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Obituary of Lester E. Hammack

Jamison, Oregon—Lester E. Hammack 89, of Jamison, died July 13,1989, in a Vale nursing home. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the First Christian Church in Vale, Rev. Paul Ratzlaff officiating. Internment will follow at Valley View Cemetery in Vale, under the direction of Lienkaemper Chapel of Vale. He was born June 12, 1900 in Lostine, Oregon, the son of John L. and Alice Bohannon Hammack. He moved with his parents and lived in Elgin, Echo and Milton-Freewater, Oregon before moving to Cow Valley in 1918. He moved to Jamison in 1920 where he ranched and farmed. He married Crystal Cammann August 28, 1924 in Payette, Idaho. She preceded him in death January 9, 1978 in Ontario, Oregon. He continued to reside in Jamison. He was a member of the Christian Church in Vale and a past Malheur County Commissioner, member of the Malheur County Cattlemen’s Association and director of the Dell Cemetery and a director of various other boards. Survivors include, one daughter, Verna M. Hammack of Vale, a son and daughter-in-law, W.C. ‘Bud’ and Lorraine Hammack of Jamison, four grand-daughters, Jeanie Singleton of Jamison, Cathy Reinke of Gooding, Idaho, Susan Snyder and Connie Brinton, both of Ontario, nine great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, many grand nieces and grandnephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, three half-brothers, two half-sisters and one...

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Biography of Hon. James H. Koontz

HON. JAMES H. KOONTZ. – It is a mistake to suppose that all the fortunes are made in the large places. Many of the most considerable competences on the coast have been gained from trade in the small towns. The career of Mr. Koontz is to the point. Born in Belmont County, Ohio, in 1830, young James, upon coming to his physical strength, learned the trade of a carpenter and joiner, thereby acquiring a foundation for a life of independence. Living a time at Mount Pleasant, Iowa, he joined the Ellis train, and in 1862 came across the plains to Oregon, settling the following year at the little town of Umatilla on the desolate shore of the Columbia, – a heaving, driving bank of sand upon the rocks. The place has improved since the old times. Mr. Koontz had but seventy-five cents in his pocket on his arrival; and the stories which he now relates of his first days of work and semi-starvation seem curious and amusing. By diligent application to his trade, fining employment for a time with George L. Hibbard, he soon had money and built a store at Umatilla, buying for a site ten feet of frontage for two hundred and fifty dollars. Here he remained seventeen years, doing a large forwarding and commission business. In 1864 he was appointed postmaster, and held that office seventeen...

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Knapp, W. T. Mrs. – Obituary

Mrs. W.T. Knapp passed away Sunday evening, Jan. 1, 1939, at the St. Anthony hospital in Pendleton after a major operation three months and four days ago. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Hermiston, conducted by Rev. C. R. Moore and burial will be at Hermiston. Maggie Irene Bridwell was born seventy years ago, October 19, 1868 in Norborne, Missouri. She crossed the plains at the age of ten with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. David A. Bridwell, in a wagon train, coming to Union county. After a few years they moved to Wallowa County where she was united in marriage to William Thomas Knapp January 2, 1887. To this union was born five children. Guy Elmer, Hermiston; Edna A. Childers, deceased; Myrl B. Whitmore, Enterprise; Jenit Roberta Hoffnagle, Pendleton; Budd Homer, Hermiston. Mrs. And Mrs. Knapp were among the first settlers of Wallowa County and homesteaded near Leap 52 years ago this spring. Later they moved to Lostine and from there they took up farming in the Leap country. They reside here until 26 years ago and they moved to Umatilla County to Echo. In 1920 they moved to the Stanfield project where they lived 12 years and then moved to Hermiston six years ago where they resided at the time of Mrs. Knapp’s death. Her parents, David A. and Mary Frances (Hamilton) Bridwell...

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Buchanan, Gary J. – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Gary J. Buchanan, 34, formerly of La Grande, died Sunday in Hermiston. Mr. Buchanan was born Sept. 25, 1953, to Harry and Laneta (Gray) Buchanan of La Grande. He lived in La Grande until moving to Echo last summer to work on the Mosgrove Ranch. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie No. 259 of La Grande. He is survived by sons, Gary Dean and Jason, both of Ontario; brothers, Terry Ray Buchanan of Chatteroy, Wash., and Jack Thomas Buchanan of Seattle; sister Carol Kay Baycroft of Spokane; grandmother, Verda Gray of La Grande; aunts and uncles, Reba and Warren Laird and Mava McFerran, all of La Grande, and other relatives. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Daniels Valley Funeral Chapel, Seventh Street at O Avenue, with the Rev. James. Wenger-Monroe of the La Grande United Methodist Church officiating. Private interment will be held later. Those who wish may make donations to the charity of their choice in care of Daniels Chapel, 1502 Seventh St. The Observer La Grande, Oregon Tuesday, December 15, 1987 Page...

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Homan, Steven Warren – Obituary

Elgin, Oregon Steven Warren Homan, 52, of Echo and formerly of Elgin, Enterprise and La Grande, died April 13 at his home in Echo. Services will begin at 2 p.m. April 26 at the Lighthouse Pentecostal Church in Island City. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. Steven was born June 26, 1955, to Arthur Warren and Janet (Moys) Homan in Enterprise. He was raised and educated in Enterprise. After high school, he was a police officer in Enterprise, Elgin, La Grande, Hillsboro and Boulder, Colo., county sheriff’s departments. He moved from La Grande to Blackfoot, Idaho, and then to Echo. He greatly enjoyed dispatching for a trucking company and loved football, rodeo, fishing and mushrooming. He dearly loved the Denver Broncos. Steven is survived by his companion of over 10 years, Peggy Ervin; mother, Janet Homan of La Grande; children, Anthony “Tony” Homan of Walla Walla, Wash., and Arthur “AJ” Nittman of Longmont, Colo.; brother, Douglas “Doug” Homan of La Grande; sister, Cindy Homan of Joseph; and three grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 1508 Fourth Street, La Grande 97850. La Grande Observer, Obituaries for the week ending April 19,...

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Hale, Gladys Sarah – Obituary

Corvallis, Oregon Gladys Sarah Hale, 93, of Corvallis, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1993, at Corvallis Manor. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday in the chapel, Burns Mortuary of Hermiston with burial at the Echo, Oregon Cemetery. Mrs. Hale was born May 28, 1900 at Lostine to Jacob Clairborne and Emily E. Hammack Womack. She grew up in Lostine and attended school there. On Nov. 17, 1920, she married Roy Charles Hale at Pendleton. The couple lived at Echo where Mr. Hale was postmaster for many years. In 1929 they moved to Hermiston where Mr. Hale owned and operated Hales Tavern and Sporting Goods. Her husband died in 1968, and in 1985, Mrs. Hale moved to Corvallis. She was a member of the Elks Lodge, Rebekah Lodge, and Episcopal Church in Hermiston. Survivors include a daughter, Claudine Shoen of Idaho Falls, Idaho; a son, Charles of Corvallis; sisters Clara Finstad of Port Lavaca, Texas and Mina Johnson of Enterprise; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. McHenry Funeral Home, Corvallis, is in charge of arrangements. Source: Corvallis Gazette-Times Transcribed by: Betty...

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Hale, Roy C. – Obituary

Roy C. Hale, 73, a former postmaster at Echo, died at his home here Tuesday. He was born Aug., 23, 1892, in St. Paul, Ark. He had been a Hermiston resident 31 years and until his retirement a few years ago owned and operated Hale’s Tavern and Sporting Goods. Before that, he was postmaster at Echo for 14 years. He was a charter member of the Hermiston Elks Club. Survivors are his widow, Gladys, Hermiston; a son, Charles, Benton City, Wash.,; a daughter, Claudine Shoen, Idaho Falls, Idaho; two brothers, Lee Hale, Hoodsport, Wash., and Floyd Hale, Lamito, Calif.; a sister, Katie Cunha, Echo, and six grandchildren. Burns Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Funeral notice is in tonight’s paper. The Hermiston...

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Hale, Roy C. – Obituary

Roy C. (Charles) Hale 73, a former postmaster at Echo, Oregon died at his home here Tuesday. He was born Aug. 23, 1893, in St. Paul, Ark. He had been a Hermiston resident 31 years and until his retirement a few years ago owned and operated Hales Tavern and Sporting Goods. Before that he was postmaster at Echo for 14 years. He was a charter member of the Hermiston Elks Club. Survivors are his widow, Gladys, Hermiston; a son, Charles, Benton City, Wash.; a daughter, Claudine Shone (Schoen), Idaho Falls, Idaho; two brothers, Lee Hale, Hoodsport, Wash., and Floyd Hale, Lamito, Calif.; a sister, Katie Cunha, Echo, and six grandchildren. Burns Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Funeral notice is in tonight’s paper. The Hermiston Herald Contributed by: Betty Hale and Gary...

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Hale, Gladys Sarah

Corvallis, Oregon Gladys Sarah Hale, 93, of Corvallis, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1993, at Corvallis Manor. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday in the chapel, Burns Mortuary of Hermiston with burial at the Echo, Oregon Cemetery. Mrs. Hale was born May 28, 1900 at Lostine to Jacob Clairborne and Emily E. Hammack Womack. She grew up in Lostine and attended school there. On Nov. 17, 1920, she married Roy Charles Hale at Pendleton. The couple lived at Echo where Mr. Hale was postmaster for many years. In 1929 they moved to Hermiston where Mr. Hale owned and operated Hales Tavern and Sporting Goods. Her husband died in 1968, and in 1985, Mrs. Hale moved to Corvallis. She was a member of the Elks Lodge, Rebekah Lodge, and Episcopal Church in Hermiston. Survivors include a daughter, Claudine Shoen of Idaho Falls, Idaho; a son, Charles of Corvallis; sisters Clara Finstad of Port Lavaca, Texas and Mina Johnson of Enterprise; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. McHenry Funeral Home, Corvallis, is in charge of arrangements. Source: Corvallis Gazette-Times Transcribed by: Betty...

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Mattes Helen Violet Fedler Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Helen Violet Mattes, 87, a longtime Baker City resident, died Jan. 20, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at First Lutheran Church, 1734 Third St. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a reception afterward at the First Lutheran Church. Visitations will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Mrs. Mattes was born Sept. 13, 1915, at Ritter to Fred and Cecil Fedler. She attended grade school at Ritter and graduated from high school at Echo. She graduated from Eastern Oregon Normal School at La Grande in 1936. She taught Grades 1-8 in one-room schoolhouses at Granite and Lime before dedicating her life as a homemaker and mother. On Sept. 15, 1940, she married Alfred Mattes in Baker City. They lived in Baker City where Al worked at the Democrat-Herald (now the Baker City Herald) for 25 years. She was a long-standing, active member of the First Lutheran Church. She was an active volunteer with scouting, 4-H, and her church. She had a great knowledge of the outdoors and plants of the region, and had a passion for gardening. She had multiple hobbies, including many interesting collections. Survivors include one daughter, Barbara Byrd, and...

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Biographical Sketch of Samuel I. Lisle

SAMUEL I. LISLE. – Mr. Lisle belongs to the earlier comers to our state. He was born in Ohio in 1843, and after a few years in Iowa made the journey with his parents to Oregon. The father, John G. Lisle, made his home on Sauvie’s Island; and Samuel was there raised on the farm, and enjoyed opportunities for education and business at Portland. In 1865 he turned his attention to mining, making various stoppages at Granite and Olive creeks and on the north fork of the John Day. In 1868 he closed out those interests and located a claim near the present site of Echo, Oregon, investing in cattle. As his means increased, he purchased large tracts of valley land, and has them under high cultivation. He retains his cattle, following the policy of letting them out on shares to rangers. A band of thirty full-blooded Holsteins, however, imported by himself, he keeps at home. Mr. Lisle’s Indian experiences include the barricade or “fort up” on Sauvie’s Island in 1856, while his father was absent purchasing supplies for the volunteers. His father is now living with him in hale age. The first Mrs. Lisle died in 1884, leaving three children. His present wife, Nancy E., daughter of Reuben Stansbery, is a native of Iowa, and a lady of education and marked social...

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