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Biography of Horace E. Neal

For the past six years this enterprising young businessman has occupied the responsible position of cashier of the Capital State Bank, of Idaho, and is rapidly acquiring the reputation of being one of the ablest financiers in the state. Prior to his connection with this well known banking institution, now regarded as one of the best in the great northwest, he had had experience in the handling of finances, having for several years been engaged in the loan business in this state and in Colorado, and having served as the first county treasurer of Kit Carson county, Colorado, after its organization by act of the state legislature, his appointment coming from Governor J. A. Cooper. The ancestors of Horace E. Neal were Scotch, as his name indicates, and for several generations the family has lived in New Jersey and Ohio. James E. Neal, the father of our subject, was one of the early settlers of Ohio, and was; farmer by occupation. In politics he has been a Republican from the time that the party was organized. For his wife he chose Miss Mary A. Nincehelser, a lady of German extraction, whose family had long resided in Pennsylvania; and unto James E. and Mary A. Neal were born seven sons and two daughters, and three of the sons are numbered among the successful business men of Boise. The birth of Horace E. Neal occurred in Van Buren County, Iowa, September 7, 1859, and when a child he removed with his parents to Peru, Nebraska, where he was reared on a farm. He received a common-school training, and later pursued his...

Biography of Wallace Fairbank

WALLACE FAIRBANK. – The subject of this sketch is one of the substantial and capable men of Union county, and one who showed the metal of which he was made at the time Columbia called for sons to avenge her insult and to put down the minions of rebellion, at which time he responded and did good service until the work was completed and he was honorably discharged, carrying, however, until this day the serious effects of his service and the wounds that he received. Mr. Fairbank was born in St. Lawrence county, New York on July 27, 1848, being the son of Luther and Nancy (Green) Fairbank. At the early age of ten he started for himself and when he was fifteen years old he enlisted in Company H, First Wisconsin Cavalry, under Colonel Lagrange. In June, 1864, he was detailed to take a wagon train from Nashville, Tennessee, to Atlanta, Georgia, and enroute he was troubled much with guerilla bands, and on one occasion he was prostrated from over exertion, which, with its effects, is present with him, now. While attacking General Wheeler at Spring Hill, he had a horse shot from under him, and in falling the animal crushed the side of our subject, and although he was sent to the hospital, he never recovered his wonted vigor. After his discharge he returned home, and in 1871 went upon an expedition to hunt buffalo, wolf, bear, and so forth, which lasted for three years. Making a good thing from this trapping and hunting expedition, he then turned his attention to farming, taking a homestead in Filmore...

Vernholm, Willard Dale – Obituary

Willard Dale Vernholm, 73, of Baker City, died Sept. 25, 2005, at Idlewood Manor. At his request there will be no services. Cremation by Eastern Oregon Pioneer Crematory. Dale was born on Feb. 11, 1932, in York, Neb., to Carl Willard and Lois Louetta Middleton Vernholm. When Dale was about 4 years old the family moved to Corvallis. He attended school at Lewisburg and Corvallis High School. In 1947, at 15, Dale’s family moved to New Plymouth, Idaho. When Dale was only 16, but needing to be 18, he lied about his age and went to work for the Payette National Forest manning a lookout tower. Shortly after staring his new job for the Forest Service, a friend of Dale and a friend of Josephine Detmer set the two up on a blind date. On July 2, 1951, only eight months later, the couple married. They lived in Payette, and Dale worked for the Payette County Road Department as a heavy equipment operator. While in Payette, Dale and Jo’s oldest two sons, Steven and Gary, were born. The family moved to Baker in 1956, and Dale went to work for the Baker County Road Department. He also worked for the Steward & Morrissey Ranch and Simonson’s Construction operating the rock crusher. Their youngest son, Michael, was born in Baker City. Dale went back to work for the Forest Service with the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. He put in for a transfer and the family moved to Enterprise in 1974. In 1976, He was appointed to the Umatilla National Forest and relocated to Pendleton. Dale took a position as crew leader...

Phillips, Ethelda “Buddy” Sears Mrs. – Obituary

Ethelda Sears “Buddy” Phillips, 83, died Oct. 27, 2004, at the Phillips Ranch on Pine Creek. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Roger Scovil of the Baker City Christian Church will officiate. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be until 7 o’clock tonight at the funeral home. Buddy was born on April 7, 1921, at York, Neb., to George Dewey and Carrie Wilson Sears. She attended grade schools in Nebraska and Colorado and high school at West Linn. Buddy moved to Baker County in the fall of 1939 and soon thereafter met her future husband, Harry Phillips. They were married on July 3, 1940, at Baker City. In 1941, Harry and Buddy moved to the Phillips Ranch on Pine Creek and had lived there ever since. They had four children: Helen, Joyce, Allen and George. In addition to raising their four children, they were also long-term parents for eight foster children. Buddy was a member of the Wingville Grange for about 50 years. She served the Grange as a past master. She also served as a 4-H Leader for many years. Buddy was a member of Baker City Christian Church. Her parents and two brothers preceded her in death. Survivors include her husband, Harry Phillips; her four children and their spouses, Helen and Marvin Hopkins, Joyce and Woody Williams, Allen and Marge Phillips and George and Hope Phillips; and 10 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker City Christian Church or the American Diabetes Association through Coles Funeral Home,...

Biography of Carlton D. Akin

Among the prominent men of Wallowa County, as also one of the leading property owners in the county stands the subject of this brief article and it is with pleasure that we accord to him a representation of this volume of the county’s history, both because he has achieved a success here that demonstrates his ability in the business world and also because commensurate with his general capabilities there have been manifested a stanch and well rounded character, moral qualities of intrinsic worth and integrity unswerving and continuous all of which demonstrate Mr. Akin to be a typical man and foremost and steady in the development of the county. Carlton D. was born in Crawford County, Pennsylvania, on February 5, 1840, being the son of Chancy and Laney (Golden) Akin. Four years after his birth our subject was removed by his parents to Boone county, Illinois and thence soon after to Kane county. In this latter place he had the distinction of seeing the first train of cars run into Elgin, the same coming from Chicago and being in the year 1852. Our subject received a good common school education in the various vicinities where he resided and spent the rest of his years of minority in the blacksmith shop and on the farm with his father, learning that king of all trades while still a lad. Soon after 1852, the family removed to Iowa and in 1857 went thence to Nebraska having in these journeys and during their sojourn in the latter place numerous skirmishes with the Indians. In 1864 Mr. Akin built the first house on the...

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