Oregon Pioneer of 1858 Hugh Walker dies April 10th, 1900 Lane County Oregon

Died.

Muffet/FlickrHugh M [Marion] Walker died at the family residence at Springfield Tuesday morning after an illness of several months, aged 78 years, 3 months and 8 days.  Deceased was one of the best known pioneers of this state and county, having come here in 1858, and has resided in Eugene and Springfield continuously since that time.  He was born in Tennessee. January 2, 1833.  He leaves a wife and four children.  W.R Walker, Mrs. H. C. Harlow, Alf Walker and Bruce Walker.”  Oregon State Journal (Eugene) April 14, 1900, pg. 5, col. 5.

Find a Grave gives his year of birth as 1923, which calculates to the 78 years, rather than the obituary year of 1900.  Find a Grave also lists 6 children, 2 having died previous to his death.  William Robert Walker, Dillard Walker, Amanda Jane Walker Harlow, Sarah Fannie Walker Fuller, Carrie Walker Mount and Alfred S Walker.  No Bruce is mentioned? Sarah and Dillard, both passing before his death.

This is another good example that obituaries are secondary sources of information. The details and accuracy are sometimes lacking, but can be great spring boards to finding more information. GT

 

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John Higgins Killed in logging accident 1900

“A Man Killed

John Higgins Struck by Falling Tree at Wendling

Modern Logging in Oregon

Present day logging in Oregon Photo – Flickr SoulRidder.222

 

About 11 o’clock Tuesday morning John Higgins who has been in the employ of the Booth-Kelley Lumber Company felling logs near the Wendling mill, was struck by the limbs of a tree and injured, so that he died at 7 o’clock Wednesday morning.

In company with another man Higgins  was working  about two miles above the mill, and stepped on a log to await the falling of a tree which they had just chopped down.  Turning he saw that the limbs would strike him, and started to run along the log out of danger but was too late.  The limbs hit the man between the shoulders, knocking him down and an ax which was sticking in the log cut his arm quite severely.

Higgins was about 40 years old and so far as known at the mill, had no family.  He came out from the East several months ago.  Guard.”  Oregon Daily Journal (Eugene, OR) April 21, 1900 [Saturday], pg 5, col. 2.

It isn’t often that I can find nothing on an individual whose death was reported in the local paper. Given the short time the article said he had been in the area it only makes sense.  Perhaps some Higgins family is looking to whatever happened to John – and now they know.  Calculated death date would have been Wednesday April 18, 1900 and birth year about 1860.  GT

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Zachary T Moore Oregon Pioneer dies 1906

ZT MOORE

Eugene (Oregon) Masonic Cemetery – Find a Grave

“Zachariah Moore died at Springfield, Friday evening, June 8, 1906, in his 59th year, having been born at Port Gibson, Mississippi, Jan 7, 1847.  He came to the Pacific Coast with his parent around Cape Horn in 1849 and lived some of the time in Oregon and in California.  “Zach” as he was called served awhile in the Navy and afterwards in the Army.  His father was a one-armed man, a machinist and sawmill man, and in early times had a steam planning mill in Eugene near where the present grist mill stands.  For a quarter of a century or more “Zach” has lived in Eugene and been a familiar figure around town, doing odd jobs, until recently he went  up to Springfield.  He was a bachelor and for many years “bached” in the city engine house on 11th street, taking care of the house for his lodgings.  He leaves two brothers, Wm. W. Moore of Eugene and Richard A. Moore of S[p]okane.”  Oregon State Journal (Eugene, OR), June 16, 1906, pg 5, col. 4.

1870 U.S. Census – Eugene Township

Richard Moore  male  57 yrs born New Jersey, Permelia M Moore female 54 yrs born Mississippi, Richard Jr male 26 yrs Mississippi, Zachary male 22 yrs Mississippi, William male 16yrs Oregon.

Oregon Deaths & Burial 1903 – 1947

Z.T. Moore, died in Springfield Oregon, born 1847 in Mississippi, Father born in New Jersey, Mother P.M. Moore who was born in Mississippi.

Lane County Historian, Vol. VII, no.2, June 1963, pg 32.

See very informative article, “The Moore’s and Snodgrass’ of 1852, The Deckards of 1853″ by Willetta Moore Smith and Merle S Moore.

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Goodman’s Celebrate 60th Anniversary 1903

Keith Bloomfield/FlickrThe Portland Journal of Sept 5th contained pictures of two Eugene people and the following brief sketch: “Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Goodman, of Eugene Or., celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary August 29.  Both are natives of Kentucky.  Mr. Goodman was born May 14, 1823; Mrs. Goodman January 28, 1827.  They were married in Missouri in 1848; crossed the plains with ox teams in 1852, and located in Marion county near Scio; later they moved to Benton county, from there to Lane County in 1870, where they have since resided. They have had twelve children, five of who are living and were present at the celebration.  A.J. Goodman of Independence.  Mrs. Mary Hurst of Philomath, William B. Goodman, Mrs. Julia Day, Frank E. Goodman of Eugene.  Mr. Goodman’s brother John B. Goodman, and his wife of Corvallis, were also present.  The couple have sixteen grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.” The Oregon State Journal (Eugene), Sep 12, 1903, pg. 5 col. 1.

I featured Mrs. Goodman’s obituary on my blog in 2012.  Both her and her husband are buried at the Masonic Cemetery in Eugene Oregon.  Find A Grave listing for Mr. Goodman also contains a copy of the news article for their 50th wedding anniversary! Find A Grave also contains an extensive linking for both the Goodman family and her Locker family.  Like the wedding article I recently posted, these articles can be critical  for finding more clues on your family.  Happy researching!

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McClure – Powell Wedding 1903

Debs Leigh/FickrMr. Walter E McClure of Seattle, was married to Miss Amy Grace Powell of Astoria [OR], in the Presbyterian Church of that city July 8.  Mr. McClure is a native of Eugene and graduate of the University of Oregon and he and all of his brothers were raised in Eugene, and several of the boys many years ago worked in the State Journal office.  Horace is now managing editor of the Seattle Post Intelligence.  Henry F. and Walter E. are lawyers and are doing a fine business at their offices in the Horten-Dexter bank building. They have a great run in examining titles to land after the abstracts are made.  Land has been sold so often in Seattle that an abstract cost from ten to fifty dollars, and after it has been made it must be examined and endorsed by McClure & McClure.  Miss Powell is also well and favorably known in Eugene, being a graduate of the State University under Prof Dunn.  The Journal joins with their many friends in Eugene in wishing them success and happiness.  Oregon State Journal (Eugene), July 11, 1903, pg. 5, col. 2.

Wedding articles can be a great source of information about your family.  If these were my relatives I would also check her home town paper in Astoria Oregon and the Seattle Post Intelligence.  Wedding articles often provide important clues on names of parents, siblings and where they are currently living.

Searching Find A Grave for the Seattle area, I find both Walter and Amy Grace at Lake

McClure

Lake View Cemetery, Seattle Washington. Source Find A Grave

View Cemetery in Seattle, King County, Washington.

Amy Grace Powell McClure – died Dec 7, 1948, records show birth unknown – but the stone clearly shows 1869.  Walter A McClure 1868 – 1954.  Also on the stone is Henry Powell [McClure] 1904 – 1911 and David [McClure] 1910, both I assume were children of Amy and Walter McClure.  There is a large McClure stone surrounded by many other McClures.  Additional information about Amy – perhaps from the large family stone – “daughter of Henry Powell and Martha Brown wife of Walter McClure.”  Her parents are found buried at the Greenwood Cemetery in Astoria Oregon.  So the snowball continues to roll leading to more and more clues about this family and many more types of records that could now be searched.  If you haven’t looked for wedding articles for your family members you may be missing some valuable clues!

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Early Eugene OR 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 20 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.
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

KLEIN, ANTHONY MRS. 6 DEC 1892 6 SALEM OR
KLEIN, MRS. 7 DEC 1892 4 SALEM OR
KLOCK, JESSE 17 FEB 1896 4 EUGENE OR
KLOSTER, HENRY L. 13 DEC 1892 6 PORTLAND OR
KNEUGH-HEIG (NATIVE AMERICAN) 5 JUL 1890 8 WARM SPRING OR
KNIGHT, D.E. 23 JUN 1900 1 GRANTS PASS OR
KNIGHT, J.A. 3 APR 1893 4 CORVALLIS OR
KNIGHT, N.B. COL. 22 FEB 1902 1 SALEM OR
KNOTT, A.J. 22 SEP 1900 10 PORTLAND OR
KNOTT, JOSEPH 19 JUL 1884 5 SAN FRANCISCO CA
KNOWLES, E.C. 25 JAN 1902 1 MAPLETON OR
KNOX, LAURA E. 6 JAN 1877 3 CRESWELL OR
KNOX, LOTTIE JUANITA MISS 17 SEP 1898 6 COTTAGE GROVE OR
KNOX, O.F. 17 AUG 1901 10 EUGENE OR
KNOX, S.B. 23 SEP 1892 4 COTTAGE GROVE OR
KOCH, JOSEPH 17 MAY 1892 4
KOCH, JOSEPH 1 JUL 1899 1 MARYSVILLE CA
KOEHLER, R. MR.’S INFANT SON 29 JUL 1882 5 PORTLAND OR
KOEHLER, WILLIAM 4 DEC 1897 1 CORVALLIS OR
KOHLEBERG, S. MR. 30 DEC 1865 2 PORTLAND OR
KOHN, E.D. 6 NOV 1886 5 BAKER CITY OR
KOLIAR, GOLDA MISS 23 FEB 1901 7 GARRETT IN
KOODICK, CHARLES 29 SEP 1893 1 LOON LAKE OR
KOOFNER, JOHN 2 JUL 1886 5 SCIO OR
KORSTAD, BELLE MRS. 30 MAR 1895 1 HARRISBURG OR
KRAHN, OTTA 13 NOV 1897 8 SALEM OR
KRAUSE, FRANK 4 DEC 1886 5 JACKSONVILLE OR
KRAUSS, WILLIAM 18 MAY 1867 3 JACKSONVILLE OR
KRESS, ELIZA N. MRS. 4 OCT 1902 6 EUGENE OR
KRESSAL, FRED 23 APR 1894 4 PLEASANT HILL OR
KROUCHE, HENRY 15 FEB 1890 2 CASCADE LOCK OR
KRUEGER, WM. 12 APR 1890 4 RIDDLE OR
KUBLI, K 18 MAY 1897 1 JACKSONVILLE OR
KUHN, SOL. 7 NOV 1874 3 EUGENE OR
KUMMELL, AMELIA 4 DEC 1893 4 EUGENE OR
KUTZMAN, ALBERT 21 MAR 1885 5 PORTLAND OR
KUYKENDALL, JOHN 14 AUG 1895 4 DRAIN OR
KUYKENDALL, OLIVE MISS 19 MAR 1898 7 EUGENE OR
LABRIE, MRS. 1 APR 1895 4 SILVER LAKE OR
LACEY, R.T. 24 OCT 1891 1 THE DALLES OR
LADD, N.G. DR. 28 MAR 1885 5 MALDEN MA
LAFFERTY, JAS 4 SEP 1880 5 JUNCTION CITY OR
LAFIELD, JAMES MRS. 3 OCT 1895 4 SPRINGFIELD OR
LAFTEN, LEWIS MR. 4 DEC 1894 4 FALL CREEK OR

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Olive Haight, Died at the Residence of her Husband – March 12, 1904

Haight

Find-a-Grave photo by Cindy. Rest Lawn Cemetery Junction City Oregon (aka IOOF).

“Died – At the residence of her husband, three miles southwest of Junction City, March 12, 1904, Mrs. Wesley Haight, aged 56 years, 4 months and 15 days.  Mrs. Haight’s maiden name was Miss Olive Wood and was born in New York.  With her parents at the age of 12 moved to Michigan where she was married in 1868 to Mr. Haight.  They moved to Dakota in 1881, then to Washington, where they resided two years.  Later moved to California, where they resided five years.  Six years ago, they moved to Oregon.  She leaves a husband and four children.  She had the reputation of being a most excellent woman and was always ready to minister to the sick and afflicted.  Funeral services were held Sunday by Rev. D.L. Shrode of this city, and the remains were interred in the Odd Fellows cemetery.”

Mrs. Wesley Haight; The Junction City Times (OR), Mar 19, 1904 pg 5, col. 3.

I see no record on Find A Grave for her husband C. W. Haight at Rest Lawn Cemetery. Given the fact they moved around so much, perhaps he died out of the area.  It certainly was a different era when she passed away.  Never today would we see the opening line of an obituary stating “Died – at the residence of her husband!

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