Location: Morrow County OR

Biographical Sketch of Otis Patterson

OTIS PATTERSON. – Mr. Patterson, editor of the Heppner Gazette, at Heppner, Oregon, and one of the representative men of common sense and energy in the Inland Empire, was born at Danville, Indiana, September 4, 1858. He remained in that city until the age of eighteen, receiving a good common-school education. He also improved himself by a scientific course, graduating as B.S. from the Centeral Normal College of Danville. In 1876 he acted upon the advice of a celebrated father of his profession, and came to Emporia, Kansas, where he engaged in educational work. In 1882 he performed the rest of the journey across the continent, stopping in California. Remaining there only a short time, however, he came by way of Portland, Oregon to Walla Walla, where he once more became a teacher of schools, following that occupation in various schools in Walla Walla county until 1885. In that year he became principal of the Heppner Public School, and conducted that institution with great success. The following spring he entered into business, successfully establishing a store in the hardware line. Seeing the opportunity and feeling the desire to occupy a somewhat more advanced position as educator, not simply of children but of men and of the people at large, he purchased in 1888 the Heppner Gazette and has conducted that periodical to the present time with very marked success,...

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Biographical Sketch of Charles P. Rutherford

Hon. Chas. P. Rutherford, County Judge of Harney County. Is essentially a self-made man. Left an orphan at an early age, his education was that of the tallow dip and district school. At the age of sixteen he began ruining through Idaho and Oregon, also packing from Umatilla landing to Boise Basin. In 1873 he began raising stock in Grant County, but moved five years later to Morrow County. Returning in 1887 to Grant, now Harney, County, he has resided here since. He was formerly a member of the Democratic Party, but was elected County Judge in 1894 on the Populist ticket, being liberally supported by members of all parties on his record as a man. He has aimed to serve the best interests of the County, and through the efforts of himself and the two county commissioners a half million dollars worth of taxable property has been added to the tax roll of Harney County, all of which had heretofore evaded...

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Biography of William Henry Canaday

It is fitting that in a work that purports to accord to the leading citizens of Harney county representation there should be special mention of the well known business man whose name heads this article and who has labored in our midst for a number of years, gaining a good success and making for himself a name and standing which are enviable. Madison Canaday was born in Hillsboro, Highland county, Ohio, on October 21, 1831, and when a boy went with his parent to Illinois and then to Iowa, whence they crossed the plains with ox teams in 1852. They settled in Douglas county, Oregon, the parents taking a donation claim. Later they removed to Yam Hill county. Miss Sarah E. Abbott was born near Springfield, Missouri, in 1842, and started across the plains with ox teams in 1852, having traveled to Texas and returned to Missouri in 1844. The train was a large on and the dreaded cholera attacked them and her father was the first victim to succumb to that terrible disease, passing away on June 9. Before the journey was completed the mother died also, the date being September 30, and she sleeps near where Baker City now stands. Thus from the happy eastern home this child was left an orphan on the dreary plains. She came on to Yam Hill county, Oregon. There she met and...

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Biography of Hon. Jackson L. Morrow

HON. JACKSON L. MORROW.- It is not so uncommon a thing in this land of a great future for a man to lay out a town or build a city; but there is, we believe, but one man in the state who may be called the maker of a county, and whose name is perpetuated in its designation: that man is Jackson L. Morrow, of Heppner, Oregon, whose sketch is here presented. This honor was worthily bestowed upon him at the instance and almost insistence of his neighbors, in recognition of his privations and labors in settling up the region, in building Heppner, and in securing the division of Morrow county from Umatilla. A region which was once regarded as inaccessible and desolate has now become, by the efforts of a driving body of men, beginning with Mr. Morrow and Mr. Heppner, a thriving and prosperous portion of Oregon. The population of the county is now six thousand, and of Heppner itself about one thousand, with a good outlook in the near future for five thousand. A branch line of the Oregon Railway & Navigation Company brings the city within easy reach of all the markets, and taps a great grain and grazing belt. The first settler upon the townsite of the city was G.W. Standsbury. Morrow and Heppner came next; and together they set in operation the works...

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Biography of M. J. Morlan

M.J. MORLAN. – This prominent citizen of The Dalles was born in Lake County, Ohio, in 1835. In 1846 he moved to La Salle County, Illinois. In that state his parents were successful in securing good land and in improving their farms; and this was the home of our subject until he attained his majority. With a somewhat limited education, but with abundance of muscle and determination, he began life for himself working as a hired hand on his father’s farm, and saving nearly all his earnings. His innate ambition and desire to reach the higher walks of life induced him to cross the plains in1857 to Portland, Oregon. Being but ill suited with this Webfoot metropolis, he returned eastward as far as Walla Walla and found a desirable location on the Touchet River, improving his own place and assisting the various ranchers until, in1860, he was able to buy a ranch at Dayton. His venture there, however, proving but a partial success, he disposed of his property in 1864, and removed again to Western Oregon, returning eastward in 1867 to Wasco County and engaging in sheep-husbandry. The first four years of that occupation were but little remunerative; and in 1871 he moved to Umatilla county, engaging very successfully in agriculture. In 1873 he was married to Miss Mary E. Jones, who has born him two children, Charles and...

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Biographical Sketch of J. H. Stanley

J.H. STANLEY. – J.H. Stanley is a native of Missouri, where he was born in 1858. In 1878 he came to the Willamette valley, where he studied for three years, finishing his education. He then went to Union County, Oregon, and taught as principal of the City School at Union for one year. Afterwards he went to Weston, where he taught in the same capacity. he then went to Morrow County, where he took up a ranch in 1883, which he still owns and runs. He commenced teaching in the fall of 1885, and was appointed county school superintendent, and since that time has twice been elected to the same position on the Republican ticket. He was twice a delegate to the Republican ticket. He was twice a delegate to the Republican state convention from Morrow county. He always takes an active part in politics, and is always ready to sanction and aid any movement that tends to the advancement and interest of the country. Mr. Stanley is a married man, and the father of four handsome and bright...

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Biography of Hon. James B. Sperry

HON. JAMES B. SPERRY. – The striking difference between a savage and a civilized community is the multiplication of different industries in the latter. The most of our interest in life arises from the interdependence of many persons, each supplying some single necessity of all the rest. The man who makes flour for the people of Heppner, Oregon, is Mr. Sperry. He built his mill with a capacity of seventy-five barrels in 1885, from means realized by the sale of his band of fourteen thousand sheep, which he drove to Montana to market. He is one of the substantial men of the city, a reliable, kind neighbor, as well as a driving man of business. He was born in Lawrence County, Ohio, in 1834. After living some time in Iowa, the family moved on across the plains without disturbance from the Indians, and located in Linn county, Oregon, in 1856. Farming and trading-over the country, and mining by odd spells, engaged his attention for a number of years. During the Rogue river Indian war of 1855-56, he bore an active part, assisting in the fight at Big Meadows. He was also in a company of twenty sent to Rogue River to escort a government train. Being an active young man of twenty, and always ready for a brush, he was usually elected for any special work. He was record...

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Morrow, Jackson L. – Obituary

Jackson L. Morrow passed away at Salem on April 29,1984. He was born February 11, 1896 at Heppner son of James William and Katie Rea Morrow. On July 23, 1917 he was married to Irene Johnson at Portland. He was a WWI veteran, a life member of Harmony Lodge No. 12 AM & AM, a 50 year member of the American Legion. He moved from Joseph to Salem in 1977. Survivors include two sons, S.W. Morrow of Portland, and S.L. Morrow of Longview, Washington; a sister, Mrs. M.V. Sutherland of Salem. Funeral services and interment of remains will be held at the Prairie Creek Cemetery near Joseph at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 2 with American Legion Post 157 officiating. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Lung Association c/o Bollman Funeral Home in Enterprise. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, May 31, 1984, page 15 Contributed by: Sue...

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Forthman, Mable Mrs. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Services for Mable Forthman, of Ontario, who died Tuesday, May 10, 1983 at an Ontario, Oregon hospital, were conducted at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 13, 1983 at the Ontario ………. Chapel. (article smeared and unable to read minister’s name and name of church) Interment followed at the Evergreen Cemetery in Ontario. She was born on January 3, 1902 in La Grande, Oregon, the daughter of James and Nancy ??(last name smeared). She was raised and educated in Day Ridge and La Grande. She married William T. Forthman on December 24, 1920 in Flora. They lived in Wallowa County until 1948 when they moved to Boardman, Oregon and in 1955 they moved to Ontario where they ranched in the Ontario Heights area. She was a 4-H leader in Wallowa, a charter member of the Wallowa Grange and was active in the Boardman Grange. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary in Wallowa. She loved to fish and hunt and was an excellent horsewoman. Survivors include a son Charles O. Forthman of Ontairio; a daughter, Mrs. Hally (Joy Dean) Williams of Ontario; a sister, Mrs. Sam (Lizzie) Davis of New Plymouth, Idaho; 2 grandsons, 3 granddaughters, and 7 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, a son and a brother. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, May, 1983 Contributed by: Sue Wells Transcribed by:...

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Barton, Gregory F. – Obituary

Gregory F. Barton Gregory F. Barton, 84, died May 14, 2005, at home in Caldwell, Idaho. Graveside memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on May 20 at the Irrigon Cemetery in Irrigon. Arrangements are under the direction of Dakan Funeral Chapel in Caldwell, Idaho. The Chieftain, Obituaries, Thursday, May 19,...

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Cate, Jenice E. – Obituary

Flora, Oregon Jeniece E. “Jenny” Cate, 57, died March 12, 2005, at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, Wash. She was born on Aug. 24, 1947 in Enterprise to Glenn (Blackie) McElroy and Jean Burleigh McElroy. Mrs. Cate grew up in Flora and Irrigon. She graduated in 1965 from Riverside High School and attended Blue Mountain Community College. She enjoyed reading, knitting, science fiction movies and cats. In 1970 she married Robert Cate and they had four children together. They divorced in 1983. She moved back to Irrigon in 1981 from Happy Camp, Calif. She worked for Cong Agra for 23 years and was working at the time of her illness. She also sold Avon in the Irrigon area. She is survived by her adopted mother Marguriete McElroy of Milton-Freewater; children Kent Cate of Boardman, Kurt and Lisa Cate of Pendleton, Robert and Rockie Cate of Pendleton and Fawn Cate of Irrigon; aunt Joan Plummer of Fairbanks, Ala.; sister DeeAnn Drake of Hermiston; grandchildren Ryan and Tori Cate Derick, Jessie of Hermiston, Brittany Rae of Boardman, Billie Jack and Ashley; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and many good friends, including Melanie Sellers. She was preceded in death by her parents Glenn and Jean Burleigh McElroy, grandparents Wendell and Ida Hinton Burleigh and grandparents George and Lillian McGraw McElroy. Funeral Service will be held on Thursday at the Irrigon Senior Center....

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Adams-Capps, Ivia Joan Rucker – Obituary

Ivia Joan Rucker Adams-Capps died May 22, 2007. She was 74. Mrs. Adams-Capps was born Jan. 24, 1933, near Wallowa at the home of her parents, Elmer L. and Itol E. Rucker. The family moved to Irrigon in 1934. In 1951, she graduated from high school, married Donald L. Adams and began her career with Umatilla Electric Company. She had three sons. She was a charter member of Altrusa International of Hermiston, a 4H leader, a Cub Scout den mother and active in Home Extension and PTA. She continued her career at Umatilla Electric, starting as a cashier and spending the last 17 years as Materials Manager. She served on the Northwest Public Power – Engineering Operations Committee and was an honorary lifetime member of Northwest Public Power. She retired in 1993. In November of 1978 she married James Capps. They built a new home on the Rucker family farm and enjoyed raising animals, traveling everywhere, and being involved with Jim’s children. In 1995, they moved to Dallas, Oregon. After her husband’s death in 2003, she stayed active in the community by volunteering at the Blood Bank, being active as Elder and Deacon at the First Presbyterian Church and traveling in her motor home with the Oregon Good Sam Trail Duster chapter. She is survived by three of her seven siblings: Jack Rucker of Kansas City, KS; Bud Rucker...

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Hill, Laura Belle

Elgin, Union County, Oregon Sisters-in-Law Die In Elgin Sisters-in-law, Laura Bell Hill and Dora Florence Hill, both resident of Elgin, died within three days of each other in local hospitals this week. Laura Belle Hill of Elgin, for 55 years a resident of Union county, died at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, of a stroke at the age of 68. Surviving are five children, Mrs. Louie Hale of Elgin, Mrs. Luther Cummins of Portland, and Mrs. Warren Metcalf of Chester, California, 11 grandchildren, two sisters, Miss Grace Crawford of Pendleton, and Mrs. Chester Kuykendoll of Pomeroy, Washington, and other relatives. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 23, with Rev. Ballard officiating. Burial will be in the Summerville cemetery beside her husband who died in 1941. Mrs. Hill was born October 8, 1875, at Heppner, Oregon. La Grande Evening Observer Friday, October 22, 1943 Page 3 Contributed by: Tom...

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Herren, Eula – Obituary

Died of Diphtheria The many young friends in Union, of Eula Herren, a prepossessing child about thirteen years of age, will read with sorrow the announcement of the sudden death, at her home in Morrow county, on the night of August 23d. She had been complaining for several days of a sore throat and on the night of her death was so much worse that her father, who was in Hepper, was sent for, although she not realizing her condition insisted that it was not necessary. She rapidly grew worse until Death at last relieved her of her suffering. The physician summonsed pronounced her ailment to be diphtheria. Lulu was a niece of Mrs. John Wright of this city with whom she lived for some time attending school here. Suddenly, at her home on Balm Fork Morrow county, Lulu eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D.A Herren. Eastern Oregon Republican, Thursday September 5,...

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Mayfield, John – Obituary

Elgin, Union County, Oregon Mayfield Murdered Monday Morning Shot With Rifle While Asleep; Coe Held On Open Charge John Mayfield, a long time resident of the Elgin vicinity was murdered at an early hour Monday morning at the home of A.J. Coe, between Imbler and Cove. According to reports, Mr. Mayfield was killed with a rifle, the bullet entering his lower jaw, and going out near the top of his head. A J. Coe, at whose home Mr. Mayfield was staying, is being held on an open charge pending the coroner’s inquest, which was held Wednesday evening at 7:30 at Snodgrass & Zimmerman’s Undertaking parlors at La Grande. The decision has not been learned. Sheriff Breshears could not make public the results of his investigations, until the inquest. It is generally understood that Mr. Mayfield was shot wile asleep, and that the bullet was fired by someone outside of the house, the bullet passing through a glass panel in the door of the room in which he was sleeping. Coroner F.L. Ralston was out of town until Monday, and postponed the inquest until Wednesday evening to facilitate the attendance of several witnesses. Funeral services will probably be held today and interment made at the Elgin cemetery. However, no definite arrangements have been learned. Mr. Mayfield was born July 31, 1881, at Heppner, Oregon. He spent a good part of...

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