Location: California

Sharp, Hubert Chester – Obituary

H. C. “Doc” Sharp, 73, pioneer Saticoy rancher and leader in the state walnut industry, died unexpectedly last night (April 27, 1956) during a fishing trip to his cabin at Sespe Hot Springs with three other men Corner Virgil Payton was called late last night by two members of the fishing party who had driven out of the rugged back country to Highway 399 to notify officials of the death. According to Payton, Mr. Sharp went to the Sespe Camp yesterday afternoon with W. C. Brown, his ranch foreman, A. M. Gass, Saticoy and Joe Muzio, Montalvo resident and Saticoy business. Members of the party told Payton that the group had dinner and Mr. Sharp retired early, according to habit. As he was going to bed about 8 p.m. he suffered what was described as an “asthma attack’ and died. Muzio and Gass drove a jeep over the back country road to a telephone to notify the Ventura county sheriff’s office of the death. Payton drove into the fishing camp with sheriff’s deputy Ted McLachlin from Oak View. Mr. Sharp was one of the founders of the Saticoy Walnut Growers Association and 45 years as manager of the organization. At the time of his death he was serving as secretary of the association. His father was one of the original organizers of cooperatives for walnut growers in the state....

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Sharp, Susanna Rebecca Plank – Obituary

Death claimed another pioneer of Ventura County when Mrs. J. M. Sharp passed away Sunday night [July 8, 1934] at the family ranch home at Saticoy. Mrs. Sharp was born June 14, 1851, in Philadelphia, and came to California in 1869 with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Plank, living first in San Francisco. There she graduated from the Normal school in 1873, afterward teaching school in Sonoma County. In 1874 she was married to J. M. [James Meikle] Sharp, a classmate in the Normal school. They lived near Santa Rosa two years, then moved to Ventura County, living first in the Santa Ana District. Mrs. Sharp was one of the first teachers in the Santa Ana School. In 1882 the family came to Saticoy where they have since resided. Mrs. Sharp was always active in community life and church work. She was a past president of the Ventura County Federation of Women’s clubs, and had served on the board of the Los Angeles District Federation of Women’s clubs. Mr. Sharp died about a year and a half ago, and surviving Mrs. Sharp are the following children: Mrs. J. P. Thille, Julian H. Sharp, Mrs. W. H. Duval, Nathan Sharp, Hubert C. Sharp, and Leslie T. Sharp. In addition there are 15 grandchildren. Private funeral services will be conducted at the home Tuesday afternoon. Public services will follow at...

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Hall, Georgia – Obituary

HALL.-At twelve o’clock Sunday June first at her home in Placerville, California, Georgia Hall, aged 15/16 (?) years. Deceased was a sister of the Hall Brothers and was beloved by a host of friends here, where she was well known, having spent last summer and winter here. The sorrowing relatives have the sympathy of the people of Union. Eastern Oregon Republican, Thursday June 5,...

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Mehlhorn, Jean Smith Mrs. – Obituary

Jean Mehlhorn, 72, of Hood River, died July 20, 2003, after a short illness. A memorial service for her and her husband, Dale, will be scheduled later. Jean was born on Feb. 3, 1931, to Dorothy and Ray Smith at Mill City, Kan. She was a few minutes older than her identical twin sister, Joan. The Smith family moved to California where Jean spent her childhood and early school days. They settled in Halfway where she attended high school and met Dale Mehlhorn. Jean and Dale married in 1948 and moved to Corvallis, where Dale attended Oregon State University. Jean and her family then returned to Baker County. She worked as a receptionist for several area doctors and raised her boys. Jean’s greatest joys were camping with her family and watching her boys grow and participate in all manner of sports. In 1968 Jean and Dale moved to Ontario where together they managed Delta Feeders. After the sale of that business she went to work at an area drug store as manager of the cosmetics department. Retirement brought new interests. Dale and Jean became avid golfers. They spent many happy times traveling and playing dozens of courses throughout the West. They settled for the last time at Hood River, where they spent three happy years. Jean was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Fred Mehlhorn; and her...

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Erskine, Wayne Everett – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Wayne Everett Erskine, 77, of Baker City, died Dec. 10, 2000, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. His funeral was Thursday at the Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Lennie Spooner of the Baker City Church of the Nazarene officiated. Vault interment was at Mount Hope Cemetery. Mr. Erskine was born on Aug. 9, 1923, to W.R. and Stella Shortell Erskine. He was born on a small farm at Runnells, Iowa, and raised in the Prairie City, Iowa, area. He was married to Marjorie Arrasmith on June 8, 1941, at Bethany, Mo. He was a very good father and a friend to everyone he met. In 1954, the family moved to Southern California where he worked in the sand and gravel business until retirement. They moved to Baker City in 1979. He was preceded in death by his parents and an older brother, Henry. Survivors include his wife, Marjorie of Baker City; his daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Joe Jaramillo of Grants Pass; sons and daughters-in-law, Bob and Carmen Erskine and Jim and Beverly Erskine, both of Baker City, and Chris and Rhoda Erskine of Newhall, Calif.; grandchildren, Margie, Susie, Marty, Lori, Bobby, Chris, John, Wesley, and stepgrandchildren, Sean Gongsalis, Brandon and Brian Larkin and Codi Eckert; great-grandchildren, Br?, Mathew, Ashley, Alexa, Katie, Kyle, Kristen and Kim. Memorial contributions may be made to the John Wayne...

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Ireland, Mary Annis Dobkins Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Mary Annis Ireland, 78, of Baker City, died Nov. 11, 2000, at Good Samaritan Hospital at Portland. Interment was in Redmond. At Mrs. Ireland’s request, there was no service. She was born Dec. 1, 1921, at Grandview to Oscar Floyd and Lova May Coburn Dobkins. She was raised in Central Oregon. In 1957, she moved to California and lived there until moving to Baker City in 1984. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jess Ireland; a brother, Perle Dobkins; a daughter, Dixie Lee Schuldt; and son-in-law, James Ray Schuldt. Survivors include a sister, June Telfer of Prineville; son-in-law, James R. Griffin of Baker City; daughter and son-in-law, Von and Sid Luebberke of Baker City; a son, Richard Ireland of Prineville; daughter-in-law, Donna Ireland of LaPine; daughter, Irene Schumacher of Santa Rosa, Calif.; a son, Jessie Ireland of Santa Rosa, Calif.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson and many nieces and nephews. Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, November 24, 2000 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Price, Erma Cathrine Jacobs Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Erma Cathrine Price, 70, a longtime Baker City resident, died Aug. 1, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. Her memorial service will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Deryl Leggett of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations are today until 8 p.m. at Gray’s West & Company. Erma was born Sept. 19, 1931, in Baker to Howard and Goldie Jacobs. She graduated from Baker High School. She married John F. Price on May 2, 1950. They were married for 30 years. They lived and worked in California until they moved back to Baker in 1969. Erma worked at St. Elizabeth Hospital as the billing manager for several years. Erma enjoyed arts and crafts, square dancing, and family outings. Her favorite activity was sitting in her backyard and watching the deer that ate the apples from the trees. She is survived by four children, Raymond of Baker City, Johnny and his wife, Karla, of Baker City, Norman of Layetteville, Ga., and Cathy Robbs and her husband Steve of Boise; two brothers, Dewayne Jacobs and his wife, Patty, of Hermiston, and Dewey Jacobs of Baker City; two sisters, Oddetta Miller and her husband, Frank, of Baker City, and Ethel Rodger and her husband, Vern, of Baker...

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O’Dell, Bob – Obituary

Bob O’Dell, 78, a former Baker City resident, died May 29, 2002, in California. He was a 1941 Baker High School graduate and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Survivors include his five children and a sister and brother-in-law, Mildred and Jay White. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanore; his parents, Thomas and Mary O’Dell; a brother, Raymond O’Dell; and a sister and brother-in-law, Lester and Lorel Hansen. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, June 18, 2002 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Graham, James E. “Jim” – Obituary

Rock Creek, Oregon James E. “Jim” Graham, 82, a resident of Rock Creek near Haines, died June 20, 2002, at his home. His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home and again on Monday from 9 a.m. to noon. Mr. Graham was born at Little Rock, Ark., on Aug. 28, 1919. He married Faustina Stevens at Paragould, Ark., on Nov. 11, 1939. Mr. Graham was drafted and entered the U.S. Navy during World War II. After his discharge, the couple moved to California where he worked as a driver for the Greyhound Bus Lines until his retirement. After retirement, he and his wife moved to Rock Creek about five miles west of Haines in 1973. He enjoyed working on his small farm with his cows and being around the neighbors. He also enjoyed making cabinets, doing mechanical work, hunting and fishing. Survivors include his children, Tommy Lee Graham of Hartfield, Va.; Lee Graham of Willits, Calif., and John Graham and Mona Arends, both of Baker City; and numerous grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, two brothers, a sister, a son and a daughter. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society through the...

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Webb, Manning “Dutch” – Obituary

Manning “Dutch” Webb, 88, of Union, and a former Baker City resident, died March 21, 2002, at his home. His funeral will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. in La Grande, with the Rev. Doug Hale officiating. Burial will follow at the Union Cemetery. Visitations will be Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Mr. Webb was born Dec. 19, 1913, at Detroit, Mich., to Burt and Zoe Jaycott Webb. He attended school in California and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He moved to Union in 1963 and worked as a master upholsterer for many years. He was a member of the American Legion in Baker City and enjoyed fishing, gardening, hunting mushrooms, and working with his hands. He built bear chairs for kids. Mr. Webb is survived by his children: Manning Webb of Union, LaRhea Bowden of Clear Lake, Calif.; Theron Webb of Mukielio, Wash., Jim Ritchie of Tacoma, Wash., Art Ritchie of La Grande, Hazel Hagen of Vancouver, Wash., and Jeannie Peacock of Baker City; 24 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-granchildren; a sister, Ola May Long of Clear Lake; and other relatives. His companion of 42 years, Helen Romig, died earlier. Contributions in Mr. Webbs memory may be made to the Grande Ronde Hospital Home Care Services, in care...

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Douglas, Donald “Sandy” – Obituary

Donald “Sandy” Douglas, 78, a former Baker County resident, died Jan. 2, 2002. Services will be withheld until further notice, pending notification of next of kin. Donald is interred at the Little Chapel of the Chimes Funeral Home in Portland. Don had not been in touch with any known surviving family members for quite some time, but he left behind many friends and associates in the Hawthorne District of Portland, where he will be missed. He was preceded in death by one older sister, Carmen Douglas Menges, who died in the Denver area in July of 1997, at the age of 76. Don was born in California on Aug. 2, 1924, but spent most of his life in Oregon. His grandparents were Rose and Arthur Oliver, who homesteaded the Oliver Ranch at Keating. Don had spent most of his later years in the Portland area, where he retired. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and served in World War II. He is survived by two daughters. The family would appreciate any leads as to the names and whereabouts of his children. You may email Phil Menges, Jr., at pmenges@mindspring.com, or call 303/730-8837 with any information. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, January 11, 2002 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Benson, Daniel – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Daniel Benson, 42, a Baker City resident, died Nov. 4, 2001, at Salt Lake City. There will be a celebration of his life Nov. 24 at the Eagles Lodge, 2935 H St. Dinner will be served at 2 p.m. Main dishes will be provided. Those attending are asked to bring a side dish. Mr. Benson was born at Provo, Utah, on May 3, 1959. He lived most of his life in Southern California and spent the last two years at Salt Lake City where he was waiting for a new heart. He loved to go camping, fishing and hunting. He will be missed by many. Survivors include his mother, Mary Orazine of Baker City; sisters, Debra Jean of San Diego and Lee Ellen of Gwinn Mich.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to a charity of one’s choice. Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, November 16, 2001 Transcribed by: Belva...

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