Location: Klickitat County WA

Biography of Hon. James B. Reavis

Much interest attaches to the life and work of an attorney such as Mr. Reavis, whose chief endeavor both privately and professionally has been to realize a high degree of public justice. He is a man whom the people feel safe in having by; for they can trust his sagacity and integrity, knowing that he is thoroughly incorruptible by any influence, corporate or otherwise. He is one of the men of whom both unscrupulous politicians and monopolies have a wholesome fear. Glancing at his ancestry, we observe that he came honestly by these rugged qualities, being in lineal descent from among those who have subdued and civilized America. He was born in Boone county, Missouri, in 1848. His parents were Kentuckians, his grandparents Virginians, and on the maternal side were descended from the colonial Lee family of Revolutionary fame. Mr. Reavis received his education at Lexington, Kentucky, and studying law was admitted to practice at Hannibal, Missouri, in 1872. He also began to exert a wide influence in that state as the editor of the Appeal, at Monroe; but his prospects in journalism were voluntarily relinquished in view of his removal to California in 1874. In that state he engaged in the practice of his profession, making his home at Chico. His characteristic and hereditary restlessness, however, led him to seek a new field, and in 1880 he came...

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Biographical Sketch of Joseph M. Dinwiddie

This well’ known pioneer and responsible and leading business man and stock man of Malheur County is one of the prominent citizens of the town of Jordan Valley and is a man of sterling qualities of worth and integrity, being possessed of excellent capabilities which have wrought with a winning hand in the business and financial realm of our County for many years. Joseph M. was born in Indiana, on September 1, 1851 being the son of Daniel and Elsie Dinwiddie. In 1853 his parents came with the noble .band of pioneers who crossed the plains in those days, and located in Linn County, Oregon. That was their home until the time of their death. There also our subject received his education and grew to manhood’s estate. It was in 1875 that he started out for himself, and at once went to Klickitat County, Washington, and engaged in the stock business. He made a success, but in 1880 he determined to try the vicinity of Jordan Valley, and accordingly came hither with his herds and here he has been one of the prominent citizens since that time. He now has a fine estate of one section of fine land adjoining the town of Jordan Valley, and it is well improved with good buildings and all conveniences for handling it in a first class manner Also he owns twelve and...

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Chilluckittequaw Indians

As reported by Lewis and Clark, the Chilluckittequaw Indians lay along the north side of Columbia River, in the present Klickitat and Skamania Counties, from about 10 miles below the Dalles to the neighborhood of the Cascades. Spier (1936) thinks they may have been identical with the White Salmon or Hood River group of Indians and perhaps both. In the latter case we must suppose that they extended to the south side of the Columbia.

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Biography of Sigmund Sichel

SIGMUND SICHEL. – America is made up of the most intelligent and energetic people from all parts of the world. It is those who are alert and keen in the pursuit of information who learn of the advantages to be found in this country. And it is those who feel the impulse to stretch their limbs and operate upon a larger scale of life than the opportunities the old world afford who undergo the labors and take the risks involved in a removal across the Atlantic. This rule, which is not without its exception, is exemplified in the career of the man whose name appears at the head of this sketch. He is at present one of the active business men of Portland, Oregon, and while at Goldendale, Washington Territory, enjoyed the reputation of being the youngest man ever elected to the office of mayor in any city in the Northwest. He was born in Bavaria in 1857, and prior to his fifteenth birthday was at school in a commercial college acquiring the information and training which have made him so efficient in his line in our state. He came to America at that age, and the second day after his arrival engaged as a salesman in a New York store; but, learning of Oregon and the opportunities here for independence and competence, he determined to seek his fortune...

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French, J. A. – Obituary

Services Here For J. A. French Word was received here Monday night that J. A. French, prominent resident and early county official of this county had passed away December 30 at White Salmon, Wash. C. L. Booth left Tuesday morning to bring the body to Enterprise for burial. Funeral services will be held at the Chapel Thursday, January 2, at 2:00 o’clock. Wallowa County Chieftain, Wallowa County, Oregon, Thursday January 21,...

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Ransier, David J. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon David J. Ransier died at the Wallowa County Nursing Home in Enterprise on December 30, 1983. He was born on August 4, 1898 at Bickleton, Wash. In 1920 he was married to Rena Ivy Morgan at Arlington, Oregon. She preceded him in death. Mr. Ransier was a restaurant proprietor by profession. Survivors include a son, James R. Ransier of Las Vegas, Nev.; a daughter, Mrs. Edwin (Lorean) Kruse of Wallowa; three brothers, Roy Ransier of Pasco, Wash., Lester Ransier of Goldendale, Wa., and Norman Ransier of LaCenter, Wa..; two sisters, Mrs. Nettie Sheldon of LaCenter and Mrs. Etta Hutson of Mabton, Wa.; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services will be held Saturday, January 7, at the Moro Cemetery in Moro, Oregon at 1 p.m. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, January 5, 1984, Page 5. Contributed by: Sue...

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Bloom, Louis R. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Louis R. Bloom Dies On His Way To South Louis R. Bloom, a native son of Wallowa valley, died at Goldendale, Washington, Wednesday, December 22, 1937. He was on his way from Yakima, where he had lived for three years, to souhtern California where Mrs. Bloom had gone a few weeks before. He was stricken with a heart attack and went to a hotel where he passed away. The body was brought to Enterprise by C.L. Booth and funeral services were held at the Booth Chapel Monday morning and burial was in Enterprise cemetery. Rev. Lloyd W. Halvorson of the Presbyterian church conducted the services. Mr. Bloom was a son of R.W. Bloom, pioneer of the upper valley and was born August 19, 1885 on what is now the Wade ranch on Alder Slope. He was married to Minnie Fluke April 29, 1917, and in November, 1919, they moved to Medford. That city remained their home until three years ago when they went to Yakima. Mrs. Bloom was called to Covina, California, the last of November to help care for her mother, Mrs. L. Rest of article missing. Source: Enterprise Record Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, December 30, 1937, page 2 Contributed by: Sue Wells Transcribed by: Belva...

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Barton, Arnold – Obituary

Promise, Oregon Arnold Barton Arnold E. Barton died Oct. 9, 2005, at his home in Goldendale, Wash., of an apparent heart attack. He was born and raised in the Promise area. Funeral services are pending at this time. A full obituary will appear as details are available. Wallowa County Chieftain, Thursday, 13, 2005 Mr. Barton was born May 18, 1921 in Promise to Silas and LaVida (Lortie) Barton. He attended schools in Promise and in the lower valley. Mr. Barton enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a M.P. during World War II. He married Myrtle Sullivan in Weiser, Idaho in 1941 and later divorced. He later married Roma (Jerry) Hoyt on Aug. 28, 1948. He worked as a heavy equipment operator and in construction, logging and as a long-haul truck driver. Mr. Barton was an avid musician and was self-taught on the guitar. He played with famous people, Willie Nelson and Buck Owens. He also enjoyed carpentry. He was preceded in death by his son Marshall, sister Ilene Barton, stepson Sonny Duffey and parents. He is survived by his wife Roma, stepdaughter and husband Sharon and Ron Black of Victoria, British Columbia, stepson Charles Ray Duffey of Reno, Nev., brothers Virgil of La Grande, Russell of Tigard, and Emmett and sister-in-law Mary of Colorado Springs, Colo., sisters Elvira Sims of Lebanon, Vera and brother-in-law Bob Roop of...

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Akes, Esther Elaine – Obituary

Joseph, Oregon Esther Elaine Akes of Milton-Freewater died June 27, 2006, at Evergreen Nursing Home. She was 86. Mrs. Akes was born August 23, 1919 in Pendleton to James Wallace and Lucia Mae Tilton Spencer. On February 27, 1943, she married Charles Leonard Akes, Sr. at Olympia, Wash. She worked at Boeing Aircraft in Seattle as a “Rosie the Riveter,” putting the metal skin on B-17 bombers, while her husband served overseas during World War II. After the war the couple ranched in Bickleton and Roosevelt, Wash and Mrs. Akes started Oasis Aviaries, marketing her birds in the area. They owned a cattle ranch out of Joseph from 1956 until 1961. Moving to Milton-Freewater they started Char-El Morgan Horses and Akes Backhoe Service. Mrs. Akes showed her horses, was a horse show judge, taught young people horseback riding and was leader of the Crystal Springs 4-H Club. Mr. and Mrs. Akes traveled extensively and enjoyed steelhead fishing. The couple joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1971, where Mrs. Akes served as the Relief Society President for several years. She was a talented seamstress and homemaker. Mrs. Akes was also a member of the Rebekah Lodge. She is survived by three daughters Lucia J. Kelly of Virginia Beach, Va., Roberta G. Isley of Burbank, Wash. and Esther E. Danner of Umatilla; a son Charles L. Akes...

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Clark, Rena – Obituary

Paradise, Oregon Rena E. Clark, a former resident of Athena, died Sept. 23, 2007, at the St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton. She was 90. Mrs. Clark was born April 27, 1917, in Paradise to James and Anne Beeman Winters. She was one of 15 children. She attended schools in Paradise and later graduated from White Salmon High School in White Salmon, Wash. She married Charlie R. Tinsley on Feb. 22, 1934, in Enterprise, where he farmed and worked in the sawmills. The couple later moved to Adams in 1957. He died in 1962. Mrs. Clark moved to Athena and later married Everett Clark on July 17, 1967, in Lewiston, Idaho. He preceded her in death in 1983. She enjoyed working on crossword puzzles and doing handiwork. Mrs. Clark is survived by three sons, Lawrence Tinsley of Marysville, Wash., Charles Tinsley of Pasco, Wash., and Delbert Tinsley of California; two daughters, Karen Bryson of Pendleton and Sue Widner of Pilot Rock; three sisters, Bertha Prince of Union, Alta Anderson of Estacada and Wilma Tippett of Lostine and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husbands; two sons, James and Michael Tinsley; four brothers, Vancil Buck Winters, Virgil Winters, Percy Winters and Willard Bill Winters; and seven sisters, Armentia Winters, Violet Sasser, Pearl Sasser, Goldie Collinsworth, Sylvia Stubbs, Bessie Fleser and Leatha Royes. Funeral services were...

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Josi, Robert E. – Obituary

Robert E. Josi, 74, of Wallowa died June 13 at St. Mary’s Hospital. A memorial service was held June 23. Mr. Josi was born Oct. 26, 1931, to Fred and Olga Elmer Josi in Oregon City. The family lived in Snowden and White Salmon, Wash. He worked on ranches at at the Mount Emily logging camp. He served in the Army during the Korean War, and in 1954 he married Agnes Tsiatsos of Starkey. The couple moved to Wallowa. He worked as a logger, and during layoffs he would find ranch jobs. After a divorce in 1983 he married Bonnie Lowe in 1989 . He was a member of the Enterprise Nazarene Church, and enjoyed riding horses, working with cattle, hunting with his kids and visiting family and friends. Survivors include children and their spouses, Larry and Karen Josi, Ernie and Karen Josi and Janet Delatori, all of Wallowa; stepchildren, Ron, Vickie and Dan Lowe and Judy Tate; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Norman Josi of Prairie City; sisters and their spouses, Erlene Butler and Marjorie Josi of Gresham, and Mildred and Bill Hiller of Port Angeles, Wash., and other relatives. His wife; sisters, Verna and Dorothy Josi; and a son-in-law. Gerard Delatori. all died earlier. Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Cancer Center in Walla Walla or any charity. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week...

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Cowles, Maudetta – Obituary

At Centerville, Washington, June 7, 1899, at the residence of her aunt, Mrs. Smith, Miss Maudetta Cowles of this place. Miss Cowles was born in Auxvasse, Callaway Co. Missouri, on March 21, 1877, and was twenty-two years, two months and nineteen days of age at the time of her death. She was the daughter of N.P. and Sarah Cowles. Her mother died when Maudetta was at the tender age of ten years and shortly afterwards she came to Oregon and made her home with her uncles and aunts Mr. and Mrs. E.P. McDaniel and Mr. and Mrs. John Smith. For some years she had been in poor health and on April 1st went to Centerville on a visit to her mother’s sisters and brothers, hoping to derive benefit from change of air and scenery. But her sickness increased and at the end of six weeks quick consumption seized upon her frail form and notwithstanding the unceasing and loving care of her relatives and the untiring efforts of her medical attendants, grim death claimed this lovely flower and her sweet and gentle spirit winged its way to God who gave it. Her remains were accompanied to Cove by her uncle, Mr. McKlip, her sorrowing friends meeting them at Union. The Impressive and solemn service of the Episcopal church was read at the residence of E.P. McDaniel in the presence of...

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Pierson, Dale W. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Dale W. Pierson, 82, of Salem and formerly of La Grande died June 2 at his home. Viewing will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday June 8 at Howell Edwards Doerkson Funeral Home in Salem. A graveside service will begin at 1 p.m. Friday June 9 at the Summerville Cemetery. Mr. Pierson was born Oct. 6, 1923, to Sylvan and Vera Bradley Pierson in Grafton, Neb. The family lived in Lyle, Wash., Hermiston and at Mount Emily Camp. He graduated from La Grande High School in 1941, and served in the Army during World War II. He attended Eastern Oregon Normal School and graduated from Willamette University College of Law. On July 24, 1948, he married Elenor Hayes in La Grande. He enjoyed golf, skiing, mountain climbing, flying and watching sports on television, especially baseball. Survivors include his wife of Salem; a sister, Ruth Loock of La Grande; a brother and sister-in-law, Glen and Willamina Pierson of Las Vegas, Nev.; and other relatives. A brother, Morris Pierson, died earlier. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to any charity. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending June 10, 2006, Published June 8,...

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