Webster Kincaid – Eugene Oregon Bicyclist 1894

1894 bicycleCass. Matlock, Howard Rowland, Frank Knapp, Earnest Gilstrap and several other young men rode bicycles  from Eugene to Harrisburg via Coburg and returned via Junction City last Sunday.  There were eight in the party including Webster Kincaid, a ten-year old boy, who made the journey of over 40 miles with less fatigue and in better shape than some of the young men who gave out and had to rest on the way.  They say Webster beats all the boys they ever saw of his age for strength and endurance in riding a bicycle.  He rode last summer from Salem to Wilhoit Springs and return, a distance of perhaps 70 miles.  In one day, about the hottest day  in the summer, making the whole distances in about eight hours, and stood the trip better than a majority of the young men who made up a numerous party.”

Oregon State Journal (Eugene OR) May 12, 1894, pg 5, col. 3.

I am a full time cyclist and have often thought of making this trip – in looking at pictures of bicycles in 1894, it doesn’t appear we have made much advancement on the road bike seats.  Eugene has many many miles of dedicated cycling lanes and paths.

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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 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

KELLY, MARTHA MISS 2 MAY 1891 5 PLEASANT HILL OR
KELLY, MR. 1 JUL 1871 2 PORTLAND OR
KELLY, MRS. 10 JUL 1880 5 CRESWELL OR
KELLY, PATRICK 24 OCT 1891 1 TROUT CREEK OR
KELLY, SKIFF 13 OCT 1866 1 EMPIRE CITY OR
KELLY, THOMAS 1 MAY 1869 3 PLEASANT HILL OR
KELSAY, JOHN JUDGE 20 JAN 1897 3 CORVALLIS OR
KELSEY, MARY FRANCES 11 SEP 1869 3 CLOVERDALE OR
KELSEY, HENRY SILESTER 14 SEP 1901 6 CLOVERDALE OR
KELSEY, JOSEPH MR. 13 MAR 1895 1 HARRISBURG OR
KELSEY, WM 15 NOV 1873 2 LAKE CO OR
KEMP, HARRY 11 SEP 1886 5 SILVER STATION OR
KENEALLY, MR. 13 NOV 1886 5 PORTLAND OR
KENNEDY, ELIZABETH MRS. 21 SEP 1901 1&7 EUGENE OR
KENNEDY, P.A. 24 JAN 1891 5 PHOENIX OR
KENNEDY, STELLA MRS. 13 MAY 1899 1 ASHLAND OR
KENNEDY, STELLA MRS. 20 MAY 1899 6 COTTAGE GROVE OR
KENNERLY, IRVIN 20 DEC 1902 7 LEABURG OR
KENT, BILLIE UNCLE 14 MAY 1887 4 JUNCTION CITY OR
KENT, CHARLIE 20 JAN 1900 5 JUNCTION CITY OR
KENT, ROBERT 23 OCT 1875 3 ROSEBURG OR
KENT, SHERMAN 27 NOV 1893 1 LAGRANDE OR
KENT, WM. MR. 20 AUG 1887 5 JUNCTION CITY OR
KENYON, CHAS MRS. 14 MAY1894 1 CORVALLIS OR
KENYON, CHAS MRS. 18 MAY 1894 4 CORVALLIS OR
KERN, JACK 16 SEP 1882 5 MCKENZIE RIVER OR
KERN, JACK 23 SEP 1882 5 MCKENZIE RIVER OR
KERR, WILLIAM 12 APR 1897 4 PHILOMATH OR
KESSLER, JOHN 15 SEP 1866 3 STERLINGVILLE OR
KESTER, CHARLOTTE P. MRS. 21 JUN 1902 1 WENDLING OR
KESTER, E. MR & MRS’ 4YR SON 1 SEP 1900 2 WENDLING OR
KESTER, ROY 1 SEP 1900 5 WENDLING OR
KEYS, PETER 26 MAR 1896 1 WALTERVILLE OR
KIBLER, JOS 21 JUL 1896 1 LEBANON OR
KILLINGSWORTH, ANN ELIZA 27 JUN 1874 2 EUGENE OR
KILLINGSWORTH, JOHN 1 FEB 1890 5 DAYTON WA
KIMBALL, G.W.’S 7M CHILD 22 FEB 1897 4 TRENT OR
KIME, MARY MARGARET (N-SMITH) 8 MAY 1895 1 SODAVILLE OR
KINCAID, A.S. DR. 4 MAR 1871 3 MYRTLE CREEK OR
KINCAID, GEORGE S. 5 DEC 1895 1&5 EUGENE OR
KINCAID, GEORGE SUMMERFIELD 28 NOV 1885 5 EUGENE OR
KINCAID, JOHN S. 27 DEC 1873 3 EUGENE OR
KINCAID, JOHN S. 3 JAN 1874 3 EUGENE OR
KINCAID, MARY ALICE 19 MAR 1870 3 EUGENE OR

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Two Lane County residents committed to the new State Hospital 1884

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“Insane. Two persons have been declared insane by the examining board of this county, and taken to the asylum this week.

Tuesday afternoon Silas H Walker was arrested and examined.  The examining physicians, Drs. Sharples and Jones, pronounced him insane and special Deputy Sheriff Brown took him to Salem Wednesday morning.  Walker came here a short time before the election, apparently of good mind, but the excitement of the election was too much for him and his mind gave away.  We understand that in his native state, Michigan, he was in the asylum for a year.

Thursday morning M. Champion, who has been residing a few miles east of Cottage Grove, was examined before Judge Washburne, under the medical supervision of Drs. Sharples and Jones, who pronounced him insane.  He was taken to Salem by Deputy Sheriff Cochran the same morning.”  Eugene City Guard Dec 6, 1884, pg. 5, col. 3.

The newly constructed asylum in Salem operated for many decades caring for thousands who suffered from mental illnesses, the aging building was closed in 1995.  The facility was made famous in the 1975 movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”.  Tragedy struck years earlier when a dinner including scrambled eggs sickened 467 patients and killed 47.  It was discovered that when preparing the eggs cockroach poison was used instead of flour.

Unclaimed bodies of patients who died while at the hospital were cremated.  The cremains

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Statesman Journal’s photo of copper canisters holding the cremains of patients from Oregon State Hospital.

of several thousand were placed in copper canisters and have been stored for decades – unfortunately not with much care.  The situation even caught the eye of the New York Times.  Family members and others with a connection to the deceased can request the cremains.  The State of Oregon can be contacted for a form to apply for transfer.

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Isaac Stull Swearingen Oregon Pioneer dies 1884

masonic“Obituary.

Isaac Stull Swearingen, was born Sept 2, 1812 in Kentucky; about 1830 he moved to Vermillion county, Illinois.  He was married Nov 22, 1848, to Miss Evaline Boyd, and lived to have had ten children, five of whom are living.

Mr. Swearingen became a member of the I O O F before his marriage, and remained an active member throughout life, being a charter member of three lodges in this state.

He became a member of the AF & AM* in 1852, and was one of the three living charter members of Eugene City Lodge, and also a charter member in Junction City.  He had joined with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church before leaving Illinois, and lived a consistent member thereof.

In 1852 he removed to Oregon and first settled near Spore’s Ferry.  An affectionate and loving husband and father, a tried and true friend, an openhearted and philanthropic citizen, his loss will be sincerely mourned far and near for his acquaintance was extensive.”  Eugene City Guard, Jan 19, 1884, pg. 3, col. 4.

Cemetery records claim he was born on September 12, 1812.  Find-a-grave list his wife and accompanying obituary as Evaline Buoy Swearingen rather than Boyd.  She too is listed as buried at the Masonic Cemetery in Eugene Oregon, but cemetery records list her as Emiline Buoy Carter.  The Find-a-grave posting shows her under Evaline Buoy Carter, the obituary posted gives no reference to a Mr. Carter. Given that  Mr. Swearingen died in 1884 and she did not die for another 25 years, I assume she remarried.

This is a good example of why newspaper obituaries are considered secondary sources. While there are many discrepancies noted – if this is all you had to begin your search it offers many important clues to contribute to your research.

*Ancient Free & Accepted Masons

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Robbery and burglary run rampant in Lane County Oregon August 1894

gold-cuff-links“Robbery and burglary seem to have been rampant in Lane County last Saturday and Sunday.  A very bold robbery is reported to have occurred just east of Eugene last Sunday night and although the highwaymen only got $ 3.43 and a pair of gold cuff buttons they are just as guilty as if they had secured $ 10,000 for they would have taken that amount just as willing and as easily.  Jos. Clayton had attended church in Eugene that night and was returning to his home at Highbank on the McKenzie.  At Judkins point he was stopped by three unknown men.  He was made to get out of his buggy and stand with his hands up while the robbers went through his pockets with the above results.  The men had pistols and did the job like professionals, warning the victim to drive on home and not to even look back.  The robbery occurred at 10 o’clock at night and the men can not be identified nor have they been heard of since the episode.”

Oregon State Journal (Eugene), Aug 25, 1894, pg 5.

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Death of Mrs. C.F. Hurlburt May 1894

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Headstone at Masonic Cemetery Eugene OR

Mrs. Nettie Hurlburt, wife of C.F. Hurlburt, died at the residence of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. L Davis in this city, on Tuesday evening, May 29, 1894, aged about 27 years.  The immediate cause of death was failure of the lungs as the result of a lingering illness with lagrippe or acute form of pneumonia.  The lady had been ill and unable to rise from her bed since August and her demised had been daily expected for some weeks before the merciless hand of death relieved her of her great suffering.

Deceased’s maiden name was Miss Nettie B. Davis, being the third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. Davis of this city.  She was born in Lane County, Oregon, on April 20, 1867 and was identified as one of Oregon’s noblest native daughters.  She leaves a grief stricken young husband, father and mother and three sisters and one brother to mourn her untimely death.  Mr. and Mrs. L. Davis, Mr. C.F. Hurlburt, Misses Etta and Fawny Davis, Mrs. Geo Dickinson and Mr. Merritt Davis, father and mother, husband, sisters and only brother of the deceased, have the sympathy of many friends in great sorrow.

Nettie B. Davis was married to C.F.Hurlburt on Feb 11, 1891, and one male child was born to her, it dying however, while an infant.  Soon after Mr. and Mrs. Hurlburt were married they moved to Junction City, in this county, where Mr. Hurlburt is still engaged in the grocery business.

The funeral was conducted from the family residence on Olive Street to the Masonic Cemetery on Thursday afternoon, the obsequies being conducted by Rev. G. A. Blair.  A wide circle of sorrowing friends and relatives attend the last and sad rites and join us in extending our sincerest sympathy to the young husband and immediate relatives.

Oregon State Journal (Eugene), 2 Jun 1894, pg 5, col. 4

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City, County, State items Jul 7, 1894

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Lane County Oregon – Lane County Historical Museum photo

Most all papers on their community pages have local items.  Sprinkled among the comings and goings of the local community are found important tidbits of information about our ancestors.  Below is a sampling of what I found on July 7, 1894 in the Oregon State Journal, published in Eugene Oregon.  Brief mentions of  life events, listed are those who were  born, married, committed and died.  Never overlook the local items when doing newspaper research.

Born to the wife of Louis Potter of this city on July 1st, 1894 a twelve-pound boy.

Monday, county clerk, Walker issued marriage permits to Mr. G.W. Potter and Miss Evaline Wilson and Mr. N.M. Bryant and Sarah E. Kirk, all of Lane County, Oregon.

Sheriff Johnson made his first official trip to Salem Friday morning to convey John F. Wilcox, a deaf-mute, to the insane asylum.  Wilcox is a young man 29 years old and has been melancholy and not responsible for his acts during the past two years.

Died at Springfield Oregon July 2, 1894, paralysis, Mr. Matthews Lyons, aged 86 years.

Married in Eugene, on July 3, 1894 Mr. Howard Vincent and Miss Lilly Hendricks, Rev. W.S. Gilbert officiating. The contracting parties live Lost Valley in the county.

Married at the parlors of the Minnesota hotel in this city, on July 4, 1894, Rev W.S. Gilbert officiating, Mr. Ulysses Walker and Miss Lilly Taylor both of Cottage Grove Oregon.

Oregon State Journal (Eugene OR) Jul 7, 1894, pg. 5, col. 1-2.

 

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