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Location: Elko County NV

Biography of Elisha J. Parker

ELISHA J. PARKER. – A man who posseses the qualities that enable him to brave the dangers of the new country and settle in and develop the same, while he makes a success of the various undertakings that are incident to pioneer life, maintaining a record for uprightness, honor and ability, is one who deserves to be represented in the history of his county, while his name should be placed high in the roll of honor. Such an one is the gentleman of whom we know have the pleasure to write, and the strong character of Elisha J. Parker has left its impress for goood indelibly on the communities where he has resided, and it is to such stanch characters that we are indebted for the advancment of our county and the upbuilding of our free institutions. Mr. Parker was born in Shelby county, Missouri, in 1845, on a farm and in 1852, when he was seven years of age, he was taken across the plains with the balance of the family, and the sad event of the father’s death occurred when they were in the midst of the weary journey across the plains. The mother went on with her little flock and located in October, of the same year, on a farm which the father had taken in Sonoma county in 1849. They lived there one year and...

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Biography of Thomas T. Redsull

Great, indeed, have been the changes that time and man have wrought since Thomas T. Redsull landed on the Pacific coast. California yet belonged to Mexico, and much of the land, especially in the southern part of the state, was divided into large estates, owned and occupied by Spanish families. Mr. Redsull was then but eleven years of age, yet had started out to make his own way in the world. He was born in the County of Kent, England, on the 15th of November, 1827, a son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Goymer) Redsull, both of whom were natives of England and representatives of ancient families of that country. They were both members of the Episcopal Church, and the father was a collector of excise for the government. He departed this life in 1858, at the age of fifty years, and his widow is now living at the age of one hundred and three years. They had seven children, but only three are now living. Mr. Redsull of this review acquired his early education in England, and when only eleven years of age was bound out as an apprentice to the Hudson’s Bay Company, and in their service came to the United States in 1838, landing in California. He is consequently one of the oldest pioneers of that state. The same year he also went to Oregon, and therefore...

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Biography of James J. Rogers

The life of James J. Rogers has not been one of unvarying monotony, circumscribed by the habits, thoughts and customs of some narrow community, but contains many interesting incidents that come with travel and extensive intercourse with the world. Born on the Atlantic coast, he has visited foreign lands, has viewed many of the interesting scenes of our own country, and is now located in the beautiful city of Boise, which nestles in one of the loveliest valleys of the Pacific slope. There he is successfully engaged in the practice of law, and in the political affairs of the state he is no unimportant factor. A native of Maryland, he was born in the city of Baltimore, on the 24th of July 1862, and is of Irish lineage. His parents, Joseph P. and Elizabeth (Donahue) Rogers, were both natives of Belfast, Ireland, and in 1858 crossed the Atlantic to Baltimore, where the father devoted his energies to bookkeeping. In politics he was a Democrat, and in religious belief both he and his wife were Catholics. His death occurred on the 14th of April 1895, when he had reached the age of sixty-two years, and his wife passed away on the 22d of February 1878, at the age of thirty-nine years. They were the parents of nine children, seven of whom are residents of either Illinois or Iowa. During his...

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Biography of Job Francis Dye

Among the figures who stand prominently forth on the pages of western history is the gentleman whose name introduces this review. His was a marvelous record of long connection with the events which go to make up the annals of the Pacific coast. He was one of those honored pioneers who blazed a path for future cavalcades to follow; who bravely turned their faces from the cities of the east, with all the advantages of wealth and civilization, and cast their fortunes with the western frontier, in all its wildness and primitive modes of life; who, rather than enjoy the comforts of their former homes, chose to endure the hardships of a wider and freer country; and who made out of those very obstacles, which, to a weaker class of men would have been stumbling blocks, the stepping stones to wealth and renown, none of these great men are more noted for untiring perseverance and steady progress which have resulted in the acquirement of wealth and the well merited esteem of their fellow men than the gentleman whose name heads this memoir. He realized with great prophetic foresight the magnitude of the prospects of the west, and that at a time when this section of the country gave but slight signs of her future greatness. If, as is maintained, the history of a country is best told in the...

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McCanse, Delbert Arthur “Buz”, Jr. – Obituary

North Powder, Oregon Delbert Arthur “Buz” McCanse Jr., 75, a former North Powder-area resident, died Feb. 12, 2004, at Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice House. Plans for a memorial get-together to celebrate his life will be announced in the future through Einan’s Funeral Home at www.einansfuneralhome.com under the obituary section. Buz was born at Metropolis, Nev., to Delbert and Bernice McCanse. He was raised on a farm near North Powder along with his eight sisters. He remained a farm boy at heart and always did seem more natural when wearing his cowboy boots. He was a ranch hand, a railroad worker, a U.S. Marine, a college student and a fruit farmer. He was a World War II veteran and he belonged to the American Legion, Post 115. Out at the Hanford Site, Buz was known as “Mac.” He retired as a power operator from Fluor-Daniel after 38 years at Hanford. Buz met and married his life’s love, Colleen Dewitt, in 1955. The McCanses raised four children during the 45 years that Buz lived at Benton City, Wash. Some of the things he enjoyed throughout his life were fishing, rock hunting, camping, reading, sitting at the table with a cup of coffee shooting the breeze and taking five-mile walks. He always had a green thumb and could grow any tree, flower or vegetable. He took pride in sharing from his garden with...

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Lively, Mildred – Obituary

John Day, Oregon Mildred Lively, 89, of John Day and formerly of Wallowa, died Sept. 25 at Blue Mountain Hospital. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Wallowa Cemetery in Wallowa. Driskill Memorial Chapel in John Day is in charge of arrangements. Mildred was born May 12, 1919, to Paul and Evelynn (Hyde) Bartmess in Metropolis, Nev. She attended Wallowa High School, graduating in 1938. On Feb. 20, 1939, she married Leonard Lively in Lewiston, Idaho. She enjoyed being a homemaker and knitting. Survivors include her son, Gary and his wife, Sharon Lively, of Mount Vernon; son, Gale and his wife, Janice Lively of Enterprise; daughter, Donna and her husband, Kyle Lovell of Union; brother, Bart Bartmess; sister, Bernice Milligan of Enterprise; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Lively; parents, Paul and Evelynn Bartmess; sisters, Wanda Evans and Vernie Southwick; and grandson, David Lively. La Grande Observer – September 30,...

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Givens, Joseph J. – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Joseph J. Givens, 45, a Baker City native, died Aug. 26, 2005, in Elko, Nev. There will be a potluck and gathering of Joe’s family and friends in his honor at the American Legion, 2129 Second St., at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2. All friends and family are invited to attend. Joseph was born June 14, 1960, in Baker City, and attended school in Baker City and La Grande. He moved to Nashville, Tenn., and spent most of his adult life there. In 2004, he moved to Elko, Nev., to be closer to family. He is survived by his brothers, Mitch Givens and his wife, Hazel, of Elko, and Greg Givens and his wife, Carla, of La Grande; sister-in-law, Leisa Givens of Baker City; stepfather and stepmother, Dick and Connie Weygandt of Pacific City; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jane Cameron; grandparents, Helen Obershaw and Earl Estes; and brothers, Thomas D. Givens and Lonnie Weygandt. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, September 2, 2005 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Biography of John Wasson

John Wasson, of Chino, is most widely known as an editor, but this accomplishment has been rather an incident than a design in his career. He was born in Wayne County, Ohio, August 20, 1833, on a farm. He received such education as the very common country schools afforded. Attendance on school was secondary to farm work in summer, and to some extent in winter. He was dissatisfied with farm life, but was notably a good worker with all farming implements. At the age of nineteen he went to California; spent 1852-’53 in the mines of El Dorado County. Sickness induced him to return to Ohio in November 1853, where he remained till late in 1854, when he went to Henry County, Illinois, and remained there till May 1862. These eight years were mostly employed in all sorts of farming and unskilled labor in summer, and teaching school in winter, with several months of clerkships in the county clerk’s and treasurer’s offices. He at an early age took active part in political discussions, and ardently supported Douglas for the presidency in 1860, and in all of his many addresses in that campaign warned the Buchanan and Southern Democracy that if Lincoln were elected and war ensued, the Douglas men would vigorously support Lincoln’s administration. He always determined to get back to California, and, although possessed of too much of...

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Biography of Thomas Holmes

Thomas Holmes is a well-known resident of Ontario, San Bernardino County. He has for the past thirty years been identified with the mining, mercantile, agricultural and horticultural industries of the Pacific coast. A review of his life is of interest. Mr. Holmes was born in Lancashire England, in 1834. His parents, James and Hannah (Mort) Holmes, were natives of that place. In 1844 his father immigrated to the United States and settled in Putnam County, Illinois, where he engaged in farming and stock growing. The subject of this sketch received the benefits of a common-school education and became practically versed in the duties of a farmer. When twenty years of age he started in life for him-self, and spent the next five years in farm labor and other occupations. In the spring of 1859 he started on an over-land trip for California. After undergoing the usual hardships and labor attending a trip of that character, he arrived in August of that year and located in El Dorado County. His first occupation was in the placer mines of that section. He followed the calling of a miner in the various counties of California until 1868. In that year he entered Nevada and located in Elko County. There he combined cattle raising with his mining enterprises, and also established a general merchandise store at Truckee, under the firm name of Jones...

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White, George Martin – Obituary

George Martin White, 77, died on Jan. 30, 2003, while visiting his daughter in Oasis, Nev. He was born in Salt Creek, Wyo., to John and Irene (Ritchie) White, May 30, 1925. A World War II veteran, Mr. White enlisted in the navy in early 1943 and served until the War’s end. Assignments included the USS Shannon and the USS Chester. After his discharge he became a private pilot and enjoyed flying his Aeronca in Western Idaho and Eastern Oregon where he met Helen Watkins of Hereford. They were married Aug. 11, 1951. He lived an adventurous and varied life, which included scuba diving, gold dredging, rail road work, Merchant Marines, falling and bucking timber, hunting and marksmanship, befriending wildlife (such as hawks, badger and raccoon), making obsidian arrowheads, fishing crayfish commercially on the Sacramento River and running a small engine repair business. He, Helen and their three children moved to the Placerville area in 1959 where he worked on local dam projects, powerhouses and overpasses. He retired as a carpenter after 20 years, always taking great pleasure in fixing the “un-fixable.” He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Helen (Watkins) White of El Dorado, Calif.; son, Bert White of San Juan Capistrano, Calif.; daughters, Debra Beaugez of Oasis, Nev., and Audrey Greenlaw of Sheepranch, Calif.; brother, Bert White of Southgate, Calif.; sister, Betty Gulbranson, of Yakima,...

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Sawyer, Bette Norene Hoge Mrs. – Obituary

Bette Hoge Sawyer, 79, a former Baker City resident, died Sept. 12, 2002, at her home in Reno, Nev. A private service is planned. Bette Norene Hoge was born on May 22, 1923, to Earl and Mary Hoge in Baker City. She was graduated from Baker High School in 1941. Her parents were associated with Hoge-Wells Supply Co. in Baker City. The family moved to Reno, Nev. It was there Bette met future husband, Grant Sawyer. They married in 1946 in Washington, D.C., where Grant was attending Georgetown University Law School. In 1928, the Sawyers moved to Elko, Nev. There they reared their only child, Gail, who survives them and lives at Las Vegas, Nev. As wife of the late Governor Grant Sawyer, Bette was first lady from 1958 to 1966. Her husband died in 1996. Memorial contributions may be made to the University of Nevada Medical School or the Grant Sawyer Studies at the University of Nevada at Reno. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, September 20, 2002 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Cordell, Elizabeth Bonnie “Betty” Harnish Mrs. – Obituary

Elizabeth Bonnie “Betty” Cordell, 83, a former Baker City resident, died June 6, 2002, at the Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital at Elko, Nev., after a long illness. Her memorial graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Roger Scovil of the Baker City Christian Church will officiate. She was born on Dec. 12, 1921, at Isley, Wyo. She was the third child of Charles and Bonnie Harnish. She was raised at Horse Creek, Wyo., and spent most of her adult life in Baker City. She had lived at Elko, Nev., just a short time before her death. She was a housewife who enjoyed crocheting, fishing, singing, participating in the Kitchen Band, bowling, keeping bowling scores and playing the piano for family and friends. She married Robert C. Johnston in 1938 and they had four children together. After her husband’s death, she married Sammy Cordell in 1974. She also was preceded in death by her second husband; her parents; three brothers, Chuck, Ivan and Jake; a sister, Ruby Harnish; a son, Robert C. Johnston; and a daughter, Ruby Roy. Survivors include her four brothers, Ben and Rick Harnish of Wheatland, Wyo, Jim Harnish of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Ray Harnish of Littleton, Colo.; her son, Guy Johnston of Elko, Nev.; her daughter, Betty Lou English of Fairview; three stepchildren, Brian Cordell, Mary Lynn Rucker and Debbie...

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Biographical Sketch of S. P. Howell

S.P. HOWELL. – The Adams Hotel at Adams, Oregon, is a comfortable home for the traveler, offering commodious apartments and a table supplied not only with the substantials but with the luxuries of the season. Its proprietor is Mr. Howell. After a life of much roving, he has found his final rest in this thriving young city. Born in Michigan in1845, he crossed the plains while just a boy of seven, and was then introduced to the life of a California ranch. At Hamilton on the Feather river, at the Hungarian ranch south of Yuba, and Petaluma, in the Coast Mountains, and at Visalia, he successively followed the stock business with his father, until the death of the latter in 1872. That sad event threw him upon his own responsibility. Leaving his stock with his sister, he then entered upon a scheme of cattle-driving to Nevada for a Mr. Hildreth. In that state of deserts and silver lodes, he remained four years, at Humboldt and Elko, and in 1880 was attracted northward to Walla Walla. He found employment in the city of poplars for a couple of years, and thence came to Adams, where he engaged permanently in the hotel business. He is one of the leading men in the place. His present settled life and secured fortune is largely due to Miss H.J. Hamilt, whom he married in...

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