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Location: Montesano Washington

Biographical Sketch of I. L. Scammon

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Another Chehalis County pioneer is I. L. Scammon, who was born in Maine in 1822, came to California in 1849-50, making the voyage on the 63-ton schooner Little Traveler. In the autumn of 1850 he took passage for the Columbia River, which was passed by mistake, the vessel making Shoalwater bay. Making his way overland to the Columbia, he went to Salem, Oregon, and to the southern mines, but returning to Washington Territory took a donation claim on the Chehalis River, where the old town of Montesano, now known as Wynoochee, grew up about him. He married Miss Lorinda Hopkins in 1844, who rejoined him in Washington Territory in 1859. The first sermon preached in the region of Montesano was delivered by Rev. J. W. Goodell at Scammon’s house, and the second school in the county was on his place, in 1859. The children of this pioneer are: Harriet, married Edward Campbell. George, m. Clara Nye. Cornelia Jane, who died. Eva, who m. I. R. Edwards. Edith, who m. P. B. Briscoe. Elli, who m. Charles H. Finmet, County Surveyor. Norman, who accidentally shot himself when about 17 years of...

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Biography of Charles Biles

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Charles Biles was born in Warren County, Tennessee, in Aug. 1809, and reared on a farm in North Carolina, removing when 19 years old to Christian County, Kentucky. In 1832 he married, and in 1835 removed to Illinois, soon returning to Hopkins County, Kentucky, where he resided until 1853, when he emigrated to Washington Territory in company with his brother James, their families, and C. B. Baker, Elijah Baker, and William Downing, and their families, being a part of the first direct immigration to the territory, via the wagon road through the Nachess pass. Mr Biles settled upon Grand Mound Prairie in Thurston County, farming, and sometimes preaching as a minister of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He died Feb. 26, 1869, leaving two sons (one having died after emigrating) and two daughters, namely, David F., Charles N., Mrs M. Z. Goodell, and Mrs I. B. Ward. David F. Biles was born in Kentucky in 1833, coming with his parents to Washington Territory. In 1851 he took a claim in Thurston County, and in 1855 became a deputy U. S. Surveyor, but the Indian war coming on interrupted work, and he took to soldiering in defense of the settlements, resuming his surveying when peace was restored. From 1838 to 1862 he resided in Cosmopolis, Chehalis County, but...

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Hessemer, Eva R. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Eva R. Hessemer, 94, of Tacoma, died Mon., June 28, 1993. She was born in Union, OR. Her grandparents settled in Oregon’s Grande Ronde Valley after journeying from Independence, MO over the Oregon Trail. She resided in Montesano, WA until 1960 when she moved to Goleta, CA following her husband’s retirement. After his death, she made her home in Los Osos, CA where she lived until moving to Tacoma in 1991. Survivors include a daughter, Doris Brown, Tacoma; a son, Robert A. Hessemer, Jr., Green Valley, AZ; 2 brothers, Gerald Spencer, Los Osos and Fred Spencer, Fresno, CA; a sister, Cleo Spencer, Port Angeles; 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Private graveside services will be held in Goleta. Arrangements by Lynn Funeral Home. 227-2131. Tacoma New Tribune Wednesday, June 30, 1993 Page B-4 Contributed by: Tom...

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Spencer, Jess W. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Jess W. Spencer Funeral To Be Held at Union Jess W. Spencer, of Emmett, Ida., but formerly a business man at Union, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Eva Hess [Hessemer], Montesano, Wash., yesterday morning, it was learned here today. Funeral services for Mr. Spencer will be held at the Methodist church at Union Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Mr. Spencer was the son of pioneer, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Spencer, who came to this valley in the year 1863. Full details of his obituary were not available today. La Grande Evening Observer Saturday November 20, 1937 Page 3 Spencer Rites Held Monday At Union Church Grange Hall. Nov. 23 – (Special) – A large circle of friends and relatives were present for the funeral service held for W. J. Spencer at the Methodist Episcopal church in Union Monday afternoon. The services were held at 2 o’clock with Rev. Cecil G. Hannan, of the First Methodist Episcopal church of La Grande, officiating. Burial was in the Union cemetery. An unusual feature of the services was that Mr. Spencer’s pall bearers were his six brothers. William Jesse Spencer, second son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Spencer, Grande Ronde valley pioneers of 1864 and 1865, was born in the Grange Hall district, near La Grande on...

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Jewett, Helen M. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now La Grande, Oregon Helen M. Jewett, 93, of La Grande, died Aug. 17 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cove Christian Camp. Helen was born June 22, 1914, to Harold and Thena Mae Moak Fry in Montesano, Wash. Helen spent most of her childhood on a ranch on the Wynooche River near Montesano, with a brief time spent in Alberta, Canada. She attended a one-room school, and graduated high school in Montesano. She attended Eugene Bible College (now called Northwest Christian College) in Eugene. She and her husband, Joe, ministered during college at the Christian Church in Florence. They traveled to Enid, Okla., for Joe’s graduate studies where their daughter, Joanne, was born. Two years later, their twins, Doris and Robert, were born. Back in Oregon, they began a five-year ministry at Milton-Freewater Christian Church on Pearl Harbor Day. In 1946, they moved to Heppner and ministered for two years at the Christian church. In 1948, the family moved to Baker, where they ministered for 21 years at the Baker First Christian Church. Their final years of ministry before retirement were at the Enterprise Christian Church. Helen was active in the church, teaching Bible classes, working as church secretary, and teaching and directing youth camps. She was the...

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Jewett, Joe – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Joe Jewett, 93, of La Grande, died Feb. 19, 2005. He was born May 13, 1911 in Helena, Montana to George and Alice Geary Jewett. His memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the First Christian Church in La Grande. Visitations will be until 4 p.m. today at Loveland Funeral Chapel. Joe was raised at Winston, Mont. He went to electrical school in Chicago, and graduated after one year. He returned to Aberdeen, Wash., to finish his high school education as an adult. He worked about 1 year before deciding to go to college and into the ministry. He attended Whitman College at Walla Walla, Wash., for one year. In September 1935 he started preaching at Montesano, Wash. There he married Helen Fry on September 28, 1935. Joe graduated with a bachelor of theology degree and a bachelor of oratory degree from the Northwest Christian College at Eugene. He worked his way through college by starting a new congregation at a Christian Church in Florence until 1938. Joe and Helen moved to Enid, Okla., for graduate work. He preached at Fairview Christian Church in Sandcreek, Okla., until 1940 where he earned his masters of arts degree and bachelor of divinity. In 1941, he moved to Milton-Freewater, and preached at...

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Biographical Sketch of Hon. Charles N. Byles

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now HON. CHARLES N. BYLES. – This is one of the town builders of the west. Out of his farm on Mound Prairie he has made Montesano a place of twelve hundred people. His father was a Presbyterian minister of Madisonville, Kentucky. Charles was born in 1844. In 1853 the family crossed the plains, and upon reaching Wallula struck out northwestward to the Sound, crossing the mountains via the Nahchess Pass. Moving down on Mound Prairie, they located a place fourteen miles south of Olympia. Here on these healthful fields the boy grew up to manhood, and, becoming of age, took a course in the Portland Commercial College. This opened the way to an extensive contract of government surveying, lasting four years, which was performed with the assistance of a brother. With the avails of this work he bought the present site of Montesano, originally owned by a Mr. King. In 1883 he laid out the present city, and used all means to build up the town, making it remarkably prosperous and flourishing for a place in a region already well settled. In six years it has gained over one thousand inhabitants. In June, 1887, the bank was established, I.W. case of Astoria being one of the incorporators, and Mr. Byles the manager. In the political field...

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Biographical Sketch of Hon. Melancthon Z. Goodell

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now HON. MELANCTHON Z. GOODELL. – The family of which this pioneer is a member has ever been prominent and influential in the Pacific Northwest since its arrival hither. Jothan W. Goodell, the father was a pioneer of Ohio; and it was at Vermilion that Melancthon was born in 1837. In 1850 the family crossed the plains, the eight children being deemed no serious hindrance. A stop-over was made at Salt Lake one winter; and it has been thought that they missed but little a great calamity from Mormon treachery. Reaching Portland in 1851, they made their first home in Polk county, Oregon, but in 1853 removed to Grand Mound, Washington Territory. When the Indian war broke out, young Melancthon enlisted in Captain Hay’s Company, serving ten months. At the dawn of peace following this troublesome period, he leased a farm in Lewis county, and was engaged in agriculture until 1860. His next home was near Elma, where he lived on a farm more than twenty years. In 1883 he occupied his present residence at Montesano, Washington, engaging in business as dealer in lumber and in real estate, being thus employed at present. His public services have been important and various, – two terms as sheriff and two terms as assessor of Chehalis county. In 1882 he...

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West, Phyllis Louise Schnackenberg Mrs. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Phyllis Louise West, 82, of Montesano and Aberdeen, Wash., and a former Baker City resident, died Feb. 15, 2007, at Montesano Health & Rehab Center, Montesano, Wash. Her funeral will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Central Park Baptist Church in Aberdeen, Wash. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. Phyllis was born on Dec. 3, 1924, at Baker City to Melvin B. and Grace Harrison Schnackenberg. She was a 1942 Baker High School graduate. Her family moved to Vanport, a government housing project for workers at the Kaiser Defense Shipyards where her father worked as fire chief. Soon after the war ended, Phyllis met a sailor in Portland who was on 24-hour shore leave after having brought American POWs home from Japan, and fell in love. They kept in touch and on May 15, 1946, Phyllis married Bill R. West at Cyril, Okla. They returned back to Vanport where they lived until the flood of ’48’ which devastated the government housing at the Kaiser Yards, now Janzen Beach. They relocated to Portland, then Milwaukee, and Gladstone, where they lived until 1969. They then moved to Rainier and then to Aberdeen in 1987 where they lived at the time of her death. Phyllis was a housewife who enjoyed...

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