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Marvin, Frances E. “Fran” Lungberg Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Frances E. “Fran” Marvin, 79, a longtime Baker City resident, died June 5, 2004, at her home. A memorial Mass will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets in Baker City. Rev. Robert C. Irwin will celebrate the Mass. Following the services everyone is invited to the Parish Hall at the church for a luncheon. Mrs. Marvin was born June 30, 1924, at Sturgis, S.D., the daughter of Carl Melvin and Lida Elizabeth (Sheldon) Lungberg. In 1943 she graduated from high school in St. Helens. She married Gilbert “Gib” Marvin in St. Helens on Sept. 4, 1948. Mrs. Marvin worked for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in budget and finance, retiring in 1986. She also worked for Pioneer Bank part-time, retiring in January 2004. She is survived by her husband Gib Marvin of Baker City; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Sharlene Marvin of Clackamas; daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Gordon Eichman of Centennial, Colo.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; a sister, Bess Riggs of St. Helens; a brother, Tim Lungberg of St. Helens; sisters and brothers-in-law, Violet and Robert Hoyt of Longview, Wash., and Donna and Bill Goodwin of St. Helens; a brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Marilyn Lungberg of Puyallup, Wash.; and by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Sally...

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Schwirse, Harold Joseph – Obituary

Oxbow, Oregon Harold Joseph Schwirse, 79, died on Saturday, June 26, 2004, at Oxbow. Hal had enjoyed coming to the Snake River area, long before Copperfield park was a park. A celebration of Hal’s life was held at St. Helens on Thursday, July 1, 2004. Arrangements are under the direction of Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home. Used with permission from: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, July 2004 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Shoemaker, Mark D. “Monk” – Obituary

Haines, Oregon Mark D. “Monk” Shoemaker, 65, a longtime St. Helens resident, died Dec. 21, 2003, of natural causes. At the family’s request, disposition was by cremation. No service is planned. Mark was born on March 27, 1938, at Toppenish, Wash., to Marcus T. and Lorraine V. Embrey Shoemaker. He attended grade schools at Hermiston, where he lived a large part of his life. He was a 1957 Hermiston High School graduate and later moved to Coquille and then to the Myrtle Point area where he went to work for Roseburg Lumber Co. for several years. In the mid-1960s, Mark moved to St. Helens where he broke ground for the Trojan Nuclear Plant. He worked there for about 30 years for the Laborers Local Union 320, where he was well-known and respected. He moved to Haines in 1999 after he retired. He enjoyed the outdoors, seeing the snow-covered mountains, being in the fresh air and being closer to the Snake River, where he enjoyed fishing. He also enjoyed deer and elk hunting each season with friends and family. Mark loved gardening and going to the mountains to pick mushrooms. He enjoyed trips to the coast to visit his family, especially during Easter time. He loved to hide the Easter eggs and watch his grandchildren hunt for them. And he enjoyed picking bouquets of daffodils. Mark was involved with his...

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Watkins, Patricia Joe Frey Mrs. – Obituary

Patricia Joe Watkins, 76, of St. Helens, a former Baker City resident, died March 18, 2003, at St. Vincent Hospital in Portland. At her request, there will be no funeral. Patricia was born on April 3, 1926, at Baker City to Frank and Neni Eddy Frey. She attended schools at Austin, Baker City and Prairie City and was a 1943 graduate of Prairie City High School. She married Donald Leslie Watkins in 1946. She had been a resident of St. Helens since 1960. She worked for many years at the Bank of St. Helens and Western Bank at St. Helens as a bookkeeper. She was a member of the Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Donald, who died on April 18, 1996. Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Dorothy Watkins and Linden and Rebecca Watkins, all of St. Helens; two sisters, Margaret McConnell and Barbara Rush; and three grandchildren, Jake, Mitch and Kristy Watkins. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Hemophilia Society or the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital at Portland. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, March 24, 2003 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Miller, C Jack- Obituary

Baker City, Oregon C. Jack Miller, 86, a longtime Baker City resident, died Feb. 19, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Coles Funeral Home. Pastor Susan Barnes of the First Presbyterian Church will officiate. The service will conclude in the chapel. Friends and family are invited to the Rogers Hall at the First Presbyterian Church, 1995 Fourth St., for a time of fellowship and sharing after the service. Private interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Mr. Miller was born at Pilot Rock on July 30, 1916. He was raised at Clatskanie, where he graduated from high school. In July 1941, after two years at the University of Oregon, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was assigned to Fort Logan, Colo., and later to Luke Field, Ariz., where he attained the rank of staff sergeant. He subsequently attended Officer Candidate School. Upon graduation, he was assigned to the Pacific Theater as a second lieutenant in the 866th Army Anti-Aircraft Artillery. He fought as a platoon leader in the invasions of the Philippines and Okinawa, and took part in the occupation of the Japanese island of Ihea Shima as battery executive officer with the rank of captain. With the end of the war in 1945, he left the army and returned to civilian life. In 1948, he...

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Columbia County, Oregon Census

Columbia County, Oregon was formed from Washington County in 1854. 1860 Columbia County, Oregon Census Free 1860 Census Form for your Research Free 1860 Census Images and Index Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1860 Columbia County, Census (images and index) $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems $ Free 1860 Census Index Surnames A-Z Free 1860 Census Transcription pg001 Pg014 pg0099 Hosted at Census Guide 1860 U.S. Census Guide 1870 Columbia County, Oregon Census Free 1870 Census Form for your Research Free 1870 Census Images and Index Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1870 Columbia County, Census (images and index) $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems $ Hosted at Census Guide 1870 U.S. Census Guide 1880 Columbia County, Oregon Census Free 1880 Census Form for your Research Free 1880 Census Transcription Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1880 Columbia County, Census (images and index) $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems $ Free 1880 Census Index Surnames A-Z Hosted at Census Guide 1880 U.S. Census Guide 1890 Columbia County, Oregon Census Free 1890 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1890 Veterans Schedule $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems $ Hosted at Census Guide 1890 U.S. Census Guide 1900 Columbia County, Oregon Census Free 1900 Census Form for your Research Free 1900 Census Images and Index Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1900 Columbia County,...

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Columbia County, Oregon Cemetery Records

Most of these are complete indices at the time of transcription, however, in some cases we list the listing when it is only a partial listing. Cemeteries hosted at Columbia County ORGenWeb Project Columbia County Cemetery and Burial Information Bayview Cemetery Fishhawk Cemetery Mist Cemetery Neer City Cemetery Columbia County Mortuary Records Index Cemeteries hosted at Columbia County USGenWeb Archives Fairview Cemetery Fishhawk Cemetery Kinder Cemetery, partial McNulty Grave Mist Cemetery Stewart Creek Cemetery Welter Family Cemetery Cemeteries Hosted at Columbia County Oregon Political Graveyard Cemeteries Hosted at Oregon Pioneer Cemeteries Veronia Pioneer Cemetery Veronia Memorial Cemetery Cemeteries Hosted at Lorrie’s Genealogy Home Page Vernonia Memorial Cemetery Vernonia Pioneer Cemetery Cemeteries Hosted at Interment Stewart Creek Cemetery  ...

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Biography of Clement Adams Bradbury

CLEMENT ADAMS BRADBURY. – Of all the romantic and adventurous ways in which the early settlers found their way to Oregon, this now venerable pioneer may perhaps claim a manner as exciting as any, – that of a world-wide career on the ocean, and, finally, shipwreck. He was born in York county, Maine, March 18, 1819. As a boy he learned to labor, belonging to one of those hardy New England families whose lot was cast in a forest country, and in hard times. But by this very discipline young Clement acquired strength of body and of mind, independence, self-reliance and energy. At the age of thirteen he went to a new home in Aroostook county, in the midst of the deep pine woods. At the age of twenty-five, – now a brawny, fearless, and ambitious young man, – he went to sea, following the example of the many wonderfully hardy young New Englanders, who learned how to chase the sea monsters at either of the Polar circles. Off on a whaler he went to the South seas, fishing on the St. Paul ground. Crossing the equator and dipping in the northern waters, he was at Petropaulovski, and down to the station at the Sandwich Islands. The ship also went down to Syndey in Australia; and here, in company with another young man, Bradbury left the whaler, passing some...

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Biography of Hon. Dean Blanchard

HON. DEAN BLANCHARD. – Among those who have manifested great interest in the welfare of the Pacific Northwest as a whole, and Columbia county, Oregon, in particular, the gentleman above named figures conspicuously. He was born in Madison county, Maine, on December 20, 1832, where he resided on his father’s farm until 1853, when he left for California, reaching that state in December of that year. In April 1854, he came to Oregon, and located at St. Helens, having secured a situation as salesman and book-keeper in a store there. In 1855, he went with the command of Major Haller, which was ordered to the Boise country to punish the Indians who had murdered some immigrants in 1854 on the Snake and Boise rivers. In this campaign several savages were killed; and some eight or nine of those captured, who were found guilty of murder, were hanged. From these scenes he followed the fortunes of the command to California, where it wintered in 1855-56. In the spring of 1856, he was again in the Pacific Northwest, being employed in the quartermaster’s department at Vancouver. After a stay there of about a year he again went back to St. Helens. He was soon elected auditor of Columbia county, which position he held for two years, after which he assumed the duties of county clerk, to which office he had been...

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McBride, Jim – Obituary

Jim McBride, 77, died May 2, 2003. His memorial service was May 7. Jim served in the Army Air Corps in World War II and retired as roadmaster for Columbia County. He was a board member for the Pacific Northwest Truck Museum for 13 years, and chairman of the Truck Show for the last three years. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, May 16, 2003 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Heacock, Thomas Alphonso “Tom” – Obituary

Richland, Oregon Tom Heacock, 68, of Richland, died June 16, 2003, at his home. A celebration of his life will take place Wednesday, June 25 at 1 p.m. at Columbia View Park in St. Helens. Thomas Alphonso Heacock was born on Dec. 27, 1934, in Pennington County, Rapid City, S.D., to Frederick Alvorado and Lola Nancy Wright Heacock. When he was seven his family moved to St. Helens. Tom graduated from high school in St. Helens and went on to work at Boise Cascade. It was from that job that he retired, 43 years later. Tom and Nancy were married in 1982 in St. Helens. After retirement, Tom and his wife took their first trip to the Richland. They camped in the mountains and fell in love with the area. Tom was an avid fisherman, hunter and outdoorsman, and he had a wonderful sense of humor. He loved all animals, especially birds. Tom was especially close to his children and grandchildren. He played a huge part of their lives. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, of Richland; daughters, Diane Heacock of Rainier, Margie Heacock of Spokane, Wash., Christy Hess and her husband, Bob, of St. Helens, Leslie Stockdale and her husband, Randy, of Welches, and Christine Curtis and her husband, Steve, of Portland; 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; his sisters, Ellen Bergstrom and Patty Heacock; and his brothers,...

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Schlegel, Willard “Willie” – Obituary

Willard “Willie” Schlegel, 82, a former Elgin resident, died June 26, 2003, at Emmett Rehab & Healthcare in Emmett, Idaho. The family invites all of Willie’s friends to join them in a memorial celebration of his life on Saturday, July 26, at 2 p.m. at the Stampede hall on the rodeo grounds in Elgin. The oldest son of Velma and William “Bill” Schlegel, Willie was born March 12, 1921, in Whitefish, Mont. He attended school in Whitefish, where he excelled in sports. In high school he was a member of the all-star team in both football and basketball. After graduation, he moved to Astoria, where he worked as a commercial fisherman, using draft horses to pull large nets at low tide to harvest fish. In 1960, while working for Schrader Construction out of Portland, he met and married Maxine Nicely of Baker City. In 1961 they adopted their only child, Cass. The family moved all over the Northwest, wherever Willie’s job took them, but eventually settled in Elgin. Willie was very active in his community. He served on the city council in Elgin, was president of the Stampede Rodeo Club, and operated a fish market, Willie’s Fresh Fish, on the Island City Strip. He founded the Eastern Oregon Timber Carnival in Elgin in 1975 and was president of that organization for three years. He and Maxine later moved to...

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Dooly, Cora Jane Mrs. – Obituary

Cora Jane Dooly, 88, of Clatskanie, a former longtime Baker City resident, died Dec. 1, 2002, at Community Home & Hospice at Longview, Wash. There will be a celebration of her life at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Westport Community Church at Westport. The Rev. Tim Teele will officiate. Mrs. Dooly was born on Aug. 8, 1914, at Clarkston, Idaho, and was a 1932 graduate of Clarkston High School. She and James Warren Dooly were married on Oct. 6, 1936, at Moscow, Idaho. He died in 1988. The couple had moved to Baker City in 1949. Mrs. Dooly lived here until 1999 when she moved to Clatskanie to be closer to her family. She and her husband enjoyed snowmobiling for many years. She enjoyed working with him at Cook’s Radiator Shop. She delighted in supporting her daughters’ PTA and school activities and was an avid Baker Bulldog basketball fan. She was a member of the First Methodist Church of Baker City and also a member of the Harmony Circle of the First Methodist Church. Since living at Clatskanie she attended the Westport Community Church. Survivors include two daughters and their husbands, Donna and Gerald Carver of Clatskanie and Judy and Milt Stromer of North Platte, Neb.; four grandchildren and their spouses, Linda and Steve Burleson of Salem, Jim and Gayle Carver of Clatskanie, Sandy and John Stetler of Longview,...

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Horton, Troy J. – Obituary

Troy J. Horton, 75, a former Baker City resident, died Oct. 24, 2002. There will be a celebration of his life Saturday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m. at the Fishhawk Lake Community Center. For directions, call Stan Horton at 503-755-2289 or look at web site www.fishhawklake.com. Troy was born at Taylorville on July 25, 1927. He graduated from Westport High School and then served in the U.S. Army. His graduate and post-graduate work was at Linfield College at McMinnville. He was a recipient of the John Hay Whitney Fellowship in 1960-61 at Columbia University in New York. He taught at Baker High School and then at Wilson High School in Portland. He returned to Baker City in 1974 and built a cabin on Elkhorn ridge above Baker City. He focused on art, poetry and music. He wrote a children’s book titled “Zipperthings,” with Tom Novak doing the artwork. With the onset of Pick’s disease he moved to Fishhawk Lake (between Astoria and Portland) to be near his two sons, Stan and Troy. In addition to his sons, survivors include a sister, Doris Thurston of Port Townsend, Wash.; a brother Daine Horton of Seattle, Wash.; six grandchildren and seven great- grandchildren. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, November 1, 2002 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Biography of J. T. Hunsaker

J.T. HUNSAKER. – This pioneer of 1846, one of the most substantial and upright men of one state, who has borne his full share of the burden and heat of the day in building up Oregon, was even from the first upon the advanced wave of American civilization, having been born at Jonesboro, Illinois, in 1818, and having assisted in laying the foundations of that giant state of the old West. He began domestic life in 1837, marrying Miss Emily Collins of the same state, and devoting his energies to the development of a farm. He was moved, however, by the attractions of the more distant West, and in 1846 joined the train of Captain Keith bound for the then almost fabulous Oregon. The company was found to be so large as to travel best in detachments; and the journey was safely performed across the mountains and deserts, and happily ended at Oregon City September 13th. Mr. Hunsaker located his first claim on the Molalla, and raised a crop in 1847, but soon abandoned this site for another at Scappoose, where, in addition to agriculture, he had the opportunity to engage in lumbering. In 1849 he sold the mill erected there, and resided a short time at Oregon City, but soon established a more permanent business in the lumber line at La Camas. His operations, there were terminated by...

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