Location: Umitilla County OR

Biographical Sketch of Almer G. King

The subject of this review is one of the well known and representative men of Malheur County and is to-day entrusted with the responsibilities of one of the main County offices and has made a record for himself of faithfulness, integrity, and capabilities, that places him secure in the esteem and respect of the entire population of the County. Almer G. was born in Waverly, Iowa, on December 6, 1866, being the son of George and Littie (Kimball) King. In 187o, the family came west via San Francisco and Portland to a place opposite Fort Vancouver, on the Columbia, where they resided for a time and then re-moved to Pendleton, afterwards going to The Dalles in 1872 where they remained until 1882. In that place, our subject was educated in the public schools and then took the entire course in the Vasco Independent Academy, but (lid not graduate as he was detained from passing the examinations.  In 1882 he came to Malheur, at that time a part of Baker County, and engaged to handle cattle for Thomas R. David-son and fourteen years he remained with him never losing a day, and for the last half of this time he was foreman. In 1892 he went to Payette, Idaho, and conducted a livery stable for one year then went to Westfall Malheur County, and operated as a farmer for a...

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George, Ella Mrs.

Death Takes Widow of Pioneer Minister (By Halfway Correspondent) Milton, Feb. 4. – Mrs. Ella George, widow of Rev. David George, who died 15 years ago, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C.D. Walters, here Monday night. Mrs. George was well known in the valley, having lived here the greater part of her life. She was born in Iowa in 1858 and crossed the plains when but a very small child coming with her parents first to California. In that state in 1875, she married the Rev. Mr. George, who was a circuit rider for the Methodist Episcopal church, South. They served a number of circuits among them being Moscow, Ida., Pomeroy, Wa., Heppner and several others in the Walla Walla valley. They settled in Milton in 1888. She is survived by five children. Funeral services were held in the Methodist Episcopal church, South, here Thursday. – Oregon Daily Journal. Mrs. George was well known in Halfway and many friend regret her passing. Her daughter, Mrs. Ernest McQueen, lived here for several years and the Rev. and Mrs. George often visited her. North Powder News Friday, February 12,...

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Hall, Edward Isaiah “Ed” – Obituary

Edward Isaiah “Ed” Hall, 80, was born Sept. 4, 1925, at Haines, Ore., to James Otho and Mabel Mae (York) Hall. He died Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2005 at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, Wash. Ed was raised in Baker and attended Baker schools. On Feb 9, 1945 he married Violet Irene Music at Baker, Ore. He joined the U.S. Army and served in the South Pacific during World War II where he was wounded in Okinawa earning the Purple Heart. He finished his tour of duty in the Military Police in Hawaii. After the service he returned to Haines and worked for a lumber mill. He then started to work at the Umatilla Army Depot as a Munitions Destroyer in 1961. The family moved to Hermiston in 1962 and Ed worked there until he retired in 1974. He worked at a carwash with his son, then drove school bus and finally worked for the Hermiston School District. Ed was Past President and a founding member of the Eastern Oregon Museum in Haines. He was actively involved for a long time in the Hermiston V.F.W. Desert Post #4750 Honor Guard, the Boy Scouts, Hermiston Little League Baseball, and with his wife, Violet, put up the Red Cross Flags for Blood Drawings. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Violet Hall of Hermiston, Ore.; children, Martie and her husband,...

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McCall, Raymond “Reese” – Obituary

In loving memory of Raymond “Reese” McCall, 67, who died Monday, Jan 24, 2005 at St Elizabeth Health Services in Baker City. An Elks Memorial Service will be held Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 2 p.m. at the Baker City Elks Lodge, No. 338, 1896 2nd Street, Baker City. There will be a gathering at the Lodge following the services. Reese was born Jan 23, 1938 in Nampa Idaho. His family moved to Hermiston Oregon in 1942. He graduated from Hermiston High School in 1956. His boyhood days were spent in 4-H and FFA. He raised blue ribbon cattle on his parent’s farm in Hermiston. He tried with a good friend to grow the famous Hermiston watermelons instead grew baby sized watermelons. He spent most of his adult years in California where he became a fire fighter for Mt. View City Fire Dept. He retired as a fire engineer in 1989. He and his wife Nita retired to Baker Valley where he and Nita enjoyed their 5 acres with their horses, dogs, cats and other domestic and wild animals. He worked with Baker Rural Fire Department. After the death of his beloved wife Nita in October 1995, he moved into town (Baker City) from Pocahontas District. He enjoyed working and participating with the Elks Bull and Bronc riding competition during Miners’ Jubilee He is preceded in death by wife...

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Biography of Hon. C.E. Jennings

It is inherent in the nature of man to esteem and admire that quality in his fellows which leads in spite of obstacles and opposition on to brilliant success; and especially is it manifested when the party who achieves the victory is possessed of those manly characteristics, that are so charming in a leader in any line of achievement. That the subject of this sketch is one who has gained the distinction of which we have spoken; there is no doubt to any one who is acquainted with his career. Working at a trade in the industrial world, wherein he constantly displayed that thoroughness and ability that denoted the true man of ability, he has also made himself a potent factor in the affairs of his county, has gained a real estate holding that makes him a property king of Wallowa, and in the halls of legislation he has done creditable work on the rostrum as a forensic orator, making his force felt to the various parts of the state, while in the intricate portions of legislation he displayed a masterful ability, keen foresight, and priceless practical judgment, that at once gave him both prestige and eminently fitted him to hold the position of leader and safely care for the interests of his constituency. C. E. Jennings was born in Astoria, Illinois, in 1858, being the son of Robert...

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Biography of David Diggins

Although the subject of this sketch has not resided in Wallowa County so long as some others, nevertheless, he is one of the earliest pioneers of this section, having braved the dangers and suffered the hardships and deprivations in the fifties to assist in opening this country for the advent of civilization’s march. Mr. Diggins has lived the life of a typical frontiersman and pioneer, and to him and his companions is due the honor and distinction of discovering the leading placer mines of this northwest country, which in fact rivaled any on the Pacific coast, and during these long years of labor and toil, he has always demonstrated the fine qualities of manhood with which he is so richly endowed, and has steadily labored for the advancement of the county, and the good of all. David Diggins was born in Pennsylvania in 1833, being the son of Samuel and Catherine (Fisher) Diggins, and there he remained until the age of twenty-three, then came to Illinois, then a new country, and gave his attention to farming for two years on the fertile face of the Prairie state. In 1859 he started for Denver, but was led by the glowing reports of the excellent region of southeastern Washington and northeastern Oregon, to come hither, and he landed in Walla Walla on September 11, 1859. At that early day only two...

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