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Biography of David Greiner

DAVID GREINER. – Although the subject of this sketch has not been a resident of this county so long as some, still he is one of the doughty and intrepid pioneers of the adjacent state, having pressed into the unbroken regions of the west in early times, and he has ever wrought for the advancement of the country where he has dwelt, manifesting true wisdom and stanch integrity and faithfulness in all of his endeavors,which have won for him esteem and respect throughout his large acquaintance. Mr. Greiner was born in Ashland county, Ohio, on May 7, 1837, to Martin and Elizabeth (Gipe) Greiner, farmers of that state. In 1849 the father departed this earthy life and in 1869 the mother was called to lay down its burdens. David remained at home during the years of his minority, receiving a good education from the public schools and learning and perfecting himself in the carpenter trade. In 1856 he followed the advice of the noted sage and went to the west, stopping in Iowa, where he wrought at his trade until 1860, then returned to the place of his birth, remaining until 1863. The following year he took up the journey across the plains, passing through the Grande Ronde valley September 12, 1864. He stopped at Walla Walla and there wrought at his trade and took up a ranch. He combined farming and carpentering for a number of years and then repaired to Dayton, Washington, and engaged in the woolen mill there for two and one-half years.Eighteen hundred and seventy-three was the date of his settlement in that town and...

Biography of M. J. Morlan

M.J. MORLAN. – This prominent citizen of The Dalles was born in Lake County, Ohio, in 1835. In 1846 he moved to La Salle County, Illinois. In that state his parents were successful in securing good land and in improving their farms; and this was the home of our subject until he attained his majority. With a somewhat limited education, but with abundance of muscle and determination, he began life for himself working as a hired hand on his father’s farm, and saving nearly all his earnings. His innate ambition and desire to reach the higher walks of life induced him to cross the plains in1857 to Portland, Oregon. Being but ill suited with this Webfoot metropolis, he returned eastward as far as Walla Walla and found a desirable location on the Touchet River, improving his own place and assisting the various ranchers until, in1860, he was able to buy a ranch at Dayton. His venture there, however, proving but a partial success, he disposed of his property in 1864, and removed again to Western Oregon, returning eastward in 1867 to Wasco County and engaging in sheep-husbandry. The first four years of that occupation were but little remunerative; and in 1871 he moved to Umatilla county, engaging very successfully in agriculture. In 1873 he was married to Miss Mary E. Jones, who has born him two children, Charles and Mary. Some four years since he found that his ranges were becoming restricted by reason of the extensive fencing and plowing of the land; and he therefore disposed of his sheep and invested the proceeds in land, owning at the...

Biography of Frederick D. Schnebly

FREDERICK D. SCHNEBLY – Our subject was born in Hagerstown, Maryland, in 1832, and was educated in the Franklin and Marshall College of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In 1854 he started for California by way of Nicaragua. In passing up the Pacific, the steamer, Star of the West, on which he had taken passage, took fire; but the horrors of a burning ship tragedy were avoided by the timely and effective labors of the crew and passengers. After stopping for a time in San Francisco, he visited the Sandwich Islands, but, returning to the Golden state, spent two unsuccessful years in mining. While there, in 1855, he witnessed a bloody pitched battle between several hundred Kong Kong Chinamen and an equal number of their Canton countrymen. Later he became a trader and miner in Siskiyou county, but left that region for the new gold fields on the Frazer River. After much journeying, he settled where Dayton, Washington, now stands. With one exception, he was the first to build a business house there. This property he sold, and wandered from camp to camp among the mountains of Idaho and Montana. In 1871 he reached Walla Walla, and in 1872 located a farm in the Kittitass valley near Ellensburgh, Washington Territory. In 1873 he started the first agricultural implement establishment in Yakima county, representing Hawley, Dodd & Co., and since 1855 continued the same business for Knapp, Burrell & Co. Mr. Schnebly’s political record is that of a Democrat; and in 1878 he was elected sheriff of Yakima county by a majority of one hundred and fifty out of a total vote of...

Biography of Thomas H. Crawford

THOMAS H. CRAWFORD. – While Union county enjoys especial favor in possesing a large, well informed, and enterprising class of citizens who fill the walks of the industrial and professional callings she is to be congratulated in having such substantial, broad minded and capable devotees of the legal profession. Prominent in this number, and deserving of a large share of honor for his faithful and successful labors in the courts and in the manipulation of the affairs of the county, and also in a measure of the state politics wherein he has bestowed much care and thought for the welfare of all, is the esteemed gentleman, whose name stands at the head of this article. a man of fine capabilities, fortified with a thorough and extended classical education and then a training in the legal profession that has fitted him in an ample and satisfactory way to handle the deep points of court practice and official counsel, there is also in Mr. Crawford a happy blending of the acumen, determination, and executive ability required in the successful lawyer, which he constantly supplements by a careful and discriminating course of research that has placed him in a commanding position in his profession throughout the county and in adjacent districts. Our subject is the scion of a strong southern family, being born in Washington county, Arkansas, on March 18, 1848, and the son of George A. and Martha A. (Wilson) Crawford. In his native place, he received a good education in the private academy there sustained and in 1870 he came with his parents to Clackamas county, Oregon. The following year,...

Biography of Robert C. Mays

ROBERT C. MAYS. – The well-known and capable business man, whose name appears at the head of this article, is one of the most widely known men of Union, and Wallowa counties, and is at the present time handling a large business as warehouseman at Elgin, where he is numbered among the leading residents of that thriving city, and he has made a record in this section that is both crowned with gratifying success from a financial standpoint, and wherein he has maintained a representation that is untarnished and displayed talents that properly place him among the real leaders in the county. On August 31, 1860, in McMinnville Oregon, our subject first saw the light, being the son of John C. and Martha J. (Nye) Mays, natives of North Carolina, who were married on June 22, 1851 in Missouri, Brown county,and the following year threaded the dreary plains and climbed the rugged mountains that separated eastern civilization from the western wilds, using for transportation ox teams. Settlement was made in Yam Hill county, three miles distant from McMinnville, and a donation claim of one-half section was secured. Work commenced in earnest to make a good home, and when sixteen years later Mr. Mays sold his farm it was one of the best and most finely improved in the entire valley. In 1869 they came to Walla Walla and thence, soon afterwards to Umatilla county, where four hundred and eighty acres of land was bought near Weston and farming and stock raising employed the father there for eight years. In 1878 he sold out and went to Dayton, Washington, buying...

Garrett, John B. – Obituary

John B. Garrett, and early settler in the Flora district, passed away in Thursday, June 20 1935 at his home. Funeral services were held Sunday Morning in the Methodist church at Flora and burial was in the Flora cemetery. John Brockman Garrett was born March 23, 1857 in Buncom County, North Carolina. He came west in the summer of 1884 and lived in Dayton Wash. where he was united in marriage to Edith Abel in the summer of 1-11-89. To this union were born seven children. They moved from Dayton to Flora in 1895, where he took a homestead west of Flora. Mrs. Garrett passed away May 13, 1909. Mr. Garrett leaves to mourn his loss, Edwin L. Garrett of Flora Edgar Garrett, Lostine, Lila Botts and Neva Botts of Flora, Richard Garrett of Medford, Velma Osborne of Seneca and Raymond Garrett of Flora, 24 grandchildren and six great grandchildren; also five brothers and two sisters. He was a kind and loving husband and father and a man of mild and quiet habits. He was a member of the Christian church in Flora. He was a friend to all who knew him and will be greatly missed in the community. Contributed by Julie...

Ager, Nancy Jane – Obituary

Wallowa County, Oregon Mrs. Nancy Jane Ager passed away last Thursday, February 5 Nancy Jane Dakan was born on February 7, 1860 near Roseburg, Oregon. When only a young girl she moved with her parents to Cricket Flat where she grew to womanhood. She lived a few years at Dayton, Washington and from there moved to the John Day country and later to La Grande. In 1902 she came to Wallowa County and settled on Day Ridge. In 1895 she was married to James Albert Ager. To this union three children were born: Mrs. Sam Davis, Joseph, Charley E. Ager (whereabouts unknown), and Mrs. Bill Forthman, Wallowa. One son by a former marriage, Hiram Powell is deceased. She leaves to mourn her loss her two daughters, ten grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, three sisters, Mrs. Ann Keith (her twin sister) of Touchet, Wash., Mrs. Mary Elkins, Dayton, Wash., and Mrs. Emma Cady, Durkee, Oregon, and a host of other relatives and friends. The last few years of her life were spent with the oldest daughter, Mrs. Sam Davis, in and near Joseph. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon from the Booth chapel with Edwin Beem in charge. Mrs. Garnet Best and Mrs. Gwen Coffin sang “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere” and Last Mile of the Way.” She was laid to rest on her 88th birthday in the Flora cemetery by the side of her son, Hiram Powell. Enterprise Chieftain, Wallowa County, Oregon, Feb. 12, 1948, front page Contributed by Louise Ager Belsby, grand daughter of...

McCully, Frank M. – Obituary

Death calls F. M. M’Cully, Passes away after a sinking spell yesterday morning Funeral Thursday Frank M. McCully, Deputy State Superintendent of Public Instruction, died at 5:30 o’clock yesterday morning…underwent an operation for removal of gall stones about ten days ago. The operation was successful but his condition was so enfeebled by the progress of the disease attended by kidney trouble of a similar nature that he failed to rally and rapidly became worse. Saturday and Sunday death was fought off by the injection of saline solution but on Monday he rallied perceptibly and strong hope of his ultimate recovery was entertained. At four o’clock yesterday morning a sinking spell occurred and death occurred an hour and a half later.” “The flags on all the school buildings and upon the State Capitol Building were at half mast yesterday in respect to his memory…The Elks, of which Mr. McCully was a member, will have charge of the services at the grave. Interment will be in Masonic cemetery.” Of Scotch descent; descendants first settled in New Brunswick [wrong]; later pioneers of Ohio, where his father was born in 1829; came to OR overland in 1852; Frank’s father died earlier this year (1907) at the home of his daughter in OR. Frank b. 2 Oct 1857 Harrisburg, OR; moved to Salem with family in 1866; graduated from Willamette U. in B. S. in 1877; went into newspaper work, being associated with the Columbia Chronicle (Dayton, WA), Pomeroy Republican (Pomeroy, WA), and Wallowa Chieftain for 6 yrs. In 1884 he established the School Journal at Dayton, went on to publish it five years...

Conley, Rebecca S. Hooper – Obituary

Mrs. Geo. W. Conley Passes Rebecca S. Hooper was born near Baltimore, Maryland, May 25th, 1828, and died at Dayton, Wash., April 10th, 1920, at the age of nearly 92 years. With her husband, Geo. W. Conley, she came to Joseph in 1888 where he died in 1907. During this period of nearly twenty years they contributed largely to the development of the county and added materially to the social life of this community. Following the death of Mr. Conley she resided with a daughter Mrs. W.T. Mahon until last summer when she went to Dayton to make her home with another daughter, Mrs. C.F. Austin. Of a family of eleven children seven survive her. They are Mrs. Mary Grisham, of Springfield, Missouri, J.M. Conley of Flora, Mrs. W.T. Mahon, of Joseph, Mrs. Elizabeth Tyler of Stanfield Oregon, and J.C. Conley of Enterprise, G.F. Conley of Eugene Oregon and Mrs. C.F. Austin of Dayton, Wash. Mrs. Conley has been practically helpless following a fall three years ago. Interment was made at Dayton, Wash. Tuesday. Wallowa County Reporter April 15, 1920, Wallowa County, Oregon Contributed By: Janine...

Williams, Marjorie Ellen – Obituary

Marjorie E. (Ellen) Wood-Jaensch-Bowers-Strack-Williams Marjorie Ellen Williams, a 6-year resident of Bullhead City, AZ, died Wednesday June 12, 1996, in Bullhead City. AZ. Marjorie Ellen Wood was born to James Franklin Wood and Clara Lureene Womack on October 29, 1920 in Hermiston, Oregon. She was married to Charles Franklin Jaensch of Enterprise, Oregon in Dayton, Washington on January 14, 1939. They had two children, Gerald (Gary) Franklin Jaensch, and David (Dave) Michael Jaensch. Marjorie later married Lawrence Williams of Los Angeles, California. She is survived by her mother Clara L. Finstad of Port Lavaca, Texas, a sister, Lavonne Burgess of Port Lavaca, Texas, three grand children, Timothy B. Jaensch and Lisa M. Davis of Baker City, Oregon and Eric M. Jaensch of Hillsboro, Oregon. Three great-grand children, Ashlee J. and Casey G. Jaensch of Baker City and Kody C. Younger of Baker City, Oregon. and many nieces and nephews, and a special thank you to her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Sue and Tom Brooks of Victoria, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband Lawrence Williams in 1991, her father James Franklin Wood died May 3, 1938 in Wallowa, Oregon. A brother, James LeLand Wood of Vancouver, Washington, November 29, 1985. She was a lifelong member of the Moose Lodge in Downey, California and a member of the Bullhead City Moose Lodge. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 15 at Long Ridge Mobile Park Clubhouse. Private services to be held later, cremation is planned. Arrangements are by Diamond & Sons Silver Bell Chapel, Bullhead City,...
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