Surname: Gray

Gray, Sarah Sylvina – Obituary

Mrs. G. G. Gray Rites Tuesday Mrs. G. G. Gray, 84, died at her home in Lower Cove Sunday morning after a long illness. Sarah Sylvina was born to Merrell and Nancy Jane Jasper Aug. 11, 1855, near Corvallis. She was the second child and eldest daughter of a family of eight. At the age of 13 she moved with her parents to the Grande Ronde valley and settled near the home where she lived her entire married life. Two years after settling in eastern Oregon, the mother passed on, leaving the responsibilities of the family to Sylvina. On February 22, 1874, she was married to George Grant Gray who preceded her in death 12 years ago. To this union ten children were born, three of whom preceded her in death. Survivors include three sons and four daughters: George M. and Nathan T. of lower Cove, Joseph T. and Dillie Millering of La Grande, Mrs. Sarah Conley, Mrs. Anna Miller and Mrs. Bessie Childers of Cove. One brother, George M. Jasper of Meridian, Ida.; and aunt, Mrs. Martha Lewis of Portland; 22 grandchildren, besides other relatives also survive. Mrs. Gray had spent 71 of her 84 years in the Lower Cove neighborhood. She was a member of the Baptist church for more than 30 years. Funeral services will be held at the Summerville chapel at 2:30 p. m. Tuesday....

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Gray, Verda O. – Obituary

Elgin-La Grande 1895-1998 Verda O. Gray, 103, a lifetime resident of the Grand Ronde Valley, died Wednesday, Nov. 18, at a foster care home run by Dave and Brenda Hickey in Perry. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Daniels Funeral Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., with the Rev. Tim Overton-Harris of the La Grande United Methodist Church officiating. Private interment will be at Island City Cemetery. Mrs. Gray was born June 5, 1895, in Elgin, to William and Hulda Ohms. She went to school in Elgin, graduating from high school in 1913. She married Joseph T. Gray on Sept. 22, 1914, in La Grande. He died in 1963. The Grays owned and operated a service station. She also worked as a clerk for J. C. Penney’s and as a receptionist for Dr. Ferdinandsen’s veterinary clinic. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in La Grande, and she had belonged to the Cherry Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star in Cove. She enjoyed hunting, fishing and bowling. She is survived by a daughter, Reba A. Laird of La Grande; a sister, Helen Chandler of La Grande; six grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren, and eight great-great grandchildren. Two daughters, LaNeta Buchanan and Maiva McFerren; two grandsons, and three sisters, Margaret Wiles, Nellie Gurley and Gladys Chadwick, died earlier. Memorial contributions may be made...

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Gray, Barbara Jean – Obituary

Union, Oregon Barbara Joan Gray, 70, of Union, died March 20 at the Grande Ronde Hospital. At her request, there will not be a formal service, but all are welcome to attend a gathering in remembrance at 11 a.m. Saturday at the VFW Hall in Union. The family requests no gifts or food. Barbara was born Nov. 21, 1936, in Enterprise. She was educated in La Grande, graduating from La Grande High School and attending what is now Eastern Oregon University. Barbara married Wade Crook in Portland; they later divorced. She lived in Seattle for many years and worked as a typesetter for various newspapers, including the Post Intelligencer and the Seattle Times. Upon retirement she moved back to the Grande Ronde Valley. Barbara loved animals and the outdoors. Although declining health kept her increasingly indoors, she loved watching the birds and squirrels come to her patio feeders. Her part-Siamese cat, Surena, was an important part of her life. Barbara had a lifelong love of reading and was a talented writer, leaving a legacy of poems, essays and short stories. Using her typesetting skills, she designed and published a treasured family history book as well as an annual family newsletter. Very active in the community, Barbara served on the Union City Council and volunteered with the annual Grassroots Festival. She received Union’s 2005 Woman of the Year award. Survivors...

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William K. Gray

Chief Yeoman, Navy; of Halifax County; son of B. P. and H. E. Gray. Husband of Anna B. Gray. Entered service Nov., 1917, at Little Rock, Ark. Sent to St. Helena, Va., then to the U. S. S. “Cape May.” Made six trips across on transport duty. Mustered out at Newport News, Va., Aug. 23,...

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Elmina Ellen Todd Gray of Ashfield MA

GRAY, Elmina Ellen Todd8, (Horace L.7, Lyman6, Asa5, Gershom4, Gershom3, Michael2, Christopher1) born March 4, 1864, married Nov. 28, 1888, William Gray, who is a descendant of John and Priscilla Alden both having come to this country in the “Mayflower”. He is a farmer and lived in Ashfield, Mass. Children: I. Lucy Alden, b. Oct. 4, 1889. II. Frank Lyman, b. Jan. 12, 1892. III. Charles Cross, b. July 16,...

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Biographical Sketch of R. M. Gray

R. M. Gray, attorney at law, Mattoon; was born in Pleasant Grove Tp., Coles Co., Dec. 27, 1848; his father, James C., was one of the early pioneers of this section; his early life was that of a. farmer’s son; in addition to his common school education, at the age of 19, he entered Westfield College, Clark Co., Ill., and remained one year; he next attended an academy in his native township, two years, under the supervision of Prof. T. J. Lee; in the fall of 1870, he entered the law department of Michigan University, from which he graduated in March, 1873; he then entered the office of Maj. James A. Connolly, in Charleston, Ill., and remained till the spring of 1875; he then came to Mattoon and entered upon the practice of his profession, in connection with H. W. Magee; soon after locating, he was appointed City Attorney, and held the office one year; in 1877, he formed a co-partnership with Charles Bennett, which lasted one year; in 1876, he was elected State’s Attorney for Coles Co., which position he now holds; since the spring of 1878, he has been practicing his profession alone, and though comparatively young in the work, has already shown himself ” a workman that needeth not to be ashamed....

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Biographical Sketch of James C. Gray

James C. Gray, farmer, deceased, Larna; was born in Washington Co., Tenn., Nov. 18, 1818; lived with his parents on the farm until 30 years of age, engaging with his father in farming until he married Mary A. Mitchell Nov. 9, 1848; she was born in Marshall County, Tenn., May 30, 1828; they have had nine children – Robert M., David L., Mary, Alexander D., William N., John H., Lizzie J., Naomi R., and Charles. Mr. Gray held the office of Road Commissioner two terms, was Constable two years and Town Clerk one term. Mr. Robert Gray is County Attorney, and held the office of City Attorney. Mr. A. Gray is Collector in this township at...

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Gray, Letty Belle Hall Mrs. – Obituary

LettyBelle Gray, 85, of Baker City, died Aug. 5, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center. At her request, cremation was held. Private inurnment was at Mount Hope Cemetery. Mrs. Gray was born on May 24, 1920, at California to Trustrum and Emily Hall. She was raised and educated in California, moving to Idaho where she worked as a licensed practical nurse. She met and married Fred Gray. They moved to Baker City where she was a homemaker. She was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. She also enjoyed gardening. Survivors include her husband, Fred Gray of Baker City; children, Bob McDaniel of Anchorage, Alaska, Phyllis Kurfurst and William McDaniel, both of Grass Valley, Calif., David McDaniel of Germany and a stepdaughter, Nancy Nelson of Baker City; two sisters; and numerous grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 42171 Chico Road, Baker City, OR 97814. Coles Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, August 12, 2005 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Biography of George C. Gray

GEORGE C. GRAY. – Mr. Gray was born in East Tennessee in 1840. His father was a farmer, and also an active worker as preacher in the Baptist church, and upon arriving in Oregon in 1853 laid a Donation claim near Corvallis, conducting his farm six days in the week and carrying on religious work on Sundays. It was in these surroundings that young George grew to man’s estate; and his first independent exertions were as a laborer in Corvallis from 1854 to 1860. In 1861 he went to the Oro Fino mines, and in 1862 brought cattle to Walla Walla, selling the beef at the butcher’s block until 1863. Early in the spring of that year he went to the granite creek mines on the John Day river, shoveling his way through snow across the mountains. Purchasing a pony train he was enabled to do a large business in packing, but sold out some time after to Ish & Hailey. For a number of years he was engaged in mining speculations, and enlarged his operations as packer by extending his range to Idaho, Montana and British Columbia, meeting by the way adventures, the recital of which would fill a volume. In 1868 he engaged in mammoth operations in cattle, supplying as many as fifty to eighty beeves per week to the markets in the mines. In all these...

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Biography of William H. Gray

WILLIAM H. GRAY. – This pioneer of pioneers, and historian of events in which he took so conspicuous a part, was born in 1810 at Fairfield, New York, of Scotch descent. While but a lad of fourteen, he lost his father and was apprenticed to learn the cabinetmaker’s trade, and even before finishing his time became foreman of the shop. Upon attaining his majority he studied medicine, and being a member of the Presbyterian church, and known as a promising young man, he was sought and intrusted by the American board with the work of going as missionary in company with Whitman and Spaulding to the Columbia river. His life on the Pacific coast is so intimately connected with the early history of our state that it is unnecessary to give the details here, as they will be found in the first volume of this work. We will mention, however, the circumstances of the three climacteric events of his life, – the first trip back East, his services in establishing the Provisional government and his trip back East once more for sheep in 1852. Having come with Whitman in 1836 across the plains in company with Sublette to the Green river; having assisted the other missionaries in the journey to Vancouver, and in establishing themselves at Waiilatpu; and having himself gone to Alpona among the Flatheads, – he determined...

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