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Biography of Charles T. Gundy

Charles T. Gundy, county attorney of Atchison County and a well known and prominent lawyer of the city, is of old Holland Dutch lineage. His greatgrandfather, William Gundy, came from Holland and was a Colonial settler in Pennsylvania. He went with the Pennsylvania troops to help win independence during the Revolutionary war. Mr. Gundy’s grandfather, Jacob Gundy, was born in Pennsylvania in 1800, and was a pioneer settler in Scotland County, Missouri, where he followed farming until his death in 1892. He was cnrolled for service during the Black Hawk Indian war. Charles T. Gundy was born in Scotland County, Missouri, February 10, 1878, and his early life was spent in the county where his grandfather had been a pioneer. His father, George Gundy was born in Scotland County in 1845, grew up and married there, and had made farming his regular occupation. He is now living at Memphis, Missouri, at the age of seventy-two. In 1863 he enlisted in the Second Missouri Cavalry for service in the Union Army, and when General Price made his raid through Missouri toward the close of the war he assisted in repelling that invasion. In that campaign he was wounded in the arm. He is a republican, a member of the Baptist Church, and of the Masonic fraternity. George Gundy married Margaret Needham, who was born in Scotland County, Missouri, in 1858. Of their children Charles T. is the oldest. Lewis W. is a farmer in Scotland County. Jacob C. is also a Scotland County farmer. Corda is the wife of Grover Crawford, a farmer in Scotland County. Pearl and Merle, twins,...

Childers, J. W. – Obituary – Obituary

J. W. Childers Is Taken By Death Resident of County for Many Years Crossed Plains In 1865. James W. Childers died early Friday morning, Oct. 4, 1929, at the Wallowa hospital where he had been taken on Thursday for an operation for cancer of the bladder, an affliction with which he had suffered for years, and for which he underwent an operation about 20 years ago. Mr. Childers had been in poor health for years but always refused to give way to his ill health and kept active in the management of his farm until a few weeks before his death, and not until the day before his death did he consent to enter the hospital, when he was taken to Wallowa and an operation performed from which he was unable to rally. Mr. Childers was born near Memphis, Scotland county, Missouri, Oct. 24, 1828, and crossed the plains in 1865 with his parents who settled near Summerville, in Union county. He lived with his parents until June 5, 1870 when he was married to Miss Emma J. Tice, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Q. A. Tice, who came from Iowa in 1843 in the second wagon train to cross the plains to the far west. Mr. Childers father, James L. [sic – P.] Childers, died in Summerville in 1896 and his mother passed away in 1901. Mr. and Mrs. James W. Childers lived on a farm near Summerville until 1892, when they moved to a farm near Elgin, later moving into town where they lived until 1899 when they came to Wallowa county and settled on the...

Glenn, Sarah M. (Meyers) Mrs. – Obituary

Summerville, Union County, Oregon Mrs. T. T. Glenn died Wednesday morning. Funeral arrangements have not yet been made, as the family is awaiting the arrival of her daughter from California. La Grande Evening Observer Thursday, August 15, 1918 Page 3 Mrs. Sarah M. (Meyers) Glenn Died, near Summerville, August 14, 1918, Mrs. Sarah Myres Glenn, wife of the late T. T. Glenn, was born in Memphis, Mo., March 8, 1849, crossed the plains with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry A. Myers, settled in Grande Ronde Valley, near Summerville, Oregon, was married to Talbert T. Glenn, September 20, 1868, where she has continued to reside. To them were born nine children of which eight survive, Chas. Edwin, of Lostine, Oregon; Hattie A. McWilliams, of Oakland, California; Daisy Settlemire, of Portland, Ore., Wm. H., Arthur C., Guy J., Mina A. Standley and Myra McKenzie, all of Union county, also two sisters, Mrs. Kate Wade and Mrs. J. W. Tuttle, a brother, B. F. Myres, of Culdesac, Idaho, also thirteen grand children. The funeral will be held at the home, Saturday, August 17, 1918 at 2 o’clock. La Grande Evening Observer Friday, August 16, 1918 Page 3 Contributed by: Tom...

Myers, Maria Louisa Spakes – Obituary

Another Pioneer Gone Monday February 27, 1905 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Tuttle, on Willow Creek, Mrs. Maria Louisa Spakes Myers aged 72 years, 5 months, 9 days. Mrs. Myers, one of the pioneer women of Union County, had resided in and near the town of Summerville since the year 1884, and was among the most widely known citizens of the county. Ever since the beginning of civilization’s era in this section Mrs. Myers had, with all the effectiveness of an energetic and loyal pioneer woman, borne her important part in the many trials and hardships, as well as the pleasures and good fortunes that have always marked the way of the pioneer in a new and developing land. Her touch, with unfading and deathless imprint is left with that of other pioneer men and women upon the region where for nearly half a century she made her home and strove faithfully that a bright future might be the heritage of they who came after her. The world has no better, no nobler, people than they who have given their lives to the broadening of civilization’s empire, and among these Mrs. Myers held her place with a steadfast devotion and a humble determination that is worthy of a heroine’s crown. Her womanly and christian character, the distinguishing feature of her private life, is best attested by the turning of the fleeting spirit when she prayed, in almost her last words “Oh Lord make me happy in this world and in the world to come.” Mrs. Myers, who in family descent was of French extraction, was in...

Wade, Mary C. – Obituary

Mary C. Wade, Pioneer Lady Died Yesterday The onward march of time has claimed another of the Grande Ronde pioneers. Mary C. Wade, one of the best known pioneer ladies of this valley died yesterday afternoon at her home on Fourth street. She was the wife of Phares E. Wade, and their marriage occurred on June 18th, 1865. Her husband died in 1894. The maiden name of the deceased was Mary Catherine Myers and she was born January 18, 1845, in Scotland county, Mo., at the town of Memphis. She crossed the plains in 1864 and settled in the Grande Ronde valley west of Summerville, as that part of the valley claimed the early settlers of those days. The trip across the plains was fraught with the dangers which make the blood tingle and Indian troubles were many and severe. To the union with Phares. E. Wade five children were born: William T. Wade of Elgin, Lucy A. Wade of La Grande, Emma Conover of Payette, Idaho, Mrs. Carrie Hibbard of La Grande and Walter E. Wade, deceased. One sister, Mrs. Jeanette Tuttle of Imbler, and one brother, B. F. Myers of Culde Sac, Idaho, survive her. The deceased became a member of the Christian church forty-seven years ago. Funeral services will be held at the chapel in the Summerville cemetery on Friday at 11 o’clock. There will probably be a very large attendance of the pioneers at this funeral as Mrs. Wade was well known and highly respected by the entire population of the county. Paul Knox will render a solo “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere,” and the quartet...

Tuttle, Jeanette (Myers) – Obituary

Imbler, Union County, Oregon Jeanette Tuttle, 89, of Imbler, and a resident of Union county since she was five years old, died at a local hospital yesterday after a long illness. She was born in Memphis, Mo., in 1858 and had lived in the county for 84 years. She was a member of the Elgin Order of Eastern Star and of the Episcopal church. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Mable Moore of La Grande and Mrs. Blanche Kelton of Hartford, Wash.; one son, Cap H. Tuttle of Imbler, five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held at the Summerville chapel Thursday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Clarence A. Kopp officiating. Interment will be in the family plot in Summerville cemetery. La Grande Evening Observer Tuesday, September 23, 1947 Front Page Contributed by: Tom...

Biography of James W. Childers

It is hardly probable that in a humble sketch, as is this article, there could real justice be done the life of a worthy pioneer as is he whose name is at the beginning of the paragraph, for what page has yet pictured as it is the life of a pioneer? Hardships that are more trying than can be described, dangers on every hand that those living in the security of a civilized community can not understand, self-denials at every turn, and labors without respite, all of these endured and much more besides, fell to the lot of the brave man who faced the west in the early sixties and made this country what it is today. James W. Childers was a man who took his full share in this arduous work and to him it is just that there should be accorded proper representation in the work that gives his county’s history, and also, too, because of his own excellent personal characteristics of capabilities and moral worth. On October 24, 1848, near Memphis, Scotland County, Missouri, James W. was born to James L. and Mary J. (McDowell) Childers. The father enlisted in Price’s army and served eighteen months, being honorably discharged at the close of that period. In 1865 the family came across the plains, settling in Union county, one and one-half miles northwest from Summerville. The father lived on that farm for thirty years, till the time of his death, which occurred on November 1, 1896. The mother died in Summerville on April 21, 1901. Our subject lived with his father until his marriage, which occurred on...

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