Union County, Oregon
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B

Bates, Lucius
Beard, Infant
Bloom, James
Bogus Charley
Buckner, Harold
Bushman, Berton
Bushman, Clinton
C

Cameron, E. J.
Carroll, Jerome
Cates, Phebe
Charley, Bogus
Chrisman, Mrs. P. F.
Chrisman, Peter
Coleman, John
Connarty, Clias
Cooley, John
D

Davis, Nannie
DeBorde, Thomas
Duncan, Anna
E

Eakin, Ethel
Eakin, Mollie
Ege, Ebert
Ellsworth, Alice
F

Fisher, Infant
Floyd, Peter
Foley, John
Foredice, Robert
Foster, Eugene
Foster, Leroy
Fulp, James
G

Gale, Joseph
Geer, Eliza
Gent, James
Gooderham, Dena
Gooderham, Gerald
Gooderham, Steven
Gray, Charles
Green, Donald
Green, James
Groves, Nancy
H

Hackett, Mrs. William
Hardin, Jordan
Harrison, Harriet
Holgerth, William
Horton, Thomas
Huitt, James
I - J

Jones, Amos
Jones, J. N.
K

Keeler, Infant
Kelley, J. F.
Kelsey, Lorenzo
Koger, Silas
Koontz, Henry
L

Leasey, Joseph
Lee, James
Low, George
Low, R. E.
M

Mache Family
Mahan, Harry
Mahan, Marjorie
Maloney, James
McGuire, C. R.
Moe, Peter
Myrick, Robert
N

Nibley, James
Nodine, Fred
O - P

Palmer, Hannah
Parker, J. R.
Phy, John
Proebstel, William
Q - R

Randall, Abraham
Rees, Mrs. M. B.
Reynolds, Mrs.
Rigdon, David
Rinehart, Alvin
Rinehart, Charles
Rinehart, Franklin
Rinehart, Galvin
Rinehart, John
Rinehart, Leonard
Ross, W. W.
S

Schaffer, Unknown
Sheppard, Unknown
Sigmer, Unknown
Simpson, Edward
Sing, Unknown
Skiff, Infant
Slater, James
Sprague, Infant
Stover, Unknown
Sturtevant, Joseph
T

Tomson, Children
U - V

Unknown (1872)
W

Wade, Lucy
Wallace, Francis
Welch, A. J.
White, John
White, M. L.
Whitehead, H. L.
Wilkinson, John
Winn, J. S.
Woods, Joseph
Wright, Ruhanna
X - Y
Z

Zunimski, Unknown


Charley, Bogus

An Oregon paper reports the death, by consumption, of Bogus Charley, the accomplice of Captain Jack in the Modoc War and killing of General Canby. He died at La Grande, Oregon, having started from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to visit his sister in Lewiston, in Indian territory.

Source: The Burlington Weekly Hawkeye (Burlington, IA) - December 16, 1880
Contributed by S. Williams

Slater, James

YESTERDAYS
Today's Anniversaries

1899-James Harvey Slater, former U.S. senator from Oregon, died at La Grande, Ore. Born in Sangamon county, Ill., Dec. 28, 1826.

Source: Chronicle Telegram (Elyria, OH) - January 28, 1926
Contributed by S. Williams



James H. Slater

Ex-Senator and Prominent Oregonian Is Dead

An Honored Pioneer

La Grande, Or., Jan. 28 – Hon. J. H. Slater died this morning at his home in this city after an extended illness, aged 73 years.

(James Henry Slater was born in Sangamon county, Illinois, in 1826, where he lived until 1849, receiving his education in the common schools.  He was one of the many to come to California in 1849, and from there came to Oregon in 1850, settling at Corvallis, Benton county, where for two tears he was a public school teacher.  In 1853 he was appointed clerk of the United States district court and in 1854 was admitted to the bar.  He served in the territorial legislature of 1857, 1858 and 1859 as an independent democrat, and was also a member of the first state legislature.  From 1850 to 1861 he published a paper, called the Oregon Weekly Union, at Corvallis.  He was also, for a considerable time, postmaster at the town of Corvallis.  In the year 1863 he moved to Baker City, Oregon, where he practiced the law for four years, removing to La Grande in 1866.  The same year he was elected district attorney for the fourth judicial district, and held office two years.  In 1868 he was the successful democratic candidate for presidential elector and cast his vote for Seymour and Blair.  In 1870 Mr. Slater was the successful candidate for congress from Oregon and served two years during the forty-second congress.  During the next few years he resided at La Grande, where he practiced law and engaged extensively in agriculture and stock raising.  In 1878 he was honored by being elected United States senator for Oregon and served in that capacity for six years.  He retired to La Grande in 1885, but in 1887 was again called into public life by the appointment as railroad commissioner for Oregon.  His time in such office expired in 1889, since which time he has lived a retired life at La Grande, Oregon.

Source: Daily Eugene Guard (Eugene, OR) - Saturday, January 28, 1899
Bushman, Berton
Bushman, Clinton
Foley, John
Foster, Leroy
Myrick, Robert


BOYS BURN TO DEATH.

La Grande, Ore.- Five boys burned to death when their automobile struck a culvert and caught fire. Victims were Berton Bushman, 15; Clinton Bushman, 17; John Foley, 17; Leroy Foster, 16; Robert Myrick, 13. All lived at Perry.

Source: Evening State Journal (Lincoln, NE) - August 2, 1938
Contributed by Shauna Williams

Floyd, Peter

LAST SURVIVOR IS CALLED BY DEATH.

La Grande, Oregon, July 20-Peter Floyd, the last survivor of the mechanics who built the world famous Monitor died at his home here today. Floyd's death is regretted by all who knew him, and he counted his friends in the hundreds.

Source: Fairbanks Daily Times (Fairbanks, AK) - July 21, 1916
Contributed by S. Williams

Woods, Joseph

HE DROVE STAGES IN DAYS OF REAL SPORT

La Grande, Ore., Dec. 26-Joseph Clarence Woods, 73, one of the few surviving stage coach drivers of the early days of the west, died here today. Woods, who had lived here since 1900, drove the old time stage coach carrying President and Mrs. Warren G. Harding at the old Oregon Trail celebration at Meacham in 1923. In the '80s he drove stage coaches in Colorado and New Mexico.

Source: The Helena Independent (Helena, MT) - December 27, 1928
Contributed by S. Williams

Buckner, Harold

AIR MAIL PILOT FOUND DEAD IN LONELY CABIN

La Grande, Ore., Jan. 19-Harold E. Buckner, 32, of Boise, Idaho, Varney air mail pilot, whose legs were broken Friday when his plane crashed near Cove, Oregon, was found dead today by a party of La Grande men when they reached the isolated trapper's cabin where Buckner was confined awaiting aid from the outside world.

Source: Lima News (Lima, OH) - January 20, 1929
Contributed by S. Williams

Low, George
Low, R. E.
Zunimski, Unknown
Sigmer, Unknown


OREGON

Spreading rails wrecked a train two miles west of La Grande Dec. 30 and Engineer R.E. Low, Fireman George Low and two tramps named Zunimski and Sigmer were killed.

Source: The Mountain Democrat (Placerville, CA) - January 9, 1892
Contributed by S. Williams

Hackett, Mrs. William

At her home at Legrand, Oregon, Sunday, December 3rd, occurred the death of Mrs. Wm. Hackett, a former resident of Fairbury.

Deceased was about 71 years old. The family left here some 10 years ago. Mr. Hackett was a blacksmith and there were several sons.

Source: The Fairbury Journal (Fairbury, NE) - Friday, December 8, 1905
Contributed by Kristin Vaughn

Green, Donald

Donald B. “Burt” Green of Milton-Freewater died Oct. 17 at his home; he was 69. The memorial service will be at a later date in Gualala, Calif.

Green was born Jan. 28, 1922, to Wilbur and Nell Gritton Green in Wilton, Calif. After high school, he joined the US Army and served during World War II. He attended the University of Oklahoma while he was in the service. After his discharge, he owned and operated a meat locker in Elk Grove, and later operated a steak house there for many years.  On May 24, 1972, he married June Munroe in Carson City, Nev. They moved to the northern coast of California, where they owned and operated a restaurant. They retired in 1988 and moved to Milton-Freewater in 1990. While living in Milton-Freewater, he cut meat at Big Apple Warehouse Food Store. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Ingle Chapel Congregational Church, BPOE No. 2146, American Legion in Elk Grove, and a member and past president of Native Sons in California. Survivors include his wife at home; three daughters, Marsha Holmes of Elk Grove, Judith Ann Davis and Sally J. Bauer, both of Lakeport, Calif.; a sister, Donna Borba of Sacramento, Calif.; and a brother, Evan Green of Sacramento; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Source: Valley Herald (Milton-Freewater, OR)
Contributed by Kathie Marynik

Mahan, Harry

HARRY R. [Ralph] MAHAN, 81, of La Grande, Ore., died March 25 in La Grande. He was born Jan. 23, 1905 in Santa Paula. He was a Ventura County resident for 60 years. He taught at Moorpark High School and served on that school board and also on the Ventura County School Board. He was a lifetime Elk and had been in the Lions Club. He spent many years as secretary/treasurer of the Moorpark United Methodist Church. He was an officer in the Ventura Power Squadron. He ranched in Eastern Oregon before he retired in La Grande.

He is survived by his wife Marjorie of La Grande; two daughters, Shirley Robb on Boise and Marilyn Steele of Camarillo; a son, Michael of Prosser, Wash.; a sister, Lila Stephens of Ventura; a brother, Art Mahan of Moorpark; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held in La Grande. Memorial donations may be made to the Heart Association.

Source: Camarillo Daily News (Camarillo, CA) - April 13, 1986
Contributed by Kathie Marynik

Mahan, Marjorie

Marjorie [Abbey] Mahan [nee Dawley], age 87, died June 8, 1996. She lived most of her life in Ventura County. She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening and knitting. Her years on the ranch in the Balcom Canyon area were devoted to raising her family and her animals; ponies, dogs, cats, cattle, and birds. She enjoyed traveling throughout her life and recently visited the Northwest, Hawaii, and Texas. Marjorie was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Mahan, in 1986. She is survived by her three children and their spouses, Shirley and Earl Robb of Boise, Idaho; Marilyn and Lee Steele of Camarillo [CA]; and Michael Mahan of Presser, Wash. She also had seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, a brother, John Dawley, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins who will miss her dearly. Interment will be in La Grande, Ore. A memorial service will be shared at a later date.

Source: Ventura Star (Ventura, CA) - June 12, 1996
Contributed by Kathie Marynik

Proebstel, William

La Grande, Ore. - The death of William Proebstel, and Oregon pioneer of 1852,occurred at this home near La Grande September 1. He was 78 years of age. He leaves a wife and family of five children. Two daughters, Mrs. Hattie Eckley and Miss Pollie Proebstel, live in La Grande. Two sons are residents of Arizona, and the other son lives in Montana.

Source: The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA) - September 6, 1907
Contributed by Robyn Greenlund

Leasey, Joseph

La Grande— News has been received from Fox Hill that Joseph Leasey was accidentally killed by being thrown from a wagon loaded with wood. Leasey and a number of others from Island City went upon the hill for wood. It is supposed that the accident was caused by a brake of the wagon giving way, but no particulars have been received.

Source: The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA) - December 3, 1896
Contributed by Robyn Greenlund
Nodine, Fred

Union, Ore. – Fred Nodine, a pioneer farmer and cattleman of this place, who died a few days ago, was about 80 years of age, and at one time was the richest man in Union county, but for many years he had been blind and in abject poverty. He was buried in the cemetery which he presented to the city 50 years ago. He leaves an aged wife.

Source: The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA) - September 10, 1907
Contributed by Robyn Greenlund

Gale, Joseph

An Old Pioneer Gone

Ex-Gov. Joseph Gale, who dates his residence in Oregon from 1834, died at his home in Eagle Valley, Union county, on the 13th December.  He was one of the three commissioners who constituted the only government of what is now Oregon and Washington territory, prior to the organization of Oregon Territory.  He passed his entire life on the frontier, and had been many years past a resident of Eagle Valley.  He was one of the first settlers of Washington county, and built the first saw mill in the county early in the forties on what is known as Gale creek, a small tributary of the Tualatin.  Gale’s peak, an abrupt and slightly point of the coast range foothills, near the old mill site is well known to nimrods of the present days.  Mr. Gale was a worthy citizen, and a frontiersman of a type rapidly vanishing from earth.  The record is silent as to his exact age, but it must have bordered closely upon four score and ten years.

The Eugene City Guard (Eugene, OR) - Saturday, December 31, 1881
Contributed by Jim Dezotell

Carroll, Jerome

Died Jerome M. Carroll, aged 13 years, died at the Eugene hospital September 8, 1906, from the effects of an operation for appendicitis. He and his mother had been visiting his uncle, W. T. Carroll, in this city.  The remains were taken to his home at Union, Union county, for burial.

The Eugene Daily Guard (Eugene, OR) - Monday, September 10, 1906
Contributed by Jim Dezotell

Harrison, Harriet

Funeral Services Today for Mrs. Harriet Harrison

LA GRANDE, Nov. 22 (Special)— Mrs. Harriet Jane Harrison, 78, who came from Iowa to Oregon in 1865, died at her home here Wednesday.  Funeral services will be held here Saturday afternoon with Rev. C. O. Heath officiating.  Survivors include a daughter, Rosella H.  Elmer of Halfway; a son, M. Avery Harrison, La Grande
business man; a brother, Joseph Buchanan of Burns, and three sisters, Mrs. Joseph Spencer of La
Grande; Amanda Martin of Portland, and Eliza Martin of Moro.

The Oregonian (Portland, OR) November 23, 1935
Contributed by Barbara Ziegenmeyer

Palmer, Hannah

La Grande, Ore. – Mrs. Hannah Palmer, better known as “Grandma” Palmer, died May 25 after a short illness. Mrs. Palmer has many distinctions, among them the fact that she rode on the first railroad train ever built in the United States. She was 97 years of age, and the oldest woman in La Grande.

The Spokesman-Review Spokane, WA) - May 27, 1910
Contributed by Robyn Greenlund

Sturtevant, Joseph

Joseph Sturtevant, Formerly of Harney County, Dies at La Grande

Joseph Sturtevant, aged seventy-one, died yesterday at 10 o’clock at the Darland Hotel, following a week’s illness from liver trouble. Mr. Sturtevant, who was a retired miller, was born in Lowborough, Canada, May 28, 1848. He leaves to mourn his loss, three brothers, T. H. of Formosa, Kansas; Harry J., and Grant, who is a farmer in the Fruitdale section; three sisters, Mrs. H. C. Lawyer, of this city, Mrs. Nate Stafford, of Formosa, Kansas; Mrs. Jane Hawley, of Chicago; and Mrs. George Hawley, of New York. The funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 o’clock from the Hobnenkamp chapel, and interment will be in the Masonic cemetery – La Grande observer, Feb. 2 Joe Sturtevant was a resident of this city of years where he formerly conducted the flour mill. When he sold out here he went to Portland for a time but later bought property in La Grande where he had since resided. Many of the pioneer people of this place regret his demise.


The Times-Herald (Burns, OR) Saturday, February 7, 1920
Contributed by Jim Dezotell

Lee, James

James Lee, an old resident of Union county, who lived on Ramo flats, near the town of Union, died last Thursday. He was buried in Union cemetery by the Grand Army.

The Oregonian (Portland, OR) Tuesday, October 29, 1895
Contributed by Jim Dezotell

Bates, Lucius

Lucius Bates, an aged soldier, died of paralysis April 20. The deceased left a wife and four children, and they receive a small government pension. The funeral services took place at 2 p.m. today at the First Methodist church, the interment being in the city cemetery, under the auspices of Oliver P. Morton post, No. 36, Grand Army of the Republic.

The Oregonian (Portland, OR) - Tuesday, April 23, 1895
Contributed by Jim Dezotell

Kelsey, Lorenzo

L. S. Kelsey, 60, a prominent resident of North Powder, was killed when an automobile skidded and turned turtle four miles south of Haines. Miss Nellie Slater, 16, suffered a fractured skull and internal injuries, and may die. Three other occupants of the car were slightly injured.


The Ontario Argus (Ontario, OR) - Thursday, May 22, 1913
Contributed by Jim Dezotell

Randall, Abraham

The Oregonian (Portland, OR) - Monday, December 14, 1896

Northwest Dead


Abraham Randall, an old pioneer of Union county, died November 24, at his home near the Wilhelm bridge, near Sand ridge, and was buried on Thanksgiving day in the Lower Cove cemetery.  Mr. Randall was born in Indiana.  In early life he moved to Ohio, and from there went to Jasper county, Iowa, about 1848.  He came to Oregon in 1863, and had since lived in Grand Ronde valley.  Mr. Randall had reached the advanced age of 87 years.

The Oregonian (Portland, OR) - Monday, December 14, 1896
Contributed by The History of Today

Mache Family

Will Exhume The Bodies

The Pine Valley Tragedy to be Investigated by the Coroner.

Union, Or., Jan. 22 – Coroner Lang, a deputy district attorney, a deputy sheriff and a number of other people left Union for Pine Valley this afternoon for the purpose of exhuming the bodies of the three Maches who were killed by Kelsay Porter on New Year’s day.  Porter is the only witness to the shooting.  The bodies, except the woman’s, were buried without being dressed, and there was no coroner’s inquest held.  The object of the examination is to enable the state to better prosecute the case.  It is expected that the examination will show the direction and distance from which the shots were fired, and other material facts.

The Oregonian (Portland, OR) - Thursday, January 23, 1896
Contributed by The History of Today

Nibley, James

Made Sure of Death

Suicide of James Nibley at La Grande

After Cutting His Throat From Ear to Ear With a Razor, He Jumped Into the River

BAKER CITY, Or., Aug. 2 – James Nibley, 60 years of age, committed suicide this morning after cutting his throat from ear to ear with a razor, he jumped into the river.  His body was recovered.  The deceased was manager of the Oregon Lumber Company’s store near this city.  He had shown signs of insanity for several days.

The Oregonian (Portland, OR) - Monday, August 6, 1896
Contributed by The History of Today

Eakin, Ethel

Died

In Union, Union county, Oregon, Ethel, only child of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Eakin, aged 1 year, 3 months and 6 days.

The Eugene City Guard (Eugene, OR) - Saturday, August 31, 1878


Died - Union, Union county, Oregon.  Ethel aged 1 year 3 months and six days, only child of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Eakin.

The Oregon State Journal (Eugene, OR) - Saturday, August 31, 1878
Ellsworth, Alice

Died

In La Grande, July 6th, 1878, Alice Georgia Ellsworth, aged 9 years and 9 months.

The Eugene City Guard (Eugene, OR) - Saturday, August 10, 1878
Welch, A. J.

DIED - News has just reached us that our former townsman, Mr. A. J. Welch, died at La Grande, Baker county, about two weeks ago.  Mr. Welch was long a resident of this place and for four years held the office of County Treasurer.  He possessed the happy faculty of winning and retaining the respect and good wishes of all who knew him, and he leaves a large circle of acquaintances who mourn his early death, and each one drops a kindly word to his memory.

Oregon State Journal  (Eugene, OR) - Saturday, April 16, 1864
DeBorde, Thomas

Cove, Or., April 23 - (Special) - Thomas J. DeBorde, another one of Cove's early-day settlers, was buried April 20.  He was born in Grant county, Wisconsin, April 22, 1841, and married Miss Sarah J. Franklin in Webster county, Ia., June 2, 1865.  Mrs. DeBorde and four daughters are dead.  Seven children survive: Thomas W. and John F. of La Grande; Benjamin I DeBorde of Cove; four daughters, Mrs. Amy Valentine, Mrs. Dollie Surby, Mrs. Minnie Coons, Mrs. Christine Musick, all of Cove, and a grandchild, Miss Hattie DeBorde, a student of Monmouth Normal school.

Mr. DeBorde crossed the plains by team with wife and six children in 1882, coming to Baker.  Four years later he came to Cove for final residence.

The Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) - Thursday, April 24, 1919
Foster, Eugene

Died, at Cove, Saturday 4:30 p.m. of typhoid fever, Eugene Trussle Foster aged 33 years and 5 months.  The deceased was born in Lake Mills, Wisconsin Aug. 4th, 1857.  His mother died at the same place in 1860.  In the spring of 1881, Eugene came to Oregon, and excepting a short time spent in Walla Walla has since been a resident of Cove.  His life has been an active one in business circles.  He first was engaged as clerk for the ld firm Payne and Jaycox and since has been in business for himself both with his father and Mr. Jaycox of Union.  At the time of his death he owned an interest in the mercantile firm Foster, Bridges & Co. also in the Cove flouring mill.  A short time before the attack of the dread disease, he went to Eugene to be at the bedside of his brother-in-law, Mr. Union Wilson who was suffering with typhoid fever.  Eugene proved himself a faithful nurse and in a few weeks returned to Grande Ronde with Mr. Wilson, but was in poor health himself and when the fever overtook him, was unable to successfully combat its fierce burnings.  After a brave struggle lasting over two weeks, with kind and loving friends to administer to his every want, peacefully and almost motionlessly was ended his earthly mission, though it seemed only fairly begun.  The funeral took place Monday afternoon and was conducted by the Masonic order of which the deceased was a member.  Prominent members attended from Island City and Union.  An affecting sermon was preached by Rev. A. LeRoy of La Grande to a large congregation and expressions of deep sympathy for the sorrowing widow and relatives and regrets that so useful a member of society should be called from a life of integrity and well doing.

The Oregon Scout (Union, OR) - Thursday, January 8, 1891
Kelley, J. F.

J. F. Kelley died in Cove, Union county, July 21, 1900, aged 42 years.  He was one of Cove’s prosperous merchants and had been a resident of that place for a number of years and was highly respected in that community.  He leaves a wife and six children.

East Oregonian (Pendleton, OR) - Wednesday, July 25, 1900
Chrisman, Mrs. P. F.

Died – In Cove, Wednesday, August 11th, at the residence of James Bloom, Mrs. P. F. Chrisman.  The deceased was sick but a few days before her death.  She was aged about sixty-two.  Funeral took place on Thursday at 11 o’clock.

The Oregon Scout (Union, OR) - Saturday, August 14, 1886
Phy, John

Sad Accident

Died – At Cove, Union county, Oregon, Sep. 10, 1886, John A., son of J. M. and Margaret Phy, aged 10 years and 5 months.

The circumstances attending the death of the little boy were sad indeed.  Willie, an older brother, went to a drawer for the purposes of getting some envelopes, finding a self-cocked revolver lying on the top of the papers, he used the precaution to remove it for fear of an accident, whereupon, from some unknown cause the pistol discharged, sending a 32-caliber ball through the forehead of the deceased.  The mother, being in an adjacent room, hearing the report, ran to the spot, only to find her little angel boy struggling in death, and in a few minutes his little innocent spirit took its flight beyond the river, where it is to be hoped a brighter life awaits him.

‘Tis sad to part with friends on earth, but when we consider the little sunshine and many clouds, the little sweet and much bitter, the little joy and much sorry, incident to life, we should, instead of mourning for the departed, rejoice that one so young and so pure should be called  from the care, anxiety and sorrow of this, to a better life.

The little boy who handled the revolver, is frantic with grief, but of course no one attaches any blame to him.

The citizens, in large numbers showed their sympathy for the bereft family, by attending the funeral services, which were conducted by Rev. W. R. Powell.

The Oregon Scout (Union, OR) - Saturday, September 18, 1886
Chrisman, Peter

Died, in Cove, at the residence of his son-in-law James Bloom, Jan. 26, Peter F. Chrisman, after an illness of several weeks.  Mr. Chrisman was well known and universally respected for his integrity and good qualities.  He was born in Lee county, Virginia, Feb. 8, 1821; came to Oregon in 1865, and he has been a resident of Union county continuously for eighteen years.  His last wants were gently administered to by his son, Isaac Chrisman, and daughter, Miss Sarah, Mrs. Bloom and Mrs. Fisher.

The Oregon Scout (Union, OR) - Thursday, January 30, 1890
Ross, W. W.

Killed – Mr. W. W. Ross, an old resident of this county, who has been engaged in canvassing for books for several years past, was thrown from his buggy near Island City, yesterday, and killed.  We were unable to get fuller particulars up to the time of going to press.

The Oregon Scout (Union, OR) - Friday, July 27, 1888
Foredice, Robert

Drowned – Last Saturday, while Robert Foredice, the 19 year old son of Jno. M. Foredice, of Elgin, was bathing in the Grande Ronde river, near Morelock’s crossing, with some companions, he was seized with a cramp or attack of heart disease and was drowned before any assistance could be given him.  The funeral took place Monday.

The Oregon Scout (Union, OR) - Friday, July 27, 1888
Ege, Ebert

Died – In this city, Friday, July 20th, Ebert, the 8 years old son of R. V. Ege.  The funeral took place Saturday.

The Oregon Scout (Union, OR) - Friday, July 27, 1888
Geer, Eliza

Mrs. Eliza Geer, of Cove

Salem, OR., Feb. 5 – Governor Geer today received word that his step-mother, Mrs. Eliza Geer, died today at Cove, Union County, Or.  Deceased was born in Missouri, November 12, 1839 and was married to H. J. Geer October 14, 1866.  She left two sons.

The Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) - Wednesday, February 6, 1901
Reynolds, Mrs.

A Mrs. Reynolds died in the Cove last Saturday, who was perhaps the largest woman on the Pacific Coast.  Her weight was 450 pounds.  It required for her interment a coffin seven feet long, three feet high and four feet wide.  It was said she was a sister to the “big woman” with Sells Bros. circus that visited Oregon the past summer.

East Oregonian (Pendleton, OR) - Saturday, November 17, 1888
Rees, Mrs. M. B.

Mrs. M. B. Rees, died at Cove, January 20.  She was born in Missouri, February 10, 1841, and came to Oregon with her parents in 1845, settling in Marion county.

Daily Capital Journal (Salem, OR) - Monday, January 30, 1899
Tomson, Children

A Shocking Accident

Last Thursday night while Gilbert Tomson and wife were attending church at this place, their house was totally destroyed by fire.  Four of their children, aged respectively, thirteen, eleven, seven and four years, were in the house.  The two oldest made their escape, but the two younger children were burned to death before assistance could reach them.  The remains of the children were placed in a neat coffin and burried [sic] in the Lostine cemetery.  The funeral services will be conducted by Elder Conway, Sunday, Dec. 7th.

The Oregon Scout (Union, OR) - Friday, December 12, 1884
Koontz, Henry

A few days ago Henry Koontz, well known in this section, while out hunting on Burnt river, Baker county, accidentally discharged his gun and killed himself.  He was found shortly afterward.

Source: The Oregon Scout (Union, OR) - Saturday, July 18, 1885
Gent, James

Quite a sensation was caused by the drowning of Mr. James Gent, of Indian valley.  He was living at Moore & Galloway's mill, and on Sunday went out fishing, but did not return, and when the news was spread of his being missed, several parties gathered along the river in search of him.  Some of his clothes and his hat were found but up to Monday noon the body had not been found.  Mr. Gent was a native of Missouri, and came West in 1881, and has remained here ever since.  He leaves a wife and six children to mourn his loss.

The Oregon Scout (Union, OR) - Saturday, July 18, 1885

The body of James Gent, who was drowned at Fish Trap on the 12th was found on the evening of the 14th, after remaining in the water about 30 hours.  He was buried in the Summerville cemetery on the 15th.

Source: The Oregon Scout (Union, OR) - Saturday, July 25, 1885
Moe, Peter

Sunday last Mr. Peter Moe, an old resident of Grande Ronde Valley, and father of Mrs. Willis Skiff, of this city, was here visiting his daughter, who has been sick.  In the afternoon he took his team and started home, but was found that evening about 4 o'clock, lying by the road side a few miles this side of this house, in a helpless condition.  His team was standing a few yards away.  It seems he had sustained a stroke of paralysis, and fell from the wagon, and the horses stopped of their own accord.  He was conveyed to his home, where he slightly recovered, but lingered along and died about 6 o'clock next morning.  He was buried in the La Grande cemetery, the funeral taking place Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Moe was aged about 76 years, and was well known throughout the county, having lived here since 1864.  Many will regret to hear of his sudden death.

Source: The Oregon Scout (Union, OR) - Saturday, August 1, 1885
Davis, Nannie

LaGrande, Or., Oct. 23 – (Special) – the funeral of Mrs. B. A. Davis, who died Thursday noon, will be held tomorrow afternoon from the Henry chapel.  Mrs. Davis, 61 years old, has been a resident of this vicinity of 20 years.  She leaves her husband and seven children: Mrs. Myrtle MacBeth of Wallowa; Mrs. Lela Brant of North powder; Mrs. May Walker, Tom, Bert, Ed and Clyde, all of this city.

Source: The Sunday Oregonian (Portland, OR) - Sunday, October 24, 1920
Koger, Silas

Mrs. Silas Koger

La Grande, Sept., 21 (Special) – Funeral rites will be held for Mrs. Silas Koger, 85, Cover in the Cove Baptist church Friday at 2 p.m.  A resident of Cove since 1892, Mrs. Koger was born in Lennenf, Mo., January 16, 1955.

Source: The Oregonian (Portland, OR) - Friday, September 22, 1939
Fulp, James

Cove, Or., Feb. 3 – (Sepcial) – Funeral services for James R. Fulp, 78, a pioneer of Cover were held here Friday with burial in the Cove cemetery.  Mr. Fulp’s late home was in Pine Valley.  He was born in 1851 in Wisconsin and was visiting Medford when he died.  He is survived by two sons, Elmer of Cove and Desmond of Waldport.

Source: The Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) - Tuesday, February 4, 1930
Cameron, E. J.

Mr. E. J. Cameron, a resident of lower Cove, died, after an illness of two weeks, of lung troubles, Friday of last week.  He left a wife a child to mourn his untimely taking off.

Source: The Oregon Scout (Union, OR) - Friday, December 7, 1888
Coleman, John

John Coleman died Thursday at the home of his brother, near Mount Emily, Union county, at the age of 61.  His death is ascribed to heart trouble.

Source: Daily Capital Journal (Salem, OR) - Monday, February 1, 1897
White, M. L.

Major M. L. White, of Cove, died Thursday.  He formerly resided in East Portland.  Last summer he submitted to an operation, in which one of his legs was amputated, and he never fully recovered.  He had just received the appointment of postmaster.

Source: Daily Capital Journal (Salem, OR) - Monday, February 1, 1897
Bloom, James

James Bloom, a pioneer of Cove, Union county, died at Walla Walla where he went to undergo an operation.  Mr. Bloom has been ill for a few weeks.  He was buried at Cove.

Source: East Oregonian (Pendleton, OR) - Friday, may 2, 1902
Duncan, Anna

Died – In Lower Cove, Dec. 1st., Anna Duncan, beloved wife of Wesley Duncan.  The deceased was born in Pike county, Illinois, June 24th, 1858, and with her parents moved to Johnson county, Missouri, in Sept. 1868, where her marriage occurred Sept. 10, 1878.  The next year she and husband moved to Oregon.  Mr. Duncan has the entire sympathy of the community.

Source: The Oregon Scout (Union, OR) - Friday, December 9, 1887
Jones, J. N.

Frightful Accident In Union County

J. N. Jones, Brother of Mrs. Neely, Of This City, Dies In Agony Of Pain

J. N. Jones, a highly respected citizen of Cove, met death Thursday in a frightful manner.  Mr. Jones was steering a traction engine across a bridge, in west of Cove, Union county.  At the futher edge of the bridge the approach gave way and the rear end of the engine sank down, pinning Mr. Jones to the dirt wall.  The steam valve gave way and for nearly an hour the hot water and scalding steam poured over the unfortunate man litterlly cooking the skin and flesh.  After being extricated Mr. Jones was taken to his home at cove where he died in agony after suffering about ten hours.  The accident occurred at the bridge over Catherine creek just west of Phy’s point.

Mr. Jones was a brother of Mrs. H. C. Neely, of this city, and was about 40 years of age.  Mrs. Neely left on Friday of last week on hearing of the sad accident and attended the funeral of her brother.

Source: Malheur Enterprise (Vale, OR) - Saturday, July 2, 1910
Horton, Thomas

Thos. Horton, a nine year old son of J. Horton, died Tuesday morning, after a brief illness, of inflammation of the stomach.  The funeral was held Wednesday in connection with the ceremonies attending the burial of Mrs. Wright.

Source: The Oregon Scout (Union, OR) - Friday, December 14, 1888
Wright, Ruhanna

Died -  In Cove, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 1888, Mrs. Ruhanna Wright, aged sixty years.  The deceased was ill only a few days before her demise.  The funeral sermon was preached, Wednesday, by Rev. G. M. Irwin, after which the burial took place.

Source: The Oregon Scout (Union, OR) - Friday, December 14, 1888
Jones, Amos

Amos K. Jones of Union, one of the founders and editors of the Scout, and postmaster of that city, died at his home last Tuesday.  He has been connected with the Scout for the past 15 years, and was highly respected by the community.  He was a native of Lane county.

Source: Daily Eugene Guard (Eugene, OR) - Friday, January 6, 1899
Schaffer, Unknown

A Union County Homicide

Another bloody chapter was added to the history of Union county on Saturday night, March 1st.  A man by the name of Arnold who was an employee of the Grand Ronde Lumber Co., was camped about six miles above Hilgard, went to La Grande last Saturday and returned home drunk.  He arrived home late and had a dispute with his cook, a man by the name of Ward, and a man by the name of Cobb was called in to decide the matter, both agreeing to abide by the decision.  Cobb took sides with the woman, and a general knock down followed, in which Arnold came out pretty badly bruised.  Cobb then left the room, and Arnold secured a knife and went to the a house close by which was occupied by a man by the name of Schaffer and demanded admission which was denied.  Arnold supposing that Cobb was in the house, forced the door open and stabbed Schaffer in the breast, from which he died in a few minutes.  Arnold was taken to La Grande where he passed a preliminary examination, and was sent to jail to await the action of the grand jury.

Source: The Eugene City Guard (Eugene, OR) -  Saturday, March 15, 1890
Hardin, Jordan

La Grande, Or., Feb. 6 – (Special) Jordan C. Hardin, aged 65, died Wednesday at his home, following an extended illness.  He leaves a widow and six children, four brothers and one sister.  The funeral will be held tomorrow.

Source: The Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) - Saturday, February 7, 1920
Wilkinson, John

John Wilkinson, a pioneer of Union, was buried at that place Sunday.  He was taken to Walla Walla about a week ago to receive treatment for gangrene, caused by the scratch of a copper tack in his shoe.

Source: Daily Capital Journal (Salem, OR) – Tuesday, October 9, 1906
Contributed by The History of Today
McGuire, C. R.

Aged East Oregonian

La GRANDE, Aug. 8 – C. R. McGuire, an aged citizen of Summerville, died Monday, and was buried yesterday with Masonic rites.  He was born in 1812 and moved to this county 25 years ago.  During the past 15 years he has been a sufferer from cancer.

Source: The Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) – Saturday, August 10, 1901
Eakin, Mollie

Mrs. Mollie Eakin

Died at Salem, Oregon, June 24, following an operation for gall stones on the 22nd.  She was a daughter of Egilton Walker, a pioneer of Lane county, and a brother of the late Albert Walker, of this city.  She was married in Eugene to Robert Eakin, a member of a family who were also well known in Lane county's early days.  They removed to LaGrande, Oregon, and made their home their until Mr. Eakin was elected Chief Justice of Oregon.  They made their home in Salem the remainder of their lives.

After the death of her mother, her father made his home with them at LaGrande until his death.  Judge Eakin died about a year ago.  Mrs. Eakin's funeral was held in the Presbyterian church in Salem, Monday, the 26th, at 3:30 p.m.  The body was shipped to LaGrande for burial.  W. F. Walker, who was a first cousin of Mrs. Eakin attended the funeral.

Source: The Springfield News (Springfield, OR) – Thursday, June 29, 1922
Green, James

Peculiar Death Of James P. Green

James P. Green, who for 15 years or more has been a resident of Coburg came to his death near La Grande, Oregon, Wednesday, October 4, under very peculiar circumstances.  He had not been in good health for a year or two, but was not really sick.  He had been at the home of his son, Orval Green, at La Grande, for some time, and had gotten on a branch train to go to the home of another son, W. H. Green, at Joseph, Oregon.  When the conductor came to take up his ticket, he found Mr. Green sitting upright in his seat, but failed to get his attention.  Upon examination, he found that he was dead.

The funeral and burial took place at Coburg Sunday afternoon; the funeral being conducted by Rev. H. A. Van Winkle in the Christian church, the burial being in charge of Marion Veatch.

Mr. Green was born in Texas, and spent his youth in Iowa, his middle life in Kansas and his later years in Oregon.  He was 74 years old last July.  His wife died in Coburg several years ago.  He leaves eight sons and two daughters.  They are: Mrs. Geo. Ditto, of Springfield; Mrs. Clyde Sidwell and T. O. Green, of Coburg; J. S. Green, of Harrisburg; W. H. Green, of Joseph, Oregon; Orval Green, of La Grande; Irvin Green, of Alleghany, California; John and Fred Green, of Seattle; and Arthur Green, in California, who was out of communication and could not be reached.  All of them except Arthur were present at the funeral.  All of those from outside points visited the Ditto family here, who were hampered in their movements by the sickness of their little daughter, recently out of the hospital.

Source: The Springfield News (Springfield, OR) – Thursday, October 12, 1922
Sheppard, Unknown
Unknown (1872)


DIED – Two convicts at the penitentiary died last week – one, a man named Sheppard, and an Indian – both from Union county.  Their disease was consumption.

Source: Willamette Farmer (Salem, OR) – Saturday, March 23, 1872
Simpson, Edward

SUICIDE BY DROWNING – The Oregonian give the particulars of a suicide committed on Tuesday last, a short distance above Vancouver.  At the last term of the Circuit Court for Union county, a man named Edward Simpson was found guilty of the crime of assult [sic] with intent to kill.  He was sentenced by the Court to imprisonment in the penitentiary for two years.  On Tuesday morning, accompanied by Sheriff Warnick, of Union county, Deputy Sheriff McDonald, and another prisoner named Dan Williams, Simpson started from the Dalles on his way to Salem.  Although known to be a desperate man, it was never supposed that his desperation would lead him to contemplate self-destruction.  He was heavily ironed (with a sixteen pound Gardner shackle around his ankle) and closely guarded.  On his way down from the Cascades, and a short distance from Vancouver, Simpson desired the privilege of going down from the cabin to the deck.  Sheriff Warnick never dreaming that Simpson meditated anything wrong, allowed the request.  Leaving Deputy Sheriff McDonald to guard Williams, Warnick started with Simpson.  The prisoner led the way, the Sheriff following but a few feet behind.  No sooner had Simpson passed from the cabin door to the side of the boat than, without the least warning or motive but apparently that of self-destruction he leaped over the railing into the water.  So quickly was the leap taken, that the Sheriff could not offer the least resistance to prevent the rash and fatal act.  Simpson disappeared beneath the water as soon as he touched it, and was seen no more.

The alarm was given and the boat stopped as soon as possible, but all to no purpose.  Fettered and weighed down by the shackle, no swimmer could keep himself afloat for a moment.  After looking in vain for the body, the boat came on down.

Source: Willamette Farmer (Salem, OR) – Saturday, May 25, 1872
Contributed by The History of Today

Cooley, John

The remains of John Cooley were buried in the Union cemetery, Sunday.

Source: The Oregon Scout (Union, OR) - Saturday, August 8, 1885
Holgerth, William

Killed By Accident

Wm. Holgerth, 12 years old, son of Chas. Holgerth, of Indian Valley, while out hunting near his father’s place, in company with another boy by the name of Wm. Blaine, was fatally wounded by the accidental discharge of a gun.  It seems that the two boys were creeping through the underbrush, Blaine in advance, when his gun becoming entangled, was discharged, the contents entering the side of young Holgerth inflecting a frightful wound.  Dr. Rinehart, of Summerville, was sent for, but nothing could be done to save the life of the unfortunate boy, who died about 2 o’clock next morning, Thursday.

Source: The Oregon Scout (Union, OR) - Saturday, August 22, 1885
Cates, Phebe

Died

CATES – At Baker city, August 18th, 1885, at 4:30 o’clock P.M., Mrs. Phebe Cates, aged 71 years 8 months and 14 days.

The remains were brought to Union on Wednesday for interment, and were followed to the grave by a large concourse of sorrowing friends and relatives.  She was buried I by the side of her husband, Spencer Cates, who died March 16th, 1869.  Mrs. Cates, since her marriage, in 1842, has been a member of the Old School Baptist church, and ever lived a consistent and hopeful Christian, and having served well the years, three score and ten, allotted to mankind, passed peacefully away in the firm faith of a blessed immortality.  She leaves five sons and one daughter to mourn her loss, and many old friends who sincerely regret that her life was not spared for many years.

Source: The Oregon Scout (Union, OR) - Saturday, August 22, 1885
Fisher, Infant

Cove, August 26th, 1885

Died – Tuesday, Aug. 25, 1885, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Fisher, of Cove

Source: The Oregon Scout (Union, OR) - Saturday, August 29, 1885
Keeler, Infant

Died – Wednesday night Sept. 9th, infant son of G. L. Keeler

Source: The Oregon Scout (Union, OR) - Saturday, September 12, 1885
Skiff, Infant

Mr. and Mrs. Skiff’s infant son, aged about five months, died Tuesday forenoon and was buried Wednesday.

Source: The Oregon Scout (Union, OR) - Saturday, September 19, 1885
Sprague, Infant

Prairie Creek
September 9th, 1885

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Sprague buried their infant daughter, last week.

Source: The Oregon Scout (Union, OR) - Saturday, September 19, 1885
Beard, Infant

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Dave Beard died at Goose creek, last Thursday and was buried on Saturday.  The child was about two months old.

Source: The Oregon Scout (Union, OR) - Saturday, October 24, 1885
Maloney, James

A Tragedy

James Maloney is Shot by Jacob Knapp

The Affray At Sparta

The Killing is the Result of a Family Quarrel

Knapp In The County Jail

A shooting affray occurred at Sparta, on Tuesday last, which resulted in the instant death of James T. Maloney, the hotel keeper of that place.  The shooting was done by Jacob T. Knapp, is brother-in-law.  The facts as near as we can get at them are as follows:

Moloney [sic] and his wife, accompanied by an adopted daughter, about 16 years of age, by name Miss Laura Edwards, came from the Malheur country to Sparta about a year ago and opened a boarding house.  The whole family were in the habit of indulging in periodical rows, which were kept up to such an extent that the neighbors ceased to pay any attention.  On Tuesday morning, however, Maloney who was in the house with his wife and the girl, started in to give them both a beating, which raised such a disturbance that several men who were up the street started for the house to see what was going on.  Knapp, Mrs. Maloney’s brother, running considerably ahead and entering the house first, before the others got there they heard the report of a revolver, and Knapp emerged from the house with a revolver in his hand, and shut the door, instantly the door was opened by Maloney, who staggered out and exclaiming “Boys I’m killed,” fell over into the arms of Wm. Ellis, and was carried back into the house where he expired in about ten minutes, without speaking again.  Knapp gave himself up to the authorities and was taken before Justice Fuel, and waiving examination was held to await the action of the grand jury. He arrived in this city Thursday morning in charge of Mr. Ellis, and is now in jail.  He is about 27 years of age, and was always considered a quiet and peaceable man.

Source: The Oregon Scout (Union, OR) - Saturday, October 31, 1885
Whitehead, H. L.

Died – Mr. H. L. Whitehead, of Island City, died at that place last Saturday morning.  He had not been well for several years, and his death was not entirely unexpected.  His death will be greatly felt, as he was a man of considerable prominence in business circles, and had many personal friends.  The funeral took place on Sunday, and was conducted by the Masonic order, of which the deceased was a member in high standing.  A large concourse of people were in attendance.

Source: The Oregon Scout (Union, OR) - Saturday, October 31, 1885
Connarty, Clias

Edward Smith shot and instantly killed Clias Connarty, near Union, Oregon, Dec. 31st.  Smith was under the influence of liquor and it seems the killing was unprovoked.

Source: The Eugene City Guard (Eugene, OR) - Saturday, January 4, 1890
Rinehart Children

William Rinehart and wife of Summerville, have within the past three weeks buried six children, their entire family, from diphtheria.

Source: The Eugene City Guard (Eugene, OR) – Saturday, August 28, 1880
Bogus Charley

“Bogus Charley,” a Modoc Indian of some renown, died of consumption at La Grande on the 30th ult.  A coffin was procured and the body decently interred at the expense of the county.

Source: The Eugene City Guard (Eugene, OR) – Saturday,  1880
Rigdon, David

Lost Valley Items
Feb. 20, 1881

Mr. David Rigdon, an old time resident of this vicinity, died recently at La Grande, in Union county.  Your readers will recollect that while an employe at the Malheur Reservation last summer, he was very seriously injured by being thrown from a load of hay, since which time he has been confined to his bed.  He was a good citizen, a kind son and brother, and his aged mother and other relatives have the sympathy of all.

Source: The Eugene City Guard (Eugene, OR) – Saturday, February 26, 1881
Winn, J. S.

Much excitement has prevailed in Baker county relative to the death and subsequent disposal of the remains of J. S. Winn at Baker City some days ago.  As soon as Mr. Winn was taken sick he sent for his mother, in La Grande, to come to him, and in the meantime making affidavit before Judge Elmer that he had not sufficient means for his immediate necessities, he was placed in the care of Dr. Brown, keeper of the county poor.  Before Mrs. Winn reached Baker City he was buried.  Upon her arrival she decided to have the remains removed to La Grande; but was horrified to find that they had been taken away, the coffin having been broken in from the top.  Search was immediately instituted, and after several days the corpse was found buried in Dr. Atwood’s barn, alongside the manager, in a perfectly nude state.  It was brought to La Grande and received decent burial on Tuesday.  The friends of the deceased were amply able to have cared for him had they been properly informed of his condition.

Source: The Eugene City Guard (Eugene, OR) – Saturday, November 19, 1881
Wallace, Francis

Sentinel: F. A. Wallace, an old and highly esteemed citizen, living four miles from LaGrande, was found in his field on Wednesday, uncounscious, with the horse he had been riding standing near.  He was taken to his house and lingered in an unconscious state until some time in the night, when he died without speaking a word from the time he was found.

Source: The Eugene City Guard (Eugene, OR) – Saturday, December 13, 1879
Sing, Unknown

The Union county papers say that a Chinawoman, wife of Sam Sing, of Union, fell into the creek there and was drowned.

Source: Grant County News (Canyon City, OR) – Saturday, May 29, 1880
Wade, Lucy

DEATH RECORD.  Mrs. Thomas Wade died at Island City, Friday evening, and was buried in the Summerville cemetery, Sunday.  She had been a resident of Union county since 1871.  Wayne Wade of Lostine is a son.

Source: Wallowa County Chieftain (Enterprise, OR) - Thursday, October 14, 1909
Transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
Stover, Unknown

A cabinet make in La Grande by the name of Stover, fell dead on the 21st, while in the act of sawing a piece of timber.

Source: The Guard (Eugene, OR) – Saturday, February 6, 1869
Groves, Nancy

Obituary of Nancy L. Groves.

Nancy L. Huff was born near Salem, Ill., May 6th, 1832, and came to this county with her parent in 1871. She was married to Wm. J. Groves in 1876 and with two sons they removed to Oregon in 1886, leaving a son buried in the cemetery west of Wauneta. A daughter came to them in 1887 and later they lost another son.  A few years ago the father died suddenly from heart failure caused by the shock of a broken arm. Since his death the family has lived at Monmouth, Oregon, the location of the state normal school, where the son and daughter attend school.

The son, Ray H., was in San Francisco during in terrible visitation but was unhurt. Recently the mother and her daughter Helen were visiting at the home of Mrs. Laura Foster, a sister of Mrs. Groves, at Portland. The latter retired one night seemingly well, but in the night her daughter found her unconscious. A physician was called at once who pronounced her condition due to a stroke of paralysis, caused by a broken blood vessel on the brain. Without recovering consciousness she passed away July 6, 1906, and was buried in the cemetery at North Powder, Oregon, near the remains of her husband and son, also her parents, S. A. and Mary A. Huff.

She was a noble daughter and sister, wife and mother. The sympathies of old friends and neighbors will go out to the bereaved son and daughter, and to her surviving brothers and sisters.

Mrs, Groves was a devoted admirer of Mrs. Kilmer and her poetry. She once wrote to a sister in Sedan:  "When Mrs. Kilmer dies I hope some one will see that this poem of hers is reprinted." Then followed a written copy of her poem "Tender and True." When the first eulogy of Mrs. Kilmer was published the sister found that it closed with this poem, and sent a copy to Mrs. Groves, to whom the words would now fittingly apply.

Source: Sedan Lance (Sedan, KS) - Friday, July 20, 1906
Contributed by Don Tharp

Gray, Charles

Mr. W. P. Gray, received a letter from Hilgard, Union county, Tuesday evening, saying that his brother Chas. Gray had died at his home there, and that Josh was dying, but giving no particulars as to the cause, whether from accident or otherwise.

Source: The Grant County News (Canyon City, OR) – Thursday, February 25, 1892
Gooderham, Gerald

Formerly of La Grande
1929-2013

Gerald "Jerry" Arlo Gooderham, 83, died March 16 in Coos Bay.

Jerry was born in Baker City on Sept. 11, 1929, to William and Laura Gooderham. He graduated from La Grande High School in 1947 and soon began courting Norma Jean Campbell. They were married in 1950.

After the birth of their children, Jerry and Norma moved to Portland and later settled in Coos Bay. Jerry enjoyed hunting and fishing and had a deep love for his family. One of his hunting buddies was quoted as saying, " I never met anyone who didn't like Jerry."

He is survived by his wife, Norma; two daughters, Kristine Franz and Julie Gooderham; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Later in his life, he suffered the loss of two of his children, Jeffery in 1998 and Dena in 2007.

Source: The Observer (La Grande, OR) - Monday, March 25, 2013

Gooderham, Dena

Dena Gooderham, 53, formerly of La Grande, died May 16 of natural causes in Coos Bay. Arrangements are under the direction of Coos Bay Chapel.

Dena was born Jan. 28, 1955, in La Grande. She was a homemaker and dedicated mother with a deep love for music and her cherished pet cats. She was baptized as a child in the First Christian Church of La Grande.

Survivors include her daughter, Amanda Bork; one grandson; parents, Jerry and Norma Gooderham; and sisters, Kris Franz and Julie Haines.

Source: The Observer (La Grande, OR) - Friday, May 25, 2007
Gooderham, Steven

Steven Douglas Gooderham, 62, of Vancouver, Wash., and formerly of La Grande died Oct. 12 at the Veterans Hospital in Portland. A military service was held at the Willamette National Cemetery Oct. 17.

Steven was born on May 30, 1945, to Wayne and Lois in La Grande. In 1952 his mother married Alfred Martens and the family moved to Portland. His siblings, Susan, Pam and Bill, were born. The family traveled around Oregon as Alfred helped build the I-84 and I-5 freeways.

Steven graduated from Madison High School and joined the Army. He served two of his four years in Germany. Two hours after receiving his discharge papers, his platoon was deployed to Vietnam.

Steven married Carol and had two children, Wayne Lee and Wendy Dee. He then married Linda and the couple had William and Wanita. Those who knew him say he was a loving father to his children as they were the love of his life.

He learned his love for hunting and fishing from his father, and brother, Mike. Four years ago, COPD caused him to give up his hobbies in the outdoors and the hunting and fishing he loved so much. He had spent much of his lifetime on his boat with many friends and family.

During the last 18 months of his life, he lived with his daughter, Wendy, and her partner, Joe, where he enjoyed the house full of grandkids and had much joy and happiness.

Survivors include his children, Wayne, Wendy, William and Wanita Gooderham, six grandchildren, siblings and their spouses, Mike and Patty Gooderham, Bill and Denise Martens and Pam and Dan Maggs; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Lois Martens; father, Wayne Gooderham; stepfather, Alfred Martens; sister, Susan Hart; and nephew, Ryan Hart.

Source: The Observer (La Grande, OR) - Friday, October 19, 2007
Parker, J. R.

On the 8th, at Elgin, Idaho, a newly married couple named Parker, who two hours before had been pronounced one, were sitting together in the house of the bride’s parents, when a ten year old brother of the bride came up with a pistol, which he had taken from a trunk, and thought to scare his sister by pointing the weapon toward her but the gun was discharged, sending the contents into his brother-in-law, the ball entering the forehead and produced instant death.

Source: The Eugene City Guard (Eugene, OR) – Saturday, January 19, 1884
White, John

LaGrande Man Killed By Train

La Grande, Ore., April 4 – John White, cobbler, was killed here late last night when his automobile and a Union Pacific passenger train collided at a grade crossing.

Del Brown, a passenger in the White automobile, leaped to safety.  White apparently attempted to leap but fell beneath the wheels of the train.  Eyewitnesses said the train whistled and ground to a stop in less than 100 feet from where the accident occurred.

Source: Eugene Guard (Eugene, OR) – Friday, April 4, 1930
Huitt, James

James William Huitt II, 83, of La Grande died Feb. 19 at St. Lukes Hospital in Phoenix, Ariz. Viewing will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday Feb. 25 at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. A memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday Feb. 26 at Daniels Chapel. Burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery.

Mr. Huitt was born Oct. 21, 1921, to James W. and Pearl Apling Huitt in Portland. He grew up in the Sherwood area, and served in the Navy during World War II. On May 4, 1946, he married Clary S. Johnson. The family lived in Tygh Valley from 1953 to 1973 where he worked for the Tygh Valley Lumber Company. In 1973 they moved to La Grande. He enjoyed fishing, carpentry and being with his family. His crazy humor and many thoughtful ways will be missed by those who loved him.

Survivors include his children, Lynda and Phil Peterson of Cove, and James and Melody Huitt III of Union; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; four brothers, Wesley and Ralph Huitt both of Bandon, Glen Huitt of Tigard and Jerry Huitt of Oregon; and two sisters, Nancy and Norma, both of Coos Bay. His wife died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Phoenix Volunteer Fire Department in care of Daniels Chapel.

Source: The Observer (La Grande, OR) - Sunday, February 20, 2005


A gathering will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 10, 2005, in the Crown Room in King City for James Huitt Jr., who died Feb. 19 at age 83.

Mr. Huitt Jr. was born Oct. 21, 1921, in Portland. During World War II, he served in the Navy in the South Pacific, including in the Battle of Guadalcanal. After the war, he returned to Portland and was a paint mixer for Rodda Paint and later worked for a lumber company. He moved in about 2003 to La Grande. In 1946, he married Clary Johnson; she died in 1997.

Survivors include his daughter, Lynda Peterson; son, James III; brothers, Wesley, Glenn and Jerry; sisters, Nancy Fischer and Norma Huitt; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Daniels in La Grande.

Source: The Oregonian (Portland, OR) - Saturday, April 9, 2005

Information in brackets [ ] is based on other outside sources, and was not present in the original source.

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