OLD LANE PIONEER
Benjamin Rush dies in Josephine County.
GRANTS PASS [OR], Nov. 26  — Editor Register — Died at his residence near Grants Pass, Josephine County, November 24, 1908 after a lingering illness of several years duration, Benjamin Rush, aged 68 years, 11 months and 22 days. Deceased was born in Alabama December 2, 1839, moved with his parents to Arkansas in 1845, came to Oregon in 1852 and settled in Lane county in 1853; moved to Josephine county in 1897. He was married in December 1872 to Miss Sara Cantell; four children were the result of this union, two sons and two daughters, James Richard, Mrs. Laura Hatchett, of Crescent Nevada, Mary Elisabeth (deceased) and Phillip Joseph. Deceased had one brother Samuel Rush of Crook county and one sister, Mrs. John Calloway of Lane County. The writer has been acquainted with deceased for more than 40 years and can truthfully say that he was one of the noblest works of God, an honest and upright man, he placed honor above price and while he scorned everything that appeared to him mean and base, his heart went out in pity to the poor, the unfortunate and suffering. He acted well his part “in this brief little journey over the isthmus down into the tide,” and always had a kind an[d] cheerful word for those who he met on the way. H.C. Perkins” Eugene Morning Register, Nov. 28, 1908, pg. 6