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Biography of John Krall

Few lives have been more active or more thoroughly filled with incidents of interest and of unusual nature than has that of John Krall, one of the pioneers of Idaho, and for about thirty-five years a resident in the vicinity of Boise City. Now a wealthy man, he is indebted to himself alone for his fortune, for he started out in youth to fight the battle of life, a poor boy, and by the exercise of industry and perseverance, in the face of great difficulties, he came off victor over all. Mr. Krall is a native of Germany, born December 10, 1835, his parents and ancestors likewise being of German birth. His father owned a flouring mill and the lad early learned the business. When he had mastered the branches of learning taught in the government schools he went to England, and there, at sixteen, took up the study of the English language and customs, while he worked as a baker and confectioner. Desiring to see something of the world, and well equipped to earn a living, as he was familiar with two languages and had mastered two trades, he shipped aboard a vessel and in the next few years sailed to various parts of the world. Once, when sailing around Cape Horn, he was shipwrecked, and the disabled vessel was towed to Valparaiso by an English man-of-war. From that city Mr. Krall went to Honolulu, and thence to San Francisco, where he remained until 1856. He then went to Oregon and Washington, and rented a mill at Dallas, Oregon, and also carried on business near Salem until 1859....

McClellen, George B. Cook – Obituary

“Mack” Cook Answers Call George B. McClellen Cook passed away at the Enterprise hospital Feb. 1 after a short illness. “Mack” Cook was born Feb. 27, 1862, near Dallas, Polk County, Oregon to Thomas l. and Harriet Cook who crossed the plains by ox team in 1854. He was one of ten children born to this union. The family resided in Polk County until 1878 when the father and his sons, Jerile, William, Tom (Dick) and N.J. came to Wallowa County and all located homesteads on the South fork of the Wallowa River except N.J. who was too young. He later homesteaded on part of of what is known as the Crossler farm. Later their mother and the other children followed. The father died at Lostine in 1879 and was buried in the West Side cemetery. (This cemetery is located close to the Lostine cemetery but is on private property, there are some McCubbins and their families buried there too) “Mack” was married in 1896 to Effie Hammack and the resided on the farm on which he filed in 1890, and is now owned by Mr. Cherry. To their union were born three children, Grace, Roy and Charles. Grace married Earl Whitely and gave birth to one son Harold Whitely. She died in a short time, leaving her husband and baby. Later, “Mack” and family moved to town and had resided in the north end until his death. Surviving him are his wife, two sons, three grandchildren and many other relatives. Funeral services were held in the Christian church Monday at 2 p.m. Burial was in the Lostine cemetery....

Cook, George Bartholomew McClellen – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon “Mack” Cook Answers Call George B. McClellen Cook passed away at the Enterprise hospital Feb. 1 after a short illness. “Mack” Cook was born Feb. 27, 1862, near Dallas, Polk County, Oregon to Thomas l. and Harriet Cook who crossed the plains by ox team in 1854. He was one of ten children born to this union. The family resided in Polk County until 1878 when the father and his sons, Jerile, William, Tom (Dick) and N.J. came to Wallowa County and all located homesteads on the South fork of the Wallowa river except N.J. who was too young. He later homesteaded on part of what is known as the Crossler farm. Later their mother and the other children followed. The father died at Lostine in 1879 and was buried in the West Side cemetery. (This cemetery is located close to the Lostine cemetery but is on private property, there are some McCubbins and their families buried there too) “Mack” was married in 1896 to Effie Hammack and the resided on the farm on which he filed in 1890, and is now owned by Mr. Cherry. To their union were born three children, Grace, Roy and Charles. Grace married Earl Whitely and gave birth to one son Harold Whitely. She died in a short time, leaving her husband and baby. Later, “Mack” and family moved to town and had resided in the north end until his death. Surviving him are his wife, two sons, three grandchildren and many other relatives. Funeral services were held in the Christian church Monday at 2 p.m. Burial was in...

McFetridge, Elmer – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Elmer McFetridge Dies In Dallas Elmer Clarence McFetridge, a native of Enterprise and a retired rancher, who had been in ill health for the past four years, passed away Monday morning, February 8, 1965 in a nursing home in Dallas, Ore., where he had been a patient for one month. He was the son of John and Martha McFetridge, early pioneers of Wallowa County, and was born near Enterprise on July 11, 1887. He had lived in Wallowa County all his life until 1960 when he and his wife moved to Salem, Ore., and in 1964 to Dallas, Ore. On November 2, 1913 he was married at Enterprise to Hattie Frances Ownbey who survives him. Besides his wife, he leaves a daughter, Lorretta McFetridge, of Dallas; a son, Vernon, of Eugene; two brothers, Alvin and John, both of Enterprise; and four grandchildren, Carol, Kathleen, Johnny and Lori Jo McFetridge. Memorial services will be conducted tomorrow, (Friday) at 2 p.m. by the Bollman Funeral Home at the Christian Church with the Rev. Lester T. Wells officiating. Mrs. Mae Stein will be the organist and she and J.M. Trullinger will sing: “Whispering Hope” and “Sweet Peace, The Gift of God’s Love”. Honorary pallbearers will be: Stone Butner, Lawrence Pratt, Tom Fleming, Lawrence Rowe. Ed Long, and Ben Weathers. Casket bearers will be: Clifford Whitmore, James McClain, Delbert Pratt, Milo Murray, Harry Voss, and Tom Misander, and vault entombment will be in the Enterprise cemetery. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, February 11, 1965 Contributed by: Sue...

Biography of John Wesley Kieff

John Wesley Kieff, widely known throughout Oklahoma as a journalist, is now serving as justice of the peace of Miami and is generally conceded to be the most capable incumbent in that office in the history of Ottawa County. A native of Indiana, he was born in Tippecanoe County on the 9th of March, 1857, his parents being John and Mary (Ryan) Kieff, the former a native of Ireland, while the latter was born in the Hoosier state. The father followed the occupation of farming and both parents passed away during the childhood of the subject of this review. John Wesley Kieff attended the public schools and when fourteen years of age he began working on nearby farms during the summer months, while in the winter seasons he continued his studies. He then taught school in order to secure the funds necessary to pursue his academic course and subsequently attended Purdue University, the Danville Normal School and Wabash College at Crawfordsville, Indiana, from the latter of which he was graduated in 1887, with the B. S. degree. While a student at the last named institution he won prominence as a football player, being for four years a member of the championship team of the state. Following his graduation Mr. Kieff became principal of a school at Oregon, Missouri, continuing to fill that position for four years, and during that period he devoted his leisure hours to the study of law, being admitted to practice before the Missouri state bar. From that state he went to Dallas, Oregon, to occupy a similar position and was also admitted to practice in...

Cook, Thomas Richard – Obituary

Lostine, Oregon Thomas Richard Cook was born Feb. 16, 1861, in Dallas, Polk County, Oregon, and died at his home in Lostine, October 9, 1924, being at the time of his death 63 years, 8 months and 7 days old. He was married to Miss Nancy J. Hammack Nov. 24, 1889 Hr leaves to mourn his loss his widow and two sons, James Alvin, and Albert (Bertie) Lawrence, residing at home; three brothers, Wm. W., G.B. and N.J. Cook, all of Lostine; and a host of other relatives and friends. He was a member of the Christian Church and of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of which he was a faithful member until death. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the Christian Church at Lostine, conducted by Rev. Petelle and the remains were laid to rest in the Lostine Cemetery. Card of Thanks We wish to thank our many kind friends for their assistance and help during the sickness and death of our beloved husband and father and for the many beautiful floral offerings. Mrs. T.R. Cook and Sons. Source: Sue Wells Used with permission from: the Enterprise Record Chieftain, Oct. 16, 1924, Page 3 Transcribed by: Gary Jaensch. Note: Wm. W. (Mickey), G.B. George Bartholomew, and N.J.(???? confusion with wife Nancy Josephine??) and has another brother Jerail W....

Adams-Capps, Ivia Joan Rucker – Obituary

Ivia Joan Rucker Adams-Capps died May 22, 2007. She was 74. Mrs. Adams-Capps was born Jan. 24, 1933, near Wallowa at the home of her parents, Elmer L. and Itol E. Rucker. The family moved to Irrigon in 1934. In 1951, she graduated from high school, married Donald L. Adams and began her career with Umatilla Electric Company. She had three sons. She was a charter member of Altrusa International of Hermiston, a 4H leader, a Cub Scout den mother and active in Home Extension and PTA. She continued her career at Umatilla Electric, starting as a cashier and spending the last 17 years as Materials Manager. She served on the Northwest Public Power – Engineering Operations Committee and was an honorary lifetime member of Northwest Public Power. She retired in 1993. In November of 1978 she married James Capps. They built a new home on the Rucker family farm and enjoyed raising animals, traveling everywhere, and being involved with Jim’s children. In 1995, they moved to Dallas, Oregon. After her husband’s death in 2003, she stayed active in the community by volunteering at the Blood Bank, being active as Elder and Deacon at the First Presbyterian Church and traveling in her motor home with the Oregon Good Sam Trail Duster chapter. She is survived by three of her seven siblings: Jack Rucker of Kansas City, KS; Bud Rucker of Tucson, AZ and Louis Rucker of Arlington; children and step children: Susan Barren and her two children and one granddaughter; Robert Steven and Robin Adams and their children Amy and Michael; Mark Randall and Nancy Adams; Scott Douglas Adams;...

Slack, Bert – Obituary

Last Rites Thursday For Rodeo Performer Funeral services for Bert Slack, Dalles resident who died here Monday, will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. from the Zell funeral home. Rev. R. A. Hutchinson of the Congregational church will officiate and interment will be in the local I. O. O. F. cemetery. Surviving relatives include two daughters, Mrs. Feleta Barnhill, Mason City, Wash., and Mrs. W. H. Graham, Pendleton, and one brother James Slack, Elgin. Mr. Slack came to The Dalles from Summerville, Ore., more than 20 years ago. He was a cowboy all his life and participated in the Pendleton Round-Up annually from 1910 until 1936. Known as “Buckaroo Slim” he was reported to have been an outstanding rider and roper at the yearly event. His horse “Lizard” is still alive at the age of 36 years. Pallbearers at the services will be former cowboy associates. The Dalles Weekly Chronicle The Dalles, Oregon Thursday, November 4, 1937 Page...

Wood, Francis S. – Obituary

The sudden demise of Mr. John Wells was sad and a gloom was cast over the community by it but Sat. morning we had another sad death in town. Mr. Francis S. Wood, one of the old citizens of La Grande, highly esteemed by all honest, and a valuable man for our town, was stricken down by death ‘ere he had attained his three score and ten years. Mr. Wood had been sick only a few days and the news of his death was a sad surprise. He was a native of Ohio, having been born in that state on the 19th day of Oct. 1828. On the 20th day of May, 1850, he was married to Miss Rebecca A. Shigley in the state of Iowa, with whom he lived until his death. He crossed the plains with his family in 1854 and stopped in California until 1858, when he came to Oregon and settle at Dallas, in Polk county. In March, 1885, he came to La Grande and has resided here since, following his trade-blacksmithing. He leaves to mourn his decease the wife and companion of his life, a son, Rev. J.H. Wood, pastor of the M.E. Church at this place, and a daughter, Mrs. H.E. Updyke, of Island City. It is strikingly singular that both Mr. Wells and Mr. Wood should have come to Oregon in the same year, 1858; that both should be natives of the same state; that the death of each other have occurred so nearly at the same time; that each should in later years have become somewhat careless as to preparation for...

Molitor, Lawrence Henry, Jr. – Obituary

Lawrence Henry Molitor Jr., 72, of Dallas and formerly of La Grande, died Dec. 5. A memorial service begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Mr. Molitor, known as Hank, was born Jan. 5, 1934, in Chetopa, Kan., to Lawrence Henry Sr. and Nellie Juanita Caldwell Molitor. He was raised in Kansas and moved to Idaho during his teenage years. On Oct. 13, 1951, he married Irene Humphreys in Idaho. The couple and their children lived in Oakridge, where he worked in the plywood mill, and later moved to La Grande, where Mr. Molitor worked for the Eddie Bread Company until retiring in 1989. After retirement the Molitors spent six months of the year in the Yuma, Ariz., area. Mrs. Molitor died in 2003. Mr. Molitor was a yodeler and a karaoke singer and loved country music. Four years ago he moved to Dallas to be near family. Survivors include his children and their spouses, Vicki and Bruce Kibbey of Dallas, Cheryl and Scott Hansell of Albany, Mary and Gary Allen of Kennewick and Larry and Nancy Molitor of Tigard; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Juanita Wilson and Verla Weber, both of La Grande. He was preceded in death by his wife and a sister, Shirley Brackett. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army in care of the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, 287 SW Washington St., Dallas 97338. The Observer-Obituaries for the week ending Dec. 9, 2006, Published: December 9,...
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