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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Junction City Oregon Items February 1887

flowers in snow

JUNCTION ITEMS
The snow is fast disappearing.
Quite a number of sick horses in this vicinity.
Alfred Cummins of Eugene is visiting at his fathers.
T.A. Milliorn lost a horse on Tuesday night; with the colic.
Miss Rosa Stannus will give an Elocutionary Entertainment on the 18th in the church
We are glad to say that Mrs. M.M. Ecclestion who has been sick for some time is much better.
We learn from Isaac Edwards that Mr. W.M. Pitney has a very sick horse, afflicted with spinal disease.
Rev. W.M. Houston, James Letellier and Miss Ella Howard went from here as delegates to the State Temperance alliance, which met in Salem on Wednesday.
About 25 persons from Missouri, all relatives and friends of Dr. Stone’s, are expected here about this first of March, they will settle or go into business somewhere in some county.
On last Sunday night a little daughter of Mr. Medscar who lives in Mr. I.W. Starrs house died, and was buried in the Millions grave yard on Tuesday, Rev. Houston preached the funeral in the Church.
There is said to be two families in this vicinity who are in very destitute circumstances and almost to the point of starvation. This seems to be a good opportunity for the Ladies Aid Society.
Old Uncle Billie Kent who has been afflicted for 15 or 20 years with consumption, is now in a very critical condition, and his death may be expected any day*. He himself think he cannot live much longer. Two of his grown boys have died since last fall. In their affliction thy have the sympathy of us all.”

Oregon State Journal (Eugene, OR) Feb 19, 1887 pg. 5, col 3.

A small town paper’s community section offered a great slice of live about what was going on in the communities where our ancestors lived.  Births of children, visits from out of the area family members, milestone events such as anniversaries, birthdays and weddings, those who were ill, moving away, etc.  always a great read and good source of hints about our family trees, don’t over look this source!

*His death was reported in the Oregon State Journal (Eugene OR), May 14, 1887, pg 4.

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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

KINCAID, MARY ALICE MISS 19 FEB 1870 3 EUGENE OR
KINCAID, THOMAS 24 NOV 1866 3 LANE CO OR
KINCAID, W.H. 3 JUL 1886 5 WALLA WALLA WA
KINCHELOE, CAPT. 8 JUN 1867 3 TILLAMOOK OR
KING, A.A. 19 NOV 1895 4 EUGENE OR
KING, ALEX A. 2 NOV 1895 4 EUGENE OR
KING, GEORGE 11 APR 1885 5 PORTLAND OR
KING, IRL 8 AUG 1894 4 EUGENE OR
KING, MARTIN 9 AUG 1893 1 HILLSBORO OR
KING, SARAH MRS. (N-MASTERSON) 2 DEC 1899 5 EUGENE OR
KING, THOS. 6 FEB 1892 4 EUGENE OR
KINGSLAND, GEO W. 12 AUG 1882 5 PORTLAND OR
KINNEY, NARCISSA WHITE MRS. 12 JAN 1901 1&7 PORTLAND OR
KINSEY, FRED 24 NOV 1900 1 PORTLAND OR
KINSEY, FRED H. 1 DEC 1900 5 PORTLAND OR
KINSEY, JOHN DECAMP MR. 19 MAR 1881 5 EUGENE OR
KINSEY, MAUDE N. 23 FEB 1884 5 EUGENE OR
KINSEY, NANCY 15 APR 1876 3 NEWARK NJ
KINTZLEY, Z.T. MRS. 20 JAN 1900 1 SPRINGFIELD OR
KINZIE, A LADY 3 NOV 1883 5 PORTLAND OR
KIRBY, JOHN 3 OCT 1891 1 EUGENE OR
KIRBY, MRS. 28 AUG 1897 7&10 SAN JOSE CA
KIRK, A.G. 27 OCT 1894 1&4 JUNCTION CITY OR
KIRK, A.J.’S CHILD 8 DEC 1900 1 BROWNSVILLE OR
KIRK, AMELIA 12 FEB 1876 3 JUNCTION CITY OR
KIRK, AMELIA 26 FEB 1876 3 JUNCTION CITY OR
KIRK, CORA CORDELIA 12 MAY 1894 1 GRAND PRAIRIE
KIRK, ELLERY 27 AUG 1898 7 LANE CO OR
KIRK, GEO. MRS. 27 DEC 1893 4 JUNCTION CITY OR
KIRK, JAMES T. 11 AUG 1900 7 JUNCTION CITY OR
KIRK, LULA MYRTLE 1 MAR 1902 5 LORANE OR
KIRK, SAMUEL 15 MAY 1875 3 EUGENE OR
KIRKLAND, FRANK 23 AUG 1902 1 ELGIN OR
KIRKLAND, GRACE L. MRS. 10 DEC 1895 1 SPRINGFIELD OR
KIRKLAND, GRANDMA 2 DEC 1895 4 SPRINGFIELD OR
KIRKLAND, MR & MRS.’ INF SON 5 SEP 1891 1 EUGENE OR
KISLER, PETER 6 APR 1893 1 BARLOW OR
KISSBURGER, JOSEPH 24 MAR 1883 5 COW CREEK OR
KISSENGER, W.T. MR. 5 JUL 1902 1 &6 EUGENE OR
KISSENGER, W.T. MR. 5 JUL 1902 7 BOISE ID
KIZER, ELIZABETH 30 OCT 1897 1 ROWLAND
KIZER, GEORGE W. 6 DEC 1893 1 PRINEVILLE OR
KIZER, JOHN 23 DEC 1893 1 DAVIS PRECINCT OR
KIZER, JOHN 25 NOV 1899 7 THURSTON OR

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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

state hospital

“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

cremains

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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