Son of Belknap Springs founder dies May 5, 1908

Belknap Hot Springs Today

“BELKNAP – On Tuesday, May 5, 1908, at the Eugene hospital, from a complication of disease; principally heart trouble, James Henry Belknap, aged 62 years.

Mr. Belknap was one of the best known and most respected citizens of Lane county.  He was particularly well-known on the upper McKenzie where he has spent most of his life.  His father discovered* Belknap Springs and for him they were named.

Deceased was  born in Vermont, March 25, 1846.  When only four-year did, he came with his parents via the Isthmus of Panama to Southern Oregon where they settled on the Rogue river, and his father served as a volunteer in the Rogue River Indian war and his mother acted as nurse.  When he was 22 years old they moved from Josephine county to the upper McKenzie where they settled on their well-known ranch which has been his home ever since, and many travelers and tourist can testify to his good qualities and hospitality, for he has been a host to all who came his way for the past 35 years.

Gardens at Belknap Hot Springs

He was married to Miss Ella Finn at Gate Creek, October 1, 1873, who has been a faithful helpmeet and companion.

Besides Mrs. Belknap, he leaves the following children, all of whom live the Lane County.  Bird, Mrs. Alice Odell of Walterville, Arthur, who lives on the home place, Mrs. Cora Inman of Walterville, Miss Clara, Mrs. Elda Trotter or Marcola and Clarence.

Mr. Belknap helped build the McKenzie road over the Cascades and was identified with every interest, for the building up of his section of the country.

The funeral service will be held at Leaburg on Thursday at 2 o’clock and interment will be made at the Walterville cemetery where other members of the family are buried.”  Eugene Morning Register May 6, 1908, pg. 8.

* “founded or developed” Belknap Hot Springs would probably have been a better choice of words.  The McBride party is credited to having discovered the Springs.


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