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Pumphrey, Niola H. – Obituary

Union, Oregon Niola H. Pumphrey, 85, of Pendleton and formerly of Union, died May 24 at The Odd Fellows Home in Walla Walla. Funeral services begin at 10 a.m. Monday in the First United Methodist Church, 352 SE Second St. in Pendleton. She will be buried in the West Lawn Cemetery in Gering, Neb. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Niola Pumphrey was born May 28, 1922, to Hollis L. and Carrie M. (Knapp) Chapman in Spencer, Neb. She spent two preschool years in Florida with her parents. She started grade school in Nebraska and spent several years at Fairview No. 34 in Morrill, Neb. Niola graduated from Morrill High School in 1940, and then attended the University of Nebraska, graduating in 1944 with a bachelor of science degree in home economics and a secondary certificate in vocational education. At that time, money was not plentiful and she worked part-time. Niola found teaching home economics rewarding. She had been director of the cafeteria at Lemoore High School in Lemoore, Calif., for two years. She spent summers as a jitney driver at an Army Supply Depot in Tracy, Calif. Niola married Floyd Vance Pumphrey on Dec. 28, 1945, after he returned from two years in the South Pacific during World War II. Her homemaking started in June 1946 in Lincoln, Neb. Part-time work in the College of Agriculture in Nebraska was secured. The family moved to Mitchell, Neb., in 1944, then to Union in 1957 and then to Pendleton in 1970. Three children were born to the family. She enjoyed volunteer work starting with her experience as...

Willett, Catherine Isabelle – Obituary

Summerville, Oregon Catherine Isabelle Willett, 96, of La Grande and formerly of Summerville, died June 9 at Evergreen Heath and Rehabilitation Center. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation and Life Celebration Center is in charge of arrangements. La Grande Observer – June 11, 2008 _________________________________ Catherine Willett, 96, of La Grande, died June 9 at Evergreen Health and Rehabilitation Center. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande. Catherine was born April 2, 1912, to Frank and Anna (McKenzie) McKinnison on a ranch between Imbler and Summerville. After graduating from high school, she married M.G. “Bud” Willett on Oct. 14, 1931, in Walla Walla. The couple lived in the Imbler/Summerville area until 1934 when they moved to Tracy, Calif. She worked in hospital food service while they lived there. They returned to the Summerville area in 1971 and later, in 1988, they moved to La Grande. Bud preceded her in death on May 1, 2004. Catherine was a member of the Rebecca Lodge in Summerville. Survivors include her son and his wife, Gary and Linda Willett of Boise; two grandsons; three great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Ralph, Vina, Cecil, John, Frances and Keith. Memorial contributions may be made to the Summerville Rebecca Lodge or the Summerville Cemetery Chapel Fund. La Grande Observer – June 18,...

Shinkosky, Rosa Lee – Obituary

In Stockton, Calif., Feb. 19, 1953, Rosa Lee Shinkosky, wife of the late Jacob (Jake) Shinkosky, sister of Mrs. G. H. Thomas of Walla Walla, Wash., Mrs. W. E. Delano of Hooper, Wash., Manuel Lee of Colfax, Wash., Clarence Lee of Green River, Wyoming, Mrs. H. W. Thomas, Kent, Wash., Mrs. Melvin Morris of Fresno, Calif., Mrs. Jessie Day of Stockton and J. R. Lee Jr. of Berkeley, Calif., aunt of Mrs. Melvin Frerichs of Stockton; a native of Washington. Friends are invited to attend funeral services Saturday, Feb. 21, 1953, at Pace & Son, 520 N. Sutter St., Rev. F. Carl Truex and Stockton Chapter, CES, officiating. Committal at Rural Cemetery. Stockton Record Newspaper, February 20, 1953 Contributed by: Shelli...

Shinkosky, Jacob – Obituary

In Stockton, Calif., Dec. 25, 1951. Jacob (Jake) Shinkosky, husband of Rosa Lee Shinkosky; brother of Mrs. Elizabeth Prest of Hayward, Ed Shinkosky of Spokane, Wash., and Frank Shinkosky, also of Spokane, Wash. A native of Kansas, aged 67 years, 10 months, 1 day. Friends are invited to attend funeral services Saturday, Dec. 29, 1951 at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of B. C. Wallace & Son, 520 North Sutter St., under the auspices of San Joaquin Lodge No. 19, F. & A.M. and Rev. E. Carl Truex. Committal at Rural Cemetery. Stockton Record, December 26, 1951 Contributed by: Shelli...

Lee, Nancy Ann Pointer – Obituary

Lee–In Stockton, September 7, 1932, Mrs. Nancy Ann Lee, widow of the late Jay Right Lee, mother of Sarah Anna Thomas of Walla Walla, Wash., Rosalie Shinkosky of Stockton, Ethel Delano of Hooper, Wash., Addie Thomas of Bremerton, Wash., Goldie Nickerson of Stockton, Jessie Day of Sacramento, Manuel Lee of Colfax, Wash., Clarence Lee of Fairfield, Wash., Jay Right Lee, Stockton; sister of William Pointer of Los Angeles, Sarah James of Dayton, Wash., Ossie Pointer of Spokane, Wash.; a native of Walla Walla, Wash., aged 65 years, 8 months, and 29 days. Friends are invited to attend the funeral services this evening (Thursday, Sept. 8), 8 o’clock, at the chapel of B. C. Wallace, 520 North Sutter Street. Remains will be shipped tomorrow evening, Friday, Sept. 9, on the 7:50 o’clock Southern Pacific train to Colfax, Wash. Interment in Colfax Cemetery. Stockton Daily Evening Record, September 8, 1932 Contributed by: Shelli...

Findley, Ada Frances Holman – Obituary

FINDLEY–In Stockton, Calif., February 11, 1948, ADA FRANCES FINDLEY, wife of the late Frank N. Findley; beloved mother of Mrs. Pearl Carpenter of Stockton; loving grandmother of Mrs. Fern Higuera of Stockton and George Lyons of San Francisco; great grandmother of Charles Higuera of Stockton; a native of Missouri; aged 85 years, 2 months, 13 days. Friends are invited to attend funeral services Saturday, February 14, 1948 at 10:30 AM in the chapel of Frisbie & Warren, 809 North California Street at Flora. Committal at Rural Cemetery. Stockton Record, February 12, 1948 Contributed by: Shelli...

Cooke, Edward V. – Obituary

Edward V. Cooke, 84, long-time Ellensburg resident, died at a local nursing home Wednesday. Born May 4, 1888 in Ellensburg, he was son of pioneer family, Father was C. P. Cooke, Mother Verenda Wheeler, whose parents were early-day settlers here in the valley. He was married to Ada Rich 1908, in the Fairview District. They moved to Yakima, where he learned the plastering trade and later went into contracting. He lived in Portland, Ore., and Stockton, Calif. and returned to Yakima and later moved back to Ellensburg, where they purchased a home o Rt. 3, and lived until his retirement. In 1964 they moved to E. Eighth street, and then moved to Trinal Manor. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Nina Bauer and Mrs. Cleroa Pickup, both of Ellensburg; two sons, Rex, of Klickitat, and Carl of Wenatchee; two sisters, Mrs. Marjorie Gillis, of Kittitas, and Mrs. Susan Huss, of Ellensburg; eight grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Funeral will be Friday, 2 p.m. Evenson’s Chapel. Rev. Craig Willis will officiate. Burial will follow in I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Edward Vander Cooke died June 28, 1972. He married Ada Cleora Rich on June 24, 1908. According to the 1900 Kittitas Co. census, his father was Edward Cooke. Charles P. Cooke was his grandfather. The headstone below shows his...

Hermsen, Alan James “Jim” – Obituary

Alan James “Jim” Hermsen, 75, of Baker City, died Aug. 3, 2005, at his home in the presence of his loving wife, Lucille. His funeral was Monday at the Agape Christian Center. Pastor Garth Johnson officiated. Jim was born on Nov. 10, 1929, at Baker City to Alban and Mae Hermsen. He attended Brooklyn Elementary School at Baker City and then moved to Union. He was a 1947 graduate of Union High School. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1948 and was stationed at San Diego. Jim married Lucille Davis Hogge on June 5, 1966. They enjoyed 39 years of married life. Jim ran G and H Cement Products in Baker City until 1983. He then developed and operated Ja-Lu Rentals until 1987. Jim and Lucille moved to Lodi, Calif., in 1988 where they lived for two years before returning to Baker City. In their retirement, Jim and Lucille took the opportunity to visit the University of the Nations in Hawaii in 1993 and 1994. They traveled on an outreach mission to Romania in 1994. They returned to Baker City where they lived until Jim’s death. Jim loved music and travel, especially traveling all over the country to attend Full Gospel Businessmen’s meetings. He was secretary of the Baker City group. The Hermsens had been very active in the Agape Christian Center church where Jim served as an elder for many years. Survivors include his loving wife, Lucille; his stepchildren, Judy Kennedy of Boise, Lynn and Kathy Hogge of Baker City, Barry and Connie Hogge of Coos Bay and Mark and Gail Hogge of Pendleton; eight grandchildren and eight...

Biography of David D. Banta

David D. Banta is the business manager and principal owner of the Riverside Mills. This mill was built by the Riverside Mill Company, Walker & Banta, in May, 1887, and conducted by that firm until the death of Mr. Walker in 1888, since which time Mr. Banta has had the sole management of the enterprise. The Riverside Mills ranks as one of the leading industries of the city, being 106 x 40 feet, and is fitted with the most improved machinery for the manufacture of doors, sash, moldings and all class of work required in building and interior finishing. Mr. Banta, a skilled workman of years of experience, is one of the largest employers of skilled labor in the city, engaging some fifteen men, most of whom are mechanics. The machinery of his works is run by steam, requiring an engine of thirty-horsepower. Mr. Banta was born in Bergen County, New Jersey, in 1859, and was reared and schooled in his native place until eighteen years of age. He then went to New York City and entered upon an apprenticeship at the carpenter and builder’s trade. After serving as an apprentice for four years he engaged as a journeyman, working in that city. He spent nearly six years in New York City and then started Westward, and was engaged as a carpenter and builder in Chicago, and later in Kansas City. In 1883 he came to California, and after six months in San Francisco located in Stockton, and was there employed as a foreman by the firm of P. A. Buell & Co., and later as their bookkeeper. In...

Ralston, Dulcie Mae Ross Mrs. – Obituary

Dulcie Ralston, 92, of Baker City, died March 7, 2005, at her home. Her memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Jack Bynum of the United Methodist Church will officiate. Dulcie Mae Ross Ralston was born Dec. 24, 1912, at Mandan, N.D., to Edgar Ross and Daisy Eileen Wheeler Ross. When she was 6 she moved with her family to Oregon City. When she was 13 the family moved to Boulder Creek, Calif., where she met Rollie Ralston. They were married on July 15, 1932. Their daughter, Barbara, was born June 13, 1933. In 1945 the Ralston family moved to Albany, Calif., where they lived until Rollie’s retirement in 1974. They then moved to Concord and Lafayette, Calif., and in 1989 settled in a mobile home park at Lodi, Calif., to be closer to their daughter. After the death of her husband in 1997 and her daughter in 1999, Mrs. Ralston moved to Baker City to be near her grandson, Jim Flavin, and his family. Survivors include three grandchildren, Jim Flavin and his wife, Irene, of Baker City, Daniel Flavin and his wife, Jessica, of Oakland, Calif., and Sandra Flavin of Tennessee; three great-grandchildren, Steven Flavin, Shawn Flavin and Joshua Flavin; one brother, Gene Ross of Walnut Creek, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, daughter, and one sister. Memorial contributions may be made to Pathway Hospice through the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, March 11, 2005 Transcribed...
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