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Calavan, James Madison, Jr. – Obituary

James Madison Calavan, well-known resident and pioneer of Oregon, died at the family home, 804 Taylor Street, Friday night [February 8, 1924], after an illness of several months. James M. Calavan, son of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Calavan Sr., was born in Kentucky, October 24, 1845 and crossed the plains with an ox team to Oregon in 1863. He settled in Linn County where he made his home with a brother who preceded him. He took up a homestead which he cleared and later engaged in farming. For a number of years Mr. Calavan has been a resident of Oregon City. Surviving are his widow of this city; his sons, J. E. Calavan, formerly county school superintendent of Clackamas County, now of Portland; John M. Calavan of Jefferson, Ore.; V. L. Calavan of Albany, Ore., and R. E. Calavan of Stayton, Ore., and a daughter, Mrs. J. V. Mitts of Portland. He also leaves 11 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at the R. L. Holman & Son Mortuary in this city, Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock with interment in Mountain View Cemetery. Morning Enterprise, Oregon City, February 10, 1924 Contributed by: Shelli...

Long, Alice Elizabeth Shaw Mrs. – Obituary

Alice Elizabeth Long, 89, a long time resident of Baker City, died Friday, April 24, 1998 in Oregon City, Oregon. A celebration of life was held on Tuesday, April 28, 1998 at the St. John’s Episcopal Church, Milwaukie, Oregon, and a graveside service was held on Wednesday, April 29, 1998 at 2:00 pm at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Baker City. Alice Elizabeth Long was born on November 21, 1908 in Haines, Oregon to Thomas L. and Frances V. Asher Shaw. She attended grade school and high school in Haines. She obtained her bachelor of arts degree in 1930 from the University of Oregon, then attended Portland State University, Willamette University, Oregon State University, University of California in Berkeley, CA., and the Guadalajara University in Mexico. Alice married Floyd A. Long on Dec. 1, 1933. Mrs. Long taught at Muddy Creek High School from 1930 to 1934 before moving to Baker in 1940. Alice continued teaching high school for the Oregon public schools in Haines, Canby, and Baker City until her retirement from Baker High School in 1973. She moved to Portland, Oregon in 1985. She enjoyed travel, handwork, reading, and her family. She was a member of the Episcopal Church, Eastern Star, Delta Gamma, and Retired Teachers Assoc. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Raymond Ward, and her husband Floyd. Survivors include daughters and their husbands, Elaine and Ernest Haskell of Yacolt, WA., and Shirley and Robert Alford of Condon, OR; grandchildren Laura Dieken and James Haskell; and a great grandson, Bradley Haskell. Contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice c\o...

Smith, Willard Hoffman – Obituary

Willard Hoffman Smith, 83, a former Sumpter resident, died May 26, 2005, at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Boise. There will be a memorial service for him at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Idaho State Veterans Home. There will be a second memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday at the McEwen Church near Sumpter. Friends are invited to join the family for a potluck dinner afterward. Willard was born on July 27, 1921, at Leland, Idaho. He moved with his family to Nyssa where his parents farmed. He was a Nyssa High School graduate and married his high school sweetheart, Celia Morehouse. He entered the military in 1942 and saw action in seven major battles in France, Germany and Belgium during World War II. He and Celia farmed near Middleton, Idaho, where they raised four children. In the late 1960s they moved to Seattle where Willard worked for Boeing. Later they moved to Oregon City and then retired to Sumpter where they enjoyed their retirement years riding motorcycles and traveling in their motor home. He was preceded in death by one grandchild and his wife. Survivors include his children and their spouses, Larry and Kim Smith of Woodinville, Wash., Barbara and Jay Phillips of Sumpter, Duane Smith of Vale and Janice and Don Ennis of Bothell, Wash.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, June 10, 2005 Transcribed by: Belva...

Biography of Hon. John M. Bacon

HON. JOHN M. BACON. – There are three places in the Northwest that have almost antique associations. These are Astoria, Vancouver and Oregon City. Of none of them is the flavor of old times more pronounced than amid the rocks and bluffs and by the falls and the old buildings of the latter place. Here one of the old pioneers may be found in the person of a gentleman whose portrait appears on the opposite page. It was as to the last place to go that Mr. Bacon came to Oregon. A native of Buffalo, New York, born in 1822, he lost his father two years later, and lived with his grandfather until fourteen years old. He kept himself in America three years longer, working in a store, but at the age of seventeen shipped before the mast from New Bedford in a whaler. He was two years in China, and in 1844, going out to Bombay, took service as second mate on an English ship. This took him to London. Returning to the United States by the Atlantic, having seen the bigness of the world, he came out to Illinois with his brother Francis, now a resident on the Sandy. In 1845, he came to Independence, Missouri, and, joining the Barlow train, came to Oregon, being one of the number to hunt out the Barlow road across the Cascades. Of course, he went to California in 1849; but, ill health bringing him back to Oregon, he located on Elliott’s prairie, fourteen miles from Oregon City. In 1856, looking for a somewhat more eligible home, where he might have...

Biography of Samuel Kimbrough Barlow

SAMUEL KIMBROUGH BARLOW. – Samuel Kimbrough Barlow was born in Nicolas county, Kentucky, January 14,1795. He was of Scotch origin, and inherited many of the sterling qualities of his ancestors. His race was remarkable for an unswerving fidelity to principles of right; and on every occasion these principles were disseminated or defended by courage which sometimes almost amounted to audacity. Freedom of speech and will and progression in all things were also marked characteristics of the ancestors of S.K. Barlow. Illustrative of these features of disposition in the Barlow family, a story is told of the fearlessness of the paternal grandfather of S.K. Barlow, who, just before the breaking out of the Revolutionary war, at the time that the hot-bed of dissolution was brewing, refused to take off his hat to one of the King’s squires; and, when remonstrated with and further aggravated by the squire cheering and shouting “Hurrah for King George,” audaciously knocked him down. It was the custom, at this time, for each man to raise his hat to the King’s officers; and to known one of them down greatly increased the magnitude of the crime. This was no doubt the prime cause of the hero of this sketch being born in Kentucky; for the old gentleman, not wishing to encounter or to submit to such insolence, preferred to isolate himself from such scenes until the time came for him to take up arms in defense of the principles which he then so emphatically advocated. He therefore moved into the rural districts of Virginia, not far from the borders of Kentucky. This early insight into frontier...

Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Martha H. Barlow

MRS. MARTHA H. BARLOW, wife of the foregoing, was born September 2, 1822, at the historic site of Spottsylvania, Virginia. In 1836, she accompanied her father, Elijah Portlaw, to Tennessee, and in 1840 was married to Doctor William E. Allen, of Palmyra, Missouri. In 1850 she crossed the plains with her husband bringing a family of two children, and endured great toils and dangers on account of the prevalence of cholera, and the necessary pre-occupation of her husband in administering to the sock. Except for this she would have much enjoyed the trip. With her husband she made the first home at Oregon City, where the Doctor died in March, 1851. The two children born of their union were Marion W. and Martha W. In 1852 she was married to Mr. William Barlow, and during more than thirty years has made for him a beautiful home, and furnished the conditions for his success in life. They have two children, Mary S. and Cassius...

Biography of Mrs. C. B. Cary

MRS. C.B. CARY. – This refined woman and intelligent lady, one of our earliest pioneers, comes of one of the old Virginia families of English or Cavalier origin; whose members, in the early days of the Old Dominion, took and held an advanced social position. She was born at Richmond in 1815, and at the age of four moved to Kentucky with her father, William Taylor. In 1831 she was married to Miles S. Cary, one of the pioneer sons of Kentucky, with his full share of southern chivalrousness and western energy. In 1835 they moved to Missouri, and were prospered in their efforts to make a home and carry on business. In the winter of 1842, however, their attention was called to the advantages of Oregon by a neighbor of theirs, a certain Squire Vivian, a merchant, who, on a visit to St. Louis on business, had found a pamphlet on Oregon written by Doctor Whitman, and was so much impressed by the value and possibilities of that country as there described that he determined to go thither the coming summer. The Carys, reading the document, also formed the same purpose. The Squire was unable to accomplish the design owing to the sickness of his wife; but the Cary’s collected their all into wagons and early in the spring of 1843, set out for the rendezvous on the Missouri. They also drove a considerable band of cattle, expecting to kill them for beef if necessary, or otherwise to drive them through, and thus to have the nucleus of a herd in the new home. For a time with...

Biographical Sketch of Governor George Abernethy

GOVERNOR GEORGE ABERNETHY . – Oregon’s first governor will of necessity occupy an important place in her annals. This is due both to the intrinsic character of the man and to his official position. So frequently, however, does he appear in the narration of the body of events described in this work that it is not necessary to do more here than give the mere outlines of his career. He was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1807. The family moved to the United States soon after; and the future governor spent the first thirty-two years of his life in New York.. In 1840 he came to Oregon as a lay member of the Methodist Mission. Settling at Oregon City, and taking charge of the Mission store and its business in general, he soon developed a shrewdness that provided the Mission as well as himself personally with an abundance of the mammon of unrighteousness. At the inauguration of the Provisional government in 1845, he was chosen governor; and thereafter by successive elections he remained in the executive office till the establishment of the territory in 1849. Afterwards he became largely instrumental in starting various mercantile operations at Oregon City and Linn City. In some of his speculations he was unfortunate, and lost a great part of the savings of his active life. He suffered also in the great flood of 1861 at Oregon City. In that year he removed to Portland, where he died in May,...

Biography of Joseph Buchtel

JOSEPH BUCHTEL. – The peculiar composition and make-up of this man is that of only one in a million. He is noted for his daring deeds of adventure, if they may be so called; and his whole life is made up of daily events in rescuing others from their perilous positions; indeed, so much so that he is known far and wide as the “Oregon Life Saver.” Hundreds, if we may not say thousands, who are living to-day directly owe their lives to him. The natural daily routine of circumstances seems to have brought him upon the scene just in time to act; and, being possessed of that warrantable cool-headedness , that while others were so ungovernably excited and frantic with fright, he, of all men, and at all times, maintained that perfect equilibrium to act instantly, effectively and in each instance and under all circumstances and upon all occasions with the merited success of saving the life of someone, and sometimes a dozen or more. In times of imminent danger or immediate peril, Mr. Buchtel seems not to have given the first thought to his own personal safety; but instead, taking his life in his own hands, he went forth to the rescue. With perfect confidence in his own ability, and assured correctness of his own judgment, on the very brink of some perilous occasion, where the lives of two or more are lightly weighing in the balance, we see Mr. Buchtel, not only taking the position of some great general or eminent commander, but likewise filling the more humble positions of the private in the rear ranks...

Biography of Hon. B. F. Burch

HON. B.F. BURCH. – B.F. Burch was born on the second day of May, 1825, in Chariton county, Missouri, where he lived during the first twenty years of his life, and received what was then considered a good, common-school education. It was complete enough to secure him the position of teacher for the families of Honorable Jesse Applegate and neighbors the first winter after his arrival here, – 1845-46. He also taught the first school in what is now known Polk county. In 1846, in company with Jesse Applegate, Lindsey Applegate, David Goff, William J.G. Parker, William Spotsman, John Jones, John Owens, William Wilson, Robert Smith, “Black” Harris, John Bogus, F.H. Goodhue, Levi Scott, John M. Scott and Bennett Osborne, he viewed out and located what is known as the Southern Oregon wagon road, and conducted a large number of immigrants over the new route to Oregon City, cutting the road and piloting the newcomers through the famous Umpqua cañon. In 1847 he started to return to Missouri, but met his father and family on Bear river and came back with them over the new road. When the Oregon Volunteers were organized under Colonels Gilliam and Watters, he was adjutant of the first regiment, and served through the Cayuse war of 1847-48, participating in all the battles, and was with Colonel Gilliam when the latter was killed, taking charge of his body and sending it to his family. After the colonel’s death, Mr. Burch took charge of the command until it returned to the main body at Walla Walla. He was in the Yakima war of 1855-56, and took...
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