Location: Fillmore County MN

Berland, Louis – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Louis Berland, Wallowa county pioneer, died Sunday, April 9 at the home of his daughter, Louisa Day, in Enterprise. Berland was born in Norway, March 25, 1849. He came to the United States at the age of 16 with only 10 cents in his pocket. He worked as a cobbler for many years and while living in Rushford, Minn, he married Isabelle Gulickson. To this union eight children were born, five of whom survive. In 1891 he moved with his family to Paradise, Ore. In 1896 he moved to Enterprise where he owned a harness and shoe shop. In 1921 Mrs. Berland died and two years later he married Jennie Cunningham. Jennie Berland died Feb. 11, 1939. Since that time he has lived with his daughter Berland has been associated with his daughter Emily Wilson in the Berland grocery for 26 years and has been active in civic affairs of the city and county. All of his family was to be present at his funeral in the Methodist church, Wednesday at 2 p. m. The La Grande Observer, April 19, 1939 Contributed by: Holly...

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Champ, Cora A. Eells – Obituary

Mrs. Cora A. Champ, aged 78 years, and a resident of the Winlock community for the past sixty-four years, passed away at her home in Winlock Tuesday morning, October 13, following an illness of two weeks. She was born March 3, 1864, in Spring Valley, Minnesota, and came to WA Territory with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Darwin Eels, in 1879, settling near Toledo. She was married May 1, 1881 to John H. Champ whose parents came by covered wagon from Indiana in 1861. Mr. Champ died in 1915. They were the parents of ten children, only three of whom survive. One son, Wallace Champ and two daughters, Mrs. Bertha Van Curen, Winlock and Mrs. Erma Kotoski of Longview. There are twelve grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m from the Cattermole parlors with Rev. Ernest Moore of Castle Rock officiating. Burial will be in the local cemetery with graveside services under the auspices of the Order of Eastern Star of which Mrs. Champ had been a member for nearly forty years. Chehalis Advocate October 15, 1942 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Morris R. Todd of Preston MN

Morris R. Todd9, (Joseph N.8, Jonah7, Abraham6, Abraham5, Abraham4, Jonah3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Sept. 6, 1850, at Cross River, N. Y., died June 20, 1900, married(???)Greenleaf. She was living in Preston, Minn. Children: 2706. Maurice R., b. Feb. 21, 1884; lived in St. Paul, Minn., unmarried in 1912. 2707. Damon G., b. May 22, 1893; lived in Preston, Minn., unmarried in...

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Biography of Rees E. Thomas

Rees E. Thomas has for a number of years been one of those active business leaders at Burrton who carry many responsibilities having to do not only with his individual prosperity but with the welfare of the entire community. Mr. Thomas first knew Burrton, Kansas, as a boy, but had spent his life in many different localities. He was born in Fillmore County, Minnesota, April 2, 1877. His father, William R. Thomas, who died at Burrton, Kansas, in December, 1913, was a very capable worker and business man, and his spirit of enterprise caused him to taste new experiences in many widely separated fields of endeavor. He was born in 1845 at Penmachno in North Wales, and grew up there and did work as a slate quarryman. In 1865, at the age of twenty, he immigrated to the United States, spending a short time in Pennsylvania, later was in Wisconsin, and then went to Fillmore County, Minnesota, and joined the pioneer agricultural element of that state. Returning to Wales, he married there in 1876, but soon brought his bride back to America and in 1877 again located in Fillmore County, Minnesota, where he bought a farm. About that time his oldest child, Rees E., was born. In 1882 William R. Thomas moved to Minneapolis and in 1883 went back to Wales, where he spent three and a half years...

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Biography of Alfred Quincy Wooster

Alfred Quincy Wooster. At some time in the life of almost every normal American boy there comes a longing for a “printing outfit.” It is a temporary phase of youth. Sometimes it is satisfied by an indulgent parent who buys a toy press and font of type and the production of a few ink smeared cards is about as far as the son usually gets in mastering the printing trade. Other boys satisfy themselves with work around a real printing office, as a devil, and from this class is recruited some of the real editors and printers of the country. In the case of Alfred Quincy Wooster, now editor and proprietor of the Erie Sentinel, his youthful experience in mastering the printing trade at home turned him to a permanent career. He had spent his early life on an Iowa stock farm. He was well educated, and taught school for a few terms. Then in 1883 he secured the equipment of a job press and some type and other appliances, and at his father’s home in the country, he issued his first three-column folio newspaper, the first copy being dated October 18, 1883. Jannary 16, 1884, his paper was enlarged to a six-column quarto and in October, 1887, the size was increased to a seven-column paper. By 1889 there was a circulation of 2,500. Quoting from an old history...

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