Location: Sumpter Oregon

Quartz Mining, Baker County Oregon

About two thousand claims on quartz lodes have been recorded in Baker County since 1862. More or less development work has been done on most of them, perhaps one half of them having been worked to the extent which the law requires in order to make the claim secure. Nineteen quartz mills have been built, ranging in capacity from two to sixty tons per day. The first one built was the Ruckles mill at Baker City, which was put in operation in 1864. The mill was run by waterpower, and was built to work the ore from what was then

Cowan, Lois – Obituary

Wallowa, Oregon Lois Cowan of Wallowa died May 17, 2006, at the Wallowa Memorial Hospital after a short illness. She was 94. Mrs. Cowan was born Jan. 31, 1912, in Elgin to James Elvis and Bertha Witty Witherspoon. She grew up on the family farm on Cricket Flat and attended the Hindman Country School. She graduated from Elgin High School in 1931. After graduating, Lois worked as a telephone operator and a clerk in a grocery store. On June 26, 1938, she married Carl Raymond Cowan in Elgin. They lived in Baker City, Sumpter, La Grande and Elgin before moving

Hickok, George C. – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Geo. C. Hickok, formerly in the hardware business in La Grande and well known to many here, died of pneumonia Nov. 20, at Sumpter. He leaves a wife and five children who are provided for by $1,500 life insurance. Mr. Hockok was a personal friend of the editor and his death will be regretted by a large. (Rest of obituary cut off) Cove Ledger Thursday December 1, 1898

Flower, Anna Mae Whiting Mrs. – Obituary

North Powder, Oregon Anna Mae Whiting Flower, 86, of La Grande, who taught school for many years in Eastern Oregon, died Jan. 18, 2004, at La Grande. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Island City Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was born on April 11, 1917, at Mount Glenn to Edward Daniel and Mary Emelia “Mille” Olsen Whiting. She married Jake Cecil Flower on Jan. 17, 1944, at Los Angeles. They were later divorced. The couple had three children, Kay, Lee and Keith. Anna attended schools at Mount Glenn and La Grande. She

Province, Richard La Verne – Obituary

Elgin, Oregon Richard “Dick” La Verne Province, 78, of Elgin, died Sept. 19 at his home. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Elgin Stampede Hall. Dick was born on Oct. 3, 1928, to Fred and Florence (Haustien) Province in Callaway, Neb. He served as a Seaman Second Class in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1947. He was a long-time logger in Pierce, Idaho, La Grande, Elgin and Sumpter. He participated in all phases of the logging process and retired in 2006. He moved to Elgin from La Grande in 2005. Dick was a

Young, Kenneth Gordon – Obituary

Kenneth Gordon Young, 74, of Cove died March 13 at Grande Ronde Hospital of heart failure. Gravesite services will begin at 1 p.m. May 24 at the Cove Cemetery. Friends and relatives may sign the guest registry at www.danielsknopp.com. Kenneth was born May 24, 1933, to Fred and Laura Ackerman Young in Baker City. He lived in Sumpter during his childhood and completed his junior high and high school education in Baker City. He completed a bachelor of science degree at Eastern Oregon University and a master of arts degree at Colorado State University. He served in the Navy from

Defrees, Margaret Elayne Rice Mrs. – Obituary

Margaret Elayne Defrees, 71, died Dec. 1, 2005, at her home in Sumpter Valley. Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2625 Hughes Lane. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Bishop Jeff Daniels of Baker City 1st Ward will conduct. Margaret was born on Feb. 6, 1934, at Yakima, Wash., to Dallas and Kathryn Rice. She lived her first 13 years at the White Swan Christian Indian Mission where her parents were superintendents of the mission school. Her high school and junior college years were spent at Yakima

Frasier, Joe – Obituary

Sumpter, Baker County, Oregon Susanville Tragedy John Haskell, who came in from Susanville yesterday just before we went to press, brought the news of a fatal shooting affray at that camp. Geo. Snodderly, of the firm of Snodderly & Muldrick, operating on Deep creek, and Joe Frasier, a miner, formerly of Bourne, were the principals. Snoderly’s daughter, who is employed at the Susanville hotel, was infatuated with Frasier. Her father tried to induce her to accompany him to Long Creek, when Frasier interfered, receiving for his pains a 45-70 rifle ball through his liver. Snodderly took refuge in a cellar

Downie, John – Obituary

John Downie, a resident of Sumpter valley, Baker county, died last week after a protracted illness with Brights disease. He was a brother of Richard Downie, of Union and leaves a wife and family to mourn his loss. The funeral took place last Monday in Baker city from the residence of his daughter Mrs. Emil Volgt. Eastern Oregon Republican, Thursday January 2, 1890

Culley, Ronald Duane – Obituary

Ronald Duane Culley, 66, a former Baker City resident, died Sept. 26, 2007, at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Boise. His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Baker City Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Pastor Jonathan Privett of the Nazarene Church will officiate. Ron was born on July 17, 1941, in Baker City to Harold and Catherine Bradley Culley. He lived for a couple of years in Baker City then spent about a year on the Umatilla Army Depot where his father was working. He moved from there to the Bourne area where