Location: Benton County WA

Biography of Col. William F. Prosser

COL. WILLIAM F. PROSSER. – This gentleman was born near Williamsport, on the west branch of the Susquehanna River, in the State of Pennsylvania, of Welsh parentage, on the 16th of March, 1834. Shortly after his birth, his father removed with his family to Cambria County in the same state, where most of his earlier years were passed in occupations usual to boys whose parents are in moderate circumstances. His early educational opportunities were limited, and were only such as were afforded by a winter attendance upon the public schools of that day, and three terms of five months each at an academy in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in the years 1850 and 1851. Teaching in the public schools, surveying and reading law, occupied his time and attention until he was twenty years of age, when, impelled by that spirit of enterprise which actuates so many of the youth of the country, he left his home in Cambria County for California. In 1854 the journey across the plains was long, tedious and laborious; and the party with which he traveled drove ox-teams, or rode on horseback, from the city of St. Charles, Missouri, to the new El Dorado of the West, nearly five months being required for the trip. He first engaged in mining on the American River, but in the spring of 1855 went to Trinity County, California, where he...

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Childers, Howard – Obituary

Howard Childers Dies At Kennewick Howard Boone Childers, a native of Lostine and son of the late B. F. and Maude Childers, passed away at his home in Kennewick, Wash., on Monday, May 8, 1967. Funeral services were held yesterday (Wednesday) at 10:30 a.m. at the Desert Memorial Chapel in Kennewick. He was a retired forest service employee, and at one time worked for the Walla Walla ranger district of the Umatilla National Forest and resided in College Place. He is survived by a son, Howard J., assistant superintendent of schools in Kennewick, a daughter, Mrs. Gay Tracy of Hermiston, and four sisters, Mrs. Uley (Georgia) McGinnis of Enterprise, Mrs. Maurice Dimmick of Pendleton, Mrs. Norma Wood, of California, and Ruth, address unknown. There are also ten grandchildren and one great grandchild. A sister, Mrs. Pauline Cruzan, of Portland, passed away a few years ago. Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, Thursday, May 11, 1967, Page 4 (unnumbered) Submitted by: Tom...

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Kimble, Lawrence W. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Lawrence W.Kimble was born at Benton, Pa, June 16, 1871. Died in Enterprise, Sunday, October 6th, 1918. When Lawrence was five years of age his parents and family moved to Springfield, Illinois where they remained seven years, then moving to Minnesota. They returned to the old home in Pennsylvania where they now reside. Lawrence remained in the central west except for two years spent at the old home in Pennsylvania just before coming to the far west. He first moved to Kennewick, Wash., in 1911 and to Enterprise in the fall of 1912 when he became manager of the Enterprise M & M flour mills. He was married January 21, 1893 to Amelia Lehman in Minnesota. His wife and three children, Mrs. Ethel Hamilton, Fern and Clarence Kimble, all of Enterprise, survive him. A brother, C.L. Kimble, lives in Spokane and the aged parents in Benton, Pa. The death of Mr. Kimble was a great shock to his many friends in this city and surrounding country. He had been stricken less than a week. Mr. Kimble was an active member of the M.E. church in this city and a valued member of the I.O.O.F lodge of this city. The funeral was largely attended and the funeral services at the M.E. church were conducted by Rev. Sibley. The Odd Fellows had charge at the cemetery. The...

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Daniels, Montie Creigh – Obituary

Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon Daniels Services Held Montie Creigh Daniels Passed away Tuesday Morning, March 21, 1972 in a nursing home in Kennewick. He had been in failing health for sometime and was a residents of a Kennewick nursing home. Montie Creigh Daniels was born March 24, 1883 at Beckley, West Va., son of Governor and Nancy Daniels, and he came to Wallowa County as a young man. On Oct. 27, 1904 he and Martha Ann Anderson were married at Wallowa. He was a retired rancher and was a member of the Baptist Church. Mr. Daniels are survived by two sons, Virgil E. of Portland and George P. (Lary) of Kennewick; one daughter, Virginia Schmidt of Coos bay; and 15 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren. Mr. Daniels leaves three sisters, Mrs. Jim (Cleidi) Leonard of Coquille, Mrs. Pearl Lloyd of Portland, and Mrs. Myrtle Brandon of Enterprise. Memorial services were held yesterday (Wednesday) at 2 p.m. at the Bollman Chapel with Rev. Gertrude Sorlien, Pastor of the Methodist Church, officiating. Wanda Sorweide was organist and Clifford Collingsworth was soloist and sang “When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder” and “Nearer My God To Thee”. Casket bearers at each funeral were: Howard Scriber, Raymond Southwick, Rayford Guillory, Jack Coleman, Roy Southwick, and Jack Schwendemann, and internment was in the Wallowa Cemetery. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, March 23, 1972 Contributed by: Sue...

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Lockwood, Barbara – Obituary

Barbara V. Lockwood, a resident of Redmond, died March 25, 2007, of heart failure. She was 63. Ms. Lockwood was born March 5, 1944, in Enterprise to Alonzo A. and Versie Puderbaugh Lockwood. She attended school in Joseph through her junior year when the family moved to Kennewick, Wash. She graduated high school there in 1962. Ms. Lockwood worked for Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing in Bend. She enjoyed travel and hunting and was an avid gardener. She was a member of the Oregon Hunters Association, the NRA, and a life member of the American Veterans Post 13 Auxiliary in Sweet Home. Ms. Lockwood is survived by her life companion Delvan Deardorff; daughter Mary Christie; grandson Elvis Lockwood of Stanfield; brother Layton Lockwood of Irrigon and a favorite cousin Jacque Hobwood of Springfield. Her parents preceded her in death. Services will be held at 1 p.m. on June 2 at Prairie Creek Cemetery in Joseph. Wallowa County Chieftain, May 31, 2007 Transcribed by: Dixie...

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Curtis, Emma Irene – Obituary

Enterprise, Oregon Emma Irene Curtis, of Vale and formerly of Enterprise, died June 4, 2007, at an Ontario Care Center. She was 95. Mrs. Curtis was born Dec. 28, 1911, in Lenox, Iowa to Willis Marion and Ella Inez Wolfinger Davis. She received her schooling in Coffeyville, Kansas. On March 10, 1935 she married Paul Wayne Curtis in Coffeyville. In 1943, the couple moved from the Midwest to Richland, Wash., where her husband was employed as an electrician on the construction of the Hanford Nuclear Plant. In 1948, they moved to Enterprise where Mr. Curtis opened a Radio and TV repair shop. Mrs. Curtis worked in the shop along side her husband. While living in Enterprise they were both active in the Community Church, school functions and sports with their three sons who all graduated from Enterprise High School. In 1962 the couple relocated their Radio and TV repair shop to Milton-Freewater, Oregon. They were active in the church and community there. In 1977 she retired to Umatilla. They enjoyed traveling to visit family and old friends during their retirement. Her husband died in 1994. She came to live in Vale with her oldest son and family. She still enjoyed traveling to family and friends until no longer able to do so. She was much loved by family and friends and will be sorely missed. She is survived by...

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Cochran, Clifford Henry – Obituary

Enterprise, Oregon Clifford Henry Cochran, 94, of Tri-cities and formerly of La Grande died Feb. 25 at a care center. At his request there will be no funeral. Mr. Cochran was born Jan. 27, 1912, to Walter M. and Blanche Barnes Cochran in Enterprise. He graduated from La Grande High School where he played football and baseball. In 1934 he married Helen Conkey in Walla Walla. They lived in Klamath Falls and in La Grande, where he worked for the Mt. Emily Lumber Co. He retired after more than 40 years. He coached the fast-pitch softball team and a basketball team. He was instrumental in getting a semi-professional baseball team in La Grande, the Raiders. The couple moved to Kennewick in 1997. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, watching sports, traveling to Jackpot, Nev., gambling, working jigsaw puzzles and reading Westerns. Survivors include children and their spouses, Jack and Janet Cochran of Pasco, and Carole and Mac Sawyer of Lake Oswego; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. His wife and three brothers, Harold, Otto and Clayton Cochran, all died earlier. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society or Hospice of Kennewick. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending March 11, 2006 – Published: March 13,...

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Cate, Jenice E. – Obituary

Flora, Oregon Jeniece E. “Jenny” Cate, 57, died March 12, 2005, at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, Wash. She was born on Aug. 24, 1947 in Enterprise to Glenn (Blackie) McElroy and Jean Burleigh McElroy. Mrs. Cate grew up in Flora and Irrigon. She graduated in 1965 from Riverside High School and attended Blue Mountain Community College. She enjoyed reading, knitting, science fiction movies and cats. In 1970 she married Robert Cate and they had four children together. They divorced in 1983. She moved back to Irrigon in 1981 from Happy Camp, Calif. She worked for Cong Agra for 23 years and was working at the time of her illness. She also sold Avon in the Irrigon area. She is survived by her adopted mother Marguriete McElroy of Milton-Freewater; children Kent Cate of Boardman, Kurt and Lisa Cate of Pendleton, Robert and Rockie Cate of Pendleton and Fawn Cate of Irrigon; aunt Joan Plummer of Fairbanks, Ala.; sister DeeAnn Drake of Hermiston; grandchildren Ryan and Tori Cate Derick, Jessie of Hermiston, Brittany Rae of Boardman, Billie Jack and Ashley; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and many good friends, including Melanie Sellers. She was preceded in death by her parents Glenn and Jean Burleigh McElroy, grandparents Wendell and Ida Hinton Burleigh and grandparents George and Lillian McGraw McElroy. Funeral Service will be held on Thursday at the Irrigon Senior Center....

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Cronin, Ruth Eleanor – Obituary

Ruth Eleanor Daniels Cronin died Sept. 18, 2005, at the hospice in Kennewick, Wash. She was 98 years old. Mrs. Cronin was born Dec. 2, 1906 in Raton, New Mexico Territory to William A. Daniels and Caroline Gellermann Daniels. She attended high school in Enterprise. In 1926 she married Walter Cronin of Enterprise and moved to Clarkston, Wash., where they lived for over 50 years. She worked as a sales clerk for many years and took courses at the Lewiston State Normal School. She enjoyed gardening and propagating new varieties of Iris. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Billie Jeanne, and her sisters Ethel Cromwell, Frances Wilson and Georgia Powell. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Margaret and Harry Moore of Pasco, Wash., grandchildren Hank Moore of Seattle, Wash., Richard Moore of Kennewick, Wash., Shannon Higgins of Kennewick, Wash., Tom Moore and wife Kathy of Pasco, Wash. and Ruthi Berglund and husband Flint of Pasco, Wash., great-grandchildren Jorgi Martin and husband Tim of Spokane, Wash., Dawn Beaudreau and husband Frank of Beaverton, Dr. Chance Moore and wife Lynette of Mesa, Ariz., Jade Higgins of Kennewick, Wash., Crystal Bumgarner of Kennewick, Wash., Tyson Bumgarner, currently in Iraq, Tanner and McIntyre Berglund of Pasco, Wash., great-great grandchildren Anastasia, Mariah and Kelby Martin of Spokane, Wash., Jake Beaudreau of Beaverton, Hayden Moore of Mesa, Ariz., and...

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McCanse, Delbert Arthur “Buz”, Jr. – Obituary

North Powder, Oregon Delbert Arthur “Buz” McCanse Jr., 75, a former North Powder-area resident, died Feb. 12, 2004, at Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice House. Plans for a memorial get-together to celebrate his life will be announced in the future through Einan’s Funeral Home at www.einansfuneralhome.com under the obituary section. Buz was born at Metropolis, Nev., to Delbert and Bernice McCanse. He was raised on a farm near North Powder along with his eight sisters. He remained a farm boy at heart and always did seem more natural when wearing his cowboy boots. He was a ranch hand, a railroad worker, a U.S. Marine, a college student and a fruit farmer. He was a World War II veteran and he belonged to the American Legion, Post 115. Out at the Hanford Site, Buz was known as “Mac.” He retired as a power operator from Fluor-Daniel after 38 years at Hanford. Buz met and married his life’s love, Colleen Dewitt, in 1955. The McCanses raised four children during the 45 years that Buz lived at Benton City, Wash. Some of the things he enjoyed throughout his life were fishing, rock hunting, camping, reading, sitting at the table with a cup of coffee shooting the breeze and taking five-mile walks. He always had a green thumb and could grow any tree, flower or vegetable. He took pride in sharing from his garden with...

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Trimble-Blank, Bonnie Mrs. – Obituary

Union, Union County, Oregon Bonnie Jean Trimble-Blank, 73, of Weston and formerly of Union, has left this life to start on her next adventure. She passed away March 5, 2006, at St. Mary Medical Center. There will be no services at her request. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt Cremations & Funeral Services, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, Wash., 99362. Bonnie was born Feb. 6, 1933, at Baker City, Ore. She attended grade school at Homestead, Cornucopia and Richland, Ore., along with various other schools. She graduated from Columbia High in Richland, Wash. This is where she met and married her first husband, John Trimble. John and Bonnie were married Dec. 6, 1952. Bonnie became a full time housewife. Although she did have to wait a few years for that first “cloth” diaper to appear on the clothes line, they were there for many years, as she had five children to keep her busy. This is what she enjoyed most family. After John’s death an old family friend introduced her son to Bonnie. This led to her marriage to Alvin Blank in November of 1993. In her younger years, she enjoyed going to her grandparent’s farm to ride the horses. She also did a little hunting with her dad (which she really didn’t enjoy). As she got older, the school dances, basketball and football games were...

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Killingbeck, Fern E. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Fern E. Killingbeck, 94, died Aug. 21 at Richland Rehabilitation Center in Richland, Wash. A private family graveside service will be held at the Redmond Memorial Cemetery in Redmond. Mrs. Killingbeck was born July 8, 1912, at Madras to Thomas Jefferson and Etta Mora Parsley Fields. She lived in Longview, Wash., and The Dalles before moving to Redmond, where she graduated from high school. On Dec. 22, 1930, she married Clarence Herbert Killingbeck in Bend. She owned and cooked at her restaurant in Redmond for several years. In 1949 she moved to La Grande and operated the lunch counter at Pay Less Drug Store for many years. Mrs. Killingbeck won the Union County Wheat League cake baking contest several times. In 1994 she moved to Milton-Freewater, and in 1995 her husband died. She moved to Hermiston in 2003. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, crafts and cooking. Survivors include children, Thad Killingbeck of Boardman, Clareen Coblens of Milton-Freewater and Carolyn Gibbs of Redmond; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Three brothers, Glen, Ned and Thomas, and two sisters, Ona and Blanche, died earlier. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending Aug. 26, 2006, Published: August 28,...

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Hoskins, Jerome – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Jerome “Jerry” Hoskins, 78, of La Grande died Jan. 10 Services are planned 1 p.m. Monday at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in La Grande. Viewing will be on Sunday from 4 until 6 p.m. and again Monday from 9 until 11 a.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Mr. Hoskins was born Aug. 21, 1928, to Omar K. and Essie C. Hoskins at Havre, Mont. Mr. Hoskins attended grade school at Havre; Mobridge, S.D.; Baker City and Lewiston, Idaho. He attended junior high in Clarkston, Wash., and senior high at Yakima. While in high school Mr. Hoskins earned the Eagle Scout award and was voted outstanding athlete in his senior year, 1946. He attended Washington State College for two years and was affiliated with the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Mr. Hoskins married the love of his life, Elizabeth June (Bette) Holmes Dec, 31, 1949, at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Yakima. He worked for a railroad, entered into a family ranch operation, later was employed by a Kennewick phone company as a lineman and a foreman, and then moved to Libby, Mont., to rebuilt the phone facilities in preparation of the Libby Day. Mr. Hoskins was promoted to field engineer with GTE and moved to Moscow, Idaho in 1964. Jerry later transferred with GTE to La Grande as a senior outside plant engineer where he retired...

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Hornig, Blanche L. – Obituary

Union, Oregon Blanche L. Hornig, 85, of Salem and formerly of Union died June 1. A memorial service will begin 1 p.m. June 20 at Morningside United Methodist Church in Salem. Blanche was born in Ithaca Township, Wis., to Leslie and Libby Holeton on Sept. 28, 1921. She lived in Minnesota and Kennewick. She married Thomas Hornig in 1949, and they lived in Union, Eugene and Salem. In the ’70s, Blanche was executive secretary for the Salem League of Women Voters. She was proud to be a part of the Friday clan, and an honorary Cherry. Survivors include her husband, Tom; daughters and their spouses, Susan and Steve Hruza of McMinnville and Mary Hornig and Chris Mini of Eugene; son, Pat of San Jose, Calif.; grandson, Andrew of McMinnville; son-in-law, Craig Cherry of Eugene; sister, Marie Duncan of Kennewick; brothers, Leroy Friday of Kennewick and Clifford Friday of Moses Lake, Wash.; and many nieces and nephews. La Grande Observer – Obituaries For The Week Ending June 16, 2007 Published: June 16, 2007 Transcribed by Dixie...

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Herold, Reao Richard – Obituary

Summerville, Oregon Reao Richard Herold, 91, of Summerville, died Nov. 10 at a local care center. At his request there will be no public services. Those who wish may sign the guest book at www.danielsknopp.com. Reao was born on July 11, 1916, to Thomas and Elsie (Grabley) Herold in Montrose, Colo. During World War II he served with the U.S. Navy. After his honorable discharge he worked in the home construction business in Longview, Wash., and Portland. He loved his work and enjoyed gambling. He moved to Summerville from Lake Oswego four years ago to be near family. Survivors include his children, Shari Webb of Summerville, James Randall Herold of Hilo, Hawaii, Lynn Maxand of Wrangle, Alaska, Craig Herold of Aurora and Kathy Powers of Albany; brother, Robert Herold of Portland; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and other relatives. He was preceded in death by three sons, Reao Robert, Corby and Richard Herold. Memorial contributions may be made to the cancer society in care of Daniel-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center at 1502 Seventh St. in La Grande. La Grande Observer – Obituaries for the week ending November 24, 2007 – Published: November 24,...

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