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Eager, Lawrence Eugene – Obituary

Lawrence “Larry” Eugene Eager, 73, of Portland, died May 13. Larry will be buried at Hudson Cemetery in Rainier. A memorial service to celebrate and honor his life will be held this summer. Sunnyside Little Chapel of the Chimes in Portland is in charge of arrangements. Larry loved to hunt deer and elk in the mountains of Eastern Oregon every autumn for much of his life. He was born born Sept. 27, 1934, the only child of Ronald and Virginia Eager. Raised in Rainier, Larry was an accomplished athlete who, among other honors, earned first place in state competition related to his position on the Rainier High School football team. He married his childhood sweetheart, Kay Wise. They had two daughters, Christie and Laura. Some years after their divorce, he married Patricia Sorenson, and helped raise two stepchildren, Joyce and Dennis, in addition to his own daughters. Later, Larry and Pat divorced. Larry served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959, stationed in Hawaii. He earned an associate’s degree in electronics from Oregon Technical Institute, now known as the Oregon Institute of Technology. He also earned his pilot’s license. Larry worked as a logger, electrical groundsman and construction laborer. He was a longtime member of the Laborers International Union of North America, Local 296, in Portland. An avid outdoorsman, he loved scuba diving, flying, hunting, fishing, camping and skiing. Larry is survived by his daughters, Christie Morris of Portland and Laura Tishmack of La Grande; stepchildren, Joyce Thorne of Hermiston and Dennis Thomason of Springfield, Ark.; former wives, Kay (Wise) Trumbo of La Grande and Patricia (Sorenson) Doney...

Biography of Elisha H. Lewis

ELISHA H. LEWIS. – This well-known gentlemen was born in New York in 1824. He was raised on a farm, and received a common-school education at his home on the slopes of the Catskill Mountains. In 1845 he went to Chicago and thence to Wisconsin, where he worked as millwright until 1849. Coming in that year by the Isthmus to California, he was mining in several camps with the usual checkered luck of those days, making a return to the “States” for a visit. In the spring of 1852 he returned by water to California, and in the fall of the same year came on to Oregon, locating at Portland and engaging as carpenter with Porter & Carson. In 1853 he removed to Rainier, continuing in his work as carpenter and builder. In January, 1855, he was married to Miss Harriet L. Barlow of Cowlitz county, Washington Territory, who crossed the plains from Michigan in1852. In 1854 they removed to Vancouver, where he operated as contractor for six years. In 1862 he sought a new and more permanent location in Eastern Oregon, and laid the claim where the town of North Union now stands. In 1863 he moved his family and effects to the new location, and together they have seen the town of Union grow from one log cabin, constructed by themselves, into a beautiful town embowered with beautiful fruit and ornamental trees, and boasting of a population of one thousand people. Mr. Lewis has identified himself with the development of the place in many ways, having not only erected the first log cabin and the first house...

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