Location: Granite Oregon

Red Boy Mine, Granite Oregon

Four miles southeasterly of Granite, on Clear Creek, is located the Red Boy, the property of Messrs. Godfrey & Tabor. It came into their possession about four years ago, and hardly any work was done on it up to that time; In fact, there was only a 180 foot tunnel which cut the property about 75 feet below the apex of the hill. On the other properties the Congo, Gold Monarch and Blaine, there had hardly been enough work done to establish their true value. These are all patentable properties, as well as the Climax, which has been located since. Messrs. Godfrey & Tabor have driven at 500 foot tunnel on the Red Boy proper, and drifting north and south have cross cut 900 feet on the vein. A year and a half ago they started on the lower tunnel that cuts the Climax and Monarch, and are now crosscutting the Red Boy, the length of this tunnel is 1000 feet, and they are still working on it. In this piece of work they haven’t as yet cut the Red Boy vein, but expect to soon. Their mill, which is now being erected, is a twenty stamp, 1000 lb. 8 Johnson concentrators, run with waterpower. They have a covered ditch 2½ miles long, capable of carrying 1000 miner’s inches. They have also erected a boarding house, shops and all...

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Niven & Ditmars

Niven & Ditmars, of Granite, is it large mercantile firm who not only supply the family trade, but also meet the wants of miners and mining companies in the line of lumber, tools, steel, powder and till kinds of mining supplies. Their store, which we show by an accompanying illustration, has a frontage of 44 feet, and a depth of 54, with a fire proof wardroom attached. Their line is a complete one, including drugs, and by courteous and liberal treatment, they have built up a trade that speaks volumes for their personal popularity. They also are engaged in the lumber business, their mill being situated about three miles west of Granite. It has a capacity of fifteen thousand, and as they are putting in a planer they are now prepared to furnish all kinds of dressed lumber. The firm is composed of J. N. Dithers and Neil Riven, both public spirited and energetic citizens, and who have at all times lent their aid in every manner for the advancement of the interests of the town and county. Joseph N. Ditmars, one of the members of the firm, has lived an adventurous life. He was born in Ohio in 1848, but moved at the age of two years with his parents to Missouri, where he resided until 1861. At the breaking out of the Civil War he joined Price’s...

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Hammer, Loren D. “Butch” – Obituary

Granite, Oregon Loren D. “Butch” Hammer, 35, died in an aviation accident while serving his country in Afghanistan. His memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Butler Aircraft at the Redmond Airport. Chaplain Vern Arledge of the Redmond Fire and Police departments will officiate. He was born on Nov. 26, 1969, at Needles, Calif., to William “Mike” and Barbara Hammer. He was very active as a youth in Boy Scouts and attained the level of Eagle Scout. He was a 1988 graduate of Redmond High School and then served in the U.S. Coast Guard. While employed at Butler Aircraft at Redmond, he received his pilot’s license and eventually flew DC-7 tankers and various other aircraft, supporting firefighting and smoke-jumping operations. His latest assignment was as a contractor for Presidential Airways, piloting Casa 212s in support of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan. His interests included aviation, scuba diving, music, skydiving, kayaking and hiking. Survivors include his father, William “Mike” Hammer of Granite; his mother, Barbara Hammer of Redmond; sisters, Holly Shima of Sacramento, Calif., and Kristy Holcomb of Redmond; and brother, Daniel Hammer of Bend; five nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends. Contributions may be made at any branch of US Bank in memory of Loren “Butch” Hammer for scholarships for young student pilots. Autumn Funerals of Redmond is...

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Ihrig, Margaret Esther Winslow Mrs. – Obituary

Granite, Grant County, Oregon Margaret Esther Ihrig, 68, died Jan. 27, 2006, at her home in Granite. Her funeral was today at the McEwen Bible Fellowship Church. Interment was at the Granite Cemetery. Pastor Mark Norenberg officiated. The service was under the auspices of the Esther Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star. Margaret was born on June 8, 1937, at Ulysses, Kan., to Hyle and Ruth Winslow. She attended school at Caldwell, Idaho, and then moved with her father to Merced, Calif. She later met her husband, John, at Mitchell. They were married for 50 years. She followed her husband through his Air Force career for 20 years, traveling with her four children. The couple later moved to Granite to retire. She spent her days sewing and crafting, and she was an avid artist of log cabins. Her special times were spent with John taking evening drives and looking for deer and scenery. Her passion was sitting for hours on a creek bank fishing. “The one thing we will always remember about Mom is the smell of her home cooking anytime you came to her home,” her family said. She was a good wife, mother, sister and friend and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Survivors include her husband, John of Granite; her daughters and sons-in-law, Vickie and Fidel Mosqueda of Nampa, Idaho, and Sandra...

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Ihrig, John Keith “Jack” – Obituary

Granite, Grant County, Oregon John Keith “Jack” Ihrig, 75, died of acute leukemia on March 27, 2006, at Coquille at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and James Young. His funeral was at 10 a.m. today at the McEwen Bible Fellowship in Sumpter. Interment was at the Granite Cemetery in Granite. Pastor Mark Norenberg officiated. Jack was born on Aug. 20, 1930, at Mitchell. He married Margaret Winslow on Feb. 6, 1956. They had four children: Vickie Jo of Nampa, Idaho, Craig Lee, deceased, Sandra Jean of Coquille and Bryan Keith of Wilsonville. Jack enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in April 1952 and made it his career for more than 21 years. During his career he received many commendations and awards. His tours of duty included Korea and several tours of Vietnam. He retired as a technical sergeant. After he returned from the service, he and his family moved to Redmond. He worked at Cenex Co-op until his move to Granite in 1983. He served as a Grant County deputy sheriff for more than 18 years. Jack was a proud man who not only served his country and community but his home. He was a good family man and a friend to all who knew him. He was preceded in death by his parents, Louie and Margaret Ihrig; his wife, Margaret; his son, Craig; and his...

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Lawson, Harry – Obituary

Harry Lawson, 86, of Corvallis, and a former Baker City resident, died Nov. 3, 2000, at his home. His funeral was Friday at Kings Circle Assembly of God Church. Pastor Kerry McRoberts officiated. Interment was at Twin Oaks Memorial Park in Albany. Mr. Lawson was born Feb. 18, 1914, at Bayfield, Colo., to Harry and Mary (Shoemaker) Lawson. As a teenager he moved to Oregon, where he met and married the love of his life, Grace Lucille Conn. They were married June 15, 1932, at Coquille. He worked in timber-related jobs and also did radio repair. Mr. Lawson served in the U.S. Army during World War II and also served three years in the Army Reserve. From then until his retirement he was a building contractor, working mostly with masonry. During those years he and his wife lived in Buena Vista and at Bandon. He actively participated in his local church both before and after his retirement, including Sunday school, board of deacons, teaching and in the building of new churches in both Bandon and Baker City. Mr. and Mrs. Lawson’s retirement years were spent in Redmond, Granite, Baker City and Corvallis. A special highlight of their retirement was building an A-frame cabin on 22 wooded acres near Granite, where they lived for 16 years. “Lawson Mountain” was a fun gathering place for family and friends. It also provided...

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Culley, Ronald Duane – Obituary

Ronald Duane Culley, 66, a former Baker City resident, died Sept. 26, 2007, at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Boise. His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Baker City Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Pastor Jonathan Privett of the Nazarene Church will officiate. Ron was born on July 17, 1941, in Baker City to Harold and Catherine Bradley Culley. He lived for a couple of years in Baker City then spent about a year on the Umatilla Army Depot where his father was working. He moved from there to the Bourne area where his father worked as a gold miner. He lived there with his family until about age 5. His father mined with his grandfather, Hal Bradley. In 1947, the family moved from Bourne to Granite where Ron attended first and second grade. He moved to Sumpter and attended school in the old schoolhouse that sat on the hill beside the Masonic hall. He rode the school bus from Sumpter to Baker for Grades 7-9 at the Helen Stack Junior High. Ron spent time on the Arch Payton Ranch out in Wingville in 1957-1958 where he learned to break horses and run farm and ranch equipment with Arch and Blanch Payton. He learned the old are full of wisdom. He enlisted in the U.S Army as an engineer in 1958 and...

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Miles, Elizabeth E. “Betty” Mrs. – Obituary

Elizabeth E. “Betty” Miles, 70, of Salem, a former longtime Granite resident, died Dec. 29, 2004, after a long battle with lung disease. At her request, there will be no memorial service. She was born on Lopus Island, Wash., on Oct. 26, 1934, and spent her early years in the Puget Sound area. She married James L. Miles on Nov. 3, 1956. Jim was in the U.S. Air Force. As a military family, they lived in Japan for several years where they adopted two daughters, Tammie from Japan and Linda from South Korea. They returned to the United States and moved to South Carolina, then Idaho and Alaska before finally settling in Oregon in 1974. In 1977, Jim and Betty purchased 10 acres at Granite and began the long process of constructing their own home. Jim died in 1989 and Betty continued to live in Granite until 1996, when for health reasons, she relocated to La Grande. She moved to Salem in 1997. Betty was a remarkable person, strong-willed and independent. These characteristics and her faith helped her battle the challenges of her lung disease. Although she was tethered to an oxygen tank, she swam laps and when that became too difficult, she did water aerobics. She remained as active as possible. In recent months, when she was no longer able to do water aerobics, she was content to...

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Dickison, Wilson McConnell “Willie” – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Wilson McConnell “Willie” Dickison, 81, a longtime Baker City resident, died Oct. 26, 2004, at Providence Medical Center in Portland, after brain surgery. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at McEwen Bible Fellowship near Sumpter. Pastor Bill Cox will officiate. Interment will be at the Sumpter Cemetery. After the committal service at the cemetery, everyone is invited to the luncheon at the Masonic Hall in Sumpter. Visitations will be Sunday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Wilson was born at Flora on May 1, 1923, to Mark and Olive McConnell Dickison. He was proud of the Dickison family history. His grandfather, Artemus Jefferson Dickison, traveled across the plains alone from Missouri to Oregon Territory when he was 17. Later he was with a group of five men who were on their way to the Boise Basin gold strike when they discovered gold and started the town of Granite. Wilson attended Baker High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1940 at age 17 after his father was killed in a logging accident. He served for six years, reaching the rank of chief boatswain mate. He was honorably discharged in 1946. He married Nadeen Barton, the sister of his Navy shipmate and best friend, at Martinez, Calif. They had two sons, who were his pride and joy....

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Norris, Mena Tabor Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Mena Norris, 99, died April 25, 2004, at Settlers’ Park Assisted Living. Her graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Robin Harris of the Cornerstone Baptist Church will officiate. Mena Norris was born on Dec. 18, 1904, at Granite. She was the daughter of Grant County pioneers, J.W. “Walkie” and Margaret McNulty Tabor. She attended school at the Columbia Mine and Sumpter. In July 1923, she married Earl Hackett at the Methodist parsonage in Baker City. Earl followed mining and their first home was at Homestead. After several years of working at small mines they moved to northern Idaho and Earl worked as a shift boss at the Hecla Mine at Burke until his retirement because of ill health. At that time Mena began working as a cook at the Wallace Elks Club. She continued in charge of the kitchen and she was noted for her excellent home-style cooking. Earl died in 1961. In 1965 she married Carl Norris. At the time of his death in 1982 they were living at Osburn, Idaho. Mena continued living there until 1999 when she moved to Baker City to be near family. Mena was active in community affairs. She was a noble grand of the Rebekah Lodge, a longtime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, a member of the Eagles Lodge,...

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Mattes Helen Violet Fedler Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Helen Violet Mattes, 87, a longtime Baker City resident, died Jan. 20, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at First Lutheran Church, 1734 Third St. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a reception afterward at the First Lutheran Church. Visitations will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Mrs. Mattes was born Sept. 13, 1915, at Ritter to Fred and Cecil Fedler. She attended grade school at Ritter and graduated from high school at Echo. She graduated from Eastern Oregon Normal School at La Grande in 1936. She taught Grades 1-8 in one-room schoolhouses at Granite and Lime before dedicating her life as a homemaker and mother. On Sept. 15, 1940, she married Alfred Mattes in Baker City. They lived in Baker City where Al worked at the Democrat-Herald (now the Baker City Herald) for 25 years. She was a long-standing, active member of the First Lutheran Church. She was an active volunteer with scouting, 4-H, and her church. She had a great knowledge of the outdoors and plants of the region, and had a passion for gardening. She had multiple hobbies, including many interesting collections. Survivors include one daughter, Barbara Byrd, and...

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Allen, Alta Mrs. – Obituary

Granite, Oregon Alta Allen, 96, of Granite and Gresham, passed away Dec. 31, 2002, in Gresham. She was born in Burnt Prairie, Ill., and live in Illinois until she was 10 when the family moved to Seattle and lived there until she was 23, when she moved to Portland, where she met and married Doug Allen in 1947. They traveled all over the world with Kaiser International retiring to Richland, Wash., later moving to Granite on property Doug had bought in the 1940s. They lived there until 1981 at the time of Doug’s death. She moved to Gresham spending winters there and summers in Granite. Doug and Alta were responsible for restoring the “much photographed” Granite City Hall, or Allen Hall as it is now known as. Used with permission from: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, March, 2003 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Hankins, Robert D. “Bob” – Obituary

Granite, Oregon Robert D. “Bob” Hankins, 77, a longtime Granite resident died Nov. 23, 2002, in Tonopah, Nev., from injuries received in a single car accident when he swerved to miss a herd of wild horses. There will be a memorial service in Granite on Memorial Day and his ashes will be scattered in Granite. Cremation was in Hawthorne, Nev. Mr. Hankins was born Jan. 27, 1925 and served in World War II and the Korean War. He was wounded in World War II. Survivors include son and daughter in Houston, Texas; daughter in Umatilla; brother, James in Prineville; and a nephew and two nieces in Springfield. For more information on the the memorial service please contact James Hankins at 541-416-0653 closer to Memorial Day 2003. Used with permission from: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, January, 2003 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Beck, Arlyn Duane – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Arlyn Duane Beck, 89, of Baker City, died Dec. 28, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. The rosary was said Sunday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. A Memorial Mass was celebrated Monday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. The Revs. Julian Cassar and Camillus Fernando concelebrated the Mass. Arlyn was born on Aug. 14, 1916, at Molalla, the second of four sons born to Walter A. and Agnes M. Robbins Beck. He received his early schooling in the Meadowbrook area near Molalla. When he was 12 the family moved to La Grande, where he finished high school and attended Eastern Oregon Normal School (now Eastern Oregon University). Arlyn’s roots are buried deep in Oregon. His great-great-grandfather, Jacob Robbins, left Indiana in 1851 and traveled the Oregon Trail settling in the Willamette Valley. Another ancestor was among the first residents of Granite and later an early mayor of Sumpter. Arlyn joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1936 where he was introduced to his first work with the U.S. Forest Service. His career with the Forest Service spanned 34 years, always in the shadow of his beloved Eagle Mountains. On Nov. 27, 1939, he married Jeanette Delepierre. They were blessed with a beloved son and two cherished daughters. He was a loving husband, devoted father and proud patriarch of his...

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Lippert, Elmer Eugene – Obituary

Elmer Eugene Lippert, 83, of Prairie City, a former Baker City resident, died Dec. 28, 2005, at his home. His funeral was Dec. 31 at Driskill Memorial Chapel. Pastor Denny Diezel of the John Day United Methodist Church officiated. Elmer was born on July 8, 1922, at Baker City to Eugene H. and Mandy Richardson Lippert. He attended school at Granite, Ukiah, and at Ritter, where he spent most of his childhood. He served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1944 during World War II. He was in Berlin during the fall of Germany and also spent time in the Philippines. He worked on the family ranch at Ritter and logged for Pilot Rock Lumber Co. at Dale for 20 years. He met Virginia Sullens and the couple were married in 1955. They moved to Prairie City where Elmer worked for the Grant County Road Department until his retirement. After Virginia died, Elmer married June Chipman in 1980. She died in 2002. Elmer enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a member of the Elks Lodge. Survivors include two sons, Eugene Lippert and his wife, Susan, and Benjamin Lippert and his wife, Tina; seven stepchildren, Marie, Terry, Lilly, June, Ace, Ken and Linda; two brothers, Harold of Burns and Lauren and his wife, Joan, of John Day; one sister, JoAnn Stratton and her husband, Don, of John Day; and...

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