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Biography of Erwin A. Rieger

The subject of this sketch is one of the younger men who have achieved brilliant success in the business world of the west, being located in Ontario, where he has an important interest in the Oregon Forwarding Company. one of the largest general merchandise establishments of the eastern part of Oregon, which owes much of its unbounded success to the keen business ability- and fine executive force of Mr. Rieger. The birth of Erwin A. occurred in Ludwigburg, Germany, on January 28, 1873, being the son of Frederick J. and Mary (Kiesel) Rieger. The father was a leading attorney of his country, and our subject received a good education in the common schools and in the Heilbronn King Carli College, then studied law and was admitted to its practice in his native town at the age of twenty-one. Soon after this import-ant event, he bade the fatherland adieu, took farewell of friends and embarked for the United States. The spring of 1894 marks the date of his landing in New York, having sailed in the steamer Scandia. From the metropolis he came direct to Ogden, then to Parma, Idaho. He visited these places and others for the purpose of getting acquainted with the American people and their ways, and also he devoted some time to farming, then went to Haley, Idaho, and thence to Salt Lake City, where he engaged in mercantile pursuits with his brother. It was in 1896 that he came to Ontario and here in 1902 he entered into partnership with Mr. Beckman, the firm being known as the Oregon Forwarding Company. That name was changed...

Biography of Alonzo L. Richardson

Thirty-eight years have passed since Alonzo L. Richardson came to Idaho, then a sparsely populated territory of the extreme northwest, its splendid resources undeveloped, its advancement a development of the future. For many years he has been closely identified with the work of progress, and is now filling the position of clerk of the United States court in Boise. A native of Missouri, Mr. Richardson was born in Franklin County that state, on The 19th of December 1841, and is a representative of one of the old families of Virginia. His ancestors located there in 1750, and there occurred the birth of Daniel Richardson, the great grand father of our subject. He removed from the Old Dominion to Kentucky and subsequently to Missouri, being a pioneer of those states. The father of our subject also bore the name of Daniel Richardson and was a native of Kentucky. He married Dorcas Caldwell, a native of Missouri, and in 1843 started with his family to cross the plains to Oregon, being in the second emigration to that far distant territory. Gold had not then been discovered in California, and the tide of emigration had not set toward the Pacific coast. The hardships and dangers of such an undertaking were many, and to add to the difficulties the father was taken ill and died at Fort Hall, Idaho, then a Hudson Bay station, when only thirty years of age. Mrs. Richardson continued on her way to her destination, and some time after her arrival in Oregon City she married Sidney W. Moss, now one of the oldest living pioneers of that place....

Biography of Alfred Damas

The career of Mr. Damas has been a very eventful and interesting one, and now, at the age of sixty-four, he is the possessor of a handsome competence, the fitting reward of his well spent life. For twenty-six years he has been prominently connected with the mercantile interests of Lewiston and his efforts have been an important element in the progress and advancement of this section of the state. He was born far from his present home, being a native of Brussels, Belgium, where his birth occurred on the 18th of July, 1835. He attended school in his native country until nine years of age and then became a cadet in the celebrated naval academy at Antwerp, where he remained for several years, spending a part of the time on a school-ship at sea. During that period they sailed in every sea and visited all of the principal ports of the world, and later Mr. Damas was graduated as a second-class midshipman. In 1848 his father sent him to Salem, Massachusetts, to learn the English language, and there, as an apprentice, he went aboard the vessel Thomas Perkins, under command of Captain William Rogers, sailing for San Francisco, California, the vessel dropping anchor in that harbor in the summer of 1849. Gold had but recently been discovered and the great excitement there caused every man to desert the ship save Mr. Damas and the captain, who had to do the common sailor’s work. Early in the spring of 1850 they secured a small crew of men and boys and sailed to the Sandwich islands, where a good crew was...

Biography of James W. Poe

James W. Poe, a distinguished lawyer and Idaho pioneer, residing at Lewiston, is a native of Jackson county, Missouri, his birth having there occurred on the 15th of January, 1838. His father, William B. Poe, was born in North Carolina, and married Mrs. Nancy Mulkey, nee Johnson, a native of South Carolina, by whom he had four children, two of whom are yet living. He valiantly served his country as a soldier in the Mexican war, and in 1853 crossed the plains to Oregon with his family. Our subject accompanied his parents on their westward emigration, and acquired his education at Forest Grove and in the Portland Academy. He has the honor of being the first male graduate of that then new institution of learning. Well fitted by superior educational advantages for the practical duties of life, he then entered upon his business career, and in 1861 came to Idaho. He engaged in mining at Oro Fino, Florence and Warren, and also conducted a mercantile establishment for a time, but wishing to enter the legal profession, he took up the study of law in the office and under the direction of the law firm of Williams & Gibbs. The senior partner, George L. Williams, afterward became United States attorney general, and Mr. Gibbs held the office of governor of Oregon. In 1869 Mr. Poe was admitted to practice in the district court. His partner was the discoverer of gold at Warren’s, and they operated and sold goods there for some time. Mr. Poe was elected the first district recorder of the Warren’s mining district, and practiced law at Warren’s...

Biography of Marcus A. Means

The successful career of Marcus Asbury Means, of Genesee, is an illustration of the trite saying that brains and perseverance will make their way against all obstacles. Yet it is the multiplication of this illustration in all parts of our country that makes America one of the great powers of the earth. Mr. Means may be said to have been a child of war. He was born at Seabrook, Illinois, October 16, 1862, while his father was fighting for the preservation of the Union on southern battlefields, a service in which he yielded up his life in defense of his country. Mr. Means is of Scotch-English ancestry. His grandfather, Collin Means, from England, settled in Virginia and was the progenitor of the family in the United States. He removed to McLean County, Illinois, in 1829, and his son, Joseph Kefer Means, was born in Virginia and reared in Illinois, a good combination for the promotion of patriotism. Joseph K. Means married Matilda Rankin, also of Scotch-English descent. When the civil war came he was well established in life and had an interesting family. He enlisted in Company F, One Hundred and Sixteenth Illinois Volunteers, September 6, 1862, and he died, of a disease contracted in the service, at Walnut Hill, Mississippi, January 15, 1863. It is indeed glorious for a man to die for the land he loves, but the mourning of those he leaves behind is long, and often without much comfort. Alta, one of Mr. Means’ sisters, is the wife of W. L. Brown, a talented lawyer of Salt Lake City, Utah. Marcus Asbury Means is the...

Rouse, Levi J. – Obituary

Another Old Pioneer Departed Last Sunday, Feb. 3, at St. Vincent Hospital in Portland, after several weeks of intense suffering from a complication of diseases, Levi J. Rouse, one of the oldest, most widely known and respected pioneer citizens of this part of this state was claimed by the angel of death and taken to another world. His demise is a time of sincere mourning, for he was well and favorably known throughout all parts of this and Union counties; he having been closely associated with the educational, political and industrial development of both for many years. Levi J. Rouse was born near Urbana, Champaign, County, Ohio, October 15th, 1835. His early life was spent on the farm with his parents until the age of seventeen he procured a certificate and embarked in the life of the educator. He was successful as a teacher and continued teaching in Ohio and Iowa until the year 1859 when he crossed the plains and settled at Independence. In the spring he went with a drove of cattle to California, spending the summer at Shasta, returning in the fall to Independence The next winter was spent in clerking for Captain Lyon. In the spring of 1861 Mr. Rouse was one of the first ones to enter the Oro Fino mining regions and from that time on until 1866 he engaged in mining there and other sections of Idaho, after which he settled in Grand Ronde Valley teaching there until 1885 when he became a resident of this county. When the county was organized, he was appointed the first superintendent of schools in 1887....

Diggins, David – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Pioneer Is Dead – Was 79 Years Old David Diggins, Who Crossed the Plains In 1859 David Diggins, a pioneer in the northwest, died on Monday at his home in Joseph. He was 79 years old and some time ago suffered a stroke of paralysis. The funeral was held on Tuesday and burial was in the Prairie creek cemetery, Rev. B. F. Miller officiating. Mr. Diggins was born in Pennsylvania in 1833 and when 23 years old moved to Illinois, where he lived two years, farming in the new Prairie state. But the love of the frontier would not let him rest with life in the central states and he started for Colorado in 1859. Hearing reports of rich regions in the far northwest, he continued his journey to Washington, arriving at Walla Walla September 11, 1859. The next year he went into the wilderness in search of gold to the district where Pierce City and Oro Fino are now situated. The camp prospered and Mrs. Diggins staid there for two years, when he returned to his homestead near Walla Walla. He sold his land there in 1877 and moved to Umatilla County, Oregon, where he again went into farming. He was very successful and was well to do when he sold out in 1894 and came to the Wallowa country settling on a farm some miles southeast of Joseph. Mr. Diggins was married twice. The first wife was Miss Malvina Pennington. Two sons were born, of which one survives. Mrs. Diggins second wife was Mrs. Isley of Joseph, who survives him. Enterprise Record Courier,...

Teel, Orlan Patten – Obituary

Enterprise, Oregon May 24, 2007 Orlan Patten Teel died on May 16, 2007, at his home in Orofino, Idaho. He was 80. Mr. Teel was born on Nov. 20, 1926, to Wilma Ruth Patten Teel and Maurice Charles Teel in Portland. His mother died at his birth and he was raised in Enterprise by his grandmother, Cora Bell Baker Patten. He married LaNita Warnock in 1946. They later divorced. He married Mary Joyce Kattelas in 1958. They later divorced. He married Diana Lee Boire in Boise, Idaho on Aug. 14, 1974, and they made their home in Weston for 24 years where he was very active in the community. He served on the Fire Department and Memorial Hall Board. He ran the family business, D.O.T. Supply, with his wife. He made great efforts to promote the community in various other civic affairs. Mr. Stephens was instrumental in bringing the Bank of Commerce to Weston. In the spring of 1998, Mr. Teel and his wife decided to make their vacation home their permanent residence and moved to Orofino, Idaho to be closer to their youngest son, Anthony Teel and his wife, Stephanie. Mr. Teel is survived by his wife of 33 years Diana Lee Teel; children Bruce Teel, Anthony Teel, Lani Jeanne Sockle, Lori Teel, Julie Frazee, Jacqueline Hall, Gina Lynn Teel, Cindy Teel Miller, Orla Mae Harvey, Gail Brooks and Dawn Flowers; 20 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 12 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son Dale Allen “Rikki” Teel. A Celebration of Life gathering is planned for June 16, at the Weston Community Church...

Rees, McDonough Bainbridge – Obituary

M. B. Rees Called By Death Last Night; Aged 84 Years. Man Who Came To Oregon During The Fifties And Settled In The Grande Ronde In 1864, Succumbs Suddenly At Dove Last Night-Four Sons Will Gather At Funeral M. B. Rees-one of Union county’s staunchest citizens, and also one of its earliest pioneers- died shortly after 12 o’clock last night at his home in Cove. He went to bed last night feeling fit and fine, but at 11 o’clock he was heard to leave his bed. About midnight groaning was heard, and when his family went to his room they found him dying. He passed away about midnight. Death was entirely unexpected, for although he was 84 years of age he was in reasonable health. Not only does Cove lose one of its foremost citizens, but the county feels the loss, for “Uncle Mac” was known from center to circumference as an exemplary citizen, kind and generous. His sons will be assembled in Cove tomorrow morning, Sherman having come from Portland; Tobe (E.C.); and Walter live at Cove and H.C. Rees, deputy sheriff, lives in La Grande. Mrs. Rees has been dead several years. An only brother, a retired naval officer, resides in Erie, Penn. [Corwin Pottenger Rees] The funeral will be held from the Episcopal church at Cove tomorrow at 2:30. McDonough B. Rees was an active, energetic and progressive man who had ever been in the vanguard of advancement and his vigorous spirit and fine abilities have been an equipment for the conflicts and struggles of life which have given him victory at every point and caused...

Droschkey, William Russell – Obituary

Cove, Oregon William Russell Droschkey, 82, of Cove died Friday at a local care center. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Cove Cemetery. Mr. Droschkey was born Oct. 3, 1923, to William and Mary Alice Bill Droschkey in Spokane. He was raised in Idaho and graduated from high school in Orofino, Idaho. At the age of 14 went to work in the woods. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, and on Sept. 18, 1948, he married Shirley Brazil in Cove. In 1951 he graduated from the University of Utah as a pharmacist, and worked in Pendleton, Burns, John Day and Walla Walla before returning to the Grande Ronde Valley. In 1965 the family moved to Cove, and he continued to work in La Grande until retiring in 1984. He was a member of the Ontario Elks Lodge, the VFW and the DAV. He raised horses and mules for recreation in the wilderness and raced horses for seven years in five different states. Survivors include his wife of Cove; a brother, Dave Best of Lewiston, Idaho; a sister, Myrna Henry of Tacoma, Wash.; and other relatives. Memorials may be made to the Cove Library in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending Aug. 26, 2006, Published: August 28,...
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