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Location: Jasper County IA

Biography of John M. Haines

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now The wise system of industrial economics which has been brought to bear in the development of Boise has challenged uniform admiration, for while there has been a great advancement in all material lines, there has been an entire absence of that inflation of values and that erratic “booming” which have in the past proved the eventual death knell to many of the localities of the west, where “mushroom” towns have one day smiled forth with “all modern improvements” and practically on the next day have been shorn of their glories and of their possibilities of stable prosperity, so to remain until the existing order of things shall have been radically changed. In Boise progress has been made continuous and in safe lines, and this is due in no small degree to Mr. Haines and those with whom he is associated in the real-estate business under the firm name of W. E. Pierce & Company. To real-estate men, probably more than to any one else, is due the healthful development of the town, and Boise is certainly indebted to this firm for much of its substantial growth and improvement. It is there fore meet that its members be represented in the history of the capital city, and therefore with pleasure we take up the task of preparing...

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Biography of William W. Randall

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now WILLIAM W. RANDALL is one of the early pioneers of the country now embraced in Union county, and he has spent much of his life here, having gained a good distinction in two different lines. He is now one of the substantial agriculturists of the county, and in earlier days he spent many years in the calling of the educator with marked success. William W. was born in Indiana, on October 28, 1852, being the son of Abraham and Lucinda (Olophant) Randall. The family removed to Iowa in 1853, settling in Marshall county, where they were called to mourn the death of the mother. The father then removed to Jasper county and later married again. In April, 1863, they went thence across the plains with teams to the Grande Ronde valley, this country then being in Baker county. They experienced no special trouble on the plains with the Indians. Our subject led the quiet life of the farmer and stockman in this frontier country from August 23, the time of their landing, until 1878, when Senator Jasper, of Union county, appointed him to a scholarship in the Agricultural College at Corvallis. After completing his time of study at the college, Mr. Randall taught for thirteen successive years, and always with marked success. Then he went at...

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Biography of John W. Minnick

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now JOHN W. MINNICK. – In the person of the subject of this sketch we have one of the leading men of Union county, both in matters of business and of prominence in development and progress of that which is for the interests of all citizens. Forceful, energetic and wide awake, he has made his influence felt not alone in the enterprises of business where he is universally successful, but also in the conventions and newspapers of the county, being recognized as one of the most vigorous and telling local writers of the county, thus casting an influence that is both potent and salutary. Highland county, Ohio, is his birthplace and September 15, 1849, the date that he first saw the light, being the son of Samuel and Phoebe (Hyatte) Minnick, natives respectively of Reckbridge county, Virginia, and Ohio, and early pioneers of the latter state. In 1857 the family came to Jasper county, Iowa, and there the father died, but the mother is still living at the home place. The opportunities for early education were limited and John W. was obliged to make up for the lack by more careful attention and personal research for himself, which has given him a fund of information both practical and comprehensive. At the age of sixteen he engaged as...

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Biography of Benjamin F. Endres

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Benjamin F. Endres, son of the late John Adam Endres, whose career is sketched elsewhere, had been a successful lawyer of Leavenworth, and had also figured in public affairs, being now in his second term as a member of the State Legislature. He was born at Leavenworth, January 27, 1875, was educated in the public schools, read law under Thomas P. Fenlon and John H. Atwood, and was admitted to the bar on his twenty-first birthday. Since then, for twenty years, he had been in the active practice of his profession. In 1903 he was elected police judge of Leavenworth and served in that capacity until 1907. Judge Endres had a vision and comprehension of public problems equal to his public spirit. In 1908 he was the first to advocate the adoption of the commission form of government for Leavenworth. In 1909 Mayor Omar Abernathy appointed him city attorney, and he filled that position until his resignation in May, 1913. In 1914 he was elected from the Fifth Legislative District to the Kansas State Legislature. During the following session he was chairman of the Judicial Apportionment Committee and a member of other important committees, and proved a leader in the House. Among the measures which he championed was a bill introduced by him authorizing cities of...

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Minnick, John W. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now The funeral of John W. Minnick took place Sunday afternoon, August 21, from the M. E. Church, sermon by Rev. L. A. Cook. Services at the grave by the Knight of Pythias and the Odd Fellows. John Wesley Minnick was born near Leesburg, Ohio, Sept. 15th, 1849. At the age of six years he moved with his parents to Monroe, Iowa, where he spent his early boyhood. Following many of his friends, the call of the west was strong, and he started West, going as far as Evanston and Hilliard, Wyoming, where during the winter of 1865 and the spring of 1866 he worked at the charcoal pits at Hilliard and there met Mary Davis, who later became his wife, they being married at Evanston, Wyoming, June 15th, 1866. He returned to Oskaloosa, Iowa, two years later. The lure of the West again became strong and in May 1878 he started overland for the Williamette Valley, Ore., by prairie schooner, joining an emigrant train for Boise, Idaho, following the now famous Oregon Trail. Arriving in Grande Ronde Valley, they planned a visit to Mrs. Minnick’s parents in High Valley. One of the mules becoming side and disabled, husband and wife decided to make it their permanent home. At the High Valley home five children were born....

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Phillippee, Howard Lee – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Howard Lee Phillippe, 77, of 1102 S. 11th St. died Saturday night [March 31, 1984] at the Mahaska Manor Nursing Home. He was born Sept. 18, 1906 at Fremont, the son of Asa and Carrie Lawson Phillippe. He was married to Carmen Wood at Newton on June 5, 1933. He retired in September of 1973 after working for 33 years for the Iowa Department of Transportation. He served as the Mahaska County foreman for the commission since 1959 and had been a maintenance man prior to that. He was a member of the First Christian Church, a past Woshipful Master of Council Masonic Lodge No. 644, a past Worthy Patron of Vega Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, a member of the Harrold White Shrine of Jerusalem, the Pella Dutchmasters Antique Auto Club, and the Mahaska County Historical Society. He is survived by his wife Carmen of Oskaloosa; his daughter, Mrs. LaVerne (Sandra Lee) Stewart of Oskaloosa; two grandsons, and five sisters; Mrs. Vesta Linsley and Mrs. Marie Linsley, both of Hedrick, Mrs. Floy Perkins of Oskaloosa; Mrs. Merle Hoffman of Fremont, and Mrs. Faye Simmons of Nebraska. Oskaloosa Herald, April 2, 1984 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Phillippe, Carmen Wood – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Carmen Phillippe, 77, of 1010 5th Ave. East, Oskaloosa, died Thursday, Nov. 26, 1992 at the Mahaska County Hospital in Oskaloosa. She was born Jan. 25, 1915 at Reasnor to Edmund and Iva O’Connor Wood. She attended schools in Jasper County and graduated in 1931 from Newton High School. She married (Howard) Lee Phillippe at Newton on June 5, 1933. Prior to her retirement, she was manager of the business office at Mahaska County Hospital. She later worked as an assistant director for the Mahaska County Homemaker Health Aide Service. She was a member of the Endeavor Circle of King’s Daughters; a former member of the Mahaska County Historical Society; and member of the Harrold White Shrine. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and LaVerne Stewart of Oskaloosa; two grandsons and their wives, Mark and Kristin Stewart, and Scott and Diane Stewart; and parents; her husband on March 31, 1984; their daughter, Valeta Lee, in infancy; a brother, Harley Wood; and four sisters, Ruth Armstrong, Opal Carter, Helen Northcutt and Wilma Kaldenberg. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Bates Funeral Chapel in Oskaloosa, with the Rev. Michael Crouch officiating. Burial will be in the Forest Cemetery in Oskaloosa. The family will receive visitors this evening, 7-8 p.m. at...

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Biography of John Calvin Dixon

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now John Calvin Dixon, proprietor of the C. O. D. Grocery, San Bernardino, was born in 1840, in Reynoldsburg, Franklin County, Ohio, and there spent the first eighteen years of his life. In 1858 he moved with his father’s family to Jasper County, Iowa, and there his father, who was a brick-mason by trade, and had also been a farmer, engaged in the grocery business, with John as assistant in the store. Upon the breaking out of the war of the Rebellion he promptly responded to his country’s call for volunteers and enlisted as a member of the Fifth Iowa Infantry and served three years and one month, chiefly under Generals Grant and Sherman. At the battle of Iuka he was severely wounded, being shot through both thighs by a rifle ball. He was discharged just before the fall of Atlanta. Returning home, he remained in Iowa about ten years, part of the time engaged in merchandising and the rest in farming. Tiring of the vigorous winters of the Hawkeye State, Mr. Dixon concluded to seek a milder climate, and in 1874 came to California and located in San Bernardino County; and his admiration for this grand country and salubrious climate increases with each successive year of his residence here. He bought and settled on a ranch...

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Erskine, Wayne Everett – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Baker City, Oregon Wayne Everett Erskine, 77, of Baker City, died Dec. 10, 2000, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. His funeral was Thursday at the Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Lennie Spooner of the Baker City Church of the Nazarene officiated. Vault interment was at Mount Hope Cemetery. Mr. Erskine was born on Aug. 9, 1923, to W.R. and Stella Shortell Erskine. He was born on a small farm at Runnells, Iowa, and raised in the Prairie City, Iowa, area. He was married to Marjorie Arrasmith on June 8, 1941, at Bethany, Mo. He was a very good father and a friend to everyone he met. In 1954, the family moved to Southern California where he worked in the sand and gravel business until retirement. They moved to Baker City in 1979. He was preceded in death by his parents and an older brother, Henry. Survivors include his wife, Marjorie of Baker City; his daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Joe Jaramillo of Grants Pass; sons and daughters-in-law, Bob and Carmen Erskine and Jim and Beverly Erskine, both of Baker City, and Chris and Rhoda Erskine of Newhall, Calif.; grandchildren, Margie, Susie, Marty, Lori, Bobby, Chris, John, Wesley, and stepgrandchildren, Sean Gongsalis, Brandon and Brian Larkin and Codi Eckert; great-grandchildren, Br?, Mathew, Ashley, Alexa, Katie,...

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Biographical Sketch of C. S. Perrin

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now C.S. PERRIN. – Mr. Perrin was born on a farm near Newton, Jasper county, Iowa, in 1857. He crossed the plains with his parents in 1871, locating near Salem, Oregon, engaging with them in agriculture. There he received his education at the Willamette University and the Chemeketa Academy, teaching public school during the summer season and attending upon a course of study during the winter, until 1878. After receiving his education, he followed teaching as a profession until 1881, coming in that year to Eastern Oregon and locating within the present limits of Gilliam county, near Arlington, engaging in the stock business, in which he still retains a considerable interest. In July, 1889, he was appointed deputy sheriff by Mr. E.W. Sanderson, and now fills that position with honor to himself and to the satisfaction of his superior, and with the marked approval of the people...

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Biography of George M. Cannon

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Any work which purports to give in review the leading points in the career of the prominent citizens of Wallowa County would be open to serious criticism were there failure to incorporate within it an epitome of the life of the esteemed gentlemen whose name heads this article, and who has labored here constantly from the time of the early settlement of the north part of Wallowa County until the present, manifesting, meanwhile, commendable intelligence, activity and energy, together with uprightness and sound principles, which have commended him to the esteem and confidence of his fellows in every respect, and it is with pleasure that we are now permitted to grant him space for the salient points of his life’s career. The birth of George M. Cannon was in Jasper county, Iowa, on September 3, 1863, being the son of A. L. and Alice Cannon. In 1872 he accompanied his parents to Marion County, Oregon, and in the fall of 1877 he went with his mother to Anatone, Asotin County, Washington. At the early age of ten years our subject started into the battle of life for himself, his first occupation being riding horses, in which he became very expert. He followed this business for a number of years and soon left Asotin county and went...

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Biography of Samuel D. Cole

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now When the history of Wallowa County is written, the names of the pioneers are first, when the history of our nation is written let the names of those who fought her battles appear first. In both of these commendable positions appears the gentleman whose name heads this paragraph, and it is with especial (sic) pride and pleasure that we grant him representation in this volume. He was one of those noble men who assisted to open this county; and when dark clouds hung thick over our nation, the banner had been subjected to insult, and freedom’s institutions were trembling before the enemies’ attack, he was quick to throw himself into the breech and he fought faithfully during the entire time of the war of the Rebellion, being valorous and intrepid in battle, faithful in military duty, and upright and true in all his relations. Samuel D. Cole was born on May 30, 1843 in Marshall County, Tennessee, being the son of William P. and Elizabeth Cole. The early years of his life were spent with his parents, gaining in this time a good education, and spending the rest of his time with his father upon the farm. While still a child, the parents removed to Hardin County, Illinois, and in 1852 they went thence to Jasper...

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