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Biographical Sketch of N. S. Stewart

N. S. Stewart, hardware merchant, was born at Battle Creek, Mich., February 27, 1853. Removed to Clayton County Iowa; thence to Jackson County, Minn; came to Jewell County, Kan., in 1872; clerked for McLain in the implement business for five years. In May 1882, he engaged in the hardware business, under the firm name of Faidley Bros. & Stewart. Mr. Stewart, by hard work as a clerk for several years, made the foundation for his present flourishing business. The firm is one of the best in Burr Oak, and they are doing a splendid business. He was married at Smith Center, Kan., November 15, 1880, to Miss Emma C. Gist. They have one child –...

Smith, Florence – Obituary

1912 – 2004 Florence E. Smith, 91, died Jan. 7 at her home in Elgin. A celebration of her life and memorial service will he held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church in Elgin with Elmer Yoder officiating. A private vault interment was held Jan. 10 at the Elgin Cemetery. Ms. Smith was born in Gridley, Calif., to Henrietta Cruikshank and Ira Smith on Sept. 17, 1912. As a small child, she moved to Elgin, where she attended Gordon Creek Grade School and Elgin High School. Teachers considered her an outstanding student; she received top grades. She graduated from Eastern Oregon Normal School with a teacher’s certificate. She taught school and later worked at Birnie’s Jewelry in L Grande. She belonged to a number of clubs including Business and Professional Women. She returned to Elgin to take care of her mother and was very active in the Elgin Methodist Church, where she was an officer for many years. Even in her 90s she helped serve meals at the Elgin Senior Center. She enjoyed gardening and sharing her vegetables. Her flower garden brought many compliments. She was a good cook and entertained at many family dinners. She loved to read. She was a kind, generous person who will be missed, family members said. Survivors include her brothers, tom Smith and his wife, Orlena, of Ontario, and George Smith and his wife Sharon, of Elgin. A sister, Marie Blanchard, lives in Portland. A brother, Harry smith, and sister, Beulah Sams, died earlier. Remembrances may be made to Shriners Hospital, 3101 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland 97827, or...

Smith, Henrietta Esther – Obituary

Henrietta Esther Smith, 99, of Elgin, died Wednesday, May 6, at her home. A service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Elgin United Methodist Church with Pastor Jerry Peters officiating. Committal and vault interment will follow at the Elgin Cemetery. Friends may call at Daniels Valley Funeral Chapel Friday afternoon and evening. Mrs. Smith was born on February 25, 1893, in Jackson, Minn., the fifth of eight children to William Henry and Louisa (Brandt) Cruikshank. In 1902, she moved with her family to a farm 20 miles from Elgin. In 1911 she married Ira Smith and they lived for several years in Gridley, Calif., before coming to the farm on Gordon Creek Road where she spent the rest of her life. They had five children. She enjoyed homemaking, gardening and helping her husband on the farm, as well as being an active member of the Elgin United Methodist Church as long as she was able. Survivors include sons Thomas of Ontario and George of Elgin; daughters Marie of Portland and Florence of Elgin; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews. Her husband, a stepson, Harry; a daughter, Beulah; four sisters; three brothers, and a great-grandson died earlier. The family suggests that those who wish may make contributions to the Shriner’s’s Hospital for Crippled Children or the Memorial Fund of the Elgin United Methodist Church in care of Daniels Valley Funeral chapel, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850. The Observer Newspaper, La Grande, Oregon, Friday, May 8,...

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