Death at Foley Hot Springs

“Mrs. Henrietta Kays, youngest daughter of M. Wilkins of Coburg, died at the Foley Springs, Wednesday morning at 7 o’clock.  She had been in poor health for sometime and with her husband went to the springs June 9th.  She seemed to be gaining strength and feeling much better until Tuesday evening when she went into the swimming rink, remaining in but a few minutes, complaining that the water was cold, and was quite chilly, when out of the bath.  Returning to their camp she was nervous and could not sleep.  Gradually growing worse until midnight when Dr. Barr was called.  He rendered every assistance possible but without avail, heart failure being the immediate cause. 

Mr. Keys her husband, and Geo. Frizzell left the springs the same day with the body arriving here at 1 o’clock this morning.  Mrs. Keys was born in Lane County in the year 1857, being 35 years of age the 23d of last May.  The time of the funeral services and burial has not been arranged at the time of writing, her parents having not arrived.”  Daily Eugene Guard, Jul 7, 1892, pg 4. 

Pioneer Cemetery (IOOF) Eugene Oregon.  Stone reads: Etta Kays  dau of M. Wilkins  died July 6, 1892 35 yr 1m 14 ds

Foley Springs is near McKenzie Bridge, Lane County, Oregon. The property was purchased by Dr. Foley in 1870 and he operated it under the name Bethesda Hot Springs. Dr. Foley operated the springs for 9 years.  The water is HOT, 188 degrees! For more information see; Oregon Geographic Names, Lewis L. McArthur ed., Oregon Historical Society Press, pg. 320.


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