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Biography of Joseph B. Scarborough

One of the capable county commissioners of Oneida County is Joseph Brook Scarborough, of Franklin. He was born in England, September 11, 1851, and is a son of John and Elizabeth (Brook) Scarborough. When ten years of age he came with his mother to the United States, crossing the Atlantic in 1861, in a sailing vessel which, after a voyage of six weeks, reached the American port. They then crossed the plains and located at Lehi, Utah, thirty miles south of Salt Lake City, and there the mother remained while the son went to Dixie, where he worked for a year on a farm for his board and clothes. In 1863 he came with the family to Franklin. The settlers were then living in little log houses, built in the form of a hollow square, the backs of the houses forming a part of the wall of the fort. Mr. Scarborough remained with his family until nineteen years of age, at which time he was happily married to Miss Mary A. Foster. He then located land for himself, built a house and began his domestic life in Franklin. Later he became the owner of one hundred and twenty-five acres of land a half-mile north of the town, and also has fifteen acres adjoining the corporation limits, while in the town of Franklin, on the principal street, he has two...

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Biography of Alexander Stalker

In the days of the early development of south-eastern Idaho Alexander Stalker came to the state, and is therefore numbered among its pioneer settlers, but he has not only witnessed the changes that have since occurred, for in all that has tended to the development, progress and advancement of the section he has ever borne his part, and may therefore well be called one of the founders of his county and town. In later years he has been somewhat prominent in political affairs, and at all times he has been a loyal citizen, deeply interested in everything pertaining to the welfare of the community. A native of bonnie Scotland, Mr. Stalker was born November 21, 1829, and is of Scotch lineage, his parents, Robert and Janet (Tansh) Stalker, having also been natives of that land. They were married in Scotland and six children were born to them there. Their son Alexander preceded them to America, in 1848, and three years later the father, mother and three children, also crossed the Atlantic, taking up their abode on the boundary line between Monroe and Orleans counties, New York, about twenty miles from Rochester. There the father engaged in farming, but in Scotland he had been a merchant. After a time he returned to Scotland, disposed of his houses and other property there, and again became a resident of New York, whence...

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Biography of Lorenzo L. Hatch

A prominent representative of the Church of Latter Day Saints is Lorenzo Lafayette Hatch, who is now bishop of the Franklin ward in the Oneida stake of Zion of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and who makes his home in the pretty little town of Franklin. He was born in Lehi, Utah, December 25, 185 1, and is of English lineage, his ancestors having been among the early settlers of Vermont. They were participants in the events which form the early history of this country, and representatives of the name loyally served in the Revolutionary war. The grandfather, Hezekiah Hatch, was born in Vermont, and was among the first to become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when that organization, was first established. From his native state of Vermont he removed to Nauvoo, Illinois, where he died at a ripe old age. Lorenzo Hill Hatch, father of our subject, was born in the Green Mountain state, and with his father went to Nauvoo when fourteen years of age. There he became an active member of the church and was sent on a mission to the eastern states, the object of his journey being to work for the nomination of the prophet, Joseph Smith, as a candidate for the presidency of the United States. In 1850 he crossed the plains...

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Biography of Charles Hoff

The sturdy German element in our national commonwealth has been one of the most important in furthering the substantial and normal advancement of the country, for it is an element which takes practical values into account, and one of higher intellectuality which appreciates educational advantages and applies classical and special knowledge to the common affairs of life. Idaho has no citizens more patriotic than those of German-American birth, nor has it a citizen whose influence is better directed than that of one of the leading citizens of Montpelier whose useful career is here outlined. Charles Hoff was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 19, 185 1, a son of John G. and Catharine (Pfitzenmaier) Hoff and a brother of Henry Herman Hoff, to a sketch of whose life, which appears in this volume, the reader is referred for much of interest concerning the Hoff family history. Charles was the seventh son in order of birth in a family of nine. By circumstances affecting the fortunes of his family he was prevented from attending school after he was ten years old. Previous to that time, however, he was a student in the public schools of Philadelphia, and, possessing an active, receptive and retentive mind, he there laid the foundation of his present wide range of useful information, most of which he obtained in the hard but thorough school of experience. When...

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Biography of Henry H. Hoff

The German character has impressed itself upon our American progress by the inculcation of lessons of thrift, industry and respect for the law. It has made itself felt in the development of our public educational system. In the possession of a goodly number of citizens of German parentage Idaho is fortunate. One of its leading representative German-American citizens is Henry Herman Hoff, of Montpelier. Henry Herman Hoff was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 16, 1849, a son of John G. and Catharine (Pfitzenmaier) Hoff, who were born in Wurtemberg, Germany, in 1814, were married in the Fatherland, and came to the United States in 1835. Mr. Hoff became a wholesale boot and shoe merchant at Philadelphia, where he died in 1891, aged seventy-seven. Mrs. Hoff died in 1861, aged forty-seven. They had seven sons and two daughters, of whom only four are living. Henry Herman Hoff, the sixth son in order of nativity, attended the public schools of Philadelphia until he was twelve years old, and then took up the battle for bread on his own account. He spent six years in acquiring a knowledge of the butcher’s trade and business, in which he has been employed almost continuously since, latterly as the proprietor of extensive interests in that line. He was at Chicago four years, until after the great fire of 1871, of which he has a vivid...

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Biography of William M. Winn

WILLIAM M. WINN. – Although the subject of this sketch has not been domiciled within the borders of Union county a sufficient length of time to be called a pioneer, still he has been here long enough to thoroughly demonstrate to all that he is a man of capabilitities and enterprise and favored with those qualities that make the upright man and substantial citizen, while his industry and thrift are apparent, as well as his good judgment and financial foresight. On December 28, 1858, he was born to Thomas G. and Phoebe (Orton) Winn, in Springville, Utah, and there he was reared on a farm and attended the public schools during his boyhood days. The family removed to Idaho and later returned to Utah, whence they went to Colorado and from that place Mr. Winn came to Union county. It was in 1898 that he settled here purchasing a farm of three hundred and twenty acres about twelve miles south from Lagrande. He also owns one hundred and sixty acres of fine timber, making his entire estate four hundred and eighty acres. His home place is well improved and is one of the valuable farms of the county. He is enterrising and industrious and is very successful in raising stock and the fruits of the soil. Mr. Winn started in this world for himself when he was nineteen years...

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Biography of Bishop Wilford W. Clark

Wilford Woodruff Clark, bishop of the Montpelier ward in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, has risen by successive steps from deacon to elder, from elder to one of the seventy, thence to the office of high priest and finally to that of bishop. As a member of the seventy he performed a mission in the south, principally in North Carolina, where he met with great success in establishing churches. In civil life he is known as Hon. Wilford Woodruff Clark. He was elected, as a Republican, to the third Idaho state legislature, of which he was an active and useful member. He introduced the bill giving the state legislature its present membership: one senator from each county and representatives according to population, and was influential in securing the passage of the bill which gave the franchise to women. Bishop Clark was born at Farmington, Davis County, Utah, February 2, 1863. His forefathers were among the first settlers of our American colonies and were prominent in fighting the fight of liberty and in making our primitive national history. Ezra T. Clark, his father, was born November 25, 1823, in Illinois, where Bishop Clark’s grandfather was a pioneer, and married Mary Stevenson, who had the unique distinction of having been born on the rock of Gibraltar, in 1825. They were converted to the faith of the Church...

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Biography of Samuel J. Rich

A representative of the legal fraternity and a well known business man of Idaho Falls, Samuel J. Rich has spent his entire life in the west and is thoroughly identified with its interests and progress. He was born in Centerville, Davis county, Utah, May 1, 1860, his parents being Charles C. and Emeline (Grover) Rich, natives of Kentucky and New York, respectively, and pioneers of Utah of the year 1847. In 1864 they removed from Utah to Bear Lake county, Idaho, Mr. Rich being the pioneer and first while settler in Bear Lake valley. In the common schools of Bear Lake County, Idaho, Samuel J. Rich acquired his preliminary education, which was supplemented by a two-years college course in Provo City, Utah. On completing his literary education he took up the study of law, in 1886, and after familiarizing himself with many of the principles of jurisprudence was admitted to the bar in 1889. The following year he was appointed county attorney of Bear Lake County, serving until 1893, and at the same time was identified with the industrial interests of that locality. In connection with others of the family he built the first roller mill in Bear Lake County, and was the general manager of the enterprise until his removal from the county, in 1893. In the fall of that year he took up his residence in Cache...

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Conley, Thalia (Lyman) Mrs. – Obituary

Cove, Union County, Oregon Mrs. Burl Conley, 71, Cove, died at a local rest home Saturday, June 22. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 25 at 2 p.m. at the Daniels Valley Chapel with the Rev. Clarence Kopp officiating. Burial will follow in the Island City Cemetery. Mrs. Conley, daughter of Solon E. [and] Luella Ward Lyman, was born in Provo, Utah, January 4, 1897, and lived all except two years of her life in Union County. She was married to Burl Conley at Walla Walla, Washington, in 1937, and was a member of the Sportsmens Club in Cove. Survivors include the widower, Burl Conley, Cove; one son, Ben Garity, White City, Oregon; one daughter Nadine Simpson, Portland; two sisters, Gladys Fenton, Portland and Hilda Lowry, Coulee City, Washington; three brothers, Grant, Paul, [and] Clay Lyman, all of Spokane, Washington; four grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Those who desire may contribute to the Oregon Heart Fund in memory of Mrs. Conley. Observer La Grande, Oregon Monday, June 24, 1968 Page 8 Contributed by: Tom Childers Portland,...

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Eddy, Jennie Webb – Obituary

Union, Union County, Oregon Jennie Webb Eddy, formerly of Union, recently of Yakima, Washington, died at the latter place, Tuesday, September 14, of uraemic poisoning, and was buried from the L. D. S. Church, Union, Sunday, September 17, at 1 p. m. Jennie Webb was born at Payson, Utah, December 23, 1896, and at the age of five years moved to Oregon with her parents, locating at Union, where she lived continuously until last spring. She was married June 29, 1915, to Ernest Eddy, and then moved to North Yakima, Washington, where she lived until Thursday, September 14th, when she passed a way as above noted. She leaves a husband and five-months old son of her immediate family to mourn her loss. Jennie Webb was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Webb well known residents of this county, and leaves besides six brothers and 3 sisters, all residents of the county, excepting a brother who lives in California and another who resides in the State of Washington. Mrs. Eddy was a member of the L.D.S. Church. No date given on obituary Contributed by: Larry...

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Wood, Nevada Mrs. – Obituary

Mrs. Nevada Wood Stricken By Death Mrs. Nevada Wood, aged 70, resident of Baker county intermittently for more than 30 years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W.H. Myers, in North Powder at 7:30 o’clock Monday morning. She was the victim of a heart attack and died while dressing. For some time Mrs. Wood had been suffering from asthma but was apparently in good health otherwise. Mrs. Wood was born in Provo, Utah, August 5, 1855. Her husband, B.F. Wood died in Reno 11 years ago. Surviving are two daughters Mrs. W.H. Myers of North Powder, and Mrs. E.L. Kirkley of Salt Lake City; a sister, Mrs. Arinda Watson of Park City, Utah, and six grand-children. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon from the W.H. Meyers residence. Burial was in North Powder cemetery. North Powder News Saturday, October 17,...

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Harris, Harold Reed – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Harold Reed Harris, 82, of Sacramento, Calif., and formerly of La Grande died Oct. 26 from complications of pneumonia. There will be a reception for friends to visit with his family Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Loveland Funeral Chapel. A private family memorial service will follow on Saturday. Mr. Harris was born Nov. 9, 1923, in Fort Duchesne, Utah, to Leonard Reed Harris and Martha Kitchen Harris, the seventh of eight sons. He spent his entire childhood in the Uintah Basin region and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1940. He served in the Navy in the Pacific region during World War II. After the war, he attended Brigham Young University, where he met and married Velma June Schmidt on June 10, 1946, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. He and his wife were the parents of five children. He graduated from the University of Utah in 1952. The family then moved to Portland, where he taught school for several years, then returned to Provo, Utah, where he obtained a master’s degree in counseling from BYU. He spent more than 30 years in education, as a teacher and then as a counselor, particularly in the Parkrose School District. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in every organization of the church. He and his wife...

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Westenskow, Carol – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Carol Westenskow, 83, of Salt Lake City, Utah, and formerly of La Grande, died Jan. 6. A funeral service is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Island City. Dedication of the grave will follow at the Summerville Cemetery. Mrs. Westenskow was born Dec. 28, 1923, in Provo, Utah, to Newbern Isaac Butt and Ethel Cutler. She graduated from high school in Provo and went on to attend Brigham Young University. On Mar. 10, 1944, she married Ronald Westenskow of Imbler. Following World War II, they returned to Union County, where they raised five children, living first in Imbler and later in the Mount Glen area north of La Grande. She lived in Salt Lake City for the last several years. Mrs. Westenskow was involved in many activities during her life. She was very active in the LDS Church, the county extension program and 4-H. She enjoyed travel and visited Europe, China and the Middle East. She was a dedicated wife and mother and devoted much of her time to giving her family a happy and nurturing home. She was also the family historian and could usually be seen with her camera taking pictures of the big and the small moments in her family’s life. These she used to create books of remembrance for each of her children....

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Hopkins, Olin Moore – Obituary

Olin Moore Hopkins Olin Moore Hopkins, 88, of Utah and formerly of Union County, died Feb. 21 in Provo from complications due to cancer. Funeral services are planned for 1 p.m. Saturday at the Cherry Ridge Ward Chapel, 1100 South 250 West (Loafer Canyon Road), in Salem, Utah. Family and friends may call from 11:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. prior to services at the church. Interment will be in the Salem City Cemetery. Mr. Hopkins was born July 11, 1923, to Rev. Benjamin Franklin Hopkins and Mary Ann Cadow Green in Terral, Okla. He was a WWII combat veteran of the Navy and served in the South Pacific. He fought in nine major battles and numerous small battles. After the war, he met Margaret Ann Hunt in Baker City. They were married June 5, 1949, and had three children. Since 1961 Olin has served faithfully in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was a pioneer in the grass seed business in the Grande Ronde Valley, trading in a worldwide market. He was also prominent in the bulk fertilizer business. He enjoyed prospecting and mineral extraction. Survivors include his children, Renee Stewart of Payson, Utah, Olin V. Hopkins of La Grande and Mark L. Hopkins of Minersville, Utah; 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; and one sister. He was preceded in death by eight siblings. Condolences may be...

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Nebecker, Ida – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Ida Nebeker Ida Nebeker Lyman, 96, of La Grande, died June 2 in Cedar Hills, Utah, at the home of Marsha and Ken Hildebrandt, her daughter and son-in-law. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1802 Gekeler Lane. Viewing will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., as well as before the funeral service, from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Monday. Ida was born March 25, 1911, to Joseph Wiley Nebeker and Annie Helen (Lindsay) Nebeker in La Grande. She grew up in the Mount Glen area. Her father died when she was 9, and she and her siblings helped their mother run the family farm. Ida worked to put herself through college and became a teacher. One of her jobs was working at the Hot Lake Resort making pastries. Because teaching jobs were not available at the time, she moved to Salt Lake City and began working at Salt Lake Knitting, soon working her way up to be the supervisor. In Salt Lake City she met Mark Lyman, and they were married Nov. 30, 1940, in the Salt Lake Temple. They lived in both La Grande and Salt Lake City and had two daughters. Mark died in 1944, four months before their third daughter was born. Ida...

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