Location: Vernon County WI

Biography of Hon. Isaiah W. Hope

Hon. Isaiah W. Hope is one of the most prominent men in Malheur County today, and he has been a leader here for many years, having started in the mercantile business with his brother in an early day and building up one of the mammoth establishments of the west, while also in many lines of industry he has brought the fine talent of which he is possessed into play with the gratifying result that he has achieved a general round of success in the realm of merchant, general developer of the country, organizer of the Vale Commercial Company, promoter of various leading industries of the County, banker, and representative of his County in the state legislature, in which latter position he has the distinction of being the only man who has received a second term at the hands of the people; thus it is seen that Mr. Hope is deserving of a prominent mention in the history of Malheur County, where he stands esteemed by all both for his work and for his own intrinsic worth. Isaiah W. was born in Brookville, Vernon County, Wisconsin, September 28, 1861, being the son of George W. and Emeline (Williams) Hope. His father was one of the martyrs of the Civil war, enlisting in the Twenty-fifth Wisconsin Volunteers in the spring of 1862 He was under Sherman in the siege of Vicksburg,...

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Biography of Milton G. Hope

It is with pleasure that we are enabled to incorporate in the volume of the history of the County of Malheur an epitome of the career of the estimable gentleman, careful and capable business man, and sturdy pioneer of this section, since he is a man of ability, has shown commendable zeal in the development of the country, has gained’ a handsome holding in this County, is a man of sound principles, and well known for integrity and uprightness. The birth of Mr. Hope occurred in Brookville, Vernon County, Wisconsin, on August 31, 1859 his parents being George W. and Emeline (Williams) Hope. The account of the father’s noble service in the war of the rebellion, the mother’s moves to Kansas and so forth, are mentioned in another portion of this work and need not he repeated here. Our subject was educated in the common schools and later took a course in the Institute at Atchison, Kansas. He went with his mother to Kansas, Brown County, in 187o, in 1873, went to Norton County, and in 188o he went to Colorado, and the following year, his brother, Isaiah, mention of whom is made in this book, came and they went into partnership, in which they have continued since. In 1882 they came to Wood River, Idaho, and the next year they came to Malheur County, each entering a homestead...

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Wisconsin Gold Star List – Vernon County

Army Berger, Rudolph, 29, Westby; pvt 311amtn; overseas; dd (pneu) Oct 11, ’18. Boneger, John, 25, Genoa; b France; pvt 16fa; dw Aug 13, ’18. Brettingen, Selmer Robert, 21, Cashton; pvt 161depbrig; U. S.; dd (pneu) Oct 3, ’18. Burton, Edward A., Hillsboro; 1Lt 128inf; Hill 230, near Reddy Farm; dw Aug 9, ’18. Christianson, Bertinius, 24, Viroqua; pvt 58inf ; kia Jy 18, ’18. Dahl, Bennie C., 25, Viroqua; pvt 33inf Camp MacArthur Sept rpldrft ; overseas ; dd (pneu) Oct 12, ’18. Faundeen, Carl Erick, 28, Alstad; pvt 53depbrig; U. S.; dd (pneu) Oct 7, ’18. Field, Martin, 30, Westby; pvt 161depbrig; U. S.; dd (pneu) Sept 29, ’18. Ghelfi, Philip, 28, Genoa ; pvt 47inf; kia Jy 30, ’18. Gibney, Clark E., 25, Hillsboro; pvt 341inf; kia Oct 17, ’18. Gilbertson, Arthur S., 22, Coon Valley; pvt Camp MacArthur Sept rpldrft; overseas; dd (pneu) Oct 10, ’18. Hamilton, Warren, 22, Viola; pvt rctco, Jefferson Barracks, Mo.; U. S.; d (sunstroke) Aug 13, ’18. Hanson, Henry, 26, m, Westby; pvt 161depbrig; U. S.; dd (pneu) Oct 1, ’18. Harris, Elmer G., 26, Viroqua; pvt 342inf; overseas; dd (pneu) Oct 23, ’18. Helgeson, Albon M., 22, Genoa; pvt 343inf; overseas; dd (pneu) Oct 19, ’18. Hoff, Clarence N., 23, Westby; pvt 1cl 11inf; St. Mihiel; kia Sept 12, ’18. Hokland, Arthur, 23, Westby; pvt 333mgbn; U. S.; dd...

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Biography of George B. Keeler

There is no man who has taken more active and helpful part in the development of Bartlesville and Washington county than George B. Keeler. He has resided in this section of the state from early pioneer times and was adopted into the Cherokee tribe in 1872. He understands the sign language of all of the Indian tribes and speaks the Osage tongue. He has been in a way a connecting link between the Indian life and customs of an early day and the modern civilization and progress. His business activity has covered a wide scope, leading directly to the improvement, settlement and up building of this section of the country, where he has lived from pioneer times, Nelson F. Carr being the only white man who has resided in this part of the state for a longer period. Mr. Keeler came to the southwest from Illinois, his birth having occurred at Hennepin, Putnam county, February 7, 1850. His father, Alson Keeler, was a native of Kyler, Courtland county, New York, and in an early day removed to Illinois, where he resided until 1856. He had followed merchandising in the quaint old town of Hennepin. on the Illinois river, but when his son, George, was a lad of six years he removed with his family to Vernon county, Wisconsin, where he remained for about a decade, devoting three or four...

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Hunt, Violet M. Geddes Mrs.- Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Violet M. Hunt, 78, of Baker City died Feb. 16, 2003, at her home. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Ralph Holcomb of the Baker City Christian Church will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at the Senior Center, 2810 Cedar St. Visitations will be from noon to 8 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at Gray’s West & Co. Gray’s West Pioneer Crematory will conduct the cremation after the funeral. Violet was born on June 2, 1924, at Vernon County, Wis., to Alec and Nellie Watson Geddes. She graduated from high school at Grandview, Idaho, as the class salutatorian in 1942. During high school, Violet dated a young man by the name of Ross Hunt. The couple married very soon after Violet’s graduation in Mountain Home, Idaho, on June 15, 1942. Ross and Violet spent their entire lives in the Northwest, living in Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. Violet was a Little League and Boy Scout mom and was always involved in community programs and organizations, some of which included the Red Cross, Baker County Possettes and the Baker County Search and Rescue. She also was very active in the grange and, at one time, the Haines United Methodist Church and more recently, the Baker City Christian Church. Violet was...

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