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Wilson, Freda Jones – Obituary

LaGrande, Oregon Freda Jones Wilson, 84, of Quartzite, Ariz., and formerly of La Grande, died May 10 at her home. Burial was at the Cove Cemetery. Loveland Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Wilson was born June 14, 1921, to Jedediah Lunt and Genevieve Mitchell Jones in Cedar City, Utah. On August 13, 1935, she married Simeon Presley Wilson in Maysvale, Utah. She worked as a licensed practical nurse before her retirement. She was a member of the Seventh-day-Adventist Church and enjoyed sewing. Survivors include children, Presley Duane Wilson of Boise, Freda Carol Meharry of Meridian, Idaho, and Georgia Lorraine Vaughan of Quartzsite; a sister, Thurma Brown of Upland, Calif., three half-sisters; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Her husband and four sisters died earlier. The Observer Online, week ending June 3, 2006 Published June 5,...

Blaylock, Betty Ann – Obituary

Cove, Oregon Betty Ann Blaylock, 61, of Salome, Ariz., and formerly of Cove, died suddenly July 18. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Calvary Baptist Church, 707 Main Street, Cove. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. She was born in La Grande at the old Grande Ronde Hospital, May 31, 1945, to Leonard Francis Barnett and Lela Melvina Land. She spent all of her childhood years in Cove. She graduated from Cove High School. She married Clarence Lee Blaylock June 6, 1964, in Cove. Mrs. Blaylock had a love for life and always had a smile on her face. She enjoyed the outdoors, camping, fishing, gold mining and spending time with her 11 grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, Clarence of Salome; her sons, Tim and his wife, Tami, of Salem; Brian and his wife, Lani, of Elgin; and Paul of Union. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending July 22, 2006 – Published: July 27,...

Roath, Wayne Allen – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Wayne Allen Roath, 70, a former Baker City resident, died July 8, 2004, at Parker, Ariz., after a three-year fight with cancer. He was born in August of 1933 and had lived in the Baker County area from 1971 to 1989. Survivors include his wife, Shirley Roath; a son, Allen Roath, and daughter-in-law, Bridgette; and Patty Nee Roath. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, July 9, 2004 Transcribed by: Belva...

Biography of John Andreson

John Andreson, prominent among the men whose business sagacity and enterprise have made San Bernardino an important railroad center, and one of the prettiest and most flourishing interior cities of California, was born in Schleswig-Holstein, near the border of Denmark, in 1834. He came to America, sailing around Cape Horn to the Peruvian Guano Islands, in 1850, and returned with the loaded vessel to London, England. While there he taw the grand pageant on the anniversary of the Queen’s birthday, and saw the Queen near Buckingham Palace. In 1852 he returned around Cape Horn to the Pacific coast, and, after spending six months in the Argentine Republic, came to California. He continued his seafaring life for a number of years along this coast; during the latter years he sailed a schooner along the coast, and on the Bay of San Francisco, being a vessel owner. In 1861, disposing of his property, he, in partnership with another gentleman, carried on the grocery business in San Francisco until 1863, when, finding it too confining for his tastes and health, he sold out and went to Arizona. He spent several years there in prospecting and mining; was employed as clerk in a store for a while at La Paz, a mining town about 100 miles above Fort Yuma. Subsequently he fitted up a small, crude brewery, and, employing a man who understood brewing, started in business. The trade increased rapidly, and with beer at twenty-five cents a glass was very profitable, so that in three years he had accumulated the snug sum of $12,000. The prosperity of the place began to wane...

La Paz County, Arizona Census Records

La Paz County was formed in 1983 from Yuma County. Because available census records at the present only go up to the 1930 census, there are no historical census transcriptions or census images available for La Paz County. You should refer to Yuma County for all 1870-1930 census records covering what is now the county of La Paz. Yuma County, Arizona Census Records...

La Paz County, Arizona Cemetery Records

Most of these cemetery listings are complete indices at the time of transcription, however, in some cases we list the listing when it is only a partial listing. Following Cemeteries (hosted at  La Paz County Arizona Tombstone Transcription Project) Bouse Cemetery Quartzsite Cemetery Wenden Cemetery Hosted at the Arizona Gravestone Project. Bouse Cemetery Quartsite Cemetery Quartzsite Cemetery...

Biography of Henry Wickenburg

Henry Wickenburg was a native of Austria, born in that empire in 1820. In 1847 he came to New York. He went to San Francisco in 1853, and came to Arizona in 1862. He remained at Fort Yuma for a time, then went up the river to La Paz. At La Paz, he learned that a party of explorers had left there a few days before* to go through the country to Tucson. Henry took their trail and overtook them at what is now known as Peeples’ Valley, having travelled nearly two hundred miles alone through the Apache country. After leaving Peeples ‘ Valley, the party travelled east to what is now Walnut Grove, then on to Turkey Creek and Black Canyon. Near Turkey Creek one of the party found some white quartz which had coarse gold in it. His name was Goss. He said nothing of his find to the balance of the party, but the next year he came back, and in company with Timothy Lambertson, worked some on the mine and packed the ore to Walnut Grove and arrastred it. From Black Canyon the exploring company made their way to Tucson. There Henry went to work driving a team for the United States Government. We next find him on a piece of land in Peeples’ Valley in 1863, where he learned through King S. Woolsey of the finding of rich ore in the Harquahala Mountains. Henry got Van Bibber; a man named Green, and some others, and started for the place Woolsey had described to him. They went down to the Hassayampa River and there made...

Biography of Herman Ehrenberg

Herman Ehrenberg, for whom the town of Ehrenberg on the Colorado River is named, was a German by birth. At an early age, he left his native country, and, landing in New York, worked his way down to New Orleans, where he had located when the Texas War of Independence broke out. He enlisted in the New Orleans Grays, and was present at the battle of Goliath and Fanning ‘s defeat, being one of the few who survived the barbarous massacre of prisoners who surrendered at that time to the Mexican authorities. He returned to Germany at the close of the Texas War, and wrote an account of that interesting period, giving full information of the new country, which induced a large number of Germans to settle in Texas. He returned to the United States in 1840, and joined a party at St. Louis, which crossed the continent to Oregon. From thence he went to the Sandwich Islands, and, after wandering in Polynesia for a few years, returned to California in time to join Colonel Fremont in his efforts to free California from the Mexican rule. When the Gadsden Purchase was perfected, his restless ambitions were directed to Arizona, with the history of which Territory he was closely identified to the time of his death. When the Sonora Exploring and Mining Company was organized in 1856, with Major, (afterwards Major General), Heintzelman as President, Ehrenberg was appointed topographical and mining engineer, and surveyor, for that company. For a number of years he was actively engaged in the operation of the Cerro Colorado and other mines near the Sonora line, the reports...

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