Location: Jackson County OR

Ingram, Marion Sue Teeter Mrs. – Obituary

Haines, Baker County, Oregon Marion Sue Ingram, 88, of Haines died May 13, 2006, at Medford. Her graveside memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Haines Cemetery, overlooking her home of 60 years. Deacon James R. Watt of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at the Haines Methodist Church hall. Marion was born on Aug. 28, 1917, at Waitsburg, Wash., to Thurman S. and Meda Prim Teeter. When her family later moved to Imbler, she attended high school there, graduating in 1935. She attended Eastern Oregon Normal School at La Grande (Eastern Oregon University). She earned a degree in secretarial science from Draper’s School of Commerce at La Grande in 1937. She married the love of her life, L.M. “Bud” Ingram, on Nov. 14, 1939, at La Grande. They spent most of their lives together operating the family ranch near Haines, which they bought in 1946. Marion moved to a retirement center at Medford in 2001, and loved being able to be near her daughter. A loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother, and a wonderful homemaker, Marion was very creative and artistic, discovering a talent for oil painting in her later years. She loved playing bridge and was a longtime member of the Town and Country bridge group. She enjoyed making rugs, needlework, dancing and traveling. Marion had...

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Biography of Hon. Orange Jacobs

HON. ORANGE JACOBS. – Hon. Orange Jacobs is a son of new York, a state which is the first in wealth, population, trade, manufactures and commerce, and first in the number of her sons and daught4ers who had gone out to make homes in other regions, and to develop their resources with New York brain and brawn. Virginia claims the proud distinction of being the “Mother of Presidents;” and New York could claim the prouder title of being “the mother of States and Territories.” In 1880 the Empire state had more than one million two hundred and fifty thousand sons and daughters who had made homes in newer countries. It is beyond human power to calculate what these armies of New Yorkers have done to found and build up our empire in that vast country west of the Alleghany Mountains. The subject of our sketch is one of the most honored, distinguished and useful of these Empire state children. He was born in 1829, a rugged era of American civilization, which produced and developed rugged and heroic men and women. From New York he removed in early life to the frontiers in Michigan, where he was educated, and where his character was molded. At twenty-three years of age he joined the migratory masses that were moving towards the setting sun; and, following the “Oregon Trail,” he crossed the plains...

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Rykken, Clarence Norman – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Clarence Norman Rykken, 67, of Baker City died March 10, 2006, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. There will be a celebration of his life at 11 a.m. Friday at the First Presbyterian Church, 1995 Fourth St. The Rev. Susan Barnes will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at the church. Norman, as he preferred to be called, was born at Ashland to Clarence T. and Beryl Rykken on Nov. 23, 1938. He lived in Ashland until he graduated from high school in 1956 and joined the Forest Service. He worked for the Forest Service for a few years before joining the U.S. Army as an engineer. He was in the Army from 1962 to 1964 and then returned to the Forest Service, where he worked until his retirement in 1995. Norman met Layle Bostwick and her daughter, Kim. He married Layle in 1966 and moved to Union Creek. They later moved to Brookings, where they lived until 1997 when Norman and Layle moved to Baker City with his mother, Beryl. He was greatly loved and will be missed, his family said. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Layle; daughter, Kim; son-in-law, Randy; two grandchildren, Kelly and Steven; and two sisters. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, March 17, 2006 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Pitts, Eleanor Marie Franklin Mrs. – Obituary

Eleanor Marie Franklin Pitts, 81, a former Baker City resident, died April 14, 2006, in Upland, Calif. Her funeral was held April 21 at Eagle Point. Pastor Lee Gregory of the Medford Neighborhood Church officiated. Internment was in the National Cemetery in Eagle Point beside her husband, a veteran of World War II. Arrangements were by Memory Gardens Mortuary, Medford. Mrs. Pitts was born in Pendleton on Sept. 7, 1924. She spent her early years in Baker City, attending Baker schools. She married Elton Best in 1942 and that union produced three children. They were later divorced, at which time she moved to Medford where she met Isaac “Lee-Ike” Pitts. They were married in La Puente, Calif., on May 19, 1962, and made their home in California. They had two daughters while living in California, and remained there until their girls were grown. They moved back to the Medford area in 1990, and bought a home in Trail, where she lived until Lee’s death in December 1999. She then returned to California to be near her daughter. Mrs. Pitts worked as a nurse’s aide at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Baker for several years, where she loved working in the maternity ward and caring for the mothers and babies. Later, after moving to California, she was a Girl Scout leader while her girls were young. She enjoyed needlepoint, cross stitch...

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Brooks, Betty Bond Mrs. – Obituary

Betty Brooks, 75, a former Baker City resident, died at her home in Victorville, Calif., on April 16, 2002. Betty was born to Mildred and Allen Bond in Baker City in 1927. She finished school at Baker City and attended Eastern Oregon College (now Eastern Oregon University) at La Grande. Betty married Lloyd “Bud” Brooks in Baker City. They would have celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary this August. Bud was employed by Weyerhaeuser Lumber Co. for many years and they lived at Medford until he retired and then moved to Victorville. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Bonnie. Survivors include her husband and children, Cheryl and Allen. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, June 21, 2002 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Biography of John Marshall McCall

JOHN MARSHALL McCALL. – Among the substantial and favorably known residents of Southern Oregon, none have occupied a more useful place in the upbuilding of the state since the days of its infancy than the gentleman whose name is the heading of this brief memoir. His is one of those aggressive, go ahead dispositions that is an example of that time-honored adage, that “God helps those who help themselves;” and his whole life has bristled with instances of this belief. A man of strong convictions and honest prejudices, scorning hypocrisy in all things and in his dealings with friend, foe or the world at large, all his actions are guided by fairness, honesty and affability. Being of such a nature, success has come to him, and also a popularity among those who have had the good fortune to become acquainted with him. By birth he is a Pennsylvanian, having been born in Washington county in that state on January 15, 1825. In 1840 he became with his parents a pioneer to the then territory of Iowa, settling in Louisa county. From thence he emigrated “the plains across,” via the ox-team route to Oregon. His headquarters during the first winter after his arrival was at the old capital, Oregon City. From there he made excursions to different parts of the valley, and made inquiries relative to locations not visited. The...

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Hutton, Billy Joe “Bud” – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Billy Joe “Bud” Hutton, 69, a longtime Baker City resident, died Jan. 14, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. There will be a family gathering later. Disposition was by cremation at Gray’s West Pioneer Crematory. Mr. Hutton was born Jan. 16, 1932, at Lebanon, Mo., to Claude and Gertie Caffey Hutton. He graduated from Phoenix High School in Phoenix, Ore. He was a member of the Honor Society and served as student body president. He received the Elks scholarship for “Most Valuable Student.” He attended Southern Oregon University at Ashland, where he played freshman and varsity football. He was drafted into the U.S. Army on Dec. 4, 1952. He attended Southwestern Signal Regional Training Center at San Luis Obispo, Calif., where he received the highest score ever obtained on the final exam. He then served as a repeaterman until his discharge in June of 1954. He married Jane Cooper in Reno, Nev., on Nov. 3, 1956. They made their home in the Rogue Valley until July of 1974 when they moved to Baker City. Mr. Hutton worked for the Fountain Lumber Co. and Norman Lumber Co. at Phoenix, and Gardner’s Machine Shop in Medford. He was a partner with Bob Ferns in the auto tuneup business named Checkpoint. After moving to Baker City he owned and operated Hutton Machine & Supply, H&M Machine and Baker City...

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Biography of Hon. Thomas Patton

HON. THOMAS PATTON. – There is scarcely a man in Oregon, who enjoys a greater measure of esteem, both in his own community and abroad, than the gentleman whose name heads this memoir. With the usual substantial and popular qualities of the pioneers, he has a touch of dash and a breadth of view which lift him somewhat above the horizon of even the first business men and thinkers of the Pacific Northwest. He is prominent among those who have given the tone and pose to the peculiarly refined and genial society of the Capital city. He was born in Carrollton, Ohio, March 19, 1829, and in 1838 moved with his parents to Findlay. His education was secured at Martinsburg Academy, and at the Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware. He chose the law as his profession, and after the usual preparation passed a very satisfactory examination, being admitted to the bar in 1850. The very flattering reports, which returning parties from Oregon had circulated relative to that territory, reaching his ears, he determined to come West, and in 1851 joined a party of emigrants at Council Bluffs, arriving at his destination in October of that year. In that company he first saw the lady, then a girl of fourteen years, who afterwards became his wife. He first settled on Yamhill county, where he remained until December, when he located at...

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Biography of Mrs. Frances N. Patton

MRS. FRANCES N. PATTON. – This estimable lady, the daughter of Hon. E. N. and Eliza Cooke was born in Erie county, Ohio, on the 3d day of August, 1837; and the greater portion of her early life was passed in that state. In 1851, at the age of fourteen years, she accompanied her parents across the plains to Oregon, reaching Salem on October 10th of that year. She began attendance at the Willamette University, which up to 1853 was called the Oregon Institute; and from the time her name was first enrolled as a scholar, until she bid adieu to the schoolroom, she was known as an attentive, painstaking and most exemplary pupil. On her seventeenth birthday she was united in marriage to Thomas McF. Patton, who at Council Bluffs joined the company with whom she journeyed across the trackless plains. The first year of her married life was spent in Jacksonville; but, at the earnest request of her parents, she and her husband removed to the Capital city, where, with the exception of a two years’ residence in Hiogo, Japan, at which place Mr. Patton was United States consul, she resided until the day of her death, which occurred on Wednesday, December 7, 1886. Mrs. Patton, soon after her arrival in Salem from Ohio, united with the Congregational church, and was a member of that church throughout...

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Biography of Isham E. Saling

ISHAM E. SALING. – The gentleman whose name appears above is the leading merchant in the thriving city of Weston, Oregon. He came to his position by that firm and steady application to business which is everywhere the guaranty of success. Mr. Saling is a native of Monroe county, Missouri, and was born in 1830. In 1852 he came to Oregon across the plains. At Salmon Falls on the Snake he exchanged his oxen for horses, packing in from that point to the Jacksonville mines, and remaining in that section until 1855. Coming to Yamhill county he engaged in farming until 1859, when he crossed with his stock into the Walla Walla country. The hard winter of 1863 starving to death many of his cattle, he decided to confine himself to farming. This occupation he followed until 1874, being among the first to prove the fertility of the general upland soil. In that year he established himself at Weston in the merchandise business, and is now head of the largest business in the county. His other interests are also large. He owns a half interest in the brick hotel, three brick stores, and also the tract known as Saling’s Addition, and a farm of two hundred and thirty acres nearby. With his two sons he has three hundred head of horses and cattle on a place near the Columbia...

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Biography of Gen. John E. Ross

GEN. JOHN E. ROSS. – No view of our state would be complete without the figure of General Ross, who was so prominent as Indian fighter and legislator in the early days. he was born in Ohio in 1818, and after a residence in Indiana and Illinois, being married at Chicago to the daughter of Alexander Robinson of that city, whose loss by death he suffered eight years later, he came to the Pacific coast, arriving in Oregon in 1847. He was captain of a company that crossed the plains, and soon after reaching the Grande Ronde came upon some of the most distressing incidents of the immigrants’ experience. Having hurried on ahead of his train with Joseph Kline and an Englishman, he overtook, on the John Day river, the Warren company, who had just been attacked and robbed by the Indians, being even stripped of their clothing. He traded his own garments to the Indians for provisions for this destitute band, and came on with them to The Dalles, having not a cent of money at the time of his arrival. Soon after reaching the Willamette valley, the Cayuse war broke out; and he enrolled his name as one of the volunteers to avenge the massacre of the missionaries. He was second lieutenant of the company of which H.A.G. Lee was captain. In 1848 he went to California...

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Biographical Sketch of Hon. Paine Page Prim

HON. PAINE PAGE PRIM. – Always to be remembered along with such men as Thornton, Strong, Kelly, Lancaster and Boice, among the judiciary lights of our state, is Judge Prim. He is a Tennesseean by birth, and graduated from the law school at Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tennessee, and began his first legal practice at Sparta in White county of the same state. Like many ambitious young men of the East, he looked to the West as his best field, and came to Missouri in 1851, but arriving at Independence, joined an emigrant train and came on to Oregon. arriving in our state, he took a Donation claim eight miles from Albany, but the next year came to Jackson county, mining, and outliving all the Indian battles of 1855-56. Falling back now upon his profession, he opened an office in the then rude town of Jacksonville, and in 1857 was elected to represent that section at the constitutional convention. After the organization of the state in 1859, he was appointed by Governor Whitaker as justice of the supreme court of Oregon, and ex officio judge of the circuit court of the first judicial district. He held that office about twenty years, serving personally on the bench all that time, and maintaining the court with dignity and ability. after his retirement, he began the practice of law in Jacksonville, which he...

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Biography of Gen. James Clark Tolman

GEN. JAMES CLARK TOLMAN. – One of the leading citizens of Jackson county, and foremost among the representative men of Oregon, is General James Clark Tolman, ex-surveyor general of this state. A man of great decision of character and executive ability, he has always occupied the position of a leader, and, after fifty years of active participation in the affairs of his country, retains the confidence and respect of not only his political associates, but of adherents of the opposite party. From youth he was an enthusiastic Whig, during the lifetime of that party, and since has been a consistent and unswerving Republican. He comes of a family of patriots and pioneers, and has inherited the genuine pioneer sentiments. His father, Seth Tolman, a son of Silas Tolman, traces his ancestry to Holland; and Mary, his mother, a daughter of Captain Clark, is of English parentage. Both grandfathers were veterans of the Revolutionary war. When peace returned, his parents settled in Washington county, Pennsylvania; but by discreet conduct they managed to escape ruin from the devastations of the whisky insurrectionists. They next removed to Marietta, Ohio, where they were frequently compelled to “fort up” in blockhouses with their neighbors for defense against hostile Indians. Judge Tolman was born in Washington county, Ohio, March 12, 1813, and eight years later moved with his parents to Champaign county in the same...

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Biography of Lewis Berland

One of the stanch and substantial citizens of Wallowa county, who has labored steadily for the up building of the community and the advancement of the interests of the county, the subject of this sketch stands today at the head of one of the leading industries of the section, and is a man in his life and walk such as to commend him to the esteem and confidence of all people of good judgment and sound principles. Mr. Berland has identified himself with his city and county in such manner that he is always found on the side of those measures that are salutary and up building, while his philanthropic spirit has done much in practical and substantial gifts to the advancement of worthy causes that appeal to him. The thrifty and hardy land of Norway has furnished us many valuable citizens, true hearted and good, but none among them may be called a leader of the subject of this sketch in these virtues. Lewis Berland was born in Norway, in 1850, being the son of Lewis and Betsey Berland, who came to Minnesota in 1867, settling on a farm in Baker county, where they were highly respected citizens, capable and substantial. The father passed away in 1873 and the mother still lives on the old homestead. While in his native country Lewis learned the harness maker’s trade and...

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Biography of Carlton D. Akin

Among the prominent men of Wallowa County, as also one of the leading property owners in the county stands the subject of this brief article and it is with pleasure that we accord to him a representation of this volume of the county’s history, both because he has achieved a success here that demonstrates his ability in the business world and also because commensurate with his general capabilities there have been manifested a stanch and well rounded character, moral qualities of intrinsic worth and integrity unswerving and continuous all of which demonstrate Mr. Akin to be a typical man and foremost and steady in the development of the county. Carlton D. was born in Crawford County, Pennsylvania, on February 5, 1840, being the son of Chancy and Laney (Golden) Akin. Four years after his birth our subject was removed by his parents to Boone county, Illinois and thence soon after to Kane county. In this latter place he had the distinction of seeing the first train of cars run into Elgin, the same coming from Chicago and being in the year 1852. Our subject received a good common school education in the various vicinities where he resided and spent the rest of his years of minority in the blacksmith shop and on the farm with his father, learning that king of all trades while still a lad. Soon after...

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