Location: Columbia County OR

Hammack, Albert James – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon 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 Rites Today For Albert James Hammack Albert James Hammack, of Deer Island, son of Mrs. Zelma Hammack of La Grande, and the late Floyd W. Hammack, passed away on Monday morning May 22, 1967 in a hospital at St. Helens following an illness of two weeks. Funeral services are being held today, Thursday, at 11 a.m. at the Lostine Presbyterian Church and Internment will be in the Lostine Cemetery. Albert was born at Lostine January 28, 1917, and graduated from the Lostine high school. He was a farmer by occupation and had lived at Deer Island for several years. On December 8, 1938 he was married at Walla Walla to Marion Edwards of Wallowa who survives him. Other survivors include four sons, Donald of Lostine and Jim, Chester and Glann, all at Deer Island; his mother, Mrs. Zelma Hammack and a sister, Mrs. Edward (Velva) Hoffman, both of La Grande, three brothers, Lyle, Charles and Ross,...

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Samples, Irene Joan – Obituary

Joseph, Wallowa County, Oregon Irene Samples Dies At Hillsboro Irene Joan Samples, 43, of 224 A St., Vernonia, Oregon, passed away at Tuality Community Hospital in Hillsboro Friday, August 29, from a heart attack. Funeral services were held September 1 at the Evangelical Church in Vernonia with interment in the Vernonia Memorial Cemetery. Irene Joan Samples was born in Enterprise, Oregon on March 5, 1932 to Frank L. Otto and Mildred Zollman Otto. She was reared in Joseph, Oregon and attended both grade and high school there. She lived in Joseph until 1970 when she moved to Vernonia. While living in Vernonia she had been employed as a bookkeeper with West Oregon Electric Co-op. Joan is survived by her children, Daniel Samples of Joseph and Angelee Samples of Vernonia; her parents, Mildred N. McLean of Wallowa and Frank L. Otto of Joseph; one brother, Mike Otto of Roseburg, Ore.; and one sister, Mrs. William (Sandra J.) Hunter of Vernonia. Wallowa County Chieftain, Thursday September 18,...

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Billerbeck, Harry Paul – Obituary

Summerville, Union County, Oregon Harry Paul Billerbeck, 60, Summerville, died Tuesday in St. Helens of a heart attack. He was in St. Helens as a superintendent of a job in progress for A. J. Zinda Construction Co. Born in Rockford, Wash., he moved with his family to Wallowa County at the age of six. He attended schools until he began farming in 1929. After marriage to the former Bernice Slack of Enterprise in 1935, he moved to Union County to farm, later purchasing a farm here. Twelve years ago he went to work for the Zinda firm as a millwright. Survivors include widow Bernice; son Darrel, Elma, Wash.; daughter Mrs. Joyce Brown, Kent, Ore.; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Ellis Billerbeck and a sister, Evelyn Lovell. Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Daniels Valley Funeral Chapel, La Grande, pastor Paul O. Jewell, La Grande United Methodist Church, officiating. Concluding services and interment will follow in Summerville Cemetery. Friends may call at the chapel until 2 p.m. Friday. The family suggests memorial contributions for those who wish to Oregon Heart Association, 1500 SW 12th Portland. The Observer La Grande, Oregon Thursday, January 25, 1973 Page 7 Contributed by: Tom...

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Holman, Ernest Mrs.

Mrs. Ernest Holman Drowned Touchet River Flood In Washington Claims Victim Falls from Plank and Husband Falls to Reach Her Side Struggle In Raging Torrent Victim is Sister-in-law of Mrs. George T. Ballard Of North Powder Mrs. George T. Ballard left Monday night for Dayton, Washington, where she was called by the tragic death of her sister-in-law, Mrs. Ernest Holman, which occurred Monday afternoon. Mrs. Holman, pioneer resident of Columbia county, was drowned in the high waters of the Touchet river Monday afternoon. A new detour bridge is being built to replace the one swept out by the Thursday night floods and a plank 36 feet long had been placed from the end of the span to the bank to allow workmen to go to lunch. Mr. and Mrs. Holman, returning home from a trip to town, attempted to cross the plank over the deepest and ugliest part of the swollen stream. Mrs. Holman became giddy, missed her footing and plunged into the water. Mr. Holman jumped after her and both regained their feet. Mr. Holman was swept about 50 feet down stream, but reached the bank and returned to the place Mrs. Holman was clinging to a clump of willows just as the current carried her from view. The stream was combed until 3 p.m. when the body was found lodged nearly a mile below the bridge. Mrs....

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Laurence, Harold W. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Harold W. Laurence, 86, of La Grande died Aug. 5 at his home. Viewing will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday Aug. 10 at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11 also at Daniels Chapel. Burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery. Mr. Laurence was born in Dec. 9, 1919, to Joe and Daisy Hayward Laurence in Mount Vernon. He graduated from Mount Vernon High School, and married Raema Helen Davis. He worked as a meat cutter and apprenticed to become a watchmaker. He was certified in 1946 and became a Master Watchmaker in 1948. The couple opened jewelry stores in Wallowa, Enterprise and La Grande. Their first store in La Grande was a very small shop between the Granada Theatre and the J.C. Penny Store where the movie billboard is now. After their sons, Jack and Eric, became watchmakers and began running the jewelry store with their mother, Harold became an insurance representative for Farmers Insurance. He retired from Farmers but continued to participate in the family store. He was a life member of the Freemasons, a 50-year member of the La Grande Elks Lodge and past Exalted Ruler. He enjoyed fly tying, fly fishing and tinkering with various contraptions. His family turned to him for advice on every subject and never...

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Brothers, Grace – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Grace Brothers, 88, of La Grande died Sept. 20 at her home. At her request there will be no funeral. Mrs. Brothers was born Dec. 11, 1917, in Rainier. She married Frank Brothers of Cove who died earlier. Survivors include her daughters, Nola Colvin of Cove, and Janet Valade of La Grande; seven grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. A brother, George Bauman, died earlier. Memorials may be made to Grande Ronde Hospital Hospice in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending Sept. 23, 2006, Published: September 26,...

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Davis, Kathryn Fae – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Kathryn Fae Davis of La Grande and formerly of St. Paul, died April 2 at a local care home. Kathryn was born in St. Helens to Fae and Lillie Irene (Rich) Harford. Her father died when she was a young girl, and her mother later remarried Tom Blum, who became a big part of her life. She and her husband, Lester “Sledge” Ernst, owned and operated Ernst Hardware Store in St. Paul until 1964. They had a son, Lester Fae Ernst, who died when he was a young child. Lester preceded her in death in 1969. On March 10, 1970, she married Joe Davis, and they moved to Summerville in July 1990. Kathryn enjoyed working in the hardware store with the knickknacks and decorations, and her poodles. She especially enjoyed deer hunting in Paisley, her llamas and flowers, and she loved the blossoming cherry trees in her cherry orchard. Upon moving to Summerville she added feeding the deer and her horses to her list of enjoyments. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Claudia and Sam Smith of St. Paul; five grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; and other relatives. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul Cemetery Association in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending April 14, 2007 Published: April 14,...

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Layton, Merle Alta Lewis – Obituary

A lifetime resident of Lewis County, Mrs. Merle Alta Layton, 70, Toledo, died Sunday [May 8, 1966] in a Chehalis hospital. She was born Jan. 19, 1896 in Clatskanie, Ore. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Hazel Foley, Chicago, Ill., Mrs. Oneta Pettett, Olympia and Mrs. Genevieve McKune, Winlock; a son, Virgil Layton, Kelso; three half sisters, Mrs. Gladys Marshall, Kelso, Mrs. Viola Wetzel, Seattle and Mrs. Reba Richter, Louisiana; three stepsisters, Mrs. Ethel Layton, Olympia, Mrs. Esther Pratt, Toledo and Mrs. Ruth Allison, Junction City, Ore.; 14 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services are Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Fir Lawn Funeral Chapel in Toledo with the Rev. Warren C. Hale officiating. Interment will follow at the Toledo Cemetery. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Roberts, Hubert Eberton – Obituary

Former Lewis County Boy Died In France. News comes from France that Gen. Pershing reports the death of Hubert E. Roberts of Warren, Ore., from meningitis [January 26, 1918]. Mr. Roberts was raised in Lewis County and has a large circle of friends here. His sister, Mrs. Gust Anderson, lives in Klaber. He was 28 years old, married and had no children. He was called on the first draft at St. Helens, Ore., and sent to Camp Lewis. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Basse, Wilhelmina Isaacson Jacobson – Obituary

Funeral rites for Mrs. Wilhelmina Basi [Basse] were held last Saturday, November 30, in the Finnish Lutheran Church at Centerville, conducted by Rev. C. J. Sacarisen, of Portland. The organist was Charles Isakson, and singers were Mrs. Kenneth Nelson and Miss Louise Hoikka. Pall bearers were Frank Sarsfield, Jack Mulligan, Ernest Mattson, Hilmer Erickson, Otis Anderson, and Walter Lande. Interment was in the Centerville Grange Cemetery. Mrs. Basi, wife of Wilhelm Basi, passed away Thanksgiving morning in the Goldendale General Hospital, at the age of 74 years and ten months. She was born in Kuttanen, Sweden and came to America in 1891 when she was 19 years of age. She was married to William Jacobson at Rocklin, Calif. in 1895. A child was born to this union but it passed away in infancy and Mr. Jacobson died in 1900. In 1901 she was married to Wilhelm Basi and moved to Quincy, Oregon. The family came to Centerville in 1903 and lived there until 1933, when they moved to Clatskanie, Oregon, returning to Centerville in 1945. She leaves the husband, Rev. Wilhelm Basi, three sons, Elmer, Arthur, and Ernest Basi, of Centerville, a daughter, Mrs. Anna Christopher of Pendleton, Oregon, a sister, Mrs. Emma Niemels of Maygers, four brothers, Caleb Isaacson of Astoria, Oregon and Arthur, Albert, and Erick of Sweden, five grandchildren, Stewart, William, and Ina Marie of Centerville...

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Hearing, Sam L. – Obituary

Sam Hearing 74, Native of Haines Sam L. Hearing, 74, of 1112 Washington St., Vernonia, former mayor and city recorder for the City of Vernonia, died Saturday in a Portland Hospital. Mr. Hearing was born and raised at Haines in Baker County. He was the youngest of 13 children of Sam P. and Susan Hearing. His grandparents came to Baker County at the time of the Civil War. Mr. Hearing came to Portland in 1928, where he was manager of a Safeway store, and in 1935 moved to Vernonia in that position. In 1938 he started his own store which is now owned and operated by his son. He gave up the store in 1945 and began his own insurance agency. Mr. Hearing became mayor of Vernonia in 1939 and served until 1951. He then resigned to become the city recorder, a job he held until he retired in 1959. He was a member of Vernonia Masonic Lodge 184, Nehalem Chapter, Order of Eastern Star; Vernonia Lodge No. 246, IOOF; Mt. Heart Rebekah Lodge, and Oregon Trailer club. Survivors include his wife, Eva; two daughters, Mrs. Clair (Virginia) Ewart, Ashland, and Mrs. Wilfred (Evelyn) Holce, Vernonia; a son Sam T., Vernonia; a brother, Earl M., Corvallis; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Evangelical Church in Vernonia. Interment was in Vernonia Memorial Cemetery. The...

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Reed, Sarah E. Graham Mrs. – Obituary

Sarah E. Reed, 79, a Richland native, died Feb. 2, 1981, in Scappoose, where she had lived for the past three years. Mrs. Reed was born April 8, 1901, the daughter of Albert K. and Sarah C. Graham. Survivors include a son, Norman L. Wirth of New Orleans; a daughter, Avis A. Corley of Baker; a sister, Inez J. Wirth of Baker; two brothers, Albert K. Graham of Squim, WA., and Eldon E. Graham of Chico, CA.; eight grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Dan D. Wirth, who was killed in WWII, and three brothers and four sisters. The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, February, 1981 Contributed by: Belva...

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Taylor, Lyle – Obituary

Lyle L. Taylor, 75, of Vernonia, and former Baker City resident, died April 8, 1999, at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland. Memorial services will be at 2 pm Sunday, May 2 at the Vernonia Evangelical Bible Church 967 State Street in Vernonia with Pastor Grant Williams will officiating. Interment will be private. Mr. Taylor was born July 14, 1923, in Haines, to Marion Henry and Arila Viola Shadley Taylor. He was raised and received his education in the communities of Haines and Klamath Falls. Mr. Taylor was a member of the Madesi Indian Tribe, a splinter tribe for the Pit River Tribe. He was a Veteran of WWII, having served in the U.S. Navy. On June 4, 1945, he was united in marriage to Elsie Nice in Baker City. They celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary this past June. Following their marriage, they made their home in Baker City until 1962, when they moved to Sherwood. In 1978, they moved to Jewell, where they lived for eight years until moving to Vernonia in 1986. As a young man, Mr. Taylor worked on the farm for his uncle. He later worked for Overhead Door Co. as well as farming. After moving to Jewel!, he farmed and raised cattle and sheep. He continued to raise cattle and sheep after they moved to their home in Vernonia. He enjoyed camping, hunting,...

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Sterns, John Austin – Obituary

Offers for the dead, followed by a requiem Mass, will be offered Monday, February 25, 9:30 a.m., for John Austin Sterns, 10256 S.E. 41st Court, Milwaukie, Oregon. Vault interment will follow at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland. Peake’s Memorial Chapel 1925 Scott St., Milwaukie, Oregon, is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Sterns was born in Baker on March 27, 1914. He died February 21 in a Milwaukie area hospital. Mr. Sterns lived in Baker until 1953 when he moved to St. Helen’s where he lived five years. In 1958 he moved to Medford and to Milwaukie two years later. He had been a pharmacist since 1939 and for the past years was employed by Hudley-Draper Drug Co. of Oregon City. He was married to June Metcalf at Baker on July 30, 1945. During World War II he served as Chief pharmacist’s mate. He is survived by his wife, June, Milwaukie; two sons, John B., Eugene, Oregon, and David L., Milwaukie; a daughter, Mary Kay, Milwaukie, and a sister, Mrs. Marge Kuder, Centralia, Washington. Those who wish may contribute to the Oregon Cancer Society. Source: Baker Democrat Herald, Baker City, Oregon, February 23, 1974, page 2 Contributed by: Sue...

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Wicks, Albert G. – Obituary

Albert G. Wicks, 100, of Warren, a former Baker City resident, died Feb. 24, 2005, at Warren. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be until 6 o’clock tonight at Gray’s West & Co. Albert was born on Sept. 21, 1904, at Hereford. He was the third child of Arrie Jane Osborn and Jasper E. Wicks. Albert’s father and grandfather, Henry M. Wicks, traveled to Oregon by covered wagon and homesteaded property in the Hereford area. Albert lived for many years in the Baker City area. As a young man he worked for his uncle, Jeff Phillips of Wingville. He later worked for John Rouse at Unity, Fred Phillips at Keating and Harlin Wendt at Baker City. During World War II he worked as a welder at the Swan Island Shipyard in Portland. He later worked on the construction of the Bliss Dam in Idaho. After Albert’s retirement from ranching, he made his home with his eldest son at Tigard and Warren. He was active in raising a large vegetable garden until 1999 when the infirmities of age kept him more confined to the house. He was a member of the Church of the Nazarene. Survivors include five children, Ronald, Clayton, Margaret, Wayne and Joyce; 32 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren;...

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