Location: Nyssa Oregon

Biography of Herbert F. Ward

This capable and progressive gentleman is one of the leading men of this vicinity, being a well-to-do and prominent farmer and was one of the promoters of the valuable Owyhee ditch, being an incorporator and one who led the enterprise to a successful issue. Mr. Ward was born in Quebec, Canada, on April 12, 186, the son of George P. and Elizabeth (Sherman) Ward. He spent his youthful days in the invigorating exercise of farm work and in gaining a good education from the public schools. At the age of twenty-two he left the parental roof for the world of labor and trial. His first work for himself was fireman on a locomotive and in due time he had mastered the engineer’s art and was installed as an engineer of a steam shovel and then handled an engine on the road. In 1880 he came to Oregon, engaging in the sheep business. It was at this time that he began the agitation of the Owyhee ditch proposition and was among the very first who conceived the plan. He has steadily labored and planned for this valuable consummation and now he has a tine quarter section well watered from this canal. It was in 1894 that he settled on the land now his farm, taking it by the homestead act. It is situated two and one-half miles southwest from Nyssa...

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Biographical Sketch of James T. Davis

One of the worthy pioneers of this County, a man of ability and executive force and unswerving integrity, the subject of this sketch is now one of the leading citizens of Nyssa, and a prominent man in Malheur County. He lives one mile northwest from the town of Nyssa, having a ‘farm of one hundred and twenty acres, well improved and handled in a skillful manner, which is a good dividend producer. James T. was born in Unionville, Putnam County, Missouri, on October 25, 185o, being the son of Hamilton and Saline Davis. In 1862, the father and the oldest son came across the plains with ox teams and in 1865, our subject and his mother came the same journey with horse teams. They both made the trip without serious accident and when the mother arrived in Boise, the father was there to meet them and the reunited family made their way to the Willamette valley where they settled in Polk County. Four years later, they removed from that place to Umatilla County and in 1874, our subject went from the home in that County to Boise valley, Idaho, and later re-turned to his people, who had in the meantime migrated to Baker City. The reports which he brought from the Boise valley caused all to move there and engage in raising stock. Our subject went thence to Emmett,...

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Biographical Sketch of Joseph C. Kelley

Joseph C. Kelley, one of the young business men of Malheur county, was born January 3, 1870, at Idaho City, Idaho, his parents being Joseph and Marrgaret (Thompson) Kelley, pioneers of that state. Joseph Kelley, senior, was a native of Farmington, Iowa, and was among those who in the early fifties sought the golden sands of California. After spending several years in California, in the middle sixties, Mr. Kelley again emigrated, going to Idaho and establishing himself in business as a mechanic at Idaho City. Here, in the closing days of 1870, the silver cord was broken and all that was earthly of the departed pioneer was laid at rest. A little while later the family removed to Oregon, settling near Nyssa, in this county, and in 1877, Mr. Kelley having meanwhile become the wife W. K.. Stark, the family again chose a new home, this time on Willow creek, where the subject of this sketch grew to manhood’s estate. The mother passed into the life beyond in August, 1817. Of the immediate family now living there are but two, Joseph and his brother, Melville D. Kelley. a prosperous ranch man residing on Willow creek. Mr. Kelley remained at home, engaged in ranching and stock raising, until 1898 when, having learned the saddler’s trade, he came to Vale and opened a small harness and saddle store. From a small...

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Biographical Sketch of George G. Brown

This representative agriculturist and patriotic citizen is one of the leading farmers of the vicinity of Nyssa, having a quarter section of good land, which is his family home, two miles west from that town. Mr. Brown was born in Platt County, Missouri, on January 22, 1850, being the son of George and Jemima (Harris) Brown. In March 1855 the family went to Doniphan County, Kansas and the father was one of the early settlers of that section. He was a pro-slavery advocate and was through the exciting times of that period. In 1867 they removed to Newton County, Missouri, and in 1869 the father died there. Our subject grew to manhood on a farm, gaining his education as best could be done from the scanty opportunity of the common schools, which, however, was made the most of by our subject. On March 15, 1874, in Newton County, occurred the marriage of Mr. Brown and Margaret D. Cary. In 1878 they removed to Grayson County, Texas and there Mr. Brown devoted his energies to farming and stock raising until 1886, at which time he returned to Newton County, Missouri, and two years later came thence to this country across the plains with teams and wagons. He had his wife, four children and mother on the trip and one hundred (lays were consumed in making it. They arrived at Long...

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Biographical Sketch of Henry P. Tietsort

The subject of this article is one of the venerable and capable men of the vicinity of Nyssa, being also a veritable pioneer of the pioneers, of the west having labored with great energy in many portions of the same, and has endured the privations, hardships and suffering incident to this kind of life. Henry P. Tietsort, was born in Cass County Michigan, on October 14, 1829, being the son of John and Angeline (Meyers) Tietsort. The parents were natives of Pennsylvania, but his grandparents came from Germany. Our subject was educated in the common schools of his native place and spent the years of his youth in labor on the farm. In 1859 he went to St. Joseph, Missouri and thence he came across the plains with mule teams, consuming four months in the trip. The train of thirty wagons landed at Red Bluff, California, and he went to freighting for a time and then mined. It was 1864 when he came to Boise Basin, Idaho, and he was also in Baker County, now Malheur, near Malheur City. He mined in various localities in the country, being pretty well over the western country, until 1892, when he located his present place of forty-three acres on the banks of the Snake, three miles southwest from Nyssa. Then there were but one or two houses between his place and Ontario....

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Conklin, Eugene – Obituary

UNION (Special) – Eugene B. Conklin died in a Portland hospital Tuesday evening following a heart attack. He had taken the exhibits, from Malheur county to the Pacific International and became ill about a week before his passing away. He was a prominent man in Eastern Oregon where he always was very active in public affairs. He was born in Ohio in 1865 and came to Oregon in 1888. He taught school at Medical Springs and Cove and in 1894 came to Union where he taught for five years. From here he went to Pendleton for seven years of teaching followed by seven years as superintendent of the schools at Ontario. For some time he was in the farming game but during the war he taught a couple of years at Nyssa. Since that time he has been in the insurance business and made frequent trips to this section. Besides his widow he is survived by four children – Mrs. Jean Young, of North Carolina; Donald, of Los Angeles; Roscoe, of Ontario; and Mrs. Mildred Fryer, of McMinnville. Three brothers also survive him; Loten, of Grants Pass; Donald, of Ontario; and Roy, of Union. Funeral services will take place at Ontario Saturday. La Grande Evening Observer Thursday, November 2, 1933 Page 6 Contributed by: Tom...

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Clark, Emma Mrs. – Obituary

Union , Union County, Oregon Died, at Nyssa, Oregon, at the home of R. E. Miller, January 21, 1926, Mrs. Emma Clark, age 57 years, 10 months and 3 days. Emma Bidwell was born at Fairview, Minnesota, March 18, 1868. She came to Union with her parents in 1884, which has ever since been her home. She chose school teaching for her life’s work and for about 40 years followed this great profession. She was indeed successful and happy in her work and was one of the best known, best beloved teachers in Union county and eastern Oregon. Early in life she was converted and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church. Coming to Union, she transferred her membership to this church and for years was a faithful and consistent member, ever ready to do her share in promoting the cause of righteousness in this community, nor letting her light shine. A number of years ago she became a member of G. R. V. Chapter O.E.S. No. 49 and endeared herself to a large circle of sisters in this good and influential order. the circle was broken once more only to be reunited in that land of endless day. She is survived by three brothers-Lester, of Island City; Frank and Elmer , of North Powder, and one nephew-Dean, of North Powder, and a host of friends who mourn her passing. The...

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Clark, Emma (Bedwell) Mrs. – Obituary

North Powder, Union County, Oregon Died Suddenly At Nyssa Thursday F. A. Bidwell received word Thursday morning of the death of his sister, Mrs. Emma Clark, which occurred early that morning. Mrs. Clark who was staying at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Miller at Nyssa, Idaho, had risen early and ate her breakfast and seemed in the best of health. She had stepped outside the house when she fell, and died almost instantly, giving only several gasps after aid reached her. Three brothers survive, Frank A. Bidwell and Homer C. Bidwell of North Powder, and Chet Bidwell of Island City, who left for Nyssa immediately after receiving word of the death of their sister. Mrs. Clark has spent most of her life in this vicinity, teaching in the North Powder schools several terms and also in other schools in the county. Funeral arrangements have not been completed but it is announced will probably be held at Union Sunday. North Powder News Saturday, January 23, 1926 Clark Funeral Held Last Saturday at Union Funeral services over the remains of Emma Bidwell Clark, who died suddenly Thursday of last week, were held in Union last Saturday afternoon from the Methodist church, Rev. Quinn assisted by Rev. Hall K. Wallis and Miss Josie Blokland officiating. The Order of the Eastern Star of which she was a member, had charge of...

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Diaz, Amelia Garcia – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Amelia Garcia Diaz, 80, of Ontario and formerly of La Grande, died Saturday, Aug. 19. Viewing will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday and a recitation of the Rosary will begin at 6 p.m. at Loveland Funeral Chapel. A Resurrection Mass will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Hillcrest East Cemetery. Mrs. Diaz was born Sept. 29, 1925, to Rolando and Maria Gonzalez Garcia in Carrizo Springs, Texas. She married Antonio Sandoval who died earlier. Following his death she married Valdemar Diaz on Feb. 11, 1944. They moved to Nyssa as migrant workers. Mrs. Diaz was the first president of the first Hispanic PTA in Nyssa and was active in AARP and the Union County Senior Center. She was an avid seamstress, filling many homes with Holly Hobbie quilts. She enjoyed playing nickel slots hoping to hit the jackpot. She enjoyed traveling and sharing stories. She was sad to leave La Grande and her friends but enjoyed living with her family in Ontario for the last few months of her life. Survivors include children and their spouses, Alberto Sandoval of Carrizo Springs, Amelia and Larry Barr of Terrebone, Ida and Paul Barry of Merritt Island, Fla., Eloy and Bobbi Diaz of Ontario, Diana Diaz of Boise, Irma Rogers of La Grande and Lisa and...

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Robertson, John – Obituary

John Robertson dies of Heart Attack Sunday. Sudden death claims another old timer of Nyssa; Business houses close for funeral Tuesday. The community was shocked by the undespected death of John M. Robertson, 60, well known old timer of the city, who succumbed to the heart attack at 1:30 o’clock Sunday Morning. He had not been ill and was a man of rugged health. Mrs. Robertson was awakened by a cry but before aid could be summoned, he had passed quietly away. Funeral services were held from the Methodist Community Church Tuesday afternoon with the Rev. Floyd White in charge. Business houses closed and many old friends attended. Miss Edna Dennis sang a solo and there was other music by the choir. Interment was in the Ontario Cemetery with S. D. Gosluerl in charge for Wm. McBratney of Boise. Pall Bearers were Chas. McConnell, H. D. Homes, A. R. Miller, Jess Thompson, Ole Servoss and Walter Johnson. John Marion Roberts was born in Putnam County, Mo., June 27, 1872, the youngest son of a family of five children of which Mrs. Thos. Coward of Nyssa and James Robertson of Lucerne, Mo., now survive. He was married in Sullivan county, Mr., to Mary Bowers Novemeber 20, 1897, to which union three children were torn. Two died in infancy. Until 1912, Mr. Robertson engaged in farming and stock business in Missouri....

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Gilbert, Clyde J. – Obituary

Clyde J. Gilbert, 85, Nyssa, died January 26, 1971 at Nyssa Memorial Hospital. He was a long time resident of the Nyssa area and a retired farmer. Mr. Gilbert was born Aug. 5, 1885, in Missouri. Survivors include one nephew, Frank Wood, Emmett, and one niece, Mrs. Glen Nichols, Emmett. Services were conducted January 29 at Lienkaemper Chapel by the Rev. Robert Manley of the Nyssa Nazarene Church. Interment was at Owyhee. Nyssa Gate City Journal Contributed by: Charles F...

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James, Mary Ann Mahoney Mrs. – Obituary

Mary Ann James, 60, a former Baker City resident, died June 26, 2005, at the Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston. Her graveside funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Hermiston Cemetery. She was born on Dec. 14, 1944, at Nyssa to John Edward and Lucile N. Stephens Mahoney. She was raised at Nyssa and later at Baker City. She was a 1963 Baker High School graduate. Mary married Leo James on June 8, 1963, at Huntington. They lived there until 1968 when they moved to the Hermiston area where they had lived since. She worked as a housekeeper at the Hinkle Hotel for more than 15 years before retiring in 2002. She enjoyed flowers, fishing, traveling and sightseeing. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, July 1, 2005 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Mitchell, Dorothea Mae Holman Lewis Mrs.

Dorothea Mae Holman Lewis Mitchell, 87, of Nyssa, a former Baker City resident, died April 25, 2005, at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Nyssa. Visitations will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the Haren-Wood Funeral Chapel in Ontario. Visitations will continue at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Relief Society room at the church. Burial will be at the Hilltop Cemetery in Nyssa. Dorothea was born on May 19, 1917, at Baker City to Harriett Odessa Carter and James Frederick Holman. She graduated from Baker High School and later married Lloyd Wells Lewis in the LDS Salt Lake Temple in 1937. Dorothea and Lloyd had eight children, 51 grandchildren, 106 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and many more to come. Lloyd died in a tragic accident in 1961, leaving Dorothea with six of their young children remaining at home. Notwithstanding her circumstances, Dorothea remained positive and pointed her family forward. She later married Tharvel “Tom” Mitchell with whom she enjoyed the last 43 years of her life. Dorothea had a zest for life and a love for people. She loved to visit with friends and family. Her children were her pride and joy and they cherished her loving counsel and wisdom. Dorothea had a unique ability to relate to...

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Hall, Virginia Arlene Van Cleave Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Virginia Arlene (Van Cleave) Hall, 68, of Nyssa, died June 1, 2005. Virginia was born March 9, 1937, in Baker City where she lived until she married Burl Elton Dalgliesh. They moved to Kelso, Wash., and had two children, Felena Marie and Helena Bonita (Bonnie). Virginia has been a longtime resident of Nyssa and retired from Heinz Frozen Foods in 2003. Virginia was a loving and caring person who enjoyed camping, fishing, bingo and playing with her three small dogs. She will be missed by many family and friends but never forgotten. She is survived by her husband, Wes Hall of Nyssa; her daughters, Felena Romo of Chico, Calif. and Helena Fisher of Nyssa; six grandchildren, Dale of Nampa, Idaho, Christina, Marcy and Keri of Chico, Calif., D.J. of Fruitland and Sarah of Nampa; four great-grandchildren and one on the way; one brother, Duane Van Cleave, and one sister. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, June 10, 2005 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Doyle, Flora F. Shelton Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Flora F. Doyle, 88, of Baker City, died March 21, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. Funeral services for Mrs. Doyle will be Friday at 2 p.m. at the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Ed Niswender of Calvary Baptist Church will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be today until 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Mrs. Doyle was born Nov. 4, 1916, in Unity. She was a daughter of Jasper N. and Olive (Arthurs) Shelton, one of nine children. She was raised in Nyssa and received her education there. She married George Doyle in July of 1934 in Weiser, Idaho. The family lived in various locations, settling in Bend in 1956 and remaining there until moving to Baker City in 1973. Mrs. Doyle was a homemaker raising the family. She loved to read, enjoyed her flowers and was a good cook. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. She is survived by her two sons, Michael Doyle and James Doyle, both of Baker City; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter and eight brothers and sisters. Contributions in Mrs. Doyle’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association in care of Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Baker City, OR 97814. Used with permission from:...

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