Location: Scotland County MO

Biographical Sketch of Wallace McClain

This well-known and representative business man and patriotic citizen of Harney county is one of the firm of McClain & Biggs, liverymen and dealers in horses and mules in Burns, where their stables are, being also owners of a fine stock ranch. Our subject was born in Scotland county, Missouri, on September 16, 1854, being the son of Martin and Sarah (Childers) McClain. The father was in the confederate army and in the battle of Pea Ridge lost his right arm. He served under Price. In 1866 the family removed to Schuyler county and our subject was educated in these two localities and he remained with his parents until 1875, when he went to Waterloo, Iowa, and took up the grocery business. In 1877 he went to Elk City, Kansas, and the next year he came to San Francisco, and thence by steamer, George M. Elder, to Portland and soon he was in Linn county. He was engaged in a flouring mill until 1881 and then came to Summerville, Union county, and freighted from Umatilla to Idaho. It was 1883 when he came to the Silvies valley, engaging with Lux & Miller, stockmen. He took a train of twenty-one cars of cattle to Chicago and another to Omaha and was foreman of the company until he met with an accident of falling under a wagon, which unfitted him for...

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Biographical Sketch of Jackson A. Bartlett

This well known and representative business man of the town of Drewsey has a fine hotel, where he does a thriving business and also a large livery and feed stable, being a man of excellent capabilities and one of the prominent figures in this part of Harney county. He was born in Owen county, Indiana, on August 31, 1847, the son of James and Sarah (Alexander) Bartlett. He was reared on a farm and gained his education from the public schools of the vicinity and when he heard the call for troops in the times of fratricidal strife he enlisted in the One Hundred and Forty-ninth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, Company B. He was largely on post puty, being in Louisville, Kentucky; Nashville, Tennessee; and Decatur, Alabama. The date of his enlistment was February 14, 1865, and his honorable discharge occurred in October, 1865. He at once returned to his home in Indiana. In 1868 he migrated to Scotland county, Missouri, and there on December 25, 1870, occurred his marriage with Miss Arminta J., daughter of William and Margaret Myers. He followed farming there until 1887, and then with his family of wife and seven children he made the trip across the country to Union county, Oregon. The following year he came to the agency, in the vicinity of Beulah, Malheur county, entered a homestead, improved it and settled to...

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Biography of Charles T. Gundy

Charles T. Gundy, county attorney of Atchison County and a well known and prominent lawyer of the city, is of old Holland Dutch lineage. His greatgrandfather, William Gundy, came from Holland and was a Colonial settler in Pennsylvania. He went with the Pennsylvania troops to help win independence during the Revolutionary war. Mr. Gundy’s grandfather, Jacob Gundy, was born in Pennsylvania in 1800, and was a pioneer settler in Scotland County, Missouri, where he followed farming until his death in 1892. He was cnrolled for service during the Black Hawk Indian war. Charles T. Gundy was born in Scotland County, Missouri, February 10, 1878, and his early life was spent in the county where his grandfather had been a pioneer. His father, George Gundy was born in Scotland County in 1845, grew up and married there, and had made farming his regular occupation. He is now living at Memphis, Missouri, at the age of seventy-two. In 1863 he enlisted in the Second Missouri Cavalry for service in the Union Army, and when General Price made his raid through Missouri toward the close of the war he assisted in repelling that invasion. In that campaign he was wounded in the arm. He is a republican, a member of the Baptist Church, and of the Masonic fraternity. George Gundy married Margaret Needham, who was born in Scotland County, Missouri, in 1858....

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Biography of James H. Standley

JAMES H. STANDLEY. – Numbered with that sturdy class of pioneers who opened up the county for the settlement of their fellows while they wrought out for themselves homes and names in its annals must, to be consistent, be numbered the enterprising and progressive agriculturist and stockman, of whom we have now the pleasure to write, and who is familiar to the older settlers of the county as well as favorably known, while his faithful labors for many years have accomplished much for the development of the resources of Union county, and have given him the meed of the industrious, wise and thrifty sons fo the country. Mr. Standley was born in Scotland county, Missouri, on March 7, 1843, to Jeremiah and Mary (Wilson) Standley, natives respectively of England and Ireland. In his native county our subject was educated and in 1864, in company with his parents, two brothers and one sister, crossed the plains to the Grande Ronde valley, locating in the western part and taking up stockraising and general farming. He remained with his parents until 1870. The mother was called by death to depart hence, in 1873, and one decade later the father went over the same journey. In 1870 our subject took up his present place, which is situated two and one-fourth miles west from Alicel, securing a quarter section at first and adding since...

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Biography of Pius B. Humphrey, Prof.

Prof. Pius B. Humphrey. The claim of Prof. Pius B. Humphrey upon the esteem and confidence of the people of Caney, Kansas, is based upon five years of faithful and efficient service in the office of superintendent of city schools. When he came to this city, in 1911, he was admirably fitted to take charge of the institutions in which the mind of youth is molded and developed, and since that time he has through steady and constant endeavor built up a school system which may be said to be second to none of a city this size in the state. His entire career has been devoted to work of an educational character, and in whatever community he has centered his activities he has always gained the good will and respect of his fellow-citizens. Professor Humphrey was born in Scotland County, Northeastern Missouri, April 7, 1872, and is a son of Thomas P. and Sarah Jane (Stough) Humphrey. The family originated in England and the original American progenitors came to this country long before the Revolutionary war, being early settlers of Kentucky. From that state the family branched out to other parts of the country, one going to West Virginia, in which state was born in 1803, William Humphrey, the grandfather of Pius B. In 1838 William Humphrey came to the West, locating in Lewis County, Missouri, and twenty...

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Childers, J. W. – Obituary – Obituary

J. W. Childers Is Taken By Death Resident of County for Many Years Crossed Plains In 1865. James W. Childers died early Friday morning, Oct. 4, 1929, at the Wallowa hospital where he had been taken on Thursday for an operation for cancer of the bladder, an affliction with which he had suffered for years, and for which he underwent an operation about 20 years ago. Mr. Childers had been in poor health for years but always refused to give way to his ill health and kept active in the management of his farm until a few weeks before his death, and not until the day before his death did he consent to enter the hospital, when he was taken to Wallowa and an operation performed from which he was unable to rally. Mr. Childers was born near Memphis, Scotland county, Missouri, Oct. 24, 1828, and crossed the plains in 1865 with his parents who settled near Summerville, in Union county. He lived with his parents until June 5, 1870 when he was married to Miss Emma J. Tice, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Q. A. Tice, who came from Iowa in 1843 in the second wagon train to cross the plains to the far west. Mr. Childers father, James L. [sic – P.] Childers, died in Summerville in 1896 and his mother passed away in 1901. Mr....

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Childers, George – Obituary

Lostine, Wallowa County, Oregon Another of Wallowa county’s influential citizens and pioneers was laid to rest Sunday afternoon. Perhaps no man in the county was better known than George Childers, having lived here 37 years. To know him was to become his friend. Few men have been more closely associated with the development of Wallowa county. He served on the freight lines between Wallowa county and Union county until the railroad made its appearance and he met the first train as a mail carrier to the Lostine depot. This position he served faithfully for 33 years, having failed only one-half day before his death. George Finley Childers, youngest son of Robert and Mary Childers, was born in Scotland county, Missouri, Sept. 15, 1867. At the age of 20 he came west to the state of Washington and spent the winter near Spokane. After a harvest near Walla Walla he moved to the Grande Ronde valley where he made his home with his cousin, Jim Childers. Being possessed of the true pioneer spirit, he was not satisfied with what that country offered and he and his brother, Boon, came to Wallowa county and homesteaded in 1894. Mr. Childers has been a man of much influence and highly esteemed by those who knew him. On Oct. 23, 1896 he was married to Mary Eliza Herring, of Enterprise, and to this union...

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Childers, Boone – Obituary

Death Of Boone Childers Boone Childers, the well known freighter between Elgin and Wallowa for 25 years, died Monday June 24, at Wallowa of heart disease. He was buried the following day at Lostine. Mr. Childers was born October 9, 1868, in Scotland county, Missouri, and came west when a young man. His wife, who was Miss Maude Herring [Hearing], and four children survive. One brother, George lives at Lostine, and another W. S. Childers, lives at Elmira, Wash., and Mrs. Belle Merritt, a sister, lives at Allerton, Iowa. Enterprise Record Chieftain, Thursday, 4 July 1912, Page 4. Contributed by: Robert C....

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Oliver, Charles R. – Obituary

Word was received here yesterday that Charles R. Oliver, a Wallowa (black mark through line and unable to read) California, last Friday, December 24. Deceased was a brother of B.B. Oliver of Wallowa and H.W. Oliver of this city, and was born December 14, 1866, in Scotland County, Missouri. Several years ago he left this state and has since resided in California, yet had made occasional visits to relatives in this county. Surviving are his widow, two daughters, a son and several grandchildren, all residing in California. In addition to the brothers above mentioned, is another brother, A.V. Oliver of Rickreall, Oregon and a sister, Mrs. J.C. Winston of Monmouth, Oregon. Interment was at Fresno. Source: Enterprise Record Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, December 30, 1937, page 2 Contributed by: Sue Wells Transcribed by: Belva...

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Fordney, William H. – Obituary

William H. Fordney, a former resident of the north end of Wallowa County, passed away at his home near Turlock, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 22, 1931. William Henry Fordney was born in Scotland County, Missouri, Feb. 18, 1863, and was at the time of his death aged 67 years, 11 months and 4 days. He came to the Lost Prairie country in 1887, with his brother, Peter Fordney, now deceased. The Fordneys lived in Wallowa County for many years. In the fall of 1907, William H. Fordney moved to California and purchased the land three miles from Turlock, which was his home the remainder of his life. He was married to Miss Nettie Stein of Missouri, on Aug. 14, 1909. He was survived by his widow, Mrs. Nettie Fordney, and his foster son, Wallace Cunningham. Death came suddenly to Mr. Fordney, resulting of an attack of heart trouble. He was buried from the Guy funeral chapel, Turlock, on Saturday afternoon, Jan 24. A large gathering of friends and neighbors attested the high esteem and affection in which he was held. Rev. John Young of the Christian church read the funeral service, while the Masons conducted exercises at the cemetery. This sketch came from a former resident and teacher in Wallowa County, Mrs. C.E. Whitmore, Modesto, Calif. Source: Enterprise Record Chieftain, Feb. 15, 1931 Contributed by: Sue...

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Glenn, Sarah M. (Meyers) Mrs. – Obituary

Summerville, Union County, Oregon Mrs. T. T. Glenn died Wednesday morning. Funeral arrangements have not yet been made, as the family is awaiting the arrival of her daughter from California. La Grande Evening Observer Thursday, August 15, 1918 Page 3 Mrs. Sarah M. (Meyers) Glenn Died, near Summerville, August 14, 1918, Mrs. Sarah Myres Glenn, wife of the late T. T. Glenn, was born in Memphis, Mo., March 8, 1849, crossed the plains with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry A. Myers, settled in Grande Ronde Valley, near Summerville, Oregon, was married to Talbert T. Glenn, September 20, 1868, where she has continued to reside. To them were born nine children of which eight survive, Chas. Edwin, of Lostine, Oregon; Hattie A. McWilliams, of Oakland, California; Daisy Settlemire, of Portland, Ore., Wm. H., Arthur C., Guy J., Mina A. Standley and Myra McKenzie, all of Union county, also two sisters, Mrs. Kate Wade and Mrs. J. W. Tuttle, a brother, B. F. Myres, of Culdesac, Idaho, also thirteen grand children. The funeral will be held at the home, Saturday, August 17, 1918 at 2 o’clock. La Grande Evening Observer Friday, August 16, 1918 Page 3 Contributed by: Tom...

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Myers, Maria Louisa Spakes – Obituary

Another Pioneer Gone Monday February 27, 1905 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Tuttle, on Willow Creek, Mrs. Maria Louisa Spakes Myers aged 72 years, 5 months, 9 days. Mrs. Myers, one of the pioneer women of Union County, had resided in and near the town of Summerville since the year 1884, and was among the most widely known citizens of the county. Ever since the beginning of civilization’s era in this section Mrs. Myers had, with all the effectiveness of an energetic and loyal pioneer woman, borne her important part in the many trials and hardships, as well as the pleasures and good fortunes that have always marked the way of the pioneer in a new and developing land. Her touch, with unfading and deathless imprint is left with that of other pioneer men and women upon the region where for nearly half a century she made her home and strove faithfully that a bright future might be the heritage of they who came after her. The world has no better, no nobler, people than they who have given their lives to the broadening of civilization’s empire, and among these Mrs. Myers held her place with a steadfast devotion and a humble determination that is worthy of a heroine’s crown. Her womanly and christian character, the distinguishing feature of her private life, is best attested by...

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Wade, Mary C. – Obituary

Mary C. Wade, Pioneer Lady Died Yesterday The onward march of time has claimed another of the Grande Ronde pioneers. Mary C. Wade, one of the best known pioneer ladies of this valley died yesterday afternoon at her home on Fourth street. She was the wife of Phares E. Wade, and their marriage occurred on June 18th, 1865. Her husband died in 1894. The maiden name of the deceased was Mary Catherine Myers and she was born January 18, 1845, in Scotland county, Mo., at the town of Memphis. She crossed the plains in 1864 and settled in the Grande Ronde valley west of Summerville, as that part of the valley claimed the early settlers of those days. The trip across the plains was fraught with the dangers which make the blood tingle and Indian troubles were many and severe. To the union with Phares. E. Wade five children were born: William T. Wade of Elgin, Lucy A. Wade of La Grande, Emma Conover of Payette, Idaho, Mrs. Carrie Hibbard of La Grande and Walter E. Wade, deceased. One sister, Mrs. Jeanette Tuttle of Imbler, and one brother, B. F. Myers of Culde Sac, Idaho, survive her. The deceased became a member of the Christian church forty-seven years ago. Funeral services will be held at the chapel in the Summerville cemetery on Friday at 11 o’clock. There will probably...

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Tuttle, Jeanette (Myers) – Obituary

Imbler, Union County, Oregon Jeanette Tuttle, 89, of Imbler, and a resident of Union county since she was five years old, died at a local hospital yesterday after a long illness. She was born in Memphis, Mo., in 1858 and had lived in the county for 84 years. She was a member of the Elgin Order of Eastern Star and of the Episcopal church. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Mable Moore of La Grande and Mrs. Blanche Kelton of Hartford, Wash.; one son, Cap H. Tuttle of Imbler, five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held at the Summerville chapel Thursday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Clarence A. Kopp officiating. Interment will be in the family plot in Summerville cemetery. La Grande Evening Observer Tuesday, September 23, 1947 Front Page Contributed by: Tom...

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Biographical Sketch of Adolf Sumerlin

Adolf Sumerlin, editor and attorney at law, Mattoon; born in Keosauqua, Iowa, Aug. 24, 1851; moved with his parents, Rufus and I. A. Sumerlin, to a farm in Scotland Co., Mo., in 1859; his father having embarked in the newspaper business in Memphis in 1860, he commenced learning the printer’s trade; in 1865, he moved to Shelbyville, Ill.; in 1869, he conducted the reportorial department of the Shelby Leader, which his father had purchased in 1865; in. the same year, commenced reading law with Thornton & Wendling; moved with his parents to Springfield, Mo., in April, 1871, and after completing his law studies in Phelps & McAbel’s office, was admitted to practice in the courts of Missouri in October, 1871; moved to Mattoon, Ill., in September, 1872, and with his father purchased the Mattoon Commercial; they continued to run the paper together until August,1876, when the paper was purchased by the Mattoon Commercial Printing Co., who appointed A. Sumerlin editor; at present, is editor of the Commercial and practicing...

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