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Gover, Wilford L. Jr. – Obituary

Wilford Lovell Gover Jr., 66, Halfway, a longtime Pine Valley rancher, died Thursday, July 1, 1982, at St. Elizabeth Community Hospital. A private family mass will be at 1 p.m. Monday in the St. Winifred Catholic Church in Halfway. The Rev. Richard Groves of St. Winifred Catholic Church will officiate. A graveside service with friends invited will follow in the Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Mr. Gover was born on Jan. 7, 1916, in Baker to Lovell and Nell Love Gover. He was reared in Pine Valley and in Eagle Valley. He married Helen Densley on Oct. 5, 1936, in Baker. Mr. Gover was a Pine Valley rancher until his retirement in 1979. He was an honorary member of the Future Farmers of America and past president of the Baker County and Pine Valley fairboards. He was a school board member in 1964 and held offices on the Foothill and Posey Valley Ditch Co. boards. Survivors include his wife, Helen of Halfway; three sons, Daniel of Enterprise, Gary of La Grande and George of Halfway; a half-sister, Barbara Barton of Halfway; his stepmother, Velma Gover of Halfway; and five grandchildren. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Halfway Ambulance Fund through Grays West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. The Baker Democrat Herald; Baker City OR; Saturday, July 3, 1982; Page...

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Proffitt, Thos. N. – Obituary

Thos. N. Proffitt Died Last Thursday The funeral of the late Tom Proffitt, who died at his home in Portland, Thursday of last week, was held from the Baptist church in Baker, Monday afternoon. Until about four years ago, when he took up his residence in Portland, Mr. Proffitt was one of the most prominent cattle men and ranchers in this section, where he resided for many years. He was a farmer in Pine Valley for several years. He owned the improved Proffitt farm in Baker Valley and until a short time since, owned the 1800 acre ranch near North Powder now held by W.T. Lampkin. At the time of his death he also owned several other farms and tracts of land in the Baker and Powder river valley sections. Mr. Proffitt visited this section about a month ago to look after his business interests. He has been in failing health for several years, but friends here were shocked on receiving news of his death. Surviving relatives are the widow and one daughter, Alma, both of Portland. North Powder News Saturday, January 29,...

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Shock, Henry Jasper – Obituary

H. J. Shock, 67 Dies In Halfway Pine Valley Rancher was Stockman Since 1910 Henry Jasper Shock, 67, Pine Valley stockman died Monday evening at his home at Halfway after a long illness. Born October 1, 1888 in Missouri, he moved to Haines at the age of three with his parents George T. and Mary A. Shock. He spent several years in the Haines area and moved to Pine Valley in 1910. On June 4, 1925, he was married to Bessie McMullen in Baker. He was engaged in ranching and farming. His is survived by his widow Bessie of halfway, a brother Melvin Shock of Halfway, a sister Mrs. Lizzie Long of Baker; one nephew, and five nieces. His only son, Norven Blake Shock died in 1926. Funeral services were conducted at the Christian Church in Halfway Thursday (today) with the Rev. Leonard Gallivan officiating. Interment was in Pine Haven cemetery with Beatty Chapel in charge. Source: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, February 23, 1956, page 10 Contributed by: Belva...

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Cloud, Carl Wesley – Obituary

Carl Wesley Cloud, a longtime resident and businessman of Baker City, passed away Feb. 12, 1992 at St. Elizabeth health Care Center. He was born February 22, 1900 in Carterville, Missouri. As a teenager, he moved with his parents William Lee and Myrtle E. Cloud to Pine Valley and Baker City where he received his schooling. He learned the barbering trade at Portland Barber College, in Portland, Oregon. Upon his return to Eastern Oregon, he worked at his trade in Sumpter, Haines, and Baker. He owned and operated the first barber shop in the Baker Hotel when it was completed July 29, 1929 and remained there until interrupted by World War II. At that time he closed his shop and moved to Portland with his wife to do defense work in the shipyards. After returning to Baker, he became a Real Estate Broker and opened his office on Main Street. he worked as a broker until retiring several years ago. He enjoyed traveling and the outdoors, especially the streams and lakes of the Blue Mountains. Special to him were his family, grandchildren, friends and church. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church serving as a trustee and usher for many years. In 1918 he was married to Velma Ann Long of Haines. Their 73rd wedding anniversary was June 30, 1991. She preceded him in death July 23, 1991....

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Ashby, George Wilbur – Obituary

Richland, Baker County, Oregon Funeral services will be held for George Wilbur Ashby, 84, of Richland at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Christian Church in Richland. He died Wednesday at Moses Lake, Washington while visiting his son. The Rev. Russell Booher of the Richland Methodist Church will officiate. Ashby was born in Union County the son of William and Charlotte Ashby. He attended schools in Union and moved with his parents to Pine Valley as a youngster. He worked for many years at the Cornucopia Mines until the beginning of World War II. Ashby had been a farmer and miner during his working years. He resided in the Pine and Eagle valleys for over 75 years. He is survived by three sons, Wilbur of Haines, Wanden of Moses Lake, Washington, and Vaden of Keller, Washington; one daughter, Charlotte Poff of Portland; 13 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. One son, Martin, preceded him in death. Interment will be in the family plot at Eagle Valley Cemetery under the direction of Beatty Chapel. Source: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, February 27, 1970, page 2 Contributed by: Sue...

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Holman, Lorenzil Claude – Obituary

Richland, Oregon L. C. Holman dies today at Richland Lorenzil Claude Holman, 71, prominent Eagle valley farmer, Richland postmaster and former Baker county commissioner, died this morning at his home at Richland after a short illness. The funeral will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Richland Methodist church with the Rev. Berl Thomas officiating and the Beatty chapel in charge of arrangements. Interment will be in Eagle valley cemetery. Mr. Holman was born August 3, 1880 in Xenia, Illinois. He moved to Pine valley at the age of six and to Cove when he was eight years old. When he was 22 he came to Eagle valley where he lived since that time. He was married to Hettie Ownby on May 9, 1915. He served as county commissioner for six years from 1934 to 1940. Since 1940 he has been postmaster at Richland. He leaves a widow, Mrs. Hettie Holman of Richland; two daughters, Mrs. Obie Simonis of Baker and Mrs. Avon Duby of Keating; a brother, Clarence Holman of Baker; a twin sister, Maude Mickey of Vancouver, Washington, and another sister, Mrs. Ethel Lively of Tucson, Arizona; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Source: Baker Democrat Herald, Baker City, Oregon, June 7, 1951, page 1 Contributed by: Sue...

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Hoffman, Jasmine Johnette Garrett Mrs – Obituary

Mrs. Jasmine Johnette Hoffman, 71, 1407 Washington St., died Wednesday in St. Elizabeth Community Hospital after a short illness. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Christian Church, Richalnd. Bishop Dennis L. Fuller, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, will officiate. Burial will follow in the Eagle Valley Cemetery, Richland, under the direction of the Beatty Chapel. Mrs. Hoffman was born January 27, 1900 at Bountiful, Utah. She came to Eastern Oregon in 1903 with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John C. Garrett. She attended school in Pine Valley and was married to George William Hoffman on October 30, 1915 in Baker. The couple lived in Cornucopia until 1918 when they moved to Eagle Valley, where Mrs. Hoffman resided most of her life until coming to Baker in 1963. During World War II she worked in the shipyards on Swan Island in Portland. After the war she operated the Swish-In Cafe in Richland for 16 years. In 1963 she came to Baker where she operated the Geiser Cafe for one year. Her husband died on August 26, 1955. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Katura May Haynes, Hermiston and Mrs. Roy (Eula) Grissom, Reno, Nevada; two sons, William Nathan Hoffman, Stanfield, Oregon and John Edward Hoffman, Adams, Oregon; four sisters,...

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Derrick, Sharon Cathey Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Sharon Derrick, 66, of Ontario, a former longtime Baker County resident, died May 7, 2005, at Ontario from colon cancer. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Community United Methodist Church, 240 S.E. Third St., in Ontario. Private interment will be later. Visitations will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Haren-Wood Funeral Chapel, 2543 Fourth Ave., in Ontario. Sharon was born on Jan. 25, 1939, at Belle Fourche, S.D., to Hugh and Laura Cathey. She moved to Baker City with her family in the 1940s. She married Harley Derrick in 1958. The family moved to their Jimtown farm in 1967. She raised her family in beautiful Pine Valley, an area she truly loved. In 1994, she and Harley moved to the Ontario area to be close to their grandchildren. The family expressed appreciation to Dr. Douglas Fraker, Dr. James Metz, Debbie Smith and the University of Pennsylvania staff for allowing her to participate in a Phase II study in photo-dynamic therapy to further the research for a cure for cancer. They also thanked Dr. Larry Fiorentino and the oncology nurses at Fruitland Mountain States Tumor Institute for their caring service. And they expressed appreciation to Dr. John Phillips and the staff of Holy Rosary Medical Center in Ontario for their love and concern for Sharon during her...

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Smelcer, Lawrence J. – Obituary

Lawrence J. Smelcer, 97, a lifelong Pine Valley resident, died Jan. 1, 2005, at his winter home in Yuma, Ariz. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church in Halfway. Interment will be at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception afterward at the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church. Lawrence was born on Aug. 4, 1907, in the Panhandle of Baker County to Marion X. and Milda Schmidt Smelcer. He was raised in Pine Valley and attended Pine Town grade school and Halfway High School. He married Dorothy Romine on June 1, 1931, at Vancouver, Wash. They were married for 72 years. They bought and sold many ranches in the area, settling in their home place in 1941 where he continued to make his home in the summer. Lawrence always wanted a winter home in Yuma and spent the last 30 winters enjoying the warmer weather. He never met a stranger. He loved to socialize and to go out to dinner. He enjoyed visiting with his neighbors. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dorothy; his brother, Leroy; sisters, Vyril Agen and Letha Hubbel; and a grandson, Ray. Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, Ben and Dortha Smelcer of Halfway, and Dean and Margaret Smelcer of Emmett, Idaho; a daughter and son-in-law, Pam...

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Ainsworth, Margaret Helen Bowling Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Margaret Helen Ainsworth died Feb. 28, 2005, in Baker City. At her request there will be no funeral. Her friends and family will have many memories of her to share now and always. She was born on March 16, 1919, at Mendota, Ill., to Edwin Bowling and Carrie Belle Ashley Bowling. Margaret was raised in Wyoming, Colorado and California. Her father was a Methodist minister and a circuit rider between small towns in Wyoming and Colorado, before being assigned to a church in California. Margaret graduated high school and married Harold W. Davis at Campbell, Calif. They had two children, Charles Edwin Davis and Ann Irene Davis. The marriage later ended in divorce. Margaret married John Frances Ainsworth. They had another son, Ashley Bowling Ainsworth. The couple spent the majority of their married life at Cloverdale, Calif., until John’s passing. Margaret began visiting Pine Valley in the ’70s and always loved it there, becoming a resident in 1999. Margaret was a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and enjoyed visiting with her friends in the congregation. She also loved to travel. Margaret loved all the animals and birds that lived in or visited the area. Survivors include her loving children, Ann Starke of Halfway, Ashley and Karen Ainsworth of Kelseyville, Calif., Ed Davis of Lattimore, N.C.; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Margaret was preceded in...

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Sargent, Rosa Marie Del Curto Mrs. – Obituary

Pine Valley, Oregon Rosa Marie Sargent, 85, of La Grande, a former longtime Pine Valley resident, died Dec. 7, 2004, at a La Grande care home. There will be a Celebration of Life service for her at 2 p.m. Saturday at Loveland Funeral Chapel in La Grande. Visitations will be until 7 o’clock tonight and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Loveland Funeral Chapel. There will be a memorial service at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway on Memorial Day of 2005. Family and friends are invited. The ceremony will be announced again at that time. Rosa was born on Oct. 3, 1919, at North Pine to Italian immigrant parents Lorenzo and Margherita Falcinella Del Curto. She attended grade school at North Pine and then attended high school at Halfway. She completed her college education at Eastern Oregon Normal School in La Grande and at the University of Oregon in Eugene. She first taught school at Adrian and then at Cornucopia, a gold-mining town near Halfway. Rosa married and moved to the Portland area where she taught for 10 years before returning to Halfway. She taught Grades 1-8 at the one-room school at Pine Town and then at Halfway Elementary School until 1960. She then moved to Oregon City where she finished out her teaching career. She held a lifetime teaching license in Oregon and was a life...

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Huff, Norman Ernest

Norman Ernest Huff, 74, a longtime Pine Valley resident, died May 19, 2005, at his home. There will be no service. Norman was born in Oct. 1, 1930, at Baker City. He attended school at Port Ludlow, Wash., and in 1945 returned to Pine Valley with his family, where he graduated from high school. He completed his education with two years at Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls. Norman served in the armed forces from Aug. 15, 1951, through Aug. 15, 1953. He also served at the White Sands Proving Ground in New Mexico and played baseball for the White Sands Rockets. Upon his discharge at the rank of corporal, he returned to Pine Valley where he bought the Richfield Service station, which he owned and operated for many years during the Brownlee and Oxbow dam-building era. Norman married the love of his life, Velda Bunch, also a Pine Valley resident, on Jan. 22, 1955, in Baker, City. They had a daughter, Rhonda Lynn. Norman and Velda recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. After selling the service station, Norman began working as both a driver and mechanic for the Pine-Eagle School District, and later for Mid Columbia Buses, finally retiring and doing part-time work with his brother at the Pine Telephone Co. Norman enjoyed hunting, and he was an avid fly fisherman. A lover of the outdoors, he...

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Smith, Mary McFadden Mrs.

Mary Smith, 81, a lifelong Pine Valley resident, died Feb. 1, 2005, at her son’s home at Prineville. Interment will be at the Pine Valley Cemetery in Halfway. There will be a memorial service later at Halfway. Mary was born to Willie and Minnie Cullum McFadden on Feb. 14, 1923. She attended primary school at Carson and was a graduate of Pine Valley High School at Halfway. For many years, Mary worked as a telephone operator for the Pine Valley Telephone Co. Fred and Mary purchased the Jimtown grocery store in 1962 and continued its operation until 1974. Mary enjoyed spending time with family, gardening, camping, embroidering and her favorite hobby, making quilts. Survivors include her husband, Fred of Halfway; her sons, Terry Smith and his companion, Pam Wright of Prineville, and Larry Smith and his wife, Gail, also of Prineville; two granddaughters, Kyra Smith of Portland and Michelle Smith of Prineville; a sister, Juanita Steele and her husband, Ladd, of Halfway; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to hospice. The Whispering Pines Funeral Home at Prineville is in charge of cremation and arrangements. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, February 3, 2005 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Cook, Lucy Laura Mills Mrs. – Obituary

Keating, Oregon Lucy Laura Cook, 96, of Baker City, died July 7, 2004 at St. Elizabeth Care Center. A graveside vault interment will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Roger Scovil of the Baker City Christian Church will officiate. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception at the Baker City Christian Church following the service. Lucy was born Jan. 5, 1908, at Halfway to John and Jessie Shook Mills. She went to Monmouth to study to be a teacher at normal school, then came back to Eastern Oregon and taught school for one year in Pine Valley and for one year at Blue Mountain School in Keating. Lucy married Walter Cook on Feb. 23, 1929 and the couple bought a homestead in Keating that still remains the family ranch. Lucy and Walter had two children: Elton in 1933 and Hildreth in 1932. She loved to hunt, fish, go looking for huckleberries and camp in the mountains. Lucy was also a longtime member of the Keating Grange. Lucy was preceded in death by her husband, Walter, and two sisters. She is survived by her daughter, Hildreth Jacobs; her husband, Ralph, of Keating; her son, Elton Cook and his wife, Loretta, of Keating; four grandchildren, Curtis Jacobs and his wife, Anne, Perry Jacobs and his wife, Corinna, Michael Cook and his wife,...

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Grissom, Eula I. Hoffman Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Eula I. Grissom, 82, a longtime Baker City resident, died July 26, 2004, at her home. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Ray Wilson of the New Bridge Church of the Nazarene will officiate. Vault interment will be at Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland. Eula was born to George and Jasmine Hoffman on Nov. 5, 1921, at Council, Idaho. When she was 2, her parents returned to Eagle Valley. Here she was able to have her horse that she so very much loved to race. As a child she loved being outdoors and at all costs tried to avoid doing her chores. She loved Eagle Valley and returned as often as she could. She was raised at Sparta until high school. She attended high school at Chiloquin where she met and married Howard Beymer. They were married in January of 1938 and lived in the Klamath Falls area where their first son, Ole, was born. In the early spring of 1939, a flip of a coin took them on the adventure of a lifetime. They went north and that was no easy task in those days. While in Alaska, she and Howard owned and operated several flying services. She loved the mountains and the beauty of the north land. She would fly whenever the opportunity would...

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