Location: Astoria Oregon

Biography of Hon. Wilder W. Parker

HON. W.W. PARKER – There is no name in the city at the mouth of the Columbia better known in the business and social circles than that of Parker; and of those bearing it Wilder W. Parker wields an influence perhaps the most extended. A pioneer not only in name but also in fact, he ha brought to bear upon public affairs a mind keen, quick and powerful, and has been able to give the people the benefit of opinions carefully elaborated and lucidly stated, and held by himself with conscientious firmness. In intellect and character he is the ideal New Englander, and has found his life interest in the great political and moral development of the nation. He was born at Orange, Vermont, October 19, 1824, but removed as a child to Washington in the same state; and that town became his own until he attained his majority. Being ambitious and fond of study, he sought an education in advance of that afforded at the common schools; and for this purpose selected Newberry Seminary, an institution under the control of the Methodist denomination and deemed at the time the best equipped in Vermont. Assisting himself by teaching school in the winters, he graduated from the academic department of that seminary, and completed his course at Norwich University, an institution which had grown out of the military school of...

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Biography of Garrison G. Gray

To the prominent and esteemed citizen of Malheur County whose name appears above we grant a representation in the history of the County, since he is today one of the leading men domiciled here, has always labored for the up building of the County, is a man of integrity and uprightness, and receives the commendation of his fellows. Mr. Gray’s grandfather, John Gray, was said to be the last living soldier from the Revolution. He was a drummer boy at Bunker Hill and saw his father fall, then seized his sire’s musket and fought until the struggle closed. He worked for General Washington after the war. He died near Hiramsburg, Noble County, Ohio, in March, 1868, lacking only two months of being one hundred and five years of age. His stepdaughter, Mrs. Nancy Thomas, is now living at the age of ninety years on the farm adjoining that old homestead. Our subject was born, in Noble County, Ohio, February 23, 1830, being the son of Isaac and Elizabeth (Gorby) Gray. When five years of age he was taken with his parents to Athens County, and the following year, 1836, his mother died. In 1839 he went with his father to Jones County, Iowa, thence to Linn County and then to Cedar County, in which last place, at the age of eleven, he attended his first term of school. The...

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Biography of Solomon Howard Smith

SOLOMON HOWARD SMITH. – Mr. Smith, a most generous and public-spirited citizen, and a pioneer of so early a day as 1832, was born at Lebanon, New Hampshire, December 26, 1809. He came of Revolutionary stock, his maternal grandfather having been a soldier in the war for Independence, and a relative of the Greeley family. His father was an assistant surgeon in the war of 1812, and died at Plattsburgh, New York, in 1813. The boy Solomon was afforded good advantages, receiving his academic education at Norwich, Vermont; and he studied medicine with his uncle, Doctor Haven Foster, not, however, taking a diploma. In 1831, with a number of other adventurous spirits, he went fishing for cod on the Newfoundland banks, and met with good fortune, except that upon the return the schooner was run over by an English packet ship and sunk with cargo and all. Smith and the others were picked up and left at Boston bankrupt, as they were staking their fortune upon the sale of their fish, which they shared alike. At the city in which he found himself, Smith obtained employment as clerk, but in 1832 was moved to cast in his fortune with Captain Wyeth, and build up a great business upon the Pacific coast. The severe journey across the plains and mountains he endured as well as the best, bidding adieu to...

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Biography of John J. Owen

The history of the first things is always interesting. In any town the first settler’s is the name most carefully preserved. The places where he established his home and first worked at his primitive vocation are carefully noted, and his deeds and words are recounted often and with increasing interest as generations succeed one another. There lives in Genesee, Idaho, a man, now the postmaster of the city, who was its pioneer in more ways than one and it is the purpose of the biographer to record now a brief statement of the facts of his life and of his residence in the town with whose progress he has been so long and closely identified. John J. Owen is of English and Welsh ancestry and was born in Birmingham, England, January 30, 1843, a son of John and Matilda (Jordan) Owen. In 1849, when he was six years old, the family came to the United States. It consisted of Mr. and Mrs. Owen, John J. and two sisters. Charles, an older son, had been lost at sea. W. H., the youngest of the family, was born after the others came to this country and is now living in Minnesota. The family settled at Jacksonville, Illinois, where the elder Owen found work as a tinner, a trade which he had learned and at which he had been employed in England....

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Biography of Clark Nicholas Starry, M. D.

Clark Nicholas Starry, M. D. Representing the first class ability and skill of his profession and enjoying a large general practice, Clark Starry has devoted all his active lifetime to medicine as a profession, and began his career with an excellent equipment, the test of real practice finding him well qualified for important service. For the past fifteen years he has practiced at Coffeyville. He represents a family that came originally from England and settled in Virginia during colonial days. Clark Nicholas Starry, M. D., was born in Marshfield, Indiana, February 28, 1871, and his parents soon afterward came to Kansas and were early settlers in Miami County of this state. His grandfather Nicholas Harvey Starry was born in Virginia in 1800, was reared in that state, but early in life went to Indiana, where he followed farming, and then when quite well advanced in years, about 1870, came out to Kansas and bought 160 acres of land in Miami County, where he lived until his death in 1879. He was independent in politics, a very active member of the Christian Church, which he served as elder, and lived his many years usefully and well. He married Margaret Cashman, who was born in Pennsylvania in 1800 and died on the old farm in Miami County, Kansas, in 1876. None of their children are now living. Nicholas Harvey Starry, Jr.,...

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Clark, Julie – Obituary

Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon Julie Gudrum Olsen Clark, 67, of Wallowa, died Feb. 22, 2000, in Enterprise. Mrs. Clark was born March 19, 1932, in Astoria to Hans and Inger Olsen. Julie grew up in the Astoria area attending school in Warrenton receiving perfect attendance certificate from Warrenton High School in 1950. In June of 1950 she met and married Bill Clark. They lived in Warrenton until 1969 they moved to Wallowa County’s Leap area for awhile, then moved to Wallowa. Mrs. Clark had many careers but the one she loved most was being a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Survivors include her husband Bill of 49 years; a son, Doug Clark and his companion Sherine of Hailey, Idaho; a daughter, Roxanne Clark and her companion Ivan Thacker of Wallowa; and four grandchildren, Drew and Machelle Clark of Moscow, Idaho, and Sara Shoopman and Tyson Clark of Wallowa. At her request the family had cremation. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Bill Clark for the grandchildren, PO Box 354, Wallowa, OR 97885. Source: Wallowa county Chieftain, March 2, 2000, Page 2 Contributed by: Sue...

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Cooper, Ada Mrs. – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Mrs. Ada May Cooper, 62, of Portland died May 29 at the U. S. naval hospital at Astoria, following a long illness. The Cooper family moved to La Grande in 1924, and lived here until they moved to Portland in 1941. Mrs. Cooper will be remembered as the mother of Alice Jeanette and Maelizabeth Cooper, both of whom are dead. the girls were talented La Grande violinists. Surviving here are her sons, Lt. Leonard Cooper U. S. N. R., stationed at the Astoria naval air station, and Ellery “Bud” Cooper of Portland, recently discharged from the army, and an adopted daughter, Mrs. Louis Presto, of Cove. The La Grande Observer, May 31, 1946 Contributed by: Holly...

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Rush, George H. – Obituary

Auto Accident Well Known Man Killed at Railroad Crossing G.H. Rush, building contractor, was instantly killed when his auto was struck by train No. 21 a mile this side of Wingville Thursday evening. Wm. Hernsen of the Shockley Lumber Co. who was in the car with Mr. Rush is recovering at a Baker hospital. There seems to have been no witnesses to what transpired immediately before the accident. It is not known whether the car stalled on the track or an attempt was made to cross ahead of the train by too narrow a margin of time. The body of Mr. Rush and his injured companion were taken on the train and carried back to Baker. Mr. Rush was well known in this section, having built several business structures here and the large school building. He had just started building operations on the new school building at Haines and was returning from that town to Baker when he met his death. He was about 46 years of age and married. For several years he lived at La Grande, but recently moved to Astoria. The auto was a new Dodge roadster and was owned by Mr. Hernsen. North Powder News Saturday September 20, 1919 Funeral at Portland The body of George H. Rush who was killed in the crossing accident South of Haines last week was taken to Portland Friday....

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Nelson, David Henry – Obituary

David H. Nelson, 67, long prominent wheat grower of Umatilla County, and one of the first four in this county to use caterpillar-and-combine, died at 8 o’clock this morning [May 22, 1939] at his farm home. Death came without warning, his passing being due to a sudden attack of heart disease. Mr. Nelson was born in Finland, Nov. 30, 1872, and came to America in 1881 with his parents who settled in Duluth. He came westward in 1889 to Clatsop County and with the industry which was characteristic of him, worked as a life guard and fisherman at Astoria, where he was later fire chief. He came to this county in 1893, worked as a farm hand for four years and later rented land on the reservation. In 1901 he bought his present holdings, known as Locust Hill farm, a short distance from Pendleton on the Nelson grade. It now comprises 1600 acres for the Pendleton airport site. He also owned a Seaside home, bought in 1910. In addition to his farming interests here, he was interested in Montana holdings and was president of the Brady (Mont.) Irrigation Co. He is given the credit for the success of this enterprise. In addition, he introduced the summer fallow method in Montana, as well as modern machinery methods. He was, for years, one of the most active and staunchest republicans in...

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Planting, Clarence A. – Obituary

Clarence A. Planting, 76, of 3515 Pepperwood Dr., Boise, died Thursday, Feb. 6, 1986, in a Boise hospital of natural causes. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, at the Central Assembly Christian Life Center. Revs. Roy Strayer and Haskell Yadon will officiate. Burial will follow in Cloverdale Cemetery, under direction of the Alden-Waggoner Chapel. Mr. Planting, retired Ada County Clerk, was born Sept. 13, 1909, at his grandparents’ home in Astoria, Ore., a son of John W. and Mary Ring Planting whose home was at Helix, Ore. He attended schools in Pendleton, Ore., and graduated from Helix High School in 1928. After graduation he farmed with his father. He was active in evangelizing among the Finnish people in the Long Valley area of Idaho during the early 1930’s. In recent years, he conducted many funerals for his longtime Finnish friends. He moved to Boise in 1936 and attended Boise Business College. He later married Freada Fretwell on Jan 1, 1939 at Boise. He was a bookkeeper for a Boise dairy from 1939 to 1941. During World War II, he was a bookkeeper for the J. A. Terteling Construction Co. in several locations, including Oregon, South Dakota and Nebraska, then at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Following his mother’s death in 1943, he returned to Pendleton to farm with his father. In 1946 he...

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Rea, George Whitefield – Obituary

George Whitefield Rea was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., Oct. 7, 1839. He was early thrown upon his own responsibility by his mother’s death. When the Civil War broke out, Mr. Rea was desirous of enlisting, but as he was in the railroad service when he was needed in the transportation of troops and supplies, he was not permitted to enlist till the year 1864. He served to the end of the war and was honorably discharged. After the war Judge Rea took up the study of law, and followed that profession ever since. He first practiced in Nebraska, and in 1876 moved to Oregon, locating in Astoria, where he formed a partnership with C. W. Fulton, ex U.S. Senator, under the firm name of Rea & Fulton. Later he removed to Heppner, and some five years ago came to Coos County. Mr. Rea served as prosecuting attorney, county judge, and at the time of his death, was justice of the peace in the district comprising Bandon and vicinity. In all his dealing with his fellow men, he was just and conscientious, seeking rather the confidence of his fellowmen than high position. He led a very active life and always took a prominent part in social and political affairs. He was a kind and indulgent husband and father. When his first wife died leaving him with four children, he kept...

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Hausauer, Clarence C. “Chuck” – Obituary

Clarence C. “Chuck” Hausauer, 84, a longtime Baker City resident, died Feb. 7, 2005, at his home with his family at his side. A private family graveside service for Mr. Hausauer will be Monday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Nathaniel Neff of Apostolic Lighthouse will officiate. Chuck was born Oct. 8, 1920, at Drake, N.D., to Jacob and Hulda (Sonnenberg) Hausauer. He was raised in North Dakota until the age of 14 when his family moved to Astoria. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1942 until 1945. In his early years he drove log truck and then went to work in construction. He married Rachel Irvin in March 1947 at Astoria. They moved to Eastern Oregon in 1957 to work on the Brownlee Dam. He then went to work for Clubb Brothers and in the late 1960s he opened Chuck’s Appliance Repair. He worked in his own shop until he retired in 1998. Chuck was a musician and played guitar and bass. He played at various clubs in a three- or four-piece band. He was instrumental in starting the Rhythm Kings and played at the Veterans, Eagles and Elks clubs. After the band split up, he played at the Senior Center in the Buddy Band. He and Rachel enjoyed traveling and they visited most of the United States except the East Coast. They also...

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Monpas, Leona R. Lunderville Mrs. – Obituary

Leona R. Monpas, 83, of Baker City, died Feb. 10, 2005, at her home. Her graveside funeral will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Ralph Holcomb will officiate. Visitations will be held today until 7 p.m. at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Leona Rica Monpas was born June 18, 1921, at Mondovi, Wis., to Alvin and Lucillia (Craker) Lunderville. She received her schooling in Chippewa Falls and had special training in secretarial work. On April 8, 1938, she married Leon John Monpas in Milwaukee, Wis. In 1941, the couple moved to Port Angeles, Wash., where they remained until 1966 when they moved to Astoria. They resided in Astoria until they came to Baker City in 2001. Leona served as VFW secretary for 20 years. She was an avid bowler and enjoyed traveling, fishing, flea markets, antiques and playing cards. She is survived by her husband, Leon; a son, Charles, and his wife, Lois, of Baker City; a daughter, Diane Wilkins, and her husband, Dale, of Carefree, Ariz.; grandchildren, Craig Monpas of Canby, Kent Monpas and his wife, Kara, and Lloyd Monpas of Casper, Wyo., Darrel Wilkins and his wife, Diana, of Snohomish, Wash., Diana Spak and her husband, Pat, of Woodinville, Wash., Kendra Van Cleave and her husband, Tony, of John Day and Kurtis Monpas of Boise; 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. She was...

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Shook, Mary Annette Leback Mrs. – Obituary

Mary Annette Shook, 79, a former Halfway resident, died Dec. 28, 2004, at Pomeroy, Wash., after a year of declining health. Her memorial service will be scheduled this spring to allow distant relatives to attend. Mary was born May 28, 1925, at Chinook, Wash. She grew up in Astoria, graduated from Oregon State University in Corvallis, and then taught home economics at Halfway High School. She married Robert Shook of Halfway on March 6, 1949, in Astoria. In 1951 they moved to Seattle and there raised three sons. Robert and Mary retired to Halfway in the summer of 1980 to their new house on Dawson Street. Robert died in February of 1984. Mary was diagnosed with a brain tumor in November 2000, and complications from surgery to remove the tumor prevented her from returning to her home. She spent her last years at Memory Manor Nursing Home in Pomeroy. Mary enjoyed cooking, sewing, traveling and collecting dolls. She especially enjoyed making doll clothes, which she would give to children or donate to charity fund-raisers. She was an avid volunteer, a leader with Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts, and she taught sewing classes and helped with programs for seniors citizens in Halfway and Baker City. Survivors include her brother, Capt. Warren G. Leback; her sons, Vernon William, Michael Robert, and Allen Todd; daughter-in-law, Majlis Marie Shook; granddaughter, Caitlin Jessica Shook;...

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Carlile, Dale Robert – Obituary

Durkee, Oregon Dale Robert Carlile, 63, died Jan. 9, 2004, at his home in Durkee. At Dale’s request, there will be no services. Dale was born May 10, 1940, at Kelso, Wash., to Harry Carlile and Frieda Valentine Carlile. He attended school at Kelso/Longview where he loved playing football. After graduating from high school, Dale joined the U.S .Army and attended Ranger school. He was involved in the early years of the Vietnam War. Dale left the Army six years later as a lieutenant colonel. He moved home to Kelso/Longview and began his career as a police officer. He worked on the force in Kelso/Longview, Riverside, Calif., and at Astoria. In Astoria he spent time as a captain on a fishing boat, which he greatly enjoyed. While working in Astoria, Dale was injured. He was left permanently disabled and unable to work as a police officer. Dale retired from the force and moved to La Pine in 1976. There he enjoyed hunting big game and fishing. Dale met Gloria Marsh in 1990. They were married in 1992. Dale was a member of the Mining Association and moved to Durkee six years ago where he and Gloria enjoyed gold mining. Dale was known to have a large, stern personality that he was not afraid to share with people who deserved it. He also had a fun side and enjoyed playing...

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