Location: Contra Costa County CA

Biography of John Strode

With two of the most important industries that have contributed to the development and prosperity of the northwest, mining and stock rasing, John Strode has long been identified. He became a resident of California in 1852, ten years later went to Oregon, and since 1863 has made his home in Idaho. His birth occurred in Tennessee, on the 6th of February 1833, and he is of English, German and Welsh descent but the original ancestors, who came from England Wales and Germany, found homes in America at an early period in her history and were pioneer settlers of Kentucky. John Strode, the father of our subject, was born and reared in Kentucky and Miss Nancy Evans, of Ohio, became his wife. Thirteen children were born of this union, five of whom are yet living. The father departed this life in the sixty-third year of his age, and his wife passed away in her sixty-seventh year. During his childhood John Strode accompanied his parents on their removal to Missouri, where he remained until nineteen years of age, when he drove an ox-team across the plains to California. The dangers and hardships of such a journey can scarcely be imagined, much less realized in this age of parlorcar transportation. The company of which Mr. Strode was a member were four months and eight days upon the wav but though they endured...

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Biography of Clinton T. Stranahan

Important official work has been done in Nez Perces County by Clinton T. Stranahan, now filling the office of United States Indian agent at Spaulding, and it was because of his faithfulness in smaller things that he was entrusted with these broader responsibilities, which he is discharging in a truly patriotic spirit. Clinton T. Stranahan was born in Clayton, Contra Costa County, California, in March 1859, and is descended from Irish ancestry. His forefathers settled early in the state of New York, and there his father, Ebenezer Stranahan, was born. In 1852 Ebenezer Stranahan went to California. He engaged in mining in Tuolumne County and met with much success. In 1858 he went back to New York and married Miss Ellen Terry. He returned to California with his wife and settled in Contra Costa County, where he died as the result of an accident, in the forty-fourth year of his age. His wife survives him, aged sixty. She is a devout member of the Presbyterian Church, with which her husband was connected during his life. Ebenezer and Ellen (Terry) Stranahan had six children, of whom Clinton T. was the first-born, and four of whom are living. Clinton T. Stranahan was educated in the public schools of Oakland, California, and came to Moscow, Idaho, in the spring of 1878. He took up and improved one hundred and sixty acres of...

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Bay, Lawrence G. “Larry” – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Heart Attack Takes Larry Bay Lawrence G. “Larry” Bay passed away suddenly Tuesday evening February 25, with a heart attack at Walnut Creek California. Bay was born June 6, 1911 at La Grande, son of Harve and Lulu Bay. He was reared in La Grande, graduating from high school there, and attended the University of Oregon. On October 12, 1935 he was married at Seattle to Bernice Wilson who survives him. During World War II he was with the U.S. Engineers in Alaska. He was a member of the Catholic Church, Elk Lodge No. 1829 and the Lions Club and was active in the Chamber of Commerce and community activities wherever he lived. Following the war he and his family came to Enterprise, bought and operated the Enterprise Cleaners for a year. His father passed away in 1946 at which time Larry took over his father’s business as Texaco distributor for this area. In 1951 he and his family moved to Portland where he was manager of Cascade Sales. The family moved to Walnut Creek, California in 1961 and he was employed by Lake Sales until the time of his death. Besides his wife, he is survived by his mother, Mrs. Harve (Lulu) Bay of Enterprise; two sons, Steve at the family home, and David, who is married and lives in New York; and...

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Bay, Larry – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Heart Attack Takes Larry Bay Lawrence G. “Larry” Bay passed away suddenly Tuesday evening February 25, with a heart attack at Walnut Creek California. Bay was born June 6, 1911 at La Grande, son of Harve and Lulu Bay. He was reared in La Grande, graduating from high school there, and attended the University of Oregon. On October 12, 1935 he was married at Seattle to Bernice Wilson who survives him. During World War II he was with the U.S. Engineers in Alaska. He was a member of the Catholic Church, Elk Lodge No. 1829 and the Lions Club and was active in the Chamber of Commerce and community activities wherever he lived. Following the war he and his family came to Enterprise, bought and operated the Enterprise Cleaners for a year. His father passed away in 1946 at which time Larry took over his father’s business as Texaco distributor for this area. In 1951 he and his family moved to Portland where he was manager of Cascade Sales. The family moved to Walnut Creek, California in 1961 and he was employed by Lake Sales until the time of his death. Besides his wife, he is survived by his mother, Mrs. Harve (Lulu) Bay of Enterprise; two sons, Steve at the family home, and David, who is married and lives in New York; and...

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Duckett, Richard E. – Obituary

Elgin, Oregon Richard E. Duckett, 51, of Elgin, died Nov. 30, 2004, at his home of a brain tumor after a long illness. There was a celebration of his life Saturday at the La Grande Baptist Church. Loveland Funeral Chapel of La Grande was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Duckett was born on Nov. 15, 1953, at La Grande to Richard L. and Doris Duckett. The family moved to Bates in 1959. He was a 1972 graduate of Prairie City High School where he was a member of the Order of DeMolay and played baseball and football. He served in the U.S. Navy, and on Dec. 30, 1972, he married Debra Frazier at Prairie City. The couple lived at Antioch, Calif., and Canyon City before moving to Elgin in 1988. He worked as an electrician for John Day Lumber Co., Malheur Lumber, Boise Cascade and Marvin Wood Products in Baker City. He was a member of the Canyon city Masonic Lodge and enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with friends and family. He was quick with a smile and always had a joke to share. Survivors include his wife of Elgin; children and their spouses, Missy and Jason McKinnon, and Rick Duckett and his fiance, Nikki Stark of Island City; one grandchild; one stepgrandchild; his mother of La Grande; sisters and their husband, Georgia and Jim Boethin of Canyon...

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Levy, Leon – Obituary

Death Claims Union Pioneer Leon Levy, 79, of Union, pioneer merchant and breeder of thoroughbred cattle, died Friday at La Grande, where he had been ill for 11 months. Mr. Levy was born May 3, 1863, in Pacheco, Cal., and came to Oregon in 1878 with his family. Mr. Levy and his brothers were well known on the Pacific coast for their fine livestock and for many years exhibited at the Pacific International Livestock show and were active in the handling of the Union livestock show. Mr. Levy was a member of the Union Masonic Lodge. He is survived by his sisters, Mrs. Minnie Bloch, Portland; Mrs. Helen Lewin, San Francisco; Estelle and Edna Levy of Union, and his brothers, Milton S. Levy of Union, and Gus Levy of La Grande. Services will be held Monday at Holman & Lutz, N. E. 14th avenue and Sandy boulevard, at 11:30 A. M. Rabbi Henry J. Berkowitz officiating. Interment will be at Beth Israel cemetery. (not sure which paper this came from, but date of death was October 30, 1942) Contrubuted by: Diane Levy...

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Carroll, Dan Thomas – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Dan Thomas Carroll, 38, of La Grande died July 28 at his home. Viewing will be from 4 to 7 p.m. tonight and from, 7 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at Loveland Funeral Chapel. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Island City Cemetery. Dan was born March 31, 1969, to David Carroll and Vera Benson in Martinez, Calif. He was raised and educated in Pleasant Hill, Calif., and in La Grande. He married Christy Harper on Aug. 26, 1989, in La Grande. He was a member of the Third Batallion, 116th Armored Cavalry headquartered in the La Grande Oregon National Guard. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, shooting, building models and video games. He is survived by his wife, Christy; children, Andrew and Jennifer; parents, Vera and Gene Pender, all of La Grande and David and Nancy Carroll of Carson City, Nev.; siblings, Billy Carroll of Nampa, Idaho, Diana Collins of La Grande and David Pender of La Grande; and in-laws, Tom and Chris Harper of Kelso, Wash., and Billie Fisher of Stagecoach, Nev. La Grande Observer, Obituaries For The Week Ending August 4, 2007 – Published August 4, 2007 Submitted by: Dixie...

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DeBoie, Ross Graham – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Ross Graham DeBoie, 67, of Pittsburg, Calif., and formerly of La Grande, died March 30 at his home from complications of an extended lung illness. A memorial service celebrating his life will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Daniels-Knopp Funeral Cremation & Life Celebration Center. Ross will buried next to his father in the Hillcrest East Cemetery in La Grande, in the community he considered a place of family and peace. Ross was born June 8, 1940, to Ralph and Bonnie DeBoie at St. Joseph’s Hospital in La Grande where he was raised and educated. He attended Ackerman Elementary and La Grande Junior High and graduated from La Grande High School with the Class of 1959. As a youth, he was an active member of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in La Grande. While attending Eastern Oregon College he was a photographer for Perry’s Studio in La Grande. In 1962 he entered the U.S. Air Force. He completed his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, then Tech School in Montgomery, Ala., where he was trained to be a dental lab technician. He was subsequently stationed at March Air Force Base in Riverside, Calif., Goose Bay Air Force Base in Goose Bay, Labrador, Beale Air Force Base in Maryville, Calif., before retiring as a tech sergeant after 20 years of...

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Ralston, Dulcie Mae Ross Mrs. – Obituary

Dulcie Ralston, 92, of Baker City, died March 7, 2005, at her home. Her memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Jack Bynum of the United Methodist Church will officiate. Dulcie Mae Ross Ralston was born Dec. 24, 1912, at Mandan, N.D., to Edgar Ross and Daisy Eileen Wheeler Ross. When she was 6 she moved with her family to Oregon City. When she was 13 the family moved to Boulder Creek, Calif., where she met Rollie Ralston. They were married on July 15, 1932. Their daughter, Barbara, was born June 13, 1933. In 1945 the Ralston family moved to Albany, Calif., where they lived until Rollie’s retirement in 1974. They then moved to Concord and Lafayette, Calif., and in 1989 settled in a mobile home park at Lodi, Calif., to be closer to their daughter. After the death of her husband in 1997 and her daughter in 1999, Mrs. Ralston moved to Baker City to be near her grandson, Jim Flavin, and his family. Survivors include three grandchildren, Jim Flavin and his wife, Irene, of Baker City, Daniel Flavin and his wife, Jessica, of Oakland, Calif., and Sandra Flavin of Tennessee; three great-grandchildren, Steven Flavin, Shawn Flavin and Joshua Flavin; one brother, Gene Ross of Walnut Creek, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by...

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Cummings, Ustious G., Sr. – Obituary

Baker County, Oregon Ustious G. Cummings Sr., 84, of Baker City, died Feb. 23, 2003. His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Nathaniel Neff of the Lighthouse Church in Baker City will officiate. Inurnment will be in the veteran’s section of Mount Hope Cemetery after the chapel service. A reception will be held at the Calvary Baptist Church in Baker City. Ustious was born Feb. 13, 1919, at Potter, Ark., to Richard and Mary Cummings. He moved to California in the 1930s. In 1942 he entered the U.S. Army to serve his country during World War II. He served in the Wildcat 322nd Infantry Regiment. He was awarded several decorations and citations. Ustious was discharged in 1945 with the rank of staff sergeant. He then worked as a steel worker at the U.S. Steel Co., at Pittsburg, Calif., for the next 30 years. After his retirement, he continued to serve the public for another 20 years. He did community work for the senior citizens and government give away, providing food for the less fortunate. He really enjoyed helping people. Ustious and his wife, Lola, moved to Baker City in September of 2000. Survivors include his wife Lola, of 61 years; two sons, Ustious Cummings Jr. of Concord, Calif., and Johnny and his wife, Donna, of Baker...

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Contra Costa County, California Cemetery Records

Most of these cemetery listings 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 Contra Costa County CAGenWeb Project Pacheco Cemetery Cemeteries hosted atContra Costa County CAGenWeb Archives Cemetery Search Cemeteries hosted at Contra Costa County California USGenWeb Archives Alamo Pioneer Cemetery Holy Cross Cemetery Cemeteries Photos hosted at Contra Costa County California Transcription Tombstone Project Alamo Pioneer Cemetery Alamo Cemetery Alhambra Cemetery Holy Cross Cemetery Oak View Memorial Park Cemetery Rolling Hills Memorial Park Cemetery St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery Sunset View Cemetery Union Cemetery Cemeteries hosted at Cemeteries of Contra Costa County Alamo Cemetery Alhambra Cemetery Rose Hill Cemetery Live Oak Cemetery Lafayette Cemetery Hidden Valley Cemetery Muir Cemetery St. Paul’s Cemetery Cemeteries hosted at Contra Costa County California Political Graveyard Cemeteries hosted at Contra Costa County California Interment Pacheco Cemetery Sunset View Cemetery Cemeteries hosted at Contra Costa County California Find A Grave Alamo Cemetery Alhambra Cemetery Concord Cemetery Gan Shalom Cemetery Hidden Valley Cemetery Holy Cross Cemetery IOOF Cemetery Lafayette Cemetery Live Oak Cemetery Martinez City Cemetery Memorial Grove at Ferry Point Memory Gardens Cemetery Mount Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church Memorial Mountview Cemetery Muir-Strentzel Hanna Cemetery Oak View Memorial Park Oakmont Memorial Park Odd Fellows Cemetery Pacheco Cemetery & Crematory Pioneer Cemetery Queen of Heaven Cemetery Rolling Hills Memorial...

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Eardley, William D. – Obituary

William D. Eardley, 71, of Concord, Calif., died May 24, 2002, at Concord. There will be no services. Mr. Eardley attended St. Francis Academy and Baker public schools. He was a Baker High School graduate. He was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and he was a radio and television broadcaster and director for 30 years. Survivors include his son, Steve of Seatac, Wash.; two brothers, Jim of Pendleton and Dick of Meridian, Idaho; and two granddaughters. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, May 31, 2002 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Steinmetz, Virginia B. “Virg” Feleciano Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Virginia B. “Virg” Steinmetz, 93, of Baker City and a former Fremont, Calif., resident, died Aug. 29, 2001, at an adult foster care home in Baker City. Her funeral will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Berge-Pappas-Smith Mortuary in Fremont. Interment will follow at the Irvington Memorial Cemetery in Fremont. Mrs. Steinmetz was born Nov. 17, 1907, at Pinole, Calif., to Joseph and Virginia (Silva) Feleciano. She was raised at Mission San Jose and was married to Leland Steinmetz on Sept. 7, 1941, at Carson City, Nev. They owned small mom and pop grocery stores. Mrs. Steinmetz also worked for more than 20 years as a telephone operator, and she also worked in a dry-cleaning business. In 1983 the couple moved to Baker City to be close to her son and daughter-in-law, and her grandsons. Mr. Steinmetz died in 1987. Mrs. Steinmetz loved crocheting, knitting and taking trips to Jackpot and Reno, Nev. Mrs. Steinmetz is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Edward and Janet Steinmetz of Baker City; a grandson and his wife, Jason and Christian Steinmetz of La Grande; a grandson and his close friend, Shawn Steinmetz and Catherine Dickison of La Grande; and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Steinmetz was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a daughter; and two brothers. Contributions in her memory may be made to St....

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Biographical Sketch of J. B. Stone

J. B. Stone orchardist near Fullerton and a worthy citizen of the Golden State, began life in Pennsylvania, July 21, 1831, the ninth in a family of eleven children of his parents, Silas and Susanna (Ward) Stone, who were from Vermont, and moved from Michigan to Van Buren County, Iowa, in 1837. November 13, 1851, Mr. J. B. Stone started by a steamer for California, but came part of the way by sail vessel, landing in San Francisco March 8, 1852. After mining one year he began farming in Alamada and Contra Costa counties. After a time he came to Los Angeles County, and in 1868 bought land in what is now Orange County, being one of the first purchasers from the Los Angeles and San Bernardino Land Company. He took 200 acres of wild land on which there was not a tree or shrub, from the old Spanish adobe, Coyote, to Anaheim. He immediately went to work, built a house and began improvements, and, although for several years he had to encounter “hard times,” he now has fine walnut and orange groves where once the wild mustard waved in the breezes, and he now feels richly paid for all his patient labor and toil. He is a quiet, peaceable citizen, a good neighbor, non-partisan, but a Republican in his political sympathies. Mr. Stone was married, March 6, 1855,...

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