Location: Haines Oregon

History of Baker City Oregon Government

Pursuant to an act of the legislature in 1874 the people of Baker City proceeded to form a city government, by electing the officers required by the terms of the charter. The trustees were S. B. McCord, J. A. Reid, S. Grier, J. H. Parker and G. J. Bowman. The first meeting of the board was held at the Court House, November 25, 1874, at which Bowman was elected president. The minutes of the meeting were signed by R. H. Cardwell, recorder. At a meeting of the board November 28, Wm. M. Constable was elected city marshal. On December 2, James H. Shinn was elected city attorney. At a meeting on the 9th of December, ten ordinances were submitted to the board by the city attorney and adopted. George Wisdom was elected night watchman with a salary of seventy dollars per month. December 30, W. J. Eastabrook was declared elected recorder in place of Cardwell, resigned. March 3, 1875, E. W. Reynolds was elected recorder in place of Eastabrook, resigned. At a special election March 18, J. M. Shepherd was elected recorder. July 31, 1875, a fire engine for the use of the city was purchased for $700. At the regular city election November 4, 1875, Bowman, Eppinger, Alfred, Weller and John Bowen were elected trustees. H. C. Durkee, recorder; George Wisdom, marshal and R. Alexander, treasurer. November 6,...

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Toney, Jesse D. – Obituary

Former Haines Resident Succumbs Jesse D. Toney, Baker county resident since 1872, died Saturday night at St. Elizabeth’s hospital. Although he had been ill for several months his condition did not become serious until Memorial day when he was taken to the hospital. He is survived, besides Mrs. Hopper, by a daughter, Mrs. C.R. Bement of Baker; two sisters, Mrs. Nora Stoval of Walla Walla and Mrs. Victoria Toney of Baker; three brothers R.V. Toney of Haines, John A. Toney of Larkspur, Calif., and Andy Toney of Arizona and a granddaughter, Cleo Bement of Baker. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon and interment was in the Mt. Hope cemetery. North Powder News Friday, June 10,...

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Toney, Elmer A. – Obituary

The funeral of Elmer A. Toney whose body was shipped to Baker Friday, was held at that place Sunday at 2 p.m. from the West undertaking parlors. Rev. O.F. Jones conducting the services. He was born January 15, 1870, at Mt. Vernon, Ill., and with his parents moved to eastern Oregon when he was 10 years of age, locating near Haines. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Toney, both deceased, and is survived by two sisters, Mrs. S.S. Stovall, of Walla Walla, and Mrs. J.H. Toney, of Haines; and by four brothers, John A., of Council, Idaho; Rosier, of Haines; Andy, of New Mexico; and J.D., of Walla Walla. North Powder News Saturday, February 14,...

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Fisk, Roy A. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Roy A. Fisk Passes After Heart Attack Roy A. Fisk passed away at the hospital Monday, Jan. 29, 1940. For several years he had realized that his heart was not strong and he had been careful not to over exert himself and he felt he was improving. However, he suffered a sever attack Sunday, after doing his morning chores on the old Jacob Bauer farm south of town, and he was taken to the hospital. Funeral services will be held this afternoon at two o’clock in the Christian Church. Mr. Fisk was born at Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, June 25, 1882, and came west when a small boy with his parents, who located at Yakima, Wash. Mr. Fisk grew up there and was engaged in railroad train service work for several years. He was married in 1918 to Peggy DeRacy at Vancouver, Wash., and they lived in Tacoma several years where he was in business. About 12 years ago Mr. Fisk came to Enterprise to decorate the streets for a celebration, and he returned again, and then moved here in February, 1930, to a place on Alder Slope. After a few years he moved to Boise, Idaho, and then to Haines, Oregon, and returned to Enterprise last October. Mrs. Fisk survives, and there are five children: Mrs. Ralph Turner of Jerome, Idaho; Mrs. Ralph Teall and...

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Angell, Roy – Obituary

Drowned at Radium” Unable to keep above the water after he had abandoned a tire tube to which he clung for support while learning to swim in the tank at Radium Springs, Roy Angell, 24 years old, a young rancher of Haines, was drowned Monday afternoon about 3:30 before others who were swimming in the pool could reach him. Angell had gone off to a section of the pool alone. For a time he held to the edge of the pool but becoming a little more certain of his ability as a swimmer he abandoned all caution and struck out for himself. July 12, 1926 newspaper story Contributed by Larry...

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Hansell, G. W. – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Man Killed When Car Goes In Ditch G.W. Hansell, of La Grande, was killed instantly when a touring car he was driving left the Oregon Trail a mile north of Haines early Saturday morning and turned over in a ditch. Hansell was driving alone and authorities who investigated believe he fell asleep at the wheel. Hansell had been employed as a salesman by a Baker automobile agency for the past few weeks. Widow and two children at La Grande survive. The body will be sent to La Grande this afternoon. Glenn W. Hansell had made his home in La Grande four about six or eight years, during which time he was employed as signal man for the O.W.R. and N. company here up until February of this year. Since then he has been working at Baker selling Chevrolet cars. The accident occurred near Haines while he was en route to Baker from La Grande at about 1 o’clock Saturday morning, according to word received here. His car went into the ditch and overturned. Instant death was caused by a broken neck. He is said to have been about 45 years of age. Besides his widow he leaves two daughters. Lois about 15 and Wilma about 12 years of age. North Powder News Saturday, April 16,...

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Jeffries, B. F. Mrs. – Obituary

Mrs. B. F. Jeffers, formerly Mrs. Lydia Reeves, died in Olympia, Washington, Monday of this week, and interment took place in Union Thursday from the Undertaking Parlor. Mrs. Jeffers was a former resident of Union, at which time she was known as Mrs. Lydia Reeves, wife of Vincent Reeves. Mr. and Mrs. Reeves removed to La Grande from Union thence to Haines, where they resided up to the time of Mr. Reeves’ death, which was seven years ago. She was married to Mr. Jeffers, who survives her. After her marriage, the deceased was a resident of Olympia. She leaves no known relatives outside of the immediate family. A number of the former friends of the deceased came from La Grande to Union to be present at the funeral. Sept 3, 1918 Contributed by: Larry...

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Neil, Geo. Mrs. – Obituary

North Powder, Union County, Oregon Mrs. Geo. Neil a one time resident of this place and vicinity, but more recently of Haines, passed away at Hot Lake where she had gone for treatment some time since. North Powder News Saturday, March 29,...

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Bell, Erman – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Erman Bell 89, of La Grande, died Aug. 25 at his home. At his request, there will be no public service. A private burial will be at the Haines Cemetery. Mr. Bell was born May 30, 1912, to Alfred and Ethel Gray Bell in Rock Creek. He attended school in Haines and married Leona Hearing. He worked as a mechanic for the state of Oregon shops in La Grande. He lived in Union for many years before moving to La Grande two years ago. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Survivors include a daughter, Dawn Vedder of Spokane; two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; a sister, Virginia Dufour of Salem; and other relatives. Memorials may be made to the Oregon Cancer Society or Grande Ronde Hospital Home Care Services in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. The Observer, Thursday, 30 August 2001, Contributed by: Robert...

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Taylor, Marion Henry – Obituary

North Powder, Union County, Oregon Marion Henry Taylor, 73, a resident of North Powder, died Thursday. afternoon at St. Elizabeth hospital. Mr. Taylor was born in Baker County near Haines on April 3, 1886 to Isaac Thomas and Delilah Ann Phillips Taylor. He had lived in Baker county all of his life and had farmed for number of years three miles east of Haines. He was preceded in death by his father, his wife, Viola. and one son Alvin Taylor. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. I. T. Taylor of North Powder; four daughters, Mrs. Coena, Cutshall and Mrs. June Cutshall and Mrs. Rosanna Strenke, all of Tigard, and Mrs. Rowena Pearson of North Powder; four sons William Taylor of North Powder, Lyle Taylor of Baker, Walter Taylor of Haines and Denver Taylor of Tigard; two brothers, B. A. (Lonnie) Taylor of Baker, Ralph Taylor of North Powder and one sister, Mrs. Ivy Nice of North Powder; 22 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted, at 2 p. m. Monday at West & Company chapel. The Rev. Tom Foster will officiate. Interment will be in the Haines Cemetery. Baker Democrat Herald, Baker City, OR, Sat., 14 Nov 1959, Page # 3. Contributed by: Robert...

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Taylor, Denver O’Neil – Obituary

Denver O’Neil Taylor, 63, died Sunday, April 21,1996, at his home in Cove. A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Cove Masonic Building with Ron Music, deacon of the First Christian Church in Hermiston, officiating. Private interment will be at the Cove Cemetery. Services are entrusted to Daniels Chapel of the Valley in La Grande. Mr. Taylor, a Native American of the Pit River Tribe of Northern California, was born July 30, 1932, at Haines to Henry and Orilla Viola (Shadley) Taylor. He was a man of many trades and engaged in farming, ranching, mining, paving with blacktop and truck driving. He served for a short time in the U.S. Air Force during the early 1950s. He married Shirley Baert on Feb. 24, 1958, in Baker City and the couple moved to Sherwood. Mr. Taylor worked as a welder for Petibone Mercury in Tualatin, where he helped build lift trucks until an injury forced his retirement. The couple moved to Cove in 1987. Mr. Taylor enjoyed hunting, picking mushrooms and fishing, especially for sturgeon. He was a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, District Lodge No. 24, Local No. 1005. Survivors include his wife, Shirley Taylor of Cove; children, Chris Taylor of Aloha, Mike Taylor of Sherwood and Sheri Taylor of Cove; stepchildren, Doug Taylor of Cove and Sue Taylor of...

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Taylor, Walter Edwin – Obituary

Walter Edwin Taylor, 71, of Cove died March 1, 2001, at his home. His funeral was Tuesday, March 6, at the Union LDS Chapel with Bishop Jerry Baxter officiating. Interment followed at the Cove Cemetery. Mr. Taylor was born Nov. 13, 1929, on his grandparent’s ranch near Chiloquin to Marion and Orilla Shadley Taylor. He was the 8th of 9 children. He worked as a timber faller until a logging accident in the early 1960s. He and his late wife, Shirley (Needham) Taylor, owned and ran the Cove Tavern in the ’60s. He attended school in Haines, Baker City and Tigard. He lived in Cove for 38 years. Mr. Taylor loved children, hunting, fishing, his family, gardening, woodworking, rock hunting, reading and riding in the mountains. He also enjoyed watching sporting events, especially school sports. He taught hunter safety classes and coached Little League. He married Rita Bushnell Schmidt on Sept. 22, 1990. Mr. Taylor is survived by his wife Rita of Cove; three sons, Doug Taylor of Cove, Jack Dalton of Granger, Washington, and Allen Lee of Deer Trail, Colorado; three daughters, Sue Taylor of Ronan, Montana, Theresa Ziaee of Yelm, Washington, and Fonda Timm of La Grande; two sisters, Rose Strenke of Lake Oswego, and June Cutshall of Tigard; seven stepdaughters, Cindy Witke of Grand Rapids, Mich., Laurie Gray of Pottsboro, Texas, Valorie Gutirrez of Riverside, California,...

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Parker, Elfleda “Middy” Maxwell Mrs. – Obituary

North Powder, Union County, Oregon Lifetime County Resident Passes Here Tuesday, 19th Elfleda (Middy) Parker, 65, of River Road, North Powder, a life time resident of the Haines and North Powder area, died Tuesday, July 19, at the Grand Ronde Hospital in La Grande following a short illness. Funeral services for Mrs. Parker will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 21 at Grays West & Co. Pioneer Chapel. The Rev. Robert A. Jackson of the First Presbyterian Church in Baker will officiate. Vault interment will follow in the family plot at the Haines Cemetery. She was born Dec. 19, 1911 in Haines, Oregon; a daughter of Wallace J. and Ethel Cartmill Maxwell. She had her grade school in Rock Creek School and went to high school at Muddy Creek and Haines. She was united in marriage to Gifford Parker in Baker on Sept. 20, 1929. She was a home maker and did a great deal of volunteer work. She was a member of the election board for a number of years, and operated a green-house in North Powder for many years. She was a charter member of the Order of the Eastern Star and was the First Worthy Matron. She was a longtime member of the Methodist Church. Survivors include her husband Gifford, at home; daughters, Duveen Schubert of Pendleton and Marcia Craig of Palmer, Alaska; brother, Tom...

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Murdoch, John – Obituary

North Powder, Oregon John Murdoch, 81, of North Powder, died Jan. 19, 2004, at his son’s ranch in Oreana, Idaho. His funeral will be Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 11 a.m. at Haines Methodist Church. John was born Jan. 24, 1922, in Fruitland, Idaho, to John (Scotty) and Esther Hvidberg Murdoch. He graduated in 1940 from Haines High School. John married Barbara Daugherty on Feb. 13, 1943, in Weiser, Idaho. He joined the Navy in 1944, serving in the South Pacific during World War II. After the war, John ranched for several years, and then purchased the Chevron Service Station in North Powder, which he and his wife operated for 36 years. John enjoyed the great outdoors and his mules. He dearly loved his family, which he never failed to let them know. John will be missed. He was dearly loved by all his family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Barbara; his daughter, Donna Dias, and her husband, Ernie, Lora Murdoch and her dear friend, Doug Fialkowski; his sister, Elizabeth Eide and family; three grandchildren, Scott Murdoch, Lorrie Murdoch and her fiance, Rick Thompson, and Tonya Valentine and her husband, Mike; three great-grandchildren, Zackary, Joshua, and Logan Valentine. He was preceded in death by his son, Dennis, and his parents, Esther and John (Scotty) Murdoch. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made...

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Dean, Dallas – Obituary

Union, Oregon Dallas Dean, 81, of Baker City died Aug. 26 at his home. A reception and celebration of life will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at his son’s home, 44431 Anthony Lakes Highway in Haines. Mr. Dean was born July 1, 1925, to Marvin and Edith Hodgkins Dean at Keating. The family lived near Pondosa, and he graduated in 1943 from Union High School. He served in the Army during World War II, and was disabled by frozen feet at the Battle of the Bulge. He received the EAMC and Combat Infantry citations, the Bronze Star and unit citations. In 1946 he married Beverly White in Baker City, and worked for Silven Cleaners and Lew Bros. Tire Service. He owned the Shell service station at Main Street and Auburn Avenue, and later bought the Shell ownership from Lloyd Wells. After an early retirement he worked for Levinger Drug, B&K Chevrolet and the Best County car dealership. He finally retired in 1990. After his wife’s death he married Charlene Lee Moffit in 1990. The couple maintained a winter residence at Indio, Calif., for 12 years. They settled in La Grande in 2003 and recently returned to Baker City. He was a sports fan who followed his son’s high school track activities, and was a loyal fan of the New York Yankees. He met Yogi Berra and...

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