Location: Wingville Oregon

History of the First Baptist Church, Baker City Oregon

The first Baptist church in Baker City was organized December 7, 1874, Rev. L. H. Boothe was chairman of the meeting and Prof. S. P. Barrett clerk. The members present were Hardin Estes, Perlina Estes, Arthur Smith, Mary Kilbourn, Samuel Gaines, Mary Gaines, Prof. Barrett, Mary Barrett and Delazon Smith. Prof. Barrett served as clerk until July 1875, then Arthur Smith about two years, followed by F. Baird for four years. Mrs. F. E. Small was chosen clerk March 15, 1884, and was succeeded by Wilbur Finch April 20, 1888. Frank Baird was clerk from February 1889 to March 1890,

Baker Valley Oregon Churches

Ministers of various denominations visited Baker County and held meetings at different places, but no one was a resident minister within the county prior to 1868. The Rev. Ellsworth, of La Grande, came to Powder River Valley frequently in 1864-5, and later Elder Newton of the Methodist church, south, held meetings, frequently at Auburn and in the valley. The Rev. Koger of the Baptist church preached at Wingville a number of times, but the Methodist Episcopal church was the first to appoint a resident pastor and hold regular services. The following sketch of the work of the church was kindly

Baker County Oregon Sketches

Sydney Abell, Justice of the Peace opened the first legally constituted court in Baker County, October 29th 1862. The first case was that of the people vs. D. Scott, action to bind defendant to keep the peace, entered on complaint of Thomas Ricketts. The prosecuting witness failed to appear and the case was dismissed. Of the thirty-two cases docketed up to January 1st, 1863, there were four of the kind above cited, three suits about town lots in Auburn, Fifteen to recover money, five replevin cases, one unlawful detention, one felonious intent to cheat, one petty larceny, one assault and

Wingville Cemetery, Baker County Oregon

A cemetery was started in Wingville in 1878 after a diphtheria epidemic made a cemetery a necessity. The Wingville Grange No. 150 purchased ten acres from Thomas Bailey and his wife for a two dollar gold piece on 8 April 1878. On 8 December 1883 the trustees of the Wingville Grange 150 for fifty dollars deeded 2 ½  acres in the northwest corner of the cemetery to the Wingville  I. O. O. F. Lodge No. 69. The cemetery is reached by taking a side road off of U. S. Highway 30 Westerly about 3 ½  miles to Wingville, follow the road

Ficklin, Fetna Ann – Obituary

At the residence of her daughter Mrs. Kennison, at Wingville, Oregon, August 24, 1890 after an illness of fifteen days, Mrs. Fetna Ann Ficklin, aged 70 years. Deceased was born February 22, 1820 in Boyle Co., Kentucky, moved to Missouri in 1853 (?) and from there to Union Oregon in 1864. With her husband and family she made Union her home until the death of her husband, which occured February 13, 1889, since which time she has been stopping with her children. She leaves eight children to mourn her loss. The remains were brought here Monday and interred in the

Rush, George H. – Obituary

Auto Accident Well Known Man Killed at Railroad Crossing G.H. Rush, building contractor, was instantly killed when his auto was struck by train No. 21 a mile this side of Wingville Thursday evening. Wm. Hernsen of the Shockley Lumber Co. who was in the car with Mr. Rush is recovering at a Baker hospital. There seems to have been no witnesses to what transpired immediately before the accident. It is not known whether the car stalled on the track or an attempt was made to cross ahead of the train by too narrow a margin of time. The body of

Gover, Delora F. – Obituary

Delora F. Gover, 79, a former Imbler and Baker County resident who taught school for many years in Eastern Oregon, died Thursday in Provo, Utah. A graveside funeral for Mrs. Gover will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Eagle Valley Cemetery at Richland. Visitations for Mrs. Gover will be until 9 o’clock tonight at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker. Mrs. Gover was born on Feb. 15, 1910, in Imbler to William Arthur and Zelma Annie Westenskow Funk. She spent her childhood and attended school in the Baker area. She attended college at the University

Gover, Vester W. – Obituary

An illness of only a few days Tuesday afternoon claimed the life of Vester William Gover, 47, farmer of the Wingville district for 20 years. Mr. Gover was stricken with what was later diagnosed as a rupture of a major artery which caused abdominal and circulatory complications. He was born Sept. 17, 1909 in New Bridge, the son of David S. and Pearl L. Thorp Gover. He attended schools at the Baker Academy, at Sunnyside and Richland high school. He was married Nov. 18, 1933 at Weiser to Delora Funk. Mr. Gover had farmed at Wingville for the past 20

Nichols, Robert – Obituary

Resolutions of Condolence  WORTHY MASTER: – Your committee appointed to report resolutions expressing the sentiments of the Grange in regard to Brother Robert Nichols, late member of our order, who by a sudden and severe stroke was changed from the fullness of life and health to the cold stillness of death in a very few minutes, beg to submit the following: Brother Robert Nichols was born in the State of New York: was at the time of his death which occured on the evening of the nineteenth of May, 1877, about fifty-three years of age has been connected with the

Ward, Raymond – Obituary

Raymond Ward 69 Dies after Brief Illness Thursday The Haines area lost one of its most prominent citizens Thursday afternoon, April 24, when Raymond Asher Ward 69, succumbed at St. Elizabeth Hospital to a brief respiratory illness. Mr. Ward was a grain broker at Haines, was manager of the Haines plant of the Baker Mill and Grain Co. for over 25 years and was manager of the Haines Grain and Feed Co. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday from Grays West a & Co. Pioneer Chapel with Rev. Gordon Ruddick of Haines First Baptist Church officiating and interment