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Biography of Henry Heitfeld

In considering the career of the present United States senator for Idaho, Hon. Henry Heitfeld, we are led to the following reflections: It is a well attested maxim that the greatness of a state lies not in its machinery for government, nor even in its institutions, but in the sterling qualities of its individual citizens, in their capacity for high and unselfish effort and their devotion to the public good. An enumeration of those men of the present generation who have won honor and public recognition for themselves and at the same time have honored the state to which they belong, would be incomplete were there failure to make prominent reference to the one whose name initiates this paragraph. He has attained distinction in the business world and is a recognized leader in political circles in Idaho. He has been and is distinctively a man of affairs, and one who has wielded a wide influence. A strong mentality, an invincible courage, a most determined individuality have so entered into his makeup as to render him a natural leader of men and a director of opinion. Henry Heitfeld was born in St. Louis, Missouri, June 12, 1859. His parents were natives of Germany, and on their emigration to America, in the early ’50s, located in St. Louis, where the father, by his well-directed efforts and indefatigable energy, won a handsome competence and was widely known as a successful merchant. Both he and his wife were members of the Catholic Church and were people of the highest probity of character. Mr. Heitfeld passed away in 1867, at the age of thirty-eight...

McCully, Frank M. – Obituary

Death calls F. M. M’Cully, Passes away after a sinking spell yesterday morning Funeral Thursday Frank M. McCully, Deputy State Superintendent of Public Instruction, died at 5:30 o’clock yesterday morning…underwent an operation for removal of gall stones about ten days ago. The operation was successful but his condition was so enfeebled by the progress of the disease attended by kidney trouble of a similar nature that he failed to rally and rapidly became worse. Saturday and Sunday death was fought off by the injection of saline solution but on Monday he rallied perceptibly and strong hope of his ultimate recovery was entertained. At four o’clock yesterday morning a sinking spell occurred and death occurred an hour and a half later.” “The flags on all the school buildings and upon the State Capitol Building were at half mast yesterday in respect to his memory…The Elks, of which Mr. McCully was a member, will have charge of the services at the grave. Interment will be in Masonic cemetery.” Of Scotch descent; descendants first settled in New Brunswick [wrong]; later pioneers of Ohio, where his father was born in 1829; came to OR overland in 1852; Frank’s father died earlier this year (1907) at the home of his daughter in OR. Frank b. 2 Oct 1857 Harrisburg, OR; moved to Salem with family in 1866; graduated from Willamette U. in B. S. in 1877; went into newspaper work, being associated with the Columbia Chronicle (Dayton, WA), Pomeroy Republican (Pomeroy, WA), and Wallowa Chieftain for 6 yrs. In 1884 he established the School Journal at Dayton, went on to publish it five years...

Brink, Adala M. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Adala M. Brink, 96, passed away Monday, February 14, 2000, at the Wallowa County Care Center in Enterprise. Adala M. Walter was born on March 23, 1903, to Carrie and Newton Walker at Coopersville, Michigan. She married the late Peter D. Brink Sept., 1926 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They moved in 1932 to Pomeroy, Wash., where Dr. Brink had a medical practice for 30 years. During that time Mrs. Brink was active in various community organizations including Order of Eastern Star, Daughters of Rebecca and Daughters of the Nile. She was also a member of the Walla Walla Valley Auxiliary. In the late 1960’s she moved to Walla Walla where she was employed as a tax accountant and was active in community concert. Mrs. Brink is survived by her son, Melvin Brink of Enterprise, her daughter, Beate Fuller of Gillette, N.J., six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. At her request disposition was by cremation and no services were held. Arrangements were made by Bollman Funeral Home of Enterprise. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, Thursday, February 24, 2000 Contributed by: Sue...

Bennett, Clara D. – Obituary

Enterprise, Oregon Clara D. Bennett, 96, of Aurora, died April 12, 2004, at home. She was born Oct. 15, 1907, in Anatone, Wash. Mrs. Bennett married Edward W. Snodderly in 1926. After a divorce, she was married to Lawrence Bennett from 1955 until his death in 1992. During her life, she lived in Pomeroy, Wash., Canyon City, Enterprise, Goldendale, Wash., John Day, and finally Aurora for the past nine years. Survivors include daughters Lorna Greeley of Aurora and Diane J. Sweek of John Day; sons Laddie Snodderly of Hermiston, Timothy Snodderly of Aurora, David Snodderly of Lodi, Calif., and E. Terry Snodderly of Newport; a sister Myrtle Hastings of Goldendale, Wash.; a brother Darrow Lynch of Wapato, Wash.; 20 grandchildren; 39 great grandchildren; and 23 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Edgar LeRoy Snodderly, five sisters and three brothers. Graveside services were held April 16, 2004, at the Pomeroy City Cemetery in Pomeroy, Wash. Memorial contributions may be made to the Willamette Falls Hospice, 1404 Division St., Suite 7, Oregon City, OR 97045. Wallowa County Chieftain, Thursday, April 22,...

Aylward, Ruby Lamara – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Ruby Lamara Aylward, 95, formerly of Joseph and Elgin, died in her sleep on Sept. 2 in Gresham. She will be cremated and buried with her husband of 67 years, William Quintin Aylward, in the Mountain View Cemetery in Walla Walla during a private service. Affordable Funeral Alternatives in Gresham is in charge of arrangements. Ruby was born April 19, 1912, in Pomeroy, Wash. She later married William Q. Aylward, a farmer. They moved to Joseph in 1947, and in 1952 moved to Elgin, where they farmed for more than 45 years. She lived at the Fairlawn Good Samaritan Society nursing home in Gresham for the past three years. Those who knew her say her passion in life was her family and their well-being; she always put others first. She was a Methodist. She is survived by her children, Michael Aylward of Soldotna, Alaska, Richard Aylward of Gresham, Martina Aylward of Redding, Calif., and Berna Dean Frederick of Palmer, Alaska. La Grande Observer – Obituaries For The Week Ending September 8, 2007 Published: September 8,...

George, Ella Mrs.

Death Takes Widow of Pioneer Minister (By Halfway Correspondent) Milton, Feb. 4. – Mrs. Ella George, widow of Rev. David George, who died 15 years ago, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C.D. Walters, here Monday night. Mrs. George was well known in the valley, having lived here the greater part of her life. She was born in Iowa in 1858 and crossed the plains when but a very small child coming with her parents first to California. In that state in 1875, she married the Rev. Mr. George, who was a circuit rider for the Methodist Episcopal church, South. They served a number of circuits among them being Moscow, Ida., Pomeroy, Wa., Heppner and several others in the Walla Walla valley. They settled in Milton in 1888. She is survived by five children. Funeral services were held in the Methodist Episcopal church, South, here Thursday. – Oregon Daily Journal. Mrs. George was well known in Halfway and many friend regret her passing. Her daughter, Mrs. Ernest McQueen, lived here for several years and the Rev. and Mrs. George often visited her. North Powder News Friday, February 12,...

Shook, Mary Annette Leback Mrs. – Obituary

Mary Annette Shook, 79, a former Halfway resident, died Dec. 28, 2004, at Pomeroy, Wash., after a year of declining health. Her memorial service will be scheduled this spring to allow distant relatives to attend. Mary was born May 28, 1925, at Chinook, Wash. She grew up in Astoria, graduated from Oregon State University in Corvallis, and then taught home economics at Halfway High School. She married Robert Shook of Halfway on March 6, 1949, in Astoria. In 1951 they moved to Seattle and there raised three sons. Robert and Mary retired to Halfway in the summer of 1980 to their new house on Dawson Street. Robert died in February of 1984. Mary was diagnosed with a brain tumor in November 2000, and complications from surgery to remove the tumor prevented her from returning to her home. She spent her last years at Memory Manor Nursing Home in Pomeroy. Mary enjoyed cooking, sewing, traveling and collecting dolls. She especially enjoyed making doll clothes, which she would give to children or donate to charity fund-raisers. She was an avid volunteer, a leader with Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts, and she taught sewing classes and helped with programs for seniors citizens in Halfway and Baker City. Survivors include her brother, Capt. Warren G. Leback; her sons, Vernon William, Michael Robert, and Allen Todd; daughter-in-law, Majlis Marie Shook; granddaughter, Caitlin Jessica Shook; step-grandchildren, Gregory Ward Becken and Amanda Elizabeth Nelson; nine nieces, four nephews and her devoted traveling companion, Bill Allen. She was preceded in death by her parents, Capt. Vernon Leander Leback and June Josephine Leback; and by her brother, Capt....

Biography of George Benson Kuykendall, M.D.

GEORGE BENSON KUYKENDALL, M.D. – This gentleman, one of the foremost physicians of Eastern Washington, was born near Terre Haute, Indiana, in the year 1843. When three years old he was taken by his father’s family to Wisconsin. In 1852 the family set out on the long, hard journey to the Pacific slope. That was the sad year of cholera and pestilence. Being somewhat late in starting, the Kuykendall family followed in the wake of sickness and death, the mournful evidences of which were most vividly impressed on the mind of the boy who afterwards became the man here described. many an abandoned wagon, many a dying animal, and many a hastily hollowed grave, did they pass. They themselves plodded wearily on, keeping double vigil, – on the sick and dying within, and the prowling savages without. When the train reached Snake river, they crossed in the hope of finding better grass. Here the father was taken sick with typhoid fever; and for many weeks he was dragged helpless and seemingly at the point of death, over the dusty and dismal wastes of Southern, Idaho. Finally, nearly all the family stock having died, the wagon was abandoned; and the family was put into the wagon belonging to a brother, who was sharing with them the difficult journey. Reaching at last the welcome Dalles, they gladly exchanged their broken-down wagon for an open flatboat, and set sail on the majestic flow of the Columbia. The father had not yet recovered; and a young sister yielded up her innocent life near the wild heights of the Cascades. There, in those most...

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