Location: Elgin Illinois

Biography of Judge Robert Eakin

JUDGE ROBERT EAKIN. – While Union county is so especially favored in having men of energy and talent in the various callings of human industry and learning, there is no profession that is more signally marked by the men of ability within its ranks than the legal, and as a leader among this class stands the gentleman, whose name initiates this paragraph, and who is well and favorably known throughout eastern Oregon. Judge Eakin is a profound student of the literature of his chosen profession, having added by careful and thorough research to a mind well poised for weighing the questions of human justice an erudition and fund of information that enables a searching and keen perception to select for the intricate problems that are daily encountered by a deciding jurist the authority needed and lay down the principles applying. Adding to this an acumen and breadth of grasp that are happily blended in his make-up, we have in Judge Eakin a judicial representative that the county of Union may well feel proud of and in whom, we are pleased to state, commendable pride is taken. At Elgin, Kane county, Illinois, Robert Eakin was born in 1848, being the son of Stewart B. and Catherine (McEldowney) Eakin, natives of Ireland. In 1866 the family removed to Willamette valley and settled at Eugene, Lane county, the parents remaining their until...

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Biography of Thomas E. Sheard

Thomas E. Sheard. There are no business men who, outside the medical and dental professions, come into such close, personal contact with their fellows as do barbers, and often their delicate ministrations are just as comforting and beneficial. A long course of careful training is necessary to bring about deftness of hand and quickness of eye, and when these are accompanied by a genial presence and a personal interest, a barber finds himself popular and prosperous. For thirty-two years Thomas E. Sheard had conducted his barber establishment in the same block on Kansas Avenue, Topeka, and during this time his visitors and customers have included many of the leading men of the country and particularly distinguished characters of western life. Thomas E. Sheard was born in Winnebago County, Illinois, June 17, 1854. His parents were William and Emma (Morrill) Sheard, natives of Nottingham, England, where they were married in 1845. William Sheard came first to America in 1850, accompanied by his wife, and settled at Elgin, Illinois, shortly afterward removing to Pecatonica in Winnebago County, Illinois. From there the family returned to England in 1856 and continued to live there for six years and then came back to the United States. For a few years Mr. Sheard resided at Vineland, New Jersey, and in 1869 removed to Rochester, New York, and from that city, eight years later, to Wayne...

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Nettie Todd Finnegan of Kane County IL

FINNEGAN, Nettie Todd9, (Charles8, Ruel7, Eleazer6, Ruel5, Job4, Ithamar3, Michael2, Christopher1) born Dec. 30, 1869, in Dundee, Ill., married in Elgin, Ill., June 30, 1900, James Finnegan, who was born July 9, 1871, in Sycamore, Ill. Children: I. Maurine, b. June 6, 1901. II. John James, b. May 9,...

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Almina Todd Giddings

GIDDINGS, Almina Todd8, (Ruel7, Eleazer6, Ruel5, Job4, Ithamar3, Michael2, Christopher1) born May 2, 1843, in Dryden, N. Y., died Dec. 14, 1911, in Elgin, Ill., married in Dundee, Ill., Jan. 1, 1860, George Giddings, who was born Aug. 15, 1830, in Essex, Mass. Children: I. Lillian, b. Dec. 26, 1864, married first, Oct. 14, 1886, West Turner, from whom she was divorced in 1890, they had issue: (1) George, b. Aug. 11, 1887, m. Feb. 3, 1906, Minnie Aldrich, from whom he was divorced and m. a second time and went to live in St. Louis, Mo. Lillian Giddings married second, William Egleston, who was b. Jan. 27, 1859, and had issue: (2) Lillian, b. Aug. 5, 1907. II. Mary Esther, b. June 14, 1872, in Barrington, Ill., m. Jan. 30, 1889, Andrew Spurling, and had issue: (1) Harry, b. May 25, 1890, who was in the...

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Marvin Mills Todd of Elyria OH

Marvin Mills Todd8, (Lorenzo D.7, Marvin6, Daniel5, Daniel4, Daniel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born April 8, 1847, in Rodman, N. Y., died Aug. 5, 1916, in Elyria, Ohio, he was married twice, first, Dec. 20, 1871, Elouise Lord, of Elyria, O., who was born Nov. 10, 1850, in Danbury, Conn., died Feb. 20, 1897, married second, July 4, 1898, Mrs. Elizabeth Glover Lewis. He spent his boyhood days in Elyria, O., and Rockford, Ill. He learned the painters and decorators trade in Elgin, Ill. He returned to Elyria, O., where he married and lived until 1909. He is now (1912) living with his son Charles, of Cleveland, O. He was very successful in a business way. Children: 2259. Martha Lucretia, b. Sept. 22, 1872, d. Sept. 1, 1893, of heart trouble. She never was well after her thirteenth year and an invalid until she was eighteen, when she went to work in a printing office. She soon began to decline and three years later died, which was a great blow to her parents. Her mother dying about three years later. 2260. Leonard H., b. Nov. 7, 1875, d. March 7, 1876. *2261. Fred Herman, b. July 23, 1879. *2262. Charles O., b. March 23,...

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Baxter, David Patrick – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon David Patrick Baxter, 80, of Portland, a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather, died Dec. 12, 2004, surrounded by his family. David died of esophageal and lung cancer. David was born March 17, 1924, in Sterling, Ill., to the Rev. Thomas and Eliza Baxter. After his mother’s death in 1932, his father married Myra. They lived in Elgin, Ill., then moved to Austin, Minn. His family later moved to Baker City, where his father was a minister at St. Stephens Episcopal Church. David was a standout football and basketball player at Baker High School. After graduating in 1942, he attended Oregon State College, where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II and served on the aircraft carrier Fanshaw Bay in the South Pacific. After the war ended, he tried to maintain order on trains ferrying soldiers and sailors home as a member of the Shore Patrol. Upon his return to Oregon, David graduated from the University of Portland. He worked for GMAC in Portland as credit manager and sales manager for 32 years. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Margaret; their children and spouses, Robert and Teresa, Donald and Jan, and Carolynn and Blair Campbell; six grandchildren; and a half sister, Dorothy Walrath of Reno, Nev. David was preceded...

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Biographical Sketch of Dorr B. Chaffee

Dorr B. Chaffee a resident of Garden Grove, was born in Kane County, Illinois, in 1841, a son of Eber and Anna (Davis)Chaffee, natives of Vermont, and of English and Scotch origin. His father was born in 1799, and died in 1877, and his mother, born in 1803, died in 1876. The subject of this sketch, the first in their family of twelve children, born in Illinois, was educated at Elgin Academy. Afterward he taught school in Kane County, and then engaged in the dairy business a number of years at Elgin. He came to California in 1881; has made a beautiful home in Garden Grove, and owns valuable property in Santa Ana. He is a true Christian man and respected by all who know him. He was married in 1865 to Miss Lodona Treadwell, who was born in Canada, but reared in Kane County, Illinois, in which county her father, J. Martin Treadwell, was a well-known dairyman. By this marriage there were five children: John M., deceased; George D., Ernest A., Fannie L., and Martin H., deceased. Their mother died in June, 1881, and Mr. Chaffee, in September, 1883, married Miss Helen B. Willits, who was born at Delhi, Michigan. Her parents were Walter W. and Charlotte (Bottsford) Willits. He was a miller by trade, and had twelve children. One of his sons, Edwin Willits, served two terms...

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Biography of Harrison B. Oatman

Harrison B. Oatman, of Portland, was born in Courtland county, New York, February 25, 1826. His father, Harvey B. Oatman, died one year after the birth of our subject. One year later he accompanied his mother to Bellevue, Huron county, Ohio, where the family remained ten years and then settled in West Liberty, Ohio. Here they remained four years, after which they removed to Elgin, Illinois, and a few years later to Ogle county, in the same State. The latter place was at this time a new country and here Mr. Oatman commenced life on his own account as a farmer on land obtained from the government. On December, 25,1847, he was married to Miss Lucena K. Ross, a most estimable lady, who from that day to the present time has not only shared his fortunes, but has been a most excellent wife and mother and in its highest sense a worthy helpmate and companion. He remained at Ogle until the fall of 1852, when he removed to Des Moines, Iowa, and the following summer (1853) with his brother, Harvey B. Oatman, and their families, started on the long journey across the plains to Oregon. After several weary months of traveling they arrived in the Rogue River Valley, in the fall of 1853, and here the two brothers and their wives took up a claim of 640 acres to...

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