Location: Shasta County CA

Biographical Sketch of L. P. Behrens

Few men have brought more honor and recognition to San Mateo county then L. P. Behrens, cashier of the First National Bank and president of the San Mateo County Savings Bank of Redwood City. As a banker and financier Mr. Behrens has become known throughout the state so favorably that the honor of being president of the California Bankers’ Association fell to him. This was a rare distinction to come to a man from a county which had so few members of ‘the Association and was so unimportant compared with the great financial centers of the state. As a recognition of the splendid service of Mr. Behrens to the Association, he was presented with a beautiful loving cup when he retired from office. As the directing genius of two of the county’s largest financial institutions, Mr. Behrens has been a potent factor in the development of Redwood City and the peninsula. He has financed many large business enterprises and has been instrumental in locating several large industrial plants on the peninsula. The $1,250,000 bond issue for good roads is only one of the big movements for the betterment of the county that has received Mr. Behrens’ hearty support and which can attribute its success in a great measure to his work and influence. Mr. Behren’s business demands have partly restricted his activities in public life, although he has found...

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Biography of Thomas Owens

THOMAS OWENS, – Thomas Owens, a pioneer of 1843, was born in Tazewell county, Virginia, in 1808. His father, Thomas Owens, was born in Wyeth county, Virginia, in 1757, and with his family came to Floyd county, Kentucky, in 1814, where he lived to the age of ninety-four. Father Owens, as his Kentucky neighbors called him, was we are told, “A valued citizen, known as a good husband, affectionate father and kind master.” Thomas Owens, the subject of this sketch, was a born pioneer, having the courage to bring his wife and three children across the plains with the immigration of 1843. All those who crossed to Oregon in that year will remember the familiar, tall, raw-boned, athletic Kentuckian as Thomas Owens might be said to be. He was the man who knew so well how to meet and overcome every difficulty, that it became a common saying among his comrades, “only give Tom Owens a piece of wet moss, and he will make a rousing camp fire.” The immigration of 1843 was the first to bring wagons west of Fort Hall; and Thomas Owens, John Hobson (the present collector at Astoria), George Summers and Mr. Holly were the first immigrants to bring wagons into Oregon. Our sturdy pioneers were obliged, owing to the near approach of winter, to leave their wagons and stock at Walla Walla in charge...

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Biography of John Crete, Sr.

The Fatherland has furnished to America many of her valued citizens, men who have crossed the Atlantic to ally their interests with those of “the land of the free.” Adapting them-selves to entirely new surroundings, customs and manners, they have achieved success and won a place among the representative men of the communities in which their lots have been cast. Such is true of John Crete, the genial, well-known and popular proprietor of the War Eagle Hotel, at Silver City. Born in Hasbrouck, Hanover, Germany, April 25, 1832, he was a son of a Ger-man soldier who afterward became a police officer, and while making an arrest, was beaten by a criminal. His injuries brought on blood-poisoning, from which he died when fifty-two years of age. His wife long survived him, and passed away at the advanced age of ninety years. They had six children, five sons and one daughter, all now deceased but two. John Crete, the fourth in order of birth, was educated in the schools of his native land, and in 1849, when seventeen years of age, crossed the Atlantic to the New World, hoping to better his financial condition in this country, where broader and better opportunities are afforded young men. He landed in New York and there accepted a position as salesman in a coffee and teahouse, where he remained until i860, when he...

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Biography of George Pettengill

The subject of this review is one whose history touches the pioneer epoch in the annals of the state of Idaho, and whose days form an integral part of that indissoluble chain which linked the early formative period with that of latter day progress and prosperity. Not alone is there particular interest attaching to his career as one of the pioneers of Idaho, but in reviewing his genealogical record we find his lineage tracing back to the colonial history of the nation and to that period which marked the inception of the grandest republic the world has ever known. Through such sources have we attained the true American type, and along this line must our investigations proceed if we would learn of the steadfast and unyielding elements which constitute the basis upon which has been reared the lofty and magnificent superstructure of an en-lightened and favored commonwealth. In 1620 Richard Pettengill was born in Staffordshire, England, and in 1641 he landed on the shores of New England, there to found a family that has sent its branches out into various sections of the country. He married Johanna Ingersol, and their son, Samuel, was married February 3, 1674, to Sarah Poor. On the 18th of December. 1692, was born to them a son, to whom they gave the name of Benjamin. He was the father of Andrew P. Pettengill, the...

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Biography of Jonas W. Brown

Jonas W. Brown, of Boise, is an honored pioneer both of California and of Idaho. He crossed the plains with ox teams to Shasta county, California, in 1853, and since that time his life record has been inseparably interwoven with the history of this section of the country. At all times he has been the advocate of those measures tending to-ward the advancement and development of the region, and his influence is that of an honorable, upright man, whose force of character stamps itself indelibly for good upon the public life. This work would be incomplete without mention of Jonas W. Brown, and it is therefore with pleasure that we present his sketch to our readers. A native of Ohio, he was born in Roscoe, Coshocton County, on the 27th of June, 1825, and is descended from New England ancestry. His father, Samuel Brown, was a resident of North Danvers, Massachusetts. His mother, Mrs. Lydia (Warren) Brown, was a relative of General Warren, who won fame at the battle of Bunker Hill. They were members of the Methodist church and were people of much worth. The father was a farmer and also engaged in the manufacture of brick. He departed this life in 1871, at the age of eighty-four years, and his wife was called to her final rest in her fifty-sixth year. They had a family of ten...

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Biography of Francis E. Ensign

Holding marked prestige among the prominent members of the Idaho bar is Francis Edward Ensign, who is now engaged in the practice of the legal profession in Hailey. There are few-men whose lives are crowned with the honor and respect which is uniformly accorded him; but through forty-five years” connection with the west his has been an unblemished career. With him success in life has been reached by sterling qualities of mind and a heart true to every manly principle. In his varied business interests his reputation has been unassailable and in offices of public trust he has displayed a loyalty that classed him among the valued citizens of the commonwealth. He has nearly reached the seventieth milestone that marks earth’s pilgrimage, but is still concerned with the active affairs of life, and in the courts of his district displays a strong mentality undimmed by time and a power of argument that wins him many notable forensic victories. A native of Ohio, Mr. Ensign was born in Painesville, March 4, 1829, and is descended from English ancestors who came from the “merrie isle” to the New World, locating in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1630, only two years after the landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock. A little later the Ensigns became pioneer settlers of Hartford, Connecticut. The paternal grandfather of our subject was one of the first settlers of...

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Biography of Frederick Crete, Sr.

One of the most successful pioneer citizens of Silver City is Frederick Crete, who is a native of Hanover, Germany, where he was born in August 1833. He is a brother of John Crete, Sr., whose sketch will be found elsewhere in this volume. While still a young man Mr. Crete decided to try his fortunes in the New World, of which he had heard so much, and bidding adieu to the Fatherland and all its happy associations, he embarked on a vessel which landed him in New York city in 1852. From there he found his way to Attleboro, Massachusetts, where for some time he worked at the jewelry business. In 1858 Mr. Crete became a victim of the California fever and took a trip to the land of gold by way of the Isthmus of Panama, sailing on the steamer John L. Stephens. He remained in California until 1865, during that time studying and practicing dentistry, and then removed to Silver City, where he carried on his profession for some years. He also had a store at a place called Fairview, on Eagle Mountain. This town was burned out in 1875 and Mr. Crete lost all his property. Soon after this the great excitement caused by the discovery of gold in the Black Hills swept over the land, and our subject started with hundreds of others to...

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Biography of Jacob C. Garber

The efficient and capable postmaster of Grangeville, Jacob C. Garber, is a native of Rockingham County, Virginia, born near Fort Republic, January 7, 1829. The family is of Swiss origin and the ancestors of our subject crossed the Atlantic to the New World prior to the Revolutionary war. They were long residents of Pennsylvania and Virginia, and in religious faith were Dunkards. Martin Garber, the father of our subject, was born in the Old Dominion and married Miss Magdalen Mohler, a lady of German lineage and a representative of one of the old Virginian families. Fourteen children were born of this union, of whom eight sons and three daughters grew to years of maturity. The father was a farmer by occupation, and died of palsy, in the fifty-fourth year of his age. His wife attained a very advanced age and finally met death by accident, in the upsetting of a stagecoach in which she was a passenger. Jacob C. Garber, their fourth child, was educated in Virginia and Ohio, the family having removed to the latter state when he was fourteen years of age. Subsequently he emigrated with an older brother to Iowa, and in 1854 he sailed from New York to California, going by way of the Nicaragua route to San Francisco, where he arrived on the 13th of August. He then engaged in mining in Sierra and...

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Biography of Hosea L. Daugherty

HOSEA L. DAUGHERTY, Deceased. – Were a compilation of the character that the history of Union county purports to be, to leave from its pages an epitome of the life of the late esteemed and beloved citizen of our county, whose name appears at the head of this article, there would be cause for weighty criticism, since he wrought here for the advancment of the county, and labored for its material progress with a skill and energy that commended him to every true citizen, while his life of uprightness and reputation untarnished made him the recipient of the esteem and confidence of all. In Coshocton county, Ohio, on August 1, 1834, Hosea L. was born to John and Jane (Mitchell) Daugherty. In his native place, he acquired an education from the district schools, that most worthy of all American institutions, and when he had arrived at the age of seventeen, in company with his oldest brother, he started across the plains to California. The trip was destined to be a sad one, for when well out on the plains, his brother sickened and despite all care that could be bestowed grew steadily worse until death ended his sufferings. Bereft of his wise counsel and companionship, it required courage and pluck for the young man, left to pursue the journey to its end. However, he did so and soon was...

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Eiffert, Hazel Fisher – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Funeral services were held in Central Valley, California on June 2, 1982 for Hazel Fisher Eiffert, long-time resident of Enterprise and Wallowa County, who died May 30, 1982. Born in Lostine to Hiram and Emma A. Fisher, she was married to John Eiffert. For the last 20 years she had lived in Central Valley, California. She is survived by her husband; a sister, Stella Colvin of Arizona; a brother, Harry Fisher of Union; and several nieces and nephews. Wallowa County Chieftain Newspaper dated June 10,...

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Carper, Joseph Thomas Edison – Obituary

Joseph Thomas Edison Carper, 83, of Anderson, California, passed away April 3, 2000 at his home. He was born September 20, 1916, in Promise. He wasa a logger by occupation and worked in the shipyards during WWII. He married Evelyn Trotter, March 5, 1940, in Lewiston, Idaho. Survivors include one son Richard Moore of Caldwell, Idaho; daughters, Caroyl Moore of Valley Springs, California, Novella Greggs of Anderson, California, and Maxine Poole of Bend; two brothers, Rober Carper of Joseph and Orville Carper of Lostine; sisters, Edna Beardsley of Washington, Sadie Lyon of Cove, Bertie Prince and Leona Collins of Wallowa, Elsie, Stroope of New Mexico, and Shirley Doud of Lostine; 18 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn in 1994, as well as parents Walter and Lula Barton Carper and sister Mary Patterson. A memorial service for both Joseph and Evelyn Carper will be held May 29, 2000, at the 100F Hall in Wallowa, with burial in the Lostine Cemetery. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, May 4, 2000 page 2 Contributed by: Sue Wells Transcribed by: Belva...

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Eiffert, Hazel – Obituary

Funeral services were held in Central Valley, California, June 2, 1982 for Hazel Fisher Eiffert, long time resident of Enterprise and Wallowa County, who died May 30, 1982. Born in Lostine to Hiram and Emma A. Fisher, she was married to John Eiffert. For the last 20 years she had lived in Central Valley. She is survived by her husband; a sister, Stella Colvin of Arizona; a brother, Harry Fisher of Union and several nieces and nephews. Wallowa County Chieftain, Wallowa County, Oregon, June 10, 1982. Contributed by Michelle...

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Hamilton, C. W. – Obituary

C. W. Hamilton, Of Lower Cove, Called by Death Charles W. Hamilton was born in Scioto, county, Ohio, May 2, 1845 where he lived until 1869. At the age of 18 he enlisted in the Union army. From May 2, to Sept. 3, 1864, he served as corporal in Company I of the 140th regiment. In this long and terrible struggle he offered his life daily for his country standing where only the bravest can stand. Sept. 13th, 1864 at Platsmouth [sic – Portsmouth], Ohio, he was united in marriage to Miss Sarah F. Bridwell and to this union were born 11 children of which six now survive him. The living children are Mrs. Hattie Wright of Joseph; Mrs. Sallie Gray of Bend, Ore.; Mrs. Mina Pratt, of Lewiston, Ida.; and Charles Hamilton, Mrs. Lettie Pratt and Mrs. Nora Cook all of this valley. Beside[s] there [these] he is survived by 14 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren, and a host of friends. In 1869 Mr. Hamilton moved his family to Missouri, where they lived until 1874 when they came across the plains in a covered wagon to Oregon settling east of Alicel on what is known as the Henry Young place. In 1902 they moved to Shasta county, California, and in 1909 to Benton county, Oregon, where they lived three years, after which time they moved to Eastern Oregon...

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Baum, Carl S. – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m., for Carl S. Baum, 68, of La Grande, who died Saturday at Grande Ronde Hospital. Services will be held at the La Grande Stake Center, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with Bishop Doyle Slater presiding. Mr. Baum was born April 17, 1916, in Nampa, Idaho, the son of Carl E. and Augusta (Hiatt) Baum. He moved to La Grande as a small boy and attended schools in La Grande. After high school, he attended the La Grande College of Business. He was an active member of the LDS Church, Third Ward and held many responsible positions in the church. After working in the Civilian Conservation Corps, he worked as a dry kiln operator for Lorenz Lumber Mill in Burney, Calif. He retired in 1977 after 32 years in the lumber business. He moved to La Grande where he made his permanent home. Mr. Baum married Evelyn May Cole in Baker on June 22, 1933. She preceded him in death of February 3, 1966. He married Viola M. (Hearing) Fager in Logan, Utah, on October 16, 1970. Survivors include his wife Viola; children Wayne O. Baum of Fall River Mills, Calif.; Jeanne Huff of Clearfield, Utah, and Floyd B. Baum of Orem, Utah; step-daughters Jeanette Wright and Delorris Goss, both of La Grande; brothers...

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