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Biography of James J. Rogers

The life of James J. Rogers has not been one of unvarying monotony, circumscribed by the habits, thoughts and customs of some narrow community, but contains many interesting incidents that come with travel and extensive intercourse with the world. Born on the Atlantic coast, he has visited foreign lands, has viewed many of the interesting scenes of our own country, and is now located in the beautiful city of Boise, which nestles in one of the loveliest valleys of the Pacific slope. There he is successfully engaged in the practice of law, and in the political affairs of the state he is no unimportant factor. A native of Maryland, he was born in the city of Baltimore, on the 24th of July 1862, and is of Irish lineage. His parents, Joseph P. and Elizabeth (Donahue) Rogers, were both natives of Belfast, Ireland, and in 1858 crossed the Atlantic to Baltimore, where the father devoted his energies to bookkeeping. In politics he was a Democrat, and in religious belief both he and his wife were Catholics. His death occurred on the 14th of April 1895, when he had reached the age of sixty-two years, and his wife passed away on the 22d of February 1878, at the age of thirty-nine years. They were the parents of nine children, seven of whom are residents of either Illinois or Iowa. During his childhood James J. Rogers removed with his parents from his southern home to New York City, and in America’s metropolis he spent his early boyhood. He there attended the public schools, and after the removal of the family to Peoria,...

Givens, Joseph J. – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Joseph J. Givens, 45, a Baker City native, died Aug. 26, 2005, in Elko, Nev. There will be a potluck and gathering of Joe’s family and friends in his honor at the American Legion, 2129 Second St., at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2. All friends and family are invited to attend. Joseph was born June 14, 1960, in Baker City, and attended school in Baker City and La Grande. He moved to Nashville, Tenn., and spent most of his adult life there. In 2004, he moved to Elko, Nev., to be closer to family. He is survived by his brothers, Mitch Givens and his wife, Hazel, of Elko, and Greg Givens and his wife, Carla, of La Grande; sister-in-law, Leisa Givens of Baker City; stepfather and stepmother, Dick and Connie Weygandt of Pacific City; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jane Cameron; grandparents, Helen Obershaw and Earl Estes; and brothers, Thomas D. Givens and Lonnie Weygandt. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, September 2, 2005 Transcribed by: Belva...

Sawyer, Bette Norene Hoge Mrs. – Obituary

Bette Hoge Sawyer, 79, a former Baker City resident, died Sept. 12, 2002, at her home in Reno, Nev. A private service is planned. Bette Norene Hoge was born on May 22, 1923, to Earl and Mary Hoge in Baker City. She was graduated from Baker High School in 1941. Her parents were associated with Hoge-Wells Supply Co. in Baker City. The family moved to Reno, Nev. It was there Bette met future husband, Grant Sawyer. They married in 1946 in Washington, D.C., where Grant was attending Georgetown University Law School. In 1928, the Sawyers moved to Elko, Nev. There they reared their only child, Gail, who survives them and lives at Las Vegas, Nev. As wife of the late Governor Grant Sawyer, Bette was first lady from 1958 to 1966. Her husband died in 1996. Memorial contributions may be made to the University of Nevada Medical School or the Grant Sawyer Studies at the University of Nevada at Reno. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, September 20, 2002 Transcribed by: Belva...

Cordell, Elizabeth Bonnie “Betty” Harnish Mrs. – Obituary

Elizabeth Bonnie “Betty” Cordell, 83, a former Baker City resident, died June 6, 2002, at the Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital at Elko, Nev., after a long illness. Her memorial graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Roger Scovil of the Baker City Christian Church will officiate. She was born on Dec. 12, 1921, at Isley, Wyo. She was the third child of Charles and Bonnie Harnish. She was raised at Horse Creek, Wyo., and spent most of her adult life in Baker City. She had lived at Elko, Nev., just a short time before her death. She was a housewife who enjoyed crocheting, fishing, singing, participating in the Kitchen Band, bowling, keeping bowling scores and playing the piano for family and friends. She married Robert C. Johnston in 1938 and they had four children together. After her husband’s death, she married Sammy Cordell in 1974. She also was preceded in death by her second husband; her parents; three brothers, Chuck, Ivan and Jake; a sister, Ruby Harnish; a son, Robert C. Johnston; and a daughter, Ruby Roy. Survivors include her four brothers, Ben and Rick Harnish of Wheatland, Wyo, Jim Harnish of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Ray Harnish of Littleton, Colo.; her son, Guy Johnston of Elko, Nev.; her daughter, Betty Lou English of Fairview; three stepchildren, Brian Cordell, Mary Lynn Rucker and Debbie Deenin; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and many loving friends. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association through Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City,...

Biographical Sketch of S. P. Howell

S.P. HOWELL. – The Adams Hotel at Adams, Oregon, is a comfortable home for the traveler, offering commodious apartments and a table supplied not only with the substantials but with the luxuries of the season. Its proprietor is Mr. Howell. After a life of much roving, he has found his final rest in this thriving young city. Born in Michigan in1845, he crossed the plains while just a boy of seven, and was then introduced to the life of a California ranch. At Hamilton on the Feather river, at the Hungarian ranch south of Yuba, and Petaluma, in the Coast Mountains, and at Visalia, he successively followed the stock business with his father, until the death of the latter in 1872. That sad event threw him upon his own responsibility. Leaving his stock with his sister, he then entered upon a scheme of cattle-driving to Nevada for a Mr. Hildreth. In that state of deserts and silver lodes, he remained four years, at Humboldt and Elko, and in 1880 was attracted northward to Walla Walla. He found employment in the city of poplars for a couple of years, and thence came to Adams, where he engaged permanently in the hotel business. He is one of the leading men in the place. His present settled life and secured fortune is largely due to Miss H.J. Hamilt, whom he married in 1881. Two children have come to bless their home, – William A. and Minnie...

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