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Biography of Arthur Lee Oliver

Arthur Lee Oliver, attorney at law, practicing as a member of the firm of Oliver, Raithel & Lacy in St. Louis, was born January 5, 1879, at Leemon, Cape Girardeau county, Missouri. His father, the late Henry Clay Oliver, was also a native of Cape Girardeau county, born February 12, 1852, and was a grandson of John Oliver, who was the founder of the family in this state and was a Virginian by birth. He came to Missouri prior to the admission of the state into the Union, arriving in 1814 and establishing a large plantation known as “Pleasant Gardens,” containing about-seven thousand acres. He was a large slave owner, having more than one hundred slaves but never selling one. Mr. Oliver of this review had two uncles on the paternal side, Charles Augustus and Adolphus Oliver, who fought in the Civil war with the Confederate troops and on the maternal side had an uncle, Charles Alexander, who was also in the army and was killed at the battle of Wilson’s Creek. Henry Clay Oliver, father of Arthur L. Oliver, followed farming and stock raising as a life work and met with very substantial success in the conduct of his business affairs. He died January 5, 1901, at the age of almost forty-nine years. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Mary Louise Alexander, was born October 3, 1853, near Jackson, Missouri, now known as Leemon, Cape Girardeau county, her parents being William E. and Ann (Short) Alexander, both of whom were pioneer Missourians, coming to the middle west from Cabarrus county, North Carolina. Mrs. Oliver passed away...

Biography of Neil Baxter Gardner

Since 1915 Neil Baxter Gardner has been Superintendent of the Oklahoma State Home for Orphans at Pryor. He was first appointed to that position of public service by Governor R. L. Williams, and he discharged his duties with such efficiency during that administration, that he was reappointed by Governor Robertson, with a substantial increase in salary. Mr. Gardner is one of Oklahoma’s sons by adoption, for he was born in Independence, Henderson County, Tennessee, on the 12th of October, 1875. His parents were Nathan A. and Frances Leona (Autry) Gardner, both of whom were born in Tennessee. They are now deceased. Neil Baxter Gardner received his early education in the common schools of Independence and Juno, Tennessee, and at the age of eighteen years enrolled as a student in the Baptist College, at Lexington. He attended that institution for one year and then enrolled in the Georgie Robertson Christian College, at Henderson, from which he was graduated with the LL. B. degree in 1899. For a few months he engaged in the practice of law with his old instructor, John W. Robertson of Henderson. He later went to Humboldt, Tennessee, and entered the mill and lumber business. For two years he remained in that town and then went to Missouri, locating in Tyler, where the following two years were spent in the conduct of a mercantile business. Subsequently he came to Arkansas and was for some time associated with Taylor & Gibson in the cotton business at Elgin. Resigning his position with that firm Mr. Gardner removed to Snapp and until the fall of 1903 he was employed with...

Wilder, Emily Ellen Osbon Mrs. – Obituary

Emily Ellen Wilder, 70, of Pendleton and a former Baker City resident, died May 13, 2003, at her home. A funeral service was held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in La Grande. Committal and interment followed at the Island City Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Daniels Chapel of the Valley in La Grande. Mrs. Wilder was born June 20, 1932, to John and Suzy Ellen (Tate) Osbon in Hayti, Mo. She was the youngest of four children. The family traveled throughout the states and settled in Eugene when she was still in school. In October 1948 she married George Wilder at Eugene. They lived in Eugene, Perry, Baker City and La Grande before moving to Pendleton. Her family was extremely important to her and she loved spending time with them. Mrs. Wilder enjoyed tole painting and reading. She also enjoyed doing bonsai and she loved the Lord Jesus. Survivors include her husband of 54 years, George Wilder of Pendleton; children, Cristy and Terry Gaertner of La Grande and Dane and Kristin Wilder of Bend; grandchildren, Jeff and Heidi Gaertner, Aaron and Niamh Gaertner, Cameron Gaertner, Bryant Secl, Baylee Wilder, Ashlea Secl and Kindyl Wilder; great-grandchildren, Landry and Dawson Gaertner; sister, Mildred Voorhees of La Grande, and other relatives and friends. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, May 23, 2003 Transcribed by: Belva...

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