Location: Linn County OR

Biography of Silas W. Koger

SILAS W. KOGER is one of the prominent and capable farmers of Union county, who has done a good part in its development and has maintained a reputation untarnished and displayed ability and integrity in all of his endeavors that are becoming and commend him to all who are lovers of the upright and desirous of progress. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now Our subject’s father was a native of Kentucky, as also the mother. While quite young the father began the task of getting an education by unaided effort, which to his praise be it said he accomplished in a becoming manner. His birth occurred on November 11, 1816, and when he had arrived at the age of his majority, he took up the work of the ministry in the Baptist church, with this difference from the common clergyman that he never preached the gospel of grace for wages, deeming it more in accord with the spirit of this distinguished message that it be promulgated...

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Biography of Thomas J. Huff

One of the pioneers of the northwest and one of the old residents of Caldwell is Thomas Jefferson Huff, the present assessor of Canyon County. He is a man of the highest integrity and ability, and stands well in the estimation of all who know him. A lifelong Democrat, and devoted to his party, he has never occupied a public office before, and has not been an aspirant for political honors and emoluments. In his business career he has met with success, and by well directed energy and good judgment he has amassed a comfortable fortune. Philip Huff, the paternal grandfather of our subject, was born in Germany, and coming to America in early manhood, settled in Tennessee. In that state his son Jefferson, father of Thomas J. Huff, was born, and for some years he made his home in Indiana. He married Lutilda White, and twelve children were born to them. In 1852 the family set out on a long and dangerous journey across the almost interminable plains, seeking for a new home and better prospects. The year was an especially trying one, as the cholera was raging in this country, and the emigrants along the way appeared to be favorite subjects of attack by the dread enemy to life. Four of the children of Mr. and Mrs. Huff succumbed and were buried on the dreary plains. Newly...

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Whitson, Alexander Brandon – Obituary

A. B. Whitson Is Taken By Death-Stock Raiser and Business Man Continuous Resident in Valley for 42 years. Yakima lost another pioneer in the death this morning of A. B. Whitson [October 14, 1931], who came to the valley 60 years ago and had lived in Yakima continuously since 1889. He had been confined to the hospital for one week and was operated upon some time ago. In the 42 years he had made his home here, he had been prominently identified with community affairs. Born in Lind County, Oregon, March 4, 1855, Mr. Whitson moved with his parents to Kittitas County in 1871. With his father and his brother, the late Judge Edward Whitson, he engaged in stock raising in the upper valley for a number of years. His parents had come west in 1840. His father was Benjamin Franklin Whitson, a native of Kentucky. In 1878 Mr. Whitson was married to Nellie Cooke, who survives him. Had he lived they would have celebrated their 53rd weeding anniversary on Thanksgiving Day. For 15 years Mr. Whitson was superintendent of the local light and water system. Since that time he had devoted himself to varied business interests. He had lived in one home on North Avenue for 30 years. Mr. Whitson was a life member of the Masonic Lodge, having joined the order 45 years ago. The family includes...

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Chastain, Polly Catherine Crabtree – Obituary

Polly Catherine Chastain, a resident of the Maupin area for 83 years, died Friday [November 5, 1971] in a local hospital. She was 93. Mrs. Chastain came to Maupin when she was 10 years of age. She was born June 5, 1878, at Scio, Ore. Mrs. Chastain was a member of the Evangelical United Church of North America, the Rebekah Lodge, the Farm Bureau and the Old Wasco County Pioneer Association. Surviving are a brother, Raymond Crabtree of Maupin; a daughter-in-law, Alice Chastain of Maupin; two grandchildren, Betty Jo Paulson and Glenn Chastain, both of Maupin; seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Maupin Community Church with the Rev. Carl Reid Duhrkoop officiating. Interment will be at Kelly Cemetery, Maupin. Friends who so desire are invited to contribute to the Evangelical Church of North America or the charity of their choice, in Mrs. Chastain’s memory. Spencer & Libby Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Contributed by: Shelli...

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McCully, Fred F. – Obituary

Fred Fletcher McCully, father of Kermit McCully, of La Grande, died in a La Grande hospital Friday. Funeral services were held Monday in the Wallowa Methodist church with interment in the Prairie Creek cemetery at Joseph. He was born at Lebanon, October 8, 1870, and when about ten years of age, his parents came to Wallowa county where he grew to manhood. Joseph was the home of the deceased for a long time and he was cashier of the bank there; later he moved to Wallowa where he was active in community affairs and where he was city recorder at the time of his death. Besides his son here, he leaves his widow, Margaret McCully, of Wallowa. There is also one grandson Jerry McCully. Eastern Oregon Review. December of 1945 or January 1946. Contributed by: Holly...

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Fish, C. A. Mrs. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Mrs. C.A. Fish Answers Call Mrs. C.A. Fisk died at La Grande last Thursday, Feb. 28. Services were held Sunday afternoon from the Booth chapel with Rev. Howard Stover officiating. Nellie May Marks, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Marks, was born at Sweet Home, Oregon, on March 29, 1879. When she was 11 years of age she came with her parents to Wallowa County, the family locating on the Imnaha River. She continued to live in Wallowa county most of her life. On Dec. 30, 1902, she was united in marriage to C. A. Fisk. To this union were born one daughter, Mrs. Josie Fruitts of Elgin, and three sons, Ormal Fisk of Imnaha, Pat Fisk of Antelope, Ore., and one son who died in infancy. Mr. Fisk died June 14, 1930. Also surviving are seven brothers and two sisters; Tom Marks of Enterprise; Alfred, Charlie, Ira, Joe and Jake Marks of Imnaha, Arch Marks of Union, Mrs. Anna Denney of Imnaha and Mrs. Frank Shevlin of Joseph. Wallowa County Chieftain, Wallowa County, Oregon, Thursday March 7, 1946 Front Page. (This obituary does say Mrs. C.A. Fish on the top –...

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Marks, Tom O. – Obituary

Tom Marks Dies At Home Here Tom O. Marks passed away at 7:45 p.m. August 5 at his home in Enterprise at the age of 80 years. Mr. Marks was born at Sweet Home, Ore., Dec. 9, 1866, and lived in Olax, Prineville and Arlington before moving to Imnaha at the age of 23 where he lived on a homestead. In 1905 he and Charles Rice formed a partnership and together they raised cattle for ten years. He was married Sept. 15, 1915, to Mrs. Vertie Snell at Vancouver, Wash. While living on the Imnaha he served as deputy sheriff, school clerk and school director for many years and was a director in the Joseph bank. Mr. and Mrs. Marks made their home in Enterprise for the past few years. Surviving are his widow; a step-daughter, Mrs. B.C. Christy of Imnaha; brothers, Arch of Union, Alfred, Jake, Ira, Charlie and Joe of Imnaha; sisters, Mrs. Frank Shevlin of Joseph and Mr.s anna Denney of Imnaha, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday from the Booth chapel in Enterprise and burial will be in the Prairie Creek Cemetery. Wallowa County Chieftain, Wallowa County, Oregon, Thursday, August 7, 1947 Front Page Contributed By: Marylyn...

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Crossler, Eliza Mary – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Eliza Crossler Services Held Eliza Mary Crossler passed away at her home in Walla Walla November 28. She was born February 2, 1878, at Sweet Home, Oregon. Her parents, George and Mary Hearing, with their family, came to Wallowa County in 1884, settling in the hill country east of Lostine where they farmed many years and endured the hardships of the early pioneers. Years later they moved to Lostine and then to Wallowa. Eliza was married to George Childers and to this union seven children were born, five of whom survive. Mr. Childers carried the Lostine mail to the first passenger train coming into the county, and held this position until his death many years afterward. They were both members of the Christian church. Several years later she married E. A. Crossler, a prosperous farmer of the Chapman district. After selling their farm they moved to Walla Walla where they have since resided. She is survived by her husband; two sons, Cecil of Joseph and Clair of Eugene; three daughters, Mrs. Vera Pierson and Mrs. Maxine Schumacher of Portland; and Mrs. Verda Davis of Emmett, Idaho; one brother, M. V. Hearing of Joseph, Oregon, and one sister, May of Medford. She also leaves nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; besides three step-daughters, Mrs. Charles (Eula Bloodsworth of Hermiston, Mrs. Quentin (Irene) Lathrop of Lostine, and...

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Marks, Benjamin – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Pioneer Of Imnaha Passes To His Rest Benjamin Marks Settled On River In 1889 And Always Loved Canyon Died, March 9, 1923, at his home on Imnaha. Benjamin Marks, aged 83 years, 1 month and 25 days. Mr. Marks had been in fair health this winter the rather feeble and inclined to rest and sleep a great deal. Thursday he was about, as usual, eating dinner and then taking a nap. He said he did not care for supper and retired rather early. At the family bedtime he was seen to be sleeping peacefully but when they rose in the morning he was found to have passed quietly into the great beyond. There was no sign of suffering but a look of peace as though he had slipped into another world quite without conscious struggle. The remains were buried beside his wife who had died in December, of 1915. When Mrs. Marks died, the bereaved husband requested that burial be made on the home place that he might still be near the faithful wife of his youth. There they sleep on a hillside overlooking the home they made together and loved. Benjamin Marks was born in Jackson County, Missouri, January 14, 1840. When a lad of thirteen, he came with his parents by ox team to Lynn County where the family settled. He afterward lived...

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Marks, Alfred Porter – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Death Claims Imnaha Pioneer Alfred Porter Marks, an early pioneer of the county, and a farmer and stockman of Imnaha, passed away Saturday, December 27, 1958 at the Wallowa Memorial Hospital where he had been a patient for about five weeks. He was born in Linn County, Oregon, January 28, 1881, son of Benjamin and Elizabeth Marks, coming to Wallowa County in 1889. On June 8, 1912 he was married at Joseph to Mary Fisk who passed away November 10, 1941. Survivors include two sons, Clarence and Elmer; both of Imnaha; five brothers; Arch, of La Grande; Jake, of Enterprise; and Joe, Ira and Charlie, of Imnaha; two sisters, Mrs. Frank (Minnie) Shevlin, of Joseph, and Mrs. Ann Denney, of Springfield; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Bollman Funeral Chapel with the Rev. A. L. Kintner officiating. Mrs. A. L. Kintner was organist, and Kenneth E. Johnson sang; “The Old Rugged Cross’ and “Beyond The Sunset.” Casket bearers were: A. L. Duckett, Verne Colvin, Kelsie Simmons, Ed Long, Dave Warnock and Lou Warnock, and vault entombment was in the Imnaha cemetery beside the grave of his wife. Wallowa County Chieftain, Wallowa County, Oregon, January 1, 1959 Contributed by Marilyn...

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Cook, Newton Jasper – Obituary

Lostine, Wallowa County, Oregon Service Held for Pioneer The community was greatly saddened Monday evening when it learned that an esteemed citizen, N.J. Cook passed away. Few pioneers in Wallowa County had a wider circle of friends than did the Cook brothers who came to Wallowa County in the ’70s. Eight of these brothers and one sister living many years near Lostine. They were: William, Jariel, Milton, John, T.R.., Mack, N.J., Frank, one half-brother, Walter and Mary Hammack. Another sister, Jane died at Dallas, Ore. The Cook brothers all lived on the Lostine River and engaged in farming until they retired. Mr. Cook was born in Linn County May 10, 1865, the son of Thomas and Harriet Cook. He was married to Martha Florence Downs, December 25, 1890. To this Union were born three sons, Jesse, Chris and James Earl. Jesse and Earl both passed away about the same time from the affects of measles while very young. Their mother lived only a short time later. After these losses, N.J. and son Chris lived with his mother and several brothers until Jan. 9, 1908 when Mr. Cook went to Kansas and in Mound City he married Miss Florence Stine who came back to Wallowa County with her husband. To them was born one son, Merle, who resides in Enterprise. The past several years N.J. and wife have resided in...

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Fleshman, Mintie Courtwright Mrs. – Obituary

Mrs. Mintie E. Fleshman, of Albany, a former resident of Wallowa County and well known here, passed away Sunday morning, February 19, 1973 in the Albany nursing home following a lengthy illness. Mrs. Fleshman was born at Logan, Iowa, on October 2, 1891, daughter of Peter Courtwright and Amanda Henderson. On December 10, 1910 she was married at Milton to Robert Lee Fleshman. For many years the couple farmed on Alder Slope. In 1947 they moved to Walla Walla where he passed away in 1949. She had lived in Albany since 1966. She was a member of Albany First Methodist Church, of the Women’s Society of Christian Service, and Albany Senior Citizens. Surviving is one son, Eugene H. Fleshman of Albany; two grandchildren, Larry Fleshman of Joseph and Mrs. B. W. (Virginia) Boyd of Pomeroy, Washington; and one sister, Mrs. C.H. (Ethel) Young, Port Angeles, Washington. Memorial services were Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Fisher Funeral Home in Albany, and graveside services were conducted yesterday (Wednesday) at 2 p.m. by the Bollman Funeral Home in the Enterprise Cemetery with Rev. Edward J. Morrison officiating, followed by vault entombment. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, February 22, 1973 Contributed by: Sue Wells Transcribed by: Belva...

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Sherod, Tony – Obituary

Services Held For Tony Sherod Wallowa, Oregon Funeral services were held at Albany November 21 for Tony L. Sherod, 74. He was reard in Wallowa County and formerly owned the Gerald Gelsinger place in middle valley. He had been bedfast for the past month. He leaves his wife, Laura Heskett Sherod, two sons, Vincent, of Blodgett, Ore. and Willie of Lebanon. His brother, Earl H. Sherod went down from here to attend the funeral. Wallowa County Chieftain, Thursday, 26 November 1953, Page 1 Mr. and Mrs. Earl Sherod attended the funeral services on November 21st of his brother Tony Sherod at Albany, Ore. Tony, a former resident of Middle Valley passed away on November 19. Wallowa County Chieftain, Thursday, 26 November 1953, Page 2 Contributed by Robert C....

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Wood, Oliver – Obituary

Enterprise, Oregon Oliver Wood Rites Being Held Today Funeral services for Oliver Wood are being conducted by the Bollman Funeral Home today (Thursday) at 2 p.m. at the Christian Church with the Rev. Lester Wells officiating. Mrs. Harry Stein will be organist and Ella McArtor and Sue Smyth will sing “Whispering Hope” and “Beyond The Sunset.” Casket bearers will be E. J. Hook, Howard Williamson, Orval McArtor, Delbert Wart, S. G. Sheets and John Lewis. Interment will be in the Enterprise cemetery. Mr. Wood had been in failing health for the past five years and had been a patient in Wallowa Memorial Hospital for six months. He passed away there on Saturday, September 21, 1963. He was born February 23, 1881 at Sweet Home, son of John D. and Martha Wood. He had lived in Wallowa county for 63 years and was a skilled carpenter. On October 3, 1919 he was married at Enterprise to Violet Maude (Hearing) Childers, who passed away on June 15, 1951. He was a member of the Christian church and an honorary elder. He is survived by four daughters: Mrs. Ruth Nuxall of Pendleton; Mrs. Everett (Norma) Goodale of Sacramento, Calif.; Mrs. Uley (Georgia) McGinnis of Enterprise; and Mrs. Lulu Dimmick of Joseph; one son, Howard Childers of Joseph; three sisters, Mrs. Abbie Mayfield and Mrs. Lillie Nye, both of Portland; and Mrs. Sam...

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Cook, N.J. – Obituary

Service Held For Pioneer The community was greatly saddened Monday evening when it was learned that an esteemed citizen, N.J. Cook of Lostine, had passed away. Few pioneers in Wallowa County had a wider circle of friends than did the Cook brothers who came to Wallowa County in the ’70s. Eight of these brothers and one sister lived many years near Lostine. They were: William, Jariel, Milton, John, T.R., Mack, N.J., Frank, one half-brother, Walter, and Mary Hammack. Another sister, Jane, died at Dallas, Ore. The Cook brothers all lived on the Lostine River and engaged in farming until they retired. Mr. Cook was born in Linn County May 10, 1865, the son of Thomas and Harriet Cook. He was married to Martha Florence Downs, December 25, 1890. To this union were born three sons, Jesse, Chris and James Earl. Jesse and Earl both passed away about the same time from the effects of the measles while very young. Their mother lived only a short time later. After these losses, N.J. and Son Chris lived with his mother and several brothers until Jan. 9, 1908 when Mr. Cook went to Kansas and in Mound City he married Miss Florence Stine who came back to Wallowa County with her husband. To them was born one son, Merle, who resides in Enterprise. The past several years N.J. and wife have resided...

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