Location: Lincoln County OR

Alderman, Charlotte Ruth Odell – Obituary

Mrs. Charlotte Ruth Odell Alderman was born in Carroll County, Indiana, in 1842. Her father crossed the plains in 1851, bringing his wife and nine children. They settled in Webfoot near Dayton, where the family grew to maturity. Charlotte attended school at Lebanon, Lafayette and Willamette University, besides her home school. She taught school in Lincoln County, and in 1866, she married Albert Lockwood Alderman. They lived north of Dayton a number of years and then moved to Dayton so the children could better attend school. To them five children were born: Edwin who died in 1908; Ennis who lives near Dayton; Lewis who is a teacher in the state university; George who died in 1893; and Eva, now Mrs. Ora Powell of Corvallis. Mrs. Alderman was a most devoted wife and loving mother, a consistent Christian and a constituent member of the First Baptist Church of Dayton, Ore. She was strongly allied with the temperance work, being a member of the W. C. T. U. She was always sympathetic with those in need and had an abiding faith in the goodness of people. Her friends and relatives loved her in response to her strong affection on her part. She died at the home of her son Ennis May 30, 1910, being 68 years, 1 month and 14 days old. Rev. A. J. Hunsaker of McMinnville, who was her...

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Biography of Ira Stubblefield

A man of great adaptability, with vigor to carry him through his various undertakings, and wisdom to guide him in the safe path, and, withal, possessed of executive force to manipulate enterprises with success, the subject of this article is a man to whom we gladly accord representation in this volume of Harney county history. He was born in Blanco county, Texas, on April 28, 1866, being the son of W. K. and Eliza (Lumas) Stubblefield. The father of our subject was born in Tennessee, October 30, 1816, and at the age of fourteen went to Bolivar, Missouri, and in his twentieth year he went to Texas and lived in twenty-three different counties in that state. He was on the frontier all of the time and did much hunting and scouting and fought the Indians continually. He was with the noted cattle king, Bob Tout, and the two doubtless slew more Indians when the savages were on the murderous raids than any other men of the country. At one time eight white men, including Mr. Stubblefield and Bob Tout, were attacked by Indians, seventeen in number, and all of the whites fled but Stubblefield and Tout and two companions, and they fought the savages to a finish, completely whipping them. Mr. Stubblefield was in many a battle and skirmish with the treacherous savage and always came out victorious. In...

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Biography of John L. Curtis

JOHN L. CURTIS. – As one of the early and sturdy pioneers who assisted in opening these regions for the occupancy of his fellows that were to follow from the eastern states, and who has wrought with energy and assiduity in their development since, manifesting an ability and wealth of resources that have enabled him to grapple with the different problems that confront the frontiersman, and to overcome in these undertakings the subject of this sketch is deserving of a representation in any work that essays to chronicle the leading and prominent citizens of the county of Union. Mr. Curtis was born in the east in the year 1827, and had the misfortune to have his father removed from him by death. His uncle was appointed his guardian and at the tender age of twelve years, our subject entered upon the realities of life for himself, his first occupation being to act as a silver-plater for the famous firm of Rogers Brothers. Six years he continued with this company and then came west to Jackson county, Missouri, where he was favored with an opportunity to attend the Chapel Hill College, a privilege which he was not slow to take hold of and improve to the best advantage. Following his retirement from the college he acted as salesman in Independence for a time and then in 1850 came to Sacramento,...

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Allen, Elvin W. – Obituary

Elvin Willard Allen died Jan. 30, 1996, at the home of his great-niece, Julie Wetzel. He was 93 years of age. He was born Feb 28, 1903 in Wallowa, the second son of Jess and Daisy Allen of Middle Valley. He lived on the family farm until the 1930’s when he moved to Newport. He was a carpenter by trade and he served in World War II where he helped with building projects on various islands after they were bombed. Survivors include brother, Glenn Allen of Milton-Freewater; sisters, Bess Dyatt, Simi Valley, Calif., Margie Forino, Beaverton and Helen Roberts, of Elgin, formerly of Wallowa and a host of nieces and nephews. Wallowa County Chieftain – February 1996 Transcribed by Dixie...

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Gray, George M. – Obituary

Gray Funeral Is Planned Sunday George M. Gray, 61, Alicel, who died of a heart attack at Wecoma, Oregon yesterday was born in Union county in 1881 and has lived here all of his life. Funeral services will be held for him at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Snodgrass Funeral Home. Rev. Lester Carlsen will conduct the services, and burial will be in the family plot in the Summerville cemetery. Gray is survived by his wife, Mary, and four children, Ernest, Beaverton, Oregon; Mrs. Eudelle Russell, Pocatello, Idaho; Mrs. Othella Purvine, Salem; and Hugh, Portland. He is also survived by two brothers, Nate and Joe of La Grande; and four sisters, Mrs. Sarah Conley, Mrs. Anna Miller, and Mrs. Bessie Childers, all of Cove, and Mrs. Berdilla Millering of La Grande. He had four children and one great grandson. Lincoln County Leader January 21, 1943 Page 4 George Merrell Gray, who came to Taft from La Grande, Oregon, for his health two months ago, passed away January 15th, at the age of 62 years. He was born March 18, 1881, in Union County, Oregon, and is survived by his wife Mary Alma, also four sisters, living in Eastern Oregon and two sons and daughters. Services were held at La Grande, Oregon, January 17th. The La Grande Evening Observer Saturday, January 16, 1943 Page...

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Nelson, Carl L. – Obituary

Elgin, Oregon Carl L. Nelson Carl L. Nelson, 90, of Siletz and formerly of Union County, died Feb. 17 in Newport. A private family viewing took place Feb. 19 at Bateman Funeral Home in Newport, followed by a celebration of life. A graveside service at the Summerville Cemetery will be announced at a later date. Mr. Nelson was born Feb. 9, 1917, to Nels and Ethal Nelson in Elgin. He lived in the Elgin and La Grande area and served in the Army during World War II. Carl worked for Dehnonte Seed for 32 years and was a member of the Western Teamsters Union. He retired and moved to Siletz in 1979 and worked at Mo’s in Newport for 12 years. Survivors include his wife, Virginia (Jean) of Siletz; daughters, Deanna Agan and Elaine Jones, both of Toledo, and Kay Shafer of Redmond; stepdaughters, Rhonda, Connie and Bonnie; eight grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grand children. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending Feb. 24, 2007 Published: February 24,...

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Pidcock, Genevieve – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Genevieve Pidcock, 90, of La Grande, died March 6 at her home. A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Friday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande. Genevieve was born July 10, 1916, to Roy and Mary (Hug) Flexer in Harney County. She moved to La Grande with her family when she was a child. She attended Riveria Elementary School and graduated from La Grande High School. On March 27, 1936, she married Howard Pidcock in La Grande. They both attended Kinman Business University in Spokane and worked in Portland during World War II. They returned to make their home in La Grande after the war ended. She worked as the secretary to the Intermediate Education District superintendent (now E.S.D.) for more than 20 years before retiring. Mrs. Pidcock played the violin with the Grande Ronde Symphony in its early years. She loved antiques and after retirement found great pleasure in buying and selling antiques and glassware. She and her husband moved to Waldport in 1988, where she treasured living near her daughter, Judy, before returning to La Grande in 2006. She enjoyed reading, flowers and gardening. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in La Grande and had a deep and abiding faith. Survivors include her husband, Howard; children and their spouses, Judy and Wally Parmenter of Waldport...

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Hindman, Janice Lynn – Obituary

Janice “Jannie” Lynn Hindman, formerly of La Grande, died of natural causes on Sept. 25 at her home in Lincoln City. Funeral services begin at 11 a.m. Sunday at Pacific View Memorial Chapel in Lincoln City. Family and friends are invited to attend a remembrance gathering Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the home of Ray and Carol Westenskow at 1502 Fourth St. in La Grande. Jannie was born Dec. 7, 1945, to George and Bethel McClure in Portland. The family moved to La Grande where she attended Fruitdale Grade School and graduated from La Grande High School in 1964. She received a master’s degree in special education from Portland State University in 1974. She married Mac Hindman on Dec. 22, 1975. After a brief period in Portland, Jannie and her family moved to Durkee where they remodeled the old Hindman homestead and hosted many family celebrations. She spent the last several years living with her husband in Lincoln City, cultivating her love of the ocean. She enjoyed cooking for family and friends, gardening and writing. She had a great love for animals, especially her office cats and mongrel dogs. Most special to her were the times spent with her granddaughter, Allie. Jannie was nationally recognized as an advocate for children. She worked to establish several programs for the treatment of abused children and authored several publications in...

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Hutson, Carol Anne – Obituary

Carol Anne (Smith) Hutson, 63, of Kennewick and formerly of La Grande, died May 9 after a long illness. A private memorial service was held earlier in the month at Hillcrest Memorial Center in Kennewick. Carol was born Aug. 20, 1944, to Sherman Elton Smith and Josephine Amanda Thorpe in McMinnville. She married Richard Hutson. They later divorced. A retired library custodian and homemaker, Carol enjoyed rock hunting and arts and crafts projects. She lived in La Grande for 10 years, Lincoln City, Netarts, Tillamook and Salem and spent the last four years in Kennewick. She is survived by her sisters and their families, Lynn Dixon of La Grande and Janet Jones of Gresham; brothers, David and Dennis Smith of La Grande and Daryl Shimanek of Salem; daughters, Melinda and her husband, Lonnie Rouse of Kennewick and Angie and her husband, Kenyn Cumpston of Ridgefield, Wash.; son, Thomas Hutson of Salem; and eight grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Leah Williams. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. La Grande Observer – May 29,...

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Young, James D. – Obituary

Formerly of La Grande 1926-2009 James D. Young, 82, of Lincoln City and formerly of La Grande, died Jan. 29 at the Oregon Veterans Home in The Dalles. A graveside service was held today at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. Holman, Hankins, Bowker and Waud is in charge of arrangements. James was born Nov. 20, 1926, in La Grande. He is survived by his wife, Ellen Young, of Lincoln City. The Observer – Obituaries for the day of February 3,...

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Butler, Frank Ernest – Obituary

Dr. Frank E. Butler, Portland radiologist who retired three years ago, died Wednesday afternoon [January 1, 1949] at Emanuel Hospital after a brief illness. He had made his home at Neotsu on Devil’s Lake since retiring. Dr. Butler was the son of Orville and Mary Butler, pioneers in the Willamette Valley. He was born at Union Flat, Washington, February 17, 1888, and shortly thereafter moved with his parents to their former home at Monmouth. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Bilyeu, Joseph A. – Obituary

Joseph A. Bilyeu, 94, at 3730 Auburn Road NE, died Wednesday at his residence. He was born and raised in Scio. He lived in Western Washington for many years, later worked in Portland shipyards and lived in Lincoln City 10 years before coming to Salem. He was a mail carrier and dairyman in Washington. Survivors include wife, Fern. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday in Virgil T. Golden Mortuary. Interment will be in Bilyeu Den Cemetery, Scio. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Han, Loretta Dee Wirth Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Loretta Dee Han, 74, of Baker City died June 28, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. At her request there will be no service. Following her wishes, Loretta’s family will return urns containing her remains and those of her husband, Ron, to their home at Lincoln City. Loretta Dee Wirth was born July 17, 1930, at Elk, Wash., to Earl Fredrick and Alice Hazel Loynes Wirth. Loretta met Ronald Lee Han in Lincoln City. The couple were married on Jan. 31, 1977. Together for many years they ran Captain John’s Restaurant at Lincoln City. Later relocating to Baker City, they purchased the Main Event and ran the tavern/restaurant together until Ron’s death in 2001. She was very social and well-liked by all who met her. She made many good friends at her Baker City business. Loretta really enjoyed spending her vacations in Las Vegas. Survivors include her sisters, Barbara Sneed of Baker City and Luanne Grinstad of Goshen, Ind.; a niece, Celestial Grinstad; and two nephews, Derrik Santy and Richard Sneed. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ron, and parents Earl and Alice Wirth. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, July 1, 2005 Transcribed by:...

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Grant, Kenneth Huston – Obituary

Kenneth Huston Grant, 86, of Richland died March 14, 2005, at his home. At his request, there will be no services. Mr. Grant was born July 10, 1918, at Harlan, Ore., to Huston A. Grant and Mabelle Adella (Allison) Grant. He was raised in Newport and Salem and graduated from Salem High School in 1936. He served in the U.S. Army throughout World War II, and was married to Mary Ellen Hammond at Fort Stevens, Wash., on April 2, 1943. After the war, he and his family settled in Richland in 1945, and operated a ranch in Eagle Valley until a few years ago. After the death of his first wife in 1996, he married Madge Stevensen in 1998. Mr. Grant is survived by his wife, Madge, of Richland; his son, James, of Challis, Idaho, sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph and Jeanette Grant of Lakeview and Robert and Susan Grant of Baker City; daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Joseph Pirone of Buckley, Wash.; stepchildren and their families; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; his sister, Elinor Lermon of Salem; sister-in-law, Lola Grant of Corvallis; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Mr. Grant was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary; his son, Michael; and his brother, Winston. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, March 25, 2005 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Lethlean, Betty E. Bennett Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Betty E. Lethlean, 79, a long-time Baker City resident, died May 5, 2004, at her daughter’s home. Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Baker City Christian Church, 2998 Eighth St. Pastor Roger Scovil will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be until 7 p.m. tonight at Coles Funeral Home. Betty was born on Nov. 21, 1924, at St. Louis, Mo. She was a daughter of Gordon and Esmerilda Tippett Bennett. She married William Ivan Gilliland and they moved to Baker City in 1944. He was killed in a logging accident in 1960. In September 1965, she married Carl “Bill” Lethlean at Prineville. In 1972, they moved to Roseburg, where they lived until Bill retired. They then moved to Waldport, before returning to Baker City in 1991 where they made their home together until his death in 1998. Betty loved gardening and being outdoors. She enjoyed being with her family and reading. She was a member of Baker City Christian Church. Survivors include her children, Bonnie Jean Gentry, and her husband, Homer, of Haines, William R. Gilliland and his wife, Nancy, of Waldport, Kenneth “K.C.” Gilliland of Pendleton, and June Marie Coller of Hermiston; stepchildren, Merle L. Lethlean and Gary Wallace Lethlean of Newport; brother and sister-in-law, Burton and Mescal Paine of Hermiston; sister, Donna Moore of Washington; 16...

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