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Owyhee County Its History, Towns, Industries

In 1862 the present county of Owyhee was a part of Boise County, which comprised all of the western portion of Washington Territory lying south of what was then called Idaho county, its area being nearly equal to that of Pennsylvania. When Idaho was created a territory by act of congress, March 3, 1863, Boise county became part and parcel of the territory of Idaho, and at the first session of the territorial legislature, held at Lewiston, Idaho, Owyhee County was created, December 31, 1863, out of all territory south of Snake River and west of the Rocky mountains. In 1864 Oneida County, and in 1879 Cassia County, were cut off of Owyhee County, reducing it to its present limits. Its northern boundary line is the Snake River. Cassia County on the east, state of Oregon on the west, and the state of Nevada forms its southern boundary. Its area is 8,130 square miles, being somewhat larger than the state of Massachusetts. Its name, “Owyhee,” is believed to have been borrowed from the Hawaiian language, and to have been given to the Owyhee River by two Kanakas in the employ of the Hudson’s Bay Company. Prior to the spring of 1863, Owyhee County was an unexplored country, inhabited only by bands of hostile Indians, while at that time the diggings of Boise basin and Oro Fino boasted of a population of over ten thousand miners. A legend of the early immigrants to Oregon of the “Blue Bucket diggings,” in the vicinity of the Owyhee mountains, wherein they used sinkers of gold for fishing purposes, led several adventurous spirits to...

Biography of Frank C. Ramsey

The history of a state, as well as that of a nation, is chiefly a chronicle of the lives and deeds of those who have conferred honor and dignity upon society. The world judges of the character of a community by those of its representative citizens, and yields its tribute of admiration and respect for the genius or learning or accomplishment of those whose works and actions constitute the record of a state’s prosperity and pride. In a review of the events that constitute the annals of Idaho we learn that Frank C. Ramsey is numbered among those who have been active in shaping the policy of the state, in promoting its interests and advancing its welfare. In public office he has acquitted himself as a loyal and patriotic citizen, having the best interests of the state at heart, and today he is a recognized leader in political circles. A resident of Boise, where he engaged in the loan and insurance business, he was born in Fulton County, Pennsylvania, in 1855, and is of Scotch and German ancestry. The founders of the family in America were early settlers in the south, and the maternal ancestry furnished several representatives to the colonial army in the war of the Revolution. His father, James Ramsey, was born and reared in the south, and in early life removed to Pennsylvania, where he was married to Miss Susan Snyder, a native of Pennsylvania. They had seven children, all of whom are living. The father departed this life in 1859, but the mother lived to the age of eighty years and passed away on the...

Metcalf, Geraldine N. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Geraldine N. Metcalf, 85, of La Grande died July 31 at a local care center. A private service will be held. Mrs. Metcalf was born Aug. 19, 1920, to Lewis and Lucille Strange Ansell in Burley, Idaho. She married Robert Metcalf on Dec. 24, 1937, in La Grande, and worked at US Bank for 20 years. She enjoyed tole painting and traveling. Survivors include children and their spouses, Paul and Bert Metcalf of Summerville, and Keith and Kathy Metcalf of Umatilla; a brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Thelma ansell of La Grande; five grandchildren; and other relatives. Her husband; two brothers, Gerald and Phillip; four sisters, Lula Harlow, Phillis Cochran, Florence Payne and Harriet Nygord; and a grandson, Kevin Metcalf; all died earlier. Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital in Portland in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending Aug. 5, 2006, Published: August 7,...

Ellis, Jessica Ann – Obituary

Cpl. Jessica Ann Ellis, 24, was killed in action in Iraq on May 11. Her funeral Mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Francis de Sales Cathedral in Baker City. Bishop Thomas J. Connolly of the cathedral will celebrate the Mass. Full military honors will follow. Inurnment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery. Jessica Ellis was born June 26, 1983, in Burley, Idaho. Jessica graduated from Lakeview High School in 2002. She was active in cross country, track and field and the swim team. She attended Central Oregon Community College for two years and worked for three summers as a Forest Service firefighter on the Fremont-Winema National Forest before joining the Army in 2004. A combat medic in the U.S. Army, Jessica served in the 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) on her second tour of duty. During her military career, she earned the following awards and decorations: Bronze Star Medal, Posthumous; Purple Heart, Posthumous; Army Commendation Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Meritorious Unit Citation; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; Combat Medical Badge; Combat Action Badge, Posthumous; and Weapons Qualifications, M4, expert. Jessica is remembered as an extraordinarily positive person, selfless and caring of everyone. She is survived by her parents, Steve and Linda; brother Cameron and his wife, Irena; and sister, Amanda. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Robert Poder. A memorial fund in honor of Jessica Ellis has been established at Fisher House Foundation, 1401 Rockville Pike, Suite 600, Rockville,...

Sorensen, William – Obituary

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 2 p.m. at The Langrell Mortuary Chapel for William Albert Sorensen, 81. He died Feb. 28, at his home. Sorensen, a native of Burley, Ida., was a retired farmer. He was a member of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He is survived by his widow, Hazel, one step-daughter, Florence Ramey of Durkee; and one step-son, Chester Peterson of Wisconsin. Bishop George W. Gwilliam will officiate at the services with interment to follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery. The Baker Veteran’s Service Organization will conduct graveside honors. Baker Democrat Herald – – March 4,...

Berto, Genevieve A. Metzker Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Genevieve A. (Metzker) Berto was born Sept. 29, 1917, in Baker, (now Baker City) and entered into eternal rest on Nov. 21, 2004, in Boise, Idaho. Genevieve was born to Jeff Metzker and Lora Mae McClurg Metzker. There were seven children in the Metzker family, four boys and three girls. All graduated from school, some from college. Genevieve graduated from Baker High School in 1935. Genevieve met and married Earl Cock in 1940 and had two children, Larry and Lynda, and resided in Union and Baker. In 1944 Genevieve and Earl were divorced. Genevieve then went to work as a waitress at the Royal Café and Scots Café in Baker. In 1946 she married Robert Berto in Pasco, Wash. They had two boys, Ron and Roy Berto. They moved to Burley, Idaho, in 1949 where Genevieve worked at Ore-Ida Processing Plant. The family then moved to Boise, Idaho, in 1962. In 1965 Genevieve and Robert were divorced. Genevieve lived and worked in Boise since that time. Genevieve was employed at the Royal Restaurant as a cook for 14 years and then as the head cook at Hewlett Packard. She suffered a broken hip in 1980 ending her working years. Genevieve’s love for her family was very deep and she showed it in more ways than the family could count. She was known for her crocheting — making with love over 150 afghans and various other hand-made items for her family and friends. She loved to travel on vacations. She was able go to Newport, R.I. where she visited her son, Ron, while he was in the...

Nalley, Francis Ilene Fleck Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Francis Ilene Nalley, 80, died March 26, 2004, at the home of her son in Baker City. At her request, there will be no formal service. Family members will have their own time of remembrance and sharing of fond memories. Francis was born on Nov. 28, 1923, to Otto August and Cora Bell Lee Fleck at Burley, Idaho. She was raised in a large family being the 13th in a family of of 13 children. She graduated from Burley High School. After graduation, she met Robert Nolan Nalley. They were married on Nov. 17, 1947, at Emmett, Idaho. They had four children: Don, Bert, Chuck and Judy. She enjoyed her role as a wife and mother. She took time to knit, crochet and read. One very fond memory is that of her making the famous Idaho Spuds, bite size, with the kids. She also enjoyed baking with her grandchildren. Dominick in particular, learned the art in making a pumpkin pie. Her most favorite times of the year were making the holiday meals. Francis was a quiet person and truly kept to herself. For most of her life she lived in various towns in Idaho. She worked for a time at the Veterans Hospital in Boise as an auxiliary member. In July of last year she moved in with her son, Chuck, and daughter-in-law, Lori. A favorite saying of hers that will be long remembered was “Big I, little u.” Survivors include her children, Don and Sue Nalley of Harrison, Ark., Bert and Theda Nalley of Ohio, Charles and Lorelei of Baker City, and Judy Honstein of...

Harris, Leonard H. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Leonard H. Harris, 80, a longtime Baker City resident, died Jan. 14, 2004, with his family by his side. His funeral will be at 10 a.m., Saturday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Leonard’s son in law, Rod Wright of Baker City will officiate. Visitations will be until 8 o’clock tonight at Gray’s West & Co. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Leonard was born on May 2, 1923, at Wynne, Ark., to Steve and Floie Harris. He married Mildred V. France on May 24, 1941. He joined the U.S. Army in 1943, serving our country during World War II. He received the Bronze Star, fighting under General Patton. Leonard and Mildred moved to the Northwest in 1951 and raised their family in Baker City. They later moved to Burley, Idaho, where Leonard retired in April 1984, after 28 years of service with Chevron Pipeline Co. After traveling several years, they returned to Baker City in 1989. “Our beloved father was devoted to his family,” his children said. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. Survivors include his three children, Carol and Rod Wright of Baker City, Craig Harris of Nampa, Idaho, and Patricia and Jimmie Muckleroy of League City, Texas; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, his parents and a brother. Memorial contributions can be made to the Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund or to the charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814. Used with permission from:...

Cassia County, Idaho Census Records

1870 Cassia County, Idaho Census Free 1870 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – 14 Days Free 1870 Cassia County, Census (images and index) $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems $ Hosted at Census Guide 1870 U.S. Census Guide 1880 Cassia County, Idaho Census Free 1880 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – 14 Days Free 1880 Cassia County, Census (images and index) 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems $ Hosted at Census Guide 1880 U.S. Census Guide Hosted at USGenWeb Idaho Archives Surname Index A-D Surname Index E-L Surname Index M-R Surname Index S-Z 1890 Cassia County, Idaho Census Free 1890 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – 14 Days Free 1890 Veterans Schedule $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems $ Hosted at Census Guide 1890 U.S. Census Guide 1900 Cassia County, Idaho Census Free 1900 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – 14 Days Free 1900 Cassia County, Census (images and index) $ Hosted at Census Guide 1900 U.S. Census Guide 1910 Cassia County, Idaho Census Free 1910 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – 14 Days Free 1910 Cassia County, Census (images and index) $ Hosted at Census Guide 1910 U.S. Census Guide 1920 Cassia County, Idaho Census Free 1920 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – 14 Days Free 1920 Cassia County, Census (images and index) $ Hosted at Census Guide 1920 U.S. Census Guide 1930 Cassia County, Idaho Census Free 1930 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – 14 Days Free 1930 Cassia County, Census (images and index) $ Hosted at Census Guide 1930...

Cassia County, Idaho Cemetery Records

Idaho Cemetery records are listed by county then name of cemetery within the Idaho county. Most of these are complete indices at the time of transcription, however, in some cases we list the listing when it is only a partial listing. Cassia County Cemetery Records Hosted at Cassia County, Idaho USGenWeb Archives Albion Mormon Cemetery, LDS Basin Cemetery Bower Cemetery Dutch Flat Cemetery Farmer’s Corner Burials Gem Memorial Park Island Cemetery Jackson Cemetery Marion Cemetery Milner Cemetery Moulton Cemetery Oakley Cemetery Surnames A-K Surnames L-Z Pella Cemetery Sublett Cemetery Sunny Cedar Rest Cemetery Terry Cemetery Warm Creek Cemetery Cassia County Cemetery Records Hosted at Interment.net Standrod Cemetery...
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