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Bean, Rufus Eusebeous – Obituary

Rufus E. Bean of Milton, well-known civic and political leader of Umatilla County, died Saturday afternoon [April 5] at a Walla Walla hospital of cerebral thrombosis. Born January 1, 1876 at Virgil City, Mo., he was the youngest of 13 children. After four years of schooling in a one-room school in Michigan, he learned telegraphy at Janesville, Wis., where his teacher was George Parker, fountain pen inventor. He worked as a telegraph operator at Floodwood, Minn., and at Portland. He became and agent for the O.W.R. & N. Company at Milton, and lived in this community for the rest of his life, with the exception of three years at Tekoa. In 1904 he married Nellie W. Sanderson at Pomeroy. She survives him, as do three children, Mrs. A. W. Priaul of Portland, R. Allan Bean of Richmond, Calif., and Mrs. Robert E. Lee of Forest Grove, and eight grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Anna Reese of Caro, Mich., and a brother, David E. Beam of Pigeon, Mich. He was widely known throughout the Walla Walla Valley and Eastern Oregon as an active member of the Republican Party and community affairs. Until his election as Umatilla County Commissioner in 1920, he owned and operated a ranch at Umapine. A member of the county commission for 12 years, he was later elected mayor of Freewater, serving for two years and resigning to take the post of city recorder. For 16 years he was business manager of the Freewater Times. At the time of his first attack of coronary thrombosis in October, 1946, he was Justice of the...

Nelson, David Henry – Obituary

David H. Nelson, 67, long prominent wheat grower of Umatilla County, and one of the first four in this county to use caterpillar-and-combine, died at 8 o’clock this morning [May 22, 1939] at his farm home. Death came without warning, his passing being due to a sudden attack of heart disease. Mr. Nelson was born in Finland, Nov. 30, 1872, and came to America in 1881 with his parents who settled in Duluth. He came westward in 1889 to Clatsop County and with the industry which was characteristic of him, worked as a life guard and fisherman at Astoria, where he was later fire chief. He came to this county in 1893, worked as a farm hand for four years and later rented land on the reservation. In 1901 he bought his present holdings, known as Locust Hill farm, a short distance from Pendleton on the Nelson grade. It now comprises 1600 acres for the Pendleton airport site. He also owned a Seaside home, bought in 1910. In addition to his farming interests here, he was interested in Montana holdings and was president of the Brady (Mont.) Irrigation Co. He is given the credit for the success of this enterprise. In addition, he introduced the summer fallow method in Montana, as well as modern machinery methods. He was, for years, one of the most active and staunchest republicans in this state and served as county chairman for the party. With the New Deal, he embraced its politics and had been active in support of the New Deal administration. He was ever a Good Roads enthusiast and was a member...

Olin Hatheway Todd of Barnum MN

Olin Hatheway Todd10, (Charles F.9, Walter S.8, Ira7, Jehiel6, Stephen5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born July 26, 1878, in Chicago, Ill., married Feb. 22, 1901, Addie Dickinson. He graduated from the Duluth, Minn., High School. He is now (1912) engaged in the stock and poultry business in Barnum, Minn. Child: 2801. Georgie, b. April 15,...

Charles Ferdinand Todd of Duluth MN

Charles Ferdinand Todd9, (Walter S.8, Ira7, Jehiel6, Stephen5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born July 25, 1844, in Cooperstown, N. Y., married June 1, 1871, Harriet Ophelia, daughter of Hon. Elnathan and Salome (Cushman) Hathaway, who was born in Assonet Village, Freetown, Mass. Her mother was a cousin of Charlotte Cushman, the actress. Soon after their marriage, they went to Chicago, Ill., where he engaged in the wholesale produce business and which he continued for several years. Later he moved to Duluth, Minn., where he was a dealer in fancy butter. They lived in Chicago at the time of the great fire. Children: 2603. Frank Buffington, b. Oct. 14, 1874, d. April 23, 1875. *2604. Olin H., b....

Brown, Gerald Wilber – Obituary

Gerald Wilbur Brown, 88, of Baker City, died Sept. 12, 2005, at Settlers Park. At his request, cremation was held with private interment in Mount Hope Cemetery. Mr. Brown was born Nov. 23, 1916, in Vananda City, Mont. He was raised in Duluth, Minn., and received his education there. Mr. Brown married Ann Diebekis on Nov. 7, 1952, in Cloquet, Minn. The family came to Baker City in 1955 from Canyon City. He enjoyed playing the accordion, harmonica and guitar. He was a member of Kingdom Hall, Jehovah’s Witness. He is survived by daughters Grace Schramm of Duluth, Minn. and Norma Axelson of Minnesota; stepsons, Frank, James, Gerald and Dan Trader; stepdaughter, Luci Myers-Sohler; 25 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Syneva Farliegh and Ruth Brown and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Ann, three brothers and one sister. Those wishing to make memorial contributions in his memory may direct them to the Kingdom Hall, Jehovah’s Witness. This may be done through the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, September 16, 2005 Transcribed by: Belva...

Biography of Henry Howland Chase, M. D.

Holding in high estimate the duties and responsibilities which his position involved, and more than ordinarily successful as a medical practitioner surgeon, Dr. Henry H. Chase is well remembered in Rock Island, the city in which he spent the later years of his life. He was an American of the highest type, and of purest blood, as well. His lineage on both sides is traceable for many generations back on American soil. His mother is a direct descendant of John Howland of Mayflower fame. His father was a relative of the late Chief Justice Chase of the United States Supreme Court. Henry Howland Chase was born October 7, 1858, in Amboy, Lee County, Illinois, and died May 22, 1906, at Rock Island. His father was Albion Pierce Chase, himself a physician, and his mother, Deborah Cushing (Howland) Chase. The father was a native of Maine and the mother of Massachusetts. The couple came west and located at Amboy, Illinois, in 1856, living there till the husband’s death May 27, 1879. The father graduated in the School of Alapaphon, and after coming west took up the practice of Homeopathy, and has practiced in both schools after that. Our subject received his general education in the public schools of Amboy, at a school for boys at Waltham, Massachusetts, and the State Normal at Bloomington, Illinois. His professional training was received at the Chicago Homeopathic College, from which he graduated in 1881. Dr. Chase first began practicing at Geneseo, Illinois, where he was located eight years. Then he removed to Duluth, Minnesota, and remained seven years, becoming a member of the state...

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