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Biography of Col. Granville O. Haller

COL. GRANVILLE O. HALLER, U.S.A., Retired. – Granville Owen Haller was born in York, Pennsylvania, January 31, 1819. His father, George Haller, died when he was but two years of age, leaving a pious and most devoted mother in charge of four young children, who, with limited means, but with industry and thrift, had the satisfaction of seeing her eldest son graduate at the Jefferson Medical College of the University of Pennsylvania. She was very desirous of sending Granville to the Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to be fitted for the ministry, but conscientious doubts on his part prevented him from conforming to his mother’s wishes. In 1839 a vacancy belonging to his district occurred at West Point Military Academy, when he and several other young men became applicants to fill the vacancy. The Honorable Joel R. Poinsett, Secretary of War, ruled that the recommendation of the representative of the district, giving his preference to one of the applicants, should secure his appointment. Haller received the preferred recommendation, but did not receive the appointment. Walter S. Franklin, of York, Pennsylvania, clerk of the House of Representatives, a warm and consistent friend of the Honorable James Buchanan, senator from Pennsylvania, and also a friend of Secretary Poinsett, had recently died, when Senator Buchanan applied for William B. Franklin, son of the deceased to be appointed. William was thereupon appointed to West Point; and Haller was invited to appear before a board of military officers, which met in Washington, District of Columbia, for information as to his fitness for the military profession. Haller presented himself, was examined, and on the seventeenth...

Biography of James P. Goodall

JAMES P. GOODALL.- There are some hundreds of men upon our coast whose life experiences embrace as much of romance and adventure as was every told in the pages of Marryat, Irving, or of Smollet. For a full recital of this, we must refer the inquirer to such men as the genial gentleman whose name appears above, that he may in his own home, in the beautiful city of Jacksonville, Oregon, recount as to us the stories of his life upon this coast. He was born at Milledgeville, Georgia, in 1818, and at that city and at Columbus in the same state, and at Montgomery, Alabama, received his education. In 1836-36, while but a youth of seventeen, he began his active career by joining the column under Scott to quiet the Creeks and the Seminole Indians, and, after service there was ended, entered Texas as a revolutionist under Lamar and Houston, serving an active army life from the Sabine to the Rio Grade, and north to the Red River, and the northwest of Texas in the Comanche region. In 1846 the war with Mexico took him with the advance to Wools column to the Mexican borders, to Presidio, Rio Grande, to Monclova, Monterey and other interior towns. At the close of hostilities, having served a whole term, and having experienced several skirmishes and action, he performed an overland trip in 1849 via Durango, to the Pacific at Mazatlan, and thence by sea to the gold fields of California. Ten years were spent in the exciting pursuits of the miner, and in the hard brushes with the Indians of Northern...

Sayas, Lela Stoner Mrs. – Obituary

Durkee, Oregon Lela Sayas, 70, of Durkee, died July 15, 2003, at her home. Her graveside funeral was today at the Durkee Cemetery. Tom Brock of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officiated. There was a reception afterward at the Durkee Grange. Lela was born on June 22, 1933, at San Diego to Thomas and Velma Stoner. Survivors include her husband, Tony; children, Thomas Barrie, Velma Johnson and John Barrie; grandchildren, Diana Barrie, Donald Barrie, T.J. Barrie, Melody Wright, Darryl Johnson, Candace Johnson and John Barrie; great-grandchildren, McKenna, Ryan, Donna Jean, Isaac, Moncia and Trysta. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association through Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, July 25, 2003 Transcribed by: Belva...

Beitz, Phyllis Ann Fisk Mrs. – Obituary

Pine Valley, Baker County, Oregon Phyllis Beitz, 76, died April 28, 2006, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center. Private interment will be at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Phyllis Ann was born on Sept. 30, 1928, to Frank and Mary Fisk at the Pine Valley home of her grandparents, Tom and Willie Harmon. She attended first and second grades at Pine Valley and Grades 3-6 in Baker. Her seventh- through 11th- grade years were spent at San Diego, but she returned to Halfway to graduate in 1946. After high school, Phyllis moved to San Diego to work at an aeronautical corporation. From 1953 to 1988 she worked for three different mechanical engineers in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, N.M. Phyllis married Victor Allstead and they had a son, Michael. She later married Jeff Davalos, and they had a son, David Davalos, who was killed in an automobile accident at Pojoaque, N.M., in 1975. She later married Gregory Beitz and they were married 17 years. In 1988, Phyllis moved to Halfway to care for her mother, Mary Riggs. During her years in Halfway, she was very active in community projects such as the Grange and City Council. During her life she enjoyed fishing, hunting, arts and crafts, sewing, and gardening. Phyllis and her family were very appreciative of her friend and caregiver, Cindy Anderson, who they said was “such a blessing.” They expressed appreciation to community members for all of their help. Survivors include her brother, Don Fisk of Burlington, S.C.; son, Michael, and his wife, Cynthia; granddaughter, Michele of Santa Fe, N.M.; and many cousins, including Mary Jo Rode of...

Yaggie, Barbara Cast Mrs. – Obituary

Richland, Oregon Barbara Yaggie, 76, of Richland, died Nov. 10, 2000, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. A private family memorial service will be scheduled later this spring at the Summers Ranch. The family asks that no flowers be sent at this time. Mrs. Yaggie was born Aug. 12, 1924, at Little Rock, Ark., to Leonard and Beatrice Cast. In 1943, she married Ralph D’Adamo. They moved to San Diego in 1949 and had three daughters. She was a homemaker. Her youngest daughter married and left home in 1972. She then pursued a career and went to work for the San Diego School District. She retired in 1985 after marrying Jack Yaggie, also of San Diego. The couple then began traveling in their motor home. Their first visit to the Richland/Halfway area was in 1985 to spend time with Barbara’s daughter, Debbie, and son-in-law, Gordon Summers, on their ranch. The Yaggies fell in love with this area and began spending more and more time here each year, leaving only in the winter months for San Diego. They have lived on the Summers Ranch at Richland for the past four years. Mrs.Yaggie was an accomplished artist in multiple areas. She oil painted, designed and made clothing, knitted, crocheted and was a gourmet cook. In recent years, despite severe rheumatoid arthritis, she did cross-stitch and needlepoint, often painstakingly working on a project for a year as gifts to her family for Christmas. She entered many of her works in the Baker County Fair, and always received a blue ribbon, which pleased her. She loved her family and her little dog, Dolly. She...

Evans, Wayne A. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Wayne A. Evans, 67, a longtime Baker City resident, died Feb. 21, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. At Wayne’s request, his body was cremated. There will be no formal funeral. There will be a potluck celebrating his life at 6 p.m. Monday at the Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Wayne was raised at San Diego where he entered the U.S. Air Force. After leaving the military, he moved to Oregon where he met his wife, Lorrena. They were married on May 6, 1961, and returned to the San Diego area. Wayne worked for the U.S. Forest Service there for a few years. They then moved back to Oregon where he worked for Oregon State Forestry in the Grants Pass-Medford area. He was transferred to the Baker City office in 1968 and worked as the assistant unit forester until his retirement on Jan. 1, 1995. Wayne was an avid hunter and fisherman who loved getting young people interested in hunting and fishing. Wayne was a firm believer in preserving and enhancing wildlife habitat. He also fought for the privilege to hunt and to bear arms. He was a member and past president of the Oregon Hunter’s Association. He also was a member of the Powder River Sportsmen’s Club. He was a former member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the National Rifle Association. He was a more recent member of AMVETS. Survivors include his wife, Rena Evans of Baker City; a son, Michael Evans of Albany; daughters, Teela Evans of Cave Junction and Lisa Parr of Jefferson; a sister, Colleen Richards of Grants...

Price, Eva Weimer Mrs. – Obituary

Eva Weimer Price, 95, of San Diego, a former Baker City businesswoman, died Dec. 3, 2001. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Dec. 10 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at San Diego. Mrs. Price was born on April 7, 1906, at Cove, the second child of Jonas and Texy Weimer. She was a homemaker and an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She married John F. Price on July 19, 1928. She and her husband owned the Peerless Cleaners in Baker City for many years. After selling the plant in Baker City, they moved to Portland and then to Spokane, Wash. After his retirement they moved to San Diego. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, LouAnn and Don Prock; a sister, Alice May Cantrell of Haines; sister-in-law, Faye Weimer of La Grande; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by sisters, Della Overman, Wilmerth Stark and Verna Baum; and a brother, Stowell Weimer. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to a hospice unit. Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, December 10, 2001 Transcribed by: Belva...

Griffin, Mildred Catherine Crowner Mrs. – Obituary

Mildred Catherine Griffin, 80, of Monmouth, a former Haines resident, died Jan. 5, 2002, at Monmouth. There will be a private family service later. Visitations will be Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Dallas Mortuary Chapel. Interment will be at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. Mildred was born May 25, 1921, at San Diego to Shorty and Bessie Adams Crowner. She attended school until the ninth grade. She married Mack Griffin, who preceded her in death. Mildred moved to Haines to be with her daughter, then later moved to Monmouth to be closer to her grandchildren until her death. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, reading and embroidery. She also enjoyed drives in the country, and watching wildlife. Mildred is survived by her daughter, Lorraine K. Litteral of Haines; grandchildren, Pamela Hight, and Gail and Thomas Hight, all of Monmouth; and nine other grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, January 11, 2002 Transcribed by: Belva...

Ison, Luther Oliver Rev. – Obituary

The Rev. Luther Oliver Ison, 90, a former Baker City resident who served as an Episcopal priest for 61 years, died Oct. 17, 2007, at Vista, Calif. Father Ison was born and raised at Baker City. He was the son of Dr. Virgil Strother Ison and the grandson of Judge Luther Buford Ison, both of Baker City. He attended Reed College at Portland; The University of the South at Sewanee, Tenn.; and General Seminary in New York City. He was a builder of congregations, rectories, schools and church buildings, as well as an eight-story U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development residential building for seniors and the disabled. From 1945 to 1949 he was the pioneer vicar at Gold Beach and Brookings. He served as rector of St. Mary’s Parish at Napa, Calif, from 1949 to 1957; rector and builder of Trinity Church, Escondido, Calif., from 1957 to 1971; rector and headmaster at St. Mark’s Parish and School, Van Nuys, Calif., from 1971 to 1987; and president and builder of the 97-unit HUD project “West Valley Towers” at Van Nuys. Father Ison retired in 1987 and became president of the Board of the Americas Foundation, an organization that builds schools and clinics in Tijuana’s poorest barrios. In December of 1993, Luther suffered a severe stroke, which left him paralyzed and greatly hindered his activities, though his spirit grew ever stronger and his faith never wavered. Luther was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, in 2002. Survivors include his five children, Todd Ison, Eric Ison, Tawnya Ison, Jeana Ison, and Angela McCabe; five grandchildren; and one great grandchild. Used...

Glenn, Alice Dean Mrs. – Obituary

June 20, 1913 Nov. 17, 2006 Alice Dean. Glenn, 93, of Chula Vista, Calif., died Nov. 17, 2006. A service will be held Monday, Jan. 15, 2007, 1 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 760 1st. Ave., Chula Vista, Calif., and burial will be at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Covina, Calif. Alice was born in Richland, Ore. She is survived by a daughter, Linda M. Dennis; son, Richard D. Glenn; sisters, Churby Stanciu, Jean Connall; brother, David Densky; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. Donations may be sent to the Elmer Glenn Scholarship Fund, Chaffey College Office of Financial Aid, 5885 Haven Ave., Rancho Cucumonga, CA 91701 Used with permission from: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, January, 2007 Transcribed by: Belva...
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