Affectionately known as Grandma Bean, Julia is recognized as the person who most likely named the small community of Mapleton, Oregon. Mrs. Bean and her husband moved to the area in the late 1800’s and because of the abundance of big leaf maples trees, she named the town, Mapleton. Her obituary would be any family historian’s dream – providing a wonderful outline of her and her family’s life.
“BEAN — On Wednesday afternoon February 19, 1908, at her home at 155 East Eleventh street [Eugene,OR] after a long illness with much suffering, Mrs. Julia A., widow of the late Obadiah R. Bean, aged 69 years, 11 months and 24 days.
Mrs. Bean, whose maiden name was Sharp, was born near Newmarket, Harrison county, Ohio, February 25, 1838. In the company with her parents, Mrs. and Mrs. John Sharp, she started across the plains for Oregon in 1849, but on reaching Missouri they purchased a farm and resided there three years. In May, 1852, they started for Oregon again, taking the Barlow route. Although they were hampered by sickness on the journey and were snowbound for a time, they arrived safely in Oregon City on November 1, 1852. Spending the winter in the Chehalem valley, they took up a ranch in Washington county in the spring but the land proved worthless and they came to Lane county in the fall of 1853.
The subject of this sketch was married to Obadiah R. Bean in Yamhill county, Or, on October 21, 1853, and to them 11 children were born, as follows: Robert S., judge of the supreme court of Oregon; James R., an express messenger running out of Portland; John W. a prominent physician of Tacoma; Mrs. Emma A. Lucas, of Aberdeen, Wash.: Joshua H. died in 1897; Edward A., bookkeeper in the First Nation bank of Eugene.; Louis E., a prominent attorney in Eugene; Frederick, a hardware merchant, of Eugene; Mary died when a year old; Chester O., a contractor at Aberdeen, Wash.: and Miss Estelle A., living at home, Mr. Bean died in the Siuslaw valley in 1890.
Mrs. Bean was an ideal wife and mother, a God-fearing woman, and her family of noble men and women attest to faithfulness in all that becomes a mother. Her memory will always be revered not only by those nearest and dearest to her, but by all who enjoyed her acquaintance.
The funeral services will be private and will be held on Friday morning at 10 o’clock. Interment made at the Masonic cemetery and the remains of her husband who was buried on the Siuslaw, will be brought to Eugene and re-interred beside her, as soon as the condition of thee roads will permit.” Eugene Morning Register, Thursday February 20. 1908, pg. 5