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Biography of C. K. Merriam, M.D.

C.K. MERRIAM, M.D. – Mr. Merriam was born June 29, 1848, in Houlton, Aroostook County, Maine, being the eighth child in a family of ten children, the third and fourth being girls. His father, Lewis Merriam, when a young man, went from New Salem, Massachusetts, to Maine, in 1832, and married and settled in Houlton in 1833. He is now eighty-two years old, and is coming West this summer. The parents were poor, and lived on a farm two miles from the village. In early childhood he was taught to pick wool, quill yarn, etc., as the wool of the farm was manufactured into garments in the family mill, the motive power of which was supplied principally by his mother; and with boyish impatience he watched his father make his first pair of shoes by candle light. If a book, slate, or pocket money for a Fourth of July celebration were needed, the wild strawberry patch frequently contributed the means. If a handsled, cart or miniature mill were desired, it was found in the workshop over the woodshed after a few days’ work with the lumber and tools; while the yearly sugar camp in the maple grove furnished amusement for the boys as well as syrup for the family. The farm was sold; and the family moved about two miles to a sawmill which the father built on the north branch of the Meduxnekeag, where they remained a short time, until the mill was sold to the oldest son in 1861. The family move again to a farm having an old up-and-down sawmill in Hayesville, Maine, about twenty-five miles...

Biographical Sketch of John H. Shields

JOHN H. SHIELDS. – The reader of this sketch can find elsewhere within these pages an excellent view of the mill and lumber yard of the gentleman named above, and upon glancing at its proportions will not dispute the assertion that Mr. Shields stands well to the fore among the more prominent of the lumber merchants of the Pacific Northwest. Being attracted with the location of Sprague, Washington Territory, he established himself there in 1882. His business grew to such proportions that in 1885 he found it necessary to add to his equipment a large planing-mill. His enterprise occupies one block on the corner of G and First streets and the Railroad avenue. Some idea of his business can be gleaned from the fact that he keeps in stock about a million feet of dry and Oregon dressed lumber. Mr. Shields was born in Lockport, New York, April 6, 1855, and came to the Pacific coast in 1873. He is one of the most active business men of the Columbia...

Biographical Sketch of George Murphy

GEORGE MURPHY. – The firm of Murphy & Burns occupies an important place in the business of Sprague, Washington. Their book and stationery business, including also novelties and jewelry, now aggregates some twenty thousand dollars a year and is rapidly increasing. This is a dept for these articles to the Big Bend and Okanagan countries. Mr. Murphy is a native of Ireland, and was born at Limerick. He is a veteran of the United States navy. He came to New York in 1858, and in 1862 joined the United States marine corps, serving under Commander E.Y. McConley for three years on the gunboats Fort Henry and Tioga. He was honorably discharged in 1866, and, coming to San Francisco, was occupied on steamboats and in hotels. In 1881 he came to The Dalles, where he opened a small stationery and cigar store, remaining there one year, after which he came to Sprague and engaged in his present business. His career does credit to his intelligence and activity; and as a defender of the Union he merits the lasting gratitude of...

Biography of James H. Harte

A well known real-estate and insurance agent of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, is James H. Harte, who was born in Connecticut, near the city of Hartford. July 25, 1854, his parents being Walter and Elizabeth (Gibson) Harte, both of whom were natives of Connecticut, in which state the father died when about fifty-five years of age, while the mother still makes her home there. Mr. Harte of this review pursued his education in the public schools of Plainville, and Hartford. Connecticut. He then entered upon his business career as a clerk in a drygoods store in Hartford, where he remained for four years, after which he conducted operations along the same line until 1878. He then enlisted in the regular army as a member of Company C, Second United States Infantry, and after serving for five years was honorably discharged, November 8, 1883, at Fort Spokane, having in the meantime attained the rank of first sergeant. After leaving the army Mr. Harte served for three years as bookkeeper for the post trader at Fort Spokane and then came to Coeur d’Alene, in the winter of 1886. For one year he was engaged in general merchandising in this town, and since the spring of 1888 has been engaged in the real estate and insurance business. In 1885 was celebrated his marriage to Miss Amelia R. Brooks, a native of Boston, Massachusetts, and they have one child, Margaret. In his political affiliations Mr. Harte is a Republican and keeps well informed on the issues of the day, thus being qualified to give an intelligent support to the party of his choice. He...

McLachlen, Don – Obituary

Don McLachlen Answers Call Death Comes After Brief Illness Funeral to be held from the Home Tomorrow Afternoon at 2 O’clock Donald A. McLachlen aged 37, died last midnight after an illness of less than a month brought about by hardening of arteries. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock from the J. H. McLachlen home, 1803 Third street. His life has been despaired for several days and the end came about midnight last night. His son Archie was called from Portland, and his near relations were assembled in the home of his father, J. H. McLachlen when the end came. The relatives surviving are the father, ex-chief of police and mother, one daughter, Florence Donohue, Archie, a son, a sister Helen, and an uncle Archie McLachlen. Don McLachlen was born in Caledonia, near Rochester, N. Y., in 1877 and when 10 years old came to the West with his parents. They lived at Sprague, Wash., for a year and then came to La Grande, where they have lived to date. While here Mr. McLachlen was a member of the volunteer fire department for many years, and attained a statewide renown as a billiard and pool player. He was a painter by trade. La Grande Evening Observer Monday May 18, 1914 Page...

Flanagan, Bessie Myrtle – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Bessie Flanagan, 67, of 805 Washington Ave., died Monday, Jan. 28, at her home. Mrs. Flanagan was born Aug. 12, 1912 at Wilbur, Wash., the daughter of Oswald and Clara (Campbell) Scheibner. She married Aaron B. Flanagan on July 29, 1931 at Davenport, Wash. They moved to this area in 1938. Mr. Flanagan preceded her in death on Jan. 6, 1967 Survivors include her sons, Roy Flanagan, Italy; Larry Flanagan, La Grande; daughters, June Wood and Katherine Moore, both of La Grande; brother, Carl Scheibner, Wilbur, Wash; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and other relatives. Services are scheduled Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Daniels Valley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Jack Hart of the First Christian Church officiating. Vault internment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery. La Grande Observer, La Grande, Union County, Oregon, January 29, 1980 Page 2 Contributed by: Sue...

Trump, Pearl Louise – Obituary

Elgin, Oregon Pearl Louise Trump, 87, of La Grande and formerly of Elgin, died March 31 at a local care home. A funeral service is planned for 11 a.m. Thursday at the Elgin Seventh-day Adventist Church, followed by burial at the Elgin Cemetery. Viewing will be available from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande. Pearl was born March 25, 1920, to Allie Mable (Norton) and Herbert Jack Fisher in Wallowa. She followed two sets of twin girls. She grew up in southeastern Washington and attended high school in Creston, Wash. On Sept. 12, 1938, she married Ray William Trump in a double ceremony with her sister Eveline and Ray’s brother Ermal in College Place, Wash. They had been married 67 years at the time of his death in March 2006. Pearl and Ray’s early life took them to Pondosa, where Ray worked in the woods. They moved to Elgin in the 1940s and to their home on North 10th in 195l. She was a volunteer “Sky Watch” member and spent many hours in the field watching for any war planes that might invade the United States. Pearl was one of the first members of the Elgin Seventh-day Adventist Church. She was the president of Dorcas, an active ladies’ organization for many years. She attended weekly even after moving to La Grande with the assistance of her son Robert. Pearl was a longtime bookkeeper for the Union County Grain Growers. She also worked as a waitress and a farm girl. She built up a booming Shaklee business and won an...

Flanagan, Larry – Obituary

Larry Flanagan, 71, of La Grande died Oct. 11 in Boise. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. Larry was born in Wilbur, Wash., on July 24, 1936. He grew up on a farm at the foot of Mount Emily in the Grande Ronde Valley and lived in the area most of his life. He worked at Boise Cascade for 46 years, retiring in 2002. He loved fishing, hunting and traveling. His last hunting trip was about two weeks ago. His last big trip was a cruise to Alaska. Larry was always there to help family and friends. He was willing to run the movie camera for family functions. On fishing trips he cleaned and filleted the fish and usually got to cook them too. Larry loved playing cards and also loved playing with his little dogs. He is survived by his much loved wife of 50 years, Norma; his son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Dawna of La Grande; daughter, Amie of Sacramento; daughter-in-law, Julie of Hilgard; sisters, June Woods and Kate Moore of La Grande; six grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Preceding Larry in death were his parents, Bess and Aaron; sons, Scott and Todd; two infants, one boy and one girl; and his brother, Keith. Memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon Heart Association or the National Rifle Association in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley La Grande Observer – Obituaries for the week ending October 20, 2007 – Published: October 20,...

Titus, Gertrude – Obituary

Union, Oregon Gertrude Titus, 97, of Union, died Oct. 24 at a local care center. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center is in charge of arrangements. La Grande Observer – October 26, 2009 ________________________ Local Funerals and Visitations Oct. 29 – Gertrude Titus, celebration of life, 10 a.m., Union United Methodist Church; La Grande Observer – October 28, 2009, Union Cemetery _____________________________ Gertrude Helen Titus, 97, of Union, died Oct. 24 at a local care center. A celebration of life will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Union Methodist Church. Burial will follow at the Union Cemetery. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center is in charge of arrangements. Gertrude was born Nov. 13, 1911, to Conrad John and Marie Margaret (Horch) Schuetz in Odessa, Wash. She was one of 10 children and helped with her siblings growing up in Ritzville, Wash., and then Rathdrum, Idaho, where she graduated from high school. On March 28, 1936, she married Marvin W. Titus in La Grande. They lived at Haines and on a ranch near Telocaset before moving to Union in 1940. Over the years she worked at almost every business in Union, the drug store, Union Hotel, hardware store, Ben Franklin and even baked pies for the Knotty Pine cafe. She was the fire chief’s wife for 32 years and was always helping around the fire station. The couple was involved in the community but Gertrude also gave much time to the schools with PTA and being room mother many times. The Union High School Class of 1960 elected Marvin and Gertrude Citizens of the Year. She was...

Dunn, Amy Elizabeth Bowman – Obituary

Mrs. C. A. Dunn passed away at the home of her parents [William Bowman and Xantippe Lee] at Pendleton, Ore., Saturday [June 3, 1922] after a long illness. Following an operation in Spokane last spring, she went to her parents’ home at Pendleton to recuperate, returning here several weeks ago apparently greatly improved in health. Believing that her complete recovery would be more rapid at Pendleton, Mr. Dunn prevailed upon her to return there shortly after coming home but a relapse occurred and a week ago Tuesday, Mr. Dunn and son, Ray, were summoned to Pendleton because of her serious condition, arriving there just an hour or two before she went into a state of coma from which she never rallied. Mrs. Dunn was 28 years old and had spent her girlhood at Sprague, Wash., and Pendleton, Ore. With her husband, she came here 15 years ago and this since had been their home. She is survived by her husband and son, Ray, her parents, and two sisters who reside at Pendleton. Mrs. Dunn was a member of the Women’s Relief Corps, the Royal Neighbors, the Women’s Benefit Association of the Maccabees, and the Women of Woodcraft, and she was an ardent worker in all of these organizations. The funeral was held Monday at Pendleton where the high esteem in which she was held both there and in this city was attested by the floral tributes banked about the casket and which required two trucks to transport to the cemetery. Many of the flowers were telegraphed from Sandpoint friends and the organizations of which she was a member. Mr....
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