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Biography of Carl Aaron Swensson, Rev. Dr.

Rev. Dr. Carl Aaron Swensson was the founder and chief upbuilder of Bethany College, the institution around which cluster the best and most noteworthy distinctions of Lindsborg as a community and from which have gone influences that now permeate and give character to many localities through the useful men and women educated there. In an important degree Bethany College is a monnment to the late Doctor Swensson, and to a nobler one few men could aspire. He was born at Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania, June 25, 1857, a son of Jonas and Maria (Blixt) Swensson. His parents came to America in 1856 from Smoland, Sweden. His father was a noted minister of the Swedish Lutheran Church and at the time of his death in 1873 at Andover, Illinois, was president of the Augustana Synod of the Swedish Lutheran churches in America. He and his wife had been married in 1855, just a year before they started for America. Mrs. Jonas Swensson died in 1874. The late Dr. Carl A. Swensson was the oldest in a family of seven children. As a youth he attended a parochial school at Andover, Illinois, and afterwards was edueated under private tutors. At the age of sixteen he entered the freshman class of Augustana College at Rock Island, Illinois, and was graduated with the class of 1877. The same year he entered the Theological Seminary, connected with the same institution, was graduated in June, 1870, and June 22 (1879) was regularly ordained as a minister of the Swedish Lutheran Church of the Augustana Synod. Doctor Swensson had accepted an urgent call from the Swedish Lutheran...

Biography of William McIlroy

WILLIAM McILROY. – The active and capable gentleman whose name appears above, is one of Union county’s progressive and enterprising stockmen and agriculturists, having wrought here as well as elsewhere with display of ability and sagacity that commend him to all lovers of thrift and industry and which have resulted in the accumulation of a goodly portion of property and the placing of our subject among the most prominent and influential men of this section, while his integrity and uprightness are commensurate with his other characteristics. Iowa City, Iowa, is the birth place of our subject, and July 27, 1861, the date of this event, while his parents were James and Mary A. (Calahon) McIlroy, farmers of that state. The father migrated to Oregon later in life and lived on a farm east from Elgin. At the budding of his majority, our subject inaugurated independent action, going to South Dakota where he farmed for two seasons then came to Washington, tilling the soil in Walla Walla and Whitman counties for two years. In 1885 he came to Union county, settling on a farm three and one-half miles east from Elgin for five years when he sold and repaired to Los Angeles, California, farming there for three years. Returning to Elgin in 1893, he remained in the town for a time and then rented S.S. Thompson’s farm for some time until he purchased nine hundred and sixty acres ten miles south east from Elgin, also taking up a homestead there. He is now taking up the stock business on an extended scale and is manifesting great skill and wisdom in...

Biographical Sketch of Charles Winthrop Gould

Gould, Charles Winthrop; life insurance; born, Worcester, Mass., July 7, 1866; son of Henry and Sarah W. Howland Gould; educated, Boston, and Lynn, Mass., public schools; married, Los Angeles, Cal., June 1, 1896, Cora Lee Holcomb; continuously engaged in the life insurance business since 1882; at the age of 16, entered the office of the Massachusetts Life Insurance Co. at Boston; in 1892, appointed special agent of the vice president’s department of the Penn Mutual Life Insurance Co.; in 1909, formed partnership with Major Frank A. Kendall & Son, representing the Penn Mutual Life Insurance Co. in Cleveland; member Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Lodge, N. 96, F. & A. M., Atlanta, Georgia; member Cleveland Athletic...

Biographical Sketch of Herman B. Van Tress

Van Tress, Herman B.; dentist; born, Ohio, Oct. 8, 1865; son of Cyrus H. and Jane Donaldson Van Tress; educated, public schools, Wilmington, O.; married, Sandusky, O., Sept. 6, 1894, Eva D. Gordon; issue, two daughters, Bessie and Gladys; received professional training at The Ohio College of Dental Surgery, Department of Dentistry, University of Cincinnati; graduating with degree of D. D. S., March 11, 1891; member Ohio Dental Society, Northern Ohio Dental Society, and Cleveland Dental Society; came to Cleveland in the spring of 1897; went to Los Angeles, Cal., immediately after his marriage, and remained there about two years and a half; member Cleveland Camera Club. Recreations: Amateur Photography, Billiards and...

Bacon, Harold – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Graveside services for Harold G. Bacon who passed away at Granada Hills, Calif., on Sunday, June 29, 1975 are being conducted today (Thursday) at 11 a.m. by the Bollman Funeral Home in the Enterprise Cemetery with BPOE Lodge officiating. Harold was born May 22, 1931 at Enterprise, son of Tom and Agnes Bacon. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the Navy. On Sept. 11, 1995 he was married at Enterprise to Joyce Davis. He was employed in refrigeration and air conditioning. He was a member of BPOE 2148 of Milton Freewater. Survivors include his wife, Joyce, one daughter, Jolene, and two sons Kenneth and Brook; his parents, Tom and Agnes, two sisters, Mrs. Robert (Alice) Sheets, and Mrs. Ted (Peggy)...

Dishman, W. S. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Another Old Settler Passes To Eternal Home W.S. Dishman, an early settler of this county, well remembered by all the older residents, and father of Mrs. George S. Craig of this city, died at Whittier, Cal., Tuesday night, September 12, of illness due to old age, for he was in his 89th year. The body was brought to Portland for burial, the funeral being held Sunday afternoon from the home of William I. Dishman, a son of the deceased. Mr. Dishman was born in Kentucky, Dec. 6, 1821, and came west in the early eighties, settling on Swamp Creek, where for a number of years he was a prosperous rancher and stockman. He was one of the founders of the Presbyterian Church in this city. About 10 years ago, he moved to Walla Walla, then to Ashland but of late years he and Mrs. Dishman resided with their son at Whittier in Southern California. Besides his aged companion, herself past 80 years of age, he leaves two sons and two daughters, John E. of Whittier, W.I. of Portland, Mrs. Mattie Imbler of Klamath Falls, and Mrs. Sally B. Craig of this city and numerous grandchildren. Mr. Dishman was an active man in business life, of strict integrity and lived up to his profession of Christianity. The family has the sympathy of all the old friends who knew and respected Mr. Dishman in his lifetime. Enterprise Record Chieftain, Wallowa County, Oregon, Thursday September 21, 1911 Contributed by Charlottte...

Johnson, M.L. – Obituary

Mr. M.L. Johnson, formerly a well known figure at Lostine, died in Los Angeles, California, on January 31st. He had been married about a week when operated on for appendicitis, dying the next day. Mr. Johnson was reputed to have been a wealthy man at one time but the money went easy as it came and died with his fortune all gone. He was a miner of ability and located many claims in Wallowa county. He leaves one child, Mrs. N.A. Winings of Parma, Idaho. Wallowa County Reporter, Wallowa County, Oregon, r February 13,...

Williams, Marjorie Ellen – Obituary

Marjorie E. (Ellen) Wood-Jaensch-Bowers-Strack-Williams Marjorie Ellen Williams, a 6-year resident of Bullhead City, AZ, died Wednesday June 12, 1996, in Bullhead City. AZ. Marjorie Ellen Wood was born to James Franklin Wood and Clara Lureene Womack on October 29, 1920 in Hermiston, Oregon. She was married to Charles Franklin Jaensch of Enterprise, Oregon in Dayton, Washington on January 14, 1939. They had two children, Gerald (Gary) Franklin Jaensch, and David (Dave) Michael Jaensch. Marjorie later married Lawrence Williams of Los Angeles, California. She is survived by her mother Clara L. Finstad of Port Lavaca, Texas, a sister, Lavonne Burgess of Port Lavaca, Texas, three grand children, Timothy B. Jaensch and Lisa M. Davis of Baker City, Oregon and Eric M. Jaensch of Hillsboro, Oregon. Three great-grand children, Ashlee J. and Casey G. Jaensch of Baker City and Kody C. Younger of Baker City, Oregon. and many nieces and nephews, and a special thank you to her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Sue and Tom Brooks of Victoria, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband Lawrence Williams in 1991, her father James Franklin Wood died May 3, 1938 in Wallowa, Oregon. A brother, James LeLand Wood of Vancouver, Washington, November 29, 1985. She was a lifelong member of the Moose Lodge in Downey, California and a member of the Bullhead City Moose Lodge. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 15 at Long Ridge Mobile Park Clubhouse. Private services to be held later, cremation is planned. Arrangements are by Diamond & Sons Silver Bell Chapel, Bullhead City,...

Biography of Fred Roscoe Sutton, M. D.

Dr. Fred Roscoe Sutton, physician and surgeon of Bartlesville, has been successfully engaged in the practice of medicine in Oklahoma since 1898. The passing years have chronicled the steady growth and progress of the state and in keeping with the trend of change and advancement is the record of Dr. Sutton, who at all times has kept abreast of the latest researches and discoveries relative to the laws of health. He was born in Emporia, Kansas, January 14, 1874, and is a son of Dr. George W. Sutton, a native of Kentucky, whose birth occurred just across the River from Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1840, and who was largely educated in that city. He pursued his professional course in the Cincinnati Medical College, from which he was graduated with the class of 1865. In the meantime, however, he had spent four years as a soldier of the Union army during the Civil war, having enlisted at Cincinnati in an Ohio regiment, in which he rose to the rank of captain. In 1871 he removed to Emporia, Kansas, where he soon became established in a large practice, his ability being at once recognized. He also became a prominent figure in connection with public and political affairs and was a most ardent exponent of the Republican platform. It was Dr. George W. Sutton who more than any one else, was instrumental in the rapid rise to prominence of Senator Preston B. Plumb. Dr. Sutton was recognized as a man of sound judgment and his opinions concerning any individual or any circumstance always carried weight with many of his friends. They learned to...

Reich, Ellen Mae White Mrs. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Ellen Mae Reich passed away April 26, 2000, at her home in Enterprise. She was born August 5, 1928, in Los Angeles, California. She married her husband of 53 years, William James Reich, who passed away April 13, 2000. She was preceded in death by her parents, William Elvin White, and Ester Obling (Thompson) White. Survivors include two sons, Terence J. Reich of Enterprise and Randall J. Reich, Central Point; one sister, Barbara Murray White of Oahu, Hawaii; two brothers, Harold White, Fallbrook, California, and William White, Carson City, Nevada; and one granddaughter, Brook Reich. Graveside services are pending. Donations may be made to Wallowa Memorial Hospital and Hospice of Enterprise. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, May 4, 2000 page 2 Contributed by: Sue Wells Transcribed by: Belva...
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