Location: Spokane County WA

Bilyeu, Evelyn Hulda Olson – Obituary

Bilyeu, Evelyn H. passed away May 7, 1984 in Spokane. Her home, Spokane, WA. Mother of Mrs. Byron (Sandra) Salsby, Newburgh MY; grandmother of Camille Montenguise, Newburo, NY, Kris Salsby, Kent Salsby, both of New York; great granddaughter of Lisa Montenguise, NY; sister of Hilda Olson, Spokane, WA, Ed Nelson, Salem, OR; numerous nieces and nephews. A resident of Spokane, 34 years, 25 years in Teiko prior to Spokane. Member of the VFW Auxiliary. Funeral services will be held Monday, May 14, 1984 at 2 p.m. in the Gothic Chapel, Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, N1306 Monroe St., in charge. Rev. Stanley Hoobing officiating. Funeral services, Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery. Spokesman Review, May 9, 1984 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Bilyeu, George Henry

Bilyeu, George Henry passed away in Spokane, July 6. His home was Tekoa. Survived by 1 son, Roy Bilyeu, Spokane; 1 sister, Mrs. Ed Lauritzen, Tekoa; 1 brother, Ed Bilyeu, Tekoa; 1 granddaughter. Funeral arrangements in care Kimball Funeral Home, Tekoa, Wash. Spokesman Review, July 8, 1954 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Biographical Sketch of William Franklin Minton

It is with pleasure that we essay the task of epitomizing the salient points in the interesting career of the estimable and enterprising gentleman whose name is at the head of this article, and it is very fitting that such be granted space in the history of Malheur County, since he has labored here for the up building of the county and has wrought with wisdom and energy for this end, while also he has spent much time on the frontier and in other places, always, however, manifesting that same energy and capability in furthering the chariot of progress and building for the generations to come. Mr. Minton was born in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, on November25, 1856, being the son of Willis J. and Martha S. (Coker) Minton. When he was a lad of seven he was taken by his parents to Cedar County, and in 1874 went with his parents to Pueblo, Colorado, and thence he went to Florence, Colorado, and there followed farming for a time. There also he was married on August 14, 1880, Miss Minerva Jackson becoming his wife on that occasion. In 1884 he removed with his family to New Mexico, securing a farm, which he tilled until 1889. In the last year mentioned he came via the Southern Pacific to San Francisco and thence on the steamer “State of California” to Portland....

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Biography of Thomas C. Fletcher

One of the earliest pioneers of this region of the country, a man whose life has always been dominated by wisdom prudence and upright principles,. having ever manifested also stanch virtues and a reliability that are becoming a good citizen and faithful man, the subject of this article is vie of the leading men of Malheur County, and a prominent resident of Ontario. Thomas C. was born in Mercer County, Kentucky, on October 11, 1841, being the son of Jewett and Elizabeth Fletcher. When our subject was six years of age he had the misfortune to lose his father and he was soon thereafter taken by his mother to Lee County, Iowa, near Ft. Madison where he was reared on a farm attend the Common schools for his education. In the fall of 1861 when the stirring call came for men to defend the nation’s honor and save her from the assault of treason’s bards, he promptly enlisted in Company G Fourth Iowa Calvalry as bugler and was under General Curtis. Several skirmishes were participated in Missouri and then he was transferred to Sherman’s army Sixteenth Corps, being immediately under% 9A. J. Smith. He was in siege of Vicksburg and on account of sickness was sent home on a furlough, but after recovering was seen again in the ranks and took part in the battle of Ripley, Meridian, and...

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Biographical Sketch of H. W. Stratton

H. W. STRATTON, the subject of this sketch, after a number of years spent in business in Ohio, was ordained to the ministry in 1866 over the same church of which his father had been pastor nearly a quarter of a century. Soon afterwards he began preaching in Kansas, continuing five years, and in 1871 came to Oregon, ministering to the Presbyterian and Congregational churches united at Albany. Leaving that field at the instance of his presbytery, he served a church as synodical missionary for one year, among other things organizing the first Presbyterian churches east of the Cascade Mountains at Weston and Walla Walla respectively. He also gathered and organized the first church of Whites at Boise, Idaho. He afterwards ministered to the First Presbyterian church at Seattle for more than two years. Subsequently he went to Spokane Falls, Washington Territory, and located a quarter section of land north of the river, securing thereby a share in the general prosperity of the region. His home is at Prospect Place, four miles north of town, overlooking the city and Spokane valley. Mr. Stratton devotes his time principally to the cultivation of fruits and flowers, giving to the church such occasional service as he is able to render. His daughter, the wife of Honorable J.J. Brown, and two of his sons, live near him. His home is a delightful spot,...

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Biography of Paul F. Mohr

PAUL F. MOHR. – Perhaps to no man is Spokane Falls under so deep a debt of gratitude for the early completion of the diverging lines of railroad, tapping the richest parts of the surrounding territory, as she is to Mr. Paul F. Mohr. To this gentleman’s persistent efforts, coupled with a thorough knowledge of his undertaking, is directly attributable the completion, in the year 1886, of the Spokane & Palouse and the Spokane & Idaho Railways, both of which roads will exert a powerful influence on the future of the city. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, June 28, 1849, Mr. Mohr is now in all the prime and vigor of manhood. After receiving a classical and scientific education in this country, at nineteen years of age he went to Germany to take the course of civil engineering at the renowned Polytechnic Institute of Stuttgart, and afterwards went to Hanover, Germany, and to Heidelberg, to perfect himself in special branches of his profession. After three years of study and travel, Mr. Mohr returned to the United States and entered the service of the Pennsylvania Company, in the P., C. & St. L. Railway, as assistant engineer. In 1872 and 1873 he made the survey for the Texas Pacific Railway Company through New Mexico and Arizona, returning to Cincinnati when the latter road was stopped by reason of the memorable panic...

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Biography of Franz L. Koehler

The sturdy German element in our national commonwealth has been one of the most important factors in furthering the substantial and normal advancement of the country, for this is an element signally appreciative of practical values and also of the higher intellectuality which transcends all provincial confines. Well may any person take pride in tracing his lineage to such a source. As one of the able and enterprising citizens whom the German Fatherland has contributed to the United States, and as one of the prominent and progressive citizens of the flourishing town of Moscow, Latah County, Idaho, Franz Louis Koehler is worthy of distinct recognition in this work. Mr. Koehler is a native of the province of Bavaria, Germany, where he was born on the 8th of October 1859, coming of stanch old German stock. He received his educational discipline in the excellent schools of the Fatherland and there instituted his association with the practical affairs of life by learning the brewing business, a line of enterprise in which the sons of the German empire have ever been the leaders. He was employed in the leading breweries of his native land, becoming thoroughly familiar with every detail of the business and with the methods employed to secure the maximum excellence in products. Finally determining to try his fortunes in the New World, Mr. Koehler embarked for the United States...

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Biography of Donald S. McCrea

Mr. McCrea, who is a hardware merchant of Kendrick, and one of the early settlers of the town, dates his residence here from August 1891. A native of Minnesota, he was born February 10. 1862, and is of Scotch-Irish descent, his ancestors having been early settlers of New Brunswick. His parents were both natives of that country, and were reared, married and educated there. The father was Andrew McCrea and the mother bore the maiden name of Lydia Jane Murphy. Soon after their marriage they removed to Minnesota, where Andrew McCrea became a prominent lumberman. He was a gentleman of ability and influence and served as a member of the Minnesota legislature, both in the house and senate. Later in life he removed to Spokane, Washington, where he was connected with the Great Northern Railroad Company until his death, which occurred in 1894, at the age of sixty-one years. His wife departed this life in 1876, at the age of forty-seven years. They had a family of ten children, eight of whom are living. Donald S. McCrea, the fifth in order of birth, was educated in the public schools of his native state, and there learned the hardware business. In 1881, at Warren, Minnesota, he established a store of his own in that line, conducting the same for three years, when he removed to Rockford, Washington, where he carried...

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Biography of Robert Algie, M. D.

Robert Algie, M. D. A physician and surgeon of exceptional attainments, Doctor Algie had been engaged in a large and growing practice at Linn for the past fourteen years. His home had been in Kansas since early youth. Doctor Algie was born in Glasgow Scotland, March 22, 1874. His grandfather, James Algie, was born at Paisley, where the famous shawls come from, and spent his life there as a carpenter, his death occurring at Paisley before Doctor Algie was born. He married Margaret McCallum, who likewise spent her life in Scotland. Of their children only one is now living, Margaret, whose home is in Glasgow, widow of George Duncan, who during his active career was a merchant. James Algie, Jr., father of Doctor Algie, was born at Paisley, Scotland, in 1836. In his native country he was in the grocery business and in 1884 he brought his family to America, locating in Washington, Kansas, where he continued an active factor as a merchant until retiring in 1902. He then moved out to Spokane, Washington, where his death occurred in 1910. Religiously he was a very active member of the Baptist Church and in American politics gave his support to the democratic party. He married Margaret Patterson, who was born at Bishop Brigg, Scotland, in 1842, and is still living at the age of seventy-five, making her home with her...

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Fisher, James W. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Enterprise resident, James Wolvert Fisher, 74, died Dec. 18, 1994, at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Wash. “J-Dub”, as he was affectionately called, was born June (incorrect) 21, 1920, at Vale, the son of James E. and Vera Kyle (Draper) Fisher. After graduating from Wallowa High School in 1939, he worked with his father on Alder Slope cutting wood and helping in the family restaurant “Fisher’s Cafe”. On May 2, 1945, he married Margaret (Margy) Ruth Reece. She preceded him in death in 1988. After a 3 1/2 year tour of duty in France, Italy and Africa, he returned home to Wallowa County to raise his family and pursue a 32 year career with the Oregon State Highway Department. He retired in 1982 and devoted much time to his love of outdoors and wood working. He is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Jim Fisher of Asotin, Wash., Allyn and Diana Fisher of Enterprise, and Bill and Michelle Fisher of Joseph; grandsons, Jeff and Brad Fisher of Enterprise and Travis Fisher of Echo; granddaughters, Kelly Fisher of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Jessie Fisher of Echo; and one brother, Leland fisher of Hillsboro. Services will be held Thursday, Dec. 22, at 11 am at the Bollman Funeral Home with private interment in the Enterprise cemetery. Memorials may be made to the 4-H Association in Wallowa...

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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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Fowler, J. J. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon W. W. Fowler’s Father Passes Away Suddenly J.J. Fowler, father of W.W. Fowler of Enterprise, died suddenly of heart disease last week in his room in a Spokane hotel. W.W. Fowler was greatly shocked to hear the news on Friday and left at once for Portland, where his father’s body was taken for burial. The father was here in November, leaving on the tenth. He was robust and appeared in the best of health and did not look more than 55 years of age although he was 62. The senior Mr. Fowler was a salesman for the Clarke, Woodward Drug Company of Portland. He had represented the house on the road for 25 years and was considered the dean of the traveling men of Portland and the most able salesman in his line in the northwest. He was born in Illinois and came across the plains to Oregon with his parents in 1852. For many years he kept a general store at Glencoe. His wife had been dead for some years. Six children survive: Mrs. C. W. Michael, Dr. O. S. Fowler, Frank F. Fowler of Portland, W.W. Fowler of Enterprise, Reatha and Howard Fowler of North Yakima, Wash. Immediately after his sudden death, reports in the Portland paper sought to connect it with a number of fatalities resulting from partaking of poisoned drink of...

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Kimble, Earl – Obituary

Word was received Tuesday of the death of Earl Kimble at Spokane. The telegram did not give the cause of his death but it is supposed to have been the influenza as they are having it hard in Spokane. He accompanied his father to this city last month to attend the funeral of L.W. Kimble. Wallowa County Reporter, Wallowa County, Oregon, Thursday November 7,...

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Womack, Bertha N. – Obituary

Her home 620 West Kiernan. Mother of Isla Saling, at the home and Lawrence P. Womack, Spokane; 8 grandchildren, including Cecil J. Saling and Gerald L. Saling, both of Spokane, 10 great-grandchildren, numerous Nieces and Nephews. Sister of: Mrs. Henry Danielson of Camas, Washington; Mrs. Sedalia Dexter of Irrigon, Oregon; Elmer L. Rucker of Irrigon, Oregon and Morton C. Wolverton of Echo, Oregon Resident of Spokane 32 years. Funeral services, Monday, 20 August 1962, at 12 noon, in the Gothic Chapel of the Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, N 1306 Monroe Street. Rev. James A. Moore Officiating. Burial services, Greenwood Memorial Terrace Burial: August 1962, Greenwood Memorial Terrace, Spokane, Spokane County, Washington. Spokesman Review, Page 10, 18 August 1962, Spokane,...

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Hearing, Clara – Obituary

Wallowa County, Oregon Wallowa County rancher, Clara Hearing, died Jan.4, 1990, at Elzora Manor in Milton-Freewater where she had resided since Oct. 9, 1987. She was born Jan. 31, 1909, at Spokane, Wash., the daughter of John and Dorothy (Briscoe) White. The family moved to Wallowa County when she was five years old. On July 11, 1933, she married Fred Hearing in Pasco, Wash. He preceded her in death in 1962. They operated a ranch on Powwatka for 25 years. Later they bought the Butte Creek holdings (the old Bill Zurcher Place) from Mark Sevier. After her husband’s death, Mrs. Hearing continued to ranch for several years then rented the ranch and moved to Union County to work on a cattle ranch for five years. She later moved to Clarkston, Wash., where she operated a flower shop until she suffered a stroke in January of 1974. Mrs. Hearing was honored with a lifetime membership from the Wallowa County Stockgrowers Association and the Wallowa County Cowbelles. She was the grand marshal of the 1984 Hells Canyon Mule Days celebration. She is survived by a daughter, Lennie Rice, of Hutchison, Kansas; sister, Juliet Moore, San Pedro, Calif., three grandchildren and one great-grandchild; one niece, Gayle Cavalli, Walla Walla, Wash. Funeral services were held Jan. 9, at Bollman Funeral Home with Dan Trautman officiating. Music was provided by Fred Bornstedt. Private internment...

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