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Coote Auction Company
10305 South A Street
La Grande, OR 97850


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Coote Auction Company

JOHN COOTE is a 35-year resident of Eastern Oregon. He is not only a college graduate (California Polytechnical Institute at San Luis Obisbo), but a 1974 graduate of Superior Auction School, as well. John has also attended the Certified Appraisers Guild in Kansas City, Mo.Like many of you, John has done other things and continues to be active in commercial Livestock Marketing Selling, a weekly auction, and helping ranchers with their marketing needs. Married to JONI LEQUERICA, John has a wonderful partner in his auction business. Joni handles the money at the end of the sale. For 25 years John has conducted all types of auctionsfrom antiques to heavy construction machinery. All along, his love for the business, honesty and his direct approach to all facets of conducting a sale have garnered him a solid reputation. From initial listing to the final settlement, Coote Auction Co. has the experience, knowledge and ability to serve you. Thank you for visting. Be sure to stop by often and let us know if we can work for you.
Great burger. Love the fried mushrooms - Todd
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1704 1/2 Adams Ave
La Grande, OR 97850


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History of Union County Oregon

The population growth in eastern Oregon during the early 1860s prompted the Legislative Assembly to split Umatilla and Baker Counties from Wasco County on September 22, 1862. Further development of the Grande Ronde Valley led to calls for the legislature to split Union County from Baker County. This finally occurred on October 14, 1864. Union County's name reflects the support of the people in this area toward maintaining the United States during the Civil War.

Between 1875 and 1913, adjustments were made to Union County's borders with Baker, Umatilla, and Wallowa Counties. Union County, lying between the Blue and Wallowa Mountains, is bordered by Wallowa County on the east and north, Umatilla County on the west, and Grant and Baker Counties on the south.

The establishment of a county seat resulted in competition, based on geography and on economic and population growth, between La Grande and the city of Union. The county seat moved between Union and La Grande until it was permanently transferred to La Grande in 1905.

With each transfer of the county seat, there was a similar removal of the county courthouse. The first courthouses were rented structures in Union and La Grande. When the city of Union was designated as the county seat in 1874, the county's records were quickly moved to a new brick courthouse in the area where

Union High School now stands. La Grande regained the county seat in 1905 and moved into the courthouse that had been built the previous year as the city hall. The courthouse was razed in 1996 and offices for the county clerk, assessor, tax collector, and planning department were relocated to the nearby Chaplin Building.

The government of Union County consisted originally of a county judge, two county commissioners, clerk, sheriff, treasurer, assessor, school superintendent, and coroner. It changed from a county court to a board of commissioners in 1991.

The county historically has been a slow growth area. The first census of the county in 1870 showed only 2,552 inhabitants. It has grown steadily and by 2000 the population was 25,470, representing an increase of 3.80% since 2000.

The initial economic interest in the area was mining, but most of the mines were in the area annexed by Baker County in 1901. Over the years farming (wheat, fruit, vegetables, and grass seeds), cattle, sheep raising, and timber replaced mining as the primary economic forces in the county. Nearby mountains and streams provide hunting, fishing, skiing, and camping opportunities.

Excerpt from: Oregon State website