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Hylton, Glen L. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Glen L. Hylton, 78, of Baker City died Saturday, January 24, 2004 at St. Elizabeth Care Center. His memorial service will be announced at a later date. Mr. Hylton was born on December 3, 1925 in Enterprise, Oregon to Alex and Susie (Wakefield) Hylton. He was raised in LaGrande attending school in the area until he enlisted in the Navy. He served during World War II in the Asiatic-Pacific from 1943-1946. During his time in LaGrande, he met the love of his life, Dorothy Mae Fihn. They were united in marriage on December 15, 1946 at the First Christian Church in LaGrande. The couple started their life together in Astoria, Oregon. Glen was employed with Pacific Northwest Bell Co. as a lineman. They had two children, a son, William “Bill” Glen and a daughter, Glenda Mae. The family transferred to Baker City in 1951. He stayed with Pacific Northwest Bell Co. and became an installation and repair technician in 1954 until his retirement in 1982. They enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting and RV’ing. He also loved woodworking, projects around his home, working in the yard and being with his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who loved and knew him. Glen is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy; his daughter, Glenda of Baker City; Sisters, Doris and husband Lee Biser, Leona...

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Mitchell, Dorothy Margaret Schoenbaechler Mrs. – Obituary

Dorothy Margaret Mitchell was born Feb. 28, 1908, at Astoria to August “Gus” and Jeannette “Nettie” (Lawrence) Schoenbaechler. She died Sunday, March 9, 2003, at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston at the age of 95. Dorothy was raised in Baker City and graduated from high school there. She was a resident of the Hermiston area for the past 24 years. She was a homemaker and a member of the Catholic Church. She is survived by daughters, Mary Jane Guyer of Walla Walla Wash., Margaret Ray of Hermiston, and Jeanne Smith of Pendleton; brother-in-law, Rev. Thomas J. Mitchell OSB of Mexico; nine grandchildren; and 14 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband, Warren Mitchell in 1984, parents Gus and Nettie Schoenbaechler. Recitation of the Rosary was held Tuesday, March 11, at 7 p.m. at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Hermiston. Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, March 12, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church in Hermiston. Burial followed at the Hermiston Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements. Used with permission from: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, March, 2003 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Biography of Col. John Colgate Bell

COL. JOHN COLGATE BELL. – Colonel Bell, enjoying a wide reputation from Southern Oregon to Idaho, and back again to the Pacific seashore throughout the state in which he has successively lived and made a multitude of personal acquaintances, merits a special recognition on account of his public services in official relations and in the early Indian wars of Southern Oregon. He was born at Sterling, Kentucky, February 24, 1814. His parents were from Virginia; and among his ancestors were those distinguished in the early history of the nation, his father having served with General Harrison in the war of 1812. The young man received his education at the Mount Sterling Academy, and began business at his native town in the dry-goods store of David Herren. In 1834, he began his western career by removing with his father to Missouri, engaging with him in mercantile business at Clarksville, Pike county. Eight years later he entered into business on his own account at Weston, and in 1845 was married to Miss Sarah E., daughter of General Thompson Ward, of honorable fame in the Mexican war. In 1847 he was engaged with the General in organizing the regiments of Donovan and Price and the battalion of Major Powell sent to new Fort Kearney on the plains for the protection of emigrants. It was in these operations that he received his military...

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Biography of James Birnie

JAMES BIRNIE. – Mr. Birnie was a Scotchman by birth. He was born at Paisley, county Renfrew, Scotland, in the year 1800. In 1816 the ambitious lad left his native health and emigrated to Montreal, Canada. Here, under the tutelage of a Catholic priest, he studied the French language for about two years, at the end of which time he entered the employ of the Northwest Fur Company as one of its clerks, and was sent across the Rocky Mountains to Fort Spokane, where he arrived towards the close of 1818. The fort at this time was in charge of a Mr. Haldin, with whom Mr. Birnie remained for several years. He then went to the Kootenai country, where he was married to the daughter of a Frenchman, a Mr. Bianlien, from Manitoba. Here he spent several years trading with the Indians, buying furs, etc., and then returned to Fort Spokane. In 1821 the Northwest and Hudson’s Bay Company amalgamated as one concern. In 1824 Dr. McLoughlin removed a part of the forces at Astoria up the Columbia river and established Fort Vancouver. During this year, or the beginning of 1825, Mr. Birnie was appointed Indian trader and bookkeeper for the consolidated companies, then known as the Hudson’s Bay Company, and was stationed at Vancouver, where he remained until 1831. He was then sent to the Northwest coast to...

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Miller, Wayne Dale “Lucky” – Obituary

Richland, Oregon Wayne Dale “Lucky” Miller, 76, of Richland, died April 15, 2003, at his home. A Celebration of Life in his honor will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Richland Christian Church. Gordon Bond will officiate. Lucky was born Sept. 22, 1926, at Martin County, Minn., to Jay Desmond and Minnie Garrison Miller. He came to Oregon as a young man, where he met his lifelong sweetheart, Dorothy Maxine Jones. They were married at Astoria on Nov. 3, 1945. Lucky served his country during World War II in the Navy Air Corps. After the war, he and Maxine lived in the Coos Bay area for several years, then moved to Myrtle Point, where they bred and trained Appaloosa horses. They were very active in the Sheriff’s Posse and there were many fond memories of the annual Easter Seal trail rides for children, hunting trips and good friends. In 1983, Lucky and Maxine moved to Eagle Valley, where they had resided since then. Lucky loved the outdoors, and was happiest when he was outside working, either making hay, moving dirt with his tractor, or working on some other project around the place. He enjoyed the many times he hunted with his good friend, Dave, from Portland, as well as just riding around in the mountains. He and Maxine spent many hours enjoying the mountain air, wildlife, gardening and...

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Biography of William H. Gray

WILLIAM H. GRAY. – This pioneer of pioneers, and historian of events in which he took so conspicuous a part, was born in 1810 at Fairfield, New York, of Scotch descent. While but a lad of fourteen, he lost his father and was apprenticed to learn the cabinetmaker’s trade, and even before finishing his time became foreman of the shop. Upon attaining his majority he studied medicine, and being a member of the Presbyterian church, and known as a promising young man, he was sought and intrusted by the American board with the work of going as missionary in company with Whitman and Spaulding to the Columbia river. His life on the Pacific coast is so intimately connected with the early history of our state that it is unnecessary to give the details here, as they will be found in the first volume of this work. We will mention, however, the circumstances of the three climacteric events of his life, – the first trip back East, his services in establishing the Provisional government and his trip back East once more for sheep in 1852. Having come with Whitman in 1836 across the plains in company with Sublette to the Green river; having assisted the other missionaries in the journey to Vancouver, and in establishing themselves at Waiilatpu; and having himself gone to Alpona among the Flatheads, – he determined...

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Biography of J. L. Stout

J. L. STOUT. – The proprietor of the townsite of Sea View on the weather beach, a city which boasts of a population of from five to eight thousand during the summer bathing season, is from the Buckeye state, having been born in Ohio in 1824. During his boyhood his father took him to Illinois; and he passed his early life on the frontier. he came up with a generation of men whose natural force and enterprise led them into the most exalted position in the great West which their energies had developed. While in Illinois he was ever restless, moving from county to county, and in the northern part of the state learned the trade of a cooper. He was married at an early age to Miss Abigail E. Beckwith, but at his home in Marshall county his wife and children suffered greatly from malarial sickness, his two oldest children dying. Those were also hard “Democratic times” as Mr. Stout expressed it; and for a poor man it was very difficult to advance. Having heard constantly of the gold of California, he determined to come to its mines and dig the precious metal for himself. Accordingly, in 1850, he crossed the plains, starting from the Missouri with a train of oxen late in April. He reached Hangtown, or Placerville, early in August, making a phenomenally speedy trip. Cholera...

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Lillard, Forrest J. – Obituary

Haines, Oregon Funeral services for Forrest Jenkins Lillard, Rt. 1, Haines, 50 yrs., will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at West and Co. Memorial Chapel The Reverand Lawrence Roumpf of the First Presbyterian Church will officiate with the Blue Mountain Lodge No. 176 A.F. and A.M. also conducting services. Internment will follow at the family plot in North Powder Cemetery, North Powder, Oregon. Mr. Lillard was born May 10, 1917 at Baker, Oregon, the son of Willis W. and Ruth Jenkins Lillard. He had his early schooling at Mt. Carmel and then attended schools at North Powder where he graduated from North Powder High School. He was married to his wife Faye Pearson Lillard in Weiser, Idaho on November 26, 1939. He worked for Pacific Power and Light in Astoria for three years and since that time he has been a well known rancher in the Haines area for many years. He passed away early Saturday morning at St. Elizabeth Hospital after a sudden illness. He is survived by his wife Faye; two daughters, Marsha Lillard Jacobson and Ann Christine Lillard both of Haines; two grandchildren, John Oscar Jacobson and Katrina Faye Lillard both of Haines; two brothers, Robert Hughes Lillard of Tulelake, Calif., and Donald W. Lillard of Portland; two sisters, Lillian Mae Wheeler of Hood River, Oregon and Elizabeth Jane Ferguson of Prineville, Oregon; two half-brothers,...

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Allen, Alford B. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Alford B. Allen was born in Washington, Indiana, on July 23, 1929. However at the age of 17, he spent two weeks convincing the county clerk to change his birth records to indicate he was born in 1928 so that he could enlist during WWII. While in the Navy, in addition to performing duties as an electrician’s mate, he was a member of a Navy boxing team and was known for his fierce left hook, winning all of his bouts by knockout. Towards the end of his service, he was stationed in Astoria where he met Dora R. Long. They fell in love, were married, and moved to Baker City. They had three children, John, Mike, and Teresa. Al resided in Baker for about 50 years. During that time, he had numerous jobs as a ranch hand, a logger, a truck driver, and a diesel mechanic. He was a hard worker and well respected by those with whom he worked and was always ready to lend a hand when others needed help. In recent years, he was a familiar sight riding a three wheeler and removing snow from sidewalks around his neighborhood along with long time friend Bill Pilcher. He was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles. Al fought a long battle with cancer, and...

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Biography of John Hobson

JOHN HOBSON. – Mr. Hobson, with his father and brother Richard and three sisters, came to Oregon as early as 1843, being members of the first large immigration. The story of their trip and the influences which directed their footsteps hither is one of the pleasantest and most romantic among our early annals; and there is no novel nor history more fascinating than to listen half a day as we did to the recital of his adventures. He is a native of England, having been born in Derbyshire in 1824. His father was a hatter, and, losing his wife by death, sought a new region to bring up his children under better conditions than his means would allow in the Old Country. He determined therefore to emigrate to America, and chose Wisconsin as his objective point. In order to cross the ocean, he found it necessary to join a party of Mormons, who were under the leadership of a bishop and were going in a ship chartered by him. Leaving Liverpool, January 11, they reached St. Louis in March following, but here found progress impeded by ice in the river. While waiting several weeks for the breakup, they made the acquaintance of Miles Ayers, who was one of the movers in the organization of a company to go to Oregon; and the father was persuaded by him to join...

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Biography of Dr. W. C. McKay

DR. W.C. McKAY. – One by one the pioneers who braved the wilderness and its dangers, in order that their posterity might enjoy the fruits of their hazardous conquests of the domain of the savage are passing away. As the poet sang of the valorous knights of the days of chivalry, “Their souls are with the saints, we trust,” so, at no distant day, will the same be sung o’er the graves of the last of the pioneers. So, while yet alive, let us honor them as they deserve to be honored; and when dead let their deeds be recorded with loving remembrance on the pages of history. Of the old pioneers who still exist, Umatilla county can claim but a few. Prominent among them is Doctor William C. McKay, who, together with his father and his grandfather, figured conspicuously in the eventful early history of the State of Oregon. His father, Thomas McKay, was born in Canada. When he had grown into a lusty lad of some fourteen summers, he, together with his father, Alexander McKay, then a partner of the millionaire, John Jacob Astor, left for Oregon to establish a trading-post. The expedition sailed in the ill-fated ship Tonquin, and arrived at the mouth of the Columbia, the beauty of whose rolling waters and massive cliffs were then known to none but the savage. In 1812, the...

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Biography of Alanson Hinman

ALANSON HINMAN. – The career of this well-known pioneer, whose portrait appears herein, has been unique and interesting; and in one respect, at least, he occupies at the present time a peculiar place among the early settlers of our country. That is, he is almost the only man yet living, of the earliest pioneers, who still remains in the full vigor of mind and body. There are, indeed, a few yet living whose immigration dates further back than Mr. Hinman’s; but they are almost all now in extreme old age. He, on the other hand, though he has now been here forty-five years, came so young, and is possessed of so robust health, that he is still as active in body and as accurate in memory and judgement as ever. This gives a peculiar value to his historical reminiscences. And when every phase of our development, educational, commercial and political, we can readily see what important contributions it is in his power to give to history. Mr. Hinman was born in New York on the first day of May, 1822. In 1842 his active and enterprising mind caught the great westward movement of the times; and he went to seek his fortune in Iowa. His first work was one to which he subsequently devoted much attention, i.e., teaching. Two yeas having passed in this line of life, the farther...

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Culley, Catherine E. Starr Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Catherine E. Culley, 81, a longtime Baker City resident and former Sumpter resident, died July 6, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Ed Niswender of Calvary Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a reception afterward at Calvary Baptist Church, 2107 Third St. Visitations will be until 8 o’clock tonight at Gray’s West & Co. Catherine was born on July 7, 1920, at Astoria to Clarence E. and Lucille Lockwood Starr. After her mother died, she was adopted by Hal and Bertha Bradley. She later married Harold Culley at Weiser, Idaho. The couple soon moved to Granite where they lived for quite some time while Harold worked as a miner. They moved to Bourne to continue mining and eventually ended up in Sumpter to finish their mining career. Later, Catherine and Harold moved to Baker City. Catherine loved to bake and was a very good cook. Her hobbies included crocheting and embroidering. The time she spent relaxing was spent with God and reading her Bible. Catherine and Harold had five sons: Hal, Ron, Bob, Harold Jr. and Don Culley. She had many grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church through Gray’s West & Co., P.O....

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Weeks, Nancy E. Beason Mrs. – Obituary

Nancy E. Weeks, 77, of Portland, a former Baker City resident, died Nov. 16, 2001, at a Portland care home. Her memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Peace House in Portland. Mrs. Weeks was born on Sept. 8, 1924, at Portland to Walter and Nan Beason. As a child, she moved with her family to Baker City where she was raised and educated. She was a 1942 Baker High School graduate. After graduating, she returned to Portland where she met William G. Weeks. Mr. Weeks was honorably discharged from the military after serving in World World II. The couple were married at Mount Tabor Presbyterian Church in Portland in the mid 40s. After their marriage, Mrs. Weeks cared for their home and family while living at Oceanside and Astoria. They returned to Portland in 1955 and had lived there since. Mr. Weeks died in 1974. As time passed, Mrs. Weeks worked part time for the U.S. Census Bureau as a census taker. She retired in 1986. Her love of travel took her to Europe, the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Italy and Alaska. She also was an avid golfer and loved to go to Spirit Mountain Casino. She also loved to bowl and to read. Survivors include a daughter, Karen Kemp of Vancouver, Wash.; sons, Stephen Weeks of Vancouver and Daniel Weeks of Portland; a brother, Robert...

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Biography of Dr. John McLoughlin

DR. JOHN McLOUGHLIN. – Doctor McLoughlin has been very well called the first real governor of Oregon. As chief factor of the Hudson’s Bay Company west of the Rocky Mountains, he was more than this; – he was autocrat. He was a great man, – large physically, of large views and ideas, and above all, very large-hearted. He was nearly forty years on this coast, and during that time was the chief man in it. The Indians called him the “white-headed eagle;” and the Whites went to him with their troubles. In a pathetic little manuscript found among his papers, and never published until after his death, he calls himself the father of Oregon; and in a certain way, from a certain point of view, his claim is wholly just. The circumstances of his life may be briefly told. He was born in Canada in 1784. His parents were Scotch, although his mother, by some, is said to have been French. When but a youth of sixteen he entered the service of the old North West Fur Company, and for twenty-four years thereafter was making his way up, step by step, from the lowest to the highest positions. It was his duty during the years of his initiation to roam through the forests, and to navigate the long rivers of British America, going northward far towards the Arctic circle...

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