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) Vignette members in Eagle Valley Cemetery. I am sorry I don't have any pictures of my grandparents, Fredriek and Mary Simonis. "The farm had been divided among the children years ago, after their father's death. Only Ed had kept his portion to farm and build on. Some- time after Grandmother Mary moved to Baker City, her nice big frame house in Eagle Valley burned to the ground. "It was Mary's sister Addie who had married Kay Young, and there is a ditch in Eagle Valley named for him, plus another ditch named for his brother, Newt Young. On the road to New Bridge, you can see a big, square, two-story house below the road, belong- ing to Walt Forsea. I have been told that my great uncle, Kay Young, built that house. Kay and Addie Young's three daughters were Leona, Ber- tha and Gertrude. "My father Louis married Ida Jane Simmons. Their six children were George, Mary, Jessie, Arta, Otis, and Belle. All are gone now except me; I am the last one. Otis, the youngest of the first five, was 20 years older than I. "There used to be lots of sheep in Eagle Valley. The sheep men would trail their lambs to the railroad at Robinette and ship to Den- ver, Portland, or Omaha. My father raised sheep too, and I remember he always traveled Photo courtesy of Belle Johnson Belle and Lorval Johnson relaxing in the yard of their place near Robinette in the 1940s. They worked the fruit ranch across the road from the Powder River from 1941 to 1956. with his sheep and then Idaho Power in Halfway for 20 brought back gifts for us from years. She and her husband, his travels. Vernon Dennis, a rancher, had "I also remember the ice three children, Kirk, Blakeand jams that came down Powder Nancy. River, and we all saved ice if "Kirk Dennis is a branch we could. My folks had an ice- manager for Financial West house and would store ice in Group in Baker City. He and the sawdust for summer use. wife Ann have a daughter and "LorvalJohnsonandIwere son, Josie and Michael and married at the courthouse in Ann's daughters, Holly and Baker City on April 22, 1933. Wendy. Our two children are Leland "Blake Dennis is a Pine and Barbara Johnson. Eagle teacher and football "Leland and his wife Dixie coach in Halfway. He has have one son, Lee, who has a two sons, Colby and Bryce by daughter, Alissa. Leland and his first wife. His wife Kellie Lee both live in Newport is the secretary at the elemen- Beach, California. tary school; they have two "Barbara was secretary for children, Jill and Kyle. Blake SALE DAYS: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26 TO TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31 WHILE SUPPLIES LAST / has a stepson, Ryan Mack, in Montana. "Nancy and her husband, Joe Denig, agriculture teacher at Pine Eagle High School, have two sons, Raymond and Shane Denig. Nancy's two older sons are Dusty and Jacob Traw. "Not many Simonises re- main around here in Half- way, but in Richland I do have a first cousin, Mary Stacey, and four second cousins, Jean (Densley) Connall, Churby (Densley) Stanciu, Liddy Adamson, and Arbelyn (Simonis) Beam. "Incidentally, I know of two houses in Eagle Valley that are prefab houses, and they are good, solid houses. Lovell Bennett was raised in one of them and still lives in it. Then my uncle, Ed Simonis, had a prefab house. He is gone now, but the house is still there. He must have set that house up back in the twenties, be- cause I was just a kid. I was born August 24, 1916 and in 2002 had my 86th birthday. I was born in Eagle Valley, on Powder River, at the foot of Timber Canyon- a place now owned by Gordon Bond. "Note: Grandfather Fredrick Simonis came from an aristocratic family. His fa- ther, Matthias Simonis (spelled Symonys) was born to nobility in their homeland of Bavaria, which was taken over by Germany. They had a coat-of-arms portraying three dolphins. But, having fallen in love with a commoner, Mary Ann Krause, Matthias was disinherited. Page 7 Hells Canyon Jotma D mimr 25, 2002 "Matthias and Mary Ann Wisconsin. They and three married later in the United of their sons, Jacob, States. Their 12 children were Fredrick, and John, came to Jacob, Philomina (Minnie), Oregon in 1877, but John Matthias, Jr., Louis, Ann, and his parents returned to Elizabeth, Emiline, Helen, Wisconsin aftera short stay my grandfather Fredrick, inOregon. MatthiasSimonis John, Mary, and Mary Ann.was born in Bavaria on Feb- And they adopted five ruary 12, 1817 and died on Hummel girls whose parents March 13, 1879. MaryAnn had died. They lived in New Simonis died in July of York, then New Jersey, 1895." Pennsylvania, and finally Photo courtesy of Belie Johnson Louis Simonis on his 92nd birthday in 1962. To his left his sister, Anna Crop, and to his right is Belle Johnson's sister, Arta Trickel. We will be CLOSED New Year's Day. 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