Location: High Valley Oregon

Connarty, Charles – Obituary

A Drunkard’s Victim Charles Connarty Shot Dead on Tuesday Evening at High Valley On Last Tuesday evening Charles Connarty, a resident of High Valley was shot and instantly killed by Edward Smith also a resident of the same locality. The particulars of the sad occurrence are as follows: On Tuesday evening Edward Smith, Charles Connarty and A.C. dubord were near the house of the latter above High Valley and Smith was engaged in reciting the particulars of a row he had with Louis LaMeys. Smith was at the time greatly under the influence of Liquor and was flourishing a revolver when Connarty told him he had better put his weapon up or he might hurt someone. An instant afterward Smith pulled the trigger of his pistol and Connarty fell his brain pierced by a bullet and a second report of the pistol quickly followed, this time the drunken man not doing any injury. Connarty never knew what hit him but fell dead in his traces, the bullet penetrating the forehead above the right eye causing instant death. Dubord could hardly realize that Connarty was dead and thought he had simply fallen but examination showed how true had been the aim of the slayer. Immediately following the shooting Dubord told Smith he had better give himself up to the officers but he declined the advice and said he would go...

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Collver, Stephen P. – Obituary

Stephen P. Collver, of High Valley, Oregon, died at the hospital at Salem, Oregon, Saturday, March 21, his death being due to a combination of diseases. Mr. Collver was born in Canada, March 2, 1843 and was at the time of his death 65 years and 19 days old. When a lad about twelve years old, he, with his parents, moved to Iowa for a short time; then to Missouri, staying there about three years, going later to Iowa, where his young manhood was spent. On September 13, 1866 he married Delilah O. Barnett, and to them seven children were born-six of whom are living, one little daughter of five years passing on to the great beyond about fifteen years ago. In 1891, he with his wife and three children came west to Idaho, living there about four years. He joined the Methodist church about a year after living in Idaho. In 1898 he came to Oregon, which State he has made his home. He leaves to mourn the loss of a kind and loving husband and father, a wife and three children, Mrs. L. L. Stringham, of La Grande; Mrs. H. H. Ash(illegible), of High Valley; Mr. Clark Collver, of Summerville, all near his home; and three daughters-Mrs. J. C. Brown, of Pennsylvania; Mrs. J. B. Fye, of Iowa, and Mrs. Chas. Hardman, of California, and many dear...

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Davis, James N. – Obituary

Union, Union County, Oregon Died—At Union, Oregon, Wednesday, November 17, 1920, James N. Davis, age 28 years. The funeral will take place from the Undertaking Parlors, Friday, November 19, at 11 o’clock a.m. Friends are invited to attend. Obituaries and Other Vital Records of Union County, Oregon. 1890 – 1930. Compiled by Clara Cline Lee. Reproduced by Walter M. Pierce Library, Eastern Oregon Library, 1972. Davis, James N. James Davis, who sustained a stroke of paralysis at the fish hatchery Monday of this week, was moved to the Vernon Allen residence in North Union Wednesday afternoon, and died that day, after the printing of the first side of this paper in which mention is made on the fourth page of the stroke sustained by Mr. Davis. The sudden death of this promising young man came as a great shock to many friends and acquaintances in this part of the county. The funeral took place at 11 a.m. Friday from the undertaking parlors. James N. Davis was born September 10, 1892, in High Valley, Union county, Oregon, and has lived in this county practically ever since. He left La Grande for entering the service June 25, 1918, and was in the service eleven months. He leaves to mourn his loss among his immediate family, his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Davis; three brothers-Amos, William and Lewis; four sisters-Charlotte...

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Davis, Robert V. – Obituary

Union, Union County, Oregon Died—In Union, Oregon, Saturday, February 23, 1924, Robert V. Davis, age 59 years, 7 months and 22 days. The funeral will take place from the Methodist Church, Union, Monday, February 25, 1924, at 1:30 p.m. Friends are invited to attend. Obituaries and Other Vital Records of Union County, Oregon, 1890-1930. Compiled by Clara Cline Lee. Reproduced by Walter M. Pierce Library, Eastern Oregon Library, 1972. “Robert V. Davis” Robert V. Davis, son of Josiah and Sarah Davis, was born at Shelbyville, Illinois, July 31, 1864, and died in his home at Union, Oregon, February 23rd, 1924, age 59 years, 6 months and 22 days. The family crossed the plains when Robert was a lad of 13 years and settled in High Valley, where for 44 years he made his home. October 11th, 1885, he was united in marriage to Miss Viola V. Wilkinson. To them was born 9 children. Seven of whom are now living, namely: Amos Davis, Mrs. Charlotte Wheeler, Mrs. Mary Allen, Mrs. Lulu Burford; Cora, William and Lewis Davis, all of Union, and four grandchildren. The wife, and mother passed away May 14th, 1923. Two children also preceded their parents to that land of endless day. One brother, Josiah Davis, of Greybill, Wyoming and one sister, Mrs. Joan Logsdon, of La Grande, are also survivors. Mr. Davis was a great sufferer for...

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Davis, Viola V. Mrs. – Obituary

Union, Union County, Oregon Died-In Union, Oregon, Monday, May 14, 1923, Mrs. Viola V. Davis, age 56 years, 7 months and 13 days. The funeral will take place from the M.E. Church, Wednesday, May 16, at 2 p.m. Friends are invited to attend. Funeral Notice Obituaries and Other Vital Records of Union County, Oregon, 1890-1930. Compiled by Clara Cline Lee. Reproduced by Walter M. Pierce Library, Eastern Oregon Library, 1972. Died in Union Monday May 11, 1923, Mrs. Viola V. Davis, age 56 years, 7 months and 13 days. Viola V. Wilkinson was the daughter of William and Mary Wilkinson. She was born in High Valley, October 1st, 1867. She was married to Robert V. Davis October 11, 1885. To this union nine children were born. She is survived by her husband and seven children, two having preceded her to the great beyond. Those remaining are: Amos Davis, Mrs. Charlotte Wheeler, Mrs. Mary Allen, Mrs. Lulu Burford, Miss Cora Davis, William and Lewis Davis. A little grandson left by the daughter who passed on was taken into the family and raised as their own. Two sisters-Mrs. Kate Bates and Mrs. Bertha Rundell; four brother-W. O. Wilkinson of California; Albert of Union, Thomas and William of Idaho, and other relatives and a host of friends mourn her passing. She was a faithful, loving and devoted wife and mother. Her husband...

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Davis, William J. – Obituary

Union, Union County, Oregon The Weekly Eastern Oregon Republican. Union, Oregon. Saturday, February 21, 1925. Volume 37, Number 1893, Page 1. Died at Union, Oregon, Wednesday, February 11, 1925, William J. Davis, age 16 years. William J. Davis, son of Robert and Viola V. Davis, was born in High Valley, Oregon, March 3, 1909. He was a Junior in the Union High School. He was one of the best students in the class, willing at all times to do his share. He was a member of the Woodmen of the World, having joined that order in July 1924. On May 14, 1923, his mother died; and on February 23, 1924, the father was called home, making three of this family that passed to the great beyond in about twenty months. Since the death of his father, he has made his home with his sister Mrs. Roy Wheeler, who lives near Union. He is survived by four sisters and two brothers, Mrs. Charlotte Wheeler, Mrs. Lulu Burford, Mrs. Mary Allen, Mrs. Cora Church; Amos and Lewis Davis, all of Union. Besides his parents, one sister, Mrs. Ida Burford, and one brother, James Davis, preceded him to the great unknown. The funeral was held from the Methodist Church in Union, Friday, February 13, at 2 o’clock p.m. Reading of scripture and prayer by Rev. Quinn; Sacred solo, Helene Stearns; Eulogy, Prof....

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Haggerty, Ida M. – Obituary

Ida M. Haggerty, age 40 years, 18 days, wife of Wm. O. Haggerty, died in the Grande Ronde Hospital, La Grande, Oregon, Saturday, May 18, following an operation. The funeral took place from the Presbyterian church, at 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 21, services conducted by Rev. Eells. Mrs. Haggerty had been seriously ailing for about ten weeks and was confined to her bed for two weeks. Ida M. Haggerty was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Wilkinson, was born in High Valley, and had lived in this section all her life. Her parents came to this country from Illinois in the fifties. Mrs. Haggerty was a member of the Presbyterian church and took an active part in church affairs, and her loss will be keenly felt not only by the church but by a large circle of aquaintenances. She leaves besides her husband, three children; a sister, Mrs. George Keeney, of Baker, and a brother, J. E. Wilkinson, of Omak, Washington, both of whom were present at the funeral. Mrs. Haggerty’s mother survives her also. In addition to the above, the following facts were presented by Rev. Eells, of the Presbyterian church, during the funeral service: Mrs. Haggerty was born April 30, 1878. She was married to W. O. Haggerty, September 12, 1900. To this union four children were born-Donald, the oldest, dying in infancy. The other children...

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Minnick, Clifford – Obituary

Union, Union County, Oregon “Services Held For Clifford Minnick” Death struck quickly in removing from life, a well known young man of this community, Clifford Minnick, who passed away at his home in Union on Saturday, February 17, 1942, at the age of 35 years. Milo Clifford Minnick was born in High Valley near Union, April 7, 1906, son of Mary and John Minnick. He attended grade and high school here, graduating from the Union high school with the class of 1924. Following his graduation, he enrolled at the University of Oregon, where he studied law for two years. He also took work at the Northwestern Business College at Spokane for a year and a half. Upon returning to Union, he was employed at the Eastern Oregon Experiment Station, where he was head of the poultry department for a number of years. For the past several years he has been employed by the Oregon Trail Lumber Company. That he was held in high esteem by fellow workers and employers alike was evidenced by the fact that he held a position on the executive board of the local lumberman’s union at the time of his death. Clifford possessed a genuine sense of humor and his constant happy disposition and good will gained for him a host of friends. He had the misfortune to lose one of his eyes when but...

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Minnick, John W. – Obituary

The funeral of John W. Minnick took place Sunday afternoon, August 21, from the M. E. Church, sermon by Rev. L. A. Cook. Services at the grave by the Knight of Pythias and the Odd Fellows. John Wesley Minnick was born near Leesburg, Ohio, Sept. 15th, 1849. At the age of six years he moved with his parents to Monroe, Iowa, where he spent his early boyhood. Following many of his friends, the call of the west was strong, and he started West, going as far as Evanston and Hilliard, Wyoming, where during the winter of 1865 and the spring of 1866 he worked at the charcoal pits at Hilliard and there met Mary Davis, who later became his wife, they being married at Evanston, Wyoming, June 15th, 1866. He returned to Oskaloosa, Iowa, two years later. The lure of the West again became strong and in May 1878 he started overland for the Williamette Valley, Ore., by prairie schooner, joining an emigrant train for Boise, Idaho, following the now famous Oregon Trail. Arriving in Grande Ronde Valley, they planned a visit to Mrs. Minnick’s parents in High Valley. One of the mules becoming side and disabled, husband and wife decided to make it their permanent home. At the High Valley home five children were born. Jessier Woolever, the oldest, of Newberg, Ore., was born at Oskaloosa, Iowa, Sept....

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Rush, Eliza K. – Obituary

Mrs. M. L. Rush, of High Valley, died in the hospital at La Grande with undergoing an operation Friday of last week. The remains were brought to Union and the funeral took place Sunday, and was largely attended. Eliza K. Wilkinson was born in High Valley, Oregon, November 23, 1869, and at the time of her death was almost 42 years of age. She was married to M. L. Rush in this county March 25, 1890. From this union three children were born-John L., age 19; Merrill E., age 17, and Earl E., age 14, all living. The funeral services were held from the local undertaking parlors, sermon by Rev. Winters, of the M. E. Church. Mrs. Rush was a dutiful wife, a loving mother and a kind neighbor and her death was a great shock to all who knew her. The sympathy of all is extended to Mr. Rush and sons in their sad bereavement. “Death of Mrs. M. L. Rush” Printed June 30, 1911 Obituaries and Other Vital Records of Union County, Oregon. 1890 – 1930. Compiled by Clara Cline Lee. Reproduced by Walter M. Pierce Library, Eastern Oregon Library, 1972. Donated by Robin...

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Rush, M. L. – Obituary

M. L. Rush, age about 65 years, a resident of High Valley, and an old and respected citizen, died at the hospital in La Grande Monday of this week of inflammation of the bladder. He was taken to La Grande last week for treatment. Mr. Rush leaves three boys to mourn his loss in his immediate family, his wife having died about two years ago. The funeral took place at 11 a.m. Wednesday, services at the grave. “Death of M. L. Rush” Printed March 9, 1914. Obituaries and Other Vital Records of Union County, Oregon. 1890 – 1930. Compiled by Clara Cline Lee. Reproduced by Walter M. Pierce Library, Eastern Oregon Library, 1972. Contributed by: Robin...

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Swiger, Polly Mrs. – Obituary

Union, Union County, Oregon Mrs. Polly Swiger, aged 81 years and 26 days, died at the Swiger residence near Union, Oregon, Sunday, October 9, 1910, and was buried from the Presbyterian church Wednesday, October 12, at 11 a. m. Polly Wilkinson was born in Jackson county, Ohio, September 29, 1829, and her early life was passed in the vicinity of Peoria, Ill. She was married to N. Swiger in 1851, and in 1858 moved from Illinois to Nebraska. In May, 1864, Mr. and Mrs. Swiger moved to Oregon, arriving in the Grande Ronde Valley, October 9, of that year. From June 1865, to October 1869 they lived in the Williamette valley, after which they moved to the Grande Ronde Valley and have lived here since, spending the time from 1869 to 1889 in High Valley, and since that time at the Swiger home near Union. Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Swiger, four of whom are living, namely: William, of Union; Mrs. Viola Cochran, of Washington; Nora Rumbley, of Pine Valley, and Elmer Swiger, of Union. Four brothers and one sister survive Mrs. Swiger. Contributed by: Larry...

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Webb, James – Obituary

“James Webb’s Death Ends Long Illness” Death came to James Webb, old-time resident of Union, last Saturday at Hot Lake after a long illness. He was born in Iowa in 1874, and was aged 56 years, nine months and two days. He came west with the George Wilkinson family in 1890, and settled in High Valley, where he lived until his marriage to Nora Wilkinson in 1897. Thereafter he was a Union resident. He is survived by his widow and relatives in Iowa and Illinois. Mr. Webb was a member of the Knights of Pythias, Pythian Sisters, Woodmen of the World and Methodist church. Funeral services were held Sunday at the Methodist church under the auspices of the Knights of Pythias, with Rev. R. C. Lee officiating, and were attended by many sorrowing friends, including members of the La Grande Pythian lodge. H. E. Dixon of that city delivered an address at the grave. “Tributes Are paid to James Webb, Worthy Citizen” A large number of relatives and friends gathered at the Methodist church Monday afternoon, October 6, to pay tributes of respect to James Webb, who passed away Saturday afternoon, October 4. His passing brought sorrow to the whole community, having been a life-long resident of fifty year’s standing, and his genial nature and disposition having made him a host of friends. The following obituary was read at...

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Wilkinson, Andrew – Obituary

Died—At Vader, Washington, Monday, August 9, 1926, Andrew Wilkinson, age 84 years, 7 months and 14 days. The funeral took place from the Methodist church, Union, Friday, August 13, 1926, at 2:30 o’clock p.m. Word was received at Union early Monday morning of the serious illness of Mr. Wilkinson, and his daughter, Mrs. Webb, left that morning on No. 17 for Vader, but her father passed away before her arrival at Vader. Mrs. Webb returned with the remains Thursday, and the funeral took place as above noted. “Uncle Andy” Wilkinson was one of the old settlers of this section, and had a friend in every acquaintance, and all regret his passing away, though it has been evident for several years that he was nearing the end. Andrew Wilkinson, son of Jacob and Matilda Wilkinson, was born in Cedar County, Mo., Dec. 26, 1841, and died at the home of his son, Edward, at Vader, Washinton, Aug. 9th, 1926, age 81 years, 7 months and 13 days. In 1863 he left the home of his birth and came to Denver, Colo. Five years later he in company with others came by ox team over the plains through Montana via Walla Walla, Wash., thence to the Grande Ronde Valley, and after a time purchased a large farm in High valley, where he entered the cattle business, as well as developing his...

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Wilkinson, Charles – Obituary

Charles Wilkinson, aged 16, the son of John Wilkinson of High Valley, was drowned in a slough near Hendershott’s point last Saturday afternoon. He was in company with other boys who had gone to the place for the purpose of bathing. The full particulars of the accident have not been received further than the fact that the boy was unable to swim, and sometime after entering the slough his body was discovered in deep water but a few feet distant from the bank. “Charles Wilkinson Drowned” Printed June 1896. Obituaries and Other Vital Records of Union County, Oregon, 1890-1930. Compiled by Clara Cline Lee. Reproduced by Walter M. Pierce Library, Eastern Oregon Library, 1972. Tombstone Inscriptions Union Cemetery Union, Union Co., Oregon Chas, Henry Son of J & S Wilkinson Died June 20, 1896 Aged 16 Yr, 1 Mo, 10 Ds. Weep not father and mother for me For I am wanting in glory for thee Contributed by: Robin...

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