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Biographical Sketch of Rev. Luke J. Boothe

REV. LUKE J. BOOTHE. – This well-known minister of the gospel was born in Virginia in 1820. At the age of ten years he emigrated to Missouri with his parents, and received n that state a common-school education. Arriving at his majority, he married Miss Mary Ann Shaw, of Boone county, and engaged in farming and stock-raising. About 1858, he entered the ministry, in the missionary Baptist denomination, in which he has served with but little interruption to the present time, – continuing frequently in his pastoral pursuits in connection with other necessary occupations. In 1863 he served in Captain Leadrod’s company of Missouri state militia, and was in actual service for six months. In 1865 he crossed the plains with his family, locating in Cove, Union county, Oregon, where he re-engaged in farming and stock-raising. Continuing in the ministry, he organized three churches in Union county, two in Baker county, and in 1873 was instrumental in the organization of the Grande Ronde Baptist Association. In 1884 ,he disposed of his farm and removed to Union and engaged in the hotel business, being now the proprietor of the Union City hotel. He is still engaged in stock-raising, and owns some superior horses, and is engaged to some extent in the livery business. Of the sons born to him there are now living Wm. R. Booth, a prominent farmer and stockman of Cove; Samuel S. Booth, a stock-raiser and farmer of Inland City; and Luke J., Jr., a mail contractor of the Imnaha. He has one daughter, Mrs. Mary Ann Mitchell, of Joseph, Oregon. His twenty-two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren...

Biographical Sketch of William R. Boothe

WILLIAM R. BOOTHE. – This gentleman, a conspicuous figure in Eastern Oregon, was born in Missouri in 1846. He was raised on a farm, and received a fair education. At the age of eighteen, he crossed the plains to Grande Ronde valley with his father, the Reverend L.J. Boothe. For three years after his arrival, he was engaged in freighting. In 1868, he purchased a homestead right in The Cove and engaged in stock raising and farming, where he still resides and now owns nine hundred and twenty acres of land, of which three hundred and sixty are in one body and, as usual with The Cove farmers, are beautifully situated and very productive. He is still raising stock, and among the rest has twenty-eight hundred fine sheep. In 1876, he was elected captain of the hurriedly organized company who had assembled in Wallowa valley to protect the few families there when Chief Joseph made his first demonstration. Captain Boothe prevailed upon his companions to desist from a contemplated attack upon the Indians, – much contrary to the general wish. An attack then would have undoubtedly have resulted disastrously to the Whites there gathered, as well as to the whole section, since Joseph was ready for war and had his line of battle formed. Captain Boothe believes that he was not wholly to blame. A few cool heads treated with the Indian chief, and prevented serious disturbances in Northern Idaho. In 1877, when hostilities had actually commenced, Captain Boothe, in response to a request from the governor, led out a company and scouted the south side of Snake river...

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