Irvan Washington Pope
Born Apr 3, 1863
Died Oct 4, 1902
The Eugene Weekly Guard – Oct 11, 1902, pg. 6
“I.W. Pope Died Saturday
Internal Injuries as a result of his terrible fall prove too much for him.
I W Pope, who was injured Wednesday by falling from the painting scaffold on the new McClung block died as a result of his injuries Saturday afternoon. The internal injuries proved to be of the most serious nature and together with the concussion on the brain proved too much for the robust constitution [?] of the unfortunate man. He was but 39 years old, an industrious and honorable citizen.
Mr. Pope and family came to Eugene about three years ago from East St. Louis, Illnois. Mr. Pope engaged in the manufacture of soap with O L Bowder on West Eight street. Early this year he sold out his interest in the factory and resumed his old trade of painting, which he has followed until the fatal accident happened to him Wednesday evening.
The deceased leaves a grief-stricken mother, a wife and a family of five children, the eldest of whom is ten years old. He was a member of four orders, the Woodman of the World, Modern Woodmen, Red Men and Knights of Pythias. He held $3000 insurance in the WOW and $2000 in the Modern Woodmen.”
The value of money found in historical newspaper articles can be found at several different internet sites. I like Measuring Worth which has an easy format to calculate current value of money. Mr. Pope was well insured, even for our day. His $ 5000 of insurance in 1902 is worth about $131,000 in 2010 dollars.