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Biography of Samuel P. Cox

Samuel P. Cox was born in Williamsburg, Whitley county, Kentucky, December 16, 1828. In 1839 his parents, Levi and Cynthia Cox, removed to Missouri and located in the eastern part of Daviess county, now known as Jackson township, and the subject of this sketch lived at home and worked upon the farm until 1847. In the spring of that year he enlisted in company D, Captain W. H. Rogers, Oregon Battalion, Lieutenant-Colonel Powell, commanding, for the war with Mexico. He served until November, 1848, when he received his honorable discharge at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Returning to the old homestead he engaged in work upon the farm during the years 1849 and 1850. In this latter year, on the 7th of July, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Ballinger. In the spring of 1851 the removed to Gallatin and entered the mercantile business with George W. Poage as a partner, under the firm name of Cox & Poage, and transacted general business until 1853, when the firm closed out. The next enterprise we find Mr. Cox engaged in is the taking of cattle to California, and he left Daviess county for his drive across the plains in the spring of 1854, and arrived in the “Land of riches,” settling in Grass Valley, Nevada county, where he continued to reside until the fall of 1855, when he removed to Oraville, same State. At this last named place he lived until the fall of 1856, when he sold his stock, and on the 20th of September boarded the ocean steamer, Sierra Nevada, and sailed out of the bay from San...

Ingram,Chester – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Chet Ingram Killed Under Wheels of Logging Truck Marr Flat Mishap Fatal to Logger Chester Ingram, 36, of Joseph was instantly killed about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning when a logging trailer ran over him during logging operations on Marr Flat. The truck which struck Ingram was driven by Wilbur Curry of Joseph. Curry reported that his truck had just been loaded at the jammer and Ingram was assisting him in tightening the chains and checking the load. While Curry was partly under the truck and Ingram was stepping behind the load, the truck started rolling slowly backward. One of the dual wheels of the trailer caught Ingram’s foot and ran up his body. Curry dived into the truck to set the brakes but it was too late. Chester Earl Ingram, son of Carl and Josephine Lockwood-Ingram, was born June 1, 1917 at Halfway, Oregon. On Dec. 8, 1952 he was married at Walla Walla to Helen Reece, who survives him. He was a veteran of World War II, a member of the Eagles Lodge, and of the Christian church of Grass Valley, Calif. He was a logger by occupation and had lived in Joseph for the past year, coming here from Grass Valley. Surviving, in addition to his wife and parents of Joseph, are one sister, Clara Ingram of Prairie City, Ore., one brother, Walter Ingram of Joseph, three sons, Jack, Lyle and Carl; and one daughter, Judy. Funeral services will be held Friday, at 10:00 a.m. at the Enterprise Christian Church. Rev. Robert John will officiate. Burial will be in Pendleton, Friday afternoon with...

Ormsby, Irene A. Newstrom – Obituary

Irene A. Ormsby, 90, of Grass Valley died Friday [October 15, 1993] in a local medical facility. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday and entombment will take place at Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland. Mrs. Ormsby was born Sept. 27, 1903, in Selma to David M. and Emma Newstrom. She lived in the Bay Area for 40 years before moving to Grass Valley one year ago. She lived in Modesto before moving to the Bay Area. She enjoyed ballroom dancing. Her family was the focus of her life. She is survived by her son Duane M. Ormsby of Grass Valley; sisters Gladys Green and Grace Gilbert of Modesto; brothers Les and Mel Newstrom of Stockton; four grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by husband Morris Ormsby. Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary. The Union, Grass Valley-Nevada City, October 18, 1993 Contributed by: Shelli...

Ormsby, Duane Maurice – Obituary

In accordance with his wishes, no services are planned for Duane Maurice Ormsby, 69, of Grass Valley. He died Saturday, Dec. 25 [1999], at a local hospital, following a long battle with multiple sclerosis. He was born Aug. 24, 1930 in Oakland. Mr. Ormsby had been a Nevada County resident for 12 years. Mr. Ormsby was an Army veteran, serving in the Korean War. He was a former resident of the Bay Area. He was a second degree black belt in Judo, and was a Judo instructor at Albany Y. Takamoto Judo and was affiliated with the San Francisco Judo Institute. He worked for 35 years as a glazier and was a member of the Glazier and Glass Worker’s Union, Local No. 169. He enjoyed fishing for salmon and trout. He is survived by his wife, Dolores; daughter, Debbie; sons Duane, David, and Donald; and five grandchildren. His family has asked that memorial contributions be directed to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, 706 Haddonfield Road, Cherry Hill, NJ, 08002. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chapel of the Angels. [Duane’s ashes were given to his wife.] The Union, Grass Valley-Nevada City, December 27, 1999 Contributed by: Shelli...

Hardesty, Joshua A. – Obituary

Joshua A. Hardesty, 19, a longtime Baker City resident, died Nov. 13, 2002, as the result of an automobile accident. There will be a celebration of his life at 3 p.m. Sunday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Monte Loyd of the Baker Valley Christian Assembly will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at the family home. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Josh was born at Grass Valley, Calif., on July 5, 1983, and moved to Baker City in 1989. He was a 2001 Baker High School graduate. Joshua was employed at Mel’s Discount Auto Parts as the exhaust specialist. He was known as “The Muffler Guy.” Joshua was an avid hunter, both rifle and archery. He was proud of his 5-by-5 Pope and Young buck. Most of all, his greatest achievement was his daughter, Dallas. He will be missed by all his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandfather and grandmother, Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Watson (Frank and Alpha) of Baker City and Mr. and Mrs. Erman P. and Carmen Hardesty of San Francisco; his uncles, William F. “Skip” Watson and Jerry Lee Watson, both of California. Survivors include his wife, Laura Hardesty, and daughter, Dallas Brooke Hardesty of Baker City; his parents, Paul E. and Loana Hardesty of Grass Valley, Calif., and Robert and Victoria Worsham of Baker City; brother, Justin and Kristy Watson; sisters, Holly Hardesty and Tammy Hardesty and brothers, Timothy and Raymond Sullivan; aunts, Julia Bingham, Laura Watson, Cindy Shukle; uncle, Rodger Watson; cousins, Will Watson, Kimberley Bingham, John Beatty, Colleen...

Kennedy, Dale Dee – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Dale Dee Kennedy, 40, of Baker City died Dec. 9, 2001, at his home. Disposition was by cremation. There will be a family gathering later. Dale was born at Nevada City, Calif., on Feb. 19, 1961. He lived at Grass Valley, Calif., until he was 26. Dale was known for his kind and generous heart. He never met a stranger. Dale enjoyed cruising around town with his wife, and honking at his friends. From the time he could walk he loved to go fishing. Dale also enjoyed yard sales and was a CB enthusiast. One of the highlights of his young adult life was driving truck for a traveling carnival where he was known as “Carney Joe.” The greatest joy of his life began when he married his wife, Dawn Seickman, on Nov. 5, 1995. Survivors include his wife of six years, Dawn Kennedy; his parents, Stanley and Cynthia Kennedy of Reno, Nev.; his grandmother, Inez Kennedy of Nevada City, Calif.; four brothers and one sister, Dean Kennedy and his wife, LaNora, of Juneau, Alaska, Russell Kennedy and his wife, Leisa, of Baker City, his twin brother, Danny Kennedy, and his wife, Kathy, of Las Vegas, Nev., Rick Kennedy of Grass Valley, Calif., and Stephanie Martin-Kennedy of Auburn, Calif.; 13 nieces and nephews and nine grandnieces and grandnephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Laquita Joy Kennedy; and his grandfather, Raymond Kennedy. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society through Grays West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814. Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City,...

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