“PARKER — At his home in Cloverdale, Lane Co., Oregon, April 22, 1908, after a week’s illness from pneumonia. James Parker was born in Coshocton Co., Ohio, March 19, 1833. While yet a child, his parents moved to Indiana and from there to Illinois. His parents died when he was fourteen years old, and in 1853 he and his younger brother, Joseph M. Parker and two sisters, Mrs. James Parvin and Mrs. John Stoops crossed the plains to Oregon, settling in the Rattle Snake Valley, this county, and from there he moved to Pleasant Hill and in 1868 he bought and moved to the farm on which he lived until his death.
October 1, 1857, he was married to Phebe E. Rigdon, who died July 14, 1904, and to them were born 11 children, 8 sons and 3 daughters, 9 of who survive him, Luella M. (deceased), Albert K., Lucien (deceased), Hortense I., Clarence A., Edith B., John C., James C., Leroy C., Guy W., and Augusta. one sister Mrs. James Parvin and three brothers, J.M., and W.R. Parker of Dexter, this county, and Martin Parker of Springfield, Missouri survive him.
During the Rogue River Indian war he served as a teamster.
He served this county as commissioner for four years as a democrat, and was elected without making a canvas of the county and against a very large republican majority.
Uncle Jim and Aunt Phebe, as they were known by their many friends were noted for their hospitality and will be greatly missed by the community in which they lived so many years.” Eugene Morning Register, Apr 23, 1908, pg. 5.