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Lay, Deshler Coleman “Dash” – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Deshler Coleman “Dash” Lay, 91, a former longtime Baker City resident, died April 27, 2004, at Farmington Square, an assisted care center in Medford. His graveside service was April 30, at the Mountain View Cemetery in Ashland. Chaplain Paul Hagedorn, of the Providence Hospital Hospice Unit officiated. Dash was born on June 1, 1912, to Joseph and Katie Lay, a pioneering Union County farm family. He spent most of his childhood on the family farm in “The Park,” a pristine area of woods, springs and fields in the Beagle Creek drainage, just north of Medical Springs. He attended a neighborhood grade school, and high schools in Union and Baker City, graduating from Baker High School. On Christmas Eve of 1933, Dash married Myrtle Inman of Payette, Idaho. After a few years of farming in Union and Baker counties, the couple moved to Haines, where he was employed as parts manager for the Haines Commercial Equipment Co. In 1956, Dash and Myrtle moved to Baker City, where he became employed as stock manager for Levinger’s Rexall Drug Store, remaining there until retirement. In September 2002, Dash and Myrtle moved from Baker City to Medford to be near their only child, Kerry Lay, and his wife, Janice, who are longtime Ashland residents. Dash was a master carpenter and woodworker, who particularly enjoyed using a lathe to make decorative...

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Oldland, Kurt M. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Kurt M. Oldland, 22, of Central Point, who spent time in Baker City with his aunt Sylva Zimmerman, died May 6, 2004, in a motorcycle accident at Central Point. His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Church of the Nazarene, 1974 E. McAndrews Road, Medford. There will be a reception afterward. Kurt was born on May 27, 1981, at Medford to Jim and Linda Oldland. He attended Central Point schools and Rogue Valley Community College. He was an enthusiastic history buff and loved geography. He represented Rogue Valley three times at the state Geography Bee. He appreciated cars and building models and enjoyed science fiction. He and his dad enjoyed camping and fishing together on the Rogue and Deschutes rivers. He was a loving son and a good friend to many. Survivors include his father, Jim L. Oldland and his wife, Susan Oldland; his mother, Linda J. Oldland; brothers, Lynn and Jerome; grandmothers, Frances Oldland and Dorothy Stephenson; an uncle, Gary Ray; aunts, Bethany McGuire and Sylva Zimmerman; cousins, Jaemi Howard, Steve Howard, Savannah Ray, Kiara Taylor and Logan Taylor; and many good friends. He was preceded in death by his aunt, Kristen Oldland; and his grandfather, Len Oldland. The family suggests memorial contributions to Compassionate Ministries, First Church of the Nazarene at Medford. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker...

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Ellis, Christopher John – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Christopher John Ellis, 38, of Silverton, a former Baker City resident, died April 25, 2004. A small family memorial service will be scheduled later. Chris was born on Aug. 21, 1966, at Portland and spent his early years in Medford. In 1978, the family moved to Silverton where he completed high school and was active in athletics, particularly baseball. He graduated from Eastern Oregon University at La Grande with a degree in accounting. He married Sami Baisley of Baker City, and moved to Burns to work as an accountant. He became a certified public accountant CPA, remained in Burns for several years and was active in the Harney County Chamber of Commerce, eventually serving as president. In 1998, he took a position in Baker City as an accountant/CPA with Guyer, Lindley, Bailey and Martin. A few months later he was diagnosed with brain cancer and struggled with it until his death. In 2002 he moved to La Grande to be near his daughter. For the past year he resided in Silverton with his parents. The family wishes to acknowledge the caring and support provided by hospice services in Baker City, La Grande, and the Willamette Valley. They especially acknowledge the extraordinary efforts of Guyer, Lindley, Bailey and Martin on Chris’ behalf. Survivors include his daughter, Taylor of Riverview, Fla.; brothers, Steve of Renton, Wash., and Tim...

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Scott, Donald Duane – Obituary

Halfway, Oregon Donald Duane Scott, 76, a longtime Halfway resident, died Dec. 20, 2003, at his home. There will be a graveside celebration of his life at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 7847, will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at the VFW Hall. In case of bad weather, the service will be at the VFW hall. Don was born at Medford on Aug. 4, 1927, to Leo and Mary Key Scott. He attended school at Walterville and Springfield before joining the U.S. Navy in 1944. He served in the Navy until 1954, many of those years as an electrician on the USS Union. After the service, he drove logging truck. He met his wife Herberta “Herbie” at Durkee. They were married at Winnemucca, Nev., on May 25, 1957. They spent most of the next 14 years in Eugene where Don drove truck for Eugene Plywood. In 1971, Don and Herbie went into partnership with their daughter, Sheila, and her husband, Denny Farwell, and purchased Stockmen’s in Halfway. Several years later Don and Herbie purchased and remodeled the local Laundromat. They sold the Stockmen’s in 1978 and Don went to work for MK Construction. He spent 12 years working on the dam at Brownlee, and other construction jobs at Moapa, Nev., and Jackson Hole, Wyo. Don loved his family,...

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Neff, Wilbur Wayne – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Wilbur Wayne Neff, 72, of Baker City, a former longtime Bend resident, died Jan. 7, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Lighthouse United Pentecostal Church, 2407 Seventh St. Pastor Nathaniel Neff will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at the Calvary Baptist Church, 2107 Third St. Visitations will be until 7 p.m. today at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. There will be a second funeral Saturday at 11 a.m. at the True Gospel United Pentecostal Church in Bend. There will be a reception afterward at the True Gospel Church. Interment will be at Deschutes Memorial Garden Cemetery in Bend. Wilbur was born April 29, 1931, at Medford to Ray and Elenore Ragsdale Neff. The family moved to Bend when Wilbur was very young. Although he completed most of his education in Bend, he also attended schools at Oregon City and at Ritzville, Wash. In 1948, at the age of 17, Wilbur joined the U.S. Navy. He served in Okinawa during the end of the Korean War. At the age of 20, he was honorably discharged. He returned to Bend where he continued to live for most of his life. In 1953, he met Virginia Cady at a Christian Supply Store. On July 31, 1953, after an entire month- long courtship, Wilbur...

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Ragsdale, Lee Verdell – Obituary

Lee Verdell Ragsdale, 91, a former Baker City resident, died March 4, 2004, at Medford. His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. March 22 at the First Congregational Church of Christ in Portland. He was born to Lee A. and Mable Ragsdale on Dec. 25, 1912, at Baker City. On May 29, 1939, he married Elizabeth “Betty” Crow. She died in 1998. He was a 1930 Baker High School graduate. He attended Eastern Oregon College (now Eastern Oregon University) at La Grande where he was student body president from 1933 to 1935. He received a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from Willamette University at Salem in 1938. He later attended the University of Oregon at Eugene, receiving a master’s degree in P.E. in 1952 and a doctorate in physical education in 1966. He was a high school teacher and coach at White Salmon, Wash., and at Camas, Wash. He then taught and coached at Mount Angel Prep School at Mount Angel. He moved to Medford in 1948 where he taught and was the head football coach at Medford Senior High from 1948 to 1952. He also was an assistant track coach during all his years with the Medford School District. He served as the director of athletics, physical education and health for the Medford School District from 1952 to 1966. In 1966, he moved to Portland...

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Jackson County, Oregon Cemetery Records

Most of these are complete indices at the time of transcription, however, in some cases we list the listing when it is only a partial listing. Cemeteries hosted at Jackson County ORGenWeb Project Ashland Cemetery Index Church of Brethren, aka Talent, Dunkard, Index Central Point IOOF Cemetery Hargadine Cemetery Index Isaac Hill Cemetery, Index Miller Family Plot Myer Cemetery, Index Squir Miller Cemetery, Index Cemetery hosted at the City of Medford IOOF EastWood Cemetery Cemetery hosted at City of Jacksonville Oregon Find a Record Cemeteries hosted at Jackson County USGenWeb Archives Brownsboro Cemetery Caroline Johnson Cemetery Central Point IOOF Eastwood Cemetery IOOF Cemetery, Mausoleum IOOF Cemetery, Rock Point Pioneer Cemetery Jacksonville Pioneer Cemetery, First City Section Jacksonville Pioneer Cemetery, Catholic Jacksonville Pioneer Cemetery, Masonic Jacksonville Pioneer Cemetery, Masonic Jacksonville Pioneer Cemetery, Masonic Sterling Cemetery Wells’ Family Cemetery Woodville Cemetery Cemetery Photos Hosted at Jackson County USGenWeb Archives Brownsboro Cemetery Jacksonville Pioneer Cemetery Nt. View Cemetery Wells’ Family Cemetery Cemeteries Hosted at Jackson County Oregon Gravestones Mountain View IOOF & Mausoleum Cemetery Phoenix Old Cemetery Cemeteries Hosted at Jackson County Oregon Political Graveyard Cemeteries Hosted at Interment Central Point Cemetery Eagle Point National Cemetery First Christian Church Memorial Garden Missouri Flat Cemetery Rock Point Cemetery Westminster Memorial Garden Eagle Point National Cemetery Nationwide Gravesite Locator        ...

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Biography of Eli K. Anderson

ELI K. ANDERSON. – There is no pioneer of whom volumes might be written with more propriety than he whose name appears above. Miner, Indian fighter, relentless pursuer of horse thieves, pioneer of the great fruit industry of Southern Oregon, and sterling temperance man, and singular, almost passing belief, in this age of defilers of themselves of tobacco, a total abstainer his whole life long from the use of the weed, – such is our subject. He was born in Indiana in 1826; and, after various transferences of residence in that state, during which he learned the carpenter’s trade, he came to California with the Owen’s train in 1849, – being one of the Argonauts who steered their vehicles across the seas of grass and alkali deserts. They were afflicted with cholera and lost cattle on the way, but were not otherwise annoyed. Mr. Anderson stopped near the present site of Shasta City, and made the descent of the Sacramento river the next year in a skiff constructed of lumber, whip-sawed by himself with the help of three other young men. At Sacramento, they sold their boat for five hundred dollars, and went to San Francisco, where they bought a sail boat, and returned with a cargo of flour, which they disposed of at Marysville to good advantage. Anderson thereupon began working at his trade for sixteen dollars a...

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Biography of Hon. Benjamin Franklin Dowell

HON. B.F. DOWELL. – Benjamin Franklin Dowell was born in Albemarle county, Virginia, on the 31st of October, 1826. He was named for an uncle of his grandmother on his father’s side. She was a daughter of John Franklin and a niece of Benjamin Franklin, the statesman and philosopher. Mr. Dowell’s father and mother were natives of Virginia, and were born and brought up within one mile of each other. His mother’s maiden name was Fannie Dalton, a woman of rare culture and refinement. The Dowells were originally from England; the Daltons were from the Scottish Highlands. As a child, Mr. Dowell removed with his parents to Shelby county, Tennessee, where he attended the Male Academy and acquired a liberal education. After having concluded his academic studies, he returned to Virginia and entered the State University, where he graduated in law in 1847, before he was twenty-one years old, with distinguished honors. He returned to Tennessee and began the practice of his profession at Raleigh and at Memphis. An extensive and lucrative practice soon engaged his whole attention; but the fame of the newly discovered gold fields of the Pacific caused him to desert the bar for a time to try his fortune in the mines. In the spring of 1850, he formed a co-partnership with three other young men and started from St. Joseph, Missouri, whither he had...

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Ego, Gene F. – Obituary

Halfway, Oregon Gene F. Ego, 84, of Halfway and a former Baker City resident, died April 25, 2003, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Portland. At his request, disposition will be by cremation at Gray’s West Pioneer Crematory and there will be no service. Gene was born Oct. 11, 1918, to C.B. and Bessie S. (Doolittle) Ego at Cove. His family moved to Baker City when he was 5. Gene attended school at a one-room school-house on Sutton Creek, just south of Baker City. He worked for different ranches in the area during this time. After leaving school in 1938, he went to work for the Oregon Lumber Co. where he remained until he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942. He was sworn in at Fort Lewis, Wash., on Feb. 18, 1942, and moved to Fort Leonardwood, Mo., where he received engineer training. He then was relocated for heavy equipment school, eventually joining the 120th Engineer Battalion Headquarters Co. Gene later ended up at Pine Camp, N.Y., where he had to dig tunnels through 13 feet of snow just to get to the street. Along with his engineering duties, he also served as a chauffeur for some generals of the time, one of which was General Patton. Other places he was stationed included Virginia, North Africa, Sicily, Italy and Southern France. He was honorably...

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Biography of Joseph Gaston

JOSEPH GASTON. – Joseph Gaston, the pioneer railroad man of Oregon, was born in Lloydsville, Belmont county, Ohio, in 1833. His ancestors on is father’s side were Huguenots, who were expelled from France by the Roman Catholic King in the sixteenth century, on account of their adhesion to the protestant reformation. They settled first in Ireland, and from thence in 1562 removed to North Carolina, from whence numerous branches of the family scattered out over the United States. William Gaston, the granduncle of Joseph, was chief justice of North Carolina, and for many years member of Congress from that state, and was spoken as one of the great orators of his day. He was also founder of the city of Gaston in the “old North State.” Mr. Gaston’s cousin, William Gaston of Boston, was elected governor of Massachusetts in 1874, being the first Democratic governor of that state in fifty years. His grandfather on is mother’s side was a distinguished soldier of the war of 1812, fighting with Perry in his victory on Lake Erie. His father dying, Joseph was left to the care of relatives, and at the age of fifteen set up in life for himself, working for wages on the farm and in the sawmill. By his own earnings and efforts he procured a common-school education and the means to study law, and was admitted to...

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Van Hoomissen, Condon J. “Jerry” – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Condon J. “Jerry” Van Hoomissen, 76, a longtime Baker City resident, died July 4, 2003, at his home. His graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Hope Cemetery. The Rev. Robert C. Irwin of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral will conduct the service. After the committal, family and friends are invited to the Van Hoomissen home at 320 Foothill Drive to swap stories and visit. Food and drink will be provided, but if you wish to bring a dish to share, please do so, it will be appreciated. Jerry was born on Jan. 24, 1927, at Des Moines, Iowa. He was the only child of Jerome August “Van” and Winifred Degreta “Peggy” (Moffat) Van Hoomissen. He went to work for the Willamette Iron Works in July 1943 as a machine rigger. He graduated from Columbia Preparatory School in May 1944. After graduation, he went to work for Pacific Bell Telephone Co. He joined the U.S. Army in March 1946 and was stationed at Camp Crowder, Mo., in the Signal Training Regiment. He transferred to Fort Monmouth, N.J., and was in Signal Corps School there. He was honorably discharged in April 1947. He returned to work at Pacific Bell in Portland as an installer. He attended TV & Radio School and got his license to install communication radios. He worked in Portland, Medford and...

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Cartwright, James Orlin “Jim” – Obituary

James Orlin “Jim” Cartwright, 58, a former Baker City resident, died June 16, 2003, at his home in Grants Pass. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Grants Pass Country Club, 230 Espey Road. Hull & Hull Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements. Jim was born July 25, 1944, at Baker City to Norma and Orlin Cartwright. He graduated from Baker High School in 1962. He grew up working in the meat business with his mom and dad in Baker. On Dec. 4, 1964, Jim married Sandra Lee Bailey. In 1966 he moved to Medford where he was partners with his dad in Central Point. In 1975, Jim moved with his family to Grants Pass to operate Cartwright Valley Meat Company, which he owned and operated for 30 years. Jim was a member of the Elks and Lions clubs. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf, and just being in the outdoors. He loved spending time with his family and his dog, Jackie. Survivors include his wife, Sandy Cartwright of Grants Pass; daughter, Jodi Harford of Grants Pass; two sons, Curt Cartwright of San Diego, Calif., and Jamie Cartwright of Grants Pass; his mother, Norma Cartwright of Medford; sister, Sharron McMurdie of Avondale, Ariz.; and five grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Oregon Affiliate, 1425 N.E....

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Biography of Henry Klippel

HENRY KLIPPEL. – Mr. Klippel has been intimately connected with the public business and measures of our state, particularly in Southern Oregon. Like the most of our successful men, his progress has been by hard labor, and even by hard knocks; that is, he has, out of the capital of his own hands and brain, gained point after point, and succeeded in stamping his mind and character upon public affairs. He was born in Hesse Darmstadt in 1833, and came to American five years later. After an industrious and active life in the old West, – losing his father by death at the age of fifteen, and making a new home for his mother in Missouri, – he crossed the plains to Oregon in 1851, finding a few months’ employment at Oregon City on a ferry boat, and afterwards driving an ox-team to Yreka. This introduced him to the mining life which he had been contemplating since 1848, and from which he has never wholly withdrawn. His operations at Jacksonville in 1852 were cut short by the Indian trouble; and, under Colonel Lamerick, he took a hand in quieting the savages, and again became an Indian fighter in 1853 and again in 1855 and 1856. After this he took up whatever offered the prospect of bread or money, not drifting, but working for sea room. In 1866 he was...

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Biography of James P. Goodall

JAMES P. GOODALL.- There are some hundreds of men upon our coast whose life experiences embrace as much of romance and adventure as was every told in the pages of Marryat, Irving, or of Smollet. For a full recital of this, we must refer the inquirer to such men as the genial gentleman whose name appears above, that he may in his own home, in the beautiful city of Jacksonville, Oregon, recount as to us the stories of his life upon this coast. He was born at Milledgeville, Georgia, in 1818, and at that city and at Columbus in the same state, and at Montgomery, Alabama, received his education. In 1836-36, while but a youth of seventeen, he began his active career by joining the column under Scott to quiet the Creeks and the Seminole Indians, and, after service there was ended, entered Texas as a revolutionist under Lamar and Houston, serving an active army life from the Sabine to the Rio Grade, and north to the Red River, and the northwest of Texas in the Comanche region. In 1846 the war with Mexico took him with the advance to Wools column to the Mexican borders, to Presidio, Rio Grande, to Monclova, Monterey and other interior towns. At the close of hostilities, having served a whole term, and having experienced several skirmishes and action, he performed an overland trip...

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