Location: Clark County NV

Biography of Col. Horack L. Moore

Col. Horack L. Moore, of Lawrence, had seen valiant service as a soldier of the Civil war and in after campaigns against the hostile Indians of the West. He had also been a successful business man and banker, had served a term in Congress and is still a local leader in substantial and beneficial enterprises. He is a native of Ohio, born at Mantua, February 25, 1837, and received his higher edueation at the Western Reserve Electric Institute, at Hiram, Ohio. In 1858 he moved to Kansas with his brother Francis, who died a mouth after their arrival in Atchison County, and was studying law when the Civil war broke out. He enlisted on May 14, 1861, as a private in Company D, Second Kansas Infantry, a three months’ regiment. In the organization of his company he was made a corporal and served until October 31st, participating in all the actions of the regiment. The day he was mustered out he re-enlisted and on December 11, 1861, was made second lieutenant on the reorganization of Company D. On May 1, 1862, he received his commission as first lieutenant and was promoted to the captaincy of his company in 1863, but never mustered, as he was commissioned lieutenant colonel of the Fourth Arkansas Cavalry by the secretary of war and mustered into that regiment on February 18, 1864. He held...

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Folker, Erline – Obituary

Former Resident Killed By Gunman Mr. and Mrs. Claire Childers left Friday for Walla Walla after having received word of the tragic death of his half-sister, Mrs. Erline Folker. Mrs. Folker’s body was found Wednesday, November 5, in the desert near Las Vegas, Nevada with her throat slashed. She was identified and relatives were notified Friday. Sheriff’s Sgt. Bob Griffin, of Las Vegas, said Jack Rainsberger had been booked on suspicion of murder after he had told a bizarre story about voices telling him in Los Angeles last week to go to Las Vegas and make a human sacrifice. Rainsberger further told of roaming Las Vegas streets on Monday, November 3, searching for a victim and spotting Mrs. Folker who was working in a stationary store, according to Sgt. Griffin. When Mrs., Folker got off work, Rainsberger said he followed her to her car and forced her at knifepoint to drive out to the desert where he sacrificed her. Mrs. Folker is the former Erline May Childers, daughter of A.E. (Earl) and May Childers and was born at Joseph January 14, 1935. She was a graduate of College Place public schools and attended Walla Walla high school, being a member of the class of 1953. Graveside services were held Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the Mountain View cemetery in Walla Walla. Dr. William H. Thompson of the First Presbyterian...

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McPherson, Donald Scott – Obituary

LaGrande, Oregon Donald Scott MacPherson, 55, of Las Vegas, Nev., and formerly of Union died May 19 at his home. Palm Mortuary was in charge of arrangements. Mr. MacPherson was born Sept. 4, 1950, to Don and Alice MacPherson in La Grande. He graduated from Union High School and Eastern Oregon State College. He owned Southwest Lawns in Las Vegas for 27 years. Survivors include his wife, Jan, of Las Vegas; children, Seth and Lisa Pike of Las Vegas, Matthew MacPherson of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Troy MacPherson of Huntington Beach, Calif.; a sister, Marcia DePatie of Gig Harbor, Wash., and three grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Bobcat Foundation at Union High...

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Simonis, Russell – Obituary

Russell Simonis, 48, of Las Vegas, Nev., died Sept. 10. There will be a graveside memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday at the North Powder Cemetery. Mr. Simonis was born June 11, 1958, to Vernon and Earlene Baker Simonis and spent his early years in North Powder. Survivors include his wife, Sandra Stone Simonis of Las Vegas; siblings, Ricky of North Powder, Rodney of New Plymouth, Idaho, Gary of Las Vegas and Marrsue; and uncle, Elvin Simonis of North Powder. The Observer, Obituaries for the week ending Nov. 25, 2006, Published: November 25,...

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Coleman, Mollie Ann – Obituary

Mollie Ann Coleman, 88, died March 1 of natural causes at a local care home. Burial will be Thursday at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, Nev. Arrangements are under the direction of Loveland Funeral Chapel, La Grande. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending Mar. 3, 2007 Published: March 3,...

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Horn, Terri – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Terri Horn, 51, formerly of La Grande, died May 19 at her home in Palm Springs, Calif., after an extended illness. Terri was born Dec. 15, 1955, in Las Vegas. Due to her father’s military service, the family lived in several locations before settling in Fairbanks, Alaska, where Terri lived most of her life. She worked as a grocery clerk for many years. She was employed by Carr’s Foodland in Fairbanks, and after moving to La Grande in 1995 she worked at Albertson’s for several years. Terri was known for her incredible friendliness and outgoing personality. She loved spending time with her family and friends and enjoyed being outdoors, whether it be gardening, camping or barbecuing. She was known as her family’s best barbecuer. Survivors include her children and their spouses, Todd Horn of Anchorage, Alaska, and Merry and Keith Montgomery of Union; two granddaughters; mother, June Henson of Las Vegas; and siblings, Kathy Henson of Las Vegas, Fran Jenkins of Alaska, George Jenkins of Seattle and Vickie Winslow of Palm Springs, Calif. She was preceded in death by her father, Jack Henson. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association’ 42-600 Cook St., Suite 202, Palm Desert, Calif. 92211. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending June 9, 2007 Published: June 9, 2007 Transcribed by Dixie...

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Kiilsgaard, Marco – Obituary

Marco Kiilsgaard, 84, died April 12, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Care Center after a long illness. Her memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2625 Hughes Lane. Bishop David Richards will preside and Dick Hindman will conduct the service. Marco was born on Oct. 13, 1920, at Rockland, Idaho, to Chris and Martha Hunsaker Kiilsgaard. She was their second child. She attended elementary school at Inkom, Idaho, but the family moved north to Bonners Ferry, Idaho, when Marco was in junior high school. After high school, she attended Lewiston Normal School at Lewiston, Idaho. She began teaching at Bonners Ferry, Idaho. She later received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho at Moscow. She taught at Marysville, Wash., and Kodiak and Fairbanks, Alaska, before going to work for the Department of Defense teaching dependents of U.S. Air Force personnel. She taught in Germany, Morocco, the Philippines, Japan and Korea and spent most of her time on Okinawa. For a time she worked for the American Red Cross in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. At that time she returned to college and received a master’s degree in occupational therapy. Soon after that she returned to teaching on Okinawa. She retired from teaching and moved to Las Vegas, Nev., in 1985. After an illness, she moved to Baker City in...

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Daniels, Norma Jeanne Mrs. – Obituary

Halfway, Baker County, Oregon Norma Jeanne Daniels, 84, a longtime Halfway resident, died Aug. 17, 2005, in Caldwell, Idaho. A graveside celebration of Jeanne’s life took place today at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Jeanne was born Jan. 31, 1921, and raised in Halfway, where she married “Danny” Daniels and had three children. After Danny’s death in 1953 she had to go to work and raise her children. She operated the Stockmans and Hells Canyon Cafes in Halfway for many years. After her mother’s death, she moved to Las Vegas in 1972 where she worked as a hostess in large casino restaurants. Her family said, “She fed the Pine Valley people with a wonderful smile and compassion for everyone — even if they couldn’t pay. She worked very hard all her life and never complained. All she ever wanted from life was for her kids to be happy. We will miss our ‘Super Mom.’ ” She is survived by her two sons, Garry and his wife, Linda, of Caldwell, and Greg and wife, Jan, of Kenai, Alaska; one sister of nine siblings, Margie Sagers of Halfway; her ex-husband and lifelong partner, Ben Wathen of Las Vegas; and seven grandchildren, Kaci Gorder, Bryce Maki, Brandi Wendel, Jason and Jarrod Daniels, Lonnie McDonough and Craig Daniels. Jeanne was preceded in death by her first husband, Forrest Cree Daniels; her daughter, Ronda...

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Holt, Clara E. Rignier Mrs. – Obituary

Clara E. Holt, 91, of Baker City, died July 16, 2005, at her home. There will be a memorial service for Mrs. Holt in August at Rose Hills Cemetery in Whittier, Calif. Local arrangements were under the direction of Coles Funeral Home. Mrs. Holt was born on Nov. 23, 1913, at Lily, S.D. She was one of six girls born to Leopole and Cora Rignier Brosseau. She lived her younger years in South Dakota attending one year of college. She met George Crawford and after their marriage they moved to California where he worked as an ironworker erecting buildings. His work took them to various places and Clara traveled with him. He died in May of 1974. She later married Roy Holt, who was retired. They made their home at Henderson, Nev. He died in 1985. Mrs. Holt continued to reside in Henderson, where she enjoyed playing cards at the senior center, bowling with her league until a knee operation in 1995 curtailed that activity and making string rosaries for the needy with her Catholic church group. She enjoyed traveling to Baker County to be near her niece, hunting and fishing with them. She moved to Baker County in April of 2004, to be near her niece full time. Survivors include her nieces, Beatrice Hall and her husband, Bill, of Baker City, Betty Blume and her husband, Wally, of...

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Sapp, Marcelee Jane “Marcy” Brooks Mrs. – Obituary

Marcelee Jane “Marcy” Sapp, 68, a former Baker City resident, died Feb. 27, 2005, at her home in North Las Vegas, Nev. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Roger Scovil of the Baker City Christian Church will officiate. Marcelee was born on Jan. 21, 1937, at Lone Beach, Calif., to Allen “Eldon” Brooks and Louise Thelma Brooks. She was raised with one sister, Sandra Louise Brooks. Marcy married Gerald “Jerry” Sapp in Las Vegas, Nev., on Sept. 9, 1955. They shared their home in Orange County, Calif., and raised two children: Bradley “Brad” Eldon Sapp and Cathy Louise Sapp Christensen. Marcy and her husband and family retired in 1993 to Baker City to the delight of their daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In 1999, she relocated to North Las Vegas for health reasons. Marcelee will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Her wisdom, beauty, words of encouragement, and especially her faith, laughter and smile will be missed. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her sister. Survivors include her two children, Bradley Eldon Sapp of North Las Vegas, Nev., and Cathy Louise Christensen of Baker City; grandchildren, Joseph Allen Charbonneau of Baker City, Jeffrey John Charbonneau of Boise, Jillian Brook Sapp of...

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Simonson, William “Doug” – Obituary

William “Doug” Simonson, 76, died at an assisted living center on Sept. 28, 2007. His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. PDT at the McEwen Bible Fellowship Hall, 15403 Sumpter Stage Highway (on Highway 7 three miles south of the Sumpter junction). Doug was born on March 1, 1931, at Sandpoint, Idaho. He lived with his mother, Ida Veda, his father, William E. Simonson, and his brother, Dave, at Hope, Idaho, until the age of 10 when his mother died. Because of his father’s job with the Spokane Railroad, which took him away from home a great deal, he and his brother went to live with family friends. His father remarried when he was 14 and the family moved to Spokane, Wash. At the age of 16 he moved to Sumpter where he went to work at his beloved uncle’s Bald Mountain Mine. He joined the U.S. Air Force in January 1951. Until 1954 he was stationed at Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas, Nev., where he worked as a weapons mechanic on aircraft. He then returned to Sumpter, where he met Patricia Graves. They were married on Dec. 3, 1955. Doug began his career as a logger in the spring of 1956. He started out bumping knots, then went to falling trees, then to a skidder operator, ending up as a woods boss and mechanic for...

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Whiteley, Carol Berdean Robertson Mrs. – Obituary

Halfway, Oregon Carol Berdean Whiteley, 72, of Halfway died Feb. 8, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. Disposition was by cremation. At the request of the family, there will be a memorial service in the spring. Coles Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Berdean was born on Oct. 20, 1930, at Halfway to Ray and Edna Buchanan Robertson. She attended Dry Creek School and Halfway Elementary School and was a 1948 graduate of Pine Valley High School at Halfway. She attended beauty college in Portland and later worked as a beautician in Halfway at the Gray Gables. She married Lloyd “Bub” Whiteley on Dec. 12, 1953, at Las Vegas, Nev., where both were employed. They returned to Halfway in the spring of 1954 and had lived there since. Berdean had several passions: kids, horses, rodeo, hunting deer and elk, and searching for the elusive mushroom. She loved kids and she was devoted to teaching them how to ride horses. She formed the Hells Canyon Junior Riding Club in 1962 and worked with kids who wanted to participate in rodeo without having to purchase the high-dollar horses necessary to compete in the arena events. As her daughter Jerri Kay said, “For a kid on a horse, having a benefactor like Berdean Whiteley is like being touched by an angel — just a little harder, a little louder and with...

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Rhoda, Mary Jane “Janie” Hobson Mrs. – Obituary

Mary Jane “Janie” Rhoda, 83, of Baker City, died Jan. 19, 2006, at Las Vegas, Nev., of cancer. A special Sunday service celebrating her life will be scheduled later at the Haines United Methodist Church. Mary Jane was born on Feb. 10, 1922, at Salem to Guy and Hazel Hobson. The family moved to Baker City in 1928. That same year they moved to Whitney, where her mother ran the Whitney Post Office, often assisted by Mary Jane and her brother, Loren. She was a 1939 Baker High School graduate and attended Willamette University, returning to Eastern Oregon to live at Halfway. There, she married Carl Rhoda in 1941. The Rhodas moved to Madras, where Carl was superintendent of schools and principal of Madras Union High School from 1945 to 1963. Mary Jane worked for many years at the Madras Market and was a member of the First Christian Church. Oakridge was her home from 1963 to 1991. Carl died on June 30, 1980. Mary Jane returned to live in Baker City in 1991. Mary Jane was honored at the 1991 Miners Jubilee in Baker City as a past 1941 Jubilee Rodeo Queen. She was a member of the Haines United Methodist Church and the Mutual Improvement Club. Her family expressed appreciation to those who sent cards and letters during her illness. Survivors include a son, Carl Rhoda of...

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Craig, Paul Dennis “Denny” – Obituary

Paul Dennis “Denny” Craig, 66, of Las Vegas, Nev., a former North Powder resident, died Aug. 20, 2002, at Las Vegas. Mr. Craig’s body was cremated. There was a private funeral at Las Vegas. There will be a memorial service at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Haines United Methodist Church. Pastor Sally Wiens will officiate. Denny was born on March 11, 1936, at Baker City. He was raised on his parents’ ranch at North Powder and was a 1954 graduate of Powder Valley High School. He attended the University of Oregon at Eugene for one year and Eastern Oregon University at La Grande for one year. From there he moved with his family to the Willamette Valley. He worked at Oregon Metallurgical Co. and then went into the dairy business with his father and brother. He moved to Portland in 1960 where he was in the restaurant and lounge business at Portland, Mount Hood and Corvallis. Mr. Craig married Patricia Louise O’Connor on Dec. 25, 1971. They then moved to Salem where he formed his own yard maintenance business. Upon retiring and selling his business, the couple moved to Las Vegas. Between traveling, he still did occasional yard service work, for which he really had a talent and he really enjoyed. Hunting, sports, children and animals were a huge part of his life. He always had two...

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Sawyer, Bette Norene Hoge Mrs. – Obituary

Bette Hoge Sawyer, 79, a former Baker City resident, died Sept. 12, 2002, at her home in Reno, Nev. A private service is planned. Bette Norene Hoge was born on May 22, 1923, to Earl and Mary Hoge in Baker City. She was graduated from Baker High School in 1941. Her parents were associated with Hoge-Wells Supply Co. in Baker City. The family moved to Reno, Nev. It was there Bette met future husband, Grant Sawyer. They married in 1946 in Washington, D.C., where Grant was attending Georgetown University Law School. In 1928, the Sawyers moved to Elko, Nev. There they reared their only child, Gail, who survives them and lives at Las Vegas, Nev. As wife of the late Governor Grant Sawyer, Bette was first lady from 1958 to 1966. Her husband died in 1996. Memorial contributions may be made to the University of Nevada Medical School or the Grant Sawyer Studies at the University of Nevada at Reno. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, September 20, 2002 Transcribed by: Belva...

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