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Biography of Carl E. Kayser

Carl E. Kayser, son of Carl F. and Lillian P. (Eble) Kayser, was born May 20, 1889, in Newark, New Jersey. His father was born in the Grand Duchy of Baden, Germany, and his mother was born in the state of New Jersey. His father came to the United States at the age of eighteen years and has been in the teaching profession ever since, being now professor of Germanic languages in Hunter College, New York city. Carl E. Kayser attended the public schools in Newark, New Jersey, and in New York City, and from 1905 to 1909 he attended Columbia University in New York city, from which he graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. Immediately after his graduation he entered the employ of the American Metal Company, Limited, and, after a thorough apprenticeship in their offices in New York, St. Louis, Denver and Joplin, came to Bartlesville, Oklahoma, in 1912, in the interest of this company. Here, after three months, he became President and general manager of an American Metal Company, Ltd., subsidiary, the Smelter Gas Company. This company supplies gas to the zinc smelting plants of the Bartlesville Zinc Company, the National Zinc Company and the Lanyon-Starr Company. After 1914 he became actively connected with the administration of the plants of the Bartlesville Zinc Company at Bartlesville and elsewhere. In 1915 Mr. Kayser was married to Miss Mildred J. Leach of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and they have become the parents of two sons and a daughter: Carl Mark, six years of age; Frederick Thomas, aged three; and Janet Marie, one year old. As a side issue,...

Biography of James A. Brady

James A. Brady. High rank in the legal profession had long distinguished Cherryvale, and it numbers among its members many who have gained for themselves reputations and prestige extending some distance beyond the limits of their immediate field of action. Among the ambitious, alert and enterprising lawyers who have taken advantage of the opportunities offered in this city for professional advancement and have thereby attained a full measure of success, is James A. Brady, who had been engaged in practice here since 1905, and who for the past seven years had served capably and energetically in the office of city attorney. Mr. Brady was born at Chenoa, McLean County, Illinois, May 22, 1878, and is a son of James T. and Mary (McCoy) Brady. His grandfather was James Terrence Brady, who was born in 1800, in County Cavan, Ireland, and emigrated to the United States in 1840, making his home near Albany, at Waterville, New York, where he engaged in agricultural pursuits and became well known as a raiser of hops. He was also prominent in politics, and being possessed of fine oratorical gifts was frequently called upon for public speeches, Fourth of July orations, etc. He died near Albany, in 1879. Mr. Brady was the father of the following children: Hugh, who was a “forty-niner” during the gold rush to California, became a member of the Guards in the Golden State, had numerous experiences with the Indians, and finally returned to Kansas, where he engaged in agricultural pursuits until his retirement and now lives at Chetopa; Thomas, who is engaged in the manufacture of shoes at Waterville, New...

Biography of Clarence Case Goddard, M. D.

Clarence Case Goddard, M. D. While Doctor Goddard now gives all his time and attention to the Evergreen Place Hospital at Leavenworth, a high class sanitarium for nervous and mental troubles, liquor and drug habits, he had occupied such a disguished position in Kansas medical circles for so many years that hardly any name in the profession is more widely known and more highly honored. In 1911 he was elected president of the Kansas State Medical Society. He served four terms as president of the County Medical Society, had been the president of the District Society, had been a delegate from Kansas to the American Medical Association, and he had also contributed a number of articles, based upon his individual experience as a specialist in nervous and mental diseases, to the medical journals of the country. Doctor Goddard is a member of the Burlington Railway Surgeons Association, was for many years a surgeon for that company, and held the chair of Nervous and Mental Diseases in the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Kansas City, Kansas, now the department of the State University, for four years when he resigned. He had also been a professor in the Post-Graduate Medical School and Clinic of Kansas City, Missouri. Doctor Goddard had been a resident of Kansas more than fifty-seven years. He came with his parents to Leavenworth in 1860, and that city had been his home ever since, though during his connection with the regular army as assistant surgeon his duties called him to various parts of the West. He is of old American ancestry. His forefather, Marcellus Goddard, was a...

Christoff, Nicholas – Obituary

Wallowa, Oregon Nicholas Christoff died March 5, 2006 in Portland. He was 68. Mr. Christoff was born April 11, 1937 in Denver, Colo. He enjoyed fishing on the river and visiting with his many friends. He is survived by his mother, Sonya Christoff and his sister, Sandra Farrington of Wallowa, three nephews and nine great nephews and nieces. A Celebration of Life will be held at the IOOF Hall in Wallowa March 18 at 2 p.m. Memorial donations may be made in his name to the Wallowa Memorial Hospital, care of Bollmans Funeral Home. Wallowa County Chieftain, March 16,...

Chandler, Richard – Obituary

Joseph, Oregon Robert Richard “Dick” Chandler died at Wallowa Valley Care Center on Jan. 29, 2006. He was 77. Mr. Chandler was born on June 29,1928 in Denver, Colo., to Oscar B. Chandler and Gladys G. Ballantyne Chandler. Shortly after his birth he moved to Joseph with his parents and sister Frances. He spent most of his working years in Wallowa County in logging, working for various ranchers and farmers, and working in scrap metal until ill health forced his retirement. Mr. Chandler married Betty Tenney in Clarkston, Wash., in 1952. They had five children. He served in the U.S. Army for two years from 1954-1956, serving at Fort Lawton as a cook. After his service years he and his wife were divorced. He later married Hallie McCarty. They lived in Lostine until her death and his move to the Wallowa County Nursing Home in January 2006. Mr. Chandler had a wonderful singing voice. In his younger years he often entertained his friends with his singing. In his later years, he enjoyed fishing with friends and with his brother Harley. Mr. Chandler is survived by his children, Tim and Vickie Chandler, Joe and Kathy Chandler, Tom and Andrea Chandler, Laurie Chandler, grandchildren, Jacob, Barbara, Tamara, Nathan, Tom and Braydon, great grandchild Amelia, brother Harley and Shirley Chandler of Milton-Freewater, sister Frances Wingfield of Enterprise, sister Myrtle and Arlen DeLyria of Wallowa, sister Elizabeth and Stan McCune of Ellensburg, Wash., and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Chandler was preceded in death by his wives, Hallie and Betty, sister Lucinda and brother Harry, who died as infants, and his sisters Alice...

Childers, Olive – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Daughter Of Pioneers Dies A high Salvation Army official and daughter of a pioneer Summerville family, Olive Childers, died Saturday at a local hospital after an extended illness. Funeral services will take place at the Dempsey Funeral Chapel Wednesday at 2 p.m. with Col. John Erickson officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery. Born Nov. 3, 1880, Miss Childers was the daughter of Frank and Mary Childers. Childers was one-time sheriff of Union County. Miss Childers had served as a Salvation Army officer since 1898 and worked in the La Grande area from 1915 until 1917. She held some of the highest posts for women in the Army and served as superintendent of the home for unwed mothers both in Denver, Colo., and Los Angeles, Calif. She retired from active service in 1940 and had made her home here since that time. She resided at 1306 Fifth Ave. Surviving is one niece, Adla Rose Edwards, La Habra, Calif., a sister, Della Wagner preceded her in death last November. La Grande Observer Monday, July 31, 1961 Page...

Wilkinson, Andrew – Obituary

Died—At Vader, Washington, Monday, August 9, 1926, Andrew Wilkinson, age 84 years, 7 months and 14 days. The funeral took place from the Methodist church, Union, Friday, August 13, 1926, at 2:30 o’clock p.m. Word was received at Union early Monday morning of the serious illness of Mr. Wilkinson, and his daughter, Mrs. Webb, left that morning on No. 17 for Vader, but her father passed away before her arrival at Vader. Mrs. Webb returned with the remains Thursday, and the funeral took place as above noted. “Uncle Andy” Wilkinson was one of the old settlers of this section, and had a friend in every acquaintance, and all regret his passing away, though it has been evident for several years that he was nearing the end. Andrew Wilkinson, son of Jacob and Matilda Wilkinson, was born in Cedar County, Mo., Dec. 26, 1841, and died at the home of his son, Edward, at Vader, Washinton, Aug. 9th, 1926, age 81 years, 7 months and 13 days. In 1863 he left the home of his birth and came to Denver, Colo. Five years later he in company with others came by ox team over the plains through Montana via Walla Walla, Wash., thence to the Grande Ronde Valley, and after a time purchased a large farm in High valley, where he entered the cattle business, as well as developing his farm, making a success in both adventures. In October 1876 he was united in marriage to Mary Virginia Lamere. To this union were born three children—Mrs. Nora Webb, of Union; Edward of Vader, Wash., and Mrs. J.H. Blunt, of Bellingham,...

Holt, Thomas Martin – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Thomas Martin Holt, 72, of Pocatello, died at his home Feb. 21. The family intends to hold a memorial service in the La Grande area sometime this summer. Details for this will be announced. Mr. Holt was born Sept. 2, 1934, to John Charles Lucas and Eunice Louise (Johnson) Holt in Marquette, Kan., where he was raised and educated. He graduated from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan., with a bachelor of art’s degree in business administration. He married Judith Corinne Miller in 1956. The two then spent a few years teaching and coaching in the Midwest. They moved to Colorado, where he attended Denver University, graduating with an MBA in 1963. He then accepted a job with Boise Cascade as an accountant, and the family moved to Boise. Mr. Holt moved up the ranks within the company and was asked to take on a controller position in a regional office in La Grande. The Holts settled on a small ranch in Summerville, where they spent 32 years raising kids and becoming a part of the community and church. While in Eastern Oregon, Mr. Holt participated with his children in all their endeavors, including sports and academia. He was elected and served on both local and state school boards and served as president of the congregation at Zion Lutheran Church in La Grande. After retiring from Boise Cascade in 1993, he became active in the Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative and served on the Board of Directors for several years. While living in Oregon, he pursued his true interest of raising and trading horses and mules. His hobby...

Benge, Mary – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Mary Benge, 92, died June 21 in La Grande. A memorial service will be held at the Heppner Masonic Cemetery at 11 a.m. Saturday. A potluck will follow at the Heppner Elks Club. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Mary was born April 9, 1915, in Coffey, Mo., to Claude and Ethel Brumfield Cartwright. She had four siblings. Raised by her grandparents, she grew up in Coffey and graduated from Coffey High School at age 16. After graduating, she met and married Dem Reninger and they had three children. They lived in Denver, where they were in the restaurant business before divorcing. In 1943, she moved to Heppner where she married Terrell Benge. They ranched on Social Ridge and Rea Creek until retiring in 1972. Mary was very active in the Ladies Elks and Eastern Star. She was known for her cooking, especially her sourdough bread. She also enjoyed playing cards and gardening and was an avid reader. Survivors include her son, Michael “Butch” Benge of Falls Church, Va.; stepdaughter, Lynn Marie McDonald of Omaha, Neb.; grandchildren, Terry Hughes of La Grande, Teresa Hughes of Heppner, Saderia and Tiffany Benge of Falls Church, Va., Leann Cardell of Omaha, Neb., and Cameron McDonald of Houston; six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Terrell; two daughters, Maryann and Joan; stepson, Ralph; a great-grandchild; one brother and three sisters. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation or any other charity. La Grande Observer – Obituaries For The Week Ending June 30, 2007 Published:...

Alexander, Pearl Everette Taylor – Obituary

Pearl E. Alexander, 10201 E. 3rd Ave. Mother of Mrs. Terry Colburn, Denver; sister of Dollie Lickey, Wichita, Kan.; beloved aunt of Lucretia Mathews, Wichita, Kan. Services Friday, 1 p.m., Little Stone Chapel, 17th and Clarkson, Dr. Harold Warner officiating, followed by Rainbow Rebekah Lodge No. 139. [Died June 20, 1978; Interment Hampden Memorial Gardens] Contributed by: Shelli...
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