Location: Sacramento California

Biography of Charles L. Green

CHARLES L. GREEN. – The farmers and stockmen and orchardists of Union county are a prosperous class of people and are noted for their enterprise and progressive methods, while the wealth of the county that has been produced by these industrious people is sufficient comment for their ability and thrift. As one of the substantial ones among this class we may mention the gentlman whose name is above, and who deserves a place in any record of the county’s leading men. Charles L. was born in Knox county, Illinois, on August 16, 1856, being the son of Ezra and Mary A. (Ostrom) Green, farmers of that vicinity. In the spring of 1861, the parents left their Illinos home to try the fortunes of California, going thither by wagon across the dreary plains where dwelt hardship and danger. Arriving in the Sacramento valley in due time, they remained there but one year and turned again toward the east, settling in southwestern Missouri. At this place in 1866 the father passed from the labors of this life to the realities of another. In Jasper county, Missouri our subject attended the district schools and there received his educational discipline, remaining as one of the family circle until 1870, when he engaged for wages on a farm, continuing this service for about eight years. Then he rented a farm for himself, and in...

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Biography of John L. Curtis

JOHN L. CURTIS. – As one of the early and sturdy pioneers who assisted in opening these regions for the occupancy of his fellows that were to follow from the eastern states, and who has wrought with energy and assiduity in their development since, manifesting an ability and wealth of resources that have enabled him to grapple with the different problems that confront the frontiersman, and to overcome in these undertakings the subject of this sketch is deserving of a representation in any work that essays to chronicle the leading and prominent citizens of the county of Union. Mr. Curtis was born in the east in the year 1827, and had the misfortune to have his father removed from him by death. His uncle was appointed his guardian and at the tender age of twelve years, our subject entered upon the realities of life for himself, his first occupation being to act as a silver-plater for the famous firm of Rogers Brothers. Six years he continued with this company and then came west to Jackson county, Missouri, where he was favored with an opportunity to attend the Chapel Hill College, a privilege which he was not slow to take hold of and improve to the best advantage. Following his retirement from the college he acted as salesman in Independence for a time and then in 1850 came to Sacramento,...

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Biography of Jacob Zuber

JACOB ZUBER. – Without doubt the subject of this sketch is one of the men whose name should be among the list of those who are accorded representation in the history of Union county, since he has wrought here with an energy and assiduity that have placed him in possession of a goodly competence, while also he has the distinction of always being allied with those enterprises that were for the benefit of the people of the county, and his life has been one of long and continued activity and manifestation of wisdom and ability, and having been in the path of the frontiersman for many years, he now justly deserves the retirement that is accorded him. In 1822, where rolls the Rhine its pleasant course through rich valleys and vendured hills in the land of Germany, our subject was born and there he received the thorough training given in the common schools. He remained at home, assisting his father on the farm until 1844, and then sailed from the Fatherland to America’s free lands. He settled in Richland county, Ohio, until 1850, then crossed the dreary plains to California, landing in Hangtown, thence to Sacramento, and after a short stay there came into Trinity county, where he took up mining. Six years were spent in this industry and he did well in a financial way, then he came...

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Biography of Texas Angel

Since the town of Hailey was hardly more than a collection of tents Texas Angel has been numbered among its citizens and has successfully engaged in the practice of law, winning many notable lawsuits wherein he has demonstrated the possession of legal powers of high order. A native of the Empire state, he was born in Angelica, New York, October 19, 1839, and is a representative of one of the oldest families of New England. Hardly had the Mayflower deposited its precious cargo upon the shores of America, at Plymouth Rock, when the ancestors of our subject, people of Welsh birth, also came to the New World, and Nathan Angel, from whom he traces descent, removed to Providence, Rhode Island, with Roger Williams, the apostle of religious liberty. William Angel, the grand-father of our subject, settled on Block Island, and there William Gardner Angel, the father, was born in 1790. In 1792 the family removed to Otsego, New York, where William G. Angel was educated, studied law and was admitted to the bar. He was twice elected to congress during the administration of President Jackson, and was a prominent figure in the public life of that locality. He also served as county judge and was surrogate of Albany County in 1852. In politics he was a stanch Democrat in early life, but was a lover of liberty, and when...

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Rose, Juanita M. – Obituary

Former Wallowa resident Juanita Maxine Rose died Feb. 21, 1988 in Sacramento, Calif. following hip surgery and secondary infections. She was born July 21, 1912 in McGraws, W.V. to Louis Marshall and Elizabeth A. (Cook) McGraw. The family moved to Wallowa County where she attended and graduated from Wallowa High School. She later graduated from Multnomah Hospital School for Nurses (University Hospital) in Portland. She worked as a nurse for 50 years. Her first vocational job was at the old Enterprise Hospital on the hill. Her other years were spent in Burns, Lovelock and Reno, Nev. And Woodland, and West Sacramento, Calif. She was a member of the Sylvia Rebekah Lodge #43 of Burns. Her husband Glenn B. Rose preceded her in death on Aug. 1, 1968. Survivors include sisters, Letty Jackson, Wallowa County Nursing Home, and Mabelle Trump, Kingsport, Tenn.; several nieces and nephews, and a stepson, Laurence Rose and family of Payette, Idaho. Services were held in the Chapel of the Roses with interment in the Evergreen Cemetery in Ontario, Ore. Feb. 29. Contributed by: Sue...

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Burns, Tom – Obituary

North Powder, Union County, Oregon Bob Haines received word Wednesday of the death of Tom Burns, a former resident of North Powder who has been in Sacramento, Cal., the past 5 years. The message stated that Mr. Burns would leave Thursday with the body and interment would be in the North Powder cemetery. Mr. Burns is well remembered here, having been in the pool hall business in this city. Oregon Trail Weekly North Powder News Saturday, March 3,...

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Reynolds, Mary A. Mrs. – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Mrs. Mary A. Reynolds Died This Morning Another of La Grande’s Pioneer Ladies Answers Call of Death With Her Passing On Mrs. Mary A. Reynolds aged 81, passed away this morning at 10:45 o’clock at the Grande Ronde hospital at the conclusion of a two months’ illness. Her demise came as a sad shock to a host of friends in Eastern Oregon who sincerely mourn the death of one of La Grande’s most respected and admired pioneer ladies. Funeral services will be held from the Christian church tomorrow afternoon at two o’clock under the auspices of the Order of the Eastern Star, of which Mrs. Reynolds was a member. The remains are at the Snodgrass and Zimmerman funeral service parlors. The deceased was a devout Christian lady and was a member of the Christian church always having been prominent in social and religious circles in this city. Mary A. Wheeler was born in Missouri February 16, 1842, and was married to Merritt A. Reynolds February 8, 1861 in Oakland, Iowa. To this union was born two children, James E. Reynolds, of La Grande and Henry M. Reynolds, deceased. She is survived by her son, ten grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Mr. Reynolds passed away in La Grande in July 1920. Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds came west in 1875, locating first in Sacramento, California, but...

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Wilkinson, Virginia – Obituary

Mary Virginia Wilkinson, age 52 years, wife of Andrew Wilkinson, died at her home in North Union at 11 p.m. Thursday, March 27, after a short illness. Mrs. Wilkinson was the mother of Mrs. Jas. Webb, of Union, Mrs. Clara Lee of Baker, and E. E. Wilkinson of Nicola, B.C., and has been a resident of this section for many years. The funeral will be held Sunday at 1:30 p.m. from the residence. The funeral of Mary Virginia Wilkinson, took place Sunday last at 1:30 p. m., as announced in the Republican, and was largely attended. Mary Virginia Lamere was born March 5, 1864, in Sacramento, California. Left motherless in her early childhood, she and her only brother, D. P. Lamere, were placed in the convent at Vancouver, Washington, where they remained eight years. The little family then came to Union county, Oregon, in the fall of 1872, settling in High Valley. She was married to Andrew Wilkinson October 21, 1876. To this union three children were born-Nora, Edward and Clara, all of whom, with the husband and brother, survive her. Mr. and Mrs. Wilkinson lived continuously in High Valley until 1908, when they rented the old home place, moved to Union and built a comfortable home. Mrs. Wilkinson was an intense sufferer during her illness, but she bore her suffering with patience, thinking always of others first. Her...

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Svetich, Corinne Josephine – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Corinne Josephine Svetich, 78, of Walla Walla, died June 29 at her home. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Skyview Memorial Park in Pendleton. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Svetich was born Jan. 4, 1928, to Charles and Francis Butler in Sacramento, Calif. She grew up in North Port, Wash., and graduated from La Grande High School in 1946. She took business courses at Eastern Oregon Normal School for two years. On March 10, 1950, she married Matthew Svetich in Pendleton. She worked as a teller at U.S. National Bank and Oregon Bank in Pendleton, and briefly for Baker-Boyer Bank in Walla Walla. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church, Neighbors of Woodcraft, the Elks Lodge No. 228 and the Pendleton Country Club. She enjoyed sewing, crochet, gardening and cooking for her family. Survivors include her husband of Walla Walla; children, Randy Svetich of Pendleton, Steven Kim Svetich of Ephrata, Wash., and Lisa Marie Hartman of Las Vegas, Nev.; a bother, Robert Butler of Island City, and a sister, Winnie Heaps of Connell, Wash.; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. A sister, Loraine, died earlier. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending July 8, 2006, Published: July 10,...

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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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Dorman, Derek Leon – Obituary

Derek Leon Dorman, 33, of La Grande, died March 1 at Grande Ronde Hospital. Services will be at a later date. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Derek was born June 24, 1974, in Sacramento, Calif., to Guy and Terri (Fulton) Dorman. He graduated from Encino High School in 1992. He was a talented musician and songwriter as well as a loving and devoted father, family members said. He was preceded in death by his father, Guy, and his sister, Wendella. He is survived by his grandparents, Carol and Yvonne Fulton of Sacramento; his mother, Terry Zidek, of Lakeview; his son, Hunter; and Hunter’s mother, Megan Rynearson of La Grande. La Grande Observer – Obituaries for the week ending March 15, 2008 – Published March 11, 2008 Submitted By Dixie...

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Cook, Jack E. – Obituary

Union, Oregon James E. Cook, 46, died March 28 at his home in Union. A family memorial service will be held at a later date. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. Jim was born Jan. 1, 1962, to Nelson A. Cook Sr. and Lee L. (McWilliams) Cook of Sacramento, Calif. Jim was a professional landscaper and an accomplished photographer. He was a member of the International Society of Photographers. Jim is survived by his parents Lee Adams-Allamand and step-father, Nick Allamand, of Union and Nelson Cook Sr. and step-mother, Sally Cook, of Klamath Falls; children, Sam Cook and Crystal Cook of Hubbard and Shawntae Lonergan of St. Helens; siblings, Colleen Huston of Lakeview, Nelson Cook of Union, Jack Huston of Pasco, Wash., Scott Huston of Milwaukie, Sherry Sorenson of Crooked River Ranch, Mark Cook of McMinnville, Tracy Cook and Rhonda Collier; and many nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to his children’s education in care of Lee Adams at Community Bank in Union. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending April 5, 2008 – Published April 3,...

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Bennett, Ida Belle Bowman – Obituary

Death Certificate Info: Died in Sacramento, Sacramento County; Dead on arrival at Emergency Hospital; No social security number; Female; White; Widowed; Husband: Rodman F. Bennett; Born on August 8, 1875; 67 years 8 months 8 days; Born in Illinois; Housewife; Father: Bowman; Mother: Unknown; Informant: John H. H. Bennett, 1121 O Street, Sacramento, CA; Sent to Enid, Oklahoma; Funeral Director: James R. Garlick, 2001 P Street, Sacramento; Usual residence: Enid, Garfield, Oklahoma; Died on April 16, 1943, at 8:30 p.m. Cause of death: Coronary occlusion; asthma; There was no autopsy performed Contributed by: Shelli...

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Talley, Zella Odelia Wallace Mrs. – Obituary

Zella Odelia Tally of Sacramento, Calif., formerly of Pendleton and Central Point, Ore. died suddenly and quietly on Jan. 6, 2006, after a short illness. Zella was born in Haines, Ore., on Aug. 2, 1905, to Henry and Ada Jane Williams Wallace an old pioneer farming family. She was 100 years old. On July 15, 1926, she married the late Eugene Tally. Together they had four sons, Kerwyn E., Richard L Tally of Myrtle Point, Ore., Howard B. Tally of Sacramento, Calif., and Robert W Tally (deceased). Other survivors include 12 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren, 18 great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was much beloved by all. Zella rode horseback to school and preferred assisting her father with the farm work, than being inside with her mother learning to cook and sew in which she still became an expert. After graduating from high school in 1923 she earned a teaching certificate at Western Oregon State College in Monmouth, Ore. She taught school in a one-room school house in Pine Town, Ore. After raising her family on the Tally farm in Haines, she and her husband Eugene moved to Pendleton. Zella attended Eastern Oregon College, majoring in accounting and later received her nursing license at Blue Mountain College in Pendleton. Zella worked for six years at the Pendleton State Mental Hospital as a nurse. In her later years, Zella...

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Lansdon, Richard Thomas – Obituary

Richard Thomas Lansdon, 19, of Payette, Idaho, and formerly of Baker City, died May 28, 2005, as the result of a vehicle accident on Anthony Lakes Highway. A traditional funeral service will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Baker City Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Following the service, friends and family will gather near the Baker County Library, 2400 Resort St., where Richard will be taken in a horse-drawn hearse around Geiser Pollman Park with family and friends walking behind in tribute of all the fond memories he leaves behind. At the conclusion of the walk, there will be a procession to Payette where Richard will be laid to rest at the Riverside Cemetery. In addition, a “Window of Reflection” for Richard will be on display Friday at 1719 Main St. in Baker City, next to Elkhorn Title Company. Richard was born Dec. 27, 1985, in Sacramento, Calif. He was raised and educated in Baker City and Payette, Idaho. Richard attended the Baker Nazarene Church and the Salvation Army Church and Youth Center. He enjoyed being involved in sports, especially baseball. Richard was an avid archery hunter. In 1997 and 1998 he won first place at a National Shoot in Redding, Calif. He received recognition at that time that he qualified for the world championship, which was being held in New York City. Although...

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