Location: Evanston Wyoming

Biography of Edward Fanning

The career of this prominent Idaho merchant illustrates the claim, frequently made, that a man of enterprise will inevitably get into and make a success of the business for which he has the most liking and aptitude, regardless of discouragements and obstacles which would direct weaker men permanently into other paths of endeavor. Edward Fanning was born in county Carlow, Ireland, February 23, 1844, a son of Patrick and Bridget (Murphy) Fanning. His father was a farmer, and both his parents were born in the Catholic faith and were reared and lived and died in it, Patrick Fanning passing away in his eighty-fourth year, and Bridget Fanning in her eighty-second year. They had eight children, of whom only three survive. Edward was educated in his native country and entered mercantile life at the age of twenty, as a salesman in a store. Three years later he came to the United States and located in Omaha, where he was given a position in the storeroom of the railroad company. In 1869 he removed to Evanston, Wyoming, and was roadmaster there and at Pocatello and Idaho Falls until 1895. He then gave up the railroad position to become a member of the Clark & Fanning Company, merchants, in which Nathan H. Clark was his partner. The concern was burned out after about two years’ successful business, but the company had sufficient...

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Biography of Henry H. Hoff

The German character has impressed itself upon our American progress by the inculcation of lessons of thrift, industry and respect for the law. It has made itself felt in the development of our public educational system. In the possession of a goodly number of citizens of German parentage Idaho is fortunate. One of its leading representative German-American citizens is Henry Herman Hoff, of Montpelier. Henry Herman Hoff was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 16, 1849, a son of John G. and Catharine (Pfitzenmaier) Hoff, who were born in Wurtemberg, Germany, in 1814, were married in the Fatherland, and came to the United States in 1835. Mr. Hoff became a wholesale boot and shoe merchant at Philadelphia, where he died in 1891, aged seventy-seven. Mrs. Hoff died in 1861, aged forty-seven. They had seven sons and two daughters, of whom only four are living. Henry Herman Hoff, the sixth son in order of nativity, attended the public schools of Philadelphia until he was twelve years old, and then took up the battle for bread on his own account. He spent six years in acquiring a knowledge of the butcher’s trade and business, in which he has been employed almost continuously since, latterly as the proprietor of extensive interests in that line. He was at Chicago four years, until after the great fire of 1871, of which he has a vivid...

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Biography of John W. Minnick

JOHN W. MINNICK. – In the person of the subject of this sketch we have one of the leading men of Union county, both in matters of business and of prominence in development and progress of that which is for the interests of all citizens. Forceful, energetic and wide awake, he has made his influence felt not alone in the enterprises of business where he is universally successful, but also in the conventions and newspapers of the county, being recognized as one of the most vigorous and telling local writers of the county, thus casting an influence that is both potent and salutary. Highland county, Ohio, is his birthplace and September 15, 1849, the date that he first saw the light, being the son of Samuel and Phoebe (Hyatte) Minnick, natives respectively of Reckbridge county, Virginia, and Ohio, and early pioneers of the latter state. In 1857 the family came to Jasper county, Iowa, and there the father died, but the mother is still living at the home place. The opportunities for early education were limited and John W. was obliged to make up for the lack by more careful attention and personal research for himself, which has given him a fund of information both practical and comprehensive. At the age of sixteen he engaged as brakeman on the Rock Island Railroad in Iowa, served for five months and...

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Minnick, John W. – Obituary

The funeral of John W. Minnick took place Sunday afternoon, August 21, from the M. E. Church, sermon by Rev. L. A. Cook. Services at the grave by the Knight of Pythias and the Odd Fellows. John Wesley Minnick was born near Leesburg, Ohio, Sept. 15th, 1849. At the age of six years he moved with his parents to Monroe, Iowa, where he spent his early boyhood. Following many of his friends, the call of the west was strong, and he started West, going as far as Evanston and Hilliard, Wyoming, where during the winter of 1865 and the spring of 1866 he worked at the charcoal pits at Hilliard and there met Mary Davis, who later became his wife, they being married at Evanston, Wyoming, June 15th, 1866. He returned to Oskaloosa, Iowa, two years later. The lure of the West again became strong and in May 1878 he started overland for the Williamette Valley, Ore., by prairie schooner, joining an emigrant train for Boise, Idaho, following the now famous Oregon Trail. Arriving in Grande Ronde Valley, they planned a visit to Mrs. Minnick’s parents in High Valley. One of the mules becoming side and disabled, husband and wife decided to make it their permanent home. At the High Valley home five children were born. Jessier Woolever, the oldest, of Newberg, Ore., was born at Oskaloosa, Iowa, Sept....

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Creel, Linda Carol – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Linda Carol Creel, 66, died April 9 at her home in La Grande. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. Mrs. Creel was born Aug. 6, 1940, to Harry and Audra Elizabeth (Edwards) Monroe in Rawlins, Wyo. On July 18, 1959, she married Charles F. Creel in Los Angeles, Calif. In 1967 they moved to La Grande from Evanston, Wyo. She was a devoted wife and mother and dedicated her life to her family. Survivors include her husband, Charles Creel; children, Melinda, Janet, Wade, Carol and Jeffrey; siblings, James Monroe, Harold Monroe, Sue Glenn, JoAnn Sieg and Claire Sells; and numerous grandchildren and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Arthur Monroe and Evelyn Dupuis. Memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or the Cancer Society in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending April 14, 2007 Published: April 14,...

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Fennell, Thomas D. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Thomas D. Fennell, 69, of Sutherlin and formerly of La Grande, died June 11. A memorial service is planned for June 28 in Sutherlin. Chapel of the Roses in Roseburg is in charge of arrangements. Thomas was born June 11, 1939, to Grady and Lorene (Priest) Fennell in Monticello, Ark. In 1947, the Fennell family moved to the Sutherlin area. Thomas graduated from Sutherlin High School in 1957, and enlisted in the Army 87th Airborne unit. He was stationed in Germany and while serving his country enjoyed parachute jumping. After completing his military service, he became a member of the Oregon State Police and lived and worked in La Grande. Thomas returned to Sutherlin and began an excavating business. In the mid-1980s, he bought and developed a business running a service station and store in Evanston, Wyo. In the early 1990s, Thomas retired to Sutherlin and took up his favorite past-times: hunting, fishing and reading the Bible. In the last few years, ill-health curtailed his outdoor activities and limited his excursions. On Dec. 8, 2007, Thomas married Sharon Bjerkbig Hollamon. Thomas is survived by his wife, Sharon Fennell of Sutherlin; daughter, Tammra and her husband, Jack Chess, of La Grande; sister, JoAnn and her husband, Leland Nelson of Bandon; brother, Jack and his wife, Wendy Fennell, of Sutherlin; brother, Troy Fennell of Roseburg; step-children, Doug Hollamon...

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Heward, Arthur L. – Obituary

Arthur L. Heward, 81, a former longtime Baker County resident, died Nov. 11, 2002, at the Idaho State Veterans Nursing Home. At his request, there will be no funeral. Disposition will be by cremation. There will be a memorial service for family and close friends at the Downard Hansen Funeral Home, 241 N. Garfield Ave., Pocatello, Idaho. Interment will be at the Mountain View Cemetery at Pocatello. Arthur attended the University of Wyoming at Laramie and was enrolled in ROTC. He attended Officer’s Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga., and was commissioned in May 1944 as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. During his time in the Army, he served in central Europe as well as in the Pacific Theater of Operations. Upon discharge in September 1946, he had been advanced to the rank of captain. Decorations and citations he received include the American Campaign Medal, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. Arthur graduated from the University of Wyoming in May of 1947 with a bachelor’s degree in commerce. On Aug. 30, 1947, he married Norma Anderson at Evanston, Wyo. During their early married life, they lived in many different locations in the western United States while Art worked for Morrison Knudsen Co. On Jan. 1, 1954, they moved to Baker City. Art was the office...

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