Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Oregon Republican League: Honoring our Republican Fallen

The Times, Junction City, Oregon, March 27, 1897

DIED-- Dr. H.V. Henderson died in Eugene 7:20 P.M. Friday March 19, 1897, of blood poisoning in right leg. Age 39 years, 10 months, 29 days. Born in College Hill, a suburb of Eugene, April 20, 1857. Deceased was a member of A.F.&A.M., K.P. Woodmen and Elks. Member of City Council, fireman, chairman of Republican Central Committee. Funeral from residence Sunday afternoon. The four lodges attended in a body. Ritualistic work by Masonic Lodge, Astoria, Oregon March 23.


The Hood River News, Hood River, OR., September 20, 1946, page 1
Includes portrait

Played Prominent Part In War Financing

Death, following a brief illness, ended the many activities of County Judge Christian D. Nickelsen, Wednesday of this week. Last week end he developed pneumonia and on Monday word came that his condition was critical. When members of the family were called, friends realized that the end was not far away.

“Chris” Nickelsen, as he was known to friends, was born on the island of Fohr, off the coast of Denmark and came to the United States with his mother and brother, John R., in 1878, when he was seven years of age, to join his father, Martin, who had preceded them in the Atlantic crossing and had established himself at Marysville, Calif. Shortly afterwards, the family traveled by boat up to Portland, and went to The Dalles, where Martin H. Nickelsen established himself as a blacksmith.

The family moved to Hood River in 1882, where Chris went to school. In 1892 he married Gertrude Rigby, who died in 1896, leaving him with one daughter, Gertrude. Two years later, he married Mattie Barnes, who survives him. To this union were born four daughters and a son, and three of the daughters are still living.

Chris Nickelsen had a wide range of interests in this county. He at one time played a leading part in the development of irrigation in this area, as one of the contractors who built a large section of the first irrigation ditch. He organized the first band here, members of which, for a long period, wore Indian garb. He was one of the first members of the Port commission, and ran for Congress on the Republican ticket, with backing of the Townsend clubs of Oregon.

In 1938, he was elected county judge and held this office till his death. He was also owner of the Merchants Credit Exchange for many years. He entered newspaper work as editor of the former Glacier and was, for a time, editor and part owner of the Hood River News in the earlier years of this century. For a long time he has been a member of the public land committee of the Association of Oregon counties, and one of his last activities in that connection appeared in the form of an analysis in last week’s News.

Two of many residents he was best known for his work as a member of the county war finance committee, and in the interests of financing the recent war he played a prominent part in the many programs which carried Hood River county to the top, in nation and state, in its participation in the various war-financing campaigns. He was one of twelve residents of this county to be awarded the Silver medal of the Treasury department, and one of 11 county members to wear the emblem of the Million Dollar club for his war efforts.

Chris Nickelsen was a Mason, a member of Knights of Pythias and the Grange. For years he operated his cherry ranch just south of town and was one of the first growers to install an orchard sprinkling system in the valley, with excellent results.

He is survived by his widow, Mattie, four daughters, Mrs. Vernita Towne, Sacramento; Mrs. Ver Lene Wright, Hood River; Mrs. Genevra Green, Laguna Beach, Calif., and Mrs. Gertrude Johnson, of Bend, Ore.; and a son Lowell, Hood River.

A brother, John R. Nickelsen, of Portland; and two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Bullard, Gold Beach, and Mrs. Ida Frohn, of Hood River, also survive him.

Day and time of funeral services had not been decided upon when the News went to press yesterday.

News-Times, Newport, OR March 19, 2003

Louise Galash

Louise Margaret (Westdal) Galash, 88, of Portland, formerly of Newport, (Lincoln Co.) died March 15, 2003.

She was born Sept. 7, 1914 in Charlson, N.D.

She moved to Portland in 1937.

She married Joseph N. Galash in 1938.

She was secretary of the Republican Central Committee of Oregon and I.O.O.F. of Oregon.

She was a homemaker.

She and her husband moved to Newport in 1969. In 2000, she moved to Portland.

She was a volunteer with the Yaquina Art Association.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Neal and Ida Galash; three daughters and sons-in-law, Joan and Vernon Chatman III, Carolyn and Ron Simonson, and Sandra and Ken Bakke; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph, in 2001.

A memorial service was held at Zeller Chapel of the Roses. Memorial contributions may be made to Providence Hospital Hospice.

June 25, 1915 - May 28, 2001

SALEM (MARION CO.)- Frances Forbes, Salem resident since 1957, died May 28, at her winter home in Mesa, Ariz.

She is survived by her two daughters, Nancy Lawrence of Denver, Colo., and Patricia Shinn of Beaverton; two grand daughters, Julee Shinn of Portland, and Leanne Shinn of Seattle, Wash.

Frances was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Salem, serving as a past president of the First Methodist United Women and a long time choir member. Being the wife of former State legislator, Clinton Forbes, provided her with many opportunities to take leadership roles in Republican Women and Women Lions Club International. She believed in working hard for the community in which she lived and also enjoyed serving as an active volunteer to Salem Hospital.

Memorial services are pending at First United Methodist Church. At this time the family request memorial contributions to Citadel Activity Fund, 5121 E. Broadway, Mesa, AZ 85206 Attn: Linda Petty. Arrangements by Mesa Heritage Mortuary in Arizona.

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