Death Records & Obituaries

Goodwin, James

MURDERED FOR MONEY-On the 16th inst. the lifeless body of Capt. James Goodwin a well known citizen of the upper Molalla in Clackamas county, was found near the foot of the Cascade mountains, about three miles from his residence. The skull of the unfortunate man was found on examination to be fractured. It is supposed that Goodwin had considerable money on his person which undoubtedly tempted the cupidity of his murderer. So far as can be ascertained no clue of the perpetrator of the foul murder has been discovered. 

The Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) - April 20, 1878
Contributed by Shauna Williams

Edwards, Elias

KILLED BY A HORSE- Mr. Elias D. Edwards living about six miles east of Oregon City was thrown from a horse and killed Wednesday evening. He was not killed outright, but survived about two hours. Deceased was one of the elders of the Presbyterian church and a very highly esteemed citizens of Clackamas County. The funeral will take place from the church on the farm of the deceased this (Friday) morning at 10 o'clock.

The Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) - July 19, 1889
Contributed by Shauna Williams

Gethens, Joseph

Joseph Gethens, a young man from Eagle creek, Clackamas county, came here for the purpose of securing medical attendance several days ago. Thursday afternoon he expired very suddenly from paralysis and yesterday the remains were conveyed to his home in Eagle Creek for interment.

The Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) - June 15, 1889
Contributed by Shauna Williams

Marquam, M. A.

M.A. Marquam
, an old pioneer of Clackamas county, died Feb. 23 at his home in Butte Creek, aged 69 years. He had been ill four months.

The Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) - February 26, 1887
Contributed by Shauna Williams

Pinkley, Lemenslee

Local pioneer called by Death 1933

Mrs. L.E. Pinkley Dies at age of 90 years. Crossed plains in Early Day

Another of the real pioneers of the Estacada community has passed into the great beyond with the death of Mrs. Lemanslee E. Pinkley, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Dorothy E Hirte, last Saturday evening, October 28.  Mrs. Pinkley was 90 years, 2 months and 19 days old.

Deceased was born in Boone County, Aransas on august 9, 1843.  with her parents, she crossed the plains by ox-team in the year 1855, since which time she has been a resident of Oregon.

On January1, 1857, she was married to Joseph Pinkley.  To this union were born 11 children six of whom are still living.  Mrs. Pinkley was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church since her childhood.

She is survived by six children: Mrs., Julia A. Masse, Elijah Pinkley, Mrs. Emma C. Hawkins, Mrs. Dorothy E. Hirte and A.W. Pinkley of Estacada, and Mrs. Effie P. Hoare, of Canyon City, OR;; One brother, J.K. DeShields of Estacada; 26 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great-grandchildren .

Funeral services were held at the home of Mrs. Dorothy E. Hirte on Monday, at 1:30 P.M. Rev. F.R. Sibley officiating.  The pallbearers were W. C. Scrutton, S.E.Wooster, U.S. Morgan, W.R. Woodworth, T.J. Reagan and James Nettleton.

Interment was made in Mount Xion cemetery under the direction of L.A. Chapman, local mortician.

Contributed by Alva James

Phillips, Newton

Clipping from Newspaper

“In the hospital Newton Phillips died after an operation for ruptured ulcer.  A letter received by T B and George Phillips, brother, of the late Newton Philips gives me more definite particulars of his death, and from which the Herald gathers the following information.

 As stated last week Mr. Phillips had purchased a stock of General Merchandise at Oregon City, Oregon, and he went there to take inventory of the stock.  Mrs. Phillips and the children were visiting relatives in Columbia City, Oregon.

Tuesday evening previous to his death, Mr. Phillips was taken with intense pain in the stomach and bowels accompanied with vomiting.  A physician was called and the pain was relieved by opiates and the next morning he seemed better by Thursday when Mrs. Phillips, who had been telephoned at Columbia City came. The Dr. had decided that an operation was necessary although he stated that there was a chance in one hundred for his recovery.  He was taken by boat from Oregon City to Portland where he was taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital for the operation.  An incision was made over the appendix, which was found in normal condition, but the bowel was much inflamed.  Another incision at the center of the abdomen revealed the cause of his illness and that the case was hopeless.  A large ulcer had formed up on the upper part of the colon and had broken through into the abdominal cavity.

Mr. Phillips was buried with Masonic honors Sunday May 8, 1904, Willamette Lodge 2 F&AM conducting the service, although far from home the family is among relatives and friends and kindly care and consolation is accorded them.”

Clipping from Oregon City, Oregon

A Sad Death

”The death of Mr. N. Phillips, which occurred last Friday was unusually sad on account of the attending circumstances.  Mr. Phillips had but recently arrived from Michigan and purchased the stock of goods owned by the estate of G. W. Grace with the intention of conducting a general Merchandising business.  On Monday of last week he suddenly became seriously ill while working in the store and was taken to the hospital on Thursday where he died on the following day.

The funeral was conducted under the auspices of the Masonic Lodge from Finley undertaking parlors. A telegram from the Chapter of Eastern Star to which Mrs. Phillips belonged in Michigan expressing sympathy for the bereaved family was read during the services.  The remains were laid to rest in Lone Fir Cemetery, Portland.  Mr. Phillips had been in Oregon City but a few days, yet he had already made a host of friends by his kindly manner and gentlemanly bearings.  The family has the heartfelt sympathy of all.”

Contributed by Mrs. Carole Dick

Smith, Frank


Outlaw Whose Hands Are Red with Three Men's Blood, Dies by the Bullet.

Oregon City, Ore., May 2-Frank Smith, the desperado who killed Policeman Hanlon, of this place, last week, and who later killed Sheriff Shaver and Captain Henderson, of the Oregon national Guard, was killed in the woods south of New Era, Clackamas County. Smith was surprised in a thicket where he had hidden, and was shot through the head before he could use his own weapons. Harry Draper, of Spokane, one of the pursuing posse, had his two bloodhounds in leash, and they were leading him through the woods on the trail of the outlaw. The dogs led Draper within three feet of Smith, who was crouching behind a leg, before Draper saw him.

 "Are you Smith?" Draper demanded. "Yes," was the answer, and as Smith made reply he attempted to draw his revolver from the inside of his coat. Draper was quicker with his own weapon and sent a bullet crashing through Smith's temple.

The Weekly Press, Saint Joseph, Michigan May 3, 1906
Contributed by Shauna Williams

Maxwell, Joseph
Henderson, Martha
Henderson, William

At Oregon City, Ore., William Henderson shot and killed his wife, shot her father, Joseph D. Maxwell, of Latrobe, Cal., perhaps fatally, and then killed himself.

The Reporter (Elyria OH) - March 25, 1907
Contributed by Shauna Williams.


OREGON CITY or March 23-Wm. W. Henderson today shot and killed his wife, shot her father, Joseph D. Maxwell of La Trove, Cal., and then killed himself. The old man is probably fatally wounded. The Henderson's formerly lived in San Francisco, where they ran a hotel until the earthquake. Henderson is alleged to have threatened his wife and two months ago she came here and brought suit for divorce. Her husband followed her.

Maxwell is alive, but the chances for his recovery are slight.

Nevada Evening Gazette (Reno, NV) - March, 1907.  Contributed by Robin Line

Albright, Charles

Charles E. Albright, a lad aged 8 years, was drowned April 27th in Butte Creek, Clackamas County, Oregon.

Reno Evening Gazette (Reno, NV) - April 30, 1881
Contributed by Shauna Williams.

Halpruner, Daniel


Professor Daniel K? Halpruner a bass musician and dancing teacher died at Gladtidings Clackamas County Oregon September 8 of aneurism of the heart and dropsy.

He was the twin and only living brother of Dr. W.S. Halpruner of Alameda Cal and brother of Mrs. Mary E. Stitzel of Portland Ore and Mrs. Caroline V. Jackson of Gladtidings Ore. Two daughters and a large number of nephews and nieces survive him.

Professor Halpruner may well be called a pioneer of Oregon for he crossed the plains with his parents in 185- when little more than a year old. The family first settled in Clackamas county and during 1864 moved to Portland. At the age of 19 he became a powerful bass player. John Wilson the famous circus man engaged him for his band. Professor Halpruner traveled for four years to nearly every part of the globe. He was a large and powerful man and in his prime could life 1000 pounds.

In 1874 he settled in Portland and became a famous bass musician and dancing teacher.

When General Grant visited Portland in 1879 a grand banquet and ball was tendered him at the skating rink and Professor Halpruner possessing a powerful voice was selected to call for the ball. There were 1000 couples on the floor and fifty musicians to call against.

He was a genial and generous fellow and could have had any political office he wanted but like his father and brother would not accept an office of any kind. He made barrels of money but spent it on very poor people saying that he could not take it with him when he died.

He was born at Greenupsburg Greenup County Kentucky April 18 1851. Eight years ago he was given up by a number of Portland physicians they stating that he had aneurism of the heart and could not live six months longer. He went to his sister at Gladtidings. She notified his brother of his condition who although over 600 miles away rendered him such relief that he lived over eight years. During last June he took on a bad spell and called a local physician who said he had gone into dropsy and could not living very much longer. Thousands of his pupils and friends will mourn his loss.

Oakland Tribune (Oakland, CA) - September 24, 1906
Contributed by Shauna Williams

Paquet, Louis

PAQUET-The funeral services of the late Louis Paquet, aged 75 years will be conducted today (Tuesday), December 23, at 1 p.m., in the mortuary chapel of the A.D. Kenworthy & Company, 5302-04(?) 92d st S.E. in Lents. Friends invited. Interment Canemah cemetery.

The Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) - December 28, 1920
Contributed by Shauna Williams

Fields, E. T.


Oregon City, Or., Feb. 20-One of the largest attended funerals ever held in this city was that of E.T. Fields, late station agent for the Southern Pacific, at the Elks lodge today. A large crowd also accompanied the body to the Caneman Cemetery. A request by Mayor Jones that all business houses close from 2 to 3 o'clock in the afternoon, when the funeral was held, was complied with by nearly all members. Exalted Ruler O'Malley and other officers of the lodge conducted the services. Rev. C. W. Robinson, rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, delivered the eulogy.

The Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) - February 21, 1913
Contributed by Shauna Williams
Watenpaugh, Wallace


Oregon City, Or., May 12-The funeral services over the remains of Wallace William Watenpaugh were conducted at the Methodist Church this afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. T.B. Ford, pastor, officiating. Interment was in Canemah Cemetery beside his daughter, Flora, and son Willis, who died some time ago. The burial service at the grave was conducted by Meade Post, No. 2, G.A.R., of which Mr. Watenpaugh was an active member.

Mr. Watenpaugh was born in Cattaragus County, New York, and left there when two years old with his parents for Illinois, where he remained until the breaking out of the Civil War. He enlisted in 1861 in Company B, Thirty-sixth Illinois Cavalry. During service he was injured and was discharged eight months afterward. He returned to his home in April, and in June 1863, he married Miss Margaret Jane Bartlett, a native of New York.

Mr. Wetenpaugh came to Oregon by way of the Isthmus of Panama in 1867. For some time he was a resident of Salem before coming to Oregon City. He was well known in Clackamas County. He had been a member of the Methodist Church for many years.

The Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) - May 19, 1912
Contributed by Shauna Williams

Smith, Lizzie


Oregon City, Or., June 30-Mrs. Lizzie Smith, who has been ill for the last two weeks with heart disease, died at the family home at Canemah yesterday. The funeral services will be conducted at the residence at 2 o'clock Friday. The interment will be in the Canemah cemetery. Mrs. Smith's maiden name was Lizzie Phegley. She was born in Missouri, September 7, 1852, and married to Oscar Smith, 42 years ago. She came to Oregon seven years ago, and has resided in Canemah since that time, where she was well known. She was the mother of 13 children, seven girls and six boys, nine of whom survive. They are: Mrs. Grace Driscoll, Miss Cora, Oscar, George, Andy and Amos Smith, of this city, Al, Nealy Smith and Mrs. Elizabeth Daugherty, who resided in the East. Mrs. Clara Haskett, of Mount Pleasant, is a sister of Mrs. Smith, and a brother, Mr. Phegley, lives in Portland. Mrs. Smith leaves 20 grandchildren.

The Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) - July 1, 1911
Contributed by Shauna Williams

Wright, Lavina


Mrs. Lavina Elizabeth Wright died September 19. She resided with her daughter, Mrs. J.E. Coates, at Nashville Station, in this city. She was born March 16, 1829, in Monroe County, Indiana, her maiden name being Frazer. She came across the plains by oxteam in 1843 and settled at Oregon City. She was married to Harrison Wright, February 22, 1847, at Salem, Or. Eleven children were born, of whom five are now living-Mrs. Ora Patterson, who resides at Stayton, Wash.; Silas Wright, of Liberal, Or.; Reuben Wright, of Pearl, Okla.; Mrs. L.W. Deith and Mrs. J.E. Coates, of Portland. Mr. Wright died October [29?], 1870. The funeral was held Saturday, interment being in Adams Cemetery, Molalla, Or., beside her husband.

The Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) - September 23, 1912
Contributed by Shauna Williams

Williams, Mattie


Molalla, Or., Aug. 23-Mrs. Mattie E. Williams, wife of Rev. R.P. Williams, pastor of the Church of Christ, Molalla, died at her home here Saturday night. She had been ill for some time with cancer of the stomach. With her husband, who survives her, she had made her home in Mololla for six years. Interment was in the Adams Cemetery Sunday.

The Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) - August 24, 1921
Contributed by Shauna Williams

Robbins, Martin


Oregon City, Or., July 20-Martin Robbins, one of the most prominent residents of Clackamas county, a pioneer of Oregon, died yesterday at the family home at Robbins station. He was 84 years old. Funeral services will be held at the Holman & Pace chapel here tomorrow afternoon at 1 o'clock. Interment will be in the family lot in Adams cemetery, Molalla.

The Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) - July 21, 1922
Contributed by Shauna Williams

NAME:  Tressa Mary (nee Kennedy) Marx

COUNTY:  Clackamas


NEWSPAPER:  Oregon City Courier

DATE:  June 29, 1916, Thursday

Mrs. Theresa Marx

                Mrs. Theresa Marx, wife of John Marx, died yesterday at the family home at Park Place, of paralysis. Deceased was born in California, and was 58 years of age. She is survived by the husband and two sons, one aged 17 years being in Eastern Oregon, and the other, 14 years old, at home.

Submitted by Kathie Marynik

Marx, John

John Marx, a resident of Clackamas Heights, was accidentally shot and killed Wednesday afternoon about 4 o’clock, and the body was found by Mr. Rosenbaugh, an insurance man, at 5:15 when he called at the place on business. Mr. Marx had been shooting moles in his yard and was using an old shotgun that was in bad condition, the firing mechanism being out of order. It is thought that he started to set the gun down against a pile of wood, and the hammer was struck and the gun discharged. The shot entered the left side of his face and neck, and the jugular vein was severed, causing death almost instantly. The shot was heard by neighbors but little attention was paid to it as Mr. Marx had been shooting considerable of late and also told a neighbor that he intended to shoot a chicken that day.

The deceased was 75 years of age and was born in Germany and has lived in the United States for the past [??] years. He formerly resided at Park Place, and his wife died there four years ago. He moved to Clackamas Heights about a year ago and has since made his home at that place with his two sons, Ralph and William.

Coroner Johnson was called but decided that an inquest would be unnecessary. The remains are at the undertaking parlors of Brady & Co., and the funeral will be held Friday.

Oregon City Morning Enterprise (Oregon City, OR) - May 13, 1920
Contributed by Kathie Marynik

Collett, Effe

GLADSTONE (Special)—Effie L. Collett, a Gladstone resident for the last three years, died at a local rest home. She was born March 8, 1867, in Sacramento, CA. Mrs. Collett was a resident of eastern Oregon near Dufur and Mosier until moving here. Survivors include a son, Joseph J. Mitchell, Chehalis, WA; three daughters, Mrs. Hester Rutherford and Mrs. Martha Stokes, Oregon City; Mrs. Maude Petty, Gladstone; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Collett was a member of the Christian church. Services will be conducted at the Portland Memorial Chapel at SE 14th and Bybee streets, Thursday, May 14, at 1:30 PM with Holman Hankins-Rilance Funeral Home, Oregon City, in charge of the arrangements. Vault entombment will follow there. Rev. Nelson Cole will officiate, and Miles Burleigh will sing.

Enterprise Courier (Oregon City, OR) - May 14, 1953
Contributed by Kathie Marynik

Mitchell, Benjamin

B. F. Mitchell Dies

Benjamin F. Mitchell, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Mitchell, formerly of Parkplace, now of Mosier, Oregon, died at a local hospital Wednesday evening. The funeral is to be held this afternoon at 4 o’clock from the Helman & Son Chapel.

Oregon City Morning Enterprise (Oregon City, OR) - Thursday, July 3, 1924
Contributed by Kathie Marvnik

Mitchell, Donald

Donald L. Mitchell, 63, of Johnson City died on March 20 at Willamette Falls Hospital. Mr. Mitchell was born March 6, 1926, in Mosier, OR. He had been a resident of the Clackamas County area for 12 years. He had been employed as a driver for Data Distributors. Mr. Mitchell was a life member of VFW Post 1557 in Clackamas and was a member of the DAV.

He is survived by his mother, Iva Mitchell of Johnson City; and two brothers, Benjamin F. Mitchell of San Francisco, CA, and Bob J. Mitchell of Las Vegas, NV.

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 24, at 1 PM at Holman-Hankins-Bowker and Waud Chapel. Burial will be in Willamette National Cemetery.

Oregon City Enterprise-Courier (Oregon City, OR) - Thursday, March 23, 1989
Contributed by Kathie Marvnik

Mitchell, Iva

No service will be held. Mrs. Mitchell died Oct. 1, 1995, at age 90. She was born March 8, 1905, in Baker. Surviving are her son, Bob J. of Las Vegas, NV; two grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Interment in Mountain View Cemetery. Arrangements:  Sunnyside Little Chapel of the Chimes.

The Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) - Friday, October 6, 1995
Contributed by Kathie Marvnik
Petty, Louisa

PNEUMONIA IS FATAL – Louise, 7, Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Petty of Gladstone, Dies

Louise, seven-year-old daughter and only child of Mr. and Mrs. John Petty of Gladstone, died Wednesday afternoon about 3 o’clock at the Oregon City hospital from pneumonia. The child was brought to the institution Monday evening and was ill but a few days. She attended the grammar school of Gladstone and was popular among her little schoolmates. The remains are at the R. L. Holman & Son mortuary, but funeral arrangements have not been made.

Oregon City Enterprise (Oregon City, OR) - Friday, May 1, 1925
Contributed by Kathie Marvnik
Petty, John


John O. Petty Sr., 55, late of 630 Fairchild Street, Gladstone, died at the Good Samaritan hospital Friday following a brief illness. He was stricken Monday while at work at the Oregon shipyards. He had been a resident of Gladstone for 27 years and of Oregon 33 years. He was born in Clinton, MO, on November 28, 1897. He was a member of Machinist Union No. 63 of Portland.

Survivors include his wife, Maude; son, John O. Jr.; mother, Mrs. Margaret Petty of Redlands, CA; three brothers, David L. and James A. of Redlands, CA, and Sam L. Petty of Gladstone; one sister, Mrs. Hazel Larsen of St. Paul, OR.

Oregon City Enterprise (Oregon City, OR) - Saturday, April 10, 1943
Contributed by Kathie Marvnik
Petty, Maude

PETTY—Maude Mae, late of Gladstone; beloved mother of John Petty, Bay area; sister of Martha Stokes, Silverton; number of nieces and nephews. Services Friday, 11 AM, Cochran’s Sunset Chapel, Gladstone. Private interment IOOF cemetery, Tillamook. Those desiring may contribute to Heart Fund in lieu of flowers.

The Oregonian (Portland, OR) - August 4, 1976
Contributed by Kathie Marynik
Rutherford, James

JAS. RUTHERFORD, 54, OF HIGHLAND, DIES                

James Rutherford, 54, farmer and forest ranger in the Lower Highland district, near Beavercreek, and a resident of Clackamas County for 47 years, died late Tuesday evening at the Oregon City hospital after a long illness. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Rutherford, and was born in Canada, coming to this county at the age of 7.

He is survived by his widow, Hester Ann Clara Rutherford; six children – William Henry Rutherford, Walter and Roy Rutherford, Ellen Hehn and Mildred Cumins of Beavercreek, route 1; and Charles Rutherford of Mulino. He also leaves three brothers and three sisters – William of Lower Highland, Charles of the East Indies, George of Lower Highland, Mrs. Fred Marshall of Lower Highland, Mrs. Andrew Graham of Viola, and Mrs. Eva McAllister of Durham, Ontario, Canada.

Funeral services will be held today at 2 o’clock from the E. A. Brady chapel, Rev. A. J. Ware officiating. Interment will be in the Clarkes cemetery.

Oregon City Enterprise (Oregon City, OR) - September 12, 1935
Submitted by Kathie Marynik
Rutherford, James


James William Rutherford, 76, route 1, Oregon City, died late Sunday night at the Oregon City hospital. Mr. Rutherford was born June 8, 1869, in county Gray, Ontario, Canada.

He is survived by his widow, Hester; 10 children, George and Arthur, Vancouver, BC; Ralph Rutherford and Mrs. J. C. Sinclair, Edmundton, Alberta, Canada; Mrs. Helen Hehn, Mildred Wallace, Henry, Charles, Walter and Roy Rutherford, all of Oregon City and vicinity; two brothers, Tom, Indiana, and Jake, Vancouver, BC; and three sisters, Mrs. Lydia Niblelink, Michigan, Mrs. Jennie Reiz, Alberta, Canada, and Mrs. Jerusha Gary, Vancouver, BC.

Funeral services will be held in the chapel of Holman, Hankins and Rilance mortuary Wednesday at 10:30 AM. The body will be shipped to Edmundton, Alberta, Canada, for burial. Friends are asked to omit flowers.

Oregon City Enterprise (Oregon City, OR) - January 15, 1946
Submitted by Kathie Marynik
Rutherford, Hester

HESTER ANN RUTHERFORD OREGON CITY (Special)—Mrs. Hester Ann Rutherford, 74, of route 1, box 188, Oregon City, died at her home Thursday. Mrs. Rutherford was born December 23, 1886 at Dufur and had spent her entire lifetime in the state and community. She was a member of the Followers of Christ Church in Oregon City.

Survivors include five sons and a daughter, George, Vancouver, BC; Henry, Beavercreek; Charles and Walter, both of Oregon City; Roy, Harrisburg; Mrs. William (Mildred) Wallace, Oregon City; a brother and two sisters, Joe Mitchell, Government Camp; Mrs. Martha Stokes, Oregon City; Mrs. Maud Petty, Gladstone; 14 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Saturday, February 25 at the Followers of Christ Church on Molalla Avenue with Ernest Nichols and Walter White officiating. Interment will follow in the Carus Cemetery with Holman-Hankins-Rilance funeral home in charge of the arrangements.

Enterprise-Courier (Oregon City, OR) - Friday, February 24, 1961
Contributed by Kathie Marynik
Rutherford, William

Funeral services for Henry Rutherford, who died Tuesday at a local hospital, will be Thursday at 2 PM at Lower Highland Bible Church, followed by burial in Highland Cemetery. The Rev. Richard Myers will officiate, and Holman-Hankins Funeral Service has charge of arrangements.

A resident of this area for 64 years, Mr. Rutherford was born July 19, 1905 in Dufur, OR. He was a retired carpenter and lived at Rt. 1, Box 339, Beavercreek. Mr. Rutherford was a charter member of the Lower Highland Bible Church, and friends may make memorial donations to the church or to the American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers.

Survivors include his wife, Agnes; three sons, Roger, Portland; Sherman, Porta Valley, CA; Mark, Klamath Falls; three brothers, Charles and Walt, Oregon City; Roy, Harrisburg; a sister, Mildred Bacheller, Salem; and four grandchildren.

Enterprise-Courier (Oregon City, OR) - April 18, 1973
Contributed by Kathie Marynik
Carroll, Francis

The funeral for Francis Joseph Carroll will be at 11 AM Wednesday in the chapel of Lincoln Willamette Funeral Directors. Mr. Carroll died of arteriosclerosis Sunday in a Portland convalescent center. He was 65. He was born on Feb. 2, 1928, in Boston and attended Brookline High School and Northeastern University. He served in the US Army. He had lived in the Portland area since 1958. Mr. Carroll worked as a bartender until 1965. He then began working in retail sales and owned his own business for a time. He retired in 1990. He was a Milwaukie resident. Mr. Carroll married Norma L. Roth in Vancouver, WA, on October 9, 1965. In addition to his wife, survivors include his sons, Christopher of Clackamas and David of Portland; brother, Robert of Milwaukie; and three grandchildren. Burial will be in Willamette National Cemetery. The family requests that remembrances be contributions to New Hope Community Church.

The Oregonian (Portland, OR) - April 21, 1993
Contributed by Kathie Marynik
Stokes, William

William B. Stokes, OC Native, Dies; Funeral Saturday                

William B. Stokes, 63, former business man of Oregon City and a lifelong resident of this community, died unexpectedly at his home, 13th and Washington Sts., Tuesday afternoon. He reported to work at the Elks Club, where he was a steward, and after complaining of not feeling well, he was taken to his home in a taxi and died about two hours later.

Mr. Stokes, who was born in Canemah on May 11, 1884, was a past exalted ruler of the Elks Lodge No. 1189, and at one time served as president of the Oregon City Softball Assn., when the sport was first organized here. For a number of years he engaged in business here.

Surviving are his widow, Martha; daughter, Mrs. Chester Cooper of Colton; brother, Clyde of Portland; sister, Mrs. Nieta Von Klein of San Francisco; aunt, Mrs. Henry E. Jones of Canemah, and three grandchildren, Elizabeth Ann, Clairean Gail and Martha Louise Cooper, all of Colton.

The funeral will be held at the Elks Temple Saturday morning at 10:30, with officers of the Elks Lodge officiating. Private committal will follow at the Portland Crematorium.

Oregon City Enterprise (Oregon City, OR) - Thursday, March 18, 1948
Submitted by Kathie Marynik
Stokes, Esther

Martha E. Stokes, former Clackamas County resident, died in a Salem convalescent care center on Sunday. At her request, there will be no services. She will be buried at Portland Memorial Cemetery. Born to Effie and Henry Ponting on Jan. 27, 1889 at Kingsley, she moved with her parents at an early age to Parkplace where she attended school. She was married to William Stokes who preceeded her in death in 1948. She was a charter member and past president of the Oregon City Elks Auxiliary and was associated with the Congregational Church. Surviving are a daughter, Martha Jean Cooper of Salem; three granddaughters, Elizabeth Ann Cooper of Salem, Clairean Gail Kolar of Mountain Home, Idaho; and Martha Louise Ivie of Portland; four great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family suggests memorial contributions be sent to the Molalla Ambulance Fund.

Oregon City Enterprise-Courier (Oregon City, OR) - Wednesday, December 29, 1976
Submitted by Kathie Marynik
Wallace, William

Funeral services for William A. Wallace, 53, late of 155 Bellevue Avenue, Oregon City, will be held Monday, Nov. 11 at 1:30 PM at Holman-Hankins-Rilance Funeral Home with interment to follow at Mt. View Cemetery. Mr. Wallace passed away inn Oregon City Nov. 7 following a sudden illness.  A lifetime resident of the area, William A. Wallace was born Aug. 13, 1910. He had been employed 23 years in the finishing department of Crown-Zellerbach at West Linn and was a number of the Pulp and Sulphite Union 68. Mr. Wallace was a veteran of World War II.

Surviving are his wife, Mildred; a son James Cummins, Eugene; a daughter Mrs. Norma Lee Carroll, Salem; ;his father, William H. Wallace, Sherwood; three sisters Mrs. Dorothy DeNeiu, Salem; Mrs. Pearl Adams, Salem; and Mrs. Lorraine Baker, Sherwood; and five grandchildren.

Oregon City Enterprise-Courier (Oregon City, OR) - Friday, November 8, 1963
Submitted by Kathie Marynik

Rutherford, Walter

Mass of Christian burial for Walter Scott Rutherford, 64, of Oregon City, will be Friday at 10:30 AM in St. John’s Catholic Church in Oregon City with Fr. Donald Denman officiating. Office of the dead for the retired saw mill worker who died Tuesday in a local hospital will be Thursday at 7:30 PM in Holman-Hankins-Rilance Chapel. Burial will be in Clarkes Cemetery.

Born in Beavercreek on April 10, 1913, he was a lifetime resident of this area. He attended St. John’s Catholic Church. He is survived by his widow, Antoinette; three sons, Walter J. Rutherford of Molalla, Thomas C. Rutherford of Beavercreek and Mathew S. Rutherford of Kingsman, AZ; two brothers, Charles Rutherford of Oregon City and Roy Rutherford of Harrisburg; a sister, Mildred Bacheller of Salem; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Oregon City Enterprise-Courier (Oregon City, OR) - January 5, 1978
Submitted by Kathie Marynik
Rutherford, Mathew

Services were held recently for Mathew Scott Rutherford, 40, of Oregon City who died at his home on June 22. Mr. Rutherford was born July 28, 1948, in Oregon City. He was employed by AT&T as a senior communications services technician in computer processors for 17 years. He was a member of St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church in Redland, the Jaycees in Toledo, and was a shop steward for CWA Union.                

Burial was in Clarkes Pioneer Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to:  Right-To-Life, Oregon, 6444 SW Capital Hwy., Portland. Holman-Hankins-Bowker and Waud Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Unknown Source - June 1989
Contributed by Kathie Marynik
Rutherford, Charles

Graveside services for Charles Alfred Rutherford, 67, of Oregon City were at Carus Cemetery this afternoon with the church elders of the Followers of Christ Church officiating. He was buried at Carus Cemetery. Holman-Hankins-Rilance Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 A native of Gladstone, he died Sunday morning at his home. He was a retired carpenter and a member of the Followers of Christ Church. He is survived by his wife, Leora; two sons, Ronald and Gordon Rutherford, both of Oregon City; a daughter, Charline Smith of Oregon City; a brother, Roy Rutherford of Harrisburg; a sister, Mildred Batcheller of Salem; and eight grandchildren.

Oregon City Enterprise (Oregon City, OR) - Monday, October 30, 1978
Submitted by Kathie Marynik
Aune, Fred


Word was received by Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Terrill of this city Thursday, telling of the seriously wounding of Fred Aune, a well known young man of Oregon City. Aune left Oregon City with the first drafted men. His mother is Mrs. LaPort of Dayton, Oregon.

[Submitter’s note:  Fred was KIA on July 21, 1918 in France.]

Oregon City Enterprise (Oregon City, OR) - Friday, September 6, 1918
Submitted by Kathie Marynik

Goodfellow, Robert

Robert J. Goodfellow, father of Jos. Goodfellow, formerly of Eugene, died at Oregon City yesterday at the age of 55 years.  Joe is now residing at Bend.

The Eugene Daily Guard (Eugene, OR) -
Tuesday, June 6, 1911
Submitted by Jim Dezotell
Follett, Herbert

Herbert Folett, aged 16, accidentally shot himself with a rifle at the Clackamas hatchery, Oregon City, and died in a few minutes.

Mountain Democrat (Placerville, CA) - October 15, 1898
Contributed by Robyn Greenlund

Andrews, Martha

Old Rogue Indian Dies

Martha, Well-Known Aborigine Near Oregon City, Passes Away

Oregon City, Or., April 23 (Special) – Martha, a well-known Indian woman, was buried here this afternoon. She died at midnight Wednesday in the Indian settlement south of town. She was the wife of Joseph Andrews, commonly called “Soosap,” and was nearly 70 years of age, having been born in Jacksonville, Or. Martha was a member of the Rogue River tribe. She was married to Andrew about 35 years ago. Five years ago she was made totally blind by an attack of Bob Gardner, a degenerate character, who was sentenced to 20 years in the penitentiary and is now in the state insane asylum.

The Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) - April 24, 1909
Contributed by Robyn Greenlund

Case, Sarah

Nursery school pioneer Sarah Case dies at 93

Sarah Vineyard Case, a retired home economics professor at Clark College and nursery school pioneer, died Feb. 7 in her Milwaukie home at the age of 93.

A private family service was held, with internment in Park Hill Cemetery, Vancouver.
A native of Boise, Mrs. Case moved to Portland in 1961.

Mrs. Case was the founder and director of the early childhood education center at Clark College and was the founder and director of the cooperative nursery schools program at the Kaiser Shipyards in Portland and Vancouver during World War II.

She was a pioneer in co-op nursery school programs in the state and around the country.
Mrs. Case held a bachelor’s degree in economics from Oregon State College and a master’s degree in early childhood education from Columbia University. She retired from teaching in 1958.

She was a member of the American Association of University Women, the National Retired Teacher Association, the Washington State Teachers Association, and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Mrs. Case is survived by three sons, Jeffrey Case and William Case, both of Seattle, and Relf Case of San Francisco; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

The Oregonian (Portland, OR) - February 14, 1987
Contributed by
Floyd Whitley
Garret, Bert & Family

Whole Family Slain With Dynamite Oregon City – Despondent over ill health, Bert Garret set off a charge of dynamite, killing himself, his wife, their 4-year-old daughter and fatally injuring Miss Villa Brown, Mrs. Garrett's daughter by her first husband, who died at 4 o'clock Sunday morning. The only new development in the case is the information that the dynamite which was used for the awful crime was purchased several days ago at a store in Mount Angel.

The Ontario Argus (Ontario, OR) - Friday, June 11, 1909
Contributed by The History of Today

Albright, Frank

Death of Frank M. Albright

OREGON CITY, Dec. 26 – Frank M. Albright died here this morning of pneumonia, aged 55 years. He was born in Quincy, Ill., and came to Oregon City with his parents in 1852. For 12 years he was chief clerk of the United States land office here.

The Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) -  Friday, December 27, 1895
(Submitted by Jim Dezotell)

Johnson, Mary

Oregon Dead

Oregon City – Mrs. Mary A. Johnson, aged 65, died very suddenly of aploplexy [sic] at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. J. C. Wingfield, Tuesday morning. She has a daughter living in Portland, also one at McMinnville.

Daily Capital Journal (Salem, OR) - Wednesday, August 10, 1898

Hatch, Charlotte

DIED--At the residence of Rev. Harvey Clark, in Tualaty Plains, on the 30th ult., Mrs. Charlotte Sophia, wife of Mr. Peter H. Hatch of Oregon City, aged 28 years, 4 months and 12 days.

Oregon Spectator, (Oregon City, O.T.) - Thursday, July 9, 1846
Contributed by Kathy McDaniel

Cornelius, Isaac

DIED.--On Tuesday, Oct. 13th, near Oregon City, Mr. Isaac Cornelius.

Oregon Spectator, (Oregon City, O.T.) - Thursday, October 15, 1846
Contributed by Kathy McDaniel

Nary, Francis

Breezy News Notes of Wheeler

F. M. Nary former resident of Wheeler, passed away at Oregon City, December 29th, 1921.  Mr. Nary was well and favorably known at Wheeler having lived there for the last four years, and was loved and esteemed by all who knew him.  He was a tireless worker for the upbuilding of the community of which he was a citizen, an enthusiastic worker in the I.O.O.F. of which order he was P.N.G., after going through all the chairs.  He was buried by the lodge at Oregon City, the members of his own lodge officiating.

Tillamook Herald (Tillamook, OR) – Thursday, January 12, 1922
Lehman, Ernest

Skull Is Horribly Crushed

Prominent Damascus Farmer Killed While Digging a Well.

OREGON CITY, Or., Sept. 19 (Special) – Ernest Lehman was instantly killed yesterday afternoon at Damascus while cleaning out a well.  His two sons were in the well with him, and a heavy board, four feet in length, fell from the top of the well, striking Lehman's head and crushing his skull in a terrible manner.  Lehman was 49 years of age and one of the best-known farmers of Damascus.  He is survived by a widow and several children.

The Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) – Friday, September 20, 1907
Melstrom, Arthur

Arthur Melstrom Bridge Victim

OREGON CITY, Or., July 1 – (Special) – Coroner Holman arrived here this morning from Wilsonville with the remains of the man who fell from the bridge Sunday afternoon and was dashed to pieces on the rocks beneath.  The unfortunate man’s name was Arthur Melstrom, and so far as known he has no relatives in this part of the country.  His family in the East have been notified, however and his body is being held pending instructions from them.

The Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) – Tuesday, July 2, 1907
Atkinson, Jane

Funeral of Mrs. Jane Atkinson – The funeral of Mrs. Jane Atkinson, a pioneer of Milwaukie, was held yesterday from the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. A. Webster.  Interment was in Riverview Cemetery.

The Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) – Thursday, June 14, 1906
Ryan, James

Aged Man found Dead

OREGON CITY, April 2 – James Ryan, aged 73, was found dead at his residence, at Clackamas Heights, this afternoon.  He was seen alive yesterday.  From appearances he died suddenly, presumably of heart disease.  Deceased was a native of Ohio.  He had lived here 10 years. He was unmarried.

The Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) – Wednesday, April 3, 1901
Burns, Lawrence

Lawrence Burns, an old resident of Clackamas county, living opposite Oregon City, died at his residence last week.

Willamette Farmer (Salem, OR) – Saturday, March 2, 1872
McGee, John

FOUND DEAD – The Vancouver Register, March 16th says: John McGee, a former resident of this county, was found dead near Sandy one day last week, with a gunshot wound in his body, and his throat cut.  It is believed that he accidentally inflicted the gunshot wound himself, and not being able to help himself, or within the reach of help, cut his own throat to end his sufferings.  He was strongly addicted to drinking during the latter years of his life.

Willamette Farmer (Salem, OR) – Saturday, March 23, 1872
Boon, Jesse

MURDER – On Monday morning last, about 9 o’clock, Jesse V. Boon was shot and instantly killed at Boon’s Ferry, on the Willamette river, by a man named Jacob Engle.  The deed was done in Clackamas county.  The Herald five the following particulars: - Engle is the owner of a large flock of sheep that has been in the habit of roaming the country and doing considerable damage to other property.  The flock in its perambulations reached Boon’s place, and as him driven away.  This appears so incensed Engle that he, with shot-gun in hand, repaired to Boon’s place and in a threatening manner demanded an explanation.  Boon told him to leave, which he refused to do, and without any warning, leveled his gun upon Boon and fired, the load taking effect and causing almost instant death.  After firing the fatal shot, Engle, terrified at what he had done, fled and endeavored to escape by concealing himself in the dense forest.  The news of the murder and the flight of the murderer spread with rapidity, and in a few hours the citizens in the vicinity were scouring the country in search of Engle.  After considerable difficulty he was discovered and taken into custody.  Later in the day he was conveyed to Oregon City, where he is at present in charge of Sheriff Warner.  The deceased was forty-five years of age, and leaves a wife and six children.  Mr. Boon was one of our most worthy and respected citizens, and his death has cast a gloom over the community. He was an old Oregonian, and a man of considerable ability and influence.

Willamette Farmer (Salem, OR) – Saturday, March 30, 1872
Matzky, Albert

DEATH FROM APOPLEXY – On Sunday afternoon last, Albert Matzky, a resident of Oregon City, while walking along the basin at that place, was seized with an apoplectic fit, and fell into the water.  He was rescued immediately, but gave a gasp or two and expired.  His death was no doubt attributable to apoplexy.  The deceased had resided for some time past at Oregon City, and was known as a good citizen.

Willamette Farmer (Salem, OR) – Saturday, April 13, 1872
Welch Children

DROWNED – The Enterprise, April 6th, has the following: Two children of Mr. William Welch, living on Mill Creek, about sixteen miles from Oregon City, were drowned in the mill race near his residence, last Sunday.  We have not been able to learn the full particulars. It appears that the two were walking along the bank, one about three years of age and the other five, when the younger one fell in, and dragging the other after him.  Another child saw them, and ran to give the alarm, but before assistance arrived they were both drowned.

Willamette Farmer (Salem, OR) – Saturday, April 13, 1872
Berringer, Henry

ANOTHER MURDER – The following particulars of a murder at Oregon City on Friday of last week, we copy from the Enterprise: “ Henry C. Berringer, better known as Clay Boles, was shot this morning about  41/2 o’clock by James Gordon, at Linn City, and died about 7 o’clock.  The shot took effect in the thigh, shattering the leg bone into pieces.  Both parties have been engaged in fishing, and it appears that Gordon had destroyed the boat belonging to Berringer, who went to the house to ascertain whether Gordon did it or not, when he immediately shot him.  We learn that he had drawn the gun on Boles before, and the parties have not been on good terms for some time.”

Willamette Farmer (Salem, OR) – Saturday, April 27, 1872
Selling, Babette

Mrs. Babette Selling

OREGON CITY, Or., Feb. 7 – (Special) – Mrs. Babette Selling, widow of I. Selling, a pioneer business man of this city, died of heart failure at her home in this city last night, aged 65 years.  She was born in Germany in 1841.  When 18 years of age, she came to America, locating at Sonora, Cal., where a year later she was married to Mr. Selling, with whom she came to Oregon.  After a year's residence at McMinnville, they located at Oregon City, where Mr. Selling was prominent in business until the time of his death, in 1890.  His son, Sam Selling, succeeded to the management of his business.

Mrs. Selling is survived by two children, Sam Selling, a leading merchant, and Miss Rosa Selling, besides one granddaughter, Miss Sybil Lippitt, all of this city.

The Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) – Thursday, February 8, 1906
Hidding, B. B.

Mrs. B. B. Hidding

OREGON CITY, Or., Oct. 27 – (Special) – Mrs. B. B. Hidding, aged 26 years, died yesterday at her home near New Era, of blood poisoning.  She is survived by a husband.

The Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) – Saturday, October 28, 1905
Hodes, Carl

Brief News of Oregon

C. G. Hodes, a well known business man of Oregon City, who has been missing since January 19, was found a hundred yards off the public highway leading to Willamette, about a half mile from the Willamette Falls railway depot, as West Oregon City.  He was lying face downward in a crevice between two large boudlers on a rocky cliff, which overhangs the public highway.

Tillamook Herald (Tillamook, OR) – Tuesday, February 4,1913

The body of an unknown man was found in the river at Oregon City, recently.  Nothing was found upon his person that would fix his identity.

The Oregon Scout (Union, OR) - Saturday, September 12, 1885
Palmater, Garrett

Garrett Palmater, an old resident of Zion, Clackamas county, died on the 16th inst. of  dropsy.  He leaves descendants to the number of about 160 in that vicinity.

The Eugene City Guard (Eugene, OR) – Saturday, October 28, 1882
Miller, Mrs.

Mrs. Jacob Miller of Milwaukie died on the 18th inst., after a protracted illness, aged 70 years.  She had [resided] in Oregon about 30 years.

The Eugene City Guard (Eugene, OR) – Saturday, October 28, 1882
Baker, Horace

Horace Baker, a very old resident of Clackamas county was found dead in his bed last Thursday morning.  He had been ailing slightly for several weeks, but was not considered ill.  A wife and six children survive him.  He came to Oregon in 1846, and was at the time of his death seventy-six years old.

The Eugene City Guard (Eugene, OR) – Saturday, February 11, 1882
Farrell, John

Crushed To Death – Last Saturday, Mr. P. H. Farrell of this city, received a telegram form Oregon City containing the sad information that his brother, J. J. Farrell had been crushed to death by a falling bank about 10 miles from Oregon City.  His right ram and leg were terribly crushed, and his backbone broken.  He lingered suffering excruciating agony for two hours, when death terminated the agony.  Mr. Farrell and family went below Saturday and attended the funeral exercises.

The Eugene City Guard (Eugene, OR) – Saturday, February 18, 1882
McCubbin, Abraham

Abraham McCubbin, one of the early pioneers of Clackamas county, but for several years a resident of Wasco county, died on the 12th ult., aged 70 years.  A wife, one son and three daughters survive him.

The Eugene City Guard (Eugene, OR) – Saturday, April 8, 1882
Smith, Emily

SMITH - Emily Dorothy, age 64, of Oregon City June 23; mother of William A. Jr. and James, both of Portland; Mrs. William (Dorothy) McWillis, Hoquiam, Wn. and Mrs. Opal Carrico, Los Angeles; Mrs. Robert (La Vern) Norman, Salem, Ore.; Miss Pearl Smith, Oregon City; 42 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren.  Services HILLSIDE CHAPEL, Oregon City, Friday, June 26, 2 p.m.  Interment Clackamas cemetery.

The Oregonian (Portland, OR) - Friday, June 26, 1964
Smith, James

SMITH - March 22, James Edward III, of 16430 S.E. 80th, Milwaukie; son of Mr. and Mrs. James Edward Smith Jr.; brother of Jennifer Smith; grandson of Mr. and Mrs. James Edward Smith Sr., Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Meier.  Friends invited to services 1 p.m. Saturday, Chapel of MT. SCOTT FUNERAL HOME, Foster Rd. at S.E. 59th Ave.  Vault interment Clackamas Cemetery.

The Oregonian (Portland, OR) - Friday, March 29, 1974
Smith, James

Smith, James 'Smitty' 60 03/27/1949 10/06/2009 He was born in Lebanon James worked as a logger He is survived by his wife, Pam; and daughters, Jennifer and Betty Jane. James was preceded in death by his sons, "Little Smitty" and Jason Smith. A final cruise will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009, in Meldrum Bar State Park, Gladstone. Arrangements by Crown Memorial Center - Milwaukie.

The Oregonian (Portland, OR) - Saturday, October 10, 2009
Hamilton, Clarke

Sentenced For Life – George Collins, who was found guilty in the circuit court of Clackamas county of the murder of Clarke Hamilton, was sentenced at Oregon City by Judge Bellinger to imprisonment for life in the penitentiary.  A stay of ex[?] was granted for ten days.

The Eugene City Guard (Eugene, OR) – Saturday, May 22, 1880
Rood, Ella

Miss Ella Rood, whose parents reside in Happy Valley, died in the insane asylum last week.  She had been an inmate of that institution for several years and was 18 years old.  The remains were returned to her parents for burial last Tuesday and were met at the depot by the sorely bereft relatives and followed to rest in the Masonic cemetery at McMinnville.

The Eugene City Guard (Eugene, OR) – Saturday, December 4, 1880
Pope, George

Drowned – About twenty minutes after 7 o’clock, Wednesday evening, June 1st, George, the only son of T. A. Pope, of Oregon City, fell over the bluff directly opposite the family residence into the river and was drowned.  Grappling hooks were immediately put in sue, and after about twenty minutes Dr. J. W. Watts brought the child to the surface.  Proper applications were used for restoration but without avail.

The Eugene City Guard (Eugene, OR) – Saturday, June 11, 1881
Hite, Thomas

Killed and Captured

Says the Statesman of July 4th: On Sunday, the 25th ult., Capt. Cochran has some very valuable horses stolen from him in Clackamas county, as we have before stated.  We also stated that these horse thieve had a fight with the officers near Molalla during which one of the most valuable horses stolen  was killed.  Marshal Harbord on Friday received information as to the whereabouts of these thieves and found that they were about six miles northeast of this city.  He immediately telegraphed the Sheriff of Clackamas County and received an answer stating that the Deputy Sheriff would be up on the evening train.

When the Deputy Sheriff arrived, he, Marshal Harbord and a pose of men started in pursuit of the fugitives.  They were stationed about four miles from this city, near the Frank Wamless place.  In the course of an hour or two the thieves came slowly riding along where the officers were stationed.  The officers ordered them to halt and throw up their hands.  Instead of so doing, they started their horses at full run and began firing a the officers.  The officers returned the fire and a desperate fight ensued.  Thomas Hite received a wound in the left side ranging toward the heart, killing him instantly, Frank Chambers was also shot in the thigh, infliction a painful wound.  After riding a quarter of a mile, he fell from his horse.  He was brought to this city and placed in the county jail where he still remains.  He is attended by Drs. Kinney and Shaw, who have slight hopes of his recovery.  Both of the thieves were ex-convicts and said to be hard characters.

The Eugene City Guard (Eugene, OR) – Saturday, July 8, 1882
Ochme, Emile

Near Sandy postoffice, Clackamas county, on the 24th of May, a man named Emile Ochme, was killed by a falling tree.  He was cutting the tree down and it was heard to fall.  Shortly afterwards he was found dead lying with his head downwards in a bunch of hazel brush, one leg was lying back on his head and one over the leg.  His head was mashed to a pulp.  He was 27 years old and was a native of Germany.

The Eugene City Guard (Eugene, OR) – Saturday, June 7, 1879
Mann, Michael

Michael Mann’s remains, who died at Tulare City, Cal., last Sunday, will be brought up on the next trip of the Oregon for interment at Oregon City.

The Eugene City Guard (Eugene, OR) – Saturday, December 6, 1879
Bauer, Jacob

Commissioner of Clackamas county, Jacob Bauer, died recently.  The vacancy will be filled by the next term of court.

Grant County News (Canyon City, OR) – Saturday, November 22, 1879
Holmes, Charles

OREGON CITY, Or., Jan. 9. – Word was received today by Mrs. Daniel O’Neil, of Rose Farm, Oregon City, of the sudden death of her nephew, Charles Alan Holmes, at Pekin, China, from pneumonia.

Charles Alan Holmes was born at the Custom House, Mary’s Island, Sitka, Alaska, in 1893, and was the son of the late Edward Holmes. A year ago last September he enlisted in the Navy. He attended Mount Pleasant school in this city, and later took a course in the Oregon City High School, graduating about a year ago.

He is survived by his mother, one sister, Mrs. Fred Martin, of Spokane, Wash., a brother William Holmes, of Montana; and an aunt, Mrs. Daniel O’Neil, of Oregon City.

The Oregonian (Portland, OR) - Wednesday, January 10, 1917
Transcribed by FoFG mz

Hopp, Marie

Mrs. Fred Baumgart went to Fond du Lac Saturday to visit with her daughter, Mrs. Max Prange. On Monday a telegram reached here announcing the death of Mrs. Baumgart’s mother, Mrs. Fred Hopp, at Oregon City, Oregon. She returned home Monday evening and on Tuesday morning started the long trip West to attend her mother’s funeral. Mrs. Hopp was for many years a resident of Colby and well known to many of our older citizens. We expect to have the necessary data in time to publish an obituary in next week’s issue.

Colby Phonograph (Colby, WI.) Thursday, June 16, 1921
Lorraine Markee collection
Transcribed by Marla Zwakman

Schaff, Aloysius

MEDFORD – Aloysius J. “Red” Schaff, 87, Medford, died Oct. 12, 1998, at St. Joseph’s Hospital hospice home, House of the Dove.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Hemer Funeral Home. Burial will be in Medford Evergreen Cemetery II.

Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday and again prior to service time Friday, all at the funeral home.

He was born Jan. 27, 1911, at Oregon City, Ore. He had worked for the city of Medford as a laborer, city police officer and then had operated the city sewage plant for more than 30 years.

Survivors include his daughter, Annette (Frank) Schabe of Hortonville; two sons, James (Patricia) Schaff of Madison and Jack (Wanda) Schaff of Raleigh, N.C.; 15 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Estelle (Ed) Bohte of Rib Lake; and his brother, Nick Schaff of Santa Maria, Calif.

Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, WI) - October 1998
Contributed by Ron Flink
Transcribed by Marla Zwakman

Dallman, Fred

Relatives received word of the death of Fred J. Dallman, Colton, Oregon, former resident of this community, on Saturday, December 10th of a heart attack. The body arrived at the Lulloff Funeral Home on Wednesday and funeral services were held Thursday at 1:30 at the funeral home. A more complete obituary will be published next week.

Marathon County Register (Unity, WI) - Friday, December 16, 1949
Transcribed by Marla Zwakman

Funeral services were held for Fred Dallman, Colton, Oregon, Thursday, December 15 at the Lulloff Funeral Home with Rev. Hoffman officiating. Burial was in the Beaver cemetery.

Mr. Dallman was born on April 5, 1888 at Fairfax, Minn., where he grew to manhood. He was united in marriage to Emma Gruenhagen in October 1912 at Fairfax, Minn. Three children were born to this union.

In 1923 the family moved to Wisconsin, settling in Riplinger, where he was employed at the box factory. Later they moved on a farm east of Colby where Mrs. Dallman passed away on January 18, 1941.

Mr. Dallman then sold the farm and went to Los Angeles, California to make his home with his daughter, Hela. While there he married Flossie Louis in 1945. They later moved to Colton, Oregon on a small farm where he passed away on December 10th of a heart attack.

Surviving are his wife, Flossie Dallman, two sons, Marvin, Wells, Minnesota, Vernard of Marshfield; one daughter, Hela of Los Angeles, California.

Pallbearers were Vaughn Daly, Merl Daly, Lyle Cornwall, Byron Hoke, Carl and Victor Dallman.

Those from out-of-town who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Herman Dallman, Spring Valley, Wis.; Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Dallman, Wisconsin Rapids; Mr. and Mrs. John Borth, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Dallman, Mr. and Mrs. Max Schroeder, Mr. and Mrs. Myron Schroeder, Mr. Alvin Borth, Mrs. Ralph Dummer, and Mrs. Arthur E. Kiecker, Fairfax, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dallman, Cosmas, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Vernard Dallman, Marshfield; Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Dallman, Wells, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Gust Kamrath, of Canby, Minn.

Marathon County Register (Unity, WI) - Friday, December 23, 1949
Transcribed by Marla Zwakman

Holcomb, George

Clackamas Man Passes

George H. Holcomb Resident of County more than 40 years.

Oregon City, Or., Aug. 23 - George W. Holcomb, for more than 40 years a resident of Clackamas county, died at the home of his son, A. E. Holcomb, at Clackamas, Monday noon at the age of 83. Mr. Holcomb was born in Kentucky in 1837 and came to Clackamas county about 1880. He settled at Clackamas and made his home there until his death. His sons, A. E. of Clackamas and S. C. G. W. and R. B. Holcomb of Portland, survive. Mr. Holcomb also leaves 13 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He had made a large number of friends during his long residence in the county. Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Wed. afternoon.

The Oregonian (Portland, OR) - August 24, 1920
Contributed by Dena Whitesell

Phillips, William

Pioneer of 1846 Dead

William Phillips, Age 90, lived at Clackamas 71 years

Oregon City, Or., Oct 29 - William Phillips, an Oregon pioneer, died at the family home at Clackamas Sat. night at 9 o'clock at the age of 90 years. Funeral services under Spiritualist auspices are to be at the Methodist Church at Clackamas Tues. afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment will be in the Clackamas cemetery.  William Phillips was born in Indiana Sept. 14, 1827, and crossed the plains with his parents in 1846. The family settled at Clackamas Station, where Mr. Phillips had resided most of his life. He was married to Miss Charity Mills, of Clackamas County, in 1848. Five of nine children survive. They are: William A. and John, of North Yakima, Wash.; Alvis W., of Oregon City; Mrs. Emma Jones and Mrs. Hattie Robinson, of Clackamas. He is also survived by 22 grandchildren, 12 great-great-grandchildren. Two brothers and a sister also survive him. The Patrons of Husbandry will attend the funeral in a body.

The Oregonian (Portland, OR) - October 30, 1917
Contributed by Dena Whitesell

Johnston, Carey

Carey Johnston Dead

Native of Oregon Succumbs to Illness with Pneumonia

Carey Johnston, native of Oregon and son of an Oregon pioneer, died at the Oregon City hospital Jan. 22 after a short illness with pneumonia. Funeral services were held on Jan. 25 at 2 pm from the Congregational church, at Clackamas, Rev. C. H. L. Chandler officiating. Interment was in the family plot in Clackamas cemetery. Mr. Johnston was born Oct. 1, 1874, at Oregon City, his father being the late Jacob Johnston, who crossed the plains in 1865, settling in Oregon City, later moving to Clackamas. On July 24, 1902, Carey Johnston married Emily Mable Cathvert of Clackamas. He was engaged in farming, making onion growing a specialty for the past 36 years. He was a member of I.O.O.F. encampment No. 4 of Oregon City, Lone Star No. 145, and Shamrock Rebekah No. 113 lodges of Clackamas. Surviving him are his widow, his adopted son Robert Carey, three brothers and five sisters, W. T. and Richard Johnston and Mrs. Clara Peterson of Clackamas; Jacob Johnston and Mrs. Fannie Hickey of Portland; Mrs. Sarah Rinearson of Gladstone, Mrs. Maggie Walling of Salem, and Mrs. Alice Risley of Risley station.

The Oregonian (Portland, OR) - February 8, 1920
Contributed by Dena Whitesell

Combs, Unknown

The Herald says that a man named Combs, lately from Montana, committed suicide at Canemah on the 3d inst. by shooting himself through the head with a Henry rifle in a fit of insanity.

The Guard (Eugene, OR) – Saturday, December 12, 1868
Raetz, Marie

RAETZ – Marie J., Milwaukie, Oct. 2; mother of Dorothy Goetten, Irene Orr, Loretta Dorman, Wilbur Raetz, Norman Raetz, Kenneth Raetz; sister of Ada Larsen, Forest Grove; Anna Einarson and Elfrieda Collver, both of Portland; 14 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren.  Recitation of the Scriptural Rosary followed by Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, Oct. 5, 10:30 a.m. ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CATHOLIC CHURCH, Milwaukie.  Final vault interment Pleasant View cemetery.  Those wishing may contribute to St. Johns Altar Society in her memory in care of STEHN’S MILWAUKIE FUNERAL HOME, 2906 Harrison.

The Oregonian (Portland, OR) – Tuesday, October 5, 1982

Rosary for Marie J. Raetz will be recited at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Milwaukie, followed by Mass.  Vault interment will be in Pleasant View Cemetery.

Mrs. Raetz, a Milwaukie resident, was born in Logan in Clackamas County and lived in the Milwaukie area all her life.  She died Saturday in a Milwaukie hospital at the age of 92.

Surviving here are three sons and three daughters; three sisters, Ada Larsen of Forest Grove, Anna Einarson and Elfrieda Collver, both of Portland; 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests remembrances be in the form of contributions to St. John’s Alter Society, in care of Stehn’s Milwaukie Funeral Home.

The Oregonian (Portland, OR) – Tuesday, October 5, 1982
Raetz, Clifford

RAETZ – Clifford M., 3446 Harrison St., Milwaukie; husband of Marie J.; father of Dorothy Goetten, Irene Orr, Loretta Dorman, Wilbur, Norman and Kenneth Raetz; brother of Clara Winn, George Raetz; also 14 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren.  Requiem Mass Wednesday, Jan. 14, 10 a.m., St. John Catholic Church, Milwaukie.  Vault interment Pleasant View cemetery, Logan.  Office of the Dead Tuesday, Jan. 13, 8:15 p.m., Chapel of MILWAUKIE FUNERAL HOME

The Oregonian (Portland, OR) – Tuesday, January 13, 1976
Toney, William

TONEY – William, of Molalla; brother of Winzora Stoke, Rusty and Alva Stewart.  Friends invited to services 11 a.m. Friday, Chapel of MT. SCOTT FUNERAL HOME, Foster Rd. at SE 59th.  Interment 1 p.m. Sat., Toney cemetery, Mitchell, OR.

The Oregonian (Portland, OR) – Thursday, July 12, 1984

TONEY – William.  Friends invited to services 11 a.m. Friday, Chapel of MT. SCOTT FUNERAL HOME, Foster Rd. at SE 59th.  Interment 1 p.m. Sat., Toney cemetery, Mitchell, OR.

The Oregonian (Portland, OR) – Friday, July 13, 1984
Fenamore, Anton


Portland, June 4.--Yesterday Anton Fenamore, who lived near Cherryville, was engaged with a neighbor in digging a well.  After being in the well a short time Fenamore asked to be hauled up as he felt very faint.  Just before reaching the top of the well, which is forty feet deep, Fenamore let go his hold and fell to the bottom, striking on his head.  As soon as possible he was taken up but life was extinct.  The top-of-his head was found to be crushed.  Fenamore was an old soldier, and a man of family, who were dependent upon him. The entire community is shocked over the fearful accident.

Evening Capital Journal, (Salem, OR) - June 4, 1891
Contributed by Friends of Free Genealogy (FoFG)

Gilliand, Ethel

A private celebration of life was held for Ethel M. Gilliland of Oregon City, who died May 11 of stroke-related causes.

The former Springfield resident was 83.

Gilliland was born Feb. 19, 1919, in Jamison, Neb., to Tom and Hilda Klien Thompson.

She married J. Wesley Gilliland in Blair, Neb., on April 15, 1943. He died on Aug. 10, 1985.

Gilliland, a homemaker, lived in Springfield from 1959 to 1999.

Gilliland worked as a cook in a fraternity at the University of Oregon. Her interests included quilting and gardening. She was a longtime member of the Springfield TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Club.

Survivors include a daughter, Cheryl Gilliland of Portland; two sons, Wayne of Burlingame, Wash., and Marion of Oregon City; a brother, James Sprenkle of Winner, S.D.; three sisters, Helen Crisman of Camas, Wash., Vera Maxson of Arcadia, Neb., and Marianne Beardsley of Winner; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Killingsworth Little Chapel of the Chimes in Portland was in charge of arrangements.

The Eugene Register-Guard (Eugene, OR) - Friday, June 14, 2002
Fields, Ann

Death of a Pioneer – Mrs. Ann Fields, familiarly known as “Grandma Fields,” among her neighbors and a large circle of friends throughout the State, died at Canemah Thursday, aged eight-two years, and three months.  Mrs. Fields was born in Mason county, Ky., and came to Oregon in 1852.  She leaves sixty-five descendants – five children, thirty-two grand children and twenty-eight great grand children.  Her children living at the time of her death are Mrs. J. R. Shaw, of Oregon City; Mrs. Catherine Toole, of Canemah; Mrs. J .D. Miller, of Walla Walla; Thomas Fields, of Oregon City, and Mrs. Al Epperly, of Portland.  She was one of the early pioneers, though advanced in years when she arrived, and lived, to see the wild Willamette valley [?] into a rich and beautiful country.  She survived her husband several years.  Her funeral was largely attended.

The Eugene City Guard (Eugene, OR) – Saturday, June 2, 1883
Vickers, Perry

Perry Vickers, at one time a resident of this city, was killed beyond the summit of the Cascade mountains, by a man named Steele.

The Eugene City Guard (Eugene, OR) – Saturday, August 25, 1883
Bartha, Gabor

Funeral for Gabor Bartha, a plumbing shop foreman, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Peake Memorial Chapel, Milwaukie.  He was 31.

Mr. Bartha died Monday in a hospital after being shot by a Clackamas County sheriff’s deputy who was pursuing Mr. Bartha as a suspect in an Oak Grove bank robbery.

Mr. Bartha resided at 16390 SE 80th Ave.

He was born Jan. 5, 1944, in Budapest, Hungary, and had lived in the Milwaukie area since 1971.

He was a member of American Karate Association and the South Wind Motorcycle Club.

Surviving are his wife, Sandra; a daughter, Tammy, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Antal Bartha, Van Nuys, Calif.

Interment will be in Clackamas Cemetery.

The Oregonian (Portland, OR) – Thursday, January 9, 1975
LaRose, Michael

LaRose, Michael Joe 54
Mar. 30, 1955 - May 7, 2009

He was born Camp Lajeune, N.C Michael was a night foreman for Hampton Distribution Center He is survived by his mother, Jean Bedsaul; father, Glenn; daughters, Camellia Inez Meyers, Natalie Hays and Amanda Hyde LaRose; and sons, Christopher and Joseph. At his request, there will be no services held. Arrangements by Crown Memorial Center, Milwaukie.

The Oregonian (Portland, OR) - Friday, May 15, 2009
Morse, Lyman

A memorial service for Lyman “Fred” Morse of Eagle Creek will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Bateman Funeral Chapel in Gresham.

Mr. Morse, who was 51, died of cancer Sunday at his home.  The body was cremated.

Mr. Morse was a retired boilermaker.  He was born in Manhattan, Mont., and moved to Portland as a boy.  He attended James John Grade School and Roosevelt High School.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and after his discharge in 1955, worked for Local 72 of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers & Blacksmiths Union for 29 years, both as a boilermaker and as a field business agent.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis; daughter, Debrah Nakunz of Oregon City and Tamera Ericksen, Sheryl and Devlin Morse of Eagle Creek; sons, Russell and Gary of Eagle Creek; his father, Delbert of Portland; brothers Donald of Vancouver, Wash., and William of Portland; a sister, Marjorie Becker of Portland; and four grandchildren.

The family suggests that remembrances be contributions to Mount Hood Hospice.

The Oregonian (Portland, OR) – Wednesday, March 6, 1985
Anthony, Herman
Evans, Agnes
Evans, Irene
Evans, James

Train-Car Crash Toll Reaches 5

OREGON CITY, Ore., April 24 – The death toll in the automobile-Southern Pacific locomotive crash near Canby, Ore., late yesterday mounted to five today with the death in a hospital here of Irene Evans, 7, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Evans, New Era, Ore., residents, who were killed in the crash.

Maude Anthony, 27, New Era, daughter of Herman Anthony, 70, wealthy New Era farmer, who was killed also in the wreck, was reported to have improved slightly, although the burns she suffered when the automobile caught fire may cause her death.

Eugene Guard (Eugene, OR) – Thursday, April 24, 1930
Huitt, Evelyn

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, 2002, in Christian Deaf Church for Evelyn L. Huitt, who died Aug. 28 at age 88.

Evelyn L. Olson was born March 12, 1914, in Darlington, Idaho. She graduated from Idaho State School for the Deaf and was later a homemaker. She lived in Central Point and moved to Portland in June 2001. In 1947, she married Marion L.; he died in 1999.

Survivors include her sister, Ruth Lindburg; and nieces and nephews.

Remembrances to Adventist Health Hospice. Arrangements by Omega.

The Oregonian (Portland, OR) - Sunday, September 1, 2002
Huitt, Ida

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007, in the Christian Deaf Church in Portland for Ida May Huitt, who died Oct. 3 at age 87.

Ida May Hill was born Jan. 13, 1920, in Nampa, Idaho. She graduated from Idaho School for the Deaf and lived in Portland the past 30 years. She was a homemaker and missionary. In 1942, she married Stephen W.; he died in 1978.

Survivors include her daughters, Karen Donaca, Priscilla Gray and Patricia Ingersoll; son, Dana; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Remembrances to a fund for a Bolivia deaf orphanage/school in care of the church. Arrangements by Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Vancouver.

The Oregonian (Portland, OR) - Sunday, October 7, 2007
Lane, Mary


In this city, on the 10th inst., Mrs. Mary Lane, wife of Richard Lane, Esq., aged 33 years and 10 months.

The Oregon Statesman (Oregon City, OR) - Friday, May 16, 1851
Allen, William

Sudden Death – Doct. Wm. R. Allen, formerly of Palmyra, Mo., died very suddenly at Canemah, last Sunday morning.  He was in usual health, and ate his breakfast without complaining; but he immediately experienced an attack of apoplexy, which in a few minutes terminated his life.  His remains were interred with Masonic honors, on Monday, by Multnomah, (Oregon City,) and Willamette (Portland) lodges.  Dr. Allen was a member of the Palmyra, (Mo.) lodge of Free and accepted Masons.  He leaves a large family.

The Oregon Statesman (Oregon City, OR) - Friday, June 13, 1851
Beers, Rachel

On Sabbath, the 14th inst., Mrs. Rachel Beers, aged 39 years, wife of Alanson Beers, Esq.  This afflictive event, though it came suddenly, did not find her unprepared.  – For 23 years she had maintained a most exemplary christian character.  She was a woman of remarkable patience and quiet meekness of spirit.

Fifteen years ago she came with her family to this country and has experienced much of the hardships and inconveniences of its early history.

She leaves a bereaved husband, who with christain fortitude is struggling to say “Father, they will be done,” and a family of seven children to mourn their loss.  Her disease was congestive fever, of about six days continuance.

In her, society loses one of its oldest citizens, and one of its most useful members.

The Oregon Statesman (Oregon City, OR) - Tuesday, September 23, 1851
Mills, Rachel

On the Columbia Bottom, Clackamas Co., on the 14th inst., of croup, Rachel, daughter of Wm.  A. and Rachel Mills, aged two years and six months.

The Oregon Statesman (Oregon City, OR) - Tuesday, September 23, 1851
Keller, George

Drowned – We regret to learn that last Wednesday, while engaged in rafting lumber in the Tualatin river, about four miles from this city, Mr. George Keller had occasion to go a short distance up the stream where he wished to cross in a skiff.  Shortly after the men who had been employed with him, saw the skiff floating down the river and now one in it.  As the water was high and rapid, fears were at once expressed the Mr. K had fallen overboard, and was probably drowned.  Others supposed that, in attempting to launch the skiff, it escaped his hold, and, as he did not make his appearance, that he had gone father up the river to effect a crossing.  Night came on, and the next day came and went, but no news of Mr. K.  Without doubt he was drowned.  He emigrated to the Territory the past season from Peoria county, in Illinois, where his father, Rev. Mr. Isaac Keller and family reside.  The young man’s deportment was unexceptionable.  He had formed a number of acquaintance since his arrival, and he possessed the good will and friendship of all who knew him.  We were told yesterday that his body had not yet been found.

The Oregon Statesman (Oregon city, OR) - Tuesday, January 13, 1852
Henderson, Ethel

Estacada Woman Dies at Home of Relatives Here

Mrs. Ethel Monroe Henderson, wife of W. I. Henderson of Estacada, died at the home of her aunt, Mrs. Mary E. Schmutz, on Garden road yesterday afternoon.  She had been visiting at the home of her aunt for the past two weeks while on the way home from the south where she had been for her health.

Mrs. Henderson leavers her husband, one daughter, 20 months old, and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. T. Monroe of Estacada, one sister, Mrs. F. C. Samples of Estacada, and one brother, Herbert Monroe of White Salmon, Wash.

The body is at the Rigdon establishment and funeral arrangements have not yet been made.

The Oregon Statesman (Salem, OR) – Saturday, June 12, 1920
Jayne, Gladys

JAYNE – Gladys F., late of Lake Oswego, Ore.; Beloved mother of Roger A. Jayne and Janette Lightburne, Dorothy Sigler and Barbara Reynolds; 12 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild.  Private graveside services.  THE LITTLE CHAPEL OF THE CHIMES, directors.

The Oregonian (Portland, OR) – Monday, June 19, 1972
Thomas, Elmer

THOMAS – Elmer E., late of 6116 N.E. 32d place, husband of Viola, father of Nellie Hickey of Brightwood, Or., and Mrs. Gladys Jayne of Portland, brother of Nellie Folsom of Eugene.  Services Tuesday, 1:30 p.m. at the L. L. Bruning Mission Mortuary.  Interment Cedar Mills cemetery.

The Oregonian (Portland, OR) – Tuesday, December 20, 1938
Monroe, Herbert

MONROE – Dec. 28, Herbert D. of Estacada; husband of Mae; father of Thomas H., Yakima; Edward, Portland; Constance Hanks, N.J.; brother of Mrs. Fred Sampels, Bend; 5 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild.  Services Friday, Dec. 30, 2 p.m., at CLAYVILLE FUNERAL CHPAEL, Estacada.

The Oregonian (Portland, OR) – Friday, December 30, 1966
Harris, Robert

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, 2008 in Vermont Hills United Methodist Church for Robert W. Harris, who died March 25 of Alzheimer's disease at age 89.   

Robert W. Harris was born Oct. 4, 1918, in Cambria, Minn.  He graduated from the University of Idaho and served in the Marine Corps.  He was associate deputy chief of research for the U.S. Forest Service.  He lived in Wilsonville for 30 years.  He served on the Wilsonville City Council and the Oregon State Board of Forestry.  In 1941 he married Joan Perkins; she died in 1999.    

Survivors include his daughters, Kathleen Stone and Marguerite H. Fitzpatrick; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.      

Remembrances to the church.  Arrangements by Finley's

The Oregonian (Portland, OR) - Monday, March 31, 2008
Contributed by Kathyrn Todd

Stratuff, Julia

Died – In this city, on Monday the 26th ultimo, at the residence of Mr. W. H. Gray, Miss Julia Ann Stratuff, aged about 14 years.

Oregon Spectator (Oregon City, OT) – Thursday, February 5, 1846
Crawford, Mary

Died – In this City, on Thursday morning, the 26th ult., Mary Elizabeth [?] daughter of Mr. M. Crawford.

Oregon Spectator (Oregon City, OT) – Thursday, March 5, 1846
Long, John


It is our painful duty to record the death of Doctor John E. Long, secretary of the territory, who was drowned in the Clackamas river, near this place, on Sunday, 21st. ult., under the following melancholy circumstances:  He left his residence on the north side of the Clackamas, about one o'clock, to visit some patients in the town and neighborhood, on a skittish horse, recently purchased of the Nez Perce Indians; the horse was discovered by a native, standing in the stream, with the lasso rope entangled about him.  On his being taken to the Doctor's residence, fears were entertained, and immediate search made for the deceased, and the body soon found in an eddy below the ford.  It was speedily taken from the water, and medical assistance instantly called with a view to resuscitation, but to no effect – the vital spark has fled! - the body having remained, from calculation, more than an hour in the water.  One boot being found on an island below, with a Spanish spur attached, the most rational conjecture is, that the horse proved restive in the stream, and the spur becoming entangled in the rope, the horse, in freeing himself, inflicted severe blows, so as to render the unfortunate deceased incapable of reaching the shore, as severe contusions were visible on the temple, face, and chest.  On hearing the news of the fatal accident, numerous friends in town hastened to the spot, but unfortunately, only to realize the truth of the sad event, and sympathize with the bereaved and afflicted widow.  On Tuesday morning the corpse was removed from the house of mourning to the Catholic Church in this place, where the funeral services was performed by Father Demerse, assisted by Father Accoltie, and the remains intered [sic] in the Catholic enclosure, in the presence of a numerous assembly of friends, desirous of paying the last tribute of respect to a departed friend, and evincing the high estimation in which they held the lamented deceased.

In communicating the above sad intelligence, we feel it due to the memory of one so highly esteemed and so much beloved, that we should give, at least, a brief sketch of his useful life.  Doctor Long was a native of England, the son of a respectable physician, and was bred to that profession.  He immigrated to the United States in 1833, where he followed his profession with much success, and enjoyed the confidence and esteem of an extensive acquaintance.  In 1843 the deceased emigrated from the states to this country, where he seemed content to spend the remainder of his life.  On his arrival in Oregon, he took a firm and decided stand in favor of organizing a temporary government, sufficient to preserve peace and good order in the country, until it should receive greater security in the protection of the United States government.  From this stand he never swerved, but continued one of the most efficient supporters and faithful servants of our provisional government, filling many important offices, and discharging their arduous and responsible duties with unimpeachable correctness and promptitude; continuing at the same time an extensive practice of medicine.  In the death of Dr. Long, Oregon sustains a loss, which can never be repaired in the person of one man.  The government loses one of her most valuable public servants, in whose fidelity and capacity she has manifested her confidence, by repeatedly conferring upon him the emoluments of high and responsible offices.  The community have lost a favorite physician, whose place will not be easily supplied.  In no place, perhaps, will the loss be more seriously realized or deeply deplored, than in the chambers of the sick.  The Catholic Church mourns the untimely death of an exemplary member and a beloved brother.  Long will his virtues live in the recollections of the good.

Oregon Spectator (Oregon City, OT) – Thursday, July 9, 1846
Horregan, John

Sudden Death – A correspondent informs us that Mr. John Horregan, commonly called Paddy Roland, was found dead in his bed, in Champoeg, on the morning of the 10th inst.  The verdict of the Coroner's inquest was, death occasioned by intoxication.  We regret to state that the deceased has left a wife and four children, helpless and homeless.  This is the first death that we have heard of in Oregon, from such a cause; let it suffice as a warning to others.

Oregon Spectator (Oregon City, OT) – Thursday, February 18, 1847
Hibbert, William


Died – This morning, William Hibbert, aged 25 years.  He was born in the State of Illinois, and immigrated to this country, and by trade, a tailor.  After undergoing severe sufferings produced by a cancer in his throat, which from the commencement, had extended so rapidly that it completely closed the esophagus in a few days, as to prevent any liquid from passing into his stomach.  In this distressing state was he for ten days, without eating or drinking, suffering excruciating torments from hunger and pain.  During his illness, Dr. Barclay afforded him every medical aid; but finding it was beyond his power to relieve him, he considered it his duty to warn him to have no longer hopes of his life being preserved.  He then patiently resigned himself to his fate, and fervently prayed to God, to be relieved from his sufferings, and they were heard.  A short time previously to his dissolution, he most particularly requested that an examination of his throat should take place, which, in the presence of his friends, and Drs. Barclay and Gordon, was complied with; and both Doctors were of opinion that no medical aid or operation could have preserved his life.  It will no doubt prove satisfactory to his distant relatives and friends, to know that during his severe illness, Mr. Switzler not only afforded him a room, in his house, but both he and Mrs. S. extended towards him that kind care and attention, which is seldom or ever experienced from the hands of strangers, and that parents alone know how to bestow.

Oregon Spectator (Oregon City, OT) – Thursday, March 18, 1847
Maley, James

Died – At his residence in Tualitin Plains, on Sabbath the 28th ult., Mr. James Maley, aged 30 years, leaving an afflicted wife and daughter to mourn his loss.

Oregon Spectator (Oregon City, OT) – Thursday, April 15, 1847
Putnam, Nathan

Died – Suddenly, at my residence near the Willamette, on the 30th of May, of disease of the heart, Mr. Nathan James Putnam, aged 25 years – son of Joseph Putnam of Lexington, Kentucky.  He left his home in the Spring of '46, principally for the benefit of his health, and arrived in this country last November, by the Southern route.  On account of great sufferings and exposures which befell him on the road, his disease became so confirmed that it was not in the power of medicine nor art to restore him.  Mr. Putnam was a gentleman of rare worth – possessing uncommon strength of mind and mental capacity, and he greatly endeared himself to us by his social embellishments – his moral rectitude – his intelligence – his gentlemanly deportment and the propriety of his manners, all of which he maintained to the last moment of his existence.  During life he had been doubtful of the truth of divine revelation, but in his last illness he begun to perceive his error on reading “Incidents of travel in the Holy Land,” and pursuing a search for truth, he was led to acknowledge himself a “believer in the Scriptures – in God – in Jesus Christ and in the Holy Ghost,” and often spoke of the comfort he experienced in having the Bible and religious books read to him.  He was anxious to make a public profession of religion by being baptized and partaking of the Lord's Supper, but he was prevented by his sudden removal.

We greatly regret to see such an one lost to the world, but he rests from his sorrows and we doubt not is happy in Heaven.  He forgave all who had injured him, and died in peace with the world and with his God.

“Death loves a shining mark” - but, the immortal mind doth triumph over his power and lives to be enjoyed again.

W. J. Bailey
Willamette, June 6, 1847

Oregon Spectator (Oregon City, OT) – Thursday, June 10, 1847

Sudden Death – Last evening, about dark, Yel-Lah-Cus, the principal chief of the Indians living on the opposite bank of the river, walked past our office, and when opposite Mr. M'Kinley's residence, fell suddenly to the ground and almost immediately expired.  Upon inquiry, we learned that he had had a quarrel with a white man just previously, and it is presumed that the excitement incident thereto, or an unlucky blow received therein, was the occasion of death.

Oregon Spectator (Oregon City, OT) – Thursday,  November 11, 1847
Wallace, Henry

Melancholy Accident – On Saturday morning the 30th ult., a young man named Henry Wallace, in the employ of our pilot, Mr. Reeve, was drowned in the Columbia river below Tongue point.  He in company with Mr. John Edmunds, on the evening of the day previous started from Fort George in a sail boat fro the purpose of going to the vessels which were at that time passing through Tongue Point Channel.  During the severe storm of the morning of the 30th ult. their boat was capsized, they succeeded however in regaining it, but some five or six hours afterwards Mr. Wallace from exhaustion, we suppose, could not maintain his hold upon the boat and was drowned.  There was a very heavy sea prevailing at the time and the darkness of the storm, which continued until the next day, concealed the distressing circumstance from view.  Mr. Edmunds, on the boat, drifted by Fort George, with the tide, several times, until fortunately, on the Monday morning following, about day break, he succeeded in getting to shore near Wilson's warehouse.  He had barely strength sufficient to enable him to reach Astoria, where he remained with his friends for some time in a very critical situation.  We are happy to state that our last information assures us of his recovery.

Oregon Spectator (Oregon City, OT) – Thursday,  November 11, 1847
Ward, Jeremiah


At Linn City, on the 10th inst. Jeremiah F. Ward, in the 26th year of his age.

On the 11th ult. the deceased fell from the frame of a house, and dislocated his spine, which resulted in his death.  The deceased leaves a wife and one young child.  He was an upright, industrious, moral man, and highly esteemed by all who knew him.

Oregon Spectator (Oregon City, OT) – Thursday, April 20, 1848
McClure, George

In this City, at the residence of Andrew H[???], Esq., on the 17th inst. George McClure, aged about 35 years.

The deceased had been some time in the country, and was from Cumberland county, Pennsylvania.  It will be consoling to his relatives to learn, that the deceased, “though a stranger in a strange land, received every possible aid and attention, at the hands of his newly made friends here.” The sickness which resulted in the death of the deceased, was attributed by [L???], to over exertion in the fall of 1846.

Oregon Spectator (Oregon City, OT) – Thursday, April 20, 1848
McBride, Thomas

Death by Drowning – Rev. Thomas McBride was drowned in the Willamette river on Friday evening of last week while attempting to cross from Linn City to this city.

Oregon Spectator (Oregon City, OT) – Thursday, June 29, 1848
Wheeler, Permelia

Died – On the 2d instant, in this city, Mrs. Permelia Wheeler, wife of Columbus Wheeler, Esq., of this city.  Mrs. Wheeler was an estimable lady and a devoted christian – in her the social and christian circles of this vicinity have lost a consistent friend and an ornament, and her esteemed husband has lost a beloved and devoted wife.  She left two children – one an infant.

“The grass withereth, and the flower thereof passeth away.”

Her funeral sermon will be pronounced at the M. E. Church, in this city, on the forenoon of the next Lord's day.

Oregon Spectator (Oregon City, OT) – Thursday, September 7, 1848
Grimes, Elias

Copied by [?]

Died, in this town, on Tuesday evening [?], Capt. Elias Grimes, senior partner of the [?] of E. & H. Grimes, aged 69 years.

Capt. E. Grimes was born in Fitchburg, [Mass. ?] March 20th, 1780.  He was very efficient shipmaster for many years, and for nearly the last twenty years of his life as a resident merchant in Honolulu, Oahu, Sandwich Islands.  He was always looked up to as an honorable, upright and just man, and his death will be deeply felt and much lamented by his relatives and friends.  – Star and Californian.

Thursday, February 8, 1849 - Oregon Spectator (Oregon City, OT)
Crawford, Francis

In this city, on the 29th ult., Francis De Witte, infant son of Medorum Crawford, esq., aged five months and eighteen days.

Thursday, October 4, 1849 - Oregon Spectator (Oregon City, OT)
Magruder, Patrick

On the 9th inst., of Cholera Infantum, Patrick Henry Magruder, aged 3 years, 10 months and 21 days.

Saturday, May 13, 1848 - Oregon Free Press (Oregon City, OT)
Towner, Mary


In this city, on the 23d ultimo, Mary Jane Towner, aged nearly 2 years.

Saturday, June 3, 1848 - Oregon Free Press (Oregon City, OT)
Simpson, William


Departed this life, on Thursday morning, 13th inst., William Simpson, aged 24 years.

Saturday, July 15, 1848 - Oregon Free Press (Oregon City, OT)
Kilborn, Jason

Died – At sea, on the 11th ult., Jason Lee, son of Wm. K. and Caroline Kilborn, aged 3 years and 9 months.  The funeral solemnities took place at the family residence, in this City, on the 29th ult.

Saturday, September 2, 1848 - Oregon Free Press (Oregon City, OT)
Saunders, Woodberry

On Tuesday afternoon, a small boy named Woodberry Saunders, son of Mrs. Husted, fell into the river from the horse-boat, while at play, and we are sorry to say was drowned.  May we be permitted to remark that this unhappy circumstance should be a caution to parents.  We have observed youths of a very tender age carelessly playing about the most exposed situations on the river bank, and have felt apprehensive of the occurrence of some such casualty as the above.

Saturday, September 30, 1848 - Oregon Free Press (Oregon City, OT)
Brown, James


January 25th, at Mr. Swizler’s residence, opposite Fort Vancouver, James A. Brown, aged 24 years, formerly of Platt City, Mo.

In July last Mr. Brown in company with a Mr. Payn, started to go to the States, but finally returned in consequence of meeting Mr. Payn’s father, who was on his way to this country.

When our Indian relations became such that military aid was required, Mr. Brown was one of the first to tender his assistance, and was subsequently elected 1st Lieutenant of the 5th company of the 1st Regiment of Oregon Riflemen.  Mr. Brown’s manly bearing had won for him a large circle of warm friends.  His “mortality has put on immortality;” but his many noble qualities will long be remembered.

Thursday, February 10, 1848 - Oregon Spectator (Oregon City, OT)
Short, William

At Oxford, December 9th, William Leander, son of R. V. Short, aged eleven months and three days.

Thursday, December 27, 1849 – Oregon Spectator (Oregon City, OT)
Crossland, George

In this City, on Sunday last, of hemo-plegia, Geo. V. Crossland, formerlt of Lancon, Marshall county, Illinois, where his wife and one child now reside.

During his illness [?] since Christmas last, he was well taken care of by the proprietors of the Oregon House, and after his death, was decently buried at the expense to the credit be it spoken, of the proprietors.  He left no effects.

Thursday, January 16, 1851 – Oregon Spectator (Oregon City, OT)

Mr. Editor – Mr. Crossland died of general Palsy.  At first the disease was Paraplegia, and not Hemiplegia – the latter disease not being so fatal, the former proves more so, especially when the lungs of any vital organ becomes affected, as was the case with Mr. Crossland.

F. Barclay, M.D.

Thursday, January 23, 1851 – Oregon Spectator (Oregon City, OT)
Kellogg, Orrin


Dec. 26, of consumption, at the residence of Orrin Kellogg, Clackamas county, Margaret S., wife of Elisha Kellogg, aged 19 years, 10 months and 11 days.

Iowa papers please copy.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OT) – Saturday, January 2, 1858
Newell, Carrey

Removed – From our garden, by our Heavenly Father, our most lovely house-plant, Carrey Bell, to bloom in Paradise above.  She was given to us July 7th, 1857, and died, after twelve hours’ sickness, Dec. 30th, 1857.    –G. P. Newell

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OT) – Saturday, January 2, 1858
McAlpin, D. Henderson


Dec. 16, 1857, D. Henderson, infant son of Robert and Jane McAlpin, aged 10 days.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OT) – Saturday, January 9, 1858
Wait, Columbia


In this city, on the 9th inst., of putrid sore throat, Columbia Lancaster, son of A. E. Wait, Esq., aged nearly three years.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OT) – Saturday, February 20, 1858
Hattan, Martha


On the 8th ult., of bronchitis, at Wm. McCubben’s, Clackamas county, Martha Jane, consort of Mark Hattan, aged 21 years.  –Illinois papers please copy.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OT) – Saturday, February 20, 1858
Riley, John

John Riley, a grocery keeper in Canemah, was found dead in his room last Sunday morning.  The Coroner, Dr. Barclay, supposes that he died of apoplexy.  Mr. Riley was a brother of the Walla walla country, but no other connexions here that we know of. [sic]

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OT) – Saturday, March 20, 1858
Taylor, J. E.


June 26th, 1858, Mr. J. E. Taylor, of Clackamas county ,aged 31 years and 22 days.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OT) – Saturday, July 3, 1858
Bacon, James


On Monday, Aug. 16, 1858, in Oregon city, James Jerome, son of John M. and Rachel W. Bacon, of pneumonia caused by whooping cough – aged 16 months and 30 days.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OT) – Saturday, August 21, 1858
Hatch, Nannie

Mortality – Several deaths have occurred in this vicinity within a few days, among which we note that of S. H. Taylor, on Molalla, formerly one of the publishers of Jacksonville Sentinel, R. E. Random of Milwaukie, Mrs. O. Kellogg of Milwaukie, and Mrs. Monsey of this county.  Besides these, G. W. Taylor, Len White, and P. H. Hatch, and some person at the Oregon House, have each lost a child.

P.S. – Mr. Hatch’s son has called in since the above was written, and informed us that another sister, aged 25 months today (Friday), died this morning.  Heaven is reaping a rich harvest of little seraphs.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OT) – Saturday, August 28, 1858


Sabbath evening, August 22d, of summer complaint, Nannie, infant daughter of Peter H. and Sarah C. Hatch.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OT) – Saturday, August 28, 1858
Hatch, Mary

Mortality – Several deaths have occurred in this vicinity within a few days, among which we note that of S. H. Taylor, on Molalla, formerly one of the publishers of Jacksonville Sentinel, R. E. Random of Milwaukie, Mrs. O. Kellogg of Milwaukie, and Mrs. Monsey of this county.  Besides these, G. W. Taylor, Len White, and P. H. Hatch, and some person at the Oregon House, have each lost a child.

P.S. – Mr. Hatch’s son has called in since the above was written, and informed us that another sister, aged 25 months today (Friday), died this morning.  Heaven is reaping a rich harvest of little seraphs.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OT) – Saturday, August 28, 1858


Also, on Friday morning, 27th inst., Mary Harriet, another daughter of the same [Peter H. and Sarah C. Hatch], aged 2 years and 1 months.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OT) – Saturday, August 28, 1858
Monsey, Unknown
Random, R. E.
Taylor, S. H.

Mortality – Several deaths have occurred in this vicinity within a few days, among which we note that of S. H. Taylor, on Molalla, formerly one of the publishers of Jacksonville Sentinel, R. E. Random of Milwaukie, Mrs. O. Kellogg of Milwaukie, and Mrs. Monsey of this county.  Besides these, G. W. Taylor, Len White, and P. H. Hatch, and some person at the Oregon House, have each lost a child.

P.S. – Mr. Hatch’s son has called in since the above was written, and informed us that another sister, aged 25 months today (Friday), died this morning.  Heaven is reaping a rich harvest of little seraphs.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OT) – Saturday, August 28, 1858
Kellogg, Margaret

Mortality – Several deaths have occurred in this vicinity within a few days, among which we note that of S. H. Taylor, on Molalla, formerly one of the publishers of Jacksonville Sentinel, R. E. Random of Milwaukie, Mrs. O. Kellogg of Milwaukie, and Mrs. Monsey of this county.  Besides these, G. W. Taylor, Len White, and P. H. Hatch, and some person at the Oregon House, have each lost a child.

P.S. – Mr. Hatch’s son has called in since the above was written, and informed us that another sister, aged 25 months today (Friday), died this morning.  Heaven is reaping a rich harvest of little seraphs.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OT) – Saturday, August 28, 1858

Aug 22, 1858, near Milwaukie, Mrs. Margaret Kellogg, wife of Orrin Kellogg, Esq., aged 63 years.

Mrs. K. was called away without a moment’s warning, yet she had given evidence of union to Christ by faith, in many fruits of Christian love, and thus of a readiness to depart and be with Him.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OT) – Saturday, September 4, 1858
Stout, Abigail


At Oregon City, Sept. 13th, 1858, of hemorrhage, Mrs. Abigail E. Stout, wife of J. S. Stout, Esq., aged 34 years, 7 months, and 4 days.

Mrs. S. was for 16 years a worthy member of the Reformed Baptist Church.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OT) – Saturday, September 18, 1858
Lowe, David


In this city, on Wednesday evening, Sept. 28, of disease of the heart, Mr. David Lowe, aged 30 years.  Drs. Barclay and Evans were his attending physicians.  His funeral will take place this afternoon at 2 o’clock, from the Methodist Church.  His friends are respectfully invited to attend.

The members of Multnomah Lodge No. 1, A.F. & A.M., are requested to meet at their hall at 1 ½ o’clock this afternoon.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OT) – Saturday, October 2, 1858
Indian Charley wife

Suicide – A squaw, one of the wives of Indian Charley, hung herself last Wednesday to a branch of a tree not four feet from the ground, and also strangled her two children by tying a cord around their necks and binding them both together.  The children, by prompt treatment, were saved, but the mother was too far gone to restore.  She must have shown great resolution, as her body rested on the ground, and no marks of a struggle were seen.  She sup up her dress, with which she made cords instead of rope.  The cause appears to be some family quarrel.  Charley is well known in town, having been brought up amongst the whites, and resided in Oregon City for ten or twelve years.  Dr. Barclay says that a resort to such extremities is not uncommon among Indians.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, May 14, 1859
Lacey, Ira
Lacey, William


In Springwater, Clackamas county, from the effects of eating German Congreve matches, May 27, Ira Lewis Lacey, aged 1 year, 11 months, and 25 days, and on the 30th, William Allen Lacey, aged 2 years, 11 months and 9 days – children of Lewis A. and Leonora E. Lacey.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, June 11, 1859
Gould, John


In Oregon City, June 10, 1859, Mr. John B. Gould, formerly of Indiana, aged 53 years.

-Evansville (Ind.) papers please copy.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, June 18, 1859
Ross, Mercy


At the residence of A. B. Stuart, June 10th, Mercy Jane Ross, wife of Benj. A. Ross, aged 70 years and one month.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, June 25, 1859
Cornelius, John


In this city, August 3, John Kelly Chenette, infant son of Aaron and Elizabeth Jane Cornelius, aged 1 year, 1 month and 23 days.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, August 13, 1859
Atkinson, Charles


At Oregon City, August 27, 1859, after an illness of six days, of inflammation of the bowels, Charles William, infant son of Rev. G. H. and N. B. Atkinson, aged eight and a half months.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, September 3, 1859
Taylor, Unknown


In this county, week before last, Mrs. Taylor, wife of Rev. Thomas Taylor, aged 67 years – formerly from Illinois.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, September 3, 1859
Illidge, Blanche


At Beaver Creek, Sept. 23d, of water on the brain, Blanche, fifth daughter of Geo. A. and Elizabeth Illidge, aged 3 years and 5 months.
(Honolulu papers please copy)

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, September 24, 1859
Miller, William


In this city, Sept. 18th, William, infant son of John W. and Catherine Miller, aged one year and 25 days.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, September 24, 1859
Kellogg,  William


On the 9th instant, William Harvey Kellogg, infant son of Jos. Kellogg, aged 11 weeks and 2 days.

The funeral services were attended to on Sabbath morning, Sept. 11th, by Elder Foreman, before a large circle of weeping friends and relatives.  The body was then borne to the graveyard, on a high and beautiful hill near Orrin Kellogg’s, there to rest till the morning of the resurrection.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, September 24, 1859
Pallet, Henry

Drowned – Mr. Fleming, postmaster at this place, has handed us a letter received by him from George H. Ackler, Esq., of Fort Hope, B.C., conveying information of the drowning of Henry Pallet, of Pollet, in Frazer river, on the 4th of September.  The drowning was occasioned by the capsizing of a canoe in which the deceased was, below Fort Hope, near Marysville.  The deceased was a native of England, emigrated to Illinois, from thence to Oregon, and lived some time near Oregon City.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, October 1, 1859
Miller, Cassius


In Linn City, on the 6th instant, Cassius N., son of Thomas J. and Mary Miller, aged eight months and eighteen days.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, October 8, 1859
La Forest, Rosalie


In this city, on Friday evening, Oct. 7th, Rosalie Mary, aged nine weeks, infant child of Eugene La Forest.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, October 15, 1859
Avery, Jacob

Drowned – We learn that Mr. Jacob Avery, of this county, was drowned in Big Sandy, on Thursday of last week.  He was trying to cross on a loot-log, when he fell in and was lost.

Mr. Thomas Waterbury informs us that the body of Mr. Avery was found on Monday last, about two miles below where the accident took place, and was buried.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, November 5, 1859
Rees, Sarah


Mrs. Sarah Rees, wife of George Rees, of Molalla Prairie, Clackamas county, Oregon, died of consumption, Oct. 19, 1859, in the 31st year of her age.

Sister Rees experienced a change of heart about two years ago.  She manifested to the last a satisfactory evident that all was well.  When the time of her dissolution drew nigh, she realized that death would soon sever her from her companion and children; but with true Christian resignation she gave them up to God, and waited for the solemn change which would reliever her from pain and death, to enjoy that Rest which remains for the people of God.

H. C. Rhodes

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, November 12, 1859
Broughton, Robert

Obituary – We regret to announce the death of Mr. Robert H. Broughton, who formerly resided in Oregon City.  He died at Boston, Mass., Oct. 20, 1859, of consumption, in the 29th year of his age.

Mr. Broughton had many friends and acquaintances in this community, who loved him when living for his many virtues, and who will mourn his early death.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, November 26, 1859
Douglas, Margaret


In Powell’s Valley, Margaret Malissa Jaquith, daughter of John and Elizabeth Douglas, aged 26 years.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, November 26, 1859
Mark, Frances


Nov. 5th, in Clackamas county, Frances F. Mark, aged 63.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, November 26, 1859
Grinstead, Unknown


On Sunday afternoon last, a man by the name of Grinstead, stopping at the Oregon House in this city, attempted to make way with his life by a heavy dose of laudanum.  Failing in this, he cut his throat with a penknife, shortly after eleven o’clock that night, during the temporary absence of the person who was watching him.  Drs. Barclay and Steele attended him, and sewed up the wound, but their efforts to save his life were unavailing, and the unfortunate man died on Tuesday afternoon about three o’clock, form the effect of laudanum and loss of blood.  Grinstead was a stranger in this place, and was from Washington county.  He stated that he was at his journey’s end, and wished to die, and believed in neither hell nor heaven.  He was evidently insane.

Mr. Hollister, the young man who was attending on Grinstead before he cut his throat, had left the room but a few minutes, and upon returning and opening the door, stepped into some blood, and slipping, fell forward, and ran his hand into a pool of blood on the floor.  Just then, the suicide crawled out from under the bed, with his face pale and throat cut from ear to ear, presenting a most ghastly appearance.  All these circumstances, happening as they did, were enough to appal [sic] a stout heart, and Mr. Hollister beat a rapid retreat from the scene.  Assistance was procured, and the dying man attended to.  The knife which he used was a small one, square-pointed, and not very sharp, and with this he literally sawed his throat from ear to ear, but barely missing the jugular in the operation.

P.S. – Since the above was in type we have conversed with Mr. Hibbler, an acquaintance of the deceased, who says that the cause of Grinstead’s committing suicide was a disappointment in love.  He had paid his addresses for a long time to a young lady, by whom he was lately rejected.  This disappointment, operating upon an unbalanced mental organization, led him to the commission of the foolish act.  He was not in want of money, and had considerable property.  He was about thirty years of age.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, December 3, 1859

That Suicide – We have been called upon by Mr. T. H. Denny, of Washington county, who informs us that the cause of Grinstead’s committing suicide was not, as we stated last week, a disappointment in love, but that the cause was insanity, that disease being hereditary in Grinstead’s family – a sister of his having hung herself about ten years ago, and his father and mother, in their life time, both being subject to attacks of it.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, December 10, 1859
Clingler, John

Accident and Death – on Thursday evening last, Mr. John Clingler, an old resident of Clackamas county, whilst on his way home the wagon in which he was seated became suddenly entangled, which pitched Mr. Clinger from his seat, who falling upon some very sharp pointed rocks, had a deep wound cut on his forehead; the fall also producing concussion of the brain and rupture of one of its blood vessels.  But for the assistance of Mr. James Officer, who was also pitched out of the wagon, Mr. Clingler would probably have died on the spot.  Medical aid was procured, but it was of no avail.  Mr. Clingler died on the Monday evening following.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, December 3, 1859
Holland, Charles


In this city, Dec. 16, 1859, Charles Lee Holland, eldest son of F. S. and Letty Holland, aged 5 years, 6 months and 17 days.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, December 24, 1859
Milne, Ellen

In this city, Dec. 27, Ellen Jeannette, infant child of James and Mary Jane Milne, aged nearly nine months.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, December 31, 1859
Saunders, Pleasant


In this county, on the 5th inst., Mr. Pleasant Saunders, aged about 52 years.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, January 7, 1860
Patton, Eunity


On the 17th inst., Eunity, daughter of Matthew and Polly Patton, aged twenty years, six months and seventeen days.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OT) – Saturday, January 29, 1859
Mark, Sarah


In Clackamas co., Jan. 13, of consumption, Mrs. Sarah, wife of Alex Mark, aged 22 years.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OT) – Saturday, January 29, 1859
Bowman, Daniel


In Oregon City, on the 27th ult., of lung fever, Daniel, son of Joshua and Emeline Bowman, aged 18 months, 2 weeks, and 5 days.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OT) – Saturday, January 8, 1859
Fouts, Lydia


At Canemah, on Sunday morning, Jan. 9, 1859, Mrs. Lydia Fouts, wife of Wm. Fouts, Esq., in the 46th year of her age, after an illness of more than a year.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OT) – Saturday, January 15, 1859
Powell, George


On the 21st ult., George W. Powell, youngest son of Rev. Theophilus and Rachel Powell, aged nearly six years.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OT) – Saturday, February 5, 1859
Barrett, Florence


In West Tualatin, 13th Dec., of croup, Florence Isable, the only daughter of W. R. and E. J. Barrett, aged 19 months, and 20 days.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OT) – Saturday, February 5, 1859
Loomis, James


At his residence, six miles from the river, on the 20th inst., Mr. James Loomis, 43 years of age the 4th day of July last.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OT) – Saturday, February 5, 1859
Claggett, Benjamin


In Powell’s valley, Jan. 26th, Benjamin M. Claggett, aged 47 years and 3 months.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, February 19, 1859
Moore, Unknown


In Linn City, Sunday, Feb. 27, 1859, Mrs. Moore, widow of the late Robert Moore.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, March 5, 1859
Blackler, Joseph


In Clackamas co., on the 15th of Jan. last, Joseph S. Blackler, aged 2 years, 5 months and 15 days, only son of J. H. and Hannah Blackler.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, March 5, 1859
McVay, Margarett


On the 5th ult., Margarett L., daughter of Daniel McVay, aged 16 months.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, March 5, 1859
Adair, William


On the 24th ult., in Clackamas county, Rev. Wm. Adair.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, March 5, 1859
Oglesby, Samuel
Morland, Susan


Feb. 8th, on Rock Creek, Clackamas co., Rev. Samuel Oglesby.  Also, at the same time and place, Mrs. Susan, wife of Rev. Jesse Morland.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, March 5, 1859
Foster, Temperance


On Molalla, March 7, Temperance Foster, wife of Stephen Foster, and daughter of S. N. Vance, aged 16 years, 7 months and 4 days.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, March 19, 1859
Wait, Mary


In Oregon City, on Wednesday afternoon, March 30, 1859, of consumption, Mrs. Mary Ann Wait, consort of Judge A. E. Wait, aged 31 years and 13 days.  Also, on the morning of the same day, Mary Clare Wait, infant daughter of the same, aged 2 months and 28 days.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, April 2, 1859
Starkweather, John


In this county, March 11, 1859, John H., son of W. A. Starkweather, aged two years and two months.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, April 2, 1859
Johnson, William

Drowned – Mr. William Johnson, formerly a resident of this city, was drowned at the Cascades on Monday last.  The particulars, as we learned them, are these: He was sailing over the Cascade rapids in a small sloop, and was standing up, when a sudden change in the wind threw the boom of the vessel on the opposite side.  In going over, it struck him, knocking him overboard into swift water.  He finally got into an eddy and swam around in a circle for nearly half an hour, and at last becoming exhausted, he sank.  Mr. Johnson was a worthy young man, and leaves a large circle of friends to mourn his loss.   – Standard.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, April 16, 1859
Wheeler, Columbus


At Chico, Butte county, California, April 27th, 1859, of pneumonia, after six days’ illness, Columbus Wheeler, Esq., formerly of Oregon City, in the 50th year of his age.

-Nebraska, Michigan and New York papers please copy.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, May 28, 1859
Ainsworth, N. J.


In Portland, Dec. 5, Mrs. N. J. Ainsworth, wife of Capt. J. C. Ainsworth, and daughter of Judge S. S. White of this city, aged 25 years and 8 months.  Her remains were brought to this city for interment, and her funeral was attended by a large concourse of sorrowing friends.

The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, December 10, 1859
Meek, Melissa


In this city, on the 6th inst., Melissa, daughter of Stephen and Elizabeth Meek, aged one year and three months.

Oregon Spectator (Oregon City, OT) – Thursday, February 21, 1850
Jeffers, John


In Oregon City, John H. Jeffers, son of Joseph and Sarah Jeffers, of inflammation of the lungs, on the 19th day of February, 1850, aged 19 years, 4 months and 26 days.

Oregon Spectator (Oregon City, OT) – Thursday, April 4, 1850
Boswarth, John


In this city, on Tuesday, May 28, 1850, after a long illness of 4 months, Mr. John H. Boswarth, formerly of Lexington, Kentucky.  Aged 29 years, 7 months and 11 days.

Oregon Spectator (Oregon City, OT) – Thursday, June 13, 1850
Prigg, Unknown

Dead Body Found – A body was found a few days since in the Willamette river, at the lower end of the rapids, which has been identified as that of the late Dr. Prigg, who disappeared so mysteriously last Fall.  The work of decomposition had been progressing to a considerable extent, still from articles of clothing, and other things connected with the body, there is no doubt of its proper identification.  We learn that there was discovered in the back a wound, from which and some other circumstances, there is no doubt but that the Doctor met a violent death, and that his body was cast into the river for concealment.

Oregon Spectator (Oregon City, OT) – Thursday, July 11, 1850
Sawyer, Jourdan


In Linn City, on Thursday, the 3d inst., Jourdan Sawyer, aged about 40 years, of congestive [?], after an illness of about [?] hours.  Though every [?] was given him be his kind brother and family, the [outlook ?] was [?] and [?] that all [?] and [?] [?].  Mr. Sawyer was one of our most respected citizens.  He was a native of North Carolina – he emigrated from [Marshal ?] county, Ill., in 184[?], to this country; one he arrived here he has enjoyed uninterrupted good health, until a few hours previous to his death.  He has left a son about 11 years old.

Oregon Spectator (Oregon City, OT) – Thursday, September 12, 1850
Grimbelgh, Henry

A Man Drowned – It becomes our melancholy duty to record the death of Henry Grimbelgh, aged about 60 years, who whilst at work upon the dam and the Clackamas rapids, fell off into the water and was drowned before he could be rescued by those present.  He came from Iowa this season, and what is most remarkable, connected with his immigration to this place is, he traveled the whole distance by foot, and packed his provisions and clothes.  We are truly sorry for him.  – A person endowed with such energy and perseverance deserved a better fate.  Considering the age of the man, the feat of crossing the plains on foot, &c., is probably without parallel.

Oregon Spectator (Oregon City, OT) – Thursday, November 7, 1850
Williams, George

Died – In this city, on Wednesday night, the 13th inst., at [son-in-law ?] home [?], Mr. George M. Williams, aged about 23 years, formerly of Liberty, Clay county, Mo.

Oregon Spectator (Oregon City, OT) – Thursday, November 21, 1850

Mr. Editor – I hand you the enclosed certificate for publication.  The fact of their being no coroner to hold an inquest on George M. Williams, and finding that suspicions were abroad, at the request of many citizens, I thought it my duty to order a post mortem examination, and you have the result of such examination.  I have an inventory of his effects, and after the expenses are paid, the balance, if any, will be paid over to his heirs.

Wm. K. Killrorn,
Mayor of Oregon City.
November 25, 1850

____    ____    ____

George M. Williams died very suddenly at Oregon City.  About twelve hours after death a post mortem examination of the body was made by Dr. Barclay and Dr. Steel, as follows”

Williams died from a determination of blood to the head.  The stomach was brought on the apoplectic attack.

Oregon Spectator (Oregon City, OT) – Thursday, November 28, 1850
Johnson, Albert


At Oregon City on Tuesday the 27th of May, Albert, son of Eld. [H. ?] Johnson and Eliza his wife, aged 4 years and 24 days.

The Oregonian (Portland, OT) – Saturday, June 7, 1851

Suzaine, aged 75, the only surviving daughter of Chief Yelcus of the Molalla Indian tribe, was burned to death at Oregon City July 1.  The house caught fire and Suzaine, being blind and feeble, perished before help could reach her.

Lake County Examiner (Lakeview, OR) – Thursday, July 11, 1901
Nolan, Terry

[Terry Edward Nolan]

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, March 3, 1997, in Sandy Funeral Home for Terry Nolan, who died Feb. 27 of an accidental drug overdose at age 44.

Mr. Nolan was born Dec. 16, 1952, in Sacramento, Calif. He graduated from Sandy High School in 1971. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He owned T.E.N. Construction and worked six years for the U.S. Postal Service.

He married Leanna Kenyon in 1988.

Surviving are his wife; parents, Betty and Clark Wolf of Sandy; sister, Luanne Hess of Sandy; stepdaughter, Wendy Listenberger of Gresham; stepson, David Listenberger of Gresham; and stepsisters, Kelly Wright of Beaverton and Kim Cleveland of Portland.

Burial will be in Fir Hill Cemetery in Sandy.

The Oregonian (Portland, OR) — Sunday, March 2, 1997.  Contributed by Maurene Richard Miller


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