Location: Umatilla Oregon

Dickson, Mary Ellen – Obituary

Mary Ellen Dickson, 73, of La Grande, died March 7 following an extended illness. Mary was born May 13,1934, in Atlanta, Kan., to Charles and Alma Cunningham. The family moved to Weiser, Idaho, where she attended school. She married Frank Dickson of Homedale, Idaho, on Aug. 3, 1952. Mary and Frank moved to Umatilla, where Frank was employed at the Army Ordnance Depot. Following this, the family moved to Kinzua in Wheeler County, then to La Grande, where Frank worked for Boise Cascade and Mary for Sprouse-Reitz for many years. Mary was devoted to her family and enjoyed activities that included her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank and her parents. Mary is survived by her son, Randy Dickson, and his wife Ann, of Meacham; daughter, Jean Atkinson, and her husband, Laine, of Ione, Calif.; daughter Debbie McCall of La Grande; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Kay Parton of Hood River and Mrs. Linda Carey of Lovelock, Nev., and a brother, Gerry Cunningham of Boise. By Mary’s request, there will be no services. La Grande Observer – Obituaries for the week ending March 22, 2008 Submitted by Dixie...

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Planting, Clarence A. – Obituary

Clarence A. Planting, 76, of 3515 Pepperwood Dr., Boise, died Thursday, Feb. 6, 1986, in a Boise hospital of natural causes. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, at the Central Assembly Christian Life Center. Revs. Roy Strayer and Haskell Yadon will officiate. Burial will follow in Cloverdale Cemetery, under direction of the Alden-Waggoner Chapel. Mr. Planting, retired Ada County Clerk, was born Sept. 13, 1909, at his grandparents’ home in Astoria, Ore., a son of John W. and Mary Ring Planting whose home was at Helix, Ore. He attended schools in Pendleton, Ore., and graduated from Helix High School in 1928. After graduation he farmed with his father. He was active in evangelizing among the Finnish people in the Long Valley area of Idaho during the early 1930’s. In recent years, he conducted many funerals for his longtime Finnish friends. He moved to Boise in 1936 and attended Boise Business College. He later married Freada Fretwell on Jan 1, 1939 at Boise. He was a bookkeeper for a Boise dairy from 1939 to 1941. During World War II, he was a bookkeeper for the J. A. Terteling Construction Co. in several locations, including Oregon, South Dakota and Nebraska, then at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Following his mother’s death in 1943, he returned to Pendleton to farm with his father. In 1946 he...

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Saunders, Raymond M. “Ray”, Jr. – Obituary

Raymond M. “Ray” Saunders Jr., 78, of Hermiston, a former longtime Baker City resident, died Dec. 2, 2005, at his home. His graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland. Pastor Gordon Bond will officiate. Ray was born on July 30, 1927, at Salem. He moved with his family to Eagle Valley at the age of 5. He was a 1945 graduate of Eagle Valley High School at Richland. Ray married Alice Martin on March 10, 1946, at Richland. He joined the U.S. Navy, serving in the South Pacific on the USS Hollandia during World War II. He received the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal for his service. After his honorable discharge, he and Alice moved to Baker City where they lived until moving to Hermiston in 2003. Ray retired as the parts manager at McNeil Auto Parts in Baker City in 1986. He was a member of the American Legion and a past member of the Baker Elks Lodge. Ray enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, spending time with all of his girls, his family and his friends. He cherished gardening with Alice, his wife of nearly 60 years, as well as going on different special trips with her and other family members. Survivors include his wife, Alice Saunders of Hermiston; two daughters, Terrilyn Kay...

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Simonis, Ida J. – Obituary

Mrs. Louis Simonis, 76, died early Saturday morning at her home in Baker. Ida J. Simonis was born July 29, 1869 at Umatilla. She was married to Louis L. Simonis in 1888 at Weiser, Ida., and they made their home in Eagle Valley until 1937 when they moved to Baker. Mrs. Simonis is survived by her widower; two sons, George of Wapato, Wash., and Otis of Woodland, Wash.; three daughters Mrs. Mary Wilson of Weiser, Mrs. Arta Trickel of Baker and Mrs. Belle Johnson of Robinette; a sister, Mrs. Nora Rice of Imnaha, Ore.; two brothers John D. Simmons of Enterprise, Oreg, and Walter Simmons of Whitebird, Ida.; 26 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in the Methodist church at Richland. Burial was in Eagle Valley cemetery. The Record Courier; Baker City OR; Thursday, January 24, 1946; Page...

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Hodgson, Fred Peter – Obituary

Halfway, Oregon Fred Peter Hodgson, 43, of Umatilla, a former North Powder resident, died Feb. 3, 2005, at Richland, Wash., of natural causes. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the North Powder Community Church in North Powder. Pastor Roger Cochran will officiate. Interment will be at the North Powder Cemetery. Visitations will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., in La Grande. Fred Peter Hodgson was born on Jan. 28, 1962, to Fredrick and Phyllis Peters Hodgson at Sacramento, Calif. In the summer of 1962, the family moved to North Powder where Fred attended school. He was a 1980 graduate of Powder Valley High School at North Powder. After high school, Fred attended Eastern Oregon University at La Grande where he receive a bachelor’s degree in business and arts. He specialized in accounting. Fred worked at Weiser, Idaho, and Salem before settling in the Umatilla area where he worked for Con-Agra Foods Inc. at Boardman for 15 years. He was a past member of the Hermiston Lutheran Church. He enjoyed helping others, video games, computers, golf and hockey. He loved to travel. Survivors include his mother, Phyllis Hodgson of La Grande; brothers, Ross Hodgson and his wife, Sue, of Union, Mark Hodgson of La Grande and Tom Hodgson of North Powder; numerous nieces and nephews; and...

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Russell, Ava Hunsaker Mrs. – Obituary

A Celebration of Ava Russell’s Life was held on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2005, 1 p.m. at the Community Connection Senior Center in Baker City. Friends were invited to join the family following the service for a luncheon prepared by the V.F.W. Auxiliary at the Senior Center. Ava Jane was born on April 17, 1940, in Carson, Ore., to Henry and Luella Thompson Hunsaker. She was raised early on in Carson, attending schools in Halfway, then onto Baker City and Umatilla. Ava also attended Business College for two years in Baker City. Ava married Paul Russell on Aug. 8, 1970. in Baker City. Together they lovingly blended a family of seven children. Ava loved to crochet, do any craft, play cards, enjoyed a good yard sale, cheering on her favorite baseball team, work puzzles and she enjoyed reading mystery books. Elvis Presley was her heartthrob, and peanuts in her Pepsi was her gift to family tradition. Ava enjoyed bowling, at one time she bowled on three leagues. An unknown accomplishment was that she had held the state champion arm wrestling title for five years running earlier in her life. Ava had worked for Community Connection Senior Center for well over 20 years. During her career with them, she wore several hats. First she was the meals on wheels driver, then the assistant cook, moving to the bus driver, and these...

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Biography of S. R. Geddis

S.R. GEDDIS. – Mr. Geddis, a portrait of whom, together with a view of his beautiful home farm, appears in this history, is a leading and wealthy citizen of Kittitass county. He is one of the men whose success in life has been mainly achieved in the county in which he now lives by the exercise of economy, industry and business integrity, guided by intelligent financial ability. He is now a rich man, while but a few years ago he came to the Kittitass valley with nothing but an unblemished reputation as his entire capital. Mr. Geddis was born in Warren county, Pennsylvania, February 12, 1838, and was the eldest son of Robert and Margaret Nash Geddis. Six years later, he with his parents moved west to Louisa county, Iowa, where in 1845 our subject suffered the irreparable loss of his father by death. In 1846 his mother married William Clum, and in the spring of that year started across the plains to Oregon, arriving in the following September. They first located on a farm in Linn county, where Mr. Geddis remained until 1865. During the Rogue river war in 1855, Mr. Geddis joined Captain, afterwards General Williams’ company, with whom he served for a time, and then joined Captain Hugh O’Neil’s company, with whom he remained until the close of hostilities in 1865. He moved to Umatilla, Umatilla...

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Biography of Oliver P. Goodall

OLIVER P. GOODALL. – Mr. Goodall, one of our best men in developing Oregon, was born in Jefferson City, Missouri, August, 1828, and grew up on a farm, securing a common-school education. At the age of eighteen he left school and joined Colonel William Bent, and spent the winter of 1846-47 at Bent’s fort on the Arkansas river, in the capacity of clerk. He there met with continuous adventures, associating with such old mountaineers as Kit and Bob Carson, Bridger, the Calloways, Bill Williams, Dick Dallam, Black Dick Curtis and others; and his recitals of their brave and daring deeds and endurance would fill a volume. In 1847 he went to Mexico in the quartermaster’s employ as courier, wagon-master, clerk, and interpreter of Spanish, under Major Sprague, General Howard and others, and remained in Mexico, New Mexico and Texas until the fall of 1849. He met with numerous adventures with Apaches, Mexican guerillas and Comanches, and buried many brave comrades, and was even obliged to leave some unburied. He carries scars in remembrance of Indian arrows, and has vivid recollections of many perils, having been by the side of Major Stein when he was shot in the Sierra Blanco Mountains, where his two bosom companions, Joe Allison and Jim McAllister of Missouri, were left unburied. He also recollects affairs of interest in connection with the Seminole chief, Wildcat, and...

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Biography of Robert Couch Kinney

ROBERT COUCH KINNEY. – Oregon will always treasure with respect and admiration the memory of the men and women who came in the days when the Pacific Northwest was the home of savage tribes, mountain men and a few traders, to plant homes and lay the foundation of an empire on the waters of the Columbia. They dared much when they accepted the roll of pioneers to the Pacific. Some became notable for success, and developed character that gave standing to the new state; for the constitution and early legislation of Oregon showed statesmanship seldom equaled in the erection of a commonwealth. Among those who preceded the gold excitement was Robert Couch Kinney, who illustrates the capacity of a new country to develop character and insure success. He was the son of a pioneer and nephew of another who went in early days to Illinois and inherited qualities necessary to success in a new country. Mr. Kinney was born in St. Clair county, Illinois, July 4, 1813. At the age of twenty-five he married Eliza Lee Bigelow, who survives him, and moved to Burlington, Iowa. He went boating and afterwards ran steamboats on the Mississippi with success, then conceived the idea of founding a city, and located and helped build Bloomington, now the prosperous city of Muscatine, Iowa. He engaged there in milling, and acquired a knowledge of that...

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Prindle, Joan Oribel Eddy Mrs. – Obituary

Joan Oribel Prindle, 70, of Umatilla, died March 6, 2002, at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston. Her memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Hermiston Assembly of God Church. Disposition was by cremation. Joan was born on March 13, 1931, at Malheur City to George and Lucy Woodcock Eddy. She had been a Umatilla resident since 1961. She married Harold Prindle on Aug. 27, 1949, at Heppner. She owned and operated Joan’s Beauty Salon in Umatilla from 1970 until she retired in 2000. She was baptized at the First Christian Church in Vale. She loved gardening and her grandchildren. Survivors include her sons, Ray Prindle of Umatilla and Ron Prindle and his wife, Cathie, of Boardman; daughter, Jeanne Hanson and her husband, Don, of Hermiston; brothers, Clayton and Nick Eddy, both of Vale, and Edward Eddy of The Dalles; sisters, Floribel McCoy of Irrigon and Elaine Trimble of Hereford; 11 grandchildren, Tina, Tracie, Tonya, Ray Jr., Rusty, Toby, Courtney, Danielle, Drew, Brendan, Landi and Kresimir; eight great-grandchildren, TJ, Jessica, Ashley, Justin, Erica, Amy, Chentelle and Bethany. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold; parents, George and Lucy Eddy; brother, Emery Eddy; sisters, Genieve Kendall, Letha Davidson, Melva Beers and Jeanne Eddy. Memorial contributions may be made to the Umatilla Fire Department through the Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, P.O. Box 289, Hermiston, OR 97838....

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Biography of Lot Livermore

LOT LIVERMORE. – Mr. Livermore is one of the best-known residents of Eastern Oregon, and, as a business man, from the earliest times has been highly instrumental in developing the country. He was born in Marietta, Ohio, in 1835, but the year following came with his parents to Illinois, and in 1851 crossed the plains to Oregon, finding a home in Polk county. Some of the experiences on the plains were exciting, such as a fight of an hour and a half with the Snake Indians on the Snake River. It was the Harpole company with which they came. In 1866 Mr. Livermore came to Umatilla Landing, and for three years operated in general merchandise in the firm of Bushee Livermore & Co. In 1869 he removed to Pendleton, Oregon, engaging in merchandising under his own name until 1878, when he accepted the office of postmaster, and also became Wells, Fargo & Co’s agent and stage dispatcher. In 1886 he entered into the general merchandise business with Mr. Morehouse, but has now made arrangements to retire from active operations. The high esteem in which he is held by the people of Umatilla county and of Pendleton is indicated by his political career. He is a Republican; and, as the community has usually been Democratic, this fact was much against him. Nevertheless, he was elected county treasurer by a majority...

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Biographical Sketch of W. J. Leezer

W. J. LEEZER. – Mr. Leezer, one of the most active of all ourcitizens, was born March 21, 1846, at Rushville, Illinois, where he received a common-school education and learned the tinner’s trade. In 1870 he crossed the plains, locating at Umatilla Landing, and working for his brother, J.M. Leezer, who was then doing a tin and hardware business at that point. A year later he bought the establishment and conducted the business for himself, until in 1880 he closed out his interests there and moved to Heppner, Oregon, where he has established and carries on successfully a mercantile business to the present time. He was married in 1873 to Miss L.A. Wilson of Umatilla, and has three children, Emory J., Mabel A. and Willetta. He was appointed treasurer of Morrow county in 1885, and served a full term. In March, 1889, he was elected city treasurer,and fills the position at present. He is one of the representative business men of Heppner, of sterling worth,and respected by all who know...

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Dalton, James Everett – Obituary

James Everett Dalton, 81, of Umatilla and formerly of Baker City and La Grande, died Aug. 28, 2007, at his home. His graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Grandview Cemetery in La Grande. Arrangements are under the direction of Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Mr. Dalton was born on March 14, 1926, the son of Isaac Clayton and Stella Viola March Dalton, in La Grande. After graduating from La Grande High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served his country until he was honorably discharged in May of 1946. Mr. Dalton was employed as a heavy equipment operator at Ash Grove Cement Co. at 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 stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Beverly Dalton; a son, Don Everett Dalton, who died in Vietnam; and his wife, Patricia. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, September 6, 2007 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Couzens, Daniel R. “Dan” – Obituary

Daniel R. “Dan” Couzens, 50, of Umatilla, a former Baker City resident, died April 11, 2009, at his home. There will be a celebration of life service at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Oregon National Guard Armory in Hermiston with a potluck luncheon afterward. He was born on March 4, 1959, at Baker City to Charles and Clarane Urie Couzens. Dan was raised and educated at Baker City and was a 1978 Baker High School graduate. He joined the Oregon National Guard at the age of 17. He married Linda Mitchell on July 8, 1978, at Baker City and worked for Baker Builder Supply for 13 years before going to work full time for the Oregon National Guard in 1990. He had worked at Baker City and La Grande before transferring to Hermiston in 1997. Dan was transferred back to La Grande in 2002 where he served as a sergeant first class in charge of personnel, although he and his family continued to live at Umatilla. Dan served a tour in Iraq from June 2004 through November 2005 and held the rank of master sergeant. He enjoyed motorcycles, woodworking, building projects, fishing and music. Survivors include his wife, Linda Couzens of Umatilla; daughters, Kiya Kalb, and her husband, Marty, of Hermiston, Keysha Couzens of Hermiston; father, Charles Couzens of Baker City; mother, Clarane Sundin and her husband, Peter, of...

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Biography of Tyler Woodward

Tyler Woodward was born in Hartland, Windsor county, Vermont, in 1835, and is of Puritan descent. His grandfather fought in the war of the revolution, while his father, Erastus Woodward, participated in the war of 1812. He was educated in the common schools and the academies at Kimball, Union and Meriden, New Hampshire, and Thilford, Vermont. When he reached his majority, he taught school in his native town for one term during the winter. He lived at home until 1860, when he came to Marysville, California, and for one year served as clerk in a hotel of which his brother was proprietor. In the summer of 1861, he went to Washoe county, at the time the gold excitement had broken out in that region. Here for some months he was interested in a saw mill, located on the Truckee river, at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where the Central Pacific railroad starts up the mountains. In the spring of 1862, he sold out and came to Oregon, spending the summer prospecting and mining in the vicinity of the Florence mines. The following winter he clerked in a store in John Day’s mines, where Canyon City is now located. He then located at Umatilla and for several months was engaged in stock feeding. In the spring of 1864, he purchased a stock of goods consisting of general merchandising...

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