Location: Yamhill County OR

Coles, Edward – Obituary

Death came to Edward W. Coles, 103 year old retired Haines cattleman and one time Oregon livestock industry leader, at McMinnville, Tuesday, January 5. He passed away about three months after actively participating in his 103rd birthday anniversary party there early in October. Funeral is scheduled for Saturday, January 9, 1982, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Haines. Interment will follow in the Haines Cemetery. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers that donations may be made to the Memorial Fund of the First Baptist Church at Haines or to a charity of ones choice. Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Native of Haines Mr. Coles was born in Haines, Oregon, October 11, 1878 and attended schools in Baker. At the age of 16 he enrolled in Business College at Portland. His father became seriously ill and he was called home and was 18 when his father died, leaving him in charge of a large framing operation. The land included Radium Hot Springs. Later he had a large resort hotel built at the spring and used the hot water for heating and mineral baths. Today a very popular swimming poll still uses the hot artesian water. In 1897, he was married to Ollie Taylor. In 1972 they celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary. Mrs. Coles passed away the following month....

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Maxwell, Frances Olson Mrs. – Obituary

Frances L. Maxwell, 81, former McMinnville resident who taught for 26 years at Cook School, died Thursday, July 21, at Jefferson. Services were Monday, July 25, at 1:30 p.m. in the Chapel of Macy & Son in McMinnville, with interment at the Masonic Cemetery. Born April 21, 1902 in Haines, the daughter of Arthur L. and Bertha Jarman Olson, Mrs. Maxwell was raised and schooled in Haines. She graduated from teacher’s college at OCE in Monmouth in 1920, then taught a few years at Muddy Creek near Haines. In June 1923, in Baker, she married Charles Dewey Maxwell who preceded her in death in 1937. They had resided at the bridge at North Powder River below Anthony Creek and farmed. She returned to OCE, taught school in Haines for two years, and in 1941 moved to McMinnville. She taught at Cook School until she retired, and since lived in Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Albany. Mrs. Maxwell loved to play piano, and played for silent movies as a young girl at the Twilight Theatre at Haines. She was a member of the Oregon Retired Teachers Association and the Methodist Church. The family has asked that contributions be made to The Children’s Diabetic Camp. Survivors include a son, Alan Maxwell of Lincoln City; daughters, Joanne Stute of Albany and Betty Dancer of Hillsboro; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, and cousins and other...

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Polvi, Allan “Al” – Obituary

Allan “Al” Polvi, 66, died Nov. 9, 2005, at his home at Walla Walla, Wash., after a long battle with cancer. At his request, there will be no service. Inurnment will be at Hopewell in July 2006. Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt Cremations & Funeral Services, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, Wash., is assisting the family with cremation arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Regional Cancer Center or Walla Walla Community Hospice, through the funeral home. For condolences or additional information the family may be reached through this email address: nanpolvi@bmi.net. Mr. Polvi was born on Jan. 31, 1939, at McMinnville to George W. and Esther E. Kangas Polvi. He was a 1957 graduate of Amity High School at Amity, where he was a star player on his football and baseball teams. He attended Oregon State University at Corvallis and earned his bachelor’s degree in business in 1961. He moved to this area in 1970, 35 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho. On Nov. 22, 1996 he and Nancy J. Simrell, a former longtime Baker City resident, were married at Lewiston, Idaho. He was an area administration officer for Bonneville Power Administration, retiring in July of 1994. Al loved the outdoors. His favorite site to visit was his cabin at Tollgate. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, garage sales and was an avid bowler. He was life member...

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Fleming, Carl Douglas – Obituary

Carl Douglas Fleming, 40, of Newberg and Halfway, died Aug. 30, 2005, as the result of a motor vehicle accident near Halfway. There will be a gathering of family and friends to celebrate Carl’s life later this month. The date and time will be announced. Carl was born on Feb. 9, 1965, at Santa Cruz, Calif., to Jimmy Dale and Carla Sue Caskey Fleming. He spent most of his growing up years at Santa Cruz, graduating from Monte Vista High School in 1983. He was a gifted athlete and after graduation he played baseball for a year in college. Carl and Monique met in 1988 and were married on March 3, 1991. They had two children: James and Casey. Carl worked most of his life as an equipment operator. In 1995, the family moved to Newberg. It was after the move to Newberg that Carl became an avid hunter and fisherman, with the help of his friend and mentor, Gary Star. These last several years, Carl had enjoyed coming to Halfway to hunt. He was in the process of moving to the Halfway area at the time of his death. He had just gained employment with the Pine Valley Ranch at Halfway. Carl will always be remembered for his love of family, friends, the outdoors and his great sense of humor. Survivors include his wife, Monique; sons James and...

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Westberg, Robert Gene “Bob” – Obituary

Robert Gene “Bob” Westberg, 54, of Baker City, died Jan. 16, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. There will be a celebration of Bob’s life at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Gene and Bonnie Westberg’s home. He was born on March 9, 1950, to Gene and Bonnie Westberg at Newberg. He was a 1969 Baker City High School graduate. Immediately after high school he joined the U.S. Navy. He served in the Navy until 1983. Bob served in Vietnam during the war. He served in the National Guard from 1983 to 1993. He married Bee Keeton on May 19, 1979. They later divorced. After retirement from the service, Bob managed the Cenex service station at North Powder, then worked for D&D construction. At the time of his death he was working for Humbles Service Station. Bob was a very active member of FFA and the high school gun club. His passion was restoring antique cars. He was a member of the North Powder car club. He won many awards with his 1955 Chrysler car and Dodge truck. Bob also devoted many hours helping his parents with their place. Survivors include his parents, Gene and Bonnie Westberg of Baker City; sisters, Kay Shellito, and her husband, Richard, and Eileen Mayes of Baker City; brother, Ross Westberg of Pilot Rock; stepdaughter, Berenda Carter; three granddaughters, Karen, Krystal, and Kimberly, all of Bixby,...

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Fullerton, Jay, Jr. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Jay Fullerton Jr., 83, died Nov. 29, 2004 at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise due to injuries sustained after a fall. A graveside inurnment was today at Mount Hope Cemetery. Truscott Irby of the American Legion officiated. There was a reception afterward at the family’s home. Jay was born on Oct. 11, 1921, at Springbrook to Jay and Mae Fullerton. In his early years, Jay attended school at Newberg and Pendleton. He went to work laying asphalt airstrips in Baker City, where he met his wife of 62 beautiful years, Louise McCarthy. Louise and Jay were married July 6, 1942, in Vancouver, Wash. During World War II, Jay served in the U.S. Coast Guard stationed at Bonneville and Longview guarding the loading of bombs on to ships. After his honorable discharge from the Coast Guard in October 1945, Jay began a 45-year career as a painting contractor and interior decorator with his father-in-law Walter L. Perry. Jay had the pleasure of working in Baker County with the best general contractors. They came to be his lifetime friends: Sid and Nancy Johnson, Cliff and Bea Welter, Don and Jake at Artcraft and Dickie Hindman. Jay was preceded in death by his son Ronald J. Fullerton, who died in 1999. Survivors include his wife, Louise of Baker City; daughter, Marsha Corley of Dallas, Texas; son, Dennis and Merry...

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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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Christenson, Gayle Arlyn

Gayle Arlyn Christenson, 74, a longtime Baker City resident, died Feb. 7, 2005, at home surrounded by family and friends. An Elks service and celebration of his life will take place Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Elks Lodge, 1896 Second St. Gayle was born in 1931 at McMinnville to Chester and Lola (Johnson) Christenson. He attended school in Newberg and graduated there in 1950. He received training in radio engineering and moved to Salt Lake City where his distinct deep voice got him a job as a radio announcer. From there, Gayle worked a short time in the oil fields of Wyoming before he moved back to Detroit, Ore. There he went to work for his granddad, who owned and operated Detroit Phone Company. The town of Detroit was being relocated for the damming of the Santiam River. Gayle worked to rebuild and move the phone system of Detroit and two smaller towns nearby. His career with Pacific Northwest Bell as janitor for three months months began in Portland, then he soon moved to Baker City. Here he met Karen Metcalf, who was working as a telephone operator. They were married in 1954. Gayle retired from the phone company in Baker City in 1989. He worked the central office in Baker and several microwave stations of Central Oregon where his troubleshooting and problem-solving skills were well known. Gardening,...

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Joseph, Margaret Elaine Maynard Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Margaret Elaine Maynard Joseph, 63, of Baker City, died Dec. 25, 2004, at her home after a nine-year battle with cancer. A celebration of her life will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 2177 First St. Elaine was born April 1, 1941, in McMinnville to John Carroll Maynard and Betty Mae Hackney Maynard. Elaine graduated from high school in McMinnville in 1959. She was married to Claude Talley for many years and they had three children: Debbie, Ted and Dan. She and Claude lived in the Carlton area before moving to Baker in 1972. She and Claude later divorced. She married Keith Joseph and together they raised a granddaughter, Laura Talley. Elaine and Keith later divorced. Elaine worked at many professions but the one she enjoyed and loved the most was working as an alcohol and drug counselor at Powder River Correctional Facility. She was very proud of her state and national counseling certification and never stopped reading and studying to increase her knowledge in her profession. She touched many people’s lives through her work, both clients and peers. Elaine was a very courageous lady and was an inspiration to many. She never gave up, she fought long and hard during her illness, getting strength for her battle from her church and her Native American heritage, as well as her family and...

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Holcomb, Margaret Hutchins Baird Mrs. – Obituary

McEwen, Oregon Margaret Holcomb, 94, died July 13, 2004. A celebration of her life will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the McEwen Bible Fellowship. There will be a potluck dinner afterward. She and her twin sister, Margie, were born on June 30, 1910, at Newberg to Homer and Effie Hutchins. She married Vero Baird in 1927. They had three children: Robert, Corinne and Phillip. In 1946, she married Ralph P. Holcomb. They had a daughter, Nancy. Ralph died on Dec. 17, 1997. Margaret, who was lovingly known as “Maggie,” was a cafeteria cook at Churchill School for many years. She was well-known for her delicious cinnamon rolls. She also gained recognition for creating more than 100 crocheted afghans, which she presented to her friends and relatives. Margaret’s good-natured humor added to her home, where she often entertained her many friends and family. One of her favorite pastimes was camping, which she was able to enjoy just two weeks ago at Phillips Lake. She was strong in faith and was a member of McEwen Bible Fellowship. Private family interment will be later at the Richland Cemetery. Survivors include her daughter, Corinne, and her husband, Mike Fuzi, of Coolin, Idaho; her son, Robert Baird, and his wife, Fran, of Fountain Hills, Ariz.; daughter, Nancy, and her husband, Robert Smith of Baker City; daughter-in-law, Joanna Baird of Sequim, Wash.; stepchildren, Ralph...

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Gongliewski, Olivia Alsada Dillard Mrs. – Obituary

Olivia Alsada Gongliewski, 71, of Newberg, a former Baker City resident, died Feb. 21, 2003, at her home. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Attrell’s Newberg Chapel. Chaplain Greg Sealander will officiate. Committal will be at 2:30 p.m. at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. Visitations were Sunday and until 8 o’clock tonight at the Newberg funeral home. Olivia was born on Sept. 25, 1930, at Spokane, Wash., to William and Elma Moten Dillard. She grew up and attended elementary school in the Kooskia, Idaho, area before moving to Portland in 1942. She graduated from high school there and attended two years at PolyTech. She became a practical nurse and raised her family. In 1965, she was employed at Tektronics where she continued to work for 21 years. She married Leonard Gongliewski at Vancouver, Wash., on April 2, 1970. They lived at Aloha for 23 years. In 1986 Olivia retired. She moved to Baker City in 1991 where she lived for 10 years before moving to Newberg. Olivia was a very good Christian. She loved music and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 3048, and the American Legion, Post 41, Auxiliary. She loved sewing, was an exceptional cook and an avid gardener who really loved roses. She loved camping, fishing, deep-sea fishing and was very much an outdoor person. Survivors include her husband,...

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Yamhill County, Oregon Census

1849 Oregon Territorial Census Free 1849 Census Transcription Oregon Territory, Alphabetical Oregon Territory, Original Order 1850 Yamhill County, Oregon Census Free 1850 Census Form for your Research Free 1850 Census Images (partially indexed) Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1850 Yamhill County, Census (images and index) $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems $ Free 1850 Census Transcription Oregon Territory Hosted at Census Guide 1850 U.S. Census Guide 1860 Yamhill County, Oregon Census Free 1860 Census Form for your Research Free 1860 Census Images and Index Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1860 Yamhill County, Census (images and index) $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems $ Free 1860 Census Index Surnames A-Z Free 1860 Census Transcription pg00433 pg00444 pg00446 pg00454 pg00472 pg00482 pg00496 Hosted at Census Guide 1860 U.S. Census Guide 1870 Yamhill County, Oregon Census Free 1870 Census Form for your Research Free 1870 Census Images and Index Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1870 Yamhill County, Census (images and index) $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems $ Hosted at Census Guide 1870 U.S. Census Guide 1880 Yamhill County, Oregon Census Free 1880 Census Form for your Research Free 1880 Census Transcription Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1880 Yamhill County, Census (images and index) $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems $ Hosted at Census Guide 1880 U.S. Census Guide 1890 Yamhill County, Oregon Census Free 1890 Census Form...

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Yamhill County, Oregon Cemetery Records

Most of these are complete indices at the time of transcription, however, in some cases we list the listing when it is only a partial listing. Cemeteries hosted at Yamhill County ORGenWeb Project Early Yamhill Cemeteries (List Only) Cemeteries hosted at Yamhill County USGenWeb Archives Amity Cemetery Buckhollow Cemetery, Index (no dates) Dundee Pioneer, Dundee, Oregon partial Friends Cemetery Newburg, Oregon Highland Cemetery Masonic Cemetery, Lafayette, partial Masonic Cemetery, McMinnville, partial McMinnville Evergreen Cemetery Noble Pioneer Cemetery, 5 Miles N W of Newberg O’Dell Cemetery Pike Cemetery St. James Cemetery, McMinnville Taylor Cemetery, Whitson Willamina Cemetery Cemetery Photos Hosted at Yamhill County USGenWeb Archives Dundee Pioneer Highland Cemetery Cemeteries Hosted at Yamhill County Oregon Gravestones Dundee Pioneer Cemetery Eureka Cemetery Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery McBride Cemetery McMinnville Old Cemetery O’Dell Pioneer Cemetery Cemeteries Hosted at Yamhill County Oregon Political Graveyard Cemeteries Hosted at Dead Man Talking Cemeteries Hosted at Graveyards & Gravestones Cemeteries Hosted at Interment Deer Creek Cemetery Odell Cemetery Pike Cemetery Taylor Cemetery Cemeteries Hosted at Oregon Find a Grave Agee Cemetery Amity Cemetery Bellevue Cemetery Brigittine Monastery Cemetery Brookside Cemetery Buck Hollow Cemetery Chehalem Mountain Cemetery Chehalem Pet Cemetery (Newberg) Deer Creek Cemetery Dundee Cemetery Evergreen Memorial Park Fendall Family Cemetery Fernwood Pioneer Cemetery Friends Cemetery GAR Cemetery Gibbs Cemetery Green Crest Memorial Park Greencrest Memorial Park Happy Valley Cemetery Hembree Family Cemetery Highland Cemetery Highland...

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Biography of Mrs. C. B. Cary

MRS. C.B. CARY. – This refined woman and intelligent lady, one of our earliest pioneers, comes of one of the old Virginia families of English or Cavalier origin; whose members, in the early days of the Old Dominion, took and held an advanced social position. She was born at Richmond in 1815, and at the age of four moved to Kentucky with her father, William Taylor. In 1831 she was married to Miles S. Cary, one of the pioneer sons of Kentucky, with his full share of southern chivalrousness and western energy. In 1835 they moved to Missouri, and were prospered in their efforts to make a home and carry on business. In the winter of 1842, however, their attention was called to the advantages of Oregon by a neighbor of theirs, a certain Squire Vivian, a merchant, who, on a visit to St. Louis on business, had found a pamphlet on Oregon written by Doctor Whitman, and was so much impressed by the value and possibilities of that country as there described that he determined to go thither the coming summer. The Carys, reading the document, also formed the same purpose. The Squire was unable to accomplish the design owing to the sickness of his wife; but the Cary’s collected their all into wagons and early in the spring of 1843, set out for the rendezvous on the...

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Biography of Philip F. Castleman

PHILIP F. CASTLEMAN. – Those who now make the trip in the palatial car across the continent from the populous cities and thickly settled districts of the union, and view the Pacific Northwest in its present development, can but faintly realize the dangers and privations the sturdy pioneers experienced in reaching here, nor yet understand the troubles they had with the red man who then roamed its confines at will, and knew no law save what pleased the savage heart the best. They often meet among its residents not a few upon whom the snows of many winters have fallen, – and fallen while braving the inconveniences of pioneer life. They see in them the man or woman whose years are well-nigh ended, with no evidences that the passing one has a history and a record which ofttimes is not only that of a pioneer, but one who undertook many a dangerous task in order to reclaim and build up this the fairest section of America. Among those who might pass unnoticed, except that he is a man of years, with kindly look and gentlemanly bearing, is the gentleman whose name heads this article, and who well might occupy a place with heroes. He was born on May 17, 1827 near Hodginsville, Kentucky, his ancestors being of Revolutionary fame. He received what education could be secured at the common...

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