Location: Clackamas County OR

Biography of Dr. Alden H. Steele

DR. ALDEN H. STEELE. – “Olympia will always be a place for pleasant homes,” says one of her citizens well qualified to render an opinion, – the gentleman whose name appears above. The wide streets, magnificent shade-trees and comfortable residences of the capital of Washington Territory, together with her delightful climate, an extensive view of water and mountains, fully justify the remark; and no place could have a more pleasant recommendation. The Doctor has also examined the facilities of the place for a naval station, and finds that the location is most desirable from the following particulars: Safe anchorage and good harbor; ease of defense; abundance of coal, iron and ship timber; opportunity for a fresh-water dock and basin at small cost at Priest’s Point; ease of communication; and advantage of tide. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now Doctor Steele, whose presence as a resident contributes much towards the pleasantness of Olympia, is a native of New York State, having been born in 1823 at Oswego,...

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Biography of Alonzo L. Richardson

Thirty-eight years have passed since Alonzo L. Richardson came to Idaho, then a sparsely populated territory of the extreme northwest, its splendid resources undeveloped, its advancement a development of the future. For many years he has been closely identified with the work of progress, and is now filling the position of clerk of the United States court in Boise. A native of Missouri, Mr. Richardson was born in Franklin County that state, on The 19th of December 1841, and is a representative of one of the old families of Virginia. His ancestors located there in 1750, and there occurred the birth of Daniel Richardson, the great grand father of our subject. He removed from the Old Dominion to Kentucky and subsequently to Missouri, being a pioneer of those states. The father of our subject also bore the name of Daniel Richardson and was a native of Kentucky. He married Dorcas Caldwell, a native of Missouri, and in 1843 started with his family to cross the plains to Oregon, being in the second emigration to that far distant territory. Gold had not then been discovered in California, and the tide of emigration had not set toward the Pacific coast. The hardships and dangers of such an undertaking were many, and to add to the difficulties the father was taken ill and died at Fort Hall, Idaho, then a Hudson Bay...

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Biography of Ephraim W. Baughman

Few men are more widely known in the northwest than Captain E. W. Baughman, of Lewiston, who for forty-eight years has sailed on the rivers in this section of the country. His circle of friends is indeed extensive, and his genial manner and social disposition win him the regard of all. He was born in Fulton County, Illinois, May 18, 1835, and is of German lineage, his ancestors having long been residents of Pennsylvania, however. His father, John Baughman, was born in that state and married Miss Jane Murphy, a lady of German descent. In an early day they removed to Illinois, settling in the west before the Black Hawk war. The father secured a farm in Fulton County and there reared his family of nine children, four of whom are yet living. He departed this life in the eightieth year of his age, and his wife passed away when about the same age Captain Baughman, their fifth child, was reared in the state of his nativity until his sixteenth year, and then crossed the plains with ox teams to California, in 1850. The party with which he traveled took with them a year’s provisions, but found they had more than they needed, and on reaching California they sold their surplus supply of flour, bacon, beans and sugar for two dollars per pound. The Captain engaged at placer mining...

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Biography of William H. Sebastian

Among the pioneers who came to northern Idaho in an early day to secure homes and open up this region to civilization is William H. Sebastian, now an enterprising farmer of Camas prairie. He located on the prairie in 1871, fought for the protection of the settlers in the Nez Perces Indian war, and has ever labored for the advancement and upbuilding of the section. He was born in Missouri, December 31, 185 1, but has practically spent his entire life in the northwest. His father, Daniel Smith Sebastian, was born in Missouri, November 21, 1819, and was there reared to manhood and married, and in 1852, with his wife and three children, made a safe journey across the plains to Oregon. He located in Clackamas County, where he secured a government donation-claim of six hundred and forty acres. At the time of the gold excitement, however, he went to Elk City, Idaho, in 1861, and engaged in mining there for some time, after which he returned to his family. In 1871 he took up his abode on Camas prairie, on land on Three Mile creek, and there resided until 1875, when he sold out. He died in March 1896, at the age of seventy-seven years. When the Nez Perces Indians went on the warpath he was among the volunteers who aided in defending the settlers and their homes....

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Biography of John L. Curtis

JOHN L. CURTIS. – As one of the early and sturdy pioneers who assisted in opening these regions for the occupancy of his fellows that were to follow from the eastern states, and who has wrought with energy and assiduity in their development since, manifesting an ability and wealth of resources that have enabled him to grapple with the different problems that confront the frontiersman, and to overcome in these undertakings the subject of this sketch is deserving of a representation in any work that essays to chronicle the leading and prominent citizens of the county of Union. Mr. Curtis was born in the east in the year 1827, and had the misfortune to have his father removed from him by death. His uncle was appointed his guardian and at the tender age of twelve years, our subject entered upon the realities of life for himself, his first occupation being to act as a silver-plater for the famous firm of Rogers Brothers. Six years he continued with this company and then came west to Jackson county, Missouri, where he was favored with an opportunity to attend the Chapel Hill College, a privilege which he was not slow to take hold of and improve to the best advantage. Following his retirement from the college he acted as salesman in Independence for a time and then in 1850 came to Sacramento,...

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Biography of Thomas H. Crawford

THOMAS H. CRAWFORD. – While Union county enjoys especial favor in possesing a large, well informed, and enterprising class of citizens who fill the walks of the industrial and professional callings she is to be congratulated in having such substantial, broad minded and capable devotees of the legal profession. Prominent in this number, and deserving of a large share of honor for his faithful and successful labors in the courts and in the manipulation of the affairs of the county, and also in a measure of the state politics wherein he has bestowed much care and thought for the welfare of all, is the esteemed gentleman, whose name stands at the head of this article. a man of fine capabilities, fortified with a thorough and extended classical education and then a training in the legal profession that has fitted him in an ample and satisfactory way to handle the deep points of court practice and official counsel, there is also in Mr. Crawford a happy blending of the acumen, determination, and executive ability required in the successful lawyer, which he constantly supplements by a careful and discriminating course of research that has placed him in a commanding position in his profession throughout the county and in adjacent districts. Our subject is the scion of a strong southern family, being born in Washington county, Arkansas, on March 18, 1848, and...

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Dunbar, Oron L. – Obituary

Joseph. Wallowa County, Oregon Oron L. Dunbar, who lived in Joseph several years ago, died last Sunday, Oct. 27, at Oregon City, of Influenza. He had lived in California until the first of the year when he went to Oregon City, where he was manager of a store. He was born 48 years ago in Fairview and for a time was manager of the McCully Mercantile company store in Joseph. A daughter, Lucile Dunbar, teaches in the Joseph school, and a son, Raymond, is in the 65th artillery, A.E.F., in France, having enlisted in Joseph more than a year ago. Enterprise Record Chieftain, Wallowa County, Oregon, Thursday, October 31,...

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Gorbett, Chester E. – Obituary

Chester E. Gorbett Dies at Hermiston. Chester Everett Gorbett, of Hermiston, formerly of Promise, passed away at his home July 12 at the age of 86 years and 9 months. He was born at Colton, Ore. Oct. 13, 1877, one of seven children born to Joshau and Orintha Gorbett. He spent his entire life in Oregon. He was united in marriage to Bessie Phillips April 2, 1905. Survivors include his wife, Bessie, of Hermiston; two sons, Rolin of Wallowa and Duane of Canby, Ore.; also three daughters, Mrs. Harvey (Lola) McDonald of Walla Walla, Wash., Mrs. Grady (Myra) Banks of Hermiston and Mrs., James E. (Vera) of Wallowa,Ore.; seventeen grandchildren and twenty-two great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and a host of friends. One daughter, Verla, passed away at the age of seven and one grandson, Merlin Carper, at the age of nineteen. Mr. and Mrs. Gorbett resided at Colton and Oregon City until March 15, 1911 when they moved to Promise, and purchased her parent’s homestead, which was their home until April, 1959. Then they moved to Hermiston and bought a small acreage. He has been in failing health for several months. He was a member of the Christian Church and an active member of the Grange for several years, having been a charter member of the Promise Grange which was organized in 1922. Funeral services were held July...

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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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Warnock, Robert N.

Enterprise, Oregon Robert N. Warnock Pioneer Passes on Robert N. Warnock, member of a pioneer family in Wallowa county died at his home at Oswego, Feb. 26, and funeral services were held in Portland. Only two members of his family survive, his brother, W.P. Warnock of Enterprise, and his sister, Mrs. John Velt of Sacramento, Cal. Mr. and Mrs. W.P. Warnock visited him in the middle of the winter. Robert Warnock was born in Dickson county, Kansas, Oct. 6, 1864, and came with his family in a wagon train to the far west in 1879. He ran cattle in the valley and canyons in early days and had the photograph gallery in Enterprise after the town was started, on the same lot as it now occupied by D.E. Church’s building. He went to western Oregon 35 years ago and followed various occupations and always made a comfortable living at anything he undertook. He ran a taxi in Portland for a dozen years. When a young man in Enterprise he married Lily Graves, daughter of Lysander Graves and one daughter was born, who now lives in California. After the death of his wife he married Daisy Wood at Lebanon. She was a niece of Mose Neal, resident of Wallowa county. One daughter was born to this union and the wife passed away. Mr. Warnock was married a third time to...

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Ward, Lois Eileen – Obituary

Enterprise, Oregon Lois Eileen (Ward) Anderson Funeral Services were conducted Sunday afternoon for Mrs. Richard Anderson (Lois Ward), 28, of Oregon City. Rev. Earl Rogers officiated. Music was provided by Mrs. Ralp Kay and Mrs. Garnet Best who sang “Beyond the Sunset”. Pallbearers were Keith Searles, Harold Lay, Bob Hamilton, Jack Christy, Bob Freels and Clyde Fleenor. Interment was in the Enterprise cemetery. Her first funeral was held at 10:30 Saturday at the chapel of Atkinson Memorial Congregational church in Oregon City. Lois Eileen Ward was born January 6, 1923 in Portland, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Landy Ward. She was united in marriage to Richard Anderson at Freewater in 1946. She died at the Oregon City hospital Thursday, October 25. She had been in failing health since last summer but became worse about two weeks ago. Mrs. Anderson had lived in Oregon City for the last 2 and 1/2 years and her husband is the principal of the Park Place School. She was a member of the Atkinson Memorial Congregational Church and was active in the Primary Mother’s club and the Yomareo club of the church. Also, she was a member of the Jaybettes. A memorial to Mrs. Anderson has been established at the Oregon City library. She is survived by her husband, year old daughter, Merri Jay, of Oregon City, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Landy...

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Josi, Robert E. – Obituary

Robert E. Josi, 74, of Wallowa died June 13 at St. Mary’s Hospital. A memorial service was held June 23. Mr. Josi was born Oct. 26, 1931, to Fred and Olga Elmer Josi in Oregon City. The family lived in Snowden and White Salmon, Wash. He worked on ranches at at the Mount Emily logging camp. He served in the Army during the Korean War, and in 1954 he married Agnes Tsiatsos of Starkey. The couple moved to Wallowa. He worked as a logger, and during layoffs he would find ranch jobs. After a divorce in 1983 he married Bonnie Lowe in 1989 . He was a member of the Enterprise Nazarene Church, and enjoyed riding horses, working with cattle, hunting with his kids and visiting family and friends. Survivors include children and their spouses, Larry and Karen Josi, Ernie and Karen Josi and Janet Delatori, all of Wallowa; stepchildren, Ron, Vickie and Dan Lowe and Judy Tate; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Norman Josi of Prairie City; sisters and their spouses, Erlene Butler and Marjorie Josi of Gresham, and Mildred and Bill Hiller of Port Angeles, Wash., and other relatives. His wife; sisters, Verna and Dorothy Josi; and a son-in-law. Gerard Delatori. all died earlier. Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Cancer Center in Walla Walla or any charity. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week...

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Becker, Vernon – Obituary

Enterprise, Oregon Vernon Becker, 83, passed away Jan. 3 at a nursing home in West Linn. Becker was born Sept. 15, 1921 in Calhoun County, Ill., and moved to the Northwest after his years in the Navy. Becker was a resident of Wallowa County for 35 years. He was active in Wallowa County Search and Rescue and in various horse clubs. In his retirement he and his wife traveled extensively through the United States, Alaska and Canada. Becker is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary, daughters Mickey and Theresa, 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, two sisters and three brothers. He was preceded in death by his daughters Shirley and Marilynn and his son Danny. There will be no service. A private internment will be at Redland Cemetery in Oregon City. Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, Thursday, January 13,...

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Becker, Mary Ann Theresa – Obituary

Enterprise, Oregon Mary Ann Theresa Hoffart Becker died Feb. 20, 2006, in Oregon City of natural causes. She was 91. Mrs. Becker was born Jan. 6, 1915 in Ipswich, S.D. In 1920 her family moved to the Portland area where she attended school at Jefferson High School. She married Ted Whitesell in 1931 and had 3 children. They divorced. She met and married Vernon L. Becker in 1946 and they settled in Redland and raised their family. They lived there for over 15 years, enjoying the farm life. She was an accomplished gardener and her yard was always a showplace. In 1969 Vernon and Mary moved to Enterprise and later to Joseph and spent the remainder of their lives here. Mrs. Becker and her husband often toured the United States and also spent time in Arizona. They were active in the Good Sam club and local horse clubs while raising and showing Appaloosas. Mrs. Becker is survived by two daughters, Theresa Johnson of Redland, Wash., and Mickey Becker of Oregon City; a brother, John Hoffert of Portland; 11 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; and four great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband on Jan. 3, 2005, two daughters, Shirley Whitesell and Marilynn Lindquist and one son, Danny Lee. Memorial services have not been set. Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, March 02,...

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Gill, George – Obituary

Minam, Oregon George Gill, 76, of Baker City passed away at his home on June 6, 2007. Memorial Services will be held at the Eagles, 2935 H St. in Baker City on Saturday, June 16, at 1 p.m. An additional memorial will be held on the Minam at a later date. Mr. Gill was born in Oregon City to Manuel and Mary Gill. He attended several schools in Oregon as a child, moving with his family as his father worked in the construction business. When he was 12 years old, his father bought a ranch on the Minam in Wallowa County. He graduated from the eighth grade at Minam, then went to work for Myron Fleser logging until he joined the U.S. Navy in July 1950. He was a Boatswain’s Mate aboard the USS Kearsarge and served in the Korean War. Mr. Gill worked for Shell Oil Company in Anchorage, Alaska, after returning from the service. In 1959, he returned to Wallowa County where he worked in the logging business for many years driving cat and felling trees. He did private trapping as a hobby and, in 1976, went to work for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife in Animal Damage Control. He was paid for what he loved to do. He worked in Jackson and Baker Counties and retired in 1991. Mr. Gill enjoyed the outdoors and was an...

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