Grand Army of the Republic

Headstone – Eugene Pioneer Cemetery (IOOF) reads

D.E. Rice Born July 5, 1844 Died Nov. 21, 1903 Aged 59 Ys, 4Ms, 16 Ds.   RICE

Funeral Notice found in the Eugene Morning Register, Nov. 28, 1903, pg. 2, col. 2. “Funeral of D.E. Rice.  The funeral of D.E. Rice was held yesterday afternoon from the residence of H. H. Hays, 400 Oak Street, to the IOOF [Pioneer Cemetery].  Remarks were made by Hon. S. M. Yoran and the service was conducted by the G.A.R.

Cemeteries sometimes change their names.  The Eugene Pioneer Cemetery was formally known as the IOOF Cemetery.  Having trouble finding a cemetery, check for name changes.

Though D.E. Rice’s funeral notice was brief it does give us some clues for further research.  The funeral was held at the residence of H.H. Hays.  His grave marker was in the same family area as other Hays – so learning what his relationship to them would be an important research step. 

The news article also stated that the services were conducted by the G.A.R. , this is an acronym for the Grand Army of the Republic – an association of veterans of the Union forces in the Civil War.  There are many Civil War records available, a good place to start is the National Parks Service’s webpage http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/

Like many other secondary sources – newspaper articles are a great source to find primary sources of information.  Follow the clues to find more pieces of your family history puzzle!

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About gtoftdahl

Researching in Oregon Newspapers
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