Another Pioneer Gone.
“Yesterday morning at 5:45 John G. Day passed away at the home of his son, R. M. Day in this city, of paralysis. He was aged 72 years, 2 months and 14 days. He had retired the night before in apparently in good health, but about 5 in the morning Robert Day found him lying on the floor of his room, saying he had fallen and hurt his head. A physician was summoned but the partial paralysis spread and he lived only a short time.
He was one of those brave, honest and upright pioneers who did so much in building up the Willamette Valley. He has several times filled official positions of trust, having been a member of the common council of Eugene, and was county treasurer from 1874-1876. He was a member of Eugene lodge No. 11, A.F. & A.M. also of the royal arch chapter.
Deceased was born near Gallatin Tennessee, October, 11, 1823. he came to Oregon in 1853, crossing the plains with an emigrant train, it taking them six months to make the trip. On September 20 of the same year he was married, near Jefferson Marion county, to Agnes L. Gillespie, a daughter of Rev. Jacob Gillespie. He survived his wife who died February 16, 1887. In the spring of 1858 they removed to the county and settled on a farm just below Springfield. Since that time he has lived continuously in or near Eugene. In 1862 he removed with his family to Victoria, British Columbia, where they remained until 1865 and then returned to Eugene.
Deceased was the father of eight children, seven of whom survive him. Those living are Robert M. and Bessie Day of this city, George G. of Rosland, B.C., A.G. of Victoria B.C. , T.M. of Hunt’s Junction, Wash., David O. of San Francisco, California and Charles O. of Salt Lake, Utah. He also has a brother George B. Day near Creswell.
The funeral will take place this afternoon at 2:30 at the Masonic cemetery. After a short service by Rev. McAlister, the Masons will take charge of the remains.” Eugene Morning Register, Feb. 26, 1896, pg. 4, col. 2. University of Oregon, Knight Library Newspaper Collection.
The Eugene [Oregon] Masonic Cemetery lists the following Days – Agnes Lenora 1834-1887, Elizabeth (Bessie) Elmira 1866-1937, G.G. 1857-1904, John C. 1872-1873, John Gillespie 1823-1896, Julia C. 1860-1945 and Stella 1883-1910.
I find it interesting that cemetery records list John G Day as John Gillespie Day – his middle name being the same as his wife’s maiden name.