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Edward O'NEAL

Mrs. Frances Evelyn OSBORNE




Death of James Odell

James Odell, for a number of years a resident of Union, died in Portland, Oregon, Sunday November 14, 1909, age 74 years, 10 months and 22 days. Interment in Portland.

Deceased leaves a wife, Mrs. Minnie Odell; a daughter, Mrs. Walter Swackhamer; and a son, James Odell, of his immediate family, to mourn his loss. James Odell had been a sufferer for a number of years and his death was not unexpected.

He was a man of considerable means, having been successful in stock-raising in the Rye Valley country. The sympathy of many friends is extended to the family in their bereavement.

Undated newspaper item

This information donated by Larry Rader


John Olbrich, 74 years of age and a pioneer of Union and Baker counties, died after an illness of several months at his home on Big creek Sunday evening. Funeral services and burial were at Baker Tuesday afternoon. Deceased was a native of Austria but had been a resident of this vicinity for the past forty-five years. The widow, four daughters, one son and eighteen grandchildren are the surviving relatives.

North Powder News
Saturday, November 20, 1920

Mr. Oliver died Wednesday Morning of Pneumonia

L.C. Oliver who had been ill a few days with pneumonia at his home, died early Wednesday morning.

L.C. Oliver was born in Ohio July 25th, 1851 and died February 18th, 1920 at the age of sixty-eight years, six months and twenty-three days. He was married to Catherine E. Holloway in 1876 and they resided in Kansas for a number of years. To this union ten children were born, seven boys and three girls. The wife, three sons and three daughters survive him.

He came to Oregon in 1884 and has since made his home in this state except for short periods. He joined the Methodist church when a young man and continued in that faith until death.

The sympathy of the community is extended to the sorrowing family.

Funeral services were held at the cemetery Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock by Rev. G.R. Archer.

North Powder News
Saturday, February 21, 1920

Former Cove Resident Taken by Long Illness

Word was received by Mrs. Charles HANCOCK of the death of Ned OLIVER, Tuesday, Mr. and Mrs. OLIVER were proprietors of the Cove Corner Grocery for several years, leaving here a year ago in March for a location in Halfway, Ore. Mr. OLIVER had been seriously ill in a Boise hospital for some time, but recently seemed much improved and was taken home. After a short time he became worse and Mrs. OLIVER and their son, Bill, started with him for Boise but he became so much worse that they stopped at Weiser, where he died.

Funeral services were held at Halfway, Saturday. His trouble was diagnosed as brain tumors and cancer.

Attending the services were: Mr. and Mrs. Ralph PUCKETT, Mrs. Charles HANCOCK, Mrs. Floyd BATES, Mrs. Arlie RICHARDSON, Marvin and Boone CHILDERS, Col. and Mrs. M. L. SHERBURN and Fred BRISTOW.

William OLIVER was on furlough from Fort Ord and had to leave shortly for a new assignment in Texas soon after the funeral, but his wife will be with Mrs. Oliver for a while.

Eastern Oregon Review, May 5, 1966

Submitted by:
Holly Vonderohe


Edward O'Neal, for the past six years a resident of the North Powder community, died of a complication of diseases in a Baker hospital Friday of last week. For the past two years Mr. O'Neal with his family had resided on a ranch in the Wolf Creek district. About two months ago his health became such that he entered a Baker hospital for treatment. He did not improve and Friday of last week submitted to a major operation, dying a few hours afterward. The body was taken to La Grande, the former home, for funeral services and burial. The widow and several children survive.

North Powder News
Saturday, June 5, 1926

Mrs. C.J. Osborne

        Mrs. C.J. Osborne. who had spent the past winter with her son, Lawrence and  family in San Francisco, died there early Saturday morning.  The body was  shipped to Portland and funeral services were held the first of the week at  the Portland crematorium.

        Frances Evelyn Osborne was born in England in 1859 and came to Baker county  in 1899 with her husband, the late C.J. Osborne, who died in December, 1913,  and three sons.

        They moved to a farm on Rock Creek in 1900, living there until after Mr.  Osborne’s death, later selling the farm and moving to La Grande where Mrs.  Osborne has since lived.  The deceased was a life-long member of the Episcopal Church of England.  She is survived by her three sons, Lawrence of  San Francisco, Richard of Elgin and Hastings of Muddy Creek; eight grandchildren and numerous friends and relatives.  She was a member of the  Mutual Improvement club.

North Powder News - Oregon Trail Weekly
Friday April 17, 1931

Transcribed by Charlotte Carper

The Death of John T. Outhouse at
La Grande Last Tuesday

After many years of constant suffering, John T. Outhouse a well known resident of Union county passed away last Tuesday morning at his home in La Grande. Mr. Outhouse was a native of Nova Scotia, born November 16, 1828. Coming to Oregon in 1850 he located at Portland and was one of the first school teachers in the Willamette valley, In 1879 he came to the Grande Ronde valley following the evocation of teacher in La Grande, Union and other places in the county. In 1880, he was elected superintendent of public schools and filled that office with alacrity. Four years ago he was appointed by President Cleveland as receiver of public monies at the La Grande land office, a position he still held at the time of his death.

For many years Mr. Outhouse has been a victim of rheumatic gout at times so severely suffering that his life was despaired of and for several years past he had been compelled to depend entirely upon crutches to move about. In politics Mr. Outhouse was an unflinching democrat tree to his party and its supporters and one of the most astute politicians in the state.

The funeral took place at La Grande this morning, Rev. Wm. Powell of the Episcopal church officiating. Te remains are to be brought to Union by today's east bound train for interment at Union cemetery where his two sons are buried. He leaves a wife to mourn the loss of a kind husband, and scores of friends in all parts of the state who will read with sadness that John T. Outhouse is dead. May he rest in peace.

Eastern Oregon Republican, Thursday
October 31, 1889


Graveside services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at Hillcrest cemetery for Harvey Overpeck, 80, retired barber and resident of 1205 Second St.

Mrs. Earl Horine will officiate and services are under the direction of Daniels Funeral home.

Born in Park County, Ind., Mr. Overpeck had resided in La Grande for many years. Survivors include a son, Charles Overpeck, Pasadena, Tex.; a step-sister, Mrs. Bertha Bright, Caney, Kan.; and a half brother, Carl Gaskill, Ogden, Utah.

31 August, 1960, Page 3.

Donated by Robert C. Bull


Mary A. Overpeck, wife of H. S. Overpeck of 1427 Washington, La Grande, died Monday, June 23 at the close of a long illness.

Mrs. Overpeck was born in Porter County, Ind., Sept. 3, 1884 and was married to Harvey S. Overpeck, March 3, 1903.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Daniels Funeral Home.

Survivors in addition to the husband are a son, Charley E. Overpeck, Pasadena, Texas; a sister, Florence Umbarger, Lakeside, Calif.; a brother, Charles C. Bull of La Grande and other relatives also survive.

24 June 1958, Page 4.

Donated by Robert C. Bull