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Woodcock, Ruth F. Metsker Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now Ruth F. Woodcock, 86, of Baker City died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center. A memorial service was held 11 a.m., Monday, Jan. 26, at Gray’s West & Company Pioneer Chapel. Sister Kay Marie Duncan of Pathway Hospice officiated. A reception was held at the home of Woody and LaVelle Woodcock. Ruth was born Aug. 31, 1917, at Weatherby to Charles and Martha (Meyers) Metsker. She lived her entire life in Baker County except for a period during World War II when the family lived in Vancouver, Wash. She married Sam Woodcock in June of 1936. One of her greatest joys was helping people anytime help was needed. Family gatherings were also very special times for her. Ruth was a member of the Rebecca Lodge and the Methodist Church. She is survived by two sons, Woody Woodcock and wife LaVelle and Bob Woodcock and wife Pam all of Baker City; two daughters, Marjorie...

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Cook, Etta Lorene Hilbert Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Etta Lorene Cook, 89, a long-time Baker City resident, died Feb. 22, 2003, at her home. Her memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Ralph Holcomb will officiate. There will be a reception at the Baker City Eagles Aerie, No. 3456, 2935 H St., after the memorial service. Etta was born Jan. 20, 1914, at Pine Town to Roy E. and Hazel L. Schultz Hilbert. Her grandmother, Mary Marr, came to Pine Valley in a wagon in 1812. Etta was one of five daughters. Her sisters were Ruth, Mary Jane, Georgia and Leota. She was educated at Pine Valley and through her life experiences. On Sept. 4, 1932, she married Ralph William Cook at Kilgore, Texas. After their marriage, Etta went to work for various organizations including Boeing Aircraft, as manager of the cafeteria at Ordnance Depot Hermiston, and in the shipyards at Vancouver, Wash. She worked for 17 years at Tektronix and was a housewife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. Etta and Ralph had a daughter, Hazel Erlene. They took in many children to give them a loving home when the need arose. She returned to Baker City in 1972 from Hillsboro after the death of her husband, Ralph. Etta was a member of the Baker County Sheriff Possettes, the Eastern Oregon Chapter of the...

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Gongliewski, Olivia Alsada Dillard Mrs. – Obituary

Olivia Alsada Gongliewski, 71, of Newberg, a former Baker City resident, died Feb. 21, 2003, at her home. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Attrell’s Newberg Chapel. Chaplain Greg Sealander will officiate. Committal will be at 2:30 p.m. at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. Visitations were Sunday and until 8 o’clock tonight at the Newberg funeral home. Olivia was born on Sept. 25, 1930, at Spokane, Wash., to William and Elma Moten Dillard. She grew up and attended elementary school in the Kooskia, Idaho, area before moving to Portland in 1942. She graduated from high school there and attended two years at PolyTech. She became a practical nurse and raised her family. In 1965, she was employed at Tektronics where she continued to work for 21 years. She married Leonard Gongliewski at Vancouver, Wash., on April 2, 1970. They lived at Aloha for 23 years. In 1986 Olivia retired. She moved to Baker City in 1991 where she lived for 10 years before moving to Newberg. Olivia was a very good Christian. She loved music and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 3048, and the American Legion, Post 41, Auxiliary. She loved sewing, was an exceptional cook and an avid gardener who really loved roses. She loved camping, fishing, deep-sea fishing and was very much an outdoor person. Survivors include her husband,...

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Tumwater, Vancouver, Port Townsend, Washington

Tumwater, the initial point in the ‘history of the settlement of Puget Sound, was incorporated in Nov. 1869. In time it numbered more manufactories than any other town on the Sound. Vancouver and Early Settlers Vancouver was the fourth town in size in western Washington, having in 1880 about 3,000 inhabitants. It was made the county seat of Clarke County by the first legislative assembly of Washington, in March 1854, its pioneers, both English and American, long retaining their residences. Among the early settlers were James Turnbull, born in England, came to Washington in 1852, and with him William Turnbull, his nephew, long known in connection with steam boating on the Columbia. Both died in 1874. P. Ahern, born in Ireland, came to Vancouver with troops in 1832. Was elected county auditor in 1855, and representative in 1857. Stephen P. McDonald, born in Illinois, came with the immigration of 1852 to Washington. Engaged in printing, and was publisher of the Vancouver Register for a time. He represented Clarke County in the legislature in 1869, after which he was city recorder and clerk of the city council. He died Oct. 24, 1876. J. S. Hathaway, a native of New York, removed to Michigan when young, married in that state in 1847 and came to Clarke County in 1852. He was active in the volunteer service during the Indian war, and...

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Coles, Roger Duane Obituary

Haines, Oregon Roger Duane Coles, 86, of Vancouver, Wash., and a former Baker and Haines resident, went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003. A celebration of life ceremony was held to honor him on Saturday, Jan. 25. The service was held at 3 p.m. at Felida Baptist Church located in Vancouver, Wash. Born in Haines, on June 2, 1916, he graduated from Haines High School and later attended Brooks Institute of Photography. He received an Honorary Master of Science in Photography from Brooks in 2001 for representing “our craft with diligence, fortitude, honesty, service, and many long hours of untiring workÉ” He served in the South Pacific in World War II. He married Glennie Opal Putman on Jan. 3, 1945, who survives him. In addition to his wife of 58 years, his three children – Larry Coles of Kootenai, Idaho, Carol Brown of Vancouver, Wash., and Merry Schwartz of Carol Stream Ill., survive Duane. He also has ten grandchildren and seven great-grand children. He attended Felida Baptist Church in Vancouver. He found his lifelong profession as a professional photographer to be very rewarding because he made people smile. He made photographic memories for over a million people, during his lifetime. His photography led him to travel or live in Oregon, Montana, Utah, through the Midwest to Iowa, Idaho and Washington State. He ran his...

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Biography of William R. Anderson

WM. R. ANDERSON. – This well-known pioneer of Clarke county was born in West Virginia in 1822, and there received his education and was apprenticed to learn the working of leather and the manufacture of boots and shoes. Being possessed of a roving disposition, he went out to Missouri in 1848, and the year following took the final step to reach the Pacific. His trip across the mountains was brought about by his hiring to drive a government wagon to Fort Hall. Reaching this point too late to return that season, the commander proposed to the squad of thirty-six men to go on down to Vancouver for the winter. On the Blue Mountains, they floundered through snow up to their armpits, and from The Dalles came down on the ice of the Columbia to White Salmon, and just above the Cascades, camped one night on the rocks in the river to avoid submergence on the shore from the heavy rain. Work was furnished at Vancouver at sixty dollars per month; and, subsequently, Mr. Anderson went to Hunt’s sawmill, near the present Westport, to build the Columbia, the first steamer constructed in Oregon. Coming to Portland, he was married in 1851, and lived on a farm below the town, but in 1854 came to Clarke county, taking the Donation claim four miles north, upon which he has since resided. This...

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Biography of James Birnie

JAMES BIRNIE. – Mr. Birnie was a Scotchman by birth. He was born at Paisley, county Renfrew, Scotland, in the year 1800. In 1816 the ambitious lad left his native health and emigrated to Montreal, Canada. Here, under the tutelage of a Catholic priest, he studied the French language for about two years, at the end of which time he entered the employ of the Northwest Fur Company as one of its clerks, and was sent across the Rocky Mountains to Fort Spokane, where he arrived towards the close of 1818. The fort at this time was in charge of a Mr. Haldin, with whom Mr. Birnie remained for several years. He then went to the Kootenai country, where he was married to the daughter of a Frenchman, a Mr. Bianlien, from Manitoba. Here he spent several years trading with the Indians, buying furs, etc., and then returned to Fort Spokane. In 1821 the Northwest and Hudson’s Bay Company amalgamated as one concern. In 1824 Dr. McLoughlin removed a part of the forces at Astoria up the Columbia river and established Fort Vancouver. During this year, or the beginning of 1825, Mr. Birnie was appointed Indian trader and bookkeeper for the consolidated companies, then known as the Hudson’s Bay Company, and was stationed at Vancouver, where he remained until 1831. He was then sent to the Northwest coast to...

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Biography of Hon. Dean Blanchard

HON. DEAN BLANCHARD. – Among those who have manifested great interest in the welfare of the Pacific Northwest as a whole, and Columbia county, Oregon, in particular, the gentleman above named figures conspicuously. He was born in Madison county, Maine, on December 20, 1832, where he resided on his father’s farm until 1853, when he left for California, reaching that state in December of that year. In April 1854, he came to Oregon, and located at St. Helens, having secured a situation as salesman and book-keeper in a store there. In 1855, he went with the command of Major Haller, which was ordered to the Boise country to punish the Indians who had murdered some immigrants in 1854 on the Snake and Boise rivers. In this campaign several savages were killed; and some eight or nine of those captured, who were found guilty of murder, were hanged. From these scenes he followed the fortunes of the command to California, where it wintered in 1855-56. In the spring of 1856, he was again in the Pacific Northwest, being employed in the quartermaster’s department at Vancouver. After a stay there of about a year he again went back to St. Helens. He was soon elected auditor of Columbia county, which position he held for two years, after which he assumed the duties of county clerk, to which office he had been...

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Biography of William H. Dillon

WILLIAM H. DILLON. – Mr. Dillon, a pioneer of four states of our union, and a perfect example of the frontiersman, whose life story has been recounted in other pages also, was born in Kent county, Delaware, July 4, 1818. His parents were of English and Irish descent, and in 1823 moved west across the Alleghany Mountains to Ohio, then upon the very outposts of civilization. Eight years later they came on to Indiana, locating in Tippecanoe county on the Wabash. The desire, however, of owning and farming his own lands took possession of the elder Dillon, and he pulled up once more, crossing the Mississippi and taking a claim within the wholly uncultivated borders of Iowa. This was in 1837. William Dillon, the subject of our sketch, thus early learned the ins and outs of frontier life, and was deeply impressed with the purpose of being an independent land-owner. The death of his father in 1840, and his own marriage to Miss Harriet Hatten, the daughter of an old Kentuckian, imposed the necessity of hard labor and much economy; and, his health somewhat failing, he determined to come to the Pacific coast, where he understood that the climate was more favorable, and work less exacting. The journey was performed in 1847; and the usual vicissitudes of storms, stampedes, occasional lack of water and feed for animals, and the...

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Biography of Rev. John F. Devore, D. D.

REV. JOHN F. DEVORE, D.D. – Doctor Devore was a native of Kentucky, being born near Lexington, December 7, 1817. He was of French descent, as the name indicates, and owed very much to the pious example of religious parents, who urged him with their last words to be “faithful to his God.” The “Life of Bramwell” fell into his hands at an early date, was read with great relish, and had much to do in molding the shape of his after life. Entering the ministry, he joined the Rock river conference in 1842, Bishop Roberts presiding. He was ordained deacon at Milwaukee in 1844 by Bishop Morris, and elder at Galena, Illinois, in 1846 by Bishop Hamline. In May, 1853, he was transferred to the Oregon conference by Bishop Waugh, and arrived with his family at Steilacoom, Washington Territory, the latter part of August in that year, and entered at once upon his singularly interesting and successful career of ministerial labor on this coast, embracing a period of thirty-six eventful years. While in the Oregon conference, Doctor Devore’s appointments were as follows: Steilacoom two years, 1853-55; Olympia one year, 1855-56; presiding elder Puget Sound district three years, 1856-59; Vancouver two years, 1859-61; The Dalles two years, 1861-63; East Tualitan two years, 1863-65; Milwaukee one year, 1865-66; presiding elder Portland district four years, 1870-74; Vancouver two years, 1874-76; Albany...

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Biography of Catherine S. Davis

CATHERINE S. DAVIS. – One of the beautiful and happy lives among the pioneer women of our state is that of the lady named above. It has, to some extent, been spent amid the utmost dangers, difficulties and privations, but nevertheless has been constantly adorned by works of devotion and benevolence. Hers is a life made beautiful not so much by wealth or technical culture as by patience, fortitude and good works. She was born of Dutch parentage in the State of New York, January 23, 1811. Her father, William K. Sluyter, one of the Knickerbockers, moved to Pennsylvania when she was nine years old, and nine years later to Ohio. In that state she was married at the age of twenty-one to Benjamin Davis. In 1838 they, with their children, moved to Indiana, settling near where Plymouth now stands. In 1847 herself, husband and six children joined the train of Captain Peak to cross the plains to Oregon. The journey was without startling incidents during its earlier sages, with the exception of some annoyance from the Pawnee Indians, and the exaction of toll by them. At Fort Hall, however, the train divided, that portion to which Mr. Davis belonged taking the southern or Applegate route through the desert and Modoc country and the Rogue river valley. Almost from the point of departure from the old track, there were...

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Tigli, Marjorie Irene Foster Mrs. – Obituary

Marjorie Foster Tigli, 73, died Nov. 18, 2002, at her daughter’s home in Fairview. There will be a celebration of life graveside service at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. She was born Marjorie Irene Foster on July 3, 1929, at Halfway, to James and Phyllis Canaday Foster. She lived there until the age of 13, when the family moved to Vancouver, Wash. After attending Shumway Junior High in Vancouver, Marjorie moved back to Halfway and attended Northwest Nazarene Academy where she met her first husband, Bill Sullivan. They were married on Sept. 5, 1945. This marriage ended in 1955. The couple had four children. While living at Salem, Marjorie met Mario D. Tigli. They were married on April 27, 1957, and had three children. The family had lived in the Boring/Sandy area for the last 40 years. Marjorie enjoyed being a homemaker, mother and grandmother. She also enjoyed painting, basketry, gardening, photography, arts and crafts and rock collecting. She had a very optimistic outlook on life. She is survived by her husband Mario; her children, William Sullivan of Vernonia, Trent Sullivan of Vancouver, Wash., Gordon Sullivan of Sandy, Lona Bradley of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Mario Tigli of Sandy, Tony Tigli of Oregon City and Tia Bautista of Fairview; sisters, Betty Clark and Rae Woods; 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by...

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Biography of George Wood Ebbert

GEORGE WOOD EBBERT. – A life of sixty years in and west of the Rocky Mountains, fifty of which have been passed in the Willamette valley, – this is the pioneer record of Mr. Ebbert. As such it is full of interest; and in its further character, as a career of exceptional activity and adventure, it is of thrilling fascination. Although now eighty years of age, somewhat bent and infirm, the fires of manhood still glow, and the mind is still active. He was born in Bracken county, Kentucky, in 1810. When a youth he was apprenticed at Louisville to learn the blacksmith trade. The last year of his time he deemed unnecessary, and was next heard of at St. Louis. At this town of Frenchmen and trappers he enlisted for the Rocky Mountains to serve in the company of Smith, Sublette and Meek, also a youth of nineteen. A year of service in the fir country finished the agreement; and, like the most of the other young men, Ebbert bought an equipment and began life as a free trapper. This continued two years, when Wyeth coming across the continent secured him as one of his company to occupy Fort Hall, which he had built. Life here was not a holiday. On a small stream sixty miles from the fort occurred one of the most desperate fights with the...

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Biography of Mrs. Mary J. Hayden

MR. AND MRS. GAY HAYDEN. – Prominent among the many pioneers of the Pacific Northwest who deserve an enduring place in its history are Mr. and Mrs. Hayden of Vancouver, Washington, whose heroism under the many difficulties that beset the emigrants who broke the way for advancing civilization on this far frontier will seem to generations yet unborn, who are destined to read these pages, more like the dream of the novelist than a recital of fact. Mrs. Mary J. Hayden, who at this writing is a handsome, well-preserved and charmingly vivacious woman, as ready-witted, graceful and gentle as though border life had never been her portion, was born in the year 1830 in Athens, Maine, and spent her early childhood with her grandparents in the town of Cornville in that state. At the age of fifteen Miss Bean emigrated with her parents to the wilds of Wisconsin, where she was married in 1847 to Gay Hayden, one of the well-known pioneers of the Pacific Northwest, with whom her lot was cast; and, in the year 1850, they emigrated to that part of Oregon Territory to be known in future as the State of Washington. In recounting her experiences in crossing the plains with teams of oxen, Mrs. Hayden says; “We traveled leisurely at first, but wearily, as the roads were bad in early spring, and accommodation for ourselves...

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Biography of M. R. Hathaway

M.R. HATHAWAY. – Among the brightest and most popular men on our coast is M.R. Hathaway, adjutant-general of Washington. His character, frank and genial, is strengthened also by a manly reserve and modesty which cause every honor bestowed upon him to repose with double dignity. He was born in Kerkimer county, New York, in 1823. Fitting himself as teacher, he found employment in Wayne county. While still but a youth, he removed with his father to Michigan, where his labors alternated between teaching, and opening out a farm. In 1848 occurred his marriage, Miss Maria Smith, of La Porte county, Indiana, being the bride. Three years later he crossed the continent to Oregon, arriving at Portland in the autumn of 1852; and it was here that their little daughter Mary passed from earth. In 1853, he engaged in business as master of the Stevens’ ferry, substituting horsepower for the oars. In the autumn of that year he removed to Fale’s landing, fourteen miles below Vancouver, on the Washington side, and took a claim, and became master of the postoffice there established. In 1854 he was chosen superintendent of public schools of Clarke county, with but eight votes dissenting, and in 1857 was re-elected without opposition. Declining the office in 1860, he was again elected in 1864, serving the county in that capacity nine years, during which the schools increased...

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