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Pursuit of Indians in Baker County Oregon

In the month of June 1866, a number of horses and mules were driven off by the Indians, being taken from the vicinity of Washington ranch. Twelve men started in pursuit, following the trail of the stolen animals over the mountain to the head of Elk creek, and on towards the head of Powder River, then across the divide to Burnt River and over the west ridge to Willow creek. Here six of the party turned back, and John Hibbard, Hardin Estes, Frank Johnson, Hiram Kinnison, Jo Hodgeons and Curtis kept on the pursuit. The Indians had chosen their route over the stoniest ground in order to baffle their pursuers if they should be followed. When the party came to a place so stony they could not see the prints of the horses feet, they would divide, some going to the right and some keeping to the left, keeping on soft ground watching for the place where the Indians had left the hard ground. In this way they managed to follow at a lively gait, and from the appearance of the tracks, believed they were gaining on the Indians. Late in the afternoon of the 10th day they came to the brink of a precipitous bluff on a small tributary of the south fork of the Malheur River, and espied the horses and mules for which they were searching, in the valley below. They could see six Indian wickiups and after a few minutes spent in consultation, they resolved to attack the camp, and drive the Indians away and recover the animals. Mr. Curtis, who was an experienced scout...

Curry, H. E. – Obituary

Dr. H.E. Curry Of Baker Met Tragic Death Last Sunday Dr. H.E. Currey, a Baker physician and druggist since 1882 was fatally wounded in the mess house of the Regan mine in Rye Valley, 48 miles southeast of Baker, shortly after 10 o’clock Sunday night and died before reaching Baker that night. Jack M. DeLay, a mining man in company with Dr. Currey had gone to the mine Sunday afternoon. After eating their evening meal in the mess house Mr. and Mrs. DeLay and two other mining employees sat in the dining room while Dr. Currey demonstrated the handling of a large calibre automatic pistol. He, it is said, worked the gun to satisfy himself that it was not loaded and then handed it to DeLay when in some unaccountable manner it was discharged, the ball entering the right leg just below the hip and ranged upward into the body. The injured man was carried three and a half miles to an automobile before starting toward Baker. Dr. Curry was unconscious when place in the car. His death occurred somewhere on the road, but this was unknown to the party until it reached the hospital. Dr. Currey was known to nearly everyone in southeastern Oregon. He was the proprietor of the Live and Let Live pharmacy on Center street in Baker. He is survived by a widow and two sons. North Powder News Saturday, March 27,...

Hoffman, Leona Maxine Cartwright Mrs. – Obituary

Leona Maxine Hoffman, 80, of Ontario, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2002, at a Boise hospital. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Park Community Church, Highway 201 and Holly Road on the Oregon Slope across from Vern’s Market. Ed Renk will officiate. Burial will be at the Fairview Cemetery. There will be a dinner afterward in the Park Community Church basement. Visitations will be Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ontario Lienkaemper Chapel, 78 N.W. First Ave. Maxine was born Sept. 5, 1921, at Rye Valley to Elsie and Alvin Cartwright. She lived at Rye Valley, Weiser, Idaho, Baker City, Granite and Ontario. In July 1937, she married Si Hoffman in a Weiser church. They had two children: a daughter, Sandra, and a son, Charles “Pug.” Maxine drove a school bus from Rye Valley to the highway to meet the bus that would take the kids to school. She was also active in the community with 4-H clubs, Quilting Club, ceramics, Solona Club, Hyline Community Club and the Auxiliary Club. She was a member of the Park Community Church on the Oregon Slope. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now Maxine was a loving mother, grandmother and friend. She will be...

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