Early Eugene Oregon Death Notices/Obituaries 1864-1902

If you are looking for recent deaths from the Eugene and Lane County Oregon area – please click this link to the Register-Guard.

The following names are from my first index I published and copyrighted about 10 years ago. I indexed deaths that were published in the Eugene Oregon newspapers prior to the start of the Oregon Death Index (1903). Only deaths with a Oregon connection were indexed. None of the dates overlap – see newspaper list below. If you are interested in getting copies of any of these listings, see my “Research Services” tab above. The search feature will find any name I have posted here. I will also continue to index and post the death listings from the Eugene Morning Register. I am now indexing the 1909 papers.

Oregon State Journal (Eugene OR): March 12, 1864 – December 1889
Eugene City Guard: January 1890 – December 1891
Daily Eugene Guard: January 1892 – June 1897
Eugene City Guard: July 1897 – February 4, 1899
Eugene Weekly Guard: February 11, 1899 – December 1902

Name, Issue date, page number, place of death

HARMON, AD 16 OCT 1897 6 ROSEBURG OR
HARNETT, LEGH 19 JUN 1896 4 WOLF CREEK OR
HAROLD, MOLLIE MISS 6 OCT 1888 5 LANE CO OR
HARPER, ALICE MAY MISS 28 JAN 1892 4 TRENT OR
HARPER, JOHN 7 SEP 1895 1 LANE CO OR
HARPER, LEVI 11 APR 1894 1 TRENT OR
HARPER, LEVI 13 APR 1894 4 TRENT OR
HARPER, LEVI MRS.’ MOTHER 12 MAY 1888 5 DOUGLAS CO OR
HARPOLE, ENOS MR.’S DAUG 16 JUL 1892 4 JUNCTION CITY OR
HARPOLE, JAMES A. 11 NOV 1893 1 JUNCTION CITY OR
HARPOLE, JOHN W. HON. 17 MAR 1893 1 JUNCTION CITY OR
HARR, WILLIE 11 APR 1885 5 LONG CREEK OR
HARRIER, MARTHA MRS. 23 APR 1897 1 EUGENE OR
HARRIES, MARTHA MRS. 29 APR 1897 1 EUGENE OR
HARRILL, S.M. 15 NOV 1892 4 LEABURG OR
HARRINGTON, HANNAH MRS. 15 NOV 1890 3 EUGENE OR
HARRINGTON, HENRITETTA MRS. 1 FEB 1902 2 ELY OR
HARRIS, ALEXANDER 31 DEC 1881 5 MACOMB CO MI
HARRIS, D.R. 4 JUN 1892 4 EUGENE OR
HARRIS, MARION 5 SEP 1891 4 OAKLAND OR
HARRIS, MR.’S 10YR DAUG 27 JAN 1877 3 EUGENE OR
HARRIS, MR.’S SON 12 MAY 1866 3 JACKSON CO OR
HARRIS, MRS. 23 FEB 1897 1 NAPA CITY CA
HARRIS, MRS. 20 NOV 1880 5 COTTAGE GROVE OR
HARRIS, WM. 5 JUN 1894 4 SALEM OR
HARRISON, JOHN 1 DEC 1900 1 BAKER CITY OR
HARRISON, MR&MRS.’S INF SON 17 FEB 1900 5 EUGENE OR
HARRISON, T.R. MRS. 15 DEC 1883 5 AMITY OR
HARRISON, W.H. 25 MAR 1882 5 PRINEVILLE OR
HARRY, A.J. 14 FEB 1891 5 YONCALLA OR
HART, JOHN 12 OCT 1901 2 ASHLAND OR
HART, WILLIAM 6 AUG 1892 4 ASHLAND OR
HARTLEY, A. MR. 7 JUL 1893 4 OAKLAND OR
HARVEY, DANIEL 21 JUN 1890 1 MILWAUKEE OR
HARVEY, HENRY 27 NOV 1886 5 ANTELOPE OR
HASBROUCK, L.A. MRS. 20 JAN 1866 3 PORTLAND OR
HASKIN, HARRISON 1 AUG 1891 5 BRIDGEPORT OR
HASKINS, GEO. MR.’S INF BOY 27 JAN 1892 4 DEXTER OR
HASS, N. 4 NOV 1882 5 SALEM OR
HASTING, MARGARET MRS. 23 MAR 1897 1 THURSTON OR
HASTINGS, BARTON W. 22 NOV 1890 3 THURSTON OR
HASTINGS, GEORGE L. 11 OCT 1902 7 THURSTON OR
HASTINGS, MARGARET MRS. 16 APR 1897 1 THURSTON OR
HASWELL, C.W. 15 SEP 1900 1 IRVING OR

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Tragic Death of Marcellus B. Pitney September 20, 1895

Marcellus B. Pitney Rest Lawn Cemetery Junction City, Oregon Photo courtesy of Cindy - Find A Grave

Marcellus B. Pitney
Rest Lawn Cemetery Junction City, Oregon
Photo courtesy of Cindy – Find A Grave

“Death of M.B. Pitney.
It seems that we were misinformed last week as to some of the facts relating to [the] sad accident which caused the death of M.B. Pitney. He had just finished his dinner when the storm came up when he remarked to his family that he must go out to the wagon and get his gun. The wagon contained a wood rack and the gun was wrapped up in a coat lying on the spring seat. He must have dropped the gun to the floor of the rack as the shot entered the left breast and ranged upwards, otherwise had the trigger caught on the seat, the discharge would have ranged down as the high seat was above his head. When the gun was discharged, he dropped it between the fore wheel and the woodrack, and ran about a rod when he fell. The boy who witnessed the accident gave the alarm and when the body was reached, life was extinct. Coroner Harris was sent for who selected a jury to investigate the cause of his death. After due investigation a verdict was rendered in accordance with the facts already published, that his death was caused by the accidental discharge of a shot gun in his own hands.

Mr. Pitney was born and raised near this place and was 37 years, 7 months and 6 days old. He leaves a wife and four children. Funeral services were held Sunday at 11:00 o’clock at the M.E. Church by Rev. H.S. Wallace. After the services the remains were taken in charge by the A.O. U. W. of this city and conveyed to the Odd Fellows Cemetery [Rest Lawn]. Fraternal services were held at the grave. E.E. Orton, P.M.W. and S. L Moorhead, M.W. officiating. The following members served a pall bearers: D.R. Hill, F. M. Parker, D. B. Farley, Rube Hill, Ed Baily and E.N. Tibbets. A large delegation from Harrisburg lodge was present and assisted in the obsequies.” The Junction City Times, Sep. 28, 1895, pg. 5, col. 3.

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Edward Brabham Dies Nov 25, 1895 in Hunting Accident

Mark/Flickr“Edward Brabham accidentally shot himself while out hunting near Springfield Monday [Nov 25, 1895]*. While getting over a fence the gun was accidentally discharged, the contents entering his side in the region of the heart. The young man was about 24 years old and unmarried. He was a brother of Mrs. John Carpenter of Monroe.”**

** I believe I found this obituary in the Junction City Times, but I cannot find it on my log.  I do see that his death was front page news in the Daily Eugene Guard on both Nov. 25 and Nov. 26, 1895.  This is a good reminder to always remember to record your source.  If you are printing it out at the library – write the citation on the front of the copy if possible. 

*Edward Lawrence Brabham was born in Illinois on Feb. 6, 1871 and died Nov. 25, 1895. Buried at the I.O.O.F. (Eugene Pioneer Cemetery) Block 95, along with 4 other Brabhams. I count a total of 14 Brabhams buried at the cemetery.

Having indexed several decades of deaths in Lane County, Oregon I still can’t believe how many people lost their lives from accidental gun wounds. Sometimes these deaths occurred while hunting as with Edward Brabham or simply by mishandling a loaded gun.

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Early Eugene Oregon Death Notices/Obituaries 1864-1902

If you are looking for recent deaths from the Eugene and Lane County Oregon area – please click this link to the Register-Guard.

The following names are from my first index I published and copyrighted about 10 years ago. I indexed deaths that were published in the Eugene Oregon newspapers prior to the start of the Oregon Death Index (1903). Only deaths with a Oregon connection were indexed. None of the dates overlap – see newspaper list below. If you are interested in getting copies of any of these listings, see my “Research Services” tab above. The search feature will find any name I have posted here. I will also continue to index and post the death listings from the Eugene Morning Register. I am now indexing the 1909 papers.

Oregon State Journal (Eugene OR): March 12, 1864 – December 1889
Eugene City Guard: January 1890 – December 1891
Daily Eugene Guard: January 1892 – June 1897
Eugene City Guard: July 1897 – February 4, 1899
Eugene Weekly Guard: February 11, 1899 – December 1902

Name, Issue date, page number, place of death

HANOVEN, WALTER 5 NOV 1892 4 ELMIRA OR
HANSE, MIKE 10 JUL 1897 1 CRESWELL OR
HANSEN, CAROLINE 29 SEP 1893 1 ASTORIA OR
HANSEN, CAROLINE MRS. 28 JUL 1893 4 ASTORIA OR
HANSEN, CLAUDIS 1 MAR 1890 5 CORVALLIS OR
HANSEN, GEORGE 2 NOV 1894 1 SALEM OR
HANSEN, JOHN 19 MAY 1894 1 ASTORIA OR
HANSEN, MR. 8 DEC 1892 1 PORTLAND OR
HANSEN, PETER 4 MAY 1889 5 CASCADES
HANSON, ANDREW 12 MAR 1896 4 ISABEL OR
HANSON, ANNA MISS 13 JUN 1896 4 SALEM OR
HANSON, CHRISTIAN MR. 27 DEC 1890 5 EUGENE OR
HANSON, FRED 27 APR 1897 1 PORTLAND OR
HANSON, GEORGE 1 FEB 1890 5 MABEL OR
HANSON, J.W. 3 OCT 1891 5&8 FAIRHAVEN WA
HANSON, J.W. 10 OCT 1891 1 FAIRHAVEN WA
HANSON, WM. A. 24 AUG 1867 2 GARDINER CITY OR
HAPPERETT, GEORGE 7 OCT 1896 1 ROSEBURG OR
HARD, ED 22 MAY 1895 4 JUNCTION CITY OR
HARDENBROOK, J. 1 DEC 1900 4 JACKSONVILLE OR
HARDESTY, A.G. 31 AUG 1892 1 ASTORIA OR
HARDING, B.F. HON. 10 JUN 1899 7 COTTAGE GROVE OR
HARDING, B.F. HON. 24 JUN 1899 6 COTTAGE GROVE OR
HARDING, ELLA MISS 30 DEC 1882 5 FAIRFIELD OR
HARDING, EX. SENATOR’S SON 11 FEB 1871 2 FAIRFIELD OR
HARDING, LARS 24 JUN 1893 4 GERVAIS OR
HARDISON, A. REV. 3 FEB 1883 5 JUNCTION CITY OR
HARDY, MR. 4 SEP 1869 2 SALEM OR
HARDY, WILLARD 23 SEP 1899 7 NOTI OR
HARKER, CAROLINE MISS 19 JUN 1893 4 PORTLAND OR
HARKER, CARRIE MISS 20 JUN 1893 1 PORTLAND OR
HARKINS, 10YR DAUG. 22 JUL 1876 3 HIGHBANKS LANE CO OR
HARKINS, DANIEL 28 OCT 1893 4 THURSTON OR
HARKINS, HOMER 8 JUL 1899 1 FALL CREEK OR
HARKINS, JAMES 7 SEP 1896 4 FALL CREEK OR
HARKINS, MR. 9 AUG 1879 5 MONROE OR
HARKNESS, CHAS. MRS. 18 JAN 1902 10 SPRINGFIELD OR
HARLOW, CREATH MR. 16 AUG 1873 3 LANE CO OR
HARLOW, ETHEL S. 2 JUN 1893 4 COBURG OR
HARLOW, JOHANNA 26 DEC 1895 4 EUGENE OR
HARLOW, JUDEA MISS 18 JUN 1887 3 EUGENE OR
HARLOW, MAHLON H. 24 JAN 1896 1 EUGENE OR
HARLOW, MARY MRS. 22 APR 1899 10 EUGENE OR
HARMES, LOUISA 9 JUL 1864 3 COAST FORK OR

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Oregon Pioneer Matthew Smtih of Franklin dies October 20, 1895

Mathew Smith - photo courtesy of Find A Grave

Mathew Smith – photo courtesy of Find A Grave

“DIED, — Matthew Smith of Franklin, Lane County, died at his home of old age at 4 o’clock Sunday evening, October 20, 1895, aged 76 years. Deceased was a pioneer of Lane County, having come here from Iowa in 1852 and settled on a donation land claim where the village of Franklin now stands. The Smith donation soon become the center of population in that community and took the name of Smithfield. Later, however, when the postoffice was established at that place it was called Franklin, and the village has since gone by that name. Deceased leaves two daughters and a son to mourn his death, besides numerous other relatives and friends. The funeral services were held Monday afternoon, the remains being interred in the Inman cemetery.” Junction City Times (Oregon), Oct. 26, 1895, pg.5, col. 2.

Click this link to Find A Grave to see a photo of his grave stone at the Inman Cemetery near Elmira, Lane Co., Oregon.

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Consumption (TB) Kills Young Adult in Junction City May 21, 1895

Edward Harp Rest Lawn Cemetery, Junction City, Oregon Photo courtesy of Cindy, Find A Grave

Edward Harp
Rest Lawn Cemetery, Junction City, Oregon
Photo courtesy of Cindy, Find A Grave

“DIED — At the residence of his brother in this city, Tuesday May 21, Edward L. Harp, aged 22 years, 5 months and 10 days. Deceased was afflicted with that dread disease consumption, and while his death was not unexpected, it was none the less sad. Everyone attention and care was cheerfully given him by his affectionate brother and loving sister-in-law, but cruel and insatiable death had fastened it tentacles on this young man and release was beyond human succor. He was a model young man and his gentlemanly and unostentatious demeanor attracted and won the respect and admiration of all with whom he came in contact. His remains were interred in the Odd Fellows cemetery [Rest Lawn] Wednesday afternoon, followed by a large concourse of friends. The sympathy of all is extended to Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Harp in their great sorrow.”  The Junction City Times, May 25, 1895, pg. 5, col. 4. 

Find A Grave lists (from his headstone) birth date as Jan. 17, 1873 in Monticello, Indiana and his death on May 22, 1895 a slight discrepancy between the headstone and the newspaper.

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Accidental Overdose or Suicide? Former Eugene Banker Dies Nov 15, 1895.

St. Charles Hotel - Portland Oregon

St. Charles Hotel – Portland Oregon

“H.C. Humphrey, well known as a banker in Eugene, went to Portland Friday and registered at the St. Charles Hotel as “John Smith, Chehalis,” and went to bed.  Late the next afternoon he was found dead in his bed with a bottle of morphine and one of bromine on the stand.  This morphine had been purchased at Woodard’s drug store and when the clerk objected to selling it, Humphrey remarked, “Do I look like a man who would kill himself?”  I want it for a friend, C.H. Murphy of Roseburg.”  The clerk thought the big healthy looking man weighing some 225 pounds would not likely want to commit suicide, and sold him the morphine.  The coroner’s jury on hearing all the evidence thought that it was not a case of suicide and that Humphrey took the morphine to induce sleep as he had been suffering from sleeplessness, being the victim of stomach trouble.  Humphrey was formerly in the banking business at Eugene, being a member of Hovey, Humphrey & Co.  During the panic of two years ago the bank closed.  When it re-opened Humphrey had no connection with it.  He has been interested this season in shipping fruit east and it is understood he was successful.  He  was 39 years of age and hadioof been married about nine years.  He leaves a widow and two children.  His remains were brought to Eugene and interred in the Odd Fellows cemetery Monday afternoon.  The A.O.U. W. order had charge of the ceremonies.” Junction City Times (Oregon), Nov. 23, 1895, pg. 5, col. 2.

Find A Grave lists a very detailed account concerning the facts around Mr. Humphrey’s death, as well as a photo of his headstone.

Given the CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) we have today, how do you think this case would have been concluded?

The I.O.O.F. (Eugene Pioneer Cemetery) lists him as Henry Clay Humphrey who was born Sep 18, 1856 in Elmira Oregon and died Nov. 15, 1895 in Portland Oregon.  In block 219 of the cemetery are many Humphrey family members.

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