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Childers, Olive – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Daughter Of Pioneers Dies A high Salvation Army official and daughter of a pioneer Summerville family, Olive Childers, died Saturday at a local hospital after an extended illness. Funeral services will take place at the Dempsey Funeral Chapel Wednesday at 2 p.m. with Col. John Erickson officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery. Born Nov. 3, 1880, Miss Childers was the daughter of Frank and Mary Childers. Childers was one-time sheriff of Union County. Miss Childers had served as a Salvation Army officer since 1898 and worked in the La Grande area from 1915 until 1917. She held some of the highest posts for women in the Army and served as superintendent of the home for unwed mothers both in Denver, Colo., and Los Angeles, Calif. She retired from active service in 1940 and had made her home here since that time. She resided at 1306 Fifth Ave. Surviving is one niece, Adla Rose Edwards, La Habra, Calif., a sister, Della Wagner preceded her in death last November. La Grande Observer Monday, July 31, 1961 Page...

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Wilkinson, Andrew – Obituary

Died—At Vader, Washington, Monday, August 9, 1926, Andrew Wilkinson, age 84 years, 7 months and 14 days. The funeral took place from the Methodist church, Union, Friday, August 13, 1926, at 2:30 o’clock p.m. Word was received at Union early Monday morning of the serious illness of Mr. Wilkinson, and his daughter, Mrs. Webb, left that morning on No. 17 for Vader, but her father passed away before her arrival at Vader. Mrs. Webb returned with the remains Thursday, and the funeral took place as above noted. “Uncle Andy” Wilkinson was one of the old settlers of this section, and had a friend in every acquaintance, and all regret his passing away, though it has been evident for several years that he was nearing the end. Andrew Wilkinson, son of Jacob and Matilda Wilkinson, was born in Cedar County, Mo., Dec. 26, 1841, and died at the home of his son, Edward, at Vader, Washinton, Aug. 9th, 1926, age 81 years, 7 months and 13 days. In 1863 he left the home of his birth and came to Denver, Colo. Five years later he in company with others came by ox team over the plains through Montana via Walla Walla, Wash., thence to the Grande Ronde Valley, and after a time purchased a large farm in High valley, where he entered the cattle business, as well as developing his...

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Holt, Thomas Martin – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Thomas Martin Holt, 72, of Pocatello, died at his home Feb. 21. The family intends to hold a memorial service in the La Grande area sometime this summer. Details for this will be announced. Mr. Holt was born Sept. 2, 1934, to John Charles Lucas and Eunice Louise (Johnson) Holt in Marquette, Kan., where he was raised and educated. He graduated from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan., with a bachelor of art’s degree in business administration. He married Judith Corinne Miller in 1956. The two then spent a few years teaching and coaching in the Midwest. They moved to Colorado, where he attended Denver University, graduating with an MBA in 1963. He then accepted a job with Boise Cascade as an accountant, and the family moved to Boise. Mr. Holt moved up the ranks within the company and was asked to take on a controller position in a regional office in La Grande. The Holts settled on a small ranch in Summerville, where they spent 32 years raising kids and becoming a part of the community and church. While in Eastern Oregon, Mr. Holt participated with his children in all their endeavors, including sports and academia. He was elected and served on both local and state school boards and served as president of the congregation at Zion Lutheran Church in La Grande. After retiring from Boise...

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Benge, Mary – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Mary Benge, 92, died June 21 in La Grande. A memorial service will be held at the Heppner Masonic Cemetery at 11 a.m. Saturday. A potluck will follow at the Heppner Elks Club. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Mary was born April 9, 1915, in Coffey, Mo., to Claude and Ethel Brumfield Cartwright. She had four siblings. Raised by her grandparents, she grew up in Coffey and graduated from Coffey High School at age 16. After graduating, she met and married Dem Reninger and they had three children. They lived in Denver, where they were in the restaurant business before divorcing. In 1943, she moved to Heppner where she married Terrell Benge. They ranched on Social Ridge and Rea Creek until retiring in 1972. Mary was very active in the Ladies Elks and Eastern Star. She was known for her cooking, especially her sourdough bread. She also enjoyed playing cards and gardening and was an avid reader. Survivors include her son, Michael “Butch” Benge of Falls Church, Va.; stepdaughter, Lynn Marie McDonald of Omaha, Neb.; grandchildren, Terry Hughes of La Grande, Teresa Hughes of Heppner, Saderia and Tiffany Benge of Falls Church, Va., Leann Cardell of Omaha, Neb., and Cameron McDonald of Houston; six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Terrell; two daughters, Maryann and Joan; stepson,...

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Alexander, Pearl Everette Taylor – Obituary

Pearl E. Alexander, 10201 E. 3rd Ave. Mother of Mrs. Terry Colburn, Denver; sister of Dollie Lickey, Wichita, Kan.; beloved aunt of Lucretia Mathews, Wichita, Kan. Services Friday, 1 p.m., Little Stone Chapel, 17th and Clarkson, Dr. Harold Warner officiating, followed by Rainbow Rebekah Lodge No. 139. [Died June 20, 1978; Interment Hampden Memorial Gardens] Contributed by: Shelli...

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Alexander, Burl Lee – Obituary

Burl Alexander, 1445 Corona St. Husband of Pearl E. Alexander; father of Terry V. Colburn, Denver, Services, Friday 3:30 p.m., Little Stone Chapel, 17th and Clarkson. Services conclude at the chapel. Family prefers gifts to the Emphysema Anonymous Incorporated, P. O. Box 66, Fort Meyers, Fla., 33902. [Died February 14, 1978 with interment in Hampden Memorial Garden] Contributed by: Shelli...

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Alexander, Olive Rosa Lee – Obituary

Olive R. Alexander of 1326 Cherokee St. Mother of Nina M. McCormick and Lura V. Foreman, both of Denver, and Burl Lee Alexander, El Paso, Tex.; sister of Virgil R. Lee, Chehalis, Wash., and Bessie Rosemeyer, Indianapolis, Ind. Services Saturday 1 p.m., Moore’s, Clarkson at E. 17th Ave. to Fairmount. [Died June 26, 1959] Contributed by: Shelli...

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Kipling, Sherman C. – Obituary

The sad news of the passing of one of Haines’ well known farmers, Sherman Kipling, reached the city Friday, death occurring at the farm home south of town that morning. He had been ill for some time and the end was not unexpected. He recently was brought back form the sanitarium at Hot Lake. Sherman Charles Kipling was born Sept. 22, 1869, near Valparaiso, Ind., and died Sept. 28, 1928. He came from Denver Colo., to Haines 18 years ago. He married Lula M. Barker of Holyoke, Colo., April 30, 1892. He leaves besides his wife, one son Emil and one daughter Mildred, a sister Mrs. Alice Black of Colorado Springs, Colo., and a brother, John Bradley of Holyoke, Colo., who were with him at time of death. Funeral was conducted at the Methodist church by Miss Josie Blokland at two o’clock Sunday afternoon, which was attended by a host of friends who mourn the passing of so good a citizen. Oregon Trail Weekly North Powder News Saturday, October 6,...

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Boydstun, Ramona Lee “Mona” Harlin Mrs. – Obituary

Ramona Lee “Mona” Boydstun, 62, of The Dalles, a former Baker City resident, died Oct. 4, 2005. A family service will be scheduled later. There was a private cremation at Win-quatt Crematory. Interment was at The Dalles Threemile Odd Fellows Cemetery. She was born on Oct. 18, 1942, at Denver, the third of four daughters born to Carl Robert and Sybil Grace Wayman Harlin. She grew up in Baker City and was a 1960 Baker High School graduate. She married Robert Boydstun on June 12, 1960, at Baker City. They had lived at The Dalles for 35 years. Mona was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing, decorating, gardening and being with her family. She also worked for Safeway pharmacy for nine years. Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Robert Boydstun of The Dalles; her children and their spouses, Robert Boydstun IV and Corissa of Portland, and Amy Lee and Russell Latham of BZ Corners, Wash.; grandchildren, Robert Boydstun V, Miranda Boydstun, Maggie Latham and Wyatt Latham; her sisters, Roxane Beeler of Portland, Judy Henjum of Kennewick, Wash., and Jackie Calhoun of North Powder. She was preceded in death by her parents. Memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 380, The Dalles, OR 97058. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, October 14, 2005 Transcribed by: Belva...

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M’callum, Phillip A. – Obituary

Phillip A. M’Callum, Well Known Baker Business Man Dies Abstractor Succumbs to Heart Trouble at 11:50 P.M. Long Active in Civic Work Here Widow, Two daughters, Son Survive; Funeral Friday  Phillip A McCallum, well-known Baker resident, died unexpectedly at his home, 2710 First Street, Tuesday night a t 11:50 apparently from the effects of heart trouble. Mr. McCallum apparently had not been ill and worked for a time at his office last night. He retired before other members of his family and was found dead in bed. Mr. McCallum was prominent in civic and business circles in Baker after coming here in 1918. Immediately after arriving in Baker, Mr. McCallum became associated with William Bowers in the Bowers Abstract and Title Company. He assumed the position of secretary manager of the Baker Abstract and Title Company in 1929 following the merger of the two title concerns. Mr. McCallum was vice president of the Oregon Title association at the time of his death. Mr. McCallum was secretary of the Baker Kiwanis club from the time it was organized about 12 years ago and was a charter member of the club. He was also a member of the Baker County Chamber of Commerce. Mr. McCallum became a member of the Baker Masonic lodge in February 1920. Born in Virginia City, Montana March 10, 1883, Mr. McCallum left there with his parents...

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Henry, Jim – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Jim Henry, 81, died at home on July 22, 2005, after a long battle with lung cancer. His graveside inurnment service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the military section of Mount Hope Cemetery. Father Camillus Fernando of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral will officiate. Military rites will be under the auspices of the National Guard and Doug Riggs will speak on behalf of the Baker Elks Lodge. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception after the services at the Eagles Lodge, 2935 H St. Jim was born on Aug. 17, 1923, at Denver to John J. Henry and Mary Florence Fellows Henry. He was one of 12 children. Jim attended Catholic schools in Denver, including St. Joseph High School. After high school, he worked in his father’s heating and sheet metal business, learning the trade. In 1940, the family moved to Washington, and Jim again was employed in the sheet metal business at Bremerton, Wash. In May 1943, Jim enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. After training, he was assigned to the 19th bomb squadron, 22nd bomb group. His group was known as the Red Raiders. He was a nose gunner on the B24 Liberator Bomber. Jim flew 40 combat missions in the South Pacific Theatre of World War II. His plane was shot down twice, once over...

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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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