Location: Japan

David Peck Todd of Amherst MA

David Peck Todd7, (Sereno E.6, Josiah5, Abner4, Ithamar3, Michael2, Christopher1) born March 19, 1854, married March 5, 1880, Mabel, only child of Eben Jenks and Mary Alden (Wilder) Loomis, who was born Nov. 10, 1856, in Cambridge, Mass. He is a graduate of Amherst College and a descendant of the celebrated divine, Jonathan Edwards. After graduation he was appointed to a position at the Naval Observatory, Washington, D. C. He was afterwards appointed Prof. of Astronomy and Director of the Observatory at Amherst, Mass., and also Prof. of Astronomy and Higher Mathematies at Smith College, Northampton, Mass. He received the degree of Ph. D. and has been placed in charge of eight scientific expeditions, including, among others, those relating to the transit of Venus, the study of Mars, and eclipses of the sun. Prof. Todd being made chief of numerous astronomical expeditions, Mrs. Todd began to accompany her husband to many and unusual parts of the world. Spending several months in Europe in 1885, they went in 1887, to Japan, Prof. Todd conducting thither a scientific expedition to observe the eclipse of Aug. 19th. Several other expeditions intervening, they returned again to the flowery kingdom in 1896, sailing there in the schooner yatch Coronet, and making observations of the eclipse of Aug. 29th, from the extreme northern part of the empire, bordering on the Sea of Okhotsk, among the...

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Miles, Elizabeth E. “Betty” Mrs. – Obituary

Elizabeth E. “Betty” Miles, 70, of Salem, a former longtime Granite resident, died Dec. 29, 2004, after a long battle with lung disease. At her request, there will be no memorial service. She was born on Lopus Island, Wash., on Oct. 26, 1934, and spent her early years in the Puget Sound area. She married James L. Miles on Nov. 3, 1956. Jim was in the U.S. Air Force. As a military family, they lived in Japan for several years where they adopted two daughters, Tammie from Japan and Linda from South Korea. They returned to the United States and moved to South Carolina, then Idaho and Alaska before finally settling in Oregon in 1974. In 1977, Jim and Betty purchased 10 acres at Granite and began the long process of constructing their own home. Jim died in 1989 and Betty continued to live in Granite until 1996, when for health reasons, she relocated to La Grande. She moved to Salem in 1997. Betty was a remarkable person, strong-willed and independent. These characteristics and her faith helped her battle the challenges of her lung disease. Although she was tethered to an oxygen tank, she swam laps and when that became too difficult, she did water aerobics. She remained as active as possible. In recent months, when she was no longer able to do water aerobics, she was content to...

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Biography of David Murray

DAVID MURRAY ONE of the most accomplished scholars and educators of our city and country is Dr. David Murray. Born in Bovina, Delaware County, N. Y., on the 15th of October, 1830, his earliest years were spent amidst the grand, rugged, picturesque scenery of his native place. He is of Scottish descent, his parents being William Murray and Jean (Black) Murray, natives of Ecclefechan, Scotland. In 1818 they emigrated to the United States of America. Possessing the sterling qualities of true, intelligent Scotch people, and impressed with the great value of education in its broadest sense, both moral and intellectual, they determined to give their children all the advantages of an education which lay in their power. Accordingly David, the subject of our sketch, was sent at a very early age to the district school of his rural home, and at the age of twelve we find him in the academy at Delhi, pursuing his studies with increasing interest and delight. He left this academy to engage in a brief business career, which was not so congenial to him as the calmer walks of science and literature. At the Fergusonville academy he was prepared for a collegiate course; and in 1849, at the age of nineteen, he entered the sophomore class of Union college, then in the days of its great prosperity and popularity under the presidency of Dr....

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Allensworth, George Verne, Jr. – Obituary

Richland, Baker County, Oregon George Verne Allensworth Jr., 76, died April 4, 2006, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. There was a celebration of George’s life Friday at the Richland Christian Church. Inurnment was at the Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland. Friends joined the family for a reception afterward at the Richland Christian Church. George Verne Allensworth Jr. was born on Dec. 10, 1929, at Galesburg, Ill., to George Verne and Francis Marie Lander Allensworth. George was raised and educated at Galesburg. He was a Galesburg High School graduate. On Nov. 4, 1949, he married Retha Stevens at Yuma, Ariz. They had three children, Tom, Linda and Steve. George’s career first started in the Navy. He then went on to work for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development at Sacramento, Calif. During their lives together, George and Retha lived in San Diego, Hawaii, Washington, Japan, Maryland and Placerville, Calif. In 1980 they moved to Richland. At that time, George became the justice of the peace at Richland. George enjoyed fishing and had a passion for his train collection. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Retha; his children, Linda Joyce and Richard Allen of Virginia Beach, Va.; son, Thomas Verne and Denise Allensworth of Charlottesville, Va.; son, Steven Paul and Linnea Allensworth of Gardnerville, Nev.; seven grandchildren, Sean, Lisa, Melanie,...

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Morin, Raymond Alton “Ray” – Obituary

Raymond Alton “Ray” Morin, 74, of Baker City died Feb. 23, 2006, at his home. At his request, there will be no service. In the spring, his family and friends will gather to celebrate his life. Ray was born on Dec. 8, 1931, at Kellogg, Idaho. The family later moved to Oregon where he resided the rest of his life. Ray loved the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and panning for gold. He served his country, in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was stationed at Korea, Japan and then Germany before coming home. His life’s work was in construction and logging. At the time of his retirement, he and his wife of 34 years, Mary, were living at Ukiah, a place he really loved. There he could pan for gold and fish almost out his back door. They returned to Baker City in June 2005 to be closer to family. Survivors include his wife, Mary; his sons and daughters-in-law, Greg and Laurie of Boise and Bruce and Pauline of Aloha; daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Jim Demastus of Baker City; sister and brother-in-law, Esther and Walt Clark of Sherwood; and sisters, Dee Petralia of Portland and Lona Crask of Baker City; brother and sister-in-law, Ted and Pat of Baker City; brothers-in-law and their wives, Jerry “Bud” and Viola Howard of Baker City, Ken and Diana Howard...

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Miller, Jeremiah John – Obituary

Medical Springs, Oregon Jeremiah John Miller, 81, a longtime Medical Springs resident, died Dec. 5, 2001, at his home. There will be a memorial service later. Jeremiah was born at Baxter Springs, Kan., where he grew up on his grandmother’s farm. He graduated from Joplin High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps, which took him to Randolph Field at San Antonio, Texas. There he met and fell in love with Adeline Kosharek. They were married on July 1, 1940, and spent 27 years in the U.S. Air Force where his career was in aircraft maintenance and engineering. He was proud to have served his country through three wars: World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam. He was stationed throughout the United States, from Orlando, Fla., to Portland, Ore. He also served in the Philippine Islands, Korea and Japan. He retired to Portland after he helped closed the air base there in 1967. He then attended Oregon State University at Corvallis and graduated with a bachelors degree in Trade and Industrial Education. He majored in fluid power. He taught at Benson High School in Portland and built a retirement home at Springdale. He continued to be involved in aircraft maintenance for the rest of his life. He was very proud to have received the prestigious Charles Taylor Master Mechanic award on July 5, 1995, from the...

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