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Biography of Bishop Wilford W. Clark

Wilford Woodruff Clark, bishop of the Montpelier ward in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, has risen by successive steps from deacon to elder, from elder to one of the seventy, thence to the office of high priest and finally to that of bishop. As a member of the seventy he performed a mission in the south, principally in North Carolina, where he met with great success in establishing churches. In civil life he is known as Hon. Wilford Woodruff Clark. He was elected, as a Republican, to the third Idaho state legislature, of which he was an active and useful member. He introduced the bill giving the state legislature its present membership: one senator from each county and representatives according to population, and was influential in securing the passage of the bill which gave the franchise to women. Bishop Clark was born at Farmington, Davis County, Utah, February 2, 1863. His forefathers were among the first settlers of our American colonies and were prominent in fighting the fight of liberty and in making our primitive national history. Ezra T. Clark, his father, was born November 25, 1823, in Illinois, where Bishop Clark’s grandfather was a pioneer, and married Mary Stevenson, who had the unique distinction of having been born on the rock of Gibraltar, in 1825. They were converted to the faith of the Church...

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Biography of Samuel J. Rich

A representative of the legal fraternity and a well known business man of Idaho Falls, Samuel J. Rich has spent his entire life in the west and is thoroughly identified with its interests and progress. He was born in Centerville, Davis county, Utah, May 1, 1860, his parents being Charles C. and Emeline (Grover) Rich, natives of Kentucky and New York, respectively, and pioneers of Utah of the year 1847. In 1864 they removed from Utah to Bear Lake county, Idaho, Mr. Rich being the pioneer and first while settler in Bear Lake valley. In the common schools of Bear Lake County, Idaho, Samuel J. Rich acquired his preliminary education, which was supplemented by a two-years college course in Provo City, Utah. On completing his literary education he took up the study of law, in 1886, and after familiarizing himself with many of the principles of jurisprudence was admitted to the bar in 1889. The following year he was appointed county attorney of Bear Lake County, serving until 1893, and at the same time was identified with the industrial interests of that locality. In connection with others of the family he built the first roller mill in Bear Lake County, and was the general manager of the enterprise until his removal from the county, in 1893. In the fall of that year he took up his residence in Cache...

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Conley, Thalia (Lyman) Mrs. – Obituary

Cove, Union County, Oregon Mrs. Burl Conley, 71, Cove, died at a local rest home Saturday, June 22. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 25 at 2 p.m. at the Daniels Valley Chapel with the Rev. Clarence Kopp officiating. Burial will follow in the Island City Cemetery. Mrs. Conley, daughter of Solon E. [and] Luella Ward Lyman, was born in Provo, Utah, January 4, 1897, and lived all except two years of her life in Union County. She was married to Burl Conley at Walla Walla, Washington, in 1937, and was a member of the Sportsmens Club in Cove. Survivors include the widower, Burl Conley, Cove; one son, Ben Garity, White City, Oregon; one daughter Nadine Simpson, Portland; two sisters, Gladys Fenton, Portland and Hilda Lowry, Coulee City, Washington; three brothers, Grant, Paul, [and] Clay Lyman, all of Spokane, Washington; four grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Those who desire may contribute to the Oregon Heart Fund in memory of Mrs. Conley. Observer La Grande, Oregon Monday, June 24, 1968 Page 8 Contributed by: Tom Childers Portland,...

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Harris, Harold Reed – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Harold Reed Harris, 82, of Sacramento, Calif., and formerly of La Grande died Oct. 26 from complications of pneumonia. There will be a reception for friends to visit with his family Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Loveland Funeral Chapel. A private family memorial service will follow on Saturday. Mr. Harris was born Nov. 9, 1923, in Fort Duchesne, Utah, to Leonard Reed Harris and Martha Kitchen Harris, the seventh of eight sons. He spent his entire childhood in the Uintah Basin region and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1940. He served in the Navy in the Pacific region during World War II. After the war, he attended Brigham Young University, where he met and married Velma June Schmidt on June 10, 1946, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. He and his wife were the parents of five children. He graduated from the University of Utah in 1952. The family then moved to Portland, where he taught school for several years, then returned to Provo, Utah, where he obtained a master’s degree in counseling from BYU. He spent more than 30 years in education, as a teacher and then as a counselor, particularly in the Parkrose School District. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in every organization of the church. He and his wife...

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Westenskow, Carol – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Carol Westenskow, 83, of Salt Lake City, Utah, and formerly of La Grande, died Jan. 6. A funeral service is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Island City. Dedication of the grave will follow at the Summerville Cemetery. Mrs. Westenskow was born Dec. 28, 1923, in Provo, Utah, to Newbern Isaac Butt and Ethel Cutler. She graduated from high school in Provo and went on to attend Brigham Young University. On Mar. 10, 1944, she married Ronald Westenskow of Imbler. Following World War II, they returned to Union County, where they raised five children, living first in Imbler and later in the Mount Glen area north of La Grande. She lived in Salt Lake City for the last several years. Mrs. Westenskow was involved in many activities during her life. She was very active in the LDS Church, the county extension program and 4-H. She enjoyed travel and visited Europe, China and the Middle East. She was a dedicated wife and mother and devoted much of her time to giving her family a happy and nurturing home. She was also the family historian and could usually be seen with her camera taking pictures of the big and the small moments in her family’s life. These she used to create books of remembrance for each of her children....

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Hopkins, Olin Moore – Obituary

Olin Moore Hopkins Olin Moore Hopkins, 88, of Utah and formerly of Union County, died Feb. 21 in Provo from complications due to cancer. Funeral services are planned for 1 p.m. Saturday at the Cherry Ridge Ward Chapel, 1100 South 250 West (Loafer Canyon Road), in Salem, Utah. Family and friends may call from 11:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. prior to services at the church. Interment will be in the Salem City Cemetery. Mr. Hopkins was born July 11, 1923, to Rev. Benjamin Franklin Hopkins and Mary Ann Cadow Green in Terral, Okla. He was a WWII combat veteran of the Navy and served in the South Pacific. He fought in nine major battles and numerous small battles. After the war, he met Margaret Ann Hunt in Baker City. They were married June 5, 1949, and had three children. Since 1961 Olin has served faithfully in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was a pioneer in the grass seed business in the Grande Ronde Valley, trading in a worldwide market. He was also prominent in the bulk fertilizer business. He enjoyed prospecting and mineral extraction. Survivors include his children, Renee Stewart of Payson, Utah, Olin V. Hopkins of La Grande and Mark L. Hopkins of Minersville, Utah; 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; and one sister. He was preceded in death by eight siblings. Condolences may be...

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Livingston, Ardith Maxine – Obituary

Union, Oregon Ardith Maxene Livingston, 100, of Union, died at her residence May 31. A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Union. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. Maxene Livingston was born Aug. 29, 1907, the oldest of 13 children, in Santaquin, Utah. She grew up on the family farm owned by her parents, Albert and Chloe Tietjen Greenbalgh. As the oldest child, she was very involved in rearing her brothers and sisters. She also learned to operate all of the farm equipment except the binder because that was pulled by three horses. She grew up in a time when there were very few cars, so travel and farming was done with horses. Maxene graduated from the ninth grade in Santaquin, then graduated from high school in Payson, Utah, where she met her future husband, Vaughn Livingston. After graduation, she moved to Salt Lake City, where she worked as a milliner, designing and making women’s hats. Maxene and Vaughn were married in Oakland, Calif., Oct. 28, 1926. They remained in California until the Great Depression when they moved to Provo, Utah, where Vaughn attended Brigham Young University. Upon graduation they moved to Twisp, Wash. – the beginning of a long career with the U.S. Forest Service. Employment with the Forest Service required living...

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Knudson, Ray

Man Killed In Highway Accident Ray Knudson, 27, of Provo, Utah, was killed near Haines Monday morning, when his auto left the highway and turned over pinning the occupants underneath. Two companions, J.W. Roberts and Donald Roberts, escaped serious injury. The trio were headed for Twin Falls, Idaho, from Los Angeles, Calif., and had been driving day and night in order to reach their destination as soon as possible. The accident happened when Roberts attempted to relieve Knudson at the steering wheel. There were no marks of serious injury about Knudson’s body, and death was laid to heart disease. The men were pinned underneath the car for three hours before the elder Roberts was able to extricate himself and get help. North Powder News Saturday, January 31,...

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Borgen, Betty Milton Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Betty Borgen, 74, of Baker City, died July 5, 2004, as a result of an automobile accident near John Day. There will be a celebration of her life at 2 p.m. Friday at the First Lutheran Church, 1734 Third St. There will be a potluck supper after the service at the Senior Center, 2810 Cedar St. There will be a private family interment service at the ranch after her husband, Bob, recovers from injuries he sustained in the accident and returns home. Betty Louise Milton was born on Sept. 13, 1929, at Soldier Summit, Utah, to Carl Halvord Milton and Clarabelle Fouse Milton. She spent her early years at Soldier Summit, Springville and Provo, Utah, moving with her father’s job on the Union Pacific Railroad. In 1946, the family moved to Baker City. Betty was a 1947 Baker High School graduate. She spent a semester at Brigham Young University at Provo, Utah, before returning to Baker City to work at First National Bank. It was at Baker High School that she met Bob Borgen when he was sent to ask her on a date for a friend. Bob and Betty ended up dating instead. They were married on Oct. 17, 1952, at Winnemucca, Nev. Their daughter, Karen, was born before Bob shipped out to the Korean War. On Bob’s return, their son, Kerry, was born and...

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Biographical Sketch of Joseph David Gilbert, Sr.

Joseph David Gilbert, Sr., a prominent farmer near San Bernardino, is a native of Cattaraugus County, New York, born in 1827. His grandfather ran away from London, England, and was a soldier in the French and Indian war, also in the Revolution. His father, Truman Gilbert, married Rebecca Fay, a native of England, and immediately after his marriage he moved to the Western Reserve in Ohio, where he remained until 1842, when he moved to the Mississippi river, and from there to Montana, where he died in 1882. The subject of this sketch kept a ferry at Montrose, across the Mississippi river, for some two years. In 1850 he started across the plains to California. He tarried in Salt Lake City one year. There were twenty-two men and five women in the company, and they had five ox teams and fourteen horse teams. They took turns guarding their stock at night and their rule was to travel from 6 o’clock A. M. to 6 o’clock P. M. each day. They left Springville March 14, 1850, and arrived here May 31, of the same year. He arrived here when there was but one house in San Bernardino, and worked on some twenty-three adobe buildings. He has dealt considerably in land. Where his neat residence stands today on his well improved and fruitful farm, there stood at the time he bought...

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Dixon, Grant DeGrey – Obituary

Halfway, Oregon Grant DeGrey Dixon, 84, of Halfway died June 4, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Halfway. Vault interment will be at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception afterward at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall. Grant was born on April 11, 1919, at Provo, Utah, to Arnold Dixon and Letitia May Banks. He attended high school at Provo. He attended college at UCLA, Brigham Young University and the University of Oregon. Grant worked at Lockheed aircraft during World War II. He entered the U.S. Air Force in 1943. He married Florence Rosella Marks on Feb. 8, 1946, at Spokane, Wash. Grant’s Air Force career covered 24 years. The couple were stationed at Spokane, Wash., Corvallis, Dayton, Ohio, Tokyo, Japan, Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska, San Antonio, Texas, and Baffin Island, Canada. Grant retired from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel in 1967. He then worked for the Fremont National Forest at Lakeview for 13 years as a civil engineer. Grant then retired and moved to Halfway in 1981 where he enjoyed gardening, his grandchildren, photography and computers. He was very active in the local community. He was past commander for the Halfway VFW, Post 7847, past commander of VFW District...

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Huntsman, Conrad C. – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Conrad C. Huntsman, 88, of Boise, died Jan. 29, 2006. His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Boise Cherry Lane LDS Chapel, 3020 Cherry Lane. Visitations will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Relyea Funeral Chapel, and from noon to 12:45 p.m. at the church on Friday prior to the service. Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery in La Grande at noon PST Saturday. Conrad was born on Dec. 29, 1917, at Provo, Utah, to Emery Huntsman and Elsie Caroline Shipp. He grew up in Baker City and was a 1936 Baker High School graduate. He served an LDS mission in the Great Lakes area. He married Marell Waite on April 3, 1942, at the Salt Lake City Temple. They raised their family in La Grande. He worked as a warehouse foreman for La Grande Fruit Co. for 25 years. He held various other jobs through the years. He moved to Boise in 1984 to work in the Boise Temple. He enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren playing in various sporting events. He traveled many miles to attend family members’ special church events and graduations. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and walking. He was a master gardener, raising a garden every year until he was 85. He enjoyed watching his favorite sports teams, the Brigham Young University Cougars, Boise...

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Benson, Daniel – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Daniel Benson, 42, a Baker City resident, died Nov. 4, 2001, at Salt Lake City. There will be a celebration of his life Nov. 24 at the Eagles Lodge, 2935 H St. Dinner will be served at 2 p.m. Main dishes will be provided. Those attending are asked to bring a side dish. Mr. Benson was born at Provo, Utah, on May 3, 1959. He lived most of his life in Southern California and spent the last two years at Salt Lake City where he was waiting for a new heart. He loved to go camping, fishing and hunting. He will be missed by many. Survivors include his mother, Mary Orazine of Baker City; sisters, Debra Jean of San Diego and Lee Ellen of Gwinn Mich.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to a charity of one’s choice. Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, November 16, 2001 Transcribed by: Belva...

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