Location: Ashland Oregon

Biography of Capt. Thomas Smith

CAPTAIN. THOMAS SMITH. – Captain Smith, the intrepid Indian fighter and pioneer, has seen the beginning of every Indian disturbance in Southern Oregon; and his narratives are therefore of peculiar interest. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now He was born September 14, 1809, in Campbell County, Kentucky. At the age of seventeen he removed with his recently widowed mother to Boone County, and learned the trade of a carpenter. In 1839 he went to Texas, and in 1849 formed a party designated as the Equal Rights Company, to cross the plains by the southern route via El Paso and the Gila River to California. The journey was notably difficult, chiefly from the excessive heat and lack of water. Captain Smith’s indomitable spirit had many occasions in which to be tested, as when he recovered a horse and mule from the Pima Indians on the Gila, or led his column – seventy-five men and two hundred and fifty animals – across the desert, following Colonel Crook’s trail...

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Biography of George O. Sampson

George O. Sampson, of Silver City, was born in Siskiyou, California, on the nth of December 1853, and is of English lineage, the original American ancestors of the family having settled in Maine on their emigration from the Old World. Jonathan Sampson, the father of our subject, was born in the Pine Tree state and engaged in the lumber business there. In 1850, however, he came to the Pacific coast and engaged in mining in California, also in lumbering in Siskiyou County. In 1855 he removed to Ashland, Oregon, and later took up his abode in Portland. He lived to a good old age and spent his last days at Garden City. His life was up-right and honorable, in harmony with his professions as a member of the Methodist church. His wife lived to be sixty-three years of age. They were the parents of six children, five of whom reached years of maturity, while four are still living. George O. Sampson acquired the greater part of his education in Portland, Oregon, and on putting aside his text-books became a mechanical engineer. His residence in Idaho dates from 1864. He worked on newspapers for some years and in 1871 came to Silver City, where he was employed as an engineer for about fifteen years, running some of the largest hoists in the camp. In 1893 he purchased the Silver City...

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Steinbeck, J. D. – Obituary

Formerly of La Grande 1915-2009 J.D. Steinbeck, 93, of Seneca and formerly of La Grande, died Jan. 31 at Country Spice Assisted Living Center in John Day. Graveside services will begin at 1 p.m. Friday at the Hermiston Cemetery. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements. J.D. was born May 19, 1915, to Frank and Clara (Hadley) Steinbeck in La Grande. He graduated from La Grande High School and later from Boeing Aircraft School in California. He served in the U.S. Army as a diesel mechanic instructor based in Seattle. He then returned to La Grande to work for Bunting Tractor Co. as parts manager. He later started and managed Inland Machinery Co. in John Day. He also owned and operated a motel in Ashland at one time. Throughout his life, J.D. was involved in farming and cattle in Culver, Tillamook and Hermiston. After selling the farm in Hermiston he was employed at Pendleton Grain Growers, Lamb Weston and Eastern Oregon Farms as farm manager. He served on the Westland Water District Board of Directors. He was a member of the Elks and a Mason. Survivors include his son, Don, and his wife, Char; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; son, Jim; and wife, Aretha. The Observer – Obituaries for the day of February 3,...

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Wood, Timothy – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Timothy Wood, 57, of La Grande, died Oct. 10 at a local care center. A full obituary will be available later. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. La Grande Observer – October 12, 2009 ________________________________ Timothy J. Wood La Grande 1951-2009 Timothy Joel Wood, 57, of La Grande, died Oct. 10 at Evergreen Health and Rehab Center of a fast-growing brain tumor. Services will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Christ with Minister Doug Edmonds officiating. Viewing will be one hour before the service. Burial will be later in Phoenix at the Hillcrest Cemetery at 11 a.m. Oct. 26. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. Timothy was born Oct. 21, 1951, to Ralph and Charlotte Wood in Abilene, Texas. The family moved back to Oregon in 1953, and they moved to Ashland in March1954. He attended schools in Ashland, and graduated in May 1970. He worked at numerous and varied jobs before going into the Navy where he was stationed on the USS Nathaniel Greene Nuclear Submarine. After being discharged, he worked on farms; as a taxi driver; a carnival driver; a telephone lineman in Montana; a tow truck driver; a big rig cross country driver; a Harley mechanic; a Medford Mail Tribune carrier; and at a truck wash. Then in fall 1997, he moved...

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King, Josephine Nancy – Obituary

Ashland, Oregon Josephine Nancy King, 87, a resident of 303 Oak Street, died Monday evening at the Ashland General hospital following an illness of several weeks. Mrs. King was born Nov. 14, 1863 in Union County, Ore., and had been a resident of Ashland for 24 years. Her husband George W. King preceded her in death a few years ago. She was a member of the Baptist church and of the Ashland Rebekah Lodge of which she was a Past Noble Grand. She is survived by a son Bert cook of Ashland and two sisters Mrs. F. B. Leonard and Mrs. Bert Caudle, both of Lostine, Ore. A son James A. Cook preceded her in death on May 5, 1939. Funeral services will be held Thursday, afternoon at 1:30 at the Litwiller Funeral home with the rev. W.H. Tillman and the Rebekah Lodge officiating. Internment will be held at the Mountain View...

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King, George W. King – Obituary

Ashland, Oregon George W. King Succumbs Here George W. king, resident of this city for the past 30 years, passed away at his home at 66 Pine Street this morning at about five o’clock. Mr. King was stricken with a heart attack Tuesday morning. Mr. King was born February 22, 1869, in the East, and was aged 75 years, and 20 days at the time of his death. Mr. King spent many years in Lake County, coming to this city shortly after 1900. For a time he managed the Ashland Hotel, was later employed at the city power house, and more recently cared for a small ranch on Nutley Street. He was a member of the Baptist Church. Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. King, five stepsons, Frank E. Russell, Ashland, Leslie Russell, Portland, Henry Russell, Reno, Nevada, James A. Cook and Bert Cook, of Ashland and Mrs. Alta Hackett of Montana. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the Stock Chapel. Internment to be in Mountain View cemetery. Source: Must be from an Ashland, Oregon Newspaper Transcribed by: Gary Jaensch Note: George W. King was married to Nancy Josephine Hammack Cook after Mr. Thomas Cook’s death in Wallowa County, Oregon. They had two sons James A. Cook and Bert Cook, daughter Alta Cook Hackett. After Thomas’s death she met George W. King probably in...

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Cook, J.A. – Obituary

Ashland, Oregon J.A. Cook Dies This Afternoon J.A. “Allie” Cook, long-time Ashland resident and owner of The Reception Pool Hall, passed away at his High Street home shortly after noon today. His death came as a result of a prolonged illness. Funeral arrangements, which will be announced later, will be in charge of the Litwiller Funeral home. Source: Daily Tidings, Ashland, Jackson County, Oregon, may 5, 1939. Contributed by: Sue Wells. Transcribed by: Gary Jaensch Note: J.A. Cook was James Alvin Cook, his parents were Thomas Richard and Nancy Josephine Hammack-Cook-King. He was born in Wallowa County,...

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Savage, Carl D. – Obituary

Funeral services for Carl Dean Savage, former Haines resident who died at his home in Yreka, California July 21, were held here Sunday. Burial was in the Haines Cemetery with West and company of Baker in charge. Mr. Savage was born in Lane county, Oregon, March 30, 1871. He came to Baker county with his parents when he was an infant. He and his brother E. E. Savage operated the Okay feed store in Baker for two years and he lived in Haines for several years prior to 1914, when he moved to Ashland where Mrs. Savage died. Mr. Savage was engaged in mining at the time of his death. The deceased is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Mintie Petropoli, San Diego; three sisters, Mrs. Lula Cavin, Gotville, California, Mrs. Ollie Gardner, North Powder and Mrs. Nora Lang of Yakima, Washington, and four brothers, J.S. Savage, Woodland, Washington, E. E. Savage, Baker, and J. R. Savage and I. N. Savage, Walla Walla. The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, Aug. 2, 1934 page 8 Contributed by: Belva...

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Kinnison, Beulah Adelia Starmer Mrs. – Obituary

Kinnison Rites Slated Thursday Mrs. Beulah Adelia Kinnison, 56, of 2035 East street, died Tuesday morning at St. Elizabeth hospital. She was born on May 6, 1901 to the Rev. A.J. and Minnie R. Starmer at Ashland. She moved from Ashland to Albany, coming to Baker from Albany 39 years ago. Two and a half years ago she became co-owner of the Corset Clinic in the Antlers hotel building, and was manager until her illness. Mrs. Kinnison was a member of the Pythian Sisters and of the Methodist church. She is survived by three daughters and one son, Lilith B. Kinnison and Mrs. Joella Williams, both of Boise, Mrs. Barbara Morin and Buford L. Kinninson both of Baker, she also leaves her mother, Mrs. Minnie R. Starmer of Albany, Oregon; three sisters, Mrs. Nina Watt of Portland, Mrs. Clara DeSpain of Cascade Locks, and Mrs. Bertha Stanley of Portland; two brothers, Wyatt B. Starmer of La Grande and Arthur L. Starmer of Stevenson, Washington and six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father and one grandson. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at West and company chapel. The Rev. I. Rex Lindemood will officiate. Interment will be in Mt. Hope. Source: Baker Democrat Herald, Baker City, Oregon, July 31, 1957, page 3 Contributed by: Sue...

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Schock, Berniece Parker Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Berniece Schock, 71, of Hermiston, died Nov. 10, 2004, at the Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston. Her graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Eternal Hills Cemetery in Klamath Falls. She was born on Oct. 11, 1933, at Baker City to Clifford and Cecelia Bowman Parker. She married Harold H. Schock on May 23, 1952, at Payette, Idaho. The couple lived at Pondosa and later in the Baker City area for more than 30 years. They moved to Ashland in 1990. Harold died in 1992. Berniece returned to Baker City in 1994 and lived here until moving to the Hermiston area in 1999. She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed doing embroidery work, crocheting, fishing, hunting, flowers, gardening and playing pinochle. Survivors include her sons, Robert Schock and his wife, Kathy, of Klamath Falls, Vernon Schock of Milton-Freewater, Myron Schock of John Day, and Avery Schock and his wife, Nan, of Irrigon; two brothers, Jasper Parker of Portland and Stanley Parker of Wasco; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold; and a sister, Ruby Farley. The Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, November 12, 2004 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Biography of Eli K. Anderson

ELI K. ANDERSON. – There is no pioneer of whom volumes might be written with more propriety than he whose name appears above. Miner, Indian fighter, relentless pursuer of horse thieves, pioneer of the great fruit industry of Southern Oregon, and sterling temperance man, and singular, almost passing belief, in this age of defilers of themselves of tobacco, a total abstainer his whole life long from the use of the weed, – such is our subject. He was born in Indiana in 1826; and, after various transferences of residence in that state, during which he learned the carpenter’s trade, he came to California with the Owen’s train in 1849, – being one of the Argonauts who steered their vehicles across the seas of grass and alkali deserts. They were afflicted with cholera and lost cattle on the way, but were not otherwise annoyed. Mr. Anderson stopped near the present site of Shasta City, and made the descent of the Sacramento river the next year in a skiff constructed of lumber, whip-sawed by himself with the help of three other young men. At Sacramento, they sold their boat for five hundred dollars, and went to San Francisco, where they bought a sail boat, and returned with a cargo of flour, which they disposed of at Marysville to good advantage. Anderson thereupon began working at his trade for sixteen dollars a...

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Rykken, Clarence Norman – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Clarence Norman Rykken, 67, of Baker City died March 10, 2006, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. There will be a celebration of his life at 11 a.m. Friday at the First Presbyterian Church, 1995 Fourth St. The Rev. Susan Barnes will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at the church. Norman, as he preferred to be called, was born at Ashland to Clarence T. and Beryl Rykken on Nov. 23, 1938. He lived in Ashland until he graduated from high school in 1956 and joined the Forest Service. He worked for the Forest Service for a few years before joining the U.S. Army as an engineer. He was in the Army from 1962 to 1964 and then returned to the Forest Service, where he worked until his retirement in 1995. Norman met Layle Bostwick and her daughter, Kim. He married Layle in 1966 and moved to Union Creek. They later moved to Brookings, where they lived until 1997 when Norman and Layle moved to Baker City with his mother, Beryl. He was greatly loved and will be missed, his family said. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Layle; daughter, Kim; son-in-law, Randy; two grandchildren, Kelly and Steven; and two sisters. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, March 17, 2006 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Biography of John Marshall McCall

JOHN MARSHALL McCALL. – Among the substantial and favorably known residents of Southern Oregon, none have occupied a more useful place in the upbuilding of the state since the days of its infancy than the gentleman whose name is the heading of this brief memoir. His is one of those aggressive, go ahead dispositions that is an example of that time-honored adage, that “God helps those who help themselves;” and his whole life has bristled with instances of this belief. A man of strong convictions and honest prejudices, scorning hypocrisy in all things and in his dealings with friend, foe or the world at large, all his actions are guided by fairness, honesty and affability. Being of such a nature, success has come to him, and also a popularity among those who have had the good fortune to become acquainted with him. By birth he is a Pennsylvanian, having been born in Washington county in that state on January 15, 1825. In 1840 he became with his parents a pioneer to the then territory of Iowa, settling in Louisa county. From thence he emigrated “the plains across,” via the ox-team route to Oregon. His headquarters during the first winter after his arrival was at the old capital, Oregon City. From there he made excursions to different parts of the valley, and made inquiries relative to locations not visited. The...

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Obituary of Robert Edward Seevers

Robert Edward Seevers, 73, a former Richland resident, died Aug. 8, 2008, at Gresham surrounded by his family. His graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a picnic afterward at Geiser-Pollman Park. A future memorial service is planned for September at Ashland. Bob was born on March 18, 1935, to Helen Schutt and Clifford Seevers. He grew up at Richland, graduating from Eagle Valley High School in 1953. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956. After earning his doctorate in chemistry at Oregon State University, at Corvallis, he taught at Southern Oregon University in Ashland until his retirement in 1993. Bob returned every summer to backpack and fly fish in the Wallowas, and enjoyed many fall hunts in Eastern Oregon. He was a beautiful back-country telemark skier, and skied throughout the Northwest, including the Wallowas, Mount Ashland, Mount McLaughlin, the Three Sisters and Mount Hood. He also skied Mount Shasta and Mount Lassen in California, and enjoyed hut-to-hut skiing in Colorado and Canada. Survivors include his wife, Yvonne Rauch; his four children, and their spouses, Steve Seevers and Karen Poverny, Becky and Doug Cowan, Bradley and Sheila Seevers, Scott Seevers and Krissy Shepherd; their mother, Joan Seevers; his sister and brother-in-law, Sue and Archie Leathers; grandchildren, Samantha, Cameron and Mackenzie Cowan, and Josie and Travis Seevers; and friends...

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