Location: Perry Oregon

Biography of Samuel A. Pursel

SAMUEL A. PURSEL. – Union county’s list of business men comprises a wide awake and energetic class that has wrought well for the advancement of the county and among the number are some that have manifested extraordinary ability in financiering and in manipulating the resources of the county. One of this distinguished number is the gentleman, of whom we have the pleasure now to write, and his enterprise and industry have been well known for a third of a century in the walks of business life in this country, while his capabilities have been shown to be second to none

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

McLaughlin, Chester A. – Obituary

Men Killed In Wreck Chester A. McLaughlin, aged 24, and Harvey Folkestad, an I.W.W., aged about 43, were killed in a freight train wreck early Monday morning when an extra east freight train was derailed at Perry. While passing Perry at 1:45 a.m. the brake team came down on the fourth car from the engine, and as a result the six following cars left the track. Three were loaded, two with canned goods and one with lumber. The other three were empty, two of which turned turtle. Five of the cars are a total loss. One of the empty cars

Rose, Leon A. – Obituary

Perry, Union County, Oregon Perry Man Instantly Killed In Auto Wreck Leon A. Rose Loses Life when Car Takes 75-Foot Plunge Leon A. Rose, of Perry, Oregon, was almost instantly killed Sunday when his car plunged off a 75-foot grade, on the Old Oregon Trail highway, about four miles west of La Grande. The accident occurred about six o’clock p.m., near a place where gravel has recently been taken from the river bed for a rock crusher. The cause of the accident is not known, but it is believed he lost control of the car. The body was taken from

Courtney, Jack LeRoy – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Jack LeRoy Courtney, 85, of Perry, died March 18 at the Grande Ronde Hospital. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande. Mr. Courtney was born March 20, 1921, to John LeRoy and Nora Edna (Arnett) Courtney in La Grande. He graduated from La Grande High School and served in the Navy aboard the USS Enterprise as an electrician’s mate during World War II. On July 12, 1952, he married Opal Mae “Mickey” Stringham in La Grande. He ranched most of his life and

Pattee, Jerrold I. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Jerrold I. “Pat” Pattee, 78, of Lower Perry, died Thursday, Aug. 23 in Portland after an extended battle with cancer. There will be no funeral service, but a memorial get-together will be held at a later date for family and friends. Arrangements are with Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Jerrold was born in Beaver, Okla., to Eber and Erma (Mann) Pattee Oct. 29, 1928. He owned Pat Pattee Carpet Service in La Grande and Portland. He belonged to the Eagles and Elks Lodges. He loved to hunt, fish, garden and canning. Pat and his wife just celebrated

Quint, Merle Frances – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Merle Frances Quint, 93, formerly of Union County, died Nov. 17 in Gresham. A private graveside service and burial is planned to take place at the Island City Cemetery. Merle was born Oct. 24, 1914, to Ella Dell Walker and Kenny Worth Smith in Perry. She had six brothers and went to school in Perry, Pondosa and Baker. She graduated from high school in 1932 and graduated from Eastern Oregon College with a teaching degree. Her first teaching job was at Starkey where she had seven students – two girls and five boys. She spent her second

Molstrom, Zrietta Briggs – Obituary

The funeral service for Zrietta M. Molstrom, 87, Pendleton will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints meeting house in Pendleton. Vault interment will be at Olney Cemetery in Pendleton. Mrs. Molstrom died Monday, Oct. 24, 1988, at Amber Valley Care Center in Pendleton. She was born June 7, 1901 in Rexburg, Idaho, and moved with her family to LaGrande when she was four. She married Levi Murray in LaGrande and they moved to Perry, Ore. She later married Fred Kofford and they moved to Pendleton in 1932. During World War II

Briggs, Edwin J. – Obituary

Edwin J. Briggs passed away on October 2, 2001. He was born in Perry, Oregon on August 23, 1912, the son of Willie J. and Harriet Watson Briggs, both deceased now. He was raised in LaGrande, Oregon, and it was at college there that he met and married his first wife, Helen Teed. They were married 56 years. Helen died in 1990. Ed entered active military service in September, 1940 as a 2nd Lt. with Co. E., 186th Infantry Regiment, 41st Division. He served in New Guinea during the first Papuan Campaign. He then volunteered for service in Burma with

Collins, Ora O. Jackson Mrs. – Obituary

Ora O. Collins Dies, Burial Friday Funeral services for Ora Odelia Collins, 67, will be conducted at 2 pm Friday at West and Company Memorial Chapel. The Rev. Robert McNeil of the First Methodist Church will officiate. Interment will follow at Haines Cemetery. Mrs. Collins was born March 24, 1900 at Perry, Oregon and married Charlie E. Collins Feb. 22, 1920 at Haines. The daughter of G. W. and Ida Long Jackson, she spent her early life in Baker County. The family moved to Medford where they made their home for many years. After retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Collins moved