Location: Springfield Oregon

Mitchell,Delbert K. – Obituary

Lostine, Wallowa County, Oregon Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now Delbert K. Mitchell, native of Lostine, died July 8, 1981, in a hospital in Springfield, where he had lived since 1930. He was 86 years old at the time of his death. Born Dec. 11, 1894c in Lostine, he was married to Beatrice Roberts in Seattle. He had been a rancher near Springfield and was a member of the Christian Church, attending both First Christian Church, in Springfield and Jasper Christian Church. Survivors include his wife Beatrice, a sister Jennie Murphy of Springfield and a niece Mrs. Henry (Jean) Allyn of Richmond, Cal. Funeral services were held in Springfield at the Buell Chapel on July 11, 1981. Vault interment was in Rest Haven Memorial Park in...

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Stone, Karl R. – Obituary

Karl Roy Stone, a well-known La Grande businessman and longtime head of the Union County Planning Commission, died Saturday at Grande Ronde Hospital. He was 89. Mr. Stone, of 1703 Cedar St., was born on Sept. 15, 1895, in Sterling, Kan., to Robert and Amalia “Mollie” Birk. He served with the U.S. Army during World War I, and was corporal of the honor guards at the funeral of Buffalo Bill Cody at Pike’s Peak, Colo. He married Genevieve Rogers at Watertown, N.Y., on Aug. 27, 1919. The couple homesteaded near Reedsport in 1920, and Mr. Stone owned and operated the Reedsport Creamery from 1921 to 1926. He was in the creamery business in Klamath Falls, Eugene, Springfield and Portland from 1926 until 1945, when the couple moved to La Grande. Mr. Stone owned and operated Stone’s Cream Station from 1945 to 1960, and served as Union County fruit fly inspector from 1960 to 1965. He served as administrator for the Union County Planning Commission from December 1965 until June 1976. Mr. Stone was a member and deacon emeritus of the First United Presbyterian Church of La Grande. He was a member of the La Grande Lodge No. 41 A.F. & A.M., Baker Consistory Scottish Rite; Union Council No. 5 Royal and Select Masons, La Grande Chapter 9 Royal Arch Masons; Eastern Oregon Commandary No. 6 Knight Templar, Al Kader...

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Riggs, Ardeth Emma Moberly – Obituary

Summerville, Oregon Ardeth Emma Moberly Riggs, 83, of Summerville, died June 12 at a local care center. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday June 17 at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. Mrs. Riggs was born April 15, 1923, to William Homer and Eva Marie Gault Sink in Northgate, N.D. She moved to Yakima and married Harold Moberly on Dec. 13, 1946. While in Yakima her job was packing apples. The couple moved to Springfield in 1950 where she worked as a pre-school teacher for a time before going to work for the Lane County Educational Services District. She was a member of the Church of the Brethren in Yakima and Springfield. After the death of her husband, she married Hugh Riggs on July 10, 1977, at Camp Myrtlewood in Myrtle Point. They moved to La Grande in 1995. She was an avid gardener and loved flowers. She enjoyed crafts, crocheting, camping, traveling and visiting with and teasing her family. Survivors include her daughters and their husbands, Pat and Dave Rainey of Summerville and Mary and Ed Rainey of Gresham; a step-daughter, Donna McMahon of Hillsboro; brothers, Kenneth Sink of Pomona, Calif., and Harold Sink of Lodi, Calif.; sisters, Edna Sharp of Yakima and Elsie Ihmels of Colorado Springs, Colo; three grandchildren and two step-grandchildren; and other relatives. Her husband and eight brothers...

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Judah, Carol Galbreath – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Carol Galbreath Judah, 57, formerly of La Grande, died Nov. 15 at a hospital in Meridian, Idaho. A memorial service will be held in Fox at a later date. Accent Funeral Home in Meridian is in charge of arrangements. Carol was born April 11, 1950, to Bruce and Colleen Reynolds Galbreath in Pendleton. She lived in the Long Creek area of Grant County. At 7, she moved with her family to Pendleton. She attended elementary school at West Hills in Pendleton and later La Grande High School. In 1966 the family moved to Springfield and she graduated from Springfield High School in 1968. She moved back to La Grande in 1969 and attended Eastern Oregon College until she married Michael Smith in 1974. They had one son, Noah. Michael was killed in an accident at Fort Sill, Okla., in 1980 while serving in the military. Carol and Noah moved to Lewiston, Idaho, where she worked in the Social Service Department of Lewiston Care Center for 15 years. Those who knew her say she had a great compassion for the elderly. Carol was an avid reader and was particularly interested in history. She enjoyed writing short stories, shopping for antiques, going to yard sales, flea markets and attending Silver Sage Baptist Church of Boise. Carol is survived by her son, Noah of Phoenix, Ariz.; her mother and...

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Price, Sylvia Ruth – Obituary

Sylvia Ruth Price, 85, of La Grande, died at her home March 24. A funeral service begins at 10 a.m. Friday at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in La Grande. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. The eighth of 12 children, Sylvia was born Jan. 5, 1923, to Fredrick and Olive (Crisp) Duneman on a farm near Cresco, Iowa. She and some of her siblings walked 1 1/2 miles to a country school until junior high, then they went to school in town. After her school years she worked at different jobs, doing waitress work and working at the Cresco Hospital. When World War II started, she and her sister Eunice moved to Madison, Wis. After working there for some time, she went with a girlfriend to Denver. Sylvia worked at Remington Arms, a defense plant, until 1945 when the war ended. She then moved back to Cresco, where she met Harvey. They married on Nov. 28, 1945. The couple later moved to Kellogg, Idaho, where their son, Neil, was born on Jan. 20, 1947. They later moved back to Cresco for a few years, then moved to Grundy Center, Iowa, where they bought a short-order café in Morrison. They later sold that and bought one in Grundy Center. They moved to Springfield where they bought and operated an ice cream store for a couple of...

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Scott, Donald Duane – Obituary

Halfway, Oregon Donald Duane Scott, 76, a longtime Halfway resident, died Dec. 20, 2003, at his home. There will be a graveside celebration of his life at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 7847, will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at the VFW Hall. In case of bad weather, the service will be at the VFW hall. Don was born at Medford on Aug. 4, 1927, to Leo and Mary Key Scott. He attended school at Walterville and Springfield before joining the U.S. Navy in 1944. He served in the Navy until 1954, many of those years as an electrician on the USS Union. After the service, he drove logging truck. He met his wife Herberta “Herbie” at Durkee. They were married at Winnemucca, Nev., on May 25, 1957. They spent most of the next 14 years in Eugene where Don drove truck for Eugene Plywood. In 1971, Don and Herbie went into partnership with their daughter, Sheila, and her husband, Denny Farwell, and purchased Stockmen’s in Halfway. Several years later Don and Herbie purchased and remodeled the local Laundromat. They sold the Stockmen’s in 1978 and Don went to work for MK Construction. He spent 12 years working on the dam at Brownlee, and other construction jobs at Moapa, Nev., and Jackson Hole, Wyo. Don loved his family,...

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Harrison, Joe E. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Joe E. Harrison, 85, died at his home in Baker City on Jan. 22, 2003. At his request, there will be no funeral. An urn burial will take place later at Lane Memorial Gardens in Eugene. Joe E. Harrison was born on Dec. 24, 1917, at Wallowa to John Baker Harrison and Lula Jane Markham Harrison. He attended school at McEwen in Sumpter Valley until the age of 16 when he moved to New Bridge in Pine Valley to finish his education and to work in the Cornucopia Gold Mine. He later moved to Portland where he worked as a stainless steel welder on aircraft carriers during World War II. He drove log trucks for several years and also worked for Myrno’s, Levitts & West Coast Trucking. He eventually moved to Springfield where he owned and operated a diesel mechanic business. From 1954 to 1956 he was vice president of the Springfield Speedway and had a great appreciation for fast cars. After retiring, he had a gold mine on Conner Creek near Durkee. He lived life to the fullest and enjoyed dancing, fishing, camping in the great outdoors and telling stories of his adventures. He enjoyed the companionship of his dachshund dogs and riding his ATV with his wife. His love of music inspired him to play the saxophone at a young age. He was a...

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Harrison, Darwin L. “Harry” – Obituary

North Powder, Oregon Darwin L. “Harry” Harrison, 67, of Springfield died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2003, of esophageal cancer. Recitation of the rosary was at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Eugene. England’s Eugene Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Harrison was born May 11, 1935, in Hot Lake,Ore., to Albert and Alta Lund Harrison. He graduated from North Powder High School in 1953. From 1955 to 1958, he served in the Seabees. He was a member of the naval Reserve from 1958 to 1963. He married Barbara Brown in Victorville, Calif. on Aug. 23, 1958, and she passed away, April 2, 1997. He worked 40 years in the construction industry. His interests included fishing, hunting, camping, sports and spending time with his grandchildren. He was a member of the Springfield Moose Lodge. Survivors include his mother, Alta Ryan of Baker City; three daughters, Katherine Harrison and Grace Harrison, both of Springfield and Helen Collingwood of Eugene; a son, Paul of Springfield; three brothers, Larry Harrison of Ontario, Verle Harrison of La Grande and Bill Ryan of Baker City; a sister, Marilou Lindstrom of Pasco, Wash., and four grandchildren. Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society. Used with permission from: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, February, 2003 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Wright, Jewell Josephine Speelman Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Jewell Josephine Wright, 88, a longtime Baker City resident, died June 17, 2003, at her son’s home in Nampa, Idaho. Her funeral will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. in Baker City, with two of her sons, Pastor Rich Wright of the Calvary Chapel in Nampa, and Rod Wright of the Calvary Baptist Church in Baker City officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery, with a reception following at the Rodeway Inn convention room. Visitations will be Friday from noon to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Gray’s West & Co. Jewell was born Feb. 27, 1915, at Springfield to Leroy A. and Lela D. Cross Speelman. She grew up and attended school in Haines, where she rode her horse, Mable, to school. The neighbors said she rode her horse so fast they thought she would get thrown. During the winter her dad drove her, her brother, Claude, and the neighbor kids to school in a horse-drawn sleigh. She and her brother were best of friends. They went fishing in Rock Creek once with a willow stick for a pole and a safety pin for a hook. She caught a fish and it scared her so badly she ran home, dragging it behind her. Jewell married Lee Wright on May 23, 1931,...

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Dinger, Margaret Hack Smith Mrs. – Obituary

Margaret Hack Smith Dinger, 84, of Ontario, died Sept. 9, 2003, at her home after an illness. At her request, there will be no funeral. Burial is under the direction of Ontario’s Lienkaemper Chapel. Margaret was born on Jan. 20, 1919, at Jasper. She was the fourth daughter of Loyal R. and Frona Hills Hack. She graduated from high school at Springfield and later attended the University of Oregon at Eugene. She married Goff M. Smith in 1938. She worked in accounting for the U.S. Forest Service for many years, retiring in 1981. Goff died in 1975. She married Lloyd E. Dinger in 1981. He died in 1993. Survivors include a sister, June Lloyd Awbrey of Springfield; and several nieces and nephews. She also was preceded in death by her parents; and two sisters, Wilma Jozwiak and Shirley Hedlind. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon September 12, 2003 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Biography of Hon. John Kelly

HON. JOHN KELLY. – Prominent in almost every department of business and public life, Honorable John Kelly is known throughout the length and breadth of our state as a man of great abilities and irreproachable integrity. As a pioneer, none has a more deserving record, nor has sustained amore honorable part. Born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1818, he crossed the Atlantic to Canada in 1838, and in 1840 came to Franklin, Vermont. Three years later he began a career at the West, coming to Wisconsin, and there exercising his natural bent for business and capacity for organization, by which he has been distinguished, established a small woolen factory. But, finding the conditions unfavorable for a business of the dimensions that he desired to control, he sold out his interest and removed to St. Louis, seeking a wider opportunity. There he was led by his love of adventure to enlist for service in the Mexican war. In January of 1848 he was quartered with his regiment at Fort Leavenworth; and not until June following was the command ready to move to the seat of war. While en route, at Santa Fé, news was received that the war was over; and the regiment was ordered back to Jefferson Barracks. In 1849 Mr. Kelly received an appointment as wagon-master in the battalion of Colonel Loring to proceed to Fort Vancouver on the...

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Biography of Harrison Rittenhouse Kincaid

HARRISON RITTENHOUSE KINCAID. – This well-known journalist of Oregon, the emanations of whose pen have appeared either originally or as selections in almost every newspaper of the state, is the eldest son of Thomas and Nancy Kincaid, pioneers of 1853, and was born in Madison county, Indiana, January 3, 1836. At the age of seventeen he came with his parents to our state, and with them made his home in Lane county. Among his early labors was work on the mill-race at the present site of Springfield. In 1855 he made a trip to Southern Oregon to operate in the mines, but was soon after driven out by the Indians. He was led by this venture to a journey on foot to Crescent City and a voyage the next season to San Francisco in a little steamer known as the Goliah. The wandering life of the miner was hereupon assumed; and manual labor of all kinds was resorted to as a temporary means of support. The typography, general resources and society of California on the American Sacramento and Yuba rivers, and at length at San Francisco, were very thoroughly examined. From the Golden City he returned to his home in Oregon in 1857, and, being desirous of improving the home place, set to work logging with oxen, and thereby obtained from the mill sufficient lumber to build a house...

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Dunn, Robert Lewis “Bob” – Obituary

Robert “Bob” Lewis Dunn,74, died Wednesday, May 24, 2006, from cancer. He was born in Baker City on June 1, 1931, to George and Maxine Duff. They later divorced and his mother remarried Austin Dunn who adopted Bob. He was a third generation Oregonian. He moved to this area in 1956. He grew up in Baker City and was a Boy Scout and was proud of being able to attend a World Jamboree in Paris, France, in 1947. He graduated from Baker High School in 1950 and served four years in the Air Force during the Korean War. Bob attended Eastern Oregon College and the University of Oregon and received a degree in business. Bob met Mary Lou Schell in college and they married on Feb. 26, 1955, and had four children. They shared over 51 years together. Bob worked for McDonald Candy Company, and was Assistant Manager for the Ems Baseball team, was Manager of KEED Radio and was the owner of The Prairie Schooner Bar & Grill for 27 years and retired in 2000. Bob liked being active in his community, and enjoyed meeting people in all walks of life. He belonged to the J.C.s, Active 20/30 Club, Springfield Elks Lodge, Eagles, Oregon Alumni Association, Oregon Club and The Oregon Restaurant Association which he served on the board of directors. Bob loved Kauai and made many trips...

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Erskine, Dorothy F. Rydall Mrs. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Dorothy F. Erskine, 85, a La Grande resident, died Sept. 23, 2002, at Wildflower Lodge in La Grande. A family gathering to honor her will be scheduled later. Disposition was by cremation. Mrs. Erskine was born at Elkton on Sept. 6, 1917, to Walter and Ellene Rydall. She graduated high school in Salem. She married Reginald Erskine in 1936 and over the years they moved to several Oregon towns. Mrs. Erskine was a CPA and a municipal auditor in Springfield for several years. She and her husband worked for Southern Pacific Railroad until retirement. She liked to fish, hunt, knit and read. She belonged to the Order of the Eastern Star at Roseburg. Survivors include her daughter, Diane Cessna of La Grande; two grandsons, Scott Cumpston of Canby and Doug Cumpston of Roseburg; granddaughter, Teri Weems of North Powder; three great-grandchildren; nephew, James Schaeffer of Yakima, Wash.; and niece, Donna Selsor of Bend. She was preceded in death by her husband. Memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon Health and Science University cancer research department in Portland or any Eastern Star Chapter Cancer Research Fund through Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, October 4, 2002 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Biography of Hon. A. G. Hovey

HON. A.G. HOVEY. – The reputation of Mr. Hovey, the present mayor of Eugene, Oregon, is co-extensive with the limits of the state, in the affairs of which he has ever taken an active part. His aggressive pushing disposition indicate the stern qualities of courage and self-reliance which lie at the basis of his character, and displace the more ephemeral qualities of a purely sentimental hopefulness or ambition. He is an example of the adage that “God helps those who help themselves;” and his whole life has bristled with instances of the truth therein indicated. He is a man of strong convictions and honest opinions, scorning the hypocrisy of policy and dealing with his friends as friends. In fact, he possess one virtue above all others: In dealing with the world, everybody, whether friend or foe, knows where he may be found when he is wanted. His nature is positive in its character; and, when he has once settled in his mind that he is right, nothing can move him from his course. Such a character must succeed in society, where he is a welcome guest. He was born in Londonderry, New Hampshire, in 1830, and removed with his parents to Marietta, Ohio, when he was quite young; and there he grew to manhood and was educated. He was one of the argonauts of California, having crossed the plains...

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