Location: Heppner Oregon

Biographical Sketch of Otis Patterson

OTIS PATTERSON. – Mr. Patterson, editor of the Heppner Gazette, at Heppner, Oregon, and one of the representative men of common sense and energy in the Inland Empire, was born at Danville, Indiana, September 4, 1858. He remained in that city until the age of eighteen, receiving a good common-school education. He also improved himself by a scientific course, graduating as B.S. from the Centeral Normal College of Danville. In 1876 he acted upon the advice of a celebrated father of his profession, and came to Emporia, Kansas, where he engaged in educational work. In 1882 he performed the rest of the journey across the continent, stopping in California. Remaining there only a short time, however, he came by way of Portland, Oregon to Walla Walla, where he once more became a teacher of schools, following that occupation in various schools in Walla Walla county until 1885. In that year he became principal of the Heppner Public School, and conducted that institution with great success. The following spring he entered into business, successfully establishing a store in the hardware line. Seeing the opportunity and feeling the desire to occupy a somewhat more advanced position as educator, not simply of children but of men and of the people at large, he purchased in 1888 the Heppner Gazette and has conducted that periodical to the present time with very marked success,...

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Biography of William Henry Canaday

It is fitting that in a work that purports to accord to the leading citizens of Harney county representation there should be special mention of the well known business man whose name heads this article and who has labored in our midst for a number of years, gaining a good success and making for himself a name and standing which are enviable. Madison Canaday was born in Hillsboro, Highland county, Ohio, on October 21, 1831, and when a boy went with his parent to Illinois and then to Iowa, whence they crossed the plains with ox teams in 1852. They settled in Douglas county, Oregon, the parents taking a donation claim. Later they removed to Yam Hill county. Miss Sarah E. Abbott was born near Springfield, Missouri, in 1842, and started across the plains with ox teams in 1852, having traveled to Texas and returned to Missouri inĀ 1844. The train was a large on and the dreaded cholera attacked them and her father was the first victim to succumb to that terrible disease, passing away on June 9. Before the journey was completed the mother died also, the date being September 30, and she sleeps near where Baker City now stands. Thus from the happy eastern home this child was left an orphan on the dreary plains. She came on to Yam Hill county, Oregon. There she met and...

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Biography of Hon. Jackson L. Morrow

HON. JACKSON L. MORROW.- It is not so uncommon a thing in this land of a great future for a man to lay out a town or build a city; but there is, we believe, but one man in the state who may be called the maker of a county, and whose name is perpetuated in its designation: that man is Jackson L. Morrow, of Heppner, Oregon, whose sketch is here presented. This honor was worthily bestowed upon him at the instance and almost insistence of his neighbors, in recognition of his privations and labors in settling up the region, in building Heppner, and in securing the division of Morrow county from Umatilla. A region which was once regarded as inaccessible and desolate has now become, by the efforts of a driving body of men, beginning with Mr. Morrow and Mr. Heppner, a thriving and prosperous portion of Oregon. The population of the county is now six thousand, and of Heppner itself about one thousand, with a good outlook in the near future for five thousand. A branch line of the Oregon Railway & Navigation Company brings the city within easy reach of all the markets, and taps a great grain and grazing belt. The first settler upon the townsite of the city was G.W. Standsbury. Morrow and Heppner came next; and together they set in operation the works...

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Biography of M. J. Morlan

M.J. MORLAN. – This prominent citizen of The Dalles was born in Lake County, Ohio, in 1835. In 1846 he moved to La Salle County, Illinois. In that state his parents were successful in securing good land and in improving their farms; and this was the home of our subject until he attained his majority. With a somewhat limited education, but with abundance of muscle and determination, he began life for himself working as a hired hand on his father’s farm, and saving nearly all his earnings. His innate ambition and desire to reach the higher walks of life induced him to cross the plains in1857 to Portland, Oregon. Being but ill suited with this Webfoot metropolis, he returned eastward as far as Walla Walla and found a desirable location on the Touchet River, improving his own place and assisting the various ranchers until, in1860, he was able to buy a ranch at Dayton. His venture there, however, proving but a partial success, he disposed of his property in 1864, and removed again to Western Oregon, returning eastward in 1867 to Wasco County and engaging in sheep-husbandry. The first four years of that occupation were but little remunerative; and in 1871 he moved to Umatilla county, engaging very successfully in agriculture. In 1873 he was married to Miss Mary E. Jones, who has born him two children, Charles and...

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Biography of Hon. James B. Sperry

HON. JAMES B. SPERRY. – The striking difference between a savage and a civilized community is the multiplication of different industries in the latter. The most of our interest in life arises from the interdependence of many persons, each supplying some single necessity of all the rest. The man who makes flour for the people of Heppner, Oregon, is Mr. Sperry. He built his mill with a capacity of seventy-five barrels in 1885, from means realized by the sale of his band of fourteen thousand sheep, which he drove to Montana to market. He is one of the substantial men of the city, a reliable, kind neighbor, as well as a driving man of business. He was born in Lawrence County, Ohio, in 1834. After living some time in Iowa, the family moved on across the plains without disturbance from the Indians, and located in Linn county, Oregon, in 1856. Farming and trading-over the country, and mining by odd spells, engaged his attention for a number of years. During the Rogue river Indian war of 1855-56, he bore an active part, assisting in the fight at Big Meadows. He was also in a company of twenty sent to Rogue River to escort a government train. Being an active young man of twenty, and always ready for a brush, he was usually elected for any special work. He was record...

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Morrow, Jackson L. – Obituary

Jackson L. Morrow passed away at Salem on April 29,1984. He was born February 11, 1896 at Heppner son of James William and Katie Rea Morrow. On July 23, 1917 he was married to Irene Johnson at Portland. He was a WWI veteran, a life member of Harmony Lodge No. 12 AM & AM, a 50 year member of the American Legion. He moved from Joseph to Salem in 1977. Survivors include two sons, S.W. Morrow of Portland, and S.L. Morrow of Longview, Washington; a sister, Mrs. M.V. Sutherland of Salem. Funeral services and interment of remains will be held at the Prairie Creek Cemetery near Joseph at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 2 with American Legion Post 157 officiating. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Lung Association c/o Bollman Funeral Home in Enterprise. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, May 31, 1984, page 15 Contributed by: Sue...

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Hill, Laura Belle

Elgin, Union County, Oregon Sisters-in-Law Die In Elgin Sisters-in-law, Laura Bell Hill and Dora Florence Hill, both resident of Elgin, died within three days of each other in local hospitals this week. Laura Belle Hill of Elgin, for 55 years a resident of Union county, died at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, of a stroke at the age of 68. Surviving are five children, Mrs. Louie Hale of Elgin, Mrs. Luther Cummins of Portland, and Mrs. Warren Metcalf of Chester, California, 11 grandchildren, two sisters, Miss Grace Crawford of Pendleton, and Mrs. Chester Kuykendoll of Pomeroy, Washington, and other relatives. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 23, with Rev. Ballard officiating. Burial will be in the Summerville cemetery beside her husband who died in 1941. Mrs. Hill was born October 8, 1875, at Heppner, Oregon. La Grande Evening Observer Friday, October 22, 1943 Page 3 Contributed by: Tom...

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Mayfield, John – Obituary

Elgin, Union County, Oregon Mayfield Murdered Monday Morning Shot With Rifle While Asleep; Coe Held On Open Charge John Mayfield, a long time resident of the Elgin vicinity was murdered at an early hour Monday morning at the home of A.J. Coe, between Imbler and Cove. According to reports, Mr. Mayfield was killed with a rifle, the bullet entering his lower jaw, and going out near the top of his head. A J. Coe, at whose home Mr. Mayfield was staying, is being held on an open charge pending the coroner’s inquest, which was held Wednesday evening at 7:30 at Snodgrass & Zimmerman’s Undertaking parlors at La Grande. The decision has not been learned. Sheriff Breshears could not make public the results of his investigations, until the inquest. It is generally understood that Mr. Mayfield was shot wile asleep, and that the bullet was fired by someone outside of the house, the bullet passing through a glass panel in the door of the room in which he was sleeping. Coroner F.L. Ralston was out of town until Monday, and postponed the inquest until Wednesday evening to facilitate the attendance of several witnesses. Funeral services will probably be held today and interment made at the Elgin cemetery. However, no definite arrangements have been learned. Mr. Mayfield was born July 31, 1881, at Heppner, Oregon. He spent a good part of...

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Appleton, Arnold E. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Arnold E. Appleton, 65, of Heppner and formerly of La Grande died Nov. 14 at his home. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the New Hope Community Church in Hermiston. A graveside memorial will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. Sweeney Mortuary of Heppner is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Appleton was born Sept. 9, 1941, to Howard and Ruth Arnold Appleton in Van Nuys, Calif. He was raised and attended school in Van Nuys, graduating from high school in 1959. In 1965 he married Pamela Passick. The couple later divorced. He served with the Army during the Vietnam War and continued his military service with the Oregon Army National Guard until retiring as master sergeant. He served as mortar platoon sergeant and a 1st sergeant at Det 1, HHC, 3rd of the 116th, Pendleton. Before moving to La Grande in 1973, he owned and operated Van Nuys Florist in Van Nuys. He operated a Christmas business, gathering greens and cones to make arrangements and wreaths for flower shops throughout Northeast Oregon and Southeast Washington. In 1975 he married Wendy Bouchard in La Grande. The couple lived in La Grande for 25 years before moving to Heppner in 2000. He enjoyed hunting, mushrooming, hiking in the mountains, gardening and playing cards with friends. He loved creating from...

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Armato, Michael James – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Michael James Armato, 51, of Heppner, died Feb. 19 of natural causes in La Grande. Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. March 3 at the Pioneer Masonic Cemetery, Heppner. A Rosary will be read at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church during the regular 5 p.m. mass. A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. March 4 at the Heppner Elks Club. Arrangements are under the direction of Sweeney Mortuary of Heppner. Mr. Armato, known as Mike, was born June 27, 1955, to Frank and Catherine Armato in San Francisco. He grew up in San Rafael, Calif. He graduated from San Rafael High School in 1973 and attended the University of California, Berkeley. Mike married Pamela Waterhouse in 1978, and they had two children, Phillip and Gail Armato. In 1990 he married Kim Cutsforth of Heppner, and they had two children, Maggie and Joe Armato. Mike lived in Heppner for the past 12 years. He was most recently employed as a conductor for the Union Pacific Railroad, based out of La Grande. He was a member of the Heppner Elks Club and St. Patrick’s Parish, where he directed religious education and taught first communion classes. Mike loved to help people and was a tireless volunteer for Hospice. An avid chess player, he taught “Chess for Success” at Heppner Elementary. He served on the budget committee for the Morrow...

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Benge, Mary – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Mary Benge, 92, died June 21 in La Grande. A memorial service will be held at the Heppner Masonic Cemetery at 11 a.m. Saturday. A potluck will follow at the Heppner Elks Club. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Mary was born April 9, 1915, in Coffey, Mo., to Claude and Ethel Brumfield Cartwright. She had four siblings. Raised by her grandparents, she grew up in Coffey and graduated from Coffey High School at age 16. After graduating, she met and married Dem Reninger and they had three children. They lived in Denver, where they were in the restaurant business before divorcing. In 1943, she moved to Heppner where she married Terrell Benge. They ranched on Social Ridge and Rea Creek until retiring in 1972. Mary was very active in the Ladies Elks and Eastern Star. She was known for her cooking, especially her sourdough bread. She also enjoyed playing cards and gardening and was an avid reader. Survivors include her son, Michael “Butch” Benge of Falls Church, Va.; stepdaughter, Lynn Marie McDonald of Omaha, Neb.; grandchildren, Terry Hughes of La Grande, Teresa Hughes of Heppner, Saderia and Tiffany Benge of Falls Church, Va., Leann Cardell of Omaha, Neb., and Cameron McDonald of Houston; six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Terrell; two daughters, Maryann and Joan; stepson,...

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Jewett, Helen M. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Helen M. Jewett, 93, of La Grande, died Aug. 17 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cove Christian Camp. Helen was born June 22, 1914, to Harold and Thena Mae Moak Fry in Montesano, Wash. Helen spent most of her childhood on a ranch on the Wynooche River near Montesano, with a brief time spent in Alberta, Canada. She attended a one-room school, and graduated high school in Montesano. She attended Eugene Bible College (now called Northwest Christian College) in Eugene. She and her husband, Joe, ministered during college at the Christian Church in Florence. They traveled to Enid, Okla., for Joe’s graduate studies where their daughter, Joanne, was born. Two years later, their twins, Doris and Robert, were born. Back in Oregon, they began a five-year ministry at Milton-Freewater Christian Church on Pearl Harbor Day. In 1946, they moved to Heppner and ministered for two years at the Christian church. In 1948, the family moved to Baker, where they ministered for 21 years at the Baker First Christian Church. Their final years of ministry before retirement were at the Enterprise Christian Church. Helen was active in the church, teaching Bible classes, working as church secretary, and teaching and directing youth camps. She was the main cook at Cove Christian Camp for many years. Helen and Joe were...

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Hallock, Ahlma Rose MacDonald – Obituary

Ahlma R. MacDonald, 99, a resident of Tacoma the past 64 years, died Monday [January 7, 1985]. Mrs. MacDonald was born in Heppner, Ore. She was a retired librarian who had worked in Portland and New York City. She was a former member of the Ladies Musical Club, pro America, Tacoma County & Golf Club and Tacoma Lawn Tennis Club. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Herrick (Beatrice) Allen of Tacoma, and two grandchildren. Buckley-King Downtown is in charge. Tacoma News Tribune, January 9, 1985 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Bean, Harold Cedric – Obituary

Complications following an operation, yesterday caused the death of Dr. Harold C. Bean, 40, president of the State Board of Health and one of the most prominent diagnosticians in Portland. Dr. Bean died shortly before noon at the Good Samaritan Hospital, where he was operated on December 26, two days before his 40th birthday. He had been ill only a week, entering the hospital Christmas Day. Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 2:30 o’clock at the Finley Chapel. With the exception of a brother in Seattle, all members of his immediate family were at the bedside when Dr. Bean died, Judge and Mrs. Robert S. Bean, his parents, canceling plans to attend the funeral yesterday of the mother’s sister, Mrs. Ellen McCormick. The eldest brother arrived by air yesterday from Seattle. The crisis was reached shortly after midnight yesterday and the family was immediately notified. Dr. Bean did not regain consciousness immediately before his death. He was suddenly stricken a week ago and his condition was so serious an immediate operation was decided on. The operation was performed by Drs. Eugene and Paul Rockey with Drs. Frank Mount, Earl DuBois and Laurence Selling in consultation. Dr. Bean was born in Eugene, December 28, 1889. He was graduated from the University of Oregon in 1912 and from the Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore in 1916, serving there as...

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Sutherland, William Morrow – Obituary

Private family services for William Morrow Sutherland, 76, of Charleston, will be held in Heppner where he will be laid to rest in the Morrow family plot beside his father and mother. Mr. Sutherland died in Roseburg of complications of age on Jan. 19, 1995. He was born to Mr. and Mrs. Martin VanBuren Sutherland on Oct. 11, 1918. He attended Lincoln High School in Portland, then attended Reed College and majored in economics, graduated in 1941. Immediately following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, becoming a second lieutenant in the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. After separation from the Army, he held various sales positions until the late 1950s. He moved to Charleston in 1961 and bought the fishing vessel “Legend” and became a commercial fisherman. He joined the South Coast Trollers Association at its inception and was elected treasurer for a two-year period. When land use planning began, he was invited to join the Charleston area zoning group. Later he and others began a group to form a South Slough Sanctuary to protect the estuary of this region. He was appointed to the position of commissioner of the South Slough Estuarine Reserve Commission by Gov. Victor Atiyeh for a two year term. He is survived by his wife, Lucille, of North Bend; a son, William L. Sutherland of Santa Cruz, California; a daughter, Mary Hopson...

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