Location: Roseburg Oregon

Biography of Henry H. Woodward

HENRY H. WOODWARD. – The life of a pioneer of any country is a hard one. But the pioneer of the Pacific coast had really more to contend with than his early brother of any other state east or west of the great Mother of Waters. His daily life was not only one of almost unendurable hardship and privation, with the eternal gnawings of want; but it was also beset with imminent danger; and he was in continued dread of death from the poisoned arrow of the red man, or his more fortunate fellow who used a gun. The pioneer of this coast held himself in ever readiness to go to the front, at a moment’s call, to assist in the subjugation of the various bands of Indians who held retreats in the mountain fastnesses which chain and interchain the country on every side, and who were continually swooping down upon the little handful of settlers in every section, and ofttimes massacring them before the news of their arrival could be sent form house to house. Taking a complete history of all the tribes that ever inhabited this continent, as far as we have any knowledge, the tribes which roamed the Pacific coast at will for untold ages, were the most treacherous, brutal, savage and warlike, perhaps because they were virtually cut off from the rest of the world;...

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Sawyer, Ramona Louis Noregaard Mrs. – Obituary

Ramona Louis (Noregaard) Sawyer, 78, of Sutherlin and Roseburg, Ore., went to be with the Lord on Feb. 24, 2007. She had resided in the Sutherlin and Roseburg areas for the last 18 years. Ramona was born on Jan. 20, 1929, to Harold and Ruby Noregaard of Enterprise, Ore. They later moved to Baker City, Ore., and Ramona graduate from Baker High in 1947. She married Ray Sawyer Sept. 4, 1955. They lived in Oregon, Texas, New Mexico, and California, where they resided in Livermore, Calif., for 16 years with their sons before returning to the northwest. Those who knew her will miss her passion on many topics, especially her devotion to Jesus. She enjoyed reading non-fiction, drama, taking walks on their beautiful property, and talking to her friends and family. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Ray Sawyer of Sutherlin; two sons, Sterling Sawyer of Clements, Calif., and Thomas Sawyer of Reno, Nev. She also leaves behind two sisters, Drina Klebieko, and Nanette Couch; four grandchildren, Brina Harwood, Philip Sawyer, Rebekah Sawyer, Tamryn Sawyer; 3 great-grandchildren, Jacob, Liam, and Dominic Harwood. Memorial services will be held Saturday, March 10, 2007, at the Presbyterian Church in Oakland, Ore. Used with permission from: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, March, 2007 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Sherwood, Clarissa Fisher Mrs. – Obituary

Clarissa Sherwood, 94, of Roseburg, a former Halfway resident, died July 11, 2007, at Bend. Her funeral was today at Chapel of the Roses. The Rev. Dwayne brown of the First Presbyterian Church officiated. Private entombment was at Roseburg Memorial Gardens. Clarissa was born on Nov. 25, 1912, and was raised at Halfway. She was the daughter of Alva and Gladys Fisher and the first of six children. After graduating from Halfway High School, she attended Eastern Oregon Normal School at La Grande, graduating in 1933. She began her teaching career with 12 students in a one-room school house at Zumwalt. After one year at Zumwalt she taught at Cornucopia. She received her bachelor’s degree in teaching from the University of Oregon at Eugene in 1956. She met her future husband, Cecil Sherwood, while teaching at Cornucopia and was married May 26. She moved to Roseburg in 1948 and taught fifth and sixth grades at Rose Elementary School for the next 28 years, retiring in 1976. After her retirement she became a volunteer for the Mercy Hospital Auxiliary for the next 30 years. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and a past president of Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Sorority. After retiring, she spent many fun-filled winters in the Palm Springs area where she made many new friends and enjoyed life to the fullest. She traveled extensively...

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Biography of Rufus Mallory

Rufus Mallory is of New England ancestry, and descended from a strong and hardy stock, well fitted for the furnishing of such elements as are needed to command success and produce laudable results in the new but rapidly growing country in which his lot was cast and where modern civilization has come with such splendid strides. About 1816 his parents left their home in Connecticut for the West, as New York State was then called, and settled in the town of Coventry in Chenango County, at which place the subject of our sketch, the youngest of a family of nine children, was born, June 10, 1831. Five or six months after his birth the family removed to Steuben county. This county at that time was new and thinly settled, and the disadvantages that existed were almost as great as a few years later confronted the pioneers in opening up the country of the far West. Railroads had not reached this part of the country, and communication with the outside world was extremely difficult. School houses had been built, but instruction was limited to the common branches, and often entrusted to unqualified persons. It was amid these surroundings that the youth of our subject was passed. Being the youngest of the family his labors on the farm were less demanded than that of the older boys, and when school was...

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