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Biography of Charles Biles

Charles Biles was born in Warren County, Tennessee, in Aug. 1809, and reared on a farm in North Carolina, removing when 19 years old to Christian County, Kentucky. In 1832 he married, and in 1835 removed to Illinois, soon returning to Hopkins County, Kentucky, where he resided until 1853, when he emigrated to Washington Territory in company with his brother James, their families, and C. B. Baker, Elijah Baker, and William Downing, and their families, being a part of the first direct immigration to the territory, via the wagon road through the Nachess pass. Mr Biles settled upon Grand Mound Prairie in Thurston County, farming, and sometimes preaching as a minister of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He died Feb. 26, 1869, leaving two sons (one having died after emigrating) and two daughters, namely, David F., Charles N., Mrs M. Z. Goodell, and Mrs I. B. Ward. David F. Biles was born in Kentucky in 1833, coming with his parents to Washington Territory. In 1851 he took a claim in Thurston County, and in 1855 became a deputy U. S. Surveyor, but the Indian war coming on interrupted work, and he took to soldiering in defense of the settlements, resuming his surveying when peace was restored. From 1838 to 1862 he resided in Cosmopolis, Chehalis County, but then removed to a homestead claim near Elma, on the line of the Satsop railroad to Gray Harbor, where he owns 400 acres of land. He served many years as county surveyor, and some time as school superintendent. He married in 1854 Miss Mary J. Hill, who was a member of the immigration...

Boyce, Ned – Obituary

Imnaha, Oregon Ned Boyce passed away at Walla Walla, Wash., on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 1938. He was born Jan.6, 1912 at Elma, Wash., son of William and Olga Boyce. On Aug. 30, 1959 he was married to Cora Simmons at Enterprise. He was a painter by trade and was a member of the Enterprise Elks Lodge. He came to Wallowa County in February, 1948 and opened the Pie Shop and Melo Freeze Ice Cream Shop. He was in that business for several years. Survivors include his wife, Cora, of Imnaha; two daughter, Dorothy Keener of Joseph and Edith McGee of Pleasureville, Kentucky; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Bollman Funeral Home in Enterprise at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec 30 with Pastor Wayne Pickens officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Dave Maiden, Gene Chupp, Bud Maxwell, Marvin Maxwell, Gene Marr, Gary Marks, Jack Kreizenbeck and his many friends. Wallowa County Chieftain Contributed By: Sue...

Billerback, Darrel Ray – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Darrel Ray Billerbeck, 68, of Elma, Wash., and formerly of La Grande died June 26 at his home. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. July 21 at Whiteside Family Mortuary in Elma. A potluck meal will follow at Vance Creek Park. Participants are encouraged to bring a story or favorite memory to share. Mr. Billerbeck was born June 22, 1938, to Harry and Bernice Billerbeck in La Grande. He graduated from La Grande High School and attended Oregon State University until he returned home to run the family farm. He graduated from Oregon Technical Institute with a degree in applied science, and served in the Army from 1961 to 1963. In 1964 he married Glenda Bayliss. They moved to the Grays Harbor, Wash., area in 1968 where they raised a family and he worked as a millwright until his retirement in 1997. He was an avid angler, shrimper, crabber and clam digger. He enjoyed family gatherings, being with his grandchildren, and especially bird hunting with his dog Pepe. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, his delicious recipes and bountiful gardens, the fruits of which he generously shared with family and friends. Survivors include his wife of Elma; children and their spouses, David and Patty Billerbeck, Mike Billerbeck, and Mary and Tom Billerbeck; four grandchildren; and a sister, Joyce Brown. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Grays Harbor Unit, 1551 Broadway, Suite 200, Tacoma, Wash. 98402. An online guest book is available at www.whitesidefamilymortuaries.com. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending July 15,...

Leslie, Elizabeth Annetta “Betty” – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Elizabeth Annetta “Betty” Leslie, 77, of La Grande died September 16 at Grande Ronde Hospital. At her request there will be no services. Mrs. Leslie was born Dec. 18, 1928, to Carl P. and Myrtle Harmon Cloud in Elma, Wash. In 1969 she married Bruce Leslie. He died earlier. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. Survivors include a son, Carl “Jake” Jacobsen of Gig Harbor, Wash.; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two brothers, Bob Cloud of Bellingham, Wash., and Hank Cloud of Oregon; and a sister, Barbara Jacobsen of Puyallup, Wash. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending Sept. 23, 2006, Published: September 26,...

Bartlett, Marjorie Ann – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Marjorie Ann Bartlett, 68, of La Grande, died May 26 in her home, surrounded by her family. A funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center with Phil Burling from the local congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses officiating. Marjorie was born Aug. 23, 1939, to Ralph and Eula (Bircher) Trow in Elma, Wash. The family moved to La Grande when she was 10 years old. On Aug. 23, 1959, she married James William Bartlett in La Grande and soon after started a family. The family lived in the Union County area. She was exceedingly proud of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, boasting about them often. She showed her love for her family by providing for them the things they needed. She took pride in her cooking, baking, canning and home-making abilities. On her down time she enjoyed working in her yard and garden, spending time with her family and studying the Bible. Those who knew her say she was a hard-working woman who appreciated the simple things in life, and was never afraid to get her hands dirty. She kept herself involved in the lives of her friends and family, never missing an opportunity to be a part of things. People who knew Marjorie said she never knew a stranger and was extremely generous, always putting great effort toward helping those in need. She was a dedicated member of her religion, had strong faith in her God and shared her beliefs with others. When she was younger she was very active in door-to-door ministry. Survivors include her children and...

Ransom, Paul E. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Paul E. Ransom, 83, of La Grande and formerly of Milton-Freewater, died Aug. 8 at Rose Cottage, an adult care center, in Kennewick. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla. Pastor Roger Holden will officiate. A reception will follow at the funeral home. Paul was born Sept. 30, 1924, to Ernest and Lou Hahn Ransom in Walla Walla. He attended elementary school on Government Mountain then the Forks School on the Walla Walla River. He started high school in Prescott, Wash. His family then moved to Elma, Wash., where he graduated from high school in 1941. He and Merle Chapman married in Elma, and they had two children, Jerry and Linda. He was married to Helen Crouse in Ellensburg, Wash., and they had four children: Calvin, Paula, Ernie and Kimberli. He later married Carol Cunningham in Nyssa. A farmer and cattle rancher, he raised purebred Charolais in Milton-Freewater and both Charolais and commercial cattle in Richland. He enjoyed horseback riding, hunting and pack horse trips into the Eagle Cap Wilderness and Hells Canyon. He was privileged to travel with his church on mission trips to Africa, Guatemala, the Samoan Islands and the Philippines. He was an ardent supporter of 4-H and FFA and was a recipient of the Oregon State Honorary Chapter Farmer and State Farmer degrees. He was a member of the New Bridge Nazarene Church in Richland, director of the Western Charolais Association, past president of the Oregon Charolais Association and served on the school board in Pleasant View for 10 years....

Grove, Gene D., Sr. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Gene D. Grove Sr., 68, a longtime resident of Elma, Wash., died Dec. 29, 2003, at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Wash. At his request, there will be no funeral. Mr. Grove was born on Feb. 28, 1935, at Holdrege, Neb., to John and Helen Grove. He married Jean Hendricksen in Baker City on Feb. 5, 1955. She died in 1999. Mr. Grove had worked at the Mayr Brothers Mill for more than 20 years. He was a member of the Elma Eagles, and enjoyed fishing and camping trips. Mr. Grove is survived by his son, Gene Grove Jr. of Elma; a daughter, Sandy Peterson of Bozeman, Mont.; brothers, Paul of Baker City, Gary of Seattle, Wash., John of Centralia, Wash., and Gale of Montesano, Wash.; a sister, Pearl, of Oregon; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Friends are invited to share memories, and to sign the family’s online guest book at www.whitesidefamilymortuaries.com. Memorial contributions may be made to East Grays Harbor County Cancer Fund in care of Nina George, P.O. Box 243, Elma, WA 98541. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, January 9, 2004 Transcribed by: Belva...

Biographical Sketch of Hon. Melancthon Z. Goodell

HON. MELANCTHON Z. GOODELL. – The family of which this pioneer is a member has ever been prominent and influential in the Pacific Northwest since its arrival hither. Jothan W. Goodell, the father was a pioneer of Ohio; and it was at Vermilion that Melancthon was born in 1837. In 1850 the family crossed the plains, the eight children being deemed no serious hindrance. A stop-over was made at Salt Lake one winter; and it has been thought that they missed but little a great calamity from Mormon treachery. Reaching Portland in 1851, they made their first home in Polk county, Oregon, but in 1853 removed to Grand Mound, Washington Territory. When the Indian war broke out, young Melancthon enlisted in Captain Hay’s Company, serving ten months. At the dawn of peace following this troublesome period, he leased a farm in Lewis county, and was engaged in agriculture until 1860. His next home was near Elma, where he lived on a farm more than twenty years. In 1883 he occupied his present residence at Montesano, Washington, engaging in business as dealer in lumber and in real estate, being thus employed at present. His public services have been important and various, – two terms as sheriff and two terms as assessor of Chehalis county. In 1882 he held a seat in the legislature, to which he was re-elected in 1884. He is at present mayor of Montesano. He was married in 1858 to Miss Rebecca Byles, a native of Kentucky, but an early resident of Thurston county. They have eight...

McCullough, Barbara Verell Jordan Mrs. – Obituary

Barbara Verell McCullough, 93, a former longtime Haines resident and Baker County teacher, died Aug. 14, 2006, at her home in Elma, Wash. Her graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Friends and family are invited to share memories and sign the family’s online guest book at www.whitesidefamilymortuaries.com. Barbara was born Jan. 6, 1913, at Montrose, Colo., to Loring Wesley and Mable Schee Jordan. After the death of her mother, Myrtle May became Barbara’s stepmother when she was 3 years old. She graduated from Roseburg High School and then went on to earn her teaching degree. She taught at Richland, Haines and at Baker High School. She married Ralph Leslie McCullough in Baker City on May 24, 1938. They lived on their cattle ranch at Haines from 1938 until Ralph died in 1993. In 1995 Barbara moved to Elma, Wash., to be near her family. She was a member of P.E.O., Eastern Star, Muddy Creek Mutual Improvement Club, Haines Birthday Club, the Methodist Church at Haines, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Baker City and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church at Elma, Wash. Barbara enjoyed ceramics, reading and playing the piano. Survivors include her daughter, Recia, and her husband, Jim Plummer, of Elma, Wash.; two grandchildren, Penny Ramstein and Tracy Tyree; six great-grandchildren; and three nephews, Chuck, Mike and Jimmy. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph; and her brother, Wayne Sherwood Jordan. The Whiteside Family Mortuary of Elma is in charge of arrangements. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, August 22, 2006 Transcribed by: Belva...

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