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Biographical Sketch of Joseph M. French

(See Grant and Riley) -Joseph Mason, son of Robert Mosby and Margaret (Fields) French, was born near Stillwell Sept. 22, 1856, and was educated in the Cherokee National schools. He married at Fort Gibson on July 19, 1876, Sallie, daughter of John McNary and Nancy (Ivy) Riley, born Oct. 9, 1860. Mrs. French died Nov. 11, 1901. They were the parents Frances Abigail born July 27, 1879, Jennie Myrtle, born February 7, 1881 ; Lewis, born July 28, 1883; Gypsy, born November 24, 1886; George Yarborough, born March 12, 1889; Beulah, born July 8, 1891; Cabal Vaughan, born Dec. 6, 1893; Josh Mason, born July 24, 1898; and John Foreman, born October 22, 1901. Mr. French’s second wife, E. May (Elliott) French, is the mother of Nina, (born Feb. 1904, and Walter French, born Feb. 8, 1906. Mr. French is a member of the Methodist Church, Knights of Pythias, and the Redman fraternities. He was elected superintendent of the Female Seminary in...

Biographical Sketch of Hall Mayes

(See Grant, Downing, Foreman, Oolootsa, Adair, Ross, Conrad and Duncan)—Hall, son of Walter Adair and Nannie Riley (McCoy) Mayes was born near Pryor September 26, 1891, educated at Male Seminary, Bacone University and Agricultural College at Stillwater. Married at Muskogee, September 1, 1915, Sallie Pearl, daughter of Henry Clay and Nannie Vinita (West) Cochran, born October 18, 1893. Educated at Female Seminary and Northeastern State Normal, Tahlequah. They are the parents of Virginia Lee, born September 26, 1916; Mary Hall, born July 22, 1918 and Lucile Cochran Mayes, born July 19, 1920. Samuel Mayes, born April 11, 1803, in Tennessee. Married January 27, 1824 Nancy Adair, born October 7, 1808. He died December 30, 1858 and she died March 18, 1876. They were the parents of George Washington Mayes born November 5, 1824. Married May 21, 1846, Charlotte Bushyhead born March 16, 1830. She died January 23, 1878 and he died October 28, 1894. They were the parents of Walter Adair Mayes born December 9, 1860. Married December 25, 1890 Nannie Rider McCoy born March 25, 1868. They were the parents of Hall Mayes. John Rogers married Tiana Foster. They were the parents of Elizabeth Rogers who married Jesse Cochran and their son Jesse the parents of Henry Clay Cochran who married Nannie Vinita West and they were the parents of Sallie Pearl (Cochran)...

Biography of Carl Judge

Carl Judge. While Carl Judge, the well known journalist, the owner and editor of the Beverly Tribune, at Beverly, Kansas, could ill be spared from the newspaper profession, there are other lines in which he was trained, and in which he would have undoubtedly gained recognition had he chosen to pursue them. Mr. Judge was a man of considerable newspaper experience before he came to Kansas, and had owned and very ably edited other journals than the Tribune. Carl Judge was born in Osage County, Kansas, July 10, 1878. His parents were Martyr C. and Mary (Roberts) Judge. His father was born in the State of New York, March 23, 1841, and died at Perkins, Oklahoma, in February, 1914. His mother was born in Wales, in 1848, and died in 1880, in the City of Austin, Texas. To this marriage three children were born, namely: William H., who resided on the old Judge farm near Perkins, Oklahoma; Herbert T., who is a farmer in the same locality; and Carl. Later in life Martyr C. Judge was married to Lavinia B. See, who was born in 1841, in Virginia, and died near Perkins in the spring of 1917, leaving no children. Martyr C. Judge was of English ancestry and his father founded the family in New York, from which atate, in the son’s boyhood, he removed to Wisconsin. Martyr C. Judge spent his early youth in Wisconsin and in young manhood went to Illinois but when the Civil war came on he returned to Wisconsin and in 1862 enlisted in the Third Wisconsin Cavalry, serving three years and six months....

Biography of Ed Darnell

Ed Darnell, a prominent farmer and stockman, living five miles southwest of Bartlesville, was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, August 19, 1874, but was only three years of age when taken to southern Kansas by his parents, L. J. and Rachel (Clark) Darnell, the family residing in that state for a period of fifteen years. On the 22d of April, 1889, they went to old Oklahoma, settling in Payne County, eleven miles west of Stillwater. The father became the first county recorder of Payne County and was appointed to the office by the first governor of the state. This position he continued to fill for two terms in a most creditable and satisfactory manner and then returned to his farm. He died June 5, 1900. His wife passed away in January, 1918, at Lawrence, Kansas. Both were laid to rest in the cemetery at Stillwater, Oklahoma. Ed Darnell started out in the business world as a cow-puncher on the old Cherokee Strip, when he was seventeen years of age. Throughout the intervening period he has been connected with agricultural pursuits and stock raising. He is now successfully engaged in the cattle business in Osage county, where he has leased ten thousand acres of land for the purpose of raising his cattle thereon. His home, however, is in Washington County, where he has sixty acres of rich and productive land five miles southwest of Bartlesville and on this stands a beautiful residence in the midst of a fine forest. The home was erected at a cost of seventeen thousand dollars and is thoroughly modern throughout with a splendid water and...

Blackburn, Robert Neil, Dr. – Obituary

Joseph, Oregon Dr. Robert Neil Blackburn, 77, of Cushing, Okla., and formerly of Joseph died July 27. Dr. Blackburn was born Aug. 1, 1929, in Cushing, Okla. He served as a jet fighter pilot in the Korean War and taught other pilots how to fly by instrument. After leaving the military, he graduated from medical school at the University of Oklahoma, and served his residency at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane. He bought Dr. Coffman’s practice in Joseph and practiced there for nearly 25 years. He delivered many of the babies in Wallowa County for two generations. He worked in Asotin, Wash., for five years before retiring to Oklahoma. He volunteered his services at every Chief Joseph Days Rodeo, and was grand marshal of the Chief Joseph Days parade. He also started Joseph Little League Baseball. Survivors include five sisters, all in Oklahoma. Four brothers died earlier. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending Sept. 2, 2006, Published: September 5,...

Blackburn, Robert Neil – Obituary

Joseph, Oregon Dr. Robert N. Blackburn, who practiced medicine in Wallowa County for many years, died in Oklahoma on July 27, 2006. A full obituary will be published at a later date. Wallowa County Chieftain, August 24, 2006 Dr. Robert Blackburn Dr. Robert Neil Blackburn, of Cushing, Okla., died there July 27, 2006. He was 77. Mr. Blackburn was born at home Aug. 1, 1929, in Cushing, Okla. Mr. Blackburn was a jet fighter pilot in the Korean War. He was an instrument pilot. He returned to Texas to teach other pilots how to fly by instrument. The other pilots often exceeded him in rank. At age 26 his buddies ribbed the jet pilot that he needed to learn to drive, so he did. After his time in the service, he attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma. He served his residency at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, Wash. and discovered Wallowa County. He bought Dr. Coffman’s medical practice in Joseph and practiced there for nearly 25 years, before retiring to Oklahoma. He delivered many of the babies in Wallowa County, and some of their babies. Known by his patients as “Dr. B”, his civic involvement included volunteering as a physician at every Chief Joseph Days Rodeo. He was selected as a grand marshal of a Chief Joseph Days parade in 1979. He also started Joseph Little League baseball and the Blackburn Field in Joseph . Later he opened a practice in Asotin, Wash. for five years, then returned to Cushing, Okla. He is survived by five sisters in Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by four brothers. He...

Jordan, Roy Pennington – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Roy (Big Smoke) Jordan, of 1808 Third St., died Saturday, March 1, at his home. Mr. Jordan was a retired Union Pacific Railroad engineer. He was 66. Mr. Jordan, was born April 9, 1913 at Scranton, Ark., the son of George and Rachel (Keimmamer) Jordan. On June 2, 1933, he was married to Catherine Kaup at Stillwater, Okla., They moved to La Grande in 1939. Mr. Jordan was a member of La Grande Elks Lodge #433; La Grande Eagles Aerie #259; Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers; and a life member of Union Pacific Oldtimers Club. Survivors include his wife of La Grande; sons, Bobby C., Spokane, Wash.; Brad S. Gresham; daughters, Mrs. Gene (Patricia) Peterson, of La Grande; Mrs. Bob (Caroline) Schie, Portland; brother, George C., Nampa, Idaho; sisters, Maude Adams, Ardmore, Okla.; Lula Hankins, Ponca City, Okla.; six grandsons; four granddaughters; numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Services are scheduled Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Daniels Valley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Henry Beegan of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church and the La Grande Elks Lodge #433 officiating. Vault interment will follow at Calvary cemetery. The Observer, La Grande, OR Monday, March 3, 1980 Page...

Lillard, Kenneth Leroy – Obituary

Kenneth Leroy Lillard, 84, of La Grande, died March 19 at his home. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Christian Church of La Grande. There will be a viewing from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Loveland Funeral Chapel. Ken was born in Yale, Okla., on Jan. 22, 1924, to Frank and Sadie Lillard. He graduated school in Lovell, Wyo., in 1941, and attended Radio Broadcasters School of America in Beverly Hills, Calif. He moved to Portland in 1944 and worked at KVAN Radio in Vancouver, Wash. He went to work for KLBM Radio in La Grande in December 1944 and became manager in 1952. He purchased KLBM in 1972 and put KLBM-FM radio on the air in 1977. He sold both stations in January 1985. He received the Man of the Year award from the La Grande-Union County Chamber of Commerce in 1971. He received the Distinguished Citizens Award from the La Grande Jaycees in 1957 and was nominated for the same award a few years later. Ken had been a member of the La Grande Lions Club, and served as president for one year. He had also been a member of the Elks Lodge, served on the board of directors of the Salvation Army, the Red Cross and chaired the Blood Drawing Program for several years. He was a member of First Christian Church for more than 50 years, an elder and chairman of that board for many years, chair of the Worship Committee for many years, chairman of the congregation for one year, sang in Chancel Choir for...

Jordan, Bobby Gene – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Bobby Gene Jordan, 73, of Spokane and formerly of La Grande, died Aug. 24 in Spokane. A funeral service will begin at 4 p.m. today at Heritage Funeral Home in Spokane. Burial will be at Riverside Memorial Park. Bobby was born April 7, 1935, in Ripley, Okla. He grew up in La Grande and graduated from La Grande High School. Bobby retired from the Air Force as a chief master sergeant after 22 1/2 years. He then worked as an equipment technician until his retirement. He was a member of the VFW Post 1435, Moose Lodge No. 482, Eagles, FOB Club and American Legion. He is survived by sons, Kim Jordan of Cheney, Wash., and Todd and Jon Jordan, both of Spokane; daughters, Jeni Turner of Sequim, Wash., Shari Franklin of Spokane; sisters, Patricia Peterson and Caroline Schie; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. The Observer – August 29,...

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