Location: Riverside County CA

Williams, Maxine McGrath Mrs. – Obituary

Maxine Williams, 84, a native of North Powder, died Jan. 18, 2005, at Sun City, Calif. She had been disabled by arthritis the last two years of her life and had lived in a residential care center, where she died. Maxine was born at Union to Walter and Leila McGrath and grew up at North Powder. Her father, a coal dealer, served as mayor there and led a dance band. She grew up in a family of musicians and card players, and although not a musician herself, she did love good music and was a skillful card player all her life. After graduating from high school, Maxine married Russell Williams, a Muddy Creek native, in 1939. In 1951 his job with Basche-Sage Hardware in Baker City took them to Payette, Idaho, where they raised two daughters. Maxine began her working life at Payette with a job in the high school lunchroom. She then worked for the City of Payette before going on to become deputy county treasurer for Payette County in 1961. She retired with her husband to Sun City in 1978. He died on Dec. 13, 2004. Maxine was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church at Payette and later of St. Vincent Ferrer Church at Sun City, where she organized the bridge marathon for several years. In addition to bridge, she loved knitting, reading, entertaining and travel....

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Dean, Dallas – Obituary

Union, Oregon Dallas Dean, 81, of Baker City died Aug. 26 at his home. A reception and celebration of life will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at his son’s home, 44431 Anthony Lakes Highway in Haines. Mr. Dean was born July 1, 1925, to Marvin and Edith Hodgkins Dean at Keating. The family lived near Pondosa, and he graduated in 1943 from Union High School. He served in the Army during World War II, and was disabled by frozen feet at the Battle of the Bulge. He received the EAMC and Combat Infantry citations, the Bronze Star and unit citations. In 1946 he married Beverly White in Baker City, and worked for Silven Cleaners and Lew Bros. Tire Service. He owned the Shell service station at Main Street and Auburn Avenue, and later bought the Shell ownership from Lloyd Wells. After an early retirement he worked for Levinger Drug, B&K Chevrolet and the Best County car dealership. He finally retired in 1990. After his wife’s death he married Charlene Lee Moffit in 1990. The couple maintained a winter residence at Indio, Calif., for 12 years. They settled in La Grande in 2003 and recently returned to Baker City. He was a sports fan who followed his son’s high school track activities, and was a loyal fan of the New York Yankees. He met Yogi Berra and...

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Horn, Terri – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Terri Horn, 51, formerly of La Grande, died May 19 at her home in Palm Springs, Calif., after an extended illness. Terri was born Dec. 15, 1955, in Las Vegas. Due to her father’s military service, the family lived in several locations before settling in Fairbanks, Alaska, where Terri lived most of her life. She worked as a grocery clerk for many years. She was employed by Carr’s Foodland in Fairbanks, and after moving to La Grande in 1995 she worked at Albertson’s for several years. Terri was known for her incredible friendliness and outgoing personality. She loved spending time with her family and friends and enjoyed being outdoors, whether it be gardening, camping or barbecuing. She was known as her family’s best barbecuer. Survivors include her children and their spouses, Todd Horn of Anchorage, Alaska, and Merry and Keith Montgomery of Union; two granddaughters; mother, June Henson of Las Vegas; and siblings, Kathy Henson of Las Vegas, Fran Jenkins of Alaska, George Jenkins of Seattle and Vickie Winslow of Palm Springs, Calif. She was preceded in death by her father, Jack Henson. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association’ 42-600 Cook St., Suite 202, Palm Desert, Calif. 92211. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending June 9, 2007 Published: June 9, 2007 Transcribed by Dixie...

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Carroll, Dan Thomas – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Dan Thomas Carroll, 38, of La Grande died July 28 at his home. Viewing will be from 4 to 7 p.m. tonight and from, 7 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at Loveland Funeral Chapel. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Island City Cemetery. Dan was born March 31, 1969, to David Carroll and Vera Benson in Martinez, Calif. He was raised and educated in Pleasant Hill, Calif., and in La Grande. He married Christy Harper on Aug. 26, 1989, in La Grande. He was a member of the Third Batallion, 116th Armored Cavalry headquartered in the La Grande Oregon National Guard. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, shooting, building models and video games. He is survived by his wife, Christy; children, Andrew and Jennifer; parents, Vera and Gene Pender, all of La Grande and David and Nancy Carroll of Carson City, Nev.; siblings, Billy Carroll of Nampa, Idaho, Diana Collins of La Grande and David Pender of La Grande; and in-laws, Tom and Chris Harper of Kelso, Wash., and Billie Fisher of Stagecoach, Nev. La Grande Observer, Obituaries For The Week Ending August 4, 2007 – Published August 4, 2007 Submitted by: Dixie...

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Buoy, Wayland L. – Obituary

Imbler, Oregon Wayland L. “Buck” Buoy, 92, formerly of Imbler, died Aug. 10 at his home in Hermiston. Recitation of the rosary will begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Hermiston. Mass will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church, Hermiston. Buck was born on Jan. 22, 1915, to Roy and Violet Linklater Buoy in Prescott, Wash. He was raised in Imbler and went to school there. He joined the Navy, serving in the South Pacific during WWII. He returned to Oregon and moved to Coos Bay where he worked as a body and fender man and a mechanic until 1957. Buck moved to Marin County, Calif., and later to Indio, Calif., in 1964. He was a member of the California Air Patrol where he was an accomplished sharp shooter. Buck married Jean Swartz on Sept. 5, 1969, in Novato, Calif. They moved to Hermiston. Buck worked at Hanford as a member of the Operating Engineers Union No. 370 until his retirement in 1982. The couple enjoyed wintering in California and later in Tucson, Ariz., until 1999. Buck was a member of the Eagles Lodge No. 2909, Elks Lodge No. 1845 and Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, pilot and rock hound. He loved trips to the mountains to gather mushrooms, huckleberries or just spend...

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Cross, Evalyn Lois – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Evalyn Lois Cross, 92, of La Grande, died Oct. 1 at a local care center. A funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, 1502 Seventh St. in La Grande. Burial will follow at the Cove Cemetery. A viewing will be held today from 4 to 6 p.m. at Daniels-Knopp. Evalyn was born April 11, 1917, to George and Olive (Haak) Kirkpatrick in Mount Vernon, Iowa. She moved to California in 1938 and married Harry Cross in 1943. They lived in Lawndale, Banning and then San Diego. Evalyn was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker. She helped her husband in his construction and rental properties business, and they also enjoyed traveling. He preceded her in death on Dec. 14, 1974. She remained in San Diego and was a member of the arts and crafts group through the Unity Church until October 1981 when she moved to Portland to be near her son. While living in Portland she greeted and signed-in people for Loaves and Fishes for 10 years as a volunteer. Her hobbies included traveling and making needlepoint pictures and pillows, which she gave to friends and family. She also made three hooked rugs for Timberline Lodge. In 1997 she moved to La Grande, where she was active with the senior center and attended the First Presbyterian Church. Survivors...

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John Edwards Todd of Riverside CA

John Edwards Todd7, (John6, Timothy5, Timothy4, Jonathan3, John2, Christopher1) born Dec. 6, 1833, died Aug. 7, 1907, in Riverside, Cal., married Dec. 6, 1860, Elizabeth Harriet, daughter of Edward and Sarah Jane (Hutchinson) Thomas, of Augusta, Ga., who was born Nov. 1, 1835. Grad. Yale, 1855; Congregational Clergyman; ordained pastor of the Central Church, of Boston, Mass., Feb. 2, 1860; dismissed April 28, 1869; he was later chosen pastor of the Church of the Redeemer (Chapel St. Church) New Haven, Conn., Sept. 15, 1869. D.D. Yale, 1879. Author of “John Todd, The Story of his Life,” and several fugitive stories. Compiler of the greater part of this genealogy. Children: 1152. Virginia, b. Dec. 2, 1861, d. June 27, 1904. 1153. Ethel, b. Dec. 5, 1864, m. Dudley Duyckiuck; she resides in Riverside, Cal. 1154. Violet Alexandra, b. Feb. 21, 1873; resides in Riverside,...

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Ora B. Todd of Panama NY

Ora B. Todd7, (Bela6, Caleb5, Gideon4, Gideon3, Michael2, Christopher1) born Dec. 20, 1808, in Salisbury, N. Y., died Feb. 9, 1889, in San Jacinto, Cal., married Oct. 1832, Lorinda, daughter of Luke and Lucia Wolcott, who was born Oct. 27, 1810, died Oct. 19, 1885, in Santa Paula, Calif. They removed from Panama, Chautauqua County, N. Y., to Santa Paula, Calif., in March 1884, whence they seem to have moved to Santa Jacinto, where he died. Mr. Todd was a good reader of music, which he taught some in the old fashioned way; a fine violinist and a most excellent player on that very unmusical instrument called fife. He was an enthusiastic member of the military band in Stockton, N. Y., which was a great help during the civil war and political campaigns. He enlisted for service in the civil war, but was refused because of age and physical inability to serve. Children: *1685. Chestil Ora, b. July 12, 1833. 1686. Sallie Marietta, b. July 5, 1834, in Stockton, N. Y., d. Jan. 11, 1905, in Standish, Lassen County, Cal., m. about 1851, Otis W. Johnson, of Stockton, N. Y., who d. Sept., 1904, in Standish, Cal.; he owned a cattle ranch; was a fine player of the violin and clarinet and composed music. She too, was musically inclined. No children. *1687. Florilla Lorinda, b. July 17, 1836. 1688....

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Moseley, Mark Everett – Obituary

Halfway, Baker County, Oregon Mark Everett Moseley, 46, died July 19, 2005, at his home in Palm Springs, Calif. There will be a celebration of Mark’s life in August. Mark was born on April 22, 1959, to Fred and Carol Baird Moseley at the Presbyterian Hospital at Whittier, Calif. At about the age of 5, the family moved to Oregon. It was there that he was raised and educated. During his school years, Mark enjoyed choir and drama. He was a 1977 Parkrose High School graduate. After graduation, Mark was an entrepreneur. He attended trade school for a time to become a respiratory therapist. He was a massage therapist, he dabbled in computers and he loved driving truck. Mark enjoyed spending his summers at Halfway with his grandparents, Everett and Margaret Baird. He enjoyed country music and riding horses. Survivors include his father, Fred Moseley of Las Vegas, Nev.; sisters, Tami and Lynn Carpenter of Halfway and Lori Moseley of Portland; a brother, Craig Moseley of Portland; grandmother, Margaret Baird; very good friend, Steve Anderson of Palm Springs, Calif.; aunt and uncle, Joe and Gladys Baird; cousins, Julie Loo and Joan Webb; and several other aunts, uncles and cousins; and his canine companions, Lucky and Buddy. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Everett Baird, who died in 1982; and his mother, Carol, who died in 1997. Memorial...

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Swint, E. Faye Allen Mrs. – Obituary

E. Faye Allen Swint passed away on May 24, 2005, in Banning, Calif. Faye was born on June 28, 1936, in Baker and was a graduate of Baker High School. She retired from Riverside Community Hospital after 31 years of employment. Faye was the wife of Lee Swint who preceded her in death. Faye is survived by her mother, Edna Allen of Brookings, Ore.; her brother, Dale Allen of Los Gatos, Calif.; her nieces, Cecilia Allen Martin of Santa Clara, Calif., and Carole Allen of Bakersfield, Calif.; and her nephew Bruce Allen of Sausalito, Calif. A private memorial service was held at Riverside National Cemetery. The family requests no flowers, and any donation can be made to a favorite charity. Used with permission from: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, June, 2005 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Williams, Russell Davis – Obituary

Muddy Creek, Oregon Russell Davis Williams, 91, who grew up on his family’s ranch in Muddy Creek, died Dec. 13, 2004, in Sun City, Calif., of emphysema. He is a descendent of two early pioneer families of North Powder: his grandparents, Lemuel and Amanda Ellen Stewart Williams, and John Samuel and Susan Dealy Davis. Mr. Williams was born Sept. 16, 1913, at Muddy Creek to Harry Chatterton and Ida Belle Davis Williams. He was the youngest of seven children and graduated from Muddy Creek High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1935 and served on the USS Minneapolis, which took him to Hawaii, through the Panama Canal, and to Central America. After being discharged he married Cleo Maxine McGrath of North Powder Nov. 13, 1939, in Weiser, Idaho. He and his late brother, Ed Williams, a longtime Baker City resident, both worked for Basche-Sage Hardware Company for more than 30 years. In 1951 Russell and Maxine moved to Payette, Idaho, where he served as Basche-Sage’s sales representative in southwestern Idaho and they raised two daughters. In 1978 they retired to Sun City. Although he gave up trout fishing when he left the Northwest, he remained an avid fan of big band music and the New York Yankees throughout his life. Mr. Williams is survived by his wife of 65 years, Maxine Williams of Sun City; two...

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Hunt, Richard Douglas – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Richard Douglas Hunt, 64, a former Baker City resident, died peacefully on Sept. 28, 2004, at home in Boise after a short illness. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. at Relyea Funeral Chapel, Boise. His graveside service will be at 11 a.m. (PDT) Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Richard was born on Jan. 26, 1940, at Baker City to Thomas C. and Marie Aasa Hunt. He attended Baker City schools and was a Baker High School graduate. He attended Brigham Young University at Provo, Utah, and the University of Utah at Salt Lake City. Richard was an avid basketball player, played the trombone, and was a member of the Baker Drum and Bugle Corps. One of the loves of his life was fly fishing in and around the Eagle Cap Wilderness Area in Northeastern Oregon. He also enjoyed golfing, hunting and the outdoors, and he loved to read. Richard worked in the investment community for many years at Portland and Palm Springs, Calif., as a broker. About 15 years ago, he moved to Boise to be with his family. He worked in the electronics field until retirement. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Kathryn Marie. Survivors include four brothers, Tom and his wife, Colleen, Jim and his wife, Norma, and Robert, all of Boise, and John Elwood and his wife,...

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Biography of John Down

John Down came to Riverside in 1874, his only capital being his trade as bricklayer, combined with an energetic disposition and a willingness to labor. He purchased block 2, range 7, on Main Street, between Second and Third streets, planting the same in oranges. The same year he commenced work for Mr. E. M. Sheldon, who had started the pioneer brickyards on the west side of Buena Vista avenue, north of town, and two years later he entered into partnership under the firm name of Sheldon & Down. The brick-yards were gradually increased to meet the growing demands, and conducted by that firm until 1886, when Mr. Sheldon retired and Mr. Alguire came into the firm under the firm name of Down & Alguire, since which time they have conducted a brick-making and building business. In 1882 Mr. Down, in addition to his business in Riverside, established and conducted a brickyard at San Jacinto for four years. He is now the owner of nearly 100 acres of land, located about one mile north of Riverside. The brick-yards are upon his land and are admirably located both for sup-plying the home demand and for shipping by railroad, as his lands have a frontage on the California Central Railroad (Santa Fe system) of nearly one-fourth of a mile, enabling him to put on side-tracks to the brick kilns. He is a...

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Biography of Ashman P. Combs

Ashman P. Combs is one of the well-known businessmen of Riverside. He is in the real-estate and insurance business, and has one of the best established agencies in Riverside, representing some of the strongest insurance companies issuing policies on the Pacific Coast. Mr. Combs came to Riverside in 1876 and was first employed among the orange groves as a horticulturist in pruning, etc. In 1877 he started a nursery business on Mulberry Street between Seventh and Eighth streets. The next year he purchased a two and one-half acre block between Vine and Mulberry, and First and Second streets, and in the same year erected a cottage and planted his land to oranges. Mr. Combs has, since his arrival, been engaged in horticultural pursuits, in addition to his other business enterprises, and has been one of the most successful orange growers in the colony. His two and one-half acres between Mulberry and Lime and Thirteenth and Fourteenth streets is in budded orange trees, of Washington Navel and Mediterranean Sweet varieties. As illustrating what may be done in the orange culture in Riverside under intelligent care and cultivation, it is worthy to note that in 1887 these two and one-half acres gave a yield that sold for $1,800, an average of over $700 per acre. The trees at that time were nine or ten years old. Mr. Combs is a native...

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