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Beights, Moses Washington – Obituary

Moses Washington Beights, son of James and Mary Beights, was born in Holmes County, Ohio, September 9, 1854, and departed this life on August 31, 1938 at the age of 83 years, 11 months, and 22 days. When a youth he moved with his parents to Henry County, Iowa, and continued to reside with his parents until he reached his majority. On March 12, 1879, he was united in marriage to May Jane Morrow who preceded him in death on January 29, 1934. No children were born to this union. Mr. Beights and his wife resided in Henry County, Iowa, until 1882 when they moved to Omaha, Nebraska and in July 1889, they came to Alta, Iowa which was maintained by them as their place of residence until the times of their respective deaths. Mr. Beights is survived by one brother, Mr. Menno Beights of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. During the years Mr. Beights resided in Alta, he followed various pursuits of labor for a livelihood, chief among which were paining, auctioneering, and paper hanging. Mr. Beights was a member of Hercules Loge, No. 375, Knights of Pythias and of Alta Lodge, No. 388, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. His lodge membership in the Order of Knights of Pythias covered a period of over forty-five years and he was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows for thirty-three...

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Beights, Mary Jane Morrow – Obituary

Another pioneer of the Alta community has been laid to rest. Mrs. M. W. Beights passed away at the Alta hospital on Monday of last week [January 20, 1934] following an attack of pneumonia. Her advanced years and the severeness of the attack was more than she could stand and in spite of all efforts passed away at the age of 74 years, 8 months and 4 days. Funeral services were held in Alta on Thursday, February 1st with Rev. J. M. Bloomquist in charge. Burial was made in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Mary Jane Morrow was born in Henry County, Iowa, October 25th, 1859. Here she spent her girlhood days and on March 12, 1879 was united in marriage to Moses W. Beights. They lived in Henry County until 1882 when they moved to Audubon County and resided here until 1888 when they again moved to Omaha. After about one year in Omaha, they moved to Alta on July 23, 1889 where they have continued to make their home. Mrs. Beights was well and favorably known by her acquaintances and for many years has been a faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church of Alta. Her many friends extend their deepest sympathy to Mr....

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Justus, Christopher Scott “Chris” – Obituary

Christopher Scott “Chris” Justus, 31, of Baker City died Feb. 22, 2006, in Baker City. There was a private family service Saturday at Gray’s West & Co. Chris was born on Jan. 27, 1975, at Omaha, Neb., on the Offutt Air Force Base to David Darl and Jean Rae Rohner Justus. He was the oldest of the three sons. He was raised in Baker City and attended Baker High School through his sophomore year. He continued school at the Oregon State School for the Deaf and graduated in 1994. He then attended Chemekata Community College at Salem for one year. After college, Chris moved to Eugene and worked as a welder and pipe fitter. He then moved to North Dakota working in construction. In 2001, he returned to Baker City and worked on the family dairy. Just recently, Chris had worked in Boise at Lowes, but only for a short time before returning to Baker City. Chris was a hard worker, but he always made the time to spend with the love of his life, his daughter, Mackenzie. Chris liked sports and was a huge Nebraska Cornhuskers fan and loved watching NASCAR. He also enjoyed putting models together and fishing. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Orville Rohner; and his great-grandparents Edna and Darl Cassidy. Survivors include his daughter, Mackenzie of Boise; his parents, Dave and Jean...

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Fleetwood, Arnold Eugene “Arnie” – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Arnold Eugene “Arnie” Fleetwood, 69, of Baker City, died Dec. 6, 2002. At his request, there will be no services, and he will be interred with his son, Mike. Arnie was born Jan. 2, 1933, to George William and Ruth Marie McGragh Fleetwood in Omaha, Neb. He was raised in orphanages most all of his youth, but received an education and graduated in Omaha. In 1950, Arnie joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served in Korea for three years. During Arnie’s life, he enjoyed working in various occupations. He worked construction, logged on the Oregon Coast, worked underground in a copper mine in Arizona and spent 1974 to 1976 working on the Alaska pipeline. Arnie enjoyed hunting, fishing, prospecting, crabbing on the coast, and the outdoors in general. These past five years he has lived in the Richland, Durkee and Baker City area. Survivors include his companion, Jane Fields of Baker City; sons, Arnie and Ron; and one granddaughter, Shawna Fleetwood of Santa Rosa, Calif. He was preceded in death by his beloved son, Michael, who died Feb. 12, 1999. Memorial contributions may be made to the Food Bank in care of Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, December 13, 2002 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Biographical Sketch of John H. Kellom

John H. Kellom of Tustin, was born in Washington County, New York, in 1818, a son of Isaac and Eliza (Healy) Kellom. He graduated at Williams College in 1842 taught school four years in Georgia, studied law two years at Auburn, New York, taught school again until 1856, and then went to Omaha, Nebraska, and engaged in banking. Two years afterward he was elected State Superintendent of schools for a term of two years; he also served as United States Assessor; was clerk of all the courts of Nebraska for four years; was Postmaster at Omaha one year under President Grant, etc. He next organized the high school of Omaha, and was principal of the same for three years. In 1880 he abandoned public life and came to California to live retired. He owns one of the finest orange orchards in the Santa Ana valley, situated at Tustin, from which he realized a profit of $6,000 in 1889. He was married at Syracuse, New York, in 1849, to Miss Harriet Newell, of Springfield, Massachusetts, and they have but one child-Clara, now Mrs. William L. Adams, her husband a prominent railroad man of...

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Biography of Charles Edward Wilson

Charles Edward Wilson, son of Thomas Jefferson Wilson; was born in Greensburg, Green Co., Ky., on May 1, 1849; when his father died in 1835, he, being the only child and only remaining one of the family, went to Charleston and lived with relatives, finishing a common-school education during the following winter; in the spring of 1867, he went to Omaha, Neb., and remained one year; returning then to Charleston, he became a salesman in the queensware store of V. Craig, and afterward book-keeper for George Tucker, who was a manufacturer of pressed brick; in the spring of 1871, he was elected to the office of City Clerk of the city of Charleston, for one year, and was appointed by the City Council in the spring of 1872, to the same position for another year in the fall of 1871, he was employed at the infirmary of Dr. S. Van Meter; ultimately became a partner in the firm, and retired from the same on Sept. 18t, 1876. On Nov. 4, 1873, he was married to Miss Emily Johnston, daughter of I. H. Johnston, of Charleston; she was born in Coles Co., on June 15, 1851; three children are the result of this marriage, all daughters, as follows: Olive, born Sept. 3, 1874; Clotilde, born Dec. 23, 1876, and Emily, born Dec. 4, 1878. In November, 1873, he was elected...

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Biography of Charles J. Smith

Charles J. Smith, Manager of the Oregon Railway & Navigation Company, was born in Nicholasville, Kentucky, March 13, 1854, and is the son of Charles F. and Z. A. ( Jackson) Smith. His father was a merchant at Nicholasville for several years, but in 1857, removed to Kansas City, Missouri, where he died in 1877. In the latter city, the subject of this sketch was educated in a private school until he reached the age of fourteen, when he entered Blackburn University at Carlinville, Illinois, from which institution he graduated in 1870. After graduation he spent one year as a clerk in a real estate office in Kansas City. In August, 1871, he began his railroad career as store-keeper in the employ of the Missouri River, Fort Scott & Gulf railroad, now known as the Kansas City, Springfield & Memphis railroad, being thus employed for a year and a half. This service was followed by a period of clerk-ship in the office of the Master Mechanic and as chief clerk of the motor power. He then spent three years as clerk in the auditor’s office of the same road and of the Leavensworth, Lawrence & Galveston railroad, afterwards known as the Kansas City, Leavensworth & Southern. In 1878, he became acting or assistant auditor of the Kansas City, Fort Scott & Gulf; Kansas City, Lawrence & Southern; Atkinson &...

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