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Biographical Sketch of Frank O’Neill

The sturdy pioneer, capable gentleman and patriotic citizen whose, name heads this article is one of the leading agriculturists and stockmen of his section of Malheur County, being a man who has wrought with great energy and commendable wisdom in his efforts to assist in the up building and advancement of this section of the country. Our subject was born in the County of Antrim, Ulster province, Ireland, on May 10, 1846, being the son of John and Elizabeth O’Neill. He was reared on a farm and remained in his native place until 1866, when he went to Scotland, and four years later was in Liverpool, whence on September 23, 1870, he embarked on the “Harvest Queen.” a sailing vessel bound for the United States. After a very rough trip of thirty-eight days he landed in New York, thence to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and one year later went to San Francisco. In Sonoma County, at Visalia, and in Mendocino County, in that state, he labored in the lumber business. In San Francisco, on December 18, 1875, Mr. O’Neill married Mary Mullary, and in 1881 they came to Portland. “thence they journeyed by team to lower Willow creek in Malheur County and located a quarter section, taking up the stock business. Three children were horn to this marriage, Mrs. Annie Zahlor, Mrs. Mary Loran and Francis P. In 1882, very soon after landing in Malheur County, Mrs. O’Neill was called away by death. Mr. O’Neill contracted a second marriage, the date being October 12, 1886, and the lady Mrs. Anna Jackson, who had by her former husband three children. Frank O.,...

Peterson, Harry Leo – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Harry Leo Peterson, 73, of La Grande died May 28 at St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla. At his request there will be no services. Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Peterson was born Feb. 17, 1933 to Harry and Lilie Mae Nicholson Peterson in Mountain Grove, Mo. He attended school in Visalia, Calif., and went on to electronic school in Los Angeles, Calif. On June 6, 1957, he married Mary Ford in Las Vegas, Nev. He worked in television electronics and then as a supervisor with USA Petroleum Corp., retiring about 1977. The couple moved to La Grande in 1996 from Oklahoma. He was a member of the Church of Christ, and enjoyed building and selling tricycles. He traveled all around with friends from the Third Wheel Trike Association. Survivors include his wife of La Grande; children and their spouses, Susan and Howard Moody of Exeter, Calif., Janice Peterson of Canada, Ron and Elaine Peterson of Georgetown, Idaho, Randy Peterson of Exeter, and James Peterson of Tulare, Calif.; three sisters, LaWona Lee of Exeter, Vivian Prater of Wickenberg, Ariz., and Donna Sue Anderson of Arizona City, Ariz.; five grandchildren and other relatives. The Observer Online, week ending June 3, 2006 Published June 5,...

Babb, Susan Mary Findley – Obituary

Services will be at 10 a.m., Friday in Hadley Funeral Chapel in Visalia for former Tularean Susan M. Babb, 97, Visalia, who died Monday [January 6, 1992] in a Visalia hospital. Mrs. Babb was born, raised and educated in Macomb, Mo. She worked on the farm until marrying Harrison Babb in 1912 in Macomb, Mo. The couple moved to Exeter in 1929. In 1944, they moved to Tulare, where they had a ranch. They lived in Ivanhoe a short time before moving to Visalia in 1957. Mr. Babb died in 1959. She was a homemaker. She is survived by two sons, Harry Babb, Tulare, and Fred Miller, San Diego; two daughters, Eunice Wilshire, Exeter, and Juanita Flint, Auburn; 19 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren Burial will be in Exeter District Cemetery. Contributed by: Shelli...

Babb, Harrison McKinley – Obituary

Harrison McKinley Babb, 68, Visalia, former resident of Tulare, died last night [April 19, 1959] in a Visalia hospital. He was a native of Macomb, MO. Babb moved to Exeter in 1929 and later moved to Tulare. He had lived in Visalia for the past nine years and was a retired dairy rancher. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Mary Susan Babb, Visalia; two sons, Harry T. Babb, Tulare, and James H. Babb, Visalia; an adopted son Fred L. Miller, Visalia; three daughters, Mrs. Lois E. McLaughlin, Visalia; Mrs. Eunice K. Wilshire, Exeter, and Mrs. Juanita M. Flynn, Loomis; three brothers, Bishop Babb, Tulare; Virgil Babb, Long Beach, and George Babb, Myrtle Creek, Ore.; two sisters, Mrs. Birdie J. Short and Mrs. Sarah Dewey, both of Mansfield, MO., and 16 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, at 10:30 a.m. in the Hadley Funeral Chapel, Exeter, with the Rev. R. Meredith Stevens officiating, and burial will follow in Exeter Cemetery. Tulare Advance Register, April 20, 1959 Contributed by: Shelli...

Oscar Vivian Todd of Visalia CA

Oscar Vivian Todd10, (Frank E.9, Edward P.8, Silas7, Elam6, Edmund5, Christopher4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Jan. 10, 1885, married Dec. 24, 1907, Annabel Davidson, who was born Aug. 1, 1890, in Elk City, Kan. He is a mechanic and lived in Visalia, Cal. Children: 2810. Lyle Francis, b. Nov. 22, 1909, in Independence, Kan. 2811. Gareth Waldo, b. May 27, 1911, in Visalia,...

Russell Lowell Todd of Visalia CA

Russell Lowell Todd10, (Frank E.9, Edward P.8, Silas7, Elam6, Edmund5, Christopher4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born July 12, 1890, married Oct. 8, 1913, Myrtle Niota Ferguson, who was born Feb. 17, 1889, in Grant City, Mo. He is a bookkeeper in Visalia, Cal., where their children were born. Children: 2812. John Ferguson, b. March 7, 1914. 2813. Russell Lowell, b. June 7,...

Frank Elmer Todd of Visalia CA

Frank Elmer Todd9, (Edward P.8, Silas7, Elam6, Edmund5, Christopher4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Dec. 12, 1858, at Apple River, Ill., married Jan. 1, 1881, Mary Julia, daughter of Dr. J. S. Coleman, who was born Sept. 7, 1860, in Marysville, Mo. Their children were all born in Cherryvale, Kan. They lived in Visalia, Tulare County, Calif. Children: 2659. Harland Arthur, b. Dec. 12, 1882; he is a physician and surgeon. *2660. Oscar Vivian, b. Jan 10, 1885. 2661. Lena Beatrice, b. April 1, 1888; a saleslady. *2662. Russell Lowell, b. July 12, 1890. 2663. Frank Bartell, b. Aug. 3,...

Loverin, Wesley Ernest – Obituary

Hereford, Oregon Wesley Ernest Loverin, 86, of Hereford, died Oct. 31, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. His graveside funeral was at 1 p.m. today at the Unity Cemetery. John Hayes and Bob Skinner officiated. Mr. Loverin was born at Visalia, Calif., on July 4, 1916, to Orlen Wesley and Maude Britten Loverin. Wes was raised at Three Rivers, Calif., where he grew up helping his father with his pack station. He worked out of the Giant Forest, guiding pack trips to the High Sierras. He later became a park ranger, district forest ranger and a supervisor for the Civilian Conservation Corps. On Jan. 23, 1942, at March Field, Calif., he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He served as a first lieutenant during World War II. Wes was a fighter pilot in the 36th Fighter Squadron with the 5th Air Force, stationed at New Guinea. He was qualified to fly a variety of airplanes: P39, P38, P61, AT6 and AT11. His favorite was the P38, but most of his time was spent flying in — as he referred to it, the death trap — the P39. He was also a fixed gunnery instructor. Wes received several decorations: Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, American Theatre Service Medal and World War II Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged on May 16, 1946, as a captain in the U.S. Air Corps. He attended Visalia Junior College prior to the war. Upon discharge from the service, he enrolled at Fresno State College. He was a brother in the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity. He graduated from Fresno State with a bachelor of science...

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