Location: Douglas County OR

Biography of Jesse W. Randall

A leading representative of the agricultural interests of Latah County is Jesse W. Randall, who owns and operates a fine farm pleasantly situated nine miles southeast of Moscow. He is most practical and yet progressive, and his untiring industry and capable management have brought him a handsome competence. He was born in Wisconsin, October 3, 1855, and is of Scotch descent, his paternal great-grandfather having emigrated from Scotland when this country was still a British possession. He settled in New York colony, and when the attempt was made to throw off the yoke of British tyranny he joined the American army and valiantly aided in the struggle for independence. The grandfather, John Randall, was born in the Empire state and married Emily Wasson, also a native of New York. By trade he was a blacksmith. With his wife and six children he removed to Illinois in 1847, locating in Boone county, where he died at the age of sixty years, his wife surviving him until she had passed the eightieth milestone on the journey of life. They were earnest Christian people, and their rectitude of character won them high regard. Almeron Randall, the father of our subject, was born in New York, in 1827, and married Miss Mary Ann Wright, a native of Maine, by whom he had a family of eleven children, eight of whom are yet living....

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Hammack, Harold V. – Obituary

Word has been received of the death Monday of Harold V. Hammack, 54, of Riddle and formerly Hermiston. He was born March 24, 1920, in La Grande. He is survived locally by his mother, Katheryn Martin, of Elgin. Graveside funeral services will be held at the Elgin Cemetery at 3 p.m. Saturday La Grande Observer, January 30, 1975, Page 2 Contributed by: Sue Wells Second Obituary Hammack, Harold V. Harold V. Hammack died Jan. 27, 1975 at Riddle, Ore. He was born in La Grande, Ore., March 24, 1920. He leaves to mourne him one son, Skip Hammack and two grandsons, Jason and Kimmy Hammock all of Riddle; his mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. A.V. Martin, Elgin; his father Leonard Hammack of Washington; three sisters, Mrs. E.C. (Gylene) Arndt, Long Beach, Calif.; Mrs. Bill Austin (Jean), Ontario, Ore. And Mrs. Gene (Pat) McMillan of Milton-Frewater, Ore; One brother, Robert Hammack of Beaver, Ore.; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Services were held at Ganz Chapel at Myrtle Creek, Ore., Friday, Jan. 31, 1975. Concluding graveside services were at the Elgin cemetery Feb. 1, 1975 Source: Bob Bull He thinks this is from the Observer. He found this in a scrap book in the La Grande Family History...

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Ager, Nancy Jane – Obituary

Wallowa County, Oregon Mrs. Nancy Jane Ager passed away last Thursday, February 5 Nancy Jane Dakan was born on February 7, 1860 near Roseburg, Oregon. When only a young girl she moved with her parents to Cricket Flat where she grew to womanhood. She lived a few years at Dayton, Washington and from there moved to the John Day country and later to La Grande. In 1902 she came to Wallowa County and settled on Day Ridge. In 1895 she was married to James Albert Ager. To this union three children were born: Mrs. Sam Davis, Joseph, Charley E. Ager (whereabouts unknown), and Mrs. Bill Forthman, Wallowa. One son by a former marriage, Hiram Powell is deceased. She leaves to mourn her loss her two daughters, ten grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, three sisters, Mrs. Ann Keith (her twin sister) of Touchet, Wash., Mrs. Mary Elkins, Dayton, Wash., and Mrs. Emma Cady, Durkee, Oregon, and a host of other relatives and friends. The last few years of her life were spent with the oldest daughter, Mrs. Sam Davis, in and near Joseph. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon from the Booth chapel with Edwin Beem in charge. Mrs. Garnet Best and Mrs. Gwen Coffin sang “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere” and Last Mile of the Way.” She was laid to rest on her 88th birthday in the Flora cemetery by the...

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Lenington, Pauline Nora – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Services Held For Young Enterprise Mother Pauline Nora Lenington, 30, wife of James R. Lenington of Enterprise, passed away unexpectedly Friday evening July 17, 1953 at the Wallowa Memorial Hospital following a short illness. Daughter of James R. and Nora Anderson, she was born October 15, 1922 at Hood River. Her early childhood was spent in Portland and Oakland, Oregon. When seven years old she moved with her parents to Wallowa where she attended grade school and graduated from high school. Since that time Enterprise has been her home. She married James R. Lenington in 1941 at Weiser, Idaho. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Enterprise and was a devoted church worker, being a member of the Women’s missionary society, the church clerk and a Sunday school teacher. Mrs. Lenington is survived by her husband, James R. Lenington, three small daughters, Carol Ann, Susan Ella, and Laura Lee and her mother Mrs. Nora Anderson, all of Enterprise. Her father James R. Anderson of Ukiah, Oregon; two brothers Kenneth and Wilbur Anderson and one sister Mrs. Arnold (Maxine) Hahn, of Enterprise, and one grandmother, Mrs. Christine Miller of Eagle Point, Oregon. Funeral services, arranged by Booth Bollman Funeral Home, were held Tuesday, July 21 at 2 P.M. at the First Baptist church. Rev. Vern R. Hodges officiated. Mrs. Edith Locke sang “The...

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Evans, John – Obituary

John Evans Passes In Western Oregon John Evans, who for 20 years lived in the Lewis district, died at Marshfield Sunday afternoon, April 24, 1938. He and his wife moved there in the fall of 1934, going to a low altitude on account of Mrs. Evans’ health. Mr. Evans was taken ill more than a year ago, and improved, and then developed a new malady which his physicians believed was cancerous. He was unconscious for more than three days before the end came. Services were held at Marshfield Tuesday and the body was taken to Wenatchee, Washington, for burial after further funeral services. A brother and a sister of Mr. Evans live at Wenatchee. John Evans was born in Ohio October 19, 1870 and moved to the Big Bend district of eastern Washington when it was under development. He moved to Wallowa county in 1913 and took up land on the hill at the head of Butte creek and lived there until he moved to Marshfield. Surviving are his widow and two children, Mrs. John Jacob now living at Curtin, and Paul Evans of Joseph, and three grandchildren. There are also the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Mary Edwards of Montana, Mrs. Jennie Alban of Ohio, David E. Evans of Ohio, P.L. Evans of Chicago, and Daniel Evans of Wenatchee. Mr. Evans mad many friends here who knew him...

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Renfrow, Mary A. Wright Mrs. – Obituary

Services Held For Mary Renfrow Memorial services for Mary A. Renfrow sho passed away Thursday, December 4, 1958 in Forest Grove, where conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. by the Bollman Funeral Home from the Enterprise Church. The Rev. Al Boschee officiated, and Mrs. Don Kooch was organist. Mrs. Al Boschee and Mrs. Delbert Pratt sang “In The Garden” and “The Old Rugged Cross.” Casket bearers were: A.J. Oliver, Oscar Maxwell, James Fleet, Therval Gray, Hubert Johnson, Roy Carper, and vault entombment was in the Enterprise Cemetery. Mrs. Renfrow was the daughter of Jackson and Malinda Wright and was born January 31, 1869 at Myrtle Creek. In 1886 she was married in Lower Cove to Edward Renfrow who preceded her in death in 1936. She had been a resident of Wallowa county for 32 years, moving to Forest Grove a few years ago. She was a member of the Christian Church. She is survived by five sons: Frank, Wallowa; Earl James, Riverbank, California; Ernest Ray, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada; Willis Dale, Sandpoint, Idaho; and Elmer, Coldale, Alberta, Canada; three daughters: Mrs. Eli (Clara) May, La Grande; Miss Edna M. Renfrow, Portland; and Mrs. Ella Johnson, Forest Grove. She also leaves two brothers: Frank Wright, Fontana, California; Willie Wright, Cove; a sister, Mrs. Ellen Green, Bend; 21 grandchildren; and 35 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, December 11,...

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Thompson, Moses C. – Obituary

Moses C. Thompson Zumwalt, Oregon Word has been received in this city that Moses C. Thompson, veteran of the Civil war and resident of this city for many years, died at the G.A.R. home at Roseburg on Monday. Mr. Thompson served in the Navy during the war and was a member of the local post of the G.A.R. He had lived here for about 20 years, where he owned his own home. About two months ago he went to Roseburg. Mr. Thompson leaves a daughter, Mrs. Stein, who lives in Wallowa county at Zumwalt. Wallowa County Reporter, Thursday December 11,...

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Brooks, Leonard H. – Obituary

Enterprise, Oregon Leonard H. Brooks, 86, died April 6, 2005, in Surprise, Ariz. He was born September 26, 1918, in Tucson, Ariz., to Leonard and Elisabeth (Adams) Brooks Sr. As a child, he spent two years living in Mexico and learned to speak Spanish. As a young teenager, he spent a summer living with the Apache Indians and learned the art of bow and arrow making and shooting. After graduating from high school he worked as a cowboy and as a powder man in the mines. During World War II, he was a bomber pilot flying B-25s over Italy. While serving in the Army, he married Dorothy Custis and they had two children, Bamey and Penny. He loved to racehorses, so on his way home from the war he bought his first quarter horse and moved his family to Yoncalla, where he, his father and brother owned a ranch and a small sawmill operation. In 1955 he moved his family to Enterprise. In the late sixties, he divorced and then moved to Alaska in the early seventies. In Alaska, he hunted big game with both rifle and bow and arrow. He loved camping, photography, flying and meeting the many challenges of the Alaskan wilderness. He owned several bush planes while in Alaska. He also enjoyed writing and had several bow hunting articles published. In 1977, he went to the...

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Arant, Allen Marion – Obituary

North Powder, Union County, Oregon Allen Marion Arant, 70, died last Friday at his home near Roseburg. Mr. Arant was the father of Lucian P. Arant of the Baker, Herald, and E.E. Arant, former principal of the North Powder schools, was also a son. North Powder News Saturday, December 5,...

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Stone, Genevieve R. – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Mrs. Karl R. (Genevieve) Stone of 1703 Cedar, died Monday at Grande Ronde Hospital. Mrs. Stone was born in Brier Hill, N.Y.; the daughter of William H. and Amanda Jane (Guernsey) Rogers. She taught music in a Watertown, N.Y., elementary school before she married Karl R. Stone on Aug. 27, 1919, in Watertown. The Stones moved to Oregon in 1920, and in 1943 came to La Grande from the Willamette Valley. They were owners of the Stone Cream Station for 20 years. Mrs. Stone taught school for two years in Reedsport, and was choir director at the Klamath Falls Presbyterian Church for several years. She was a member of the La Grande Presbyterian Church, an ordained deacon, and a member of U.P.W. Besides her husband Karl in La Grande, Mrs. Stone is survived by a daughter, Charlotte Rankin of Island City; sons, David of Long Island, N.Y., and Roger of Eugene; eight grandchildren and other relatives. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church with Rev. Barry Heath officiating. Vault interment will follow at the Hillcrest Cemetery. Those who wish may make contributions in memory of Mrs. Stone to the Cancer Research Fund or the Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund in care of Daniels Valley Funeral Chapel.” La Grande Observer, 5/25/76 Contributed by: Marilynn...

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Stone, Karl R. – Obituary

Karl Roy Stone, a well-known La Grande businessman and longtime head of the Union County Planning Commission, died Saturday at Grande Ronde Hospital. He was 89. Mr. Stone, of 1703 Cedar St., was born on Sept. 15, 1895, in Sterling, Kan., to Robert and Amalia “Mollie” Birk. He served with the U.S. Army during World War I, and was corporal of the honor guards at the funeral of Buffalo Bill Cody at Pike’s Peak, Colo. He married Genevieve Rogers at Watertown, N.Y., on Aug. 27, 1919. The couple homesteaded near Reedsport in 1920, and Mr. Stone owned and operated the Reedsport Creamery from 1921 to 1926. He was in the creamery business in Klamath Falls, Eugene, Springfield and Portland from 1926 until 1945, when the couple moved to La Grande. Mr. Stone owned and operated Stone’s Cream Station from 1945 to 1960, and served as Union County fruit fly inspector from 1960 to 1965. He served as administrator for the Union County Planning Commission from December 1965 until June 1976. Mr. Stone was a member and deacon emeritus of the First United Presbyterian Church of La Grande. He was a member of the La Grande Lodge No. 41 A.F. & A.M., Baker Consistory Scottish Rite; Union Council No. 5 Royal and Select Masons, La Grande Chapter 9 Royal Arch Masons; Eastern Oregon Commandary No. 6 Knight Templar, Al Kader...

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Shoemaker, Huldah – Obituary

Cove, Union County, Oregon Shoemaker-At Cove, Union County, Oregon December 20, 1888, Mrs. Huldah Shoemaker, aged 27 years, 10 months and 5 days. She was born in Wasco county, Oregon, February 15, 1861. From there her parents, Mr. and Mrs. P.W. Williams, moved to Douglas county in 1884. She came with her uncle from Looking Glass, Douglas county to Cove, in the fall of 1885 on a visit and formed the acquaintance of William Shoemaker and they were united in marriage May 2, 1886. She was honored by all from her childhood up and loved most by those who knew her best. Her husband while arranging the pillows spoke encouraging words but she was doubtful of her own recovery and told him not to worry. On the eve before her death; as one of the neighbor ladies was taking her leave said; “I bid you good bye, I hope you will be better tomorrow.” She answered; “I hope so as I have something to live for.” She leaves a husband and two small children, the youngest but a few days old, to mourn her loss. She was but as a smile, which glistens in a tear. Seen but a little while, But oh how loved, how dear. Shed not for her, the bitter tear. Nor give the heart to vain regret “Tis but the casket that lies here The...

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Yeske, Golden – Obituary

Yeske, James Golden – 57, of Roseburg, passed away October 13, 1984. He was born October 19, 1926, in La Grande, Oregon. On October 9, 1948, in Portland, Oregon, he married his wife Beverly and they lived in the Roseburg area since the early 1950s. Golden had been a teacher in the Roseburg area Elementary schools for many years and a member of the First Christian Church here in Roseburg. He was the President of the Umpqua Coin Club. Survivors include his wife, Beverly Yeske of Roseburg; 1 son, Shaun Yeske of Pocatello, Idaho; his mother, Faye Yeske, his brother, Richard Yeske and his sister, June Folson, all of La Grande, Oregon; numerous nieces and nephews and many close friends. Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 18, 1984, at 11 A. M. at the First Christian Church of Roseburg, on the corner of Douglas and Kane Streets with Pastor Linton Elwell officiating. Interment to follow at the Roseburg Memorial Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions have been requested to be made to the Oregon Heart Association. These may be left at the service or at Wilson’s Chapel Of The Roses Funeral Home who are in charge of arrangements. The News-Review Roseburg, Oregon Wednesday, October 17, 1984 Page 22 Contributed by: Tom Childers Portland,...

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Sims, Leonard – Obituary

Truck Kills Sims, Former Powderite Leonard Sims, 60, who farmed the place now occupied by Ben Biais on Clover Creek, some years ago, died Wednesday from a broken neck suffered when a truck he was operating went over a bank near Elkton on the Reedsport highway last Sunday morning. Sims was taken to the Pacific Christian hospital in Eugene after the accident, and clung to life for two days. Sims left here about ten years ago, when Ben Biais took possession of the Clover Creek ranch. He had farmed the place for two years, according to William Hudelson, North Powder pioneer merchant. He was married when he was here, and is believed to have been a native of Grant county. North Powder News – Oregon Trail Weekly Friday April 17, 1931 Transcribed by Charlotte...

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Thomson, Jeremiah B. – Obituary

Jeremiah B. Thomson was born in Virginia, April 10, 1886, and moved to Evening Shade, Arkansas when a small boy. He passed away at Roseberg, Oregon in his 87th year. His father was married twice. To his first marriage two sons were born – James and Malcolm; to the second marriage two children were born -Jeremiah and Narcissa. His brother Malcolm and his parents died in Arkansas. James married and with Jerry and Narcissa came to Oregon. Narcissa married James Vickers and resides at Winlock, Oregon. In 1855 and 1856, Jerry served the Government as a scout to the immigrants who were settling in Southern Oregon. In 1873 he was married to Miss. Mary R. McComas. To this union three children were born – two sons preceeded him to the great beyond. He is survived by his widow of Union, his daughter, Mrs. Elma T. Havemann, one grad daughter Miss Doria Havemann, of Woodburn, Oregon, his sister of Win? (Unable to read the rest of obituary) Contributed by: Larry...

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