Location: Sandridge Oregon

Biography of Roderick MacKenzie

RODERICK MacKENZIE. – Any compilation that gives mention of the pioneers of Union county would be open to serious criticism were there failure to incorporate an epitome of the sturdy pioneer, leading farmer, and prominent citizen, whose name is at the head of this article, and who has wrought for many years for the advancement of this county and the development of its resources having won here the smiles of fortune by the display of untiring energy, wise management and unswerving integrity, while he is to-day one of the real builders of our county and one of its distinguished citizens. To Robert and Catherine (Macbeath) MacKenzie, on February 14, 1834, in Sheildaig, on the Applecross estate, in Rosshire, among the highlands of Scotland, was born the subject of this sketch. His father died when Roderick was a child, and he remained with his mother until he had arrived at the age of twelve, then embarked with an uncle on a sailing vessel, bound for the fishing regions, and for four years he filled the position of cook, subsequent to which he spent two years in fishing off the east coast of Scotland, then was a sailor before the mast on a trading vessel out from the ports of England to the neighboring countries. In the spring of 1857 he came on a sailing vessel to Montreal, Cambria, of Greenock,...

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McDonald, John Sr. – Obituary

Death of Another Pioneer John McDonald Sr. John McDonald, Sr., of the Sandridge was found dead in his barn last Thursday. The cause of his death was heart failure. Deceased was 82 years of age. He came to Union county in 1863 and had always been quite prominent in the affairs of the county, having at one time held the office of county commissioner. Deceased was interred in the Summerville cemetery Saturday. He leaves a wife and seven children to mourn his loss, among them being John and Hector, two prominent citizens of Wallowa county. Elgin Recorder Friday November 27,...

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Woodell, Dean Mrs. – Obituary

Last Thursday Mrs. Dean (?) Woodell died at her home on Sandridge, after an illness from lung fever. Mrs. Woodell was aged about thirty years, and leaves a husband and a family of five children to mourn her loss. She was the daughter of Justice Collins, of Summerville, and a sister of Mrs. .N. Hamilton, wife of Union County’s ex-sheriff. The remains were interred at Summerville Saturday. Eastern Oregon Republican Wednesday, January 9,...

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Woodell, Mattie Mrs. – Obituary

Mrs. Perry Woodell Dies The funeral of the late Mrs. Perry Woodell, who died here at 5 o’clock Wednesday evening following a operation for a tumor that morning, will be held at the family home on the Sandridge tomorrow at 1 o’clock and burial will take place in the Summerville cemetery. Rev. Archer will conduct the funeral services. Mrs. Woodell had been complaining for the past two months but was not seriously ill. She was aged 46 years. She is a Union county girl, formerly Miss Mattie Herring [Hearing], and had lived the greater part of her life around Summerville. She and Mr. Woodell had been married only about a year, although by a former marriage she leaves two children to mourn her loss, and also a mother living in Wallowa. La Grande Evening Observer, Friday, 28 November 1919, Front page. Contributed by: Robert C....

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