Stone at the left marks the Runey Family Plot at the Pioneer Cemetery (IOOF) in Eugene OR, next to the University of Oregon Campus.
The notice of Peter Runey’s death appeared in the Daily Eugene Guard, January 2, 1896, pg. 1.
“Peter Runey Dead -The Stage Arrived Here With the News at 4:30 p.m. The delayed stage arrived here at 4:30 o’clock this afternoon from Foley Springs*. It was delayed by high water in the McKenzie River.
Information is brought that Peter Runey, the proprietor of the springs, who has been ill with dropsy, died Friday evening, last. He leaves a wife and one child and many friends to mourn his loss. He has been proprietor of the springs for a number of years, and is well known throughout the entire state. He formerly resided in Astoria.
His little son Arthur is now improved and out of danger. The remains of Mr. Runey were buried beside those of his little daughter Nellie that died Christmas evening, Sunday morning.”
*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.