“PARVIN – At 5 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, 1908, at his home at Dexter, in this county, James Parvin, aged about 77 years. Mr. Parvin was one of the best known and most respected of the early pioneers of this valley. He was a native of Indiana and came from Fulton county, Illinois, to Oregon. crossing the plains by ox team and arriving here in 1853. He stopped the first winter he came here with T.G. Hendricks’ father, for whom he split rails and took a donation claim in Lost Creek valley the next spring. He married Miss Selina Parker who still survives him. There were born to them two sons and two daughters. One of the boys died when quite young; the other, Hosea Parvin is a well known citizen of Dexter.
The daughters are Mrs. W.W. Williams, who also lives at Dexter, and Mrs. Jennie Schaffler of Gettysburg, South Dakota. Mr. Parvin was an exceptional man, thoroughly honest and just in all his dealings. By his energy and economy he acquired a competence and enjoyed the respect of the entire community. The funeral service will be held from the family home at 10 o’clock Friday morning, conducted by Rev. R.G. Callison, and interment will be made in the family lot in the Pleasant Hill cemetery. Thus another of Lane County’s sturdy stock of pioneers has gone to the Great Beyond. He was one of the best of our citizens and has made the world better by his example.” Eugene Morning Register, Dec 18, 1908, pg. 5.
The Parvin Covered Bridge was built in 1921 by Lane County for a cost of about $ 3,600. The new bridge replaced a deteriorating bridge that was constructed several decades earlier. The bridge is located near the land homesteaded by James and Selina Parvin.
The headstone at the family plot is located at the Pleasent Hill, Oregon Cemetery. The west side of the stone reads: James Parvin, born May 2, 1831 died Dec 17, 1908. Selenia, wife of James Parvin born Dec 19, 1834, died Oct 2, 1913. The south side of the stone reads; Jospeh M. born Dec 30, 1854, died July 4, 1874. Bertha born Oct 9, 1863, died Apr 22, 1884. The north side of the stone reads; Hilyan born Feb 29, 1856, died Feb 27, 1857. Henry E. born Jan 12, 1860, died Feb 27 1862. Lillis C. born Dec 10, 1852, died July 31, 1862. The east side of the stone was blank.