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Biography of Hon. James B. Reavis

Much interest attaches to the life and work of an attorney such as Mr. Reavis, whose chief endeavor both privately and professionally has been to realize a high degree of public justice. He is a man whom the people feel safe in having by; for they can trust his sagacity and integrity, knowing that he is thoroughly incorruptible by any influence, corporate or otherwise. He is one of the men of whom both unscrupulous politicians and monopolies have a wholesome fear. Glancing at his ancestry, we observe that he came honestly by these rugged qualities, being in lineal descent from among those who have subdued and civilized America. He was born in Boone county, Missouri, in 1848. His parents were Kentuckians, his grandparents Virginians, and on the maternal side were descended from the colonial Lee family of Revolutionary fame. Mr. Reavis received his education at Lexington, Kentucky, and studying law was admitted to practice at Hannibal, Missouri, in 1872. He also began to exert a wide influence in that state as the editor of the Appeal, at Monroe; but his prospects in journalism were voluntarily relinquished in view of his removal to California in 1874. In that state he engaged in the practice of his profession, making his home at Chico. His characteristic and hereditary restlessness, however, led him to seek a new field, and in 1880 he came to Washington Territory, making his first home at Goldendale, where he formed a partnership with Hon. R.O. Dunbar. This was a strong combination; and for two years a very active business was conducted. In 1882 he removed to Yakima, and...

Biography of Sigmund Sichel

SIGMUND SICHEL. – America is made up of the most intelligent and energetic people from all parts of the world. It is those who are alert and keen in the pursuit of information who learn of the advantages to be found in this country. And it is those who feel the impulse to stretch their limbs and operate upon a larger scale of life than the opportunities the old world afford who undergo the labors and take the risks involved in a removal across the Atlantic. This rule, which is not without its exception, is exemplified in the career of the man whose name appears at the head of this sketch. He is at present one of the active business men of Portland, Oregon, and while at Goldendale, Washington Territory, enjoyed the reputation of being the youngest man ever elected to the office of mayor in any city in the Northwest. He was born in Bavaria in 1857, and prior to his fifteenth birthday was at school in a commercial college acquiring the information and training which have made him so efficient in his line in our state. He came to America at that age, and the second day after his arrival engaged as a salesman in a New York store; but, learning of Oregon and the opportunities here for independence and competence, he determined to seek his fortune on the Pacific coast. He made the trip with his uncle, Solomon Hirsch, of the firm of Fleischner, Meyer & Co., and spent the three following years at Portland. Looking northward he spent six months at Nanaimo, but, returning to...

Bloom, Louis R. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Louis R. Bloom Dies On His Way To South Louis R. Bloom, a native son of Wallowa valley, died at Goldendale, Washington, Wednesday, December 22, 1937. He was on his way from Yakima, where he had lived for three years, to souhtern California where Mrs. Bloom had gone a few weeks before. He was stricken with a heart attack and went to a hotel where he passed away. The body was brought to Enterprise by C.L. Booth and funeral services were held at the Booth Chapel Monday morning and burial was in Enterprise cemetery. Rev. Lloyd W. Halvorson of the Presbyterian church conducted the services. Mr. Bloom was a son of R.W. Bloom, pioneer of the upper valley and was born August 19, 1885 on what is now the Wade ranch on Alder Slope. He was married to Minnie Fluke April 29, 1917, and in November, 1919, they moved to Medford. That city remained their home until three years ago when they went to Yakima. Mrs. Bloom was called to Covina, California, the last of November to help care for her mother, Mrs. L. Rest of article missing. Source: Enterprise Record Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, December 30, 1937, page 2 Contributed by: Sue Wells Transcribed by: Belva...

Barton, Arnold – Obituary

Promise, Oregon Arnold Barton Arnold E. Barton died Oct. 9, 2005, at his home in Goldendale, Wash., of an apparent heart attack. He was born and raised in the Promise area. Funeral services are pending at this time. A full obituary will appear as details are available. Wallowa County Chieftain, Thursday, 13, 2005 Mr. Barton was born May 18, 1921 in Promise to Silas and LaVida (Lortie) Barton. He attended schools in Promise and in the lower valley. Mr. Barton enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a M.P. during World War II. He married Myrtle Sullivan in Weiser, Idaho in 1941 and later divorced. He later married Roma (Jerry) Hoyt on Aug. 28, 1948. He worked as a heavy equipment operator and in construction, logging and as a long-haul truck driver. Mr. Barton was an avid musician and was self-taught on the guitar. He played with famous people, Willie Nelson and Buck Owens. He also enjoyed carpentry. He was preceded in death by his son Marshall, sister Ilene Barton, stepson Sonny Duffey and parents. He is survived by his wife Roma, stepdaughter and husband Sharon and Ron Black of Victoria, British Columbia, stepson Charles Ray Duffey of Reno, Nev., brothers Virgil of La Grande, Russell of Tigard, and Emmett and sister-in-law Mary of Colorado Springs, Colo., sisters Elvira Sims of Lebanon, Vera and brother-in-law Bob Roop of Walla Walla, Wash., Shirley Coffey of Newport, and Clarice and brother-in-law Lester Kiesecker of Enterprise, five step-grandchildren, two step-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held Oct. 17 at Erdman Funeral Home. Burial is planned at...

Curry, Cleo J. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Cleo J. Curry, 77 of La Grande, died May 25 at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, June 5 at the First Christian Church, 901 Penn Ave. The family requests that dress be casual for the service. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Curry was born June 10, 1928, to Clifford and Hazel Iona Robertson Wade in Goldendale, Wash. She graduated from Goldendale High School in 1946, and worked in accounting in Portland. In 1967 she became payroll supervisor at Eastern Oregon College of Education. On July 3, 1968, she married Warren Curry at the First Christian Church. She continued at Eastern for 16 years before becoming the bookkeeper for Blue Mountain Sports. After retirement she helped during tax season with Seydel, Lewis, Moeller and Poe until 2002. She enjoyed crafts and volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and the Grande Ronde Hospital Auxiliary, and served on the board of Koinonia House and in several positions in the First Christian Church. In her earlier years she was involved with the Educational Secretaries Association, the Business and Professional Women, the Soroptimist Club, the La Grande Mavericks and the American Red Cross. Survivors include her husband of La Grande; a daughter, Toni Jabson of Monticello, Ill.; step-children, Bonnie Theabolt of Enterprise, Connie Bradley of Coos Bay, Polly Walker of Portland, Susan Deckard of Grants Pass and Scott Curry of Kennewick; 17 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and other relatives. A half-sister, Virgie Olsen, died earlier. The Observer Online, week ending June 3, 2006 Published June 5,...

Basse, Wilhelmina Isaacson Jacobson – Obituary

Funeral rites for Mrs. Wilhelmina Basi [Basse] were held last Saturday, November 30, in the Finnish Lutheran Church at Centerville, conducted by Rev. C. J. Sacarisen, of Portland. The organist was Charles Isakson, and singers were Mrs. Kenneth Nelson and Miss Louise Hoikka. Pall bearers were Frank Sarsfield, Jack Mulligan, Ernest Mattson, Hilmer Erickson, Otis Anderson, and Walter Lande. Interment was in the Centerville Grange Cemetery. Mrs. Basi, wife of Wilhelm Basi, passed away Thanksgiving morning in the Goldendale General Hospital, at the age of 74 years and ten months. She was born in Kuttanen, Sweden and came to America in 1891 when she was 19 years of age. She was married to William Jacobson at Rocklin, Calif. in 1895. A child was born to this union but it passed away in infancy and Mr. Jacobson died in 1900. In 1901 she was married to Wilhelm Basi and moved to Quincy, Oregon. The family came to Centerville in 1903 and lived there until 1933, when they moved to Clatskanie, Oregon, returning to Centerville in 1945. She leaves the husband, Rev. Wilhelm Basi, three sons, Elmer, Arthur, and Ernest Basi, of Centerville, a daughter, Mrs. Anna Christopher of Pendleton, Oregon, a sister, Mrs. Emma Niemels of Maygers, four brothers, Caleb Isaacson of Astoria, Oregon and Arthur, Albert, and Erick of Sweden, five grandchildren, Stewart, William, and Ina Marie of Centerville and Donald and Betty Christopher of Pendleton, Oregon, several nieces, nephews, and many friends. Goldendale Sentinel, December 5, 1946 Contributed by: Shelli...

Wiidanen, Charles – Obituary

Funeral services were conducted at the Phillips Funeral Home Monday afternoon for Charles Wiidanen, pioneer Centerville resident. Interment was made in the Centerville Grange Cemetery with committal services by the Centerville Grange. Rev. J. A. Dunn was officiating minister at the rites. Wiidanen was born April 21, 1877 in Calumet, Michigan and died at the Klickitat Valley Hospital, November 28 at the age of 75. He was the oldest son of Andrew and Amanda Holm Wiidanen and was six months old when he and his parents arrived in the Klickitat Valley. They came by train to California and by boat to Portland, on to The Dalles and into this valley. On March 1, 1905 he was married to Jennie E. Planting in Adams, Oregon. They acquired land near Centerville and continued farming until September, 1941 when they moved to Goldendale to live. Like other pioneers, Wiidanen worked hard. He hauled wheat to The Dalles and drove cattle and hogs to The Dalles market. He worked on this branch of the railroad in its early construction days. On the Wiidanen ranch near Warwick, the old house built 70 years ago still stands. On this farm his daughter and son-in-law now live. The deceased was a member of the Apostolic Lutheran Church, a long time member of the Centerville Grange, whole hall he helped build. His survivors are his wife; and a daughter, Gladys Uecker. A son Harry William, preceded him in death 19 years ago. Also surviving are a brother, Peter A. Wiidanen of Centerville; four sisters, Olivia Bayman, Centerville; Hilma Fielding, Portland; Ida Barney, Seattle; and Laura Kayser, Freewater,...

Smathers, Martha Etlidge – Obituary

Mrs. Martha [Etlidge] Smathers, 85, a resident of Ellensburg for the past 50 years, died in Yakima Friday evening [June 20, 1947]. It was learned here today. A native of Nashville, NC, Mrs. Smathers came here from Goldendale before the turn of the century. She is survived by three sons, Ed and Lee Smathers, both of Omak and John Smathers, Ellensburg A granddaughter, Mrs. George Minton of Ellensburg, and six great grandchildren also survive her. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Honeycutt-Evenson chapel followed by interment at the IOOF cemetery. The Rev. Paul Deane Hill will officiate. Contributed by: Shelli...

Biography of Hon. R. O. Dunbar

HON. R.O. DUNBAR. – It is not always an enviable distinction to be made eminent for political preferments. The exceptions are in the cities where office is held as the currency of political services, and as the opportunity for public plunder. In the smaller communities, however, where personal acquaintance extends to all citizens, and an honest public spirit precludes fraud, one may well feel pride in that confidence of his friends in his ability and probity which selects him as a public servant. Preferment at the suffrage of the citizens of a place like Goldendale, noted for its correct sentiment and love of cleanliness, would therefore be gratifying. Mr. Dunbar has been an office holder of this kind for many years. His political sphere is, however, by no means confined to the town of Goldendale, as he has represented the county of Klikitat in the territorial council, and during one session served that body as speaker. He has served upon important committees, and has introduced important legislative measures. He has been attorney for that district, embracing Klikitat, Yakima, Skamania and Clarke counties, and as a prominent Republican has long been before the party as a probable candidate for delegate to Congress. Mr. Dunbar was born in Schuyler county, Illinois, in 1845. He crossed the plains when but one year old, enduring the trip bravely. His parents christened him Ralph Oregon, in commemoration of his early introduction into that state, and at their fine home and productive farm in the Waldo hills brought him up to a vigorous manhood. At the age of nineteen he began his studies, entering the...

Biography of William Rice Dunbar

W.R. DUNBAR. – The mold in which a place is first cast is a great determining force in its future development. A quarter of a city which begins with mean buildings invites a class of neglectful or impecunious residents, and seldom outgrows its tendency towards squalor. The new settlers which come into a thriftless community sink more easily to the habits of their neighbors before them than they succeed in inciting those lax individuals to more industrious methods. On the other hand, also, thrift, vigor, a high level of public spirit and morality, leave a stamp which sets the tone and fashion of a city or neighborhood for many years. It is with peculiar satisfaction, therefore, that we find places like Goldendale which, from their very incipiency, have admitted nothing but strictly honorable pursuits, and have maintained a vigorous sentiment in favor of only the best things. These places become the augury of a high-minded generation in the future. William Rice Dunbar, the subject of this sketch, is one of the men who have thus set the character of Goldendale. He is a man popularly known throughout the Northwest as a sterling worker in the cause of temperance. as a lecturer on this subject, as an organizer of lodges of Good Templars, and as a prominent officer of that order, he has met thousands of the people personally; and his form and voice are as familiar as that of any man on the coast. The service which he has done for Goldendale as a citizen he has performed for many other places as a lecturer and organizer. He was...
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