Drowning claims another Lane County Youth

WATER“Boy Drowned

Vernon Uttenger, the 14 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. T.E. Uttenger of this place, was drowned in the slough east of town Thursday afternoon.

The particulars are about as follows:  Vernon Uttenger, Silva and Baxter Moore and Royal Cummins went over to the slough to bathe.  The place selected was a short distances below where the water leaves the river and empties into the slough.  The boys waded in the with the intention of wading as far as they could and then swim ashore.  They were wading backwards, Vernon in the advance as he was the largest boy in the crowd.  When the water had nearly reached his neck, he stepped suddenly into deep water and went down.  He came up strangling and apparently made no effort to save himself. He came up the third time and sank to rise no more.  The boys were powerless to help  him and were frightened witnesses to the untimely death of their playmate.  They could see his body in the water from the bank but it was beyond their reach.

Word of the sad event was brought to town and a large party went out to secure the body.  It was found a short distance from  where the accident occurred in shallow water.

This is a sad blow to the parents as the boy was his mother’s pride.  He was a good boy.  He was a member of the church and a faithful attendant at Sunday School.  The funeral service was held at the residence on Friday afternoon at 2p.m. by Rev McFarland.” Junction City Times (Oregon), Aug 5, 1899, pg 5, col. 5.

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Miss Mary Berger Indicted Over Lewd & Lascivious Letters

letters“Miss Mary Berger, the Eugene dressmaker, was indicted last Saturday by the federal grand jury, at Portland on seven counts for sending obscene and offensive letters through the mails.  Many of our readers will remember something of this case which caused such a stir in Eugene.  Letters were received by many prominent ladies of that city cautioning them to beware of Miss Berger and speaking of her as a lewd and lascivious woman.  All those who received these letters were friends and customers of the dressmaker, and consequently felt much sympathy for her, and of course were willing and anxious to assist her in locating the author.  To this end the matter was brought before District Attorney Murphy, who visited Eugene, looked over the case carefully and after a thorough examination the dressmaker herself was bound over to wait the action of the grand jury, much to the surprise of many of her friends who had not thought of her  as a “posing martyr”.  The crime charged against Miss Berger is a serous one, punishable, under the revised statutes, by a fine of $ 5,000 or imprisonment for five years at hard labor, at the discretion of the court.  In any case, should all of the counts in the indictment against her be proved, the punishment would be very severe.” Junction City Times (Oregon), May 4, 1895, pg. 5, col. 2

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Jack the Ripper in Eugene Oregon 1895

jack the ripper“JACK THE RIPPER – This noted personage was in Eugene yesterday in the person of one Chas. Barker, who hails from the aesthetic hills and dales of Eastern Oregon.  While under the influence of some distilled spirits of nectar or some other equally soothing beverage, he wandered up the Minnesota hotel and informed the people that he was a”bad man” he also carried a vicious looking knife as if to back up is claims.  During the day he informed some of our citizens that he was “Jack the Ripper.”  In taking the man to the city bastile last night he got stubborn and laid down on the walk and waved his feet defiantly in the air at the officers of the peace who were accompanying him.  He got his molars fastened in Marshal Eastland’s leg and only the soothing effects of a “billy” applied to his head induced him to release his hold.  After he was left till this morning to recover his reasoning faculties he was given a trial before Recorder Dorrie this morning, who fined him $ 15 and costs, but not having of the realm, either of gold, free silver or redeemable paper currency, he will board the bill he has contracted at the expense of the taxpayers of this common wealth.”  Eugene Daily Guard (Oregon), Jan 22, 1895 pg. 4, col. 3.

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Early Eugene Oregon Death Notices/Obituaries 1864-1902

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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

HOWARD, EMMA MISS 17 FEB 1897 1 DEXTER OR
HOWARD, EMMA MISS 17 FEB 1897 4 PLEASANT HILL OR
HOWARD, FANNIE MRS. 14 JUL 1888 5 RICHARDSON PRECINT OR
HOWARD, FRANK 30 AUG 1894 4
HOWARD, G.B. MR. 8 JUL 1871 3 CORVALLIS OR
HOWARD, JOHN 9 AUG 1892 1 MYRTLE CREEK OR
HOWARD, LUCY MRS. 20 OCT 1900 7 JUNCTION CITY OR
HOWARD, MRS. 20 DEC 1894 1 SILVER LAKE OR
HOWARD, MRS.’ TWO CHILDREN 29 DEC 1894 1 SILVER LAKE OR
HOWARD, ORA’S 1YR CHILD 14 NOV 1885 5 COTTAGE GROVE OR
HOWARD, RUTH MRS. 26 MAY 1900 1 LANCASTER OR
HOWE, DANIEL T. 15 FEB 1902 1 EUGENE OR
HOWE, FREDERICK 23 JUL 1887 5 SELLWOOD OR
HOWE, JAMES T. 15 FEB 1902 1 EUGENE OR
HOWE, MARY CLAYTON MRS. 6 SEP 1902 1 EUGENE OR
HOWE, MRS. 4 MAR 1899 8 GRESHAM OR
HOWE, PERCY R. 26 JUL 1884 5 EUGENE OR
HOWLETT, A. REV.’S 2 KIDS 13 AUG 1881 1 BIG BUTTE CREEK OR
HUBBARD, 18YR YOUTH 25 JUN 1887 2 MILWAUKIE OR
HUBBARD, THOMAS 1 OCT 1895 1 SALEM OR
HUBBARD, THOS. J. 21 NOV 1874 2 MARION CO OR
HUBBLE, EMMA MRS. 6 JUL 1889 5 EUGENE OR
HUBBLE, MR.’S 2 BOYS 6 JUL 1889 5 EUGENE OR
HUCKSTEP, JOHN 22 SEP 1900 10 LANCASTER OR
HUDDLESTON, JAMES 15 NOV 1890 3 EUGENE OR
HUDSON, GEORGE 3 JAN 1885 5 THE DALLES OR
HUDSON, GEORGIA 30 NOV 1878 5 LATHAM OR
HUFF, ANDREW 28 AUG 1897 1 EUGENE OR
HUFF, ANDREW “DOC” 28 AUG 1897 4 SANDOW CAN
HUFF, DOW 4 SEP 1897 4 NEW DENVER CAN
HUG, DAVID 20 SEP 1890 5 SUMMERVILLE OR
HUGHES, ALVIN 19 JUL 1890 5 CRESWELL OR
HUGHES, CHARLES 1 DEC 1888 5 PORTLAND OR
HUGHES, CHAS 3 MAR 1894 4 GRANTS PASS OR
HUGHES, J.A. 4 MAR 1899 7 CRESWELL OR
HUGHES, LELIA MISS 31 MAR 1897 4 ASTORIA OR
HUGHES, S.R. 9 APR 1898 7 FORREST GROVE OR
HUITT, ELIJAH PRESTON MR. 24 FEB 1897 4 PORTLAND OR
HULIN, ABBIE J. MRS. 8 JUL 1892 1 EUGENE OR
HULIN, LESTER 28 MAY 1897 1 EUGENE OR
HULIN, MARY A. 28 JAN 1893 4 ASHALND OR
HULIN, MARY A. 30 JAN 1893 4 EUGENE OR
HULIN, MRS. 7 FEB 1894 1 ASHLAND OR
HULIN, PETER 1 JUN 1878 3 LANE CO OR

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Private Wm Cook first Lane County Casuality in Philippine War

war“Private Wm Cook Killed.

Dispatches from the battle in the Philippine war brings the sad intelligence of the death of Wm. Cook of this city [Junction City, OR], the first Lane county boy to fall in battle.  He was among the first to enlist and sailed across foreign seas in the first transport.  He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cook and was 22 years of age.  “Billy” was a good, quiet well behaved boy and his death was a crushing blow to the family.  They can have the proud satisfaction, however, of knowing that he died in defense of his country and his name will be inscribed among the heroes that gave up their life for the country he loves so well.  At the close of the war the remains of all the dead will be returned to their native states by the government.” Junction City Times (OR), April 1, 1899, pg. 5, col. 4.

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New Mother Takes Her Own Life, 1899

“Death by Suicide.

breakfastMrs. Frank Llewellyn, who resides on the Washburne farm, committed suicide Friday morning while the family were at breakfast.  She had been sick for some time as the result of child birth and occupied a bed in an adjoining room.  She requested that  the door be closed after which she got up and went to a shelf and secured a bottle of carbolic acid.  She drank about an ounce of the contents, recorked the bottle and placed it on the pillow beside her.  Her struggles were heard and her husband rushed to her assistance.  Nothing could be done for her relief and in five minutes she breathed her last.  She leaves a husband and two children.

Coroner King was notified and will hold an inquest this (Friday) afternoon.” Junction City

Photo by Cindi for Find a grave.

Photo by Cindi for Find a grave.

Times (OR), March 12, 1904, pg. 5, col. 4.

The Rest Lawn Cemetery (IOOF) list online at findagrave.com lists Sabytha Lewellyn 1871 – 1904 and Francis Marion Lewellyn 1862 – 1933.  Rest Lawn is located on a small hill a few miles west of Junction City, Lane Co., Oregon

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Mrs. Chas Hempe of Eugene dies February 6, 1903

“Mrs. Chas. Hempe died at the family home, 45 East Fifth Street yesterday at 9:45 after a lingering illness, caused from stomach and kidney troubles.

Funeral will be held from the home at 10 a.m. Sunday to the I.O.O.F. cemetery where interment will take place.  Dr. D.E. Loveridge, rector of the St. Mary’s Episcopal Church will conduct the ceremony.

mapDeceased whose maiden name was Matilda Koppman, was born in Hamburg, Germany and at the time of death was aged 46 years and seven months.  She was married to Chas Hempe, who still survives, in 1874.  Two children are the issue of said marriage.  Mrs. Hanna Hull of Dawson and Mr. Francis M. Hempe of Copper River, Alaska. Eugene Morning Register (Oregon), Feb. 7, 1903, pg. 1

Card of Thanks

To the many kind friends who ministered to  us during the illness and death of our beloved wife Matilda Hempe, I desire to extend sincere thanks and especially to Mr. and Mrs. C.F. Croner who proved faithful friends and loyal neighbors.  CHARLES HEMPE. Eugene Morning Register (Eugene), Feb. 10, 1903, pg. 5

I.O.O.F. Cemetery aka Pioneer Cemetery is located next to the University of Oregon Campus in Eugene.  She is the only Hempe in their directory, buried in block 8, plot 2.  She is listed as “Matilda Hempe born 6/5/1856 died 2/6/1903”

In this short little obituary we find a wealth of information.  We learn the deceased woman’s maiden name and place of birth! Two bits of information that sometimes can be very difficult to find. We learn the year marriage, names of the children and current their residences, her religious affiliation, place of burial and even the names of their neighbors.  This is a great reminder how important newspaper research can be for finding family history clues.  GT

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