The following biographies were extracted from “An Illustrated History of Southern California” published by the Lewis Publishing Company in 1890. One of many regional and county historical books published by Lewis at the turn of the 20th Century, this history covered the counties of San Bernardino, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Orange as well as the peninsula of lower California.. We have extracted numerous biographies from the book and provide them here. Currently our collection from this manuscript only includes the county of San Bernardino. We hope to add the additional counties in the near future. Biography of John Aberdein Biographical Sketch of P. T. Adams Biography of Samuel Alder Biography of A. D. S. Alkire Biography of Benjamin Frank Allen Biography of Illiam Francis Allison Biography of John Andreson Biographical Sketch of Reuben J. Anderson Biography of Prof. C. N. Andrews Biographical Sketch of Samuel Armor Biographical Sketch of A. T. Armstrong Biography of Jesse H. Arnold Biography of Danford Atwood Biography of John Avas Biography of Henry Babel Biography of Orrin Backus Biography of Judge Nathan Baker Biography of Rev. B. L. Baldridge Biographical Sketch of A. Ball Biography of Dr. William H. Ball Biography of David D. Banta Biographical Sketch of Joseph Beach Biographical Sketch of Israel Beal Biography of Joshua S. Beam Biographical Sketch of Madison H. Bear Biographical Sketch of Alfred Beckett Biographical Sketch...Read More
Location: San Bernardino County CA
Judge Joseph C. Rich, eldest son of Hon. Charles C. Rich, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this history, was born in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, January 16, 1841. His mother’s maiden name was Sarah D. Pea, good stock all around, his ancestors being of that hardy pioneer school who have subdued the wilds of the middle and western states and made possible the grandeur of those noble commonwealths. When but a boy of five years he, in connection with his parents and several thousand others, was driven from the city of his birth by mobocratic persecution, and commenced that historic journey, the Mormon exodus toward the setting sun, which has since resulted in the settlement and the development of our great “Inter-Mountain Empire.” He wintered in 1846-7 at Mount Pisgah, then a portion of the wilderness of Iowa. At this place nearly one-third of that camp died during the winter, through sickness brought on by exposure and want. The well peopled graveyard found there by the permanent settlers who subsequently settled that region, attests sufficiently that fact. As soon as grass could grow in the spring of 1847 the journey westward was resumed and continued throughout the summer until one thousand four hundred miles long, lonesome and weary ones brought them, on the 2d day of October 1847, to the then parched and desolate valley of the...Read More
Pioneer of Utah, California and Idaho, Charles C. Rich figured prominently in the early development of these states, and took an active part in furthering the welfare and promoting the progress of the commonwealths. He was also a most able exponent of the faith of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and with a colony of believers he founded the beautiful and thriving little city of Paris, the County of Bear Lake, Idaho, and the Mormon colonies of southeastern Idaho. A native of Kentucky, Mr. Rich was born in Campbell County, in 1809, and was of English and Irish ancestry. His parents removed to Indiana during his youth and there he was educated. In 1829 they went to Illinois, becoming pioneer settlers of that state, and in April 1832, Charles C. Rich embraced the faith and was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, becoming one of its most faithful and prominent adherents. In 1839 he went to Nauvoo, Illinois, where he remained until 1846, and while there he was elected an adjutant general in the Mormon forces, a part of the Illinois militia. A little later, however, the regiment was disbanded by the governor of the state. At that time Mr. Rich had been ordained a high priest of the church. In the fall of 1846, in the general Mormon exodus,...Read More
Agnes R. Bork, 92, formerly of Milton-Freewater died September 1, 1992 in Highland, California. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Tuesday, at Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home. Pastor Dick Jewett of the Stateline Seventh-Day Adventist Church will officiate. Concluding services and burial will follow at the Milton-Freewater Cemetery. Those who wish to pay their respects may do so today from 1 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home. The oldest of three children, Mrs. Bork was born August 19, 1900, in Flora, Ore., to Frank and Ella Davis Lindley. The family moved to Wallula early in her life, and later returned to acquire more land through home steading and continue to farm. She went to school in one-room schools in several areas, including Star and Sunny Glade in Wallowa County. She attended high school in Flora. On May 19, 1919, she married William Bork in Enterprise, Ore. They made their home on a ranch about 30 miles from Enterpise for several years, where they also raised three children. In 1939, the couple moved to the Stateline area, where Mrs. Bork lived until the death of her husband in 1988. She then lived with her daughter in California and her son in Pendleton. She was baptized into the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in 1938. She and her husband helped establish the Stateline Seventh-Day Adventist Church, which was built on land donated from...Read More
Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Ruby E. Humburg passed away in Woodlands, California on May 17, 1984. Mrs. Humburg was a former resident of Wallowa County, living in Enterprise from 1969 until moving to Colusa, Calif. in 1982. Mrs. Humburg was born March 27, 1896. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1959. Survivors include one daughter, Delores Preece, of Sun Lakes, Arizona; and two sons, Ralph, of Davis, Calif., and Gene, of Hayward, Calif.; nine grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Humburg was a member of Wallowa Valley Chapter, OES, AARP, Rebkahs, the Time-Out Club, Enterprise Community Church, and Grace Conley Circle. Memorial services were done by the Rebekahs. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, May 31, 1984, Page 15 Contributed by: Sue...Read More
Died at San Bernardino, California, February 9, 1922 Vella McClellan. Deceased was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. McClellan of Union. She had been an invalid for a number of years and was staying with an aunt in California. Her remains were shipped to Union, arriving Tuesday morning. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon, February 14, at 2 o’clock p.m., at the Latter Day Saints church. Interment in the Union cemetery. Contributed by: Larry...Read More
La Grande, Oregon Dr. Bryce J. Young, 73, of College Place, Wash., a former La Grande resident, died Feb. 4, 2004, in an accident while bicycling in Argentina. There was a service for him on Feb. 15 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in La Grande. Dr. Young was born June 3, 1930, to Bryce L. and Marjorie Mallett Young at Glendive, Mont. He graduated from high school in Miles City, Mont., and attended Walla Walla College. He received his medical training at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, Calif., and his eye specialist’s training at White Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles. He married Joylyn Jennings on Sept. 28, 1958. He practiced medicine at Missoula, Mont., Roseburg and La Grande. He retired in 1992 after 31 years. He traveled extensively including to the Middle East and Africa, making several mission trips to Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe. He sailed by himself across the Pacific Ocean and made trips to the Philippines and Argentina on bird-watching expeditions. He enjoyed visiting family, going on walks with his grandchildren, hiking and backpacking. He was a member of Rotary International. Survivors include his children, David Young of Longview, Wash., Karen Young of Seattle, Wash., and Russell Young of College Place, Wash.; two grandchildren; a sister, Ginger Mackie of Cove; and other relatives. His wife died earlier. Memorial contributions may be made to the La Grande...Read More
La Grande, Oregon Holly Jean Lehman, 51, of La Grande died Sept. 1 at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Boise. A celebration of life and potluck reception will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday Sept. 9 at the home of her mother, Jean Enderlin, 277 W. Bryan St. in Union. Ms. Lehman was born April 18, 1955, to Ernest and Jean Smith Lehman in San Francisco, Calif. She graduated from high school in Colton, and lived in Berkley, Calif., until 2002 when she moved to La Grande. She enjoyed gardening, crafts, astrology and cats. Survivors include her companion, Dan Nelson of La Grande; her mother, Jean Enderlin of Union; siblings, Steven Lehman of California, David Enderlin and Barbara Schmidt, both of Union, Bonnie Beal, Cynthia Therrien and Anita Davis, all of Aumsville; and other relatives. Her father; her stepfather, Charles R. Enderlin; and a brother, Clifford Lehman, died earlier. Memorials may be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Association in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending Sept. 9, 2006, Published: September 7,...Read More
Robert E. “B.J.” Johnson, 74, of Barstow, Calif., and formerly of La Grande, died Feb. 15 at his home from complications of colon cancer. A memorial service was held Feb. 24 at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Richland, Wash. Einan’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. He was born April 2, 1933, the first of five children, to Alva and Macel Johnson in St. Paul, Ark. After serving four years as a fighter jet radar technician in the U.S. Air Force and receiving an honorable discharge, he returned to Richland to pursue his collegiate education and follow his dreams of becoming an aircraft pilot. As time passed and the passion for flying grew, so did his desire to raise a family. In 1957, he married Zana Lea Ellison of Rapid City, S.D., and within the next six years, Steven, Alan, Karen and Sandra were born. In the spring of 1972 he became the operations manager at the La Grande Airport under fixed base operator Wayne Mitchell, and had the opportunity to fly fire reconnaissance missions for the Forest Service and deliver smoke jumpers to drop targets. While in La Grande, he became active in the First Presbyterian Church and earned his bachelor’s degree in general studies from Eastern Oregon State College. Seeing an opportunity for diversification, Bob and Zana purchased Joel’s Grocery — a small neighborhood market on the...Read More
Island City, Oregon Maurice D. “Ozzie” Asemissen, 82, died March 21 at a local adult foster care home from the effects of a stroke he suffered on Oct. 20. The Island City Lion’s Club will host an informal celebration of life at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Island City City Hall. Pizza will be served. Ozzie was born July 1, 1925, in Moneta, Iowa, and attended school in South Dakota. On his 18th birthday he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the submarine service. He observed the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay from the deck of his submarine. After the war, Ozzie returned to school and later graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in elementary education. He taught for four years, then left the education field to work in the emerging electronics industry in Mountain View, Calif. His first job was with Nobel Prize winner, Dr. William Shockley. He worked with the development of semi-conductors and lasers with various companies until moving to La Grande in 1970 where he worked at home building and contracting until starting the Island City Trading Post in 1975, a business he operated until retiring in 1996. Ozzie was always active in the Island City community. He was one of the co-founders of the annual Hog Wild Day celebration. He was an active member of the Island City Lions Club...Read More
Miller, Louise L. Union County, Oregon Obituary La Grande. Oregon Louise L. Miller, 91, of La Grande, died May 2 at her home. At her request, no services will be held. Loveland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Louise was born March 1, 1917, to Hans Albert Larsen and Anna Marie Hansen Larsen in Dwight, Ill. Raised in Montana, she graduated from Harlowton High School and Eastern Montana Normal School in Billings, Mont. She attended the University of California at Los Angeles and graduated from Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif. During her long career in education she taught for more than six years in Montana, mainly in one-room country schools. She taught for two years in a one-room rural school in the San Bernardino mountains of Southern California, where in addition to the usual three “R”s a fourth “R” was included once a week – rifle shooting. After moving to Northern California she taught for nearly a year in Pepperwood, and finally for 32 years in Rio Dell. Before her retirement in Rio Dell, she taught several successive generations of the families from the area and was proud of the accomplishments of her former students. Louise married Harold Magee in 1938, and they lived in Seeley Lake, Ashland and Red Lodge, Mont., where Harold was a road maintenance man for the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads on...Read More
Jefferson S. Fortney, 85, former valley resident, died Sunday [December 17] at Yucaipa, Calif. He was born Aug. 29, 1893, east of Kittitas in an area known as Warm Springs. He is the son of the late Levi and Julia Hayes Fortney. He married Alice Anderson in Ellensburg in 1913. He was employed by the Milwaukee Railroad in 1915 and worked as a section foreman and superintendent of the Extra Gang. He moved to Tacoma in 1930 and retired in 1958. He was preceded in death by his wife, July 23, 1962 in Tacoma. He moved to California in 1968. Survivors include a son, Lowell Fortney of Skykomish; three daughters, Mrs. Fred (Hazel) Wilder of Desert Hot Springs, Calif., Mrs. Ray (Dollie) Bowman of Omak, and Mrs. Fred (Evelyn) VanTrogen of Enumclaw; 14 grandchildren; and one great great grandchild. Funeral services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at IOOF Cemetery with the Rev. Donald Meekof officiating. Friends who wish to attend may meet at the cemetery. Daily Record, December 19, 1978 Contributed by: Shelli...Read More
Funeral services were Tuesday in Fremont, Calif., for Betty Leah Hammond, 44, a former Ellensburg resident August 22, 1970. A native of Union, Oregon, she was raised in the Ellensburg area and graduated from Thorp High School. She lived in Fremont for 23 years. Survivors include her husband, Wesley L. Hammond; three children, Kirk, Kathryn, and Mary Ann, all of Fremont; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Pease of Thorp; two brothers, Clifford Pease of Virginia Beach, Va. and Fred Pease of Othello. Remembrances may be made to Children’s Hospital, Oakland,...Read More
Granite, Oregon Loren D. “Butch” Hammer, 35, died in an aviation accident while serving his country in Afghanistan. His memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Butler Aircraft at the Redmond Airport. Chaplain Vern Arledge of the Redmond Fire and Police departments will officiate. He was born on Nov. 26, 1969, at Needles, Calif., to William “Mike” and Barbara Hammer. He was very active as a youth in Boy Scouts and attained the level of Eagle Scout. He was a 1988 graduate of Redmond High School and then served in the U.S. Coast Guard. While employed at Butler Aircraft at Redmond, he received his pilot’s license and eventually flew DC-7 tankers and various other aircraft, supporting firefighting and smoke-jumping operations. His latest assignment was as a contractor for Presidential Airways, piloting Casa 212s in support of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan. His interests included aviation, scuba diving, music, skydiving, kayaking and hiking. Survivors include his father, William “Mike” Hammer of Granite; his mother, Barbara Hammer of Redmond; sisters, Holly Shima of Sacramento, Calif., and Kristy Holcomb of Redmond; and brother, Daniel Hammer of Bend; five nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends. Contributions may be made at any branch of US Bank in memory of Loren “Butch” Hammer for scholarships for young student pilots. Autumn Funerals of Redmond is...Read More
Rebecca Louise “Becky” Ladwig Marvin, 56, of Apple Valley, Calif., a former Baker City resident, died of cancer on Aug. 6, 2005, at her daughter’s home in Victorville, Calif. Her funeral will be at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Dudley Apple Valley Mortuary in Apple Valley, Calif. Pastor Steve Arsenault will officiate. Private inurnment will be at Sunset Hills Memorial Park in Apple Valley. She was born at Spokane, Wash., lived at Baker City for a time and had spent the past 26 years at Apple Valley where she worked as a medical records statistics clerk at the Victor Valley Community Hospital. Survivors include her daughters, Athena Calvin and her husband, Tom, of Victorville, and Aletha McGuire and her husband, Michael, of Apple Valley; her grandchildren, James and Katelyn Peck of Victorville and Jacob McGuire of Apple Valley; her sisters, Diane Tobiason and her husband, Larry, of Sun City, Ariz., and Terry Oliver of Baker City; and her aunt, Leila Thompson of Baker City. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Victor Valley, 16147 Kamana Road, Apple Valley, Calif. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, August 12, 2005 Transcribed by: Belva...Read More
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