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Biography of William H. Moffit

William H. Moffit. In the group of surviving territorial pioneers of Kansas, William H. Moffit of Highland Park, a suburb of Topeka, has an important place. Mr. Moffit carries within his individual recollection practically the entire story of Kansas from the beginning of the border warfare until the present, a period of fully fifty years. He has been a witness of great and stirring events, and in those events has not been himself an inconsiderable participant. 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 His birth occurred in Henry County, Iowa, January 6, 1842. That date indicates that the family history has been identified with the pioneer times of more than one state. Iowa at the time of his birth was still a territory and very sparsely settled. His parents were Orlando and Catherine Bishop (Beam) Moffit. Orlando Moffit spent his entire life as a farmer but had a varied and interesting career along the frontier. He was a native of New York State, moved first to Ohio,...

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Biography of William M. Jardine

William M. Jardine, Dean of the Division of Agriculture and Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station, Kansas State Agricultural College, was born January 16, 1879, on a ranch in Oneida County, Idaho, where his parents, William and Rebecca (Dudley) Jardine had settled as pioneers in 1871 at the time of their marriage. William Jardine was born at Paisley, Scotland, in 1849, and came to this country when fifteen years of age. Rebecca Dudley was born at Willard City, Utah, in 1855, of Welsh parentage. William M. Jardine, their fourth child and eldest son, found it necessary at an early age to assume unusual responsibilities which were destined to give him invaluable experience and an unexcelled practical training. At that time Southern Idaho was an almost unbroken range covered with timber or sage brush. From twelve years of age until he finished his college course, his range of activities included breaking colts, driving horses long distances to market, cutting timber, stacking hay, milking cows, breaking sod covered with sage brush, using horses for power, and performing any and all of the varied services required by ranch life in a new country. The greater part of the three years preceding his first attendance at college was spent on a ranch in Big Hole Basin, Montana, where the sole enterprise consisted in cattle raising with its attendant features of broncho breaking and...

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Biographical Sketch of John Danforth Nutting

Nutting, John Danforth; clergyman; born at Randolph, Vt., March 8, 1854; son of Rufus and Sarah H. Nutting; A. B., Wheaton (III.) College, 1878, A. M., 1881; graduate, Oberlin Theological Seminary, 1885; married, Nannie Keith Miller, of Oberlin (class 1883), June 23, 1885 (died, 1886); 2d, Lillis R. Morley, of Mentor, O., (Ohio, 1887), Jan. 1, 1890; ordained ministry in. Congregational Church, 1885; pastor, Wauseon, O., 1885-1888; Newport, Ky., 1888-1890; St. Louis, 1890-1892; Salt Lake City, 1892-1898; sec’y Utah Gospel Mission for special work in behalf of the Mormon people and against the Mormon system, since 1898; writer and lecturer on Mormonism and kindred...

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Down, Charles Mrs. – Obituary

Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon Mrs. Charles Down died Wednesday morning, April 15, 1925, on Prairie Creek, after a long illness. She was the wife of one of largest farmers in the county. Her body will be sent to Summerville, Union county, for burial, as she was a member of an old family of that county, her father being John E. Jones. Mary Louisa Jones was born at Salt Lake City September 13, 1853, and after her marriage to Mr. Down came to Wallowa valley 23 years ago. She is survived by her husband and two sons, Roscoe and Roy, and one daughter, Ruth. Several brothers and sisters live in Union county. Source: Enterprise Record Chieftain, Thursday, April 16, 1925 Contributed by: Sue...

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Richins, Holladay Mrs. – Obituary

Union, Union County, Oregon Mary Holladay Richins, wife of Osburn Richins, died of uremic poisoning at her home in Union Oregon, Saturday, March 12, 1910, at 9:15 p.m. The funeral took place Monday at 2 p.m., from the L.D.S. church which was crowded to the doors, not only with people of the Mormon faith but also with business men and the people generally of the city. The service was opened with music by the L.D.S. choir, led by J.W. Baxter,Jr., the meeting being presided over by Bishop W.D. Hanks. The speakers were: Patriarch James England, of Union, A.S. Geddes, Stake Sunday School Superintendent, Joseph R. Price and George Stoddard, of the Stake Presidency, of La Grande, and Bishop Hanks of Union, each of whom paid a beautiful tribute to the life and character of the departed one. The service closed with music by the choir, after which Bishop Hanks expressed deep appreciation of the general attendance at the service. Following the ceremonies at the church, the casket, covered with beautiful flowers, was removed to the undertaking parlors, to await the evening train, at which time the remains were shipped to Salt Lake City, accompanied by Mr. Richins and Mrs. Geo. T. Holladay, Mrs. Richins’ mother, who arrived Sunday. Final Services and interment took place at Salt Lake City, in the 17th Ward, and it was expected that President Joseph...

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Winter, Bob – Obituary

Island City, Oregon Bob Winter, 82, of Island City died June 22 at St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla. A memorial will be held at a later date. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Winter was born May, 21, 1924, to Fred and Lillian Klein Winter in Sandoval, Ill. After high school he entered the Army and served during World War II and the Korean War. He married Mae Fetter in Carlisle, Pa. He spent 21 years in the Army and another 21 years as a civilian executive assistant at the Umatilla Army Depot. When he retired the couple settled in Island City in 1983. He drew sketches and caricatures, and while in the service he designed a pin that is still worn on military uniforms. St. Mary Regional Cancer Center in Walla Walla has many of his sketches and caricatures on display. He was a member of the La Grande Country Club, and enjoyed art and golf. Survivors include his wife of Island City; a daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Chuck Fetty of Pueblo, Colo.; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Rudy Winter of Medford; and other relatives. Three brothers, Wayne, Leonard and Fred Winter, and a grandson, Robert Fetty, all died earlier. Memorials may be made to the St. Mary Regional Cancer Center in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley,...

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Wilson, Sylvia – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Sylvia Wilson, 88, of La Grande died June 20 at a local care center. The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Monday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. Mrs. Wilson was born Sept. 10, 1917, to Mathew and Christina Elizabeth McNew Nooner in Salt Lake City. She married Robert Blacker who died an automobile accident. She later married Arthur R. Wilson in Sisters. She was a member of the Church of the Open Bible and later the New Hope Church. She enjoyed embroidery, gardening, baking and playing bunko. Survivors include children, Shirley Cox and Donna L. Frash, both of La Grande, and Judith Larsen of Eugene; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren and other relatives. Her husband; five sisters; eight brothers; a granddaughter, Debbie Jean Frash, and stepson, Dwayne Wilson, all died earlier. Memorials may be made to any charity in care of Daniels Chapel. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending June 24, 2006, Published, June 26,...

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Wilson, Sylvia – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Sylvia Wilson, 88, of La Grande died June 20 at a local care center. The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Monday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. Mrs. Wilson was born Sept. 10, 1917, to Mathew and Christina Elizabeth McNew Nooner in Salt Lake City. She married Robert Blacker who died an automobile accident. She later married Arthur R. Wilson in Sisters. She was a member of the Church of the Open Bible and later the New Hope Church. She enjoyed embroidery, gardening, baking and playing bunko. Survivors include children, Shirley Cox and Donna L. Frash, both of La Grande, and Judith Larsen of Eugene; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren and other relatives. Her husband; five sisters; eight brothers; a granddaughter, Debbie Jean Frash, and stepson, Dwayne Wilson, all died earlier. Memorials may be made to any charity in care of Daniels Chapel. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending June 24, 2006, Published, June 26,...

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Svetich, Steve Matthew – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Steve Matthew Svetich, 89, of Portland and formerly of La Grande, died Nov. 16. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Portland. Arrangements are under the direction of Riverview Abbey Funeral Home of Portland. Mr. Svetich was born April 27, 1917, in Bingham Canyon, Utah. He moved to La Grande at age 12 and graduated from La Grande High School. He attended Eastern Oregon State College then served in the Army during World War II. He moved to Portland in 1946 and married Mary Ann Mehalovich in 1952. He retired in 1982 after working for Safeway Stores in the meat department for more than 35 years. He was a member of Meat Cutters Local No. 555, the Croatian Fraternal Union and St. Ignatius Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann of Portland; children, Matthew Svetich, George Svetich, Donald Svetich and Marilyn Kuhnhausen, all of Portland; siblings, Matthew Svetich of Walla Walla and Mary Talbot of La Grande; and five grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the St. Ignatius School Foundation in care of Riverview Abbey Funeral Home, 319 SW Taylors Ferry Road, Portland 97219. The Observer, Obituaries for the week ending Nov. 25, 2006, Published: November 25,...

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Westenskow, Carol – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Carol Westenskow, 83, of Salt Lake City, Utah, and formerly of La Grande, died Jan. 6. A funeral service is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Island City. Dedication of the grave will follow at the Summerville Cemetery. Mrs. Westenskow was born Dec. 28, 1923, in Provo, Utah, to Newbern Isaac Butt and Ethel Cutler. She graduated from high school in Provo and went on to attend Brigham Young University. On Mar. 10, 1944, she married Ronald Westenskow of Imbler. Following World War II, they returned to Union County, where they raised five children, living first in Imbler and later in the Mount Glen area north of La Grande. She lived in Salt Lake City for the last several years. Mrs. Westenskow was involved in many activities during her life. She was very active in the LDS Church, the county extension program and 4-H. She enjoyed travel and visited Europe, China and the Middle East. She was a dedicated wife and mother and devoted much of her time to giving her family a happy and nurturing home. She was also the family historian and could usually be seen with her camera taking pictures of the big and the small moments in her family’s life. These she used to create books of remembrance for each of her children....

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Talbott, Mary Ann – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Mary Ann Talbott Mary Ann Talbott, 92, of La Grande died Feb.2 at a local care center. A funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Burial will follow at the Hillcrest East Cemetery. Mrs. Talbott was born Sept. 27, 1914, to Matthew and Matilda (Matijevich) Svetich in Bingham Canyon, Utah. Her father had come from Yugoslavia to Utah in 1910 and two years later was joined by her mother and eldest sister. After her father died as a result of working in the copper mines, her mother met and married Joseph Thomas, who had eight children of his own. The combined family moved to Oregon in 1930, and Mrs. Talbott finished her schooling in La Grande. On Sept. 1, 1935, she married William Edward Talbott in La Grande. The couple had one daughter, Virginia, born in 1937, who died of cancer at the age of 18. The Talbotts lived in the same area of town their entire married life. Mrs. Talbott worked as a housekeeper for the Bohnen-kamp family for many years. She was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church. She and her husband loved the mountains and camping. Her family and fishing were her passions. Survivors include her brother, Matt Svetich of Walla Walla; stepsisters, Kate Talbott and Mary Sanford, both of La Grande;...

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Nebecker, Ida – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Ida Nebeker Ida Nebeker Lyman, 96, of La Grande, died June 2 in Cedar Hills, Utah, at the home of Marsha and Ken Hildebrandt, her daughter and son-in-law. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1802 Gekeler Lane. Viewing will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., as well as before the funeral service, from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Monday. Ida was born March 25, 1911, to Joseph Wiley Nebeker and Annie Helen (Lindsay) Nebeker in La Grande. She grew up in the Mount Glen area. Her father died when she was 9, and she and her siblings helped their mother run the family farm. Ida worked to put herself through college and became a teacher. One of her jobs was working at the Hot Lake Resort making pastries. Because teaching jobs were not available at the time, she moved to Salt Lake City and began working at Salt Lake Knitting, soon working her way up to be the supervisor. In Salt Lake City she met Mark Lyman, and they were married Nov. 30, 1940, in the Salt Lake Temple. They lived in both La Grande and Salt Lake City and had two daughters. Mark died in 1944, four months before their third daughter was born. Ida...

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McMillen, Carl Richard – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Carl Richard McMillen, 71, of Spirit Lake, Idaho, and formerly of La Grande, died April 7 in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. Celebration of life services begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Clark Fork Senior Center in Idaho. A private family interment will follow at the Clark Fork Cemetery. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Carl was born June 26, 1936, to Maxine Petrina Skillingstad and William Hyrum McMillen in Salt Lake City. During WWII the family moved to San Francisco to work in the war effort. Carl attended grade school in San Francisco at Parkside Elementary and at the age of 6 sold newspapers with his brother Phillip on the street corner in the Sunset District in downtown San Francisco. At 17, Carl enlisted in the Marines and was in active duty during the Korean War. Carl served in the Marine Corps from 1954 to 1962 and received special recognition for sharpshooting. In 1955, Carl married Maxine Sanders in Oklahoma City and they settled in Woodland, Calif., and had three children. Carl worked for Yolo Engineers as a land surveyor until 1968. In 1965, Carl married Maurine June Walton, who he had known since she went to high school with his sister Darlene. Maurine had three children that he raised as his own, and together they had three more. In January 1968, Carl...

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Livingston, Ardith Maxine – Obituary

Union, Oregon Ardith Maxene Livingston, 100, of Union, died at her residence May 31. A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Union. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. Maxene Livingston was born Aug. 29, 1907, the oldest of 13 children, in Santaquin, Utah. She grew up on the family farm owned by her parents, Albert and Chloe Tietjen Greenbalgh. As the oldest child, she was very involved in rearing her brothers and sisters. She also learned to operate all of the farm equipment except the binder because that was pulled by three horses. She grew up in a time when there were very few cars, so travel and farming was done with horses. Maxene graduated from the ninth grade in Santaquin, then graduated from high school in Payson, Utah, where she met her future husband, Vaughn Livingston. After graduation, she moved to Salt Lake City, where she worked as a milliner, designing and making women’s hats. Maxene and Vaughn were married in Oakland, Calif., Oct. 28, 1926. They remained in California until the Great Depression when they moved to Provo, Utah, where Vaughn attended Brigham Young University. Upon graduation they moved to Twisp, Wash. – the beginning of a long career with the U.S. Forest Service. Employment with the Forest Service required living...

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Harkey, Helen – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Local Funerals and Visitations Oct. 16 – Helen Harkey, celebration of life, 2 p.m., Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation and Life Celebration Center La Grande Observer – October 14, 2009 Helen E. Harkey La Grande 1940-2009 Helen Elaine Harkey, 69, of La Grande, died Oct. 10 in Boise. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, 1502 Seventh St. in La Grande. Helen was born April 22, 1940, to Henry B. and Donna (Paulfurman) Mortensen in Salt Lake City. She was the youngest of 14 children. The family later moved to California, and she married Harry Dunne with whom she had her children. The marriage later ended in divorce. She worked as a dietician in hospitals for many years. She moved to Oregon to be near family. Those who knew her say Helen’s favorite hobby was taking care of her family. She was known as “Nanny.” She was considered by those who knew her a talented seamstress. She loved cooking, all types of crafts, home decorating and was very creative. She enjoyed watching soap operas on television. She enjoyed spending time with her kids and grandkids. Survivors include her former husband and his wife, Harry and Christine Dunne of Apple Valley, Calif.; children, Colleen and Eddie Cascio of La Grande, Veronica Arnold of La Grande, Karen and Dennis...

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