Location: Klickitat County WA

Curry, Cleo J. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Cleo J. Curry, 77 of La Grande, died May 25 at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, June 5 at the First Christian Church, 901 Penn Ave. The family requests that dress be casual for the service. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Curry was born June 10, 1928, to Clifford and Hazel Iona Robertson Wade in Goldendale, Wash. She graduated from Goldendale High School in 1946, and worked in accounting in Portland. In 1967 she became payroll supervisor at Eastern Oregon College of Education. On July 3, 1968, she married Warren Curry at the First Christian Church. She continued at Eastern for 16 years before becoming the bookkeeper for Blue Mountain Sports. After retirement she helped during tax season with Seydel, Lewis, Moeller and Poe until 2002. She enjoyed crafts and volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and the Grande Ronde Hospital Auxiliary, and served on the board of Koinonia House and in several positions in the First Christian Church. In her earlier years she was involved with the Educational Secretaries Association, the Business and Professional Women, the Soroptimist Club, the La Grande Mavericks and the American Red Cross. Survivors include her husband of La Grande; a daughter, Toni Jabson of Monticello, Ill.; step-children, Bonnie Theabolt of Enterprise, Connie Bradley of Coos...

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Weatherspoon, Evelyn Irene – Obituary

Elgin, Oregon Evelyn Irene Weatherspoon, 67, of Elgin, died March 18 at her home. A celebration of life began at noon today at the Rockwall Grange. Mrs. Weatherspoon was born April 18, 1939, to Lloyd Rodney and Gladys Marie (Dodson) Brock in White Salmon, Wash. She graduated from high school in Portland. In 1984 she moved to Elgin from Portland and worked as a bartender. On April 7, 1988, she married Donald Weatherspoon in Elgin. He died Sept. 15, 2005. Mrs. Weatherspoon loved rock hunting and the outdoors. She enjoyed her home and family. Survivors include her brother, Dwayne Lee Brock of Waukomish, Okla., and sister, Rita Sleight of Washougal, Wash.; two nephews; two nieces; numerous cousins and other relatives. Memorials may be made to the Elgin/Imbler Philly Trip in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending March 24, 2007 Published: March 24,...

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Molstrom, John Adolph – Obituary

John A. Molstrom, 93, Adams pioneer rancher, died Monday [August 7, 1967] at Pendleton Community Hospital. Mr. Molstrom was born June 6, 1873 in Calumet, Mich. He was son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Molstrom, among the earliest of Umatilla County pioneers. He came west at the age of three. The family first came to San Francisco, then moved to Centerville, Wash., and then to Athena. He was married to Hilda Planting in 1905, and they farmed in the Adams area for almost 60 years. They retired in 1955 and moved to Pendleton. Mrs. Molstrom died Aug. 2, 1964. He was a life-long member of the Apostolic Lutheran Church. He is survived by three daughters; Florence Lorenzen, Vernita Reeder, both of Pendleton, and Esther Hansen, Canyon City; brother, Henry; two sisters, Mrs. [Maria] David Nelson, and Mrs. [Mamie] Alfred Somppi, Pendleton; seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Folsoms’ Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. [Interment at Olney Cemetery] Contributed by: Shelli...

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Nelson, Maria Hilda Molstrom – Obituary

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Pendleton, for Maria Hilda Nelson, Pendleton. Mrs. Nelson, 96, died Monday [December 9, 1974] at St. Anthony Hospital. She had lived in Umatilla County for 84 years. She was born at Centerville, Wash., Feb. 9, 1878. She was married Sept. 5, 1897, to David H. Nelson. He died in May 1939 and a son, Harry in 1960. Mr. and Mrs. Nelson farmed on the Umatilla Indian Reservation for a short time after their marriage, then in 1900 started farming on Cold Springs. Mrs. Nelson was a member of Bushee Chapter 19 of the Eastern Star, Pendleton; the Pendleton Woman’s Club and the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer. Survivors are a son, David Carl, Pendleton; daughters, Eva Shold of Pendleton, Mrs. Walter (Marie) Eckman of Houston, Tex., and Mrs. L. S. (Helen) Mobley of Lettsworth, La.; brother, Henry Molstrom, Pendleton; 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. Interment will be Olney Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer or the Pendleton Fund, Box 966, Pendleton, direct or through Folsom Funeral Chapel. Contributions by: Shelli...

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Christopher, Anna Josephine Basse [Basi] – Obituary

Mrs. Anna Josephine Christopher of Adams, died this morning at St. Anthony’s Hospital. Born in Centerville, Wash. in 1903, she had lived in Oregon 25 years. She leaves her husband Walney Christopher, a son, Donald L. Christopher, a daughter, Elizabeth E. Christopher; a father, Wilhelm Basi; three brothers, Elmer, Arthur, and Ernest Basi. Funeral services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Folsom’s with the Rev. E. M. Butenshon officiating. [Interment Olney Cemetery] East Oregonian, July 2, 1947 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Purkes, Lena Floy Tozer Bowman – Obituary

Mrs. Lena F. Purkes, 92, of 800 Mechanic St., died at 5:35 P.M. Thursday in Fairview Medical Facility in Centerville where she had been a patient since January, 1972. She was born in LeRoy, Mich., July 26, 1880, to Mailand and Olive (Simonton) Tozer. She was married to Edson R. Bowman on April 18, 1902 in LeRoy. He died Aug. 7, 1944. On Oct. 12, 1951, she was married to Thomas Purkes in Angola, Ind. He died July 29, 1960. Mrs. Purkes was a member of the First Baptist Church. Surviving are a son, Virgil Bowman, of Sturgis; three daughters, Mrs. Eric (Crystal) Joelson of White Pigeon; Mrs. Victor (Edna) Phillips of Howe, Ind.,; and Mrs. Jess (Delora) Cole of Grants, N.M.; 11 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Mort of Vicksburg; Mrs. Reynolds (Darcus) Koch of Sturgis; and Mrs. Dora Quigley, of Washington, Pa.; one brother Melvin Tozer of Sturgis; and several nieces and nephews. A son, William Levi Bowman, died in 1931, and a daughter, Mrs. Elsie Hovarter, died in 1964. One brother also preceded her in death. Visitation may be made at the Foglesong Funeral Home beginning Saturday noon. Services will be held at 1:30 P.M. Monday, in the funeral home, with the Rev. Ronald Miles, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will be made in Oak Lawn Cemetery. Sturgis Journal, January...

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Basse, Wilhelmina Isaacson Jacobson – Obituary

Funeral rites for Mrs. Wilhelmina Basi [Basse] were held last Saturday, November 30, in the Finnish Lutheran Church at Centerville, conducted by Rev. C. J. Sacarisen, of Portland. The organist was Charles Isakson, and singers were Mrs. Kenneth Nelson and Miss Louise Hoikka. Pall bearers were Frank Sarsfield, Jack Mulligan, Ernest Mattson, Hilmer Erickson, Otis Anderson, and Walter Lande. Interment was in the Centerville Grange Cemetery. Mrs. Basi, wife of Wilhelm Basi, passed away Thanksgiving morning in the Goldendale General Hospital, at the age of 74 years and ten months. She was born in Kuttanen, Sweden and came to America in 1891 when she was 19 years of age. She was married to William Jacobson at Rocklin, Calif. in 1895. A child was born to this union but it passed away in infancy and Mr. Jacobson died in 1900. In 1901 she was married to Wilhelm Basi and moved to Quincy, Oregon. The family came to Centerville in 1903 and lived there until 1933, when they moved to Clatskanie, Oregon, returning to Centerville in 1945. She leaves the husband, Rev. Wilhelm Basi, three sons, Elmer, Arthur, and Ernest Basi, of Centerville, a daughter, Mrs. Anna Christopher of Pendleton, Oregon, a sister, Mrs. Emma Niemels of Maygers, four brothers, Caleb Isaacson of Astoria, Oregon and Arthur, Albert, and Erick of Sweden, five grandchildren, Stewart, William, and Ina Marie of Centerville...

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Wiidanen, Charles – Obituary

Funeral services were conducted at the Phillips Funeral Home Monday afternoon for Charles Wiidanen, pioneer Centerville resident. Interment was made in the Centerville Grange Cemetery with committal services by the Centerville Grange. Rev. J. A. Dunn was officiating minister at the rites. Wiidanen was born April 21, 1877 in Calumet, Michigan and died at the Klickitat Valley Hospital, November 28 at the age of 75. He was the oldest son of Andrew and Amanda Holm Wiidanen and was six months old when he and his parents arrived in the Klickitat Valley. They came by train to California and by boat to Portland, on to The Dalles and into this valley. On March 1, 1905 he was married to Jennie E. Planting in Adams, Oregon. They acquired land near Centerville and continued farming until September, 1941 when they moved to Goldendale to live. Like other pioneers, Wiidanen worked hard. He hauled wheat to The Dalles and drove cattle and hogs to The Dalles market. He worked on this branch of the railroad in its early construction days. On the Wiidanen ranch near Warwick, the old house built 70 years ago still stands. On this farm his daughter and son-in-law now live. The deceased was a member of the Apostolic Lutheran Church, a long time member of the Centerville Grange, whole hall he helped build. His survivors are his wife; and...

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Smathers, Martha Etlidge – Obituary

Mrs. Martha [Etlidge] Smathers, 85, a resident of Ellensburg for the past 50 years, died in Yakima Friday evening [June 20, 1947]. It was learned here today. A native of Nashville, NC, Mrs. Smathers came here from Goldendale before the turn of the century. She is survived by three sons, Ed and Lee Smathers, both of Omak and John Smathers, Ellensburg A granddaughter, Mrs. George Minton of Ellensburg, and six great grandchildren also survive her. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Honeycutt-Evenson chapel followed by interment at the IOOF cemetery. The Rev. Paul Deane Hill will officiate. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Bender, Louis Charles – Obituary

Louis C. Bender, 68, Rt. 5, died Saturday [August 21, 1982] while on a fishing trip near White Salmon. He was born in Ellensburg on Dec. 22, 1913. He was a rural mail carrier for nine years and later, from 1936 to 1972, he owned and operated the Horse Shoe Tavern He and June Molotte were married in Pasco on Feb. 15, 1948. Mr. Bender was a member of the Eagles Lodge and he was an avid fisherman and hunter. He enjoyed gardening and working in his flowers. He also was a member of the Kittitas County Field and Stream Club Survivors include his wife, June Bender of Ellensburg; four daughters, Mrs. Bill (Donna) Tharp, Mrs. Les (Gwene) Sorenson and Gayle Bender, all of Ellensburg and Mrs. Larry (Janis) Bennett of Spokane,; eight grandchildren and two brothers, Harrell and Russell Bender, both of Ellensburg Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Evenson’s Chapel. The Rev. Alvin Lustie will officiate and burial will follow at the IOOF Cemetery The family suggests memorials to Kittitas County Field and Stream Club care of Carl Fischer, 309 S. Ruby, Ellensburg, or to the Heart Fund care of Mrs. Frank Green, 913 E. Washington, Ellensburg Contributed by: Sheli...

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Hale, Eugene Vaughan “Gene” – Obituary

Whitney, Baker County, Oregon Eugene Vaughan “Gene” Hale, 92, a longtime Baker County resident, died May 31, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Care Center. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Roger Scovil of the Christian Church will officiate. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be until 7 o’clock tonight at Gray’s West & Co. Gene was born on May 20, 1913, at Baker City to John “Sam” Hale and Mallie Mary Vaughan Hale. Gene’s father bought the Whitney ranch in 1903 and went from working in the gold mines to ranching. Sam died in the flu epidemic of 1929. Gene, with his brother, Piper, and mother, Mallie, continued ranching, first with cattle and later raising sheep. In 1935, the family moved the sheep ranch to Alderdale, Wash. With the outbreak of World War II, they sold the sheep ranch for use as a bombing range. Gene met and married Charlotte Davis. He and Charlotte returned to Whitney by train with only three cows to their name. They worked long, hard hours and were often isolated due to deep snowfall in the winters. Gene told how they lost their entire calf crop the first year, so to make ends meet he hauled supplies and mail to Greenhorn by wagon. Their determination and grit paid off...

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Ithkyemamits Tribe

Ithkyemamits Indians. A tribe or band of doubtful linguistic affinity, either Chinookan or Shahaptian, living in 1812 on Columbia River in Klickitat County, Washington, nearly opposite The Dalles. Their number was estimated at...

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Ragsdale, Lee Verdell – Obituary

Lee Verdell Ragsdale, 91, a former Baker City resident, died March 4, 2004, at Medford. His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. March 22 at the First Congregational Church of Christ in Portland. He was born to Lee A. and Mable Ragsdale on Dec. 25, 1912, at Baker City. On May 29, 1939, he married Elizabeth “Betty” Crow. She died in 1998. He was a 1930 Baker High School graduate. He attended Eastern Oregon College (now Eastern Oregon University) at La Grande where he was student body president from 1933 to 1935. He received a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from Willamette University at Salem in 1938. He later attended the University of Oregon at Eugene, receiving a master’s degree in P.E. in 1952 and a doctorate in physical education in 1966. He was a high school teacher and coach at White Salmon, Wash., and at Camas, Wash. He then taught and coached at Mount Angel Prep School at Mount Angel. He moved to Medford in 1948 where he taught and was the head football coach at Medford Senior High from 1948 to 1952. He also was an assistant track coach during all his years with the Medford School District. He served as the director of athletics, physical education and health for the Medford School District from 1952 to 1966. In 1966, he moved to Portland...

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Baird, Philip R. – Obituary

Philip R. Baird, 70, of Sequim, Wash., died Jan. 29, 2003, at Port Angeles, Wash. His memorial service was today at the Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church at Sequim, Wash. The Rev. Jack Anderson officiated. Mr. Baird was born at Klickitat, Wash., on Oct. 9, 1932,to Vero W. Baird and Margaret Hutchins. He married JoAnna Redburn on Feb. 16, 1952, at Vancouver, Wash. Mr. Baird moved to Sequim in 1998 from Phoenix, Ariz., where he had worked as a food broker for many years. He retired in 1996. He was a member of the Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church at Sequim, Wash. Survivors include his wife, JoAnna Baird of Sequim, Wash.; sons, Chris and Craig Baird, both of Phoenix, Ariz.; daughter, Cathy Temple of Palouse, Wash.; his mother, Margaret Holcomb of Baker City; brother, Robert Baird of Fountain Hills, Ariz.; sisters, Corrine Fuzi of Coolin, Idaho, and Nancy Smith of Baker City; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Cheryl Anne Grimes; his father, Vero W. Baird; and his stepfather, Ralph Holcomb. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic, P.O. Box 3434, Sequim, WA 98382. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, February 7, 2003 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Klikitat Tribe

Klikitat Indians, Klickitat Tribe, Klickitat Indians (Chinookan: ‘beyond,’ with reference to the Cascade Mountains. ). A Shahaptian tribe whose former seat was at the headwaters of the Cowlitz, Lewis, White Salmon, and Klickitat rivers, north of Columbia River, in Klickitat and Skamania Counties, Washington. Their eastern neighbors were the Yakima, who speak a closely related language, and on the west they were met by various Salishan and Chinookan tribes. In 1805 Lewis and Clark reported them as wintering on Yakima and Klickitat rivers, and estimated their number at about 700. Between 1820 and 1830 the tribes of Willamette valley were visited by an epidemic of fever and greatly reduced in numbers. Taking advantage of their weakness, the Klikitat crossed the Columbia and forced their way as far south as the valley of the Umpqua. Their occupancy of this territory was temporary, however, and they were speedily compelled to retire to their old seat north of. the Columbia. The Klikitat were always active and enterprising traders, and from their favorable position became widely known as intermediaries between the coast tribes and those living east of the Cascade range. They joined in the Yakima treaty at Camp Stevens, Wash., June 9, 1855, by which they ceded their lands to the United States. They are now almost wholly on Yakima Reservation, Washington, where they have become so merged with related tribes that an accurate...

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