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Location: Umatilla Oregon

Biography of Z. C. Mills

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Z.C. MILLS. – Z.C. Mills of Seattle, Washington is a native of the Empire state, and was born in 1834. While yet in his boyhood, his parents moved to Illinois, where he grew to manhood and received his education. After he had reached his majority, he engaged in business with his father. He was successful; but, when an American has once felt the excitement of moving, it is almost impossible for him to be contented, so long as there are new countries to be found beyond the Western horizon. Accordingly, in 1859, when the Pike’s Peak gold excitement reached his home, young Mills started for the new El Dorado, and settled in the new town of Denver, where he opened a tin store. That country, not proving as productive as expected, Mr. Mills, with others, pulled up stakes in 1862, and started for the Salmon river diggings, which were then just reaching their fame as the richest strike yet. The party crossed the Rocky Mountains, the Bitter Creek Desert, Green River, the Wasatch Range, went down the Bear River past the famed soda springs, and had reached a point above Fort Hall, when news reached that the Salmon river gold bubble has burst reached them. They retraced their steps to Fort Hall, and there joined a...

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Biography of Hon. Zenas Ferry Moody

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now HON. Z.F. MOODY. – Zenas Ferry Moody, ex-Governor of the State of Oregon, was born on the 27th of May, 1832, in Granby, Massachusetts. His father was Major Thomas H. Moody. His mother was Hannah M. Ferry, an aunt of ex-Senator T.W. Ferry, of Michigan, formerly vice-president of the United States. Governor Moody comes of good old New England Revolutionary stock, his grandfather, Gideon Moody, having borne arms as a soldier during the Revolutionary war. He has proved himself worthy of his lineage; and the principles which he imbibed on New England soil have been the guide of his whole subsequent life. The sturdy virtues of that stock are too well known to require comment; they have become historical. The public men of New England have led the van in every reform, and have taken a most prominent part in molding all of that history of which the American people are most proud. New England ideas have been infused throughout the whole of our national life; and we have come to expect from men of New England ancestry those sturdy qualities which have contributed so largely to our happiness and prosperity as a people. Mr. Moody’s childhood was spent in Granby. January, 1848, he removed to Chicopee, Massachusetts, where he remained the ensuing three years. On...

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Biography of Hon. James H. Koontz

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now HON. JAMES H. KOONTZ. – It is a mistake to suppose that all the fortunes are made in the large places. Many of the most considerable competences on the coast have been gained from trade in the small towns. The career of Mr. Koontz is to the point. Born in Belmont County, Ohio, in 1830, young James, upon coming to his physical strength, learned the trade of a carpenter and joiner, thereby acquiring a foundation for a life of independence. Living a time at Mount Pleasant, Iowa, he joined the Ellis train, and in 1862 came across the plains to Oregon, settling the following year at the little town of Umatilla on the desolate shore of the Columbia, – a heaving, driving bank of sand upon the rocks. The place has improved since the old times. Mr. Koontz had but seventy-five cents in his pocket on his arrival; and the stories which he now relates of his first days of work and semi-starvation seem curious and amusing. By diligent application to his trade, fining employment for a time with George L. Hibbard, he soon had money and built a store at Umatilla, buying for a site ten feet of frontage for two hundred and fifty dollars. Here he remained seventeen years, doing a large forwarding and...

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Biography of Joseph Pinkham

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Canada has furnished to the United States many bright, enterprising young men who have left the Dominion to enter the business circles of this country with its more progressive methods, livelier competition and advancement more quickly secured. Among this number is Mr. Pinkham. He has somewhat of the strong, rugged and persevering characteristics developed by his earlier environments, which, coupled with the livelier impulses of the New England blood of his ancestors, made him at an early day seek wider fields in which to give full scope to his ambition and industry his dominant qualities. He found the opportunity he sought in the freedom and appreciation of the growing western portion of the country. Though born across the border, he is thoroughly American in thought and feeling, and is patriotic and sincere in his love for the stars and stripes. His career is identified with the history of Idaho, where he has acquired a competence and where he is an honored and respected citizen. Thrice has he served as United States marshal of Idaho, and is accounted one of her bravest pioneers. Mr. Pinkham was born in Canada, on the 15th of December, 1833 and is a representative of an old New England family who were early settlers of Maine. The first of the name to...

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Biography of Charles L. Kaler

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now CHARLES L. KALER. – A real pioneer of the pioneers, who has wrought on the Pacific coast for forty years and more with display of energy and skill that have placed him among the leaders of the county in attaining its progress, the well-known gentleman, whose name is at the head of this article is deserving of representation in the volume of his county’s history. He is proprietor of the large green house in Lagrande and handles one of the largest nurseries of the state, having a full line of all varieties of both ornamental trees and rare shrubs and flowers. Mr. Kaler was born in Waldoborough, Maine, being the son of Charles L. and Mary Kaler, both of whom died when he was very young. His childhood days were spent with a neighbor, and when nine years had rolled by he inaugurated independent action and set out to Vermont, returning later to Maine, thence to Florida and again returning to Maine and then to San Francisco, where he spent two years. The next trip was to Vancouver Island, whence he made his way to the Caribou mines and four years were spent there in search for gold. He came back to Westminster, through Olympia and Cowlitz to Portland, thence to Salem, Mooney’s station, Waldo Butte...

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Biography of Neri L. Ackles

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now NERI L. ACKLES. – A man of broad experience in the business world, gained by practical contact with the different lines of enterprise in the northwest, the subject of this sketch is today one of Union county’s prominent and capable farmers and stockmen, whose ability has wrought for the advancement of the welfare of all, while he has prosecuted with vigor the industries that have come to his hand, gaining the reward of wisely bestowed labor in the land of resources and fertility. In Linn county, Missouri, Neri L. first saw the light and July 30, 1860, was the time of this important event in his career, while his parents are George and Louisa I. (Walker) Ackles, who essayed the tedious and dangerous journey across barren and heated plains and rugged and hard mountains to find a home place in this western land, in 1865, bringing their family with them. They came direct to the Grande Ronde valley and the father purchased a squatter’s right to a quarter section and homesteaded it and settled down to build a home from the raw land. Our subject received his first educational training from the primitive country schools and then matriculated at the Blue Mountain University, from which he took his degree in June, 1881. At that time he...

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Biography of Evans S. McComas

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now EVANS S. McCOMAS. – One of the earliest pioneers of what is now Union county, and intimately acquainted with all of eastern Oregon, having been a prominent figure here from the time of his advent into the region, the gentleman, whose name is at the head of this article, is to-day one of the leading representatives of Union county and has ever maintained a walk manifesting public spirit and an ardent interest in the welfare of all, while he has been instrumental in upbuilding the county by his own efforts in the business enterprises that he has fostered and consummated as well as in maintaining a wide awake newspaper in the early days that was a potent factor in advertising the country and cementing the various factors in the cosmopolitan population that came here in pristine times. Evans S. was born in Adams county, Ohio, in 1839, being the son of John and Janette (Carr) McComas, natives respectively of Kentucky and Ohio. He obtained a good education before he reached the years of majority, and at the age of twenty-one entered the ranks of the educators where he did commendable work for a few years. In 1861 he crossed the plains with ox teams, buoyant and hopeful in the anticipation of the smiles of fortune expected...

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Applegate, Clifford – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Paradise, Wallowa County, Oregon Clifford Applegate, 51 year-old Umatilla carpenter, died here today at the home of his sister, Mrs. Merton Kuhn, following a brief illness. A native of Paradise, Ore., and a former resident of Wallowa county, Applegate had resided for the last three and one half years in Umatilla. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Maude Applegate, Umatilla; a grandson, Jimmie Applegate, Umatilla; a brother, Donald Applegate, Tillamook, and three sisters, Mrs. Sylvia Wade of Enterprise, Mrs. Letha Dailey of Portland and Mrs. Vadna Kuhn of La Grande. Services will be held from the Snodgrass Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Monday under the Rev. Gene Robinson, with burial to follow in the Portland crematorium. La Grande Evening Observer Saturday, 19 June 1954, Page 4. Contributed by: Robert C....

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Bay, Lucretia – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Aged Matron Dies Friday Mrs. Lucretia Bay, 96, died Friday at the home of her daughter Mrs. Milton Showalter Funeral services were held Sunday at 2:30 pm from the Jerue Funeral Home with the Rev. Harold Sorweide officiating. Interment was in the Lance Hills Cemetery. Miss Lucretia Hearing was born Dec. 3, 1844 Putnam County, Missouri. She joined the Christian Church at an early age. She was married to Charles Bay in 1860 when she was 15 years old. Immediately after their marriage they crossed the plains by ox team. During the trip, death claimed her father, her mother, and one brother. Arriving in Oregon they settled in Umatilla. Nine children were born to them, seven of whom are still living. Mr. Bay died Oct 14, 1909 in Stites, Idaho She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Lizzie Heskett, of Enterprise, Oregon; Mrs. Mary Chambers of Victoria BC; and Mrs. Inis Showalter of Cheney; and four sons, Willie Bay of Summerville, Oregon; Fred Bay of Pendleton; Clyde Bay of Lewiston; and Wayne Bay of Enterprise. Pallbearers were G.W. Showalter, Frank Showalter, Arthur Watt, Lester Moore, John Kendrick and Fred Miller. Newspaper Unknown, received from Trudy Bay. Contributed by: Robert...

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Frasolas, Marjorie Della (Reece) – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Marjorie Della (Reece) Frasolas, was born May 5, 1900. She died at the Umatilla hospital on March 24, 1975 at the age of 74. Mrs. Frasolas was a resident in the Hermiston Umatilla area since 1936. She was a member of the Auxiliary and the Pocahontas. Survivors are two daughters; Mrs. Don Allstott of Hermiston and Mrs. Jay Huson of Adams, Ore.; brothers are Amos Reece of Port Orchard, Wash., and Emerson and Wayne Reece of Enterprise; sisters are Mrs. William Phillips of Wapato, Wash. and Mrs. Earl Bonner of Weiser, Idaho, seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, March 27, at 11 a.m. in the Burns Mortuary Chapel. Rev. Sam Crothers of the Presbyterian Church officiated and burial was in the Hermiston Cemetery. Attending the funeral services from Enterprise were Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Reece, Mr. and Mrs. Emerson and Macel Reece. Wallowa County Chieftain, Wallowa County, Oregon, Newspaper dated April 3, 1975. Contributed by Michelle...

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Rumble, Clara McCully – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now To the Great Beyond: Mrs. E. W. Rumble, after a lingering illness passed away Wednesday evening. Joseph, Wallowa County, Oregon Clara McCully Rumble died at the home of her mother, Jennie (McDonald) McCully In Joseph, OR., 21 Sep 1904, age 35, years, 3 mos. Born In Umatilla Co., OR, 22 Jun 1869; moved with her parents to Wallowa Co. In 1881. Married E.W. Rumble 25 Nov 1891; Funeral Services At Presbyterian Church, buried At Prairie Creek Cemetery; had been a member of Jessica Chapter of Eastern Star of Wallowa. Brother Fred F. McCully living in Joseph at the time of her death; Brother Guy McCully Living in La Grande; Sister Lola McCully living in Joseph, as was sister Ethel McCully. Unknown Newspaper Source – Sept....

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Curtis, Emma Irene – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Enterprise, Oregon Emma Irene Curtis, of Vale and formerly of Enterprise, died June 4, 2007, at an Ontario Care Center. She was 95. Mrs. Curtis was born Dec. 28, 1911, in Lenox, Iowa to Willis Marion and Ella Inez Wolfinger Davis. She received her schooling in Coffeyville, Kansas. On March 10, 1935 she married Paul Wayne Curtis in Coffeyville. In 1943, the couple moved from the Midwest to Richland, Wash., where her husband was employed as an electrician on the construction of the Hanford Nuclear Plant. In 1948, they moved to Enterprise where Mr. Curtis opened a Radio and TV repair shop. Mrs. Curtis worked in the shop along side her husband. While living in Enterprise they were both active in the Community Church, school functions and sports with their three sons who all graduated from Enterprise High School. In 1962 the couple relocated their Radio and TV repair shop to Milton-Freewater, Oregon. They were active in the church and community there. In 1977 she retired to Umatilla. They enjoyed traveling to visit family and old friends during their retirement. Her husband died in 1994. She came to live in Vale with her oldest son and family. She still enjoyed traveling to family and friends until no longer able to do so. She was much loved...

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Applegate, Clifford – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now La Grande, Union County, Oregon Clifford Applegate, 51 year-old Umatilla carpenter, died here today at the home of his sister, Mrs. Merton Kuhn, following a brief illness. A native of Paradise, Ore., and a former resident of Wallowa County, Applegate had resided for the last three and one half years in Umatilla. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Maude Applegate, Umatilla; a grandson, Jimmie Applegate, Umatilla; a brother, Donald Applegate, Tillamook, and three sisters, Mrs. Sylvia Wade of Enterprise, Mrs. Letha Dailey of Portland and Mrs. Vadna Kuhn of La Grande. Services will be held from the Snodgrass Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Monday under the Rev. Gene Robinson, with burial to follow in the Portland crematorium. La Grande Evening Observer, La Grande, Union County, Oregon, Saturday, 19 June 1954, Page 4. Contributed by Robert C....

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Metz, Janice M. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Formerly of North Powder 1934-2007 Janice Marie (Christman) Metz, 73, of Troy, Mont., and formerly of North Powder, died Aug. 29 of congestive heart failure at the Libby Care Center in Libby, Mont. A memorial service is planned for Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Methodist church in North Powder, followed by a graveside service at the North Powder Cemetery. Janice was born on May 15, 1934, in Halfway, to Calvin and Helen Christman. She grew up in the North Powder area and graduated as salutatorian of the North Powder High School Class of 1952. From an early age, Janice was an accomplished pianist and organist and often played during Sunday worship services at local churches. She earned college scholarships to Oregon State University and was a member of the Azalea House. Janice attended Eastern Oregon University, and earned a degree in elementary education from the University of Idaho in Moscow. On Jan. 23, 1957, Janice married August “Gus” G. Metz Jr., in Stevenson, Wash. They had seven children. The family moved to northern Idaho, where Janice was an elementary school teacher for the Bonners Ferry School District. She taught in the Umatilla School District for several years. Some of her former pupils maintained contact with her until her death. Janice retired after more than 20...

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Dalton, James Everett – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now La Grande, Oregon James Everett Dalton, 81, of Umatilla and formerly La Grande and Baker City, died Aug. 28 at his home. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Grandview Cemetery. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements. James was born on March 14, 1926, to Isaac Clayton and Stella Viola (March) Dalton in La Grande. After graduating from La Grande High School he enlisted in the United States Navy. He was honorably discharged in May 1946. James was employed as a heavy equipment operator at Ashgrove Cement in Lime while living in Baker City. After his retirement, he returned to La Grande for a few years before moving to Umatilla to be near family. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. Survivors include his children, Jack Dalton of Granger, Wash., Steven Dalton of La Grande, Thomas Dalton of Hermiston, Karen Halladay of Hermiston and Joe Dalton of La Grande; 12 grandchildren; several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and other relatives. He was preceded in death by daughter, Beverly Dalton; son, Don Everett Dalton in Vietnam; and his wife, Patricia. La Grande Observer – Obituaries For The Week Ending September 8, 2007 Published: September 8,...

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