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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Mrs. J.R. Stiles of Point Terrace dies Nov. 15th, 1899

rhody“Word comes to this office that Mrs J R Stiles of Point Terrace, died Wednesday, November 15th 1899, aged about 64 years.  The funeral services were held Thursday at 3pm by Rev. Knotts of Florence.  Mrs J S Stiles was born and raised in St. Paul of well to do parentage travelling over most every part of United States and Canada in her early life and coming to Oregon about 1889, where she located in Eugene, afterwards removing to her picturesque home at Point Terrace.

Her husband died some years since at Santa Monica, Cal where he had been sent to improve his failing health.

Since her residence in the Siuslaw country Mrs. Stiles has become widely known on account of her great hospitality and active church work.  It was by her effort that the Hope Church was erected at Point Terrace.  She had been post mistress for a number of years and in her official as well as social and literary capacity was always regarded as a very gifted woman.

Her many friends very much regret her sudden departure from this life.”

Oregon State Journal (Eugene, OR), November 18, 1899, pg 5, col. 3

Oregon Geographic Names states that Point Terrace was named after Mrs. Josephine R. Styles, the first postmaster.  Oregon Geographic Names, Lewis A. McArthur, 6th ed., rev & enl., by Lewis L McArthur. pg 678.

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Early Eugene Oregon Death Notices/Obituraries

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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

HOLYBOSS, YOUNG BOY 11 JUL 1874 2 ALBANY OR
HOLYFIELD, CHARLES 7 MAR 1895 4 DRAIN OR
HOMILY, CHIEF 23 MAY 1891 1 PENDLETON OR
HONIG, ROBERT LEE 5 SEP 1891 5 EUGENE OR
HOOSIER, MARTHA MRS. 7 JUL 1892 4 CROW OR
HOOVER, ESTA 25 JUL 1893 1 MCKAY CREEK OR
HOOVER, JACOB 4 SEP 1886 5 PORTLAND OR
HOOVER, JACOB MRS. 19 DEC 1893 4 HILLSBORO OR
HORD, G.L. DR. 29 AUG 1885 5 COTTAGE GROVE OR
HORDE, JOHN 16 OCT 1875 2 UMATILLA CO OR
HORIER, ANDREW 24 AUG 1892 1 FULTON OR
HORN, CHARLES 10 FEB 1900 7 EUGENE OR
HORN, CHARLES A. 17 FEB 1900 1 EUGENE OR
HORN, CHARLES N. 17 DEC 1898 4 EUGENE OR
HORN, CHARLES N. PRIVATE 19 NOV 1898 7 EUGENE OR
HORN, D. VAN 21 OCT 1893 4 HEPPNER OR
HORN, J.M. MRS. 18 OCT 1894 4 EUGENE OR
HORN, J.M. MRS. 20 OCT 1894 4 EUGENE OR
HORNING, FRANKIE 29 DEC 1894 1 SILVER LAKE OR
HORTON, BERT 31 MAR 1900 7 SKAGWAY AK
HORTON, MR. & MRS. 7 APR 1900 5 SKAGWAY AK
HORTON, MR. & MRS. 7 JUL 1900 1 SKAGWAY AK
HORTON, MR. & MRS. 14 JUL 1900 1 SKAGWAY AK
HORTON, MR. & MRS. 16 JUN 1900 5 SKAGWAY AK
HORTON, MR. & MRS. 30 JUN 1900 5 SKAGWAY AK
HORTON, MR. & MRS. 14 APR 1900 5 SKAGWAY AK
HORTON, MRS. 31 MAR 1900 7 SKAGWAY AK
HOUCK, G.W. 23 AUR 1895 1 CORVALLIS OR
HOUCK, GEORGE W. 18 OCT1895 4 MONROE OR
HOUGHTON, HARRY 27 AUG 1898 1 OAKLAND OR
HOUSER, SANDFORD 7 AUG 1897 1 ALPHA OR
HOUSER, SANDFORD S. 14 AUG 1897 6 EUGENE OR
HOUSER, ZOETH MRS. 29 JAN 1898 10 PENDLETON OR
HOUSTON, AMELIA MRS. 17 JAN 1891 5 EUGENE OR
HOUSTON, EDWARD 27 JUN 1891 1 SAN BERNARDINO CA
HOUSTON, MR. 11 JAN 1890 5 OR
HOUSTON, W.M. REV. 10 JUN 1899 1 JUNCTION CITY OR
HOVEY, A.G. 3 DEC 1898 1 EUGENE OR
HOVEY, ABIGAIL DUSTIN MRS. 30 JUN 1883 5 MARIETTA OR
HOVEY, FRANK 7 APR 1877 3 SALEM OR
HOW, MING 15 JAN 1892 1 CANYON CITY OR
HOWARD, BUD 10 SEP 1894 1 BURNS OR
HOWARD, D.W.’S LITTLE SON 31 JUL 1875 3 LONG TOM OR
HOWARD, DAVID W. 22 MAR 1902 5 THE DALLES OR

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Mr. George E. Evans Dies After Serious Illness February 1895

“Died. — At his home on Thirteenth and High Streets, of peritonitis*, Geo. E. Evans, aged 43 years.  The gentleman recently came here from Nebraska, and has been an invalid for some time.  His case has been a peculiar one and has been watched with considerable interest by the medical fraternity.  The disease given is inflammation of the peritoneum, or the thin,  serous membrane investing the whole internal surface of the abdomen and more or less completely all the viscera contained in it.  This advanced until this membrane become paralyzed and he was unable to retain any food.  For thirteen days he has not taken nourishment of any kind.  The funeral service will be conducted under the auspices of the A.O.U.W. and the A.F.& A.M. lodges at 1 p.m. tomorrow, the interment taking place to the Masonic cemetery.”

Daily Eugene (OR) Guard, Feb. 7, 1895, pg. 4, col. 3.

The Eugene Masonic Cemetery lists the following Evans on the burial list: Evans, George E. 1852-1895, Evans, George W. 1829-1853 and Evans, Ernest S. 1869-1920.  Unfortunately the online data base for the cemetery does not give their burial plots so further investigation is needed to determine if George E. Evans is related to the other two. GT

Harry Houdini

Harry Houdini

*Famous people who have also died of this same condition include: Magician and escape artist Harry Houdini, Private William Christman – first military man buried at Arlington and the legendary actor Rudolph Valentino!

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Wheelman Bicycling Club forming in Eugene 1895

Cyclist in 1895

Cyclist in 1895

“WHEELS. – A meeting will be called soon for the purpose of affecting a permanent organization of a bicycle club in Eugene (OR).  So far the Wheelmen have been unsuccessful in their efforts at organization owing to lack of numbers but with the number of cyclist in Eugene at present and with the large number of new riders promised for the coming season, there is no reason why a club with a good membership cannot be organized.”

Daily Eugene Guard (OR), Feb. 7, 1895, pg. 4, col. 3.

Bike Path on Willamette River in Eugene Oregon

Bike Path on Willamette River in Eugene Oregon

Today bike paths run throughout Eugene and follow the Willamette River on the north and south banks – both of which are heavily used by cyclist, walkers and runners year around.  Eugene consistently ranks high in bike friendly cities in the United States. GT

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