At a stated communication of Junction City Lodge, No. 58, A.F. and A.M., held in Masonic hall on April 2d, A.D. 1881, A.L. 5881, the following preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted:
Whereas, we have received the painful intelligence that brother A. Orton, a good, honest and upright man, while attending to his usual occupation on the farm, was killed, by his horses running over him, and knowing him to be a true man and brother, ever prompt in the faithful discharge of his duty, either as a father, husband or an earnest, devoted member of our order, working for its prosperity and advancing the interest of humanity, his sudden and unexpected demise reminding us forcibly, that, in the midst of life, we are in death.
Therefore, be it. Resolved, that in token of respect to our deceased brother and as a tribute of sympathy to his bereaved family and friends, we as a Lodge feel that we have lost a good and worthy member, an honest man, the noblest work of God; society a good and upright citizen, ever prompt and faithful in the discharge of duty; his family an affectionate parent and loving husband. Indeed, it may be (of a truth) said of him, “An Israelite, in whom there was no guile.”
Resolved. That we tender our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family and mingle our sorrows with them, directing them ever to look up to that kind and beneficent God, who has promised to be a husband to the widow and a father to the fatherless.
Resolved, That our Lodge be draped in mourning for the space of thirty days.
Resolved, That a copy of these proceedings be furnished to the widow and family of our deceased brother; also to the Oregon State Journal and Eugene City Guard for publication.
R.M. Mulholland, T.A. Milliron, J.C. Campbell = Committee,
V. Kratz, W. M.
J.C. Campbell, Sec.”
Oregon State Journal (Eugene, OR), Apr 16, 1881, pg. 5, col. 2. University of Oregon, Knight Library, Newspaper Collection
Fraternal “Memoriams” were popular in local newspapers for this time period. While most of the time they don’t give much information for the family historian – there are clues – so they should not be overlooked.