Collection: Union County Oregon Obituaries

Barger, Cyrus W. – Obituary

Old Stage Driver Buried In Silverton Cyrus W. Barger, one of the oldest coach drivers in the north west, died in Portland, Wednesday of last week, at the age of 76. He was buried at Silverton last Friday, and his body was borne to its last resting place in a hearse drawn by a span of horses. His old whip which lashed the backs of his steeds for nearly fifty years laid in his hands. These were two of the aged man’s requests. Barger was one of the Overland stage coach drivers that made Baker in that day and there are several persons yet living in that vicinity that recall him to mind. North Powder News Saturday, January 10,...

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Banton, Henry Eugene (Gene) – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Services Set For Accident Victim Funeral services will be held this afternoon, Thursday April 28, 1955 at two o’clock from the chapel of the Snodgrass Funeral Home for Henry Eugene (Gene) Banton who lost his life early Monday morning, in the Union County powder house explosion. Rev. Gene Robinson will officiate and interment will be in the family plot of the City cemetery. He was born in La Grande, February 1895, residing here all of his life. He was a member of the B.P.O.E. No. 433 and the Mt. Emily Post No. 2990, Veterans of Foreign Wars. Surviving are his wife, Cassie; three step children, Lorna Baker of La Grande; Mrs. Fred Noe of Napa, California; Claude Baker of Oakland, California and one step granddaughter. Sisters surviving are Mrs. Alta Winburn, Mrs. Frank Poole and Mrs. Frank Young all of La Grande and one brother, J. W. Banton of Twin Falls, Idaho. Also, surviving are several nieces and nephews and an aunt, Mrs. Oscar Crossen of La Grande and two uncles, William and Jack McCauley, also of La Grande. Mr. Banton resided at 116 thirteenth St. and was foreman of the Union County highway shops. La Grande Eastern Oregon Review, Thursday, 28 April 1955, Front...

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Bacon, A. – Obituary

Union, Union County, Oregon Body Found. The body of A. Bacon, who was supposed to have been murdered by Sam Walters a few weeks ago, has been found on the bank of Snake river several mailes below the ferry by some men hunting for stock. The body was much disfigured by birds, but the glass eye which Bacon was known to wear was found near the head. This completes a chain of evidence which leaves no doubt as to Walters guilt. Walters asked a continuance of his case last week to enable him to send east for money to assist him in his defence, which was granted by the Court. Had he consented to a trial he would probably been cleared; but finding the body of Bacon puts a different face upon the matter. Grande Ronde Sentinel La Grande Saturday December 19,...

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Baird, Thos. Mrs. – Obituary

Union, Union County, Oregon Mrs. Thos. Baird’s Death The sad news of the death of Mrs. Lyda B. Baird, wife of Thos. Baird and mother of George Baird, the Union Merchant, was received here yesterday. She passed away at Boise City, Monday night at 10:30 o’clock. She was nearly 71 years old and raised a family of five sons and three daughters. She came to Union with her family in 1863 and resided here until about six years ago, when she removed to Woodriver, Idaho. She had been in Union for some time, visiting, until about two weeks ago, when she went to Boise, where she contracted her last illness. It is expected the remains will arrive here tonight for burial. Eastern Oregon Republican Wednesday, November 21, 1894 Laid to Rest The mortal remains of Mrs. Lyda B. Baird, who died in Boise as announced in our Wednesday issue, arrived here on Thursday evening’s train. Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church yesterday morning and the body laid to rest in the Union cemetery. Eastern Oregon Republican Saturday, November 24,...

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Baker, Alice, Mrs. – Obituary

Cove, Union County, Oregon Mrs. Alice Baker Called to Beyond Mrs. Alice Baker a prominent Cove woman, passed away yesterday evening following an illness of about two weeks. Funeral services will be held at the Snodgrass and Zimmerman mortuary tomorrow at 10:30 a. m. standard time, after which the body will be sent to her old home in Indianapolis, Ind. for burial. Mrs. Baker was born Mar. 31, 1887 and was 43 years one month and 22 days of age. She is survived by her husband Guy Baker, and a sister and brother in Indianapolis. She was a member of Cove Eastern Star. The La Grande Observer, May 23, 1930: Contributed by: Holly...

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Baker, Mary ‘Alice’ – Obituary

Summerville, Union County, Oregon Died January 6, 1988 Alice Baker, 89, a long-time Summerville resident, died Friday at the La Grande Nursing Center. Mrs. Baker was born Jan. 20, 1898, at Pendleton, to Alexander and Mary Alice (Cargill) Hudson. On July 1, 1920, she married Ray Orien Baker. He died on January 14, 1975. Mrs. Baker graduated from Monmouth Teachers College and later attended the University of Oregon. She taught school in Ukiah, Hermiston, Rieth, Milton-Freewater, Stanfield and Cove. Survivors include a brother, Elmer Hudson, Aloha; sister, Mildred Erwin, Salem; and other relatives and friends. A sister, Mable Farnam, and brothers John, Robert and James Hudson, died earlier. The funeral will be at 1 p. m. Wednesday at Daniels Valley Funeral Chapel with Jack Hart of the First Christian Church officiating. Concluding services will follow at the Summerville Cemetery. The La Grande Observer, Date Unknown Contributed by: Holly...

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Baker, Amy Mrs. – Obituary

Cove, Union County, Oregon Amy Barker, oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. I. Barker, was born in Minnesota, February 27, 1891 and died at the G. M. Baker home on March 2nd, 1922, after a short illness. At the age of sixteen she came with her parents from Minnesota to Pasco, Wash. where they resided for two years, then coming to Cove, where her education was completed and she was married to Roy J. Baker on November 3rd, 1912 when they made a permanent home on a farm two miles north of Cove. Mrs. Baker leaves her husband Roy J. Baker, two sons, Claude Edward, age 7, Robert Orien age 4, and a daughter, Lois Jean, age 8 months, her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. R. I. Barker, four brothers, Ray Barker of Salem, Guy Herbert and Gordon of Cove, also five sisters, Mrs. R. H. Daniel and Nellie, Lura, Berta and Dorothy of Cove, besides a host of friends for it can be said “to know her was to love her”. Mrs. Baker united with the M. E. church in 1910 and has ever been a faithful and willing worker in all Christian work. She was also a member of Mt. Fannie grange and at the time of her death held the office of Worthy Lecturer, one of the most important offices of the order. The...

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Banton, Cassie F. – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Funeral Rites Set Mrs. Cassie Florina Banton, 65, La Grande, died at a local hospital yesterday afternoon. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Saturday in the Dempsey-Snodgrass Chapel with the Rev. C. Kopp officiating. Burial will be in the city cemetery. Mrs. Banton was born in La Grande, Jan. 10, 1894 and was a resident here her entire life. She married Claude Baker in 1914 and the couple had three children. Mr. Baker died in 1928. In 1941 she married Eugene Banton who was a victim of the Union county powder house explosion in April 1955. She is survived by two daughters, Lorna Baker of La Grande and Mrs. Mary C. Noe of San Jose, Calif.; one son, Claude Baker of Oakland, Calif.; two sisters, Mrs. J. Y. Walnum of Island City and Mrs. Charles C. Bull of La Grande; one brother Ronald Goodnough of Salem; and one granddaughter. La Grande Evening Observer, Thursday, 5 Mar 1959, Page 8. Contributed by: Robert C....

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Baker, Earl Melvin – Obituary

Cove, Union County, Oregon Cove-Union Resident Dies at Local Hospital Earl Melvin Baker, 72, of Union, died at a local hospital following an extended illness on Thursday, April 29. He was a retired laborer who was born in Cove April 4, 1898 and had lived in the Cove-Union area all his life. Pastor B. B. Robeson officiated at funeral services at 10:30 a.m. Friday May 1, 1970, in Dempsey’s Funeral Chapel. Interment followed at Cove Cemetery. Surviving Mr. Baker are two sons, Everett Baker, Pendleton, and George M. Baker, Everett, Wash.; daughter Mrs. June Harris, Hermiston; two brothers, Ray Baker, Summerville, and Roy Baker, Cove; 15 grandchildren and two great grandchildren besides other relatives and friends. Eastern Oregon Review, May 7, 1970: Contributed by: Holly...

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Baker, George M. – Obituary

Cove, Union County, Oregon Funeral Services For Cove Man Set Funeral services for George M. Baker, 86 year–old Cove retired farmer, will be held in the Methodist church in Cove at 2 p. m. tomorrow. Baker, who died in Pendleton Wednesday following a long illness, will be buried beside his wife in Cove cemetery. Baker was born in Wisconsin, November 8, 1859, has been a resident of Union County 51 years. He is survived by three sons, Earl of Pendleton, Ray of Summerville, and Roy of Cove, in addition to seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. The La Grande Observer, May 31, 1946: Contributed by: Holly...

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Baker, G. Mrs. – Obituary

Cove, Union County, Oregon Dies in Cove Mrs. George Baker, a resident of Cove for over 40 years, died yesterday at her home there. She was past 77 years old and had been invalid for several years. Funeral services will be held at the Methodist church in Cove Thursday at 2 p. m. Rev. C. E. Callahan will officiate. Mrs. Baker was born Hannah F. Schoonhoven, Nov. 8, 1861; at Maiden Rock, Wis. Her parents moved to Osakis, Minn. when she was nine and resided there many years. She was married to Ed H. Saunders, Watford, Ontario, June 29, 1879 and had one child, Clark Edward, who now resides in California. Saunders died in 1882. She was married to George M. Baker, in Osakis, Feb. 12, 1889. In 1895 they moved to Oregon, where she lived the remainder of her life. Four children were born, Earl M. and Roy J. of Cove, Ray O. of Summerville and Eva M. who died seven years ago. Besides her husband and children, survivors include eight grandchildren; one great grand-daughter; two brothers, Orien of Portland and Henry of California. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church for 60 years. The La Grande Observer, April 19, 1939: Contributed by: Holly...

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Baker, Guy – Obituary

Cove, Union County, Oregon Guy Baker, former Cove resident, died early Sunday morning in the Veteran’s hospital in Walla Walla, where he had been the past three years. He is an uncle of Roy J. Baker. Eastern Oregon Review, January 4, 1946: Contributed by: Holly...

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Baker, Baby – Obituary

Child Of Mr. And Mrs. Guy Baker A baby was born to Mr. and Mrs. Guy Baker at the Wonderlick hospital May 8. The little one did not live and was laid to rest in Cove cemetery at 2 o’clock Friday. The La Grande Observer, May 10, 1930 Contributed by: Holly...

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Baker, Joe Mrs. – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon The death of Mrs. Joe Baker, wife of attorney Joe Baker of La grande, occurred at her son’s home near Wallowa the latter part of last week. The remains were conveyed to La Grande and interred in the Masonic cemetery Sunday. Elgin Recorder Friday June 2,...

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Baker, John – Obituary

John Baker’s Journey Ends Well Known Pioneer Passed Away Yesterday Was Among the Earliest Settlers of Grande Ronde. Funeral Arrangements Undecided John Baker, one among the very earliest settlers in Grande Ronde valley, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. F. P. Childers, yesterday before noon. He was 81 years of age last March. He has been in poor health of late and this coupled with advanced age left little hope for recovery. The deceased was a member of a very prominent family who reached this valley after a long and tedious journey with ox teams in the late fall of 1862. This band of homesteaders passed the following winter in a community camp, which was established near the base of Mt. Emily. In this vicinity Mr. Baker took up a homestead which was the family abiding place for a number of years, but later they moved to La Grande which has long been their home. His wife died several years ago. The surviving children are Mrs. Etta Wines, of Portland, Mrs. Childers, and Charles Baker of La Grande. The funeral will be held from the Henry chapel at 2 o’ clock Monday, overlooking the schools of the Elgin…(last line of text unreadable). The Sunday Morning Observer Sunday September 14, 1919 Front Page Contributed by: Tom...

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