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Biography of Hugh J. Downey

HUGH J. DOWNEY – With enlarging zones of practice wherein Dr. Downey has made his abilities as a physician and his value as a citizen evident and welcome for the pact decade, he has likewise established a wide range of enduring friendships because of an optimistic personality and his advanced methods and usages of the profession, at his medical office and home in Pittsfield. He is a son of Hugh J. and Sarah (McCann) Downey. Hugh J. Downey was born in Manchester, New Hampshire, December 5, 1882, and the family removed to Adams, Berkshire County, during Mr. Downey’s childhood. He there attended grammar and high schools and afterwards, in preparation for his chosen vocation, matriculated at the Baltimore Medical School, now incorporated with the University of Maryland, where he graduated in the class of 1910, with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. Mr. Downey left in June, 1924, for six months of special and post-graduate studies at the University of Dublin, Dublin, Ireland. He was resident physician at Grace Hospital, Detroit, Michigan, for two and one-half years, and then began the practice of his profession at Pittsfield. He is a member of the staff of the Boylard Memorial Hospital, a member of the American Medical Association, the Massachusetts Medical Society and the Berkshire County Medical Society. and is affiliated with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Pittsfield. He...

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Biography of Daniel B. Cowie

Daniel B. Cowie. In an article on other pages of this publication will be found some account of the salt industry in Kansas and some mention of the more prominent mines and companies. One of the most striking figures in the development of the salt industry in Kansas was the late James Cowie, Sr., and the above named is a son of that salt pioneer and is now general superintendent of the Independent Salt Company at Kanopolis. The Cowie family are Scotch people, and in Scotland they were also identified with mining. The grandfather of Daniel was George Cowie, who spent his life in Scotland and was a successful coal contractor. James Cowie, Sr., was born in Stirlingshire, Scotland, in 1839. He grew up and married there and from an early age was a coal miner. Prior to his coming to America he was general manager for one of the largest coal companies in Scotland, having supervision over ten diffierent coal properties. On coming to the United States in 1884 he entered the employ of the H. C. Frick Coal Company at Connellsville, Pennsylvania. James Cowie, Sr., came to Kanopolis, Kansas, in 1889. The credit is given him for originating the salt mining industry of Kansas and he was known in the press and to the general public as the “salt king.” As manager of the Royal Salt Company...

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Webb, Manning “Dutch” – Obituary

Manning “Dutch” Webb, 88, of Union, and a former Baker City resident, died March 21, 2002, at his home. His funeral will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. in La Grande, with the Rev. Doug Hale officiating. Burial will follow at the Union Cemetery. Visitations will be Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Mr. Webb was born Dec. 19, 1913, at Detroit, Mich., to Burt and Zoe Jaycott Webb. He attended school in California and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He moved to Union in 1963 and worked as a master upholsterer for many years. He was a member of the American Legion in Baker City and enjoyed fishing, gardening, hunting mushrooms, and working with his hands. He built bear chairs for kids. Mr. Webb is survived by his children: Manning Webb of Union, LaRhea Bowden of Clear Lake, Calif.; Theron Webb of Mukielio, Wash., Jim Ritchie of Tacoma, Wash., Art Ritchie of La Grande, Hazel Hagen of Vancouver, Wash., and Jeannie Peacock of Baker City; 24 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-granchildren; a sister, Ola May Long of Clear Lake; and other relatives. His companion of 42 years, Helen Romig, died earlier. Contributions in Mr. Webbs memory may be made to the Grande Ronde Hospital Home Care Services, in care...

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Biographical Sketch of Lawrence E. Caviness

There is a special pride that we can take in tracing the career of one of the sons of Oregon, who has gained his education and training in this section and who has wrought out a success for himself that manifests him as a man of ability and business force. Such a one is the subject of this sketch and we are pleased to accord his representation in this volume both because of his bright achievements, that have placed him as eminently successful in the industrial world, and because of his qualities of moral worth and intrinsic value that have constantly shown in his walk. Mr. Caviness was born on August 8, 1869, in Old La Grande, Union County, being the son of John L. and Cassie E. Caviness, pioneers of the Grande Ronde valley. Our subject received his training at the hands of a wise and capable father and in the schools of his native place, completing it in the Alma Business College in Detroit, Michigan. He remained an inmate of the parental home until he had reached manhood’s estate and then stepped forth into action for himself on the plane of life’s duties. His first venture was to engage in the butchering business in partnership with his father. They established their headquarters in La Grande and had branch shops at Island City and Hillgard. For five years...

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