Location: Wingville Oregon

McEwen, Martha Anne – Obituary

Martha Annie McEwen, 89, died Saturday evening at her home in Wingville after a long illness. She was born Dec. 27, 1883, in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, the daughter of William A. and Lucinda Elliott. She moved to Auburn with her parents in 1884, and later came to Baker Valley where she lived the remainder of her life. She was married in August, 1879, to John Behan, and to them were born four daughters, one of whom preceded her in death. She was married to March 18, 1904, to Willliam McEwen. Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Addie Thomason, Mrs. Leilath Boyce and Mrs. Mary Leonnig; a son, Orel McEwen, all of Baker; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildrenand 11 great great-grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in West and Company, with the Rev. Edward Stauffer officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Democrat Herald – – April 6,...

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M’Quowen, Mary

Mary M’Quowen Dies At Age Of 90 Years Had Lived in Oregon Practically All Her Life and Passes Away at Wingville. Mrs. Mary McQuowen, an old resident of Wingville, died at the place this morning at 4 o’clock, aged 90 years. Mrs. McQuowen had lived in Oregon practically all her life, having resided in Wingville for many years. She leaves two sons and two daughters, all residents of Oregon. The funeral will be held from the Wingville Church Thursday afternoon at 1 o’clock. The Baker Herald – – January 15,...

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Jarman, Emery T. – Obituary

E. T. Jarman Was Early Day Butcher Graveside services for Emery T. Jarman, 85, Haines, were conducted at 3 p.m. Wednesday August 16, at North Powder Cemetery. The Rev. Robert McNiel, officiated and interment was under the direction of The Beatty Chapel. Friends contributed to the Baker County Tuberculosis Assn. in lieu of sending flowers. Mr. Jarman passed away Sunday August 13 at St. Elizabeth hospital after a long illness. Mr. Jarman was born November 11, 1881, at Marvin, Kansas, the son of Jake and Mary Ellen Ward Jarman and left there with his parents in May, 1882, in a covered wagon train, arriving in Oregon in August 1882, two years before the railroad. His parents owned and operated the Haines Hotel when it was a thriving business. Mr. Jarman was married to Mary Green in November, 1903, in the old Tom Gorman Home on Elm Street in Baker, and the couple lived in Haines. Earlier he had owned and operated the meat market in old Rock Creek town, and delivered meat to the housewives throughout the Muddy Creek and Wingville areas every day with the meat packed in ice. He later lived for two years in California, and for a short time in North Powder, where he worked as a butcher. Mrs. Jarman preceded him in death on May 21, 1950, ands for the past 13 years he...

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Sieg, Desmond – Obituary

Desmond Sieg Was Valley Rancher Desmond Donald Sieg, 70, of Baker City passed away Friday, Feb. 16, 1990 at St. Elizabeth Hosp. Funeral services for Mr. Sieg was conducted on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 1990 at 2:00 pm in Gray’s West and Co. Pioneer chapel. The Rev. Greg Lindsay of the United Methodist Church officiated. Concluding services and Vault Interment followed in Mr. Hope Cemetery. Baker City Veterans of Foreign Wars will provide Full Military Honors at the graveside. Desmond was born at Wingville, Oregon to Lynn and Pearl (Rohner) Sieg on December 19, 1919. He attended grade school at Lone Pine and Wingville. After graduating from Baker High School and attending Oregon State College, he enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1941. After graduating from airplane mechanic school, he worked on the line for two years then signed up for aviation Cadets. He attended the University of Pittsburg, trained at various fields in Florida, Alabama, and Georgia, flying PT17’s and AT6’s and B25’s, receiving his commission as 2nd Lieutenant. Following his discharge in 1945 he returned to Baker. Desmond and Georgia May Long of Baker were married January 7, 1949 in Salem, Oregon He farmed in the Baker Valley area with his brother, Norbert until they retired in 1971. He was a member of the Baker Elks, the Wingville Grange, American Legion, one of the first directors of...

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Leigh, Elaine Betty “Hap” Lewis Ingram Mrs. – Obituary

Elaine Betty “Hap” Leigh, 84, of Baker City, who was nicknamed “Happy” by a close friend, died May 5, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Nursing Home. There will be a Celebration of Life service at 1 p.m. Saturday at Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Monte Loyd of Harvest Church will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at the home of Bill and Cindy Leigh. Elaine was born on April 27, 1921, at Wingville to Percy Huston Lewis and Thelma Alice Petersen-Lewis. She was born a twin with Adele Lewis-Williams. She lived most of her life in the Baker City area. She also spent a short time in Pendleton and the Portland area. Elaine married Chester Ingram on July 5, 1938. They had three children, Lyle Chester Ingram, Judy Diane Ingram and Carl Lewis “Lewy” Ingram. She married William Paul Leigh on June 7, 1947. They had two children, William Paul Leigh Jr. and Mary Alice Leigh. Elaine worked as a waitress, a farm hand and a cook. She enjoyed going on picnics with friends and family, traveling to the mountains and the Snake River area, camping, fishing, cooking, knitting, crocheting and she had an enormous love for animals. She was a loving person with a very kind heart. She will be missed by her friends and family. She had a sense of humor and livened things...

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Ward, Gladys F. Morin Moser Mrs. – Obituary

Gladys F. Ward, 92, a lifelong Baker City resident, died April 19, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church, 1919 Second St. Pastor Jack Bynum will officiate. Private interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Gladys was born on Oct. 16, 1912, near Wingville to Lewis C. and Laura Phillips Morin. She was married to Al Moser on June 18, 1927. They had four sons, one of whom died at birth. Al died in March 1968. She married Newton Ward in 1977. Newt died in March 1990. Gladys was a member of the Royal Neighbors. She was active with the senior citizens and played with the Kitchen Band. She took tap dancing lessons in her 80s. She was a fine candy maker and dessert cook. She opened her doors to people in need and was always generous and loving with her friends and relatives. Survivors include her sons, Lewis Moser, and his wife, Patricia, of Anacortes, Wash., and Frank Moser and his wife, Lois, of Caldwell, Idaho; daughter-in-law, Chari Moser of Bellevue, Washington; seven grandchildren, 16 great- grandchildren and two great-great- grandchildren; a brother, Claude Morin of Utah, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sons, Gary and Bruce Moser; her brothers, Reese, Vernell, Ted, Pierce, and Glen...

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Hill, Donald G. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Donald G. Hill, 70, of Baker City, died Friday, March 7, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Services after a battle with cancer. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 10, at Mount Hope Cemetery with Mr. Greg O’Neil, a family friend, officiating. Mr. Hill was born April 6, 1932, at Hot Lake to Elmer and Blanche (Day) Hill. He moved to the family ranch in Wingville when he was 3-years-old. Don spent the remainder of his life on the family ranch where he worked and raised his family. He also worked several jobs outside the ranch, some of which included the Baker Mill and Grain, Lew Brothers, and the Ellingson Lumber Company, where he retired in 1994. Don will always be remembered for his great personality and sincere love and commitment to his family and friends. He also enjoyed many outdoor activities such as fishing, hunting, camping and boating. Don especially loved spending time with his family and attending his grandchildren’s athletic events. Survivors include his wife Martha of 48 years; two sons, Larry and his wife, Lorrie of Baker City, and Elmer and his wife, Sheila of Baker City; one daughter, Donna Bunch and her husband, Tom, also of Baker City; grandchildren, Theresa, Rachel, Reggie, Kristen, and Shelby Hill, and Matt and Mark Bunch, all of Baker City. Don was preceded...

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Clarke, F. B. – Obituary

F.B. Clarke, 88, of Baker City, died Feb. 26, 2006, at his home. His funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. Father Julian Cassar will officiate. There will be a reception at the church after the service. Mr. Clarke was born on Jan. 2, 1918, at Boulder, Colo., to John L. and Ila Stauffer Clarke. He was raised at Benton, Ill. After graduating from high school, he worked in the New Orient Mine No. 2 at Benton until enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1940. Capt. Clarke served in World War II as a combat liaison pilot in the Pacific: Saipan, Tinian, Leyte and Okinawa. He received many commendations and the Purple Heart for injuries sustained at Saipan. He then served as an adviser with the XXIV Air Corps at Seoul, Korea, where he met 1st Lt. Zona M. Parker of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. They were married on Aug. 17, 1947. After returning to the states, F.B. and Zona lived on the ranch at Wingville where they raised a family of six children and farmed acres of wheat. During the winter months, F.B. worked at Levinger Rexall Drugs. In 1970, he purchased an insurance agency, which is now Clarke and Clarke Insurance. After his retirement, he and Zona joined the Peace Corps and traveled to...

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Bond, Betty Mrs. – Obituary

Betty Bond, 89, a long time resident of Baker City, died April 27, 2006 at St. Elizabeth Health Services. Visitations will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Her memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church, 1995 Fourth St. Pastor Susan Barnes will officiate. Friends are invited to join the family after the memorial for a reception in the Presbyterian Church’s Rogers Fellowship Hall. Betty was born on Feb. 11, 1917, at Stubton, England. She was the eldest of six siblings. She was raised and attended school around her birthplace. In 1943, she met Cliff Bond who was stationed in England during World War II. They were married in England on Oct. 2, 1944. Betty traveled from England to New York on the Queen Mary with other war brides. She traveled by train to Cliff’s hometown of Baker City. Their four children were born and raised in Baker. Betty was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Nothing gave her more happiness than being with family. She loved the family cabin on Brownlee Reservoir where she spent hours fishing from the front deck. Betty loved the beauty of nature. She picked and pressed wildflowers, fed hummingbirds, and enjoyed the wildlife and views surrounding their Wingville home. She was preceded in...

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Manners, Rachel C. Buchanan Crimin Mrs. – Obituary

Rachel C. Buchanan Manners, 85, of Ontario, a former Baker City resident, died Nov. 9, 2000, at Ontario. Her graveside funeral was Tuesday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Roger Scovil of the Baker City Christian Church officiated. Mrs. Manners was born and raised in the Wingville and Pocahontas areas where she met and married James Crimin. She later married Howard Manners and lived at North Powder where he taught school for many years. Survivors include her son, Robert Crimin of Aztec, N.M.; three grandchildren, Randy Crimin of Utah, Shelly Daws of Fruitland, Idaho, and Scott Crimin of Weiser, Idaho; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Manners; her mother, Pansey Buchanan; and a sister, Erma Hodgins. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society through Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, Ore. 97814. Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, November 17, 2000 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Turner, G. Roger – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon G. Roger Turner, 68, of Baker City, died Nov. 19, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center. His memorial service was at 2 p.m. Friday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Lura Kidner-Miesen of the United Methodist Church and the Rev. Rob Irwin of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral officiated. There was a reception afterward at the United Methodist Church. Cremation was by Gray’s West Pioneer Crematory. There will be a private inurnment at Mount Hope Cemetery. Roger was born on Oct. 14, 1934, at Wingville to George E. and Pearl “Babe” Emery Turner. He was a 1952 Baker High School graduate and a longtime Medical Springs cattle rancher. He married Arleta J. Wirth on June 13, 1953. He and Arleta raised quality Hereford cattle in Baker and Union counties, grazing on deeded acres, forest service land (in the Wallowas) and Bureau of Land Management lands. His cattle consistently “topped the market” at the Baker Livestock Auction. Early on, his cattle were sold and shipped at the railhead out of Baker City, destined for Washington and Idaho. Roger retired from ranching in 1972 and moved to Baker City. He then worked at the Baker Livestock Auction and Ford’s Welding. In 1976, he moved to Nyssa where he worked as a state brand inspector. While living at Nyssa, he was diagnosed with...

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McKittrick, Dorothy “Eloise” Stewart Mrs. – Obituary

Dorothy “Eloise” McKittrick, 93, a lifetime Baker County resident, died Nov. 30, 2002, at Baker City. There will be no memorial service at this time. A memorial gathering is being planned for next summer. Mrs. McKittrick was born Feb. 26, 1909, at the Wingville home of her pioneer parents, Robert Lee and Edith Lammert-Stewart. When she was 2 years old, her family moved to their Bowen Valley ranch where she lived while attending the Stewart Elementary School and Baker High School, graduating in 1927. On March 22, 1930, she married Oran McKittrick at La Grande. They were married 52 years. After their marriage they lived in Baker City, where her husband worked for the Democrat-Herald (now the Baker City Herald) until 1949. Mrs. McKittrick worked several years for Harrison’s Fountain and Parson’s Pharmacy in the 1940s. In 1949, Eloise, Oran and their son, Bobb, moved to the Stewart family ranch in Bowen Valley, which they operated until their retirement in 1973. Mrs. McKittrick continued to reside at the ranch home until 1992 when she moved to Baker City. Mrs. McKittrick was an active member of the Oregon Trail Riders during the 1940s and the 1950s. She loved animals and was an excellent horsewoman. She was a member of several mounted drill teams during the 1940s. For several years in the 1960s, she chaperoned the annual 4-H club trail rides....

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Biography of Syrenous Burnett McCord

S.B. McCORD. – Syrenous Burnett McCord, one of the leading hardware merchants of Eastern Oregon, was born in Mercer county, Pennsylvania, in 1842. He went with his parents to Wisconsin when a youth, and lived there several years. At the age of eighteen he entered into an apprenticeship in a blacksmith shop in the city of Black Jack, his boss being the Honorable George W. Strong; and there he served out his time and came out a good workman. He crossed the plains in 1864, leaving with Colonel Flurney’s train. At Baldock’s ranch, in the Powder river valley, Oregon, he at once entered into the blacksmithing business at Pocahontas, seven miles northwest of Baker City. He came down the valley the next spring, and started the little town of Wingville, which he named after a little town near his old home in Wisconsin. At Wingville, too, he plied the art of Vulcan, but in 1868 came to Baker City and engaged in his trade in partnership with his brother, R.D., who was there before him. The brothers dissolved partnership in 1871; and S.B. entered the hardware business on his own responsibility. He was a member of the first city council of Baker City, and in 1886 was elected county treasurer on the Democratic ticket, being re-elected in 1888. He was was also elected the first mayor of Baker City...

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Cockram, Fred Joseph – Obituary

Wingville, Oregon Fred Joseph Cockram, 64, a longtime Wingville dairyman and rancher, died July 27, 2002, at his home, surrounded by many of his family, after a courageous battle with cancer. His graveside funeral will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor John Cockram of Prince of Peace Lutheran church in Phoenix, Ariz., will officiate. Vault interment will follow the ceremony. Visitations will be Wednesday from 10 a.m. until noon at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Fred was born March 20, 1938, in Baker City to Ernest and Berniece Cockram. He attended schools in Baker and graduated from Baker High School in 1956. After graduating from high school, he attended Oregon State University to study animal husbandry. On June 29, 1958, he married his high school sweetheart, Annette Grabner. They moved back to Baker and began their partnership in family and farming. He worked at Builder’s Supply for five years before he and Annette created Mountain View farms, specializing in dairy, beef and farming. During his years of farming he served on and chaired many boards, commissions, and industry organizations: National Dairy Promotion and Research Board, Northwest Dairymen’s Association, Oregon Dairy Council, Oregon Dairy Products Commission, Oregon Beef Council, Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, Baker County Chamber of Commerce, Baker Airport Commission, Baker Livestock Association, and Baker County Fair Board. In 1999, Fred and Annette sold their...

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McCulley, Suzanne L. Jenkins Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Suzanne L. Jenkins McCulley, 93, of Baker City died Feb. 14, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center. At her request, there will be no service. Her family will scatter her ashes in her beloved Eagle Mountains later. Suzanne was born on Nov. 8, 1908, the 15th child of George W. and Lillian Shea Jenkins. She grew up on a farm in Baker County and attended Baker schools. She married F. Ward McCulley in 1928. They lived in many towns in Oregon throughout their married life. Suzanne graduated from Eastern Oregon Normal School (now Eastern Oregon University) in La Grande in 1931 and taught in Baker County schools, including Wingville-Muddy Creek. She also taught at Granite. After World War II the McCulleys obtained a potato farm at Tulelake, Calif., where Ward raised potatoes and Suzanne worked at the post office. Upon ‘retirement’ from Tulelake, they had what they termed ‘the best three years of their lives’ as they toured in their fifth-wheeler. They traveled the United States, Canada and Mexico enjoying the back roads where they said they met real people and enjoyed the wildlife and natural artifacts. Suzanne loved all kinds of animals and she could identify almost any plant or flower in the forest. Ward and Suzanne did not have children of their own, but they paid special attention to great-nieces, Kay Marie Duncan,...

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