Location: Bridgeport Oregon

Racey, Nina L. Deen Mrs. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Nina L. Racey, 91, of Enterprise, died at home Saturday April 29, 2000. She was born in Boring, Oregon on August 6, 1908 to Melvil and Dora Deen. She married Laurence House and they had a daughter, Wanda June House. They were later divorced, and she and Wanda moved to Malheur where she met and married Alexander Racey. They lived in the Bridgeport area and ranched for over 30 years. Later they sold the ranch and moved to Baker City, where they lived for seven years, then moved to Estacada to live with her daughter. Upon the death of her husband, she and her daughter, Wanda, moved to be with her granddaughter, Lonnie Lies, in Enterprise, where she lived until her death. She was preceded in death by husband Alexander; daughter Wanda; two sisters, Greta and Zola; and a brother, Frank Deen. She is survived by sister Zona Jenkins of Missouri; four grandchildren, Lonnie Lies of Enterprise, Leta Turner of Irrigon, Adna Delco of Wamic, and Alex Kuehn of Enterprise; 12 great-grandchildren, and 18 great-great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be on Saturday, May 6, at 2:30 p.m. at the Logan Pleasant View Cemetery at Oregon City. Bollman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, May 4, 2000 page 2 Contributed by: Sue Wells Transcribed by: Belva...

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Vandecar, Robert L. – Obituary

Robt. L. Vandecar Was Durkee Creek Rancher 54 Years Funeral services for Robert L. Vandecar of Durkee, 77 years of age and a well known Baker County stockman were conducted at 2:00 pm Tuesday Feb. 20 at Gray’s West and Co. Pioneer Chapel. The Rev. Richard A. Toll of the St. Stephens Episcopal Church officiated. Vault interment followed in the family plot at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Mr. Vandecar was born May 14, 1895 in Payette, Idaho the son of Augustus Byron and Rose Mott Vandecar. He had his schooling in Haines and in 1918 moved to Durkee. He was married to his wife, Elsa Opal Long Vandecar on March 31, 1917 in Weiser, Idaho. He has spent his entire business career as a stockman and rancher, having been in the business 57 years, 54 of those years on the Durkee Creek Ranch. He passed away early Friday morning at St. Elizabeth Community Hospital after an extended illness. He was a longtime member of the Durkee Grange, the Baker Elks Lodge No. 338 and of the Oregon Cattleman’s Association. He is survived by his wife, Elsie; two daughters, Mrs. Leland (Priscilla) Jenkins of Eugene and Mrs. Bob (Mary) Forsea of Richland: two foster sons, Dr. Joseph Hindman of Pullman, Washington and Edwin M. Hindman of Baker; one sister, Myrtle Ackerman of Baker; fourteen grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and seven nieces and...

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Vandecar, Robert Jr. – Obituary

Robt. Vandecar Jr. Dies Here Tuesday Robert Vandecar, Jr. 46, well known Bridgeport rancher, died Tuesday in St. Elizabeth Hospital from cancer. Funeral services are being arranged by Langrell Mortuary Chapel and details of his life are being compiled but were not available at press time. Mr. Vandecar grew up at Durkee and is best known by friends throughout the county for his work with the Burnt River 4-H livestock and Junior show projects a number of years. Source: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, March 14, 1968 page 7 Contributed by: Belva...

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Shumway, Charles G. – Obituary

Charles G. Shumway, prominent rancher of Bridgeport, died Sunday evening at St. Elizabeth’s hospital in Baker from injuries received Tuesday of last week when he was kicked by a horse. North Powder News Saturday, May 14,...

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Yeakley, Ralph P. – Obituary

Funeral services for Ralph P. Yeakley, a senior citizen at St. Elizabeth hospital, 80 years of age will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 19 at West and Co. Memorial Chapel. The Rev. Joe Jewett of the First Christian Church will officiate. Interment will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Mr. Yeakley was born April 8, 1887 at Dunlap, Kansas, the son of Isaac and Rosa Druman Yeakley. With his family, he came across the plains from Kansas to Oregon in a covered wagon when only a small child. He has lived in Baker and Baker County for the past 72 years. Hs mother and father died when he was a young boy and he was reared by Abe and Lulu Sullivan. He was a long time rancher in the Bridgeport area and was married to his wife, Gladys Coyle Yeakley in Baker on November 7, 1907. He is survived by his daughter, Grace Hurse of Baker, five granddaughter, Virginia Wright, Theora Hambleton, Helen Alexander, all of Baker and Evelyn Greenwood of Union; a grandson Leslie Hurse of Pendleton; a brother, Clifford Yeakley and a sister, Gladys Hardesty both of Baker; and ten great grandchildren. Source: Baker Democrat Herald, Baker City, Oregon, September 18, 1967, page...

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Bowers, John T. – Obituary

Bridgeport, Baker County, Oregon Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Christian Church for John T. Bowers of Bidgeport, who died Monday evening in St. Elizabeth hospital after an extended illness. A native of Jasper County, Missouri, Bowers was the son of Samuel and Anna Bowers. He came to Eastern Oregon between 1905 and 1910 and moved to Baker County in 1930 where he had lived the rest of his life. Bowers was a machinist by trade and worked on the railroads for a time. He worked on locomotives for the Union Pacific Railroad and was an engineer on the branch line from La Grande to Wallowa on logging trains. He was also a shovel operator on several highway jobs in this area; did many machine jobs on the old logging Shay engine; worked with T.W. Nelson surveying much of the Clarke Creek and Burnt River mining area; did most of the surveying and engineering of the Burnt River Road; after that he acquired mining property on Burnt River where he spent the rest of his life. His late wife, Verda Graham Bowers died in 1961, shortly after the couple had celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary. Bowers is survived by one sister, Mrs. Jessie Horton of Columbia, Missouri, and several nieces and nephews. The Rev. Orville Mick of the Christian Church will officiate at the services....

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Coyle, Roy A. – Obituary

Funeral serviced for Roy A. Coyle, Sr., 82, of 2022 Resort St., longtime Baker and Baker county resident will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, February 25 at Grays West and Co. Pioneer Chapel. The Rev. Gerald C. Nelson of the United Methodist Church in Baker will officiate. Vault interment will follow in the family plot at Mt. Hope Cemetery with the Baker Veterans Organizations conducting graveside honors. Mr. Coyle died suddenly at his home early Thursday afternoon. He was born in Flora, Oregon the son of Howard and Estella Cannon Coyle. He had his schooling in Elk City, Idaho, and served in the United States Army during World War I. He was married to Nelly E. Acers Coyle. He ranched for many years at Bridgeport and in the Baker area until his retirement several years ago. He was a former member of the Veterans of World War I, Oregon Trail Post No. 78. He is survived by his wife, at home; his sons, Roy A. Coyle, Jr. and Bill Coyle both of Baker and his son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Betty Coyle of Homedale, Idaho; two step-daughters, Mrs. Sewey Smith of Long Beach, California, and Mrs. Harry Johnson of Baker; many grandchildren, step grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one nephew and five nieces including Grace Hurse. He was preceded in death by one son and one sister. Source: Baker Democrat...

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Koplin, Ruth L. Schubert Mrs. – Obituary

Bridgeport, Oregon Ruth L. Koplin, 74, of Oreana, Idaho, a former longtime Bridgeport resident, died Aug. 12, 2004, at home with her family at her side. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Nyssa’s Lienkaemper Chapel in Nyssa. Burial will be at Hilltop Memorial Cemetery in Nyssa. Visitations will be until 8 o’clock tonight at Nyssa’s Lienkaemper Chapel. Ruth was born on March 26, 1929, at Winchester, Idaho, the daughter of Otto Schubert and Edith Zimmeyer Schubert. She married Donald Koplin on July 3, 1946, and became a homemaker. She worked right alongside her husband and never considered herself too good to help him with ranch work. They ranched at Bridgeport for more than 20 years. Ruth and Donald had been married 58 years. Ruth enjoyed making handmade quilts and selling them at local bazaars. Because of her excellent craftsmanship, people would come by the house just to buy a quilt. She also loved to can the fruits and vegetables she raised in her garden. Ruth was always willing to help a neighbor, family and friend. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Ruth leaves behind her husband, Donald Koplin of Oreana, Idaho; son, Clint Koplin, of Parma, Idaho; daughter, Evelyn Birkeland, of Washougal, Wash.; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. The family would like to thank Mercy Hospice for the care given Ruth and the many...

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Wendt, Florence Gillen Mrs. – Obituary

Florence Wendt, 88, a former Baker County resident, died Nov. 15, 2003, at San Rafael, Calif. There will be a memorial service celebrating her life with family and friends this summer. Florence was born at Carbondale, Pa., on April 24, 1916, to Mary and Charles Gillen. Florence moved to New York City during her adolescence and lived with her Aunt Kitty. Upon graduating from high school in New York City, she immediately entered medical school to pursue nursing. Upon her completion of Kings County Hospital’s nursing program, she received her credentials as a registered nurse and was stationed at Panama. It was in Panama City that she met and married Harlan Wendt. After the war, Florence moved to the Baker area. She spent time during her early married years on the Wendt Brothers cattle ranch at Bridgeport. She then moved the household to Baker City in 1958 where she spent the majority of her years. During her later years she moved to San Rafael, Calif., to be closer to her children. Florence was dedicated both as a mother of five children and a grandmother, who all have great love for her. One of her great joys was baby-sitting for the neighborhood children. She always felt blessed with having many dear friends from all walks of life, they were a joy to her. Being a devoted Christian, she had an...

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Ells, Lillie Lovelace Carroll Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Lillie Lovelace Ells, 100, a longtime Baker City resident, died April 8, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Ian Fisher of Calvary Chapel in Ontario will officiate. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be Monday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Lillie was born at Clovis, Calif., to Hubert and Lucy Van Cleave Carroll on Jan. 4, 1903. She moved with her parents at the age of 3 to Brady, Neb., where she lived until she was grown. She worked hard all her life in the fields, milking cows and doing many chores outside and helping her mother with her younger brothers and sisters. She was the second of 13 children. She lived in a sod house until she was 15 and assisted her mother in making mattresses for the beds, which were filled with corn shucks or clean straw. She was up early every morning to help outside and then did the chores inside before fixing a lunch and then walking to school, a distance of ? miles, and she made sure the younger ones got there on time. In 1917, her father moved the family to Kelly, Wyo., and she soon moved to La Grande where she worked at odd...

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Racey, Andrew – Obituary

Andrew Racey, 88, a lifelong rancher and Oregonian who enjoyed deer and elk hunting, geology and mining, died Dec. 26, 2000, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Lynn Shumway will officiate. Visitations will be until 8 o’clock tonight at Gray’s West & Co. Vault interment will be at the Malheur cemetery at Bridgeport. As a child, Mr. Racey and his family homesteaded in the Malheur area where Racey Brothers Spring is now found. He went on to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II. In 1947, he married Hazel Herzog. She died in 1972. He married Ann “Bebe” Ellis in June of that year. As owner of the Racey Ranch at Bridgeport, Mr. Racey worked hard and lived with honor and integrity. He was much loved and will be truly missed. He will be remembered for his knowledge of local history, dinner stories, character and kindness. Survivors include his wife, Bebe; daughter and son-in-law, Suzan and Keith Jones; son and daughter-in-law, Rand and Renee Racey; daughter and son-in-law, Priscilla and Russell Ing; sisters, Martha Boyer and Helen Liddiard; and his grandchildren, Kerry (Jones) Shimomura, Kasey (Jones) Phelan, Christopher and Jonathon Racey and Eliesa, Danielle and Bryan Ing. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alex and Catherine Racey; and...

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Bridgeport Cemetery, Bridgeport, Oregon

There is a cemetery located near Homestead on State Highway No. 86 about half way between Copperfield and Homestead on the Snake River. It is near the road in plain sight. We have been unable to learn the official name of the cemetery so will call it the Copperfield-Homestead Cemetery. The cemetery was established shortly after the Iron Dyke mine was started around 1900. The grounds are neglected, we learn of no custodian for this cemetery. graves are sunken, there are wooden headboards only in this plot. There are about 40 graves here, among the earliest burials being: Blankenship, Mary d. about 1903; age unknown. Leggett, Albert b. 1850; d. 1903. Lurchin, Lemuel An old man who d. about 1905. Our thanks to the Baker Family History Center for allowing us to use their copies of these cemetery...

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