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Location: Weston Oregon

Biography of Hon. William Rufus King

Among those granted representation in this volume, none is more worthy of notice, than the subject of this sketch. As a public spirited citizen he enjoys the confidence of the people and has become well and popularly known, not only throughout Malheur and adjoining counties, but throughout the whole state. On October 3. 1864, near Walla Walla. Washington, David R. King and Elizabeth (Estes) King, became the parents of a boy, whom they named William Rufus. His parents were pioneers of Walla Walla, Washington. Arriving from Arkansas in 1860 his father being captain of a large immigrant train, crossing what was known as “the plains”-the journey being through the dangerous Indian countries between the Mississippi and the Pacific coast. At the age of nine years he moved with his parents to Weston, Oregon, and five years later, in 1878, to Jordan Valley, in this County. After receiving his preliminary education in the common schools, he entered the Agricultural College, at Corvallis, Oregon, where he pursued his studies for three years. He re-turned again to the farm, but in 1889 left it to take up the study of law at the law school in Danville, Indiana. After graduating with high honors in 1891, he was admitted to practice by the supreme court of Indiana, and entered a law office in the city of Indianapolis. H remained there but a few...

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Biography of William Henry Canaday

It is fitting that in a work that purports to accord to the leading citizens of Harney county representation there should be special mention of the well known business man whose name heads this article and who has labored in our midst for a number of years, gaining a good success and making for himself a name and standing which are enviable. Madison Canaday was born in Hillsboro, Highland county, Ohio, on October 21, 1831, and when a boy went with his parent to Illinois and then to Iowa, whence they crossed the plains with ox teams in 1852. They settled in Douglas county, Oregon, the parents taking a donation claim. Later they removed to Yam Hill county. Miss Sarah E. Abbott was born near Springfield, Missouri, in 1842, and started across the plains with ox teams in 1852, having traveled to Texas and returned to Missouri in 1844. The train was a large on and the dreaded cholera attacked them and her father was the first victim to succumb to that terrible disease, passing away on June 9. Before the journey was completed the mother died also, the date being September 30, and she sleeps near where Baker City now stands. Thus from the happy eastern home this child was left an orphan on the dreary plains. She came on to Yam Hill county, Oregon. There she met and...

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Biographical Sketch of J. H. Stanley

J.H. STANLEY. – J.H. Stanley is a native of Missouri, where he was born in 1858. In 1878 he came to the Willamette valley, where he studied for three years, finishing his education. He then went to Union County, Oregon, and taught as principal of the City School at Union for one year. Afterwards he went to Weston, where he taught in the same capacity. he then went to Morrow County, where he took up a ranch in 1883, which he still owns and runs. He commenced teaching in the fall of 1885, and was appointed county school superintendent, and since that time has twice been elected to the same position on the Republican ticket. He was twice a delegate to the Republican ticket. He was twice a delegate to the Republican state convention from Morrow county. He always takes an active part in politics, and is always ready to sanction and aid any movement that tends to the advancement and interest of the country. Mr. Stanley is a married man, and the father of four handsome and bright...

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Action, Jennie Martha – Obituary

Enterprise Jennie Martha Action passed on March 2nd at Enterprise. She was born Feb 7, 1879 at Weston, Ore., daughter of George and Welthy Serelda Kimberly Birdsell. She was married to James E. Action June 24, 1900. He passed on in 1909. Mrs. Action was member of the Rebekahs, VFW Auxiliary, H. O. Club, Past Noble Grands Club and was baptized in the Baptist Church. Memorial services were Saturday afternoon in Booth-Bollman Chapel with Rev. Leslie Bailey officiating. Mrs. Ralph Kay and Mrs. Garnet Best sang “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Abide with Me” with Mrs. Best at the organ. Bearers were Don Graves, Milo Murray, Clarence Shaver, Claude Rennei, Lawrence Rowe and Don Davis. Committal services were in charge of Emerald Rebekah Lodge No. 119. Burial was in the Prairie Creek Cemetery. Rev. Jack Hett of the Lostine Presbyterian Church officiated at the Committal services for Jennie Action. Survivors are her son, John W. Action, Enterprise and daughter, Mrs. Rudolph (Florence Seda), Yakima and sisters Mrs. Esther Wagner, Seattle, Mrs. Walter Kight, Vancouver, Mrs. Hattie Wolfer, Sherwood, Ore., Mrs. Hans Jackson, Portland, Mrs. Clarence Thompkins, Monmouth, Ore., and Mrs. John Harry, Oregon City, Ore. Following the death of her husband, Mrs. Action moved with her two children from Imnaha to Joseph. The children went to school in Joseph and were married here. They lived for a number of...

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Hammack, Stella May – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Stella May Hammack, 96, of Pendleton, died Jan. 13, 2003. She was born March 08, 1906, in Cold Springs to Augustus and Eliza Thompson Stumbaugh. Mrs. Hammack grew up in the Asotin and Imnaha areas. She and her mother often acted as house sitters for homesteaders along the Snake River and as a teenager she worked as a cook in sheep camps and on cattle ranches. In 1927, she married William Hammack of Enterprise, after which they made their home in Wallowa and later moved to Weston. Mrs. Hammack enjoyed sightseeing, going on picnics, reading, spending time with family and friends, and reminiscing about earlier years. She is survived by her daughters, Maxine Prince and Myrna Chavez, both of Pendleton; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and a nephew. She was preceded in death by her husband, William; two brothers, Alfred and Henry Stumbaugh, and a great-grandchild. Graveside services were held Jan. 16 at the Enterprise Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain Thursday January 23, 2003 Contributed by: Dixie...

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Sheets, Margaret Mrs. – Obituary

Joseph, Wallowa County, Oregon Pioneer Woman Dies At Joseph Mrs. Margaret Sheets, pioneer resident of Joseph, passed away Sunday morning, April 12, 1942, following a week’s illness, having been stricken with paralysis Easter Sunday. Margaret Ann Scott was born in Carthage, Mo., Aug. 20, 1854, and died at the age of 87 years, 7 months and 23 days. She came to Weston, Oregon, with her family by ox team in 1866 and later moved to La Grande where on Aug. 7, 1870, she was united in marriage to Adam Francis Sheets. To this union 11 children were born, four of whom survive. They are Mrs. Mable Gates of Union, Mrs. C.A. Collingsworth of Joseph, and Mrs. S.D. Houck of The Dalles, all of whom were present to care for their mother during her illness, and a son, Jacob Sheets of Oakland, Cal., was unable to be present. Mr. and Mrs. Sheets and their children came to Joseph about 1899 where Mrs. Sheets had a restaurant, later building the Sheets hotel which she operated as long as she was physically able. Mr. Sheets had a blacksmith shop. He died Feb. 10, 1919. Mrs. Sheets was a typical pioneer mother, enduring hardships of an early day cheerfully and meeting each day with courage. She was a cheerful disposition, an untiring worker, a loving mother and kind friend. Funeral services were conducted...

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Martin, Grace E. – Obituary

Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon Grace E. Martin, a resident of Prineville since 1974, died Jan. 24, 1988 at the Ochoco Nursing Home. She was 98 years old. Mrs. Martin was born June 19, 1889 at Weston, the daughter of James and Clara (Shaw) Wisdom, who were early pioneers of Wallowa County. She spent her childhood and attended schools in Wallowa County. On Oct. 21, 1908 she was united in marriage to Roy P. Martin in Enterprise. He preceded her in death on Feb 29, 1976. The couple moved to Prineville in 1974 to be near their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. And Mrs. Tom (Edith) Scott. Mrs. Martin was a devoted homemaker and a member of the Christian Church since 1905. She was also a long-time member of the Carnation Rebekah Lodge #157 in Wallowa. She is survived by her daughter, Edith Scott of Prineville and by four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Gerald, in 1965. Graveside services were held Jan. 28, at the Lostine Cemetery, where interment followed. Officiating at the services was Pastor Daniel Trautman of the Christian Church in Enterprise. Prineville Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Those who wish may make memorial gifts in her name to the Ochoco Nursing Home, 950 North Elm St., Prineville, Ore. 97754 Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise,...

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Wart, William, Sr. – Obituary

Promise, Oregon William Wart Sr. William Jay Wart Sr., 75 of Rt. 1, Weston, died May 28, 1985, at St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton. The graveside service was at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Enterprise Cemetery, Enterprise, Ore. The Rev. Edward Morrison officiated. Wart was born July 21, 1909, in Baker, Ore., to Louis and Florence Wilcox Wart. The family moved to Promise, Ore. in 1913. He attended Enterprise schools and then worked with his father and area farmers on Alder Slope, near Enterprise. On Dec. 20, 1935, he married Olive “Dollie” P. Heskett in Enterprise. He worked as a mechanic there. In 1945, the couple moved to The Dalles, living there until they returned to Enterprise in 1947. In 1963, the moved to Athena and Wart worked at the Athena Garage, retiring in 1975. He built a cabin on Weston Mountain where they retired. An outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Athena. Wart is survived by his wife, at home; one son, Bill Wart Jr. of Kennewick; two daughters, Lois Spano of Virginia and Grace Bonavita of Bridgeport, Conn.; one brother, Fritz Wart of San Diego; and three grandchildren. A sister preceded him in death. Valley Herald, Milton-Freewater, OR, Wednesday, 5 June 1985, Page 2. Contributed by Robert C....

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Teel, Orlan Patten – Obituary

Enterprise, Oregon May 24, 2007 Orlan Patten Teel died on May 16, 2007, at his home in Orofino, Idaho. He was 80. Mr. Teel was born on Nov. 20, 1926, to Wilma Ruth Patten Teel and Maurice Charles Teel in Portland. His mother died at his birth and he was raised in Enterprise by his grandmother, Cora Bell Baker Patten. He married LaNita Warnock in 1946. They later divorced. He married Mary Joyce Kattelas in 1958. They later divorced. He married Diana Lee Boire in Boise, Idaho on Aug. 14, 1974, and they made their home in Weston for 24 years where he was very active in the community. He served on the Fire Department and Memorial Hall Board. He ran the family business, D.O.T. Supply, with his wife. He made great efforts to promote the community in various other civic affairs. Mr. Stephens was instrumental in bringing the Bank of Commerce to Weston. In the spring of 1998, Mr. Teel and his wife decided to make their vacation home their permanent residence and moved to Orofino, Idaho to be closer to their youngest son, Anthony Teel and his wife, Stephanie. Mr. Teel is survived by his wife of 33 years Diana Lee Teel; children Bruce Teel, Anthony Teel, Lani Jeanne Sockle, Lori Teel, Julie Frazee, Jacqueline Hall, Gina Lynn Teel, Cindy Teel Miller, Orla Mae Harvey, Gail Brooks...

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Teel, Orlan Patten – Obituary

Enterprise, Oregon May 24, 2007 Orlan Patten Teel died on May 16, 2007, at his home in Orofino, Idaho. He was 80. Mr. Teel was born on Nov. 20, 1926, to Wilma Ruth Patten Teel and Maurice Charles Teel in Portland. His mother died at his birth and he was raised in Enterprise by his grandmother, Cora Bell Baker Patten. He married LaNita Warnock in 1946. They later divorced. He married Mary Joyce Kattelas in 1958. They later divorced. He married Diana Lee Boire in Boise, Idaho on Aug. 14, 1974, and they made their home in Weston for 24 years where he was very active in the community. He served on the Fire Department and Memorial Hall Board. He ran the family business, D.O.T. Supply, with his wife. He made great efforts to promote the community in various other civic affairs. Mr. Stephens was instrumental in bringing the Bank of Commerce to Weston. In the spring of 1998, Mr. Teel and his wife decided to make their vacation home their permanent residence and moved to Orofino, Idaho to be closer to their youngest son, Anthony Teel and his wife, Stephanie. Mr. Teel is survived by his wife of 33 years Diana Lee Teel; children Bruce Teel, Anthony Teel, Lani Jeanne Sockle, Lori Teel, Julie Frazee, Jacqueline Hall, Gina Lynn Teel, Cindy Teel Miller, Orla Mae Harvey, Gail Brooks...

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Wentworth, Eliza Mrs. – Obituary

A Sad Bereavement It becomes our sad duty to announce the death of Mrs. Eliza Wentworth, wife of Wm. E. Wentworth of Cove, which occurred at their residence here last Sunday morning at 8 o’clock. Although she had been in ill health and under treatment for some time past, yet the news of her death was rather unexpected, being the result of a sudden change for the worse notwithstanding the efforts of the best medical skill. Mrs. Wentworth, whose maiden name was Underwood, was born at Winslow Maine, Sept., 1847, and was married on May 25, 1869 to Wm. E. Wentworth at Vassalboro, Me. and in March, 1876 they left there, coming direct to Oregon where they settled at Weston. A year afterwards they came to Cove and built a home here where they have ever since resided. The deceased leaves to mourn her loss, besides her husband and a large circle of friends and acquaintances one brother and three sisters living – Jas. A. Underwood of Lisbon Falls, Me., Mrs. Catherine Lowe of Boston Mass., Mrs. Helen Myrick of Millbank, S.D., and Mrs. Isabel Kavanaugh of Vasalboro, Me. A niece Mrs. Gibbs of Idaho City was expected to arrive last evening. The funeral took place from the residence Monday morning and was attended by a large concourse of sorrowing friends. The services were held at the residence. Rev....

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Trimble-Blank, Bonnie Mrs. – Obituary

Union, Union County, Oregon Bonnie Jean Trimble-Blank, 73, of Weston and formerly of Union, has left this life to start on her next adventure. She passed away March 5, 2006, at St. Mary Medical Center. There will be no services at her request. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt Cremations & Funeral Services, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, Wash., 99362. Bonnie was born Feb. 6, 1933, at Baker City, Ore. She attended grade school at Homestead, Cornucopia and Richland, Ore., along with various other schools. She graduated from Columbia High in Richland, Wash. This is where she met and married her first husband, John Trimble. John and Bonnie were married Dec. 6, 1952. Bonnie became a full time housewife. Although she did have to wait a few years for that first “cloth” diaper to appear on the clothes line, they were there for many years, as she had five children to keep her busy. This is what she enjoyed most family. After John’s death an old family friend introduced her son to Bonnie. This led to her marriage to Alvin Blank in November of 1993. In her younger years, she enjoyed going to her grandparent’s farm to ride the horses. She also did a little hunting with her dad (which she really didn’t enjoy). As she got older, the school dances, basketball and football games were...

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Frison, Donald L. – Obituary

Island City, Oregon Donald L. “Don” Frison, 62, of Island City, died March 30 at his home. Private services will be held at a later date. Don was born Dec. 10, 1945, to Joseph and Alma I. Kluth Frison in Mobridge, S.D. He grew up and attended school in Weston. After his schooling he joined the U.S. Air Force, serving from 1962 to 1966. After his discharge from the service he worked in Portland for the Teamsters Union for 10 years and later for the Operating Engineers Union for 22 years, doing various jobs. He retired from the unions and moved to the Milton-Freewater area where he worked for Koncrete Industries for two to three years. On July 18, 1999, he married Dana VanWagoner in Reno. Don retired in 1999 and moved to the La Grande area. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, woodworking, his family and many friends. He was known to his nieces and nephews as Uncle Tickle. He is survived by his wife, Dana Frison at the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Michael Mathews of Rochester, Wash.; a step-daughter and her fiancé, LeAnne Hughes and Joseph Ricci of Bayville, N.J.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jerry and Dori Frison of Weston and Dick and Sara Frison of Portland; sisters and brothers-in-law, Christie and Jeff Thornton of Rainier, Wash., Linda and Bob Marsh of Pateros, Wash., and Bonnie Morrison...

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Frizzell, Helen – Obituary

La Grande Helen Frizzell, 93, of La Grande, died Oct. 18 at a local care center. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center is in charge of arrangements. La Grande Observer – October 19, 2009 ____________________________________ Helen M. Frizzell 1916-2009 Helen Myrtle Frizzell, 93, of La Grande, died Oct. 18 at her home. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center. Burial will follow at the Summerville Cemetery. Viewing will run from 4 to 6 today at Daniels-Knopp. Helen was born Sept. 8, 1916, to Alonzo C. and Carrie (Bennett) Gillham at Weston. She graduated from La Grande High School in 1935. She worked in the old Grande Ronde Hospital from 1937 until 1942 in the kitchen. During World War II she worked for the Union Pacific Railroad as an operator. After the war ended she married Elton Leroy Frizzell on Aug. 21, 1946. They made their home in La Grande for 31 years. When Elton retired they moved to his parents’ home on Hunter Road near Summerville in 1977. Elton had a massive heart attack on Nov. 28, 1977, and died. She lived on the farm for many years before moving back into La Grande. Helen was a lifetime member of the Jewel Rebekah Lodge No. 96, which was a big part of her life. She joined in...

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Bonham, Wayne F. – Obituary

Wayne F. Bonham, 62, a former Baker City resident, died Sept. 17, 2005, at St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Wash. His graveside funeral was at 3 p.m. today at the Weston Cemetery. Wayne was born on Feb. 16, 1943, at Baker City to Martin Ford and Mary Ann Bonham. He attended local schools and graduated from Baker High School. Later he attended Blue Mountain Community College at Pendleton for two years. He married Linda Eichner and they lived in Pendleton. Wayne worked at various occupations while in Pendleton including the Pendleton Woolen Mills for several years. They moved to Weston and he worked for Lewis IGA and for the past several years he had worked for Suzi’s Handy Mart at Weston. The Bonhams were divorced. Wayne enjoyed the outdoors, bird watching, the mountains, fishing and photography and he had a special interest in cats. Survivors include his daughters, Tricia Givens of Weston and Christine Bonham of Portland; a son, John Bonham of Cle Elum, Wash.; a sister, Cheryl Bonham of Weston; and his grandson, Keifer Givens. Memorial contributions may be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Society or to St. Mary Regional Cancer Center through the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater, OR 97862. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, September 23, 2005 Transcribed by: Belva...

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