Location: North Platte Nebraska

Biographical Sketch of James H. Farley

James H. Farley has led a life of activity and filled with enterprising and various labors, during which, also, he has manifested those rare qualities of integrity, up rightness, and perseverance, which together with his wise methods of procedure and Industry, have given him the competence of a prosperous business man and owner of real property. James H. was born in Dubuque, Iowa, on October 15, 1858, being the son of Patrick and Catherine Farleu, who settled at Dubuque when it was but a small hamlet, being natives of New York; state. The father served three years in the Civil war, participating in numerous battles and at the close was honorably discharged. Our subject went with his parents to Kelsey, Massachusetts, and after the war they all removed to St. Louis, where the father went to railroading on the Illinois & St. Louis Railroad where he held the position of road minister for nine years and at the time of his death, in 1892, he was general manager of the entire road. Our subject learned railroading, beginning as a Menial, then operated as engineer, and later retired from it and handled a stationary engine in Kansas City. Following that the went to work on a horse ranch near North Platte, Nebraska, remaining there until 1881, then migrated to Granger, Idaho, worked on the railroad a short time and then...

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Biography of David Edward Lamb

David Edward Lamb is a member of the Pettit & Lamb Mercantile Company at Herington in Dickinson County. This company operates the largest department store in that county, and the firm of Pettit & Lamb had been in existence for over twenty years. Mr. Lamb’s individual experiences and achievements since he came to manhood have made him a leading citizen of Kansas, and he represents a very honored family in this state. He was born November 27, 1866, at the Village of Independence, near Dayton, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. His grandfather, William Lamb, was a native of Pennsylvania. His parents were William W. and Belle (Henderson) Lamb. His father was born on a farm in Center County, Pennsylvania, March 20, 1840, followed farming and the foundry business in Pennsylvania until 1878, and in that year brought his family out to Kansas. He located on land in Marion County, six miles north of Peabody. To that land he gave his attention as a farmer for ten years, and then engaged in the coal business at Peabody, but since 1912 had lived retired and now had his home at Lyndon. He had been a faithful member of the Presbyterian Church practically all his life. William W. Lamb performed the part of a faithful soldier in the Civil war. He was a private in Company F of the Ninth Pennsylvania Reserve, and took...

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Biography of Almon S. Senter

An eventful career was that of Colonel Almon S. Senter, who for some years figured conspicuously in connection with the mercantile and official interests of Lincoln County. At the time of his death, March 6, 1899, he was serving as district-court clerk and ex-officio auditor and recorder of Lincoln County, and he was also an enterprising and prominent merchant of Shoshone. A native of the old Granite state, he was born February 18, 1845, and is a representative of one of the old and honored families of New Hampshire, of English descent. His ancestors were early settlers of Londonderry, that state, and one of his great-granduncles served in the Colonial army during the Revolutionary war. The grandfather and father of our subject, both of whom bore the name of Thomas Senter, were natives of New Hampshire, the latter born in Petersboro. He wedded Miss Mary C. Giddings, a native of Temple, New Hampshire, and also a descendant of one of the prominent colonial families. Mr. Senter was an industrious farmer, who followed agricultural pursuits throughout his entire life. Both he and his wife were Methodists in religious belief, and the father lived to be sixty-four years of age, while the mother departed this life in her forty-seventh year, leaving a family of eleven children, the eldest but seventeen years of age, the youngest only three months old. Colonel Senter...

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Biography of Hon. James G. Watts

Among the practitioners of the bar of Silver City, Idaho, is James G. Watts, who is also a distinguished member of the state senate. Pennsylvania is the state of his nativity, his birth having occurred in the town of Wellsboro, July 23, 1858. His father, Daniel Watts, was a native of England, and on crossing the Atlantic to America took up his residence in New York, whence he afterward removed to the Keystone state. There he was married to Miss Harriet Goodrich, a native of Tioga county, Pennsylvania, and a representative of an old Puritan family. During the civil war the father entered the service of his country as a member of the Union army, and participated in the celebrated march to the sea. He died in a New York hospital of disease contracted in the service, leaving a widow and five children. The mother of these children died in 1890, when she had attained the age of sixty years. James G. Watts acquired his literary education in the Mansfield (Ohio) Normal School, where he was graduated in the class of 1880. For a number of years he successfully engaged in teaching school, and then began preparation for the legal profession as a student in the law office of Hon. T. W. McNealy, of Pittsburg, Illinois. Later he attended the Union College of Law, of Chicago, and was admitted...

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Schisler, Ralph – Obituary

Union, Oregon Ralph Schisler, 74, of Union, died June 23. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at the New Life Center on Island Avenue next to Wal-Mart. Burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery. Mr. Schisler was born Dec. 23, 1931, to Francis and Marie Schneider Schisler in North Platte, Neb. The family moved to California, and he served in the Navy. In 1973 he moved to Klamath Falls where he owned a ranch. In 1981 he moved to the Catherine Creek area where he continued ranching before settling in Union where he was a carpenter and contractor for many years. On April 22, 2005, he married Betty Travis in La Grande. He was a member of the New Life Center and enjoyed traveling, photography, hunting and cutting wood. Survivors include his wife of Union; children, Chuck Schisler of Lake Forest, Calif., Debbie Carroll of Apple Valley, Calif., Dawn Roland of Riverside, Calif., and Julie Achleithner of La Grande; step-children, Tammy Pascoe of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Teena Bambolo of Bothel, Washington; a brother, Bob Schisler of California; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren and other relatives. A son, Jack Schisler, died earlier. Memorials may be made to the New Life Center in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending July 1, 2006, Published, July 3,...

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Lott, Katherine Mary Burch Mrs. – Obituary

Katherine Mary Lott, 53, of Baker City, died Nov. 3, 2005, after a very courageous and long battle with cervical cancer. Her memorial service was Sunday at the Eagles Lodge. Kathy was born on Sept. 28, 1952, to Ervin and Virginia Burch at North Platte, Neb. She married John Leon Lott Sr. on Dec. 4, 1971, at Springfield. Together they had three children: Christina, Brian and John Jr. Kathy lived all over Oregon, including 10 years on the McKenzie River and the last eight years in Baker City, where she finally owned her own home. She was a longtime member of the American Legion, where she was chaplain for a number of years. She also was a member of the Eagles Lodge. Kathy was a real social bug. She loved everybody she met. She had many friends, and they were all very important to her. But the real love of her life was her grandchildren, who brought her lots of joy. Kathy had many kinds of jobs, and her favorite was being a caregiver. She loved camping, fishing, traveling and her barbecue parties. She loved music, bus trips to Winnemucca, Thursday night music at the Legion and karaoke. Her nickname was “Laughalot” — she laughed out loud and a lot. Kathy had a huge love for life, and she lived life to its fullest right to the very end....

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Gilliland, Harold “Junior” – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Harold “Junior” Gilliland, 73, a longtime Baker City resident, died June 8, 2004, at his niece’s home near Baker City. His funeral will be Monday, June 14 at 2 p.m. at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Roger Scovil of the Baker City Christian Church will officiate. Vault interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be Friday until 5 p.m. and Monday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Junior was born Jan. 21, 1931, in North Platte, Neb. He was the son of George and Clara (Yates) Gilliland. Junior and his family moved to Baker City in 1939. He attended school in Baker City. He went to work in the woods at age 17. Later in life, he worked for the Union Pacific Railroad, on the extra gang, for more than 25 years. He traveled with his crew and worked in Oregon and Washington until he retired in 1990 after an accident. He moved into the home of his niece, Bonnie Gentry, and her husband, Homer, in 1996. Junior will be remembered by how he enjoyed taking pictures of people he met and riding his bicycle around town. He will be missed. Junior is survived by his nieces, June Marie Coller of Hermiston and Bonnie Gentry and her husband, Homer, of Baker City; his nephews, K.C. Gilliland of Baker...

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Halladay, Virginia Jean Willis Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Virginia Jean Halladay, 66, of Baker City, died May 28, 2003, at her home with her husband by her side. Her celebration of life service will be held at Honeyman Park in Florence on June 28. Virginia was born to Eleanor and Henry Willis on June 8, 1936, at North Platte, Neb. She moved to Oregon in 1955. Jeannie will be remembered for her openness — she never knew a stranger. She had done a little of everything, from breaking horses to helping run a tavern at Florence. She was active in Special Olympics. She and her husband, Russell, helped support fund-raising efforts for projects such as children’s trips to China. They lived in Richland before moving to Baker City in 1998. While there, she was active in the Grange, served on the City Council and was mayor for a short time. She was also an EMT with the Eagle Valley Ambulance for a few years. She especially loved being a foster parent and loved all children like they were her own. She will be missed by many. Survivors include her loving husband, Russell of Baker City; her mother, Eleanor Hartman of Baker City; her children, Kathy Lott of Baker City, Al and Carol Free of Baker City, Ervin and Kay Burch of Missouri, and John and Shelly Ficek of Springfield; 15 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; eight...

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Rama, Daniel – Obituary

Daniel Rama, 28, of Baker City, died June 21, 2002, at Glenwood Springs, Colo. His memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Pastor Roger Scovil of the Baker City Christian Church will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at the Nazarene Church. Daniel Rama was born June 6, 1974, at Grinnell, Iowa, to Dave and Judy Rama. He grew up in Nebraska, living at Deshler, McCook and North Platte. He was a 1992 graduate of North Platte High School. During his school years he was active in Cub Scouts and Little League sports. He played on the Northwest Community College basketball team at Norfolk, Neb., for one year. He moved to Lincoln, Neb., and worked there for four years. In 1998, he moved with his parents to Baker City where he was employed by Grayback Forestry. He worked for the company until his death in a motor vehicle accident on the way to fight the Hayman fire in Colorado. At 6-foot-6 and 235 pounds, he was a large young man known for his love of music, his skills on the basketball court, his passion for his firefighting job and his relaxed ability to get along with most everyone. Gentle good humor, a quick smile and a great sense of fun were personal qualities his friends and family...

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