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Biography of Daniel G. McKenzie

DANIEL G. McKENZIE. – This is also a pioneer who found all the lands surrounding Pullman, Washington Territory, a sea of bunch-grass. He was born in Illinois in 1842. His father, Henry McKenzie was one of the early settlers of that state, and served in the Black Hawk war, and he came afterwards a pioneer of Iowa, building the town of Winterset. As county commissioner he conceived the idea of building a county-seat, and with the two other commissioners bought one hundred and sixty-acres of land near the center of the county, sold enough lots off from it to pay the purchase price, and deeded the tract to the county, naming the place after his old home. The town flourished; and the sale of lots has been sufficient to obtain all the money for county buildings without taxation. There the subject of this sketch grew up, and in 1855 was married to Miss Sarah A. Bell, and removed to Texas, but the next year returned to Iowa, and afterwards made his home in Kansas. He was in the old West until 1877, when he came to his present locality, taking a claim on the sight of Pullman. There he began living and improving; and the country has settled up and the town grown around him. He is very hopeful of the future of the city and county, believing this to have the best climate, soil and natural resources of any other equal area in the world. He does not think that the delicate fruits, such as peaches, will succeed; but apples and berries grow without any hindrance. The grasses,...

Ward, Kenneth Wayne – Obituary

Ken Ward Killed in Car Wreck Enterprise, Oregon Kenneth Wayne Ward, 40, of Pullman, Washington, formerly of Enterprise, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Landy Ward of Enterprise, was killed at 1:50 pm on Saturday, Jan. 25, 1969 in a two car collision of US Highway 195 about seven miles south of Pullman. Kenneth was driving a 1967 Plymouth sedan and was south bound when his car skidded on the icy road and collided with a north bound 1963 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by John George, a professor at WSU, who was accompanied by his wife, Mary Helen. Mrs. George passed away at the Pullman Memorial hospital. Mr. George suffered bruises, abrasions and shock. Washington State Police said that the Ward vehicle went into a skid on a slightly downhill curve and crossed into the path of the George vehicle and was struck on the driver’s side. Both vehicles came to a stop in the ditch adjacent to the northbound lane of traffic. Both vehicles were damaged beyond practical repair. Ward was killed outright and Mrs. George, a lab technician at WSU, died enroute to a Pullman hospital. Ward had been employed as a ranch hand by Richard D. Wilbourn, Rt.. 2, Pullman, for the last six years. Memorial services for Kenneth are being held today (Thurs.) at 2 pm at the Bollman Chapel with Rev. Lester T. Wells officiating. Military committal service will be by Wallowa Lake Post No. 157 of the American Legion of Joseph, and casket bearers will be Richard Stein, Horce Daggett, Delwyn Zollman, Jean Butler, Gary Muntjewerff and Ronald Cole. Interment will be in...

Johnson, Lora Jeannette – Obituary

Lora J. Johnson died on May 20, 2007, at Alpine House in Joseph. She was 90. Mrs. Johnson was born on Sept. 12, 1916, in Regina, Saskatchewan Province, Canada to Durbin Yost and Anna McKay Yost. Her parents immigrated to Pullman, Wash. where she graduated from high school and briefly attended Washington State University. She married C. Raymond Johnson in 1938 and they lived at, and operated, the family ranch on Prairie Creek, in the Wallowa Valley. She lived at the ranch for over sixty years until she moved to Alpine House several years ago. Mrs. Johnson loved life at the ranch and the close relationship she had with her husband Raymond, her children and her friends and neighbors. After she raised her children, she enjoyed her grandchildren and the many family gatherings. She loved the Wallowa Valley and her view of the Wallowa Mountains, which she often said she enjoyed each and every day. She was a long time member of the Enterprise Community Congregational Church and was active for many years in the Cowbelles and the Lady Elks. She is survived by daughter Judy and husband Brent Atherton; daughter Linda and husband Bob Chrisman; son Roland and wife Donna; daughter-in-law Christy Johnson; ten grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren and her brother Paul Yost. Her son Len Johnson and her husband C. Raymond Johnson preceded her in death. Funeral Services will be held at the Enterprise Community Congregational Church at 2:30 p.m. on June 2. Internment at the Bramlet Cemetery, and a reception in Wallowa at the residence of her grandson Doug Chrisman, will follow. Contributions in her memory may...

Cavallaro, Bruce A. – Obituary

Enterprise, Oregon Bruce A. Rutherford died April 16, 2007, at his Pullman, Wash. home. He was 82. Mr. Rutherford was born on a farm Aug. 18, 1924, near Landis, Saskatchewan, Canada, to Merrill and Gladys McHargue Rutherford. He grew up in Enterprise and graduated from high school there in 1942. He attended WSU in Pullman, Wash. for a brief time before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. He served during World War II as a bombardier and radar observer operator. He married his high school sweetheart, Betty Warnock in Carlsbad, N.M. on Sept. 9, 1944. Upon being honorably discharged from the military, he returned to WSU and completed his degree in electrical engineering in 1948. The couple made their home in Pullman and he began working for the building and grounds department at WSU. He worked his way up in the department and became Director of the Physical Plant in 1965. He retired from WSU in 1976 and then sold real estate in the Pullman area for several years. Mr. Rutherford loved golfing, fishing and hunting and he enjoyed woodworking. He was active in the Community Congregational Church and served on several boards. He was also a member of the Pullman City Council for nine years. He was a member of the Pullman Lions Club and the American Legion. He is survived by his wife Betty; three children Susan Muller of Carson City, NV., Gregory Rutherford of Chewelah, WA. and John Rutherford of Pullman; six grandchildren and a brother, Robert Rutherford of Prescott Valley, AZ. He was preceded in death by his parents. Memorials are suggested to Friends of...

Johnson, Lora Jeannette – Obituary

Enterprise, Oregon Lora Jeannette Johnson of Enterprise May 20, 2007. She was 90. Services will be held June 2, 2007, at 2:30 p.m. at the Community Congregational Church in Enterprise. A complete obituary will run at a later date. Wallowa County Chieftain, May 24, 2007 Contributed by Dixie Ricker Second Obit. Lora J. Johnson died on May 20, 2007, at Alpine House in Joseph. She was 90. Mrs. Johnson was born on Sept. 12, 1916, in Regina, Saskatchewan Province, Canada to Durbin Yost and Anna McKay Yost. Her parents immigrated to Pullman, Wash. where she graduated from high school and briefly attended Washington State University. She married C. Raymond Johnson in 1938 and they lived at, and operated, the family ranch on Prairie Creek, in the Wallowa Valley. She lived at the ranch for over sixty years until she moved to Alpine House several years ago. Mrs. Johnson loved life at the ranch and the close relationship she had with her husband Raymond, her children and her friends and neighbors. After she raised her children, she enjoyed her grandchildren and the many family gatherings. She loved the Wallowa Valley and her view of the Wallowa Mountains, which she often said she enjoyed each and every day. She was a long time member of the Enterprise Community Congregational Church and was active for many years in the Cowbelles and the Lady Elks. She is survived by daughter Judy and husband Brent Atherton; daughter Linda and husband Bob Chrisman; son Roland and wife Donna; daughter-in-law Christy Johnson; ten grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren and her brother Paul Yost. Her son Len Johnson and...

Treadwell, Margaret Steward Schnebly – Obituary

Margaret Schnebly Treadwell, 78, of Ellensburg, died Thursday [June 22, 1989] at Kittitas Valley Community Hospital following a brief illness. Born in Yakima on June 29, 1910, she attended Yakima schools and Washington State University, where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority, Spurs, Mortar Board, Theta Sigma Phi and Phi Kappa Phi scholastic honoraries and Who’s Who in American College and Universities. Following graduation in the early 30s from WSU, she worked in Pullman before coming to Ellensburg. She was employed for many years at Central Washington University as secretary to Dr. E. E. Samuelson, Dean of Students. She later served as secretary to the Kittitas County commissioners and was also employed by the City of Ellensburg as secretary to the city manager. Mrs. Treadwell actively supported many organizations. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Janet Howe Hospital Guild, Washington State Republicans, Arvida Club and the Ellensburg Golf and Country Club. In the past she served on the lay committee for the Ellensburg School District, was a member of the YMCA Board, and was a corresponding reporter for the Yakima Herald. She was an active member for more than 50 years of Pi Beta Phi Alumni, serving as a province officer in the 1960s. She was chosen outstanding mother at WSU in May of 1963. She and Robert D. Schnebly were married in Yakima on November 9, 1939. They farmed in the Fairview District until his death in 1958. She and Alva Treadwell were married in Ellensburg on February 19, 1966. He preceded her in death of April 26, 1979. Survivors include a...

Baum, Eva Mae Scott Mrs. – Obituary

Eva Mae Baum, 96, of Tacoma, Wash., a former longtime Baker City resident, died March 21, 2006, at her home in Tacoma. Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2625 Hughes Lane. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Eva Mae Baum was born on July 29, 1909, near Pullman, Wash., to Charles and Edna Scott. She was one of three children. She lived most of her childhood at Spokane, Wash. In 1926, she moved with her mother to La Grande. It was there that she married Jack Stewart in 1930. They moved to Pondosa to live until 1943, when her husband died and she moved to Baker City. She lived here for the next 52 years. In 1946, she married Orville N. Baum in Baker City. They were married for 49 years. He died in 1995. At that time she moved to Tacoma, Wash., to live with one of her daughters. She was a loving wife and mother who spent her life being a homemaker. She enjoyed reading and needlework and she loved to take trips. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was preceded in death by three children, “Bud” Stewart, who died 1954; Loren Baum, who died in 1960; and Phillip Baum, who died in 1968. Survivors include eight children and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her children are: Sister Esther Stewart of Tacoma, Wash., Diona Fortner and Marla Fox of Kennewick, Wash., LaMar Baum, Nancy Denton and Mary Green of Spokane, Wash., Joyce LaRose of Salt Lake City and...

Biographical Sketch of Thomas H. Kayler

THOMAS H. KAYLER. – Mr. Kayler, a gentleman of wide reputation, was born in Lenox county, Canada, in 1856, and resided on his father’s farm sixteen years, and afterwards learned the drug business at Napanee. In the spring of 1876 he came to California, and made his first location in Sacramento, where he found employment in the drug store of Justice Gates & Co. The following year he removed to Santa Rosa, coming soon afterwards to Portland. The next summer, in company with Peter Graham, he drove with teams to the Palouse country, and located on three hundred and twenty acres half a mile south of the present city of Pullman, Washington, being among the first settlers in that vicinity. He followed farming until 1884, when he returned to his old business, opening a drug store in Pullman, and conducting it with various intermissions until the fall of 1888. In the above year he sold his first holding, and purchased two hundred and forty acres three-fourths of a mile north of the city. He also owns a large town property in Pullman, and is one of the responsible men of the place, being dealer in real estate. He was married in that city January 1, 1879, to Miss Della Layman. By this union they have two...

Biographical Sketch of M. C. True

M.C. TRUE. – The proprietor of the Palace Hotel at the city of Pullman, Washington, is a native of Indiana, and was born in 1847. While but a boy, his family removed to California, locating in 1853, upon a farm. Somewhat later his father began hotel-keeping and is still the proprietor of the Suscol House at Napa. While at that place young True received a good education, and assisted in the hotel, but in 1880 sought a field of his own. He went to Moscow, Idaho Territory, and leased and ran the Barton House. Two years later he came to Pullman, and built and has since conducted the finest hotel in that city. In 1887 it was enlarged to a capacity of twenty-five rooms. Aside from his private business, Mr. True takes a leading interest in the public schools, having served as clerk for two years. The facilities of the schools have been increased to accommodate seventy-five pupils. A healthy public feeling on the subject of education prevails; and the three children of the gentleman of whom we write illustrate their father’s interest and care in this regard. The agricultural resources and railway facilities at Pullman assure its steady growth; and while not expecting to rival such places as Walla Walla, Spokane Falls, or the City of Destiny, it will always be an important commercial point. There Mr. True has a pleasant home, and enjoys life with his family, having been married in California, and having three promising...

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