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Biography of Emory Cole

Among the leading stockmen and agriculturists of Malheur County, and a man of great energy and executive force, the subject of this sketch is properly accorded a place in the volume of our County’s History, and since, also, he is one of the principal land owners of the section, and is, withal, a man of good ability, sound principles, and integrity. Emory was born in Scott County, Minnesota, on December 2, 1862, being the son of Joshua L. and Malinda (Wise) Cole. In the spring of 1864 the family crossed the plains with ox teams to Boise, consuming six months in the trip and having no serious trouble except the general hardships and deprivations of such an arduous undertaking. Settlement was made at Boise, which was then but a hamlet of a few cabins, and there they remained until 1868, when another move brought them to the vicinity of Malheur, where mining was the industry followed until 1872. Then a move was made to upper Willow creek and the father took up stock raising, and later the advantages of the present home place of our subject, live miles northwest from Dell, became evident, and accordingly they came there. Our subject continued to work with his father until December 2o. 1883, when the happy event of the marriage of Mr. Cole and Miss Elizabeth, daughter of Benjamin F. and Lucy J. (Russell) Kendall, a native of the Grande Ronde Valley, Oregon, was celebrated. But then on March 23, 1891, death came and took thence the wife, and Mr. Cole was alone. On December 23, 1895, Mr. Cole contracted a second...

Fix, Charles Austin – Obituary

Charles Austin Fix was born near Lydia, Scott County, Minnesota, September 11, 1872 and he passed away at his home in Kapowsin, Washington, June 23, 1931 at the age of 58 years, 9 months and 12 days. Mr. Fix was a member of the Masonic and Odd Fellows lodges and during the Spanish-American War served as sergeant of Company D, 14th United States Infantry. Besides his wife, Helen A., he is survived by two daughters, Wanda Jane and Helen; four brothers, Thomas, of Dash Point, Will and George of Orting and Edward of Kapowsin; and one sister, Mrs. Grace Baker of Tacoma. Funeral services were held from the Hill Funeral Parlors in Puyallup, Friday, June 26 at 2 o’clock. Interment was held at the Orting Cemetery. Over 75 cars filled with mourners composed the cortege to the cemetery from Puyallup. Contributed by: Shelli...

Michels, Frank – Obituary

Frank Michels, 83, member of a Kittitas Valley pioneer family, died here this morning [March 27, 1951] about 6:30 a.m. at the Airway Nursing Home. Michels was born at Shakopee, Minnesota., October 10, 1868 and came to the Ellensburg area at the age of 15, with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Michels in 1882. In 1892 here he was married to Mary O’Brien. She died in 1924 and three years later Michels was married to Vera Johnson. The marriage took place at Ephrata, although both resided here. During a 20 year period, until three years ago, Mr. and Mrs. Michels operated a ranch in Menastash Canyon. They then moved to a Lincoln Street residence in Ellensburg and lived there until 15 months ago when he entered the nursing home. Michels was a member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church. He is survived by his widow, at 411 E. Thirteenth Avenue here; two sons, Earl and Martin Michels, both of Portland, Ore., two stepdaughters, Mrs. Verna Nelson of Ellensburg and Mrs. Holly Anderson of Glendale, Calif., one stepson, Willard Johnson of Tacoma; two sisters, Mr. G. H. Beaver of Bellingham and Miss Lena Michels of Ellensburg; seven grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren, one great granddaughter and many nieces and nephews. Services are to be announced by Honeycutt-Evenson Funeral Home. Contributed by: Shelli...

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