconsin State University, receiving his diploma from there; later he went to the McCormick Theological Seminary, in Chicago, Ill., and graduated. He was ordained as a Presbyterian Minister and has held pastorates in Hurley and Superior, Wis., and Aberdeen, S. Dak. For several years he has been Home Mission Field Worker, (Pastor-at-large), with his headquarters at Aberdeen, S. Dak. Child: 2151a. George Benjamin, b. Aug. 28,...

Blando, Leo John – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Leo John Blando, 76, of Baker City died May 29, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Roger Scovil of the Baker City Christian Church will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Mr. Blando was born May 15, 1926, at Aberdeen, S.D. He was a son of Phillip and Mary Hoffert Blando. He was raised and educated in Aberdeen. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Upon his honorable release from the service, he returned to school and graduated from Northern State College at Aberdeen, S.D. Upon graduating, he moved to Portland and was employed by U.S. Bank. In 1968, while working for the bank in Baker City, he met and married his wife, Velma Valentine Fisher. He worked for the U.S. Bank for 30 years in Baker City, Redmond and Portland. He served on the Board of Directors of Alpine International. He and his wife, Velma, lived in Portland from 1970 to 1998 before returning to the Baker City area. Leo was a devoted and loving husband, and dearly loved his step-children and grandchildren. He particularly enjoyed his avid gardening, fishing, and hunting. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Helen and Eva Ann. He is survived by his wife, Velma of Baker City; his stepchildren, Elaine Thomas of California and John Fisher of West Linn; grandchildren, Michelle...

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