Location: Butter Creek Oregon

Johnson, James

News of the sudden death of James Johnson of Dale, Oregon, reached Mrs. W.W. Kuhn last Thursday. She and sister, Mrs. H.A. Kuhn, and nephew, Marion Pearce, departed for the funeral which was held at Pendleton Friday, December 6, with interment in the Pendleton cemetery. Mr. Johnson was born on Butter Creek January 16, 1875, to Felix and Katherine Johnson who came from Ireland during their youth, and after settling in central Oregon they engaged in cattle raising. “Jimmie” was married to Rebecca McCubbin May22, 1903, and immediately departed for his home near Crane in Grant county. He and wife have operated a stock ranch of several hundred acres there and have experienced a successful business. To them was born the child, Mrs. Francis Walton, who, with her husband and son, live near Mrs. Johnson and are associated in the business of the Johnsons. Mr. Johnson leaves to mourn his loss his wife, daughter, and grandson, besides one brother Felix, who resides near Dale. Mr. Pearce and Mrs. W. W. Kuhn came home after the funeral but Mrs. H. A. Kuhn went home with Mrs. Johnson and will remain with her for a time. Mrs. Johnson was reared in Wallowa County and was the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John McCubbin, who came to Lostine in 1877 And homesteaded the farm now operated by H.A. Kuhn. Source: Enterprise...

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Bowman, LeRoy – Obituary

Funeral services for LeRoy Bowman, well-known Butter Creek rancher, will be conducted at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Folsom Chapel, here by the Rev. O. D. Harris, Christian Church minister. Ted Roy will sing. [Interment at Olney Cemetery.] Mr. Bowman, 55, died at St. Anthony’s hospital yesterday [May 14, 1947]. He was born Feb. 15, 1892 near Pendleton to the late Mr. and Mrs. O. P. Bowman, Umatilla County pioneers, who came to Oregon with their parents when they were both small children. Mr. Bowman was educated in the Pendleton and Portland schools and Feb. 28, 1914 married Gladys Van Orsdall, Pendleton, who with their two children Wayne Oliver Bowman, Pilot Rock, and Mrs. Betty Jane Fidler of Seattle, survive. He also leaves two grandchildren, Judith Kay Bowman and Jon Fidler; four brothers, Oscar Bowman, Hugh Bowman, Kenneth Bowman and Robert Bowman all of Pendleton; three sisters, Mr. Florence Windsor, Pendleton, Mrs. Albert Moser, Pilot Rock, and Mrs. John Crow, Pendleton. Mr. Bowman was a life member of the Elks and spent the greater part of his life in Pendleton. For 21 years he was a wheat rancher in Idaho. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Moody, Ralph P. – Obituary

R. P. Moody found dead in his chair—had lived in this part of the state for forty years and 15 years on McKay creek ranch where death occurred—wife was stricken with paralysis five weeks ago. R. P. Moody, one of the eastern Oregon’s pioneers, and one of the best known ranchers in the McKay Creek District, was found dead in his chair in his home 23 miles from this city late last evening [October 16, 1908]. The death was a sudden shock to the community in which he lived. Mr. Moody was supposed to be in the best of health when last seen and death which was due to sudden heart failure had come upon him while resting peacefully in his favorite chair. At the time of his death, Mr. Moody was alone in the house. The sudden ending of a useful life is made doubly sad by the fact that at the same time his wife was lying in the hospital in this city suffering from a stroke of paralysis which had deprived her of the power of speech. One son, Albert M. Moody, who made his home with his father, was assisting him in caring for the place. A daughter, Mrs. Lulu M. Rhodes, lives in the near neighborhood. Mr. Moody was 68 years of age. He was a native of Massachusetts who braved the dangers of...

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Biographical Sketch of Nelson Jones

NELSON JONES. – Mr. Jones, one of the largest stock-raisers of Eastern Oregon, having besides his interest at Heppner, Oregon, large holdings on the main Malheur, was born in 1840 in Fleming county, Kentucky. Remaining there until 1849, he moved with his parents to Iowa, where he lived until 1858. In that year he left the paternal roof, and made the journey to Pike’s Peak, but continued on to Shasta county, California. In that county he engaged in mining, but in 1860 sought a more tranquil life, coming to Polk county, Oregon, and engaging in farming until 1866. In the meantime he made several trips to the various mining camps, freighting and occasionally indulging in mining speculations of his own. In 1866 he made a permanent settlement at the forks of Butter creek, and began operations in sheep-raising, and has been engaged in the stock business from that time until the present, raising also cattle and horses. Of sheep he has now fifteen thousand head, and about five hundred horses. In a public capacity Mr. Jones has fulfilled his part, having been elected councilman of Heppner in the spring of 1889. He now fills that position with credit to himself and satisfaction to his constituents. Although holding no landed estate, he has no less the interest of his country at heart, and is always relied upon as one of...

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Biography of E. L. Matlock

E.L. MATLOCK. – This successful merchant and respected citizen of Heppner, Oregon, was born August 25, 1844. He came to Oregon in 1853, and located in Lane county, near Eugene. There he engaged in farming, stock-raising and mining. He was with his father when he died at Bannack City in 1863, and laid to rest all that was mortal of that good man and beloved parent. Returning to the home near Eugene, he conducted his father’s affairs there until 1866. In January of that year he was married to Miss E.J. Bennet of Lane county. After that event he engaged in agriculture, conducting a farm for himself until 1869. In that year he engaged in sheep husbandry, and follow3ed the business in Lane county until, in1872, he decided that he might find better pasturage in the Inland Empire, and consequently drove his flocks across the Cascade Mountains, choosing a location near Weston, in Umatilla county. The following winter he lost all his stock by the severity of the season. In the fall of 1873 he located a claim on Butter creek, and made a new attempt in the sheep business, meeting with good success, and conducting his operations until, in 1878, he was able to close out to good advantage and return to Lane county. He then entered into partnership with his brother, J.W. Matlock, in the general merchandise...

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Biography of Benton Killin

Benton Killin, one of Portland’s prominent citizens, was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on the 5th day of August, 1842. When only three years old his parents crossed the plains, and settled on the old homestead, on Butter Creek, Clackamas county, Oregon, in the spring of 1847. Here his aged mother still lives, enjoying, in the evening of life, a rest from the severe toils of her earlier years. On this farm the next twelve years of young Killin’s life was spent in the hard labors of a farmer’s boy. But while thus surrounded, with but little to arouse his ambition, he was planning something different and to his taste better. When 16 years old he started out from home to fight life’s battle alone. During the summer he toiled faithfully on a farm and with the wages thus earned he entered the Willamette University, where he remained as a student until the spring of 1861, supporting himself in the meantime by working for farmers in the neighborhood during vacation, and employing himself at whatever his hands found to do on Saturdays. In the spring of 1861, his health gave away. The tell-tale flush upon the cheek and the exasperating cough gave out the warning that consumption was fast taking hold on him. Abandoning his studies, he sought to renew his strength in the mountains and mines of Idaho,...

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