Location: Cornucopia Oregon

Maxwell, Roland – Obituary

Maxwell Funeral To Be Held In Wallowa Body Will Be Shipped Tomorrow Morning Lived for Weeks After Hope Was Given Up. The body of Roland Maxwell, who died aged 30, last night at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital as the result of injuries sustained several weeks ago in an accident near Cornucopia, will be shipped to Wallowa tomorrow morning, where funeral services will be held Since the time of the accident, in which Maxwell’s back was broken, he had be practically helpless, but although paralyzed, lived for weeks after his life was despaired of. The Baker Herald – – Nov. 16,...

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Benson, Thomas – Obituary

Cornucopia, Baker County, Oregon Death of Three Well-Known Persons In Union County the Past Week Thomas Benson, of Cornucopia, died last Thursday after a short illness. A few days before his death he contracted a severe cold which rapidly developed into acute pneumonia. The remains were brought to Union and the funeral took place last Sunday, attended by many relatives and friends here. Deceased was about 37 years of age and well known to many in this and Baker counties. Eastern Oregon Republican, Thursday September 21, 1889 (The other two people were Mrs. Joseph Palmer and Mrs. Belle...

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Kippes, Joseph – Obituary

Miner Killed When Cable Breaks Joseph Kippes was killed in a fall of 700 feet at the Queen of the West mine near Cornucopia last Thursday afternoon at about 4 o’clock. He is survived by a widow and three small children. The body was crushed almost beyond recognition, and was recovered from the bottom of a deep canyon where it fell. Mr. Kippes was about 35 years old. Mr. Kippes had just finished his day’s work and was going home in an ore bucket on the tram. The traveling cable which pulls the car broke. The jar threw Mr. Kippes from the car and he dropped a distance of about 700 feet to the bottom of the canyon. He was killed instantly. Wilbur Motley a fellow worker, was the first to reach the body. The tram on which Mr. Kippes was killed is said to be the longest single tram in the world. It is nearly a mile long without a support of any kind in this distance. The accident occurred three miles from Cornucopia. North Powder News Saturday, September 4, 1926 ——————————————————————————– Kirby, Vadis Union County, Oregon Vadis Kirby Services At Summerville     Summerville (Special) – Word was received Sunday of the death of Mrs. Kenneth (Vadis) Kirby of Prineville. She was a sister of Mrs. Harry Billerbeck and Lyle Slack, and a daughter of the late Mr. and...

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Trimble-Blank, Bonnie Mrs. – Obituary

Union, Union County, Oregon Bonnie Jean Trimble-Blank, 73, of Weston and formerly of Union, has left this life to start on her next adventure. She passed away March 5, 2006, at St. Mary Medical Center. There will be no services at her request. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt Cremations & Funeral Services, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, Wash., 99362. Bonnie was born Feb. 6, 1933, at Baker City, Ore. She attended grade school at Homestead, Cornucopia and Richland, Ore., along with various other schools. She graduated from Columbia High in Richland, Wash. This is where she met and married her first husband, John Trimble. John and Bonnie were married Dec. 6, 1952. Bonnie became a full time housewife. Although she did have to wait a few years for that first “cloth” diaper to appear on the clothes line, they were there for many years, as she had five children to keep her busy. This is what she enjoyed most family. After John’s death an old family friend introduced her son to Bonnie. This led to her marriage to Alvin Blank in November of 1993. In her younger years, she enjoyed going to her grandparent’s farm to ride the horses. She also did a little hunting with her dad (which she really didn’t enjoy). As she got older, the school dances, basketball and football games were...

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Savage, Sadie Mrs. – Obituary

At Cornucopia, Friday Nov. 30, of paralysis. Mrs. Sadie Savage, wife of L.A. Savage, of this city. Over two years ago, Mrs. Savage had a partial stroke of paralysis and Mr. Savage brought her to the Depot hotel where it was hoped, by the influence of the medical water there, she might be benefitted. She was very low at that time and it was not expected by any that she could live, but she recovered to a degree so as to be able to take care of her two children, and when, last spring, she with her husband moved to Cornucopia, she improved much and seemed to be regaining her usual health. Mr. Savage was working in the Oregon Gold Mining Company’s mill and when that closed down he came to Union, taking the work of running the engine at the Union flouring mill. In the mean time he left his family at Cornucopia, wher he believed the climate would be conducive to her health. On Wed., November 28 she was again attacked with paralysis and this time so severely as not to be able to speak but a few times. Mr. Savage was immediately sent for but before he arrived at her bedside she was dead. He brought the remains to Union, where on yesterday, at ten o’clock a.m., she was buried. The funeral services were held in...

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Brown, Barbara Mrs. – Obituary

Cornucopia, Baker County, Oregon Former Pine Valley Woman Passes At Baker Tuesday Mrs. Barbara Brown, resident of Pine valley for many years, died in Baker Tuesday. She suffered a paralytic stroke Sunday morning and was taken to the hospital. Mrs. Brown was a native of Germany, born in that country March 7, 1859, and came to the United States when a young girl. She came to Baker county in 1886 and located at Cornucopia. Mrs. Brown moved to Baker in 1927 and lived there the remainder of her life. She was a member of the Catholic church and the American Legion Auxiliary of Baker. The deceased is survived by two daughters, Mrs. B.M. Patterson of Baker and Mrs. Richard Koopman of Pine; a son, Jesse Brown of Baker; four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. The funeral services were set for Saturday morning at 10 o’clock in St. Francis cathedral. Interment will be in Mt. Hope cemetery. North Powder News Friday, June 10,...

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Duffy, Clinton J.

Clinton J. Duffy, early day mining man of Baker county, dropped dead from a heart attack at his farm home near Richland, early Monday afternoon. Mr. Duffy, who was 83 years old was born in Ireland, and was among the first prospectors in the early ’80s in the camp of Cornucopia. He located the Queen of the West mine which was a big money maker for some time. He made a fortune in mining and later purchased a farm in Eagle Valley, engaging in farming and stock raising. Surviving are his widow, a son, Donald Duffy of Baker and a married daughter, living in California. He had been a member of the Eagle Oddfellows lodge more than 40 years and wore a veterans medal. Oregon Trail Weekly North Powder News Saturday, December 31,...

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Inman, George – Obituary

Cornucopia, Baker County, Oregon Death Takes George Inman George Inman, 89, longtime resident of Baker county, died this morning at St. Elizabeth hospital. Born March 23, 1864 in Green County, Indiana, Mr. Inman was a pioneer settler at Cornucopia. He moved to the area 58 years ago. He engaged in mining, farming and stock raising in Baker county. He was a member of the Presbyterian church. Surviving are his widow, Betty Inman; a brother, R. T. Inman of Owensberg, Indiana; a niece, Mrs. Alva Gardner, Baker. The funeral service has been planned for 2 p.m. Thursday at West and company Chapel with the Rev. W. H. Thompson officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Source: Baker Democrat Herald, June 9, 1953, page 3 Contributed by: Sue...

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Peterson, Bessie McMullen Mrs. – Obituary

Bessie Irene Peterson, age 77 of Halfway, passed away Saturday, Nov. 24 at her home. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 2 p.m. in the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church in Halfway. Rev. Judy Marshall officiated and interment followed in Pine Haven Cemetery, Halfway. Mrs. Peterson was born on May 12, 1907 in Halfway, the daughter of Ira and Maude Myrtle (McMullen), the granddaughter of pioneers Ira and Susan (Bragg) McMullen and Thomas Ramsey and Laura (Stout) Coggan Irwin Jr. A lifetime Halfway resident, Mrs. Peterson graduated from Pine Valley High School in 1926. She married Dick D. Peterson in Baker December 31, 1927. Her marriage to Dick took them to Cornucopia in 1938 where they operated the Copia Cash Grocery and Dick’s Place until 1942. After moving back to Halfway they owned and operated the Peterson Insurance Agency until 1977. Mrs. Peterson was involved in the building of Halfway, belonging to the Ladies Aux. of the VFW, the Rebekah Lodge, and Pine Eagle Dairyman’s Assn. and participated in numerous other civic functions throughout the years, making Halfway what it is today. Mrs. Peterson is the last one of her generation. She is survived by her son Duane Irwin Peterson of Spokane; 5 grandchildren, Robert Lee Peterson, Dawn Marie West, Sandra Kay Schaich, Richard Clyde Peterson and Mary Lynn Peterson, all from Washington State; and many nieces and...

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Hoffman, Jasmine Johnette Garrett Mrs – Obituary

Mrs. Jasmine Johnette Hoffman, 71, 1407 Washington St., died Wednesday in St. Elizabeth Community Hospital after a short illness. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Christian Church, Richalnd. Bishop Dennis L. Fuller, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, will officiate. Burial will follow in the Eagle Valley Cemetery, Richland, under the direction of the Beatty Chapel. Mrs. Hoffman was born January 27, 1900 at Bountiful, Utah. She came to Eastern Oregon in 1903 with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John C. Garrett. She attended school in Pine Valley and was married to George William Hoffman on October 30, 1915 in Baker. The couple lived in Cornucopia until 1918 when they moved to Eagle Valley, where Mrs. Hoffman resided most of her life until coming to Baker in 1963. During World War II she worked in the shipyards on Swan Island in Portland. After the war she operated the Swish-In Cafe in Richland for 16 years. In 1963 she came to Baker where she operated the Geiser Cafe for one year. Her husband died on August 26, 1955. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Katura May Haynes, Hermiston and Mrs. Roy (Eula) Grissom, Reno, Nevada; two sons, William Nathan Hoffman, Stanfield, Oregon and John Edward Hoffman, Adams, Oregon; four sisters,...

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Dinnick, Mabel Ann Long Mrs. – Obituary

Mabel Ann Dinnick, 93, a longtime Baker Valley resident, died June 28, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Care Center. There will be no funeral, at her request. A private family celebration of life will be scheduled later. Mabel, the daughter of Arch and Lizzie Long, was born on on June 26, 1912, at Muddy Creek at the home of her grandparents, Alonzo and Julia Long. She was the fourth of six children and attended her first 12 years of school at Haines. Mabel was the final surviving member of the Haines High School Class of 1930. After graduating from high school, she continued her education at Eastern Oregon Normal School in La Grande. In 1960, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in education from Eastern Oregon College. Mabel taught 28 years in the Baker School District, 26 of those years were at North Baker School and two years were at Muddy Creek. Her great-grandparents donated land for the first Muddy Creek School in 1876. She also taught for three years at Bourne and Columbia mines. One of the greatest pleasures Mabel experienced was a visit from her former students. During her first year of teaching, she met and later married Wilbur “Bill” Dinnick. They were married on Dec. 30, 1933, at Weiser, Idaho. Wilbur and Mabel moved to Cornucopia, where Wilbur worked in the mines. Their first daughter, Evelyn, was born...

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Leep, George Ellis – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon George Ellis Leep, 85, a longtime Baker City resident, died Nov. 21, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. His funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at at Coles Funeral Home. Jack Pittman will officiate. Mr. Leep was born on Aug. 17, 1919, at Halfway, Oregon. He was a son of Willis Robert and Janie Elizabeth Haines Leep. He graduated from Halfway High School. He went to work at the Cornucopia Mines and then worked for Boeing Aircraft from August 1941 until he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in March of 1942. He was honorably discharged in November 1945. He proudly served his country as an Air Guard on a Merchant Marine Ship. After his discharge, the family returned to Baker City where he worked with his uncle, Mark Ellis, at Phillips Petroleum for 28 years until his retirement. He was a member of the Baker Elks Lodge, No. 338, where he served as exalted ruler; the American Legion; and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Survivors include his wife, Frances Leep of Baker City; children, Elizabeth Erwin, and her husband, David, of Oregon City, Marydee Rea and her husband, Lloyd, of Baker City, and Margy Heilman and her husband, Eric, of Milwaukie; grandchildren, Georgene Rea, Marianne Stone and her husband, Daniel, Francine Rea, Lloyd Rea III, Jimmy Heilman and Jeffery Heilman; three great-grandsons, Griffin and...

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Sargent, Rosa Marie Del Curto Mrs. – Obituary

Pine Valley, Oregon Rosa Marie Sargent, 85, of La Grande, a former longtime Pine Valley resident, died Dec. 7, 2004, at a La Grande care home. There will be a Celebration of Life service for her at 2 p.m. Saturday at Loveland Funeral Chapel in La Grande. Visitations will be until 7 o’clock tonight and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Loveland Funeral Chapel. There will be a memorial service at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway on Memorial Day of 2005. Family and friends are invited. The ceremony will be announced again at that time. Rosa was born on Oct. 3, 1919, at North Pine to Italian immigrant parents Lorenzo and Margherita Falcinella Del Curto. She attended grade school at North Pine and then attended high school at Halfway. She completed her college education at Eastern Oregon Normal School in La Grande and at the University of Oregon in Eugene. She first taught school at Adrian and then at Cornucopia, a gold-mining town near Halfway. Rosa married and moved to the Portland area where she taught for 10 years before returning to Halfway. She taught Grades 1-8 at the one-room school at Pine Town and then at Halfway Elementary School until 1960. She then moved to Oregon City where she finished out her teaching career. She held a lifetime teaching license in Oregon and was a life...

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Peterson, Duane Irwin “Pete” – Obituary

Duane Irwin “Pete” Peterson, 72, a former Halfway resident, died on Feb. 5, 2005, at Spokane Valley. At his request there will be no viewing. There will be a Celebration of Life service at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hazen and Jaeger Valley Funeral Home in the Spokane Valley. There will be a family reception/potluck afterward. Pete was born in Halfway, Oregon on January 19, 1933 to Dick D. Peterson and Bessie I. Peterson Irwin. The gold rush days relocated Pete and his parents to Cornucopia, a small mining community close to Halfway, where his parents ran a store. They returned to Halfway in 1942. He was one of five to graduate from Pine Valley Union High School at Halfway in 1950. While in high school, Pete participated in various activities including football, track, the Glee Club. He was in several plays and was the secretary of both his senior class and the Agricultural Club. He went on to the University of Oregon at Eugene before entering the U.S. Navy. He served his country from Jan. 18, 1951, to January 18, 1954. He was discharged in Seattle, Wash., where he met his first wife, Viola Marie Anderson. They were married on Feb. 18, 1954, at Baker City. They moved back to Halfway where Pete worked as a clerk in the U.S. Forest Service. He then went on to work...

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Nocchi, Rachel J. Makinson Mrs. – Obituary

Rachel J. Nocchi, 93, of Pasco, Wash., a former Halfway resident, died June 3, 2002, at Lourdes Medical Center in Pasco. Her graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Pastor Shawn Thatcher of Pine Baptist Church will officiate. Friends and family are invited to a gathering at the Lions Park for a time of fellowship and memories. Visitations will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Rachel Julia Makinson was born Feb. 1, 1909, at Halfway. She was a daughter of John Frederick and Okie Updike Makinson. She started school at the age of 7 at Clear Creek School in Pine Valley and later attended school at Jimtown. She had to walk 1 miles to school. After her schooling, she married Claude Krigbaum. They had three children: Carmen, JoAnn and Phil. They later divorced. During the time that she lived in Pine Valley, she worked as a postmaster at Cornucopia until the mine closed and later for her father keeping books. She then married Al Nocchi and they moved to Salem, where she worked as a psychiatric aide for the State of Oregon. She and Al had two daughters: Lana and Anita. She retired from her job at Salem in 1969 and moved to Pendleton in Eastern Oregon, where she worked as an aide...

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