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Biography of Amanda J. Weathers

Amanda J. Hammock.–The estimable and gracious lady whose name appears above is one of the worthy class who opened this section of the country for the ingress of civilization’s ways and for the abode of man, having been obliged to labor hard in this undertaking and having accomplished praise-worthy achievements, while her efforts to-day demonstrate her capable and upright and possessed of a sagacity and keenness of perception and ability to execute designs that makes her a very valuable resident of union county, where she is highly esteemed as she has always been. Amanda was born in Wayne county, Iowa, in 1848, and there received a good common-school education and remained until seventeen years of age and then married Mr. George See, the year being 1865. The husband became enamored of the western regions and they started for the Willamette valley with ox teams in that year. The journey was fraught with much hardship and trouble with the Indians, although none were killed. On Green River they met up with an old acquaintance of our subjects father who told them of the Grande Ronde valley, and they determined to stop here. When they drew their “Prairie Schooner” up to La Grande they were not possessed of any capital except brave hearts and willing hands to do whatever they could find. Accordingly they went to work for W. Proebstel on the latter’s farm, the husband receiving three dollars and fifty cents per day, and our subject one dollar per day for cooking. Six months were consumed in this way and they removed to La Grande, securing a team and the...

Biography of the See Family

The See family is of German origin. Three brothers, Adam, George, and Michael, with seven sisters, were raised in Hardy Co., Va. Their father, George, and a Negro man were all killed by lightning while stacking hay. The girls married and settled in Kentucky and Ohio. Adam was a prominent lawyer, and lived and died in Virginia. Michael married Catharine Baker, of Hardy Co., Va., by whom he had Mary, Elizabeth, Adam C , Barbara, Anthony, Jacob, John, Solomon, and Noah. Mr. See was a soldier of the war of 1812. He settled in Montgomery Co., Mo., in 1837. His daughter Elizabeth married Hugh Hart, who settled in Montgomery County in 1839. Barbary married Thomas McCleary, who settled in Montgomery County in 1810 Jacob married Rachel Morrison, and settled in Montgomery County in 1837. He has been Justice of the Peace and Deputy Sheriff, and is now the Representative of his County in the State Legislature. He was also a prominent member and officer of the Evanix Society, in Danville. Mr. See is very fond of fine stock, and in 1871 he raised eighteen hogs that averaged from 700 to 1000 pounds each. He took them to St. Louis, had them made into bacon, and sent the hams to Memphis, Tenn. But they were shipped hack, with a statement from the commission merchant that they were not buying horse hams. Mr. See also raised, and still has in his possession, the largest ox in the world. He has made a good deal of money by exhibiting this mammoth brute in various parts of the United States, and everywhere he...

See, Nancy Ann Hammock – Obituary

Nancy Ann (Hammock) See and grandchildren Adren See and Ivan Sutton. Children of daughter Anna. Mrs. See Buried Pioneer Woman Laid to Rest at Summerville Yesterday Yesterday, the body of Mrs. Ben See was laid to rest in the Summerville Cemetery. Mrs. See was one of the pioneer women of this valley, coming here in the fall of 1865 from Missouri, shortly after her marriage. On the 22nd of December she would have been 71 years of age. She is the mother of eight children, seven of whom are living to mourn her demise. The funeral was from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Perry Auther of May Park. Many relatives and friends of the aged woman were in La Grande from out of town points to attend the last rites. Mr. and Mrs. Bert Caudle and Mrs. J.B. Cook of Lostine, were in La Grande to attend the funeral of the mother and mother-in-law Mrs. See. Mr. See, the aged husband of the deceased, went to Lostine for a few days to be with his children. D. M. Hammack of Wallowa, was also in the city for the same purpose, returning this morning. La Grande Evening Observer Monday, October 27, 1913 Page 8 Owner of this photo is Maggie Skaggs of the See family. Contributed by: Gary...

See, Nancy Ann Hammack – Obituary

Summerville, Wallowa County, Oregon Mrs. See Buried Pioneer Woman Laid to Rest at Summerville Yesterday the body of Mrs. Ben See was laid to rest in the Summerville Cemetery. Mrs. See was one of the pioneer women of this valley coming here in the fall of 1865 from Missouri, shortly after her marriage. On the 22nd of December she would have been 71 years of age. She is the mother of eight children, seven of whom are living to mourn her demise. The funeral was from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Perry Authur of May Park. Many relatives and friends of the aged women were in La Grande from out of town points to attend the last rites. Mr. and Mrs. Bert Caudle and Mrs. J. B. Cook of Lostine, were in La Grande to attend the funeral of the mother and mother-in-law Mrs. See. Mr. See, the aged husband of the deceased, went to Lostine for a few days to be with his children. D. M. Hammack of Wallowa, was also in the city for the same purpose, returning this morning. Mrs. Perry Arthur was her daughter Anna See Arthur. May park was near the river in La Grande, Oregon. –...

See, Albert D. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Albert D. See Dies Suddenly Funeral services for Albert D. See, who died suddenly this morning from a heart attack while picking apples in an orchard near Imbler, Oregon, will be held at Summerville Chapel Wednesday at 2 p.m. with burial beside his wife, who died several years ago. He was born in Union County Oct. 24, 1879, being nearly 60 years of age. Survivors include the following children” Lottie (Charlotte) Grover, Minnie and Esther of La Grande; a step-son, William Hart, of Yakima, Washington; three brothers, Frances and George of Tacoma, Washington, and Jeff See of Stanfield, Oregon; A sister, Mrs. Annie Arthur of Salem. Used with permission from: La Grande Evening Observer, Monday, October 13, 1939, Front Page Transcribed by: David...

See, Benjamin Franklin – Obituary

Benjamin Franklin See Jr. husband of Nancy Ann Hammack See Hermiston Herald – February 21, 1935 Pioneer of Union County called to Final Rest Another pioneer of the plains was called to his final rest last week when Benjamin Franklin See passed away after 89 years of sojourn here on this earth. As a youth, he braved the long journey to the West Coast and Oregon with his parents to help build civilization in the Grande Rhonde Valley in Union County. In later years, about 1865, Mr. See freighted between Umatilla and LaGrande enduring the hardships of the trail. He was a true pioneer of this vast western empire. Benjamin Franklin See was born in Estill County, Kentucky November 26, 1845 and died in Hermiston Oregon, February 14, 1935 at the age of 89 years, 2 months and 18 days. He was married in 1865 at Clarinda, Iowa to Nancy Hammock on their way across the plains to Oregon. They located in LaGrande where he lived until his wife died in 1913. Then he came to Hermiston and lived with his daughter, Mrs. Perry Arthur ever since. He had eight children, five of whom survive him. They are Jefferson See of Standfield; Francis See and George See of Tacoma Wa., Albert See of LaGrande and Mrs. Anna Arthur of Hermiston. He had 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was a member of the Church of Christ for over 50 years. The funeral services were conducted at the Prann’s Funeral Parlors Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. by C.R. Moore, Minister of the Union Church. The body was shipped to LaGrande...

See, Annie – Obituary

Summerville, Union County, Oregon In the Summerville Cemetery is a white marble head stone about 3-4 ft tall that says: Annie M. See Dau of Mrs. J. A. Childers B. Oct 10, 1869 Aged 16 yrs 4 Mo & 23 Days Farewell Sweet Annie A Long Farewell Your Sorrows And Suffering Are One Day Each Of Us Live That Will Join You At Last On The Beautiful Heavenly Shore Anna or Annie was the daughter of George Washington See and Amanda J. Hammack/Hammock Contributed by: Gary Jaensch September...

See, Benjamin – Obituary

Pioneer of 1865 Dies Friday At Hermiston, Ore Benjamin See, about 88 years of age and a pioneer of the Grande Rhonde valley of 1865, died Friday at Hermiston, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Anna Arthur. He moved to Hermiston from La Grande about two years ago. Funeral services will be held at the Summerville Chapel Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock with burial in the family plot. Snodgrass & Zimmerman have charge of arrangements. Other children who survive Mr. See are Jeff See, of Hermiston; Frances and George See, of Tacoma, and Albert See, of la Grande. La Grande Evening Observer, February 16, 1935, Front Page Contributed by: Gary Jaensch of Baker City, Oregon, Sue Wells of Elgin,...

See, Nancy Ann – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Mrs. See Buried Pioneer Woman Laid to Rest at Summerville Yesterday the body of Mrs. Ben See was laid to rest in the Summerville Cemetery. Mrs. See was one of the pioneer women of this valley coming here in the fall of 1865 from Missouri, shortly after her marriage. She was the daughter of James M. and Elizabeth Moore Hammack. On the 22nd of December she would have been 71 years of age. She is the mother of eight children, seven of whom are living to mourn her demise. The funeral was from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Perry Authur of May Park in La Grande. Many relatives and friends of the aged women were in La Grande from out of town points to attend the last rites. Mr. and Mrs. Bert Caudle and Mrs. J. B. Cook of Lostine, were in La Grande to attend the funeral of the mother and mother-in-law Mrs. See. Mr. See, the aged husband of the deceased, went to Lostine for a few days to be with his children. D. M. Hammack of Wallowa, was also in the city for the same purpose, returning this morning. Believe this obituary was contributed by Storm See. Mrs. Perry Arthur was her daughter Anna See Arthur. May park was near the river in La Grande,...

See, James B. – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon James B. See Pioneer of This County Dead James B. See who was born on June 25, 1869 near Island City, died this week in Tacoma. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the Summerville Chapel under the auspices of the Moose Lodge. He is survived by his father, Benjamin See who resides in La Grande. Four brothers; Jefferson, Frank, George and Albert, and a sister, Anna Arthur living at Stanfield. The See families were early settlers of this valley and for many years made their home on the Summerville District. Source: The La Grande District News Friday March 7, 1930 Page 1 Source: David Ronald...
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