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Mrs. Charles PEACOCK

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George PARRY

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 Pearl R. (Hearing) PEMBROOK


Rufus "Perk" PERKINS

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(Villa) Etta PEFFLEY


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Sylvester PHILLIPS

William T. PHY





Van William PLUMMER


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Pauline (Geer) PUCKETT


North Powder--Word has been received here of the death of Mrs. Charles Peacock of Pendleton.  Mrs. Peacock was a sister of Mrs. Joseph Sanders, now of Scio, but formerly residents here.  Mrs. Peacock has visited here many times and will be remembered by quite a number of friends.

Oregon Trail Weekly
North Powder News
Jan 30, 1931

Transcribed by Charlotte Carper


George Parry, La Grande barber, was fatally shot in the LaGrande Barber shop on Adams avenue shortly before 11:30 o'clock Monday morning, five .22 calibre bullets penetrating his right arm and body, is the story of a shooting affair as told by the Observer of that city. He was immediately rushed to the hospital but died about 12 o'clock.

Immediately after the shooting Eddie Fallows, 34, went to the police station and surrendered, freely admitting that he shot Mr. Parry. He turned over a seven-shot target revolver to the officers.

Later, when news was received that Mr. Parry had died, Fallows expressed sorrow, declaring that he didn't intend to kill him.

H.E. Dixon has been engaged as Fallows attorney and no court action will be taken until the attorney finishes a case he is conducting in circuit court.

Coroner F.L. Raston announced that in inquest would be held at Snodgrass & Zimmerman mortuary.

After surrendering and being closeted with his attorney, Fallows was turned over to Sheriff Jesse Breshears who took him to the county jail. Before he left he asked officers to purchase him some cigarets, oranges and apples.

Fallows' demeanor was calm although he was upset when he received the news that Mr. Parry had died. His mother, who saw him at the police station, was overcome with grief and he attempted to quiet her with reassurances.

Fallows has been married for some time. Officers expect him to stand trial, believing that he will not plead guilty before the court.

According to Fallows' story, told to the police, he went to the barber shop and shot Parry. He said no words were exchanged between them then. Then he went directly to the police station and surrendered.

Mr. Parry has been in business in La Grande for several years and leaves a wife and five children to mourn his loss. His family returned Friday from a visit with relatives and friends in Southern Oregon.

Oregon Trail Weekly
North Powder News
Saturday, August 11, 1928

Evan Peebler, of Ladd Canyon, died last week from the effects of an accident which he suffered at Cove last summer when he fractured a leg.

North Powder News
Saturday October 14, 1919

(Villa) Etta Peffley

 Graveside funeral services for the late Miss Etta Peffley of 623 Catherine Street will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Cove Cemetery, Cove, Ore., with the Rev. Emrys P. Thomas of the First Congregational Church officiating.

Funeral Notice
PEFFLEY  --  Graveside funeral services for the late Miss Etta Peffley of 623 Catherine will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 1, 1971, at Cove Cemetery, Cove, Ore., with Rev. Emrys P. Thomas of the First Congregational Church officiating.  GROSECLOSE GARDEN CHAPEL, funeral directors, JA 5-8550.

  --Walla Walla Union-Bulletin (WA), Sunday, 30 May 1971, pg. 5

Donated by Brooke Mercedes

Fatal Fight

Two men, W.C. Pelton and John Boyer, while engaged in unloading a carload of wood at the depot in La Grande last Monday evening about 5 o'clock became involved in a quarrel, the result of which cost the former his life. The two men were on the car throwing off wood, when they disagreed on some trivial point and after considerable loud talking came to blows. In the fracas that ensued, Roger struck Pelton in the face with his fist knocking him off the car he striking head foremost on some hard object on the ground, causing concussion of the brain, from the effects of which he shortly afterward expired. The sentiment of the people, acquanted with the facts in the case, is that the killing was unintentional on the part of Boyer. He had an examination before Justice Ellsworth yesterday the result being that he was bound over in the sum of $750 to await the action of the grand jury. Failing to procure bonds he was brought to this city by Deputy Sheriff Lowell last night and placed in the county jail.

Eastern Oregon Republican, Thursday
December 20, 1888

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Fred Pembrook was Area Resident

 Fred Pembrook, age 80, of 218 E. Center in Union, died Saturday, November 15, 1986 at the Grande Ronde Hospital of a heart attack.

 Mr. Pembrook  was born on April 30, 1906, the son of Thomas Vital and Dorothea (DeRidder) Puymbroeck in Baker, Oregon.  He was raised by his step-mother Margarit DeMaere after the death of his mother.

 On April 30, 1938 he was married to Pearl Rowena Hearing in Baker.  He lived in and around Baker and Union Counties all of his life.  In his many years he worked as a log truck driver and he owned  and operated a school bus.  He was a farmer and also did custom farming for others.  He moved to Union in 1948, where he farmed and became active in the community.  He was a member of the Band Parents Organization, which helped replace uniforms and instruments when the school gym burned.  He was also active in the P.T.A.; he helped the F.F.A. children to learn tractor safety; he led 4-H tractor clubs and gave kids summer jobs helping on the farm.  He was associated with the Boy Scouts and was presented with the Silver Beaver Award, which is the highest honor the scouts give.  He belonged to the Lion's Club and received an award for outstanding service, loyalty and devotion to Lionism in 1982-1983, and Citizen of the Year Award in 1985-1986.  He was active in the Union United Methodist Church and was a member of the Union County Historical Society.  He was a good samaritan, friend and father to all.

 Survivors include his wife, Pearl of Union; son, John Pembrook of Costa Mesa, California; daughter, Marjorie Webb of Union; two granddaughters; two grandsons; six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by a son Frederick; sisters, Reva Barrett and Rose Stephens; and a half-brother, Frank Puymbroeck.

 Family services were held at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Baker on Tuesday, November 18, 1986 at 2:00 p.m.  A memorial funeral service was held Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 2:00 p.m. at the Union United Methodist Church with the Rev. Rebecca Wenger-Monroe, Pastor of the Union United Methodist Church officiating.

 Those who wish may make contributions to the Union United Methodist Church of the Lions Eye Clinic in care of DANIELS VALLEY FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1502 7th St., La Grande, Oregon.

The Record Courier, Baker City, OR,
Thursday, 20 November 1986, Page 6A.

 Donated by Robert Bull

Pearl R. Pembrook

 Pearl Rowena Pembrook, 90, of Union, died Thursday evening, Sept. 29, 1994, at a local care facility.

 A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Baker City with Ernest Smith of the Union United Methodist Church officiating.

 Friends may call until 8 p.m. today, from 9 a.m. until noon or 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday or from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Daniels Valley Funeral Chapel 1502 Seventh St., La Grande.

 Mrs. Pembrook was born June 26, 1904, [June 24, 1904-SS Death Index] in Baker City to William and Laura Belle (Pratt) Hearing.  She married Fred Pembrook on April 30, 1938, in Baker City.

 For many years Mrs. Pembrook was a correspondent for the Record Courier weekly newspaper in Baker City and wrote a column called the Mount Carmel News.  As a young girl she raised and sold turkeys and was known as the "turkey girl".

 The family moved to Union from Mount Carmel in 1948. For many years Mrs. Pembrook raised chickens and sold eggs to local customers.  She raised a large vegetable and flower garden until the family sold the farm and moved into Union.

 She was active in the United Methodist Church women's group and served as its secretary for many years.

 Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, John and Patricia Pembrook, Costa Mesa, Calif; daughter and son-in-law, Marjorie and Kenneth Webb, Union; two granddaughters; two grandsons; four great-granddaughters; four great-grandsons, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

 An infant son, Frederick William, died earlier.  Her husband, Fred died on Nov. 15, 1986.

 Those who wish may make contributions in memory of Mrs. Pembrook to the United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 476, Union 97883.

The Observer, La Grande, OR,
Monday, 3 October 1994, Page 11.

 Donated by Robert C. Bull

Death of Miss Pennington

Miss Pearl Pennington, daughter of Sheriff and Mrs. C.C.Pennington, died in the Baker City hospital last Saturday, following an operation for appendicitis. Deceased was a young lady of bright mental attainments and her parents have the sympathy of a large circle of friends in their said bereavement.

A Card of Thanks

In this our time of trouble, we take this method of thanking our many friends fortheir assistance and the sympathy shown us during the sickness and burial of our daughter and sister, Pearl.

Mrs. and Mrs. C.C. Pennington,
Brother and Sisters

Elgin Recorder Friday August 28, 1903

Rufus "Perk" Perkins

We regret to hear of the death of Rufus Perkins, of Sparta, which occured December 8th, at the home of his family in Illinois, whither he went about ayear ago, on a visit. He had been in bad health for some time and his death was not unexpected, but in his death the people of this vicinity have met a loss that it is very probable will never be replaced. "Perk" was ever ready to accomodate or extend a helping hand to the deserving when in need, and we fear it will be a long time ere his equal in kindness and generosity takes his place in this vicinity. Peace to his ashes.

Eastern Oregon Republican, Thursday
January 10, 1889


Crystal Lucille Petersen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Petersen, who has been ill from heart trouble for the past two years or more, died Sunday afternoon at the sanitorium at Hot Lake and the funeral service was held at the family home in this city at 3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. Miss Peterson was 15 years old, and was born in North Powder. The surviving relatives are the father and mother, a brother, Gerald, proprietor of the City Meat Market and City Grocery, three sisters, Mrs. Hazel Burris of Portland, Mrs. Thelma Lewis of Baker and June Petersen of North Powder.

Oregon Trail Weekly
North Powder News
Saturday, March 17, 1928

Emil Peterson

Peterson - Emil Peterson, aged about 30 years, died in Dr. Kirby's private hospital, July 14, 1906. Deceased has relatives in Sweden and had been employed in railroad work. Typhoid was cause of death.

Elgin Recorder Friday July 20, 1906

Elgin Pickups

Peter Phalb died at his home near Elgin last Saturday. Dr. Brownell was called to attend Mr. Phalb who had been ailing for some time but before the doctor reached his home he was dead. Coroner Snyder held an inquest over the body and had it interred.

Eastern Oregon Republican, Thursday
September 15, 1892


        Dr. William T. Phy, surgeon and physician of fame throughout the Pacific northwest, passed away at 10:15 o’clock last Saturday morning at Hot Lake.  Death was caused by bulbar paralysis, but he had been ill for several months of infectious multiple neuritis.  Dr. Phy’s death came as a distinct shock to the entire state, to which his loss is immeasurable, says the La Grande Observer.

        Dr. Phy, proprietor of the Hot Lake Sanatorium, built up the institution from a small beginning to its present prominence in the northwest, and he was recognized as one of the leading surgeons of the western country.  He not only followed his profession with a genius and skill that ranked him among the leaders, but he endeavored to promote good health among the laity, seeking to educate them in intelligent care of the physical being.

        Dr. Phy first became ill last fall, following a trip to the Ontario country hunting, when he fell into the water, it is reported.

        Outside his profession, Dr. Phy was a recognized leader in many community activities, including chamber of commerce, Boy Scouts, dairying, etc.  His Phymere farms, stocked with the finest of purebred Holsteins, constituted one of the leading dairying institutions of the Eastern Oregon country.

        Dr. Phy was born in the year 1873, is survived by the following children: two sons, Dr. Mark Phy, William Scott Phy, and three daughters, Marcia, Marion and Margaret.  He also leaves three sisters and other relatives.

Dr. Phy buried at Union

        LaGrande, Mar. 18--The funeral services for Dr. William T. Phy, who died Saturday at Hot Lake, were attended by hundreds of people Tuesday afternoon, and many were unable to enter the Episcopal church which was crowded to capacity.  Rev M.G. Tennyson had charge of the services.  The procession is said to have been nearly four miles long, when the body was borne to Union for burial.  At the family plot in Union the Masons held a brief service.  Mr. Tennyson took charge of the interment ceremony, and called upon Rev. Robert C. Lee, the Methodist minister at Union, and a friend of Dr. Phy, to pronounce the benediction.

        Members of the state board of health and many out-of-town relatives, friends, and acquaintances were in attendance.

North Powder News - Oregon Trail Weekly
March 20, 1930

Transcribed by Charlotte Carper

Nathan Pierce Died

A message to relatives received in Milton Wednesday, states that Nathan Pierce died in San Francisco, Wednesday, the 26th inst., of heart disease. Mr. Pierce left his home about two weeks ago, going to San Francisco for his health. His son Henry was in San Francisco and was in atendance on his father. The remains will be brought from San Francisco and the funeral will probably take place Sunday at Milton, as the body is expected on today's train.

Nathan Pierce was for many years a prominent figure in politics of Umatilla county and the state of Oregon. In 1892 he was nominated for presidential elector by the peoples party of Oregon and elected, casting his vote for General James A. Weaver for president. In 1894 the peoples party nominated for governor and he made a strong run for that place receiving many thousand more votes than Galloway.

Cove Ledger Thursday August 3, 1899


Baker county lost another, one of her old and esteemed pioneers in the passing of Peter S. Poulson in Portland, Saturday, March 24th. Mr. Poulson was born May 5th, 1843 in Osterborg, Denmark. As a young school teacher, he immigrated to the United States, at about twenty years of age and came into Baker valley from Silver city in the spring of 1869. He homesteaded the Poulson ranch on Muddy Creek in 1871 and for several years freighted between Umatilla Landing and Silver City. On September 24, 1884 he was married to Miss Jennie E. Rainey. They resided on Muddy Creek and in Baker until the past nine years, which time they have been in Portland. Besides his widow Mr. Poulson is survived by four children, Mrs. Pearl Hayhurst of Portland, C. Norris Poulson of Los Angeles, Cal., Mrs. Leo A. Shaver of Molala, Ore., and William R. Pouson of Portland, Ore., and six grand children.

Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon at the Portland crematorium. His ashes are to be scattered in the place so dear to his heart, Baker Valley.

Oregon Trail Weekly
North Powder News
Saturday, March 31, 1928

Van William Plummer

Died-in Pendleton, Thursday, August 7, 1924, Van William Plummer, of La Grande.

He was born July 4, 1866, in Neosho, Missouri; came to Oregon in 1888 and was married to Catherine Elizabeth Ashby May 14, 1890. He is survived by his widow, and one son-Thomas Plummer, of La Grande; three daughters-Mrs. A. O. Baird, of Baker; Mrs. Guy B. Rogers of La Grande; Mrs. C. A. Chesser of Austin; one sister-Mrs. J. L. Gibson of Cove; one brother-Carlos Plummer of La Grande; and eight grandchildren.

The funeral was held Saturday August 9 from Cock Bros. undertaking parlors under the auspices of the Knights of Pythias. Interment in the Union cemetery by the side of a little daughter who preceded him to the great beyond a number of years ago.

undated newspaper item

This information donated by Larry Rader

Pioneer Passes

John H. Powers one of the first settlers on land in the North Powder river section, died a few days ago at Stockton, California, where he has been residing for some time. Mr. Powers is survived by four sisters. Mrs. J.L. Dodson of Baker, Mrs. Mary Hutchinson of Union, Mrs. Ellen E. Mann of Baker, and Mrs. Ida E. Turner of Colfax, California. Mr. Powers left an estate valued at $30,000, mostly in land in Baker and Union counties.

North Powder News
Saturday, May 15, 1920

Dell Parsons and James A. Pilcher Called to the Great Beyond

The community this week lost two of its oldest residents, Dell Parsons, veteran miner, and James A. Pilcher, retired farmer and rancher.

James A. Pilcher, who passed away Wednesday morning at 7:20 at the Protestant hospital in Baker, had been in poor health for several years. His condition became quite serious sometime in December, and he suffered four or five light strokes of paralysis since that time. He was taken to the Baker hospital Tuesday, by A.P. Bohn, and members of his family.

Mr. Pilcher was one of the oldest ranchers in this community, having taken up a homestead on the North Powder river more than fifty years ago. He made his home there the greater part of his life, moving to this city about three years ago because of the convenience it afforded him and his wife in their old age.

James Alexander Pilcher was born in Jackson county, Missouri, October 1, 1854, and died April 1 1925, being 60 years and 6 months of age. He crossed the plains in 1875 arriving here in the fall of the same year. He as married to Mary E. Jobe, December 17, 1876, and to this union was born four children, two of whom, with the widow, survive the deceased; they being J.O. Pilcher, of Huntington; and Mrs. A.L. Craig, of this city. He is also survived by four grandchildren: Mrs. Earl Snyder, of St. Joseph, Mo; Bessie and Ina Pilcher, of Huntington and James Klinefelter, of this city. All members of the family were present at the funeral except Mrs. Snyder, who could not be reached in time to get here.

Besides his homestead, Mr. Pilcher owned a homesite near the place which he purchased from William Haines, and on which he lived for many years after retiring from active farming. He was a member of the Masonic, I.O.O.F., Eastern Star and Rebekah fraternities, and also a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.

The funeral was in charge of the Masonic lodge of Union, and was attended by members of all organizations, the services at the church being conducted by Rev. Ira McFarland. Interment was made in the North Powder cemetery.

North Powder News
Saturday, April 4, 1925



Edmond, the thirteen months old son of Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Pollard, died in this city Wednesday evening, February 14, 1906, from the effects of pneumonia. Every effort was made by medical skill to save the life of the little one but to no avail. The remains were shipped last evening to Hamilton, Wash., for burial.

The parents have resided here only a short time. Mr. Pollard is chief engineer of the railroad construction work into Wallowa county. They are grief stricken over the loss of their only child and have the sympathy of all in their bereavement.

Elgin Recorder Friday February 16, 1906

Local News

W.L. Prillaman, section foreman at Union Junction was killed by an O.W.R.&N. helping engine late last week. The engine was backing down the track as Prillaman climbed through the cars on a siding and stepped on the track before it. Death was practically instantaneous. Prillaman is survived by the widow and several children. He was a member of the La Grande lodge of Elks and was an old resident of this district.

North Powder News
Saturday August 28, 1919

Death of Nora Pritchard

Nora Pritchard, of Portland, died in that city Wednesday morning of this week. She was a sister of Amanda Pritchard, formerly of Union, now married and living in Portland. Mrs. H.P. Stewart was called to Portland Saturday last, by the illness of Miss Pritchard.

May 1914

Donated by Larry Rader


The funeral of the late Tom Proffitt, who died at his home in Portland, Thursday of last week, was held from the Baptist church in Baker, Monday afternoon. Until about four years ago, when he took up his residence in Portland, Mr. Proffitt was one of the most prominent cattle men and ranchers in this section, where he resided for many years. He was a farmer in Pine Valley for several years. He owned the improved Proffitt farm in Baker Valley and until a short time since, owned the 1800 acre ranch near North Powder now held by W.T. Lampkin. At the time of his death he also owned several other farms and tracts of land in the Baker and Powder river valley sections.

Mr. Proffitt visited this section about a month ago to look after his business interests. He has been in failing health for several years, but friends here were shocked on receiving news of his death.

Surviving relatives are the widow and one daughter, Alma, both of Portland.

North Powder News
Saturday, January 29, 1927

Pauline Puckett

Pauline G. Puckett, niece of the late T. T. Greer [Geer], 10th governor of Oregon, died Saturday in a hospital at age 76.

Mrs. Puckett, who lived at 8655 NE Boehmer St., was born in Cove and lived in the Portland area for 26 years.

She is survived by her husband Claude; two children, LaVerta (Pegge) Quiett of Lake Oswego and Winter [Winton] Puckett of Portland; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in Caldwell's Colonial Mortuary.  Burial will be in Skyline Memorial Gardens.

The family suggests remembrances be contributions to St. Mathew's Church memorial fund.

The Oregonian
Tuesday May 20, 1975
Page A18

Donated by Tom Childers


Ernest Pulliam was killed instantly and Herbert Mock fatally injured when Pullam's car skidded in soft gravel near Unity, between Baker and Huntington Friday of last week. Mock died a few hours after the accident in a Baker hospital. Pullam was a resident of Boise, while Mock was known to have been a resident of Sardina, Ohio. Two other men riding in the car escaped with minor injuries.

North Powder News
Saturday, February 27, 1926