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Location: Hot Lake Oregon

Biography of S. F. Newhard

S.F. NEWHARD. – At the southern end of the beautiful Grande Ronde valley, on the line of the Oregon Railway & Navigation Company, and at the foot of a high, bald hill, is situated Hot Lake, – or White Sulphur Lake. This is a circular body of water of about two and a half acres, with an average depth of three feet, and is fed by two boiling springs, which appear near together at the southern edge where the water is deepest. These springs are in shape of a basin twenty feet across and ten feet deep; and the water coming up perfectly clear form the bottom is the best agent that has been found for allaying pain and curing all the ills that the human family is heir to. In one of these springs the temperature reaches an average of from one hundred and seventy-five to one hundred and eighty degrees. Chemical analyses show it to contain free sulphureted hydrogen gas, carbonate and sulphate of calcium, sulphate of soda, sulphate of potash, alumina and silica, together with organic matter. This lake is declared by knowing ones to equal the famed hot springs of Arkansas, and has already effected relief or cures in many classes of disease. Samuel F. Newhard was born in Pennsylvania in 1830. His parents emigrated to Ohio in 1837, where he received a common-school education...

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Elledge, June – Obituary

Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon Services Today For June Elledge Memorial services for Lillian June Elledge of Wallowa who passed away on Monday, June 11, 1973 at Hot Lake Resort and Retirement Home will be conducted this afternoon (Thursday) by the Bollman Funeral Home in Wallowa at 2 p.m. in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with Roy Bork, assisted by LaVern Fullmer, officiating. Internment will be in the Wallowa Cemetery. June was born June 6, 1922 at Wallowa, and was the daughter of Arba and Ada May Ellidge. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Survivors include her father, Arba Elledge of Wallowa, and aunts, uncles and other relatives. Her mother died July 25, 1962. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, June 14, 1973 Contributed by: Sue...

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Steen, Eliza I. – Obituary

Wallowa County, Oregon Eliza I. Steen Dies At Hot Lake Eliza Izora Steen, who had lived in Wallowa County most of her life, passed away Sunday, April 7, 1974 at Hot lake following an illness of several months. She was the daughter of Henry and Angeline Zumwalt and was born Sept. 10, 1889 at Terrydale, near Madras. As a small child she came to Wallowa County with her family who homesteaded in the Zumwalt area. On Sept. 6, 1910 she was married at Imnaha to Thomas J. Williams who preceded her in death in 1960. In 1962 she was married to Bill Steen who also preceded her in death. Survivors include seven sons, Leonard Williams, Grass Valley, Calif., Earl Williams, La Grande, Merle Williams, Portland, Gail Williams, Union, Fred Williams, Wallowa, Lyle Williams, La Grande, and Hallie Williams, Ontario; two daughters, Nellie Doud, North Powder, and Jessie Hescock, Eugene; one sister, Josie Hays, Enterprise; One brother, Lynn (Shorty) Zumwalt, Winlock, Wash.; 30 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. One son, Chester Williams, preceded her in death in 1972. Memorial services were held yesterday (Wednesday) at 1:30 p.m. at the Daniels Valley Funeral Chapel in La Grande with the Rev. Paul. O. Jewell of the United Methodist Church officiating. Concluding services followed at 3:30 p.m. at the Bramlet Memorial Cemetery near Wallowa. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain April 11, 1974 Contributed by:...

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Kay, James Steven – Obituary

J. S. Kay Is Called To His Last Rest Succumbs After Long Illness Survived By Widow and Six Children J. S. Kay, well known and well liked resident of the county, died at Hot Lake Monday night, July 21, 1924, at 8:30 o’clock. Death followed a long period of illness. Mr. Kay suffered for some years with high blood pressure which gradually changed and became low blood pressure. Mr. Kay became steadily weaker this spring and Friday went to Hot Lake to take a few baths for his health. He was feeling well until Monday evening when he began to sink rapidly. It was seen that the end was not far away and all the children were sent for. The remains were brought to Enterprise where funeral services were held in the undertaking parlors Wednesday afternoon by Rev. N.E. Hershey of the Methodist church. Interment was in the Enterprise cemetery. The large crowd of friends and neighbors who were present at the services testified to the love and esteem held for the departed neighbor. James Steven Kay was born in Pittsburg, Penn., October 29, 1859. he moved to Kansas when a young man and there met and married Josephine Drake in 1881, who survives her husband. To this union was born 7 children, 6 of whom survive. They are Mrs. Frank Moore of Caldwell, Idaho; Mrs. Herbert Browning of...

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Varney, Roy

Enterprise, Oregon Roy Varney, a prominent farmer of Prairie Creek, died Sunday, August 25, 1935, at Hot Lake after having been taken there for treatment following a two weeks illness. He had been in poor health for some time as a result of a serious heart disease but had carried on his usual farm work until his condition became serious two weeks before his death. It is thought that an injury he received while building a barn might have hastened his death. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at the Methodist church with Rev. G.R. Archer in charge and interment took place in the Prairie Creek cemetery. Roy Mason Varney was born in Augusta, Kansas, and died at Hot Lake August 25, 1935, at the age of 44 years, 10 months and seven days. He came to Wallowa county 28 years ago and lived with his family in the north end for some time. On October 19,1912, he was married to Bessie Conrad of Flora. To this union were born four children. Violet, Vester, Otis and Walter all of whom survive him. His parents died some years ago but he is survived by one sister, Ina Beard, and two brothers, Walter and Miles. Mr. Varney was known as a kindly, hospitable man and co-operative with his neighbors. He was a hard worker and ambitious to make good and had...

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Carroll, Leonard – Obituary

Elgin, Union County, Oregon Leonard Carroll, a young man aged 23 years, was instantly killed at a point about three miles east of Hot Lake Monday afternoon by the current from a live electric wire. The Grande Ronde Electric Co’s. wire’s were down and young Carroll was showing some friends where the wire was, and placed his hand on a board near the wire. The board formed a good conductor and the entire current passed to the young man’s body, causing instant death. Elgin Recorder Friday September 1,...

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Clark, William – Obituary

Of general debility at the residence of A.T. Ellis, near Hot Lake, Monday, May 28th, William Clark aged 70 years, 3 months and 28 days. Mr. Clark was an old and highly esteemed citizen of Grande Ronde valley having came here in 1862. In 1864 he and his partner Mr. Newhard took the claim on which the Hot Lake is located and proceeded to build the celebrated Hot Lake House which Mr. Clark has made his home ever since. Mr. Clark was born in Livingston County N.Y., January 31st, 1808 and came to California in 1850 from Illinois. A wide circle of friends will mourn his loss and the people of this valley will realize that one of the old pioneers of 62 are being lain to rest. Mountain Sentinel, Saturday June 3,...

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Dowling, Peter – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Peter Dowing,(sic) the La Grande baseball pitcher, was run over by an east bound passenger train near Hot Lake last Friday evening and instantly killed. Dowling was a hard drinker and had been at Hot Lake for a few days sobering up, and on the evening of the accident had started to walk to La Grande. According to the engineer’s story, Dowling deliberately stepped in front of the engine from the side of the track and it was impossible to stop in time. Dowling had removed his shoes and it is thought that he was in a state of delirium tremmens. His head was completely severed from his body and was never found. The unfortunate man leaves a wife in La Grande. Elgin Recorder Friday July 7,...

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Fisher, Charles – Obituary

Cove, Union County, Oregon Victim Of Auto Buried At Cove Sunday Last Funeral services for Charles Fisher of the Cove who died Friday at Hot Lake following injuries received some time ago in an auto accident, were held Sunday afternoon at the graveside in the Cove Cemetery. Mr. Fisher was a resident of Cove for many years. Oregon Trail Weekly North Powder News Saturday, June 2,...

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Fortier, F. A. – Obituary

Standard Oil Man Dies Unexpectedly Death of Fortier Shock To Friends The death of F.A. Fortier at the Hot Lake hospital at 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon was a surprise and shock to his friends and acquaintances here, many of them not knowing that he had been compelled to return to a hospital. While planning a Christmas visit at Boardman, where Mrs. Fortier’s parents reside, he was taken ill, and had to postpone the trip, about the first of the year, he had recovered sufficiently and they went to Boardman. While there he was taken acutely ill and confined for a time in a hospital at Hermiston. Upon returning, some weeks ago, he resumed his work at manager of the Standard Oil company’s wholesale distributing plant at North Powder. He had a relapse and was taken to Hot Lake last Friday. Mr. Fortier had resided here for several months last year, coming here from Union where he had charge of the oil station there for the same company. The funeral took place at La Grande yesterday at 10 a.m. Tommy Shaw, who substituted as manager here previously, is now in charge of the local plant. North Powder News Friday, February 19,...

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Houx, William – Obituary

William Houx Is Dead at Hot Lake William Ernest Houx, who has been ill since last fall, passed away about 8 o’clock last night at Hot Lake. Mr. Houx came here from California about a month ago and went to Hot Lake on Tuesday. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Florence Houx, and their five children, and a sister from California, who was here at the time of his death. La Grande Evening Observer Thursday, June 19, 1930 Front...

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Derringer, J. B. – Obituary

Hot Lake Crossing Scene Of Drowning Aged Traveler Found Dead Under Car in Ditch Aside of Highway Yesterday Morning Word was brought here by N.N. West, photographer, of North Powder, that J.B. Derringer, whose driver’s license gave his home as Salem, was drowned under a Chevrolet Phaeton when the car left the grade at the turn just this side of the highway viaduct near Hot Lake. The accident is said to have occurred at about 10 a.m. yesterday. Derringer was pinned under the car that landed upside down in water held by the ditch. Derringer had crossed the viaduct, traveling south, when the accident occurred. The driver’s license, dated in 1927, found on the man’s body gave his age as 69. The car bore an Idaho license, which might indicate that he was now a resident of that state. Mr. West stated that the body had just been recovered from under the car when he stopped at the scene and was taken to the Cock Bros. undertaking parlors at Union. Coroner Investigating Coroner F.L. Ralston of La Grande was called and was making an investigation, but had discovered no information further than given above at 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon. North Powder News Friday, April 1,...

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Huffman, M. Mrs. – Obituary

Mrs. Marshall Huffman of La Grande, formerly of Union, died at Hot Lake January 21, 1931, after a long illness. She had been a patient there for about two years. Deceased was a native of Cove and was aged 57 years, 7 months and 14 days. For a number of years the family lived on a ranch south of Union. She is survived by husband, son and brothers and sisters. Oregon Trail Weekly North Powder News Jan 30, 1931 Transcribed by Charlotte...

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Geer, Judd – Obituary

Cove, Union County, Oregon Prominent Pioneer Resident of Cove, Passes at Hot Lake Yesterday; Funeral Sunday Judd Geer, a prominent resident of Cove for the greater portion of his life, passed on at four o’clock yesterday at Hot Lake at the termination of a long illness. His remains were forwarded to La Grande and funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon from the Snodgrass and Zimmerman funeral service parlors at one o’clock. Interment will take place in the I. O. O. F. cemetery. Mr. Geer, who was 55 years, 11 months and 6 days of age, is one of the pioneer residents of Union county and his death is mourned by a host of friends all over Union county. He was born February 18, 1868. He was married in 1888 and to this union was born four children, two of whom survive him – Mrs. Claud Puckett and Mrs. Philip Lockwood of La Grande. He also leaves his widow; two brothers – T. T. Geer, of Portland and Blaine Geer, of Walla Walla, Wn., and one sister, Mrs. Joseph James of San Francisco, California. La Grande Evening Observer Friday, January 25, 1924 Front...

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Harris, Mary Ellen – Obituary

North Powder, Union County, Oregon Died-At Hot Lake, Oregon, Thursday, August 12, 1926, Mrs. Mary Ella Harris, age 64 years, 8 months and 12 days. The funeral took place from the L. D. S. Church, Union, Tuesday, August 17, 1926, at 2 o’clock p.m. The services were conducted by J. E. Mitchell, with Osborn Richins principal speaker. The remains were laid to rest in North Powder cemetery beside those of her husband and two infant sons who died in August, 1897. Mary Ellen Armstrong was born in Mason County, Illinois, November 30, 1861. She was united in marriage to R. J. Harris January 5, 1881. To this union ten children were born, of whom seven survive and were present in Union at the time of the funeral this week. The surviving children are Charles E. Harris, Frank O. Harris and R. J. Harris, of Union; David Albert Harris, of Anaconda, Montana; Walter F. Harris, of Butte, Montana; Mrs. M. E. Tucker, of La Grande, Oregon, and Mrs. Anna Nelson, of Union. There are ten grandchildren living and four dead, and three great grandsons. Mrs. Harris with her family came to Oregon July 25, 1889, and settled at North Powder, Oregon, where Mr. Harris was accidentally shot October 22, 1898, causing his death in eleven hours. Mrs. Harris with her children came to Union October 20, 1904, and have lived...

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