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Johnson, Allison Duncombe Mrs. – Obituary

Allison Duncombe Johnson, 77, of Baker City, died Dec. 2, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Bishop David Richards of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will conduct. Private interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be from noon to 7 o’clock tonight at the funeral home. Allison was born on Sept. 26, 1928, at Salt Lake City to Henry Duncombe and Cornelia Elsie Barnes. She worked her way through high school as a clerk for Woolworth’s, for Grant’s and for Montgomery Ward, then, in her senior year, as an elevator operator in the Belvedere Hotel. She graduated from high school at Salt Lake City at the age of 16, then got a work permit so she could work at the telephone company. Allison married Clifford Leonard Johnson on Oct. 11, 1947, at Salt Lake City. They lived at Salt...

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Nibley, Charles W. Mrs. – Obituary

Mrs. Charles W. Nibley, wife of a Latter Day Saints church official, died at her home in Salt Lake City July 2, aged 77. A son, Dr. J.O. Nibley of Portland, arrived in Salt Lake a few hours after his mother’s death. Four other sons, Merrill, Charles and Alex of Los Angeles and Joseph of Salt Lake, and two daughters, Mrs. Harold Smooth and Mrs. Horace B. Whitney of Salt Lake, also survive. Mr. and Mrs. Nibley and family made their home in Baker for several years and were prominent in church affairs there. The Nibley home in Baker was raised a short time ago to make room for the new Latter Day Saints chapel. Oregon Trail Weekly North Powder News Saturday, July 11,...

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Foye, Ned, Jr. – Obituary

Ned Foye Jr., 68, of Yakima, Wash., a former Baker County resident, died March 22, 2005, at Salt Lake City while visiting family there. At his request, there will be no funeral. A family gathering will be scheduled later. He was born on May 16, 1936, at Baker City to Ned and Vivian Foye of Medical Springs. He attended the Pondosa grade school and was a 1954 graduate of Union High School. In 1956, he enlisted in the military and was stationed at Korea for two years. On April 29, 1960, he married Judith Lee Lott, the daughter of “Jack” and Dorothy Lott, formerly of Baker City. Survivors include his wife, Judy, of Yakima, Wash.; sons, Brad Foye and Scott Foye, also of Yakima, Kim and Theresa Foye and Kyle and Delinda Foye and grandchildren, Kasey and Logan, all of Salt Lake City; his mother, Vivian Foye, a resident of Evergreen Nursing Home at La Grande; and a sister, Janice “Donnie” Baxter and her husband, Jerry, of Medical Springs. He was preceded in death by his father, Ned Foye Sr. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, April 1, 2005 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Dixon, Bill

Bill Dixon, 62, of Baker City died June 19, 2005, after a 15-year battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loved ones. His memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Coles Funeral Home. Greg Baxter will conduct the service. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery with Oregon State Police honors. Visitations will be until 7 o’clock tonight at the funeral home. Bill was the second child of Eldred Dixon and Virginia Ione Miller born at Salt Lake City on Feb. 18, 1943. His only sibling was his sister, Betty Lee Stone. His childhood years were spent in the Portland, Oregon area where he graduated from Clackamas High School in 1961. After graduation, Bill enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard. He served on a light ship off the coast of California. He went through flight school in North Carolina and then was stationed in Alaska. While serving in Alaska, he participated in two historic Arctic expeditions on the U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker, Northwind. These expeditions were the United States’ first voyages through the Northeast Passage. He was honorably discharged at Astoria after serving 4 years. During his time in the Coast Guard, Bill took up photography as a hobby. After his discharge he attended Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, Calif. He joined the Oregon State Police in 1969 and was stationed at Baker...

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Rasmussen, Lyle Lillian Shelton Mrs. – Obituary

Halfway, Oregon Lyle Lillian Shelton Rasmussen, 90, of Salt Lake City, died Oct. 17, 2004, at her home. Her funeral will be at noon Thursday at Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple, in Salt Lake City. There will be a viewing from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. just prior to the service. There also will be a viewing from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Halfway. There will be a graveside service at noon Saturday at the Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Dale Bingham of the Valley Ward will officiate. Lyle was born on Jan. 2, 1914, at Bear, Idaho, to Earl and Jane Shelton. During her childhood, Lyle’s family lived several places in Idaho and Washington. By the time Lyle was a teenager, the family had made a permanent home in Halfway. After high school, Lyle attended beauty college and later worked as a beauty operator in Boise. After World War II, Lyle moved to Salt Lake City where she attended business college and worked as a secretary. In 1947, Lyle married Keith Rasmussen in Salt Lake City. In the early 1950s the couple moved to San Francisco where Keith established a dental equipment company, and Lyle was an executive secretary for the Libby-McNeil company. For 40 years Lyle and Keith lived on Russian Hill with a great...

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Rogers, Vernon Irving “Vern” – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Vernon Irving “Vern” Rogers, 84, of Baker City, died Sept. 9, 2004, in Boise, Idaho. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2625 Hughes Lane. Bishop David Richards will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after the services. Vern was born on Aug. 23, 1920, at Maquon, Ill., to Irving Holt and Vivian Lois Burroughs Rogers. He was the eldest of nine children. Vern’s father, Irving Rogers, was an auto mechanic. He learned the trade in his dad’s shop in Chillicothe, Ill. He left home at 14 to work in Chicago. In 1942, Vern joined the U.S. Army Air Corps. He served as a B-17 bomber mechanic at Merced Air Field in Merced, Calif., and at Kirtland Air Field in Albuquerque, N.M. After the war, Vern worked as a Tucker auto dealer and operated Roger’s Kaiser-Frazer Service at Merced. Vern moved from Merced and worked as a mechanic for Ford dealers at Salt Lake City, and at The Dalles. He later worked for many Chevrolet shops in Southern California. Vern worked for auto dealers at La Grande and Baker City after he moved to Eastern Oregon. He also taught shop classes at Union High...

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Biography of Joseph Heap

Joseph Heap is one of the representative mechanics of Riverside, and is the proprietor of a blacksmith shop on the south side of Eighth Street, between Main and Market streets. He is a native of England, and dates his birth in Manchester, in 1848. His parents, William and Hannah (Ward) Heap, are both natives of that country. In 1848 or early in 1849 his father immigrated with the family to the United States, and located at Council Bluffs, Missouri. The next year he moved to Salt Lake, where he remained until 1852. In that year he brought his family to San Bernardino County, and settled down to agricultural pursuits near the town of San Bernardino, where he has since resided. Mr. Heap was reared upon his father’s farm, and hard labor was his lot from early boyhood. His schooling was such as he could obtain in the common schools for a short term each year. At the age of seventeen years lie started in life upon his own account, and was engaged in rough manual labor, in teaming, lumbering, and working in the mills. When twenty-two years of age he commenced work at the blacksmith trade, with Stephen Jefferson, of San Bernardino. He was naturally a good mechanic, and by his industry and close attention he soon became a skilled workman and an expert in horseshoeing. In 1876 his...

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Biography of George W. Sparkes

George W. Sparkes, living two and a half miles southeast of San Bernardino, came to California in June, 1857. He was born April 19, 1819, in Monroe County, Mississippi, a son of Aaron and Mary (Stipson) Sparkes. His father, a native of South Carolina, moved to Mississippi in an early day, and died there when George was sixteen years of age. His mother was a native of Virginia. He was married in that State, August 26, 1842, to Miss Lorena Roberds, a native of Alabama, who was principally reared in Mississippi. Her parents were Thomas and Annie (Nix) Roberds, of Alabama. Four years after his marriage Mr. Sparkes started to California with teams across the plains, wintered at Fort Pueblo, and in the spring of 1847 started for Salt Lake City. Remaining there until 1850, he came on with others, comprising his wife and three children, Joan Roberds, wife and seven children, and Mr. Jackson, wife and three children, and completed their journey at Diamond Spring, building the first house at that point and naming the place. There they spent the winter of 1851, while Mr. Sparkes kept a boarding house. He next went to Suisun valley, where he remained about a year and a half; then he went to Russian river, and from that point came to San Bernardino, arriving here June 26, 1857, and has ever since...

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Biography of Samuel Alder

Samuel Alder is one of the pioneer mechanics of Riverside, having established the first carriage making, and general blacksmithing ever founded in the city. No history of the manufacturing and business enterprises of Riverside could be considered complete without a mention of Mr. Alder, and his association with the building up of the city and colony. The subject of this sketch was born in Wiltshire, England, in 1845, son of Samuel and Ann (Chivers) Alder, both being natives of that county. His father was a weaver by occupation and the family was dependent upon his wages alone for support. The children were put at labor early in life, and at the age of twelve years, when a mere child, Mr. Alder was apprenticed at the trade of wagon-maker. He served a six years’ apprenticeship, and then worked as a journeyman for a year. Realizing the disadvantages the workmen of the old country were laboring under, he decided to try his fortune in the new world, and in 1864 embarked for New York. Soon after his arrival in that city he struck out for the great West. His first stop was in Wisconsin; not satisfied, he continued his westward march; securing a position as teamster, he joined an emigrant train and drove a team across the plains to Salt Lake City. There he obtained employment at his trade and remained...

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Biographical Sketch of Joseph David Gilbert, Sr.

Joseph David Gilbert, Sr., a prominent farmer near San Bernardino, is a native of Cattaraugus County, New York, born in 1827. His grandfather ran away from London, England, and was a soldier in the French and Indian war, also in the Revolution. His father, Truman Gilbert, married Rebecca Fay, a native of England, and immediately after his marriage he moved to the Western Reserve in Ohio, where he remained until 1842, when he moved to the Mississippi river, and from there to Montana, where he died in 1882. The subject of this sketch kept a ferry at Montrose, across the Mississippi river, for some two years. In 1850 he started across the plains to California. He tarried in Salt Lake City one year. There were twenty-two men and five women in the company, and they had five ox teams and fourteen horse teams. They took turns guarding their stock at night and their rule was to travel from 6 o’clock A. M. to 6 o’clock P. M. each day. They left Springville March 14, 1850, and arrived here May 31, of the same year. He arrived here when there was but one house in San Bernardino, and worked on some twenty-three adobe buildings. He has dealt considerably in land. Where his neat residence stands today on his well improved and fruitful farm, there stood at the time he bought...

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Biographical Sketch of Lucas Hoagland

Lucas Hoagland, a rancher near San Bernardino, was born in Michigan in 1837. His father, Abraham, and his mother, Margaret (Quick) Hoagland, were born in the old country. They moved to Michigan in 1824, where Mr. Hoagland worked at his trade, that of a blacksmith. He was Captain of the militia that serenaded General Lafayette, and moved to Hancock County, Illinois, in 1845. After a short sojourn there he moved to Council Bluffs, where he spent one winter, and then moved to Salt Lake, where he died in 1879. The subject of this sketch was the oldest of seven children. He enlisted in the Mexican war from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1846, in Company B, Iowa Volunteers, and was discharged at Los Angeles, in 1847. He then went back to Salt Lake and remained until 1849, when he came with ox team to California. For two years he ran a pack team in El Dorado County. In 1852 he came back here and bought forty acres, which he kept eight years. He then sold it and went back to Salt Lake and teamed in Montana for six years. In 1870 he came back to San Bernardino County, and now owns a fine ranch of sixty acres three miles southeast of the city, all well improved and in good condition. March 1, 1848, he married Miss Rachel Hale, of Massachussets,...

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Biographical Sketch of M. E. Button

M. E. Button, a rancher near San Bernardino, was born in Onondaga County, New York, and moved to Ohio when he was twenty-three years old and engaged in farming. There, in 1834, he was married to Miss Mary Bittles, also from York State, the daughter of Thomas and Ann (Spence) Bittles, both natives of Ireland. They had six children, and moved to Geauga County, Ohio, when Mary was seventeen years of age, where he engaged in farming until his death, which occurred in 1889. Mr. Button lived two years at Salt Lake, where he stopped on his way to the Golden State. He left Salt Lake in March 1850, and arrived here in June of the same year. When he first came he purchased fifty acres of land and some city lots. He sold out after four years and subsequently purchased fifteen acres where he now resides, three miles southeast of San Bernardino. He has had ten children, viz.: James, who died at the age of twenty-three; Jetsan, now fifty-two years of age, and married to Ellen Taylor; Louisa, died at the age of twenty-five, the wife of Reuben Anderson; Samuel, died young; Charles, who now lives with his parents and has charge of the ranch; the rest of the children died in infancy. Mr. Button is a Mason, and belongs to the Democratic Party. He and his faithful...

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Biographical Sketch of Reuben L. Dewitt

Reuben L. Dewitt, of San Bernardino, was born in Switzerland County, Indiana, October 19, 1815, the son of John and Jane (Potter) DeWitt, natives of Indiana and New York respectively. His grandmother, Elizabeth Sheridan, was an aunt of the late General Sheridan. He was left an orphan at the age of fourteen years. For several years he traveled around in different counties of Illinois and Iowa. In 1851 he crossed the plains to Salt Lake City, where he spent two years, and from there came to San Bernardino County, where he has lived ever since. His first purchase of real estate was sixty acres where he now lives, at $11 per acre. At one time he owned some very valuable property in San Bernardino. In 1846, while in Hancock County, Illinois, he married Charlotte Huntsman, of Mahoning County, Ohio, daughter of John and Deborah Huntsman, who were first cousins. Mr. and Mrs. DeWitt have had fifteen children, eight of whom survive: John A., Sarah, who married Mark Thomas, had only one child, and died at the age of twenty-three; Melisse, now Mrs. Thomas Long, of Garden Grove; Almira, wife of Hiram Potts, had two children, twins, and died at the age of twenty-one; Reuben Las Vegas, born in New, Mexico, while they were en route to California, died at the age of thirty years; Martin, who accidentally shot himself...

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Biographical Sketch of James Stewart

James Stewart, a prominent citizen near San Bernardino, was born in Indiana County, Pennsylvania, in 1837, the youngest of seven sons of Archie Stewart. He left his native state at the age of eighteen, for Nebraska, where he homesteaded and proved up on 160 acres of Government land, and to this added eighty acres more. He was in Omaha when there were but twelve houses in the place. He sold out his interest in Nebraska and operated on the plains with headquarters at St. Joe, Leavenworth, then at Denver, and later at Salt Lake City, Georgetown, Colorado, and Idaho. He began as a stage driver and finished as a paymaster and superintendent of the Northern Overland Stage Line. Then the projection of the railroads put an end to stage routes and he resigned. He then came to California and staged from Los Angeles to Prescott, Arizona, and on different lines to the Colorado River. After this he had charge of a line from Tucson to Tombstone, Arizona, and from Mineral Park, Arizona, to Pioche, Nevada, and other mail routes. He was in the stage business thirty years, and has seen as much of the real, practical side of human life, perhaps, as any other man in Southern California. He can tell some thrilling incidents of fording streams and rafting miners across, the burning of stations by the Indians, and...

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Biographical Sketch of Andrew Lytle

Andrew Lytle, deceased, was born in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, in 1812. His parents moved to Akron, Ohio, when he was a small boy. At the age of twenty-one years he went back to Pennsylvania and married Hannah Hull. This lady was the daughter of Abner and Martha (Skinner) Hull, natives respectively of Pennsylvania and Connecticut. In 1834, two years after his marriage, he moved to Portage County, Ohio. Next he moved to Bidwell County, Missouri, and two years later to Nauvoo, Illinois. From the latter place he removed to Salt Lake, where he remained several years. In 1850 he came to California and was one of the first settlers at San Bernardino. Ile was a blacksmith by trade and followed that business for several years. He owned some fine land and was very successful. At one time he was mayor of San Bernardino, and has held various offices of public trust. He had eight children: Olive, now Mrs. Amasa Mariam; Serena E., now Mrs. Lacy Stilson; Heber John, who married Sarah McCrary; La Fayette, married Sophronia Parker; Mariette, wife of Harley Swarthout; Charles Loran, Lyman Melvin and Orissa. Mr. Lytle died in 1870, and his widow resides at the old home on Third Street near the Santa Fe depot, in San...

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