The following was clipped from the Pasadena News, of January 23. Frank C. Gibbons died early this morning at his home on the corner of Lincoln avenue and Russel street. he was 25 years of age and a member of both the Knights of Pythias and United Workman lodges. His daeth is a particularly sad one, since late last night his only child, a little son, died also, leaving the young widow alone and childless. The baby, Maurice Francis Gibbons, was eight and a half months old. The funeral services for both will be held at the home tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock. Mrs. Gibbons who is thus so sorely bereaved, has for a long time been a resident of Pasadena. She is the granddaughter of M.S. Ballard, well-known in this city. Frank Gibbons was a former resident of Elgin, having been associated in business with J.W. Parker. he was married in this city to Miss Arvilla Poore, and was a member of Orion Lodge, No. 73, K. O P. Elgin Recorder Friday February 2,...Read More
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The following clipping is from a California paper, relating particulars of the recent death of a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Messenger, formerly of Union, and will interest some of the older residents of this place: Instant death overtook 8-year-old Katherine Messenger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Messenger of Burbank, when an automobile in which she and her father were driving up the Mt. Wilson road backed of the grade at 11;30 a.m. yesterday and fell 350 feet into the gorge below. Mr. Messenger was thrown clear of the car. He suffered severely from nerve shock after the accident and was given treatment at the Emergency Hospital in Pasadena. The body of the little girl was taken to the Burnham undertaking parlors in Pasadena. As the accident was explained by Mr. Messenger to the Pasadena police, the machine backed up on him after the engine died when he undertook to shift the gears, and the car rolled over the grade before he could set the brakes. He was thrown out, but the little girl was hurled to the bottom of the ravine, where she was picked up dead. Mt. Messenger and his daughter were on their way to the top of Mt. Wilson for an outing when the accident occurred. The mother was prostrated when she heard of the accident. Newspaper article – Aug, 1921 Contributed by:...Read More
Former Resident Dies In California The following is from a Rosemead, Calif., paper last week. Archie Charles Rollins, 63 years of age, passed away Sunday afternoon at his home on Brookline avenue, Rosemead, California. He had been in poor health for more than a year, so that the end was not unexpected. The deceased was born at Jefferson, Green County, Iowa, September 27, 1864, coming to California with his family in 1905. They have also lived in Oregon a portion of the time since then but moved to Rosemead in 1923 taking up their residence on Earl street. A year and a half ago they purchased the property where the family now resides. He had been engaged in the real estate business in Rosemead for the past four years and had made many friends. He was a member of the Alhabra chapter of the Woodman lodge. The survivors are his widow, Margaret E. Rollins, two daughters, Mrs. Sadie HIckey of Pasadena and Mrs. Dorothy Rosenberger of San Antonio, Texas, and a son, Cyrus, of Home, Oregon. There are also six grandchildren. The son arrived Wednesday from Oregon and the daughter from Texas is expected to arrive later. The deceased leaves two brothers and two sisters now living in Kansas. The body was taken to the Schanel undertaking parlors in El Monte from whose parlors the funeral services were conducted...Read More
North Powder, Oregon There will be a memorial gathering at 2 p.m. Saturday for the friends of Marian McDonald, a former North Powder resident who died Jan. 2, 2004, at Los Angeles while visiting her family during the holidays. For directions to the memorial gathering, call Roxanna Swann at 523-9265. Marian had moved to Bainbridge Island, Wash., in 1999 after living in Baker County for almost 30 years. She was born at Youngstown, Ohio. Her parents Emile A. Titangos and Anna Fondas, came from Triglia, Asia Minor. The family moved to Los Angeles when Marian was quite young. Her father was a furrier and Anna was a seamstress. They made and sold fur items to the Hollywood stars of that time. Marian graduated from UCLA and taught English in the Los Angeles school system. She first came to Baker County in 1968, where she and her husband purchased a piece of property near Anthony Lakes. After retiring from teaching, Marian moved here permanently and became an active member of the community. She had jobs in advertising and public relations and was an ardent supporter of several environmental causes. She was active with the Blue Mountain Native Forest Alliance, the Blue Mountain Environmental Council, the Nature Conservancy, and the Sierra Club. She especially loved the forests of Eastern Oregon and spent many hours hiking around her property and on trails...Read More
Union, Oregon Norma Lee Savely, 66, of Union and formerly of Susanville and Red Bluff, Calif., died May 26 at her home after an extended battle with colon cancer. A graveside service will take place June 17 in Los Molinos, Calif. There will be a picnic in the Los Molinos park immediately following. A memorial picnic will take place in Union at a later date. Mrs. Savely was born Nov. 24, 1939, in Lakeview to John and Margaret Lyford. As a teenager, she moved to Red Bluff. She met and married Marty Ray Savely July 1, 1956. After moving numerous times and starting a family, they settled in Susanville, where they lived until 1993. They then moved to Union. Mrs. Savely had many jobs, but the one she loved and retired from was working as a school bus driver. She was well-loved by her bus students., family members remember. She enjoyed spending time with her family, cooking for holidays, camping, hunting and playing games. She loved flowers of all kinds and working in her yard while watching the birds and the squirrels. She also loved music, dancing and anything having to with the outdoors. Mrs. Savely is survived by her husband of Union; children Shirley Savely and John and Debbie Savely of Union, Marty Jr. (Butch) and Susan Savely of Kasilof, Alaska, Bob and Shiela McGarva of Westwood, Calif.;...Read More
La Grande, Oregon Lenn Pierson, 91, of Claremont, Calif., and formerly of La Grande, died July 11 at his home. A celebration of life will be held in the future. He requested that his ashes be scattered over Klickitat, Wash., overlooking the Columbia Gorge. Mr. Pierson was born Feb. 22, 1915, to Elva and Winfred Pierson in Geneva, Neb. The family moved to La Grande in 1925, and in 1950 moved to Island City. His father, who worked for Mount Emily Lumber Co., taught him to fly. He graduated from La Grande High School and then from Oregon State University with a degree in geology. He was a member of the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity, and taught high school math and science at Grants Pass and Medford, giving plane rides to the students with the highest grades. He served as a civilian flight instructor in the Army Air Corps during World War II, and married Eleanor Forbes, a control tower operator, in 1942 at Claremont College. He joined the Air Transport Command, and ferried military aircraft in the U.S and in Asia. He founded Pierson Flying Service at Cable Airport, and spent 15 years teaching flying. He took charters to Alaska, Mexico and other places. He worked as a test pilot, a corporate pilot and a charter pilot, taking customers to Europe and Asia. He taught all of his...Read More
Summerville, Oregon Louise Lockhart, 81, of Summerville died Sept. 13 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A celebration of life is planned for a later date. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Lockhart was born April 26, 1925, to Samuel Schurit and Ethel Macklin VanderJagt in Bellingham, Wash. She attended Pepperdine College in Los Angles, Calif., and married Ray Lockhart on May 3, 1946, in Southgate, Calif. She worked as a purchasing agent at Eastern Oregon University, and was active in her church. She was a member of the Grande Ronde Hospital Auxiliary and the Soroptimists, and enjoyed reading, music, swimming, gardening and being with her family. Survivors include her husband of Summerville; a daughter, Christine Turner Gabbert, and her husband, Tom Gabbert, of Twin Falls, Idaho; a sister Marjorie Bush of Palmer, Alaska; and one grandchild. A brother, Peter, and son, Lance, died earlier. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending Sept. 23, 2006, Published: September 26,...Read More
Union, Oregon Paula Errolo Burford, 80, of College Place, Wash., and formerly of Union died Sept. 17 at her daughter’s home. The funeral was held today at Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home in Milton-Freewater. Burial was at the Milton-Freewater Cemetery. Mrs. Burford was born March 25, 1926, to Joseph Coleman and Katie Rosilla Deuel Lay in Medical Springs. She graduated from Union High School, and attended Brigham Young University. She moved to Los Angeles, Calif., where she worked for Western Union. On Sept. 16, 1949, she married Clifford Edwin Burford in Los Angeles. They returned to Oregon and lived in Milton-Freewater for several years. She was a homemaker, and loved music and the arts and provided lots of hands-on creative experiences for her children. After her husband’s retirement, the couple moved to Walla Walla in 1990. She was active in her church, and enjoyed oil painting, cake decorating, creative writing, sewing, crafts, genealogy. She was known for her sense of humor. Survivors include children, Blaine Burford of Prescott, Ariz., Kim Burford of College Place, Paul Burford of Sherwood, Zane Burford of Queen Creek, Ariz., Erralee Cleveland of McMinnville and Paula Mooso of College Place; a sister, Gay Lerwill of Redding, Calif.; 18 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and other relatives. Her husband died earlier. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending Sept. 23, 2006, Published: September 26,...Read More
La Grande, Oregon Eula Blake, 86, of La Grande, died Sept. 2 at a local care center. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 6 at Mount Hope Cemetery in Baker City with Pastor Jonathan Privett of the First Church of the Nazarene officiating. Mrs. Blake was born Aug. 19. 1920, to Roy and Ada Gabert Lostutter in Santa Monica, Calif. She attended school in California, and on July 20, 1946, she married Frank M. Blake. She enjoyed cross-stitch and making latch-work rugs. Survivors include children and their spouses, Frank and Helen Blake of La Grande, Richard Blake of North Powder and Betty and Allen Hack of Haines; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Her husband; two brothers, Roy and Dick Lostutter; and two grandchildren, Tracy Hack and Franklin Blake, died earlier. Memorials may be made to the University Hospital Neonatal Center in care of Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City 97814. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending Sept. 9, 2006, Published: September 7,...Read More
La Grande, Oregon Lisa Lynn Simpson Collis Lanegan, 40, of Vancouver, Wash., and formerly of La Grande and Baker City, died suddenly Aug. 18 in Vancouver. The cause of death has not been determined. No services have been scheduled. A family gathering will held at a later date to celebrate her life. Dahl-McVicker Funeral Home in Kelso, Wash., is handling arrangements. Lisa was born March 18, 1966, in San Gabriel, Calif. She attended junior high and high school in Baker but graduated from high school in California. As a certified nurse assistant she worked as a caregiver much of her adult life and was especially dedicated to the care of the elderly. She worked at nursing homes while living in La Grande in the late 1990s. She loved the outdoors, especially the ocean and fishing, and just communing with nature and the wonders God created, her family said. She is survived by her fiance, Ken Garrison; Ken’s parents Walt and Joanne Garrison; her son, Sean Paul Lanegan; daughters Kaura and Mylisha Lanegan; mother, Shirley Skemp Collis and stepfather Mel Collis; sisters Shirlette Kenworthy of La Grande, Katrina Madison of Tonasket, Wash., and Cindy Olmsted and her husband Tom of Woodland, Wash.; brother Michael Collis of Portland; grandmother, Bernice Houston Beem, with whom she shared the same birthday; and several other relatives. She was preceded in death by her father,...Read More
La Grande, Oregon William Millord “Squeek” Marcum, 65, of Sand Hollow, Idaho, and formerly of La Grande, died Sept. 26 at the VA Hospital in Boise. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Private interment will be at the Hillcrest East Cemetery. Mr. Marcum was born April 16, 1941, the son of William H. and Evelyn (Sanderson) Marcum in Weiser, Idaho. He was educated in La Grande and in his later years was raised by his mother and step-father, Howard Ramsey. After graduating from high school he enlisted in the Army and he served in Alaska working with heavy equipment and tanks. Following his honorable discharge he worked for the Los Angeles Police Department for seven years as a motorcycle patrolman. He then worked as a pilot for various commercial and cargo airlines for 20 years. For the past 10 years he worked as a long haul driver for various companies, most recently England and Jim Palmer. He enjoyed reading and recreation travel on his motorcycle. He held his family close to his heart but he really loved being on the road or in the air. Survivors include his children and their spouses, Michael Marcum of Portland and Maureen and Mark McLeod of Cooksville, Ill.; seven grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Virginia Marcum of Portland; an aunt, Wanda...Read More
La Grande, Oregon Keith Lee Boula, 50, died Jan. 2 at St. Mary Hospital in Walla Walla of colon cancer. Friends are invited to join Mr. Boula’s family in celebrating his life at an open house at the home of his sister Kathryn, 60522 Bushnell Road., Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.. Keith was born in Los Angeles June 19, 1956. He spent his early childhood in southern California and his teen years in northern Minnesota. He returned to California and graduated from Sylmar High School in 1974. There he followed in his father’s footsteps as a race car driver and mechanic. Mr. Boula moved to Zigzag in 1977. His love of racing and adventure led him to skiing, which became a life-long passion. He worked as an EMT on the Timberline ski patrol for several years. In 1994, Keith moved to La Grande. He worked for WC Construction until his death. Survivors include his son, Ryan Young, and Ryan’s mother, Carol, of Ontonogan, Mich.; sisters, Kathryn Boula and her family of La Grande, and Mary Noble and her family of Palmdale, Calif.; and many friends in northeastern Oregon and Mount. Hood. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending Jan 6, 2006, Published: January 6,...Read More
La Grande, Oregon Patricia Ann Shirk, 54, of La Grande died Dec. 8 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Grande Ronde Community Church. Patricia was born May 11, 1952, in Encino, Calif., to Frank and Audrey Shirk. She graduated from Reseda High School in Encino. She had one son, Chad Shirk. They both moved to La Grande in 1984 to be close to family. Patty, as she was known, worked at Wal-Mart until she had a heart attack and stroke in September 2001. She had lived with her longtime partner, Terry Van Luevan. She then moved to the Grande Ronde Retirement Residence. She always had a positive and encouraging word for everyone, no matter what challenges she was facing in her own life. She never met a stranger and was loved by all. She is survived by her son, Chad Allen Shirk and his wife, Catherine, of La Grande; mother, Audrey Hines of Ohio; two sisters, Shirley Glenn of Oklahoma and Linda Stuplich of La Grande; two grandchildren; and several other relatives. She was preceded in death by her father, Frank Shirk, and stepfather, Herbert Hines. Memorial contributions can be made directly to Loveland Funeral Chapel to help assist with funeral service costs. The Observer, Obituaries for the week ending Dec. 16, 2006, Published: December 16,...Read More
Union, Oregon George Eugene Brookshier, 71, of Union died Nov. 27 at his home. A funeral service is planned for 11 a.m. Friday at Loveland Funeral Chapel. There will be viewings before the service, beginning at 9 a.m., and after the service. Mr. Brookshier was born Dec. 8, 1934, to George Earl and Blanche Brookshier in Ottawa, Iowa. He was raised and educated in Iowa. After graduating from high school, he became a tool fabricator in the manufacturing business. He married Ethel Kassebaum in Bell, Calif., on Jan. 10, 1958, and the couple had four children. He was a member of the Union Masonic Lodge #56 and enjoyed fixing things, hunting and spending time with his family. Survivors include his wife, Ethel; children and their spouses, Ricky and Debbie Brookshier of El Cajon, Barbara Brookshier of Upland, Anthony Brookshier of San Bernadino, and Edward and Doris Brookshier of Norwalk, all in California; sisters, Imo Jene Walter Robertson of Norwalk, and Sue Stanley Dawson of Corona, Calif.; and five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Memorial contributions may be made to the La Grande Masonic Lodge #41 in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande 97850. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending Dec. 2, 2006, Published: December 2,...Read More
Cove, Oregon Julia Martha Mueller Koenig, 96, of Cove died Nov. 11 at a care home in Cove. A celebration of life service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Faith Lutheran Church with Pastor Wiseman officiating. A graveside service at the Cove Cemetery will follow the church service. Mrs. Koenig was born Oct. 13, 1910, in Reedley, Calif., to Gottlob and Anna Strohmaier Mueller. She was a member of the First Mennonite Church. She was educated in Reedley and attended secretarial training school in Los Angeles. In 1934 she accepted a secretarial and bookkeeping position at the Ascot Avenue Elementary School in the Watts area of Los Angeles. She was employed there for seven years. She married John Koenig in Santa Monica, Calif., Dec. 7, 1940. The Koenigs lived in Los Angeles and Van Nuys until moving to a farm in Cove in 1962. She enjoyed being a homemaker, gardening, traveling, music and reading. She was a member of the Faith Lutheran Church in La Grande, the Oregon Farm Bureau, Cove Women’s Improvement Club, Home Extension and the Knife and Fork Club. Survivors include children and their spouses, Charles and Donna Koenig and Karen and Lyndon Rose, all of Cove, Carol and Dave Hanson of Los Alamos, N.M., and Linda Koenig of College Place, Wash.; sister, Miriam Von Seggern of Grass Valley, Calif.; and six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren...Read More
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