Location: Salt Lake County UT

Ormsby, Alonzo – Obituary

Alonzo M. Ormsby, age 83, died April 17, 1986 in a Salt Lake Care Center. Born January 4, 1903 to Henry Augustus and Agnes Williams Ormsby in Sedan, Kansas. Married Kathryne Dillon December 24, 1926 in Texarkana, Texas. Member of First Unitarian Church, Member of United Nations Organization, Retired Air Force Major, Retired Probations Officer of Juvenile Court. Survived by wife, son, William, Denver, Colorado; daughter, Helen, Eagle River, Alaska; son Robert, Salt Lake City; two grandchildren. Memorial services will be held 12:00 Noon, Tuesday, April 22, at First Unitarian Church, 569 South 1300 East. Funeral Directors Eastman’s Evans & Early Mortuary. Salt Lake City Tribune, April 19, 1986 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Bilyeu, Vera Coon – Obituary

Vera L. Bilyeu, 66, of Lebanon, died Saturday [May 20, 1989] at Lebanon Community Hospital. She was born Vera Coon on Sept. 18, 1922 in Pleasant Green, Utah. She married Raymond M. Bilyeu in 1944 in San Diego, Calif., and they moved to Lebanon in 1960. He died Aug. 17, 1979. Mrs. Bilyeu was a member of the Lebanon Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She also belonged to the Sweet Adelines of Lebanon, and enjoyed oil painting and sewing. Surviving are sons Kelly of Lebanon and Mike of Spokane, Wash. and daughter Connie Bracy of Anchorage, Alaska. A graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Franklin Butte Cemetery in Scio, with Virgil Hodges officiating. Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society, in care of Huston Funeral Home, 86 W. Grant St., Lebanon, 97355. Contributed by: Shelli...

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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. 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 Lake City until 1949 when they relocated to Baker City, where Cliff worked for a lumber mill and Allison worked for Pacific Northwest Bell for many years. When the telephone company closed its Baker City branch, Allison went to work for several doctors and then later worked for St. Elizabeth’s Hospital as a transcriptionist. She enjoyed embroidery, fishing, camping and singing in the church choir. She was a member...

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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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Foster, Marvin LeRoy – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Marvin LeRoy Foster, 87, died March 3, 2005, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise of complications from surgery. His daughters and sister were by his side. At his request, his body was cremated and there will be no service. Instead the family asks that you keep him in your thoughts this way, “When I am gone, remember me with laughter for that is how I will remember you. If you can only remember me with tears, don’t remember me at all.” That’s the way he would have wanted it. He was born the third of four children to Martin and Mary “Mae” Wilding Foster on Jan. 23, 1918, at Hunter, Utah. In 1937, he accompanied a friend to Sun Valley, Idaho, looking for work at the Sun Valley Lodge, which in those days was a favorite vacation spot for Hollywood stars. He performed several jobs there, including work as a bell boy and as a caretaker for the children of people such as Bing Crosby and Ernest Hemingway. He took Hemingway’s boys bird hunting, bowling, skiing and ice skating and came to love them very much. He had many treasured pictures of his “kids.” On May 26, 1940, he married Helen E. Bolek, a chambermaid he met at the lodge. They finished working out the season at Sun Valley and then moved to the...

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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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Rice, Marie Bendixen Mrs. – Obituary

Halfway, Oregon Marie Rice, 98, a longtime Halfway resident, died Oct. 13, 2004, at the Cascade Care Center in Caldwell, Idaho. Her graveside service was Saturday at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Friends joined the family after the service for a reception at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Marie Caroline was born on Aug. 26, 1906, at West Jordan, Utah, to Caroline Webster and Ephriam Bendixen. Her early years were spent in Utah and Idaho. As a child her family moved to California and it was during that time that she watched the ashes from Mount Shasta fall, as it blew its top. Later in life, Marie watched the ash fall from Mount St. Helens. She watched all the important things that were invented and happened in her lifetime. When Marie was 18, she married Leslie Sagers; they had five children. They were farmers and lived in many places ending in Halfway. After they were divorced, she married Everett Rice; they had one daughter. Marie liked to help people and enjoyed making beautiful things. She did anything that had to do with crafts. She made afghans, dollies, tablecloths and many things out of beads and anything else at hand. She started making rugs out of plastic sacks and had everyone in the valley saving sacks for her. These rugs were sent all over the world. She...

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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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