Andrew Luce accidently shot – 1884

revolver“Accidentally Killed.

Another Case of Didn’t Know it was Loaded.

We hear some particulars of the accidental shooting of a young man up the Middle Fork, about thirty miles distant from Eugene.  As is usually the case the party who was handling the pistol did not know it was loaded.  From Dr. Jones who was called to attend the young man we glean the following particulars.  It appears that two young men were together at the residence of Andrew Luce, one a son of that gentleman aged 19 years, and another by the name of Thorn, 15 years of age, who parents reside in the vicinity of Cottage Grove.  Young Thorn was handling a 38 caliber pistol, believing it to be unloaded, when by some means it was discharged and the ball struck Luce in the abdomen passing into the intestines cutting several besides severing several blood vessels.  After intense suffering he passed away Monday evening just as Dr. Jones arrived.  The custom of carrying firearms is entirely too prevalent, and should be checked.”  Eugene City Guard, Nov. 15, 1884, pg. 5, col. 2.

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New steamer being built to transport goods on Willamette River to Eugene Oregon 1894

Albany_(steamboat)_on_Willamette_River,_circa_1910“ANOTHER STEAMBOAT.

The O.R. & N. Co. Proposes Running a River Steamer to Eugene.

J.A. McNeill, general traffic agent of the O.R. &  N. Co., of Portland, spent last night in Eugene, making arrangements for the running of a regular steamer to Eugene.  The company is building a new boat at Portland specially designed for the upper river, and when she is completed about five weeks from now, she will be placed on the route.  The boat is of light draught and draws only twelve inches, therefore, will be enable to run here at a very low stage of water.  Mr. McNeill says that they intend giving Eugene an excellent service, and hopes to do at least a portion of the business. What the people want here is a regular service, and whoever gives it at a reasonable price will do the business.  E. J. McClanahan is the company’s agent at this place, and will also transact business for the river steamer.” Daily Eugene Guard (Oregon), Dec. 28, 1894 pg 1, col. 1.

I often ride my bike along the extensive path system along the river here in Eugene and see how low the water runs here in August.  I am sure much has changed in the river since 1894, with the introduction of dams to control winter flooding, but it is hard to imagine any boat other than a jet boat making it up the shallow waters of summer time.  It might be noted that the Mr. McNeill’s visit was in December when the Willamette River runs much higher!

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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

KANE, FRED’S DAUGHTER 22 SEP 1900 7 SUMPTER OR
KANOFF, J.A. MR. 6 OCT 1883 5 CRESTON IA
KASTERSON, MARGARET A. 13 AUG 1898 6 DEXTER OR
KAUBLE, DAVID 4 AUG 1900 7 COBURG OR
KAUBLE, OLIVER P. 25 MAY 1901 7 COBURG OR
KAUFFMAN, A.S. MRS. 5 JUL 1902 10 EUGENE OR
KAUFFMAN, JACOB 6 OCT 1900 10 EUGENE OR
KAUFMAN, JACOB 10 MAR 1900 5 EUGENE OR
KAY, THOMAS 5 MAY 1900 1 SALEM OR
KAYS, HENRIETTA MRS. 7 JUL 1892 4 FOLEY SPRINGS OR
KEAGLE, CHRIS “OLD CHRIS” 26 FEB 1887 5 EUGENE OR
KEARNEY JR., TOM 13 NOV 1895 1 ASHLAND OR
KEATER, J.K. 22 DEC 1866 1 CANYON CITY OR
KEELER, MARSHAL 7 SEP 1867 3 THE DALLES OR
KEENAN, F.L. 22 DEC 1900 1 PORTLAND OR
KEENAN, FRED L. 15 DEC 1900 7 PORTLAND OR
KEENE, M.A. MRS. 16 NOV 1889 5 ALAMEDA CA
KEENEY, AMANDA J. MRS. 3 OCT 1892 4 GOSHEN OR
KEENEY, GEORGE 14 NOV 1891 5 ALBANY OR
KEENEY, VAWTER LYNN 12 SEP 1891 5 GOSHEN OR
KEHR, MR & MRS’S 4YR DAUGHTER 5 JAN 1901 4 JUNCTION CITY OR
KEITH, MATTEW 18 FEB 1888 5 PORTLAND OR
KEIZER, JOHN B. 16 APR 1870 3 SALEM OR
KEIZUR, T.B. 24 JUN 1871 2 SALEM OR
KELLEY, ANNABEL MISS 16 JUL 1898 5 PLEASANT HILL OR
KELLEY, ANNIE MISS 9 JUL 1898 4 NEWPORT OR
KELLEY, EMMA MISS 14 SEP 1894 1 PLEASANT HILL OR
KELLEY, F.L.’S ONLY CHILD 30 DEC 1892 4 PLEASANT HILL OR
KELLEY, GEO 3 MAY 1892 1 PLEASANT HILL OR
KELLEY, HAYWOOD R. 29 NOV 1892 6 EUGENE OR
KELLEY, HEBERT J. 16 FEB 1894 4 EUGENE OR
KELLEY, JAS 26 MAY 1883 5 SALEM OR
KELLOGG, D.F. DR. 25 OCT 1867 2 THE DALLES OR
KELLOGG, TIM 6 SEP 1890 5 MCKENZIE OR
KELLY, ELSIE 2 AUG 1902 4 AMIS OR
KELLY, EMMA MISS 6 SEP 1894 4 PLEASANT HILL OR
KELLY, FRANK 1 APR 1896 4 BUTTEVILLE
KELLY, FRANK 8 SEP 1900 3 PENDLETON OR
KELLY, H.M. 13 SEP 1890 5 PLEASANT HILL OR
KELLY, HALL J. 28 FEB 1874 1 PALMER MA
KELLY, J.F. 25 FEB 1893 4 PLEASANT HILL OR
KELLY, JOHN HON. 22 JUN 1901 1 EUGENE OR
KELLY, JOSEPH MR. 12 APR 1890 5 PLEASANT HILL OR
KELLY, MARCUS 10 OCT 1895 4 CRESWELL OR
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Fred Winzenried 25yrs dies from Scarlet Fever complications – 1884

sign“Obituary.

Died, at Cloverdale, Oregon, Jan 31, 1884, Fred B, oldest son of C and A Winzenried, aged 25 years, 3 months and 3 days.

The many friends of Fred will be pained to hear of his untimely death.  He suffered very much. He was first attacked by that dread disease, scarlet fever, about six weeks before his death which left him in a weakened condition, but he was up and around until a few days before his death.  He had been predisposed for some time to heart disease, which caused his death.  He was one of the most highly esteemed residents of this vicinity, and all will miss in him a genial friend.  During his residence here he formed many acquaintances, and many of those who knew him have expressed the deepest regret at his departing.  He leaves a father, mother, sisters and brothers to mourn his loss:

Oh hearts that are broken down and weeping, When life and its and its longing are past, You’ll forget all this at his greeting And glance of his face at last.  A Friend.”  Eugene City Guard, Feb 23, 1884, pg. 5, col. 3.

1880 Federal Census – Coast Fork, Lane, Oregon, United States – shows Fred as a child of Chris and Anna Winzenried [Wincenried] along with his siblings.  I did not find Fred on Find-a-Grave, but did find possible relatives.

We don’t hear of Scarlet Fever much anymore.  There is no vaccine for the disease, but today it is treated with antibiotics. It was a leading cause of death of children in the 20th century.  One of the long term complications is heart disease – which sounds like what contributed to Fred’s death.

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Assault at Berry’s Saloon in Junction City Oregon 1884

“Assault.  Lastbar fight Monday at Junction City [OR], while Wm Pitney was standing in front of Berry’s Saloon, Ed Baber approached from behind and struck him over the head with a chair, which knocked him down.  He was prevented by bystanders from striking any more blows.  Parties then sought the City Marshal but it was some time before this individual was found.  In the interval young Baber armed himself with some rocks and threw them at his antagonist but failed to hit him.  He then seized a shot gun from a boy who was passing and snapped the same at Pitney a couple of times, but the gun being unloaded did not accomplish his aim.  Pitney then retired to his home uninjured to any great extent.  Baber then literally “took the town” for a time.  He then made his escape in the direction of Benton county.  Deputy Sheriff Cochran looked for the belligerent individual for several days but failed of getting any trace of him.   It is  said that Baber was quite drunk during the who proceedings.  The attack upon Pitney, we understand, was made on account of an old spite because that gentleman, who is City Recorder, had fine Baber several times.”  Eugene City Guard, Nov. 29, 1884, pg. 5, col. 5.

Buried at Rest Lawn Cemetery west of Junction City is an Edward Baber 1865-1910, whether this is the same Ed Baber.  There is also a William Pitney buried at Luper Cemetery, south east of Junction City.

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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  Pg  Place of Death
JONES, J.K. MRS. 11 OCT 1890 5 COBURG OR
JONES, J.O. 7 MAY 1898 3 WEST FORK OR
JONES, J.W. 10 JUL 1896 4 JEFFERSON OR
JONES, JACOB 12 JAN 1867 3 ROSEBURG OR
JONES, JENNY LIND MRS. 7 APR 1888 5 YAKIMA WA
JONES, JESSIE 7 OCT 1895 1 EUGENE OR
JONES, JOHN MRS. 9 DEC 1895 3 JUNCTION CITY OR
JONES, JOSPHINE MRS. 28 JAN 1888 5 EUGENE OR
JONES, KENT 13 AUG 1898 7 HARRISBURG OR
JONES, NED 18 MAR 1892 1 ROSEBURG OR
JONES, RICHARD 28 JUN 1890 5 SPENCER PRECINCT OR
JONES, THOMAS 2 SEP 1882 5 TILLAMOOK OR
JONES, TOMMY 5 AUG 1899 7 LANCASTER OR
JONES, W.R. 22 FEB 1890 3 WESTON OR
JONES, WILLARD P. 12 MAY 1866 3 EUGENE OR
JONES, WILLIAM 29 SEP 1900 1 ARLINGTON OR
JONES, WILLIAM 15 DEC 1900 7 COTTAGE GROVE OR
JORDAN, ELIZABETH A. 17 APR 1893 4 LOST CREEK OR
JORDAN, MARY J. MRS. 20 JAN 1900 1 LOST VALLEY OR
JORDAN, MISS 29 APR 1893 4 LOST CREEK OR
JORDAN, MR. 30 JUL 1864 2 RUBY CITY
JORDAN, MRS. 19 MAY 1894 4 ALBANY OR
JORY, STEPHEN 25 MAR 1882 5 WILLOW CREEK OR
JOSEPH, ANTONE 22 JUL 1893 1 SOUTHERN OR
JOSEPH, ANTONE 11 JUL 1893 1 WILLIAMS CREEK OR
JOSEPH, LOUIE 24 AUG 1878 3 PORTLAND OR
JOSEPSON, M. 5 SEP 1893 4 ROSEBURG OR
JOSYLIN, CELESTIAN 29 OCT 1870 2 YAQUINA BAY OR
JOT, JOHN 1 SEP 1892 1 PORTLAND OR
JOYCE, THOMAS 27 DEC 1902 7 BAKER CITY OR
JUDKINS, B. 2 SEP 1882 5 EUGENE OR
JUDKINS, BERTIE 16 SEP 1882 5 EUGENE OR
JUDKINS, E.A. MR. 28 MAR 1884 5 EUGENE OR
JUDKINS, EDMOND 13 NOV 1897 7 EUGENE OR
JUDKINS, LUCINA 28 JUL 1888 5 EUGENE OR
JUDKINS, LUCINDA MRS. 14 JUL 1888 5 EUGENE OR
JUDKINS, SUSAN MRS. 24 SEP 1898 5 JUDKINS POINT OR
JUDKINS, THOMAS 14 MAY 1881 5 EUGENE OR
JUDKINS, THOMAS 11 MAY 1878 3 EUGENE OR
JUNKINS, F.D. MR.’S DAUG 22 SEP 1877 3 EUGENE OR
JUNKINS, MAY 29 SEP 1877 3 EUGENE OR
JUSFUS, LUCINDA MRS. 27 SEP 1893 1 MEDFORD OR
JUSTUS, WILLIAM 10 MAR 1883 1 JACKSONVILLE OR
KAHLER, WILLIAM 29 MAR 1895 1 JACKSONVILLE OR
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Hon. B.F. Harding passes June 16, 1899

5891369_115396408786[1]Hon. B.F. Harding died at his home at Cottage Grove [OR], Friday June 16, 1899, from an attack of paralysis.  He was [the] fourth secretary of the Territory of Oregon. He was born in Pennsylvania in 1832 and came to Oregon in 1849.  He was U.S. attorney before the organization of state government, and was three times a member of the territorial legislature.  In 1862 the legislative assembly elected him to fill the unexpired term of Edward D Baker, in the U.S. Senate, Baker having been killed at the head of his regiment in the Battle of Ball’s Bluff.  Senator Harding served out the term and was succeeded March 4, 1865 by George H. Williams.  Junction City Times (Oregon), Jun 24, 1899, pg. 5, col. 1.

Benjamin Franklin Harding’s grave stone Fir Grove Cemetery in Cottage Grove lists his date of birth at 1823 instead of 1832 as listed in the newspaper article. The Find a Grave site gives additional information on him and his family.

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