Location: Washington County MN

The Stillwater Messenger, 1861-1874

The 135 issues of the Stillwater Messenger placed online by the Minnesota Historical Society comprise of 1 issue per week (multiple issues are present in each film) of a period from 1 Jan 1861 – 4 Dec 1874. There is a gap in the issues here presented, and that is from 11 Mar 1868 – 09 Dec 1870. This is the period of time in which the Stillwater Messenger was published as the Stillwater Republican.

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Biography of Tams Bixby

When historians of the future write of the state of Oklahoma, or recite the romance of the American Indian, they needs must tell the story of Tams Bixby. Above his signature five great Indian nations ceased to be, one hundred and one thousand red-men foreswore allegiance to their tribal chieftains to become citizens of the United States and twenty-one million acres of Indian hunting grounds were made ready for admission to the Union. It was in 1897 that Tams Bixby left Minnesota, where he had gained national prominence as chairman of the Republican state central committee and came to Indian Territory with a portfolio from President McKinley as a commissioner to the Five Civilized Tribes. Here in the Indian Territory the people of the five tribes the Choctaws, Chickasaws, Cherokees, Seminoles and Creeks were making their last stand against the advancing civilization of the white man. Driven from their homes in Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi they had migrated hence with great fortitude and suffering to a land that had been promised them “as long as grass grows and water flows.” Already they had adopted the white man’s modes of living in a rough wild way but they clung, with the fidelity of their fathers, to their tribal forms of government. Each nation owned its land in common, each red-man squatted upon that ground which best pleased him and there...

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Cornwell, Thora Jean – Obituary

Joseph, Oregon Thora Jean Cornwell, 78, of Joseph, died at the Wallowa Valley Care Center in Enterprise Sun Dec. 12. She was born in 1926 in St. Paul Minnesota to Oliver and Caroline Castle. Mrs. Cornwell has been married to Jack Cornwell for 41 years. During which time she worked in a school cafeteria, moving from Vancouver, Wash to Wallowa Lake. She enjoyed sewing and traveling with her husband. Mrs. Cornwell is survived by her husband Jack Cornwell of Wallowa Lake, son Ted Hisel of Vancouver, Wash, daughter Joyce Schultz of White salmon, and daughter Jody Ogden of Colton. Other survivors include seven grandchildren Sarah, Joel, Becky, Jeremon, Mario, Amanda and Nicole; one great-grandson Austin and one great-granddaughter Aimee. Services will be at the Bollman Funeral Home Friday at 11:00 a.m. Donations go to Wallowa Valley Care Center. Wallowa County Chieftain, Thursday, December 16, 2004 ____________________________ Thora Cornwell Joseph 1926-2004 Thora Jean Cornwell, 78, of Joseph died Dec. 12 at a care center. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Friday Dec. 17 at Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise. A private burial will be at Prairie Creek Cemetery, Joseph. Mrs. Cornwell was born Dec. 6, 1926, to Oliver and Caroline Reiten Castle in St. Paul, Minn. She married Jack Cornwell and they were married for 41 years ago. The couple lived in Vancouver, Wash., where she...

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Comstock, Chester Glen – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Chester Glen Comstock, 56, of La Grande, died Dec. 5 at a care home in La Grande from complications of cancer. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hillcrest Cemetery. Loveland Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements. Born May 15, 1950, in Seattle, Chester spent his childhood in St. Paul, Minn., graduating from high school and attending vocational school there, where he participated on the wrestling team. He married and had two children, and was then inducted into the Army, where he served in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged in 1974. He divorced and moved to Oregon in the mid-1970s. He joined the LDS Church where he met and married Melada Lee Doney on May 10, 1983. In 1989 the couple moved to Pendleton for 15 years, returning to La Grande in 2004. Mr. Comstock was a devoted husband, a hard worker and a good friend. He enjoyed gardening, animals and mechanics. He is survived by his wife, Melada, of La Grande; a son, Travis; and a daughter, Amy, of St. Paul, Minn.; and a sister, Linda Wesley of Coon Rapids, Minn. The Observer-Obituaries for the week ending Dec. 9, 2006, Published: December 9,...

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Sager, John Robert – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon John Robert Sager, 84, of Baker City, died Aug. 30, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Lutheran Church, 1734 Third St. Pastor Dennis Marttala will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at the church. John was the first baby born at Bates. He was born there on Oct. 21, 1918, to Jack and Clara Sager. During his younger years he moved with his family to sawmill towns from Stillwater, Minn., to Glenwood, Wash., where he finished the seventh grade. The family then moved to Pondosa, where he completed the eighth grade and graduated from Union High School in 1937. John worked for Collins Lumber Co. in Pondosa for 21 years. During that time he spent a year in the U.S. Army receiving an honorable discharge in 1943. When the mill closed in Pondosa, John moved to Baker City in 1959 to work for Ellingson Lumber Co. He spent his working years as a lumber grader and finished his last years as head grader. John enjoyed the outdoors and spent most of his free time camping, hunting, and fishing. He especially enjoyed camping and fly-fishing in the Eagle Caps, hunting for chukars or deer on the breaks of the Snake River, and bait fishing on the Powder River. When John wasn’t enjoying the outdoors he...

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