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Biography of Samuel Strickler

The story of pioneer life in Idaho is well known to such men as Samuel Strickler, for through thirty-six years he has been a witness of the development of the northwest and has faithfully borne his part in the work of up building and advancement; he now resides in Bellevue. He claims Pennsylvania as the state of his nativity, his birth occurring in Chambersburg, Franklin County, November 21, 1832. He is of German descent and his ancestors were among the early settlers of the Keystone state. His father, Samuel Strickler, was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and married Susanna Hollinger, also a native of Pennsylvania. Twelve children, six sons and six daughters, were born of this union, and ten grew to maturity, while six are yet living. The father died in 1875, at the age of eighty-one years, and the mother passed away a little later at about the same age. Mr. Strickler, of this review, was educated in Pennsylvania and in 1846 accompanied his family on their removal to Mount Carroll, Illinois, where he also attended school. In 1859 he crossed the plains to Colorado with an ox team and through the summer successfully engaged in mining. In the fall of the same year he returned to his home in Illinois, and in 1860 he again went west, locating in Denver, where he engaged in farming, selling his produce in that city. He was very successful in that venture, but in 1863, learning of the gold excitement in Idaho, he purchased a stock of miners’ supplies and took them to the territory, opening a store in Idaho City, July...

Biography of Joseph L. Strickler

Joseph L. Strickler. In reviewing the lives of the business men of Cherryvale, especially in regard to the establishment and growth of the oil industry, it who have taken part in this work have been those who have brought with them from other parts of the state and country reputations for honorable dealing, and capability for accomplishment of purpose. Associated with the oil industry of this part of the state is the name of Joseph L. Strickler, who came to Cherryvale in 1902 and is now probably the largest independent producer in this locality. Mr. Strickler has been identified with the oil business practically since he started upon his career and has had experience in various fields. He was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, December 19, 1872, and is a son of William Baker and Mary (Foutz) Strickler. The Strickler family is of German origin and was founded in America previous to the Revolution, the American progenitor settling in the colony of Virginia. John Strickler, the grandfather of Joseph L., was born in 1808, in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and was a marble cutter by trade, but on going as a pioneer to Fairfield County, Ohio, took up farming as his vocation and homesteaded 160 acres. He also built the old half-way house between Lancaster and Pleasantville, which he conducted for many years, and there continued to reside during the remainder of his life. He was equally successful at his trade, as the proprietor of his tavern and as a farmer, and was a man of some influence in his community, and rounded out a full and useful...

Strickler, Joanne F. – Obituary

Joanne F. Strickler, 79, of La Grande, died Oct. 14 of natural causes. A memorial service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 25 at the First Presbyterian Church in La Grande. A luncheon will follow at the Presbyterian Friendship Center. Joanne was born to Guy and Esther Furst in Topeka, Kan., on Nov. 24, 1928. In the late ’30s her family moved to Denver, where she spent her high school years. She attended Colorado State University and received her degree in early childhood development in 1951. On Dec. 16, 1951, Joanne married Gerald Strickler, her one true love. They honeymooned in the remote Salmon Wilderness of Idaho as fire lookouts during the summer of 1952. In 1956 Gerry and Joanne settled in La Grande, where they raised their four children. Joanne was a gifted seamstress and taught sewing and tailoring classes locally. She was also the records secretary at La Grande High School for 20 years. Joanne loved La Grande and its people. She was involved in many organizations including the First Presbyterian Church, PEO Chapter I and the Alleluia Bells. She strongly supported educational endowments and was steadfast in her support of the arts. Her husband, Gerry, preceded Joanne in death. She is survived by her four children and their spouses, Nancy Moore and her husband, Ralph, of La Grande, Jeff Strickler and his wife, Mary, of Portland, Becky Strickler of Portland and Suzie Houk and her partner, Mike Moll, of Oregon City; seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; twin sister, Jeanne Allison; and brothers, Jack and Larry Furst. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to...

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