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Harding, Clara Golson Mrs. – Obituary

Clara Harding, 91, of Halfway died March 9, 2006. Her funeral took place Sunday at the Pine Valley Christian Center in Halfway. On Saturday at noon a service will be held at the Springfield Faith Center in Springfield. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception to follow. Interment will be at Lane Memorial Gardens in Eugene. Clara Irene Harding was born Aug. 12, 1914, on the family homestead in Big Stone Township, three miles from Corinth, N.D., to Sever Ellefson and Inga Jeanette Golson. Clara was educated at the country school in Big Stone Township at Corinth, N.D., and graduated from high school at Wild Rose, N.D., in 1932. She then attended Minot Teachers College and received her teacher’s certificate in Elementary Education. Her first teaching job was near Wildrose, N.D. In 1938 she came to Oregon and received her master’s degree from Monmouth Teachers College; there she also received her Oregon Teaching Certificate. She first taught in Myrtle Creek. Then she moved to Eugene in 1940, and taught in a one-room country schoolhouse at Wolf Creek, just outside Eugene. On June 14, 1940, she married Vernon Harding in Eugene, where they lived for 65 years. Clara and Vern loved to dance; they met at a dance hall in North Dakota and after they were married took ballroom dancing classes at Arthur Murray Studio of Dance,...

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Schuchardt, Anna Dolores Davis Mrs. – Obituary

David T. Pattee Jr., 54, a former Baker City resident, died March 13, 2006, at Roseburg. Mr. Pattee was born July 16, 1951, in Portland, and he was raised and educated in the Portland area, graduating from Centennial High School. In recent years he lived in Bend, Baker City and most recently in Roseburg. The loves of his life were fishing and golfing. He is survived by his sister, Kathleen Pattee of Portland; a daughter, Ashley Bessey, and two grandchildren, Caiden and Choloe Bessey, all of Redmond; his mother, Donna Pattee, sister, Polly Pattee and niece, Summer, all of Gresham; special friends Rudi Spain of Gresham and Roger Kirkendall of Roseburg; and his many friends in Baker City. Contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, March 17, 2006 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Biography of Thomas Johnson

THOMAS JOHNSON. – The gentleman whose name appears above belongs to three towns on the east slope of the Cascades, – Goldendale, Ellensburgh and Cle-Elum; and it may almost be said that in the course of their development these three towns belong to him. At least, he has been a leading and constructive spirit in them. He is a native of Canada, where he was born in 1839, and came to this coast in search of the golden fleece at Caribou in 1862. The Province, however, detained him but a year; and he came down to Rockland opposite The Dalles, employing himself in running the ferry across the Columbia. Going to Canada in 1866, he married Miss Connell, and after his return to his Rockland home made a number of rapid shifts. all of which advanced him on the road to fortune. He operated the ferry a year, was in the cattle business on the Klikitat two years, and bought sixteen hundred acres of land near Rockland and farmed three years. Going now to the site of Goldendale with the autocratic license of the king or frontiersman, he laid out the city, built the first store, built a gristmill, and followed this with a sawmill. In 1880 he established the bank. With the construction of the Northern Pacific Railroad towards the Cascade Mountains, he went to Ellensburgh, reaching that...

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Bergman, Rachel D. – Obituary

Rachel D. Bergman, 8, of Glendale, a former Baker City resident, died Nov. 15, 2000, from injuries sustained in a car accident near Canyonville. Her funeral was Wednesday at the Mountain View Memorial Chapel at Myrtle Creek. Pastor Dan Jocoy officiated. Burial was at the Canyonville Masonic Cemetery. Rachel was born on Dec. 28, 1991, at Roseburg to Tammy Bergman. She was a third-grader at Glendale Elementary School. She was a happy, pleasant-natured little girl. She loved playing dress up with her Barbie dolls and also loved to fashion clothes for them from paper. She was very creative and enjoyed making crafts of all sorts. She was warm and loving and always greeted family and friends with both a smile and hug. She loved animals, particularly her little dog, Chico. She will be dearly missed. Survivors include her mother, Tammy Bergman Simpson; two sisters, Brandy Simpson and Kimberly Morris, at home; her grandparents, Roy and Sue Bergman of Riddle; a great-grandfather, Harry Bergman of Lacygne, Kan.; an aunt, Janet Bergman of Azalea; and her cousins, other relatives and many friends. Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, November 24, 2000 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Erskine, Dorothy F. Rydall Mrs. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Dorothy F. Erskine, 85, a La Grande resident, died Sept. 23, 2002, at Wildflower Lodge in La Grande. A family gathering to honor her will be scheduled later. Disposition was by cremation. Mrs. Erskine was born at Elkton on Sept. 6, 1917, to Walter and Ellene Rydall. She graduated high school in Salem. She married Reginald Erskine in 1936 and over the years they moved to several Oregon towns. Mrs. Erskine was a CPA and a municipal auditor in Springfield for several years. She and her husband worked for Southern Pacific Railroad until retirement. She liked to fish, hunt, knit and read. She belonged to the Order of the Eastern Star at Roseburg. Survivors include her daughter, Diane Cessna of La Grande; two grandsons, Scott Cumpston of Canby and Doug Cumpston of Roseburg; granddaughter, Teri Weems of North Powder; three great-grandchildren; nephew, James Schaeffer of Yakima, Wash.; and niece, Donna Selsor of Bend. She was preceded in death by her husband. Memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon Health and Science University cancer research department in Portland or any Eastern Star Chapter Cancer Research Fund through Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, October 4, 2002 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Biography of Flemming R. Hill

FLEMMING R. HILL. – Mr. Hill’s experiences have been so varied and extensive, and his services on this coast so valuable, that we can here give but enough to serve as specimens. He was born in Overton county, Tennessee, in 1824. In 1829 he accompanied his parents west to a new home in Missouri, and in 1844, was ready for adventures of his own account. With three companions he set forth to the Rocky Mountains, but at the rendezvous left their enterprise, and joined himself as teamster to a train of emigrants bound for Oregon. The trip across the plains was varied with many exciting and amusing incidents. Being weather-bound a day at Ash Hollow, a few hours were spent in exploring a cave filled with bones, said to be those of a party of trappers killed by the Indians. At the north fork of the Platte, Mr. Hill had a very narrow escape. After the train had crossed the ford, it only remained to cross the cattle. When this was commenced, it was found that one of the company was on foot and unable to get over. Hill offered to lend him his horse, and to take the chances of crossing upon one of the cattle. The cattle entered the river by a buffalo trail, which made a deep cut in the bank of the stream. As the...

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Biography of Hon. Rufus Mallory

HON. RUFUS MALLORY. – Mr. Rufus Mallory, one of the most prominent members of the legal fraternity in the State of Oregon, is of New England stock, his parents having been born and raised in Connecticut. Our subject himself was born on the 10th of June, 1831, at Coventry, Chenango county, New York, from where he moved with his parents in the fall of that year to Alleghany county, and six years later to Steuben county in the same state. In the latter place he resided until 1855, when he went to New London, Iowa, where he remained until 1858. In September of that year he started for Oregon, reaching Jacksonville on the 1st of January, 1859. From there he proceeded northward as far as Roseburg, where he remained until the fall of 1862, when he moved to Salem, having in the meantime married, June 24, 1860, Miss Lucy A. Rose, daughter of Aaron Rose, founder and proprietor of the town of Roseburg. From 1862 until December, 1887, he maintained his residence at Salem, when he moved to Portland, Oregon, and has since made that city his home. Having thus given a brief outline of Mr. Mallory’s career, it will be most interesting to go back to his earliest days and follow his life through its devious windings up to the present time. That portion of New York to...

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Daugherty, Kenneth A. – Obituary

Kenneth A. Daugherty, 69, of Grants Pass, a former Baker City resident, died Jan. 15, 2002, at the Three Rivers Community Hospital at Grants Pass. His memorial service was Jan. 19 at Newman United Methodist Church with the Rev. Brett Strobel officiating. Private interment was at Hillcrest Memorial Park. Lundberg’s L.B. Hall Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Daugherty was born on Aug. 16, 1932, at Haines. He attended Baker High School and graduated from the University of Oregon at Eugene. He married Lola Lynn on Sept. 2, 1961, at Roseburg. They moved to Grants Pass from Portland in 1969. He had owned and operated Irish Graphic Products since 1981. Mr. Daughtery had served on the Grants Pass School District 7 board for the past 22 years. In a story published in the (Grants Pass) Daily Courier newspaper, fellow board member Cliff Kuhlman remembered Daugherty as a dedicated public servant instrumental in the campaign and decision to build a new Grants Pass High School. “He kept saying it over and over that it had to be a new high school so that we finally all believed him,” Kuhlman said. “He was a man of great faith that we needed top-notch facilities and he was willing to go to the wall for it.” School board member Rich Ward worked closely with Daugherty on the high school construction committee,...

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Lewis, Ruth Everest Mrs. – Obituary

Ruth Everest Lewis, 90, of Roseburg, a former Baker City resident, died Feb. 2, 2002, at a private home in Roseburg. Her private family graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Morris Hills Cemetery at Boise under the direction of Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel. Ruth Everest Lewis was born in 1911 at White Bird, Idaho. She was the first of the five children born to Ethel Bourland Everest and George A. Everest. The family soon moved to Grangeville, Idaho. Ruth was educated in the Grangeville, Idaho, and Brownsville, N.Y., schools and then entered Blair Business College at Spokane, Wash. Her career as a legal secretary included work in county offices of Idaho County at Grangeville, state offices in Boise and federal offices in Washington, D.C., and in offices of corporations in Portland. After her marriage on Sept. 29, 1945, to William F. “Bill” Lewis, an art education instructor in the Baker schools, Ruth worked for the school superintendent and also for an appraisal engineer. Ruth and Bill loved to explore the West. During Bill’s summer vacations they took their young sons on car trips all over the Northwest, California, Montana, Canada and traveled by train to Texas. Throughout the years, Ruth was a constant champion of her younger brothers and sisters. She helped them through college and gave them encouragement and support in their lives. On her husband’s...

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Biography of General Joseph Lane

GENERAL JOSEPH LANE. – Joseph Lane first saw the light of day in North Carolina, December 14, 1801. He was reared in Henderson county, Kentucky. At the early age of twenty he was married to Miss Polly Hart, soon afterwards settling in Vanderburg county, Indiana, where he followed the humble life of a farmer for twenty-five years. While in the pursuit of this occupation, he was prominent as a leader in all matter of enterprise in the county. He soon drifted into politics, and was chosen to represent the county in the state legislature. He was continued in the same trust as long as he resided in the county. When the Mexican war began, the state senator resigned his seat, and prepared to enter the hostilities, when he was elected colonel of the Second Regiment of Indian Volunteers, and was ordered to report for duty at General Taylor’s headquarters at Brazos, Texas, which was then the seat of war. It was just prior to the battle of Buena Vista that General Lane was actively employed; and he took an active part in the glorious victory achieved by the American troops, commanding the left wing of Taylor’s army. During this engagement he was severely wounded by a bullet in the left shoulder; but, nothing daunted, he remained upon the field at his post of duty, suffering great pain, until the...

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Biography of Aaron Rose

AARON ROSE. – This gentleman, one of the earliest pioneers of the Umpqua valley, was born in Ulster county, in the State of New York, June 20, 1813, and was raised a farmer. He was married to Minerva Kelley in 1838. He crossed the plains with his family in 1851, arriving at Foster’s August 22d, and came directly to the valley of the South Umpqua, and settled at the mouth of Deer creek, upon the present site of the flourishing city of Roseburg, Oregon, September 23, 1851. He at once built a house and engaged in farming, in which he was very successful. His house was for many years used as a tavern, which will be kindly remembered by all the old pioneers who used to pack or travel over the road to and from the mines. In 1854 the county-seat of Douglas county was removed by a vote of the people, from Winchester to Mr. Rose’s farm, when a town was surveyed, which was named Roseburg by its settlers. Mr. Rose showed his liberality at the time by donating the site for the public buildings, and contributing one thousand dollars towards the erection of the first courthouse. He was elected a member of the territorial legislature of 1855-56; but he has never since been a candidate for any office. Possessing great energy, he has always been foremost in...

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Biographical Sketch of Frank Mitchell

FRANK MITCHELL. – This gentleman is a brother of Mr. Matthew Mitchell, mentioned elsewhere. Born in Missouri in 1839, he was one of the ten children who crossed the plains with the parents and made their home in the lovely Looking Glass valley, Douglas county. Removing with his father in 1863 to The Cove, he assisted him in keeping the ferry, and later, the toll-bridge on the Ruckle road. The young man brought a few head of cattle of his own, and by good management soon had a fine herd. In1869 he drove three hundred animals to Nevada, and in 1878, with his brother, drove a band of five hundred to Cheyenne. In 1879 he made his residence upon his farm at The Cove, Oregon, having a neat cottage and other perquisites. He owns also a hay ranch of three hundred and twenty acres, with a large number of cattle and other stock. In1888 he was married to Miss Malinda Lynch, of Yamhill county. He has an honorable record as member of the Home Guards during the Indian war of...

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Biography of Hon. Elisha Ping

HON. ELISHA PING. – In this kindly face we see another of the honored pioneers of the Pacific Northwest. Born in Pulaski county, Kentucky, March 13, 1819, Mr. Ping’s early years were spent in the chase after the fascinating phantom of “Out West” which lured so many of our best people to these pleasant shores. His early years were spent in Illinois and Indiana. In the latter state he was married in 1840 to Miss Lucretia Kuykendall. She died in December,1863. In 1851, Mr. Ping, with his young family, went to Wisconsin; but they still yearned for the “Westmost West,” and the next year set out across the plains for Oregon. Reaching his destination in safety, he made St. Helens his first stopping-place. After short residences in St. Helens, and in Douglas and Linn counties successively, Mr. Ping removed in 1860, to Dayton, Washington Territory. His original homestead is now part of the townsite of Dayton. That beautiful and fertile region was then part of Walla Walla county, Columbia not having yet been created. Mr. Ping served his county two terms as county commissioner, with conspicuous ability. His first term began in 1864. He was first elected to the legislature in 1867, again in 1871 and again in 1873. He was elected to the council in 1875 and also in 1877, and again to the assembly in 1883. He...

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Biography of Henry H. Woodward

HENRY H. WOODWARD. – The life of a pioneer of any country is a hard one. But the pioneer of the Pacific coast had really more to contend with than his early brother of any other state east or west of the great Mother of Waters. His daily life was not only one of almost unendurable hardship and privation, with the eternal gnawings of want; but it was also beset with imminent danger; and he was in continued dread of death from the poisoned arrow of the red man, or his more fortunate fellow who used a gun. The pioneer of this coast held himself in ever readiness to go to the front, at a moment’s call, to assist in the subjugation of the various bands of Indians who held retreats in the mountain fastnesses which chain and interchain the country on every side, and who were continually swooping down upon the little handful of settlers in every section, and ofttimes massacring them before the news of their arrival could be sent form house to house. Taking a complete history of all the tribes that ever inhabited this continent, as far as we have any knowledge, the tribes which roamed the Pacific coast at will for untold ages, were the most treacherous, brutal, savage and warlike, perhaps because they were virtually cut off from the rest of the world;...

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Biographical Sketch of Joseph A. Thomas

JOSEPH A. THOMAS. – This leading citizen of Gilliam county and a “native son” of our state, was born in Douglas county, September 18, 1854. With his parents he moved to Jefferson, Marion county, in 1862, and was furnished with good educational advantages, attending upon the excellent common-school of that town. In 1874 he went into business with his father, E.N. Thomas, a merchant with headquarters at Jefferson, but also with branch houses in various other localities, and indeed much occupied in other lines, such as livestock, of which he had accumulated as many as ten thousand head in Washington Territory; and who also maintained a large drug business in Arlington. This father has now retired from active business and lives at his home in Jefferson, having buried there his first wife, Margaret, née Cosper, who died in September, 1888, leaving two boys and one girl, – Laura G., Rosco and Clyde. Mr. Joseph A. Thomas, our subject, who early took charge of the business in Eastern Oregon, is one of the representative men of Arlington, and indeed of all Gilliam county, and is much respected by all associated with him. He has been publicly honored by the people, having been elected mayor of Arlington in 1886 and re-elected to the same office in 1887. He was elected county treasurer of Gilliam county in 1886, and served two years....

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