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Biographical Sketch of Francis M. Parker

Francis M. Parker was born in Howard county, Indiana, May 23, 1852, and there received his early education. In the fall of 1866 he came with his parents to this State and county, and settled in Washington township. Here he completed his education, farming in summer and attending school in winter. On attaining his majority he began farming for a livelihood, and continued until the fall of 1873, when he went to Kansas. He made the trip to the “grasshopper kingdom,” overland, and was fifteen days on the road. Arriving at his destination, he again resumed farming, but only stood it one year, and returned to Missouri after being eaten out by the pest of the redlegs, the Kansas grasshoppers. Something possessed him to try Kansas again, so he returned to that State, after spending less than a year in Daviess county, making the second trip in 1875. His second return to Missouri is evidence of the fact that he thinks this is the best State in the Union. At this writing Mr. Parker is keeping a restaurant and boarding house at Jamesport, where the weary may rest, and the hungry satisfy the inner man. Mr. Parker was married on the 10th of November, 1878, to Miss Martha Melton, the accomplished daughter of John A. Melton, formerly of Missouri. This lady was born in St. Clair county, Illinois, August 20,...

Biographical Sketch of A. H. McLure

A. H. McLure is a native of Clinton county, Indiana, and was born May 14, 1838. His parents, Thomas and Ruth McClure, were both natives of Virginia. When the subject of our sketch was one year old his parents moved to Howard county, Indiana, and thirteen years later they moved to Warren county, Iowa, where he was reared upon a farm and educated in the common schools. He enlisted June 13, 1861, in Company D, First Regiment Iowa Cavalry, and was soon after appointed company bugler, and was regiment bugler the last year of his time. He was in the battles of Kane Hill, Prairie Grove, Honey Springs, and many smaller ones. After his discharge he returned to Iowa; and in 1868, came to this county. Mr. McClure was married, March 13, 1866, to Miss Martha J. Rogers, who was born in Nichols county, Virginia, July 6, 1851. They have five children; namely, Charles. T., born July 15, 1867; Francis S., born August 23, 1868; Laura D., born August 18, 1870; Elwood H., born November 23, 1874; and John A., born March 10,...

Biography of J. M. Gideon, M. D.

J. M. GIDEON, M. D. There is generally a wide diversity of opinion among people outside of the medical profession in their estimate of the skill and ability of a particular physician. A family is likely to pin its faith on one practitioner and distrust all the rest. If there is a member of the profession in Ozark who has successfully fought down this prejudice and now stands secure in the confidence and high esteem of the general public, that man is Dr. J. M. Gideon, a man whose research in the field of science has produced such remarkable results as to leave no question of his intellectual greatness. The Doctor was born on the old home of the family near Ozark, in Christian County, December 11, 1855, and until fourteen years of age he spent his life on the farm. He then went to the Hoosier State and attended school in Howard County for a year or so, after which he returned to Christian County and again entered the schoolroom. When eighteen years of age he began the study of medicine under Dr. Parker, of Ozark, and remained in his office for about a year. After that he began practicing at Kirbyville, Taney County, remained there one year and then went to Galena, the county seat of Stone County, where he practiced his profession for two years. Later he moved to Highlandville, Christian County, and for twelve years was in active practice there, but during that time he located in Clinton County, Indiana, where he practiced for a short time. In the year 1893 he came to Ozark...

Biography of C. H. Fortner, M. D.

C. H. Fortner, M. D., has long enjoyed a well-earned reputation and position in the medical profession at Coffeyville. He entered practice with a thorough and comprehensive training and his fine talent soon attracted to him a patronage that has grown steadily in volume and importance, while his participation in progressive movements has made him one of the community’s most valuable and valued citizens. Doctor Fortner represents an old Indiana family. His ancestry goes back through several generations to some Fortners who came from Germany, and the family has lived in this country since colonial times. His grandfather, Aaron Fortner, was born in Indiana in 1831. His people located in Howard County of that state at an early date and he grew up there, followed the trade of wagon maker, and was also a farmer. Politically he was first a whig and later a republican. Aaron Fortner died in Howard County, Indiana, in 1911. His children were: E. L. Fortner, faher of Doctor Fortner; Emma, who lives in Howard County, Indiana, widow of James Roby, who was a farmer; Mattie, who died in Howard County, and her husband, William Myers, a farmer, is also deceased; Dora, lives in Los Angeles, California, the wife of Albert McReynolds; William R. is a mechanic living at Indianapolis; Lillie Washington lives at Alto, Indiana; Grant is also a resident of Indiana. It was at Kokomo in Howard County, Indiana, that Doctor Fortner was born July 16, 1872. His father, E. L. Fortner, who now resides in Victoria, Texas, was born in Howard County, Indiana, in 1850, and was reared and married there. He...

Biography of Nathan L. Hollowell

Nathan L. Hollowell is grand keeper of records and seals for the Knights of Pythias of the State of Kansas. He had his offices in the Husted Building at Kansas City, Kansas, and had been a resident of that city for several years. The office is an elective one and for an annual term. Mr. Hollowell became grand keeper May 15, 1910, and had been re-elected every year since then. He had long been prominent in the Knights of Pythias order and became active in the fraternity while living in Indiana. In that state he was a member of the Grand Lodge and came to know some of the foremost members of the order in Indiana. On coming to Kansas he was admitted to the Grand Lodge, and in 1887 was elected to the office of grand master at arms, and in 1888 advanced to grand prelate. In 1889 he became grand vice chancellor and in 1890 grand chancellor. In 1898 he was chosen supreme representative of the Supreme Lodge, and that dignity he enjoyed until 1906. Mr. Hollowell is an old timer of Kansas, and for many years was closely identified with the business and political life of Kingman County. He was born in the small town of New London, Indiana, September 4, 1853, but during infancy his parents removed to Kokomo, Indiana. His people were all Quakers. Two brothers of the name, Jonathan and William, came out of England to America after the Revolutionary war. William settled in Massachusetts and Jonathan in North Carolina. Both branches of the family now have numerous representatives in various states. The...

Biography of Joseph Hubbard Butler

Joseph Hubbard Butler, a representative of a pioneer family of Oklahoma, bears a name that has long been an honored one in business circles and public affairs of this part of the state and is now serving as Vice President of the Home Farm Mortgage Company of Vinita, displaying enterprise, determination and administrative ability in the control of his interests. He was born in Kokomo, Indiana, October 12, 1870, of the marriage of Hardy H. and Mary Butler, who were also natives of the Hoosier state. The father engaged in merchandising at Kokomo until 1877, when he went to Sterling, Rice County, Kansas, where he had farming interests, and there conducted an implement business, while he also took an active part in public affairs of that place, being elected police judge on the Republican ticket. In 1884 he came to Indian Territory and for three years devoted his attention to farming and stock raising near Afton, removing in 1887 to Vinita, where he engaged in the wholesale and retail hay and grain business. In 1892 he established his home in Miami, Ottawa County, becoming one of its leading citizens. He served as the first Mayor of the town, was deputy clerk of the United States court at Miami, a member of the council and was again chosen for the office of Mayor, making a most creditable record as a public official. He passed away at Miami in 1910, in the faith of the Quaker Church, while the mother’s demise occurred at Kokomo, Indiana, in 1871. When Joseph H. Butler was seven years of age he accompanied his father on...

Trout, Billy Dean – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Billy Dean Trout of Eagle, Idaho, and formerly of La Grande, died Jan. 6. The funeral service was held today at Summer’s Funeral Homes, Ustick Chapel, 3629 E. Ustick Road, Meridian, Idaho. Burial followed at Dry Creek Cemetery. Billy was born to William and Lena Trout in 1929 in Kokomo, Ind. He was the youngest of four children and grew up in Indianapolis. He served four years in the U.S. Navy Reserves. He received his private pilot’s license as a young man and enjoyed flying until the early 1990s. He worked as a steamfitter for 20 years; was a photographer for 40 years; and a custom gunsmith for the last five years. He loved to travel and he fished all over the United States, Canada and South America during his life. He lived in La Grande for 25 years, raising three children – Cindy, Eric and Zoeann Trout. He was also stepfather to Jeff, Eric and Tamara Stanley. Billy was close to many of his nephews and nieces. Those who knew him say he shared his love of the outdoors with his family, and friends were never bored when they were with him. Survivors include his wife, Greta Seals Trout; children, Eric V. Trout, Zoeann Trout, Cindy Trout, Tamara Stanley Larson, Eric and his wife, Marcy Stanley, Jeff and his wife, Linda Stanley, John and his wife, Christine Trout, Joy and her husband, Tommy Ybarra; nine grandchildren; and two nephews. La Grande Observer – Obituaries For The Week Ending January 12, 2008 – Published Jan. 11,...

Stuart, Phoebe A. Wooten – Obituary

Mrs. Phoebe Stuart of two miles southwest of Glen Elder died at her home at 9 o’clock Tuesday forenoon, January 11, 1927. Her death followed a serious illness of about 10 days, and a lingering illness of several years. During most of the time for the past few years, Mrs. Stuart had been an invalid, but the care and loving attentions shown her by her son, Arthur, and daughter, Miss Mary, are worthy of much praise. They did everything within their power to make the last years of their mother’s life enjoyable ones. Mrs. Stuart’s maiden name was Phoebe Wooten and she was born in New London, Indiana, September 8, 1856, making her aged at the time of her death 70 years, 4 months and 4 days. She moved to Mitchell County with her parents in the early 70’s and they homesteaded on a farm northeast of Glen Elder. She was married at Glen Elder and she and her husband lived for a short time north of Glen Elder, and then moved onto the farm southwest of Glen Elder where Mrs. Stuart lived until the time of her death yesterday. She was a member of the Friends Church at Glenview and it was in this church that the funeral services were conducted this afternoon. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery. Mrs. Phoebe Stuart’s husband died a number of years ago and she is now survived by the following children: Mrs. George Dean of Beloit, Mina Louise Stuart of Wichita, Mrs. Avery Conley of Gipp, Kansas, Mary and Arthur Stuart of the home place, and Irvin Stuart of the...

Evans, John P. – Obituary

John P. Evans, 74, farmer in the Missouri flat section for the last 47 years, died at the St. Elizabeth hospital at 11 o’clock Friday night after an illness of several months. Mr. Evans was born in Howard County, Indiana, November 25, 1853 and moved to Missouri when he was a boy. He married Miss Elizabeth Colley in 1874 and moved with his family to Baker county in 1880. They lived in the Missouri flat district the remainder of their lives. Mrs. Evans died in 1917. The deceased is survived by two sons, Edward and frank of Baker, a daughter, Mrs. Myrtle Hart of Haines, nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren, a brother and two sisters of Pueblo, Colorado and a sister in Oklahoma. He was a member of the Baptist church. Funeral services were held at the Baptist church Tuesday afternoon in Baker at 1:30, Rev. A.P. Rossier officiating. Oregon Trail Weekly North Powder News Saturday, February 25,...

Casteel, Cora Elizabeth “Liz” Ireland Mrs. – Obituary

Cora Elizabeth “Liz” Casteel, 70, of Baker City, died Feb. 4, 2005, at her home. Her memorial service will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor David Deputy of Calvary Baptist Church will officiate. Liz was born Feb. 2, 1935, at Kokomo, Ind., to Andrew and Ruth (Cunningham) Ireland. She was raised in Kokomo and received her education there. She worked in a plastics factory. On April 15, 1972, she married Robert Casteel in Las Vegas. They moved to Baker City from California in 1989. Liz was a remarkable mother, wife, grandmother and friend. She enjoyed being around her grandchildren, her dog, Mac, and her cat, Pepper. She enjoyed the snow and needlework. She made beautiful afghans and enjoyed puzzles. She is survived by her husband, Bob of Baker City; her children, Rochelle Stoaks and her husband, Ron, Michael Shelton and his wife, Peggy, and Dennis Shelton, all of Baker City, Robbin Llamas of Upland, Calif., and Mickie Sharp of La Grande; grandchildren, Candi Linde, Theresa Kinney, Robert Flores, Shannon Regan, Shelley Flores, Jamie Taylor, Jennifer McCarthey, Josh Shelton, Janet Llamas, Monique Gonzalez, Joseph Gonzalez, Natasha Gonzalez, Jaime Shelton and Justin Shelton; great-grandchildren, Cherish Drake, Shawn Murray, Kayla Kinney, J.R. Kinney, Tanis Kinney, Chelsea Davis, Izah Gonzalez, Novalee Gonzalez, Josh McCarthey, Alyssa McCarthey and Zach Taylor. She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Ruth Ireland. Contributions in her memory may be directed to Pathway Hospice, in care of Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, February 11,...
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