Location: Prairie City Oregon

Taylor Brothers

John and Solomon Taylor, composing the term of Taylor Bros., who operate the Prairie City Roller Mills, are natives of that grand old commonwealth Ohio. The older brother, John, became a resident of the county in 1862, and for a number of years was engaged in mining on Canyon creek. In 1881, on the arrival of his brother they became engaged in farming three miles from Prairie City, and today have 640 acres under cultivation, all of it being highly improved. Their home being one of the nicest in the county. In 1891 they bought the mill property which is a complete up-to-date fifty barrel seven boater mill, with the necessary purifiers, scalper, scourer, smutted, etc. They have a fall of 21 feet in their waterpower and operate the year round. It has proven a most beneficial enterprise to the farmers near at hand, who are enabled to obtain a good price for their wheat with the advantage of a short haul, a saving to them of a good many dollars annually. A feature of their trade is a large exchange business with the farmers, exchanging for wheat its manufactured products. Their patronage has grown to such all extent that they have made arrangements to enlarge by adding an 18×30 three-story building. Mr. Sol. Taylor is at present one of the county...

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Biographical Sketch of Dr. V. C. Balkans

A well known and popular physician of Prairie City, and one whose kind, attentive treatment of the sick, and geniality of manner towards the well have made hint deservedly the favorite of all classes, was born near Corvallis, Ore, in 1871. He received his preliminary education in the schools of Prineville, and later in Portland. He graduated from Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia in 1894, and then practiced for a while in the hospital there. In January 1895, he located at Prairie City, where he is still practicing. He is married to Miss Clara McHaley, and his home is the circle of a host of warm friends. Dr. Belknap is a member of the Oregon Medical Society, and also belongs to a number of the leading fraternal orders being a Mason, Odd Fellow, Woodman and...

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Biography of Cornelius G. Morehead

A native of the Web foot State, the son of about the earliest pioneers of this state, raised amid its environments, both eastern and western Oregon, the subject of this article is thoroughly an Oregonian and a typical representative of its energetic and progressive citizens. Cornelius G. was born in Linn County, Oregon, on June 26, 1865, being the son of Robert M. and Martha (Curl) Morehead. The parents came with ox teams to Oregon in 1848 and settled in the Willamette valley and the father being a millwright, built the first mill of the state. It was located at Salem and was built in 1849. In 1869, the family removed to Jackson County; Oregon, and in 1872, they came to Prairie City, Grant County, this state. There the father erected the Strawberry flour mills and in 1879 sold out and Went to Weiser, Idaho. He built a mill there and in 1887 he returned to the Willamette valley, where he died in 1890. Mrs. Morehead is still living in Douglas County, this state. Our subject was educated in the schools of the various places where lie lived and in 1884 he started for himself. He raised stock in Idaho until 1888, then sold out and came to Malheur County and engaged with the Oregon Horse and Land Company, where he wrought for a number of years. During this...

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Biographical Sketch of Charles M. Jones

It is gratifying to be privileged to put in print an epitome of one of the brave men who fought, as did the subject of this sketch for the honor of the stars and stripes and the safety of our free institutions when the foul hand of treason sought to deface all and destroy the homes of freedom. In addition Mr. Jones has always shown himself in the walks of life to be upright and capable and has done a noble part in the advancement and development of the resources of the country. Speaking more particularly of his personal history, we note that his birth occurred in Hickman County, Tennessee on August 13, 1836, being the son of Stephen and Jane Jones. He was reared amid the environments of a farm and gained his education from the schools held in the log cabins of the clay. Our subject remained at home until he had reached manhood’s estate, and in October, 1857, he was married to Miss Emily M. Downey in Searcy County, Arkansas, and soon thereafter went to Marion County, in Arkansas. And there, when the war broke out, he offered his services for freedom’s cause. The date of his actual enlistment was August 6, 1862, at which time he was mustered into Company C, First Arkansas Cavalry, in the volunteer army. He was under Colonel Harrison and was...

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Gowey, O. J. – Obituary

The sad news came over the wire Monday morning that O. J. Gowey, of Prairie City, had departed this life. Mr. Gowey was formerly of this place and was well respected and loved – being “grandpa” to our whole community. Wallowa County Reporter, Wallowa County, Oregon, Thursday August 16,...

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Pratt, Larry Arnold – Obituary

North Powder, Union County, Oregon Larry Arnold Pratt, 67, of Prairie City, who was raised in North Powder, died April 28, 2005, after a long illness. His graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Haines Cemetery. There will be a reception dinner afterward at the First Baptist Church in Haines, 714 Cole. Visitations will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Grays West & Co. Pioneer Chapel , 1500 Dewey Ave. He was born on Dec. 2, 1937, to Louis and Edythe Pratt and was raised on the North Powder River, and attended North Powder School. He was a 1956 graduate of Powder Valley High School. He was very popular in school and played all sports. He especially liked basketball and football. He was a very social and friendly person, willing to lend a helping hand whenever needed. He was a very talented man who could fix anything. A lot of ranchers were upset when he couldn’t shear sheep anymore, because he was so good at it. He was very proud of his kids and grandkids and loved them very much. He will be missed by those who knew and loved him. Survivors include his mother, Edythe; his sister, Wanda, and her husband, George “Danny” Gover; his friend and soul mate for 20 years, Clara Lemley; mothers of his children, Zona Pratt and Freda Wallace; his children,...

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Jacoby, Nellie Althea – Obituary

Nellie Aletha Jacoby, 84, of Union, died Oct. 13 after an extended illness. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Prairie City Cemetery in Prairie City. Nellie was born Nov. 14, 1922, to William and Beatrice King. Those who knew her say family was what Nellie was all about. She loved writing poetry and spending time with family and friends. Survivors include her six children, Georgia Shank of Union, Ed Jacoby Jr. of Imbler, Corkey Jacoby of Salem, Terry Everidge of La Grande and Susie Young of Union; two brothers, Wilbur King and Dave King, both of Baker City; two sisters, Edna Harrison of North Bend and Audry Straub of Sparks, Nev.; 13 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Foundation. La Grande Observer – Obituaries for the week ending October 20, 2007 – Published: October 20, 2007 __________________________ Nellie Aletha Jacoby, 84, of Union, died Oct. 13 after an extended illness. A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. today at the Prairie City Cemetery in Prairie City. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements. Nellie was born Nov. 14, 1922, to William and Beatrice King. Those who knew her say family was what Nellie was all about. She loved writing poetry and spending time with family and friends. Survivors include her...

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Bruce, Braddie May – Obituary

Braddie May Bruce, 79, of Island City, died Jan. 11 at a local care center. A service will be held later in Canyon City. Braddie was born Jan. 26, 1928, to Clyde Willis and Grace Irene (Herburger) Laughlin in Prairie City. She was raised in Dayville and graduated from high school there. On Jan. 12, 1947, she married Ralph Bruce in Canyon City. She worked as a school secretary in Canyon City, Ukiah and John Day. For several years they lived in Fairbanks, Alaska, where she worked for the Episcopal bishop and for a co-op drug company. In her younger years she was a Rainbow girl and then a member of Eastern Star, of which she was a past worthy matron. She was an active member of the Canyon City Episcopal Church and a 4-H leader in the 1960s. In more recent years, Ralph and Braddie spent their winters in Arizona and visited family in San Diego. She loved to dance, square dance, sing in church and go on picnics. She enjoyed people, cooking and playing cards. Survivors include her husband, Ralph of Island City; children, Sandra Rysdam of Elgin, Craig Bruce of Bend and Sheila Bruce of Bend; brother, Willis Laughlin of San Diego; two grandchildren in La Grande and Elgin; two step-grandchildren in Portland and Bend; two great-grandchildren; and other relatives. Memorial contributions may be made to...

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Clark, Raymond – Obituary

Raymond Clark, 70, of John Day, died April 20, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. At his request, there will be no memorial service. Raymond Harlo Clark was born on Aug. 6, 1934, at La Grande. He lived in the Harrisburg area on the Oregon Coast until his family moved to Austin. He attended grade school at Austin, and then continued his education at Prairie City, where he graduated from high school in 1952. After graduation, Ray went to work for a short time with the U.S. Forest Service. He then worked for six months at the Kinzua mill. In 1954, he married his childhood sweetheart, Janis. They made their first home at Bates where Ray worked for Edward Hines Lumber Co. When the mill closed its Bates site and moved to John Day, Ray made the move as well. He retired as a millwright from Edward Hines Lumber Co. after 40 years of service. Ray enjoyed hunting and fishing. He especially enjoyed being out in the hills. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Janis of John Day; a daughter, Cheryl, and her husband, Terry Sherman, of John Day; a son, Roger Clark of Pilot Rock; three grandchildren, Megan Sherman, Colton Clark and Kaylie Clark, all of John Day; and three sisters, Lois Jean King of Payette, Idaho, Betty Lou White of Portland, and Stella McCauley of Mount...

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Patterson, Ethel Hazel Reed Mrs. – Obituary

Ethel Hazel Patterson, 97, of John Day, died Oct. 9, 2005, at Blue Mountain Nursing Home in Prairie City. Her graveside memorial service will be Saturday at the Fox Cemetery in Fox. Ethel was born on Aug. 11, 1908, at Fox to George and Amanda Medlin Reed. She grew up in the Fox Valley and attended school at Cottonwood, John Day and Hood River. In 1924, Ethel married John Smith at Hood River. She and John remained married for about 25 years before they divorced. She operated a dress shop and restaurant at Condon for a while. A few years later Ethel married Carl Patterson. They lived at Mount Vernon, Baker City, and John Day. They also lived in Arizona where they ran a gas station and in Missouri where they had a chicken farm. Ethel also worked as a beautician in Arkansas and ran an elevator in California for a hospital. Carl was a mail carrier at John Day and ran the stage from Condon to John Day. He died in 1995. Ethel never had children, but had lots of nieces and nephews whom she helped raise. She was close to her family and friends and they all loved her dearly. She loved attending family reunions at Fox and Raddue every year. Ethel had many hobbies, including crocheting, embroidery work and crafts. She really enjoyed outdoor activities such...

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DeRoest, Barbara P. DeRoest – Obituary

Prairie City, Oregon Barbara P. DeRoest, 85, of Prairie City, a former Baker City resident, died March 27, 2004, at her home on Pine Creek Road at Prairie City. Her graveside memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Bishop Tom Brock of the Baker City Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Mrs. Kim Eardley will officiate. There will be a reception afterward. Barbara was born on Aug. 6, 1918, to John W. and Magdaline P. Hass Williams at Baker City at the old Baker hospital. She was raised at Sparta where she attended grade school; she then attended high school at Baker City. After high school, Barbara moved to Portland to further her education. She attended one or two years of business college. While in Portland a good friend set her up on a blind date with Harry Bateman. Their relationship blossomed and the couple married shortly thereafter. They moved to the San Diego area while Harry was in the U.S. Navy. Barbara gave birth to her first daughter, Diane, while living there. After five years, the marriage dissolved and a short time later Barbara moved to Baker City. There she met and married Hector DeRoest. They had two children: a daughter, Leanne, and a son, John. Barbara worked as a secretary/receptionist for many years, working for the U.S. Forest Service and...

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Pierson, Delbert, Jr. – Obituary

Prairie City, Oregon Delbert Francis Pierson Jr., 89, of Baker City, a former longtime resident of Prairie City and Burns, died Oct. 4, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center. His graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Prairie City Cemetery. Jack Retherford of Bible Way Community Church will officiate. Friends are invited to join the family for a potluck reception at the Strawberry Mountain Grange Hall after the service. There will be a memorial service later at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center. He was born on Feb. 7, 1915, at Berry Creek, Alberta, Canada. He married Ruth Titus on June 30, 1935, after graduating from high school at Marcola. They enjoyed 54 years of marriage. He was always active in church, even becoming a minister for a time. He never knew the word “stranger,” making friends wherever he went. He enjoyed working at the Burns Christian Church Thrifty shop as well as hunting and fishing with friends. He was preceded in death by four sisters; his wife, Ruth; his son, Roger; one granddaughter; and one great-grandson. Survivors include his daughter, RoseAnne Day, and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great- grandchildren and friends. Memorial contributions may be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Association through Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, October...

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Binyon, Malcolm “Mick” – Obituary

Prairie City, Oregon Malcolm “Mick” Binyon, 61, of Prairie City, died Sept. 23, 2004, at his home. A private family service will be scheduled later. Malcolm was born on Jan. 8, 1943, at Cheyenne, Wyo. His parents were John and Cora Malcolm Binyon. He graduated from Smith Valley High School. He married Patricia Church on Feb. 19, 1977, at Lake Tahoe, Nev. Malcolm was a member of the National Guard, and worked as a lineman for the power company in several locations over the years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and will be missed dearly by his family and friends. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Binyon of Prairie City; his mother, Cora Binyon of Sparks, Nev.; daughters, Deborah Kutnyak of Portland, Dianna Parry of Boring and Doreen Doty of Portland; sons, Duke Dexter of Portland and Aaron Leary of Sparks, Nev.; sisters, Johnna Frazzi and Barbara Wilson, both of Sparks, Nev.; and 10 grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Grant County through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR, 97845. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, November 5, 2004 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Owens, Viola J. “Mike” Mrs. – Obituary

Prairie City, Grant County, Oregon Viola J. “Mike” Owens,73, of Prairie City, Ore., died Monday, March 13, 2006, at Blue Mountain Nursing Home in John Day, Ore. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, March 17, 2006, at Driskill Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at Canyon City Cemetery. Survivors include three daughters, Kathy Moothart of Mt. Vernon, Connie Lee Carstens of Baker City, and Linda Phelps of Prineville; nine grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. Contributions may be made to the Viola Owens Memorial Fund through Driskill Memorial Chapel 241 S Canyon Blvd John Day, OR 97845. Used with permission from: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, March, 2006 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Opperman, Paul V. – Obituary

Prairie City, Grant County, Oregon Paul V. Opperman, 37, died June 6, 2006, in Hillsboro in an auto accident. A memorial service is planned at noon on Friday at Fir Lawn Mortuary, 1070 West Main St. in Hillsboro. Graveside services will be on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Prairie City Cemetery. Paul was born in Ontario on Jan. 2, 1969, and grew up in Prairie City, where he graduated in 1987. Known for his strong will, sense of humor and sometimes larger than life antics, a favorite saying of his family and close friends was, “you can take the boy out of Eastern Oregon, but you can’t take Eastern Oregon out of the boy”. Paul attended Western Oregon State College and was employed at Royal Moore Auto Center for the past 12 years where he developed many friendships. He is remembered for his big heart, intense love of his family, lifelong friendships, generosity and genuine concern for others. Paul lived big and loved much. His passions included sports, nature, fishing, local and Native American history, and truth. He is loved and remembered by his mother and stepfather, Sharon and Keith Kennedy; his father and stepmother, Paul David and Linda Opperman; two brothers, David and his wife, Melissa, and Mark and his wife, Robin; two sisters, Nina Press and her husband, Ron, and Joy McCall and her husband, Ron,...

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