“O.F. Knox Dead.
O.F. Knox, a prominent citizen of Lane County, died at his Eugene home, Sunday, August 11, 1901, of pneumonia. Mr. Knox was a son of Samuel Knox, deceased, who was one of the earliest settlers in Lane county, the old donation claim being located in the upper Willamette valley near Cottage Grove, where the subject of this sketch was raised. For several years O.F. Knox engaged in school teaching, later he went into the hardware business at Cottage Grove in which he was engaged until about a year ago, when he sold out and went to Eugene to reside, still giving his fine farm near Cottage Grove considerable of his personal attention.
At the election a year ago he tied H.R. Kincaid for the office of county judge of Lane county, Mr. Kincaid being given the office on the official count. Mr. Knox served as mayor of Cottage Grove several terms, was a man of sterling qualities and was held in the highest esteem by all who knew him.
He leaves a wife and five children to mourn their great loss, besides numerous other relatives and friends. The funeral services were held at Cottage Grove Monday and were very largely attended.” Junction City Times, August 11, 1901, pg. 5, col. 5.
This is another example that if there is not a newspaper on file for the place your family member lived – check for newspapers in surrounding areas. Junction City is another small community about 4o miles north of Cottage Grove carried this informative obituary for Mr. Knox.