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Snyder, Josephine Edwards – Obituary

East Oregonian, May 11, 1990 Graveside funeral services for Josephine Snyder will be held at Olney Cemetery on Monday at 10 a.m. Mrs. Snyder, 80, of Pendleton, died Wednesday, May 9, 1990, at Delamarter Care Center in Pendleton. She was born May 19, 1909 at Wilderville, Ore., to Andrew Jackson and Mary Alice Terry Edwards. She attended school in the Portland area and attended college at Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa, Idaho. Mrs. Snyder enjoyed sewing; she crocheted many afghans. She was an avid hunter and fisherman. Survivors include her husband, John of Pendleton; sons, Richard Hyde of Cottage Grove, Minn., and Robert Hyde of Seattle; stepson, Jack Snyder of Stanfield; stepdaughters, Isabelle Swett of Long Beach, Calif., and Catherine Bell of Cypress, Calif.; a brother Andy Edwards in Southern California; sisters, Grace Peters in Southern California and Helen Lehr of St. Louis, Mo.; 12 grandchildren, many great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, directly or through Bishop Funeral Chapel in Pendleton. Contributed by: Shelli...

Grimes, Loraine Wyman – Obituary

Loraine W. Grimes, 87, Grants Pass, died today, Friday, Dec. 1, 1995, at Royale Gardens Health Care Facility. Services are pending with Hull & Hull Funeral Directors. [Loraine’s parents were George Milton Grimes and Maude May Fleming. He was married to Josephine Pirzer who died November 27, 1957 in Marion Co. He was buried in Pleasant Valley Cemetery] The Courier, December 1, 1995 Contributed by Shelli...

Cooke, Ellsworth V. – Obituary

Ellsworth V. “E. V.” Cooke, 94, of Grants Pass died Wednesday, June 14, 2006, at Redwood Terrace. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Laurel Cemetery in Cave Junction. Grants Pass Funeral Alternatives is in charge of arrangements. Cooke was born April 8, 1912, in Entiat, Wash., and was raised on a ranch near Entiat. During World War II, he spent time mining copper in Butte, Mont. He moved to the Illinois Valley in 1944 and worked in the logging industry. In the 1970s, he moved to Grants Pass, where he promoted garlic production in the state of Oregon. He was married five times and, though he had no children, he helped raise five families. He was a member of the Eagles and Masonic lodges and the White Shrine. He enjoyed memorizing poems, songs, and stories. Survivors include a sister Gladys Fattig of Eureka, Calif. Contributed by: Shelli...

Biography of Robert E. Lockwood

The editor and proprietor of the Weiser Signal was born in Kirbyville, Josephine county, Oregon, February 15, 1858, and is of English descent. His grandparents were William and Lucy (Lord) Lockwood, and his father was Robert Lockwood, Sr., a native of Australia, in which country he married Miss Clara Sophia Belknap. They became residents of Oregon in 1853, the father engaged in mining on Rogue River. In 1871 he removed to Albany and later located in Canyon City, in the John Day valley of Oregon, where he continued his mining operations and also acted as deputy sheriff of the county, which position he ably filled for twelve years, under both Republican and Democratic administrations. In 1887 he declined to longer fill that office, but consented to remain three days under the newly elected sheriff. On the night of the third day there was a fire in the town. After it was extinguished Mr. Lockwood remarked that he would lock the prisoners in the cells and deliver the keys to the sheriff in the morning, but while performing that duty he was murdered by one of the prisoners. He was then in the forty-fourth year of his age, a brave man and a highly esteemed citizen who never faltered in the performance of any duty, no matter how hazardous. He left a widow and ten children, and Mrs. Lock-wood is still living, while six of the children also survive. Robert E. Lockwood, whose name introduces this review, acquired his education in Canyon City, Oregon, and at an early age began to learn the printer’s trade and to make his own...

Biography of Thomas H. Gilham

THOMAS H. GILHAM. – Although born in another state, the subject of this sketch is practically a product of Union county, being educated here and here achieving the success that has attended him in his labors, while he has ever manifested a stanch and unswerving integrity and adherence to the principles of uprightness, laboring for the advancement and upbuilding of the county, as well as prosecuting with vigor and sagacity the private business enterprises that have occupied him. Thomas H. Gilham was born in Siskiyou county, California, on February 13, 1858, being the son of Calvit A. and Almeda (Howell) Gilham. His father was a “Forty-niner” to California from Iowa and while the son was still young came with his family to Josephine county, Oregon and later migrated to the Willamette valley and as early as 1863 was a resident of the Grande Ronde valley. He was a blacksmith by trade and opened a shop in Lagrande, where he beat the anvil to the time of industry and honesty until 1868 and then removed to Island City and there opened the first shop in that town. He bought one hundred and sixty acres of land and supervised a general farming industry until about 1888, when he returned to Iowa and is living in his early home state at the present time. Our subject attended school in Lagrande, gaining, a good education and when he had arrived at sufficient age, rented his father’s farm, working the same until 1882. He also served two years as apprentice in a drug store in Island City, and in 1885 purchased his present place,...

Jordan, Edna H. – Obituary

Imbler, Oregon Edna H. Jordan, 101, of Grants Pass and formerly of Haines, Imbler and La Grande, died Nov. 16 at her home. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Imbler. Arrangements are under the direction of Hull & Hull Funeral Directors of Grants Pass. Mrs. Jordan was born Edna Grace Henner Sept. 18, 1905, in Baker City and grew up in Haines. In 1931 she married Ben Rich Jordan. They lived in Imbler from 1936 to 1989, when they moved to La Grande. Her husband died in 1999, and she moved to Grants Pass in 2002. Survivors include her son, Kim L. Jordan of Grants Pass, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and a son, Daniel Jordan. Memorial contributions may be made to Lovejoy Hospice, 939 S.E. Eighth St., Grants Pass 97526. The Observer, Obituaries for the week ending Nov. 25, 2006, Published: November 25,...

Kehr, Ewald Albert – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Ewald Albert Kehr, 84, of La Grande, died April 11 at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise. A funeral will begin at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Faith Lutheran Church, 12th Street and Gekeler Lane. The celebration of life for Ewald will also be a celebration of what would have been Ewald and Edna’s 63rd anniversary. Burial will follow at the Grandview Cemetery. Ewald was born March 20, 1923, to Ernst and Hilda (Schroeder) Kehr in Wentworth, S.D., where he worked with his father farming. In October 1939 he moved to Minnesota, where he met Edna Gieseke. They were married April 16, 1944, in South Branch, Minn., and farmed for the next seven years in Truman, Minn. In 1952 they moved to Grants Pass, where Ewald was a partner in a logging operation. In 1954 he contracted polio and had to quit logging. After recovering he worked in a plywood mill and construction until he started his own contracting business. Ewald and Edna moved to La Grande in 1976, where he worked at building as long as his health permitted. He loved woodwork, especially scroll work, and continued making wooden pliers until last winter. Ewald’s biggest enjoyments were to go hunting and fishing with family and friends and his partner in life, Edna. He also enjoyed playing the harmonica. He was active in the Lutheran Church, serving as an elder and Sunday school superintendent, and was a member of the Lutheran Layman’s League. Survivors include his wife, Edna Kehr; children and their spouses, Patricia and Jerry Brown, Daniel and Maura Kehr and Barbara and Gale Seavert, all...

Kopsas, Ralph ‘Nick’ – Obituary

Ralph “Nick” Kopsas, 73, of Merlin, died Monday, Sept. 14, 1998, at his home. Memorial graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Eagle Point National Cemetery. Southern Oregon Cremation Society is in charge of arrangements. He was born on March 3, 1925, in Sioux Center, Iowa. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a seaman first class and was a shipwreck survivor. In 1958, he moved to Grants Pass from Los Angeles. He worked at Redwood and Fourply Mills for many years. He married the former Letha Crossley 28 years ago in Grants Pass. His memberships included the Oregon Old Time Fiddlers, the Eagles Lodge, the Elks Lodge, the Merlin Horseshoe Club, and the Old Timers Bowling League. He especially enjoyed playing cards. He volunteered for different organizations including the Meals on Wheels Program in the Cave Junction and O’Brien areas. He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Judy Theis of Phoenix, Ariz.; three stepdaughters, Nellie Wildey of Grants Pass, Mary Kamps of Missoula, Mont., and LaVeeta Baily of Medford; a stepson, Alfred Kamps of Reno, Nev.; three grandchildren, three great grandchildren, seven step grandchildren and eight step great grandchildren. Contributed by: Shelli...

Grimes, Josephine Pirzer – Obituary

Josephine P. Grimes, 46, a native of Hugo, died in Salem, Wednesday, November 27. Mrs. Grimes was born Dec. 24, 1910. The deceased leaves her husband Loraine W. Grimes; a son, Kenneth David Grimes; her mother, Mrs. Anna Pirzer, all of Grants Pass and a sister, Ann Elliott, Portland. Hull and Hull Mortuary is in charge of funeral arrangements. [Burial in Pleasant Valley Cemetery] The Courier, November 29, 1957 Contributed by: Shelli...

Cooke, James Delmore – Obituary

Ellsworth V. “E. V.” Cooke, 94, of Grants Pass died Wednesday, June 14, 2006, at Redwood Terrace. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Laurel Cemetery in Cave Junction. Grants Pass Funeral Alternatives is in charge of arrangements. Cooke was born April 8, 1912, in Entiat, Wash., and was raised on a ranch near Entiat. During World War II, he spent time mining copper in Butte, Mont. He moved to the Illinois Valley in 1944 and worked in the logging industry. In the 1970s, he moved to Grants Pass, where he promoted garlic production in the state of Oregon. He was married five times and, though he had no children, he helped raise five families. He was a member of the Eagles and Masonic lodges and the White Shrine. He enjoyed memorizing poems, songs, and stories. Survivors include a sister Gladys Fattig of Eureka, Calif. Contributed by: Shelli...
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