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Biography of the Blackman Brothers

ALANSON A., ELHANAN AND HYRCANUS BLACKMAN. – The father of these gentlemen, Adam Blackman, is a native of Maine; and their mother was Mary (Howard) Blackman, both of whom are still living in the town of Bradley in the above state. The history of communities and of nations is made up mainly of the acts of men who contribute towards directing to a result the efforts of the people by whom they are surrounded. This is equally true whether the actor be a Grant marshaling the legions of a grand army, a Vanderbilt, dictating a nation’s commerce, or the obscure farmer whose harvest is gathered to feed those dependent upon him. The acts of each that have an influence upon any portion of the human family are historic events, and are important in proportion to the result. Every community has its leading men, whose operations exert an influence upon others. Their plans include the capital and the labor of many to execute; and if that labor is benefited or that capital augmented, the ones who planned are public benefactors, great in proportion to the results achieved. Even though it be claimed that the object of such operations was to benefit the designers only, still, if in its detail or results benefits accrue to the public, those who designed and executed nevertheless are public benefactors. There are persons of this class living between the Cascade and Coast Mountains who have done much for the country where they live; but among them all there is none superior in this respect than the gentlemen whose names head this short memoir, and whose...

Biography of Jonas W. Brown

Jonas W. Brown, of Boise, is an honored pioneer both of California and of Idaho. He crossed the plains with ox teams to Shasta county, California, in 1853, and since that time his life record has been inseparably interwoven with the history of this section of the country. At all times he has been the advocate of those measures tending to-ward the advancement and development of the region, and his influence is that of an honorable, upright man, whose force of character stamps itself indelibly for good upon the public life. This work would be incomplete without mention of Jonas W. Brown, and it is therefore with pleasure that we present his sketch to our readers. A native of Ohio, he was born in Roscoe, Coshocton County, on the 27th of June, 1825, and is descended from New England ancestry. His father, Samuel Brown, was a resident of North Danvers, Massachusetts. His mother, Mrs. Lydia (Warren) Brown, was a relative of General Warren, who won fame at the battle of Bunker Hill. They were members of the Methodist church and were people of much worth. The father was a farmer and also engaged in the manufacture of brick. He departed this life in 1871, at the age of eighty-four years, and his wife was called to her final rest in her fifty-sixth year. They had a family of ten children, of whom two are now living. Upon the homestead farm, in Ohio, Jonas W. Brown spent his boyhood days and early became familiar with the various duties and labors which fall to the lot of the agriculturist. He obtained...

Yocom, Leota Lotta Patterson – Obituary

Leota Lotta Yocom, 72, of 718 N. Sixth Ave., Yakima, who received head injuries when she fell to pavement after being hit by a car at Third and West Yakima Avenues, Yakima, Friday morning, died Sunday [August 31, 1980] at St. Elizabeth Hospital. She was born in 1898 in Tokio, ND [MN], to Oscar and Odessa Patterson. She and Chester Yocom were married in Wenatchee; he preceded her in death. Mrs. Yocom taught school in Malaga and received education and trained as a practical nurse in Wenatchee. She and her husband moved to Edmonds and Seattle, where she was a practical nurse at Virginia Mason Hospital. She is survived by two sons, Chester Yocom of Seattle and Lance Yocom, of Anchorage, Alaska; and three brothers, Dwain Patterson of Everett, Robert Patterson of Phoenix, Ariz., and Paul Patterson of Seattle. Yakima Herald Republic, September 1, 1980 Contributed by: Shelli...

Cantrell, Mary Jo – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Word was received that former Wallowa County resident Mary Jo (Reece) Cantrell passed away Dec. 2, 1998, in Puyallup, Wash. She was born in Enterprise on Sept. 20, 1930, to Lacy and Ruth Reece. Mary Jo was a member of the local VFW Auburn Auxiliary #2298 and the Eagles. She retired from Boeing in Everett, Wash., in 1995. She loved her family and friends in a big way. She is survived by her four children; son, Rudy Kruse of Clatskanie; daughters, Cindy Kruse of Sumner, Wash., Gloria Kruse of San Diego, Calif., and Dawn Holland of Sumner, Wash., and 8 grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Good Samaritan Hospital Oncology Ward, Puyallup, Wash. Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon, Dec. 10, 1998 Contributed by Michelle...

Repplinger, Blanche E. – Obituary

Lostine, Wallowa County, Oregon Blanche Elizabeth Repplinger, 81, died August 13, 1982, at her home Lynnwood, Wash. She was a former resident of Lostine. Born Oct. 5, 1910, in Union, she was married to Leslie A. Repplinger on Jan. 2, 1930, in Enterprise. The couple made their home in Lostine until his death March 21, 1971, when Mrs. Repplinger moved away from Wallowa County. Survivors include her daughter Marian Jones of Alderwood Manor, Wash.; grandchildren Connie Hunt and Donald Jones and great-grandchildren Kema and Kenny Hunt. Services were Wednesday in the Enterprise Cemetery with Eugene Cemetery with Eugene Zacharias officiating. Interment followed. Wallowa County Chieftain Thursday August 19,...

Ollis, Leola – Obituary

Leola Ollis, 92, of Everett, Wash., died August 21, 1995, in Sultan, Wash. She was born April 2, 1903, in Senia, North Carolina. She had lived in Lostine for 25 years before moving to Everett in 1962. Mrs. Ollis is survived by her son Richard Ollis and his wife Donna; her daughter Coralee Souther and her husband Len; daughters-in-law Wanda Ollis and Fauna Ollis; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her sons Ben and Estel Ollis and a grandson Paul Tippet. Funeral services will be Thursday, August 24, 1995, at 1 p.m. at Purdy and Walters with Cassidy Funeral, Everett, Wash. Graveside services will be Saturday, August 26 at 2 p.m. at the Lostine Cemetery Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Aug., 1995 Contributed by: Sue...

Burcham, Ruth – Obituary

Enterprise, Oregon Ruth G. Evans Burcham, formerly of Enterprise, died in Arlington, Wash. on March 28, 2006. She was 91. Mrs. Burcham was born in Duncan, Ariz., on Feb. 27, 1915 to John Evans and Minnie Lloyd. She was raised in Duncan, and attended high school there. She became a nurse’s aide in a Catholic geriatrics hospital. On November 14, 1931, Ruth married Orville Jay Burcham in Riverside, Calif. They had two children. After living in Enterprise and Pomona, Calif., the couple moved to Pendleton in 1961, where they resided for 35 years. Mrs. Burcham was a member of the Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband of 61 years, Orville Jay Burcham. She is survived by her son Donald John Burcham of Redmond, her daughter Diana Basim of Arlington, Wash., 10 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. Contributions in memory of Ruth Burcham may be made to a charity of choice. Graveside services have been held. Wallowa County Chieftain – April 6, 2006 Contributed By: Sue...

Cross, Lauretta – Obituary

Lauretta Cross, of Milton-Freewater and a former resident of Wallowa County, died July 9, 2007, at Walla Walla General Hospital in Walla Walla, Wash. She was 85. Mrs. Cross was born June 19,1922, in La Grande to James Everett and Etta Rebecca Berg Rachau. The family resided on Pumpkin Ridge, outside of Elgin. They later moved to Minam, where Mrs. Cross attended school through the second grade. In 1930, the family moved to Onalaska, Wash., where she finished her schooling, graduating from the eighth grade twice. Her father didn’t believe in higher education for women. She married young and had three children, then divorced and worked in restaurants and the shipyard in Portland, during the war. She moved back to La Grande for a time and in 1956, moved to Everett, Wash. to work, and there she met Jerry Cross at a telephone company picnic. They were married Jan. 31, 1959, in Vancouver, Wash. In 1966, the family moved to Enterprise, when Mr. Cross was transferred with the phone company. Mrs. Cross was a homemaker and worked part time. In the late 1960’s, she joined the VFW Auxiliary #4307, and was very active for many years. She was a past president of the auxiliary, and later became a lifetime member. She was a talented and creative seamstress, making clothes and craft items. She loved gardening and had a beautiful yard. She enjoyed home decorating, canning, and was famous for her remodeling. She made wonderful candies at Christmas. She and her husband loved to dance and spend time with their friends. Mrs. Cross loved camping, fishing, woodcutting, and hunting. She...

Fischer, Kimberly Dawn – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Kimberly Dawn Fischer, 47, of Marysville, Wash., and formerly of La Grande died Sept. 9 at her home of natural causes. A service will be begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Marysville Senior Community Center, 514 Delta St. A memorial in Oregon will be conducted at a later date. Mrs. Fischer was born April 22, 1959, to Donna and Jerry Martin in Pendleton. She attended school in La Grande, and married Randy McKinnis. On April 28, 2002, she married Craig Fischer. She worked in food and beverage management for many years. She enjoyed rock and gem hunting, crafting jewelry, dancing and listening to jazz and the blues. She was an excellent cook and host, and enjoyed growing her own herbs, trying new recipes, writing poetry, reading and beging with her family. She and her brother, Ray, spent their childhood summers with grandparents in Long Creek. Survivors include her husband and stepson, Ethan, of Marysville; her children, Forrest Dean McKinnis of the Tri-Cities, Cody Lee McKinnis of Albany and Jerae Dawn McKinnis of Pendleton; her mother, Donna Amos of La Grande; three brothers and their wives, Ray and Paula Martin of Long Creek, Randy Amos of La Grande and Scott and Kathy Martin of Baker City; a stepbrother, Richard Amos; and other relatives. Her father died earlier. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending Sept. 16, 2006, Published: September 19,...

Lovelace, Carolyn Rees – Obituary

Cove, Oregon Union County, Oregon Obituary Carolyn Rees Lovelace, 74, of Ontario and formerly of Cove died of cancer June 25 at the home of her daughter, Rilla Lovelace Hanger, of Monroe, Wash. Her ashes will be spread at Cove Cemetery, followed by a family celebration of life at the Cove Pool at a time and date to be announced later. Born Feb. 18, 1933, Carolyn loved animals, especially horses. She also took in young people who needed a safe place. Carolyn passed on a strong love of family connections, family members said. She was a proud fourth-generation Oregonian from Cove, her family having come over the Meek Cutoff in 1845. Carolyn was preceded in death by her husband and life-long soulmate Charles “Dewey” Lovelace who died in December 2005 and her son, Bryan Mack. Survivors include her children, William Rees Lovelace of Ontario, Peggy Lovelace Contreras of Philomath, Curtis Lovelace of Ontario and Rilla Lovelace Hanger of Monroe, Wash. She is also survived by sister, Donna Rees Sands of La Grande and brother, Lewis M. Rees of Vancouver, Wash. She is also survived by six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. LaGrande Observer – Obituaries For The Week Ending June 30, 2007. Transcribed by Dixie...
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