Location: Las Vegas Nevada

Biography of Col. Horack L. Moore

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Col. Horack L. Moore, of Lawrence, had seen valiant service as a soldier of the Civil war and in after campaigns against the hostile Indians of the West. He had also been a successful business man and banker, had served a term in Congress and is still a local leader in substantial and beneficial enterprises. He is a native of Ohio, born at Mantua, February 25, 1837, and received his higher edueation at the Western Reserve Electric Institute, at Hiram, Ohio. In 1858 he moved to Kansas with his brother Francis, who died a mouth after their arrival in Atchison County, and was studying law when the Civil war broke out. He enlisted on May 14, 1861, as a private in Company D, Second Kansas Infantry, a three months’ regiment. In the organization of his company he was made a corporal and served until October 31st, participating in all the actions of the regiment. The day he was mustered out he re-enlisted and on December 11, 1861, was made second lieutenant on the reorganization of Company D. On May 1, 1862, he received his commission as first lieutenant and was promoted to the captaincy of his company in 1863, but never mustered, as he was commissioned lieutenant colonel of the Fourth Arkansas Cavalry by the secretary...

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Folker, Erline – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Former Resident Killed By Gunman Mr. and Mrs. Claire Childers left Friday for Walla Walla after having received word of the tragic death of his half-sister, Mrs. Erline Folker. Mrs. Folker’s body was found Wednesday, November 5, in the desert near Las Vegas, Nevada with her throat slashed. She was identified and relatives were notified Friday. Sheriff’s Sgt. Bob Griffin, of Las Vegas, said Jack Rainsberger had been booked on suspicion of murder after he had told a bizarre story about voices telling him in Los Angeles last week to go to Las Vegas and make a human sacrifice. Rainsberger further told of roaming Las Vegas streets on Monday, November 3, searching for a victim and spotting Mrs. Folker who was working in a stationary store, according to Sgt. Griffin. When Mrs., Folker got off work, Rainsberger said he followed her to her car and forced her at knifepoint to drive out to the desert where he sacrificed her. Mrs. Folker is the former Erline May Childers, daughter of A.E. (Earl) and May Childers and was born at Joseph January 14, 1935. She was a graduate of College Place public schools and attended Walla Walla high school, being a member of the class of 1953. Graveside services were held Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the Mountain...

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McPherson, Donald Scott – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now LaGrande, Oregon Donald Scott MacPherson, 55, of Las Vegas, Nev., and formerly of Union died May 19 at his home. Palm Mortuary was in charge of arrangements. Mr. MacPherson was born Sept. 4, 1950, to Don and Alice MacPherson in La Grande. He graduated from Union High School and Eastern Oregon State College. He owned Southwest Lawns in Las Vegas for 27 years. Survivors include his wife, Jan, of Las Vegas; children, Seth and Lisa Pike of Las Vegas, Matthew MacPherson of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Troy MacPherson of Huntington Beach, Calif.; a sister, Marcia DePatie of Gig Harbor, Wash., and three grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Bobcat Foundation at Union High...

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Simonis, Russell – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Russell Simonis, 48, of Las Vegas, Nev., died Sept. 10. There will be a graveside memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday at the North Powder Cemetery. Mr. Simonis was born June 11, 1958, to Vernon and Earlene Baker Simonis and spent his early years in North Powder. Survivors include his wife, Sandra Stone Simonis of Las Vegas; siblings, Ricky of North Powder, Rodney of New Plymouth, Idaho, Gary of Las Vegas and Marrsue; and uncle, Elvin Simonis of North Powder. The Observer, Obituaries for the week ending Nov. 25, 2006, Published: November 25,...

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Horn, Terri – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now La Grande, Oregon Terri Horn, 51, formerly of La Grande, died May 19 at her home in Palm Springs, Calif., after an extended illness. Terri was born Dec. 15, 1955, in Las Vegas. Due to her father’s military service, the family lived in several locations before settling in Fairbanks, Alaska, where Terri lived most of her life. She worked as a grocery clerk for many years. She was employed by Carr’s Foodland in Fairbanks, and after moving to La Grande in 1995 she worked at Albertson’s for several years. Terri was known for her incredible friendliness and outgoing personality. She loved spending time with her family and friends and enjoyed being outdoors, whether it be gardening, camping or barbecuing. She was known as her family’s best barbecuer. Survivors include her children and their spouses, Todd Horn of Anchorage, Alaska, and Merry and Keith Montgomery of Union; two granddaughters; mother, June Henson of Las Vegas; and siblings, Kathy Henson of Las Vegas, Fran Jenkins of Alaska, George Jenkins of Seattle and Vickie Winslow of Palm Springs, Calif. She was preceded in death by her father, Jack Henson. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association’ 42-600 Cook St., Suite 202, Palm Desert, Calif. 92211. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending...

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Daniels, Norma Jeanne Mrs. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Halfway, Baker County, Oregon Norma Jeanne Daniels, 84, a longtime Halfway resident, died Aug. 17, 2005, in Caldwell, Idaho. A graveside celebration of Jeanne’s life took place today at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Jeanne was born Jan. 31, 1921, and raised in Halfway, where she married “Danny” Daniels and had three children. After Danny’s death in 1953 she had to go to work and raise her children. She operated the Stockmans and Hells Canyon Cafes in Halfway for many years. After her mother’s death, she moved to Las Vegas in 1972 where she worked as a hostess in large casino restaurants. Her family said, “She fed the Pine Valley people with a wonderful smile and compassion for everyone — even if they couldn’t pay. She worked very hard all her life and never complained. All she ever wanted from life was for her kids to be happy. We will miss our ‘Super Mom.’ ” She is survived by her two sons, Garry and his wife, Linda, of Caldwell, and Greg and wife, Jan, of Kenai, Alaska; one sister of nine siblings, Margie Sagers of Halfway; her ex-husband and lifelong partner, Ben Wathen of Las Vegas; and seven grandchildren, Kaci Gorder, Bryce Maki, Brandi Wendel, Jason and Jarrod Daniels, Lonnie McDonough and Craig Daniels. Jeanne was...

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Whiteley, Carol Berdean Robertson Mrs. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Halfway, Oregon Carol Berdean Whiteley, 72, of Halfway died Feb. 8, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. Disposition was by cremation. At the request of the family, there will be a memorial service in the spring. Coles Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Berdean was born on Oct. 20, 1930, at Halfway to Ray and Edna Buchanan Robertson. She attended Dry Creek School and Halfway Elementary School and was a 1948 graduate of Pine Valley High School at Halfway. She attended beauty college in Portland and later worked as a beautician in Halfway at the Gray Gables. She married Lloyd “Bub” Whiteley on Dec. 12, 1953, at Las Vegas, Nev., where both were employed. They returned to Halfway in the spring of 1954 and had lived there since. Berdean had several passions: kids, horses, rodeo, hunting deer and elk, and searching for the elusive mushroom. She loved kids and she was devoted to teaching them how to ride horses. She formed the Hells Canyon Junior Riding Club in 1962 and worked with kids who wanted to participate in rodeo without having to purchase the high-dollar horses necessary to compete in the arena events. As her daughter Jerri Kay said, “For a kid on a horse, having a benefactor like Berdean Whiteley is like being touched...

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Rhoda, Mary Jane “Janie” Hobson Mrs. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Mary Jane “Janie” Rhoda, 83, of Baker City, died Jan. 19, 2006, at Las Vegas, Nev., of cancer. A special Sunday service celebrating her life will be scheduled later at the Haines United Methodist Church. Mary Jane was born on Feb. 10, 1922, at Salem to Guy and Hazel Hobson. The family moved to Baker City in 1928. That same year they moved to Whitney, where her mother ran the Whitney Post Office, often assisted by Mary Jane and her brother, Loren. She was a 1939 Baker High School graduate and attended Willamette University, returning to Eastern Oregon to live at Halfway. There, she married Carl Rhoda in 1941. The Rhodas moved to Madras, where Carl was superintendent of schools and principal of Madras Union High School from 1945 to 1963. Mary Jane worked for many years at the Madras Market and was a member of the First Christian Church. Oakridge was her home from 1963 to 1991. Carl died on June 30, 1980. Mary Jane returned to live in Baker City in 1991. Mary Jane was honored at the 1991 Miners Jubilee in Baker City as a past 1941 Jubilee Rodeo Queen. She was a member of the Haines United Methodist Church and the Mutual Improvement Club. Her family expressed appreciation to those who sent...

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Craig, Paul Dennis “Denny” – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Paul Dennis “Denny” Craig, 66, of Las Vegas, Nev., a former North Powder resident, died Aug. 20, 2002, at Las Vegas. Mr. Craig’s body was cremated. There was a private funeral at Las Vegas. There will be a memorial service at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Haines United Methodist Church. Pastor Sally Wiens will officiate. Denny was born on March 11, 1936, at Baker City. He was raised on his parents’ ranch at North Powder and was a 1954 graduate of Powder Valley High School. He attended the University of Oregon at Eugene for one year and Eastern Oregon University at La Grande for one year. From there he moved with his family to the Willamette Valley. He worked at Oregon Metallurgical Co. and then went into the dairy business with his father and brother. He moved to Portland in 1960 where he was in the restaurant and lounge business at Portland, Mount Hood and Corvallis. Mr. Craig married Patricia Louise O’Connor on Dec. 25, 1971. They then moved to Salem where he formed his own yard maintenance business. Upon retiring and selling his business, the couple moved to Las Vegas. Between traveling, he still did occasional yard service work, for which he really had a talent and he really enjoyed. Hunting, sports, children...

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Sawyer, Bette Norene Hoge Mrs. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Bette Hoge Sawyer, 79, a former Baker City resident, died Sept. 12, 2002, at her home in Reno, Nev. A private service is planned. Bette Norene Hoge was born on May 22, 1923, to Earl and Mary Hoge in Baker City. She was graduated from Baker High School in 1941. Her parents were associated with Hoge-Wells Supply Co. in Baker City. The family moved to Reno, Nev. It was there Bette met future husband, Grant Sawyer. They married in 1946 in Washington, D.C., where Grant was attending Georgetown University Law School. In 1928, the Sawyers moved to Elko, Nev. There they reared their only child, Gail, who survives them and lives at Las Vegas, Nev. As wife of the late Governor Grant Sawyer, Bette was first lady from 1958 to 1966. Her husband died in 1996. Memorial contributions may be made to the University of Nevada Medical School or the Grant Sawyer Studies at the University of Nevada at Reno. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, September 20, 2002 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Norwood, Fred L. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Baker City, Oregon Fred L. Norwood Sr., 82, of Baker City died April 22, 2002 at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Boise. There will be a memorial service later at Palm Mortuary, 1325 N. Main St., in Las Vegas, Nev. Local funeral arrangements are under the direction of Coles Funeral Home. Fred was born Nov. 28, 1919, at Natural Bridge, Ala. A former 20- year resident of Las Vegas, Nev., he had lived in Baker City for the past 10 years. He was a retired U.S. Air Force major. He had served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam conflict. He was also a 49-year member of the Masonic Lodge. Fred was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy I. Norwood. Survivors include his daughter, Marci Seltzer, and son, Fred L. Norwood Jr. of Las Vegas; daughter, Nancy Curtiss of Baker City; sister-in-law, Patricia Weekley of Clovis, N.M.; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorial contributions to St. John’s Masonic Lodge at Pioche, Nev. This may be done through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, April 26, 2002 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Simonis, Russell – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Russell Simonis, 48, of Las Vegas, Nev., a former North Powder resident, died Sept. 10, 2006, at Las Vegas of natural causes. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the North Powder Cemetery. He was born on June 11, 1958, to Vernon and Earlene Baker Simonis. He married Sandra Stone at Las Vegas. Survivors include his wife, Sandra; and brothers, Ricky of North Powder, Rodney of New Plymouth, Idaho, and Gary of Las Vegas; and a sister, Marrsue. He was preceded in death by his parents. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, November 22, 2006 Transcribed by: Belva...

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