Location: Muddy Creek Oregon

Chadwick, L. George – Obituary

L. George Chadwick, 90, of Union, a former Baker County resident, died May 1, 2006, at his home. Visitations will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., in La Grande. His memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Union Baptist Church. Private family interment was at the Cove Cemetery. L. George Chadwick was born on Jan. 16, 1916, at Cove to Lynn and Georgeanna Miller Chadwick. He attended the Shanghai schoolhouse in Cove, graduated from Cove High School and later attended Eastern Oregon Normal School (Eastern Oregon University at La Grande) for one year. He married Leora Titus on July 3, 1938, at Cove. The couple rode for the Cove Cattleman’s Association for 11 years and later moved to Muddy Creek where they operated a ranch from 1950 to 1956. Together they later moved to Baker City where George was employed with the U.S. Forest Service. He worked out of the Union District and later finished his 35 years of employment at the La Grande Air Center. George was an active member of the Union Baptist Church where he helped build the new church. He loved the mountains and horses and was an excellent packer. George enjoyed music, and most of all, he loved his family, friends and children of all ages. He will always be...

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Maxwell, Melva A. Spence Mrs. – Obituary

Melva A. Maxwell, 90, a resident of Haines, Oregon, died Saturday, November 18, 1995 at her home in Haines. Funeral was held Tuesday, November 21, 1995 at 2:00 p.m. at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel with Gene Zacharias of Haines First Baptist Church officiating. Interment was at Haines Cemetery, Haines, Oregon. Melva was born March 23, 1905 at Haines, Oregon to Fred and Melvina Spence. She was raised and educated in Haines, Oregon. She attended the Muddy Creek, Haines McCarty Flat Schools, and the Willamette University. Married Glenn Hand Maxwell on November 8, 1927. They lived and ranched in the Muddy Creek area, moving to Haines after retiring. She was active in the Haines Baptist Church and Muddy Creek Mutual Improvement Club. She is survived by her husband Glenn Hand Maxwell and married on November 8, 1927. Other survivors include a son James Oliver Maxwell and wife Sue of Haines, Oregon; daughter Glenna Barney and husband Jim of Lincoln City, Oregon; sister Cecile Guyer of Weiser, Idaho; brother Norvin Spence of Modesto, California; brother Meredith Spence of Provo, Utah; grandchild Kathie Johnson of Baker City; (grandchild Howard Maxwell of Beaumont, Texas;) grandchild Bruce Barney of Salem, Oregon; grandchild Curtis Barney of Pocatello, Idaho; also ten great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers. Source: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, November, 1995 Contributed by:...

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Maxwell, Glenn Hand – Obituary

Glenn H. Maxwell, 90, of Haines, who ranched in the Muddy Creek area for many years, died Thursday, August 15, 1996 at his home. His funeral was at 2 p.m. Monday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Gene Zacharias of the Haines First Baptist Church officiated. Entombment was at the Haines Cemetery. Mr. Maxwell was born June 17, 1906, to James Oliver and Nancy Anne Hand Maxwell on the Maxwell Ranch in the Muddy Creek area. He was the youngest of 10 children. He graduated from Muddy Creek School and then attended Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. He married Melva Arvilla Spence on Nov. 8, 1927. Last November they celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary. The lived in the Muddy Creek area, where Mr. Maxwell ranched with his brother, Omer, and his nephew, Gerald. He and his wife moved to Haines after retiring. Mr. Maxwell served as clerk for the Muddy Creek School for a number of years. He was an avid sportsman and especially enjoyed fishing and hunting. Survivors include his son, James Oliver Maxwell, and his wife Sue, of Haines; a daughter, Glenna Barney, and her husband, Jim of Lincoln City; grandchildren, Kathie Maxwell of Baker City, Howard Maxwell of Beaumont, Texas, Bruce Barney of Salem, and Curtis Barney of Pocatello, Idaho; and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents;...

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Long, Archie Jackson – Obituary

Arch Long Dies At the age of 79 years Archie Jackson Long passed away Saturday afternoon. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at 1:30 pm at the West Chapel with Rev. Merle W. Burres officiating and interment at the cemetery in Haines. Mr. Long was born April 23, 1886 at Muddy Creek, the son of pioneer parents Alonzo and Julia Taylor Long. Alonzo had immigrated West in 1854 from Illinois to Linn County and then moved to Muddy Creek in 1872. Arch was the last remaining member of a family of 15, another, a sister, Mrs. Clara Welch, having died but a few months ago. Mr. Long had his early schooling in Baker County and was married to Lizzie C. Shock in Baker July 23, 1905. He was a life long resident of Baker County having farmed nearly forty years in the Haines Community and when he retired from farming in the late 20’s had a place on Muddy Creek just above the Old Oregon Trail highway. After that he was employed in the electrical department at Cornucopia Gold mine. He worked in the shipyards in Portland during WWII and then was custodian at the Baker County Courthouse until his retirement. He is survived by his wife Lizzie C. Long; one son Floyd Long of Baker; five daughters, Mrs. Delmar (Beulah) Bell of Redmond; Mrs. Wilber (Mabel) Dinnick, Mrs. Desmond...

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Hearing, William Albert – Obituary

W. A. Hearing was Pioneer Freighter Death called William Albert Hearing, pioneer freighter and farmer, Jan. 17 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fred Pembrook, in the Mt. Carmel district. Mr. Hearing was born Feb. 28, 1868 at Albany, Oregon, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Hearing, Western Oregon and Wallowa County pioneers. When a small child his parents brought him from Western Oregon to Wallowa County. He freighted from The Dalles to Eastern Oregon and came to Baker County in 1898, where he engaged in farming in the Muddy Creek district until 1930, when he moved to Baker. On June 24, 1903, he was united in marriage to Laura B. Pratt, who died in 1943. He professed the Methodist faith. Survivors include a brother, Frank, of Montana, a sister, Mrs. Hans Christensen, of Washougal, Wash., a daughter, Mrs. Fred Pembrook of North Powder and two grandchildren, Johnny and Marjorie Pembrook. Funeral services were held from West’s chapel, Jan 21 with Rev. L. G. Weaver officiating. Burial was in the family plot in the Haines cemetery. The Record Courier, Baker City, OR, Thursday, 22 January 1948, Page 5. Contributed by: Robert C....

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Leonning, Henry – Obituary

Henry Leonnig Pioneer Rancher Of Muddy Creek Dead Henry Leonnig for more than 60 years a resident of Baker county, died at St. Elizabeth hospital in Baker, January 14. His death which was caused by a heart attack, was a shock to all his friends who had not thought him in danger, altho he had been a sufferer of stomach trouble for many years. Mr. Leonnig was one of the substantial ranchers of Muddy Creek section. Mr. Leonnig is survived by his widow, five sons, Ernest, George, Joseph, Ralph and Leo; three daughters, Rev. Emrita, Tacoma, Rev. Luceda of Klamath Falls, both of the order of Sisters of St. Francis; Mrs. Agnes McNaught of Portland; two sisters, Mrs. M. Shoemaker of Baker, Mrs. J.H. Ensminger of Haines, a brother Frank Loennig of Haines and by twelve grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the St. Francis Cathedral at 10 a.m. Monday. Father Heagney officiated at the Requiem High Mass. Interment was in the Catholic cemetery in Baker. North Powder News Saturday, January 23,...

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McCullough, Frank – Obituary

Gas From Car Brings Death To McCullough Frank McCullough, retired farmer of Haines, was killed by monoxide gas from an automobile in the garage at his home there shortly before noon last Friday. He is said to have been in the closed garage about ten minutes when found by Fred Shanklin, who has been living at the McCullough home all winter. Shanklin heard the car running in the garage and opened the doors to find McCullough dead. Mr. McCullough has been suffering from heart trouble for some time. Mr. McCullough was born in Shelby County, Missouri, January 26, 1865. He crossed the plains in 1881 and located in Baker county, where he lived continuously until his death. Mr. McCullough, who owned several ranches in the county, lived on a farm in the Muddy Creek section. He moved to Haines 15 years ago. He was a member of the Moose lodge in Baker. Mr. McCullough was married to Hester Ann Moore in Weiser October 18, 1886. He is survived by his widow; a daughter, Mrs. Faitha Waltz of Haines; two sons, Ancel of Haines and Elwood of Los Angeles; two brothers, Harvey of Haines and Charles of Bridgeport; and three sisters, Mrs. Emma Cox of Haines, Mrs. Dora Fosnot of Salem, and Mrs. Belle Newles of Kansas. The body was taken to the West and company parlors at Baker. A...

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Compton, Margaret Mrs. – Obituary

Muddy Creek, Baker County, Oregon Margaret W. Compton, aged 82, of Muddy Creek, died at 7 o’clock Saturday morning at the home of her daughter, Mary Elizabeth Castor, at Union, following a brief illness. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Haines Tuesday at 2 o’clock, with Rev. R. C. Lee of Union officiating. Margaret Walthal Compton was born Jan. 7, 1849 at Wilmington, Ohio. She died Apr. 11, 1931, at Union, Oregon. Margaret Walthal was married to Benjamin Compton Aug. 22, 1867, in Clinton County, Ohio, the husband preceding her in death: Dec. 6, 1919, as did one daughter, Sarah Ethel Compton, Dec. 8, 1920, at Haines, Oregon. She leaves to mourn her demise, four sons and one daughter: A.M. Compton, Bigfork, Mont.; T.W. Compton, Whittier, Calif.; Seth Compton, Benkelman, Nebr.; W.T. Compton, Haines, Ore.; Mrs. Mary E. Castor, Union, Ore.; and one sister, Mrs. Eliza Hare, Jacksonville, Florida; fourteen grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren. “Our memories of mother are sweet to us but never as sweet as mother.” She was a birthright member of the Society of Friends, which faith she professed to the end. A. M. Compton, the eldest son, was unable to attend the funeral. North Powder News – Oregon Trail Weekly Friday April 17, 1931 Transcribed by: Charlotte...

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Hearing, E. W. – Obituary

E. W. Hearing Was Native of County Death Comes to Haines Man Monday Evening E. W. Hearing, a lifelong resident of the Haines section, passed away early Monday morning at a La Grande Hospital following an operation. Mr. Hearing, who had been ill since November, had seemed considerably improved in health the past month and had been going from his home to town and back almost daily. He suffered a relapse Thursday and became rapidly worse. He was taken back to the hospital in La Grande Friday where he had undergone a mastoid operation just a few weeks ago. All efforts to save his life proved futile and he died at 4:40 a.m. Monday. Ernest W. Hearing, son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Hearing, Baker county pioneers, was born at Muddy Creek July 15, 1890 and had spent his entire life in the Haines vicinity. He at one time operated a large grain elevator here. He was married August 1, 1913 to Maggie Olson of Haines. He is survived by his widow, a daughter, Mrs. Oswald Anderson of Seattle; two sons , Ernest (Bud) Hearing, now living at San Diego, Calif., and Elbert Hearing, who just recently enlisted in the U.S. navy and is stationed at San Diego. He is also survived by three brothers, James Hearing of Muddy Creek, Sam Hearing of Vernonia and Earl Hearing of McMinnville;...

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Poulson, P. S. – Obituary

P. S. Poulson Died In Portland Home Baker county lost another, one of her old and esteemed pioneers in the passing of Peter S. Poulson in Portland, Saturday, March 24th. Mr. Poulson was born May 5th, 1843 in Osterborg, Denmark. As a young school teacher, he immigrated to the United States, at about twenty years of age and came into Baker valley from Silver City in the spring of 1869. He homesteaded the Poulson ranch on Muddy Creek in 1871 and for several years freighted between Umatilla Landing and Silver City. On September 24, 1884 he was married to Miss Jennie E. Rainey. They resided on Muddy Creek and in Baker until the past nine years, which time they have been in Portland. Besides his widow Mr. Poulson is survived by four children, Mrs. Pearl Hayhurst of Portland, C. Norris Poulson of Los Angeles, Cal., Mrs. Leo A. Shaver of Molala, Ore., and William R. Pouson of Portland, Ore., and six grand children. Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon at the Portland crematorium. His ashes are to be scattered in the place so dear to his heart, Baker Valley. Oregon Trail Weekly North Powder News Saturday, March 31,...

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Aldrich, Gary – Obituary

Gary E. Aldrich, 73, a longtime Baker City resident, died Nov. 9, 2003, at St. Aiphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. His graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Haines Cemetery. Visitations will be until 7 o’clock tonight and from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Mr. Aldrich was born Aug. 4, 1930, at Baker City. He was the son of Elvin “Dutch” and Mona Yankee Aldrich. He attended Muddy Creek School until 1947, when the school was closed. He then completed high school at North Powder. After graduating, he moved to Wyoming for a period of time and then returned to Baker City. In January 1954, he married Betty Anne Tiffany of North Powder. They were divorced in 1958. He married Ethel Wintersteen on April 1, 1966. Mr. Aldrich worked as a painter and then went to work for Burnt River Sawmill in various positions until retiring at the age of 62 in 1992. He enjoyed horses, fishing and doing ceramics with his wife. Survivors include his children, Eva Marie Jarvis and her husband, Lee, of Kalispell, Mont., Rena M. Morrow and her husband, Mike, of Haines, Mike Weilman and his wife, Brenda, of Newberg, Mike Hotchkiss and his wife, Vicki, of Silverdale, Wash., and Sherry Hotchkiss of Baker City; brothers, Robert Aldrich and Neil Aldrich, both of Haines;...

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Aldrich, Mona – Obituary

Rock Creek, Baker County, Oregon Mona Aldrich Passes Aug. 17  Mona L.Aldrich age 78, of Haines, passed away Monday, August 17, 1987 at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center. Services for Mrs. Aldrich were conducted Thursday, August 20, 1987 at 1:00 p.m. at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel. Clifford Cole officiated. Interment followed at the Haines Cemetery, Haines, Oregon. Mrs. Aldrich was born on July 9, 1909 in Haines, Oregon, to John W. and Hattie Hearing Yankey. She attended and graduated from the Muddy Creek School, married Elvin “Dutch” Aldrich in Baker on May 23, 1939; she enjoyed yard work, entertaining lots of company, and putting together scrapbooks of the family. She was a member of the Elkhorn Grange. Mrs. Aldrich is survived by her three sons, Gary and Ethel Aldrich of Baker, Neil and Nicki Aldrich of Haines and Robert Aldrich of Arizona; a sister, Nena Davis of Baker, grandchildren, Eva, Renae, Mike, Rusty, Randy, Tina, Toni, Richard, Teri, Robert, Nathan and Tommi Jo; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three brothers; a sister; her husband, Elvin “Dutch” in January 1982; and her parents. Friends who wish may make contributions in her memory to the Cancer Fund, this may be done thru Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel. The Record Courier, Baker City, OR, Thursday, 27 August 1987 Contributed by: Robert...

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Maxwell, Wallace – Obituary

Wallace Maxwell Valley Native, Dies Funeral for Wallace Maxwell 80, a native of Haines and Muddy Creek will be conducted at 2:00 pm Fri. Oct. 10, 1969 at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel. The Rev. Gordon L. Ruddick of the First Baptist Church in Haines will officiate and interment will follow in the Haines Cemetery. Mr. Maxwell was born June 10, 1889 at Haines, Oregon the son of James Oliver and Nancy Ann Hand Maxwell. He was a graduate of the Muddy Creek High School and attended Linfield College. He was married to his wife, Fronia Maxwell in Baker on November 7, 1937. He was a longtime water master for Baker County for many years until his retirement eight years ago at the age of 72. He was a member of the Haines Election Boards for over fifty years. Mr. Maxwell passed away early Tuesday morning at his home after an extended illness. He was an early-day garage operator at Haines. He is survived by his wife, Fronia; two sons, Thomas Maxwell of Baker and James Maxwell of Kansas City, two daughters, Dortha Turgeon of Seattle and Elfleda Parker of North Powder; tow step-children, Ranson Thompson of San Francisco and Royce Thompson of Nililchik, Alaska; three brothers, Glenn Maxwell and Omer Maxwell both of Haines and William Maxwell of McMinnville; four sisters, Olga Ward, Myrtle Potter, and Lena...

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Fisher, Charles K. – Obituary

Former Haines Boy Served in Air Force Charles Fisher 30, native of Muddy Creek and the son of the late C. K. Fisher and Mrs. Lena Fisher of McMinnville, died yesterday at Tucson, Arizona after the motor scooter he was riding home from the air base at which he was stationed, was struck by a car. Charles was born May 29, 1928. He was graduated from Baker High School and has been in the air force a number of years. Surviving are his wife Irene and two sons, Ronnie and Donnie of Tucson, besides a sister Mrs. Elizabeth Rhodes of Canada, a brother John of the navy at Long Beach, and a brother James of Aurora, Illinois. Funeral will be Saturday at Tucson. An aunt, Mrs. Myrtle Potter, of Haines will meet her sister, Mrs. Lena Fisher, who is mother of Charles, at McMinnville tomorrow and together they will attend the services. The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, February 26, 1959 Contributed by: Belva...

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Hobbs, Julia B. Dahl Mrs. – Obituary

Julia B. Hobbs, 82, a resident of Gresham, OR., and former resident of Baker City died Saturday, March 16 at Kaiser Hosp. in Portland, Oregon. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 pm Monday March 25 at the Haines Cemetery, pastor Dennis Schmidt of the First Lutheran Church of Baker City will officiate. Friends may call for visitation on Sunday, March 24 from 1:00 until 4:00 pm at Grays West and Co. Pioneer Chapel. Julia was the daughter of Henry and Nina Jackson Dahl. She received her education and graduated from Muddy Creek High School near Haines in 1926. After graduation she attended E. OR. College. She returned to Baker City working as a manager for Rosanna Dress Shop, also working for Newberger and Heilner and C.C. Anderson Co. in Retail Sales. Mrs. Hobbs, after her college taught back in the Muddy Creek School at the elementary grade level. While resident of the home community she was for some time the correspondent for the Record-Courier. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law; H. Raymond and Martha Hobbs of Gladstone, OR.; granddaughter; Cherylyn M. Wilson of Gresham; Great grandchildren; Jason M. and Kimberly D. Wilson of Gresham. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and a granddaughter. Those wishing to make memorial contributions in the memory of Mrs. Hobbs, may direct them to the American Cancer Soc.,...

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