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Biography of Asher R. Robinson

ASHER R. ROBINSON. – One of Union county’s prosperous and substantial business men and agriculturists is found in the person of the subject of this sketch, who has wrought faithfully, here in the industrial world for forty years, during which time he has manifested wisdom and integrity that have given him the confidence of his fellows, and added to his enterprising spirit have enabled him to become one of the well-to-do men who have materially assisted in promoting the welfare of the county in these years of its formative existence, molding its institutions and assisting in its government. On July 27, 1829, Asher R. was born to Asher and Betsy (Worden) Robinson, in Somerset county, Pennsylvania, whence seven years later he was removed by his parents to Michigan, where the father pre-empted eighty acres and builded a home. The son assisted in tilling the farm and attended school until 1849; then his spirit was ready to take part in life’s battle on his own account and he went to the famous pineriers of the Peninsular state, operating there until he was twenty-seven years of age. In 1856 he started on the long and dangerous trip via panama to the Pacific coast, landing in Sierra county, California, in due time, where he at once commenced to mine. Rather poor success attended his efforts in this line, and he turned toward the north, going to the Okanogan and Similikameen rivers, where he prospected for a time and then repaired to Walla Walla and operated a pack train to the mining camps of northern Idaho in partnership with Ed Payne. In October,...

Biography of James A. Russell

JAMES A. RUSSELL. – A well-known and esteemed member of the business world of Island City, where he operates a butchering establishment and also handles much stock, the subject of this article is deserving of representation in this volume, since he is not only now one of the prominent men of the county but has spent practically all of his life in this valley and has labored with zeal for the advancement of its interests. James A. was born on September 23, 1861, in Linesville, Iowa, being the son of Thomas J. and Savannah C. (Atha) Russell, who started the following spring to the western country, arriving in Lagrande in August of the same year. Mr. Russell was the first blacksmith in the valley, and he labored here for the building up of the country. Our subject was reared in the vicinity of Cove, receiving his education in the village schools there, studying until he was sixteen, and then commencing soon to teach, continuing for four terms in one district in High valley. At twenty years of age he took a course in Bishop Scott’s academy, and when he was twenty-three years of age he took charge of a surveying outfit in the mountains for five months. The next year he was engaged to handle Dr. Hill’s ranch of two hundred and forty acres, and continued in that capacity for three years, and then sold the ranch for the doctor and served as post-master at the Cove, in Cleveland’s administration, for one year. Later he contracted on railroad construction until 1892, then started a butcher shop in Cove, operating...

Caudle, Harley Floyd – Obituary

Harley Floyd Caudle Harley Floyd Caudle was born December 23, 1904, in Lostine, and died on April 23, 1997, in Enterprise at the age of 92. Harley was the son of Berkley V. and Carrie Viola Hammack Caudle. As a youngster he attended Lostine school until the age of 10 when he left home to go to work. He then worked for his room and board, milking cows, doing farm chores and continuing to go to school. All his life he was close to the land and animals, especially horses, which he broke and rode until three years ago when he was forced by health problems to leave his beloved ranch and the 10 head of horses he still owned. Harley married Agnes Chapman on June 28, 1942, in Enterprise. When they were first married he worked for the Oregon State Highway Department in Union County. Harley and his father helped build the highway up Minam hill. Later, Harley plowed the first furrow for the road coming around the hill into Enterprise. During Harley’s life he lived in Cove, Union and Lostine. He was active in community affairs, serving as president of Wallowa County Stock growers, receiving the award for Grassman of the Year, and serving several terms on the Lostine school board and Wallowa County Rural school board. Harley was active in Southfork Grange, Wallowa County Wranglers, and the elk’s club. Harley helped with Chief Joseph Days from the very beginning, riding in the parades until a few years ago when he made his appearance with his son-in-law and great-granddaughter. In 1988, in Haines, Oregon, Harley was selected...

Childers, Clarice Gayle “Gay” – Obituary

Gay Childers dies suddenly Clarice Gayle “Gay” Childers, 56, the wife of Wallowa County Judge LeRoy Childers, died of an apparent heart attack in the Whiskey Creek area north of Wallowa early Sunday afternoon, Oct. 12, 1986. She was with her husband on a wood gathering expedition at the time of her death. Mrs. Childers was a native of Cove, and lived in Wallowa for the past 20 years. Besides her husband, she is survived by three children and two grandchildren. Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Cove cemetery. A full obituary appears in this issue of the Chieftain. Wallowa County Chieftain Thursday, October 16, 1986 Front Page Clarice G. Childers Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon Clarice Gayle “Gay” Childers, 56, Wallowa died Sunday after suffering a heart attack while gathering wood near Whiskey Creek north of Wallowa. Mrs. Childers was born Feb. 25, 1930, at Baker, to Thomas Richard Conklin and Helen J. Antles. She married LeRoy Childers at Cove on Dec. 26, 1950. She was a homemaker all of her life. Mrs. Childers attended Cove schools, Eastern Oregon State College, and Oregon State University. She had lived in Wallowa for 20 years. Survivors include her husband LeRoy; sons Lon Childers of Nampa, Idaho, and Tom Childers of Portland; daughter Belinda Kubler of La Grande; and two grandchildren, Melissa Powers and Emily Kubler, both of La Grande. Funeral services were held at the Cove cemetery at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15 with the Rev. David Moore of St. Peters Episcopal Church, La Grande officiating. Vault interment followed. Pallbearers were Gerry Crouser, Robert...

Crow, Elda Mae (Childers) – Obituary

Joseph, Wallowa County, Oregon Mrs. Vic Crow Fatally Injured in Auto Crash Mrs. Victor M. Crow was instantly killed Saturday evening when the Crow car met with a violent accident as they were on their way to the basketball tournament in Wallowa. The accident occurred about three-quarters of a mile west of Lostine. Mrs. Crow apparently died from severe head injuries. The automobile was completely demolished. A pickup, owned by Darrell Rysdam had stopped on the edge of the highway to retrieve one of the sideboards that had blown off. The Crow’s automobile crashed into the left rear of the truck while Rysdam was in the borrow pit picking up the sideboard. The impact of the collision threw the truck across a bridge abutment while the Crow’s automobile spun around and careened off of the opposite side of the road facing the east. Vic, himself, was thrown from the car and landed in the middle of the pavement receiving extreme cuts and bruises. He was taken to the doctor in Wallowa for immediate treatment and was later transferred to the Wallowa Memorial Hospital. His injuries included a slight head concussion along with the extensive cuts and soreness. How long he will have to remain a patient at the hospital was not determined at first report. Rysdam, who lives at the top of Minam Hill about a mile north of the highway on the Palmer Junction Road, had left his wife in the truck while he looked for the lost sideboard. Mrs. Rysdam was injured by the impact and was treated for her injuries in Elgin. Also in the back...

Lynch, Fraty Mrs. – Obituary

In Memoriam At the family residence seven miles north of Enterprise, in Wallowa County, Oregon, at 12 o’clock Saturday night May 13, 1899, Mrs. Fraty Lynch, beloved wife of Winnie Lynch, aged 21 years, 1 month and 19 days. The deceased was a daughter of our esteemed neighbors Mr. and Mrs. E.F. Peal and sister of Mrs. W.F. Alexander, Misses Mollie and May Peal and Dudley and Bennie Peal, all residing in the Cove. The remains of the deceased were brought to the home of her parents, arriving at six o’clock Monday evening, and the funeral took place Tuesday forenoon from the Baptist church, Rev. C.H. Holloan preaching the funeral sermon. The interment was in the Cove cemtery by the side of the only two children who had already passed away. Mrs. Lynch had long been a suffer from a lingering illness and death came as a relief from pain. She was a consistent member of the Baptist church and died in the hope of a blessed immortality beyond the grave. A large attendance at the funeral testified to the sympathy of friends with the bereaved husband and relatives. Cove Ledger Thursday May 18, 1899 In Memoriam     Written in memory of Mrs. Fratie Lynch who died May 13, 1899. Sleeping, Fratie dearest sleeping. Sleeping in thy grave so low, We will not forget thee Fratie Though they form be still and cold. Thou hast left a home so dear, Left a husband kind and true Left a home so dear to him Full of joy and love to you. His path he travels all alone, Her cheering words are...

Fisher, Guy – Obituary

Death Claims Guy Fisher Guy Fisher, of Lostine, a retired grain inspector for the USDA, passed away Thursday February 17, 1966 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital where he had been a patient for five days. He had been in failing health for the past year. He was the son of Hiram and Emma Fisher and was born November 27, 1892 in Cove. He was a veteran of WWI and belonged to St. John’s American Legion Post No. 98 of Portland. He had lived in Wallowa county about 35 years. On July 13, 1912 he was married at Enterprise to Anna Inez Graham, who died June 20, 1945. On July 28, 1958 he was married at LaGrande to Ida Wart who preceded him in death on January 6, 1963. He is survived by one son, Jesse, of Lostine, four sisters; Mrs. Landy (Nell) Ward of Enterprise, Mrs. Earnest (Stella) Colvin of Colfax, Wash., Mrs. Minnie Hodges and Mrs. John Eiffert, both of Spokane; one brother, Harry of Union; a step-son, Delbert Wart of Enterprise; nine grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday at 2 p.m. at the Bollman Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Earl Eyre officiating. Freda-Bobs Hall was organist and she and Melvin Crow sang “There’s A Wilderness In God’s Mercy”. Casket bearers were Bill Britton, Lloyd Chapman, Dee Magee, Vern Conrad, D.D. Denney, and Maurice Weaver, and interment was in the Lostine cemetery. Wallowa County Chieftain Newspaper dated February 24, 1966. Contributed by: Michelle...

Fisher, James E. – Obituary

James Edward Fisher, 69, a farmer, died suddenly Monday evening at his home near Enterprise. Funeral services are being held today at 2 p.m. at the Bollman Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Boschee officiating. Burial will be in Enterprise cemetery. Fisher was born at Cove, October 13, 1889, son of Hiram and Emma Fisher. June 21, 1913 he was married at Enterprise to Vera Draper who survives him. Other survivors include two sons, Leland, of Beaverton and Wolfert, of Enterprise; three daughters, Mrs. Inez Varney and Mrs. Louina Sizemore, of Enterprise, and Mrs. Eunice Van Houten, of Union; four sisters, Mrs. Nell Ward, Enterprise; Mrs. Stella Colvin, Colfax, Wash.; Mrs. Minnie Hodges, Spokane and Mrs. Hazel Rusten, La Crosse, Wash., two brothers, Guy, Lostine and Harry, Union; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren. LaGrande Newspaper James Fisher Passes Suddenly At Home James Edward Fisher passed away suddenly at his home on Alder Slope Monday evening, March 9, 1959. He had gone out to throw down hay for the cattle. When he failed to return, his wife went to look for him and hound his body lying on the hay. Funeral services are being held this afternoon (Thursday) at 2 o’clock at the Bollman Funeral chapel with Rev. Al Boschee officiating. Mrs. A.L. Kintner will be organist and Kenneth E. Johnson will sing, “The Old Rugged Cross” and “In The Garden”. Casket bearers will be L.M. Rowe, C.R. Rowe, Ralph Makin, Eugene Johnson, Marvin Searles and Wilbur Reece, and burial will be in the Enterprise cemetery. Mr. Fisher was born at Cove October 18, 1889, so of Hiram and Emma...

Fisher, J. H. Mrs. – Obituary

Mrs. J.H. Fisher Answers Call Funeral services conducted by Rev. E.L. Beem of the Christain church, were held at the chapel on Tuesday afternoon for Mrs. J.H. (Harvey) Fisher, who passed away at her home in Hurricane Creek on Sunday, Dec. 9, after an illness of only an hour. Music was by Mrs. Helen Kay and Mrs. Lois Best, who sang “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Abide with Me”. Pallbearers were Fred Himelwright, Tracy Puderbaugh, Willard Heskett, Albert Childers, Elmer Roup and J.O. Blume. Hattie Ellen Bloom was born Jan. 13, 1863, at Cove, and had spent her entire life of 82 years in eastern Oregon. She was united in marriage to J.H. Fisher August 15, 1884, at Union. They made their home in Union county for 20 years, coming to Wallowa county in 1904 and settling in the Leap county, where they lived for about 16 years before moving their present home. Mrs. Fisher was the first white child born at Cove. Mrs. Fisher was the mother of 11 children, one passing away in infancy. Surviving, besides the widower are sons; Willie of Salem; Harry of Spokane; Bruce of Enterprise; Frank at the family home; and Ira of Milton-Freewater, and daughters; Mrs. Frank Downing, Mrs. W.M. Downing and Mrs. John Stein of Enterprise, Mrs. W.R. Freudenberg of Prairie Creek, and Mrs. Julius Aleson of Joseph. There are also 24 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. In celebration of the 60th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Fisher, on Sunday, August 20, 1944, their children held a get-together at the family home, which was attended by over 40 of the...

Fisher, J.H. – Obituary

James Harvey Fisher was born Jan. 12, 1864, the son of David and Nancy Jane Fisher, at Tillamook, Oregon, and passed away Nov. 6, 1947, at the age of 83 years, 10 months. Mr. Fisher had been in failing health for two years and had been bedfast for 14 months. He was united in marriage to Hattie Ellen Bloom Aug. 15, 1884, at Cove. To this union were born 11 children. One child passed away in infancy. Surviving are sons; Frank of Joseph, Bruce of Enterprise, Ira of Milton, Harry of Spokane, Willie of Salem; daughters, Mrs. John Stein, Mrs. W.M. Downing and Mrs. Frank Downing of Enterprise, Mrs. W.R. Freudenberg and Mrs. Julius Aleson of Joseph; also 24 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. One sister, Mrs. Belle Buisck of Union, also survive. Mr. Fisher’s mother passed away when he was nine years old. He and his father and brother, Hyram, came to Wallowa county in the fall of 1875, spending the winter at the mouth of Whiskey Creek. They returned to Myrtle Creek the following summer, coming back to Union county in 1877 where they made their home until coming to Wallowa County in 1899. They lived in the Leap county until 1920 when they moved to Hurricane Creek where they made their home until Mrs. Fisher passed away Dec. 9, 1945. Since then Mr. Fisher had made his home with his daughters, the last 14 months in Enterprise and with Mrs. John Stein and Mrs. W.M. Downing. He passed away in the hospital where he had been a patient for eight days. Mr. Fisher was a kind and...
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