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Dryden, Doris Edwardine Smith Mrs. – Obituary

Doris Edwardine Smith Dryden, 91, of Baker City, died Jan. 14, 2005, at Settlers Park Assisted Living. Services will be scheduled later at Escondido, Calif. Cremation was by Gray’s West Pioneer Crematory. Doris was born Sept. 6, 1913, at Ottumwa, Iowa. She was the only child of Dorrance Edward Smith and Ruth Eleanor Schamp. She and her parents resided in Ottumwa for several years before moving to Southern California. When she was only about 4 years old, she and her mother spent several visits with her mother’s parents Maj. and Mrs. C.E. Schamp in Brownsville, Texas, where he was stationed as liaison officer between the U.S. Army and Poncho Villa of Mexico. Doris remembered meeting Poncho Villa and especially his carrying her over a foot bridge because she was afraid of the water below. As a teenager, due to her parents’ travels, she elected to attend boarding school in Lancaster, Calif., where she developed a talent in dress design. After graduation she intended to work for well-known designer Don Loper, but chose instead to marry Thomas Dryden on Sept. 12, 1930. They were married more than 72 years at the time of his death in January 2003. They took up residence in North Hollywood, Calif., where she became a homemaker and in 1933 their first daughter, Betty Jo Ann, was born. In the late 1930s, Doris and Tom moved to Escondido, Calif., where their second daughter, Marcyne, was born in 1941. During their time in Escondido, Doris was very active as a member and officer in the Escondido Women’s Club, Garden Club and Elks Emblem Club. She also belonged...

Melchior, Bertha Mae “Peggy” Mrs. – Obituary

Bertha Mae “Peggy” Melchior, 71 of Halfway, died July 25, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center surrounded by her family. A celebration of Peggy’s life will be scheduled later. Peggy was born and raised at San Diego. In 1950, while working at Rohr making airplane parts, Peggy met and later married Donald Johnson. They had one daughter, Sherry. That marriage ended in divorce. A few years later, she married James Robert Melchior. They had three children, Jim, Dorothy and Gary. When Jim’s tour of duty in the Navy was up, they returned to his home state of Colorado. After a divorce in the mid 1960s, Peggy and her four children moved to San Diego to be closer to her family. In 1969, she had another daughter, Pamela. In 1973, she traveled to Richland to visit friends and fell in love with the area. She immediately went home to San Diego, packed her things and moved with her children to Richland. They lived at Richland for a few years before they moved to Halfway. Peggy loved Halfway and never left. She enjoyed gardening, farming, ceramics, teaching and loving her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved and lived for browsing yard sales and Jacob’s Dream. Her family and friends hope very much that heaven has a Jacob’s Dream. She also had an extensive collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia. Survivors include her brother and his wife, Gene and Rose Lampert; children, Sherry Darlene and her husband, Clark Downing, James Eugene and his wife, Lynne Melchior, Dorothy Pauline and Herman Thompson, and Pamela Dawn and Jason Miller; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews...

Acton, G. Adrian – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Adrian G. Acton, 87, died Jan. 9, 2005, at his home. A private memorial service will be held later this year. Adrian moved to Baker City one and one-half years ago with his daughter and son-in-law, Ruth and Larry Craft. He was born in Marysville, Wash., and grew up in Granite Falls, Wash., with his nine brothers and sisters. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and served in the South Pacific. He lived in San Diego, Calif., for 40 years and retired in 1986 as a Fire Chief at North Island Naval Air Station. In his younger years he played baseball for the Padre’s semi-pro team and later became an avid golfer. He was known for his wonderful wit and love of family. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Ruth and Larry Craft of Baker City; sisters, Elaine Wisdom and Eleanor Hall of Portland; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 20 nieces and nephews. Adrian was preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Elsie; daughters, Gayle Artea and Dawn Lee Bjorkheim; his parents, Margaret and John; five brothers and two sisters. Memorial contributions can be made to Pathway Hospice through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814. Used with permission from: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, January, 2005 Transcribed by: Belva...

Biography of Nelson Sleppy

Nelson Sleppy, successor to the firm of Sleppy & Bullis, is one of the representative business men of Colton. He is at the head of one of the largest hardware establishments in that city and the pioneer in the business in Colton, having established his store in 1882. He conducted the establishment alone until 1888, when he formed a partnership with William S. Bullis, now the mayor of Colton, and the business was conducted under the firm name of Sleppy & Bullis, with Mr. Sleppy as the chief and managing partner, until February 5, 1890. The subject of this sketch dates his birth in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, in 1845. His parents, George and Amelia (Kremer) Sleppy, were both natives of that State. His father was a carpenter and builder, and at twelve years of age Mr. Sleppy commenced his apprenticeship at that trade under his father. He was quick to learn and naturally a mechanic, and at the age of seventeen was a skilled workman. He started in life on his own account, and the next five years were spent in working at his trade in the Western States. In 1867 he commenced his journey across the continent with California as his objective point. He spent two years in Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona, in carpenter work, prospecting, mining, etc., and it was not until 1869 that he reached San Bernardino. His first year in that city was spent in working at his trade. He then accepted the position as clerk in the drug store and post office under Dr. J. C. Peacock. He continued in that position until...

Laird, William Edward “Bill” – Obituary

William Edward “Bill” Laird, 66, of Baker City, died April 16, 2005, at his home after a long bout with brain cancer. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Bill was born on Nov. 15, 1938, at Ketchikan, Alaska, to Ruth and Edward Laird, who was an engineer with the Lighthouse Service, now the Coast Guard. Bill’s mother died when he was a baby and he was mostly raised by his stepmother, Anna Laura Laird. The family moved to California when Bill was 5, followed by several other moves around the country. Bill attended high school at the Army Navy Academy in Carlsbad, Calif., graduated in 1957 and served in the army in Germany from 1958-60. He lived in San Francisco in the 1960s where he attended classes at San Francisco State University, worked as a photographer, was involved in a co-operative preschool and spent four months as a kitchen worker on a Norwegian freighter, which eventually broke down in Singapore. He graduated from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo with a degree in soil science in 1973, followed by a year of graduate school at Washington State University in Pullman. He went to work for the Soil Conservation Service in Baker City in the summer of 1974. Bill married Barbara Bailey in San Francisco in 1961 and they had two sons. In 1978 he married Mary Sue Rightmire of Baker City. Two weeks after their daughter was born in 1979, the three of them were on their way to Micronesia, where Bill was in charge of a soil...

Duncan, Clifford L. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Clifford L. Duncan, 70, of Baker City, died Oct. 14, 2004, at his home surrounded by his family. At his request, his body was cremated and there will be no funeral or memorial service. Clifford was born on Aug. 20, 1934, at San Diego. He graduated from high school at El Monte, Calif. He moved to Baker City in 1970 to ranch with his brother, Floyd Duncan. Clifford retired as a diesel mechanic from Triple C Redi Mix in August 2004. He loved his work and loved fixing things. Clifford loved his family dearly and was always willing to help someone in need. He worked very hard and loved to fish and watch drag racing. He loved God, and was proud of his country. Clifford was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Doris Duncan; his children, Karen Duncan of Portland, Ken Duncan and his wife, Candi, of Baker City, David Kloss and his wife, Teri, of Redmond, Dan Kloss and his wife, Deborah, of Albany, and Mike Kloss of San Francisco; his grandchildren, Shawn Duncan, Amy Duncan, Hayden Kloss, Mikayla Kloss, Ben Kloss, Joshua Kloss, and Jeremiah Kloss; his brother, Floyd Duncan and his wife, Betty, of Baker City; and many nieces, nephews and friends who will miss him dearly. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Janice Duncan; his father, Herman; his mother, Doris; and his sister, Evelyn. Memorial contributions may be made to the Calvary Baptist Building Fund or Pathway Hospice through Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814. Used with permission from:...

Davis, Chester R. “Chet”

Halfway, Oregon Chester R. “Chet” Davis, 77, of Baker City and a former Halfway resident, died Sept. 6, 2004, at his home. His graveside memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Military rites will be conducted by the Halfway Veterans of Foreign War Post, No. 7847. Mr. Davis was born on Jan. 22, 1927, at Roy, N.M., to John Bernard and Kathryn Valentine Williams Davis. He received his education in San Diego and was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1945. He spent time in Korea after the war and was discharged in 1947. He worked in the sawmill at Halfway and then moved to South Carolina. He later moved to southern California where he worked as a rod buster with the ironworkers there and on the Snake River dams. After his retirement, he moved to Baker City to be close to his family. Survivors include his brother and sister-in-law, Alvin and Helen Davis of Baker City; sister, Ida Tramel of Ventura, Calif.; half sister, Freda Cato of Trenton, S.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Ralph; and a sister, Pauline. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society through the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Baker City, OR 97814. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, September 14, 2004 Transcribed by: Belva...

Bailey, Karlen Leigh Bowers Mrs. – Obituary

Karlen Leigh (Bowers) Bailey, 43, a former Baker City resident, died Sept. 6, 2004, in New Meadows, Idaho. A private memorial is planned for later this month. Karlen was born on Aug. 14, 1961, in Fallon, Nev., to Frank C. and JoAnn E. Bowers. They moved just outside of San Diego to Fallbrook, Calif., when Karlen and her siblings were very young. The family moved to Baker City in 1977 after the death of her father. Karlen had spent the last 12 years in the New Meadows area, where she did the things she loved the most — spending time with family and friends, camping and enjoying the Salmon River. She was well-loved for her kindness, free-spirited soul and her love of all animals. She was also known to have a sharp wit and tongue to match. She is survived by a daughter, Morgan Brinton of Alta, Wyo.; a son, Seth McClarin of McCall, Idaho; a brother, David Bowers and his wife, Kirsten, of Helena, Mont.; a sister, Kathy Mitchell of West Magic, Idaho; nephews, Chad, Cooper and Henry; nieces, Kylie and Hannah and her many, many friends in New Meadows and McCall. She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents. Memorial contributions may be made to the local animal shelter. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, September 14, 2004 Transcribed by: Belva...

Aman, Lillian “Lil” Clark Mrs. – Obituary

Richland, Oregon Lillian Aman, 63, a longtime Richland resident, died May 9, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Richland Christian Church. Gordon Bond will officiate. After the service, friends are invited to join the family for a potluck at the Richland Christian Church. Lil, as she liked to be called, was born July 14, 1940, in the small farming town of Holloway, Minn., to Melvin F. “Ty” and Alice N. Clark. When she was a young girl, her parents moved to San Diego to find work, but she always remained a small-town farm girl. In 1964 she met her soul mate and best friend, Curtis J. Aman. They were married in San Diego on July 8, 1965. In 1969, they moved to Oregon, first living on the coast and then moving to Richland in 1983. She worked for Pine Eagle Co-op until it closed, and for Baker City Co-op Supply until she retired because of a back injury. Lil loved the outdoors, especially fishing and camping on the Brownlee and Oxbow pools. When relaxing, she enjoyed crocheting and knitting. When she was with her family and friends she enjoyed playing board games and card games. Lil loved life, her family and her God. She was an excellent wife, mother and friend. Lil will be deeply missed by all those who knew her and especially by her husband and family. Survivors include her husband, Curt; a daughter and three sons and their spouses, Rick and Lyn Zick of Mountain Home, Idaho, Kimberly Chandler and her fiance, Lenny Weber, of...

Biography of Jacob Polhemus

Jacob Polhemus, deceased, was one of the pioneers of Colton, who located in that thriving city when the only buildings in the place were a saloon and eating-house, and the Pioneer Lumber Yard office. This was in 1875. He was a carpenter and builder by occupation, and was employed in the erection of the pioneer buildings of Colton. He built the first store opened in the town for Hathaway & Davenport, and many other well-known old-time buildings. In 1877 Mr. Polhemus purchased lots on the corner of Eighth and I streets and built his residence and shop upon them. This location, as the city enlarged, became valuable as a business center, and in 1886 he erected the well-known Polhemus block, a fine two-story edifice devoted to business and office purposes. This block was the first brick business block erected in the city. He was one of the leaders in building up the city, and a liberal and strong supporter of Colton enterprises. He was one of the stockholders and original incorporators of the Colton Building and Loan Association that has done so much to encourage improvement in the city. In his enterprise in Colton he was successful, and secured a modest but well deserved competency. His business was always characterized by a manly and straightforward dealing that secured him hosts of friends and gained him the respect of the community. He was a man of sound business principles and keen foresight, and early saw the fortune that awaited Colton, and was prompt to invest his capital and energy in the city. The subject of this sketch was born in...
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