Location: Forest Grove Oregon

Tremain, Frieda June Thudium Mrs. – Obituary

Frieda June Tremain, 86, a former Baker City resident, died Nov. 8, 2005, at the Jennings McCall II Assisted Living Center in Forest Grove. A celebration of Frieda’s life will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Jennings McCall Assisted Living Center in Forest Grove. Fuiten, Rose & Hoyt Funeral Home in Forest Grove is in charge of the arrangements. Frieda was born June 12, 1919, at St. Catherine, Mo., to Edward Thomas Thudium and Nellie Rose Baker Thudium. She was raised and educated at Brookfield, Mo., and was a 1936 graduate of Brookfield High School. She then attended Kirksville Missouri State Teachers College. After receiving her teachers certificate she taught in one-room schools. She married Robert Ell “Bob” Tremain on June 20, 1938, at Moberly, Mo. The couple later moved to California in 1941, where she worked for Woolworth’s department store, later becoming the manager. In 1950 they moved to Baker City, where she organized and taught a kindergarten class for two years and then taught second grade for many years for the Baker School District. Frieda continued her schooling at Eastern Oregon State College in La Grande, where she earned a bachelor’s degree. Frieda was a member of the Oregon Education Association, the Baker City Retired Teachers Association, the Presbyterian Church and the Order of Eastern Star. She also had worked with the Rainbow Girls. While raising...

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Crane, Helen Iva Ranes Mrs. – Obituary

Helen Iva Ranes Crane, 80, of Baker City, died June 21, 2005, at Baker City. There will be no service. She will be buried in the family plot at Lostine. Helen was born to Fred Richard Ranes of Forest Grove and Iva Agnes Harris Ranes of Pomroy, Wash. She was raised in Wallowa County and then spent the rest of her life at Sumpter and Baker City. She was married to Billie Jerome Crane at Weiser, Idaho, on Nov. 29, 1941. They divorced in 1950. She married Dorrel George Dotson in La Grande on Dec. 19, 1950. They divorced in 1966. Helen worked at The Salvation Army, the Baker Cab Service and retired from St. Elizabeth Community Hospital where she worked as a housekeeper. Helen was a good cook. She enjoyed going to the family mine on Dry Creek. She treasured her time in the outdoors, and she especially loved to fish. She enjoyed horses all of her life and she was very considerate and helpful to her friends. She was preceded in death by her sister, Nelleta Jean Ranes in 1929; and her brother, Don Merle Ranes, who died in 1998. Survivors include her sons, Gary Crane of Albany and Warren Crane and his wife, Betty, of Baker City; daughter, Nelleta Bailey, and her husband, Rick, of Headquarters, Idaho; granddaughters and their spouses, Coral and Mike Widman of...

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Biography of Henry Buxton

HENRY BUXTON. – As we trace out, one by one, the variety of sources from which our pioneers are derived, and see the commingling of all lines of nationality and all kinds of business in our cosmopolitan population, we are more than ever impressed with the great problem which we, as a people, are working out, and the great destiny which we have. The subject of this sketch, of whom an excellent portrait appears herewith, is a representative of the Hudson’s bay Company rĂ©gime in Oregon, and is one of the now few living members of the company by which the great fur monopoly sought, though in vain, to meet the incoming tide of American immigration with its own weapons. On this account, as well as his well-known high qualities of mind and character, Mr. Buxton occupies a unique and interesting place among the pioneers of Washington county. Mr. Buxton’s father was born in Derbyshire, England, in 1792. In 1821 he went to Manitoba, and became an employe’ of the Hudson’s bay Fur Company. He was there married to Frances Thomas, the daughter of one of the factors of the Hudson’s Bay Company. From this union, the subject of our sketch was born on the 8th of October, 1829. In the year 1841, the astute officials of the fur company, foreseeing the inevitable collapse of their power from the...

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Biography of Dr. Wilson Bowlby

DR. WILSON BOWLBY. The office of the physician is one of such primary importance in society, that one who worthily sustains that character for a long time in one place becomes one of the fundamental pillars of the community. If the character of a wise and influential public officer and politician and public-spirited citizen be added to the requirements of the skilled physician, we have a life of the highest usefulness. Such in a general way has been the career of this pioneer physician of Washington county. Though now well advanced in a very busy and wearing life, Doctor Bowlby, as may be seen from his portrait, still retains much of the vigor which in past years enabled him to carry on successfully so many and such varied enterprises. He was born at New Hampton, New Jersey, on the 4th of July, 1818. There he lived till eighteen years of age, when he went to New York City, and was there engaged in a store for two or three years. He was married there in 1841 to Lydia D. Jones of Newark, New Jersey. Soon after he went to Cincinnati to attend medical lectures in the Eclectic Institution. In 1845 he went to Fairfield, Indiana, to practice medicine. In 1852, he came “the plains across” to Oregon. Having spent one year in Portland, he took up a place south...

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Biography of John L. Caviness

JOHN L. CAVINESS. – The name presented above is borne by one of the most exemplary citizens of Eastern Oregon, and a man who has sounded all the depths and shoals of pioneer life. The family came from Indiana, settled for a time in Iowa, and came on to Oregon in 1852, spending a short time at Forest Grove, but soon locating in Linn county on a section Donation claim. In 1856-57 John L., now a young man of eighteen, began his career by driving cattle to California, and in the spring of the latter year to Eastern Oregon. While in the Walla Walla valley, he found employment as purchaser of horses from the Indians, receiving a hundred dollars per month, – better than splitting rails for his board on the Touchet, as he had done a few weeks after his arrival. In 1859 he made a successful trip with a drove of cattle to British Columbia, and followed this by freighting to Colville. Closing out his outfit to advantage, he tried his fortune in the Salmon river mines. In 1862 he hazarded six thousand dollars in a team (a prairie schooner) and goods, and made a very profitable expedition to the mines again, selling oats for as much as a dollar a pound. He cleared ten thousand dollars on the trip, and repeated it twice. Selling out once...

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Biography of Solomon Emerick

SOLOMON EMERICK, – Some time before Horace Greeley gave his advice, “Go West, young man, go West,” there were hardy young Americans making tracks across the Rocky Mountains, and pushing into the fastnesses towards the pacific Ocean. “Ribs of brass and hearts of steel” had these young fellows; and they were without fear or even caution. One of these was Solomon Emerick, who was born in Ohio in 1820. He moved to Buchanan county, Missouri, in 1830, and in 1843 was on the way to the rendezvous on the border. Falling in with the pioneer Gilmore, he accepted of him an outfit and took the job of driving oxen to Oregon, writing to his father that he was going to the pacific coast with Burnett’s expedition, as the emigration of 1843 was frequently called. When the one hundred and twenty-five wagons and loose stock were well under way, a division was made to accommodate all the hands; and Emerick was in the company that was under Captain Martin, with Gilmore, James Hayes, T. Reeves and others. Upon their arrival, after the arduous trip fully described elsewhere, at Walla Walla, they disposed of their oxen to McKinley at the fort, taking an order for an equal number in the Willamette valley from the Hudson’s Bay Company, and, embarking in canoes, completed their journey by the swift waters of the Columbia....

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Biography of Rev. Cushing Eels, D. D.

REV. CUSHING EELS, D.D. – Dr. Eells was born at Blandford, Massachusetts, February 16, 1810, and was the son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Warner) Eells. He was descended from Samuel Eells, who was a major in Cromwell’s army, and who came to America in 1661. Cushing Eells was brought up at Blandford, became a Christian when fifteen years old, prepared for college at Monson Academy, Massachusetts, entered Williams College in 1830, and graduated four years later. The distance from his home to college was forty-five miles. Twice he rode the entire distance, – when he entered and after he graduated, – twice from one-half to two-thirds of the way; and the rest of the trips he walked too poor to pay his way. Three years later he graduated from East Windsor Theological Seminary, of Connecticut (now at Hartford), and was ordained at Blandford, Massachusetts, October 25, 1837, as a Congregational minister. While teaching school at Holden, Massachusetts, he became acquainted with Miss Myra Fairbank, to whom he was afterwards married. She was the daughter of Dea. Joshua, and Mrs. Sally Fairbank, and was born at Holden, Massachusetts, May 26, 1805. It is said that both on her father’s and mother’s sides she was pure Yankee. She made a profession of religion when thirteen years old, and at the celebration of her seventieth birthday said that she had never been...

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Langrell, John Ronald, Jr. – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon John Ronald Langrell, Jr., 76, a longtime Forest Grove resident, and a former Baker City resident, died Monday, March 27. At his request, no services will be held. John was born Sept. 23, 1929, in Baker City to John Ronald Langrell and Bertha (Riggs) Langrell. He was raised and educated in Baker City, Dayton, Wash., Portland and Salem. John graduated from Salem High School and received his bachelor’s degree in forestry from Oregon State College (now known as Oregon State University). John was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Air Force. While a teen-ager, John worked during the summers for the Oregon State Forestry Department. John began his full-time career with the Oregon State Forestry Department in 1958, culminating his career as director of fire protection and prevention. Following his retirement in 1987, John was employed by Chemonics Industries of Phoenix. John retired from Chemonics in 1994. John loved the out-of-doors and had many diverse interests. He hand-crafted several pieces of furniture, and he constructed the rigging for his commercial fishing boat during the 1970s. During his retirement years John’s passion was flyfishing, and he traveled to Idaho, Montana and Eastern Oregon and Washington. John is survived by his wife, Cheryl Y. Langrell; three children and their spouses; nine grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents...

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Biographical Sketch of James J. Imbrie

JAMES J. IMBRIE. – Among those who have sketches of their lives in these pages, there are but few spoken of who, like the subject of this memoir, were “Webfoot” born. He first saw the light of day at his father’s farm on Tualatin Plains, January 29,1852. During his earlier years he learned the rudiments of his education at the log schoolhouse long since a thing of the past. Later on he attended and continued his studies at Pacific University at Forest Grove, and in June, 1877, graduated with high honors from the Willamette University at Salem. Removing to Portland he engaged at clerical work for about two years, and then went to Eastern Washington and devoted his energies to stock-raising, which he actively and successfully followed until 1882, when he located in North Yakima and opened a hardware store, leaving the care of his stock to others. During the winter of 1882-83 his losses through severe weather and horse-thieves left him with nothing except his store. In the fall of 1883 he disposed of his interest in the hardware business, and removed to Ellensburgh, Washington Territory. There he engaged in the machine and implement trade, which he followed until 1887, when he began operating in real estate. In this business he is now engaged. Mr. Imbrie was married to Miss May Swetland, of Vancouver, Washington Territory, in 1882....

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Hoffman, John Edward – Obituary

John Edward Hoffman, 82, of Forest Grove, a former Baker County resident, died Oct. 8, 2002, at Forest Grove. His graveside funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland. The Rev. Gordon Bond will officiate. Mr. Hoffman was born on June 14, 1920, at Council, Idaho, to George and Jasmine Garrett Hoffman. He was raised at Sparta. He entered the U.S. Army in 1944 and served in World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1946. He married Edna Nale on June 25, 1939, at Creswell. They were divorced in 1966. He married Thelma Shipton on April 17, 1969, at Walla Walla, Wash. Thelma died on April 23, 1997. Mr. Hoffman lived in various places in Oregon. He lived at Pendleton from 1969 to 1998. During that time he drove logging truck. He also drove produce truck. In 1998, he moved to Halfway. He retired in about 1977. He moved to Osprey Pointe at McMinnville in 2001 to be near his daughter and then moved to Forest Grove in June of this year. He was preceded in death by a son, Charles Aber Hoffman, in 1954. Survivors include sons, Charles Hoffman of Pendleton and Johnny Hoffman of Alaska; daughters, Linda Taylor of Yamhill and Sharon Chase and Frances Harkness, both of Baker City; sisters, Eula Grissom of Baker City and Peggy Haynes of...

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Biography of H. McDonald

H. McDONALD – Mr. McDonald, who arrived in San Francisco in August, 1849, in the ship Hopewell of Warren, Rhode Island, and reached Portland the first time in August, 1850, on the brig Joaquina of San Francisco, was one of the earliest residents of Portland and of our state, and in the capacity of architect and stair-builder has done some of the most creditable work on our coast. One of his more recent successes, and something of a test of his skill, were the plans and specifications for the buildings for the Indian school at Chemawa, which were preferred to those of all other competitors. Substantial work in Idaho and on the Upper Columbia, at many points in the Willamette valley, on the sea-coast and on the Sound, testify to his long life and skillful activity in the Northwest. He was born in Scituate, Rhode Island, in 1825, a descendant of McDonald of Revolutionary fame, and also of Lieutenant Phillips, who took part in the battle of Bunker Hill. During his youth he studied architecture, and upon coming to California, in 1849, devoted his time to contracting and building, erecting Bugoine’s Bank building, completing government work under Lieutenant (now General) Sherman, and constructing the first theater and the first Protestant church in San Francisco. Arriving in Portland in August, 1850, he was at once sought to put up first-class...

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Biography of William H. McDonald

WM. H. McDONALD – Mr. McDonald, long known as purser on the old Oregon Steam navigation Company’s steamers, and now cashier of the La Grande National Bank, is one of the Oregon educated men who are a credit to the state. He is the son of Mr. H. McDonald, the well-known architect and pioneer, and was born in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1848, coming around Cape Horn on the clipper Hurricane in 1851. His education was gained at the Portland Academy at the Pacific University of Forest Grove, and the Willamette University of Salem. While still young, he entered the service of the old Oregon Steam Navigation Company, and, soon gaining a reputation for ability and fidelity, was rapidly promoted, attaining at length the position of general shipping agent of the Upper Columbia and Snake rivers, – one of high responsibility. He was in the employ of that company thirteen years, followed by two years’ service in the general office of Wells, Fargo & Company’s express in San Francisco, four years as chief clerk of the construction department of the railway branch of the Oregon Railway & Navigation Company, and two years as cashier of the First National Bank of Island City, Oregon. In 1887 he located at La Grande, and, in company with several of the leading citizens of that place, organized the La Grande National Bank. Prominent...

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Biography of Alanson Hinman

ALANSON HINMAN. – The career of this well-known pioneer, whose portrait appears herein, has been unique and interesting; and in one respect, at least, he occupies at the present time a peculiar place among the early settlers of our country. That is, he is almost the only man yet living, of the earliest pioneers, who still remains in the full vigor of mind and body. There are, indeed, a few yet living whose immigration dates further back than Mr. Hinman’s; but they are almost all now in extreme old age. He, on the other hand, though he has now been here forty-five years, came so young, and is possessed of so robust health, that he is still as active in body and as accurate in memory and judgement as ever. This gives a peculiar value to his historical reminiscences. And when every phase of our development, educational, commercial and political, we can readily see what important contributions it is in his power to give to history. Mr. Hinman was born in New York on the first day of May, 1822. In 1842 his active and enterprising mind caught the great westward movement of the times; and he went to seek his fortune in Iowa. His first work was one to which he subsequently devoted much attention, i.e., teaching. Two yeas having passed in this line of life, the farther...

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Biography of Prof. Horace Lyman

PROF. HORACE LYMAN, – Few among those who came as missionaries to our state have held a more honored position, or have accomplished more genuine good, than professor Lyman. He was a new Englander of an old family, whose first American members crossed the ocean from England to Connecticut as early as 1639.His parents were plain farmer folks living at East Hampton, Massachusetts and in that town he was born in 1815. Of his five brothers, two went to college and prepared for the ministry. As a boy and young man, he was ever thoughtful and extra-ordinarily energetic, with a taste for mercantile life; but upon attaining his majority he turned his attention to collegiate study, and upon graduation took up a course in theology. After finishing, he began preaching in Connecticut; but being sought by Rev. G.H. Atkinson, then under appointment as home missionary to Oregon, he consented to become his associate, and in 1849 made the voyage around Cape Horn. He had further prepared himself for this work by a course of medical study at Castleton, Vermont. He was married at that place to Miss Mary Denison, whose father, William Denison, was a man of large influence. The time of leaving New York was November, 1848; and it was not until the following April that they made port at San Francisco. The old bark Whitton, Captain Ghelston,...

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Biography of Rev. Elkenah Walker

REV. ELKANAH WALKER. – Rev. E. Walker was born at North Yarmouth, Maine, August 7, 1805, and was the son of a farmer. He was brought up in his native place. He was converted when about twenty-six years old, and soon afterwards began to study for the ministry. He took an academic course, but did not go to college, a fact which he afterwards regretted. he entered Bangor Theological Seminary, Maine, in 1834, and graduated in 1837. Having given himself to the foreign missionary work, he was appointed by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions to South Africa, with Rev. C. Eells. But a fierce war between two native chiefs there detained them; and in the meantime the call from Oregon became so urgent that, with their consent, their destination was changed to this coast. He was ordained at Brewer, Maine, as a Congregational minister in February, 1838, and was married March 5, 1838, to Miss Mary Richardson. She was born at Baldwin, Maine, April 1, 1811. Before her engagement to Mr. Walker she was appointed as a missionary by the board to Siam; but after that event her destination was changed first to Africa and then to Oregon. The next day after their marriage they started on their bridal tour across the Rockies, in company with Rev. C. Eels, A.B. Smith, Mr. W.H. Gray and their...

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