Location: McMinnville Oregon

Biography of N. K. Sitton

N.K. SITTON. – This pioneer of 1843 was born in Calway county, Missouri, in 1825. As a boy in school he read Lewis & Clarke’s travels, and being an active and intelligent youth seventeen years old, at the time of the great interest that prevailed in the border states respecting Oregon, was moved to join the party of Applegate Or Burnett, and made the journey with these noted men across the plains. he remembers meeting with Whitman on the Sweetwater, and recalls his services in guiding the emigrants from Fort Hall. Arriving in Oregon he found employment on various farms and at at a mill, but in 1846 took his Donation claim on the rich lands five miles north of McMinnville. he was married soon afterwards to Miss Percilla Rogers of Chehalem valley. There the young pair began life, and made a happy home in which they lived many years. In 1848 Mr. Sitton made the trip to California for his pot of gold, and got it. After his return he made rapid improvements upon his farm, developing grain and stock. By his first wife, who died in 1869, he reared a family of nine children: C.E., Caroline (Mrs. Rogers), Ora (Mrs. McColough, deceased), H.W., N.H., Fred D., Elbridge D., and two who died in infancy. He was married secondly to Mrs. Mary M. Laughlin, a daughter of Michael...

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Biography of Robert C. Mays

ROBERT C. MAYS. – The well-known and capable business man, whose name appears at the head of this article, is one of the most widely known men of Union, and Wallowa counties, and is at the present time handling a large business as warehouseman at Elgin, where he is numbered among the leading residents of that thriving city, and he has made a record in this section that is both crowned with gratifying success from a financial standpoint, and wherein he has maintained a representation that is untarnished and displayed talents that properly place him among the real leaders in the county. On August 31, 1860, in McMinnville Oregon, our subject first saw the light, being the son of John C. and Martha J. (Nye) Mays, natives of North Carolina, who were married on June 22, 1851 in Missouri, Brown county,and the following year threaded the dreary plains and climbed the rugged mountains that separated eastern civilization from the western wilds, using for transportation ox teams. Settlement was made in Yam Hill county, three miles distant from McMinnville, and a donation claim of one-half section was secured. Work commenced in earnest to make a good home, and when sixteen years later Mr. Mays sold his farm it was one of the best and most finely improved in the entire valley. In 1869 they came to Walla Walla and thence,...

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Lambert, John A. – Obituary

John A. Lambert was born in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 10, 1845, and died July 28, 1917, making him 72 years, 5 months and 18 days old. From Nashville he went with his parents to Illinois, and from there to Missouri.. In 1864 his parents died and he with an older brother crossed the plains, arriving in Oregon in December, 1869. He was converted and joined the Methodist Church of which he was a lifelong member. He was united in marriage to Miss Mary Ellen Coovert, March 13, 1870. Their home was on a farm four miles south of Dayton until 1904, when they moved to McMinnville, Ore. He leaves to mourn his death, three sons, Charles Lambert of Ritzville, Wash., Arthur Lambert of North Powder, Ore., Chester Lambert of McMinnville, and one daughter, Mrs. Juanita May Palmer of McMinnville, Ore. The cause of his death was hardening of the arteries from which he was a long-time sufferer. The funeral was held on Monday at the Methodist Church conducted by Rev. Lester D. Fields with burial in Masonic Cemetery. The pallbearers were Arthur McPhillips, M. F. Corrigan, O. D. Scott, Frank Odell, Sylvester Robinson and Ivan Daniels. [Interment Odell Cemetery] Contributed by: Shelli...

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Farnsworth, Ellen Idolette Gates – Obituary

McMinnvile–July 5 (Special)–Mrs. Ellen Idolette Farnsworth, 78, died June 28 [1945] in McMinnville. Services were held at Macy’s Chapel Tuesday and interment was at Multnomah Cemetery in Portland. Mrs. Farnsworth was born in Portland, May 6, 1867. She is survived by two brothers, Alonzo B. Gates and Frank H. Gates of Portland. The Oregonian, July 6, 1945 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Conaway, Violet – Obituary

Joseph, Oregon Violet Effie Conaway, 88, of McMinnville, died April 15, 2004, at home. She was born Oct. 3, 1915, in Flora to Roy and Bessie Varney. Mrs. Conaway spent most of her growing up years on Upper Prairie Creek and graduated from Joseph High School. After marrying James B. Conaway in 1938, the couple moved to La Grande a few years later where she worked as a high school secretary, followed by a move to McMinnville in 1950. After a short time in Alaska, the couple lived in Vancouver, Wash., before returning to McMinnville in 1980 with two young granddaughters, Katherine and Leslie. Survivors include a son, Michael Conaway of Willamina; a daughter, Molly Pullen of The Dalles; brothers Otis Varney of Enterprise, and Roy Varney of Dayton, Wash.; and several grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Conaway, in 1989; and a brother, Vester Varney. Graveside services were held April 22, 2004, at the McMinnville Masonic Cemetery with Rev. Steve Ross of McMinnville United Church officiating. Macy and Son Funeral Directors of McMinnville were in charge of the arrangements. Wallowa County Chieftain – Thursday, April 29, 2004 ______________________________ Violet Conaway Formerly of La Grande and Joseph 1915-2004 Violet Effie Varney Conaway, 88, of McMinnville and formerly of La Grande and Joseph died April 15 at her home. Burial...

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Golden, Charles – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Sudden Death Of Citizen From La Grande, Oregon Charles Golden, a farmer of La Grande, aged 55 years, who was attending the Grand Lodge of Oddfellows in this city, died suddenly early Wednesday morning at the home of J. W. Looney, on North G street, of neuralgia of the heart. Mr. Golden was taken ill at the meeting held in Burns’ hall and was conveyed to the Looney residence in an auto. He was put to bed and was able to sleep for about 10 minutes, when there was a recurrence of severe pain, and he died at 1:20 a.m. He had been subject to slight attacks of neuralgia. A Hillsboro physician and Dr. Williams of this city attended him. Mr. Golden was also a delegate to the convention. A brother of the deceased arrived from Portland Wednesday noon and a daughter, Zoa, was dispatched for at Corvallis, where she is attending O. A. C. The start homeward to La Grande was made on Thursday, where the funeral and burial will be held. McMinnville Telephone Register Friday, May 22, 1914 Front...

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Lockett, James H. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon James (Jim) H. Lockett, 78, of McMinnville and formerly of La Grande, died Oct. 26 at the Willamette Valley Medical Center in McMinnville. There will be an 11 a.m. memorial service today at the First Baptist Church in McMinnville with Pastor Kent Harrop officiating. A private family burial will be at the Enterprise Cemetery. Mr. Lockett was born in La Grande June 16, 1928, to Arden Carmen and Gwendolyn Bell Lockett. He spent the first six years of his life in Kamela. He finished grade school in La Grande, attended high school in Athena and graduated from Eastern Oregon College in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree in education. He went on to complete a master’s degree at OSU. While at EOC, he met Reita Murrey, and on Aug. 5, 1950, they married in Enterprise. They made their home in McMinnville, where he was an elementary school principal for 31 years and taught for five years. He was a trustee on the OEA Board during his teaching career and retired in 1986. He published two books, one in 1995 and one in 2005, both collections of his columns on the history of Yamhill County. He was active in Kiwanis and volunteered at the Evergreen Aviation Museum and for the Red Cross. His hobbies included researching his family genealogy, studying Oregon geology, flying, making stained glass, gardening, painting,...

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Croucher, Norman W., Sr. – Obituary

Elgin, Oregon Norman W. Croucher Sr. Formerly of Elgin A memorial service for Norman W. Croucher Sr., 74, formerly of Elgin, is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Elgin Christian Church, 1335 Division St. A finger-food potluck will follow the service. Mr. Croucher, of McMinnville and formerly of Elgin, died Jan. 19. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending March 17,...

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Turner, Laurie Dolores – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Laurie Dolores Turner, 65, of Redmond and formerly of La Grande, died July 26. A celebration of life will begin at 1 p.m. Friday at her home. Laurie was born April 26, 1942, to Stanley and Jeanette Brown Mann in McMinnville. She married Darrell G. Turner on Jan. 23, 1961, in Boise. She worked as a sales assistant to her husband at Western Wear and later for The Spotted Mule in Bend. They lived in La Grande for a while, where their son graduated from high school. She enjoyed being with her family, dancing and her cat, Tygh. Survivors include her husband, Darrell G. Turner; children, Monte Turner of Redmond and Shelley Bolyard of Twin Falls; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister. Memorial contributions may be made to Airlife of Oregon, 2500 N.E. Neff Road, Bend 97701. Deschutes Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. La Grande Observer, Obituaries For The Week Ending August 4, 2007 – Published August 4, 2007 Submitted by: Dixie...

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Smith, Robin Joyce – Obituary

Cove, Oregon Robin Joyce Smith, 64, a third-generation resident of Cove, died Nov. 11 at her home. A memorial service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Union United Methodist Church. Private burial was held at the Cove Cemetery. Robin was born on Oct. 16, 1943, to Jay M. and Guyene J. (Fuller) Martin in McMinnville. She graduated from Cove High School with the Class of 1961 and in 1962 graduated from Yakima Business College. On May 24, 1968, she married Stephen B. Smith in Cove. Over the years she worked for the Yakima Potato Commission, La Grande First National Bank, as secretary of the Cove School and as a kindergarten teacher in Cove. She homeschooled her grandchildren for nine years. Survivors include her husband, Stephen of Cove; children, Shannon Smith of Big Sky, Mont., Heidi Kast of Pendleton and Dustin Smith of Cove; and six grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to GRH Hospice or the Union Methodist Church. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center is in charge of arrangements. La Grande Observer – Obituaries for the week ending November 17, 2007 – Published: November 17,...

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Crimmins, Deltah M. – Obituary

Elgin, Oregon Deltah M. Crimmins, 89, of McMinnville and formerly of Elgin, died Jan. 6 at Oakwood Country Place. Visitation will run from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Chapel of Macy and Son, 135 N. Evans St., in McMinnville. Graveside service begins at 2 p.m. Saturday at McBride Cemetery with Rev. Kent Savage officiating. Burial will be at McBride Cemetery in Carlton. Deltah was born Dec. 13, 1918, to Eldon and Gladys McClune Hartley in Elgin. She was raised and went to school in Elgin. She moved to McMinnville in 1941 and married Darrell Crimmins on July 8, 1945. During World War II, she worked for the post office in McMinnville. She also worked for Oregon Mutual Insurance, General Hospital and McMinnville Hospital, Montgomery Ward, JC Penney, Scott’s Funeral Home, Miller’s Department Store and Mode-O-Day Women’s Apparel. She was a life member of the VFW, president of the VFW Auxiliary for seven years and a district VFW Auxiliary president. She was a life member of the American Legion Auxiliary and a past member of the Braids and Braves square dancing club and Trail Dusters RV Club. She enjoyed quilting, oil painting, traveling, games, playing the organ and piano and family get-togethers. Survivors include daughters Darla Gregory of McMinnville and Maris Crimmins of Salem; sister, Adell Hodney of Eugene; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren....

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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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Smith, Thomas – Obituary

Elgin, Oregon Aug. 9 — Thomas Smith, memorial service, 1 p.m., United Methodist Church, Elgin The Observer – August 4, 2008 ___________________________________ Thomas Ira Smith, 93, of McMinnville and formerly of Elgin, died July 10 in McMinnville. Memorial services will begin at 1 p.m. Aug. 9 at the United Methodist Church at Fifth and Birch Street in Elgin. Autumn Crematorium in Tigard was in charge of arrangements. Tom was born Sept. 22, 1914, to Ira Arthur and Henrietta Esther (Cruikshank) Smith in Gridley, Calif. The family soon moved to Elgin where Tom graduated from Elgin High School in 1932. Joining the Navy in November 1941, Tom served on a destroyer in the Pacific Ocean for the next four years. Tom reached the rate of chief petty officer before being discharged in November 1945. While on leave, he and Orlena Belle Roberts married in La Grande on March 17, 1945. They moved to San Diego for the balance of Tom’s enlistment. The couple moved to Pendleton, living there from 1945 to 1956. They moved their family to Halfway until 1960. Eventually settling in Ontario, they raised four children while running the family electrical business. Tom enjoyed hunting, camping and spending time with his wife and children in the outdoors. He learned to fly small aircraft. He and Orlena would fly back and forth visiting their children while they attended colleges...

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Bean, Robert Sharp, Judge – Obituary

Judge Robert Sharp Bean of the federal court for the District of Oregon, nationally known for his judicial mind died suddenly of a heart attack at 6:30 o’clock this morning [January 7, 1931] at his home, 1620 Briar Place. He was 76. Shock of the death was doubly felt in that it was so unexpected. According to a member of the family, Judge Bean, on retiring last night, was as well as he had ever been. He retired about 11 o’clock, Mrs. Bean said. Shortly before 6 a.m. today he arose complaining of a slight stomach ailment. He was somewhat nauseated and suffered a light heart attack. He returned to bed, and at 6:30 a second attack came. Death was instantaneous. He had been dead for some minutes when the family physician arrived. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m., Friday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 19th and Everett streets, with interment at Riverview Cemetery. Arrangements are in charge of Finleys. Word was sent immediately to the judge’s oldest son, Condon, of Seattle, who flew south to Portland. Besides this son, Judge Bean is survived by other boys, Ormand and Robert, both of Portland; his widow, Ina C. Bean; a sister, Mrs. W. W. Pope of Ventura, Cal. and two brothers, James R. Bean of Oswego, and Chester O. Bean of Raymond, Wash. One son, Dr. Harold Bean, Portland diagnostician...

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Maxwell, William J. (Billy) – Obituary

Services will be Friday, February 13, 10:30 a.m. at Macy and Son in McMinnville for William J. (Billy) Maxwell, 73, who died of a heart attack Monday, Feb. 9. The Rev. Bernard Turner will preside at service, which will be followed by private interment at Evergreen Memorial Park. Maxwell was born July 22, 1902 at Haines, Oregon the son of J.O. and Nancy Ann Maxwell. He grew up on a farm in the Muddy Creek area and graduated from Muddy Creek high school. He entered Linfield College in McMinnville, and after his graduation in 1924, he started a long teaching-administrative career at McMinnville high school. Maxwell started teaching math and in 1939 became principal, a position he held 17 years until 1946. In 1941 Maxwell served as a farm labor assistant for the federal government. He was one of the first to organize work platoons for farm harvest and at one time had 2,900 worker’s organized and working under this system. He left the school district in 1946 to become office manager and personnel director for Alderman Farms outside Dayton, and held that position until 1964. Four years later, Maxwell was elected Yamhill County assessor, a position he held for four years. Maxwell served continuously on the Linfield College board of trustees since 1929, and was an emeritus member at time of his death. He was an active fund...

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