Location: Jefferson Oregon

Bilyeu, Bessie Lenore Miller – Obituary

Mrs. Bessie Lenore Bilyeu, 67, wife of Lloyd R. Bilyeu, died unexpectedly Friday at her home. A daughter of Abraham and Jane Miller, she was born June 1, 1888 on a farm west of Jefferson in Linn County. She was married on June 2, 1909, and lived near or in Jefferson for her entire life. Surviving besides the widower are two daughters, Lois Underwood and Lael Harper, and one grandson, Stanley Harper, all of Jefferson. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Fortmiller-Frederickson Chapel, Albany, with the Rev. Mervin McGill officiating. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery, Albany. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Hansard, Sarepta – Obituary

Mrs. Sarepta M. Hansard, a resident of Lebanon for the past 43 years, died following a long illness at her home on East Grant Street, June 18, 1931 at the age of 75 years, 2 months and 26 days. She was the daughter of Francis and Jemima DeVaney and was born in Cass County, Missouri, March 23, 1856. She crossed the plains in 1864 with her parents who spent a year in Idaho, coming to Oregon and locating at Jefferson in 1865. She was united in marriage with John Bilyeu in 1871. Five children were born to their union. Following Mr. Bilyeu’s death she was married to G. B. Hansard in 1887, and in 1888 they moved to Lebanon where they have since lived. Two children were born to this marriage. Mrs. Hansard was a member of the Pearl Rebecca Lodge. She was a good neighbor and made many sacrifices for those who were ill or needy. Surviving relatives are her widower, G. B. Hansard, two sons, W. H. Bilyeu of Hollywood, Cal., Jesse B. Hansard of Zillah, Washington; one daughter, Mrs. F. E. Seehale of Jefferson; two sisters, Mrs. Minnie Bilyeu of Albany and Mrs. S. P. Hansard of Big Sandy, Mont., five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. There was an unusually large attendance at the funeral services conducted by Rev. E. B. Corey at the Presbyterian Church,...

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Biographical Sketch of M. C. George

M.C. GEORGE. – M.C. George is the third son of Presley and Mahala George. He is a gentleman of brisk mental qualities and great force, with refined popular attainments, and an honorable reputation that extends to every corner of Oregon. He was born in Noble county, Ohio, May 13, 1849. He received his education in our own state, at the Santiam Academy and at the Willamette University. He began independent life as principal of the public schools of Albany, and subsequently of the Academy at Jefferson. He was also engaged for a time in journalistic employment; but choosing the legal profession as a vocation best suited to his tastes, and as leading into the fields in which he desired to operate, he studied law, and was admitted to the bar as an attorney in 1875. He was early brought into political prominence and was elected state senator from Multnomah county in 1876, serving four years. In 1886 he was elected representative in Congress from Oregon, and was re-elected in 1882. In 1885 he was chosen professor of medical jurisprudence in the medical college of Willamette University, and still retains this position. He was elected March 11, 1889, for the term of five years, a member of the board of directors of the public schools of Portland, and is now engaged in the practice of law in Portland,...

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Biography of Hon. William Lair Hill

HON. WILLIAM LAIR HILL. – The distinguished lawyer, author, versatile writer and thorough student whose name introduces this sketch was asked to furnish such data as might contribute in its production; and he diffidently and reluctantly responded. Among other hastily prepared notes, he answered: “Have lived an honest a life as my environments seemed to allow, mainly for the reason that, according to my hereditary creed, one who is not at least indifferently honest, cannot be very happy. In all my laborious life the one single fact in which I have the slightest pride is that, like Jim Bludsoe, I ‘never flunked,’ even when I thought the laboring oar in work or responsibility was unjustly given me.” Again: “Was a radical Republican from the time of the organization of that party, but really had no particular views on politics except bitter hostility to slavery.” As to his literary tastes, he said: “I have always had a passion for the study of languages; and, though I never had proper advantages at school to gratify that desire, I have employed numbers of private tutors, and have given much time to the acquisition of that branch of learning. I have a reading knowledge of Greek, Latin, French, German, Spanish and Italian, though I will not pretend to any great proficiency or degree of scholarship in any of them. I have been an...

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Biographical Sketch of Joseph A. Thomas

JOSEPH A. THOMAS. – This leading citizen of Gilliam county and a “native son” of our state, was born in Douglas county, September 18, 1854. With his parents he moved to Jefferson, Marion county, in 1862, and was furnished with good educational advantages, attending upon the excellent common-school of that town. In 1874 he went into business with his father, E.N. Thomas, a merchant with headquarters at Jefferson, but also with branch houses in various other localities, and indeed much occupied in other lines, such as livestock, of which he had accumulated as many as ten thousand head in Washington Territory; and who also maintained a large drug business in Arlington. This father has now retired from active business and lives at his home in Jefferson, having buried there his first wife, Margaret, née Cosper, who died in September, 1888, leaving two boys and one girl, – Laura G., Rosco and Clyde. Mr. Joseph A. Thomas, our subject, who early took charge of the business in Eastern Oregon, is one of the representative men of Arlington, and indeed of all Gilliam county, and is much respected by all associated with him. He has been publicly honored by the people, having been elected mayor of Arlington in 1886 and re-elected to the same office in 1887. He was elected county treasurer of Gilliam county in 1886, and served two years....

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