Location: Parma Idaho

Biography of Erwin A. Rieger

The subject of this sketch is one of the younger men who have achieved brilliant success in the business world of the west, being located in Ontario, where he has an important interest in the Oregon Forwarding Company. one of the largest general merchandise establishments of the eastern part of Oregon, which owes much of its unbounded success to the keen business ability- and fine executive force of Mr. Rieger. The birth of Erwin A. occurred in Ludwigburg, Germany, on January 28, 1873, being the son of Frederick J. and Mary (Kiesel) Rieger. The father was a leading attorney of his country, and our subject received a good education in the common schools and in the Heilbronn King Carli College, then studied law and was admitted to its practice in his native town at the age of twenty-one. Soon after this import-ant event, he bade the fatherland adieu, took farewell of friends and embarked for the United States. The spring of 1894 marks the date of his landing in New York, having sailed in the steamer Scandia. From the metropolis he came direct to Ogden, then to Parma, Idaho. He visited these places and others for the purpose of getting acquainted with the American people and their ways, and also he devoted some time to farming, then went to Haley, Idaho, and thence to Salt Lake City, where he...

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Elsberry, Keith – Obituary

Lostine, Wallowa County, Oregon Keith Elsberry, six-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. George Elsberry, died at Parma, Idaho, Wednesday, July 10, of spotted fever. He was a grandchild of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Hedges, former residents of Lostine. The Elsberry family had been camping in the woods near Parma, when the child was bitten by the tick. He did not respond to medical treatment. Funeral services were held Friday, July 12, at...

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Driskall, Thelma Doris – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Thelma Doris Driskell, 91, of La Grande, died Jan. 11 at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise. A celebration of life begins at 1 p.m. Saturday at Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande. Visitation will be allowed for family and friends for one hour prior to the services. Graveside services will follow at Grandview Cemetery. A reception will he held in the hall of the United Methodist Church, 1612 Fourth St., after the graveside service. Doris was born March 15, 1916, to Leslie Duncan and Christine Weatley in Parma, Idaho. She was the oldest daughter. When Doris was 2, the family moved to La Grande where she spent the rest of her years. She graduated from La Grande High School in 1934. Having lived in La Grande for almost 90 years, Doris enjoyed Eastern Oregon and loved going on camping trips in the surrounding area with her family and friends. One of her greatest pleasures was picking huckleberries and making huckleberry dumplings. With her husband she had been an active member in the Good Sams. They gave up the camping trailer life only when they could no longer handle the rigors of getting the trailer to the campsite. She continued to get out into the area with the support of her son, Jim, and his wife, Connie. She also enjoyed day road trips...

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Phelps, James LeRoy Jr. – Obituary

Dad went to visit his Father in Heaven on October 8, 2007 after a brief illness. James was born in Weldona, Colorado on March 26, 1928 to James “Lee” and Gladys “Bernice” Phelps. The family arrived in Idaho in the late 1930’s, and he was raised on a farm on the hill outside of Roswell, Idaho. He graduated from Wilder High School spring of 1946 and entered the Navy that fall. He served his country in the Mediterranean on the U.S.S Midway. During those years he corresponded with Dorothy Burt and upon returning from the Navy he married Dorothy on July 7, 1948. They started their family in the Ten Davis area east of Parma, on the farm their first two of their children were born, Beth Nadine and John Rhannon. When John was eleven months old they moved to Colorado where James worked for the city of Fort Morgan, where the next two children David Patrick and Barbara Ann were born. They all returned to Idaho so that James could attend Boise Junior College. During the two years it took to earn his teaching certificate another son was born Bill Maynard. Upon completing college his first teaching assignment was in Grand View, Idaho. Their last child Josephine Louise was born while they were living there. James taught a total of 26 years and his last assignment was in...

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Colson, Naomi June Crisp Mrs.

Keating, Baker County, Oregon Naomi June Crisp Colson, 78, of Weiser, Idaho, a former Baker County resident, died June 15, 2005. Her memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Payette, Idaho, S. Ninth and Third avenues. Pastor Skip Johnson will officiate. Inurnment will be later at Hillcrest Cemetery in Weiser. June was born on Feb. 4, 1927, at Parma, Idaho, to Sidney and Alice Snyder Crisp. She attended Keating School and Gem State Adventist Academy at Caldwell, Idaho. She was married to Benjamin E. Colson at Baker City on March 30, 1947. She lived at Keating, Nampa, Idaho, Wenatchee, Wash., and Weiser, Idaho. She had worked in radiologic technology and as a purchasing agent. She enjoyed flowers, vegetable gardens, birds, dogs and housekeeping. She was a lifelong member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church serving as head deaconess, Dorcas leader and children’s leader. Survivors include her husband, Ben Colson of Weiser, Idaho; a son, Russell, and his wife, Becky Colson, of Puyallup, Wash.; daughter, Susan, and her husband, Steve Iwasa, of Weiser, Idaho; brothers and their spouses, John and Malinda Crisp of Sutherlin and Don and Wanda Crisp, of Klamath Falls; sister, Marylis Long, of McMinnville; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Thomason Funeral Home of Weiser, Idaho, is in charge of arrangements. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, June...

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Leigh, William Paul, Sr. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon William Paul Leigh Sr., 84, of Baker City died May 29, 2003, at his home. His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Monte Loyd of Baker Valley Christian Assembly will officiate. Mr. Leigh was born on Aug. 26, 1918, at Parma, Idaho, to William Edison Leigh and Mary Lois Boyles. He attended Parma High School. His higher education consisted of the Westpoint welding and diesel school at Chicago. During World War II he welded in the shipyards of Portland. He then returned to Baker County and began working in the logging industry. He built roads, did mechanic work, drove truck and was a night watchman until he retired in 1981 from Ellingson Lumber Co. He also farmed and ranched on the side. He was involved in the hunter education classes, Powder River Sportsman’s Club, Baker County Mounted Posse and shot and reloaded for the Oregon State Police pistol team. He was an avid outdoorsman. He loved hunting and fishing and he had a great love for animals, especially horses. He married Elaine B. Lewis at Winnemucca, Nev., on June 7, 1947. He spent the last four years of his life at the Madison’s Foster Home in Baker City. Survivors include his sister, Myrtle Clark, age 101, of Payette, Idaho; his wife, Elaine of...

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Davis Frances Mae Hiaring Cassity Mrs. – Obituary

Frances Mae Cassity Davis, 78, of Parma, Idaho, a former Baker City resident, died April 20, 2009, at her home. Her graveside funeral was Friday at Cloverdale Memorial Park in Nampa. Frances was born on Oct. 26, 1930, at Nampa to Fleta Mae Goodwin Hiaring and George Carl Hiaring. She grew up at Nampa and attended Roosevelt Elementary and Central Junior High School. Her father died in 1940 when she was 9. Her mother worked full time at Woolworth’s drug store to provide for the family. Frances was tasked with helping raise her two younger siblings while her mother worked. Frances married Jack Angus Cassity Sr. in 1948. They were married for 39 years before his death. After Jack Sr. died, she moved to Boise and worked for the State of Idaho as the head cook for the Star and Eagle senior centers. Francis married Jesse E. Davis in June of 1989. They would have celebrated their 20th anniversary this June. Frances worked at the Idaho State Capitol Building as a telephone operator for several years. She worked at the Roadway Inn “Cock of the Walk Restaurant” for five years. She purchased and operated her own restaurant the “La Fondita” for several years in Boise. She moved to Baker City in 1976 where she worked at the old St. Elizabeth Hospital as a dietary cook for two years. She...

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