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Biography of Hon. James B. Reavis

Much interest attaches to the life and work of an attorney such as Mr. Reavis, whose chief endeavor both privately and professionally has been to realize a high degree of public justice. He is a man whom the people feel safe in having by; for they can trust his sagacity and integrity, knowing that he is thoroughly incorruptible by any influence, corporate or otherwise. He is one of the men of whom both unscrupulous politicians and monopolies have a wholesome fear. Glancing at his ancestry, we observe that he came honestly by these rugged qualities, being in lineal descent from among those who have subdued and civilized America. He was born in Boone county, Missouri, in 1848. His parents were Kentuckians, his grandparents Virginians, and on the maternal side were descended from the colonial Lee family of Revolutionary fame. Mr. Reavis received his education at Lexington, Kentucky, and studying law was admitted to practice at Hannibal, Missouri, in 1872. He also began to exert a wide influence in that state as the editor of the Appeal, at Monroe; but his prospects in journalism were voluntarily relinquished in view of his removal to California in 1874. In that state he engaged in the practice of his profession, making his home at Chico. His characteristic and hereditary restlessness, however, led him to seek a new field, and in 1880 he came to Washington Territory, making his first home at Goldendale, where he formed a partnership with Hon. R.O. Dunbar. This was a strong combination; and for two years a very active business was conducted. In 1882 he removed to Yakima, and...

Biographical Sketch of Joseph M. Dinwiddie

This well’ known pioneer and responsible and leading business man and stock man of Malheur County is one of the prominent citizens of the town of Jordan Valley and is a man of sterling qualities of worth and integrity, being possessed of excellent capabilities which have wrought with a winning hand in the business and financial realm of our County for many years. Joseph M. was born in Indiana, on September 1, 1851 being the son of Daniel and Elsie Dinwiddie. In 1853 his parents came with the noble .band of pioneers who crossed the plains in those days, and located in Linn County, Oregon. That was their home until the time of their death. There also our subject received his education and grew to manhood’s estate. It was in 1875 that he started out for himself, and at once went to Klickitat County, Washington, and engaged in the stock business. He made a success, but in 1880 he determined to try the vicinity of Jordan Valley, and accordingly came hither with his herds and here he has been one of the prominent citizens since that time. He now has a fine estate of one section of fine land adjoining the town of Jordan Valley, and it is well improved with good buildings and all conveniences for handling it in a first class manner Also he owns twelve and one-half acres in the village and operates a first class hotel and livery barn. Mr. Dinwiddie is also one of the leaders in the realm of stock raising, for he has about three hundred and fifty head of horses and...

Chilluckittequaw Indians

As reported by Lewis and Clark, the Chilluckittequaw Indians lay along the north side of Columbia River, in the present Klickitat and Skamania Counties, from about 10 miles below the Dalles to the neighborhood of the Cascades. Spier (1936) thinks they may have been identical with the White Salmon or Hood River group of Indians and perhaps both. In the latter case we must suppose that they extended to the south side of the Columbia.

Biography of Sigmund Sichel

SIGMUND SICHEL. – America is made up of the most intelligent and energetic people from all parts of the world. It is those who are alert and keen in the pursuit of information who learn of the advantages to be found in this country. And it is those who feel the impulse to stretch their limbs and operate upon a larger scale of life than the opportunities the old world afford who undergo the labors and take the risks involved in a removal across the Atlantic. This rule, which is not without its exception, is exemplified in the career of the man whose name appears at the head of this sketch. He is at present one of the active business men of Portland, Oregon, and while at Goldendale, Washington Territory, enjoyed the reputation of being the youngest man ever elected to the office of mayor in any city in the Northwest. He was born in Bavaria in 1857, and prior to his fifteenth birthday was at school in a commercial college acquiring the information and training which have made him so efficient in his line in our state. He came to America at that age, and the second day after his arrival engaged as a salesman in a New York store; but, learning of Oregon and the opportunities here for independence and competence, he determined to seek his fortune on the Pacific coast. He made the trip with his uncle, Solomon Hirsch, of the firm of Fleischner, Meyer & Co., and spent the three following years at Portland. Looking northward he spent six months at Nanaimo, but, returning to...

French, J. A. – Obituary

Services Here For J. A. French Word was received here Monday night that J. A. French, prominent resident and early county official of this county had passed away December 30 at White Salmon, Wash. C. L. Booth left Tuesday morning to bring the body to Enterprise for burial. Funeral services will be held at the Chapel Thursday, January 2, at 2:00 o’clock. Wallowa County Chieftain, Wallowa County, Oregon, Thursday January 21,...

Ransier, David J. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon David J. Ransier died at the Wallowa County Nursing Home in Enterprise on December 30, 1983. He was born on August 4, 1898 at Bickleton, Wash. In 1920 he was married to Rena Ivy Morgan at Arlington, Oregon. She preceded him in death. Mr. Ransier was a restaurant proprietor by profession. Survivors include a son, James R. Ransier of Las Vegas, Nev.; a daughter, Mrs. Edwin (Lorean) Kruse of Wallowa; three brothers, Roy Ransier of Pasco, Wash., Lester Ransier of Goldendale, Wa., and Norman Ransier of LaCenter, Wa..; two sisters, Mrs. Nettie Sheldon of LaCenter and Mrs. Etta Hutson of Mabton, Wa.; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services will be held Saturday, January 7, at the Moro Cemetery in Moro, Oregon at 1 p.m. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, January 5, 1984, Page 5. Contributed by: Sue...

Bloom, Louis R. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Louis R. Bloom Dies On His Way To South Louis R. Bloom, a native son of Wallowa valley, died at Goldendale, Washington, Wednesday, December 22, 1937. He was on his way from Yakima, where he had lived for three years, to souhtern California where Mrs. Bloom had gone a few weeks before. He was stricken with a heart attack and went to a hotel where he passed away. The body was brought to Enterprise by C.L. Booth and funeral services were held at the Booth Chapel Monday morning and burial was in Enterprise cemetery. Rev. Lloyd W. Halvorson of the Presbyterian church conducted the services. Mr. Bloom was a son of R.W. Bloom, pioneer of the upper valley and was born August 19, 1885 on what is now the Wade ranch on Alder Slope. He was married to Minnie Fluke April 29, 1917, and in November, 1919, they moved to Medford. That city remained their home until three years ago when they went to Yakima. Mrs. Bloom was called to Covina, California, the last of November to help care for her mother, Mrs. L. Rest of article missing. Source: Enterprise Record Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, December 30, 1937, page 2 Contributed by: Sue Wells Transcribed by: Belva...

Barton, Arnold – Obituary

Promise, Oregon Arnold Barton Arnold E. Barton died Oct. 9, 2005, at his home in Goldendale, Wash., of an apparent heart attack. He was born and raised in the Promise area. Funeral services are pending at this time. A full obituary will appear as details are available. Wallowa County Chieftain, Thursday, 13, 2005 Mr. Barton was born May 18, 1921 in Promise to Silas and LaVida (Lortie) Barton. He attended schools in Promise and in the lower valley. Mr. Barton enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a M.P. during World War II. He married Myrtle Sullivan in Weiser, Idaho in 1941 and later divorced. He later married Roma (Jerry) Hoyt on Aug. 28, 1948. He worked as a heavy equipment operator and in construction, logging and as a long-haul truck driver. Mr. Barton was an avid musician and was self-taught on the guitar. He played with famous people, Willie Nelson and Buck Owens. He also enjoyed carpentry. He was preceded in death by his son Marshall, sister Ilene Barton, stepson Sonny Duffey and parents. He is survived by his wife Roma, stepdaughter and husband Sharon and Ron Black of Victoria, British Columbia, stepson Charles Ray Duffey of Reno, Nev., brothers Virgil of La Grande, Russell of Tigard, and Emmett and sister-in-law Mary of Colorado Springs, Colo., sisters Elvira Sims of Lebanon, Vera and brother-in-law Bob Roop of Walla Walla, Wash., Shirley Coffey of Newport, and Clarice and brother-in-law Lester Kiesecker of Enterprise, five step-grandchildren, two step-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held Oct. 17 at Erdman Funeral Home. Burial is planned at...
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