Location: Monroe Oregon

Wright, Marinda Jane – Obituary

Marinda Wright, One of Oregon’s First-Born, Dies Mrs. Marinda Jane Wright, 97, of lower Cove, one of the oldest native born Oregonians in the state and a resident of Union county for 73 years, died Saturday in a LaGrande hospital after a long illness. Mrs. Wright was born in 1850 near Monroe, Ore., and moved to Union County when she was 24 years old in 1874. She was a member of the Christian Church. Surviving are four sons, George W. Wright of Troy, Ida., L. F. Wright of LaGrande, Willis Wright of Beaverton, Ore., and Willie Wright of lower Cove, and two daughters Mrs. Mary Renfrow of Forest Grove Ore., and Mrs. M. E. Green of Bend. She is also survived by several great grandchildren. Funeral service will be conducted by Reverend Gene Robinson of the Snodgrass funeral home tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. and interment will be at lower Cove cemetery. Monday, July 21, 1947 LaGrande Observer (front page) EOU microfilm Contributed by: The...

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Hought, Clair Alvin – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Clair Alvin Hought, 92, of La Grande died June 21 at OHSU Hospital in Portland. Viewing will be tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St. A celebration of life will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday June 24 at Zion Lutheran Church, 902 Fourth St. Mr. Hought was born Oct. 26, 1913, to James Edward and Sophie Ottelia Jacobson Hought in Noonan, N.D. The family farmed and had a coal mine. On Aug. 31, 1935, he married Helen Marie Kloster in Noonan. In October of that year the entire family moved to Monroe. The couple later lived in Portland where he worked for Kellers’ Bakery. In 1951 they moved to La Grande where they opened Hought’s 24 Flavors ice cream shop. The shop was closed in 1985. He was a member of Zion Lutheran church and enjoyed people, playing pinochle, traveling and gardening. Survivors include children and their spouses, James Hought of Vancouver, Wash., and Charlotte and Gary McCoy of Wallowa Lake; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. His wife, and siblings, Eber, Lonnie, Glenn and Homer Hought, Neva Healey, Edna Rossow, Delphane George, Helen Ann Engle and Effie Fox, all died earlier. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending June...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Martha Burnett

MRS. MARTHA BURNETT.- The subject of this biography was born September 28, 1838, in Franklin county, Missouri, and is the fourth child and oldest daughter of Roland and Elizabeth Hinton. Her parents emigrated to Oregon in 1846, and located their Donation claim in the southern part of Benton county, near Monroe. In her twenty-first year, 1859, she was married, on June 12th, to Honorable John Burnett. They took up their residence in Corvallis, where Judge Burnett entered into the practice of law, and prospered in the practice of his profession. There is a vast difference in the Oregon of 1846 and the Oregon of 1889; and Mrs. Burnett has experienced all the rigors of pioneer life from the time she was a child of tender age until the march of civilization westward took its way. She is now in her fifty-first year, and is surrounded by her family of fine children, and all the comforts which a beautiful home with peace and prosperity can give. She has reached the palm trees and wells of sweet water after a brave and uncomplaining journey through the arid sands of the desert. She has been blessed with seven children, five of whom are living. They are Alice, Ida, Mattie, Brady and...

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Biography of John B. Ferguson

JOHN B. FERGUSON. – This now venerable pioneer, one of the large-landholders of Lane county, was born in Richland county, Ohio, June 29, 1825. As an infant he accompanied his parents in 1842 to Hudson county, Illinois, and in 1842 went with them still further westward to Missouri, where they died in 1844 and 1845 respectively. In 1846 he was married to Miss Mary Waldrip, whose father, Wyatt Waldrip, had come from Kentucky to Illinois, and had died there in 1844, after which his family came to Missouri. Not many months after his marriage, Mr. Ferguson prepared to cross the plains to Oregon, and in 1847 performed the hazardous and toilsome journey. He was in the company of Captain Bonnsem, which left the Missouri river May 12th, and reached The Dalles about October 1st. Getting his family and stock down the Columbia river amid the usual hardships and perils, he went out to the Tualatin Plains in search of a home, and there spent the winter. Continuing the next season on a tour of inspection up the Willamette valley, he was attracted by the manifest fertility of the Long Tom country to make there his choice of land, becoming one of the best-known and most influential citizens of that portion of the Willamette valley. In 1849 he went to the gold mines of California, operating on the Feather river,...

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Talbott, Lester Elvin – Obituary

Lester Elvin Talbott, 94, of Junction City, and a former Baker City resident, died March 22, 2002. His funeral will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Murphy-Musgrove Funeral Chapel in Junction City. Visitations will be Tuesday from noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral chapel. Burial will be at Alford Cemetery. Mr. Talbott was born Dec. 23, 1907, at Tillamook to Francis and Franky (Farley) Talbott. He graduated from high school in Tillamook. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in Europe during World War II. After the war he worked as a farmer and mill worker, retiring from the Hall-Oakes Lumber Co. in Bellfountain. He lived in San Diego and Baker City for a time, but spent most of his life in Monroe. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and collecting guns. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mr. Talbott is survived by his children, Lee Talbott of Noti, and Joyce Torrence; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Patrick Talbott. Contributions in Mr. Talbott’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Murphy-Musgrove Funeral Chapel. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, March 29, 2002 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Biography of Charles B. Bellinger

Judge Bellinger was born in Maquon, Knox County, Illinois, November 21, 1839, and at the age of eight years came to Oregon with his parents and grandparents. After receiving the advantages of a common school education, supplemented with some two years at the Willamette University, he began to read law at Salem, in the office of B. F. Bonham; at present United States Consul. at Calcutta, and was admitted to the bar at the September term of the Supreme Court, in 1863. He immediately thereafter engaged in the practice of law at Salem in partnership with J. C. Cartwright, since United States District Attorney and Commissioner of Internal Revenue for Oregon; but now deceased. The firm rapidly acquired a good business, but unable to resist the allurement of politics, Mr. Bellinger gave up the law business to become the editor of a new Democratic paper, The Arena, which had been founded by Gen. John F. Miller, Hon. Joseph S. Smith and other prominent democrats. It was a time when what was known as the “Oregon Style” was in fashion. The paper was like its contemporaries, bitterly partisan and personal in its treatment of subjects and men under discussion. It was impetuous, unsparing, and as is always the case when controversy is carried on under like conditions, often most unjust in its treatment of those of the opposition. Mr. Bellinger’s...

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