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Biography of James Colson

One of the respected pioneer farmers of Salubria is James Colson, who came to Idaho in 1864, and has since been engaged in stock raising. He was born in Ripley county, Indiana, October 23, 1834, a son of John and Polly (Allen) Colson, the former of whom was a farmer in Kentucky, moving to Iowa in 1850, where he was successful as a business man and landowner. He died at the advanced age of seventy years. To him and his wife were born eight children, three of whom survive. James Colson was reared on his father’s farm and received his education in the public schools, remaining at home until 1853, when he crossed the plains to California, locating in Siskiyou county. Here he engaged in mining, but met with only moderate success, notwithstanding the fact that he took out in one day four hundred dollars, which, with a great deal more, he lost in unprofitable mining enterprises. After three years spent in California he returned to his home by steamer and in 1860 went to Colorado, where he mined a year, then removed to Idaho in 1864, and during his many journeys never met with any misfortune. He resided two years at Idaho City and a similar length of time at Weiser, and in 1868 located in Salubria valley, on one hundred and sixty acres of land, and since then has been successfully engaged in raising cattle, horses and hogs. In politics Mr. Colson is a silver Republican, but has never sought office, preferring to give his entire attention to his business. On July 3, 1856, our subject was...

Biography of John Strode

With two of the most important industries that have contributed to the development and prosperity of the northwest, mining and stock rasing, John Strode has long been identified. He became a resident of California in 1852, ten years later went to Oregon, and since 1863 has made his home in Idaho. His birth occurred in Tennessee, on the 6th of February 1833, and he is of English, German and Welsh descent but the original ancestors, who came from England Wales and Germany, found homes in America at an early period in her history and were pioneer settlers of Kentucky. John Strode, the father of our subject, was born and reared in Kentucky and Miss Nancy Evans, of Ohio, became his wife. Thirteen children were born of this union, five of whom are yet living. The father departed this life in the sixty-third year of his age, and his wife passed away in her sixty-seventh year. During his childhood John Strode accompanied his parents on their removal to Missouri, where he remained until nineteen years of age, when he drove an ox-team across the plains to California. The dangers and hardships of such a journey can scarcely be imagined, much less realized in this age of parlorcar transportation. The company of which Mr. Strode was a member were four months and eight days upon the wav but though they endured many discomforts, they escaped death through disease or at the hands of treacherous savages, yet many newmade graves marked the route, the last resting places of those who had hopefully started out to seek fortune in the Golden state. After...

Biography of Thomas H. Gilham

THOMAS H. GILHAM. – Although born in another state, the subject of this sketch is practically a product of Union county, being educated here and here achieving the success that has attended him in his labors, while he has ever manifested a stanch and unswerving integrity and adherence to the principles of uprightness, laboring for the advancement and upbuilding of the county, as well as prosecuting with vigor and sagacity the private business enterprises that have occupied him. Thomas H. Gilham was born in Siskiyou county, California, on February 13, 1858, being the son of Calvit A. and Almeda (Howell) Gilham. His father was a “Forty-niner” to California from Iowa and while the son was still young came with his family to Josephine county, Oregon and later migrated to the Willamette valley and as early as 1863 was a resident of the Grande Ronde valley. He was a blacksmith by trade and opened a shop in Lagrande, where he beat the anvil to the time of industry and honesty until 1868 and then removed to Island City and there opened the first shop in that town. He bought one hundred and sixty acres of land and supervised a general farming industry until about 1888, when he returned to Iowa and is living in his early home state at the present time. Our subject attended school in Lagrande, gaining, a good education and when he had arrived at sufficient age, rented his father’s farm, working the same until 1882. He also served two years as apprentice in a drug store in Island City, and in 1885 purchased his present place,...

Cole, Marvin – Obituary

Mrs. Earl Allen received word Tuesday that her brother Marvin Cole, had been killed while braking on a freight train at Dunsmuir, California. Mrs. Allen left that night for La Grande where she took the train for California. Wallowa County Reporter Thursday November 7,...

Goodman, Ralph – Obituary

Wallowa County, Oregon Ralph Goodman Dies In California Ralph Goodman, a former resident of Wallowa County, but who had lived in Yreka, Calif. For the past 25 years or more, passed away at Yreka Saturday, March 2, 1957, following a long illness. He was born in Libertyville, Iowa, November 29, 1884, coming to Wallowa County with his parents, Milas and Mary Goodman, and other members of his family while a child. He was married at Lostine on June 26, 1907 to Miss Fannie van Pelt who survives him. Besides his wife, he leaves four children: Van, Kathleen, Carolyn, and Billie, all of California; two sisters: Mrs. Lenore Brandt, of Yreka, and Mrs. Vernon (Pauline) Ainsworth of Santa Barbara, Calif., and several grandchildren. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, March 7, 1957, Front Page Contributed by: Sue...

Way, Charles – Obituary

Enterprise, Oregon Charles Way Died in California last week. The body was sent to this place, arriving Sunday and the funeral services held at the Baptist church at 3:30 p.m. and interment made in the Enterprise cemetery. The deceased was a brother of Mrs. Herman of this city and was about 61 years of age. He was a printer of Ureka, California. Wallowa County Reporter, Wednesday, June 5,...

Blacker, Henry James – Obituary

Union, Union County, Oregon (Dedicated to the Memory of Our Beloved Son and Brother Henry James Blacker) Born at Scott Bar, Siskiyou County, California March 18th, 1858: Died at Union, Union Co. Oregon, January 5th, 1879: I “He is not dead-he sleeps and he shall wake- Wake to new joy, new triumph, and new power: Wake to receive his birthright and his dower. Soon will the everlasting morning break- Soon will the mists and clouds his soul forsake And There, mid leafy glad and sunny bower, Shall live each tree and bloom each sweet, bright flower. He lived on earth, his heart’s home to re-make: We weep; but when for him that sun shall rise, We shall forget our grief and earth born pain, And watach the dawn with glad expectant eyes That shall restore our dead to life again; As come bright birds along the summer skies, As bloom bright flowers after the summer’s rain. II I sing of joy, dear Father! all for thee. No sob of mine shall mar the angel a song; No tear of mine shall do thy spirit wrong. Did’st thou not know of love’s eternity? Death hat but crowned thee, Death has set thee free! Thou art thyself-theyself, freed, great and strong. With all the powers which to thy soul belong> And visions which no earthly eye can see, We know thy truth; we knew thy heart of gold. Rich with its wealth of love for all mankind; Rich with its treasures of life manifold- Those hidden treasures hard to seek and find. In vain they tell me that that heart is...

Blacker, Mary E. – Obituary

Mary E. Blacker died November 19, 1920, at the home of her son Robert, in South union, at the age of 91 years. The funeral took place from the residence Sunday November 21, 1920 at 2 p.m. She was laid to rest by her husband, who preceded her to the Great Beyond 9 years ago. Mary Elizabeth Duignan was born in Ireland in 1829. She came to this country at the age of nineteen years, settling in Philadelphia, where she spent three years with friends. She then left for San Francisco to join a brother who was living there. She journeyed by water to the Isthmus of Panama and crossed overland on mules to the Pacific; taking a steamer on to San Francisco. Later, while living in San Francisco, she met and married Lot A. Blacker. From here they moved to Scott’s Bar, Siskiyou county, in northern California, then to Walla Walla, Washington, then to Auburn, Baker county, Oregon, and later to Union, Oregon, where she lived until her death. She was resident of Oregon sixty-one years and of Union county forty-nine years. She was the mother of eight children, seven boys and one girl, three of whom are living-George W., of Pine, Oregon; Robert and Schuyler, both of Union. One child died at Auburn, Oregon, and four were taken by diphtheria during the diphtheria epidemic at Union in 1879. Her husband preceded her to the Great Beyond in 1911 at the age of eighty-five years. Mrs. Blacker was an industrious and active woman until the time of her illness; three weeks before her death. Besides her immediate family,...

Childers, Wallace – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Wallace Childers, Son of Pioneer Family, Dies Relatives here yesterday received word of the death of Wallace Childers, 61, yard master for Southern Pacific, at Dunsmuir, yesterday in a San Francisco hospital. He is a former La Grande resident, son of a pioneer family, and at one time was a professional baseball player with the Weiser team when Walt Johnson was pitching for the. Childers attended the local schools. Survivors include his wife of Dunsmuir, a daughter in Los Angeles, two sisters, Mrs. Della Wagner and Olive Childers, brigadier in the Salvation Army, and a brother, Merle Childers, all three of La Grande. Funeral services are being held Friday in Dunsmuir and burial will be in Eugene where grave side services will be held. La Grande Evening Observer Wednesday October 17, 1945 Front...

Corbett, Lou – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Former La Grande resident J. “Lou” Corbett died yesterday in Yreka, Cal., at the age of 88. Funeral services will be held at the Snodgrass funeral home in La Grande. Date and time of the services have not yet been decided. Burial will be in the I. O. O. F. cemetery. Corbett, who was born June 7, 1862, moved to Yreka from La Grande about 30 years ago. A miner in Yreka, he had been ill for many months. He once worked a mining claim in the Grande Ronde valley and maintained his claims after he moved to California. Survivors include his wife Mrs. Rose Corbett, Yreka, Cal; two daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth Garner, Pittsburgh, Cal., and Mrs. Hazel Martin, Walla Walla, Wash.; and one son Roy Corbett, Yreka. La Grande Evening Observer La Grande, Oregon Monday September 25, 1950 Front Page Contributed by: Tom...
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