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Biography of Thomas Guinean

THOMAS GUINEAN. – The proprietor of the Esmond Hotel, in Portland, Oregon, and one of the most popular men in his line upon the Pacific slope, was born in the city of Quebec, Canada, in 1838. In the year 1849 he was left an orphan and thrown upon his own responsibilities, and went down to Boston, but within a year left the old Puritan city and journeyed on to New York, where he took passage in the steamer California to San Francisco, arriving at the Golden Gate in the early part of 1852. He remained in San Francisco nearly one year, and from that point engaged in business at Sacramento. In 1855 he sought a new location at Coloma in El Dorado county, and leased the American Hotel at that place, which he ran until 1858. In the same year he returned to Sacramento and opened the Bank Exchange Oyster Saloon and Chop House and the Crescent City Hotel, which he sold out in 1859 and bought property on Second street one hundred to one hundred and sixty feet, and opened the Arcade Hotel, which he ran until 1865, when he tore down the original frame building and erected the present Arcade Hotel, a place which was celebrated in the history of California for nearly nineteen years as the headquarters of the supreme court and bar, and of the leading statesmen of California. In the year 1881 he arrived in Portland, Oregon, and bought the St. Charles Hotel, which he conducted for two years and a half, when he leased the Esmond Hotel, then newly rebuilt; and under his...

Biography of Hon. Dolphes Brice Hannah

HON. DOLPHES BRICE HANNAH. – This gentleman is the son of Brice and Celia Tade Hannah, and was born in Gallatin county, Illinois, October 11, 1822. His father, who was a substantial business man engaged in trade and forwarding, died in the spring of 1823, leaving a wife and two children, one boy and one girl. He left considerable estate, consisting of personal property. John McLaughlin and the widow were appointed to administer the estate; and, as usual, McLaughlin did the work, pocketed the entire proceeds of the estate, and then left for parts unknown. About two years after the death of young Hannah’s father, his mother married Silas Farley, a flatboatman and farmer, by whom she had five children, three boys and two girls. They moved to White county and settled on the Big Wabash river. In the winter of 1833-34 Farley died, leaving a wife and seven children. While living with his step-father, young Hannah attended school two terms, one kept by a man by the name of Blackwell, a severe disciplinarian, the other named Buckalew, whom he remembers as an elegant and kindly man. The last expedition of his stepfather on the river proved disastrous, all of his estate being swept away, leaving his wife and seven children without means. In the spring of 1834 the widow with her family left their former home and rented a small farm, and with the help of her children planted ten acres of corn and vegetables. In the fall of 1834 she sold the crop standing in the field, and moved to Jefferson county, Illinois, and built a cabin...

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...

Allensworth, George Verne, Jr. – Obituary

Richland, Baker County, Oregon George Verne Allensworth Jr., 76, died April 4, 2006, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. There was a celebration of George’s life Friday at the Richland Christian Church. Inurnment was at the Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland. Friends joined the family for a reception afterward at the Richland Christian Church. George Verne Allensworth Jr. was born on Dec. 10, 1929, at Galesburg, Ill., to George Verne and Francis Marie Lander Allensworth. George was raised and educated at Galesburg. He was a Galesburg High School graduate. On Nov. 4, 1949, he married Retha Stevens at Yuma, Ariz. They had three children, Tom, Linda and Steve. George’s career first started in the Navy. He then went on to work for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development at Sacramento, Calif. During their lives together, George and Retha lived in San Diego, Hawaii, Washington, Japan, Maryland and Placerville, Calif. In 1980 they moved to Richland. At that time, George became the justice of the peace at Richland. George enjoyed fishing and had a passion for his train collection. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Retha; his children, Linda Joyce and Richard Allen of Virginia Beach, Va.; son, Thomas Verne and Denise Allensworth of Charlottesville, Va.; son, Steven Paul and Linnea Allensworth of Gardnerville, Nev.; seven grandchildren, Sean, Lisa, Melanie, Steven, Joey, Russell and Leon; six great-grandchildren, Nathen, Robert, Steven, Kaci Jolene, Cami and Tyler; a brother, James Alvin Allensworth of Galesburg, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Ruth...

Redden, Carl Norman – Obituary

Halfway, Baker County, Oregon Carl Norman Redden, 74, died April 13, 2006, at Halfway. His memorial service and a celebration of Carl’s Life will be scheduled later. Carl Norman was born on Oct. 10, 1931, at Sacramento, Calif., to Phillip Carl and Hettie Martha Kulman Mansky. He was raised in Sacramento until about the age of 8. At that time, Carl and his younger brother, Paul, were adopted by Cecil and Ora Redden. Carl was a 1950 graduate of Benicia High School. After graduation, Carl served in the U.S. Air Force as an airman. He was honorably discharged in October 1953. He married Helen Louise Fisher at Portland on July 18, 1954, and together they had three children. Carl and his family lived at Troutdale. He proudly worked for and retired from the Freightliner Corp. Carl built the family home at Troutdale in 1974. Carl enjoyed fishing, scuba diving, painting with oils, gardening, rafting, hunting in the Wallowas and traveling. He also enjoyed collecting antiques and things in general. He made his home at Halfway several years ago. He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Jack, Phillip, Gertrude, Phyllis, Louis, Paul and Jeanette. Survivors include his children and their spouses, James and Teresa Redden of Corbett, Kristi and Tom Granberg of Corbett and Thomas David and Amy Redden of Lewiston, Idaho; granddaughter Amanda Jane Redden; sisters, Luella and Virginia; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker County Mounted Posse Youth Trail Ride through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Used with permission from: Baker City...

Kleitch, Joseph P. “Benny” – Obituary

Joseph P. “Benny” Kleitch, 73, of Baker City, died April 24, 2006, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. Recitation of the rosary will be at 7 o’clock tonight at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Deacon James Watt of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral will preside. Mr. Kleitch’s funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Pastor Dennis Sams of the Boise Uclid Church of The Nazarene will conduct. Vault interment will be at 2 p.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery in La Grande. Visitations for Mr. Kleitch will be until 6 o’clock tonight at the funeral home. Joseph P. “Benny” Kleitch was born at home in Washington, Mich., on June 15, 1932, to Stephen J. and Lillian Kleitch. He was the only boy, having seven sisters; Caroline and Bernadette died during their first year of life. The family moved to Big Beaver, Mich., where his father, a rancher and butcher, opened a little grocery store. Ben would haul cattle to the stockyards in Detroit for his father during his teen years. He attended Big Beaver High School through his sophomore year and finished his last two years at Troy High School. He loved mechanics and working on cars and taught himself to repair televisions, radios and phonographs. His family called him a “jack of all trades, master of none.” He met Mary, his wife, in 1961 at a small restaurant in Clawson, Mich. They both attended the Blessed Mary devotion on Thursday nights and would meet for coffee. They were married on Sept. 29, 1962, at Guardian Angels Church in Clawson. They spent their honeymoon at Niagara Falls...

Tally, Zella Odelia Wallace Mrs. – Obituary

Haines, Baker County, Oregon Zella Odelia Tally of Sacramento, Calif., formerly of Pendleton and Central Point, Ore. died suddenly and quietly on Jan. 6, 2006, after a short illness. Zella was born in Haines, Ore., on Aug. 2, 1905, to Henry and Ada Jane Williams Wallace an old pioneer farming family. She was 100 years old. On July 15, 1926, she married the late Eugene Tally. Together they had four sons, Kerwyn E., Richard L Tally of Myrtle Point, Ore., Howard B. Tally of Sacramento, Calif., and Robert W Tally (deceased). Other survivors include 12 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren, 18 great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was much beloved by all. Zella rode horseback to school and preferred assisting her father with the farm work, than being inside with her mother learning to cook and sew in which she still became an expert. After graduating from high school in 1923 she earned a teaching certificate at Western Oregon State College in Monmouth, Ore. She taught school in a one-room school house in Pine Town, Ore. After raising her family on the Tally farm in Haines, she and her husband Eugene moved to Pendleton. Zella attended Eastern Oregon College, majoring in accounting and later received her nursing license at Blue Mountain College in Pendleton. Zella worked for six years at the Pendleton State Mental Hospital as a nurse. In her later years, Zella enjoyed working crossword puzzles, watching TV game shows and Sacramento Kings games after moving to Elk Grove area with her son Howard and wife Lynn in 2001. A private family graveside service will be held Saturday...

Woods, George “Bud” – Obituary

George “Bud” Woods, 67, a former Baker City resident, died Feb. 8, 2006, at Oregon Health & Science University at Portland from complications of leukemia treatment. His memorial service will be at 1 p.m. March 18 at the Portola Station Baptist Church in Portola, Calif. Private interment will be at Likely Cemetery in Likely, Calif. Bud was born on Feb. 9, 1938, at Likely, Calif., to George and Lita Zollig Woods. His parents were originating partners in the Gibson Stage Line to Reno, Nev., and Veteran Service officers. Bud attended school at Woodland, Calif., from 1943 to 1953. The family then moved to Lodi, Calif., where he graduated from Lodi High School in 1956. Bud spent his summers from 1952 to 1956 working on his Uncle Elmer Williams’ ranch at Termo in Lassen County, Calif. After high school, he joined the U.S. Army in February 1957. He served at Fort Carson, Colo., Fort Gordon, Ga., and Fort Lewis, Wash. While serving at Fort Lewis, he was a member of the Fort Lewis Pistol Marksmanship Team. On a return trip from Southern California, he met his future wife, Anne M. Otter of Roseville, Calif. They were married at Roseville on May 1, 1960. While living at Sacramento, Bud went to work for PG&E. In 1961 he went to work for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a trapper for Quincy and Mariposa, Calif. He returned to Quincy in 1963 to become a deputy for the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office. He founded the Plumas County Search and Rescue Jeep Posse and continued as a reserve deputy for the sheriff’s office....

Nordbye, Dale LaVerne, II – Obituary

Dale LaVerne Nordbye II, 20, of Baker City died Nov. 13, 2002, as the result of an automobile accident. There will be a celebration of life service for him at 3 p.m. Monday at the Elkhorn Baptist Church, 3520 Birch St. Assistant Pastor Russ Bowen will officiate. Dale was born on Oct. 29, 1982, to Dale and Cynthia Nordbye at Sacramento, Calif. He attended grade school at Sacramento and moved to Baker City in 1994. He attended Baker Middle School and finished his education at Agape Christian School. Dale loved to be outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved playing Little League baseball, listening to music, and playing video games. He worked at the Chameleon as a chef and at the Sunridge Inn as a cook. He loved cooking for family and friends and did all of the cooking for his sister’s wedding. Survivors include his parents, Dale Sr. and Cynthia Nordbye of Baker City; sister, Theresa Ferrer, and her companion, Fidel, and sister, Nachita Ferrer, all of Galt, Calif.; sister, Stephanie Gonzales of Hawthorne, Calif.; sister and brother-in-law, Jessica and Brent Bailey of Arlington, Wash.; his girlfriend, Kecia Davis of Baker City; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. Memorial contributions may be made to the YMCA or the American Cancer Society through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, November 15, 2002 Transcribed by: Belva...

Klock-Feeley, Kayla Shae – Obituary

Kayla Shae Klock-Feeley, 12, of Canyon Lake, Texas, a former Baker City resident, died Nov. 14, 2002, at Canyon Lake as the result of a motor vehicle accident. Her memorial service was Nov. 19, 2002, at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home at Canyon Lake. Burial was at Fair Oaks, Calif. Kayla was born on Aug. 31, 1990, at Sacramento, Calif. She and her mother, Donna Barber, lived in Baker City in 2000. She died when the 2000 Nissan Quest she was riding in collided with a school bus. The crash caused a chain reaction involving two other vehicles, according to a report in the San Antonio (Texas) Express News. The Nissan was driven by her stepmother, Kay Klock. Her daughter, Sidney Klock, 11, also was a passenger in the vehicle. They were on their way to school when the accident happened about 7:20 a.m. Kay Klock is a teacher and physical education coach at Mountain Valley Intermediate School where Kayla attended classes. About 30 school bus children were treated at the scene for scrapes and bruises, the newspaper reported. Kayla is survived by her mother, Donna Barber of Sacramento; her father, Lonnie Klock of Canyon Lake, Texas; brothers, Valien Klock of Canyon Lake and Nick Barber, Corey Barber, Jayden Barber and Seth Barber, all of Sacramento; grandparents, Valerie Feeley of Baker City; great-grandparents, Bob and Freda Waldron of Baker City; cousins, Katirah Huff and Lexy VanCleave of Baker City; aunt and uncle, Lisa and Colin Huff of Baker City; uncles, Robert Feeley and his wife, Rita, of California, and Clint and Scott Feeley, both of Baker City. A memorial fund has...
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