Location: Gilliam County OR

Biography of William C. Carlton

This worthy gentleman is one of the substantial citizens of Malheur County and one of the thrifty stock men and farmers of the vicinity of Rockville, his estate of two hundred and twenty acres of good land lying seven miles west from that place. Mr. Carlton was born in Maine in 1834, being the son of Amos and Mary Carlton. He received his education from the County in the schools of his native state and there remained – until 1854 when he came via Panama to San Francisco, and thence to Indian valley in Sierra County, where he at once engaged in the fascinating labor of mining. In 186o we find him in Oregon, and then in Walla Walla, whence he returned to The Dalles and then visited his home in Maine. Returning again to California, he went to Los Angeles County, and thence to Boise, Idaho, where he engaged in wagon building until 1882, at which time he located his present home place as a homestead. Mr. Carlton has devoted his time and energies to raising stock, cattle and horses, and to general farming, from that time until the present, having achieved a good success in these endeavors. In addition to these labors, Mr. Carlton has also operated a blacksmith shop, gaining a good trade from the surrounding neighborhood. He has the prospects of a line coal mine...

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Anderson, Charles – Obituary

Anderson, Charles Joseph, Oregon Charles Anderson, a former resident of Joseph and Baker City, died April 30, 2006, in Baker, Mont. He was 57. Funeral services will be held May 8 at 2 p.m. at Baker United Methodist Church in Baker City. A full obituary will run in next week’s paper. Wallowa County Chieftain, May 4, 2006 Charles Anderson, a former resident of Joseph and Baker City, died April 30, 2006, in Baker, Mont. He was 57. Mr. Anderson was born Aug. 6, 1948, to Eldon James and Roberta May Griffin Anderson in The Dalles. He grew up and attended elementary and high school in Condon, where he graduated in 1966. He attended Central Oregon Community College in Bend and received a degree in natural resources. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Vietnam War. After his service, Mr. Anderson returned to John Day and began working for the U.S. Forest Service in range management. In 1980, he was transferred to Joseph where he remained until 1993. He enjoyed working in the field with a pack string of mules and going down to the Snake River. After retiring in 1993, he purchased a ranch in Baker City and fulfilled a lifelong goal of raising cattle and horses. While living in Baker City, he met Kathleen Foster and they married May 4, 2001. In 2002 they...

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Siegrist, Echo Marie – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Echo Marie Siegrist of 1901 Foley Street died at her home Thursday, Aug. 12. She was 77. Mrs. Siegrist was born in Condon, Aug. 4, 1905 and in later years married Kendrick W. Siegrist. They made their home in La Grande for many years. She is survived by a son, Paul L. Siegrist and two grandsons, Christopher Michael and Brian Edward Siegrist, all of Foster City, Calif. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1974, and by a son, Kendrick W. Siegrist, Jr. 1980. Graveside services will be at the Grandview Cemetery at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 16 with Rev. David Moore of the St. Peters Episcopal Church officiating. In lieu of flowers friends can make memorial donations in memory of Echo Siegrist to the Ronald McDonald House, the Children’s Hospital of the Stanford Medical Center in Palo Alto, Calif., in care of the Daniels Valley Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 772, La Grande, 97850. The Observer La Grande – Page 2 Saturday August 14,...

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Childers, Dale – Obituary

Dale Childers, 57, of Milton-Freewater, died Sunday, Nov. 13, 1988, at his home. At Childers’ request there will be no funeral service. He was born Aug. 7, 1931, in Wallowa, to Cecil and Thelma Crow Childers. He grew up in the Wallowa Valley and graduated from Joseph High School in 1949. He attended Moler Barber College at Portland, graduating in 1950. Childers owned and operated barbershops at Klamath Falls and Arlington before moving to the Milton-Freewater area in the late 1960s. He operated Dale’s Barber Shop in Milton-Freewater for 20 years. On Nov. 5, 1973, he married Jan Hobbs at Lewiston, Idaho. Childers was a past member of the Elks and Eagles lodges. Survivors include his wife, at home; sons, Michael of Sacramento, Calif., and Craig of Redding, Calif.; daughter, Lynette Haines of Portland; stepdaughter, Kristine (Mrs. David) Murray of Milton-Freewater and Paula Hobbs of Spokane; his parents, Cecil and Thelma Childers of Joseph; a brother, Jack of Portland and three grandchildren. A sister, Lois Sample, died in July 1987. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital or Meadowood Springs Speech Camp though Munsell-Rhodes Funeral Home in Milton-Freewater. East Oregonian, Tuesday, November 15, 1988, Page...

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Blaylock, Thomas Reed “Tom” – Obituary

Thomas Reed “Tom” Blaylock, 79, died Sept. 8, 2005, at St. Charles Hospital in Bend. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the McEwen Bible Fellowship. Pastor Bill Cox will officiate. Interment will be at the Sumpter Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded by Baker City AMVETS, Post No. 1874. Visitations will be until 7 o’clock tonight at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Tom was born on Aug. 8, 1926, at Seattle, Wash. He came to Oregon in 1945. He rode a horse to Arlington to work on a ranch. He graduated from school at Arlington. He entered the U.S. Army Air Corps for a short time during World War II. He was honorably discharged when the war ended and he returned to Oregon and worked on ranches in Eastern Oregon. He rodeoed in 1947. He met his wife to be at this time, Colleen Moore. They were married February 22, 1948. In 1993, Tom and Colleen retired at Sumpter. He was an artist and painted murals and made welcome signs in Sumpter. Tom and Colleen had four children: Carol Ann, Robert, Rita Marie and James. Survivors include his wife, Colleen; his children; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Lois Edward of Spokane, Wash., and Katherine Wilkerson of Beaverton; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. Memorial...

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Gyllenberg, John Powell “Jack” – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon John Powell “Jack” Gyllenberg, 79, a longtime Baker City resident, died June 18, 2004, at his home from cancer. His memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Baker City Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Jack was born in Baker City on July 13, 1924, to John “Lee” and Marguerite “Madge” Powell Gyllenberg. He spent a number of years in Baker City before the family moved to Arlington during the Great Depression. In Arlington, Jack worked as a child on the Hartfield Wheat Ranch. In later years, he shared stories of driving truck, sewing wheat sacks, and working with horse and mule teams. The family then moved to Salem briefly, before residing in Silverton, and later moving into what is now Silver Creek Falls Park. Jack worked as a guide and shared some of his most memorable moments from taking “dudes” horseback into the park. After a final childhood move, Jack graduated from West Seattle High School in 1942. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943. He graduated from the technical school of the AAF Training Command as class valedictorian and spent the duration of the war as a radio instructor. He received honorable discharge in 1946. During and shortly after his service, he attended Los Angeles Community College and Utah State University. Jack returned to Baker to aid...

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Gilliam County, Oregon Census

Gilliam County, Oregon was formed from Morrow and Wasco counties in 1885. 1890 Gilliam County, Oregon Census Free 1890 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1890 Veterans Schedule $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems $ Hosted at Census Guide 1890 U.S. Census Guide 1900 Gilliam County, Oregon Census Free 1900 Census Form for your Research Free 1900 Census Images and Index Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1900 Gilliam County, Census (images and index) $ Hosted at Census Guide 1900 U.S. Census Guide 1910 Gilliam County, Oregon Census Free 1910 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1910 Gilliam County, Census (images and index) $ Hosted at Census Guide 1910 U.S. Census Guide 1920 Gilliam County, Oregon Census Free 1920 Census Form for your Research Free 1920 Census Images and Index (partial) Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1920 Gilliam County, Census (images and index) $ Hosted at Census Guide 1920 U.S. Census Guide 1930 Gilliam County, Oregon Census Free 1930 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1930 Gilliam County, Census (images and index) $ Hosted at Census Guide 1930 U.S. Census Guide...

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Gilliam County, Oregon Cemetery Records

Most of these are complete indices at the time of transcription, however, in some cases we list the listing when it is only a partial listing. Cemeteries hosted at Gilliam County USGenWeb Archives Maryville Cemetery Cemetery Photos Hosted at Gilliam County USGenWeb Archives Eight Mile Cemetery Tommy Dean Cemetery Cemeteries Hosted at Gilliam County Oregon Gravestones Condon IOOF Cemetery Cemeteries Hosted at Gilliam County Oregon Political Graveyard        ...

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Biographical Sketch of Ross Beardlsey

ROSS BEARDLSEY. – This gentleman, the present mayor of Arlington, Oregon, was born in Cass county, Michigan, July 7,1856, where he received a good common-school education, and followed the occupation of farming, working with his father until 1876, when he crossed the plains to Woodland, California, remaining until 1877 with an uncle, H.P. Merritt. After a year’s residence in this land of gold, he returned to Michigan, where he lived until 1879, making a trip in the meantime to Montana. Soon after his return to Michigan, he was married to Miss Jennie Speese of White Pigeon, in February, 1880. In 1881 they determined to pass their future lives on the Pacific coast. They came to California, and, after a year’s sojourn, moved to Walla Walla, Washington, where Mr. Beardsley opened a barber shop, continuing in this occupation until their removal in 1884 to Arlington. Here he also successfully established and conducted a shop for a period of five years. In 1889 he concluded to take charge of the Grand Hotel, and at the present time is ably conducting this house. Mr. Beardsley has been intrusted with the conduct of public affairs, having been elected to the office of city councilman in 1886. The following year he was elected mayor, acceptably filling the office two years. In 1889 he was re-elected, and is at present thus serving his city with...

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Biography of Judge M. V. Harrison

JUDGE M.V. HARRISON. – This early builder of Arlington, Oregon, and highly esteemed gentleman, was born in West Virginia in December, 1857, and in 1865 accompanied his parents to Indiana. He enjoyed educational advantages in a graded school at Dayton, gaining a good foundation for his later studies. In 1877 he began reading law under J.R. Carnahan at Lafayette, Indiana, but after a year abandoned this project and formed the purpose of learning the requirements and forms of mercantile life, and in pursuance of this plan accepted a position as clerk in a store. In 1880 he sought a larger life upon our Pacific coast and came hither, locating in the Yakima country. The following year he undertook the hard and adventurous trip back across the Rocky Mountains as one of the drovers of a band of cattle to Cheyenne. In the fall of 1882 he returned to our coast, locating at Arlington, where he opened a store, having an excellent assortment of goods, – the first stock of the kind placed in Arlington. In 1883 he disposed of this business and engaged with Mr. J.W. Smith, who had in the meantime brought in a very large stock of goods. In 1883 he established the hardware business, which he still manages with satisfactory results. In his public relations, Mr. Harrison has been active and efficient. He has served as...

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Anderson, Charles “Chuck” – Obituary

Charles “Chuck” Anderson, 57, of Plevna, Mont., a former Baker City resident, died April 30, 2006, at the Fallon Medical Complex in Baker, Mont. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Baker United Methodist Church, 1919 Second St., Pastor Jack Bynum of the church will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. There was a service today at Peace Lutheran Church at Plevna, Mont. Chuck was born on Aug. 6, 1948, at The Dalles to Eldon James and Roberta May Griffin Anderson. He grew up and attended elementary school and high school at Condon, where he graduated in 1966. Chuck attended Central Oregon Community College at Bend where he earned a degree in natural resources. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Vietnam War. After completing military service, Chuck returned to John Day, where he began working in range management for the U.S. Forest Service. In 1980, he was transferred to Joseph, where he remained until 1993. He enjoyed working in the field with his string of pack mules and going down to The River (his name for the Snake River). After his retirement in 1993, Chuck purchased a ranch in Baker City where he fulfilled a lifelong goal of raising cattle and horses. While living in Baker City, he met Kathleen Foster. They were married on May 4, 2001. In...

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Matthews, Vivian “Ruby” – Obituary

Vivian “Ruby” Matthews, 80, died Dec. 4, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. A family gathering will be scheduled later. Ruby was born Sept. 28, 1922, at Three Forks, Mont., to Charles A. Matthews and Cora Jane Andrews. She grew up and went through school at Lonerock. Ruby lived most of her 80 years at Lonerock where she enjoyed the association with lifelong friends. She moved to Baker City in 1994 where she lived most of that time at Meadowbrook Assisted Living Center. Upon moving to Baker City, Ruby made friends with Shirley Johnson, who has remained her dearest and closest friend. Ruby never married. She was very close to her sister and brothers. She loved pictures of family and especially pictures of her nieces and their families. Ruby was adored by all her family and friends. Her sweet smile and loving personality will be deeply missed by all. Ruby was talented in needlework. She did beautiful embroidery and crochet. It was always a pleasure to receive handmade dish towels or pillowcases, on birthdays and at Christmas. She loved animals, particularly cats. Survivors include her sister, Mary E. Haynes of Settler’s Park; her brother, Allen Matthews of Portland; her closest and dearest friend, Shirley Johnson of Baker City; her niece and nephew, Marilyn and Keith Shollenberger of Baker City and her niece and nephew, Cindy and Jack Henner of...

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Biography of Frank McFarland

FRANK McFARLAND. – This representative merchant of Eastern Oregon, one of our best and most enterprising men, was born at The Dalles December 17, 1858, and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James C. McFarland, who crossed the plains in the year 1852 from Ohio with four-horse teams, and in Oregon have reared a family of four daughters and two sons, all of whom occupy honorable positions in the Northwest. He made his native city his home until 1882, and spent his boyhood days in assiduous attendance upon the public school, obtaining thereby a thorough, practical education. He secured a position also as salesman and clerk in the general merchandise store of McFarland & French of The Dalles, where he learned the ins and outs and practical management of the mercantile business. At the age of twenty-four, having become ambitious to make for himself a career, he went to the town of Alkali (now Arlington) and entered, as a partner with Mr. A.W. Coffin, in the general merchandise business under the firm name of Coffin, McFarland & Co., successfully continuing the same until in 1887 the “Co.” was dropped; and Coffin & McFarland conducted the business a year longer. At the expiration of this time, Mr. McFarland moved to Heppner, Oregon, and opened a branch store, which he conducts at the present time with great success, having an...

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Van Gaasbeck, Florence Gladys Thompson Mrs. – Obituary

Florence Gladys Van Gaasbeck 81, a longtime Arlington resident, died Jan. 17, 2002, at a foster care home in Baker City. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Monte Loyd of the Baker Valley Christian Assembly will officiate. Interment will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Arlington Cemetery. Visitations will be until 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mrs. Van Gaasbeck was born on June 28, 1920, at Rufus to Glen and Jean Mathieson Thompson. She received her education at the Rufus Public School. She married Clark Van Gaasbeck on March 27, 1939, at Goldendale, Wash. She was very active in music and was in several bands playing both the piano and the saxophone. Florence was very active in the Eastern Star and in the United Methodist Church. She enjoyed painting, and doing various arts and crafts. Florence and Clark enjoyed camping and fishing, especially with their children and grandchildren. They were wheat ranchers for many years until leasing the ranch out in the 1960s. Survivors include her brother, Jim Thompson of Gillette, Wyo.; a daughter, Betty Carr of Portland; son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Judy Van Gaasbeck of Baker City; grandchildren, Melinda Plaschka and Chaundra Carr of Portland, Tina Carpenter of Boise, and Brad Van Gaasbeck and Andy Van Gaasbeck of Baker City; great-grandchildren, Rachel Carr, Brandy...

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Biographical Sketch of Jay P. Lucas

JAY P. LUCAS. – This enterprising gentleman, whose early grip on public affairs augurs well for still greater things in the future, in a “native son,” having been born in June, 1856, at Monmouth, Oregon the son of the well-known and able A.W. Lucas. He grew up on a farm, developing his fine physique, and receiving his education at the Christian College in his native town, graduating in 1880. He remained with his parents, having a partial business interest with his father, until 8n 1882 he undertook operations for himself, securing and conducting a farm on his own account. He was also, in the same year, married to Miss Katie Frazier. The next year he closed out his interests in Western Oregon and moved to Lone Rick, then in Wasco county, now included in Gilliam. He established there a merchandise business, which he operated for two years. In 1885 he received the appointment as clerk of the new county of Gilliam, serving in that capacity until 1886, when he was elected to the same position, and in 1888 was re-elected, receiving thereby a most hearty and satisfactory indorsement of the manner in which he had served the people. This office he now fills; and he has become closely identified with the interests of this section, of which he is one of the most respected citizens. He was chairman of...

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