Location: Roseburg Oregon

Biography of James W. F. Owens

JAMES W.F. OWENS. – This gentleman was the eldest son of the pioneer Thomas Owens, and came as an infant in arms with his parents to Oregon in 1843, his birthplace having been Platte county, Missouri. In 1853 he removed with his parents to the Umpqua valley, and, amid the beautiful scenes of that almost unearthly region, grew to a vigorous manhood. His only education was received during a six months’ term of school at Dallas; but, having a phenomenal memory, this laid the basis for his large information of later years. He was one of those men who devour books and entertain very positive opinions upon the important subjects of life. The free and withal romantic life of a stock-raiser suited his bent; and in that business he was very successful. Marrying Miss Nannie L. Stevens of Ohio in 1864, he made for himself a cozy home, and gathered about him the comforts of life. Four children came to bless his life; and his early prospects were equal to those of anyone in our state. he owned for a long time a ferry on the Umpqua river, but made his residence at Roseburg. Gaining the confidence of the people, he was elected to the Oregon legislature in 1874 on the Independent ticket. During those years he was also very active in the Good Templar lodge, and was advanced...

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Biography of Bethina Angelina Owens-Adair

MRS. DR. OWENS-ADAIR. – Berthina Angelina, the second daughter of Thomas and Sarah Owens, was born February 7,1840, in Van Buren county, Missouri. She saw her fourth birthday in her father’s Western home on Clatsop Plains, Clatsop county, Oregon, her parents having made the then dangerous and tedious journey across the then dangerous and tedious journey across the plains with ox-teams in the summer and fall of 1843. At this time Berthina was a small child, delicate in stature for her age, and having a highly nervous and sensitive nature, but with a strong, vigorous constitution, thus early showing a good physical foundation for great perseverance and endurance. The country reached by her parents was new to them, and virtually unoccupied, save by Indians. It was a wilderness unbroken by the means and appliances of our civilization, with no visible evidence of its immediate settlement and development. If it were a nice thing to do for these elder people to leave their old established homes, social relations and open markets, thousands of miles away, and come into this new land, from which they could not return, their experience at the end of the journey taught them that they had retraced their steps in their lives to what appeared to be a childish adventure, and to a place where a child might lead them. This young girl was now as...

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Biography of George E. Wells

GEORGE E. WELLS. – The subject of this sketch is a man of great energy and power of adaptability, as is manifested in the occupations that have been engaged in by him during the years in which he has been in this western country, and it is pleasant to remark that during all of these varied undertakings, some of which have been exceedingly arduous and fraught with hardship and danger, he has manifested a stanch and unflinching courage, marked industry and enterprise, with excellent personal qualities of integrity and upright principles, while a good success has attended his efforts, both became of the excellent practical judgment used and because of his keen foresight and untiring efforts to do well whatever his hand undertook. George E. was born in Licking county, Ohio, on November 3, 1850, being the son of John and Sarah (Holmes) Wells. The father came to Oregon in 1859, settling at Oregon City and following the milling business for two years, when he repaired to Vancouver, Washington. The mother and three children then came and they all remained in that place until June, 1865, then they went to Lagrande, landing there on June 1, of that year. The father engaged in packing from Umatilla Landing to the mines of Boise Basin and others in this section. Our subject remained with his father one year in packing and...

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Biography of Col. La Fayette Mosher

COL. LA FAYETTE MOSHER. – There is perhaps no resident of Oregon more widely known and generally respected than L.F. Mosher. He has held so many prominent positions, and is so well qualified to fill them, that it only seems a natural thing to see him in the senate, and as a justice of the supreme court. He was born in Benton County, Kentucky, September 1, 1824. So entirely did he bend his energies tot he gaining of an education, that at the age of nineteen years we find him a graduate of Woodward College, Cincinnati, where he carried off honors on June 30, 1843. After graduating, he acted as deputy clerk of the supreme court of Hamilton County, where he remained until the breaking out of the Mexican war. He at once came valiantly forward and joined the Fourth Ohio Regiment, and served in the brigade of General Joseph Lane until the close of the war. When the war was ended he entered the law office of Pugh & Pendleton, the members of the firm being ex-Senator George E. Pugh, now deceased, and ex-Senator George H. Pendleton. He was admitted to the bar in May, 1852, and at once began the practice of his profession in Cincinnati. He came to Oregon with General Lane in 1853, landing in Portland in May of that year. The following months he...

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Biographical Sketch of Matthew W. Mitchell

MATTHEW W. MITCHELL. – This representative man of Eastern Oregon was born in Missouri in 1843, and with his parents crossed the plains to the Pacific Northwest in 1852. The first winter was passed by the family at Portland; and the year following a Donation claim was selected and a home made at Looking Glass, in Douglas county. Our subject was there raised, and at Roseburg received his education. In 1866 he was so far equipped as to begin school-teaching, and for some years followed that as a profession. In 1870 he was united in marriage with Miss Josephine Stevens, of Looking Glass, and the same year removed to the Grande Ronde. He there engaged in stock-raising and farming. He became prominent in the political circles of that region, being elected in 1876 as representative from Union county to the Oregon legislature. His first wife having died in 1871, he was married secondly in 1882 to Miss Jessie Ritchie, of Multnomah county, who is also deceased. Mr. Mitchell is still engaged in farming at The Cove, Oregon, owning two hundred acres of excellent land, and also devotes much attention to the rearing of graded stock. He is a man of recognized worth, and of wide...

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Biography of Thomas Smith

THOMAS SMITH. – Mr. Smith, whose life labors have had as their result in one particular the upbuilding of the handsome village of Winchester, near the Umpqua River, was born in Oxfordshire, England, February 12, 1823; and he crossed the Atlantic with his parents in 1830. The first American home was at Rochester, and a year later at Euclid near Cleveland, Ohio; and in 1834 a removal was made to La Porte County, Indiana. Thirteen years were spent in Indiana with his parents; but in 1847 the desire to go forth and test his powers in competition with others induced him in company with a younger brother to come West. He made the six month’s journey as a teamster, armed with his rifle and equipped with an ox-whip. Many and varied were the scenes and incidents of the trip; and the usual hardships common to the most of the pioneers who came “the plains across” were suffered and endured. Not the least exciting of these were the fording of the numerous deep and swift mountain streams. Vast herds of buffaloes occasionally broke through the train; and continual rumors of Indian outrages, combined with oft-recurring pursuit of the savages for stolen stock, rendered the journey anything but monotonous. Only once was pursuit successful, – securing both stock and Indians. At other times they were glad to get themselves back safely....

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Ager, Nancy Jane – Obituary

Wallowa County, Oregon Mrs. Nancy Jane Ager passed away last Thursday, February 5 Nancy Jane Dakan was born on February 7, 1860 near Roseburg, Oregon. When only a young girl she moved with her parents to Cricket Flat where she grew to womanhood. She lived a few years at Dayton, Washington and from there moved to the John Day country and later to La Grande. In 1902 she came to Wallowa County and settled on Day Ridge. In 1895 she was married to James Albert Ager. To this union three children were born: Mrs. Sam Davis, Joseph, Charley E. Ager (whereabouts unknown), and Mrs. Bill Forthman, Wallowa. One son by a former marriage, Hiram Powell is deceased. She leaves to mourn her loss her two daughters, ten grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, three sisters, Mrs. Ann Keith (her twin sister) of Touchet, Wash., Mrs. Mary Elkins, Dayton, Wash., and Mrs. Emma Cady, Durkee, Oregon, and a host of other relatives and friends. The last few years of her life were spent with the oldest daughter, Mrs. Sam Davis, in and near Joseph. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon from the Booth chapel with Edwin Beem in charge. Mrs. Garnet Best and Mrs. Gwen Coffin sang “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere” and Last Mile of the Way.” She was laid to rest on her 88th birthday in the Flora cemetery by the...

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Thompson, Moses C. – Obituary

Moses C. Thompson Zumwalt, Oregon Word has been received in this city that Moses C. Thompson, veteran of the Civil war and resident of this city for many years, died at the G.A.R. home at Roseburg on Monday. Mr. Thompson served in the Navy during the war and was a member of the local post of the G.A.R. He had lived here for about 20 years, where he owned his own home. About two months ago he went to Roseburg. Mr. Thompson leaves a daughter, Mrs. Stein, who lives in Wallowa county at Zumwalt. Wallowa County Reporter, Thursday December 11,...

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Arant, Allen Marion – Obituary

North Powder, Union County, Oregon Allen Marion Arant, 70, died last Friday at his home near Roseburg. Mr. Arant was the father of Lucian P. Arant of the Baker, Herald, and E.E. Arant, former principal of the North Powder schools, was also a son. North Powder News Saturday, December 5,...

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Yeske, Golden – Obituary

Yeske, James Golden – 57, of Roseburg, passed away October 13, 1984. He was born October 19, 1926, in La Grande, Oregon. On October 9, 1948, in Portland, Oregon, he married his wife Beverly and they lived in the Roseburg area since the early 1950s. Golden had been a teacher in the Roseburg area Elementary schools for many years and a member of the First Christian Church here in Roseburg. He was the President of the Umpqua Coin Club. Survivors include his wife, Beverly Yeske of Roseburg; 1 son, Shaun Yeske of Pocatello, Idaho; his mother, Faye Yeske, his brother, Richard Yeske and his sister, June Folson, all of La Grande, Oregon; numerous nieces and nephews and many close friends. Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 18, 1984, at 11 A. M. at the First Christian Church of Roseburg, on the corner of Douglas and Kane Streets with Pastor Linton Elwell officiating. Interment to follow at the Roseburg Memorial Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions have been requested to be made to the Oregon Heart Association. These may be left at the service or at Wilson’s Chapel Of The Roses Funeral Home who are in charge of arrangements. The News-Review Roseburg, Oregon Wednesday, October 17, 1984 Page 22 Contributed by: Tom Childers Portland,...

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Thomson, Jeremiah B. – Obituary

Jeremiah B. Thomson was born in Virginia, April 10, 1886, and moved to Evening Shade, Arkansas when a small boy. He passed away at Roseberg, Oregon in his 87th year. His father was married twice. To his first marriage two sons were born – James and Malcolm; to the second marriage two children were born -Jeremiah and Narcissa. His brother Malcolm and his parents died in Arkansas. James married and with Jerry and Narcissa came to Oregon. Narcissa married James Vickers and resides at Winlock, Oregon. In 1855 and 1856, Jerry served the Government as a scout to the immigrants who were settling in Southern Oregon. In 1873 he was married to Miss. Mary R. McComas. To this union three children were born – two sons preceeded him to the great beyond. He is survived by his widow of Union, his daughter, Mrs. Elma T. Havemann, one grad daughter Miss Doria Havemann, of Woodburn, Oregon, his sister of Win? (Unable to read the rest of obituary) Contributed by: Larry...

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Thompson, Jerry B. – Obituary

Died at the Soldiers’ Home, Roseburg, Oregon, March 8th, 1923, Jerry B. Thompson, age 87 years. The remains arrived in Union on No. 24 Monday, March 12 and were accompanied by his daughter Mrs. Havemann and granddaughter, Elma Davis Havemann. The funeral was held from the Presbyterian church in Union, March 13, 1923 at 2:30 p.m., and (?) was offered by Rev. Quinn of the Methodist Episcopal Church; services by Rev. Hughes who read the 99th Psalm. He talked from the words “The untrodden way or the new road.” He paid a fitting tribute to this old pioneer who endured many hardships in an early day and helped to blaze the trail that we of today are enjoying the comforts and pleasures of. A solo “Face to Face” was rendered by Mrs. Helene Stearns and impressive music by the choir. The Union Lodge of Odd Fellows and the Rebekah attended in a body. Services at the cemetery were conducted by the I.O.O.F. Contributed by: Larry...

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Young, Bryce J., Dr. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Dr. Bryce J. Young, 73, of College Place, Wash., a former La Grande resident, died Feb. 4, 2004, in an accident while bicycling in Argentina. There was a service for him on Feb. 15 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in La Grande. Dr. Young was born June 3, 1930, to Bryce L. and Marjorie Mallett Young at Glendive, Mont. He graduated from high school in Miles City, Mont., and attended Walla Walla College. He received his medical training at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, Calif., and his eye specialist’s training at White Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles. He married Joylyn Jennings on Sept. 28, 1958. He practiced medicine at Missoula, Mont., Roseburg and La Grande. He retired in 1992 after 31 years. He traveled extensively including to the Middle East and Africa, making several mission trips to Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe. He sailed by himself across the Pacific Ocean and made trips to the Philippines and Argentina on bird-watching expeditions. He enjoyed visiting family, going on walks with his grandchildren, hiking and backpacking. He was a member of Rotary International. Survivors include his children, David Young of Longview, Wash., Karen Young of Seattle, Wash., and Russell Young of College Place, Wash.; two grandchildren; a sister, Ginger Mackie of Cove; and other relatives. His wife died earlier. Memorial contributions may be made to the La Grande...

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Stennfeld, Dorothy Ann – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Dorothy Ann Stennfeld, 74, of La Grande, died Feb. 24 at her home. A celebration of life is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church in La Grande. Mrs. Stennfeld, known as Ann, was born June 23, 1932, to Henry and Berniece Jackson Jones in Roseburg. She was raised in Myrtle Point, graduating from Myrtle Point High School in 1950. She graduated from Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing in Portland in 1954. On Sept. 25, 1954, she married Paul T. Stennfeld. After he died in 1975, she went to work for Grande Ronde Hospital and retired in 2001. Ann was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church. She was also very active with the Boy Scouts and the Knife and Fork Club for several years. She enjoyed reading and researching history and geology. Survivors include her children and their spouses, Marsha and Barry Bones of Medford, Mark Stennfeld of Vancouver, Wash., Scott Stennfeld of Island City and Susan and Fred Knape of La Grande. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and a brother, Donald Dean Jones. Memorials may be made to Doernbecker Children’s Hospital in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth Street, La Grande 97850. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending Mar. 3, 2007 Published: March 3,...

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Cross, Wayne L. – Obituary

Elgin, Oregon Wayne L. Cross, 64, formerly of Elgin, died May 5 at his home in Roseburg. Roseburg Memorial Gardens is in charge of arrangements. Wayne was born June 10, 1943, to Lloyd and Martha Cross. He was raised in Elgin and attended school there. In 1977, Wayne married Bonnie. The couple enjoyed camping, cooking and improving their home. He loved the outdoors. Wayne is survived by his wife, Bonnie; mother, Martha Cross of Elgin; three brothers, Ken Cross of Netarts, Don Cross of Tigard and Dennis Cross of Elgin; and sister, Rhonda Thomas of Newport, Wash. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the American Melanoma Foundation, 12395 El Camino Real, Suite 117, San Diego, Calif., 92130. La Grande Observer – Obituaries for the day of May 9, 2008 Richardson, Raymond Union County, Oregon Obituary Cove, Oregon Raymond Richardson, 73, a lifetime resident of Cove, died May 9 at a local care center. Daniels-Knopp Funeral Cremation & Life Celebration Center is in charge of arrangements. La Grande Observer – Obituaries for the day of May 10, 2008 ___________________________________ Raymond Arlie Richardson, 73, a lifelong resident of Cove, died May 9 at a local care center. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at the Cove Cemetery. Viewing will run from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation &...

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