Location: Des Moines Iowa

Biography of Mary Pearl Smith, D. O.

Mary Pearl Smith, D. O. The theory upon which osteopathy rests is that most diseases and pains are due to some mechanical interference not permitting a free flow of forces and nourishment between the parts of the human anatomy so as to establish normal tissue and harmony of conditions. This adjustment theory had long since passed the experimental stage, and osteopathy is now a widely recognized science. It is a sane factor in lessening the suffering of mankind, and through it, in many thousands of cases, there had been re-established harmony of conditions and action known as health. A capable and enthusiastic exponent of this school of healing is Mary Pearl Smith, D. O., whose professional career had been characterized by truly remarkable results. She had been a resident of Fredonia since January, 1914, and during three years had built up a large and representative practice. Doctor Smith was born at Jefferson, Montgomery County, Kansas, July 27, 1887, and is a daughter of Emery Erwin and Mabel Dean (Simpson) Smith. She traces her lineage to an English family which came to America and settled in New York during the days of the colonies. Her paternal grandfather was Ephraim Lynn Smith, who was born about 1832 in Southern Indiana, where he grew to manhood. Later he became a pioneer farmer near Carlyle, Allen County, Kansas, in 1866, and then near...

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Biography of Samuel C. Varner

Samuel C. Varner, a retired banker and merchant at Moran, is a veteran of the Civil war, and was one of the earliest business men to locate in Moran. His paternal ancestors came out of Germany and were colonial settlers in Pennsylvania. Samuel C. Varner was born in Pennsylvania at Monongahcla on December 10, 1845. His grandfather, John Varner, was born in the eastern part of that state at Lancaster, was a cabinet maker by trade, was a soldier in the War of 1812, and spent most of his years at Monongahela City and at Pittsburg. He married Elizabeth McKnight, of Maysville, Kentucky. She died at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. John McKnight Varner, father of Samuel C., was born at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, March 26, 1817. He spent his early life at Pittsburg, was married at Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, and then lived for a number of years at Monongahela City. In early life he was a glass blower by trade, subsequently became a merchant, and in March, 1857, he came west and located at Canton in Fulton County, Illinois. After coming to Illinois he followed the trade of painter. In 1867 he went to Bushnell, Illinois, and that city was his home the rest of his life. However, he died while on a visit to Moran, Kansas, in October, 1895. He was laid to rest at his old home in Bushnell. Though quite...

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Biography of William George Jack, M. D.

William George Jack, M. D. Though born and reared on a farm and spending most of his early years in the vicinity of Chautauqua, William G. Jack had an early ambition for a professional career and gratified it after a thorough course in colleges and clinics and for the past fifteen years had successfully practiced as a physician and surgeon at Chautauqua. He is regarded as one of the best informed physicians and most skillful surgeons in this section of the state. A resident of Chautauqua County since he was nine years of age, William George Jack was born in Des Moines, Iowa, July 24, 1874. His father A. J. Jack was born in Scotland in 1831, and in 1833 was brought to Ameriea by his parents who settled near Coshocton, Ohio. In that Ohio community he grew up and married, and becoming a carpenter and builder followed that trade in both Ohio and Iowa. In 1883 he came to Kansas and was one of the earliest contractors and builders in the Town of Chautauqua. For a number of years he also conducted a lumber yard and hardware business in that town, but giving up his commercial activities he retired in 1903 to his farm a mile northwest of Chautauqua, where he now lives. He is eighty-five years of age and had had a long and useful career. During...

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Southwick, Arthur – Obituary

Wallowa, Oregon Saturday evening Mr. and Mrs. B. E. Southwick of Promise received word that their son, Arthur, who was a Corporal in Company A, 14th Infantry was seriously ill with pneumonia. They immediately left for Fort Dodge near Des Moines where he was stationed. Monday word came that he had died of pneumonia following an attack of Spanish Influenza. Wire was immediately dispatched to them and they were over taken at Sidney, Nebr. and returned home at once. The body will be sent to Wallowa for burial by the government. Wallowa County Reporter, Thursday October 17, 1918 Monday morning Corporal Hughes of the 14th Infantry arrived from Camp Dodge, Iowa, with the body of Corporal Arthur Patterson Southwick who died October 13th of pneumonia following an attack of Spanish Influenza. Three years ago he enlisted in the regular army and served for eighteen months when he was discharged for physical disability. When war with Germany was declared he enlisted at once being the first volunteer from Wallowa county. He was sent to Alaska. Last winter he was made a Corporal and was just ready for a position as Sergeant when he was taken ill. His company had just returned from Alaska and he was taken from the train at Camp Dodge, Illinois. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Oct. 22, from the Methodist church conducted by Rev. Pratt of...

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Conner, C. W. – Obituary

Mrs. H.H. Hug and Mrs. I. Denham received a telegram Wednesday morning from Des Moines, Iowa, conveying the sad news of the death of their father, C.W. Conner, which occurred Tuesday, Sept 12. Mr. Conner had been ill for several months and died from paralysis. Elgin Recorder Friday September 15,...

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Hixson, Jacob DeHaven – Obituary

Pioneer Resident Here Succumbs Jacob DeHaven Hixson, 79, 2111 Maple street, retired railroader, died at 4:15 a. m. today at a local hospital. He was born December 24, 1864 at Des Moines, Iowa, and had been a resident of La Grande for six years. He had come to Oregon in 1883, settling in Baker. He is survived by his widow, Maria M., and 10 children. Earl Hixson of Hermiston, Mrs. Myrtle Pearce of Pendleton, Marion Hixson of Pendleton, Robert Hixson of Reith, Marinda Brown of Portland, Cecil Hixson of Telocaset, Neil Hixson of Phoenix, Arizona, Mrs. Lura Young of La Grande, Lowell Hixson of Cascade Locks, Jack Hixson of Weatherby, 29 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held 2 p. m. Thursday, March 30 at Snodgrass funeral home with the Rev. Lester [Carlson]? officiating. Burial will be in the Island City cemetery. La Grande Evening Observer, Monday, 27 March 1944, Page 6. Contributed by: Robert C....

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Reynolds, M. M. – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon M. M. Reynolds Passes Away Has Been Ill For The Past Several Months Was One of Early Pioneers of This County, Coming Here in 1876, Retired 15 Years Ago Merritt M. Reynolds, one of the early settlers in Grande Ronde valley, passed away last evening at his home, 1607 Adams avenue, following an extended illness lasting for the past year. Born in Chautauqua county, New York, Mr. Reynolds later went to Indiana with his family and then later to Des Moines, Iowa. On February 8, 1861, he was married to Miss Mary A. Wheeler. To this union, two sons were born, James Edward or this city, and Henry M., deceased. In the fall of 1875, Mr. Reynolds moved to Sacramento, California, but only remained there for a few months, when he came to La Grande where he has reside ever since. Linked up with the history of those early days, the first work of Mr. Reynolds in reaching the Grande Ronde valley in March 1876, was for the late Joseph Palmer, at the saw mill. Later, Mr. Reynolds began farming, owning one of the fine ranches of the valley located just a few miles southeast of La Grande. He remained on the farm until about 15 years ago, when Mrs. And Mrs. Reynolds retired and move to their Adams avenue home where they have...

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Willits, Alvin Ray – Obituary

North Powder Alvin Ray Willits, 65, of North Powder, died June 15, 2004, at his home. His graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Lane Memorial Gardens, 5300 West 11th Ave., Eugene. Visitations will be from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Lane Memorial Gardens Chapel. Mr. Willits was born on Feb. 4, 1939, at Des Moines, Iowa, to Raymond Dewey and Stella Marie Monroe Willits. As a small child, he moved with his family to Eugene, where he attended school. In August 1968, he married Kara-Jo Dean-Mather. He worked as a driver and a mechanic for Swift Logging Co. at Springfield. In 1980, Alvin and Kara-Jo moved to North Powder where they owned and operated Evans Corner Grocery Store. Alvin also drove farm trucks for Kerns Ranch and Browne’s Haying and drove school bus for the North Powder School District. Alvin enjoyed fishing, deer and elk hunting, and spending time with his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Raymond and Stella Willits; sisters, Eva Wyatt, Lucille and her husband, Addy, and Clovalee; brother, Leland Willits; and a nephew, LeRoy Wyatt. Survivors include his wife, Kara-Jo Willits; four daughters, Lisa Fouts, and her husband, Jason, of Union; Tami Myers of Eugene, Janie Sweeney and her husband, John, of Eugene, LaVona Mathers and her husband, Ed Wallace, of Eugene;...

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McNeil, Catherine Audna – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Catherine Audna McNeil, 90, of La Grande, died Dec. 20. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the La Grande Church of the Nazarene. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center in La Grande is in charge of arrangements. Catherine was born Jan. 13, 1917, to Walter and Laura (Wittenburg) Winburn in Des Moines, Iowa. The family moved to the Grande Ronde Valley when she was young. On Aug. 1, 1937, she married Bertrand L. McNeil in La Grande. While their son was young she stayed at home and was involved with the PTA. When he got into junior high she worked at the soda fountain at Powell Graham’s Drug Store. She later worked for Radio Music Supply and then Williamson Insurance before working in the county treasurer’s office until her retirement. Catherine was a member of the La Grande Church of the Nazarene and was active with the Helen Temple Missionary group. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and loved planting flowers. She enjoyed camping, making afghans, going to the coast and cooking. She enjoyed her trip to Hawaii for their 60th anniversary and the Alaskan cruise they took for their 65th anniversary, both in the company of their son and daughter-in-law. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Sherry McNeil; grandchildren and their spouses; several great-grandchildren; sister...

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Hanson, Richard Lee “Dick” – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Richard Lee “Dick” Hanson, 69, died May 7, 2005 at Pacific Specialty & Rehab Care in Vancouver, Wash., from complications of a stroke. Disposition was by cremation. There will be no funeral. A celebration of his life will be scheduled later this spring in Baker City to allow distant friends and relatives to attend. Dick was born on Feb. 21, 1936, at Des Moines, Iowa. He attended high school at Des Moines and graduated from Iowa State University at Ames with a bachelor’s degree in forestry. He married Laura Sue McCollum on June 14, 1959. Dick and Sue moved to Oregon in 1963, when Dick took a job with the Bureau of Land Management in Eugene. They moved to Baker City in 1981, and he retired from the BLM in 1994. Dick was a longtime member of the U.S. Army Reserve. Survivors include his wife, Sue, of Baker City; his son, Tim Hanson, of Corvallis; his daughter, Cindy Hanson, of St. Paul, Minn.; and his beloved dog, Max. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Bob. In lieu of gifts or flowers, the family suggests that those who wish to remember him plant a tree, because he knew and loved the forest so well. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, May 13, 2005 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Hanson, Sue Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Sue Hanson, 66, of Baker City died June 14, 2005, at Ashley Manor after a five-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She joins her husband, Dick, who died six weeks earlier. Today would have been their 46th wedding anniversary. Disposition was by cremation. There will be no funeral. A celebration and remembrance for Sue and Dick will be scheduled this summer to allow distant friends and relatives to attend. Sue was born on April 6, 1939, at Des Moines, Iowa. She graduated from high school at Des Moines and married Richard Lee “Dick” Hanson on June 14, 1959. In 1963, Dick and Sue moved to Oregon, where Sue worked for many years as a library aide at Howard Elementary School in Eugene. They moved to Baker City in 1981, where Sue became the owner of The Country Store and Yogurt Shop. Survivors include her son, Tim Hanson, of Corvallis; her daughter, Cindy Hanson, of St. Paul, Minn.; and her brothers, Jim McCollum of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Grant McCollum of Des Moines, Iowa. In lieu of gifts or flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, June 17, 2005 Transcribed by: Belva...

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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 A. R. Buzick

A. R. Buzick. Identified with many of the leading interests of Lincoln County, Kansas, and particularly with those of Sylvan Grove, A. R. Buzick, who is president of the Sylvan State Bank, which he organized in May, 1892, is one of the representative business men of this section of the state and a vital factor in its future as in its past development. Not only was Mr. Buzick the original settler of Sylvan Grove, but there are few of the town’s substantial enterprises with which he or his immediate family have not been intimately concerned. A. R. Buzick was born in the City of Des Moines, Iowa, October 11, 1852. His parents were Henry S. and Mary Buzick, the former born in Ohio in 1818 and the latter in 1821, and both died at Lincoln, Kansas, the mother in 1910 and the father in 1907. They had two children: A. R. and Alice, the latter of whom is the widow of William Graham, who was a farmer, and she resided at Salina, Kansas. Henry S. Buzick came to Lincoln County, Kansas, in 1870, bringing with him the first large herd of cattle ever driven into this county. He became an extensive farmer and stockman here and prospered greatly. He accumulated land in this and other sections before retiring from active life, in 1902, and at the time of his...

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Biography of Edward P. Cadwell

EDWARD P. CADWELL. – This substantial capitalist of Washington, and leading member of the legal profession of Tacoma, was born in Independence, Iowa, December 23, 1855, and was the son of Carlos C. and Emily E. (Ross) Cadwell, his mother having been a sister of Chief Justice Ross of Vermont. He resided in his native town, where he attended a public school, and in his seventeenth year entered the Iowa State Agricultural College, graduating as civil engineer in 1875. Returning home, he became principal for one year of the grammar department of the high school at Independence. Upon the completion of this task, he entered Simpson’s Law College of Des Moines, Iowa, form which he graduated in1877. On receiving his degree, he located in Logan, Iowa, and began the practice of his profession. Two years later he removed to Council Bluffs, where he built up a large business. Learning of the possibilities of the greater West, he came in 1885 to Washington, locating at Tacoma, where he opened an office and invested largely in real estate, from which he has reaped a golden harvest. In 1887 Mr. Cadwell for a time made Ellensburgh his home, and while there purchased a large amount of valuable real estate, among which was the well-known Johnson Hotel, a large three-story frame building. In 1888 he built as an addition a beautiful three-story brick,...

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Van Hoomissen, Condon J. “Jerry” – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Condon J. “Jerry” Van Hoomissen, 76, a longtime Baker City resident, died July 4, 2003, at his home. His graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Hope Cemetery. The Rev. Robert C. Irwin of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral will conduct the service. After the committal, family and friends are invited to the Van Hoomissen home at 320 Foothill Drive to swap stories and visit. Food and drink will be provided, but if you wish to bring a dish to share, please do so, it will be appreciated. Jerry was born on Jan. 24, 1927, at Des Moines, Iowa. He was the only child of Jerome August “Van” and Winifred Degreta “Peggy” (Moffat) Van Hoomissen. He went to work for the Willamette Iron Works in July 1943 as a machine rigger. He graduated from Columbia Preparatory School in May 1944. After graduation, he went to work for Pacific Bell Telephone Co. He joined the U.S. Army in March 1946 and was stationed at Camp Crowder, Mo., in the Signal Training Regiment. He transferred to Fort Monmouth, N.J., and was in Signal Corps School there. He was honorably discharged in April 1947. He returned to work at Pacific Bell in Portland as an installer. He attended TV & Radio School and got his license to install communication radios. He worked in Portland, Medford and...

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