Location: Pierce County WA

Poland, Jesse C – Obituary

Jesse C. Poland, 58, a resident of the valley for nine years, died suddenly at his home on Stewart Road, Sunday night [February 23, 1935]. Besides his widow, Cora, he is survived by 10 children, Arthur, Len, Elmer and Lester of Seattle, Anna of Montana, Glen of Wenatchee, Mrs. Edna Wells of Tacoma, Mrs. Loleta Doyle of Spanaway, Mrs. Nellie Morrow and Dolly of Sumner and five grandchildren, one brother, C. E. Poland of Ellensburg, and a sister, Mrs. Jacob Litterer of Ellensburg. Funeral services will be held Wednesday from the Elmore chapel at 2 o’clock with Rev. Charles Alborn, pastor of the Sumner Baptist church officiating. Burial will be in the Sumner Cemetery. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Bryson, Howard – Obituary

Native Walla Wallan Howard Roscoe Bryson, 76, died July 18, 1989, at the Seattle Veterans Administration Medical Center. The funeral service was held today at Washington Soldiers’ Home Chapel in Orting, Wash., and the memorial service was at Sumner (Wash.) Presbyterian Church. Burial was at Veterans of all Wars Court in Mountain View Cemetery, Tacoma. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sumner Presbyterian Church through hill Funeral Home, 217 E. Pioneer Ave., Puyallup, Wash. 98372. Bryson was born July 21, 1912, in Walla Walla. He was a direct descendant of William I. Price of Orange. Bryson’s ancestors settled at New Amsterdam, N.Y. from the Netherlands and later in Iowa. Some came West in a covered wagon and settled in Cove, Ore. He attended elementary school in Walla Walla. While at Walla Walla High School, he participated in numerous activities and won a tennis championship. He graduated from high school at 15 with an IQ of 150. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in economics in 1933 from Whitman College when he was 19. While at Whitman, he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity, French club, the sophomore play staff, was a advertising manager of The Pioneer, in pep band, manager of the operetta “Pirates of Penzance,” and a member of the Drama Club, participating in “Blue Moon.” He taught commercial and business subjects in the Clarkston...

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Biography of Esdras N. Ouimette

ESDRAS N. OUIMETTE. – A portrait of Mr. Ouimette is placed in this work as a representative business man of Tacoma, Washington, and as one who located and pinned his faith to the City of Destiny in the early stages of its organization. Mr. Ouimette is a native of the province of Quebec, Canada, and was born in St. Eustache June 6, 1838. He was educated at the common schools, afterwards graduating from the St. Eustache College. He resided in his birthplace until twenty-two years of age. In 1860 he went to Montreal and engaged as clerk in a general merchandise store, where he remained for nearly five years. He then concluded to seek his fortune in the golden West, and came to Portland, Oregon, in the latter part of 1865,where he first found employment with the well-known dry-goods house of Jacob & Meyer. One year later he engaged in business for himself in Portland, where he remained until 869. He then removed his stock of goods to Olympia, Washington Territory, where for the following ten years he conducted a large and prosperous business. While in Olympia, Mr. Ouimette was looked upon as one of the most enterprising citizens of the Capital city, and held the office of Mayor of Olympia for two terms. Our subject was one of the first projectors, and mainly instrumental in the building, of...

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Biographical Sketch of Joseph W. Jaensch

2nd Lt. Joseph W. Jaensch is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Jaensch Sr. of Alder Slope. He was born at Eatonville, Wash, on Sept 10, 1917 and attended grade school at Hurricane Creek, Alder, Reavis and Enterprise. He graduated from the senior high school at Nampa, Idaho in 1935. He took vocal lessons from Stephen Jenick for over three years and has done some singing on the radio. He worked for the Boeing Aircraft company in Seattle two years before he entered the service on April 12, 1943, receiving his first training at Santa Ana, Calif. From...

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Biography of Boyd Elias Pollom

The men who came to Shawnee County in 1871 were of necessity patient plodders, content to await the rewards of a developing civilization. There were no short cuts to fortune such as fired the zeal of the argonauts of ’49, but there existed sane and practical opportunities for the man to whom labor was a beneflcent and necessary festure of his existence. To such a class belonged William Pollom, father of Boyd Elias Pollom, the latter one of the successful agrienlturists and substantial citizens of the vicinity of North Topeka. William Pollom was born in Ohio, in 1838, a son of Joseph Pollom, of Pennsylvania-Dutch antecedents who was a pioneer of both Ohio and Indiana. William Pollom grew up as a farmer, a vocation which he followed throughout his life, with short periods of participation in sawmilling, as timber in his community was very plentiful during his young manhood. He was married in 1856 to Ann Boyd, of Muskingum County, Ohio, and not long thereafter moved to Clay County, Indiana, and then to Putnam County, in the same state. A loyal Union man, never afrald to express his views, he enlisted in the Fifty-first Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry, during the Civil war and fought with that organization until wounded in battle, when he returned to Putnam County and thereafter did duty as a home guard as long as the...

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Biographical Sketch of William Franklin Minton

It is with pleasure that we essay the task of epitomizing the salient points in the interesting career of the estimable and enterprising gentleman whose name is at the head of this article, and it is very fitting that such be granted space in the history of Malheur County, since he has labored here for the up building of the county and has wrought with wisdom and energy for this end, while also he has spent much time on the frontier and in other places, always, however, manifesting that same energy and capability in furthering the chariot of progress and building for the generations to come. Mr. Minton was born in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, on November25, 1856, being the son of Willis J. and Martha S. (Coker) Minton. When he was a lad of seven he was taken by his parents to Cedar County, and in 1874 went with his parents to Pueblo, Colorado, and thence he went to Florence, Colorado, and there followed farming for a time. There also he was married on August 14, 1880, Miss Minerva Jackson becoming his wife on that occasion. In 1884 he removed with his family to New Mexico, securing a farm, which he tilled until 1889. In the last year mentioned he came via the Southern Pacific to San Francisco and thence on the steamer “State of California” to Portland....

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Biography of Hon. James P. Stewart

HON. JAMES P. STEWART. – In a notice of the Honorable James P. Stewart by the local press, when his name was presented for the suffrages of his fellow-citizens for a seat in the legislature of Washington Territory, it was most truthfully said: “he is a man of affairs, – a big, bronzed, broad-shouldered man, who moves about among his fellow-men with that quiet consciousness of strength that carries conviction and wins. He has been a winner all his life; and people applaud his winning. He has been as honest as he has been progressive. Mr. Stewart is a native of the State of New York, and was born in Delaware county September 21, 1833. He lived on the farm of his parents, enjoying the customary opportunities for acquiring knowledge or education afforded the farm lads of the Middle states one-half century ago. Young Stewart, full of energy, made the best use of his opportunities, and at the age of nineteen left the parental home and engaged in teaching school, working on the farm through the summer, and devoting the winter to teaching. He migrated to Oregon in 1855, and settled at Corvallis. he remained there until April, 1859, when he removed to the Puyallup valley on the last day of that month, which has since been his home. During his residence at Corvallis he occupied his time in...

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Biography of Edward S. Smith

EDWARD S. SMITH. – The death of Edward Slade Smith, at San Francisco, California, on December 31, 1885, and incidents relating to his life gathered from recollections of Judge Charles H. Berry, Honorable John A. Mathews and Doctor James M. Cole. Edward Slade Smith was born in what was then Chemung, now Schuyler county, in the State of New York, February 28, 1827; and hence at his decease he was nearly fifty-nine years old. His parents were Joel and Anna Smith, both early settlers in Winona, Minnesota, and both of whom are now dead. There were born to them six sons and four daughters. Edward Slade Smith, the second son, gave early promise of those traits of character of that enterprise, activity, and great perseverance, which were the leading features of his life. His school advantages were not adequate to his ambitious needs in after life; but his native genius and inherent judgment seldom failed him. After a reverse in his early business career, his experiences became his best educators; and they afforded him knowledge not attainable in colleges. However, his common-school acquirements were sufficient for his business purposes; and his mind was enlightened, and his views of life broadened, by extensive reading and intercourse with the able men of the West. In 1852 he came to Minnesota. Having been previously engaged with his eldest brother, Lorenzo D. Smith,...

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Biography of E. R. Rogers

E.R. ROGERS. – The subject of this brief sketch is a son of Charles and Jane P. Rogers, and was born in Freeport, Maine, November 29, 1829. He there received a common-school education, and early took to the sea, “a life on the ocean wave” being the bent of his inclinations. He at the early age of fourteen shipped in Boston for New Orleans and Europe. he continued in that calling until he arrived in San Francisco, on October 10, 1849, in the bark Sarah Warren, a vessel subsequently well known on Puget Sound as one of its early lumber vessels. On arriving in San Francisco, he met his uncle, Captain Denison, who was master of a vessel homeward bound, and who not only offered him, but urged him to accept the position of first officer on his vessel; but he declined, and in June following was at Big Auburn Gulch, Placer County, mining for gold. A few days afterwards he was taken ill with brain and bilious fever, the first and only sickness since his childhood. Want of medical attendance and care protracted his illness until the following February. He then prospected for a season, and met with but very indifferent success. Later in the season he joined a company to the American River at Haniseeket bar; but the season proved short; and, the freshet coming on before...

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Bork, Leonard – Obituary

Leonard Bork, 39, of 3571 East L St. died this morning in a local hospital after a week’s illness. Born in Flora, OR, Mr. Bork came to Tacoma 12 years ago. He was an operating engineer for the Lige Dickson Co. and a member of the Operating Engineers Local 612 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He served with the Army Engineer Corps in World War II. Mr. Bork is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; three sons, David, Terry and Dennis of the home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Bork of Walla Walla; a sister, Mrs. Wanda Esposito of Loma Linda, Calif; and a brother, Herbert Bork of Spokane. Buckley-King Funeral Home will announce services. Tacoma News Tribune – September 8, 1959 Services for Leonard Bork will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Buckley-King Chapel, with the Rev. Frank E. Brown officiating. Burial will be at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Walla Walla where graveside services will be held Friday. Honorary pallbearers will be William Simpson, Fran Kinton, Marshall Mallet, Max Foster, William Glover and Kenneth Sclimer. Tacoma News Tribune – September 9,...

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Cantrell, Mary Jo – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Word was received that former Wallowa County resident Mary Jo (Reece) Cantrell passed away Dec. 2, 1998, in Puyallup, Wash. She was born in Enterprise on Sept. 20, 1930, to Lacy and Ruth Reece. Mary Jo was a member of the local VFW Auburn Auxiliary #2298 and the Eagles. She retired from Boeing in Everett, Wash., in 1995. She loved her family and friends in a big way. She is survived by her four children; son, Rudy Kruse of Clatskanie; daughters, Cindy Kruse of Sumner, Wash., Gloria Kruse of San Diego, Calif., and Dawn Holland of Sumner, Wash., and 8 grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Good Samaritan Hospital Oncology Ward, Puyallup, Wash. Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon, Dec. 10, 1998 Contributed by Michelle...

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Ridgley, Josephine – Obituary

Josephine (Reichmuth) Ridgley was born near Zurich, Switzerland May 14, 1888. She immigrated to the United States in the early 1900’s with her sister Marie to Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington to join other family members that lived there. Miss Reichmuth was married to Charles Franklin Jaensch Sr. in Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington in 1909. To this union was born two sons; Charles Franklin Jaensch Jr. and Joseph William Jaensch. Mr. and Mrs. Jaensch lived in Wallowa County for a number of years farming on Alder Slope. Mr. and Mrs. Jaensch later divorced and Mrs. Jaensch moved to Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon. She worked for a number of years at the Heathman Hotel in Portland. At a later date she was a caregiver to Mr. Ridgley, eventually they were married and lived at 5304 North Concord Street in Portland, Oregon. After Mr. Ridgleys death, Mrs. Ridgley in her later years moved to an assisted living nursing home in Portland, Oregon where she passed away in February 1984. Mrs. Ridgley was interred in the Rose Lawn Cemetery in Portland. Mrs. Ridgley was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Annie, first husband Charles Franklin Jaensch Sr. and Mr. Ridgley of Portland and a son, Joseph William Jaensch of El Paso, Texas. She is survived by a son, Charles Franklin Jaensch Jr., grandchildren Gerald Franklin Jaensch of Baker, Oregon and David...

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Fisk, Roy A. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Roy A. Fisk Passes After Heart Attack Roy A. Fisk passed away at the hospital Monday, Jan. 29, 1940. For several years he had realized that his heart was not strong and he had been careful not to over exert himself and he felt he was improving. However, he suffered a sever attack Sunday, after doing his morning chores on the old Jacob Bauer farm south of town, and he was taken to the hospital. Funeral services will be held this afternoon at two o’clock in the Christian Church. Mr. Fisk was born at Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, June 25, 1882, and came west when a small boy with his parents, who located at Yakima, Wash. Mr. Fisk grew up there and was engaged in railroad train service work for several years. He was married in 1918 to Peggy DeRacy at Vancouver, Wash., and they lived in Tacoma several years where he was in business. About 12 years ago Mr. Fisk came to Enterprise to decorate the streets for a celebration, and he returned again, and then moved here in February, 1930, to a place on Alder Slope. After a few years he moved to Boise, Idaho, and then to Haines, Oregon, and returned to Enterprise last October. Mrs. Fisk survives, and there are five children: Mrs. Ralph Turner of Jerome, Idaho; Mrs. Ralph Teall and...

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Vest, Sarah Mrs. – Obituary

Joseph, Oregon News of the death of Mrs. Sarah Vest of Puyallup, Wash., was received in Joseph, Tuesday. Mrs. Vest was a pioneer resident of Joseph and suffered a paralytic stroke recently and never recovered. Funeral will be held in Joseph and burial in Prarie Creek cemetery. Obituary next week. Wallowa Record Chieftain-Thursday December 12, 1940 Contributed by Sue Wells Transcribed by Dixie...

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Sturm, Robert Charles, “Bob” – Obituary

Flora, Oregon Bob passed away at his home in Puyallup, Washington on January 2, 2002, held by his wife and soul mate Susan and surrounded by his 4 furred children. He was born in Walla Walla, Washington on 12/20/49 to Jack and Wanda Sturm. Growing up on a farm in Flora, Oregon and involved in 4-H, he met a young lady by the name of Susan Benson when he was 14 and did some serious flirting for a week at 4-H summer school. Bob attended Enterprise High School and then dated his young 4-H friend for a summer. After high school Bob enlisted in the Air Force with his first overseas duty being in Southeast Asia. He made the military his career, living and traveling throughout the world. While in military service, Bob knew he would make a better contribution after retirement with a college education. He proudly graduated from McKendree College in Illinois with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 1991. SMSgt. Sturm retired to Puyallup, Washington in 1991 and continued to use his aviation expertise as an Aviation Safety Inspector for the FAA. He was employed by the FAA at the time of his death. The story goes that in 1998, he was working in his yard when he thought of the long-lost 4-H friend who he had not seen or talked to for 32 years....

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