Location: Whitman County WA

Biography of Rev. Cushing Eels, D. D.

REV. CUSHING EELS, D.D. – Dr. Eells was born at Blandford, Massachusetts, February 16, 1810, and was the son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Warner) Eells. He was descended from Samuel Eells, who was a major in Cromwell’s army, and who came to America in 1661. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now Cushing Eells was brought up at Blandford, became a Christian when fifteen years old, prepared for college at Monson Academy, Massachusetts, entered Williams College in 1830, and graduated four years later. The distance from his home to college was forty-five miles. Twice he rode the entire distance, – when he entered and after he graduated, – twice from one-half to two-thirds of the way; and the rest of the trips he walked too poor to pay his way. Three years later he graduated from East Windsor Theological Seminary, of Connecticut (now at Hartford), and was ordained at Blandford, Massachusetts, October 25, 1837, as a Congregational minister. While teaching school at Holden, Massachusetts, he became acquainted...

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Biographical Sketch of E. M. Kinnear

E.M. KINNEAR. – The mercantile house of Mr. Kinnear is one of the largest and most patronized in this part of the territory. Its owner and founder is a native of Ohio, where he was born in 1856. He came to Washington Territory in 1871 and located on the Touchet, engaging in merchandising. From 1878 to 1880 he was in business at Colfax, but removed in the latter year to Sprague for his permanent home. There he has bought quite a property, conducts a large business and is one of its most prominent citizens. He has served as city councilman one term. His business is that of dealing in general merchandise and farming implements of all...

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Biography of Frank Johnson

FRANK JOHNSON. – The career of this well-known contractor is a clear case of the promotion of merit. He has acquired an enviable position in the business world from simple integrity and excellence of worth. He was born in Holland in 1844, and came with his widowed mother to New York in 1852. He went soon to Buffalo, and there began to learn the trade of a carpenter and joiner. The war breaking out, and an appeal being made to the patriotic young men of the city, he volunteered as a soldier and served gallantly until the close of the struggle, meriting and receiving special mention by the colonel of the regiment. He saw severe work both in the West and South and at sea, and was wounded in a skirmish on the line of the Mobile & Charleston Railway. Being mustered out at Albany in 1866, he returned home and continued his studies as architect with Frederick Scott, one of the master mechanics of the city. In 1874 he began business on his own of the city. In 1874 he began business on his own responsibility, and made a specialty of first-class work and of overseeing construction. Tiring, however, of the city, and desiring to try the real American life of the West, he came to Washington Territory in 1880, and took up a farm in the Palouse...

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Baum, Eva Mae Scott Mrs. – Obituary

Eva Mae Baum, 96, of Tacoma, Wash., a former longtime Baker City resident, died March 21, 2006, at her home in Tacoma. Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2625 Hughes Lane. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Eva Mae Baum was born on July 29, 1909, near Pullman, Wash., to Charles and Edna Scott. She was one of three children. She lived most of her childhood at Spokane, Wash. In 1926, she moved with her mother to La Grande. It was there that she married Jack Stewart in 1930. They moved to Pondosa to live until 1943, when her husband died and she moved to Baker City. She lived here for the next 52 years. In 1946, she married Orville N. Baum in Baker City. They were married for 49 years. He died in 1995. At that time she moved to Tacoma, Wash., to live with one of her daughters. She was a loving wife and mother who spent her life being a homemaker. She enjoyed reading and needlework and she loved to take trips. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was preceded in death by three children, “Bud” Stewart, who died 1954; Loren Baum, who died in 1960; and Phillip Baum, who died in 1968. Survivors include eight...

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Biographical Sketch of Thomas H. Kayler

THOMAS H. KAYLER. – Mr. Kayler, a gentleman of wide reputation, was born in Lenox county, Canada, in 1856, and resided on his father’s farm sixteen years, and afterwards learned the drug business at Napanee. In the spring of 1876 he came to California, and made his first location in Sacramento, where he found employment in the drug store of Justice Gates & Co. The following year he removed to Santa Rosa, coming soon afterwards to Portland. The next summer, in company with Peter Graham, he drove with teams to the Palouse country, and located on three hundred and twenty acres half a mile south of the present city of Pullman, Washington, being among the first settlers in that vicinity. He followed farming until 1884, when he returned to his old business, opening a drug store in Pullman, and conducting it with various intermissions until the fall of 1888. In the above year he sold his first holding, and purchased two hundred and forty acres three-fourths of a mile north of the city. He also owns a large town property in Pullman, and is one of the responsible men of the place, being dealer in real estate. He was married in that city January 1, 1879, to Miss Della Layman. By this union they have two...

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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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Biography of David Marsh

DAVID MARSH. – This excellent gentleman and popular public officer, whose untimely death of recent occurrence was widely noted in the papers of this coast, exemplified in a large measure the frank and amiable qualities which make life happy; and to these he added the rugged force of character and keen intellect which served to make a community prosperous. He was born in East Tennessee in 1844. When a child of two or three years, his parents removed to Iowa, in which state his aged mother now resides. In 1862 Mr. Marsh, having reached the age of eighteen years, joined one of the many wagon expeditions across the plains, and landed in the Walla Walla country, where he spent some eight or nine years in teaming and freighting from Umatilla and Wallula landings on Snake river into the interior as far as Boise City, Idaho. In 1871 he returned to Iowa, remaining in that state a little over a year. It was during this visit home that he met and married Miss E.J. Larwood, sister of J.J. Larwood, the auditor of Whitman county. With her he lived in happiness and contentment until the time of his death. In1872 Mr. and Mrs. Marsh returned to the Walla Walla valley, residing there until 1874, when they removed to this county and settled on a homestead near Almota, where they resided until...

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Biography of W. H. Mastin

W.H. MASTIN. – As a lien upon the gratitude of his fellow-men, one writes a book, another opens a mine, a third builds a house. Each one may do the work for himself, but nevertheless, in recognition of the wants and needs of others, suiting his operations to their tastes and necessities, and finding his chief satisfaction, not so much in the profit that he reaps from his industry, as from the position which he fills in the world of business and society, making himself, his skill and his work, a necessary part of the great whole. It is in this way that businessmen become such great worshipers of the city or region in which they dwell. They have dollars and cents invested there, it is true; but, much more, they find there the real spring of public and fellow feeling which makes civilized life possible. This public interest and love of the community is what makes the difference between enterprise and avarice, between the business man and the miser. Mr. Mastin has enriched and enlarged Colfax, Washington, by the building of the Thielson House, the fine hotel in the city. He is a native of Knoxville, Illinois, where he was born in 1840. A worker, harness-maker by trade, he was already earning his bread when, at the age of eighteen, he left the old hearthstone for Pike’s Peak,...

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Biography of Hon. J. A. Perkins

HON. J.A. PERKINS. – It is a pleasure to see that this widely known and universally respected citizen of Colfax, Washington, the father of the place, is an Oregon man, having crossed the plains to his Western home in Benton county when but eleven years of age. He thus received his education and the impetus of his life on this coast, although he was born in Illinois. In 1861 he came to Walla Walla county, and in 1870 to the Palouse, taking up a claim upon unsurveyed land at the site of Colfax; for the whole region was yet a wilderness. There were then not above a dozen families within the present limits of Whitman county, now the third most populous in Washington. No sooner was Mr. Perkins well established there, than he began pushing for the upbuilding of the city. In 1871, with two others, he built a sawmill, – the first north of the Snake river, except at Colville. In 1872 he was appointed on a committee to select a county-seat. His nomination of Colfax was duly ratified by the people the following November. In 1873 he was married to Miss Ewart of Whitman county, a daughter of Captain Ewart, who served actively during the war. This step was scarcely less advantageous to the city than any of the preceding, since Mrs. Perkins has contributed very largely...

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Biography of J. B. Tabor

J.B. TABOR. – The gentleman whose name appears above is one of those driving and thriving men whose situation had, through his own industry and sagacity, become one of enviable prosperity and comfort. Mr. Tabor owns a large stock ranch ten miles south of Colfax, Washington, and also a fruit ranch on the Snake river bottom. For the latter he paid nine thousand dollars some years ago. He is the stepfather of W.J. Hamilton, the leading druggist of that city; and his two daughters are living near. One of these, the wife of J.B. Holt, is living on the Snake river place; and the other, Mrs. W.L. LaFallett, is located on the delightful farm near his own. The Snake river ranch is devoted to fruit. This strip of lowland, sandy, warm and in many places supplied with water from the springs or creeks from the surrounding hills, is equal to California for the production of grapes, peaches and sweet potatoes. Lands well situated for fruit command from seventy-five to one hundred dollars per acre. Mr. Tabor’s orchard is gradually becoming extensive; and, as the market is good, it is and will be a fine source of income. He deserves his prosperity. He has been a frontiersman nearly all his life, having been born in Tennessee in 1821; and in 1840 he moved to Missouri. In 1849 he crossed the...

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