Location: Sweetwater County WY

Biography of Glenn A. Smith

Glenn Smith, postmaster of Horton, and for many years engaged in the drug business in that city, had lived most of his life, a period of forty-seven years, in Kansas and had well earned a position of esteem as well as material prosperity. His ancestors were Scotch-Irish people who early settled in New York State. It was in New York State that his father, Nathan C. Smith, was born in 1819. Nathan C. Smith spent his early life in New York and afterwards removed to Western Pennsylvania, in that historic region associated with Washington’s exploits during the French and Indian war, Venango County. There he became interested in rafting down the Allegheny River to Pittsburgh. While living in Pennsylvania the Civil war came on and almost at the beginning he enlisted in the Second Pennsylvania Cavalry and was through all the struggle, doing his part as a loyal and brave soldier. He fought at the battles of Gettysburg and in the Wilderness, and was in many of the campaigns led by General Grant until the triumphant conclusion of the war. In 1870 he brought his family West to Kansas and became a pioneer in Marshall County. He traded property for a homestead right and was actively engaged in farming until he retired in 1894. After his retirement he lived in Horton, but his death occurred in 1900 at Frankfort,...

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Biography of Charles R. Kelsey

Among the more recent accessions to the town of Mountain Home is Charles R. Kelsey, a gentleman of large business experience, who, as a wholesale dealer in groceries and hardware and general merchandise, has already proved himself a potent factor in the business circles of his adopted county. Mr. Kelsey is a native of New York State, born in Delaware County, at Cannonsville. November 2, 1837, and in his veins flows the blood of French and German ancestors, who were among the early settlers of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His father, Michael B. Kelsey, was born in that city and counted among his relatives the distinguished family of Buchanans which furnished to the nation one of its presidents. Michael B. Kelsey was a prominent and successful farmer and stock dealer. He married Miss Phebe Galusha, who was also a representative of a distinguished eastern family. Both he and his wife were members of the Methodist church, and in county affairs he was active and influential, holding a number of official positions, including those of county commissioner and county sheriff. His wife died at the age of forty-five years and his death occurred when he had reached the advanced age of seventy-four. Their three children are all living at this writing. Charles R. Kelsey acquired his education in Poughkeepsie, New York. At an early age he was taught to depend upon his...

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Gardner, Grant – Obituary

Cove, Union County, Oregon After a long illness, Grant Gardner passed away at his home in Cove Wednesday, Dec. 21. The family came to Cove in 1911 coming form Burnt Fork, Wyo. The deceased was born in San Francisco, Ca., 64 years ago. He was married to Miss Lucy Hayes at Cedar, Colo. Five children were born to this union, two of whom died from diphtheria while they were living in Wyoming. The disease was particularly severe, the boy, Merrit, 13 and his sister of 11 years, died within a few days of each other. After their death Mr. Gardner contracted the disease and his life was dispared of. At this time he has been ill since July. He leaves besides his wife, one son, J.R. Gardner, two (?) wife, one son, two daughters and three grandchildren. Oregon Trail Weekly North Powder News Saturday, December 31,...

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Willaims, Leanora – Obituary

Lenora “Nora” Ruth Williams, 93, of La Grande, died Saturday, Feb.19, 1994, at Mountain Vista Care Center. A service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at the Cove Cemetery the Rev. Kenton Thielen of the La Grande First Baptist Church officiating. Mrs. Williams was born on May 20, 1900, to Grant and Lucy Robin (Hayes) Gardner in Center, Colo. She moved with her family to Burntfork, Wyo., and then to Idaho Falls, Idaho, in 1910, and to Cove in 1912. On April 24, 1917, she married Edward W. Meroney. They divorced, in 1925. She married Raymond Williams on March 20, 1928, in La Grande. They made their home in Antles Lane in Cove. Mrs. Williams worked for the Episcopal Church Camp in Cove for 20 years. She was a member of the Wild Rose Rebekah Lodge at Cove for many years. In 1978 she made her home at Island City. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Russell and Leora Meroney of Caldwell, Idaho; son-in-law, Alvin Nibler of La Grande; granddaughters, Suzanne Horn of Caldwell, Idaho, Fay Good of Boise, Idaho, and Jane Fisheron New Plymouth, Idaho; great grandchildren, James and Jason Good, Justin and Melissa Fisher and Jennifer Horn; great great grandsons, Jaired and Jordon Otto; and other relatives and friends. Two sisters and two brothers died earlier. Contributions may be made to the Oregon...

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Craig, Edwin L. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon 1923-2007 Edwin Leonard Craig, 83, of La Grande, died March 9 at his home. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Loveland Funeral Chapel. Mr. Craig was born May 13, 1923, to Leonard Clinton and Marguerite Elizabeth (Kinsloe) Craig in Hutchinson, Kan. He was raised in Twin Falls, Idaho, and graduated from high school in Rock Springs, Wyo. He married Norma Bluhm Aug. 7, 1942, and served in the Army during World War II. Norma died while he was stationed in France. On April 14, 1946, Mr. Craig married Sylva Fay Gilson in Rupert, Idaho. In 1954 they moved to La Grande, where he operated Craig’s Cleaners until he retired in 1986. Mr. Craig was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He enjoyed boating and waterskiing with his family and was an avid golfer. Survivors include his wife, Sylva Fay Craig of La Grande; sons and daughters-in-law, Edwin B. and Lesta Craig of Montclair, Calif., John L. and Jody Craig of La Grande, Thomas A. and Teri Craig of Eastside, Steve A. and Rhonda Craig of Albany and Bruce D. Craig of Salem; and nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the LDS church library or a charity of choice in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.,...

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Still, Pamela Kay – Obituary

Cove, Oregon Pamela Kay Still, 61, died July 30 at her home in Cove following a courageous battle with brain cancer. Funeral services begin at 10 a.m. Monday at the First Presbyterian Church, 1308 Washington Ave., La Grande 97850. The Rev. Larry Loftus will officiate. The services will be followed by a meal at the Presbyterian Friendship Hall. Burial will follow at the Cove Cemetery. Relatives and friends are welcome at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande, on Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. Pamela was born May 20, 1947, to Dorothy Bo and Lowell Albert Wolfe in Paris, Texas. She was raised in Broken Bow, Okla., where she attended grade school and high school. She played the flute and achieved the rank of first chair. Pam was a member of Glee Club, National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Future Teachers of America and Future Homemakers of America. She attended Girls State. Pam was a majorette in the band and band queen attendant. She enjoyed reading and writing poetry. Pam attended Oklahoma State University and received a bachelor of science degree in family relations and child development in 1969. In 1967, she married David B. Still. The couple was married for more than 40 years. Upon graduation from Oklahoma State University, the Stills moved to Rock Springs, Wyo. Pamela was director of a daycare center there until the...

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Whiteley, Daryl Earl – Obituary

Daryl Earl Whiteley, 82, of Baker City, died May 14, 2005. A celebration of Daryl’s life and graveside memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception after the service at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall in Halfway. Daryl was born on July 26, 1922, to Earl Arthur and Ruby L. Mehlhorn Whiteley near Pine Town. He was raised in Halfway and graduated from Halfway High School in 1940. Daryl joined the National Guard when he was 17 and in September he was a part of the Rainbow 41st division and began training for battle. Daryl received the Central Solomon’s medal, the combat infantry badge, Guadalcanal medal and was also eligible for the Purple Heart but refused it. Daryl also received the Bronze Star on April 6, 2004, for his 11 months served in battle on Guadalcanal and New Georgia. He served in the U.S. Army for five years and 19 days. Daryl married Carmen Whiteley on Dec. 22, 1945. They were married 57 years. During his life, they worked in many places. They spent a number of years in the livestock business and managed large cattle operations, which took them all over the Western states and Canada. Daryl worked for MK Construction on the Oxbow and Brownlee dams in Oregon; and other...

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Biography of Frank Petchner

Frank Petchner is one of Riverside’s pioneer settlers. He arrived in Riverside in December 1870 and has ever since been identified with her interests and enterprises. Mr. Petchner had spent many years in frontier life in the Territories, and had been engaged in mercantile and mining enterprises, and had made and lost fortunes; but when he located at Riverside he was without means, and dependent for the support of his family upon such labor as could be obtained. He was a blacksmith and opened a blacksmith shop on the corner of Sixth and Main streets; he also bought a block of land bounded by Sixth and Seventh and Almond and Chestnut streets; and later purchased other lots on Market Street. The first brick residence in the city was built by Mr. Petchner in 1875, on his block of land. The first year or two he worked at any labor that offered, as there was not a demand sufficient to occupy his time at his trade. He also improved his land by the planting of citrus and deciduous fruit trees. In 1874 he entered into partnership with Samuel Alder, and established a carriage-making and blacksmith shop on Main Street. This enterprise was a success, and, under the able management of these gentlemen, became one of the leading industries of the colony. Mr. Petchner was engaged in that business until 1884,...

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Sweetwater County, Wyoming Census Records

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Sweetwater County, Wyoming Cemetery Records

Cemeteries are one of the most likely places people will search when looking for ancestors. Many of the old cemeteries only have records left as the cemetery itself went so many years with out care and the stones were used for other purposes, like leveling a building!! Hosted at Sweetwater County WY USGenWeb Archives Eden Valley Cemetery Plot Eden Valley Names Index Plot Listing Details Hosted at Sweetwater County WYGenWeb Rock Springs Sexton Superior Cemetery...

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Neiger, Victor O. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Victor O. Neiger, 96, a longtime Baker City resident, died Aug. 27, 2001, at his home. Vigil services will be today at 7 p.m. at St. Francis deSales Cathedral. Mass of the Christian Burial will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral. Most Reverend Elden F. Curtiss, Archbishop of Omaha, and Reverend John R. Jasper of St. Francis deSales Cathedral will concelebrate. Vault interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be today until 5 p.m. at the Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Mr. Neiger was born March 20, 1905, in Trzic, Slovenia. In 1912, he came to America with his mother and sister, Mary. His father had come over two years earlier and worked in the coal mines in Rock Springs, Wyo., until he could send for the rest of his family. His family resided there until moving to Cove in 1919, when Mr. Neiger was 14 years old. He worked at various labor jobs, but especially enjoyed picking fruit. He worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1934. On May 22, 1937, he married Helen Guyer in Weiser, Idaho. From this union his three children, Corrine, Dick and Sherry, were born. After their marriage, they returned to Baker City. In 1943, Mr. Neiger entered World War II where he guarded prisoners until his discharge in 1945. Prior to the war,...

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