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Archie Reed BURFORD

Arthur James BURFORD

Claude Edward BURFORD

Elva Virgie (Ross) BURFORD

Frank Leslie BURFORD

Ida Matilda (Davis)Burford



Vivian May BURFORD

William Preston BURFORD

Illness Claims "Virgie" Burford

Elvie Burford, Known to her many friends as Virgie, passed away at a La Grande hospital Wednesday September 12, 1956 after an extended illness.

A Union, Oregon housewife, Mrs. Burford was 62 years of age, being born September 27, 1893 in High Valley near Union, Oregon. She resided in Union county all of her life, and was marred to Frank Burford December 3, 1913.

Surviving are her husband, Frank Burford, Union; two daughters, Mrs. Ada Cowles of Baker and Mrs. Reta Connell of Hinkle, Oregon. Two brothers are Norman Ross of Huron and Archie Ross of Klamath Falls; three sisters, Mrs. Iva Burford, Union; Mrs. Ellen Alexander, of Union and Mrs Isabelle Hutchison of La Grande; Two grandsons, Gordon Cowles and Leslie Connell.

Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. Funeral was held Saturday September 15, 1956 at 2 o'clock in the Methodist church in Union with Dr. V. A. Bolen officiating. Interment was in the Union cemetery. Arrangements were directed by the Snodgrass Funeral Home.

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Archie Reed Burford

Archie Burford, native of High Valley and a graduate of Cove high school, died unexpectedly Friday in Glendale, Cal. His sister, Mrs. Ray Hartley, and a nephew (Howard is son of Archie), Howard Burford, La Grande, left for Glendale Saturday.

Photo of tombstone:
Archie R. Burford Loving Husband and Father 1892 - 1950

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“Archie R. Burford”
The Union Republic.  Union, Union County, Oregon.
Friday, February 24, 1950. Volume 62, Number 40, Page 1.

Funeral services for Archie Reed Burford, who died Feb. 10 at his home in Glendale, Calif., were held at 10:00 a.m. on Feb. 14 in the Little Church of the Flowers, under the direction of a Los Angeles mortuary.  Interment was at Forest Lawn memorial park.  Rev. Palmquist, D.D. of Wilshire Methodist church officiated.

Burford was born June 28, 1892 at Cove.  He was married to Lula M. Davis on Oct. 14, 1916.  Survivors include his widow; a son Howard Burford, La Grande; a daughter, Mrs. LaVaughn Gauthier of Glendale, and three grandchildren.

Beside his immediate family, Burford leaves five brothers, William, Orphie and Frank, all of Union, Arthur of Hermiston and Claude of Jarvis, Ore.

Five sisters, Mrs. Ruth Cockrell, Union, Mrs. Hazel Hartley and Mrs. Opal Gassett, Cove, Mrs. Vivian Mytenger of Pendleton and Mrs. Letha Parr of Anacortes, Wash.  A number of other near relatives and a host of friends are also among the survivors.

Burford was well known here, having lived most of his lifetime in the vicinities of Union and Cove.  He moved from Union to Eagle Valley and later to California.

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Frank Leslie Burford

Funeral services for Mr. Frank Leslie Burford, Of Union, 82, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at the Methodist Church in Union under the direction of the Beatty Chapel. The Rev. James H. Soden of the Calvary Baptist Church in Baker will officiate. Burial will be in the family plot in the Union Cemetery. Mr. Burford died early Monday morning, Jan 31, (1972) after a short illness.

Mr. Burford was born on Oct. 1, 1889 at Cove, the son of James Samuel and Minnie Rundall Burford. He attended schools in Cove, and farmed in High Valley. He worked for over 20 years for the Hess Lumber Company in Union. He was very interested in baseball, and played with the Alexander baseball team of Cove. Mr. Burford had been in Baker since early fall to spend the winter with his daughter. He married Elva Virgie Ross in La Grande, Dec. 3, 1913. She died in 1956.

He is survived by two daughters, Ada Cowles of Baker, and Reta Connell of Portland; one brother, Claude Burford of Gervais; two sisters, Hazel Hartley of Cove and a sister, Letha in California: three grandchildren, Gordon Cowles, Leslie and Margaret Connell, all of Portland and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Donated by:  Arthur S. Burford

Death of Mrs. Burford”
Printed 1916.
Obituaries and Other Vital Records of Union County, Oregon.  1890 – 1930.
Compiled by Clara Cline Lee.
Reproduced by Walter M. Pierce Library, Eastern Oregon Library, 1972.

Ida Matilda Burford, wife of William Burford, died in Union Friday of last week and the funeral took place Saturday.  Mrs. Burford leaves a husband and young child.  She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. V. Davis, of High Valley.  The immediate cause of her death was pneumonia.

Ida Matilda Burford was born on October 9, 1890, at High Valley.  She was the second daughter and third child of nine children of Robert and Viola Davis, and was married to William P. Burford November 20th, 1913.  Of this union one child, Alvin William, was born.  Mrs. Burford was an invalid for the last two years and passed away on Friday, June 30th, 1916, from a complication of diseases.  She leaves many friends and relatives here and at other points to mourn her departure.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. H. A. Brown, pastor of the Presbyterian Church.  The remains were interred in the Union Cemetery.

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Ivy M. Burford of Union, died Wednesday at a local hospital at the age of 80.

Mrs. Burford was born on September 16, 1890 at Union, the daughter of Frank and Emma Ross. She lived in Union County all her life and attended schools in Union.

She was a member of the Baptist Church and the American Legion Auxiliary. She was an avid gardner.

Survivors include a son, Clifford of Eugene, Ore.; sisters, Ellen Alexander, Union; and Belle Hutchinson, La Grande, brothers, Archie Ross, Klamath Falls, Ore.; and Norman Ross, La Grande; seven grandchildren and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband Orphie, daughter, Luella Barnhart and two sisters, Virgie Burford and Delia Alexander.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Union Methodist Church with Rev. Al Boschee officiating. Vault interment will follow at the Union Cemetery.

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James S. Burford, Pioneer, Passes; Burial Thursday

James S Burford, 76 year old pioneer of Union County, died this morning (June 25, 1935) at the Grande Ronde hospital after a short illness. (He was born February 19, 1859 per funeral card).

Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Methodist church at Cove with Rev. Smits in charge of the services. Burial will take place at the family plot in the Cove Cemetery. Friends may view the body at the chapel of Walters Funeral Home.

Mr. Burford crossed the plains to Oregon at the age of 17 years and has been a resident of Cove the last 53 years. He was a member of the I.O.O.F. lodge at Cove.

Survivors include six sons; William, Orphia, Frank, and Archie, all of Union: Arthur of Sandpoint, Ida., and Claude Burford, of Salem and six daughters; Mrs. Vivian Mytinger of Pendleton; Mrs. Hazel Hartley of Cove; Mrs. Ruth Cockrell of Union; Mrs. Bina Vann and Mrs. Opal Gassett, of Cove, and Mrs. Leitha Parr of Everett, Wash.


James Samuel Burford, son of Preston Williamson Burford and Elizabeth Ann Hornbeck, was born in near Stockton, Cedar Co, MO 02-19-1859. James died 06-25-1935 in La Grande, Union Co, Oregon, at 76 years of age. - Margaret.

Donated by  Arthur S. Burford

Death Claims Woman, 81

Funeral services for Mrs. Frank (Vivian May) Mytinger, 81, who died Friday at her home near Pendleton, will be Tuesday with Folsoms' Funeral Chapel in charge. Notice is on page 4 today.

Born at Cove Sept. 16, 1884, she lived in Union County for many years, marrying in La Grande in 1903. She and her husband moved to Pendleton in 1910. He died several years ago. She had lived here the last 56 years.

Survivors are three sons, Paul of Pendleton, Harry of Ogden, Utah, and Clifford of San Jose, Calif.; a daughter, Mrs. Walter P. (Florence) Hall, Pendleton; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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William Preston BURFORD
Funeral Card
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William Preston Burford

Born August 31, 1885 in Cove, Oregon
Died February 14, 1968 in La Grande, Oregon

Funeral services held Saturday, February 17, 1968 at 2:00 p.m. at the Union Methodist Church.  Rev. John Schweigert officiating.  Serving as pallbearers were:  Kenneth Alexander, Edgar Wilkinson, Wilbur Smith, Merlin Alexander, Maurice Pyatt and Ralph Titus.  Burial in Union Cemetery, Union, Oregon.

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