“SPORES – On Monday afternoon, June 15, 1908, at the home of her brother, Samuel Thomas, at Walla Walla, Mrs. Mary C. Spores, aged 75 years, 10 months and 11 days, of age.
The remains were brought to Coburg last night, where the funeral services will be held from the home of her daughter, Mrs. George W. Smith, at 2 o’clock, and she will be laid to rest in I.O.O.F. cemetery by the side of her late husband, J.M. Spores. Mrs. Mary Spores, whose maiden name was Thomas, was one of the pioneers of Lane county. Her husband, J.M. Spores came to Oregon in 1847 and she came in 1852, and they were married March 12, 1854. She was the mother of the following children, all of whom live on the Mohawk unless otherwise stated: Arminta, John, George, Mrs. Mary Smith (of Coburg), Mrs. Irene Renninger, Samuel, Frank, Charley (of Nome, Alaska), Daniel, and Mr. Leila Remick (of Hoquiam, Wash.). She also leaves two brothers, John Thomas (of Coburg), and Samuel Thomas (of Walla Walla, Wash.). Three daughters and one son were with her at the time of her death. Although she had been failing for some time, she was only sick a few days. She was well-known all over this part of the county, and there will be many to mourn her demise.” Eugene Morning Register, Jun 17, 1908, pg 8.
I have passed by this bridge that crosses the McKenzie River between north Springfield and Coburg and often wondered about the Spores name it bears. Mary C. Thomas Spores married James Madison Spores aka JM Spores. James‘ father Jacob C Spores established his donation land claim of 640 acres near the present town of Coburg OR on the McKenzie River. He built and for years operated a ferry near this place.