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Biography of Joseph F. White

Among the public officials of Lincoln County is Joseph F. White, who is now serving as sheriff. A native of Iowa, he was born in Allamakee County, July 4, 1854, and traces his ancestry back to the Emerald Isle, whence his grandfather, Andrew White, emigrated with his family to New Orleans. For many years he was engaged in merchandising in the Crescent City, and at an early day in the history of Ohio removed to that state, where Joseph P. White, the father of our subject, was born and reared. He married Sarah Heffron, a native of Ireland, and later they removed to Allamakee county, Iowa, where the father engaged in farming and merchandising. He died in 1879, at the age of seventy-two years, and his wife departed this life in the forty-second year of her age. They were the parents of three children, all yet living. Joseph F. White, whose name introduces this review, was educated in the public schools of his native county and reared to manhood on the home farm, in the development and cultivation of which he assisted from the time he was old enough to handle the plow. In 1875 he went to Colorado, where he engaged in mining and prospecting. In 1880 he became a resident of Montana and engaged in the meat business in Dillon. He also spent some time in Deer Lodge and Silver Bow, and in 1883 came to Shoshone, where he again established a meat market and soon secured a liberal patronage in that line. He has also been identified with many other leading business interests of the town...

Biography of Alexander E. Mayhew

The rewards of purity in public life are many, but one of the most important and apparent is continuance in public life. This is true everywhere, and of course it is true in Idaho, where the fact is emphasized and illustrated by the career of Judge Mayhew of Wallace, Shoshone County, Idaho. At least he lives at Wallace, but he is a man of the west and for the west, and his influence is active and far-reaching. Alexander E. Mayhew, son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Conklin) Mayhew, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 31, 1830. His father, a native of Philadelphia, was for many years a merchant of that city, but died in New Jersey in 1871, and his mother, born in Philadelphia, died in New Jersey, in 1887. The boyhood days of Judge Mayhew were passed in Philadelphia, where he attended the public schools and was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, with the class of 1852. He read law under the preceptorship of William D. Baker, one of the leading Philadelphia lawyers of his time and one of the most successful in the country, and in 18c; q he located at Atchison, Kansas, where he continued his legal studies in the office of Abel & Stringfellow, being admitted to the bar in 1856. He entered upon the practice of his profession in Atchison and served one year as city attorney. In 1859 he went to Pike’s Peak, Colorado, where he practiced law and was connected with mining interests, and there he remained until 1864, when he removed to Helena, Montana, whence he went later to Deer Lodge,...

Billings, Ida – Obituary

Word was received Saturday by C.M Billings that his sister, Ida, had died of pneumonia at Deer Lodge, Montana, and was to be taken to Portland for burial. Mr. and Mrs. Billings and baby left on the afternoon train for Portland. Miss Billings visited her brother’s home here during the summer and will be remembered by many who will regret to hear of her untimely death. Wallowa County Reporter Thursday October 24,...

Buckley, Robert Raymond “Ray” – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Robert Raymond “Ray” Buckley, 94, of La Grande, died December 14 at the Grande Ronde Hospital. A graveside funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Grandview Cemetery Mausoleum. Mr. Buckley was born July 16, 1912, to Frank and Margaret (Wildman) Buckley in Deer Lodge, Mont. He came to La Grande when he was 5 and was raised by his aunt and uncle, Eleanor and Bert Carr. He graduated from La Grande High School. He worked for the Piggly Wiggly stores in La Grande and Baker City. On Oct. 13, 1935, he married Magdalene Buckley at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Baker City. During World War II, he served with the 4th Marine Division and was recalled to service during the Korean War. In 1942 he began working for the Union Pacific Railroad and retired in 1971. In 1977 he went to work for the La Grande School District No. 1 until retiring. He was a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2990, the American Legion and the Elks Lodge. He received the Founder’s Memorial Lifetime Appreciation Award at the Union County Senior Center in 2005. Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Peter and Teresa Buckley; sisters, grandchildren, Jacob and Sara Buckley; a new great granddaughter; nieces and nephews and other relatives. Memorials may be made to the Union County Senior Center in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850. The Observer, Obituaries for the week ending Dec. 16, 2006, Published: December 16,...

Buckley, Robert Raymond – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Robert Raymond “Ray” Buckley, 94, of La Grande, died December 14 at the Grande Ronde Hospital. A graveside funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Grandview Cemetery Mausoleum. Mr. Buckley was born July 16, 1912, to Frank and Margaret (Wildman) Buckley in Deer Lodge, Mont. He came to La Grande when he was 5 and was raised by his aunt and uncle, Eleanor and Bert Carr. He graduated from La Grande High School. He worked for the Piggly Wiggly stores in La Grande and Baker City. On Oct. 13, 1935, he married Magdalene Buckley at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Baker City. During World War II, he served with the 4th Marine Division and was recalled to service during the Korean War. In 1942 he began working for the Union Pacific Railroad and retired in 1971. In 1977 he went to work for the La Grande School District No. 1 until retiring. He was a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2990, the American Legion and the Elks Lodge. He received the Founder’s Memorial Lifetime Appreciation Award at the Union County Senior Center in 2005. Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Peter and Teresa Buckley; sisters, grandchildren, Jacob and Sara Buckley; a new great granddaughter; nieces and nephews and other relatives. Memorials may be made to the Union County Senior Center in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending Dec. 16, 2006, Published: December 16,...

Biographical Sketch of John E. Jones

JOHN E. JONES. – The second to locate in the beautiful Indian valley was the gentleman of whom we write. He was born in South Wales in 1818, and crossed the Atlantic to America in 1850, removing to Salt Lake in the next year. Removing to Cache valley in 1859, he made some valuable improvements on his place; but, disagreeing with the Mormons, he removed to Soda Springs in 1863. The next year he removed to Deer Lodge valley, Montana, farming until a destructive invasion of grasshoppers. Meantime he has been making butter, which commanded a price of two dollars per pound, and selling hay at Butte at one hundred dollars per ton. After the grasshopper plague, he made a personal examination of California, Oregon and Washington Territory, finally, in 1871, selecting Indian valley, Oregon, as his home, locating near the present site of the town of Elgin. There he has since remained, farming and raising stock, and owning half a section of very rich land. He has brought up and educated a family of eight children, and has ten grandchildren. Mr. Jones is a veteran of the Ute war of 1853; and in 1863 was in the Beaver Lake valley, where a companion was killed at his side by...

Langley, Helen Merritt Sheehy Mrs. – Obituary

Helen M. Langley, 89, a longtime Baker County resident, died Dec. 23, 2002, at Dallas Hospital in Dallas, Ore. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. Vault interment will be at the Lime Cemetery at 1 p.m. Saturday. Family and friends are invited to a dinner reception in the church basement after the funeral. The graveside service also is open to family and friends. Visitation will be Friday from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Recitation of the rosary will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Helen Merritt Langley was born on Sept. 30, 1913, at Deer Lodge, Mont. Her parents, Hugh and Helen Holbrook Sheehy, moved in 1917 to Durkee, where they managed a ranch on Swayze Creek. Helen attended elementary school at Plano and then graduated from St. Francis Academy at Baker City. Her grandmother Holbrook offered to pay her tuition to attend Eastern Oregon Normal School in La Grande, where Helen became one of the first graduates in 1933. Harland Eugene Langley and Helen were married at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral on July 23, 1936. They raised their family of six children on a ranch at the mouth of Dixie Creek near Lime. After the ranch sold in 1995, Helen lived at Huntington and Baker City for a few years. Her last two years were spent at Independence under the care of her granddaughter, Michelle Hedrick, and her family. Mrs. Langley taught elementary school at Lookout and Huntington for many...

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