Location: Medical Springs Oregon

Biography of John F. Sutherland

JOHN F. SUTHERLAND. – The apable and inteligent gentleman whose name is at the head of this article is granted space for an epitome of his life’s career in this volume since he has long been a resident of this county and has displayed while here commendable integrity, coupled with excellent ability, and has wrought faithfully in all the undertakings that have come to his hand. 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 In Franklin county, Arkansas, on June 20, 1868, John F. was born to James M. and Sarah (Woods) Sutherland. The father served as a scout for the Union army in Arkansas during the war of the Rebelion. In 1872 the family came across the plains to the Grande Ronde valley using ox teams for the conveyancing purposes. Twenty wagons formed the train and while some trouble was experienced with the Indians no one of the immigrants was killed. Seven months were consumed on journey, and when here the father entered land near Summerville. In...

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Conklin, Eugene – Obituary

UNION (Special) – Eugene B. Conklin died in a Portland hospital Tuesday evening following a heart attack. He had taken the exhibits, from Malheur county to the Pacific International and became ill about a week before his passing away. He was a prominent man in Eastern Oregon where he always was very active in public affairs. He was born in Ohio in 1865 and came to Oregon in 1888. He taught school at Medical Springs and Cove and in 1894 came to Union where he taught for five years. From here he went to Pendleton for seven years of teaching followed by seven years as superintendent of the schools at Ontario. For some time he was in the farming game but during the war he taught a couple of years at Nyssa. Since that time he has been in the insurance business and made frequent trips to this section. Besides his widow he is survived by four children – Mrs. Jean Young, of North Carolina; Donald, of Los Angeles; Roscoe, of Ontario; and Mrs. Mildred Fryer, of McMinnville. Three brothers also survive him; Loten, of Grants Pass; Donald, of Ontario; and Roy, of Union. Funeral services will take place at Ontario Saturday. La Grande Evening Observer Thursday, November 2, 1933 Page 6 Contributed by: Tom...

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Cox, Sim – Obituary

Medical Springs, Union County, Oregon Sim Cox, for 20 years a resident of this vicinity, died Monday night near Medical Springs following a heart attack to which he had been subject for many years. Mr. Cox had visited at the Louis Flake home Friday evening and was apparently in good health but Saturday morning he complained of feeling ill and never left the bed. His body was taken to Union to await word from relatives in the east. The deceased is survived by his widow. Oregon Trail Weekly North Powder News Saturday, March 3,...

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Draper, Noah – Obituary

Noah Draper, 77, died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Pat Powers at Medical Springs Monday morning March 14. Mr. Draper was born near London, England May 1, 1850, and came to this country when a young man. He lived many years in and around Chicago and had a family of four children, but drifted away from them thirty years ago and was never able to locate them. For the past ten years he has made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Powers. The funeral was held at Cock Bros. Chapel Tuesday March 15, at 1 o’clock p.m., services by Rev, R. C. Lee, of the Methodist Church. Interment in the Union cemetery. 1927 newspaper item Contributed by: Larry Rader Noah Draper DeadNoah Draper, 77, died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Pat Powers at Medical Springs Monday morning March 14. Mr. Draper was born near London, England May 1, 1850 and came to this country when a young man. He lived many years in and around Chicago and had a family of four children, but drifted away from them thirty years ago and was never able to locate them. For the past ten years he has made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Powers. North Powder News Saturday, March 19,...

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Hoskinson, Ed – Obituary

Ed Hoskinson Leaves Note Indicating Suicide The mystery surrounding the death of Ed Hoskinson, middle-aged trapper and dam keeper, was cleared up when a group of men from Medical Springs visited the lonely cabin, eight miles from Medical springs, on Catherine Creek, where they found the body and a note, giving the date of the suicide and saying “good-bye to all.” The note explained that he had been ill since January 18 and was dated February 20. At the end of the short note he asked that his body be taken to Baker for burial. Coroner F.L. Ralston decided that no inquest was necessary. According to the coroner Hoskinson shot himself on February 20, with a 30-30 rifle the bullet entering the head at the right lower jaw, blowing the entire right side of his head off. Friend of the dead man say he was sick when he left Medical Springs to go to his cabin, and they urged him not to go at the time. The dead man was about 60 years old, left no relatives so far as known. He left some property in Baker, it is said. On account of the bad weather and almost impassable roads, from la Grande to the cabin, the body was taken on a sled, and the men making the trip were compelled to wear snow-shoes. North Powder News Saturday, March...

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Kennedy, Hazel – Obituary

Medical Springs, Dec. 12 – The funeral of Hazel Kennedy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Kennedy, was held here at 12:30 o’clock this afternoon, Rev. Ward MacHenry conducting the services. Burial was at the Park cemetery here. The girl, aged 13, was ill but a few days, diabetes causing her death Thursday evening at 6 o’clock. She waas out playing last Sunday and became ill Monday. She rapidly grew worse but until just before the end there was little suspicion of the gravity of her condition. She was the daughter of Elmer Kennedy, a prominent farmer of this place. Newspaper Article – 1914 Contributed by: Larry...

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Lay, Louise Irene – Obituary

Union, Oregon Lois Irene Lay, 92, of Boise and formerly of Union, died Sunday in Boise. The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Ginger Creek LDS ward 11918 W. Ustick Road in Boise. Viewing will be from 9 to 9:45 a.m. before the service. A graveside service will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Union Cemetery. Mrs. Lay was born June 14, 1914, to Charlie Lewis Deardorff and Minnie Meyer in Baker City. She graduated from Baker High School, and married Guild Duel Lay April 1, 1938. They lived on a ranch near Medical Springs until selling the ranch and moving to Union in the early 1970s. After open-heart surgery on her 87th birthday she moved to Boise to live with her son. She joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Oct. 16, 1969. She received her temple endowments on July 6, 1982, in the Seattle temple. Survivors include her sons Denzel of Chicago and Charles Hindman and his wife Jeanette of Boise; seven grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and other relatives. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending July 22, 2006 – Published: July 27,...

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Burford, Paula Errolo – Obituary

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,...

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Tucori, Peter Joseph – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Peter Joseph Tucori II, 59, of Portland and formerly of La Grande, died July 24 at the Veterans Hospital in Portland after a long battle with cancer. At his request there was no service. Mr. Tucori was born June 4, 1947, to Peter Sr. and Frances Tucori in Baker. His first home was a log cabin in Medical Springs, where his father worked at the Pondosa mill. He graduated from La Grande High School in 1964. He then served in the Navy for four years during the Vietnam War. He moved to Portland where he went to barber school. He and his brother, Frank, opened a couple of barber shops in Lake Oswego. They worked together styling hair for many years. Mr. Tucori met the love of his life, Eileen Seabold, who was also in the hair business. They spent the last 15 years together sharing life’s good times and bad. He is survived by Eileen; his brother, Frank Tucori of La Grande; and a nephew, Travis Tucori. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending Aug. 12, 2006, Published: August 14,...

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Hefner, John C. – Obituary

John C. “Jake” Hefner, 69, of Union, died Sept. 12 at the Grande Ronde Hospital. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Private burial will follow at Union Cemetery. Jake was born on Dec. 23, 1937, the son of Howard and Wilma (Starnes) Hefner in Hickory, N.C. The family moved to Oregon when he was 12. He attended schools in Pilot Rock. On Jan. 4, 1969, he married Dianne Bartsch in Pendleton. They ranched at Medical Springs until 1976 when they moved to Union. Jake loved the Grande Ronde Valley and its four seasons. He was a very active member of the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show, was president in 1992-93 and was supervisor of the race track. He was also a member of the Cattleman’s Association. He earned the title of Cattleman of the Year in 1998. Those who knew him say he was great with older people and enjoyed coffee time with his buddies. He loved the outdoors, hunting, horses and sitting on his patio watching the world around him. He could often be found riding his four-wheeler down the road with his dog, Bingo. Survivors include his wife, Dianne of Union; children, Kathy and Kelly McDowell of La Grande, John and JoAnn Hefner of Union, Jeff McClaskey of Touchet, Wash., and Wendy and Rob Langford of Union; sisters,...

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Pope, Evaline Emele – Obituary

Funeral services for Evaline Emele Pope, 86, 2619 Auburn St., who died at St Elizabeth Hospital Tuesday morning following a short illness, will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. at the Beatty Chapel. The Rev. Kenneth Grafham will officiate with interment in following at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Mrs. Pope, daughter of Baker County Pioneers David and Betty Emele, was born at Medical Springs on Aug. 31, 1877. Mrs. Pope, a county resident all her life, was preceded in death by her husband, William A. Pope, in 1940 and by her three sisters and two brothers. She was a member of the Baptist Church. She is survived by four stepdaughters and several nieces and nephews. Baker Democrat Herald – – Dec. 18,...

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Foye, Vivian Jeannette Jory Mrs. – Obituary

Medical Springs, Baker County, Oregon Vivian Jeannette Foye, 93, a resident of the Evergreen Health Home in La Grande died Oct. 3, 2005. Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Oct. 15, 2005, at her home at Medical Springs, 50551 Big Creek Road. Vivian was born on Aug. 21, 1912, at Union to Ben H. and Mildred Schoenauer Jory. Her early years were spent mostly in Eastern Oregon. She attended schools at Mission, Umatilla and Hermiston and was a 1931 Union High School graduate. She married Nesden Wright Foye on Aug. 9, 1935. Except for a short time spent at Oakland, Calif., during the Depression, she spent the rest of her life at Medical Springs. Vivian and Ned operated the Ox Bow Guest Ranch in the 1940s. At that time the Medical Springs Highway was being paved and they cooked for the road crew. During the 1950s, they owned and operated the store at Medical Springs. Vivian served as postmaster there for 28 years, retiring in the fall of 1978. She was a member of the National Auxiliary of Postmasters and a member of the Sons and Daughters of Oregon Pioneers. Her Jory ancestors came to Oregon in one of the wagon trains of 1847. Cooking, gardening and photography were some of her lifelong pursuits. The mountains and wildlife were always a source of pleasure to her. She...

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Emele, Elmer A. Obit

Elmer Emele Of Baker Succumbs Former Farmer Employed By City for Last 16 Years. Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Elmer A. Emele of Baker died yesterday afternoon at his home on tenth Street after a long illness. Born October 24, 1889, in Rosendale, Missouri, Mr. Emele crossed the plains with his parents when was but four years of age. The family camped here in September 17, 1873 and later moved to Big Creek, which is now known as Medical Springs. Mr. Emele purchased the Ross homestead in that region and lived there much of his early life, engaging in farming and stock-raising. He and Miss Elsie Sams were married June 22, 1894. they moved to Baker in 1906. Mr. Emele had been employed in the city street department here for the last 16 years. Mr. Emele is survived by his widow; three daughters, Nell Emele of Portland, Barbara Emile of Salem, Mrs. Mike O’Donnell of Baker; four sons, Alfred of Portland, and Harry, Vernon and Donald of Baker; two sisters, Mrs. William Pope and Mrs. Matt Dean; one brother, Ben Emele of Haines, and six grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 in the Baker Funeral Home with Rev. J. T. Croot officiating. Interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery. Baker Democrat Herald – – August 31,...

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