Location: Island City Oregon

Stickney, Genevieve Blanche – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Genevieve Blanche “Jean” Stickney, 90, of La Grande, died April 1 at the Grande Ronde Hospital. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Island City Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Daniels-Knopp, Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center. Jean was born on Aug. 26, 1917, to Charles “Bob” and Anna Gertrude Reasland Heisner in Hazard, Neb. On Dec. 3, 1935, she married Wayne Rufus Stickney and they moved to Imbler in 1936. After a year they moved to La Grande. Jean enjoyed fishing, gardening, quilting and cooking. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Duane and Betty Stickney of Hermiston; daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Lee Snyder of La Grande; and daughter and her companion, Velva Richardson and Rich Good, of La Grande; siblings and their spouses, Charles and Betty Heisner of Kamloops, B.C., Canada, and Donna and Don Anderson of Salt Lake City; 12 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 44 years, Wayne; and a great-granddaughter, Genevieve Louise Powell. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Shriners Hospital, 3101 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd., Portland 97239-3009. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending April 5, 2008...

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Asemissen, Maurice D. – Obituary

Island City, Oregon Maurice D. “Ozzie” Asemissen, 82, died March 21 at a local adult foster care home from the effects of a stroke he suffered on Oct. 20. The Island City Lion’s Club will host an informal celebration of life at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Island City City Hall. Pizza will be served. Ozzie was born July 1, 1925, in Moneta, Iowa, and attended school in South Dakota. On his 18th birthday he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the submarine service. He observed the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay from the deck of his submarine. After the war, Ozzie returned to school and later graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in elementary education. He taught for four years, then left the education field to work in the emerging electronics industry in Mountain View, Calif. His first job was with Nobel Prize winner, Dr. William Shockley. He worked with the development of semi-conductors and lasers with various companies until moving to La Grande in 1970 where he worked at home building and contracting until starting the Island City Trading Post in 1975, a business he operated until retiring in 1996. Ozzie was always active in the Island City community. He was one of the co-founders of the annual Hog Wild Day celebration. He was an active member of the Island City Lions Club...

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Frison, Donald L. – Obituary

Island City, Oregon Donald L. “Don” Frison, 62, of Island City, died March 30 at his home. Private services will be held at a later date. Don was born Dec. 10, 1945, to Joseph and Alma I. Kluth Frison in Mobridge, S.D. He grew up and attended school in Weston. After his schooling he joined the U.S. Air Force, serving from 1962 to 1966. After his discharge from the service he worked in Portland for the Teamsters Union for 10 years and later for the Operating Engineers Union for 22 years, doing various jobs. He retired from the unions and moved to the Milton-Freewater area where he worked for Koncrete Industries for two to three years. On July 18, 1999, he married Dana VanWagoner in Reno. Don retired in 1999 and moved to the La Grande area. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, woodworking, his family and many friends. He was known to his nieces and nephews as Uncle Tickle. He is survived by his wife, Dana Frison at the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Michael Mathews of Rochester, Wash.; a step-daughter and her fiancé, LeAnne Hughes and Joseph Ricci of Bayville, N.J.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jerry and Dori Frison of Weston and Dick and Sara Frison of Portland; sisters and brothers-in-law, Christie and Jeff Thornton of Rainier, Wash., Linda and Bob Marsh of Pateros, Wash., and Bonnie Morrison...

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Taal, Beulah May – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Beulah May Taal, 92, of La Grande, died April 21 at a local care center. A celebration of life will run from 1 to 3 p.m. May 3 at her home at 1903 Washington Ave. in La Grande. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. Beulah was born Dec. 10, 1915, in Starkey. She lived there for a few years until she moved with her family to Island City. She went to grade school in Island City, then on to high school in La Grande. In 1937, she married Winnie Taal. They lived a few years in Owsley Canyon where they had a ranch. They then moved to Lakeview for a few years. Around 1945, they moved to the old Mount Emily lumber camp in Starkey. They lived there until 1955, then bought a home in La Grande. She and Winnie liked to go camping and fishing. She took pride in her yard and home and her card parties with friends. Survivors include a daughter, Annette Hoadley; several grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; brothers and their wives, Ralph and Myrtle Hagey, Darl Hagey, Floyd and Evelyn Hagey and Cliff and Ruth Hagey; parents, Henry and Maggie Hagey; and son-in-law, Bob Hoadley. Memorial contributions may be made to Grande Ronde Hospital Home Health...

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Brooks, Ellen C. – Obituary

Ellen Carolyn Brooks, 86, lifelong resident of La Grande, died Oct. 23 at her home. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, 1502 Seventh St. in La Grande. Burial will be at the Island City Cemetery. A gathering at the La Grande Country Club will follow. A viewing will be run from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Daniels-Knopp. Ellen was born Dec. 16, 1922, to James A. and Rhoda (Price) Garity in La Grande. She was a direct descendant of Ben Brown, one of the first settlers in the valley. She was educated in La Grande and Enterprise, graduating from Enterprise High School. After high school she moved with her family to Portland, where she went to Northwest Business School and worked in the shipyards. She met the love of her life, George W. Brooks, and they married April 9, 1943. They settled in La Grande following WWII and started a painting business that evolved into a construction business. During this time they owned Coleman Hardware Store and operated a cattle ranch and farm. After George died in 1963, Ellen went to Eastern Oregon University. She worked for the First National Bank, Kaman Bearings and for her son’s painting business as a bookkeeper from 1978 until her death. Those who knew Ellen will remember her for being...

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Thomas, Ethyl Beatrice Hudspeth Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Ethyl Beatrice Thomas, 83, of Island City, a former Baker City resident, died Jan. 12, 2003, at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise after a long illness. At her request, there will be no service. Riverside Mortuary at Garden City, Idaho, was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Thomas was born April 5, 1919, to Alva Amos and Georgia Beatrice Hudspeth Gardner in Baker City. She was a Baker High School graduate. She married Harry A. “Seth” Thomas on Nov. 11, 1953, at Sherwood. The family lived in the La Grande area off and on for a number of years. She was a member of the Summerville Baptist Church and enjoyed crocheting, fancy work of all kinds, reading the Bible and camping. Survivors include her husband of Island City; a daughter and son-in-law, Gayle and Don Emmons of La Grande; three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Jo Dickinson of Baker City and Teen Hansel of La Grande; and other relatives. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, 1055 N. Curtis Road, Boise 83706. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, January, 17, 2003 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Biography of John L. Caviness

JOHN L. CAVINESS. – The name presented above is borne by one of the most exemplary citizens of Eastern Oregon, and a man who has sounded all the depths and shoals of pioneer life. The family came from Indiana, settled for a time in Iowa, and came on to Oregon in 1852, spending a short time at Forest Grove, but soon locating in Linn county on a section Donation claim. In 1856-57 John L., now a young man of eighteen, began his career by driving cattle to California, and in the spring of the latter year to Eastern Oregon. While in the Walla Walla valley, he found employment as purchaser of horses from the Indians, receiving a hundred dollars per month, – better than splitting rails for his board on the Touchet, as he had done a few weeks after his arrival. In 1859 he made a successful trip with a drove of cattle to British Columbia, and followed this by freighting to Colville. Closing out his outfit to advantage, he tried his fortune in the Salmon river mines. In 1862 he hazarded six thousand dollars in a team (a prairie schooner) and goods, and made a very profitable expedition to the mines again, selling oats for as much as a dollar a pound. He cleared ten thousand dollars on the trip, and repeated it twice. Selling out once...

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Biographical Sketch of Alexander C. McClelland

ALEXANDER C. McCLELLAND. – The present registrar of the United States land-office at La Grande, Oregon, is a native of Indiana, having been born there in 1842. He received his education at the Berlin High School, Wisconsin, and in 1863 came west to Montana as a gold-seeker. He found the employment of his intellectual acquisition more profitable, however, and for a number of years engaged in school-teaching and educational work in the Willamette valley. In 1867 we find him in the mines at Baker City, looking after “lodes” and “leads,” and also in 1870 engaged in the stock business with his present partner, B.W. Bartholomew. In 1874 he was married to Miss Mary, the only daughter of the pioneer David J. Chambers, of Chambers Prairie. Engaging in business at Olympia with A.H. Chambers, three years were spent until a change to the dryer climate of Baker county became necessary from considerations of health. In 1879 he sold his stock ranch, and located the next year at Island City, following such pursuits as were suited to the condition of his health. He is at present residing at La Grande, having been appointed as head of the land-office of that district by President...

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Biography of William H. McDonald

WM. H. McDONALD – Mr. McDonald, long known as purser on the old Oregon Steam navigation Company’s steamers, and now cashier of the La Grande National Bank, is one of the Oregon educated men who are a credit to the state. He is the son of Mr. H. McDonald, the well-known architect and pioneer, and was born in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1848, coming around Cape Horn on the clipper Hurricane in 1851. His education was gained at the Portland Academy at the Pacific University of Forest Grove, and the Willamette University of Salem. While still young, he entered the service of the old Oregon Steam Navigation Company, and, soon gaining a reputation for ability and fidelity, was rapidly promoted, attaining at length the position of general shipping agent of the Upper Columbia and Snake rivers, – one of high responsibility. He was in the employ of that company thirteen years, followed by two years’ service in the general office of Wells, Fargo & Company’s express in San Francisco, four years as chief clerk of the construction department of the railway branch of the Oregon Railway & Navigation Company, and two years as cashier of the First National Bank of Island City, Oregon. In 1887 he located at La Grande, and, in company with several of the leading citizens of that place, organized the La Grande National Bank. Prominent...

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Rumney, Inez Fields Mrs. – Obituary

Inez Rumney, 93, of Prairie City, a former La Grande resident, died Nov. 16, 2001, at Blue Mountain Nursing Home at Prairie City. There was a celebration of her life Sunday at the Island City Cemetery. Mrs. Rumney was born on March 12, 1908, to William H. and Bessie Rimbey Fields at Elgin where she attended school. She met Stuart Francis Rumney in a construction camp where she was cooking. The couple were married on Oct. 13, 1928, at Walla Walla, Wash. They lived mainly in La Grande and later moved to Island City. Mr. Rumney worked as a heavy equipment mechanic and operator in the construction industry. Mrs. Rumney worked for the American Optical Co. and for Dr. Ralston and Dr. Pearl in La Grande as an optician. She enjoyed gardening and her roses. She loved to knit from a kit. She also loved the outdoors and loved fishing. She always caught fish. Survivors include her brother, Vern Fields of John Day; a niece, Meredith Ediger of Mount Vernon; a nephew, William Fields of Canyon City; and two sisters-in-law, Vida Fields of Union and Elizabeth Fields of La Grande. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Ilo and Edward. Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, November 23, 2001 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Biography of John R. Ladd

JOHN R. LADD. – The stories told to the children of the generation hence of the abundance of gold and the immense profits of the early pioneers will fire their imaginations and set them on wild, and perhaps profitable, trips to the Andes or to Alaska. Mr. Ladd’s career will be thus exciting to his descendants, and to all who see this sketch. He was born in the Empire state in 1838. He came to California with his father in 1852, but returning East married Miss Rachel Knapp in Illinois. Here might be mentioned as a remarkable coincidence, that Mrs. Ladd was born on October 7th and Mr. Ladd on October 25th. They were married October 12th; and Mr. Ladd died October 14th. In 1862 he set forth to the Salmon river mines, but turning aside from the road came on and made a home at Ladd’s cañon in the Grande Ronde. Here they built a cabin, and being on the direct route to the mines kept a hotel, feeding sometimes a hundred men at a meal, and taking the usual price of a dollar each. The year 1865 was spent in Walla Walla; but, returning to their old home in the shadow of the Blue Mountains, Mr. Ladd followed freighting about five years, after which he engaged in farming and stock-raising. In 1867 he bought one hundred and...

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