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Tonack, Ron – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Ron Tonack, 66, of Baker City, died July 6, 2002, as a result of the progression of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). His graveside funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Allan Franks of the Church of the Nazarene and Lynn Shumway will officiate. Ron always enjoyed casual dress, his family members said. They encourage those attending the funeral to dress comfortably in the warm weather. Ron was born Sept. 24, 1935, at Pendleton to Robert and Becky Tonack. He grew up in the Pendleton area. He received his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Oregon College (now Eastern Oregon University) where he met and married Lorna Umpleby in 1960. The couple have two daughters: Johanna Young of Baker City and Gretchen Surber of Prineville. Ron’s love of teen-agers and his desire to help people led him to receive his master’s degree in special education from the University of Oregon at Eugene. He then was invited to set up a special education department at a new high school in Anaheim, Calif. After two years, he was invited to return to Oregon to be the director of special education for Marion County. While worshiping at the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Salem, Ron and Lorna felt God’s leading to teach at The Alliance Academy at Quito, Ecuador, South America, where Ron used his special training to teach junior high math for six years. Ron and Lorna and their family returned to Eastern Oregon in 1980, when they both became teachers at Baker High School. Throughout his career, Ron’s passion was helping students realize their...

Ryder, Jack Hughes – Obituary

Sumpter, Oregon Jack Hughes Ryder, 70, of Sumpter, died July 15, 2002, at his home. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Bill Cox of the McEwen Bible Fellowship will officiate. Burial will be at the Blue Mountain Memorial Garden at Walla Walla, Wash. Jack was born on July 3, 1932, at Baker City to William Horace Ryder and Helen Rose Hughes Ryder. He graduated from Baker High School and went on to attend Oregon State University at Corvallis for three years. Jack served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He then moved to Orange County, Calif., where he spent quite a few years before returning to Oregon. He lived at Juntura where he owned and operated the Oasis Restaurant and Motel for 22 years. Jack moved back to Baker County just two years ago after he retired, making his home at Sumpter. He enjoyed cooking, fishing and boating. He also loved animals and just being in the outdoors. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Snee Ryder of Sumpter; a son, Tom Ryder of Baker City; a daughter, Linda Bruni of Massachusetts; three sisters, Susan Ryder of California, Jane Richardson of Boise and Kathy Roden of Baker City; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his second wife, Betty. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association through Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, July 19, 2002 Transcribed by: Belva...

Warhol, Martha Ackerman Mrs. – Obituary

Halfway, Oregon Martha Ackerman Warhol, 102, died Feb. 13, 2002, at her home in Halfway. Her funeral will at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church in Halfway. Born in South Dakota in 1899, Martha was the oldest of nine children. She grew up in the small German community of Herried, S. D., where her father was a farmer, owned the local bank, and ran a general store. She didn’t learn to speak English until she was in the first grade. The whole family worked part time in the bank and in the store, and Martha told tales of balancing the books in the bank each day by hand, because there were no adding machines. Martha lived in three centuries, and in her lifetime saw the advent of electrification, the radio, television, and computers, not to mention the first automobiles, airplanes, rockets, and a man walking on the moon. After high school graduation she did what very few South Dakota farm girls had done before her: She decided to go to away to college. After a year at a local college, she went on her own to the University of Minnesota, where she received a bachelor of science degree in home economics in 1921. She was at the time, she said, a flapper-or at least, dressed like one, and it was there she met Peter Warhol. She was very interested in hospital dietetics, and after graduation she moved to California where she began an extremely successful career as a hospital dietician. Her career ended rather abruptly when Peter came to California to ask her to...

Weber, Lyle Raymond “Ray” – Obituary

Lyle Raymond “Ray” Weber, 72, of Mission Viejo, Calif., a former Baker City resident, died Dec. 13, 2001. There was a private family memorial service Saturday. Lyle R. Weber achieved a great deal in his 72 years. He was a staff sergeant in the Civil Air Patrol, Staff, a sergeant in the ROTC, and a veteran of the Army Air Force and the U.S. Navy. He worked in commercial construction for 45 years, beginning as a carpenter and retiring as a respected superintendent of blueprint detail. He was awarded a multitude of art, photography, and volunteer service awards. He was an active member of the Baker City Lions Club and a Trail Tender at the Interpretive Center, where he was known (in character) as Judge William Bristow. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. His love and spirit continues. He was a son-in-law to Frances F. Wilson; husband to Cornella Louise Weber for 52 years; father to Stanley Weber, Thomas Weber, and Renee Scura; grandfather of six; and father-in-law to Brian Scura and Penny Weber. Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, December 21, 2001 Transcribed by: Belva...

Biographical Sketch of Thomas Spencer, M. D.

Thomas Spencer, M. D. of Anaheim, was born in Newcastle-on-Tyne, England, in 1835, a son of Edward Spencer, who was a dry-goods merchant. He came to the United States in 1849, received a common school education at Burlington, Iowa, and in 1854 came overland to California and attended the Toland Medical College, where he graduatedin 1861. He practiced his profession at Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, until 1872, when he bought land in Santa Barbara County. After making his home there two years he returned to Lucas County, Iowa, and bought a large stock farm, which he still owns. He came again to California in 1887, locating three and one-half miles northwest of Anaheim, in what is known as Orangethorpe. Here he has a beautiful country residence and is practically retired from business and professional life. He is a Republican in his political views. He has held some responsible positions: was president of the Lucas County (Iowa) Agricultural Society, and secretary of that society four years; was a delegate in 1868 from the Third District of California to the Republican National Convention at Chicago; Associate Judge in 1862 of Sonoma County, etc. In the recent contests here he took an active part in favor of county division, and is one of the directors of the Anaheim irrigation district. The Doctor was married in San Francisco, in 1857, to Miss Mary Chambers, a native of Boston; their children have been: Homer T., deceased, who for several years was city editor of the San Francisco Examiner; Ida, now the wife of Mr. B. F. McDaniels. Dr. Spencer was married the second time,...

Biography of Judge C. W. Humphreys

Judge C. W. Humphreys of Santa Ana, was born in Mason County, Kentucky, and is a son of Robert Humphreys. Following is a history of the family as furnished to the subject of this sketch by his father at the age of eighty-eight years: “Shortly after the close of the Revolutionary War, four brothers, by the name of Humphreys, with their families emigrated from Tyrone County, Ireland, to Virginia, to either Greenbriar or Monroe County. Their names were Richard, John, Robert and Samuel. My grandfather was Robert. His sons were James, John, Robert; daughters, Mollie, Nancy and Jane. John Humphreys married Jane Ward and moved to (now) Mason County, Kentucky, in 1792, in company with Simon Kenton and other early pioneers of Kentucky. He moved thence to what was then known as Mad river valley, Ohio, in 1799, and raised sons-James, Robert, Charles, Ward, John, William, Henry, Andrew and Lewis; daughters- Phoebe, Rebecca, and Betsey, who died at the age of thirteen years. Father died March 19, 1857, in his ninety-fourth year. The other three brothers, originally from Ireland, are scattered far and wide with their descendants. My grandfather Ward was raised in Virginia, and of Irish descent. My grandmother’s maiden name was Lockhart. They had sons-William, John, James and Charles; daughters-Hannah, Betsey, Phebe, and my mother, Jane Humphreys. She died March, 1849. Grandfather Ward was killed at Point Pleasant, October 1, 1847, in the battle fought between troops commanded by General Lewis, of the whites, and the Indian chief, Cornstalk. He was buried on the battlefield and his grave was unknown. His son, John, was stolen by Indians...

Biographical Sketch of Alexander Henry

Alexander Henry farmer and stock-raiser, near Anaheim, was born in Edinburg, Scotland in 1838, the son of Innes and Jacobina (Nicholson) Henry. His father had seven children by his first marriage, and eleven by the second: Alexander, who was a member of the second family, joined the English navy in 1850, and was in service throughout the Crimean war. He was at first errand boy and then ship’s carpenter. After the war lie served six years at the shipwright’s trade at Leith. Next he joined the Sidney of Glasgow and came to San Francisco in 1860, where he worked at his trade for seven years. Subsequently he came to Southern California and purchased 200 acres of land, a mile and a quarter west of Anaheim, where for several years he was very successful in the cultivation of the vine, and also in the manufacture of wines and brandies; and since the death of the vines two years ago, he has given his attention to general farming, stock-raising and orange culture. In his social relations he is a Free Mason and a member of the A. O. U. W. He was married February 20, 1858, to Miss Catharine Mason, a native of Scotland, whose parents were John and Isabella (Simpson) Mason. Mr. and Mrs. Henry’s children are Innes, John M. and...

Biographical Sketch of Lysander Utt

Lysander Utt a retired merchant of Tustin, is a , “49er.” He was born in Wythe County, Virginia, June 1, 1824. His parents, John and Mary (Criger) Utt, were both natives of the Old Dominion, had a family of thirteen children, and moved to Jackson County, Missouri, in 1840, where the father died, in 1849. The subject of this sketch, the third child in order of birth in the above family, worked at farming until the year named, when he came to California across the plains with an ox team. In Mariposa County he followed mining for two years, and then for twenty-three years he was engaged in teaming and farming in Placer County. Two years ago he retired from active business, and will spend the evening of life on his fruit ranch near Tustin. He has been very successful in his business pursuits, and is widely and favorably known. Politically he is true to the principles of the Democratic party, and his genial disposition and cordiality are such as only the true “Southern spirit” can manifest. In 1864 he married Miss Arvilla E. Platt, and they have one son, Charles E., who is now his father’s successor in the mercantile business at the old stand at the corner of Fourth and D streets in...

Biographical Sketch of Dr. R. F. Burgess

Dr. R. F. Burgess of Santa Ana, was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in 1834, and when he was quite young the family removed to New York State, and three years afterward to Michigan, locating in Washtenaw County, where they remained about twelve years. The father died in Montcalm County, that State, when the subject of this sketch was seventeen years of age, and the latter therefore had to look after the welfare of the family. He served three years in Company A, Twenty-first Michigan Infantry, during the last war, going out as a wagoner and having charge of an ordnance train; and afterward he had charge of a foraging party until the close of the war. Returning to Michigan, he studied dentistry, and in 1866 began to practice his profession in Ionia and subsequently in Muskegon, both in Michigan. In 1871 he moved to Fort Scott, Kansas, but in 1874, on account of the ill health of his wife, he came to California. The first three years here he practiced dentistry in Los Angeles, and in 1878 came to Santa Ana and bought land on East Fourth street. This he soon sold off in town lots except the part on which he erected a residence. He recently became connected with the Santa Ana Free Press, and is the treasurer of the company and principal stockholder. Both himself and wife are members of the Baptist Church, and are highly respected by the community. He was married in Michigan, in 1859, to Miss Carrie E. Allured, a native of...

Biography of J. W. Towner

J. W. Towner the subject of this sketch, now Judge of the Superior Court of Orange County, is a native of Essex County, New York, born in 1823, in the town of Willsboro. When he was fifteen years old his father moved to St. Lawrence County, same State. His education was only that of the common school except one term, in 1841, at the Malone Academy, Franklin County. In 1844, he and an older brother went to Cleveland, Ohio, where he remained until 1854, when he went to West Union, Fayette County, Iowa, remaining there until August, 1861, when he entered the army, becoming Captain of Company F, Ninth Iowa Infantry Volunteers. At the battle of Pea Ridge he was disabled by the loss of his left eye. After his recovery he was commissioned by President Lincoln, Captain of Company B, Second Regiment, Veteran Reserve Corps. This commission he held till July, 1866. Then he returned to Cleveland, Ohio, and in 1874 went to Madison County, New York, where he resided until 1882. He then came to Santa Ana. During these years his occupations were, from seventeen to twenty-six, teaching school winters and working by the day or month summers; in 1849 he began preaching as a Universalist, and continued thus until 1854, when, his voice failing, he engaged in the lumber and steam saw-mill business in Iowa, till 1859, and was then admitted to the bar at West Union; and since that time to the present, excepting the five years he was in the military service, he has practiced law. While in Cleveland, Ohio, he was Judge of...
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