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Biography of Z. A. Johnson

It is generally considered by those in the habit of super-ficial thinking that the history of so-called great men only is worthy of preservation, and that little merit exists among the masses to call forth the praise of the historian or the cheers and appreciation of mankind. A greater mistake was never made. No man is great in all things,and very few are great in many things. Many, by a lucky stroke, achieve lasting fame, who before that had no reputation beyond the limits of their neighborhood. It is not a history of the lucky stroke which benefits humanity most, but the long study and effort which made the lucky stroke possible. It is the preliminary work-the method -that serves as a guide for the success of others. Thus it appears that the lives of the masses out of which come the men who control the world, will furnish the grandest, truest lesson for the benefit of humanity. Among the successful and popular business men of Ozark, stands Z. A. Johnson, who is a member of the well-known grocery establishment of Wolff & Johnson. He was originally from the Hoosier State, born in Owen County February 16, 1851, and is a son of J. S.and Hannah (Dean) Johnson, natives of Indiana and Ohio, respectively. His grandparents on both sides came originally from Virginia, where they were among the prominent families of that grand old State. Until 1864 our subject remained in his native State, and then accompanied his father to Iowa, settling in Clark County, at Osceola where they remained until 1866. They moved to Kansas, and thence, in...

Wilkinson, Cecelia Frances – Obituary

Cecelia Frances Wilkinson, aged 55 years and 4 months, died of paralysis at Union, March 23, 1913. The funeral took place from her late residence in North Union, Tuesday March 25th, at 2 p. m. Cecelia Frances Carroll was born in Clark county, Iowa, July 23, 1857, and died March 23, 1913, at the age of 55 years and 8 months. She came with her parents to Union in 1864. On July 4, 1876, she was married to Joseph Wilkinson, who passed away April 7, 1911. To them were born three children, two of whom are living, Verna and Marion. She leaves also two brothers and four sisters. Mrs. Wilkinson was a member of the Presbyterian church for some twenty-five years. “Cecelia Frances Wilkinson” Obituaries and Other Vital Records of Union County, Oregon. 1890 – 1930. Compiled by Clara Cline Lee. Reproduced by Walter M. Pierce Library, Eastern Oregon Library, 1972. “Funeral Notice”     Mrs. Cecelia Francis Wilkinson. Age 55 year, 4 months. Died, March 23, 1913 at her home in North Union, of paralysis. Services at the residence Tuesday, March 25, 2 p.m. Contributed by: Robin...

Bowman, Oliver Purl – Obituary

Purl Bowman prominent pioneer of Umatilla County and well known throughout this section of the state, passed away at St. Anthony’s Hospital Saturday, August 5 [1939] at 4:15 p.m., after an illness of three weeks. Mr. Bowman was born February 15, 1862, at Osceola, Ia. and when a baby of only six weeks left St. Louis, Mo., with his parents for the west. His family had resided at Osceola before starting the long trek across the plains in a train of 105 wagons. The Bowman’s arrived in Umatilla County on October 17, 1862, just two days more than eight months after Purl’s birth. They settled at Lower Birch Creek, living there for ten years before moving to Pendleton. At the age of 14 years, he started freighting with his father, later running sheep for a few years. When 18 years old, he began farming with Jim Jacobs on the old Chief Peo place on Tutuilla and a short time later bought out Mr. Jacob’s interests. Mr. Bowman was very successful as a farmer and wool grower, expanding his holdings extensively. About 1900 he purchased the lot and building which was then known as the old Bowman House. It was burned to the ground a few years after that and then replaced by the present brick building, known as the Bowman Hotel. [Hotel still stands.] Up to his last illness, Mr. Bowman was active in all his business affairs, and took a keen and lively interest in community life. He was honored at a family reunion at the home place on Tutuilla on the occasion of his 77th birthday anniversary...

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