Location: Ripley County IN

Biography of Joshua L. Cole

As one of the real builders of Malheur County, being a pioneer of the west in a very early day, the subject of this sketch is justly entitled to consideration in the volume of history now being made and it is with pleasure that eye are enabled to recount some of the items of a long and useful career, wherein he has always been a prominent figure in the progress of the County, the welfare of his fellows and in the prosecution of the business in his hand. At the present time Mr. Cole is the president of the first bank of Vale, being an incorporated state bank, with a capital of fifty thousands dollars and half that amount paid up. Mr. Cole was born in Ripley County, Indiana on March 29, 1832, being the son of William and Sarah J. (Clark) Cole. The father was a native of Virginia, but was taken to Kentucky in a very early day before even any wagon roads were made in that state. There he was raised and married and his first four children were horn there also. He went thence to Indiana, and in 1858 he migrated to Minnesota in which place he died in T862. The mother was a native of Maryland and died in Iowa in 1842. Our subject was reared on a farm, received a common school education...

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Biographical Sketch of Joseph H. Tague

It is with unfeigned pleasure that we are privileged to recount somewhat of the career of the estimable gentleman and patriotic citizen who is mentioned above, since he is a man of good standing, a well-to-do agriculturist and stockman of Malheur county, and has the honorable distinction of being one of the brave men, who hazarded life and limb for the safety of our beloved union and the promotion of good government. He was born in Ripley county, Indiana, on July 13, 1841, being the son of Lemuel and Ann (Buchanan) Tague, the mother being a second cousin of James Buchanan, the President of the United States. Our subject remained at the home place until the cruel war of the Rebellion broke out and then he promptly enlisted in the Sixth Indiana Infantry, Company H. This was in the summer of 1861, and he was among the very first of the three years’ volunteers. He served under Rosecrans and then under Thomas. He took part in the battle of Lookout Mountain, also that at Green river and in many skirmishes, doing the part of the true and valiant soldier. He received a wound from a bayonet, in his eye that cost him its sight. He served three years, and one year and three months of this time was on a gunboat. He was honorably discharged and is now commander...

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Biography of James Colson

One of the respected pioneer farmers of Salubria is James Colson, who came to Idaho in 1864, and has since been engaged in stock raising. He was born in Ripley county, Indiana, October 23, 1834, a son of John and Polly (Allen) Colson, the former of whom was a farmer in Kentucky, moving to Iowa in 1850, where he was successful as a business man and landowner. He died at the advanced age of seventy years. To him and his wife were born eight children, three of whom survive. James Colson was reared on his father’s farm and received his education in the public schools, remaining at home until 1853, when he crossed the plains to California, locating in Siskiyou county. Here he engaged in mining, but met with only moderate success, notwithstanding the fact that he took out in one day four hundred dollars, which, with a great deal more, he lost in unprofitable mining enterprises. After three years spent in California he returned to his home by steamer and in 1860 went to Colorado, where he mined a year, then removed to Idaho in 1864, and during his many journeys never met with any misfortune. He resided two years at Idaho City and a similar length of time at Weiser, and in 1868 located in Salubria valley, on one hundred and sixty acres of land, and since...

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Biography of James G. Adam

James G. Adam has performed and is performing a most important work as secretary of the Independence Commercial Association. He is himself a man of wide experience in business affairs, and had the progressivenass, energy and enterprise which are unusual qualiflecations for his present position. The Commercial Association is an organization of local citizens whose principal object is to promote the growth and solid welfare of the city. The club is now in a flourishing condition with 210 names on its membership roll. Mr. Adam as secretary was primarily instrumental in securing for Independence the National Sash and Door Company, who took over the old glass plant of the city. They still conduct the glass plant for glasing the glass doors and windows, but the operation of the glass works is confined, as is usual with glass plants during the colder part of the year from October to May. The company gets its wood supplies from the North and West in car lots. This is one of the best industrial plants of Independence, employing 250 men the year around. Mr. Adams was also the Commercial Club’s leader in persuading the Prairie Oil and Gas Company to establish its principal headquarters at Independence. This company had recently completed the second largest office building in the state, and most of the executive officers of the company have bought property and have...

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Wippel, Frederick – Obituary

Fred Wippel, 72, a Kittitas Valley resident since 1901, died Monday [December 9, 1940] from a heart ailment. Fred Wippel was born in Sunman, Indiana in 1868, and spent his early years in that state. He married Kathryn Renyer in Topeka, Kansas, in 1901 and came to Ellensburg shortly afterwards. He joined his brothers, Simon P. and Peter Wippel in the operation of a creamery for six years when he retired to farm on his present Woldale property which he has operated since that time. Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Clarence Wippel of Ellensburg and Rev. Robert Wippel, O. S. B. of Lacey; two brothers, Simon P. Wippel and Peter Wippel of Ellensburg; and five sisters, Mrs. Kathryn Dreyer and Mrs. George Watts of Ellensburg; Mrs. Paul Mueller of Spokane, Mrs. William Valen of Alhambra, Calif. and Miss Elizabeth Wippel of Seattle. Burial was from St. Andrew’s Catholic Church at 9 o’clock, Thursday morning, Dec. 12. Ellensburg Capital, Front Page, December 13, 1940 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Wippel, Simon P. – Obituary

Simon P. Wippel, pioneer Ellensburg resident and a member of one of the Kittitas Valley’s best known families, died at his home Monday [January 10, 1949] at the age of 77. Wippel, who had been a farmer in the valley since 1911, had lived in the county for 57 years. He was a native of Ripley County, Indiana. He is survived by two daughters Miss Louise Wippel and Mrs. Helen Bray, both of Ellensburg; three sons, Lee and Melvin of Ellensburg, and Harold of Portland; a brother, Peter, of Ellensburg; five sisters, Mrs. Herman Dryer and Mrs. George Watts of Ellensburg, Miss Elizabeth Wippel of Seattle, Mrs. Paul Mueller of Spokane, and Mrs. Gertrude Valen of Alhambra, Calif., and one grandchild. Funeral services for Wippel were held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Andrew’s Catholic Church. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Biography of A. B. Gleason

A.B. GLEASON. – This gentleman is the son of Parsons Gleason, and is now one of the active business men of the state. He was born May 22, 1829, in Ripley county, Indiana. In 1849 he entered upon life as boatman on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, and in 1851 came with his father to the Pacific coast. The trip through Illinois and Missouri he made by himself with ox-teams, while the rest of the family performed this portion of the journey by water. With a train of twelve wagons, and numbering among their companions Mr. Clinton ad Reverend Mr. Chandler, they made the memorable journey, having excellent fortune the entire distance, – a splendid trip. Arriving in our state, young Gleason made an excursion to the Rogue river mines, and returning took, in 1853, a tour of the Puget Sound country, finding at length employment with Governor Stevens as superintendent of his farm. In 1855, however, he relinquished this position to volunteer in the service against the Indians, becoming a member of Captain Hay’s company. After a three months’ service, he returned for a short visit to his father’s home, and soon made what was then the adventurous trip to the Atlantic states via Nicaragua. Visiting in Iowa he was there married to Miss Clarissa Town, and soon after returning via Panama to is Oregon home. Two years...

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