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Bailey, Bart – Obituary

Baker City, 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 Bart Bailey, 20, of Baker City died June 24, 2002, at Grand Junction, Colo., of injuries sustained in a traffic accident while en route to the Hayman fire near Denver to work as a firefighter with Grayback Forestry Inc. His Celebration of Life service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Baker City Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Pastors Lenny Spooner and Mark Trancale of the Nazarene Church will officiate. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a reception at the Nazarene Church after the service. Bart moved with his family to Baker City at the age of 2. He was a 2000 graduate of Baker High School. He recently completed his sophomore year at Oregon State University in Corvallis where he was majoring in civil engineering. He also was a residential assistant for his dorm, sang in a men’s choir and was involved in Real Life. Bart enjoyed fishing, hiking,...

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Biography of Hon. A. G. Hovey

HON. A.G. HOVEY. – The reputation of Mr. Hovey, the present mayor of Eugene, Oregon, is co-extensive with the limits of the state, in the affairs of which he has ever taken an active part. His aggressive pushing disposition indicate the stern qualities of courage and self-reliance which lie at the basis of his character, and displace the more ephemeral qualities of a purely sentimental hopefulness or ambition. He is an example of the adage that “God helps those who help themselves;” and his whole life has bristled with instances of the truth therein indicated. He is a man of strong convictions and honest opinions, scorning the hypocrisy of policy and dealing with his friends as friends. In fact, he possess one virtue above all others: In dealing with the world, everybody, whether friend or foe, knows where he may be found when he is wanted. His nature is positive in its character; and, when he has once settled in his mind that he is right, nothing can move him from his course. Such a character must succeed in society, where he is a welcome guest. He was born in Londonderry, New Hampshire, in 1830, and removed with his parents to Marietta, Ohio, when he was quite young; and there he grew to manhood and was educated. He was one of the argonauts of California, having crossed the plains...

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Biography of Hon. E. B. McElroy, A.M., Ph. D.,

HON. E.B. McELROY, A.M., Ph. D. – Among the institutions of our country, none more deservedly attract the attention of all lovers of law and order than do our public schools. It is all-important, therefore, that each commonwealth should have some men of learning and ambition at the head to represent, as it were, in a single individual, the individual interests of very child in the state. Especially is this the case in our state, where we are in reality but just laying aside the swaddling clothes of self-government, and endeavoring to lay broad and deep the foundations of a government for higher, and more prosperous days to come. In order, however, to prepare for this good time coming, it is necessary that we should make wise laws and most thoroughly systematize the workings of our public schools, and by this and other means better prepare for their development and improvement in the future. Our legislators are sufficiently wise to make the laws; but no system of a uniform course of public instruction can be complete without a head-center; and in this head-center, in a great measure depends the success or failure of the common-school systems in other states is to the effect that a very few men have advanced and developed these public-school systems until they have reached the high state of perfection already secured. What is true...

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Biography of McCauley Porter

McCAULEY PORTER. – This gentleman, one of the oldest and best farmers in the Willamette valley, was born in Todd county, Kentucky, November 28, 1829. At the age of five he removed with his parents to Montgomery county, Illinois, and in 1845 made with them a new home in Missouri. In 1848, by the prevalent reports and fabulous stories of Oregon everywhere circulated, his attention was drawn to the land by the sunset sea; and with his two brothers, William G. and John E., he set out upon the journey across the plains and mountains. He had ox-teams and loose cattle, and a flock of sheep, yet was but a youth of nineteen. He finished the trip barefooted, with his clothing almost worn out, and without a dime in his pocket. At the establishment of Foster, – a settler who was sometimes humorously called “Picayune,” – on the west side of the Cascade Mountains, he obtained work of the foreman at sixteen dollars per month, but shortly came on to the great prairies of the Willamette valley, taking his first look at Benton county. The winter of 1848 he obtained a situation with Joel Whitcomb at Milwaukee, receiving one dollar a day. He remembers seeing there the launching of one of the schooners built at that early time. The dullness and lonesomeness of the times were broken here by...

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Roy, Doris Mary Scott Mrs. – Obituary

Dorris Mary Scott Roy, 88, a former Baker City resident, died Aug. 10, 2001, in Oregon City. Mrs. Roy was born on Sept. 30, 1912, at Corvallis to Frank and Malinda Scott. She was proud of her roots and the fact that she was a native Oregonian. Her paternal grandfather came West in a wagon train from Dubuque County, Iowa, and settled at Tangent in 1853. After graduating from Corvallis High School, she completed a degree in home economics from Oregon State University and earned a master’s degree in Extension Education from the University of Wisconsin. She lived in Baker City from 1952 to 1959, where she started her 22-year career in the Extension Service. She also served in Yamhill, Jefferson and Clatsop counties. As an Extension agent, she received a Distinguished Service Award for her outstanding program development from the National Association of Extension Home Economics. After retirement, she moved to the Portland area. Survivors include her son, Richard Roy of Portland; her daughter, Marilyn Torsen of West Linn; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon 4-H Foundation, Ballard Hall, OSU, Corvallis, OR 97331. Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, August 22, 2001 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Sass, Alice Cundiff Hammond Mrs. – Obituary

Richland, Oregon Alice Cundiff Sass, 91, of Richland, died Sept. 4, 2001, at Settlers Park Assisted Living center. Her graveside funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland. Gordon Bond of the First Christian Church will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at the First Christian Church in Richland. Mrs. Sass was born on April 24, 1910, at Halfway to Walter and Ellen Boyles Cundiff. After graduating from Richland High School in 1928, she attended Oregon Agricultural College at Corvallis. She married Dan Hammond and lived in Salem until he went overseas during World War II. She returned to Richland with her son, Danny, in 1948. She married Herman Sass on July 3, 1948, and they started farming the Cundiff Ranch. She and her husband milked cows for a number of years. She loved to play cards and knit. She was always known for her sense of humor, which made her a joy and a pleasure to be around for all who knew her. Survivors include her husband, Herman Sass; two sons, Dan Hammond, and his wife, Doris of Richland, and Peter and his wife, Pam, of Willamina; grandsons and their wives, Rod and Chris Hammond and Ross and Lynnet Hammond, all of Richland and Paul and Michael Sass of Dallas; a niece and her husband, Barbara and Harry Johnson of Rickreall;...

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Biography of Andrew Roberts

ANDREW ROBERTS. – Andrew Roberts was born in Dundee, Scotland, August 12, 1822. When one year old he had lost both of his parents. He was then removed to Forfar. As soon as he was of proper age he learned the trade of a tailor, and when he had earned and saved sufficient money he left his native land for the United States. He thus states that venture: “I left my home in 1842, and on foot started to Dundee, distant fourteen miles. I took the steamer from there to Edinburgh, and traveled thence by rail to Glasgow. I then went by steamer to Liverpool. I had to remain there about two weeks awaiting the sailing of the ship Sea of Norfolk, in which I had engaged passage for new York. When I landed at New York I had only five cents.” Mr. Roberts resided in New York until January 11, 1851, in the meantime working at his trade and keeping store. He married in 1847; and his family consisted of himself, his wife and his son Peter when in January, 1851, they sailed for San Francisco on the Empire City, via Chagres and Panama – the old Isthmus route- up the Chagres river in bungoes to Gorgona, and thence by mules across the portage to Panama. At Panama they were detained until the arrival of the steamer Columbia...

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Biographical Sketch of William Pentland

WILLIAM PENTLAND. – This town-builder and founder of Lexington was born December 26, 1825, in Fleming county, Kentucky, and removed with his parents in 1831 to Platt county, Missouri, and three years later made a new location in Buchanan county. He was there engaged in agriculture. In 1847 he made the great journey with ox-teams across the plains to Oregon, and located near the present site of Corvallis. He remained with his people in that neighborhood until 1867, receiving a good, practical education during his early days at the common schools of Corvallis. he was married in 1860 to Miss Jane Nordyke, and afterwards engaged successfully in farming and stock-raising in Benton county. In 1867 he came to Willow Creek, in Eastern Oregon, and has been identified with the stock interests of that section ever since. He has become the owner of an immense flock of sheep, having twenty thousand head, owning also a small band of horses. For the sustenance of this truly patriarchal flock, he owns fourteen thousand acres of land. In 1885 he laid out the townsite of Lexington, Oregon, and is therefore the father of that most vigorous, active prosperous and moral young city. The large agricultural section and immense grazing region tributary to that town is sufficient guarantee of its future prosperity. It is now supplied with a gristmill of a capacity of fifty...

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Biography of Hon. William Wallace Thayer

HON. W.W. THAYER- William Wallace Thayer, the present chief justice of the supreme court of Oregon, came to this state in 1862. He was born at Lima, Livingston county, New York, July 15, 1827. His boyhood was spent upon a farm in that county, where he attended the common schools and received the meager instruction that the times and circumstances of farm life afforded. But an early love for books and a retentive memory, characteristics that mark him even to-day, supplied what was lacking in his school education. He became a wide reader of standard literature; and, having determined to fit himself for the practice of the law, he began a course of reading to that end, covering the best productions in history and biography, as well as the usual elementary legal works. He attended law lectures at Rochester, New York, and was admitted to the bar of the supreme court of that state in that city in March, 1851. It may be mentioned that in the class of applicants for admission who were examined at the same time was Professor John Norton Pomeroy, LL.D., who also then received his certificate of admission to practice, and who subsequently became well known as the author of several law books of note. During the early years of his practice, Judge Thayer laid the foundation for a broad and thorough knowledge of...

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Biography of Hon. Andrew Jackson Thayer

HON. A.J. THAYER. – Few of the pioneers of Oregon are more worthy of having their memories perpetuated for their worth and services to the state than the late Judge Thayer. Andrew Jackson Thayer, the second child of Gideon Anne (Dodge) Thayer, was born in Lima, Livingston county, State of New York, on the 27th of November, 1818. He received an academic education at what was known as the Wesleyan Seminary, afterwards the Wesleyan University, studied law in the office of Doolittle & Thayer, the latter being his cousin. He was married to Melissa D. Chandler on the 9th of October, 1842, at Warsaw, Wyoming county, New York. He was admitted to the bar of the supreme court of New York in 1849, and entered into partnership with his brother, Ed. Thayer, at Buffalo. He remained in Buffalo until March 28, 1853, when, accompanied by his wife, he started for Oregon. Buying an ox-team at St. Joe, they crossed the plains in the usual style of the overland emigrants. The journey though tedious was uneventful; and they arrived at Salem August 28, 1853. From Salem he went to Corvallis, and on the 9th of October of that year settled upon the farm three miles north of Corvallis, which is still in possession of the family. Upon the admission of Oregon into the Union in 1859, Judge Thayer was appointed...

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Olp, Cleo “Barbara” Valentine Mrs. – Obituary

Cleo “Barbara” Olp, 70, a former Baker City resident, died July 7, 2001, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis. Burial was Thursday at Jefferson Cemetery at Jefferson. Mrs. Olp was born on July 27, 1930, at Baker City to Leonard W. and Lola Morin Valentine. She lived all her life in Oregon, moving from Baker City to La Grande, to The Dalles and then to Salem and finally to Albany. She married Fred B. Olp on March 2, 1949, in Baker City. She was a homemaker and loved cooking and gardening. She had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to sing and dance. She wrote extraordinary poetry, enjoyed a large extended family and was a devoted wife and mother. Survivors include her husband, Fred; daughters, Evelyn Packard, Charlotte Olp and Lola Rose, all of Albany, and a daughter, Donna Elliot of Springfield; 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; brothers, Leonard Valentine and Darel Valentine and a sister Velma Blando, all of Baker City, and brothers, Don Valentine of Salem and Leroy Valentine of Huntington; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Sam and Leo; a grandson; and a great-granddaughter. Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, July 20, 2001 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Bell, Letha Alma McCullough Mrs. – Obituary

March 4, 1917 – Dec. 19, 2006 Letha Alma (McCullough) Bell died Tuesday at Corvallis Manor. She was born in Haines. She attended school nearby at Rock Creek Elementary and graduated from high school in Haines. She married Howard Bell in Baker City on December 24, 1936. They lived and worked in the local mining and timber industry until moving to Hoskins in 1949. Letha was involved in local women’s clubs and some church-related groups until moving to Corvallis in 1995. Letha was a mother of three children, Ivan, Carol and Ronald, and grandmother to seven grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by son Ivarr and husband, Howard. A celebration of life will be scheduled in the spring of 2007 at the Kings Valley Cemetery. Memorials can be made to Senior Meals on Wheels. The family would like to sincerely thank the caregivers at Corvallis Manor for all. their love and care. Arrangements are by McHenry Funeral Home. (In Corvallis Gazette-Times, Corvallis, OR. Thursday, December 21,...

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Obituary of Mrs. Barbara Lee Burris West

Barbara was born Sept. 30, 1920, in Corvallis, Ore., to Clarence and Hazel Burris. She grew up in North Powder, Ore., where she met her future husband, Howard West. They were married in 1941. While her husband was serving in World War II, Barbara owned and operated a beauty salon in the town of Hermiston, Ore. After the war the couple settled in Eastern Oregon where her daughter was born, followed by son William. After a few years in Boise, Idaho, the family moved to Portland, Ore., where a third child, Gregory was born. Howard built them a home in which they lived until his death in 1997. They were active members of the Irvington Ward of the LDS church. After their retirement, they had many years of travel and fishing together. They loved their motor home, and enjoyed the Northwest, especially the mountains of Baker and Union County. Howard and Barbara have 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Barbara is preceded in death by her brother Barton and her husband Howard. Memorial Contributions to Northwest Cancer Specialists. Used with permission from: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, July 17, 2008 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Biography of Werner A. Wrenn

Among the agriculturists and business men of Wallowa County, the subject of this sketch stands as a leader, having manifested capabilities that justly entitle him to that position, while also he possesses an adaptability and perseverance coupled with energy, that have enabled him to handle large interests and manipulate them in a manner that brings success, while also his characteristic integrity and stanch principles of truth and uprightness have given him a prestige enviable and commendable. Mr. Wrenn was born in Benton County, Oregon, on March 3, 1866, being the son of John and Elizabeth (Watt) Wrenn, natives respectively of Virginia and Missouri. The father was a contractor and builder and migrated via Cape Horn in the days of “Forty-nine” to California, whence in 1851 he came to Portland and engaged there in contracting and building, continuing in the same line for five years. He build the county court house at Corvallis and in 1870 went to Linn county and purchased a farm, devoting his attention to agriculture until the time of his death in August, 1881. The mother died in 1887 and side-by-side they sleep awaiting the resurrection morn, the Oakville cemetery being the spot of their repose. In 1882 our subject migrated to Crook County and took part in handling and raising stock, giving also some attention to farming. In 1887 he took a pre-emption in that...

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Biography of William Wallace Thayer

The typical Western man is popularly conceived as a man of liberal ideas, of generous and hospitable instincts, imbued with a spirit of adventurous enterprise, and withal hardy and courageous. He is not punctilious in minor questions of etiquette or inclined to make much of mere forms and ceremonies. He is a friend to his friends, a man of sterling integrity and of firmness of character developed by habits of self-reliance. Such men are the State builders whose names and deeds are a part of the history of the newer States of the American Commonwealth. Every western community contains individuals approaching more or less near this ideal type. Throughout Oregon, genial and democratic “Governor” Thayer, as he is familiarly called, is recognized as an example of the typical western man. Personally known as he is in every section of the State, his friends are almost as numerous as his acquaintances. Although it has frequently become his duty during the course of his public career to oppose men and measures which seemed to him not in accord with the best interests of the State, and when such occasions have transpired his firm and decisive course show him a man earnest of purpose and unwavering in matters of judgment, he has nevertheless maintained the respect, nay, the affections of the citizens, so that even those who have experienced his opposition have...

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