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Public Schools of Baker County Oregon

It is much to be regretted that all records of matters pertaining to public schools during the first years of the settlement of the county, have been lost. All that can be done now is to record such matters as may be remembered by those who were engaged in school affairs in those days, as teachers or otherwise. As stated elsewhere, Mrs. Packwood taught the first school in the county, at Auburn, in the fall of 1862. Soon after her arrival she engaged in the work of raising money for the purpose of building a schoolhouse, and in a short time obtained sufficient sum, the house was built and school commenced with about fifty pupils in attendance. The children came with such books as they had brought with them across the plains, McGuffey’s readers, Sander’s readers, etc., making it necessary to have more classes than would be required in a school of ten times the number of pupils if provided with a uniform series of text books. W. H. Packwood was the first county school superintendent and issued the first teacher’s certificate to Mrs. Stafford, at Auburn. Mrs. Packwood’s was a subscription school, so Mrs. Stafford taught the first public school in the county. Mr. Packwood divided the territory of the county, then including Grande Ronde Valley, into five districts and gave certificates to four teachers in the first year of his service. Mrs. Stafford taught an excellent and successful school. She was an estimable lady and an accomplished teacher and her loss was deeply mourned by the people of Auburn. Other schools were taught of which no account...

Biography of Richard M. Duncan

RICHARD M. DUNCAN. – A representative man of Union county, and an agriculturist who has wrought for the general advancement and interest of the county since his residence here, which dates back to a very early pioneer period, the subject of this sketch is richly deserving a place in this volume that purports to accord a review to the leading men of this section. In Callaway, county, Missouri, Richard M. was born to Frederick and Elizabeth (Gibson) Duncan, on August 25, 1859. In 1864 the parents gathered their substance together and essayed the long journey across the wild plains to the fertile region of the Grande Ronde valley. Ox teams were utilized in the pilgrimage and six months were consumed in it. Weary and travel worn the little company drew up in the Cove and there sought out a location, settling on raw land and working out their home from the resources of the country. Government land was taken and there our subject passed the days of his minority, gaining the education that fortified him in the race of life. There, also, on Jun 9, 1879, he married Miss Julia, daughter of David and Lydia Goble. Mr. and Mrs. Goble live near the Medical Springs and they came across the plains in 1864 from the state of Iowa, settling here on the place where they now reside. Our subject and his wife moved to the vicinity of Huntington, in 1879, and in 1881, they returned to Union county, settling on their present place, one-half mile north of Medical Springs, where they own a fine farm of one-quarter section. The...

Carson, John R. – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Fatal Plunge The Awful Death of John R. Carson the Well-Known Engineer On Tuesday last all that was mortal of John R. Carson, the well-known engineer on this division of the O.R.&S. line was laid to rest at Riverview cemetery, Portland. Who, of all his legion of friends could have believed a few days ago that he would now be numbered in the ranks of those that have passed beoynd and only the memory of his cheerful face and pleasant greetings remain to remind us of the uncertainties of life. On Sunday last the west bound passenger train drawn by engine 59 with No. rr as a “helper”, pulled out of Huntington, considerably behind time and was soon thundering down the road at the rate of 35 miles an hour. A few miles out of Huntington, Carson left the cab of his engine and started forward to join Engineer Leach who was in charge of No. 44, in the lead. As he passed through the narrow window of his cab he gave Fireman Warnock a sign to lookout for the engine and in his usual daring manner, unmindful of the dangers surrounding him successfully passed his own engine and was standing on the right side of the water talk of No. 44 when in one unguarded moment he lost his footing – the next he was seen plunging headlong to the ground and a life fell of hope, radiant with bright promises was forever hushed and John Carson lay dead upon the ground. The accident was witnessed by A.H. kramer, fireman on No. 44...

Gunn, Royal C. – Obituary

Royal C. Gunn Sr. died Sunday at Huntington, where the family has been living the last few years, following a short illness. Funeral services were held Wednesday. Gunn was an engineer on the U. P. He leaves his widow, Mrs. Mary Gunn of Huntington; three sons, William of Portland, George in the U. S. Navy and Royal Gunn just released from the service; four daughters, Mrs. Myra Saling, Mary Gunn, just released from the Wac, Violet Cochran and Ruth Gunn, all of Huntington. The Eastern Oregon Review, December 28, 1945 Contributed by: Holly...

Jacaboson, Oscar – Obituary

North Powder, Union County, Oregon Oscar Jacobson Passes Beyond Well Known Sheepman of North Powder and Huntington Succumbs After Two Months’ Illness At nine o’clock Sunday evening death claimed another well known citizen and pioneer sheepman of this community and Huntington. Oscar Jacobson died at the Protestant hospital in Baker that night. Death resulted after two months illness following a paralytic stroke. He had been in Portland receiving special clinic attention and was returned to the Baker hospital a week or so before death came. Oscar Jacobson was born in Sweden February 25, 186l, and came to the United States when he was 16 years of age. About 45 years ago he moved to North Powder, where he entered the sheep business. He spent the remainder of his life in North Powder, Huntington and Baker. Mr. Jacobson lived in Baker for 10 years prior to four years ago, when he moved to Huntington. At the time of his death he owned ranches at Huntington and North Powder and city property in Baker. Mr. Jacobson was married to Thilda Olsen in Denver in 1893. He was a member of the Lutheran church and the Moose lodge. The deceased is survived by his widow; three daughters, Mrs. E. F. Gay of Dayville, Mrs. Guy Lawton of Medford and Miss Ann Jacobson of Huntington; two sons, Walter and Lewis of Huntington; a brother, Charles of North Powder, and two grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 in the Baker Funeral home, with Rev. E.H. Jahr of Lutheran church officiating. Interment was in Mr. Hope cemetery. Many people from here and...

Fisher, Lisa – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Lisa Carroll Fisher, 23, of La Grande, a Former Huntington resident, died March 27, 1993, at her home. Her graveside funeral will be at 3 p.m. MST Wednesday at Evergreen Cemetery in Ontario under the direction of Ontario’s Lienkaemper Chapel. Her memorial service will be at 3:30 p.m. MST Wednesday at the Cornerstome Community Church, 1775 Alameda Drive, Ontario. Baker City Herald – – March 30,...

Limbaugh, Richard Gene – Obituary

Union, Oregon Richard Gene Limbaugh, 52, of Union died Nov. 4 at home. A funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. today at the Union Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Mr. Limbaugh was born Jan. 17, 1954, and raised in Huntington. He graduated from Huntington High School. He was No. 51 on the Huntington Locomotives’ the famous eight-man football team, taking the state title many times. He worked for the Union Pacific Railroad as an engineer from 1974 to 2002, when he took an early retirement. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, gardening, taking relaxing drives, visiting with his many friends and watching football with his dog, Beau. Survivors include his father, Gene “Buck” Limbaugh of Kuna, Idaho; daughters and their spouses, Heather Limbaugh of Union and Tonya and Andy Dodge of Troy, Idaho; sisters and their spouses, Connie June and Darwin Gorrell of Filmona, Utah, Vicki Lynn and Rick Jones of Orofino, Idaho, and Denise Marie Roberts and Mark Evans of Kuna, Idaho; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother, Doris. The Observer, Obituaries For The Week Ending Nov. 11, 2006, Published: November 11,...

Buckley, Doris Gake – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Doris Gake Buckley Doris Gake Buckley, 75, of Phoenix, Ariz., and formerly of La Grande and Wallowa County, died Jan. 25 at a care home in Phoenix. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bollman Funeral Home in Enterprise. Mrs. Buckley was born in La Grande Sept. 18, 1931, to Albert and Anna Gake. She lived in La Grande for a few years until the family moved to Enterprise and then to Joseph, where she attended school. During World War II, the family moved to Huntington, where her father worked for the Union Pacific Railroad. She graduated from Huntington High School. In 1949 she married Glen Buckley, a disabled World War II veteran who was born in 1912. They worked on ranches in Wallowa County for a number of years, then moved to California. In the early 1960s they moved to Black Canyon, Ariz., because of Glen’s health. After her husband’s death in 1987, Mrs. Buckley continued to live in Black Canyon until her health forced her to move to a care center. Doris and Glen loved the mountains and enjoyed hunting and fishing. As long as their health allowed, they made many trips to Wallowa County to visit family. Survivors include a sister, Virginia Lampkins of La Grande, and a niece and a nephew. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending Feb. 10, 2007 – Published: February 10,...

Lofton, Bruce Martin – Obituary

Summerville, Oregon Bruce Martin Lofton, 63, of Huntington and formerly of Summerville, La Grande and Union, died Feb. 20. A funeral service is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday at the VFW Hall in Huntington. Bruce was born June 1, 1943, to Carlos and Dorothy Lofton in Ontario. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was retired from the Union Pacific Railroad. Survivors include his sister, Frances; daughters, Wendy, Sheila and Lena; son, Kelley; and eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending Mar. 3, 2007 Published: March 3,...

Schwenn, Daphne Molstrom – Obituary

The funeral for Daphne Mabel (Molstrom) Schwenn will begin 2 p.m. Friday at Folsom-Bishop Funeral Chapel in Pendleton, with vault interment at Olney Cemetery. Mrs. Schwenn, 82, formerly of Pendleton and Athena, died Monday, Dec. 15, 1986, at the Federal Way Convalescent Center in Federal Way, Wash. She was a resident of Greenlake, Wash. Born in Pendleton, May 27, 1904, she was the daughter of Elsie Lee (Bowman) and Abe Molstrom. She was graduated from Pendleton High School in 1921 and from Willamette University in 1925; then took post-graduate work at both the University of California and Oregon State University. She taught school in Huntington, Adrian and Athens before moving in 1941 to Seattle, where she worked in the accounting department of Boeing Aircraft. In 1954 she married Earl Schwenn at Seattle. She retired in the 1960s and was divorced. She then worked as supervisor for Martha Washington School for Girls, retiring there in 1970. Mrs. Schwenn was active in the Rebekah Lodge of Greenlake, Wash., and the United Methodist Church there. Survivors include brother Frank Molstrom of Pendleton. Contributed by: Shelli...
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