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Holbrook, George – Obituary

Tom Adams, well-known in this county, shot and killed George Holbrook at Homestead on Wednesday of last week. Adams was living with Holbrook’s wife in a tent on a mining claim in the eastern part of the county and went to Homestead with the woman after two children who were in the possession of the father. A fight followed and Adams killed Holbrook. Adams and Mrs. Holbrook are now in jail at Baker. District Attorney Fairchild and Sheriff Rinehart went over to the Imnaha and brought back five children they found in the tent. A part of the children are now with their grandfather at Joseph. Wallowa County Reporter Thursday December 19,...

Culligan, Charles – Obituary

North Powder News Saturday, June 19, 1926 Charles Culligan 60, was found dead at Homestead, Friday of last week. Death was attributed to heart trouble. Deceased had worked for several years for the Union Companion mining company in the Cornucopia district. Oregon Trail Weekly North Powder News Saturday, March 31,...

Ingram, Madge – Obituary

Madge Ingram was killed and Jack Benson badly injured by a cave-in Wednesday while working in a tunnel about twelve miles from Homestead. North Powder News Saturday August 30, 1919

Trimble-Blank, Bonnie Mrs. – Obituary

Union, Union County, Oregon Bonnie Jean Trimble-Blank, 73, of Weston and formerly of Union, has left this life to start on her next adventure. She passed away March 5, 2006, at St. Mary Medical Center. There will be no services at her request. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt Cremations & Funeral Services, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, Wash., 99362. Bonnie was born Feb. 6, 1933, at Baker City, Ore. She attended grade school at Homestead, Cornucopia and Richland, Ore., along with various other schools. She graduated from Columbia High in Richland, Wash. This is where she met and married her first husband, John Trimble. John and Bonnie were married Dec. 6, 1952. Bonnie became a full time housewife. Although she did have to wait a few years for that first “cloth” diaper to appear on the clothes line, they were there for many years, as she had five children to keep her busy. This is what she enjoyed most family. After John’s death an old family friend introduced her son to Bonnie. This led to her marriage to Alvin Blank in November of 1993. In her younger years, she enjoyed going to her grandparent’s farm to ride the horses. She also did a little hunting with her dad (which she really didn’t enjoy). As she got older, the school dances, basketball and football games were what she loved to attend. She always loved the mountains and camping. The Snake River area was her favorite place to be. She enjoyed going to the ocean and beach combing. Two of her most memorable trips were when she...

Raynor, Alfred D. – Obituary

Alfred D. Raynor, 54, died July 5, 1995 at his home in Homestead. There will be a family memorial service at a home in Nampa, Idaho, on July 28. Mr. Raynor was born May 14, 1941, in Wilmore, Kansas, to Clifford and Edith Raynor. He was raised and educated at Nampa, Idaho. He served his country in the U. S. Navy from 1959 to 1963. He married Sharon Kathleen Wiggins on September 4, 1962, at Fresno, California. They came to Baker City from Nampa, Idaho, in 1986. Mr. Raynor had worked as an inspector for the Union Pacific Railroad. He was a very devoted husband, father and grandfather. Survivors include his wife, Sharon of Homestead; a son Brett and his wife, Gayla Raynor, of Olympia, Washington; a son Chad, and his wife, Natalie Raynor, of Nampa, Idaho; a daughter, Michelle, and her husband, Karl Ritch of Haines; grandchildren, Brant and Kira Raynor of Olympia, Washington, and Shoshanna and Kyle Ritch of Haines. The Monroe Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Source: Baker Democrat Herald, Baker City, Oregon, July 12, 1995, page 2 Contributed by: Sue...

Hankins, Eva May Mills Mrs. – Obituary

Funeral services for Eva May Hankins, 50, of 503 Stanford Ave., Richland, Washington, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday February 26, at the Christian Church in Richland, Oregon. The Rev. Chester A. Stewart will officiate and vault interment will follow in the family plot at the Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland. The arrangements are under the direction of Grays West and Co. Pioneer Chapel. Mrs. Hankins died Friday at a hospital in Boise, Idaho, after an extended illness. She was born February 5, 1924, in Seattle, Washington. She attended schools at Homestead, Eagles Valley High School and graduated from Pine Valley High School. She was married to F. Doyle Hankins in Lewiston, Idaho, on December 2, 1963. With her family she lived in Homestead, Richland and Halfway, Oregon, and San Rafael, California, before moving to Richland, Washington, several years ago. She was a member of the Christian Church. She is survived by her husband, Doyle, at home; one daughter, Jean Neill of Warren, Arkansas; step-children Sonya MacAuliffe of Tacoma, Washington, and F. Doyle Hankins, Jr. of Seattle, Washington; her father and mother, James and Ruth Taylor Mills of Richland, Oregon, one sister, Bonnie Trimble of Richland, Oregon; two grandchildren and five step-grandchildren; aunts, Myrtle Wells, Fannie Blank, and Maggie Wells all of Richland, Oregon and Gadys Rainey of Portland; uncles, Morris Wells, Elmer Blank and Harley Wells all of Richland, Oregon and Jim Rainey of Portland and one great-aunt, Verna Wallace of Richland, Oregon. Source: Baker Democrat Herald, Baker City, Oregon, February 23, 1974, page 2 Contributed by: Sue...

Norris, Mena Tabor Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Mena Norris, 99, died April 25, 2004, at Settlers’ Park Assisted Living. Her graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Robin Harris of the Cornerstone Baptist Church will officiate. Mena Norris was born on Dec. 18, 1904, at Granite. She was the daughter of Grant County pioneers, J.W. “Walkie” and Margaret McNulty Tabor. She attended school at the Columbia Mine and Sumpter. In July 1923, she married Earl Hackett at the Methodist parsonage in Baker City. Earl followed mining and their first home was at Homestead. After several years of working at small mines they moved to northern Idaho and Earl worked as a shift boss at the Hecla Mine at Burke until his retirement because of ill health. At that time Mena began working as a cook at the Wallace Elks Club. She continued in charge of the kitchen and she was noted for her excellent home-style cooking. Earl died in 1961. In 1965 she married Carl Norris. At the time of his death in 1982 they were living at Osburn, Idaho. Mena continued living there until 1999 when she moved to Baker City to be near family. Mena was active in community affairs. She was a noble grand of the Rebekah Lodge, a longtime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, a member of the Eagles Lodge, the Lady Elks, and the Garden Club. Survivors include her sister, Theresa Fowler of Baker City; nephews, Albert Tabor, and his wife, Eldamarie, of Prineville, and Richard Tabor and his wife, Virginia, of Burns; nieces, Christina Beck of California, Gail...

Copperfield-Homestead Cemetery, Homestead, Oregon

There is a cemetery located near Homestead on State Highway No. 86 about half way between Copperfield and Homestead on the Snake River. It is near the road in plain sight. We have been unable to learn the official name of the cemetery so will call it the Copperfield-Homestead Cemetery. The cemetery was established shortly after the Iron Dyke mine was started around 1900. The grounds are neglected, we learn of no custodian for this cemetery. graves are sunken, there are wooden headboards only in this plot. There are about 40 graves here, among the earliest burials being: Blankenship, Mary d. about 1903; age unknown. Leggett, Albert b. 1850; d. 1903. Lurchin, Lemuel An old man who d. about 1905. Our thanks to the Baker Family History Center for allowing us to use their copies of these cemetery...

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