Pioneer Woman Who Walked Across Plains La Grande Star: Mrs. John Baker, wife of John Baker, of this city, an old and highly respected pioneer of Oregon and Union county passed away at an early hour yesterday morning at the home of her son-in-law, Frank P. Childers, after a lingering illness of many weeks duration. Apoplexy and old age were responsible. Mrs. Baker commenced to sink rapidly about midnight and passed away at an early hour in the morning. Mrs. Baker leaves behind to mourn her departure, her husband, John Baker, the grand jury bailiff, a son Charles Baker , and Mrs. W.S. Wines. Mrs. Baker’s demise was not unexpected as she was quite aged and has been ill for some time. The funeral will be held from the Childers home on Washington Avenue at 2 o’clock this afternoon. Dr. J. D. Gillian officiating. There is in the death of Mrs. Baker a story of perseverance and fortitude that only were made possible in the pioneer days of long ago. In 1862 Mrs. Baker crossed the plains, not in a Pullman coach, but at the rear of an old fashioned prairie schooner. Leaving her home in Sandusky, Iowa, in that year, she actually walked from that place every step of the way across the plains and mountains to the Grande Ronde valley, carrying with her at the time her...Read More
Collection: Union County Oregon Obituaries
Cove, Union County, Oregon Four-Year-Old Boy Passes On Robert Orien Baker, the four year old son of Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Baker, passed away at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Baker, at 5 o’clock March 7th, 1922, from pneumonia. He was born near Cove, January 27, 1918, and was four years, one month and 11 days old. His mother, Mrs. R. J. Baker, was laid to rest on March 4th, and he leaves his father, a brother and sister, besides other relatives. The remains were laid to rest beside his mother in Cove cemetery at 11:30 Wednesday morning. They are not dead, they have but passed Beyond the mists that blind us here Into the new and larger life of that serener sphere The La Grande Observer, March 13, 1922: Contributed by:Holly...Read More
Cove, Union County, Oregon Funeral services for Roy J. Baker, 84, Cove, will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at Dempsey’s Funeral Chapel. He died Wednesday at Valley View Manor following an extended illness. Rev. Paul O. Jewell of the First Methodist Church will officiate the services. Vault interment will follow at the Cove Cemetery. Baker was born Feb. 1, 1890 at Osakis, Minn., the son of George Baker and Hannah Saunders. They moved to Oregon in 1895, stopping in Union where they lived a short while. Later the family moved to the Cove area onto the old Payne farm now known as the Marvin Childers farm. Baker graduated from Cove High School in 1912. During part of 1905 and 1906,Baker was a substitute mail carrier to Nibley. He also hauled cream from Cove to Union. He married Amy R. Barker in November 1912 at Cove and she preceeded him in death in 1922. In 1916, he purchased the old Daughtery ranch from Dr. Corpe, where he and his family lived until he sold it in 1952 and moved into Cove. His main interest were cattle and sheep production. Baker was a member of the Cove Methodist Church; Odd Fellows Lodge, of which he was a past grand master; Rebekah Lodge; and the Farm Bureau. He was the first president of the Union County Cattlemen’s Association in 1948 and was...Read More
Elgin, Union County, Oregon Former Pioneer Lady Answers Final Summons Mrs. Sarah A. Baker, former Elgin resident, but a resident of Freewater the past several years, died in a Walla Walla hospital July 3. Funeral services and interment will be at Freewater July 5. Mrs. Baker was born in Lampasa, Tex., November 16, 1868. She came to Oregon with members of her family who settled in the present location of Elgin in 1876. She was then only 12 years of age, and lived here until 1937, when she moved to the Freewater district. Her husband, Allen Baker, member of a local pioneer family, died at Freewater in 1937. Mrs. Baker is survived by four children, Mrs. H. G. Masterson, Freewater; James N. Baker, Freewater; J. . Baker, Los Angeles and Mrs. H. F. Dawartz, Portland. She leaves also four brothers, W. M. Horrell, Halfway, Ore.; B. F. and A. E. Horrell, Freewater, and Merrit Horrell, Eureka Calif. Seven grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren also survive. Elgin Recorder July 12, 1945 Contributed by: Larry...Read More
La Grande, Union County, Oregon Charles Aberley, formerly well known as a citizen and enterprising business man of La Grande died a few days ago in the Asylum for the insane of this State. Mr. Aberley has been an inmate of the Insane Asylum for several years. His case was one of peculiar symptoms and was evidently occasioned by softening of the brain. Up to near the time of his death, he retained a lingering consciousness of his identity and when called on, as he frequently was by his numerous friends and acquaintences, he seemd to realize momentarily, who he was and had been, but would at once drift into a state of semiconsciousness. Poor Charley once so robust, the perfect model of physical manhood, the latter portion of his life proved to be a void, a blank. He leaves an estimable wife and lovely child to mourn his loss, the former with tender womanly affection, having clung to him like the green myrtle to the decayed trunk of the great oak, until it had been prostrated by the stormy hand of time. Mountain Sentinel, Saturday September 29,...Read More
La Grande, Union County, Oregon La Grande, Jan.5 (Special)–Mrs. Martha B. Ackley, second white child to be born in La Grande, died here at the age of 89 years, all of them spent in this city. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Lane came to La Grande in August, 1862, and took up thier residence in a log cabin in Old Town–then the center of the town. She was born the following year. Mrs. Ackley is survived by five of her ten children; 32 grandchildren; 55 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. The children are:Mrs. Lulu Burnett and Oscar Ackley, of La Grande, Mrs. Carrie Glascow, of Jefferson, Ore., Mrs. Velva Cornforth of Boise, and Mrs. Lena Faye Ryckman, of Seaside, Cal. [The year on this is 1953; she actually died on Dec 31, 1952. The ‘B’ is for ‘Belle.’ Her mother was Eliza Jane Womack. [I do not know what newspaper(s) these came from–all I have is the clippings, with no dates or any identifying markings. Lulu Maude (Ackley) Burnett was my great-grandmother; Martha Belle (Lane) Ackley was her mother.] Donated by Ceridwen...Read More
La Grande, Union County, Oregon In La Grande, March 26th., of Diphtheria, Agnes, daughter of Charles and Francis Adams, aged 5 years and 6 months: “There is no flock, however watchful tended, But one dead lamb is there There is no fireside, however defended But has one vacant chair. Mountain Sentinel, Saturday April 6,...Read More
La Grande, Union County, Oregon Iris May Adler, 79, of 1604 Portland St., La Grande, died Friday, Aug. 5 at the Valley View Manor here after an extended illness. Funeral services were held at Dempsey’s Funeral Chapel here on Monday, Aug. 8. Rev. Boone White officiated, with burial at the Summerville Cemetery. She was born on August 26, 1886, in Alice and had resided in Union County for her entire lifetime. She was a member of the First Methodist Church, the Francis Brown Auxiliary, the Union County Historical Society, and the Neighborhood Club. Survivors include the widower; William E. Adler of La Grande; one daughter, Mrs. Genevieve Carter of La Grande; a sister, Mrs. Lema Fuller of Alice; three grandchildren; and many friends. The Recorder August 11, 1966 Contributed by Larry...Read More
Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Willard, the 18 year old son of Thos. Akin of Enterprise, was drowned at Ray’s ferry while returning home from helping to cross cattle over the Grande Ronde river. Sam McAllister, who would have forded the river with him had he not stopped to talk with a man, a few minutes later saw the horse riderless in the stream and the boy in the river about 200 yards below. Before McAllister could rescue him the lad sank out of sight and at last accounts the body was not recovered. His father and uncle H.D. Akin went at once to search for it. Cove Ledger Thursday December 14,...Read More
Cove, Union County, Oregon Oregon City, Dec. 14 – Isaac Allison aged about 55 years, was killed this afternoon at 4 o’clock by falling on a steam woodsaw while it was in motion. He came out of a wood shed and attempted to pass between the wood pile and the saw table, when he slipped and fell on the saw when it was making about 100 revolutions per minute, the steam having just been turned off. The saw caught his right shoulder and nearly severed the body, cutting off the lower part of his heart. He left a widow and four grown daughters, three of whome are married. The coroner’s jury returned a verdict of accidental death. Cove Ledger Thursday December 29,...Read More
Union, Union County, Oregon Died, in Oakland, California, January 7, 1925, Mrs. Maggie P. Ames, age 89 years. Maggie Pelham, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cyrenus Peham, was born at Malone, Clinton county, Iowa. In 1861 she was married to George W. Ames and started as a bride across the plains in a prairie schooner. They landed in the Grande Ronde Valley in 1862. It is said they were the first white folks to cross the river to where Cove now stands. They purchased a tract of land that suited them, and today Union is built on a considerable portion of the Ames land. They homesteaded what is now the E. Draper place in High Valley and later bought up land near it. They engaged in farming and stock raising and Mrs. Ames was as active in the work as her husband until death separated them in 1904, when Mr. Ames passed on. Mrs. Ames continued her residence in Union until about 8 years ago when she went to California to spend her remaining days with her sister, Mrs. Esther Metcalf, of Oakland. Mrs. Ames was one of the early pioneers of Union. She was a great worker, endured many hardships and privations in early days here and was rewarded with great prosperity. She was a good Christian woman and a faithful member of the Adventist Church for the...Read More
North Powder, Union County, Oregon James Anderson, for the past 30 years a resident of North Powder, died here at 12:45 Wednesday afternoon. He became ill Christmas day, but had been in poor health several years. Mr. Anderson was born in Hancock county, Indiana September 6, 1863. He came west 40 years ago and to North Powder 30 years ago. He is survived by his wife, and four daughters; Mrs. Nellie Lowe of Glendale, Cal.; Mrs. Mary Crawford of Seattle, Wash.; and Mrs. Nola Miller of Portland; Mrs. Mildred McConnell of North Powder. Funeral services were held Friday at 2 p.m. at the M.E. church. Miles Blokland and the Odd Fellows lodge of which the deceased was a member, in charge. Interment was in the North Powder cemetery. Oregon Trail Weekly North Powder News Saturday, January 7,...Read More
Union, Union County, Oregon Death of a Pioneer At nine o’clock yesterday morning, Moses Angell, a pioneer resident of the coast, died at the residence of L.B. Rinehart. Deceased has lived in Union county for someyears making his home with Mr. and Mrs. Rinehart since 1886. For many months his health has been failing and he had been under the physician’s care for the past year. Mr. Angell was bron in Illinois coming to the Pacific coast in ’49. There are many friends who will mourn his death. The funeral took place this morning attended by many of the friends of his lifetime. Eastern Oregon Republican, Thursday July 4,...Read More
Drowned at Radium” Unable to keep above the water after he had abandoned a tire tube to which he clung for support while learning to swim in the tank at Radium Springs, Roy Angell, 24 years old, a young rancher of Haines, was drowned Monday afternoon about 3:30 before others who were swimming in the pool could reach him. Angell had gone off to a section of the pool alone. For a time he held to the edge of the pool but becoming a little more certain of his ability as a swimmer he abandoned all caution and struck out for himself. July 12, 1926 newspaper story Contributed by Larry...Read More
La Grande, Union County, Oregon Archer A. Antles, 76, died Wednesday evening at his home in La Grande. Mr. Antles was born Sept. 2, 1910, to Avril A. and Lula Mae (McCallister) Antles at Stanton, Neb. He moved to Cove with his family in March 1911 and graduated from Cove High School in 1929. On Aug. 18, 1932, he married Eleanor Davis at Cove. He farmed in Cove until 1935 when he went to work for the Gardner Cove Store until 1941. He moved to La Grande and worked as a brakeman for the Union Pacific Railroad until 1966 when an accident forced him to retire. He then worked for La Grande Lumber Co. and retired in 1975. He loved fishing and woodworking He was a member of the United Methodist Church and United Methodist Men of La Grande. He was active in the senior meal program. Survivors include his wife Eleanor of La Grande; son Arden A. Antles of Vernal, Utah; grandsons, Randy, Ricky and Robert; two great granddaughters; a sister Juanita Kail of Yakima Wash; and several nieces and nephews in Yakima, Portland and La Grande. A sister, Helen Conklin of Cove, and brothers, Dr. Floyd Antles of Seattle and Harry D. Antles of Yakima, died earlier. A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Sunday at the La Grande United Methodist Church with the Rev....Read More
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