La Grande, Union County, Oregon
A. B. Conley, Pioneer of County, Called Beyond
Another pioneer of the Grande Ronde valley answered the last call Sunday when death claimed Archie Bird Conley, of La Grande and former resident of Cove. Mr. Conley, one of the outstanding pioneers of this county, spent a long and useful life, having an important hand in the development of the county to its present stage.
The deceased was 88 years, one month and eleven days of age and on January 4th, he and his wife celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary. A few days before their daughter and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. George Miller had celebrated a half-century of wedded life.
Mr. Conley was born in Memphis, Tenn., January 11, 1837 and was married to Joisa Hopper January 4, 1858 in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Four children were born to this union, one girl and three boys, three of whom are living: Mrs. George Miller, Jabe Conley and Frank Conley, all of Cove, Edmond E. Conley passed on many years ago.
Mr. Conley is survived by his three children, his aged widow, 23 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.
Was County Sheriff
Mr. And Mrs. Conley left Illinois for Oregon in the spring of 1874 and arrived here in September. He served in the capacity of county sheriff nearly half a century ago.
Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 1:30 o’clock at the Baptist church. The body will be at the family home, 1602 Adams avenue, from today noon until 11 o’clock tomorrow morning, where friends may view it. Burial, in charge of the W. H. Bohnenkamp company, will be in the Island City cemetery.
La Grande Evening Observer
La Grande, Oregon
Monday, February 23, 1925
Contributed by: Tom Childers