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Knight, Elizabeth “Libby” F. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Elizabeth “Libby” F. Knight, 87, of La Grande died July 12. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley. A private inurnment will be conducted at the Grandview Mausoleum. Mrs. Knight was born Jan. 4, 1919, to Bristol and Mary Jones Farrar in Detroit, Mich. She attended the University of Alabama, and on Sept. 12, 1942, she married Dean Knight in Eugene. The couple settled in La Grande, and lived in the same house for 58 years. She was a member of Beta Theta Sorority Chapter, AAUW and the retired teachers association. She enjoyed going to the Elks Lodge with her husband and was an avid reader. Survivors include her children and their spouses, Libby and Bill Smisko of Valencia, Calif., John Knight and David and Marilyn Knight, all of La Grande; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and other relatives. Her husband died earlier. Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Hospital or any charity in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending July 22, 2006 – Published: July 27,...

Selman, T. William – Obituary

T. William “Bill” Selman, 66, died while visiting family in Portland on Oct. 30. A celebration of his life will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church. Bill was born June 28, 1941, in Detroit, Mich., to Joseph and Catherine Selman. He lived in many places throughout his life and always said home was where his family was. Those who knew him say his faith was the guiding principle in his life through which he strove to bring love and healing to others. He reached out with an open mind and an open heart to those most in need and always felt his family was his greatest blessing. Bill was a scholar, artist, teacher, healer, husband, father, brother and grandfather, and still said he didn’t know what he wanted to be when he grew up. Above all, those who knew him say he was devoted to honoring the power and glory of God. Bill believed his purpose in life was to be an instrument of God, and that everything he accomplished was only by God’s will and for His divine plan. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Susan; his 13 children, William, Robert, Brian, Michael, Catherine, Kevin, Mary, Rebecca, Joseph, Christine, John, Thomas and James; 14 grandchildren; and brother, Joseph. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to FoodForThePoor.org or CovenantHouse.org. La Grande Observer – Obituaries for the week ending November 3, 2007 – Published: November 3,...

Gerard, Ida May (Hall) – Obituary

Mrs. Ida M. Gerard, 91, a former Ellensburg resident, died Wednesday at the Central Memorial Hospital in Toppenish. She had been in the hospital one day, having been in the Parkside Sanitarium in Toppenish since March 21. She was born July 26, 1866, in Covington, Kentucky. She was married to Joseph N. Gerard in Mt. Vernon, Ill. in 1884. He preceded her in death in February, 1938 in Los Angeles. Mrs. Gerard came to Ellensburg from Mt. Vernon in 1888, moved to Spokane in 1901, to Wapato in 1916, to Detroit, Mich. in 1923, to Seattle in 1925, returned to Ellensburg in 1941 and lived in Ellensburg and Wapato from 1941 to 1947 after which she made her home in Wapato. While in Ellensburg she was active in Presbyterian Women’s organizations. She was a former member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Survivors include one son, Kenneth W. Gerard of Wapato, and one brother, C. Fred HALL, Grants Pass., Ore. Funeral services will be held in the Evenson Chapel Saturday May 17 at 1 p.m. Dr. L.M. Arksey will officiate. Burial will follow in the IOOF Cemetery. Ellensburg Daily Record, May 15 1958 Contributed by: Sasha...

James Bethel Todd of Detroit MI

James Bethel Todd8, (Bethel7, Jehiel6, Stephen5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born March 25, 1830, died Nov. 25, 1898, in Detroit, Mich., married June 10, 1860, Louisa M. Howard, who was born Nov. 22, 1840, at Amherst Island, Canada. Children: 2067. James Howard, b. May 26, 1869, in Pultneyville, N. Y. 2068....

Garrett, Mayme Thelma Hacker Mrs. – Obituary

Mayme Thelma Garrett, 86, of Baker City, died Jan. 27, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave. Friends and relatives are invited to a celebration in her memory at the Eagles Lodge, 2935 H St., after the service. Mayme was born on June 17, 1918, to Perly O. and Flora Temple Devaney Hacker. She was christened with the name of Mayme Thelma Hacker. She married Harlin Lawrence Garrett in Morgan County, Tenn., on Nov. 9, 1935. The couple started a family on a small 600-acre farm. At the time, they didn’t know that the farm would be better at growing rocks and children than it was at growing crops. Over the next 16 years, Harlin worked as a coal miner in Tennessee, at a car manufacturing plant in Detroit and at the atomic bomb plant in Oak Ridge, Tenn., during World War II. Mayme stayed on the farm and raised the couple’s expanding family. In the spring of 1951, Mayme and Harlin traded the 600-acre farm for a 1950 two-ton flatbed Chevrolet truck, and built a camper on the back. Into the camper they loaded their family, now consisting of nine children and headed for a beautiful little placed called Baker Valley in Oregon. They bought a modest home on Colorado Place that was overfilled with children and love. Mayme devoted the next 50 years to raising her children and numerous grandchildren and any other child who needed a home. She had a place in her heart and at her table for all...

Biographical Sketch of William J. Guthrie

William J. Guthrie, one of San Bernardino’s brightest and most successful business men, was born in Detroit, Michigan, and was there brought up and educated, and started out in life as an employee in a mercantile agency, where he obtained a thorough knowledge of business customs and methods. His connection with that branch of business continued for years, during which time he rose from a reporter to joint partner in the McKillop Mercantile Agency. In 1878 he came to California and spent a year in the Ohio valley, Ventura County, when he was made superintendent of the Dunn Mercantile Agency at Denver, Colorado. At the end of two years he resigned that position to return to Ventura County and engage in private business. A year later, in 1882, he came to San Bernardino, and, in partnership with a Mr. Gilbert, opened a grocery and crockery store combined. In 1884 they closed out the grocery feature and Mr. Gilbert retired from the firm, leaving Mr. Guthrie sole proprietor of the crockery business, which he conducted prosperously until November 1889, and then sold out, retiring temporarily from active business. His was the only exclusively crockery-house in the city, and he carried a large stock of high grade and common wares, in which he had a fine trade. Mr. Guthrie owns 160 acres of valuable land, on the Colton terrace, on which is an eight-acre orange grove just coming into bearing. He has scarcely reached the high noon of life, and, with his active mental temperament and his superior business training, a future of bright promise awaits...

Biography of Charles C. Trowbridge

Charles C. Trowbridge, the head of the firm of Trowbridge & Maynard, was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1864, and was reared and schooled in that city until 1876, when he came to San Francisco. The first five years in that city was spent in the University College and Trinity School, and at the age of seventeen years he entered into mercantile pursuits in the well-known house of Cunningham, Curtis & Welch, and remained in their employ until he came to Riverside in the fall of 1887, and the next spring entered into the present business. Mr. Trowbridge promptly identified himself with Riverside’s interests and people, and is liberal in supporting such enterprises as will advance the city in her march of prosperity. He is a first-class businessman, and by his able management has placed the firm of Trowbridge & Maynard in the ranks of the leading and substantial firms of Riverside, and his courteous and genial manner has gained him a large circle of friends. In 1888 lie was appointed Deputy County Clerk; politically, he is a Republican. In 1889 Mr. Trowbridge was united in marriage with Miss Edith S. Sharp, the daughter of William Sharp, a prominent and well-known capitalist of San Francisco. Trowbridge & Maynard Among the business firms of Riverside, there is none more worthy of mention in the history of the enterprise of that city than that of Trowbridge & Maynard, the popular booksellers and stationers. The firm is composed of Charles C. Trowbridge and Duff G. Maynard. These young men from boyhood have been brought up and schooled in the business in which...

Biography of W. Ladd

W. Ladd, of Redlands, first came to California in 1851. He shipped his horses and wagons from near Detroit, Michigan, to Chicago, and then to Missouri. April 9, 1851, they started from St. Joseph, Missouri, across the plains, and on August 11, of the same year, they arrived in Virginia City. Mr. Ladd mined until 1852, when he went back to Michigan by way of Panama. He worked at blacksmithing and the wagon-maker’s trade at Dearborn, Michigan, from 1852 until 1859, and on April 9, of the latter year, he again started from St. Joseph, Missouri, across the plains for the “Golden State,” this time with oxen, and arrived at Virginia City, August 14, having made the trip in just three days less time than he had made the first trip with horses in 1851. He mined from August to February and then worked as a millwright for five years in the Eureka Mills. He then engaged as contractor, sinking shafts and making tunnels for about four years. At this time he lost all he had and went back to the Eureka mills, where he worked for fifteen years for a mining company. In 1882 he came to Redlands and purchased twenty acres of land, for which he paid $1,500, on which he built the third house in the place. He at once put this land out to oranges and today has one of the finest and most beautifully located orchards and home in all the valley. His residence is located on the corner of Grant and Brookside Avenue. The slope of his land is such that irrigation is...

Biography of George H. Crafts

George H. Crafts, a rancher near Redlands, was born in New York City in 1844, and came to California with his father in 1861. His father, Myron H. Crafts, was born in Whately, Massachusetts, in 1816, and established the first temperance grocery in New York City. He also had a large meat-curing house there, but was burnt out in 1844, and then went to Jackson, Michigan, where he started a soap and candle factory. He next went to Windsor, where he farmed for a while, and then went to Detroit and accepted a position as cashier in C. & A. Ives’ bank. From there he came to California and purchased 480 acres of land in what is known now as Grafton, a most beautiful and productive country, four miles east of Redlands. Here, for a number of years, he engaged extensively in raising grain and hogs, and later gave considerable attention to fruit culture. At his death he owned 1,840 acres of land in a tract, which was named Grafton, for him. He was one of the true pioneers, and was widely and favorably known. At one time he was elected County Judge by the Republican Party, but the opposite party, having things somewhat in their own hands, never made him out a certificate. He never contested the matter, and so never served. He died September 1886, aged seventy years. The subject of this sketch entered the army, enlisting in Company D, Eighth California Volunteers, and served nine months. He then went to Arizona and worked for the Government two years in the quartermaster’s department and then went to...

Basman, Cyril Louis “Louie”, Jr. – Obituary

Richland, Oregon Cyril Louis “Louie” Basman Jr., 80, a longtime Richland resident, died Jan. 7, 2004, at his home. Louie’s family honored his request that there be no formal service for him. He was born on Jan. 1, 1924, at Detroit, Mich., to Cyril Louis and Joanna Thomaszowski Basman. He attended and graduated from Royal Oak High School. After graduation he went on to attend Laurence Institute of Technology. Louie served in the U.S. Navy as a pilot from 1943 to 1946. In 1944, he married June Ankrom at St. Augustine, Fla., and again at Las Vegas, Nev., (just to be sure it was legal). They lived at Bakersfield, Calif., for 33 years where they raised their children. After his stint in the Navy, Louie went to work at Capitol Heating and Air, he also worked at Foster Heating and Air and he retired at the age of 55 from Supreme Air Conditioning. During his retirement, Louie and June traveled the Northwest, settling down in Richland. They found, loved and bought their home immediately. Louie enjoyed working in his shop, doing woodwork, keeping the machines going and puttering in his orchard. In the later years he became an avid reader. Survivors include his wife, June; his daughter, Sandra Storme Kramer of Florida; sons, Mark Basman of Richland, and Christopher Reid Basman of Martinez, Calif.; sisters, Joanna Sharpe and Rosemary Pike of Detroit, Mich.; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to Pathway Hospice or The Salvation Army through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834 Used with permission from: Baker...
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