Location: Waitsburg Washington

Biography of Richard S. Rutherford

As a man among men, possessed of integrity, ability and perseverance; as a soldier, whose steady and constant service in the struggle for the punishment of treason and the wiping out of the insult to the stars and stripes was valiant and brave; as a business operator, whose wisdom and enterprise have been well manifested: the subject of this sketch stands, and it is fitting that a representation of him be granted space in this volume of Malheur’s history. Richard S. was born in Armagh county, near Bellfast, Ireland, on February 22, 1840, being the son of Thomas and Amelia (Parks) Rutherford, who emigrated to this country when this son was eighteen months old. They settled in Quebec, Canada, whence in 1848 they came to Niagara county, New York. In 1852 they removed to Tuscola county, Michigan, and few years later our subject started in life for himself, his first move was to Scott county, Missouri, where he lived until the breaking out of the Civil War. At that particular time he was in charge of a plantation. On the tenth day of August, 186l, he offered his services to fight the battles of the nation, enlisting in Company H, Eighth Missouri Volunteer Infantry, being in the Fifteenth Army Corps under General Logan and in Sherman’s Division. He went in as a private and helped with good will to...

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Conner, Sidney George – Obituary

Wallowa, Oregon Sidney George Conner died on May 3, 2005. He was born Dec. 5, 1930, in Wallowa to Robert and Jennie Conner. Mr. Conner graduated from Wallowa High School in 1948. He was class valedictorian and played football and basketball. Shortly thereafter, he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving in the Korean War, and was discharged in 1955, after four years of service as an Aviation Electronics Technician. He married Joyce Thomason on Nov. 24, 1955. He then attended Boise State College for two years, where he also played football. He transferred to the University of Washington, where he earned his degree in pharmacy in 1959. Mr. Conner worked for eight years as the head pharmacist at Thrifty Drug in Walla Walla, Wash. In 1968, the Conners moved to Waitsburg, Wash., after purchasing a drug store and pharmacy there. Mr. Conner received several awards for professionalism and community involvement. He served on the Waitsburg City Council, the Waitsburg Lions Club, volunteer ambulance and the Waitsburg Commercial Club, where he was president for a period of time. He was a member of the Waitsburg Presbyterian Church. In 1995, he sold his business and retired to north Richland, Wash., to be closer to family. Mr. Conner enjoyed skiing, hunting, fishing, bicycling and, especially, golfing. He golfed year-round, four days a week, never using a cart. Mr. Conner is survived...

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Conner, Joyce Lee – Obituary

Wallowa, Oregon Joyce Lee Conner died Aug. 29, 2006. She was 71. Mrs. Conner was born April 4, 1935, in Wallowa. She graduated from Wallowa High School in 1953. She did all of the artwork for her high school yearbook, was a song leader, a member of the student council, and was the basketball homecoming queen. She enjoyed hours of horse back riding with friends. After graduating from high school, she earned her certificate to become a dental assistant in Walla Walla, Wash. On Nov. 24, 1955 she married Sid Conner, her brother’s classmate from Wallowa High School. They were married for 49 years until his death in May 2005. The couple moved to Seattle. Mrs. Conner worked as a dental assistant, while her husband attended pharmacy school. In 1968, they moved to Waitsburg, Wash. after purchasing the drug store and pharmacy. She worked as a sales associate for many years until she retired in 1995. Mrs. Conner was active in many organizations in Waitsburg, Wash. She was a Blue Bird leader, a Camp Fire Girl leader, a Sunday school teacher, and a Jr. High Church Group leader. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church. She was also involved with Friends of the Library, as well as the P.E.O. organization. After their retirement in 1995, Mrs. Conner and her husband bought a house in north Richland in order...

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Bault, C. H. – Obituary

Summerville, Union County, Oregon Funeral services for Charles Herbert Bault were held yesterday afternoon at the Summerville chapel, conducted by Rev. Ray Hug. Burial was at Summerville. Mr. Bault was born September 3,1884 at Waitsburg, WA. and died in a La Grande hospital Sunday at the age of 62 years, most of which has been spent in this vicinity. He leaves his wife, Ellen; a son, Jackson, a brother, Roy in La Grande; his mother, Mrs. J. I. Bault, of Imbler and other relatives. Eastern Oregon Review. December of 1945 or January 1946. Contributed by: Holly...

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Moberly, Cora “Lois” Speelman Mrs. – Obituary

Cora “Lois” Moberly, 78, of Milton-Freewater and a Haines native, died Sunday, Nov. 20, 2005, in Walla-Walla, Wash. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 26, at 10 a.m. in the chapel of the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater. Private burial will be in the Milton-Freewater Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Alzheimer’s Association, or to the Diabetes Association through the funeral home. Lois was born Dec. 15, 1926, in Haines to LeRoy and Lela Cross Speelman. She received her schooling in Haines, North Powder and Baker City. She married Joseph D. Moberly on Sept. 30, 1946, in Baker City. They lived in Baker City; Waitsburg, Wash.; and Independence for the most part of their marriage. She was a cook and waitress at various restaurants in those areas. For a time they were property managers for various apartment complexes in the Tri-Cities. Mr. and Mrs. Moberly moved to Milton-Freewater in 1980 to help care for her mother. After the death of her husband in 1983, she lived in Pasco for a time with her son. She came back to Milton-Freewater in 1990 and lived with her sister, Marjorie McAlliser and later moved to Fran’s Place in 2004. The most important thing in her life was her family. All the family dinners were at her house for many years. They had several foster...

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Speelman, Claude L. – Obituary

Claude L. Speelman, 90, of Hermiston, a former Haines resident, died Jan. 30, 2003, at St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Wash. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the chapel of the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home at Milton-Freewater. Pastor Richard Wright will officiate. Private interment will be Wednesday in Mount Hope Cemetery. Claude was born Oct. 27, 1912, at Haines. He was the son of LeRoy and Lela Cross Speelman. He married Janet Pettie at Weiser, Idaho, in 1939. He worked construction and the couple moved a lot when their children were young. He later worked ranches in the Baker Valley. They lived for several years at Waitsburg, Wash., until their oldest son died in a sawmill accident in 1959. Later, they moved to John Day. His wife died in 1966. Claude moved back to Dayton where he married Edna Quigg. She died in 1991. He moved to Hermiston where he had lived with his daughter and son-in-law, Lela and Don Key. Survivors include his two daughters, Lela Key of Hermiston and Pat Chappell of Milton-Freewater; a son, Michael Speelman of Madras; three sisters, Marge McAllister and Lois Moberly of Milton-Freewater and Jewel Wright of Nampa, Idaho; 11 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. He also was preceded in death by his son, Joe LeRoy Speelman in 1959; and a daughter who died at birth in 1948, Ellen...

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Biographical Sketch of Thomas Baker

THOMAS BAKER. – Mr. Baker was born in Bullitt county, Kentucky, in 1832, being the son of George C. and Elizabeth Miller Baker. When he was eighteen months old his parents moved to Hancock county, Illinois. He remained in that country until the spring of 1852, being employed on his father’s farm. In the spring of this year, he started with his older brother across the plains to California, and arrived in the Golden State in August, 1852. For ten years he was actively engaged in mining, and was among the number who made the stampede to the Florence mines of Idaho. For one season he dug gold there, and for the succeeding two years in the Boise basin. Changing his business to that of packing from Umatilla Landing to the mines in Idaho, and afterwards on the route from Lewiston, he spent six years to good profit. Coming to the more civilized portions of our state, he selected a home at Waitsburg, and for three years was engaged in the livery business. Subsequently he took the mail contract from Walla Walla to Pen d’Oreille Lake, a distance of 175 miles. His means of locomotion were ponies exclusively. The following year he leased the old Brown ferry on Snake river, and conducted this business until 1875, when he purchased an interest in the livery business of C.B. King, of...

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Biography of Anderson Cox

ANDERSON COX. – There has never lived a man in the Northwest more worthy of commemoration than that pioneer of 1845, Anderson Cox. He was born near Dayton, Ohio, in 1812, of Quaker parentage, and moved with the family to Indiana in 1830, and claimed a share in the home formed on the Wabash river at Attica. He was married in 1836 to Miss Julia Walter, and in 1840 removed to New London, Iowa. In 1845, with his wife and four children, he made the journey to Oregon, and was in the company of immigrants who endured the privations and rugged experiences of the “Meek cut-off”. At the Des Chutes, the crossing of this turbulent river was effected by drawing the loaded wagon-beds over as ferries by means of ropes. Two canoes served to convey the family and their goods from The Dalles to a point known as Parker’s cabin, on the Lower Columbia. A return to The Dalles from this point was attempted, with flour for the immigrants still coming, and with the purpose of bringing down the wagons left at the mission. The journey, however, was discontinued at the Cascades, as there the flour was all given away to hungry parties coming from above, and as news was received that the wagons had been burned by the Indians. Returning to the Willamette, he found work and an...

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Ingram, Marion Sue Teeter Mrs. – Obituary

Haines, Baker County, Oregon Marion Sue Ingram, 88, of Haines died May 13, 2006, at Medford. Her graveside memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Haines Cemetery, overlooking her home of 60 years. Deacon James R. Watt of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at the Haines Methodist Church hall. Marion was born on Aug. 28, 1917, at Waitsburg, Wash., to Thurman S. and Meda Prim Teeter. When her family later moved to Imbler, she attended high school there, graduating in 1935. She attended Eastern Oregon Normal School at La Grande (Eastern Oregon University). She earned a degree in secretarial science from Draper’s School of Commerce at La Grande in 1937. She married the love of her life, L.M. “Bud” Ingram, on Nov. 14, 1939, at La Grande. They spent most of their lives together operating the family ranch near Haines, which they bought in 1946. Marion moved to a retirement center at Medford in 2001, and loved being able to be near her daughter. A loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother, and a wonderful homemaker, Marion was very creative and artistic, discovering a talent for oil painting in her later years. She loved playing bridge and was a longtime member of the Town and Country bridge group. She enjoyed making rugs, needlework, dancing and traveling. Marion had...

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MacPherson, Alice Marie Ensminger Mrs. – Obituary

Union, Oregon Alice Marie Ensminger Mac-Pherson, 82, of Union died Oct. 15, 2002, at a La Grande care facility after a brief illness. There will be a memorial service in the spring and burial will be in the Union Cemetery at Union. Arrangements are under the direction of Loveland Funeral Chapel 1508 Fourth St., La Grande. Alice was born Feb. 7, 1920, to Herschell R. and Harriett M. Ford Ensminger at Baker City. The family lived at Granite for several years before moving to Pondosa where she attended public school. She was a 1938 graduate of Union High School. In 1939 she married Donald Franklin MacPherson. The couple lived at Palouse, Wash., Gig Harbor, Wash., and Waitsburg, Wash., before returning to Union in 1944. While living in Union she and her husband owned and operated The Union Republic newspaper for many years. Survivors include her daughter, Marcia DePatie, and her husband, David Hudson DePatie, of Sisters; son, Scott MacPherson, and his wife, Jan, of Las Vegas, Nev.; brother, Robert Ensminger of Klamath Falls; half sister, Sally Gerbing Hardin of Klamath Falls; half brother, Dustin Gerbing of California; grandchildren, Matthew MacPherson and Lisa MacPherson, both of Las Vegas, Nev., Troy MacPherson of Yorba Linda, Calif., and Seth MacPherson of Las Vegas, Nev.; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, who died...

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