Location: Vancouver Washington

Ahma, LaWanda Estelle Lambeth Mrs. – Obituary

LaWanda Estelle Lambeth (Ahma), 87, was born on Nov. 14, 1918, and passed away peacefully, surrounded by loving grandchildren on March 3, 2006. She lived in Michigan, Calif., and Oregon until the passing of her second husband, Lt. Col. William F. Lambeth on April 12, 2003. She then moved to Vancouver, Wash., to live with her grandchildren, Pamela and Roger Spence. She is survived by 20 grandchildren, and 33 great-grandchildren. Special thanks to Dana Parker, her caregiver, for the loving treatment she provided to our grandmother. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Joseph Chaf; mother, Addie Becker; children, Anne Kirkland, April Martin, and David Chafy. We want to thank Bill Guynn, John Jamieson, Nicola Kowalscyzk, Lisa Spencer, Trina Verwey, LA Wanda Cramberg, Larry Martin Jr., Jim Mackay, Dana Phernetton, and Deborah Blackwell for surrounding grandma with love as she passed. We also want to thank Southwest Washington Hospice for all their advice and support. In memory of LaWanda, please give love and caring support to your own grandparents, parents, and children. Visit your grandparents often and lend them a helping hand. Arrangements by Coles Funeral Home of Baker City, Ore. Used with permission from: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, March, 2006 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Shreffler, Clem – Obituary

Clem Shreffler, 96, of Prairie City, a former Baker City resident, died Feb. 6, 2006, at Prairie City. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Darrell Johnson of Grace Chapel at Prairie City and Ed Niswender of Calvary Baptist Church at Baker City will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will until 7 o’clock tonight at the funeral home. Clem E. Shreffler was born to Ferd and Mary Shreffler in Culdesac, Idaho, on Feb. 22, 1909. Clem was the fourth of six children in the family. At the age of 5, Clem and the family moved from Culdesac to Durkee. When Clem was 10, the family moved from Durkee to Baker City, where he completed the eighth grade and then worked a variety of labor and carpentry jobs over several years to help support the family. Clem eventually found a job with the Moura Sheep Ranch at Durkee, where he continued to work for several years. In 1932, Clem met the love of his life, Lucille Justice of Enterprise. They were married on April 8, 1933. Together they worked their way through the Great Depression, Clem as a sawyer at the Oregon Lumber Co., and Lucille as a bookkeeper for Montgomery Ward. On July 11, 1936, their first child, Dale, was born. Nearly four years later,...

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Smith, John D. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon John D. Smith, 96, of Baker City died Nov. 21, 2000, at his home at Baker City. A family memorial service will be scheduled later. Disposition was by cremation at Gray’s West Pioneer Crematory. Mr. Smith was born on May 2, 1904, at Elkhart, Ind., to Joseph and Florance Denny Smith. His family homesteaded at Molt, Mt., in 1908. He made Billings, Mt., his home in his youth. He played basketball for his high school team there. He enjoyed many firsts in the early part of the century, from automobiles to airplanes, golf and tennis. He loved to travel and was one of the first to use the Columbia River Gorge Highway in Oregon. He was a banker for the Security Trust and Savings Bank at Billings before going to work for International Harvester in credit collections. He was a salesman for the company in his later life and enjoyed it very much. Places he called his home included Park City and Billings, Mt., and Idaho Falls, Twin Falls, Boise and Caldwell, Idaho. He lived at Caldwell for 14 years. He also had lived at Vancouver and Battleground, Wash., Salt Lake City and at Portland, Lincoln City and Baker City. His interests were in people of the simple life, travel in rural areas, gardening and seeing places of interest. He was particularly fond of Sumpter and...

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Brothers, Gloria A. Newall Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Gloria Brothers, 78, of Newberg died Friday, Aug. 23, 2002, at her home. Attrell’s Funeral Home of Newberg was in charge of arrangements with inurnment in Valley View Memorial Park in Newberg. Mrs. Brothers was born Nov. 1, 1923, in Port Angeles, Wash., the daughter of Evah and Edgar C. Newall. The family resettled in the Newberg area where landmarks like Newall Road and others record the family’s influence in the community. After graduation from high school in Vancouver, Wash., she attended the University of Oregon to obtain a degree in English. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. She married Samuel A. Brothers Dec. 16, 1945, in Newberg. After a year in Roanoke, Va., during which she taught English at the National College, they returned to Newberg to establish a hardwood floor contracting business. In 1953, Mrs. Brothers joined the Newberg Graphic newspaper where she served as society editor until 1957. For the next three years, she and her husband were active miners on gold claims in Baker County, after which her husband began a long career in the pressroom of The Oregonian in Portland. In 1964, Mrs. Brothers rejoined the Newberg Graphic as assistant to the publisher, a post she held until 1983. Still an ardent miner, she joined Western Consolidated Mines Inc. of Baker City in 1986, serving as vice president,...

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Biography of S. P. Marsh

S.P. MARSH. – This leading citizen of Vancouver, Washington, was born in Ohio in 1826. At Cleveland he received his education and learned the trade of a blacksmith. At the age of twenty-four the stories of fabulous wealth on the Pacific, and an invitation from a special friend, started him across the continent for Oregon. He was in the great emigration of 1850, when it is said one hundred and eighty thousand persons were on the plains. Heavy luck struck his party on the Platte. Not far out they were surrounded by a thousand Pawnee Indians, and were given ten minutes to surrender all they had. They had a captain who is described as “not afraid of the devil.” He asked the company if they would fight or give up. They replied they would fight; and he therewith gave the Indians preemptory notice to leave within five minutes; and fifty leveled rifles enforced his demands. The Indians began to whimper and beg for “muck a muck,” – a sure sign that they were cowed. A second order only was needed to send them flying. On the Upper Platte the scourge of cholera broke out; and Mr. Marsh fell under the ravages of the disease. His case was approaching the last stages, – the ice water; and the terrible pains just before the fatal cramping were beginning. Lying in his...

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Biography of John Marshall McCall

JOHN MARSHALL McCALL. – Among the substantial and favorably known residents of Southern Oregon, none have occupied a more useful place in the upbuilding of the state since the days of its infancy than the gentleman whose name is the heading of this brief memoir. His is one of those aggressive, go ahead dispositions that is an example of that time-honored adage, that “God helps those who help themselves;” and his whole life has bristled with instances of this belief. A man of strong convictions and honest prejudices, scorning hypocrisy in all things and in his dealings with friend, foe or the world at large, all his actions are guided by fairness, honesty and affability. Being of such a nature, success has come to him, and also a popularity among those who have had the good fortune to become acquainted with him. By birth he is a Pennsylvanian, having been born in Washington county in that state on January 15, 1825. In 1840 he became with his parents a pioneer to the then territory of Iowa, settling in Louisa county. From thence he emigrated “the plains across,” via the ox-team route to Oregon. His headquarters during the first winter after his arrival was at the old capital, Oregon City. From there he made excursions to different parts of the valley, and made inquiries relative to locations not visited. The...

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Biography of Napolean McGilvery

NAPOLEON McGILVERY. – The life of this pioneer is full of interest, and embraces many of the most interesting occurrences on the coast, particularly the campaign of Frémont’s little band, which secured California to the union. Mr. McGilvery was born in the Lake of the Woods, Upper Canada, at the Hudson’s Bay post, his father being for many years an officer in that company. In 1839 he came to Vancouver with a considerable party, and was occupied in the service of the company until 1844, when he left the British and became his own American master on Howell’s Prairie. In 1846, upon the outbreak of the war with Mexico, he went to California, and at Sonoma joined the American volunteers, who soon crossed San Francisco Bay and were incorporated in Frémont’s forces. He took part in that belligerent captain’s various military excursions, going on board the Sterling to make an attack at San Diego, but returning with that ship upon the news being received at sea that the American forces had suffered defeat at San Pedro. He was in the campaign all the way from Monterey to Los Angeles, and was at the capture of San Luis Obispo. The next year he was with Commodore Stockton, crossing the plains to Missouri. After a short stop at the Missouri river, he came back in 1848 to Vancouver, but immediately left...

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Biography of Dr. W. C. McKay

DR. W.C. McKAY. – One by one the pioneers who braved the wilderness and its dangers, in order that their posterity might enjoy the fruits of their hazardous conquests of the domain of the savage are passing away. As the poet sang of the valorous knights of the days of chivalry, “Their souls are with the saints, we trust,” so, at no distant day, will the same be sung o’er the graves of the last of the pioneers. So, while yet alive, let us honor them as they deserve to be honored; and when dead let their deeds be recorded with loving remembrance on the pages of history. Of the old pioneers who still exist, Umatilla county can claim but a few. Prominent among them is Doctor William C. McKay, who, together with his father and his grandfather, figured conspicuously in the eventful early history of the State of Oregon. His father, Thomas McKay, was born in Canada. When he had grown into a lusty lad of some fourteen summers, he, together with his father, Alexander McKay, then a partner of the millionaire, John Jacob Astor, left for Oregon to establish a trading-post. The expedition sailed in the ill-fated ship Tonquin, and arrived at the mouth of the Columbia, the beauty of whose rolling waters and massive cliffs were then known to none but the savage. In 1812, the...

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Biography of William Ranck

WILLIAM RANCK. – This representative citizen of Clarke county was born at East Waterford, Pennsylvania, in 1829. At the age of five years his parents moved to Huntington county in the same state, one and one-half miles from Shade Gap postoffice, where he received the common-school education of that early time which consisted chiefly of the “three R’s.” At the age of seventeen he went to Shirleysburg to learn the trade of a wagon and carriage maker. After some years of employment at Germantown, and at other points in Pennsylvania and Virginia, on the 1st day of April, 1852,he left his father’s home for the West, going via Pittsburg and the Ohio river through Illinois to Dixon on Rock river. He spent the winter at Petersburg, and from that place, having concluded to go to California in company with Albert Simons and James Davis, fitted out a wagon with three yoke of oxen to cross the plains. Early in March, 1853, they struck out across the prairies, crossing the Mississippi at Burlington, and the Des Moines river at Martin’s ferry, twenty miles below Fort Des Moines. There he found Mr. Harrison B. Oatman, now a resident of Portland, Oregon, and his wife, with his brother Harvey and his wife. Waiting there, as it was yet too early in the season to make the start, the company was organized. After...

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Biography of James H. Raley

JAMES H. RALEY. – Prominent among the pioneers of Eastern Oregon may be mentioned this gentleman whose name and portrait appear here with, and who now sits as joint senator in the Oregon legislature from Umatilla and Morrow counties. He was born in Nebraska City in 1855, and as a boy, in 1862, crossed the plains with his parents, arriving at Portland at a time so early in the history of that metropolis as to find an excellent spot for camping near the present site of the St. Charles Hotel. A year later the family found a location at Vancouver, but in 1864 selected the grassy, virgin hills of the Umatilla as their permanent home, thus antedating Pendleton, and even the organization of the county. James gave early attention to books, and occupied himself in teaching, and during vacations went on freighting expeditions to Idaho. He completed his education at the State University, and in 1877 became one of the early builders of Pendleton by removing to the then little village and opening out a drug business, operating under the firm name of Raley & Scott until 1880. To build or rather to protect a town in those days not only required much faith and enterprise, but even actual fighting. It was in 1878 that the Bannacks, whose numbers were augmented to nearly one thousand by renegades from several...

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Brown, Sandra Nadine “Sandy” Larson Mrs. – Obituary

Sandra Nadine “Sandy” Brown, 58, a resident of Clark County, Wash., since 1989, and a former Baker City resident, died Oct. 31, 2001, at a Portland hospital. Her memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Vancouver Funeral Chapel. Mrs. Brown was born on Sept. 7, 1943, at Baker City. She was a 1961 Baker High School graduate. She moved to Woodland, Wash., in 1968 and to Vancouver, Wash., in 1989. She was employed as a production worker for several companies in the area. She enjoyed her family and friends, flowers and trips to the mountains and the ocean. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lars and Mary Larson; and a son, Michael Brown. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Sherie and Mark Webb of Vancouver, Wash.; sisters, Audrey Moser of Portland and Carol Snyder of Salem; sister-in-law, Georgia Larson of Vancouver, Wash.; three brothers, Lars B. Larson of Vancouver, Wash., Barrie Larson of Phoenix, Ariz., and Kenneth E. Larson of San Francisco; and two grandchildren, Kyndra and Brad Webb of Vancouver, Wash. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 2505 E. McLaughlin, Vancouver, WA 98661, or to Kaiser Permanente Hospice. Arrangements are under the direction of the Davies Cremation & Burial Service. Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, November 2, 2001 Transcribed...

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Biographical Sketch of Dr. William Proebstel

DR. WILLIAM PROEBSTEL. – Few among our early residents have been more serviceable to society than the gentleman whose name appears above. He was born in Germany in 1829, and is the son of a wine-grower. He received his primary education in the old country, and at the age of thirteen migrated to America, locating in Missouri, remaining there ten years, and receiving from the common schools the rudiments of an English education. He also took a course in dentistry. In 1852 he crossed the plains to Oregon, locating at Portland. The next spring, with two brothers, he purchased the present site of Albina. In 1855 Mr. Proebstel was one of a party of independent scouts who figured in Clarke county during the Indian troubles of 1855-56, after which he removed to The Dalles, engaging in the grocery business, which he conducted eighteen months. In the fall of 1857 he bought a section of land six miles from Vancouver, and engaged in farming. In 1861 he married Miss Lucinda F. Nessly, who crossed the plains with her parents in 1852, and made her Oregon home at Scappoose. He removed to the Grande Ronde valley in the fall of 1863, and located a mile north of La Grande, where he has resided ever since, and now owns five hundred and twenty acres of land well improved and stocked. He made...

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Biography of Judge Columbia Lancaster

JUDGE COLUMBIA LANCASTER. – Judge Lancaster, one of our earliest and most eminent judges, was born at New Milford, Litchfield county, Connecticut, on the 26th of August, 1893. His father was of Quaker descent, and settled in Ohio at an early date. Columbia read law under Whittlesy & Newton in Ohio. The Whittlesy of the firm was the honorable Elisha who was a long time in Congress, and afterwards held office in the auditor’s department under both Whig and Democratic administrations with no charge of his political sentiments. He though almost as much of his student Lancaster as of his own children. When the young man determined to go West, Mr. Whittlesy gave him letters of recommendation to prominent men, among others to the governor of Michigan, Lewis Cass. Having gone to Michigan (which was then out West) Mr. Lancaster was kindly received by General Cass and entertained by his family. The governor urged the young lawyer to remain in Michigan; but he, desiring to see Chicago before settling down, remained but two weeks, and then started for that embryo city. He was, however, suddenly taken sick near White Pigeon in St. Joseph county, and during the long sickness which followed there was treated with such kindness that he determined to locate himself there permanently. He accordingly established himself there in his profession at Centreville, which afterwards became the...

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Biography of Hon. Eugene Semple

HON. EUGENE SEMPLE. – Eugene Semple was born June 12, 1840, at Bogota, South America, his father being at the time the Minister of the United States at new Granada. Coming with his parents to Illinois, his youth was spent in Madison and Jersey counties of that State. Attending the common schools of the latter county, he finished his education at the St. Louis University in 1858. Commencing the study of law in the office of Krum & Harding, in St. Louis, he afterwards attended the Law School of the Cincinnati College, where he graduated in 1863, taking the degree of LL.B. General James Semple, of Illinois, father of Eugene Semple, took a prominent part in the movement that caused the Oregon country to be settled by Americans, and thus saved to the Unite States. He made speeches at Springfield, Illinois, in 1842, and at Cincinnati in1843, taking strong grounds in favor of “fifty-four forty or fight.” Afterwards, when a United States Senator from Illinois, he was an ardent supporter of the same policy, and introduced a resolution to terminate the treaty of joint occupation with Great Britain. The speeches and conversations of his father, and the accounts of the Oregon country given by the fur traders of St. Louis, awakened in young Semple a strong desire to go to the far West and it was with difficulty his...

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Graves, Vina Lynn Mrs. – Obituary

Vina Lynn Cronk Graves of Vancouver, Wash., died on July 21, 2001, four days short of her 99th birthday. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a memorial service for her on Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church, 2130 Fourth St. Mrs. Graves was born on July 25, 1902, at Ord, Neb. Her family settled at Emmett, Idaho, in 1906 and she grew up there. She was a school teacher at Lookingglass for two years and homemaker, teacher and school volunteer for 40 years in Idaho. She was married to Kent W. Graves in 1926, and was the mother of two daughters. Mr. Graves and her daughter, Coleen Phillips, preceded her in death. She lived in Baker City for a number of years. She had lived with her daughter, Loreta Wood at Vancouver, Wash., since 1984. Survivors, in addition to her daughter, include two granddaughters, Wendy Ricks and Kelley Heizer, and five great-grandsons; E. Merrill Cronk of Bremerton, Wash., one of her 13 brothers and sisters; and a number of nieces and nephews. Memorials contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 2130 Fourth St., Baker City, OR 97814. Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, August 8, 2001 Transcribed by: Belva...

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