Henry C. Owen – Oregon Pioneer passes

Henry C. Owen was once known as the “Swamp Angel” because of his large ownership of Swamp Land in the state

“Yesterday morning’s Register announced the death of Henry C. Owen, a noted Lane County pioneer.

Deceased leaves behind four sons and one daughter.  They are: Nesmith and Ben A. Owen of this county, Mrs. Henrietta Mansfield of Nampa, Idaho, J W Owen and Clay Owen of Monroe.

Mr. Owen crossed the plains with the noted J.W. Nesmith, and Norris Humphrey, Sr., settling in Polk county.   In 1848 he married Elizabeth Nicholls, his first wife.  He moved to Spencer creek, Lane county in 1851 [assumed date – obituary stated “1751”], where he accumulated about 3,000 acres of land.  His first wife died in 1852 and later he married Mrs. Henry Vanduyne, now dead.

Among his associates of those early days, Ex-Governor Whiteaker, H O Hadiey, and John Coggswell, are still living and are residents of this city.

He was best known in the early day as the “Swamp Angel,” a sobriquet given him from the fact that at one time he controlled nearly all the swamp lands in the state.

Lane County has lost a citizen who was highly esteemed by all who knew him.

The funeral will be held from the family residence to the Masonic cemetery this afternoon at 2:30 pm, under the supervision of the Masonic lodge of this city, of which he was a member.”  Eugene Morning Register, Jan 10, 1900, pg. 4, col. 4.  University of Oregon Knight Library, Newspaper Collection.


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