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Biography of N. K. Sitton

N.K. SITTON. – This pioneer of 1843 was born in Calway county, Missouri, in 1825. As a boy in school he read Lewis & Clarke’s travels, and being an active and intelligent youth seventeen years old, at the time of the great interest that prevailed in the border states respecting Oregon, was moved to join the party of Applegate Or Burnett, and made the journey with these noted men across the plains. he remembers meeting with Whitman on the Sweetwater, and recalls his services in guiding the emigrants from Fort Hall. Arriving in Oregon he found employment on various farms and at at a mill, but in 1846 took his Donation claim on the rich lands five miles north of McMinnville. he was married soon afterwards to Miss Percilla Rogers of Chehalem valley. There the young pair began life, and made a happy home in which they lived many years. In 1848 Mr. Sitton made the trip to California for his pot of gold, and got it. After his return he made rapid improvements upon his farm, developing grain and stock. By his first wife, who died in 1869, he reared a family of nine children: C.E., Caroline (Mrs. Rogers), Ora (Mrs. McColough, deceased), H.W., N.H., Fred D., Elbridge D., and two who died in infancy. He was married secondly to Mrs. Mary M. Laughlin, a daughter of Michael Shelly, an immigrant of 1848. Her two children, Lesly G. and Effie Rose were thereby brought into his family; and the home has been further blessed by the birth of five others: Frank W., Pratt K., Minnie G., Jennie G....

Biography of Robert C. Mays

ROBERT C. MAYS. – The well-known and capable business man, whose name appears at the head of this article, is one of the most widely known men of Union, and Wallowa counties, and is at the present time handling a large business as warehouseman at Elgin, where he is numbered among the leading residents of that thriving city, and he has made a record in this section that is both crowned with gratifying success from a financial standpoint, and wherein he has maintained a representation that is untarnished and displayed talents that properly place him among the real leaders in the county. On August 31, 1860, in McMinnville Oregon, our subject first saw the light, being the son of John C. and Martha J. (Nye) Mays, natives of North Carolina, who were married on June 22, 1851 in Missouri, Brown county,and the following year threaded the dreary plains and climbed the rugged mountains that separated eastern civilization from the western wilds, using for transportation ox teams. Settlement was made in Yam Hill county, three miles distant from McMinnville, and a donation claim of one-half section was secured. Work commenced in earnest to make a good home, and when sixteen years later Mr. Mays sold his farm it was one of the best and most finely improved in the entire valley. In 1869 they came to Walla Walla and thence, soon afterwards to Umatilla county, where four hundred and eighty acres of land was bought near Weston and farming and stock raising employed the father there for eight years. In 1878 he sold out and went to Dayton, Washington, buying...

Lambert, John A. – Obituary

John A. Lambert was born in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 10, 1845, and died July 28, 1917, making him 72 years, 5 months and 18 days old. From Nashville he went with his parents to Illinois, and from there to Missouri.. In 1864 his parents died and he with an older brother crossed the plains, arriving in Oregon in December, 1869. He was converted and joined the Methodist Church of which he was a lifelong member. He was united in marriage to Miss Mary Ellen Coovert, March 13, 1870. Their home was on a farm four miles south of Dayton until 1904, when they moved to McMinnville, Ore. He leaves to mourn his death, three sons, Charles Lambert of Ritzville, Wash., Arthur Lambert of North Powder, Ore., Chester Lambert of McMinnville, and one daughter, Mrs. Juanita May Palmer of McMinnville, Ore. The cause of his death was hardening of the arteries from which he was a long-time sufferer. The funeral was held on Monday at the Methodist Church conducted by Rev. Lester D. Fields with burial in Masonic Cemetery. The pallbearers were Arthur McPhillips, M. F. Corrigan, O. D. Scott, Frank Odell, Sylvester Robinson and Ivan Daniels. [Interment Odell Cemetery] Contributed by: Shelli...

Farnsworth, Ellen Idolette Gates – Obituary

McMinnvile–July 5 (Special)–Mrs. Ellen Idolette Farnsworth, 78, died June 28 [1945] in McMinnville. Services were held at Macy’s Chapel Tuesday and interment was at Multnomah Cemetery in Portland. Mrs. Farnsworth was born in Portland, May 6, 1867. She is survived by two brothers, Alonzo B. Gates and Frank H. Gates of Portland. The Oregonian, July 6, 1945 Contributed by: Shelli...

Conaway, Violet – Obituary

Joseph, Oregon Violet Effie Conaway, 88, of McMinnville, died April 15, 2004, at home. She was born Oct. 3, 1915, in Flora to Roy and Bessie Varney. Mrs. Conaway spent most of her growing up years on Upper Prairie Creek and graduated from Joseph High School. After marrying James B. Conaway in 1938, the couple moved to La Grande a few years later where she worked as a high school secretary, followed by a move to McMinnville in 1950. After a short time in Alaska, the couple lived in Vancouver, Wash., before returning to McMinnville in 1980 with two young granddaughters, Katherine and Leslie. Survivors include a son, Michael Conaway of Willamina; a daughter, Molly Pullen of The Dalles; brothers Otis Varney of Enterprise, and Roy Varney of Dayton, Wash.; and several grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Conaway, in 1989; and a brother, Vester Varney. Graveside services were held April 22, 2004, at the McMinnville Masonic Cemetery with Rev. Steve Ross of McMinnville United Church officiating. Macy and Son Funeral Directors of McMinnville were in charge of the arrangements. Wallowa County Chieftain – Thursday, April 29, 2004 ______________________________ Violet Conaway Formerly of La Grande and Joseph 1915-2004 Violet Effie Varney Conaway, 88, of McMinnville and formerly of La Grande and Joseph died April 15 at her home. Burial was at the McMinnville Masonic Cemetery. Macy & Son Funeral Directors of McMinnville were in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Conaway was born Oct. 3, 1915, to Roy and Bessie Varney in Flora. She spent most of her early years on...

Golden, Charles – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Sudden Death Of Citizen From La Grande, Oregon Charles Golden, a farmer of La Grande, aged 55 years, who was attending the Grand Lodge of Oddfellows in this city, died suddenly early Wednesday morning at the home of J. W. Looney, on North G street, of neuralgia of the heart. Mr. Golden was taken ill at the meeting held in Burns’ hall and was conveyed to the Looney residence in an auto. He was put to bed and was able to sleep for about 10 minutes, when there was a recurrence of severe pain, and he died at 1:20 a.m. He had been subject to slight attacks of neuralgia. A Hillsboro physician and Dr. Williams of this city attended him. Mr. Golden was also a delegate to the convention. A brother of the deceased arrived from Portland Wednesday noon and a daughter, Zoa, was dispatched for at Corvallis, where she is attending O. A. C. The start homeward to La Grande was made on Thursday, where the funeral and burial will be held. McMinnville Telephone Register Friday, May 22, 1914 Front...

Lockett, James H. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon James (Jim) H. Lockett, 78, of McMinnville and formerly of La Grande, died Oct. 26 at the Willamette Valley Medical Center in McMinnville. There will be an 11 a.m. memorial service today at the First Baptist Church in McMinnville with Pastor Kent Harrop officiating. A private family burial will be at the Enterprise Cemetery. Mr. Lockett was born in La Grande June 16, 1928, to Arden Carmen and Gwendolyn Bell Lockett. He spent the first six years of his life in Kamela. He finished grade school in La Grande, attended high school in Athena and graduated from Eastern Oregon College in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree in education. He went on to complete a master’s degree at OSU. While at EOC, he met Reita Murrey, and on Aug. 5, 1950, they married in Enterprise. They made their home in McMinnville, where he was an elementary school principal for 31 years and taught for five years. He was a trustee on the OEA Board during his teaching career and retired in 1986. He published two books, one in 1995 and one in 2005, both collections of his columns on the history of Yamhill County. He was active in Kiwanis and volunteered at the Evergreen Aviation Museum and for the Red Cross. His hobbies included researching his family genealogy, studying Oregon geology, flying, making stained glass, gardening, painting, doing crossword puzzles and using computers. He loved to travel. He was very much a family man and loved his girls and grandchildren. Survivors include his wife, Reita, of McMinnville; daughters, Becki Heath of Bozeman, Mont., Janie Burich of Troutdale...

Croucher, Norman W., Sr. – Obituary

Elgin, Oregon Norman W. Croucher Sr. Formerly of Elgin A memorial service for Norman W. Croucher Sr., 74, formerly of Elgin, is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Elgin Christian Church, 1335 Division St. A finger-food potluck will follow the service. Mr. Croucher, of McMinnville and formerly of Elgin, died Jan. 19. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending March 17,...

Turner, Laurie Dolores – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Laurie Dolores Turner, 65, of Redmond and formerly of La Grande, died July 26. A celebration of life will begin at 1 p.m. Friday at her home. Laurie was born April 26, 1942, to Stanley and Jeanette Brown Mann in McMinnville. She married Darrell G. Turner on Jan. 23, 1961, in Boise. She worked as a sales assistant to her husband at Western Wear and later for The Spotted Mule in Bend. They lived in La Grande for a while, where their son graduated from high school. She enjoyed being with her family, dancing and her cat, Tygh. Survivors include her husband, Darrell G. Turner; children, Monte Turner of Redmond and Shelley Bolyard of Twin Falls; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister. Memorial contributions may be made to Airlife of Oregon, 2500 N.E. Neff Road, Bend 97701. Deschutes Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. La Grande Observer, Obituaries For The Week Ending August 4, 2007 – Published August 4, 2007 Submitted by: Dixie...

Smith, Robin Joyce – Obituary

Cove, Oregon Robin Joyce Smith, 64, a third-generation resident of Cove, died Nov. 11 at her home. A memorial service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Union United Methodist Church. Private burial was held at the Cove Cemetery. Robin was born on Oct. 16, 1943, to Jay M. and Guyene J. (Fuller) Martin in McMinnville. She graduated from Cove High School with the Class of 1961 and in 1962 graduated from Yakima Business College. On May 24, 1968, she married Stephen B. Smith in Cove. Over the years she worked for the Yakima Potato Commission, La Grande First National Bank, as secretary of the Cove School and as a kindergarten teacher in Cove. She homeschooled her grandchildren for nine years. Survivors include her husband, Stephen of Cove; children, Shannon Smith of Big Sky, Mont., Heidi Kast of Pendleton and Dustin Smith of Cove; and six grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to GRH Hospice or the Union Methodist Church. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center is in charge of arrangements. La Grande Observer – Obituaries for the week ending November 17, 2007 – Published: November 17,...
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