Location: Bakersfield California

Biography of W. A. Kidd

W. A. Kidd, an astute, energetic and successful business man, is well known in commercial circles of Washington County as head of the W. A. Kidd Lumber Company of Bartlesville and in the conduct of his interests he displays foresight, determination and marked executive ability. A native of Pennsylvania, he was born March 9, 1869, and after completing his public school course entered an academy in that state. After reaching mature years he went to Bowling Green, Ohio, and there engaged in drilling oil wells as a contractor until 1900, when he went to Bakersfield, California, where for three years he was similarly occupied. From there he came to Bartlesville and for three years operated four strings of tools here, at the end of which period he disposed of his interests along that line, and in 1906 he became a member of the firm of Kidd & Bailey, later purchasing the interest of his partner, since which time he has conducted the enterprise independently. He handles lumber, catering to the retail trade exclusively, and obtains his stock from Texas and Arkansas. He has built up a business of large proportions, giving employment to seven people and utilizing four delivery trucks. In 1922 he opened up a yard at Shidler, Oklahoma. He is also engaged in the tile business and, in fact, handles everything pertaining to the building of a...

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Morgan, Martha – Obituary

Union, Union County, Oregon Martha Ann Morgan of 873 S. College in Union died Friday, Aug. 25 at the local hospital at the age of 51. Mrs. Morgan was born on Dec. 11, 1920 at Bakersfield, Calif., the daughter of Thomas and Bessie Davis She was a graduate of Woodbury Art College in Los Angeles, Calif. On March 2, 1946, she was married to Jefferson Lee Morgan at Las Vegas, Nev. They lived in Bakersfield, Calif. until September of 1968 when they moved to Union. She was a member of the Union Rebekah Lodge and President of the Union Home Extension Unit. Survivors include her husband J. Lee Morgan, Union; two daughters, Teresa Lee Morgan and Judy Ann Morgan both of Union; brother, Elvin Davis, Bakersfield, Calif., sister Betty Beebe, Bakersfield, Calif.; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Aug. 30 with Rev. Robert Dowery and the Union Rebekah Lodge officiating. Concluding services followed at the Union Cemetery. Eastern Oregon Review, August 31, 1972 Contributed by: Holly...

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Biography of David O. Wilder

David O. Wilder, proprietor of the Pioneer Meat Market, the largest and best appointed market in the city of Riverside. The liberal patronage and support his enterprise receives from the community, is well merited, for he is a thorough master of his business, and prompt in meeting the demands of his customers. Mr. Wilder is one of the earlier settlers of Riverside, who came to California in 1874, and after a year spent in Bakersfield established himself in Riverside. Upon his arrival he purchased land and engaged in horticultural pursuits, and also established a bee ranch at Temescal, which he conducted for a year or two. He was also for some years in the employ of the Riverside Land and Irrigation Company, in constructing ditches and opening avenues upon their land. In 1879 he engaged in work for Thomas Stone, in the Pioneer Meat Market. He was employed by Mr. Stone until 1883: during that time he mastered the details of the business, and in the latter year became, by purchase, the proprietor of the market, which he has since conducted. Mr. Wilder in his horticultural pursuits improved a ten-acre lot about three miles south of Riverside, by planting it with raisin grapevines, which he sold in 1888 to C. T. Rouse. He was also interested in city property, and was formerly the owner of the lot upon which...

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Basman, Cyril Louis “Louie”, Jr. – Obituary

Richland, Oregon Cyril Louis “Louie” Basman Jr., 80, a longtime Richland resident, died Jan. 7, 2004, at his home. Louie’s family honored his request that there be no formal service for him. He was born on Jan. 1, 1924, at Detroit, Mich., to Cyril Louis and Joanna Thomaszowski Basman. He attended and graduated from Royal Oak High School. After graduation he went on to attend Laurence Institute of Technology. Louie served in the U.S. Navy as a pilot from 1943 to 1946. In 1944, he married June Ankrom at St. Augustine, Fla., and again at Las Vegas, Nev., (just to be sure it was legal). They lived at Bakersfield, Calif., for 33 years where they raised their children. After his stint in the Navy, Louie went to work at Capitol Heating and Air, he also worked at Foster Heating and Air and he retired at the age of 55 from Supreme Air Conditioning. During his retirement, Louie and June traveled the Northwest, settling down in Richland. They found, loved and bought their home immediately. Louie enjoyed working in his shop, doing woodwork, keeping the machines going and puttering in his orchard. In the later years he became an avid reader. Survivors include his wife, June; his daughter, Sandra Storme Kramer of Florida; sons, Mark Basman of Richland, and Christopher Reid Basman of Martinez, Calif.; sisters, Joanna Sharpe and Rosemary...

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Revell, Kathleen D. – Obituary

Halfway, Oregon Kathleen D. Revell, 62, of Halfway, died March 28, 2003, at Baker City of kidney failure after a severe illness and a long battle with multiple sclerosis. Her funeral was Tuesday at St. Therese Catholic Church in Halfway. Interment was at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Kathleen was born on March 13, 1941, at Redding, Calif., the daughter of John and Catherine Revell. She grew up at Shafter, Calif. She was a 1959 graduate of Garces Memorial High School at Bakersfield, Calif., and married William Mosier that same year. They later divorced. Kathleen loved living at Halfway. She loved the mountains, the trees and the changing seasons. She loved to watch the antics of her horses, her dogs and all the wildlife that visited her place throughout the year. Survivors include her daughter, Theresa Myers of Salt Lake City; granddaughter, Desiree Gilmore of Salt Lake City; grandsons, Garrett Gilmore of Istanbul, Turkey, and Christopher Robin Mosier of Boise; twin great-grandsons, Skyler and Callen Martinez, of Salt Lake City; sisters, Mary Margaret Goodwin of Centreville, Md., and Maureen Brown of Middletown, Calif.; brothers, Dr. Timothy Revell of Amarillo, Texas, and Dennis Revell of Sacramento, Calif.; numerous nieces and nephews; and her loving companion for the last five years, Al Iverson of Halfway. Her son, Robert Mosier, died in 1988. Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis...

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Loverin, Wesley Ernest – Obituary

Hereford, Oregon Wesley Ernest Loverin, 86, of Hereford, died Oct. 31, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. His graveside funeral was at 1 p.m. today at the Unity Cemetery. John Hayes and Bob Skinner officiated. Mr. Loverin was born at Visalia, Calif., on July 4, 1916, to Orlen Wesley and Maude Britten Loverin. Wes was raised at Three Rivers, Calif., where he grew up helping his father with his pack station. He worked out of the Giant Forest, guiding pack trips to the High Sierras. He later became a park ranger, district forest ranger and a supervisor for the Civilian Conservation Corps. On Jan. 23, 1942, at March Field, Calif., he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He served as a first lieutenant during World War II. Wes was a fighter pilot in the 36th Fighter Squadron with the 5th Air Force, stationed at New Guinea. He was qualified to fly a variety of airplanes: P39, P38, P61, AT6 and AT11. His favorite was the P38, but most of his time was spent flying in — as he referred to it, the death trap — the P39. He was also a fixed gunnery instructor. Wes received several decorations: Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, American Theatre Service Medal and World War II Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged on May 16, 1946, as a captain in the U.S. Air Corps....

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Parker, George “Brownie” – Obituary

Pine Creek, Oregon George “Brownie Parker Sr., 83, a resident of the Pine Creek area near Halfway, died May 3, 2002, at his home. His graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. George Perry Parker was born at Marietta, Okla., on March 31, 1919, to Sally and James Parker. Their family migrated to Roswell, N.M. around 1930. “Brownie” moved to Redlands, Calif., in 1933 working as a meat cutter there until 1936. At this time, he started a career of climbing trees that spanned seven decades. He moved to Bakersfield, Calif. in 1939. He met and married Molly F. Foster that same year. Together they raised five children. In 1963, “Brownie” married Judy Lee Brown and together they raised two children. His years in Bakersfield were filled with his occupation as a tree trimmer as well as farming cotton and other crops. “Brownie” was a 30-year-plus member of the Kern County Rangers and twice served as captain of this organization. He loved horses and actively bred and raised registered quarter horses for more than three decades. In 1969, he was the leading breeder of the American Quarter Horse Association in the Western United States. “Brownie” retired his tree service company in Kern County in 1977 and moved to Pine Creek where he built his log home, ran his sawmill and rode...

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McCoy, Lillian L. “Peggy” Ray Gribble Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Lillian L. McCoy, 97, of Baker City, died Dec. 25, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. Her memorial service will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Lura Kidner-Miesen of the United Methodist Church will officiate. Services will conclude in the chapel. Private vault interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery. Lillian Louise “Peggy” McCoy was born Lillian L. Ray on July 5, 1904, to Ellen and Charles Ray on the Oil Comet Lease land in Bakersfield, Calif. She received a rural education. She married Austin Brooks Gribble and had one daughter, Elva L. Gribble Guyer. Austin preceded her in death. Lillian later married George Henry McCoy. They lived in Caliente, Calif., where they owned and operated a grocery store for many years. After World War II, they moved to Keating, where they owned and operated the Keating Grocery Store. George drove the Keating School Bus and Lillian successfully sold Avon and Sarah Coventry jewelry and became a postmistress. Peggy and George raised their two sons, George Guy McCoy and Ray Larkin McCoy, at Keating. Peggy loved music. She played the piano for dances at the Keating Grange and Medical Springs Grange where she was also a member. All who knew her remember how much she loved growing flowers. She used her other creative talents with sewing, crocheting, and all...

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Obituary of Donald R. Orr

Donald R. Orr, 64, of Baker City, died July 19, 2008, at Boise. His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Keith Chadwell will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at Community Connection, 2810 Cedar St. Donald was born on Aug. 14, 1943, at Torrance, Calif., to Joe and Ina McNeal Orr. He graduated from high school at Bakersfield, Calif. He married Sharron Kohl in June of 1974 at Weiser, Idaho. Don spent the majority of his working career outside doing various types of logging. Over a 30-year period he owned and operated numerous log trucks in Eastern and Western Oregon. Don acquired the nickname “The Duck” from his co-workers in the logging industry. In May 1996, Don and Sharron purchased the Inland Cafe. Together with their daughter, Kelly, they ran and operated the restaurant until selling it in November 2007. After a brief retirement, Don and his son, David, purchased a truck. As father and son, they spent many cherished hours working together. When David was unavailable to work with his dad, from strapping loads, hauling hay or pulling boards, Don had his best friend, soul mate and loving wife, Sharron, to co-pilot him on his adventures. Don had many friends who spoke very highly of him, any of whom would tell you Don was right...

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