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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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Biography of Abner E. Callaway

The old adage that ‘”truth is stranger than fiction” finds exemplification in the annals of the northwest. The most marvelous characters of the novelist cannot exceed in courage and daring the hardy pioneers who have opened up this vast region to the advance of civilization. Traveling across the hot, arid, sandy plains, climbing the steep mountains, threading their way through dense forests of towering trees, they came to this land of the “silent, sullen people,” whose hostility made existence most uncertain, and here they have established homes, churches and schools, developed the rich agricultural and mineral resources of the country and thus carried the sunlight of civilization into the dark places of the land. The tales of their hardships and trials, however, can never be adequately told. They left comfort and luxury behind them to face difficulties, dangers and perhaps death; they labored on, day after day, uncomplainingly, and the present generation is enjoying the prosperity made possible through their efforts. To them is due a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid, but their names will be enduringly inscribed on the pages of history and their memories will be revered long after they have passed from earthly scenes. Among the honored pioneers of Idaho is Abner Early Callaway, who has borne his full share in the work of development and progress, who has experienced the trials and...

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Biographical Sketch of Archibald W. Thomson

Thomson, Archibald W.; vessel transportation; born, Philadelphia, 1872; son of William and Isabella Wilson Thomson; educated High School, Philadelphia; University of Pennsylvania, but did not graduate; former member Troop A; nine years Pacific Coast agt. American Steel Barge Co., San Francisco and Puget Sound; in 1899, came back to Cleveland, and associated himself with The Wilson Transit Co.; pres. and mgr. The Wilson Transit Co.; director and treas. The Volunteers Transit Co., and The Thomas Wilson Land Co.; member Union, and Country...

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Biography of John T. Denton, Hon.

Hon. John T. Denton. While John T. Denton had been a staid and substantial banker, business man and public spirited citizen of Grenola and Elk County for over thirty years, he had covered a great deal of territory in the course of his earlier experiences, and he came through difficulties and hardships on the road to success. He was left an orphan boy in Kentucky, was reared in the home of relatives, started out to make his own way in the world when sixteen, and had always considered it fortunate that he came to Kansas in the early days of the state, and had found his real destiny in her commonwealth. Mr. Denton was born at Wyoming, Bath County, Kentucky, March 9, 1850. His ancestors were English people who settled in Virginia in Colonial days. His great-grandfather was born in Virginia, and as a young man crossed the mountains into Kentucky. Mr. Denton’s grandfather was William Denton, who spent many years of his life in Kentucky as a farmer, but died at Huntsville, Indiana, in 1850. Abraham Denton, the father of the Grenola banker, was born in Bath County, Kentucky, and died at Wyoming in that locality in 1855. He spent all his life in Bath County, was a farmer, stockman, merchant and a hotel proprietor. In politics he was a whig, a follower of the great Henry Clay,...

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Maldonado, Audrey – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Audrey Maldonado, 89, of La Grande, died Feb. 28 at her home. A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. March 16 at the La Grande Country Club, 10605 S. McAlister. Audrey was born Jan. 15, 1918, to L. W. and Adrian (House) Copeland in Pendleton. She was raised in Pendleton and graduated from Pendleton High School in 1935. After graduation she moved to the San Francisco Bay area to further her education and worked for several companies and at the 1938-1939 World’s Fair on Treasure Island. While in California she met Jim Maldonado. They were married Aug. 30, 1940. During World War II, Jim served in the military, and they were stationed in Fort Riley, Kan., until he was sent overseas in 1944. After the war they returned to Pendleton, where Jim worked for Audrey’s father in the electrical contracting business. During their time in Pendleton, their first child, Jadon “Herk,” was born in 1947. Soon after his birth the family moved to La Grande, where they operated La Grande Electric. Two more sons were born to Audrey and Jim, Jeffrey in 1950 and James in 1955. Audrey and Jim divorced in 1970. Audrey was employed in the business offices of Grande Ronde Hospital for 16 years, retiring in 1984. In her retirement she enjoyed volunteering for the Chamber of Commerce. She thoroughly enjoyed her...

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Armato, Michael James – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Michael James Armato, 51, of Heppner, died Feb. 19 of natural causes in La Grande. Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. March 3 at the Pioneer Masonic Cemetery, Heppner. A Rosary will be read at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church during the regular 5 p.m. mass. A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. March 4 at the Heppner Elks Club. Arrangements are under the direction of Sweeney Mortuary of Heppner. Mr. Armato, known as Mike, was born June 27, 1955, to Frank and Catherine Armato in San Francisco. He grew up in San Rafael, Calif. He graduated from San Rafael High School in 1973 and attended the University of California, Berkeley. Mike married Pamela Waterhouse in 1978, and they had two children, Phillip and Gail Armato. In 1990 he married Kim Cutsforth of Heppner, and they had two children, Maggie and Joe Armato. Mike lived in Heppner for the past 12 years. He was most recently employed as a conductor for the Union Pacific Railroad, based out of La Grande. He was a member of the Heppner Elks Club and St. Patrick’s Parish, where he directed religious education and taught first communion classes. Mike loved to help people and was a tireless volunteer for Hospice. An avid chess player, he taught “Chess for Success” at Heppner Elementary. He served on the budget committee for the Morrow...

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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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Lee, Catherine Alexander – Obituary

A funeral for Catherine A. Lee of Pendleton, a former Portland resident, will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Grace Memorial Episcopal Church. Interment will be in Riverview Cemetery. Lee died of causes related to age Tuesday in a Pendleton care center [December 15]. She was 96. She was born April 5, 1896, in San Francisco but moved to Portland as a youngster. Her maiden name was Alexander. She was a graduate of Washington High School and married C. M. [Chester Milton] Lee on Dec. 25, 1937, in Portland. Mrs. Lee worked for the city of Portland’s Bureau of Health for 30 years and held the position of chief clerk for 17 years. She was a member of Grace Memorial Episcopal Church. She had lived in Pendleton since 1989. Her husband died in 1979. Survivors include her nephews, Horace T. Byler Jr. and Alex M. Byler, both of Pendleton. The family suggests remembrances be contributions to Grace Memorial Episcopal Church. The Oregonian, December 17, 1992 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Elbert S. Todd of Los Angeles CA

Elbert S. Todd8, (Gabriel H.7, John6, John5, John4, John3, John2, Christopher1) born Feb. 9, 1845, in Rome Center, Mich., married: (1) June 11, 1867, Emma N. Shaw, who was born in 1848, in New York; (2) April 20, 1898, Emma Grubitz. Resided in China, and Napa, Cahuenga, San Francisco, San Jose and Los Angeles California. Children by Emma N. Shaw: 1832. Fred Foster Todd, born Sept. 12, 1868 in Kieu Kiang, China, married Oct. 23, 1895, Fannie Pruitt who was born May 10, 1875, in Crisfield, Maryland. He is now (1919) a Surgeon Dentist in Crisfield, Maryland. where they reside....

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Dale, Harry L. – Obituary

Death Of Former Baker Man Told A retired U. S. Army colonel died Nov. 14 at San Francisco, it was reported today. Col. Harry L. Dale, a member of the American Medical Association and Retired officers Association was a native of Baker. Services were scheduled to be held this afternoon at San Francisco with interment to follow at the San Francisco National Cemetery. Contributions to Col. Harry L. Dale Scholarship Fund at the University of Oregon are preferred. The Democrat-Herald; Baker, OR; Wednesday, 18 November...

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Wood, Lord, Adelyn – Obituary

Funeral services for Adelyn W. Lord, 69, 2250 4th Street will be conducted a 11 a. m. Tuesday, April 28, at the Beatty Chapel. The Rev. Merle W. Burres will officiate with internment in Hillcrest Cemetery, at La Grande, Oregon. Mrs. Lord was born July 8, 1896, at Columbus, Nebraska, the daughter of George S. (Sedgewick) and Nancy Ellen (Bunney) Wood, and attended school in Columbus, Missouri. She received her nurses training in California, and practiced nursing in Letterman General Hospital, at the Presidio, in San Francisco, and the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Los Angeles. She had been a resident of California for 32 years before moving to Baker, Oregon one and a half years ago. She died of Injuries received in an auto accident near Burns, Oregon, last Thursday evening. She is survived by her son, Aubrey Lord, Petaluma, California, her twin sister Mrs. Elsie J. Griffith, Halfway, Oregon, her brothers, Charles Wood, Council Bluffs, Iowa, William Wood, Lewiston, Idaho, and Leonard Wood, Denver, Colorado; her niece Ruth Christensen, Baker, Oregon, and other nieces and nephews; by four grandchildren, and one great granddaughter. She was a member of California Licensed Vocational Nurses. Source: Baker, Baker County, Oregon Newspaper Contributed by: Gary...

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Sullens, Wilbert L. “Will” – Obituary

Wilbert “Will” L. Sullens, 79, of Medical Springs, died April 4, 2005, at his home. His memorial service will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Dale Bingham will conduct the services. Everyone is invited to a finger-food potluck reception at the VFW Hall, 2005 Valley Ave., immediately following the service. Will was born Nov. 3, 1925, in Prairie City to Russell and Madeleine (Barlow) Sullens. He was raised and received his education in Prairie City. In 1943, he entered the U.S. Army Air Corps, attending flight school in Santa Ana, Calif. He was honorably discharged in 1945 and returned to Prairie City where he became a flight instructor and ran the John Day Airport, which allowed him to accrue the hours necessary to work for an airline. During this time he also worked as a millwright in the local mill to make ends meet. He married Margaret Howell of Prairie City and to this union, two children were born, Jim and Gloria. They later divorced. Will went to work for United Airlines in Los Angeles and due to scheduling was furloughed. He then went to work as private pilot for Hugh Cotting, Cotting Enterprises, a development builder in San Francisco. While working for Cotting, he also helped in the planning and designing of shopping centers. In 1955 Will went to work for Pan...

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Mikkelsen, N. B. – Obituary

N.B. Mike Mikkelsen, 57, of Fort Bragg, Calif., died Dec. 30 in St. Elizabeth’s Hospital after a long illness. He was born in Webster, N.D., Mikkelsen was a graduate of the University of North Dakota where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. A veteran of World War II, Mr. Mikkelsen was formerly sales representative of Northwest Air Lines in San Francisco. His wife, Polly Noyes, was a widely-published travel writer and travel editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. She died last year. Mikkelsen will be buried beside his wife in Little River Cemetery in Mendocino County, Calif. Mikkelsen was visiting at the ranch of Mr. and Mrs. L.M. Stratton, Baker, when he was stricken. His body is being sent to Portland for cremation. Baker Democrat Herald – – January 2,...

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Warnecke, Nancylee Nielsen Mrs. – Obituary

Nancylee Warnecke, 76, a resident of Baker City, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. At her request, cremation was held and a family memorial service will be held at a later date. Nancy was born June 7, 1928, in Los Angeles, Calif. She was a daughter of Clinton and Gertrude (Rassmussen) Nielsen. She received her education in the San Francisco Bay area and made her home there. She assisted her parents in operating a large swimming pool, in the Bay Area. In 1999, she moved to Baker City to be closer to her daughter. She enjoyed people and the sun. She loved the water and was an avid fisherwoman. She enjoyed spending time with her daughter and grandchildren. Nancylee is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Frank Snowden, Sumpter; son, Clint Keeney, Grass Valley, Calif.; grandchildren, John Snowden, Ben Snowden, Jennie Snowden, Chad Snowden and Kimberely Keeney; great-grandchildren, John Snowden Jr., Alex Snowden, Dayton Doss, Lucas Snowden; and one nephew. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Diana Tricarico and her husband Jack Warnecke. Memorial contributions in Mrs. Warnecke’s memory may be directed to Pathway Hospice. This may be done through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place Street, Baker City, OR 97814. Used with permission from: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, January, 2005 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Dwan, Lois Smith Mrs. – Obituary

Lois Smith Dwan who was born in Baker Oregon on December 27, 1913 died yesterday at the age of 91 at home in Santa Monica, California. She was the daughter of Allan A Smith and Mable Garrett Smith. Alan and Mable both began their careers in Baker as school teachers at Baker High School. It was there that they met. Alan went on to become a lawyer and a state senator from Oregon. Lois graduated from Baker, Oregon in 1931. She had a younger brother Hugh Smith who also graduated from Baker High School and went on to Santa Clara College and Harvard law school. After graduating from Baker High School, Lois went to Dominican College in San Rafael, California where she graduated with a BA majoring in English in 1935. After graduating from Dominican College she returned to Baker and worked on the Baker newspaper as their social columnist. She also wrote for the Red Cross. She returned to San Francisco to do graduate work at Stanford University in English. When at Stanford University she met her future husband Robert Dwan. They were married in San Francisco in 1940. They were married for 64 years. They had five children. Her husband went on to direct the Groucho Marx show “You Bet Your Life” on radio and television She began her career with the Los Angeles Times first writing...

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