Medical Springs Pioneer Passes Christian Olson, 77, for 40 years a resident of the Medical Springs district, died at his home six miles north of that town Monday afternoon, the body was brought here. Funeral services were held at the West chapel at 2 p.m. Wednesday, interment was in the Mount Hope cemetery. Mr. Olson was born in Norway, March 2, 1850. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Engeburg Olson, three daughters, Mrs. Solphia Phillips, Medical Springs; Elma Hickerson, Baker; Mrs. Christine Olson, Baker; Mrs. Emma Miles, Portland; two sons, Alfred and Chas. Olson of Baker. – Baker Herald. Oregon Trail Weekly North Powder News Saturday, September 24,...Read More
Location: Medical Springs Oregon
Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Mrs. Elsie C. Emele, 82, 220 Bridge Street, died early Wednesday morning in the St. Elizabeth Hospital after a long illness. Services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in the Beatty Chapel with the Rev. Robert Oestreich officiating and burial will follow in the family plot in Mt. Hope Cemetery. The daughter of J. B. and Anna Keiser Sams, she was born Dec. 26, 1877, at Medical Springs. She married Elmer A. Emele in Baker June 2, 1894. They lived several years at Medical Springs then moved to a ranch on Lower Power. She had lived in Baker for more than 50 years. Mr. Emele died in 1939. Her affiliations included the Lutheran Church and Royal Neighbors of America. Survivors include three sons, Alfred Emele, Portland, Harry and Donald Emele, Baker; three daughters, Nelly Emele, Portland, Barbara Emele, Salem, and Mrs.Dorothy Boyer, Telluride, Colo.; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildrn. Baker Democrat Herald – – October 6,...Read More
Leslie Vern Duncan, 90, 1350 10th St. who ranched and farmed in the Medical Springs and Ebell Creek areas, died Friday, May 8, 1987, at St. Elizabeth Hospital. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. The Rev. Greg Eicher of the United Methodist Church will officiate. Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery. Mr. Duncan was born March 12, 1897 at Medical Springs to Richard and Julia Ann Gobel Duncan. He married Blanche Ramsey in Weiser, Idaho, on March 11, 1941. He attended school in Medical Springs and was a member of the Baker United Methodist Church. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Survivors include his wife, Blanche, of Baker; three children, Doris Driskell of La Grande, Ferne Mammen of Salinas, Calif., Janis Chinn of Galeta, Calif.; 13 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and a great-great- grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family suggest memorial contributions to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children through Gray’s West and Co. Pioneer...Read More
Roscoe E. “Roc” Duncan, 72, 2039 Cherry St., a longtime Keating area rancher, died Saturday, Jan. 25, 1986, at St. Elizabeth Community Hospital. His Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Grays’ West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Monsignor Charles t. Grant of St. Francis Cathedral will officiate. Private interment will follow at Big Creek Cemetery near Medical Springs. Mr. Duncan was born on Sept. 9, 1913, at lower Powder Valley to W. H. “Win” and Emma Holt Duncan. He attended Medical Springs and Baker schools. He married Ruth H. Hermsen in Baker on Sept, 23, 1937. He was a life member of the Baker Elk Lodge, and past Master of the Medical Springs Grange. He was the past Chairman of the Keating Soil conservation District. He was a 4-H Leader for many years and was past a past Junior Show Chairman. He also was an honorary member of the baker Chapter of Future Farmers of America. Survivors include his wife, Ruth of Baker; a son, Roscoe Eugene “Gene” Duncan Jr. of Baker; two daughters, Emmy Bellows of Ontario and Sister Kay Marie Duncan of Portland; a sister, Mildred Williams of Portland; an uncle, Leslie Duncan of Baker; 11 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and eight nieces and nephews. The family suggest memorial contributions to the Oregon Lung Association through Grays’ West & Co. Pioneer Chapel. Baker Democrat...Read More
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
Muddy Creek, Baker County, Oregon B. D. Emele Dies at Farm Home Position in Haines Commercial Company Filled for 29 Years Benjamin David Emele died Sunday night at his farm home in Muddy Creek after a long illness. Born February 25, 1881 at Medical Springs, Mr. Emele accepted employment with the Basche- Sage Hardware Company as a traveling salesman after finishing school and business college here. He resigned five years later to become connected with the Haines Commercial Company, where hw worked for 29 years. He resigned a year and a half ago because of ill health. He was a member of the Methodist Church. Mr. Emele is survived by his widow; a daughter, Betty; two sisters, Mrs. Stella Dean and Mrs. Eva Pope of Baker, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 in West’s Chapel with Rev. E. Polhemus of the Haines Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Baker Democrat – – February, 3,...Read More
Nesden Wright “Ned” Foye, 87, of Medical Springs died March 28, 1993, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center. His Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Gray’s West & Co., Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Jerrold Baxter will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co. Baker City Herald – – March 30,...Read More
Gilbert Elliott, 79, a life long Baker County resident died Thursday, Sept. 4, 1997 at St. Elizabeth Health Services. Funeral services for Mr. Elliott were held Monday, September 8 at 10:00 a.m. in the Coles-Stommer-Monroe Funeral Home. Private interment followed at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Mr. Elliott was born October 23, 1917 near Medical Springs, a son of Frank G. and Verde (Harris) Elliott. He attended Washington School in the Medical Springs area and several years in Baker City. He married Daisy Long in Weiser, Idaho November 19, 1939. He had spent all of his life in the Baker County area. He worked in the logging industry and with his wife bought a farm on Bulger Flat near Muddy Creek, also worked at Anthony Lakes Ski area and sold the farm moving to Baker City. Mr. Elliott took pride in how he looked and was a man of good character. He is survived by sister-in-law Irene Elliott of Hermiston, Oregon; three nieces and one nephew also numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, a infant son, brother and his parents. Those wishing to make memorial contributions in his memory, may direct them to a charity of one’s choice, this may be done through the Coles-Stommer-Monroe Funeral Home. The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, September, 1997 Contributed by: Belva...Read More
Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Myrtle Yvonna Lay, 91, died Aug. 22, 2005, at Medford Rehabilitation and Health Center in Medford. A graveside service will be held for Mrs. Lay at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Mountain View Cemetery in Ashland. The Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home in Ashland will handle the arrangements. Chaplain Paul Hagedorn of the Providence Hospital Hospice Care Unit will officiate. Myrtle was born April 19, 1914, to Guy and Jane Inman, whose parents were early immigrants to Eastern Oregon from the Midwest. She spent most of her childhood in or near Baker City and was a graduate of Baker High School. On Christmas Eve of 1933, Myrtle married Deshler (Dash) Lay, who lived on his parents’ farm near Medical Springs. After a few years of farming in Union and Baker counties, the couple moved to Haines, where Dash was employed by the Haines Commercial Equipment Company. In 1956, Myrtle and Dash moved to Baker, where he worked for Levinger’s Rexall Drug Store. Myrtle worked a couple of years as a cook for the Haines Grade School, but for the most part her occupation in life was that of a very competent and caring housewife and mother. In September of 2002, Myrtle and Dash moved from Baker City to Medford to be near their son and his wife, who are long-time Ashland residents. They...Read More
Keating, Baker County, Oregon John J. Colton Jr., 90, a longtime Baker County resident, died July 31, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. The rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Monday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Cathedral. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a luncheon afterward at the parish hall. Visitations will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. John was born the third of 15 children on Dec. 21, 1914. He attended grade school at the Washington School (Medical Springs Grange) and high school at St. Francis Academy, graduating from Baker High School. After graduation he herded sheep for the family ranch as well as working at the Pondosa sawmill. He married Anna Hope Harris on July 15, 1936. They were married for 53 years before her death in 1989. After their marriage, they herded sheep in the mountains of Baker and Union counties and began their family. During World War II, the family moved to Vancouver, Wash., where John worked as a welder in the shipyards. The sheep called him home before the end of the war and the family returned to Baker County where they lived and worked on the family ranch in...Read More
Medical Springs, Baker County, Oregon Olive D. Bieber, 82, of Port Angeles, Wash., a former resident of the Medical Springs-Pondosa area, died Sept. 7, 2005, at the Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, Wash. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Mrs. Bieber was born on Sept. 7, 1923, at Montpelier, Idaho, to William and Daisy Grunig. She attended Union High School. She was a farmer’s wife and worked as a school bus driver, a bookkeeper for Tide Water Oil at Mossyrock, Wash., and retired after working for 25 years as a clerk at Johnson & Bork Paint Store at Port Angles, Wash. She was a 45-year member of the Elks Lodge and was a member of the Medical Springs Grange, the Home Economics Club and 4-H. She enjoyed gardening with her yard and flowers, reading, crossword puzzles, taking cruises and trips with her husband and loving her family. She was cared for by her husband and granddaughter, DeAnna, for the past five years. “Olive was a very special little lady and she will live in our hearts forever as we were all in hers,” her family said. Survivors include her husband, Orman W. Bieber of Port Angeles, Wash.; her son, James W. Bieber of Montana; her daughter, Sandra L. Cross of Seattle, Wash.; four granddaughters; a sister-in-law, Eloise Colton of Baker City; and...Read More
Urdel LaMar “Sam” Lay, a long-time resident of Baker City, passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2005, at the St. Elizabeth Care Center, at the age of 79. Visitation was held on Monday, June 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gray’s West & Co. Funeral services were held on Monday, June 13, 1 p.m. at Gray’s West & Company Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., followed by a vault interment at Mount Hope Cemetery. Orrin Lay officiated and Bishop Jeffery Daniels conducted. Military Auspices were by the United States National Guard. Friends were invited to join the family for a luncheon at the LDS Church following the services. Known to family and friends all his life as “Sam,” he was born Aug. 10, 1925, in Union County, Ore., to Urdel Wondel Lay and Mildred Ione Wanker, and grew up on the family ranch in Medical Springs, Ore., the oldest of seven children. His ancestry includes Mayflower pilgrims and Mormon pioneers. Although he officially graduated from Union High School in May of 1944 as class valedictorian, Sam and several of his classmates finished high school in December of 1943 to answer draft calls from the Army. While others were graduating with cap and gown in May, Sam was completing training as a mobile radio operator in the second signal company, second infantry division, and headed for Patton’s army in Europe....Read More
Baker City, Oregon Robert E. “Bobby” Scarbrough, 79, died March 25, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. His graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Mount Hope Cemetery. The Rev. Robert C. Irwin of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral will officiate. Vault interment will be after the service. Military rites will be accorded by Co. A 3/116th Cavalry Oregon Army National Guard. Everyone is invited to a luncheon at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral Parish Hall, First and Church streets, after the service. Visitations will be until 7 o’clock tonight at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Bobby was born on Feb. 5, 1925, at Union to Roy C. and Maude Harmon Scarbrough. After his mother’s early death, he was cared for by aunts and uncles living at La Grande, Union and Medical Springs. He attended schools at Baker, Pondosa and Union. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943, to serve the country he loved. He served in Hawaii, New Guinea, the Philippine Islands and Japan. His decorations included a Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal, sharpshooters, combat infantry badge and a good conduct medal. He married Reva Helman in 1948, and worked as a log truck driver and diesel mechanic for Collins Lumber Co. at Pondosa. In 1958 he moved to Baker City and in 1962 he became a partner in S&W Repair. He retired...Read More
Medical Springs, Oregon Hazel Schetky, 95, of Baker City died Feb. 23, 2004, at her home on the Medical Springs Highway. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. The Rev. Rob Irwin will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at the St. Francis de Sales Parish Hall. Her urn will be buried later next to her husband at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. The daughter of Henry and Emma Marlette, Hazel was born on Feb. 10, 1909, at Los Angeles. After attending UCLA, Hazel held a position as an insurance underwriter in Los Angeles and dedicated herself to raising her children, Elizabeth and Tom. She retired in the early 1960s and fulfilled a lifelong dream by traveling to Africa. On the freighter to Africa she met Lionel Schetky and they spent several enjoyable days chatting. When they arrived in South Africa a clearly smitten Lionel informed her that he “would see her again,” but Hazel told friends and family that Lionel, while quite dashing, was a bit “too wild.” Hazel and Lionel were married in Johannesburg, South Africa, in April of 1963. She joined Lionel in Baker City and found ranch life much to her liking; they complemented each other and were married for the next 23 years. They spent many winters indulging their...Read More
Medical Springs, Oregon Ronald “Ron” Thomas, 70, passed away Monday, Feb. 24, 2003, at his home in Medical Springs. At Ron’s request, disposition will take place at Gray’s West Pioneer Crematory. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Ron was born on May 17, 1932, to Clinton M. and Lillie Houseman Thomas at Hebron, Neb. He grew up and graduated from high school at Watsonville, Calif. On May 17, 1953, Ron married Norma Kaufman. The couple had three children, Pamela, Linda and Jim. Ronald lived an adventurous life. He served in the U.S. Army, homesteaded in Alaska and fulfilled his dream of having a ranch. He also learned to make guitars and dobroes from his friend Pete Haynes. Ron loved playing music and singing, especially with his family. Ron belonged to the Blue Mountain Old Time Fiddlers, the Oregon Cattleman’s Association, Stewards of the Range, and was proud to be an National Rifle Association member. He was a hard-working man who would always take time to help his friends and neighbors. We will all miss his humor and wit. Mostly, we will miss him. Survivors include his wife of nearly 50 years, Norma Thomas; his daughters, Pamela Walker, and her husband, Bruce, Linda Mann and her husband, Michael; a son, Jim Thomas, and his wife, Jodi; grandchildren,...Read More
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