Location: Union Oregon

Cates, John A. – Obituary

Union, Union County, Oregon John A. Cates Responds to The Final Summons John A. Cates, aged seventy, died yesterday at the home of his son, Cecil Carter, near Alicel. His demise was due to injuries following an accident by a fall at the son’s farm a week or so ago and which resulted in a condition of partial paralysis. The deceased was a member of one of the earlier pioneer families of Union County, his parents settling on a homestead above Union in the early sixties. The surviving members of the original family are Robert S. Cates, former county clerk of this county and now a resident of Kingman, Kansas; Ed E. Cates, of Sparta; W. A. Cates, of Vancouver, Wash.; George, of Baker, and an only sister, Mrs. Josephine Ison, also of Baker, whose husband was former district attorney for eastern Oregon.-La Grande Observer Newspaper item: August 1916 Contributed by: Larry...

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Mable Carter – Obituary

Death Of Former Union Young Lady Mable, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Carter, a well known lady of a family who resided for many years in Union county, died at the home of her parents near Hood River Friday afternoon. Death was caused from fright following a runaway accident. Miss Carter was married a couple of years ago to Dr. E. D. Johnson, a prominent surgeon of Portland. She came up from Portland to Hood River to spend Christmas with her parents. On the way to the Carter farm, a mile and a half from town, the horses became unmanageable and ran away. After crossing the bridge at Hood River the team broke away from the sleigh leaving the occupants apparently unharmed. Mrs. Johnson, however, was thrown into convulsions by the fright she sustained, and although medical aid was summoned at once, failed to recover. Mable Carter, as she was known before her marriage to Dr. Johnson, was reared from childhood in Union county, her father being in the earlier years a resident of La Grande and later a druggist at Island City, then a resident of Union where he served two terms as county superintendent. Mable was the oldest daughter of the family, the children besides herself being two brothers and two sisters. She was an elocutionist of ability and was at one time an...

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Campbell, Emma – Obituary

Union, Union County, Oregon Death of Mrs. Emma Campbell, a former resident of Union, died at Logan, Utah, May 17, 1911, at the age of 74 years, 7 months and 11 days. The funeral took place in Union Saturday May 20, at 2 p. m. from the M. E. Church. Mrs. Emma Campbell was formerly Mrs. J, E, Yowell, and leaves two sons and three daughters of her immediate family, aside from her husband, Mr. Campbell, who resides at Logan, Utah. Old timers will remember J. E. Yowell, who was assessor of Union county in 1865. He came up from California in 1860 and owned the old toll road between North Powder and Union. The lady who afterward became his wife was born in the city of Baltimore, Maryland, in 1836, and they were married in Union about 1867. They were the parents of Thay and Clara Yowell, well known by many of our people. The body of Mrs. Campbell was laid to rest beside that of her first husband in the Union cemetery. Contributed by: Larry...

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Blakeslee, Caroline D. – Obituary

Caroline D. Blakeslee, age 90 years, 4 months and 22 days, died in La Grande Monday last, and the funeral took place from the Episcopal church, Union, Wednesday afternoon, the 30th inst. Mrs. Blakeslee was 90 years old, having been born in Lewiston, New York, September 6, 1827. She was married to Chas. L. Blakeslee, May 12, 1850, and lived in Battle Creek, Mich., until 1865, when they crossed the plains to Union, where she lived until 1910. Since that time she has loved with her daughter, Mrs. Oliver. Mr. Blakeslee passed away June 1, 1905. She is survived by one son, Dr. L. K. Blakeslee, of Pendleton, and two daughters, Mrs. W. A. Hall, of Union, and Mrs. J. R. Oliver, of La Grande. Funeral services were held in Union at the Episcopal church of which she was a member since 1869, having helped to organize the church at Union. January 28, 1918 Contributed by: Larry...

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Blakeslee, Charles Lewis – Obituary

Charles Lewis Blakeslee was born in Berlin, New York, in the year 1827. At the age of thirteen years he removed to the state of Michigan. In 1850 he was married to Caroline Dewey, and made his home in Battle Creek, Michigan. In 1863 Mr. Blakeslee moved to Union County, Oregon, with the pioneers of that year, and his family followed him in 1867. Mr. Blakeslee taught some of the first schools in the Grande Ronde Valley, in Summerville, Cove and Union, and in the old school house still stands in Union that was the scene of his early labors. Five children survive him, as also does his wife-W. B. Blakeslee, of Pine, Oregon; Dr. L. K. Blakeslee, of Pendleton, Oregon; Mrs. W. H. Stafford and Mrs. W. A. Hall, of Union, Oregon; Mrs. J. R. Oliver of La Grande, Oregon. Mr. Blakeslee became a Mason in 1853, and for 52 years has been an ardent craftsman. For more than twenty years he has been the appointed lecturer in Grande Ronde Lodge No, 56, and of its one hundred members, more than half have received their Masonic teaching from the lips and tongue of this Masonic brother. From his life and conduct many valuable lessons may be had and sublime encomiums pronounced. He was a firm believer in the existence of a Supreme Being, and the fervency with which...

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Blize, John R. – Obituary

Union, Union County, Oregon John R. Blize, a prominent citizen of Union for a number years deputy sheriff of the county, died at his home in Union, Tuesday morning of last week. Mr. Blize had been seriously afflicted for several months and had been in a Portland hospital since last November, until two days before his death. Mr. Hize was a member of the Knights of Pythias and his funeral was conducted by that order. Elgin Recorder Friday February 27,...

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Bradford, Joshua – Obituary

At his home near this city, September 27, Joshua Bradford, aged 59 years. Deceased was a prominent G.A.R. man, being at the time of his death Post Commander of the lodge of this city. He was buried in the Union cemetery Monday afternoon. Eastern Oregon Republican, Thursday October 2,...

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Brasher, Mrs. Thomas- Obituary

Mrs. Thomas Brasher, aged about 40 years, died at Hot Lake Sanitarium Monday evening of this week. Mrs. Brasher was a resident of Union vicinity and was well known in this section. The funeral was held at Union Tuesday afternoon. North Powder News Saturday, May 29,...

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Conley, Estelle – Obituary

Estelle Conley, formerly of Union, Cove and La Grande, died Saturday, March 9, 1966, at the Heritage Residential Center in Tualatin. She was 91. A service for Mrs. Conley will begin at 2 p.m., Friday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. Committal and interment will follow at the Island City Cemetery. Friends may call at Daniels Chapel until 8 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday. One of 11 children, Mrs. Conley was born March 31, 1904, in Otto, Wyo., to Erastus and Anna Marie (Stevens) Geertsen. The family moved to Union in 1913. She graduated from Union High School with the class of 1922. On Aug. 22, 1922, she married Leonard Earl Garrison of North Powder. The couple had four children. Estelle’s second marriage was to Archie Grant Conley of Cove. They were married on Feb. 25, 1951, in Boise. They made their home in Cove and La Grande. Mr. Conley died on Dec. 17, 1965, in La Grande. Mrs. Conley spent 19 years as organist for Eastern Star Chapters in Union, Cove and La Grande. She was appointed grand organist in 1964. She was also a member of the Portland Daughters of the Nile and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Survivors include her sons, Thomas Garrison of Bend and Barton Garrison of Redmond; daughter, Barbara...

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Conklin, Roy – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Roy Conklin Found Dead Near Union Roy Conklin, 42, 2003 East N. avenue, is dead as the result of an evidently self-inflicted gunshot wound. Mrs. Conklin and his brother Gene B. Conklin of Pendleton found the body Sunday about noon near his automobile which was parked on a Catherine Creek road, Northwest of Hot Lake. The car was 2 ½ miles from the Union highway. Conklin, who was employed as manager of Baker-La Grande Grocery Company, a wholesale organization, left home Thursday to drive to Baker and the family did not become worried Thursday night because his territory was large and they thought perhaps he had stayed in Richland or Halfway. He was reported missing Friday. A farmer in the area noticed the car, apparently abandoned, and called police to check the license number. He was told who the car was registered to and telephoned the Conklin home. State Police officers and Coroner Norman Daniels removed the body from a ditch, about 75 feet from the car. No note has been found to explain Conklin’s actions and authorities have no idea of the motive, which caused Conklin to take his life. Coroner Norman Daniels and District Attorney George Anderson, Jr. announced this morning that there will be no inquest into the death. Roy H. Conklin was born at Wallowa on May 8, 1914 and...

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Conklin, Eugene – Obituary

UNION (Special) – Eugene B. Conklin died in a Portland hospital Tuesday evening following a heart attack. He had taken the exhibits, from Malheur county to the Pacific International and became ill about a week before his passing away. He was a prominent man in Eastern Oregon where he always was very active in public affairs. He was born in Ohio in 1865 and came to Oregon in 1888. He taught school at Medical Springs and Cove and in 1894 came to Union where he taught for five years. From here he went to Pendleton for seven years of teaching followed by seven years as superintendent of the schools at Ontario. For some time he was in the farming game but during the war he taught a couple of years at Nyssa. Since that time he has been in the insurance business and made frequent trips to this section. Besides his widow he is survived by four children – Mrs. Jean Young, of North Carolina; Donald, of Los Angeles; Roscoe, of Ontario; and Mrs. Mildred Fryer, of McMinnville. Three brothers also survive him; Loten, of Grants Pass; Donald, of Ontario; and Roy, of Union. Funeral services will take place at Ontario Saturday. La Grande Evening Observer Thursday, November 2, 1933 Page 6 Contributed by: Tom...

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Conklin, Doris – Obituary

Doris V. Conklin, 81, of La Grande, died Sunday evening March 6, 1994, at Grande Ronde Hospital. A service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Payne Family Mortuary with Rev. Norm Shrumm of the First Presbyterian Church of La Grande officiating. Private interment will take place later at Union Cemetery. She was born Feb. 20, 1913, at Union to Guy M. and Essie (Bater) McMillan. On Sept. 19, 1937, she married Roy H. Conklin at Lewiston, Idaho. She was a graduate of La Grande High School and earned a degree in education from Eastern Oregon State College in 1933. She taught school at Dry Salmon School District 79 and at Promise in Wallowa County. She and Roy moved to Baker City where they raised their son Dale. When Roy died in September of 1956 Doris went back to teaching school at Wolf Creek in North Powder. She later moved back to La Grande and taught fourth grade at Riveria School until her retirement. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and the Union County Retired Educators. In her retirement she enjoyed traveling and reading, but the greatest joy in her life was her family. Survivors include her son Dale and daughter-in-law Linda Conklin of Heppner; brother Robert and sister-in-law Lois McMillan of Eugene; grandchildren Ashley, Jill, Sheryl and Mark Conklin and one great grandson Bradley Conklin....

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Choate, Sabe – Obituary

Summerville, Union County, Oregon Sabe Choate, a well known aged resident of Summerville precinct, died at an early hour Tuesday morning. Deceased was a member of Hiram Lodge No. 87, A.F. & A.M. of Summerville, under whose auspices he was buried Wednesday afternoon. Elgin Recorder Friday August 21, 1903 In Memory of Sabe Choate Sabe Choate was born in Fentress county, Tenn., April 13, 1825. He was married in 1850 to Miss Sarah Mullinix, eleven children were born to them, three of whom are living. Edward and Isaac in Nevada and William of Summerville. His wife dying in 1867, he was united in marriage a year later to her sister, Miss Nancy J. Mullinix, who survives him. Seven children were born to this union, five are living, viz: Mrs. Lillie Gibson of Aberdeen, Wash., Mrs. Ellen Hug and Anna Hug of Elgin, Jasper M. and Thelburt of Summerville. Mr. Choate had been a member of the Baptist church for 19 years. He was also a member of Hiram Lodge No. 67, .F. & A.M. and of Olive Branch Chapter No. 6 (?) O.E.S. He came to Grande Ronde Valley in August, 1886. Died at the family home near Summerville, August 17, 1903, aged 78 years, 4 months and 4 days. Elgin Recorder Friday October 2,...

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Christenson, Jorg – Obituary

News was received in Union Wednesday morning of Jorg Christenson, in Dalton, Minn., who died on August 16. Mr. Christenson was the father of Chris Christenson, former editor of the Oregon Scout, and was well known in this community. He left here a little over a year ago, going back to Minn., where his death occurred. Meager accounts of the death failed to state the cause. Age of deceased was 66 years, 1 month. His daughter, Anna Christenson, of Boise, Ida., left that place Wednesday evening for Minn., where she will take charge of the funeral arrangements. The wife of the deceased, Mrs. J. Christenson, is now living in Union, as well as a daughter, Mrs. O. M. Crossland. A son Nels Christenson, of Union, Mrs. J. A. Zerwas, of Little Falls, Minn., a daughter, Mrs. Fred James, of Missouri, and the former editor of the Scout, Chris Christenson, now in North Dakota, are remaining relatives. 1911 newspaper item Contributed by: Larry...

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