Location: Whatcom County WA

Biography of Capt. Henry Roeder

CAPT. HENRY ROEDER. – In this veteran of the early times, as well as of the war of 1856, we have a representative of the men who first opened business on the Sound. As such he merits somewhat extended notice. He was born in Germany on July 4, 1824, his parents being John and Martha Roeder. He is connected by family ties with the great European events of the early part of the century, his father having been a soldier under Napoleon, and having fought in the battle of Waterloo. Not wishing to bear arms for Louis, nor rear his son to fight his battles, he with his family came to America when Henry was but seven years of age, and settled at Vermilion, Ohio. The nautical experience of the young man began on Lake Erie; and before he was twenty he was master of a schooner. In 1849 the gold fever of California reached his locality; and he made up his mind to take a run out to the mines, and be back in a year’s time and take charge of a fine vessel in process of construction on the Vermilion river. It was twenty-two years before he had seen enough of the West to think of looking back again to life on the lake. The journey was begun February 23, 1850. The two six-mules teams, two wagons...

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Biography of Neri L. Ackles

NERI L. ACKLES. – A man of broad experience in the business world, gained by practical contact with the different lines of enterprise in the northwest, the subject of this sketch is today one of Union county’s prominent and capable farmers and stockmen, whose ability has wrought for the advancement of the welfare of all, while he has prosecuted with vigor the industries that have come to his hand, gaining the reward of wisely bestowed labor in the land of resources and fertility. In Linn county, Missouri, Neri L. first saw the light and July 30, 1860, was the time of this important event in his career, while his parents are George and Louisa I. (Walker) Ackles, who essayed the tedious and dangerous journey across barren and heated plains and rugged and hard mountains to find a home place in this western land, in 1865, bringing their family with them. They came direct to the Grande Ronde valley and the father purchased a squatter’s right to a quarter section and homesteaded it and settled down to build a home from the raw land. Our subject received his first educational training from the primitive country schools and then matriculated at the Blue Mountain University, from which he took his degree in June, 1881. At that time he returned to his father’s farm and spent one year there and then repaired...

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Lee, William Max – Obituary

William M. Lee, who came to Whitman County in 1872 from Walla Walla, died at his home in this city Tuesday evening [June 16, 1925], surrounded by his wife and four surviving children. He suffered an attack of pneumonia about two weeks ago and due to his advanced age of 77 years the after effects proved fatal. Funeral services were held from the Baptist Church Thursday at 2 p.m., Rev. W. P. Osgood, a former pastor coming from Albany, Oregon, to officiate, assisted by the new pastor, Rev. J. L. Peringer. Mr. Lee was an active member of the finance committee which made possible the erection of the present modern church structure from which he was buried. Colfax business houses closed for a half hour during the services. Honorary pallbearers were J. L. Strevy, F. N. English, Henry Hickman, Alex Hickman, J. R. Good, S. W. Crumbaker and Charles Stilson. The active pallbearers were John Aegerter, Frank Schreiber, Fred Waldrip, Will T. Smith, Chester Hamilton, Philo Stilson and Miller Stripe. Besides his wife, Tressa, he is survived by two sons, Harvey and Louie Lee of Diamond, and two daughters, Mrs. A. C. Palmer of Walla Walla and Mrs. E. F. Schuldt of The Dalles, Oregon. Mr. Lee was born at Bartholomew Co., Indiana, May 3, 1948. A year later his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. G. Lee moved to...

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Cooke, Claude Paul – Obituary

Funeral services for Claude Paul Cooke, 62, of Bellingham and formerly of the Colockum and Entiat, will be held from the Jones and Jones Chapel, Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock. The Rev. George W. Pratt of Entiat will officiate, and interment will be in the Wenatchee Cemetery. R. E. Patterson will sing, with Miss Carolyn Sterling at the organ. Mr. Cooke died in a Bellingham Hospital Friday evening, following an illness of two years. Born July 4, 1882 in Ellensburg, he grew to manhood there and was married to Emma Storey in 1908 [1909] at Wenatchee. He lived for many years on the Colockum and at Entiat until 1937, when he moved to the coast. He is survived by his widow, his mother, Mrs. Edwin N. Cooke, of Bellingham; two sons, George E. of the U.S. Navy, Claude P. Cooke of the U.S. merchant marine; six daughters, Mrs. John Olin, of Entiat, Mrs. Paul Carson of Kirkland, Mrs. Sam Morical of Brewster, Mrs. Arthur Gray, Mrs. Fred Strong and Mrs. Ed Pierce, all of Bellingham; one brother, J. S. Cooke of Bethel, Alaska, and 8 grandchildren. The body was received by Jones and Jones this morning, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. John Olin of Entiat. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Boner, Nellie – Obituary

Joseph, Wallowa County, Oregon Services Held For Nellie Boner Memorial services for Mrs. Nellie Boner who passed away Monday, September 14, 1964, at the Wallowa memorial Hospital were held last Thursday, September 17, at the Bollman Chapel, with the Rev. Douglas T. Field, Pastor of the Enterprise Baptist Church officiating. Mrs. Luella Miller was organist. Casket bearers were: Everett Talbott, Jerry Jennings, Max Gorsline, Malcome Dawson, Elmer storm and Guy Davis with internment in Prairie Creek cemetery. Mrs. Boner was the daughter of Samuel and Ella Foster, and was born on October 27, 1887 in Bellingham, Wash. She came with her parents to Joseph when she was eleven years of age and had continued to live in Joseph with the exception of a few months spent with her son in Medford. For several years she taught in Wallowa County School and for 23 years she clerked in Eben’s mercantile store in Joseph. On June 7, 1908 she was married in Joseph to George Boner who preceded her in death in 1935. She was a member of the Methodist church. She had been in ill health for two years. Survivors include one son, Harold Foster Boner, of Medford; and two brothers, J.B. Foster, of Enterprise, and Lyle Foster, of Joseph. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, September 24, 1964 Contributed by: Sue...

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Wortman, Kathryn Dufur Mrs. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Mrs. J. W. Wortman Dies Very Suddenly Mrs. John Wortman passed away yesterday afternoon, Wednesday January 5, 1927, at the La Grande hospital where she had been taken for an operation for appendicitis. She never rallied from the operation. Kathryn Dufur was born in Waupaca, Wisconsin, April 8, 1884, and came west with her father and the family in 1901, going first to Bellingham, Washington. Afterward they made their home at Kalama, Washington. She was a highly educated and cultured woman and engaged in teaching after she had finished her training. While she was teaching at Enterprise she and Mr. Wortman became acquainted and they were married at Kalama, June 30, 1910. Later they came to Enterprise and made their home for several years. Mrs. Wortman was on the high school faculty and her husband taught part of the time and also was county clerk. They moved to Union where both taught, Mr. Wortman being principal of the grade school. Mrs. Wortman gave up her school work a year and a half ago. Mrs. Wortman was survived by her husband and two children. A daughter has passed away and is buried at Enterprise. Funeral services will be held at union and burial will be in Enterprise. Mr. Wortman said this morning over the telephone he would not know the day and hour of the services...

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Denney, William L. – Obituary

William L. “Bill” Denney, 63, of Champaign, Ill., and formerly of Wallowa County, died Aug. 13 after a long battle with pancreal cancer. Bramley Funeral Home in Champaign is in charge of arrangements. A funeral was held Aug. 18 in Divernon, Ill., with burial in Pawnee, Ill., at Calvary Cemetery. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Sept. 5 at Northside Baptist Church in Vancouver, Wash. A reception and visitation will follow. Bill was born Dec. 14, 1944, to Clifford R. and Mary (Betz) Denney in Spokane. He moved to Oregon in 1948 to the lower Imnaha area. He excelled in school with highest honors and several scholarships. He was grateful to Gardner Locke and Wm. Williams Sr. for help they gave him in high school, especially trigonometry, calculus and other advanced mathematics. He attended Oregon State University where he majored in forest-civil engineering, business administration and mathematics. He received his bachelor of science degree with highest honors. He worked for Bill Hagedorn of Portland as office manager and business manager for three years, then returned to Oregon State for graduate school. He received his MBA with highest honors in 1972. He met and married Arlys Wright in 1968. His daughter, Lanae, was born in 1975 and Rachelle was born in 1978. They lived in a home built at Salmon Creek. They moved to El Paso, Texas, in...

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Gray, Nellie Frances – Obituary

Nellie Frances Gray, 91, formerly of Union County, died Tuesday, May 25, 1993, of natural causes in Spanaway, Wash. A funeral service will be held Wednesday at Unger Funeral Chapel in Silverton. Interment will follow in Belle Passi Mausoleum in Woodburn. Mrs. Gray was born Sept. 25, 1901, in Lenox County, Iowa, to George Washington and Alice Mae Wiley Lemon. The family moved to Lynden, Wash., when she was very young. Her father died there when she was six, and her mother moved the family to Union, where she received her education. She married Ernest Merrell Gray on May 28, 1921, at the home of Dillie and the late Eugene Millering of La Grande. She was appointed post-mistress of Alicel in November 1933 and resigned in August 1939. She and her husband farmed for many years in Lower Cove, and owned and operated laundries in Salem and Vancouver, Wash. In 1956 they moved to Santa Clara, Calif., where she worked at Santa Clara University until she retired in 1968. In 1971 they returned to Woodburn, where they lived until her husband’s death on Dec. 31, 1987. Survivors include her daughters Muriel Ellis of Boise and Darlene O’Mohundro of Silverton; sister Flossie Green of Bend; grandsons T. J. Calvin of Priest River, Idaho and Nathan Calvin of Boise, Idaho; granddaughters Frances King of Silverton, Erna Jacobsen of Roy, Wash., and...

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Bonney, Richard Donald “Dick” – Obituary

Union, Oregon Richard Donald “Dick” Bonney, 91, of Union died June 1. The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday June 8 at the United Methodist Church in Union. Burial will follow at the Union Cemetery. Mr. Bonney was born April 1, 1915, to Richard Herman and Sara Louise Brannian Bonney in Bellingham, Wash. The family arrived in Union on Jan. 5, 1920, via the short track railroad from Union Junction to Union. His father built and ran the fish hatchery on Catherine Creek. He helped transport fingerling trout to the Minam River, drove horses from Union to Halfway, and spent many days enjoying the outdoors. He served in the Navy during World War II, and on July 23, 1946, he married Gertrude “Trudy” Roberts. They moved to Union and spent the rest of their lives there. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping, poetry, art and woodworking. He became a carpenter and cabinet maker but never gave up his other interests. Survivors include many nieces, nephews and other relatives. Memorials may be made to the Union United Methodist Church in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending June 10, 2006, Published June 8,...

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Lockhart, Louise – Obituary

Summerville, Oregon Louise Lockhart, 81, of Summerville died Sept. 13 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A celebration of life is planned for a later date. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Lockhart was born April 26, 1925, to Samuel Schurit and Ethel Macklin VanderJagt in Bellingham, Wash. She attended Pepperdine College in Los Angles, Calif., and married Ray Lockhart on May 3, 1946, in Southgate, Calif. She worked as a purchasing agent at Eastern Oregon University, and was active in her church. She was a member of the Grande Ronde Hospital Auxiliary and the Soroptimists, and enjoyed reading, music, swimming, gardening and being with her family. Survivors include her husband of Summerville; a daughter, Christine Turner Gabbert, and her husband, Tom Gabbert, of Twin Falls, Idaho; a sister Marjorie Bush of Palmer, Alaska; and one grandchild. A brother, Peter, and son, Lance, died earlier. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending Sept. 23, 2006, Published: September 26,...

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Baxter, Phaedra Dune – Obituary

Phaedra Dune Baxter, 62, of La Grande died on Oct. 26. A celebration of Phaedra’s life is planned and the details will be announced later by Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation and Life Celebration Center. She was born Pamela Bernice Bishop on Oct. 13, 1945, to Edward Fletcher Bishop and Bernice May Bedford in Vancouver, British Columbia. She was raised in Sumas, Wash., then moved to Wenatchee, Wash., where she attended grade school. The family moved to Los Angeles where she graduated from Lynwood High School in 1963. There, Phaedra became active in school and community theatre, nurturing a lifelong love of drama and costume. In 1964, she married Lloyd Woolery and they had two children, David and Douglas. During that time, she worked as a draftsman and was diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus, a disease she battled throughout her life and that ultimately led to her death. After a divorce, she married Kenneth Hoke, a chemical engineer. She convinced him to apply for jobs overseas and they moved to Tripoli, Libya, in 1973. Her ability to attract adventure moved front and center, capped by requesting a meeting with Moammar al-Qaddafi after her villa had been appropriated by one of his generals. The upshot was a new villa. She traveled extensively in Europe and maintained a flat in Malta upon her divorce in 1977. She moved to Eureka, Calif., and changed...

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Lee, Ruthella Chaplin – Obituary

Ruthella Chaplin Lee, 95, died Wednesday, May 10 [1989], in Providence Hospital in Centralia. She was born Oct. 3, 1893, in Brownsville, Ore., and was the daughter of Ralph and Sarah [Coshow] Chaplin. Lee attended Bellingham Normal School and was a teacher in the Chehalis School District until her marriage in 1917 to Virgin R. Lee. He died in 1986. She was a life member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a long-time member of the St. Helen’s Club and the Pioneers of Washington. Surviving are a son, William R. “Bill” Lee of Chehalis; three granddaughters; and three great grandchildren. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Maxwell, Fronia Tracey Mrs. – Obituary

Fronia M. Maxwell, 94, a long time Haines resident died Thursday, March 5 at Cedar Manor Nursing Home. Graveside services for Mrs. Maxwell were held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 at the Haines Cemetery. Pastor Lennie Spooner of the Church of The Nazarene, Baker City officiated. Mrs. Maxwell was born October 19, 1897 at Bellingham, Washington a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Tracey. The family moved to Burnt River in 1910 and she also lived in Richland, Nampa, Pocatello, Idaho before moving to Haines in 1937. She married Wallace Maxwell November 8, 1937 at Baker City, Oregon. He preceded her in death in 1969. Fronia cooked for five years on the Railroad crew and then cooked at the Haines School from 1949 until 1964. She is survived by two sons and daughter-in-laws; Ransome and Rhoda Thompson of Gilroy, California and Royce and Jean Thompson of Sodotna, Alaska. Grandchildren, Robert Thompson, Beth Stevens, and Joyce Chesney all of Alaska, Carl Thompson, Alaska, Robin Thompson, Sunnyvale, California, sister, Blanch Thompson, Baker City, Oregon. Eleven great grandchildren, also several nieces and nephews. Those wishing to make contributions in the memory of Mrs. Maxwell, may direct them to the Church of The Nazarene memorial Fund, 1250 Hughes Lane, Baker City, Oregon 97814. The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, March 12, 1992 Contributed by: Belva...

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Gordon, Robert D. – Obituary

Robert D. Gordon, 72, a former Baker City resident, died June 20, 2005, at his home in Sheridan. His memorial service will be Thursday at Sheridan. His ashes will be scattered at Sparta. Bob was born on June 11, 1933, at Sunnyside, Wash., to Harry and Elizabeth Stuber Gordon. When he was 2, the family moved to Richland. When Bob was 6 they moved to Sparta. At the age of 8, Bob helped in the haying. He drove a team of horses, mowed hay and used a buck rake to move hay to the stock yard. He and his sister, Fern, rode horses five miles to school each day, sometimes through 4 to 5 feet of snow. These were very dear times for Bob. He was a 1951 Baker High School graduate. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in January 1952 and served at Pusan, Korea, until February 1954. He was honorably discharged and settled in Pendleton to pursue the tire business he had learned while working at Lew Bros. during his high school days. He moved to the Willamette Valley in 1970 and continued the tire business. After he retired in 2002, he started cutting firewood and selling it on the coast to allow him to spend time in the mountains that he loved so much. He had to give this up three weeks ago when he...

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Pellissier, James Richard “Jim” – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon James “Jim” Richard Pellissier, 74, a longtime Baker City resident, died Sept. 25, 2004, at Boise. His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Sister Kay Marie Duncan of Pathway Hospice will officiate. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception after the service at Community Connection, 2810 Cedar St. Visitations will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Gray’s West & Co. Jim was born on Feb. 9, 1930, at Quincy, Wash., to Oran and Euna White Pellissier. He was raised in logging camps at Tamarack, Idaho, and later on a ranch near Tonasket, Wash. He came to Baker City in 1949, where he has lived off and on since. In 1951, Jim was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served two years in the transport group. He was stationed at Fort Eustis, Va., and at Fort Hood, Texas. From 1954 to 1956 he attended Eastern Oregon College (now Eastern Oregon University) at La Grande and later Oregon State University at Corvallis. Jim graduated with a business degree. After college, Jim went to work for the Edward Hines Lumber Co. outside of Bates and at Baker City. He also had worked for the Forest Service in different areas, first in Baker City then...

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