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Biography of John Wesley Stipes

John Wesley Stipes. In the spring of 1917, after the declaration of war was made and preparations were hurried to convert and organize this nation for war, the United States Government made known its purpose for the selection of a location for an aviation field in Illinois and preferably convenient to the State University. A committee of half a dozen men were called together by President James of the University, and of this committee J. W. Stipes, of Champaign, was elected chairman. This committee gave careful study to the problems involved and after looking over many locations selected four possible sites, each a mile square, containing 640 acres. That was the work of the committee and after that the government had to choose among these four locations. The presence of the State University was a big factor in deciding the problem, since the university would undoubtedly furnish a large number of men for the aviation corps. The Champaign Chamber of Commerce, together with the committee, began an energetic canvass to convince the government that the Rantoul field would be the best suited for the purpose. Mr. J. W. Stipes went to Washington and for several weeks used his untiring efforts, as a result of which it was decided to acquire and develop the site at Rantoul. In line with what seems a general policy of the Federal Government during...

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Biography of Homer G. Patterson

Homer G. Patterson is a leading member of the Idaho legislature, representing Blaine County, and is a prominent practitioner of dentistry in Hailey. Dentistry may be said to be almost unique among other occupations, as it is at once a profession, a trade and a business. Such being the case, it follows that in order to attain the highest success in it one must be thoroughly conversant with the theory of the art, must be expert with the many tools and appliances incidental to the practice of modern dentistry, and must possess business qualifications adequate to dealing with the financial side of the profession. In all of these particulars Dr. Homer George Patterson is well qualified, and therefore has attained prestige among the able representatives of dentistry in southern Idaho. He was born in Ontario, St. Joseph County, Indiana, October 4, 1862. The family is of Scotch origin and the original American ancestors were colonial settlers of New York and participants in the events which formed the early history of that state. Among those of the name were also members of the American army who fought for the independence of the nation. James H. Patterson, the father of our subject, was born in the Empire state and married Miss Wealthy J. Foster, a native of Michigan. When a young man he removed to Indiana and there followed the trade...

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Biography of Newell Jonathan Brown, M. D.

The well established family physician obtains an influence in any community which is more far-reaching than that of any man sustaining other relations to the public. The reasons for this are too obvious to require mention here. Dr. N. J. Brown is to the people of Hailey the ideal family doctor, and he is the oldest physician and surgeon in the place. He cast his lot with the citizens of Hailey in 1883 when the town was but two years old, and from that time he has practiced his profession in Hailey and its tributary territory, and shown a helpful interest in every movement tending to the greatest good of his townspeople. Dr. Brown comes of a good old English family, and was born in Stanstead, Canada, March 10, 1854. Generations before that time his progenitors had come over in the Mayflower and located in New England, whence his particular branch of the family had, in the exigencies of life, found its way to the Dominion. The “pilgrim” of the Brown family who landed at Plymouth Rock was James. Ozias Gilbert Brown, the father of Dr. N. J. Brown, was born at Epsom, New Hampshire, March 27, 1806, and, now in his ninety-fourth year, is living in Stanstead County, province of Quebec, rounding out a life as a useful citizen and a successful farmer. He married Miss Margaret Foss,...

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Biography of Fernando A. Parsons

Fernando A. Parsons. The career of Fernando A. Parsons, of Chanute, is remarkable in many ways, but principally because of the number of fields which it had invaded and the success which had attended the ventures in which its author had been engaged. From his youth, when he paid his own way through college, Mr. Parsons had pushed steadily forward, always assisting his community’s interests while advancing his own. With a handsome fortune gained through his good business ability and persistent labors, and at an age when most men are content to retire, Mr. Parsons still continues as an active factor in business life, and is now president and manager of the Kansas Co-Operative Refining Company. Fernando A. Parsons was born at Readsboro, Bennington County, Vermont, September 29, 1849, and is a son of Benjamin Battles and Polly Maria (Blanchard) Parsons. The Parsons family came from England to Vermont during Colonial times, and on his mother’s side Mr. Parsons is a direct descendant of Governor Winslow of Massachusetts. Benjamin Battles Parsons was born in 1827, in Vermont, and was there reared and educated, and became a farmer and stockraiser, as well as a noted horse trainer and breaker. He served for several terms as sheriff of Windham County, Vermont, and was a prominent leader in civic and political affairs of his community, where he resided until 1849. In that...

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Horstman, Dolores Rose – Obituary

Dolores (Dode) Rose Horstman, 77, of La Grande died Feb. 22 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Walla Walla. At her request there will be no public services. Those who wish may sign the guest book on-line at www.danielsknopp.com. Dolores was born Oct. 20, 1930, to Charles and Velma (Weidman) Marra in Red Oak, Iowa. She was the only child. The family moved to La Grande when she was a teenager. She attended school in Baker City and La Grande, graduating from La Grande High School with the Class of 1947. In 1950 she married Norman Bud Horstman in La Grande where he worked for the railroad. They moved to Portland in 1951 and were there until 1961 when he was transferred to Seattle. In 1972 they returned to Portland where they lived until returning to La Grande in 2002. For many years, Dolores was a stay-at-home mom. When her children were grown she re-entered the workforce as a real estate agent, then moved into property management. Among her many passions were working in her flower beds, tending her garden, playing cards and watching and feeding the birds and squirrels around her home. She loved socializing and was always happy to be invited to the La Grande High School Class of ’46 lunches. Those who knew her say she was a nice mom. Survivors include her husband, Norman Horstman...

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Hyde, Robert E. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Robert E. Hyde, a 1945 graduate of La Grande High School, died April 5 at his home in Sun City, Ariz. He was 80. A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Mt. Scott Funeral Home in Portland with burial at Willamette National Cemetery to follow at 12:30 p.m. Bob was born June 16, 1927, in Morton Mills, Iowa, on a 160-acre farm. He was the youngest child of Cecil and Edith Hyde. He was the largest of the four children, weighing in at 12 pounds. Bob and his siblings made La Grande their home after the death of both their parents in February 1929. They were reared by Roy and Fausta Tyler, cousins of their mother. As a young child, Bob worked at the Tyler Creamery making popsicles and did chores on the Tyler farm. During his high school years he participated in wrestling, weightlifting and played right tackle on the football team. Immediately after graduation, Bob, along with 25 of his classmates, enlisted in the Navy. He served his enlistment on the destroyer the Henry W. Tucker. His duties took him to such places as Okinawa, Hawaii and Oshima, Japan. Upon being discharged from the Navy in 1946, he returned to La Grande and enrolled at Eastern Oregon College, taking business courses. He married Irene Smart in April 1948...

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Huff, Laura K. Hoar Mrs. – Obituary

Mrs. T.C. Huff of Haines Dies Husband, 3 Daughters Survive; Resident of County 28 Years Mrs. T.C. Huff of Haines, Resident of Baker County for many years, died unexpectedly at her home Sunday morning. She had been seriously ill only a few hours. Laura K. Hoar was born April 1, 1874 in Tyrone, Pennsylvania and moved to Iowa with her family when she was six years old. She was married to T. C. Huff at Red Oak, Iowa in 1895 and came to Baker in 1908. Mr. and Mrs. Huff moved to Haines in 1929. Mrs. Huff joined the Methodist Episcopal Church when she was a girl and was active in the church for many years. She affiliated with the order of Eastern Star in Red Oak when she was 18 years old, but was a member of the Baker chapter at the time of her death. The deceased is survived by her husband; three daughters, Mrs. Helen Lee of Haines, Mrs. F. R. Shedd of Oakland, California and Miss Elizabeth huff of Olympia, Washington; two grandchildren, Lois and Robert Lee of Haines, and a sister, Mrs. E. W. Carpenter of Villesca, Iowa. The daughters arrived in Haines today and Mrs. Carpenter is expected there Tuesday. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Baker Funeral Home with Rev. Josie Bach of North Powder officiating. Interment...

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Mather, Leona Mrs. – Obituary

Came to Baker By Wagon Train Graveside services for Leona Mather, 87, will be conducted at 10 a.m. today (Thursday) at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Dr. J. W. Cool, Professor of Missions, Western Baptist Seminary, of Portland will officiate. Mrs. Mather was born January 27, 1880 at Villisca, Iowa, and passed away in Portland July 9, 1967. she moved to Baker County as a small girl from Iowa by wagon train and lived in Baker most of her life until moving to Portland in 1959. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Florence Haskins of Portland and Mrs. Robert Planansky of Kewanee, Illinois; four grandchildren. The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, July 20, 1967 page 8 Contributed by: Belva...

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Biographical Sketch of C. A. Kampe

C. A. Kampe is one of Fremont township’s enterprising young farmers who is not only progressive in business but also active in community affairs, his aid and influence being always given on the side of progress and improvement. He was born June 19, 1878, in the township in which he still makes his home, his parents being Charles J. and Mathilda (Grundberg) Kampe. They came to the United States before their marriage, sailing from Sweden, their native country. After reaching the shores of the new world they proceeded to the Mississippi valley and established their home in Page county, where C. J. Kampe afterward purchased one hundred and twenty acres of land and began farming. He lived a diligent, useful life and continued to make his home upon the farm until 1904, when he removed to Red Oak, where he is now living retired, spending the evening of life in the enjoyment of well earned rest. C. A. Kampe at the usual age entered the public schools and as the years increased his added responsibilities made him familiar with the farm work. When twenty years of age lie began farming on his own account, renting the land from John Bergstrom. On this place he has lived for thirteen years, carefully cultivating the soil, and the generous crops which he garners indicate that lie is a skilled and successful agriculturist....

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Biography of S. A. Youngberg

Tarkio township has a class of citizens of which it has every reason to be proud as on the whole they are energetic, seeking success in legitimate lines of business and recognizing at the same time their individual obligations to their fellowmen and to the country. Not a few of Tarkio’s citizens come from Sweden and to this class belongs S. A. Youngberg, who is now following farming on section 3. He was born in Sweden in June 1837, his parents being John and Anna Swanson, both of whom lived and died in Sweden. Mr. Youngberg was reared in the place of his nativity and received his mental training in the schools of that land. He remained a resident of his native country until thirty years of age, when in 1867 he sailed for the United States, settling first in Henry county, Illinois, where he lived for six years. During that period he engaged in farming as a renter, after which he came to Page county, Iowa, and, in connection with his brother Henry, purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land on section 3, Tarkio township. They were associated in business for five and six years and S. A. Youngberg then purchased his brother’s interests in the farm. He has resided on this place continuously since coming to Page county and its excellent appearance is indicative of the...

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