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Biography of Thomas C. Fletcher

One of the earliest pioneers of this region of the country, a man whose life has always been dominated by wisdom prudence and upright principles,. having ever manifested also stanch virtues and a reliability that are becoming a good citizen and faithful man, the subject of this article is vie of the leading men of Malheur County, and a prominent resident of Ontario. Thomas C. was born in Mercer County, Kentucky, on October 11, 1841, being the son of Jewett and Elizabeth Fletcher. When our subject was six years of age he had the misfortune to lose his father and he was soon thereafter taken by his mother to Lee County, Iowa, near Ft. Madison where he was reared on a farm attend the Common schools for his education. In the fall of 1861 when the stirring call came for men to defend the nation’s honor and save her from the assault of treason’s bards, he promptly enlisted in Company G Fourth Iowa Calvalry as bugler and was under General Curtis. Several skirmishes were participated in Missouri and then he was transferred to Sherman’s army Sixteenth Corps, being immediately under% 9A. J. Smith. He was in siege of Vicksburg and on account of sickness was sent home on a furlough, but after recovering was seen again in the ranks and took part in the battle of Ripley, Meridian, and...

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Biography of Robert Van Gilse

The capable and educated gentleman, of whom we now have the privilege of writing, is one of the leading fruit men of the entire northwest, being better fitted, doubtless, than most in this industry in the entire country, for in addition to the practical experience in handling nurseries and fruit farms themselves, he has received from some of the leading horticultural schools of Europe the best theoretical and practical training that is now the privilege of a man to secure. It is with great pleasure, therefore, that we grant space here for an epitome of his interesting career. And it would give us gratification if in brief we were privileged to publish for the benefit of the fruit men of Malheur county, his valuable experience in these lines. We will revert to the personal history of our subject and we note first that in the pure Anglo-Saxon country of Holland is his birth-place. Middleburg is the spot and June 18, 1873, is the date. His parents were J. A. and Mary Van Gilse. The father is editor of one of the most powerful journals of Holland and is a member of the Congressional body of the country, being a leader in those halls as else, in the field of journalism. Our subject attended the common school until twelve years of age at Rotterdam, then entered the Horticultural College at...

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Biographical Sketch of David Dunbar

In the person of the subject of this sketch we have one of the leading citizens and stockmen of Malheur County, and it is with pleasure that we chronicle the salient paints in his interesting and active career, wherein he has ever manifested integrity, ability and industry. David Dunbar was born in Ontario, Canada, near Kingston, on February 5, 1849, being the son of James and Eliza Dunbar. He was reared on a farm with his parents and gained his education from the common schools of that province. In July 186? he was called to mourn the death of his mother and in the fall of that same year stood forth from the parental roof to do battle with the forces of this world alone. He went to New York and thence by steamer to San Francisco arriving in that city in thirty days. He worked during the winter on the Union Pacific railroad at Truckee, Nevada. Sometime after this he joined a wagon train and made his way to the Idaho Basin. This was in 1867 and he mined for a time and then freighted from Relton, Utah to Silver City, Idaho after which he purchased a band of horses and took them to Montana and sold them, purchasing a band of stock and work cattle. These he brought back to Silver City, selling the cattle for work...

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Biographical Sketch of Roswell W. Clement

Among the leading agriculturists of Malheur county is to be mentioned the subject of this sketch, whose life has manifested a worthy record of honest and rigorous endeavor, dominated with sagacity and tempered with prudence and display of affability and genial bearing toward all. In Middleville, Barry county, Michigan, on January 5, 1862, occurred the happy event of the birth of Roswell W. Clement, his parents being Judge James T. and Lucy (Hayes) Clement. The family came to Usage, Iowa, while our subject was a small child, and thence they removed to the vicinity of Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1868. In these various places Roswell W. was reared, receiving a good education from the common schools. 1881 marks the date when they again removed toward the west, this time journeying with teams, one of which our subject drove the entire distance, to Payette, Idaho, making the trip in eighty days. Here on September 11. 1884, Mr. Clement married Miss Harriet, daughter of John and Melissa Neal, and a native of Denver, Colorado. Mr. and Mrs. Neal were early pioneers of the Payette Valley, coming thither from Denver, in which town they also were among the first settlers and lived there when flour retailed at fifty dollars per sack. To Mr. and Mrs. Clement there have been born four children named as follows: Martha Ethel, James R., Walter and Buell J....

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Biographical Sketch of Charlie E. Amidon

This well known and representative farmer and stockman is a substantial and enterprising citizen of Malheur County, dwelling near Ontario, five and one-half miles southwest, where he has a fine farm of one hundred and eighty acres, well tilled and improved with buildings, orchards, and so forth in addition to which he owns one hundred acres of land in another place, besides other property. The birth of Mr. Amidon occurred at Flenn, Allegan County, Michigan in 1860, August 23, being the son of Edson and Electa (Tracy) Amidon. The father enlisted in Company B, Thirteenth Michigan in October, 1861. He was transferred to Sherman’s Army and was with that celebrity on the famous march to the sea. Before going, he was home on a furlough, on account of the measles. Upon his return to the army after his furlough he was promoted as corporal and he did valiant service in the battles of Chattanooga, Chickamauga, Atlanta, and many others as well as numerous skirmishes. He served until the last disloyal gun was silenced, and then received his honorable discharge, after four years of war toil. Our subject was reared on a farm educated in the common schools and at the age of twelve went with his parents to Grand Island, Nebraska. Two years later the family returned to Wayne County, Michigan and from there he went to Flenn, his...

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Gurney, Areta Littlejohn – Obituary

Washington Co., OR A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, 1996, in Evergreen Cemetery in Ontario for Areta Gurney, who died Jan. 6 at age 93. Mrs. Gurney was born Oct. 13, 1902 in Pendleton. She taught high school in Marshfield in the 1920s and grade school during the 1960s. In 1976 she moved from Ontario to Portland. She was a member of the Ontario Methodist Church. Surviving are her son, Norris of Portland and one grandchild. The family suggests remembrances to the American Cancer Society. The Oregonian, January 10, 1996 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Fisher, David Cyrus – Obituary

David Cyrus Fisher died at Ontario, Oregon, on Saturday, April 17, 1915, aged 75 years, 7 moths and 8 days. The deceased had gone to Ontario to pay a long deferred visit to his son, Guy Fisher, and shortly after his arrival there he was stricken with his last illness. For a time hopes were entertained for his recovery but he never grew sufficiently strong to return to his home. For many years he had been a resident of the Grande Rode Valley, where he was well and favorably known, and his death is mourned by a large circle of relatives and friends. Surviving him are his wife and children: Mrs. Elizabeth Fisher of Cove, Oregon; Charles Fisher of Union, Oregon; Guy Fisher of Ontario; Otis Fisher and Mrs. Mattie Henley of Portland; Mrs. Leonard Couch of Messrs; Hiram and Harvey Fisher of Wallowa; Mrs. Mary McKennon of Pine Valley, Oregon; and Mrs. Phelma Forman of Ft. Bidwell, California. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Cullison at the home of his foster daughter, Mrs. Cora B. Busick, of this city. Interment was in the Union cemetery. La Grande Newspaper dated April 21, 1915. Contributed by: Michelle...

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Fisher, David Cyrus – Obituary

Pioneer Who Crossed The Plains in 1859 Dies At Ontario  David Cyrus Fisher, resident of Oregon since 1862, died at Ontario, April 17, aged 75 years. Mr. Fisher was a native of Illinois and crossed Hate plains in 1859 to California, coming from that state to Oregon in 1862. He first settled in the Willamette Valley, later moving to the Grande Ronde Valley, where he passed the later years of his life. Mr. Fisher is survived by nine children; Hiram Fisher and Harvey Fisher of Wallowa; Mrs. Phemina Forman of Bidwell, Cal; Mrs. Mattie Henely, Portland; Mrs. Mary McKennon, Otis Fisher of Portland; Mrs. L. Couch, Wallowa; Charles Fisher, Union; Guy Fisher of Ontario. Wallowa County Record Newspaper; Contributed by: Michelle...

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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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Wilson, C. D., Mrs. – Obituary

There departed this life on Thursday, July 10th, 1919, Mrs. C.D. Woods, aged 25 years. Maud Brosnan was born at Ontario, Oregon, during the year 1894 and was married to C.D. woods during the month of February last. They had made Wallowa County their home up until the time of her decease. Husband and wife had walked the streets of our city together but shortly before her death which came very suddenly at the Roseman Hospital. How little we know of what time has in store for us, for those Gates of Pearl may swing open at the least expected moment to welcome some one of us in. Our heart felt sympathy goes out to the deeply bereaved husband as well as to the grieving parents, Mr. And Mrs. T.J. Brosnan of Ontario, Ore. And the two brothers and one sister who are mourning her departure. Wallowa County Reporter, Thursday, July 17,...

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Hammack, Alice Irene Bohannan – Obituary

Enterprise, Oregon Mrs. Irene Hammack, who resided in Enterprise until two months ago, passed away at the home of her son, Lester, in Jamieson, Oregon, on May 1st, at the age of 74 years. She was born at Huntsville, Ark. Mrs. Hammack had been in poor health for several months and due to her physical disability, her son, Fred, went with her to Ontario where she might be near her other children and where she would receive medical care. It was soon learned that she was a victim of diabetes and she was removed to the hospital where an amputation on her foot was performed, and she was later brought to her son’s home where she survived only a few days. The funeral services were held in the Ontario Chapel Friday at 2 p.m., and internment was in that city. She is survived by six sons: Ben Gaskill, of Echo, and Elmer Gaskill of Ontario; John Hammack, of Ontario; Lester and Fred Hammack of Jameson; and Lee Hammack, of Valsetz, near Salem; and by fourteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. All six sons and families were present at the funeral as well as a step-son, Jesse Hammack, and his family and son, William L., and daughter, Mrs. Anna Foster of Enterprise. Mrs. Laird was a niece. She was married in Lostine 43 years ago to J. Linza Hammack and resided...

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Langlitz, Judy – Obituary

Judy Langlitz, of Enterprise, died May 19, 2007. She was 56. Ms. Langlitz was born in Ontario on Oct. 22, 1950, to Albert and Mowetta Langlitz. Ms. Langlitz was a loving mother and grandmother and was affectionately called Grandma Judy by those who knew her. She always gave to those in need. She was active in the Blue Mountain Old Time Fiddlers Association as was her two oldest granddaughters. She shared her love of the beautiful Oregon mountains with all who were close to her. Ms. Langlitz was preceded in death by her father Albert B. Langlitz; daughter Christina D Schultz; and grandson Zachary B. Muller. She is survived by her mother Mowetta Willison of Eugene; brother Paul Lang of Eugene; son Ken Schultz of Idaho; daughter Nicole Muller of Tulsa, Oklahoma; grandchildren Kristina and Crystal Schultz of Joseph, Kelly, Tanner and Jesse Muller of Oklahoma, and Wolfe and Sylvia Schultz. Services pending in lieu of flowers. Donations may be sent to Blue Mountain Old Time Fiddlers Association in care of Denny Langford 966 E. Bryan, Union, OR, 97883. Wallowa County Chieftain, June 7, 2007 Transcribed by: Dixie...

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Langlitz, Judy – Obituary

Enterprise, Oregon Judy Langlitz, of Enterprise, died May 19, 2007. She was 56. Ms. Langlitz was born in Ontario on Oct. 22, 1950, to Albert and Mowetta Langlitz. Ms. Langlitz was a loving mother and grandmother and was affectionately called Grandma Judy by those who knew her. She always gave to those in need. She was active in the Blue Mountain Old Time Fiddlers Association as was her two oldest granddaughters. She shared her love of the beautiful Oregon mountains with all who were close to her. Ms. Langlitz was preceded in death by her father Albert B. Langlitz; daughter Christina D Schultz; and grandson Zachary B. Muller. She is survived by her mother Mowetta Willison of Eugene; brother Paul Lang of Eugene; son Ken Schultz of Idaho; daughter Nicole Muller of Tulsa, Oklahoma; grandchildren Kristina and Crystal Schultz of Joseph, Kelly, Tanner and Jesse Muller of Oklahoma, and Wolfe and Sylvia Schultz. Services pending in lieu of flowers. Donations may be sent to Blue Mountain Old Time Fiddlers Association in care of Denny Langford 966 E. Bryan, Union, OR, 97883. Wallowa County Chieftain, June 7, 2007 Contributed by Dixie...

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Conklin, E. B. Mrs. – Obituary

Death Takes Ex-Teacher Mrs. E. B. Conklin Dies In Willamette Valley Home of Daughter Funeral services for Mrs. E. B. (Estella) Conklin, who died Saturday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. L. N. Fryer, in Garden Home, Oregon, were conducted at Peterson’s funeral home at 2 p.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Mr. C. L. Callahan officiating. Burial was in the Ontario cemetery, where members of the Order of the Eastern Star conducted final rites. Mrs. Conklin, who had taught Ontario youngsters in the primary grades for 14 years, was the widow of the late Eugene B. Conklin, Ontario’s first school superintendent. The daughter of Otho and Mary L. Eckersley, Mrs. Conklin was born at Cove, Oregon, May 22, 1871. Graduating from Monmouth Normal school in 1895, she married the late Mr. Conklin in 1896. She is survived by two daughters; Mrs. R. L. Young of Charlotte, North Carolina and Mrs. Fryer of Garden Home; and two sons, Captain Donald V. Conklin of Fontana, California, and Roscoe B. Conklin of Ontario. Eastern Oregon Observer Ontario, Oregon March 7, 1946 Front Page Contributed by: Tom...

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Foster, (Son) – Obituary

A Sad Affliction Mr. and Mrs. H.B. Foster, living at Sanger, sent their two children a girl about 10 years and a boy about 7 yeras of age to live with their grandmother at Ontariio, for the purpose of going to school. On Saturday the children were at Washo in Idaho, and the boy was out playing with two others about the same age and in the evening he was missing. Inquiring of the other two boys of his whereabouts, they said they did not know but supposed he had got lost in a field where they had gone to look after some stock. They brought in his overcoat but could give no account of him. Search was made by the neighbors all that evening and they cut away the ice in an irrigation ditch as long as the moon gave them light, but it became so dark that it was useless to work longer until daylight. In the meantime the other two boys were closely questioned and they persisted in declaring that they did not know what had become of him. About nine o’clock Sunday morning one of the boys finally told the true story and showed where the little fellow went under the ice and upon searching, his body was soon found. It is hard to explain why the boys so long refused to tell of his...

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