Surname: Lanman

Lanman, Billy E. – Obituary

Summerville, Oregon Billy E. Lanman, 79, of La Grande died April 4 at the Grande Ronde Hospital. A celebration of his life will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center. Burial will follow at the Summerville Cemetery. Family members will host friends at a visitation from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Daniels-Knopp. Billy was born Nov. 9, 1928, to Ira L. and Hazel F. Lanman at the old Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande. His early life was spent in Summerville on a ranch and later on another ranch on Pumpkin Ridge. He went to school in Pumpkin Ridge and Imbler, graduating from Imbler High School in 1946. Soon after, he joined the Army and was stationed in Gen. MacArthur’s headquarters in Tokyo. After his honorable discharge he returned home and farmed with his father. Billy married in 1948 and the couple had five children. In 1979 he married Rita A. Nice and became a stepfather to three more, making that a total of eight children. He loved them all. He changed professions in 1965 and became involved in real estate. Moving to Eugene, he became a broker with a sales staff. In 1973, Billy returned to La Grande and had a real estate office and staff. Eventually, he closed the office and returned to farming. After retiring in 1993 he moved...

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Biography of John A. Lanman

John A. Lanman is one of the best known men in Wallowa County, and also in eastern Oregon, having spent a career of exceptional success in the capacity of rider of race horses in this section, while in his business enterprises since that time he has manifested talent and energy that have commended him to his fellows. John A. was born in Wayne County, Iowa, on October 23, 1859, being the son of William and Betsey (Dobson) Lanman, natives of Illinois. They soon removed to Iowa after their nuptials, about 1843, and twenty years subsequent to that time they crossed the plains with their family to Boise, Idaho, and the next year came to the Grande Ronde valley. In 1865 the father took his present farm as a homestead, situated seven and one-half miles southwest from Summerville. In 1901 he retired from active business and now resides in Summerville. At the age of fourteen our subject was sent for by Joe Lamara, of Walla Walla, to ride the latter’s horse, Tom Benton, in a race. John A. was compelled to ride the entire distance of ninety miles to Walla Walla, but still he was in shape to place Tom Benton a winner in the race, thus capturing a purse of two hundred and fifty dollars for himself and two thousand for the owner. That commenced a career of jockey...

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