Location: Elgin Oregon

Coulter, James – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon James Coulter, several years a citizen of Elgin, but of late years a resident of La Grande, died in that city August 31, 1945, aged 86 years and 21 days. Although his health had been generally failing, due to his advanced years, his final illness was of short duration. Graveside services were conducted at the Elgin cemetery at 2:30 Tuesday afternoon, and entombment followed immediately thereafter. Only two direct relatives survive deceased. They are two sons: F. L., of Sisters, Ore., and Jas. J., of Joseph. James Coulter was born at Mulkeytown, Ill., August 12, 1859. He came with his family to Walla Walla valley in 1896, residing there 3 years, then moved to Joseph in 1899. He moved to Elgin in 1913, residing here several years. He had resided in La Grande the past 4 years. The Recorder September 6, 1945 Contributed by: Larry...

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Cummings, Albert – Obituary

Elgin, Union County, Oregon Albert Cummings, age 68 years, 6 months and 22 days, passed on April 24 at Central Point, Oregon. He came to Eastern Oregon and settled at Elgin in 1891. Two years later he moved to Union where he made his home for 20 years before going to Southern Oregon. He is survived by four sons and one daughter-John r. and Albert L. of Huntington, Oregon; Gaston G. of Central Point, Oregon; Austin, the Dalles, Lottie, Sacramento, California. The body was at the Bohnenkamp Chapel in La Grande Thursday. Interment in the Summerville cemetery where graveside services were held Thursday under direction of the Union Odd Fellows of which order he was an honorable member. 1925 newspaper item Contributed by: Larry...

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Cunningham, James H. – Obituary

A message was received from Salem yesterday, announcing the death of James Cunningham, which occurred in the asylum Wednesday night. Elgin Recorder Friday April 10, 1903 Cunningham, James H. Union County Died in Salem, Or. April 8th 1903. James H. Cunningham. Deceased was brought to Elgin for burial. the funeral services were conducted in the Christian church by Rev. Benton. Deceased was 58 years old, a native of Kentucky and had lived in this county for about 24 years. Elgin Recorder Friday April 17,...

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Curtis, T. J. – Obituary

Elgin, Union County, Oregon Word was received in this city this week of the death of T.J. Curtis, a former resident of this city. He was residing with a son at Salem at the time of his death, which was caused from the effects of a cancer. Besides numerous other relatives throughout the state he leaves a daughter, Mrs. H.D. Spencer, in this city to mourn his loss. Elgin Recorder Friday January 19,...

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Crawford, Cora – Obituary

Elgin, Union County, Oregon Crawford  Cora, the 12- year old daughter of Mrs. Sarah Crawford died in this city May 10, 1905. Several weeks ago the little girl underwent an operation for appendicitis and it was thought a few days after the operation that she would enjoy a complete recovery but the past few days she began growing weaker and the end came Wednesday night. Services were held in the Christian church at 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon and the remains were laid to rest in the Elk Flat cemetery. Elgin Recorder Friday May 12,...

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Daron, Herb – Obituary

Elgin, Union County, Oregon Herb Daron Is Laid To Rest Here Thursday Funeral services for Herb Daron, well-known life-long resident of Elgin, were held from the Elgin Christian Church Thursday, at 2:00 p.m. Mr. Daron died at Elgin Monday, March 15, at the age of 78 years, having been in failing health for several months. Officiating at the last rites were Rev. Ed Liggett of the Christian Church and Rev. Leonard Gallivan of the Nazarene Church. Soloist was Mrs. Dorothy Gallivan, accompanied by Mrs. Mabel Bendshadler. Interment was in the Elgin Cemetery, with the Pallbearers being John Hathron, Walter Cross, Dean Moore, Arthur Smith, Stub Krause, and Les Quesenberry. Herbert Francis Daron was born April 16, 1886, in the Pine Grove district at the east end of Cricket Flat. He grew up, and went to school, in the district, the old Daron farm being the place now owned by Dick Walter. In 1888 his father built the now famous Pine Grove Church, which in a picturesque setting of pine trees, has become a famous landmark on Cricket Flat. It was the center of community activity in the early days. Herb’s father died when he was 9 years old, and he and his brothers, sisters, and their mother, continued to operate the farm. On July 4, 1905, Herb was married to Stella Long, and he went to work in the...

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Darr, Catharine E. – Obituary

Elgin, Union County, Oregon The death of Catharine E., wife of J.S. Darr, occurred at the family home north of this city, Sunday March 25, 1905. Mrs. Darr had been suffering ill health for several months. Deceased was born in Virginia March 5, 1836, being a few days over 69 years of age. She moved from Missouri to this section with her husband in 1881. Besides her husband, she leaves nine children and a host of friends to mourn her loss. Services were conducted in the M.E. Church Monday afternoon by Rev. D.S. Smith and interment took place in the city cemetery. Elgin Recorder Friday March 31,...

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Darr, Delbert – Obituary

Elgin, Union County, Oregon Fatally Hurt in Explosion of Blasting Caps Delbert Darr was fatally injured and his brother, George, received a score of painful bruises and cuts about his head and shoulders between 7 and 8 o’clock Tuesday morning when a quantity of dynamite caps which they were preparing to take with them to work, exploded. Immediately after the accident Dr. Thompson of Elgin was notified who called an ambulance from La Grande, and went to the scene of the accident, the John Darr place. Delbert died in the Grande Ronde hospital about 20 minutes after reaching La Grande. The men, in preparation for work on the road at a point about a half mile above their home, took a few of the caps from a building on the ranch, placed them in the kit of tools, and started out of the yard. In a conversation with the editor of the Recorder, George, who is now recovering satisfactorily from his injuries, in the hospital at La Grande, said that his brother, Delbert, was carrying the kit, and either dropped it or laid it down, causing the explosion. Delbert received the full force of the blast in the face and chest, tearing off his face and arms, and mangling the upper portion of his body beyond recognition. George stated that had he not been standing behind Delbert, he too...

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Darr, George – Obituary

Elgin, Union County, Oregon Funeral Services for George Darr To Be Saturday Funeral Services for George Darr, who was born in Elgin in 1892, will be held Saturday, March 20, at 10:30 a.m., at the Elgin Nazarene Church. Mr. Darr died March 16 at the Veterans Hospital at Walla Walla Wash., at the age of 72. He had been in poor health for several years. Rev. Leonard Gallivan will officiate at the services, and interment will be at the Island City Cemetery. Pallbearers are Charles Whittemore, Tom Williams, Earl Moore, Bob Wiles, Jr., Dalles Harwood, and Delmer Galloway. Honorary pallbearers are Dempsey Hathron, Ben Bendshadler, Orville Wayt, Tom Diggins, Dr. Hartley Smith, and Arnold Waelty. George J. Darr was born in Elgin April 5, 1892, the son of John and Ellen Darr, Elgin pioneers. He received his schooling in Elgin and worked for the state forestry department for many years. He retired about 10 years ago, when his health began to fail. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias, the American Legion and was a veteran of World War I. He was married to Nora Brooks April 27, 1948 at Asotin, Washington. Survivors include his wife Nora of Elgin; a daughter, Mrs. E. A. (Jaqueline) Zenger of Portland; two brothers, Jim and Cecil Darr of Elgin; four sisters, Mrs. Ruth Rogers of Elgin, Mrs. Mary Hansen of...

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Darr, James – Obituary

Elgin, Union County, Oregon Graveside Services Held For James Darr, 84 Graveside services for James Darr were held Saturday, Sept 3, at the Elgin cemetery, with Rev. Dennis Mullins of the Elgin Methodist church officiating. James Darr was born near Imbler on July 27, 1882, and passed away at the Valley View Manor Aug 31. After a long illness. He was 84 years of age. Mr. Darr was a retired farmer and well known here. Survivors include his widow, Opal Darr, Elgin; one brother, Cecil Darr, Elgin; four sisters, Kate Cowan and Ruth Rogers, Elgin; Mary Hanson, Enterprise, and Ethel Salisbury, Lewiston, Idaho; numerous nieces and nephews and many friends. (Note says 1966-newspaper not...

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Darr, Margaret Eleanor – Obituary

Elgin, Union County, Oregon Mrs. Darr Passes At Elgin – Burial Set For Sunday Mrs. Margaret Eleanor Darr, a resident of Elgin the last 51 years, died Thursday night a the home of her daughter after a long illness. Funeral services will be held a the Christian church at Elgin Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock with burial at the Elgin cemetery with Snodgrass and Zimmerman in charge. Mrs. Darr was born Feb. 19, 1859 in Kentucky, and was 76 years 10 months and seven days of age. She was married to John M. Darr in January, 1881, and nine children were born to this union. All survive except Delbert, youngest son, who was killed in a dynamite blast in 1929. Survivors include James, Mrs. Kate Cowan, Mrs. Minnie McCall, Mrs. Ruth Rogers, George and Cecil, of Elgin; Mrs. Mary Hansen of Enterprise, and Mrs. Ethel Salisbury, of Winchester, Ida., also seven grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Mary Alexander, of Elgin. (Her name was actually Eleanor Margaret, called “Ellen” by family.) La Grande Evening Observer December 26,...

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Darr, John M. – Obituary

Elgin, Union County, Oregon Pioneer Man, Rests In Death John M. Darr, resident of Union county and Elgin the past 59 years, passed away quietly at his home here Tuesday, following a period of several months during which his health steadily declined. He was 86 years, 4 months and 18 days of age. Funeral services were conducted from the Elgin Christian church at 2:00 o’clock this afternoon, with Glen R. Ballard pastor, delivering the discourse. Interment followed in the Elgin cemetery. The services, both at the church and at the graveside, were under the auspices of Orion Lodge No. 73, Knights of Pythias, of which deceased was a veteran member, and of which lodge he was a regular attendant until declining health prevented his attendance. The lodge of which he had been a faithful member so many years conducted graveside services. John Marcus Darr was born at Enterprise, Missouri June 5, 1859 the son of Mr. And Mrs. Jesse Darr. As a young man he came with his parents and other members of his family to Union county in 1886. Several families composed the train who made the long trip, and most of the members settled around Elgin. He is believed to be the last of that party of settlers who arrived here in 1886. John Darr was a large man, standing over 6 feet and weighing around 300...

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Darr, Nora – Obituary

Elgin, Union County, Oregon Nora Darr, age 83, of 16901 S. E. Division, Portland, a former resident of Elgin, died last Thursday in Portland. Mrs. Darr was born on November 18, 1895 at Bald Knob, West Virginia, the daughter of William and Ida (Perry) Brooks. She moved to Elgin in 1946 and to Portland two years ago. Her husband, George Darr, preceded her in death on March 16, 1965. Mrs. Darr was a member of the First Christian Church of Elgin; Elgin Rebecca Lodge and Elgin Pythian sisters. Survivors include her daughter, Jacque Zenger, Portland; granddaughters, Marlene Rahn, Kelso, Wash.; Kay Millspaugh, Cheyenne, Wyo.; Carol Williams, Denver, Colo.; Kim Zenger, Portland; sisters, Vivian Van Horn, Portland; Helen Berry, La Grande; seven great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren and other relatives. Services were held last Saturday at Daniels Valley Funeral Chapel with Bill Miller of the Elgin Christian Church officiating. Private interment will follow at the Island City cemetery. Newspaper item: Wed., Oct 17,...

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Graham, Harlan – Obituary

Funeral Services For Harlan Graham Held Here Monday. Funeral services for Harlan L. Graham, life-long resident of Elgin, were held from the Elgin Nazarene Church Monday, March 1, at 2:00 p.m. Mr. Graham died February 26 at the age of 80 years, following an extended illness. Rev. Leonard Gallivan officiated at the last rites, with the arrangements under the direction of the Daniels Funeral Home of La Grande. Mrs. Dorothy Gallivan, accompanied by Mrs. Mable Bendshalder at the organ sang three songs, In the Garden, Beautiful Isle of Somewhere, and Till we Meet Again. Pallbearers were Orville Wayt, Jack trump, Lyle Boswell, Lloyd Anthoney, George Carroll and Wes Leonard. Interment was in the Elgin Cemetery. Harlan Lee Graham was born at Elgin April 30, 1884, the son of Mr and Mrs. Frank Graham, early settlers here. As a young man, Harlan worked with his father in buying and selling cattle. He learned the meat-cutting trade, which he enjoyed and was employed in several local butcher shops through the years. During his later years he farmed on the place southeast of Elgin on Clarks Creek, where he lived for over 40 years. He and his father operated a small dairy there. Harlan Graham was married to Mary Ellen (Mayme) Allen on October 8, 1908, and she survives her husband. Also surviving are two children, Frank Graham of Rockaway , Ore.,...

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