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Gilkison, Mary May – Obituary

North Powder, Union County, Oregon North Powder Woman Found Dead In Bed Mrs. Mary May Gilkison, wife of Murray Gilkison, was found dead in her bed Tuesday morning at her home in this city. Death had evidently came during the early morning hours. She was 50 years of age and had lived in North Powder vicinity for more than fifteen years. The deceased is survived by the husband, a daughter, Mrs. Nora Atterbury and three grandchildren, all of whom live in North Powder. Funeral services are being held today and burial in the local cemetery. Oregon Trail Weekly North Powder News Saturday, May 12,...

Graffe, Peter Mrs. – Obituary

Mother of Editor Dies Word was received Tuesday of the death of Mrs. Peter Graffe, mother of L.J. Graffe, of this city, at Superior, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, February 24. She had been ill for six years, suffering from apoplexy. Because of the extreme distance the editor was unable to make the trip and keep the paper going. She is survived by her husband, five sons, and three daughters, and several grandchildren. She was 57 years of age. Burial was in Duluth, Minnesota. North Powder News Saturday, February 28,...

Gardner, Nelson A. – Obituary

North Powder, Union County, Oregon After an illness extending over a period of six months, Nelson A. Gardner passed away at the home of his daughter Mrs. John Simonis 1534 Second street, in Baker, last Tuesday morning. Mr. Nelson’s death marks the passing of another one of the pioneers of Eastern Oregon. The deceased was born August 15, 1858, at Mt. Vernon, Vernon County, Missouri, and came to Oregon in September, 1862, making North Powder his home for the last ten years. He belonged to the Modern Woodmen Lodge for twenty years. He leaves a wife and daughter, two brothers and two sisters. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the Methodist church in North Powder, Rev. Ira McFarland officiating. Members of the Modern Woodmen lodge were in attendance. Interment was in North Powder cemetery. North Powder News Saturday, June 6,...

Harris, Mary Ellen – Obituary

North Powder, Union County, Oregon Died-At Hot Lake, Oregon, Thursday, August 12, 1926, Mrs. Mary Ella Harris, age 64 years, 8 months and 12 days. The funeral took place from the L. D. S. Church, Union, Tuesday, August 17, 1926, at 2 o’clock p.m. The services were conducted by J. E. Mitchell, with Osborn Richins principal speaker. The remains were laid to rest in North Powder cemetery beside those of her husband and two infant sons who died in August, 1897. Mary Ellen Armstrong was born in Mason County, Illinois, November 30, 1861. She was united in marriage to R. J. Harris January 5, 1881. To this union ten children were born, of whom seven survive and were present in Union at the time of the funeral this week. The surviving children are Charles E. Harris, Frank O. Harris and R. J. Harris, of Union; David Albert Harris, of Anaconda, Montana; Walter F. Harris, of Butte, Montana; Mrs. M. E. Tucker, of La Grande, Oregon, and Mrs. Anna Nelson, of Union. There are ten grandchildren living and four dead, and three great grandsons. Mrs. Harris with her family came to Oregon July 25, 1889, and settled at North Powder, Oregon, where Mr. Harris was accidentally shot October 22, 1898, causing his death in eleven hours. Mrs. Harris with her children came to Union October 20, 1904, and have lived here most of the time since, Mrs. Harris passing away as above noted, August 12th, after great suffering from cancer. Contributed by: Larry...

Harrison, T. J. – Obituary

North Powder, Union County, Oregon Thomas Jefferson Harrison, pioneer resident of North Powder died at the home of his daughter Mrs. Jake Simonis last Thursday night at 8 o’clock at the age of 83. Mr. Harrison had not been in the best of health for a number of years. He was a member of the G.A.R. and his passing marks again the thinning ranks of this organization. Mr. Harrison is survived by five sons, Charles, John, George, Ira and Bennett, and two daughters, Mrs. Jake Simonis of this city and Mrs. Henry Locken of Haines. Funeral services were held from the Methodist church Saturday afternoon, Miss Blokland officiating. Interment was in the city cemetery. North Powder News Saturday, June 19, 1926 Thomas Jefferson “Jeff” Harrison, 73, of Union died Friday afternoon, Dec. 31, 1993, at his home. A graveside funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the North Powder Cemetery with the Rev. Hank Albrecht officiating. High Valley VFW Post #4060 will present the flag. Friends may call for viewing today until 7 p.m. at Payne Family Mortuary. Mr. Harrison was born Aug. 22, 1920, at North Powder to George Thomas and Josephine Ann (Simonis) Harrison. On March 7, 1942, he married Mildred Daron at La Grande. He worked for Union Pacific Railroad for 33 years, employed primarily in the signal department. He helped install the lights and gates from The Dalles to Huntington. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army in the 817th Tank Destroyer Unit for three years. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Union and...

Hathaway, R. E. Mrs. – Obituary

North Powder, Union County, Oregon Mrs. R. E. Hathaway Victim Of Influenza This community was shocked to hear Wednesday morning that Mrs. R. E. Hathaway had died during the night. Death occurred shortly after midnight, following a short illness with what is said to have been flu. Mrs. Irene Hathaway was born in Tillamook, Oregon, September 9, 1906. She moved to North Powder last September. The deceased is survived by her husband; a daughter, Irene Loutcria; a son, Thomas Rudolph and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Lyster of Tillamook. Mrs. Lyster was at her daughter’s bed side at the time of her death. Undertakers of Baker prepared the body for shipment to Portland where the funeral has been set for today. Mrs. Hathaway came to North Powder last year with her husband, he having held a position with the faculty of the local school during the past year. The husband has the sympathy of the community in his loss. North Powder News – Oregon Trail Weekly Friday, May 8, 1931 Transcribed by Charlotte...

Hess, Farrell – Obituary

Many people attended the last rites for Farrell Hess at Union, Monday, where the body of the young man was taken for burial. Services were held at the L.D.S. church, and the building could not accommodate the crowd that wished to pay its last respects to the young an. All members of the Hess family were present at the funeral ceremonies. After the church services, the Knights of Pythias, held another services at the cemetery, the deceased having been a member of that body. Farrell Hess was found dead at Woodland, Wash., near the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Hess, last Saturday, with a small calibre gun by his side, and his untimely death is mourned by a host of friends in this city, at Union, La Grande, and Corvallis. Farrell Hess was born at Rexburg, Idaho, in September, 1899. He attended school at Union and North Powder, being a graduate of the local high school. He was in his third year of studies at the Oregon Agricultural College at Corvallis. He was well liked by all who know him, and made scores of friends wherever he located. His parents and family have the sympathy of the local community in their sad bereavement. North Powder News Saturday, February 28,...

Jacaboson, Oscar – Obituary

North Powder, Union County, Oregon Oscar Jacobson Passes Beyond Well Known Sheepman of North Powder and Huntington Succumbs After Two Months’ Illness At nine o’clock Sunday evening death claimed another well known citizen and pioneer sheepman of this community and Huntington. Oscar Jacobson died at the Protestant hospital in Baker that night. Death resulted after two months illness following a paralytic stroke. He had been in Portland receiving special clinic attention and was returned to the Baker hospital a week or so before death came. Oscar Jacobson was born in Sweden February 25, 186l, and came to the United States when he was 16 years of age. About 45 years ago he moved to North Powder, where he entered the sheep business. He spent the remainder of his life in North Powder, Huntington and Baker. Mr. Jacobson lived in Baker for 10 years prior to four years ago, when he moved to Huntington. At the time of his death he owned ranches at Huntington and North Powder and city property in Baker. Mr. Jacobson was married to Thilda Olsen in Denver in 1893. He was a member of the Lutheran church and the Moose lodge. The deceased is survived by his widow; three daughters, Mrs. E. F. Gay of Dayville, Mrs. Guy Lawton of Medford and Miss Ann Jacobson of Huntington; two sons, Walter and Lewis of Huntington; a brother, Charles of North Powder, and two grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 in the Baker Funeral home, with Rev. E.H. Jahr of Lutheran church officiating. Interment was in Mr. Hope cemetery. Many people from here and...

Johnson, Alex Mrs. – Obituary

North Powder, Union County, Oregon Mrs. Alex Johnson Passes This Life The community was considerably shocked Thursday because of the death of Mrs. Alex Johnson, well known and highly respected resident of the North Powder rural community. Although she had been seriously ill following an operation, she seemed well on the road to recovery, and everyone took it for granted she would get well. However, pleurisy set in and was followed by pneumonia, which was the cause of death. Mrs. Johnson was born in Arvika, Sweden, July 4, 1861, and with her first husband emigrated to the United States in 1879. She lived about six years in Pittsburg, Penn., and then moved to Mora, Minnesota. Here her husband, Mr. Norum passed away. She was married to Alex Johnson at Mora, and ten years ago came to a homestead in Baker county, eight miles from this city, where the Johnson home has been maintained since. Besides her husband she is survived by three sons and a daughter; Harold Norum, of Mora, Minn., Rev. Hilmer Norum, of St. Paul, Minn.; Charles Norum, of Florida, and Mrs. Agnes Curry, of St. Paul, Minn., and two grandchildren. A brief service was held from the West Chapel in Baker, Friday, in charge of Mrs. Johnson’s son, Rev. Norum. Friday evening the body was placed on a train for Mora, Minn., and was accompanied by Mr. Johnson and Rev. Norum. She will be buried in a Mora cemetery. During the ten years of her residence here Mrs. Johnson made a great many friends by her genial disposition and kindly acts, and her sudden demise will...

Hodgkins, Nathan B. – Obituary

Death From Gas N.B. Hodgkins Inhaled Blast Fumes In Well Following a half hour’s illness caused by being overcome by poisonous gas in a well at his home in Government Gulch on the Telocaset road, Nathan B. Hodgkins died shortly before noon Wednesday. Mr. Hodgkins had drilled a hole and placed a charge of dynamite in the bottom of the well, which is about thirty feet in dept. He came to the surface, lighted the fuse and waited what he considered a sufficient time for the gas created by the explosion to escape, and entered the well again. He had only been at the bottom for a few minutes when he became nauseated and unaided reached the top of the hole and entered the house, about 150 feet away. Here he explained that he was very sick and as he grew rapidly worse, Dr. Irvine was called. When the physician arrived Mr. Hodgkins was dead. The deceased leaves a widow and four children. The family have made their home in this section for the past several years and the place at Government Gulch was homesteaded by Mr. Hodgkins several years ago. The funeral was held Thursday afternoon from the home and the body was taken to Union for burial. North Powder News Saturday, June 21,...
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