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Law, Charles Walter – Obituary

Charles Walter Law, 84, passed away Monday, July 18, 2005 at the Idaho State Veterans Home. A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 21, 2005 at 10:30 a.m. at Summers Funeral Homes, Ustick Chapel, 3629 E. Ustick Rd. (due to construction we will need you to enter on Cloverdale). Charles (“Walt” or “Charlie”) was born September 16, 1920 in Baker, to Charles J. and Frances Heard Law. He spent his childhood in North Powder. Charles loved sports and exercise, but he was especially fond of flying and travel. His love for flying and travel began when he joined the Air Force in October of 1939. He served as a pilot during three world wars and after being stationed in Saudi Arabia, traveled around the world. He married Rosemary Williamson on July 15, 1944. They had five children. He retired as a major after 26 years in the Air Force. Charles then went to work as a flight instructor for United Airlines in Denver. This allowed him to continue his love for flying and travel. His marriage to Rosemary ended in 1975. In April 1978, Charles met Shirley Brown in Boise, Idaho and they married on July 29, 1978. Charles and Shirley traveled extensively together, spending time in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, China, Brazil, South Africa, England, Scotland, and Wales. His favorite memories included riding an...

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Fuller, Ruby Macy Mrs. – Obituary

Pine Valley, Baker County, Oregon Ruby Fuller, 62, of Hells Canyon died on Monday, Feb. 21, 2005, in Boise, Idaho. A Memorial Service in memory of Ruby was held on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005, at the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church in Halfway. A reception followed at the VFW hall. Ruby Marie Fuller as born on Feb. 13, 1943, in Denver, Colo., to Leo and Ethel Macy. She was raised and educated in Dacona, Colo. On June 28, 1969, she married Art Fuller in a little white church in Rean, Colo. They had five daughters, Teri, Cheryl, Cathy, Deanna and DeeAnne. The family lived in Colorado until 1971, then moved to Pendleton, Ore. In 1984 she and Art moved to Hells Canyon. Ruby enjoyed socializing, hunting, fishing, traveling, but most of all she enjoyed being around her family. She was a member of the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary Post 7847. She is survived by her husband, Art; daughters, Teri, Cheryl, Deanna and DeeAnne; brothers, Leo Macy, Lonnie Macy; sister, Dora Hart; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Ruby was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Ethel Macy; daughter, Cathy; brothers, Harold Dean and Roy Macy and sister Viola Hutchenson. Those wishing to make a donation in Ruby’s name may do so to hospice in care of Tamiâs Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Used with permission...

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Thomas, Thelma Gwendolyn Erdman Mrs. – Obituary

Thelma Gwendolyn Thomas, 92, of Baker City, died Feb. 1, 2005, at her home. Private family interment will be Friday at Mount Vernon Cemetery in Mount Vernon, Wash. She will be laid to rest next to her husband, Bus. Thelma Gwendolyn was born on Sept. 25, 1913, at St. Louis to Alexander and Clair Erdman. She was raised and educated at Denver. Thelma met and married Louis “Bus” Thomas in 1935. Shortly after that they moved to Los Angeles. They had one son, Ron. Thelma and Bus owned and operated a printing and calendar binding business. She was always known as a very hard worker and she was loved by everyone who knew her. She enjoyed fishing, camping, gardening and canning, sewing and knitting. She loved raising and showing her Norwegian elkhounds, which received many trophies and blue ribbons. They moved to Burlington, Wash., in 1980 to retire close to Ron, who was living there. Bus died in 1984. Thelma remained in Washington until the mid 90s when she moved to North Powder and then to Baker City two years ago. Thelma was living at Settlers Park when she died. She enjoyed all of the people and the activities there. Survivors include her son and wife, Ron and Jennie Thomas of North Powder; a brother, Curtis Erdman of Mesa, Ariz.; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by...

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Biographical Sketch of William J. Guthrie

William J. Guthrie, one of San Bernardino’s brightest and most successful business men, was born in Detroit, Michigan, and was there brought up and educated, and started out in life as an employee in a mercantile agency, where he obtained a thorough knowledge of business customs and methods. His connection with that branch of business continued for years, during which time he rose from a reporter to joint partner in the McKillop Mercantile Agency. In 1878 he came to California and spent a year in the Ohio valley, Ventura County, when he was made superintendent of the Dunn Mercantile Agency at Denver, Colorado. At the end of two years he resigned that position to return to Ventura County and engage in private business. A year later, in 1882, he came to San Bernardino, and, in partnership with a Mr. Gilbert, opened a grocery and crockery store combined. In 1884 they closed out the grocery feature and Mr. Gilbert retired from the firm, leaving Mr. Guthrie sole proprietor of the crockery business, which he conducted prosperously until November 1889, and then sold out, retiring temporarily from active business. His was the only exclusively crockery-house in the city, and he carried a large stock of high grade and common wares, in which he had a fine trade. Mr. Guthrie owns 160 acres of valuable land, on the Colton terrace, on which...

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Biography of Reverday J. Pierson

Reverday J. Pierson, junior member and business manager of the well-known firm of Holmes & Pierson, the editors and proprietors of the Riverside Daily Press and Weekly Horticulturist, of Riverside, is a native of Licking County, Ohio, and was born in 1848. When a child his parents moved to Springfield, Illinois, and thence in 1857 to Poweshiek County, Iowa. He was engaged in his attendance in the public schools until fifteen years of age, and then apprenticed to the printers trade at Montezuma, Iowa. After serving his apprenticeship, he commenced his travels as a journeyman, and was engaged on the Chicago Tribune, and also several job offices in Chicago and St. Louis. In 1866 his roving disposition prompted him to enter the United States military service, and he enlisted in the Fifth United States Cavalry. The next two years was spent with his regiment on the Pacific coast and in the Territories, being stationed in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and California, his first advent in Southern California in 1868, at which time he was the hospital steward of Drum Barracks at Wilmington. In 1869 he was honorably discharged from the service, and after some months working at his trade in San Francisco, Sacramento and Marysville, returned to his home in Iowa. Shortly after his arrival there he established the Malcolm Gazette, which he later consolidated with the Montezuma Republican, and...

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Biography of Frederick W. Wulfekuhler

Frederick W. Wulfekuhler. There is no such word as luck in the vocabulary of business men who have attained distinction in the busy and competitive marts of Kansas. Long years of experience have convinced them that position and prosperity come only through the medium of persistent application of intelligent methods that require time for their development and full fruition. The highest order of executive attainments and organizing sense must be backed up by public confidence, and a further desirable quality is an intimate and concise knowledge of the field to be occupied, this latter to be gained only by gradual and well-timed approaches. It is certain that the success of Frederick W. Wulfekuhler, head of the great wholesale grocery house of Rohlfing & Company, of Leavenworth, cannot be attributed to any lucky circumstance. His career had been one of slow and steady development, and the prosperity of the house of which he is the chief executive rests upon fifty-six years of constant and well-applied effort. Mr. Wulfekuhler was born near Osnabruck, Germany, September 14, 1841, and until fourteen years of age resided in his native land, where he was reared to farm work and educated in the public schools. An uncle in St. Louis, and a brother in Leavenworth, were the principal inducements that led him to leave home and come to America, and in 1855 he crossed the...

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Biography of Ray Broomfield

Ray Broomfield is one of the youngest bank officials in Kansas. He went with the Neal State Bank as cashier upon its organization in October, 1915, and his thorough knowledge of banking and his genial personality were a decided factor in the success of that institution. Mr. Broomfield is now cashier of the Home State Bank, Clearwater, Kansas. The Neal State Bank was started as a state bank and had a capital of $10,000. The officers are: A. N. McQuown of Wichita, president; C. W. Boone of Neal, vice president. Mr. Broomfield was born at Milton, Kansas, April 21, 1891, and was twenty-four years of age when he accepted the cashiership of the Neal State Bank. He is descended from a branch of the Broomfield family which came out of Ireland and settled in the early days in Kentucky. His grandfather was an early settler in Illinois, where he died, and was not only a farmer, but also a clock maker. J. M. Broomfield, father of Ray Broomfield, was born in Iowa in 1862, and from that state his parents removed to Illinois, and about 1876 he was brought by his mother to Kansas, locating in Milton. He grew up and married at Milton, became a successful farmer, and in 1905 retired from his farm, first moving into the Town of Milton, and in 1913 going to Clearwater, where...

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Biographical Sketch of James Stewart

James Stewart, a prominent citizen near San Bernardino, was born in Indiana County, Pennsylvania, in 1837, the youngest of seven sons of Archie Stewart. He left his native state at the age of eighteen, for Nebraska, where he homesteaded and proved up on 160 acres of Government land, and to this added eighty acres more. He was in Omaha when there were but twelve houses in the place. He sold out his interest in Nebraska and operated on the plains with headquarters at St. Joe, Leavenworth, then at Denver, and later at Salt Lake City, Georgetown, Colorado, and Idaho. He began as a stage driver and finished as a paymaster and superintendent of the Northern Overland Stage Line. Then the projection of the railroads put an end to stage routes and he resigned. He then came to California and staged from Los Angeles to Prescott, Arizona, and on different lines to the Colorado River. After this he had charge of a line from Tucson to Tombstone, Arizona, and from Mineral Park, Arizona, to Pioche, Nevada, and other mail routes. He was in the stage business thirty years, and has seen as much of the real, practical side of human life, perhaps, as any other man in Southern California. He can tell some thrilling incidents of fording streams and rafting miners across, the burning of stations by the Indians, and...

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Barnhart, Larry Lee – Obituary

Halfway, Oregon Larry Lee Barnhart, 52, of Denver. Colo., and a former Halfway resident died on April 9, 2004, after a three-year battle with leukemia. At his request cremation was held and there were no formal funeral services. Larry was born Sept. 1, 1951, in Weiser, Idaho, to Wesley Barnhart and Natalie Joy (Patrick) Barnhart. At the age of 12 he moved with his parents to Halfway. He graduated from Pine Eagle High School in 1969. He then spent 10 years in the Air Force, then settled in Denver where he went into business as a computer consultant and Data Base Designer. Larry was an outgoing person who made friends wherever he went, and his greatest pleasure was in spending time with those friends. Larry is survived by his parents, Wes and Joy Barnhart of Baker City; two aunts; two uncles, and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, three aunts, five uncles, and several cousins. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. Used with permission from: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, April 2004 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Biography of Charles H. Garlock

(IV) Charles H., son of Peter and Maria (Van De Vort) Garlock, was born in Arcadia, Wayne county, New York, May 7, 1864. His education was acquired in the public schools and in the Newark Union School, and he was engaged in various occupations until he had attained his majority. At the age of twenty-one years he went to South Dakota, and accepted a position in the hardware store of his brother, Thomas, remaining with him two years. He then went to Denver, Colorado, in which city he opened a cigar and confectionery store, in which the was successfully engaged for one year. He abandoned this in 1889, in order to return to the east and enter into the partnership which had been proffered hint by his father. His energy and enterprise soon occasioned many innovations to be introduced, to the great benefit of the enterprise, and upon the death of his father Charles H. Garlock purchased his interest in the business, uniting them with his own. In 1910 the decided to incorporate the concern, a proceeding which was immediately put into effect, and a stock company organized. Charles H. Garlock is the president of this company; C. W. Kelly, vice-president: and J. Fred Helmer, secretary and treasurer. It is known commercially as the P. Garlock Company, and has largely increased facilities for the manufacture of their wares, this...

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Biographical Sketch of Hon. Alvin T. Ferriss

HON. ALVIN T. FERRISS.- This representative citizen of Eastern Washington was born in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, in 1852, being the son of James R. and Mary Worth Ferriss. He resided at his birthplace until fifteen years old, at that date removing with his parents to Northwest Missouri. In the spring of 1872 he came west to Denver. After a short stay among the Rocky Mountains, engaged in mining and other operations, and at one time as railroad contractor on the Oregon Short Line, he crossed the continent in 1883 to Washington Territory, and, after looking over the country, selected Pullman as his future home. Soon after his arrival, he started the present large hardware business with Charles Kingman. In two years he was joined by his brother, James Ferriss, and conducted the business under the firm name of Ferriss Bros. In June, 1887, they suffered a loss of twelve thousand dollars above insurance by fire, but in the same year rebuilt, erecting their present commodious building where they carry a stock worth forty thousand dollars, and are the largest firm in their line in the Palouse country. Besides his mercantile business, Mr. Ferris is also active in financial circles, being president of the Pullman Bank. In the fall of 1888, his popularity was evinced by his election as representative of Whitman county on nominating of the Republican party, receiving...

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Biographical Sketch of John S. Elliott

JOHN S. ELLIOTT. – Mr. Elliott, a representative citizen of Eastern Oregon, was born in Virginia in 1836. He received a common-school education, and remained upon his father’s farm until twenty years of age. Developing a desire for life in the Far West, he went to Texas in 1858, and at a town upon the Red river served as a salesman in the store of an uncle who was doing business there. In 1860 he enlarged his operations by taking a stock of goods to Denver, Colorado. In 1862 he crossed the plains to Baker county, Oregon, locating in Powder valley. The next spring he engaged in freighting on the Umatilla and Idaho road with two yokes of cattle. In that avocation he continued until 1878, when he sold his team and went as a drover to Kansas, spending in this venture four years. In 1882 we find him returning again to our state and making his home at Union, in the Grande Ronde valley, and establishing a prosperous livery business. At the present time he has the reputation of having the finest livery stable in the Pacific Northwest, owning a complete stable well stocked with excellent horses. His public interests are large, and his influence in the community...

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Biography of Robert H. Childs

Robert H. Childs, now superintendent of the Petroleum Products Company plant in Independence, is one of the veteran oil men of America. His father was a pioneer in the oil fields of Western Pennsylvania, and Mr. Childs himself grew up in that environment, and took to the work as naturally as a New England youth goes to sea. There is probably not an important oil field in the country with which he has not been identified in some capacity or another. The Petroleum Products Company established a plant in Independence in 1908. The general officers of the company at Chicago are: H. J. Halle, president; R. J. Dunham, vice president; and Ed C. Ennis, secretary and treasurer. The general manager and superintendent at Independence is Mr. Childs. This plant refines oil products and its output is an important list of standard petroleum products, which are sold throughout the Middle West. The plant at Independence has a crude oil capacity of 5,000 barrels daily, this oil coming from the Oklahoma and Kansas fields. About 200 men are regularly on the pay roll. Robert H. Childs was born at Enterprise, Warren County, Pennsylvania, January 8, 1851. He comes of old and substantial American stock. His ancestors came from England to Rhode Island in colonial times. His great-grandfather John Cole Childs served with credit in the War of the American Revolution. He...

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Spears, Grace M.L. Draper Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Grace M.L. Spears, 82, of Baker City died July 23, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Aaron Olgesbee of the Agape Christian Center will officiate. Because of the ongoing construction, those attending the funeral are asked to park on Estes Street. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Grace was born on March 1, 1921, at Hyannis, Neb., to Ira S. and Myrtle Lester Draper. She attended school at Fort Morgan, Colo., where she graduated from high school. She furthered her education at Denver Opportunity School for about a year. She later graduated from beauty school and worked as a manicurist for a while. She eventually went to work for the telephone company in Denver as an elevator operator. She also modeled the uniforms for them. Later, she was trained as a telephone operator and worked in Denver for many years. About 1953, she moved to Pendleton to be near her family. Grace also worked as a telephone operator for several years in Pendleton before she and her husband, George, moved to Baker City. After relocating, she continued her career for a while and later retired from the telephone company in Baker City. Grace was known to have a big heart. She was gentle and caring...

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McKee, Jay Stanley – Obituary

Jay Stanley McKee, 50, of Denver, Colo., and a former Baker City resident, died May 2, 2001, at Denver. His funeral will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel in Boise. Burial will be at the Morris Hill Cemetery. For Mr. McKee’s many relatives and friends in Denver, there will be a memorial service at the new Invesco Field-Bronco Stadium May 20 at 4 p.m. Mr. McKee was born April 12, 1951, at Lewiston, Idaho, to O.D. “Jay” and Phyllis McKee. He grew up in Baker City, where he was active in the Boy Scouts and achieved the level of Eagle Scout. He was a master counselor in the Baker chapter of DeMolay and was a state officer. After graduating from Baker High School in 1969, he attended Eastern Oregon College before graduating from the University of Oregon. He then took post-graduate classes in accounting at Portland State University. His summers were spent working in Alaska as a firefighter for the BLM and Forest Service. Mr. McKee joined his father in the management of Levinger’s Drug Store until its sale. He then moved to Denver, where he worked as a lobbyist. He worked on the initiative to build the new Denver Broncos football stadium, Invesco Field, and was employed by SAFE Colorado, a group working to change gun control legislation. Mr. McKee loved living in Denver, where...

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