Location: Wingville Oregon

History of the First Baptist Church, Baker City Oregon

The first Baptist church in Baker City was organized December 7, 1874, Rev. L. H. Boothe was chairman of the meeting and Prof. S. P. Barrett clerk. The members present were Hardin Estes, Perlina Estes, Arthur Smith, Mary Kilbourn, Samuel Gaines, Mary Gaines, Prof. Barrett, Mary Barrett and Delazon Smith. Prof. Barrett served as clerk until July 1875, then Arthur Smith about two years, followed by F. Baird for four years. Mrs. F. E. Small was chosen clerk March 15, 1884, and was succeeded by Wilbur Finch April 20, 1888. Frank Baird was clerk from February 1889 to March 1890, and Miss. E. C. Sturgill from then till January 1892, and J. F. Porter from January till September, and N. E. Darling from September to the present time. Rev. E. P. Waltz, the first pastor of the church came from Monroe County Mo., arriving at Baker City January 2, 1875. The 20th day of March he was chosen pastor in charge and served in that capacity ten years. After Mr. Waltz resigned there was no regular pastor in charge until May 29, 1887, the Rev. Geo. H. Brown was chosen. C. N. Burnham was pastor from May to October 1889, and J. M. Haskell from October to December. George T. Ellis, the present pastor, took charge in June 1890. In 1882 the construction of a house of worship was...

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Baker Valley Oregon Churches

Ministers of various denominations visited Baker County and held meetings at different places, but no one was a resident minister within the county prior to 1868. The Rev. Ellsworth, of La Grande, came to Powder River Valley frequently in 1864-5, and later Elder Newton of the Methodist church, south, held meetings, frequently at Auburn and in the valley. The Rev. Koger of the Baptist church preached at Wingville a number of times, but the Methodist Episcopal church was the first to appoint a resident pastor and hold regular services. The following sketch of the work of the church was kindly furnished by a minister who has been a pioneer laborer in the cause: “The first Methodist preacher who visited Baker City and Powder River Valley for the purpose of preaching the gospel to the people was Rev. John Flynn. He came in 1864-5, was acting as presiding elder, and several times each year crossed the mountains on horseback, from his home in Walla Walla to build up the church in this country. Following him was Rev. J. G. Deardorff in 1866-8, who occasionally preached in this part of Oregon. Also Rev. Wm. Roberts and Rev. I. D. Driver traveled through by stage in the interest of the American Bible Society, and preached at Baker City occasionally during the years from 1864 to ’69. The first Methodist class was organized...

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Baker County Oregon Sketches

Sydney Abell, Justice of the Peace opened the first legally constituted court in Baker County, October 29th 1862. The first case was that of the people vs. D. Scott, action to bind defendant to keep the peace, entered on complaint of Thomas Ricketts. The prosecuting witness failed to appear and the case was dismissed. Of the thirty-two cases docketed up to January 1st, 1863, there were four of the kind above cited, three suits about town lots in Auburn, Fifteen to recover money, five replevin cases, one unlawful detention, one felonious intent to cheat, one petty larceny, one assault and battery, and one embezzlement. The latter was dismissed for want of jurisdiction. In the county court journal the following item shows the date of commencement of the first term. “County Court of Baker County, Oregon, met pursuant to law, Nov. 3, 1862. Present, the Hon. John Q. Wilson, county judge; J. W. Wickersham, under sheriff; Wm. Waldo, deputy county clerk.” The first case called was that of A. B. Roberts, plaintiff, vs. Thomas Allison, defendant. Grey for plaintiff and Heed & Pierce for defendant. It appears from the record that the first county road established was from Auburn via Washington ranch to Monohin’s ranch on North Powder River, and at the term of county court in July 1864, the road was divided into three districts and a supervisor appointed...

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Wingville Cemetery, Baker County Oregon

A cemetery was started in Wingville in 1878 after a diphtheria epidemic made a cemetery a necessity. The Wingville Grange No. 150 purchased ten acres from Thomas Bailey and his wife for a two dollar gold piece on 8 April 1878. On 8 December 1883 the trustees of the Wingville Grange 150 for fifty dollars deeded 2 ½  acres in the northwest corner of the cemetery to the Wingville  I. O. O. F. Lodge No. 69. The cemetery is reached by taking a side road off of U. S. Highway 30 Westerly about 3 ½  miles to Wingville, follow the road through town to the end, turn left for ¼ mile, then turn right ½ mile.  The cemetery is approximately ten miles northwest of Baker (City). Grounds are neglected and the cemetery is in poor (good) condition. Individual graves are cared for by relatives and friends. A caretaker is (not) employed. There are many unmarked graves in this cemetery. The following list of burials, as taken from the tombstones by a pioneer resident of Baker (City), was given us in 1965: SurnameFirst/MiddleDate of BirthDate of DeathComments Angel,James Thos.aged 77 yrs Angel,Matilda18911927dau of N. & A. Irvin Angel,Allen18831887Son of Mike & Sarah Asher,MikeHus of Sarah Asher,Odal18851906Son of Mike Sarah Asher,Sarah18341911Wife of Mike Asher,Addie18741894Wife of Auron Barker,Eva18661905 Blair,Anna June19111913 Boyce,Birdie18771896 Boyce,Elvina18811902 Boyce,John W.18821895 Boyce,Laura E.18431926 Boyce,Roy19031903 Boyce,Stonewall18961896 Boyce,W. H.18421912 Boyce,J. H.8th Inf....

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Ficklin, Fetna Ann – Obituary

At the residence of her daughter Mrs. Kennison, at Wingville, Oregon, August 24, 1890 after an illness of fifteen days, Mrs. Fetna Ann Ficklin, aged 70 years. Deceased was born February 22, 1820 in Boyle Co., Kentucky, moved to Missouri in 1853 (?) and from there to Union Oregon in 1864. With her husband and family she made Union her home until the death of her husband, which occured February 13, 1889, since which time she has been stopping with her children. She leaves eight children to mourn her loss. The remains were brought here Monday and interred in the Union Cemetery. Our aged mother, ripe in years, Has passed beyond this vale of tears. Death’s icy arms, so cold and chill Have bade her throbbin heart be still Her spirit freed, now soars away. Where flowers bloom on every spray; Where floods of beauty every roll In loving waves around the soul. For many years her gentle voice, Has made our youthful hearts rejoice; and many times her hands have pressed Our aching brow, and made them blessed But now no more will she impart A solace to our drooping heart; Her voice is silent, and at rest her hands lie silent on her breast. We’ll gently lay her form away, To moulder back to earth and clay: Yet ever in remembrance bear, A loving thought of mother’s...

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Rush, George H. – Obituary

Auto Accident Well Known Man Killed at Railroad Crossing G.H. Rush, building contractor, was instantly killed when his auto was struck by train No. 21 a mile this side of Wingville Thursday evening. Wm. Hernsen of the Shockley Lumber Co. who was in the car with Mr. Rush is recovering at a Baker hospital. There seems to have been no witnesses to what transpired immediately before the accident. It is not known whether the car stalled on the track or an attempt was made to cross ahead of the train by too narrow a margin of time. The body of Mr. Rush and his injured companion were taken on the train and carried back to Baker. Mr. Rush was well known in this section, having built several business structures here and the large school building. He had just started building operations on the new school building at Haines and was returning from that town to Baker when he met his death. He was about 46 years of age and married. For several years he lived at La Grande, but recently moved to Astoria. The auto was a new Dodge roadster and was owned by Mr. Hernsen. North Powder News Saturday September 20, 1919 Funeral at Portland The body of George H. Rush who was killed in the crossing accident South of Haines last week was taken to Portland Friday....

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Gover, Delora F. – Obituary

Delora F. Gover, 79, a former Imbler and Baker County resident who taught school for many years in Eastern Oregon, died Thursday in Provo, Utah. A graveside funeral for Mrs. Gover will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Eagle Valley Cemetery at Richland. Visitations for Mrs. Gover will be until 9 o’clock tonight at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker. Mrs. Gover was born on Feb. 15, 1910, in Imbler to William Arthur and Zelma Annie Westenskow Funk. She spent her childhood and attended school in the Baker area. She attended college at the University of Utah and Eastern Oregon State College, receiving her lifetime teaching certificate on June 10, 1930. On Nov. 18 1933, she married Vester William Gover in Weiser, Idaho. He died in June 1957. Mrs. Gover lived with her family at Wingville from 1936 to 1960 when she moved to Utah to further her education, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in education in 1961. She taught school in Rock Creek, Muddy Creek, Sunnyside, Wallowa and Haines. After completing her education in 1961, she spent many years teaching remedial reading in the Utah school systems. She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She enjoyed studying and gardening. Survivors include three daughters, Zelma Louise Maness, of Baker, Bonnie Jean Cole, West Jordan, Utah, and Donna...

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Gover, Vester W. – Obituary

An illness of only a few days Tuesday afternoon claimed the life of Vester William Gover, 47, farmer of the Wingville district for 20 years. Mr. Gover was stricken with what was later diagnosed as a rupture of a major artery which caused abdominal and circulatory complications. He was born Sept. 17, 1909 in New Bridge, the son of David S. and Pearl L. Thorp Gover. He attended schools at the Baker Academy, at Sunnyside and Richland high school. He was married Nov. 18, 1933 at Weiser to Delora Funk. Mr. Gover had farmed at Wingville for the past 20 years and had also been an employee of the Oregon Lumber Co., for the past 14 years. He is survived by his widow Delora; by daughters Zelma Louise Gover, Portland; Bonnie Jean Gover and Donna Kay Gover, Baker; sons Eugene F. Gover with the U.S. Air Force in Tuscon [Tucson], Ariz., Howard D. and Donald R. Gover, Baker; his mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. David S. Gover, Forest Grove; sisters, Mrs. Evangaline [Evangeline] Thomas, Hillsboro, Mrs. Mary Louise Croop [Cropp], North Powder, Mrs. Mattie E. Dethloff, Gaston, Calif.; brothers, Ronald H., Haines; David S. Jr., Clifford L., William L., Richland; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the Beatty chapel with Bishop Lawrence Hislop officiating. Interment will be in the Eagle Valley...

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Nichols, Robert – Obituary

Resolutions of Condolence  WORTHY MASTER: – Your committee appointed to report resolutions expressing the sentiments of the Grange in regard to Brother Robert Nichols, late member of our order, who by a sudden and severe stroke was changed from the fullness of life and health to the cold stillness of death in a very few minutes, beg to submit the following: Brother Robert Nichols was born in the State of New York: was at the time of his death which occured on the evening of the nineteenth of May, 1877, about fifty-three years of age has been connected with the Masonic Fraternity about twenty-five years; has resided in Baker county fourteen years, immediately previous to his death, during which time he won to himself many friends by reason of his being possessed of a kind and benevolent heart. He was one of the charter members of the Grange and was ever a true and faithful member, always prompt at his post of duty and his last work on earth was a labor of love in arranging this hall for the meeting that convened within two weeks after he left its gates, to return once more. he also but a short time previous to his dewath experienced a hope in the promises of revealed religion, and expressed the same by uniting with the M.E. Church. In view of the mahy...

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Ward, Raymond – Obituary

Raymond Ward 69 Dies after Brief Illness Thursday The Haines area lost one of its most prominent citizens Thursday afternoon, April 24, when Raymond Asher Ward 69, succumbed at St. Elizabeth Hospital to a brief respiratory illness. Mr. Ward was a grain broker at Haines, was manager of the Haines plant of the Baker Mill and Grain Co. for over 25 years and was manager of the Haines Grain and Feed Co. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday from Grays West a & Co. Pioneer Chapel with Rev. Gordon Ruddick of Haines First Baptist Church officiating and interment in the family plot at the Haines cemetery. Mr. Ward was born March 7, 1900 at Wingville, Oregon, the son of John and Frances Asher Ward. He attended schools in Haines and was married to his wife, Olga Maxwell Ward in Baker on April 18, 1924. His business career was matched by an active life in the Haines community. He was at the time of his death a member of the city budget board. He had been active in the local school board and in the Boy Scouts. He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing and all outdoor activities. He was active in the Haines First Baptist Church. Besides his wife Olga, other survivors are his two sons, Raymond M. Ward of Pomona, California, and Glen...

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Kinnison, Carrie Lee Ison, Mrs. – Obituary

Wingville, Baker County, Oregon Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at West and Company chapel for Carrie Lee Kinnison, 90, who died Friday at St. Elizabeth Hospital. Interment will be at Mt. Hope cemetery. The Rev. Lawrence Roumpf will officiate. Mrs. Kinnison was a third generation pioneer of Baker County and a longtime resident of Wingville. She was born in Wingville March 13, 1873 to Oliver and Martha Jane Ison, both of whom belonged to pioneer families who arrived here in 1862. Mrs. Kinnison was married to H. B. Kinnison, of pioneer heritage also, at Wingville January 1, 1896. Mrs. Kinnison was a member of the Presbyterian Church and was chosen as queen of the pioneer celebration in 1958. She has resided in Baker since 1942. Survivors include a son, Buford of Pocahontas district, a daughter, Mrs. E.V. (Irmal) Jones of Okanogan, Washington; a sister, Mrs. Lilith Allen, Baker; a niece, Mrs. Verna Hogg, Salem, and seven grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and five great great grandchildren. Source: Baker Democrat Herald, Baker City, Oregon, October 26, 1963, page 3 Contributed by: Sue...

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Kinnison, Joseph P. – Obituary

Baker Pioneer Dies At Long Beach, California. Built the First Cabin in Baker County on Site of the John Steiger Farm, Wingville Joseph P. Kinnison one of the earliest settlers of the Powder River valley died at his home in Long Beach, California, after a long illness caused by paralysis. Mr. Kinnison was well known in this part of the country having built the first cabin in Baker County on the site of the John Steiger farm at Wingville and residing in this community many years. He was born in Missouri and was 83 years of age at the time of his death. He went to California in the 1853 and in 1862 came to Baker county driving a large band of beef steers from Humbolt county and feeding them through the winter before he disposed of them in Boise. His brother, Hiram, who is also well known here, accompanied him on the long trip. News of his death will be received with regret by his many friends in this locality. Source: The Baker Herald, Baker City, Oregon, June 21, 1921, page 1 Contributed by: Sue...

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Sturgill, Ben F. – Obituary

A Pioneer Passes Ben F. Sturgill, a pioneer of Powder River valley, died at his home in Baker last Monday. Mr. Sturgill lived for a number of years on a farm at Wingville, but was lately living on a homestead in Lower Powder River. He had led an active life in farming and livestock raising for many years. He had never married. North Powder News Saturday July 12,...

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McQuown, William – Obituary

Rancher Is Victim Of Heart Disease William McQuown Falls Dead in Hay Field Near Wingville Special to the Herald) Wingville, Aug. 13-William McQuown, aged 60 years, and a well known Wingville rancher, fell dead suddenly stricken with heart disease this morning as he was stooping to drink from a bucket. He was working in the field bucking hay and had gone over to a haystack to get a drink. Mr. McQuown is survived by his wife, a young son, Oral; a sister, Mrs. John Hammond; two brothers, Thomas and Alex McQuown, and his mother, who is 90 years old. Funeral arrangements had not been made this afternoon. The Baker Herald – – August 13,...

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McQuowen, Thomas – Obituary

Wingville, Baker County, Oregon Death Summons Wingville Man Thos. McQuowen Spent All of Life North-West of Baker Thomas McQuowen of Wingville died suddenly this morning at the home of his sister-in-law, Mrs. Annie McQuowen, where he had made his home for the last 22 years. Born August 4, 1864, in the Pocahontas region, Mr. McQuowen, who was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jake McQuowen, Baker county pioneers, who came to this region via an oxen train in 1862, had lived in the Wingville and Pocahontas districts all of his life. He was engaged in farming. Mr. McQuowen is survived by a brother, Alec of Pocahontas; two nephews, Orel McQuowen of Wingville and Eugene Hammond of Haines; Mrs. John Ingram of Philomath and Mrs. Hollie Mead of La Grande. Funeral services, which will be under the direction of West and Co., will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock in West’s Chapel with Rev. W. H. LeMasters of the Baptist Church officiating. Interment will be in the Wingville Cemetery. Baker Democrat Herald – – May 23,...

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