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McCarty, Chester E. (Chester Earl), 1905-1999

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Major General Chester Earl McCarty was born in Pendleton, Oregon, in 1905. His family moved to Portland, Oregon, in 1911. He joined the National Guard in 1921, while he was still in high school, and in 1929, he transferred to the U.S. Army field artillery branch. He and Julia Caroline Gromoff were married in 1926; they had no children. He attended Northwestern College of Law, graduating in 1929. He became an attorney with Gleason, Scarborough, McNeese, O'Brien & Barnes in Portland. He was also assistant attorney general of Oregon from 1930 to 1936. He was elected state senator in 1942, but resigned that same year when he was called to active duty during World War II. After the war, he returned to his law practice in Portland, and also served on the Port of Portland Commission. He was called to active duty again in 1951 and he served in the Air Force during the Korean War. Though he wanted to return to his law practice after the end of that war, he accepted command of the 18th Air Force in 1954. He continued to serve in the military until he was able to retire in 1966, having achieved the rank of major general. He died in 1999.

Fee, Alice Tomkins (Alice Emma Tomkins), 1897-1995

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Alice Emma Tomkins Fee was born in Cascade Locks, Oregon, in 1897, and grew up in Portland until the age of 10, when her family returned to Cascade Locks. With few career paths open to women, she chose to attend the Oregon Normal School in Monmouth with the intention of becoming a teacher. She transferred to the University of Oregon and studied music, earning her bachelor's degree in 1924. She was principal at a school in Malin, Oregon; a third-grade teacher in Hood River, Oregon; and principal in Pine Grove, Oregon. She got a job as a typist and stenographer in the clerk's office for the U.S. District Court of Oregon in 1927, and in 1931 she became deputy clerk of the court. In 1939, she became secretary for Judge James Alger Fee. They were married in 1943 and they had no children. They moved to San Francisco, California, when Judge Fee was appointed to the Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Fee died in 1959. Alice Tomkins Fee returned to Portland around 1978. She died in 1995.

Joseph, George Manley, 1930-2003

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  • 1930-2003

George Manley Joseph was born in Idaho in 1930. He grew up in Boise, then, at age 16, he attended Menlo School in Atherton, California, for one year. He returned to Boise and finished his studies at Boise Junior College (now Boise State University), where he earned a GED equivalent and credit for one year of college. He continued his college career at the University of San Francisco, but soon transferred to Reed College. In 1950, while at Reed, he suffered a recurrence of the polio he had contracted as a child; he underwent extensive treatment at the Idaho Elks Convalescent Home, and was able to return to Reed a year later. In 1951, he and Elizabeth Kalisher were married; they divorced only a few years later. He graduated from Reed in 1952, and went on to study law at the University of Chicago, graduating in 1954. While at the university, he met Elizabeth Starr, and they were married in 1953; they later had five children. Joseph returned to Oregon, where he passed the bar in 1955 and began working as a law clerk for Oregon Supreme Court Justice George Rossman. After deciding that a career in law wasn't for him, he instead taught law at Ohio Northern University from 1956 to 1958; Dickinson School of Law in Pennsylvania from 1958 to 1962; and the University of Arkansas from 1962 to 1963. In 1963, Multnomah County District Attorney George Van Hoomisen offered him a job, which he accepted. He worked in the district attorney's office until 1966, when he began to practice law in private law firms in Portland. In 1974, Joseph was appointed Multnomah County counsel by Multnomah County Commissioner Don E. Clark. He served in that position until 1977, when Governor Bob Straub appointed him to the Oregon Court of Appeals. He served as chief judge on that court from 1981 to 1992. He died in 2003.

Boe-Duncan, Kathryn, 1930-

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Kathryn Boe-Duncan was born Kathryn Reule in Portland, Oregon, in 1930. She studied education at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. She met Jason Boe while in college, and they were married in 1952; they later had three children. After Jason Boe finished his studies, they settled in Reedsport, Oregon, where he first gained political office as a member of the city council. The family moved to Salem, Oregon, for most of the year beginning in 1964, when Jason Boe was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives. Boe-Duncan worked as his secretary during his six-year term. She continued to work as his secretary for much of the period from 1970 to 1980, when he served in the Oregon Senate. Jason Boe died in 1990. Boe-Duncan had a career as a musician, beginning in the 1970s, and she performed in the Coos Bay Bach Festival for over a decade. She worked for the Oregon Historical Society from 1986 to 1989 and for Portland State University from 1989 to 1994. In 1995, she married Robert Duncan, who was also an Oregon state senator, and changed her surname to Boe-Duncan.

Yturri, Anthony, 1914-1999

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Anthony "Tony" Yturri was born in 1914 in Jordan Valley, Oregon. His parents were Basque immigrants. He studied law at the University of Oregon, earning his law degree in 1937. After passing the bar the same year, he accepted a position working with Alan Biggs, a district attorney in Ontario, Oregon. He later became attorney for the city. In 1942, he and Remedios "Reme" Jayo were married; they had no children. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served from 1942 to 1946 in the counterintelligence branch and the judge advocate general's department. Later, Yturri, a Republican, represented Baker, Grant, Harney and Malheur counties in the Oregon Senate from 1963 to 1972. After leaving the Legislature, he was twice offered a seat on the Oregon Supreme Court, but he refused both times. He was appointed to chair the Oregon Transportation Commission by Governor Tom McCall, serving from 1979 to 1987. He died in 1999.

Beeman, Metta (Metta Delia Baughman), 1898-1995

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Metta Delia Baughman Beeman, nee Walker, was born in Ashland, Oregon, in 1898. She enrolled at Willamette University in 1917 and studied law there for nearly three years. She and her sister then moved to Portland, Oregon, to earn money, and she continued her studies at the Northwestern College of Law. She passed the bar and the civil service exam soon after she graduated and worked at the Veterans Administration. She and Harry Baughman were married in 1941; they later had one child. Harry Baughman died in 1964. She married Ogden Frank Beeman in 1971. She served on the State Employment Board from 1959 to 1971. When she retired from the V.A., she went into private law practice in Portland. She died in 1995.

Biggs, Hugh L. (Hugh Lawry), 1904-1996

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Hugh Lawry Biggs was born in Burns, Oregon, in 1904, and his family moved to Ontario, Oregon, in 1906. He attended the University of Oregon for his entire college education, earning his bachelor's degree in 1927 and his law degree in 1931. He met Elra Ware on a blind date and they married in 1931; they later had two children. He practiced law in Ontario, then served as district attorney for Malheur County from 1933 to 1934. He served as assistant U.S. attorney in Portland from 1934 to 1935. After leaving office, he went into private practice, working with Maguire, Shields & Morrison from 1936 to 1943, and with Stoel, Rives, Boley, Jones & Grey from 1944 to 1972 when he retired. He died in 1996.

Cosgrave, Walter J. (Walter John), 1910-1999

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Walter John Cosgrave was born in Angels Camp, California, in 1910. He grew up in Calaveras County, where his father was sheriff, and his family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1922. He graduated from the University of California San Francisco in 1932. In 1935, he and Virginia B. Moriarty were married; they later had two children. He worked for an oil company, which transferred him to Oregon in 1940. He studied law in Oregon. He was an attorney with Maguire, Shields, Morrison, Bailey & Kester in Portland from 1958 to 1980. He was a partner with Cosgrave, Vergeer & Kester. He died in 1999.

Wyatt, Wendell William, 1917-2009

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Wendell William Wyatt was born in Eugene, Oregon, in 1917. He and his family moved to Portland in the late 1920s. He studied journalism in the University of Oregon. In 1937, he had to take a year off for financial reasons. When he returned, he instead studied law, earning his law degree in 1941. After passing the Oregon Bar in 1941, he was a special agent for the FBI until 1942, when he enlisted in the Navy's aviation program. He served as a bombardier in the Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He and Anne Elizabeth Buchanan were married in the mid-1940s. They had three children and later divorced. After Wyatt's discharge in 1946, he returned to Oregon and practiced law in Astoria, where he began to get involved in Republican politics. He and Faye Hill were married in 1962. He represented Oregon in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1964 to 1975. After retiring from politics, he returned to Oregon to practice law in Portland with Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. He died in 2009.

Wood, Erskine B. (Erskine Biddle), 1911-2001

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Erskine Biddle Wood was born in 1911. He was the son of Erskine Wood and the grandson of Charles Erskine Scott Wood. He attended Harvard College and Harvard Law School, earning his law degree in 1936. Wood became a lawyer who specialized in maritime law at Wood, Tatum, Sanders & Murphy in Portland, Oregon. During World War II, he served as an administrator in the Navy.

Wood married multiple times. While at Harvard in the 1930s, he and Caroline Elizabeth Hoffman married. They later had three children and divorced in 1956. In 1959, he and Virginia Kuerten Tooze were married. They later had two children and divorced in 1969. Later that same year, Wood and Doreen L. Plympton were married; they divorced in 1974. Sometime later, Wood and Ellen Story Fretz were married. They divorced in 1997. In 2001, Wood and Doris H. Spaulding were married. Wood died in 2001.

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