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Location: Pendleton Oregon

Filer, Martha Ann Bacus – Obituary

After an illness of several months at her home near Twisp, Washington, Mrs. Martha Filer, died Thursday, August 25 [1913] age 73 years. Mrs. Filer was born January 8, 1840 in Illinois and when a girl moved with her parents to Texas, where in 1869 she was married to Jacob Filer. [Marriage date is incorrect. First child was born about 1862]. To this union twelve children were born, eight of whom are living; her daughters, Mrs. Jones of Twisp, Mrs. Tuverson of Kellogg, Idaho, Mrs. Manning of North Yakima, and Mrs. G. C. Charlton of this valley. Four sons Fred and Louis Filer of Twisp, John H. Filer of this city and Jacob Filer of Toppenish. In 1883 Jacob Filer, wife and family left Texas, headed for Washington. They got as far as Pendleton, Ore., where Mr. Filer, after some weeks took sick and died. [Jacob is buried in Ellensburg so this account seems to be in error.] After a few weeks, Mrs. Filer and her children gathered their all together and started for Kittitas valley. Once here, she bought the ranch now owned by J. H. Kresge near the Nanum Canyon and there reared her children to manhood and womanhood. In the early nineties Mrs. Filer sold her farm and with a part of her children and number of other Kittitas Valley people, moved to the Methow Valley...

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Molstrom, William – Obituary

William Molstrom, aged 50 died yesterday [February 14, 1935] after a heart attack. He is survived by his brothers, Abe Molstrom, John Molstrom, Henry Molstrom, and sisters, Marie H. Nelson, Mamie Somppi, Anna M. Littlejohn. The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday from the Bomboy Funeral Home, with Rev. A. F. Van Slyke pastor of the Christian Church officiating. Pall bearers will be Olney Simpson, James Haring, William Embusk, James Harvey, Ed Davis, and Elmer Hendrickson. Burial will be at Olney. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Snyder, Josephine Edwards – Obituary

East Oregonian, May 11, 1990 Graveside funeral services for Josephine Snyder will be held at Olney Cemetery on Monday at 10 a.m. Mrs. Snyder, 80, of Pendleton, died Wednesday, May 9, 1990, at Delamarter Care Center in Pendleton. She was born May 19, 1909 at Wilderville, Ore., to Andrew Jackson and Mary Alice Terry Edwards. She attended school in the Portland area and attended college at Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa, Idaho. Mrs. Snyder enjoyed sewing; she crocheted many afghans. She was an avid hunter and fisherman. Survivors include her husband, John of Pendleton; sons, Richard Hyde of Cottage Grove, Minn., and Robert Hyde of Seattle; stepson, Jack Snyder of Stanfield; stepdaughters, Isabelle Swett of Long Beach, Calif., and Catherine Bell of Cypress, Calif.; a brother Andy Edwards in Southern California; sisters, Grace Peters in Southern California and Helen Lehr of St. Louis, Mo.; 12 grandchildren, many great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, directly or through Bishop Funeral Chapel in Pendleton. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Peacock, Joseph Mrs. – Obituary

Word has been received here of the death of Mrs. Charles Peacock of Pendleton. Mrs. Peacock was a sister of Mrs. Joseph Sanders, now of Scio, but formerly residents here. Mrs. Peacock has visited here many times and will be remembered by quite a number of friends. Oregon Trail Weekly North Powder News Jan 30, 1931 Transcribed by Charlotte...

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Culpus, Dick – Obituary

Hit And Run Driver Kills Umatilla Indian Dick Culpus, of Colville, Wash., an Indian, died at Pendleton Sunday from injuries received when struck by a hit and run driver on the Old Oregon Trail east of Pendleton. He was badly cut and received internal injuries. Oregon Trail Weekly North Powder News Saturday, July 28,...

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Hunt, Wendell – Obituary

Auto Accident Proves Fatal Wendell Hunt Died Monday In Pendleton Hospital From Injuries Wendell Hunt, 21, of Whittier, Calif., who was injured in an automobile accident last week, 15 miles east of Pendleton, died Monday in a Pendleton hospital, where he was taken following the accident. He never regained consciousness. His father and mother who arrived from Whittier two days after the accident, left with the body for Whittier Monday night. North Powder News Saturday, August 21,...

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Mytinger, Vivian May – Obituary

Funeral services for Mrs. Frank (Vivian May) Mytinger, 81, who died Friday at her home near Pendleton, will be Tuesday with Folsoms’ Funeral Chapel in charge. Notice is on page 4 today. Born at Cove Sept. 16, 1884, she lived in Union County for many years, marrying in La Grande in 1903. She and her husband moved to Pendleton in 1910. He died several years ago. She had lived here the last 56 years. Survivors are three sons, Paul of Pendleton, Harry of Ogden, Utah, and Clifford of San Jose, Calif.; a daughter, Mrs. Walter P. (Florence) Hall, Pendleton; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Donated by Margaret...

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Belfield, Oscar – Obituary

Funeral services were held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Belfield Sunday for the late Oscar Belfield who passed this life at Pendleton on June 3. The services were conducted by Rev. Ira J. McFarland and burial was in the local cemetery. Oscar Shaw Belfield was born at Burton, Harvey county, Kansas, January 2, 1892 and died at Pendleton, Oregon, June 3, 1925, aged 33 years, four months and 11 days. He had been in ill health for several months. He leaves to mourn his loss, his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Belfield of North Powder and four sisters and three brothers. Oscar was a good boy, of a lovable disposition and was loved by all who knew him. North Powder News Saturday, June 13,...

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Biography of Jacob Frazier

This pioneer of the wool business in Eastern Oregon, and owner of some of the best buildings in Pendleton, is a native of the Buckeye state (1820), and while but a boy of ten went with his father to Indiana, and as a youth of sixteen to Iowa. In this state, then known locally as the Black Hawk purchase, his father died at the advanced age of eighty-three. In 1850 Mr. Frazer crossed the plains to California with horses, being one of a party of five. This company was made to pay a toll of sugar, flour, etc., by the Sioux, and near Salt Lake had eight of their eleven horses stolen. Frazer himself was sick at the time; but two of the company gave chase and recaptured the animals, arriving at Hangtown (more euphoniously Placerville), our pioneer began gold digging. One of the first men he met in the country was his brother Montgomery, who had been out a year, and who had been very successful, insomuch tat he returned East soon after and bought the farm in Iowa which Jacob had first purchased with the avails of a big job of wood-chopping that he had undertaken for the brother of Jefferson Davis. Four years of mining life proved hazardous. Indeed, the list of casualties to which Mr. Frazer was subject suggest some sort of protecting agency that...

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Biographical Sketch of Almer G. King

The subject of this review is one of the well known and representative men of Malheur County and is to-day entrusted with the responsibilities of one of the main County offices and has made a record for himself of faithfulness, integrity, and capabilities, that places him secure in the esteem and respect of the entire population of the County. Almer G. was born in Waverly, Iowa, on December 6, 1866, being the son of George and Littie (Kimball) King. In 187o, the family came west via San Francisco and Portland to a place opposite Fort Vancouver, on the Columbia, where they resided for a time and then re-moved to Pendleton, afterwards going to The Dalles in 1872 where they remained until 1882. In that place, our subject was educated in the public schools and then took the entire course in the Vasco Independent Academy, but (lid not graduate as he was detained from passing the examinations.  In 1882 he came to Malheur, at that time a part of Baker County, and engaged to handle cattle for Thomas R. David-son and fourteen years he remained with him never losing a day, and for the last half of this time he was foreman. In 1892 he went to Payette, Idaho, and conducted a livery stable for one year then went to Westfall Malheur County, and operated as a farmer for a...

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Biography of Z. C. Mills

Z.C. MILLS. – Z.C. Mills of Seattle, Washington is a native of the Empire state, and was born in 1834. While yet in his boyhood, his parents moved to Illinois, where he grew to manhood and received his education. After he had reached his majority, he engaged in business with his father. He was successful; but, when an American has once felt the excitement of moving, it is almost impossible for him to be contented, so long as there are new countries to be found beyond the Western horizon. Accordingly, in 1859, when the Pike’s Peak gold excitement reached his home, young Mills started for the new El Dorado, and settled in the new town of Denver, where he opened a tin store. That country, not proving as productive as expected, Mr. Mills, with others, pulled up stakes in 1862, and started for the Salmon river diggings, which were then just reaching their fame as the richest strike yet. The party crossed the Rocky Mountains, the Bitter Creek Desert, Green River, the Wasatch Range, went down the Bear River past the famed soda springs, and had reached a point above Fort Hall, when news reached that the Salmon river gold bubble has burst reached them. They retraced their steps to Fort Hall, and there joined a train bound for Oregon. In the eastern part of that state they stopped,...

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Biography of Lee Moorhouse

LEE MOORHOUSE. – It was some years before the Inland Empire realized its own wealth. The hills were formerly accounted worthless. Mr. Moorhouse was among the first to dissipate that notion. The Prospect Hill farm, of four thousand acres, eighteen miles west of Pendleton, of which he was superintendent, during his incumbency of four years, produced two hundred and fifty thousand bushels of wheat. The Moorhouses were from Iowa, Lee having been born there in 1850. They came to Oregon in 1861, locating in Umatilla county, near the present site of Pendleton, and when the country was so sparsely settled that no more than fifteen families could be found within a radius of twenty-five miles of that point. The father bought a squatt4er’s right near Walla Walla; and Lee, at the tender age of fourteen, set off for a tour of the mines in Idaho and British Columbia. Despite his youth he met with fair success. Returning home he attended school at Walla Walla for some years, and studied civil engineering under Horace Hurlburt on the Oregon & California Railroad. Coming to Pendleton, he was appointed county surveyor by a Democratic board of commissioners, although he was himself an ardent Republican. Four years passing away, he engaged in business with the pioneer merchant, Lot Livermore, and subsequently with John R. Foster at Umatilla. The Bannack outbreak of 1878 now...

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Biographical Sketch of Matthew Neeves

MATTHEW NEEVES. – Mr. Neeves, a prominent citizen of Pendleton, Oregon, was born near Syracuse, New York, in 1830. He there received a common-school education and remained until he was twenty years old. Going west to Galesburg, Illinois, he made his way in that new section in the capacity of a Yankee school-master. After one year in that place he went to Platt county, and remained another year as teacher. In 1852 he was induced to join the company of the veteran pioneer Joab Powell, and arrived at Portland in October of the same year. He first turned his attention to mining on Rogue River, and remained one year. After this he made his home in Douglas county until 1862, and went thence to the Florence mines, and was engaged in mining and freighting until 1867. At that date he returned to Douglas county, and remained in that delightful region more than ten years. After this long rest he was ready again for a new settlement, and, coming to Umatilla county, located a claim on Butter creek, and remained engaged in stock-raising and farming until 1880. The attractions of Pendleton, however, which was now becoming a point of interest and importance, led him to make his home within her borders and enjoy the remaining years of his life. He has one daughter and a stepson. After many reverses he...

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Biography of William F. Smith, M. D.

The state of Idaho, with its pulsing industrial activities and rapid development, has attracted within its confines men of marked ability and high character in the various professional lines, and in this way progress has been conserved and social stability fostered. He whose name initiates this review has gained recognition as one of the able and successful physicians of the state, and by his labors, his high professional attainments and his sterling characteristics has justified the respect and confidence in which he is held by the medical fraternity and the local public. A representative physician and surgeon of Mountain Home, the County seat of Elmore County, Idaho, Dr. William F. Smith has maintained his residence here since the year 1889, having acquired an enviable professional prestige and built up a successful practice. Dr. Smith is a native of the Old Dominion state, having been born in the beautiful old southern city of Richmond, on the nth of August 1863, being a representative of one of the old and honored families of Virginia a family which was prominently identified with the early annals of that patrician old commonwealth. The Doctor’s grandfather, Hiram M. Smith, and his father, Isaac T. Smith, were prominent manufacturers of Richmond, and during the late civil war were extensively engaged in the manufacturing of arms and munitions for the Confederate service, their sympathies being naturally with...

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Biography of Herman Rothchild

HERMAN ROTHCHILD. – Some of the leading mercantile and business establishments of Union county have been energized and built up largely by the new power infused into them from the later immigrants from the east, who brought with them from those centers of industry to these western points of distribution the sagacity, and successful methods of trade that have been learned by close and careful contact with keen competition and the wisest manipulators of finance and commerce. Among those who have made names for themselves and who have become established in the confidence of the people while they have built up establishments that are worthy of note in the business world is the gentleman whose name initiates this paragraph and who has both demonstrated excellent ability and manifested integrity in his career. Mr. Rothchild was born on July 11, 1858, in Nordstetten, in the Black Forest in Wurtemberg, Germany, being the son of Abraham and Hannah Rothchild. Until he was ten years of age he attended the public schools of his native place, and then entered the high school at Horb, where he studied until he was fifteen years old, and then went to the capital of Stuttgart, entering the employ of a wholesale house. In this capacity he remained until 1882, and then came direct to the United States, settling for a brief time in Kentucky, and then...

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