Location: Forest Grove Oregon

Biography of General Edward McConville

In the recent trial of arms in which America won recognition and admiration never before accorded her by the older “powers” of Europe, there was no more distinguished or valiant soldier than General McConville, of Idaho, who went forth as one of the commanders of the Idaho troops and laid down his life on the altar of his country. His was a noble life and a glorious death, and his name is enduringly inscribed on the roll of America’s heroes. Though his loss is deeply mourned by his many friends, his memory will ever be cherished by all who knew him, and the cause of liberty will acknowledge its advancement to him and his compatriots who have fallen in defense of the honor of the flag and the noble principles of republicanism and justice which it represents. General McConville was a native of New York, his birth having occurred at Cape Vincent, Jefferson County, June 25, 1846. The history of the family furnishes many examples of valor, for since the days when William the Conqueror fought the battle of Hastings its representatives have won honor and fame in the military and naval service of France, England, Ireland and America. The family had its origin in France, it’s branches being found in Brittany, Gascony and Normandy. Two representatives of the name fought with William, the Norman prince, at the battle...

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Biography of Charles W. Shaff, M. D.

Holding marked prestige as a member of the medical profession of Idaho is Dr. Charles W. Shaff, of Lewiston, now the honored president of the State Medical Association. In the learned professions advancement depends upon the man, his talents, his skill and his ambition. The physician’s power is especially his own; not by purchase, by gift or by influence can he gain it. He must commence at the very beginning, learn the very rudiments of medicine and surgery, continually add to this knowledge by close study and earnest application, and gain reputation by merit. If he would gain the highest prominence it must come as the result of superior skill, knowledge and ability, which qualifications are possessed in an eminent degree by Dr. Shaff. He is known throughout the state as one of the most eminent members of the profession in Idaho, and his opinions are widely received as authority. The life history of such a man is always of profit as well as interest. The Doctor has spent his entire life on the Pacific coast, his birth having occurred in Eldorado County, California, July 6, 1855. During the colonial history of New York his ancestors, natives of Germany, located in the Empire state, and representatives of the family loyally served their country in the Revolutionary war and in the war of 1812. The Doctor’s father, Joseph Shaff, was...

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Fowler, Mary Frances – Obituary

September 26, Mary Frances Fowler, late of 4335 S. E. 30th. Mother of Mrs. May Stice, Mrs. Cora Stempel, city; Elmer E. Fowler, Mrs. Clara Alexander and Edwin H. Fowler, city; sister of James H. Wilson of Forest Grove. Friends are invited to attend funeral services Saturday, 10:30 AM at the Conservatory Chapel of A. J. Rose & Son, S. E. 6th & Alder. Interment Forest Grove, OR. Oregonian – Friday 27 September 1940 – Funeral Notice Moore-Wilson Family...

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Smith, Byron M. – Obituary

Byron M. Smith, 2404 N. E. Flint Avenue died Monday, September 7, 1936 Mr. Smith was the stepfather of Mrs. Eva Harrington. Funeral services Friday 1:30 P. M. at Forest Grove. Oregonian – Friday September 1936 – Furneral...

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Wilson, James Mrs. – Obituary

Forest Grove – Funeral Services are held for Two Forest Grove Women Mrs. James Wilson, who died at her home in this city Wednesday night was buried in Forest View Cemetery Saturday. The funeral services were held at the Christian Church at 11 o’clock, the services being conducted Rev. E.V. Stivers, former pastor of the church, assisted by Rev. C.H. Hilton. Many friends and neighbors gathered to pay their last respects, and the casket was banked deep with flowers as a testimonial of the love and esteem in which she was held. The service at the grave were in charge of the Women of Woodcraft lodge of this city, of which deceased was a member, and were beautiful and impressive Washington County News-Times Thursday, 8 February...

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Wilson, Jarnes. H. – Obituary

Wilson, Jarnes. H., 84, at Hillsboro November 8, late of Forest Grove, husband of Rosie; father of Mrs. M.E. Stanard, Portland, Otto B. of Forest Grove, Mrs. Gladys Mager of Oakland, CA. Services Thursday 1: 30 P.M. Young’s Funeral Home, Hillsboro. Committal Forest. View Cemetery. (Microfilm for – Hillsboro Argus for this time period was missing from the Historical Society) Oregonian – Wednesday. 10 November...

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Fowler, William Thomas – Obituary

Funeral services for William Thomas Fowler, 81, who died at this home in Forest Grove Monday morning, were held at the Chapel of the Forest Grove Undertakng Company at 2:00 Wednesday afternoon, the Rev Arthur M. stook officiating. Burial was made in the Forest View Cemetery. Mr. Fowler, who was born in Schuyler County, Illinois, February 26, 1848, crossed the plains in 1864 with an ox team, walking most of the way. He settled on a farm near North Plains and has lived in this county practically ever since. He married Mary Frances Wilson near Greenville 4 October 1871. Mr. Fowler is survived by his wife and six of their nine children. They are: Mrs. Letitia Bacon, Mrs. Mary Stice and Elmer Fowler of Portland, Mrs. Cora Stemple of Forest Grove, Mrs. Clara Alexander of Hillsboro and Edwin Fowler of Everett, Washington. Hillsboro Argus – Thursday, October 24,...

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Wilson, Otto B. – Obituary

Funeral Services for Otto B. Wilson 75, of Forest Grove, native and nearly a life long resident of western Washington county, will be conducted Friday at the Fuiten-Friesen Mortuary Chapel, Forest Grove. Mr. Wilson died early Tuesday morning at a Hillsboro hospital following an extended illness. The Rev. Robert Alliston, associate pastor of the First Christian Church of Forest Grove, will officiate at the services with Dave Fuiten as soloist and Mrs. Robert Dobias, organist. Concluding rites and interment will be at the Forest Grove cemetery, Forest Grove. Otto Blaine Wilson was born near Roy, July 10, 1889, the son of James H.and Annnie Bellinger(this is the death certificate of one of those I sent) Wilson. His parents were early residents of this area. Mr. Wilson had spent almost his entire lifetime in the Roy. Timber and Forest Grove communities. He spent most of his lifetime as a machinist, working for some years for the railroad at Timber. Before retirement he worked at the machine shop on Elm Street in Forest Grove. Mr. Wilson lived at the Ida Willburg residence at Timber for many years. The widow Mabel Watson Wilson, survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs Edith Winter of Corvallis and Mrs. Al (Wanda) Smith of Portland’ his step-mother, Mrs. Rosie Wilson of Hillsboro; a sister, Mrs. Gladys Mager of Inglewood, CA, and three grandchildren, Thomas G. Winter,...

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Varner, Melvin – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Enterprise native, Melvin Varner, 68, of Forest Grove, died July 21, 1995, at his home from lung problems due to smoking. He was born May 8, 1927, at the family home near Enterprise, the son of Albert G. and Cecile (Lay) Varner. On December 2, 1946, he married Dolores Isakson. He worked 23 years for Tektronix, retiring in 1983. he enjoyed hobbies of woodwork and fishing. Survivors include his wife, Dolores of Forest Grove; daughter D’Ann Reid of Salem; sons, Steve Varner of Cornelius and Jay Varner of Hillsboro; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; his mother Cecile Rugg and sister, Blanche Roe, both of Sunnyside, Washington and several nieces and nephews. Disposition was by cremation. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, August, 1995 Contributed by: Sue Wells Transcribed by: Belva...

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Renfrow, Mary A. Wright Mrs. – Obituary

Services Held For Mary Renfrow Memorial services for Mary A. Renfrow sho passed away Thursday, December 4, 1958 in Forest Grove, where conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. by the Bollman Funeral Home from the Enterprise Church. The Rev. Al Boschee officiated, and Mrs. Don Kooch was organist. Mrs. Al Boschee and Mrs. Delbert Pratt sang “In The Garden” and “The Old Rugged Cross.” Casket bearers were: A.J. Oliver, Oscar Maxwell, James Fleet, Therval Gray, Hubert Johnson, Roy Carper, and vault entombment was in the Enterprise Cemetery. Mrs. Renfrow was the daughter of Jackson and Malinda Wright and was born January 31, 1869 at Myrtle Creek. In 1886 she was married in Lower Cove to Edward Renfrow who preceded her in death in 1936. She had been a resident of Wallowa county for 32 years, moving to Forest Grove a few years ago. She was a member of the Christian Church. She is survived by five sons: Frank, Wallowa; Earl James, Riverbank, California; Ernest Ray, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada; Willis Dale, Sandpoint, Idaho; and Elmer, Coldale, Alberta, Canada; three daughters: Mrs. Eli (Clara) May, La Grande; Miss Edna M. Renfrow, Portland; and Mrs. Ella Johnson, Forest Grove. She also leaves two brothers: Frank Wright, Fontana, California; Willie Wright, Cove; a sister, Mrs. Ellen Green, Bend; 21 grandchildren; and 35 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, December 11,...

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Bay, Ira Ivan – Obituary

Ira Bay, 2217 X ave., died Monday in Forest Grove following an extended illness. He was 88. Mr. Bay was born in Alkali, Wash., Feb. 12, 1894, the son of Billy and Iantha (Stevenson) Bay. They moved to the Grande Ronde Valley when he was an infant. He married Stella M. Arnoldus on July 29, 1923 in Summerville and they have lived in La Grande since then. Mr. Bay was a carpenter and worked for the Van Patten Lumber Company for 25 years, retiring upon its closing. Mr. Bay was a World War I veteran and active in the La Grande World War I Barracks. He was a member of the Christian Church and senior citizen groups. He is survived by his wife, Stella, La Grande; two sons, Dean N. Bay of Tacoma, Wash., and Howard A. Bay, Hillsboro; two sisters; Ella Kolb, Portland, and Eva Vandermulen, La Grande; six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Services will be at Daniels Valley Funeral chapel Thursday with the Rev. Jack Hart officiating, followed by burial at the Summerville Cemetery. Friends may visit the funeral chapel Wednesday afternoon and evening and Thursday until noon. The Observer, Wednesday, 10 Mar 1982, Page...

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Millering, ‘Cinda’ J. – Obituary

Forest Grove – Graveside services were held Friday afternoon for Marjorie “Cinda” J. Millering, 63, Forest Grove. Mrs. Millering died May 6, 1987, at Tuality Community Hospital in Hillsboro following a short illness. Friday’s services were held in Hillcrest Cemetery in La Grande, with the Rev. Jack Hart, pastor of the First Christian Church in La Grande, officiating. Concluding rites and interment followed. Marjorie “Cinda” Jean Millering was born June 23, 1923, in North Powder, a daughter of Horace and Marie Miller Belden. She was raised and educated in La Grande. On Dec. 9, 1940, she married Henry Millering in Weiser, Idaho and they lived in La Grande. Her husband died in May of 1975 in La Grande. Mrs. Millering worked at the Rexall drug Store in La Grande from 1958 until her retirement in 1985. She moved to Forest Grove last August to be near her daughter. She was a member of the La Grande First Christian Church. Survivors include on son, Farrold Willering [sic – Millering], Elgin; one daughter, Mrs. James (Judy) Rhodes, Gaston; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two brothers, Dallas Belden, Chehalis, Wash., and Quinton Beldon [sic – Belden], Corvallis; and two sisters, Doris Clark, Baker, Calif., and Mary Jane Cocking, Colfax, Wash. Fuiten-Rose Mortuary Chapel of Forest Grove was in charge of local arrangements. Hillsboro (Ore.) Argus Tuesday, May 12, 1987 Page...

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Millering, Cinda – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Marjorie “Cinda” Millering, 63, of Forest Grove and formerly of La Grande, died Wednesday at Tuality Community Hospital in Hillsboro. Mrs. Millering was born June 23, 1923, to Horace and Marie (Miller) Belden in North Powder. On Dec. 9, 1940, she married Henry Millering in Weiser, Idaho. He died on May 27, 1975. Mrs. Millering was a clerk at Glass Drug Store in La Grande until she retired. She was a member of the La Grande First Christian Church. She moved to Forest Grove last August. Survivors include son, Farrold Millering of Elgin; daughter Judy Rhodes of Gaston; brothers, Dallas Belden of Tumwater, Washington, and Quenten Belden of Corvallis; sisters, Doris Clark of Baker, and Mary Jane Cocking of Colfax, Wash.; six grandchildren, one great-granddaughter and other relatives and family. The graveside service will be at 3 p.m. today at Hillcrest Cemetery on 12th Street with Jack Hart of the First Christian Church officiating. Daniels Valley Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Baker Democrat Herald – – May 11,...

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Lilly, Doris May – Obituary

Summerville, Oregon Doris May Lilly, 89, died April 2 at her home in Summerville. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 11206 McAlister, in Island City. Dedication of the grave and burial will follow at the Hillcrest Cemetery. Viewing will be available from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley and from 9 to 10 a.m. before the service Friday at the Island City LDS Church. Mrs. Lilly was born March 22, 1918, to Charles Oliver and Adelia E. (Rogers) Sanderson in Cambridge, Idaho. As a child her family lived in various places around the Northwest. On Sept. 17, 1935, she married Albert W. Lilly in La Grande. When she was first married, she cooked for the Roy Shaffer Dude Ranch out of Lostine and filled in as a cook at Hot Lake. In 1965 the Lillys moved to Forest Grove and then returned to La Grande in 1971. She moved to Summerville four years ago. Mrs. Lilly was very active in the LDS Church and held many positions throughout the years, including Relief Society President and Compassionate Services Officer. She was also a member of the Women’s Benefit Association. She enjoyed crafting, sewing, quilting, gardening and canning. Her specialty was making candy at Christmastine. She also enjoyed time spent outdoors, including hunting and...

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Henderson, Caroline Vivian – Obituary

Caroline Vivian Henderson, 92, of Forest Grove and formerly of Union County, died Oct. 2. A celebration of her life will be held in early November. Caroline was born Dec. 18, 1916, to Fred D. and Carrie M. Henderson at Castle Creek, Owyhee County, Idaho. She grew up on a ranch with her brother and sister. She graduated high school as the class valedictorian. She then graduated cum laude from The College of Idaho with a bachelor’s degree. She taught school before marrying Athol R. Sayre June 14, 1939. She and Athol had five children: Steven, Fred, Lewis, Leah and Casey. Caroline earned her master’s degree at Eastern Oregon College. She taught English and library science in Union and Douglas counties after moving to Oregon. Caroline and Athol retired to Hillsboro where she enjoyed reading, gardening, her church group and quilting for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Caroline was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years in 2001. La Grande Observer – October 28,...

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