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Biography of John William Womack

John William Womack, son of Jacob and Lurreene Bougher Womack, was born in Unionville, Missouri, He, and a cousin Crawford Wallace Womack, made an early trip into Wallowa Valley, camping along Bear Creek. During the night their horses wandered away from camp and were found the next morning at what is now the town site of Wallowa. They both returned again in 1877, when they both filed on homesteads. John filed southwest of the town of Wallowa, building a log cabin at the foot of the west slope of Green Hill. He named his homestead “Cove Ranch.” Crawford Wallace Womack and John McCubbin spent the first winter with John on his homestead. In 1881, a wagon train left Saint Joseph, Missouri, heading for Oregon, with Russell Thompson as wagon master. Russell and Catherine Hedges Thompson’s oldest daughter, Martha Jane, drove one of the teams and wagons across the plains. Traveling with the Thompson wagon train were Edna and Chella Pickett, also James (Tom) and his wife, Chata Pickett Willett. The train made a one-day layover about the location of Meridian, Idaho (about 10 miles west of Boise), where the Willetts son, Leslie (Leck), was born. The Willett family stopped at Union to spend the winter and the Thompson’s came on to the Wallowa Valley. John Womack married Martha Jane Thompson and they and their eight children lived in the...

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Biographical Sketch of James T. Davis

One of the worthy pioneers of this County, a man of ability and executive force and unswerving integrity, the subject of this sketch is now one of the leading citizens of Nyssa, and a prominent man in Malheur County. He lives one mile northwest from the town of Nyssa, having a ‘farm of one hundred and twenty acres, well improved and handled in a skillful manner, which is a good dividend producer. James T. was born in Unionville, Putnam County, Missouri, on October 25, 185o, being the son of Hamilton and Saline Davis. In 1862, the father and the oldest son came across the plains with ox teams and in 1865, our subject and his mother came the same journey with horse teams. They both made the trip without serious accident and when the mother arrived in Boise, the father was there to meet them and the reunited family made their way to the Willamette valley where they settled in Polk County. Four years later, they removed from that place to Umatilla County and in 1874, our subject went from the home in that County to Boise valley, Idaho, and later re-turned to his people, who had in the meantime migrated to Baker City. The reports which he brought from the Boise valley caused all to move there and engage in raising stock. Our subject went thence to Emmett,...

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Womack, John William – Obituary

John William Womack, son of Jacob and Lurreene Bougher Womack, was born in Unionville, Missouri, He, and a cousin Crawford Womack, made an early trip into Wallowa Valley, camping along Bear Creek. During the night their horses wandered away from camp and were found the next morning at what is now the town site of Wallowa. They both returned again in 1877, when they both filed on homesteads. John filed southwest of the town of Wallowa, building a log cabin at the foot of the west slope of Green Hill. He named his homestead “Cove Ranch.” Crawford Womack and John McCubbin spent the first winter with John on his homestead. In 1881, a wagon train left Saint Joseph, Missouri, heading for Oregon, with Russell Thompson as wagon master. Russell and Catherine Hedges Thompson’s oldest daughter, Martha Jane, drove one of the teams and wagons across the plains. Traveling with the Thompson wagon train were Edna and Chella Pickett, also James (Tom) and his wife, Chata Pickett Willett. The train made a one-day layover about the location of Meridian, Idaho (about 10 miles west of Boise), where the Willetts son, Leslie (Leck), was born. The Willett family stopped at Union to spend the winter and the Thompson’s came on to the Wallowa Valley. John Womack married Martha Jane Thompson and they and their eight children lived in the little homestead...

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Downs, Francis Helen – Obituary

Francis Helen Ward was born to Joseph W. and Mary B. Ward at Unionville, Missouri March 14, 1886, and died at Lostine January 19, 1918, being 31 years, 10 months and 5 days of age. When about two years old, her parents came to Lostine where she has since lived. She received her education in the Lostine schools. On May 9th, 1909, she was united in marriage to Henry W. Downs and to them was born three children of whom two survive. Grandy Henry, age two years and Sophia Mary, age six months. These two motherless babes, her husband, her mother, Mrs. Mary B. Ward; three brothers Ober Ward of Marr Flatt, D.C. ward of Pollock, Mo., James C. Ward, Unionville, Mo., and one sister, Mrs. Arthur Hulse of Lostine, are all surivors to cherish in tender memory their loved one. About twelve years ago, Mrs. Downs became a Christian, affiliating with the Seven Day Adventists. This faith continued even unto death. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Bogue assisted by Rev. Williams on Sunday afternoon and interment was made in the Lostine cemtery. Card of Thanks We wish to thank all those who so kindly helped us in the illness and death of our wife, mother, daughter and sister. The Relatives. Wallowa County Reporter, Wallowa County, Oregon Wednesday, January 23,...

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Eaton, A. E. Mrs. – Obituary

Mrs. A.E. Eaton, who has been ill for the past five months, passed to her rest Thursday evening, December 6th at 8:30 o’clock. The deceased was born in Unionville, Missouri, May 1st, 1851, and removed to Union with her parents in 1863. She was married to Mr. Eaton November 6, 1867, at La Grande by Rev. Deardoff of the M.E. Church. She leaves four brothers and one sister, Viz: Daniel Baird of Union, David Baird of Lower Powder, George Baird of Tindall, Missouri, and Thomas Baird of Denver and Mrs. Nancy Michaels of Weiser, Idaho. The funeral services will be held at the M.E. Church Sunday, December 9th at 11 o’clock a.m. by the Revs. Anderson and Skipworth. Mr. Eaton the bereaved husband is one of our most prominent citizens and an early settler of Grande Ronde. The sympathy of the people is extended to him in his sad affliction. Eastern Oregon Republican Saturday, December 8,...

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