Location: Corvallis Oregon

Beery, Donald Vernon – Obituary

Memorial services for Don V. Beery, 81, of 2944 NW 29th St., are planned at 11 a.m. Wednesday at DeMoss-Durdan Garden Chapel. Members of the Masonic Lodge A.F.&A.M., No. 14, will conduct Masonic rites. Mr. Beery died Sunday [February 7, 1982] at the Corvallis Manor. Private cremation will take place at the DeMoss-Durban Crematory. He was born March 9, 1900 to A. A. Beery and Minerva Douthitt Beery in Lebanon, Mo. From 1917 until 1919 he served with the military in England and France during World War I. In 1920 he and Emily Smith were married. She died in 1931. Mr. Beery joined the staff of Pacific Northwest Bell Telephone Co. in 1920 in Portland. He was transferred in 1924 to Oakland, Calif. to work and to Corvallis in 1930. He retired in Corvallis as a chief switchman in 1962. In 1933 he and Hazel Chapman were married in Portland. Mr. Beery was a member of the American Legion and a post commander in 1947. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America and the Masonic Lodge A.F.&A.M., No. 14. Surviving are his wife, Hazel of Corvallis; his son, David of Oakland, Calif.; two sisters, Nelle Hyde of Eugene and Fay Anderson of Portland. The family suggests remembrances to the Benton Hospice. These may be sent to DeMoss-Durdan Garden Chapel, 815 NW Buchanan Ave. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Lawson, Harry – Obituary

Harry Lawson, 86, of Corvallis, and a former Baker City resident, died Nov. 3, 2000, at his home. His funeral was Friday at Kings Circle Assembly of God Church. Pastor Kerry McRoberts officiated. Interment was at Twin Oaks Memorial Park in Albany. Mr. Lawson was born Feb. 18, 1914, at Bayfield, Colo., to Harry and Mary (Shoemaker) Lawson. As a teenager he moved to Oregon, where he met and married the love of his life, Grace Lucille Conn. They were married June 15, 1932, at Coquille. He worked in timber-related jobs and also did radio repair. Mr. Lawson served in the U.S. Army during World War II and also served three years in the Army Reserve. From then until his retirement he was a building contractor, working mostly with masonry. During those years he and his wife lived in Buena Vista and at Bandon. He actively participated in his local church both before and after his retirement, including Sunday school, board of deacons, teaching and in the building of new churches in both Bandon and Baker City. Mr. and Mrs. Lawson’s retirement years were spent in Redmond, Granite, Baker City and Corvallis. A special highlight of their retirement was building an A-frame cabin on 22 wooded acres near Granite, where they lived for 16 years. “Lawson Mountain” was a fun gathering place for family and friends. It also provided...

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Hand, Douglas – Obituary

Doug Hand Had Family Tie Here In supplementing the obituary in the Courier of Douglas Hand, former Haines schoolboy, we rely upon a life sketch of Doug and his beloved Baker valley family ties, by Doug himself over a year ago for the local Historical Society. Doug died at Tucson late in January, retired as a prominent citizen there after a successful army career. The Hand history in the west was due to the courage of the mother. Doug’s grandfather, a blacksmith in Illinois, James Douglas Hand, was a Civil War veteran. He died shortly after his father James L. hand was born, the younger in the family. (transcriber’s note: James actually died before his son James L. was born). At this ill fortune, his grandmother picked up the family and migrated west to Reno, but soon left that spot and by wagon brought her children to North Powder to work on the John O’Bryant Ranch, the old Mann place. She married Mr. O’Bryant and raised her family. Doug’s aunt, Nancy Hand, married pioneer rancher of Muddy Creek, James O. Maxwell in 1887, so it became a second home for Doug’s father, James L. Hand. Back in Illinois, Nina Floy Snider, a school teacher, planned to reach Hawaii to teach, but when stranded in Baker City, she took a job at the Maxwell ranch at Haines and never left...

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Vernholm, Willard Dale – Obituary

Willard Dale Vernholm, 73, of Baker City, died Sept. 25, 2005, at Idlewood Manor. At his request there will be no services. Cremation by Eastern Oregon Pioneer Crematory. Dale was born on Feb. 11, 1932, in York, Neb., to Carl Willard and Lois Louetta Middleton Vernholm. When Dale was about 4 years old the family moved to Corvallis. He attended school at Lewisburg and Corvallis High School. In 1947, at 15, Dale’s family moved to New Plymouth, Idaho. When Dale was only 16, but needing to be 18, he lied about his age and went to work for the Payette National Forest manning a lookout tower. Shortly after staring his new job for the Forest Service, a friend of Dale and a friend of Josephine Detmer set the two up on a blind date. On July 2, 1951, only eight months later, the couple married. They lived in Payette, and Dale worked for the Payette County Road Department as a heavy equipment operator. While in Payette, Dale and Jo’s oldest two sons, Steven and Gary, were born. The family moved to Baker in 1956, and Dale went to work for the Baker County Road Department. He also worked for the Steward & Morrissey Ranch and Simonson’s Construction operating the rock crusher. Their youngest son, Michael, was born in Baker City. Dale went back to work for the Forest Service...

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Abrams, Larry Lee – Obituary

Larry Lee Abrams, 52, of Spokane and a former Baker City and Huntington resident died Oct. 12, 2005, at his home. A rosary and memorial service was held Saturday, Oct. 15, at 10 am at Heritage Funeral Home. Private internment was at Mount Saint Michaels. Larry was born in Weiser, Idaho, on Jan. 27, 1953. During grade school he moved with his family to Phoenix, Ariz., where they resided for six years. They then returned to Huntington where Larry attended high school, was a big part of the winning football team, and graduated with honors in 1971. He attended Treasure Valley College for two years where he was active in rodeo. On Sept. 14, 1974, he married his wife, Jeanne Holtz. Larry and Jeanne made their first home in Corvallis, Ore., where he attended Oregon State University and graduated with a degree in Animal Science with a minor in business. He also graduated from Pacific Coast Banking School in ‘91. Larry’s banking career included US Bank for 17 years where he served as the Vice-president and manager. Also Federal Land Bank, Farm Credit Services and Bank of Whitman. For a brief period, he ventured into the world as a convenience store owner. Larry loved “doin’ cows” and being on a ranch. He was the proudest when he was with his wife and two children, Matt and Mary. Larry went...

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Talich, Sylvia Nelson Mrs. – Obituary

Sylvia Talich, 95, of Phoenix, Ariz., a former longtime Baker City resident died May 23, 2005, at her home. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Agape Christian Center at 650 Highway 7. Pastor Aaron Oglesbee of the Agape Christian Center will officiate. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Agape Christian Center. She was born Sylvia Nelson on March 15, 1910, at Bristow, Neb. She lived on a farm on the Niabrera River and attended school at Bristow. When she was about 10, she was convinced that one of her classmates, Paul Talich, would someday be her husband when he conducted a funeral for a sparrow that had met an untimely death. She and Paul were married on Dec. 21, 1936. Paul worked for the U.S. Forest Service, which meant that every promotion required a move to another part of the country, so they moved around quite a bit before settling at Baker City. They were married at Vancouver, Wash., and lived at Corvallis. Soon after they were married, they moved to Ketchikan, Alaska, where among other things, she worked as a waitress at a local restaurant. She often said that she quit that job before she got fired. The family next moved to Porterville, Calif., and then returned to Corvallis. Other moves took...

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Aldrich, Lewis Eugene “Bud”, Jr. – Obituary

Haines, Oregon Lewis Eugene “Bud” Aldrich Jr., 82, of Haines, died Sept. 19, 2004, at his home. Memorial Mass will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets in Baker City. The Rev. Robert C. Irwin will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at the St. Francis Parish Hall. Disposition was by cremation at Eastern Oregon Pioneer Crematory. Inurnment will be Friday at 1 p.m. at the Haines Cemetery. Bud was born May 22, 1922, at the old St. Elizabeth Hospital in Baker City, to Lewis and Edna Burnside Aldrich. In the early years of his life the family lived at Mount Carmel, where his father worked for Alva Peters and in the woods for John Davis’ mill. They then moved to Rock Creek for a short time and then, when Bud was 6, the family moved to Muddy Creek to a house which they rented from Tom Tibbs. Bud started school at Muddy Creek, where he had Fay Christensen for his teacher and where he continued through grade and high schools, graduating in 1940. During the summers of 1933 and ’34 he worked for his uncle and aunt, Dutch and Mona Aldrich, on the Heart place. He raked hay with a team and earned $2 per day. In the summers of 1938 and ’39 he worked as a bellhop...

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Biography of Milton Canterbury, M. D.

Milton Canterbury, M. D., of Redlands, was born in Greenup County, Kentucky. His father, Reuben Canterbury, a farmer, was born in North Carolina. The name originated in Kent County, England, from the estate of a man by that name, and for whom the city of Canterbury was named. Reuben Canterbury married Miss Elizabeth Lycaas, a native of Kentucky. The union was blessed with thirteen children, of whom the subject of this sketch is the eighth. He first attended the common schools of his native county and afterward attended a short time the college at Marietta, Ohio. From there he went to Missouri and took a course at Marion College. He then attended the Medical College of Ohio, and graduated in 1863 from the University of Iowa. After his graduation he practiced medicine for two years in Brown County, Illinois. In 1865 he went to Corvallis, Benton County, Oregon, where he practiced four years, and then practiced one year at Dallas, Polk County, Oregon. From the latter place he moved to California, where he has been a practicing physician most of the time for ten years. On account of declining health he bought a ranch of 160 acres, six miles northeast of San Bernardino, on which he lived until January 1, 1889, when he established the drug store in Redlands. He is now located in the Young Men’s Christian Association...

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Green, Clarence Ellsworth “Clancy” – Obituary

Keating, Oregon Clarence Ellsworth “Clancy” Green, 82, of Baker City, died April 6, 2004, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise. At his request, there will be no formal service. There will be a celebration of life gathering by the pond at his ranch later this summer. The time will be announced. All friends and family will be welcomed. Clancy was born on May 2, 1921, at Corvallis to Seth and Alice Green. He graduated from Whittier College at Whittier, Calif. After graduation, he went into radio broadcasting and was a radio actor. He also worked at CBS as an announcer and producer. In 1940 he married Mary Jane Bowden. They had three children. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1941 and received his pilot training there. Flying became one of his greatest passions. He flew cargo and transport-type aircraft throughout World War II. His wartime duties included flights to the Philippines, and he was among the first allies to fly into Japan after the armistice. He was injured one time, but was able to successfully land his plane and cargo. After his discharge from the service, he was hired by Pan Am Airlines where he flew the “Clipper” flying boats. His commercial career continued when he was hired by TWA Airlines on Jan. 12, 1948. He safely flew around all over the world until his retirement...

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Chepenafa Tribe

Chepenafa Indians. A Kalapooian tribe, some times regarded as a subdivision of the Lakmiut, formerly residing at the forks of St Marys creek, near Corvallis, Oregon. They are now on Grande Ronde reservation, being officially known as Marys River Indians, and number about...

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Dunlavy, Phyllis Lillian Crabill Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Phyllis Lillian Dunlavy, 90, of Corvallis, a former Baker City resident, died Feb. 25, 2004, at her home. Her graveside funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. The Rev. William McCarthy will officiate. Phyllis was born on June 22, 1913, at Baker City to Roy and Blanche Phillips Crabill. She was the granddaughter of Philander Crabill, an early settler in Baker City. She attended Baker schools and was a Baker High School graduate. She attended Eastern Oregon College of Education (now Eastern Oregon University) at La Grande, which was a two-year normal school at that time. She married Cecil Hauntz in 1933. They had one child and were later divorced. In 1940, Phyllis married L.B. “Curly” Harradine. They made their home at Pendleton. Both were members of the Pendleton Gun Club, where Phyllis won many shooting events. She was the Oregon State Ladies Skeet Champion in 1947-48. She also became a very good golfer. Mr. Harradine died in 1960 and Phyllis returned to Eastern Oregon for a year to renew her teaching certificate. She taught first grade at the Riverside School in Pendleton for 14 years. She married William Dunlavy in 1966. They bought a nine-acre farm 17 miles from Pendleton and Phyllis was able to have a big garden and to grow her own fruits and vegetables. Phyllis and...

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Makinson, Ruth C. Parrish Mrs. – Obituary

Ruth C Makinson, 88, of Corvallis, a former Baker City resident, died March 3, 2003, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis. Her memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at McHenry Funeral Home, 206 N.W. Fifth St., in downtown Corvallis. Pastor Ralph Holcomb will officiate. Private interment will be at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Ruth Makinson was born April 26, 1914, at Dallas, Ore., the daughter of Mabel Guy Parrish and Elbert L. Parrish. She received her education at Dallas, graduating from Dallas High School. She married Joe Martin in 1931 while still in high school and they had a son, Guy Martin. She attended Oregon State College at Corvallis where she received her bachelor’s degree in education. Ruth married Cloyd B “Doc” Makinson on Aug. 29, 1941, at Payette, Idaho. Doc Makinson was born at Halfway. She taught school at Condon. Her husband enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force in 1942 and she went with him to Maryland while he was in the Army. He was discharged in November 1945 and they moved to Eugene in 1946. Their sons Warren, Clyde and Allen were born in Eugene. Ruth’s husband Cloyd Makinson was a high school vo-ag instructor, teaching from 1946 until 1960 in Eugene. He then worked as a Grange insurance agent from 1960 until his retirement in 1980. Ruth was a...

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Robbins, Darlene Emma Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Darlene Emma Robbins, 71 died Monday, January 26, 2004 in Baker City, Oregon after a lengthy illness. Memorial services will be held Monday, February 2, 2004 at 11 a.m. in the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place Street with Rev. Ron Kratzer officiating. Inurnment will follow at Baker Cemetery at a later date. Mrs. Robbins was born September 13, 1932, in Bentonville Arkansas to Austin and Grace Robbins. In 1936, she moved from Nebraska to Ontario, Oregon at the age of four. She graduated from Ontario High School in 1950. She met her future husband while attending the Methodist Church Camp at Wallowa Lake. She married Llewellyn Leroy Robbins on August 26, 1951 in Nyssa, Oregon. They had many things in common including the same last name, though not related. They moved to Corvallis, Oregon where Llewellyn attended Oregon State University majoring in Vocational Agriculture. Darlene worked as telephone operator in Ontario and Corvallis. In 1954, they moved to Heppner, Oregon where Llewellyn accepted his first teaching position. In 1961, they moved to Baker City, where they purchased a farm on Pocahontas Road and Llewellyn continued to teach at the Baker High School. Darlene worked for and became the manager of Montgomery Wards until 1985 when they purchased the franchise. When Montgomery Wards closed all the franchise businesses, they opened Robbins Arrow and continued in the retail...

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Biography of J. C. Avery

J.C. AVERY. – Mr. Avery, the first owner, and, in almost every respect, the founder of Corvallis, was born in Punckhannock, Pennsylvania, in 1817. He received his education at Wilksbarre, and thereafter studied medicine, but, preferring a less confined life than that necessitated by this profession, went as a pioneer to Illinois in 1837. Engaging in the land business, he at length undertook the life of a farmer, and was married in 1841 to Miss Martha Marsh. Farming upon the prairies at that early day did not prove remunerative; and in 1845 he came alone to Oregon, bringing an ox-team and about twenty-five stock cattle. Making his headquarters at Oregon City, he spent the first months exploring the Willamette valley; and, as all the land on the west side of the river south of the La Creole was absolutely without occupants except Indians, he had only to exert his judgment to select the best site from among the thousand good ones. He chose the plain lying at the Great Bend of the Willamette, where this river approaches nearest the Coast Mountains. Moving upon this place in 1846, he sent for his family, who made the perilous trip across the plains with Sawyer’s company. Upon their arrival, he began the systematic development of his place; for it was not as a farm, but as the site of a city, that...

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Biographical Sketch of James P. Atwood, M.D.

JAMES P. ATWOOD, M.D. – One of the most successful physicians of Baker City, Oregon, is the gentleman whose name appears as the heading of this sketch. A careful and conscientious gentleman of temperate habits, and thoroughly reliable in all public and professional as well as private matters, he enjoys the confidence of the public, and has a large practice. He was born in Wisconsin in 1846, but was educated in Oregon, at Sublimity and at Corvallis, and took his degree in medicine from the medical department of the Willamette University at Salem, and from the medical department of the Willamette University at Salem, and from the medical department of the Columbia College, New York. His father, A.F. Atwood, a pioneer of 1853, lived on his farm four miles from Corvallis until 1868, when he removed to Walla Walla county, Washington Territory where he died March 24, 1889. Dr. Atwood’s first field was at La Grande; but in 1871 he removed to his present location, where he has since been actively employed. Baker City was then but a village of some seven hundred inhabitants, although money was then in abundant circulation. Mining interests still dominate, and will always be pre-eminent. The surrounding region is remarkably healthy, phthisic being almost unknown. The Doctor was married in 1882 to Miss Florence Thompson of San Francisco, California, and has one child...

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