Wilbert “Will” L. Sullens, 79, of Medical Springs, died April 4, 2005, at his home. His memorial service will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Dale Bingham will conduct the services. Everyone is invited to a finger-food potluck reception at the VFW Hall, 2005 Valley Ave., immediately following the service. Will was born Nov. 3, 1925, in Prairie City to Russell and Madeleine (Barlow) Sullens. He was raised and received his education in Prairie City. In 1943, he entered the U.S. Army Air Corps, attending flight school in Santa Ana, Calif. He was honorably discharged in 1945 and returned to Prairie City where he became a flight instructor and ran the John Day Airport, which allowed him to accrue the hours necessary to work for an airline. During this time he also worked as a millwright in the local mill to make ends meet. He married Margaret Howell of Prairie City and to this union, two children were born, Jim and Gloria. They later divorced. Will went to work for United Airlines in Los Angeles and due to scheduling was furloughed. He then went to work as private pilot for Hugh Cotting, Cotting Enterprises, a development builder in San Francisco. While working for Cotting, he also helped in the planning and designing of shopping centers. In 1955 Will went to work for Pan...Read More
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Lifetime Haines Resident Emma Welch Fisher Was Civic Leader Emma Bell Welch Fisher, 94, of Haines, passed away Thursday, March 26, 1987 at St. Elizabeth Hosp. Funeral services for Mrs. Fisher were conducted Tuesday, March 31, 1987 at 2:00 pm in the Haines Baptist church. Rev. Keith Spry of the Haines Baptist Church officiated. Interment followed at the Haines cemetery. Mrs. Fisher was born May, 6, 1892 in Haines to William J. and Clara M. Long Welch. She married Albert Lindsey Fisher in Baker on April 15, 1911. Her maternal grandparents, Alonzo and Julia Long immigrated to this area from the Willamette Valley. The Welch’s were raised in England. Married in Bristol and immigrated to the US immediately following the ceremony. They then moved up into Canada for a while and came to this area from there. Emma had a brother Ray and a nephew, Roy, son of her mother’s older sister. Roy was raised as a member of the Welch family following his mother’s death. Roy was more like a brother than a nephew to Emma and he used the Welch name throughout his life. Emma met her husband in Haines while he was working as a Ferrier during the 1910 farming season. Since there was not enough horseshoeing work to keep him employed during winter months. Albert returned to Boise to live with his sister and work...Read More
William Welch, Body Rests Home City Lot The funeral services at the Baptist church Tuesday afternoon for the late William Welch, whose death was reported in this newpaper last week, were well attended. Rev. A.L. Wilson, local pastor, had charge of the services at the church while the Odd Fellows, of which order Mr. Welch was a member, conducted the services at the Haines cemetery, where the body was laid to rest. Special music by a choir and a solo by Fred Spence were rendered during the services. William Welch died last week Wednesday afternoon at his home in Los Angeles, following a long illness. As he requested, his body was brought back to be buried in the community in which he had spent so much of his life and where he loved to be. All of his children and his wife were with him when he passed away and they all attended the funeral here. William James Welch was born in Kansas, June 26, 1861, and was married to Miss May Long in 1881. His widow survives him, as do, three children: Emma Fisher, Ray and adopted son, Roy Jackson, besides one granddaughter and three grandsons. The deceased was a member of the I.O.O.F. lodge in Haines and a member of the Baptist church for over 40 years. The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, July 2, 1931 Contributed...Read More
Marie Lupe Ahumada Jones, 70, of Baker City, died Nov. 19, 2005, at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Boise. There will be a private family gathering later. Visitation was for family only. Marie had lived the last 12 years of her life at Baker City, but lived most of her life at Los Angeles. She was born on Feb. 14, 1935, in Mexico. She became a registered nurse after college and loved to help people. She also loved flowers and had a very special touch with them. She never had to do much with them and they grew big and beautiful. She didn’t have much luck with houseplants, though. Marie was a very generous person and would spend her last dollar on her grandkids. Whenever she had a chance, she would play bingo and go to the casinos. The last 10 years of her life she loved to work with beads, making things and looking forward to selling her beaded jewelry and other items at the Miners Jubilee every year. “She will surely be missed,” her family said. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Kris Jones of Crescent City, Calif., and Richard’s son, Michael Jones of Roseburg; her daughter and son-in-law, Jackie and Jeff Heriza of Aurora, Colo., and Jackie’s children, Jessica and Whitney McKnight of Boise, and Kristin Jones and Robert Heriza of Aurora, Colo.; her...Read More
Mabel Ann Dinnick, 93, a longtime Baker Valley resident, died June 28, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Care Center. There will be no funeral, at her request. A private family celebration of life will be scheduled later. Mabel, the daughter of Arch and Lizzie Long, was born on on June 26, 1912, at Muddy Creek at the home of her grandparents, Alonzo and Julia Long. She was the fourth of six children and attended her first 12 years of school at Haines. Mabel was the final surviving member of the Haines High School Class of 1930. After graduating from high school, she continued her education at Eastern Oregon Normal School in La Grande. In 1960, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in education from Eastern Oregon College. Mabel taught 28 years in the Baker School District, 26 of those years were at North Baker School and two years were at Muddy Creek. Her great-grandparents donated land for the first Muddy Creek School in 1876. She also taught for three years at Bourne and Columbia mines. One of the greatest pleasures Mabel experienced was a visit from her former students. During her first year of teaching, she met and later married Wilbur “Bill” Dinnick. They were married on Dec. 30, 1933, at Weiser, Idaho. Wilbur and Mabel moved to Cornucopia, where Wilbur worked in the mines. Their first daughter, Evelyn, was born...Read More
Jay E. (Gene-O) Gould, 63, died Wednesday, September 7, 2005, at the Portland Veterans Medical Center due to complications from surgery. His memorial service will be held Saturday, September 10, 2005, at 2:00 p.m. at Coles Funeral Home. Military rites will be accorded by Baker City Amvets Post 1874. Gene was born November 10, 1941, in Los Angeles, California, to Stanley and Rena Gould. He attended a boys Catholic school during his youth until he entered the U.S. Army. He served his country for nine years. He lived most of his life throughout Texas and Oklahoma. He married the love of his life, Doris Jo Williams, on December 31, 1963. Together they had four children. They moved to Baker City in 1992. After moving to Oregon, Gene went to work at Marvin Wood Products, where throughout the years, he made lots of friends. He loved to bowl and played in league play at Baker Bowl for years. There he gained his nickname, “Gene, Gene, the bowling machine.” Gene was also known as a great softball player and a true jokester. Gene will always be remembered by all who knew him as a guy who loved to speak his mind, laugh, pull pranks, fish, bowl, and gamble, his other true love. Gene is survived by his family, his daughter and son-in-law, Voncille and Gary Sanders of Baker City; his son...Read More
Nancylee Warnecke, 76, a resident of Baker City, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. At her request, cremation was held and a family memorial service will be held at a later date. Nancy was born June 7, 1928, in Los Angeles, Calif. She was a daughter of Clinton and Gertrude (Rassmussen) Nielsen. She received her education in the San Francisco Bay area and made her home there. She assisted her parents in operating a large swimming pool, in the Bay Area. In 1999, she moved to Baker City to be closer to her daughter. She enjoyed people and the sun. She loved the water and was an avid fisherwoman. She enjoyed spending time with her daughter and grandchildren. Nancylee is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Frank Snowden, Sumpter; son, Clint Keeney, Grass Valley, Calif.; grandchildren, John Snowden, Ben Snowden, Jennie Snowden, Chad Snowden and Kimberely Keeney; great-grandchildren, John Snowden Jr., Alex Snowden, Dayton Doss, Lucas Snowden; and one nephew. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Diana Tricarico and her husband Jack Warnecke. Memorial contributions in Mrs. Warnecke’s memory may be directed to Pathway Hospice. This may be done through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place Street, Baker City, OR 97814. Used with permission from: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, January, 2005 Transcribed by: Belva...Read More
Lois Smith Dwan who was born in Baker Oregon on December 27, 1913 died yesterday at the age of 91 at home in Santa Monica, California. She was the daughter of Allan A Smith and Mable Garrett Smith. Alan and Mable both began their careers in Baker as school teachers at Baker High School. It was there that they met. Alan went on to become a lawyer and a state senator from Oregon. Lois graduated from Baker, Oregon in 1931. She had a younger brother Hugh Smith who also graduated from Baker High School and went on to Santa Clara College and Harvard law school. After graduating from Baker High School, Lois went to Dominican College in San Rafael, California where she graduated with a BA majoring in English in 1935. After graduating from Dominican College she returned to Baker and worked on the Baker newspaper as their social columnist. She also wrote for the Red Cross. She returned to San Francisco to do graduate work at Stanford University in English. When at Stanford University she met her future husband Robert Dwan. They were married in San Francisco in 1940. They were married for 64 years. They had five children. Her husband went on to direct the Groucho Marx show “You Bet Your Life” on radio and television She began her career with the Los Angeles Times first writing...Read More
Samuel K. Klinefelter is the junior member of the firm of Hayt & Klinefelter, the proprietors of the well known Fashion Livery Stables of Riverside. Mr. Klinefelter was born in Richland County, Ohio, June 10, 1845. His parents, Joseph and Elizabeth Klinefelter, were natives of Pennsylvania and were among the early settlers of the county in which he was born. He was reared in his native place until twelve years of age. In 1857 his father moved to Brown County, Kansas and was there engaged in farming occupations until his death in 1858. Mr. Klinefelter was brought up to farm life. In March, 1862, although less than seventeen years of age, he enlisted in the military service of his country as a private in Company C, Seventh Regiment of Kansas Cavalry, and was for more than three years engaged in that memorable struggle, the war of the Rebellion. His regiment was attached to the Sixteenth Army Corps or the Army of the Tennessee, and participated in some of the severest campaigns and hardest-fought battles of the war. He was engaged at Iuka, Corinth, Oxford, Holly Springs and many other battles, and also took part in many of the cavalry raids which his branch of the service was called upon to execute. After his honorable discharge from the service in October 1865, he returned to his home in Kansas and...Read More
William B. Sawyer, M. D., occupies a prominent position in the medical circles of Riverside, and has for many years been well known in the business and social circles of the city. Dr. Sawyer is a native of New England, born in Hampshire County, Massachusetts in 1854. His father, Edmund H. Sawyer, was a descendant of an old colonial family whose first advent in the New world was in the days of the Puritans; he was a manufacturer and prominent citizen of Hampshire County, a member of the Assembly and Senate of his State, at the head of banking institutions, and a trustee of Williston Seminary, Amherst College and other public institutions. His mother, Sarah J. Hinckley, was a direct descendant of Elder William Brewster, the minister of the “Mayflower,” from whom the Doctor is named. The father gave his son all the facilities afforded in obtaining a thorough education from Williston Seminary at East Hampton, and at Amherst College. He graduated at that institution in 1875, after which he entered upon his medical studies at Harvard University, and graduated in the medical department in 1879. He spent about a year in the practice of his profession in his native place, and then moved westward, locating in Kansas City, Missouri. He built up a successful practice, but failing health compelled him to try a milder climate. In 1882 he...Read More
Walter James “Jim” McClain, 70, of Baker City, died April 24, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. His graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a reception afterward at the American Legion Hall, 2129 Second St. Visitations will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave. Jim was born on Sept. 14, 1934, at Los Angeles to Walter Logan and Rosalyn Myers McClain. He served in both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy. He moved to Baker City in 1982. Jim was married three times. He married Mable Norreen Williams in July of 1951; Joann Watson on July 13, 1981; and Laura Pogue on Sept. 9, 1995. He was a longtime member of the Baker City Eagles Lodge and the American Legion. He loved to hunt, fish, camp and go dancing with his friends and family. He was a great husband and father. Survivors include his wife, Laura McClain of Baker City; three daughters, Jodi McClain of Baker City, Vici Crites and her husband, Ed, of Ontario and Kelli Rodriguez and her husband, Anastacio, of Ontario; stepchildren, Jim and Tina Pogue, John and Sacha Pogue, Jason and Dorothy Pogue, all of Baker City, Dawn and her husband, Billy Willis, and Larry Puckett, of Texas, and Deena and Chad Vandehey of North Bend;...Read More
Thelma Gwendolyn Thomas, 92, of Baker City, died Feb. 1, 2005, at her home. Private family interment will be Friday at Mount Vernon Cemetery in Mount Vernon, Wash. She will be laid to rest next to her husband, Bus. Thelma Gwendolyn was born on Sept. 25, 1913, at St. Louis to Alexander and Clair Erdman. She was raised and educated at Denver. Thelma met and married Louis “Bus” Thomas in 1935. Shortly after that they moved to Los Angeles. They had one son, Ron. Thelma and Bus owned and operated a printing and calendar binding business. She was always known as a very hard worker and she was loved by everyone who knew her. She enjoyed fishing, camping, gardening and canning, sewing and knitting. She loved raising and showing her Norwegian elkhounds, which received many trophies and blue ribbons. They moved to Burlington, Wash., in 1980 to retire close to Ron, who was living there. Bus died in 1984. Thelma remained in Washington until the mid 90s when she moved to North Powder and then to Baker City two years ago. Thelma was living at Settlers Park when she died. She enjoyed all of the people and the activities there. Survivors include her son and wife, Ron and Jennie Thomas of North Powder; a brother, Curtis Erdman of Mesa, Ariz.; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by...Read More
William Studabecker was born in Allen County, Indiana, in 1851; he is the son of David and Elizabeth (Wilt) Studabecker. His father was a native of Pennsylvania and his mother of Maine. When Mr. Studabecker was two years of age his father moved the family to Van Wert County, Ohio, and there engaged in farming until his death in 1858. The subject of this sketch was reared to the labor attending a life upon a farm, and after the age of ten years was deprived of any schooling facilities; at twenty years of age he learned the shoemaker’s trade and followed that calling until 1873. In that year he came to California and located at Galt, Sacramento County. Here Mr. Studabecker worked at his trade and other occupations until 1876, and then came to San Luis Obispo, where he remained until 1881, and then located at Santa Barbara, where he was employed by Emerson & Co., in their boot and shoe store until 1883, when he came to San Bernardino County. Shortly after his arrival in the county he settled in Riverside, and in partnership with his brother, John A. Studabecker, commenced the publication of the Valley Echo. They sold out this journal in April, 1884, and Mr. Studabecker then went to Los Angeles and established the Commercial Printing House, which he conducted until sickness compelled him to suspend...Read More
John Congreve, one of the well-known business men of Riverside and San Bernardino County, with which he has been identified for many years, is the general manager of the Riverside branch of the Pioneer Lumber and Mill Company, one of the largest and best known lumber enterprises in Southern California. The Riverside branch was established in January 1886, under the firm name of William H. Perry Lumber and Mill Company, and continued until January 1, 1887. The present company was then organized with M. A. Murphy as president, and S. H. Moot, secretary, and at that time Mr. Congreve took charge of the Riverside yards as manager. Mr. Congreve is a well trained business man, who came to Southern California more than thirty years ago, after a long business career in the Eastern States, and ever since his arrival has been connected with the lumber interests of Southern California. There are few, if any, men in that business that are better qualified to meet the growing demands of the trade than he. The few facts obtained of his earlier life are of interest. Mr. Congreve was born in Waterford County, Ireland, January 3, 1827. His parents were in indigent circumstances, and from early boyhood he was dependent upon himself for support and education. At fifteen years of age, when more favored youths were pursuing their school studies, he started...Read More
Emil Rosenthal, a well-known citizen of Riverside, is a pioneer of that colony, and since 1872 has been one of the leading businessmen of the city. Mr. Rosenthal is a native of Germany, born in 1845. At the age of twenty years he started in life, casting his fortunes with the New World. In 1865 he came to the United States, and located in New York; was employed in business pursuits for the next four years. He then crossed the continent, and established himself in San Francisco, but later came to Los Angeles, and thence, in 1872, to Riverside, where the rich and populous city now stands; there being then but a straggling hamlet. Mr. Rosenthal early saw what would be the result when the rich and prolific soil of the valley should be brought under cultivation. He established a general merchandise store, the pioneer store of the valley, on the west side of Main Street, near the corner of Eighth, under the firm name of Lyon & Rosenthal. Their business increased with the growth of the colony, and they erected the Lyon block, on the corner of Main and Eighth streets, which the firm occupied. This firm took the lead in mercantile enterprises, and retained it throughout. Mr. Lyon died in 1882, and Mr. Rosenthal conducted the business until 1886, when he sold out to Frankenheimer & Lightner....Read More
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