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Alderman, Charlotte Ruth Odell – Obituary

Mrs. Charlotte Ruth Odell Alderman was born in Carroll County, Indiana, in 1842. Her father crossed the plains in 1851, bringing his wife and nine children. They settled in Webfoot near Dayton, where the family grew to maturity. Charlotte attended school at Lebanon, Lafayette and Willamette University, besides her home school. She taught school in Lincoln County, and in 1866, she married Albert Lockwood Alderman. They lived north of Dayton a number of years and then moved to Dayton so the children could better attend school. To them five children were born: Edwin who died in 1908; Ennis who lives near Dayton; Lewis who is a teacher in the state university; George who died in 1893; and Eva, now Mrs. Ora Powell of Corvallis. Mrs. Alderman was a most devoted wife and loving mother, a consistent Christian and a constituent member of the First Baptist Church of Dayton, Ore. She was strongly allied with the temperance work, being a member of the W. C. T. U. She was always sympathetic with those in need and had an abiding faith in the goodness of people. Her friends and relatives loved her in response to her strong affection on her part. She died at the home of her son Ennis May 30, 1910, being 68 years, 1 month and 14 days old. Rev. A. J. Hunsaker of McMinnville, who was her pastor for ten years, was present and in tender words spoke of the close relation of their two families. Many floral tributes were brought and sent by friends as a token of their love. The funeral took place Tuesday at...

Biography of James W. Lytle

JAMES W. LYTLE. – To the esteemed and capable gentleman, whose name appears above, we with pleasure accord a representation in this volume of the chronicles of Union county, since he has wrought for many years here for its development, and for the subjstantial progress of the same, manifesting meanwhile, a business ability and energy that have placed him among the leading agriculturists and prominent men of the county, while his unswerving integrity, sound principles and geniality have made him hosts of friends from all classes. Mr. Lytle was born in Wyandot, Ohio, on October 22, 1842, being the son of James and Mary (Anno) Lytle, the father a native of Scotland and the mother of Scottish descent. In 1855 the mother was called by the messenger of death, and on April 1, 1866, the father also passed away. Our subject received his education in the public schools of his native county, and there remained until he had arrived at man’s estate. When he had reached his majority he engaged in farming and raising and feeding stock until 1879. In that year he was determined to try his fortunes in the west, and accordingly came to San Francisco, thence by boat to Portland, and by the same conveyance to Wallula. He took up land in Sherman county, Oregon, remaining a few months, when tidings of the fertile Grande Ronde valley reached him and he immediately came thither. He soon selected the place where he lives at present, two and one0half miles south from Alicel, purchased it and set to the task of making it one of the best improved...

Ransier, Rena Mrs. – Obituary

Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon Mrs. Rena Ransier Dies At Hospital Mrs. Rena Ivy Ransier of Wallowa passed away Tuesday, Sept. 22, 1970 at the Wallowa Memorial Hospital where she had been a patient for three months. She had been in ill health for six years. She was born Jan. 20, 1901 at Moro, daughter of R.T. and Ivy Morgan. On Oct. 21, 1920 she was married to David J. Ransier of Pasco, Wash. She had lived in Moro until 1932, then in The Dalles until 1968 when she and her husband came to Wallowa. She was a cook by occupation and she and her husband had a restaurant in The Dalles for many years. Survivors include her husband, David J., of Wallowa; one daughter, Mrs. Edwin (Lorean) Kruse of Wallowa; one son, James Ransier of Las Vegas, Nev.; three sisters, Irma Johnson of Moro, Mrs. Joe (Thelma) Dimick of Richland, and Zora Morgan of Portland; one brother, Ariel Morgan of The Dalles; and three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. With the Bollman Funeral Home in charge, funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Community Presbyterian Church in Moro, with Rev. Dick Morgan officiating. Internment will be in the American Legion Cemetery at Moro. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, September 24, 1970, Page 2 Contributed by: Sue...

Fihn, Lois Janet – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Lois Janet Fihn, 87, of Salem and formerly of La Grande, died of natural causes Nov. 17 at a care facility in Salem. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, with burial to follow at the Island City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. A celebration of life service begins at 2 p.m. Dec. 2 at Tierra Rose Care Center, 4254 Weathers St. NE, in Salem. Mrs. Fihn was born March 28, 1919, in Moro to James and Lotus Kenny, the second of five children. She moved to La Grande at 19 and attended Eastern Oregon Normal School. She married Lyle Fihn on April 21, 1939, in Moro, and the couple made their home in La Grande. She lived in La Grande until 2004 when she moved to Salem to be close to family. Lois was active in the community. She acted as secretary for the Union County Fair Board, volunteered at Grande Ronde Hospital for more than 50 years, was involved with the First Christian Church and Mount Emily Chapter of Good Sam and was a life member of Oregon Eastern Star Hope Chapter No. 13. She was Oregon Grand Ruth for Eastern Star and National President of the Junior Old-Timers Railroad Ladies Society. Lois enjoyed golf, fishing, gardening and bridge. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and helping people. Survivors include her children and their spouses, Loren and Cindy Fihn of Salem and Lou Anne and Ruben De La Cruz of Oklahoma City, Okla.; sisters and their...

Fihn, Lois Janet – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Lois Janet Fihn, 87, of Salem and formerly of La Grande, died of natural causes Nov. 17 at a care facility in Salem. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, with burial to follow at the Island City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. A celebration of life service begins at 2 p.m. Dec. 2 at Tierra Rose Care Center, 4254 Weathers St. NE, in Salem. Mrs. Fihn was born March 28, 1919, in Moro to James and Lotus Kenny, the second of five children. She moved to La Grande at 19 and attended Eastern Oregon Normal School. She married Lyle Fihn on April 21, 1939, in Moro, and the couple made their home in La Grande. She lived in La Grande until 2004 when she moved to Salem to be close to family. Lois was active in the community. She acted as secretary for the Union County Fair Board, volunteered at Grande Ronde Hospital for more than 50 years, was involved with the First Christian Church and Mount Emily Chapter of Good Sam and was a life member of Oregon Eastern Star Hope Chapter No. 13. She was Oregon Grand Ruth for Eastern Star and National President of the Junior Old-Timers Railroad Ladies Society. Lois enjoyed golf, fishing, gardening and bridge. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and helping people. Survivors include her children and their spouses, Loren and Cindy Fihn of Salem and Lou Anne and Ruben De La Cruz of Oklahoma City, Okla.; sisters and their...

Sherman County, Oregon Census

Sherman County, Oregon was formed from Wasco County in 1889. 1890 Sherman County, Oregon Census Free 1890 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1890 Veterans Schedule $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems $ Hosted at Census Guide 1890 U.S. Census Guide 1900 Sherman County, Oregon Census Free 1900 Census Form for your Research Free 1900 Census Images and Index Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1900 Sherman County, Census (images and index) $ Hosted at Census Guide 1900 U.S. Census Guide 1910 Sherman County, Oregon Census Free 1910 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1910 Sherman County, Census (images and index) $ Hosted at Census Guide 1910 U.S. Census Guide 1920 Sherman County, Oregon Census Free 1920 Census Form for your Research Free 1920 Census Images and Index (partial) Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1920 Sherman County, Census (images and index) $ Hosted at Census Guide 1920 U.S. Census Guide 1930 Sherman County, Oregon Census Free 1930 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1930 Sherman County, Census (images and index) $ Hosted at Census Guide 1930 U.S. Census Guide...

Sherman County, Oregon Cemetery Records

Most of these are complete indices at the time of transcription, however, in some cases we list the listing when it is only a partial listing. Cemeteries hosted at Sherman County ORGenWeb Project Blackburne Family Cemetery Daugherty Family Cemetery DeMoss Springs Cemetery Emigrant Springs Cemetery Grass Valley Cemetery Kent (IOOF) Cemetery Michigan Cemetery Moro IOOF Cemetery Observer Farm Cemetery (aka Kent) (aka Wilcox) Rose Cemetery Rufus Cemetery Sun Rise Cemetery Wasco Methodist Cemetery Cemeteries hosted at Sherman County USGenWeb Archives Grass Valley Cemetery Michigan Cemetery Cemetery Photos Hosted at Sherman County USGenWeb Archives Grass Valley Cemetery Cemeteries Hosted at Graveyards & Gravestones Emigrant Springs Cemetery Cemeteries Hosted at Sherman County Oregon Political Graveyard Cemeteries Hosted at Interment Grass Valley Cemetery Moro Cemetery Sun Rise Cemetery Cemeteries Hosted at Oregon Pioneer Cemeteries Moro Cemetery Cemeteries Hosted at Oregon Find a Grave American Legion Cemetery Daugherty Family Cemetery De Moss Cemetery Emigrant Springs Cemetery Grass Valley Cemetery IOOF Cemetery Kent Cemetery Kent IOOF Cemetery Michigan Cemetery Moro Cemetery Rose Cemetery Rose Hill Cemetery Rufus Cemetery Sunrise Cemetery Wasco Methodist Cemetery Wilcox...

Biography of James M. De Moss

JAMES M. DE MOSS. – This well-known musician of Eastern Oregon was born at Greensburg, Indiana, May 15, 1837. As a child he removed to Iowa with his parents, and in that state was reared, receiving his higher education at Western College. At eighteen he became a teacher of music, and three years later was married to Miss Elizabeth A., daughter of Reverend Henry Bonebrake. He spent his early manhood as an exhorter in the United Brethren church. In the great patriotic meetings held during the days of the Civil war by Honorable Henry Wilson, and others, he was appointed to lead in vocal music, thus assisting in helping on the Union army. In 1862 he crossed the plains to Oregon. Arriving at Powder river about the middle of September, he was so much delighted by seeing the swarms of salmon disporting in the clear waters of the stream and was morever so well pleased with the surroundings of the place, that he stopped at this point, locating and building a cottage hotel, where now stands the town of North Powder. Here he put in a fish trap and built a toll bridge, the latter of which remains, having little need of repairs. He soon resumed clerical labors as missionary, and labored extensively in the eastern section. In the spring of 1863 occurred the rush to the Idaho mines; and thousands of persons crossed the bridge. John Hailey established there his line of stages. In the midst of this activity, Mr. De Moss reaped a golden harvest, and in the autumn sold out to excellent advantage, removing with his...

Biography of W. F. Courtney

W.F. COURTNEY. – This veteran among the Indian fighters and earlier pioneers was born in Illinois in 1832. At the age of thirteen, he crossed the plains with his parents in 1845. They reached The Dalles during the latter part of October of the same year; but before proceeding down the river they had to construct a flat boat as a means of navigation. This was attended with considerable difficulty, as there were no lumber mills in the country, and ever plank had to be whipsawed. The passage from The Dalles to the Upper Cascades was made without any event of notice. Not so with the balance of the trip; for, after the women, children and household goods were removed, an attempt was made to run the rapids, which resulted in the wreckage of their boat on the rocks. From the Lower Cascades they came to Clackamas Rapids, below Oregon City in a sailing craft called the Calapooia. After a short stay at Oregon City, a permanent home was made near Brownsville. Like all other pioneers of the valley, the Courtney family were obliged to go to Oregon City for supplies. In July, 1847, the father started there for flour; but, when near Clackamas Rapids, he was instantly killed by a falling tree. This left young Courtney to rely on his own resources in the matter of gaining a livelihood. He began adventures at the age of fifteen on his own account by making a trip to California, and continued the same by going out on the plains in 1852, for the purpose of protecting immigrants. In 1853 we...

Van Gaasbeck, Florence Gladys Thompson Mrs. – Obituary

Florence Gladys Van Gaasbeck 81, a longtime Arlington resident, died Jan. 17, 2002, at a foster care home in Baker City. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Monte Loyd of the Baker Valley Christian Assembly will officiate. Interment will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Arlington Cemetery. Visitations will be until 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mrs. Van Gaasbeck was born on June 28, 1920, at Rufus to Glen and Jean Mathieson Thompson. She received her education at the Rufus Public School. She married Clark Van Gaasbeck on March 27, 1939, at Goldendale, Wash. She was very active in music and was in several bands playing both the piano and the saxophone. Florence was very active in the Eastern Star and in the United Methodist Church. She enjoyed painting, and doing various arts and crafts. Florence and Clark enjoyed camping and fishing, especially with their children and grandchildren. They were wheat ranchers for many years until leasing the ranch out in the 1960s. Survivors include her brother, Jim Thompson of Gillette, Wyo.; a daughter, Betty Carr of Portland; son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Judy Van Gaasbeck of Baker City; grandchildren, Melinda Plaschka and Chaundra Carr of Portland, Tina Carpenter of Boise, and Brad Van Gaasbeck and Andy Van Gaasbeck of Baker City; great-grandchildren, Rachel Carr, Brandy and Christine Plaschka, Stacy and Daric Carpenter, Matthew, Elizabeth, and Emily Van Gaasbeck; and Christian and Lauren Van Gaasbeck; and great-stepgranddaughter, Reyna Vaughn. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice or the Alzheimer’s Foundation through Coles...

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