Three Oregon Pioneers – G.W. Adkins, S.C. Thompson and former Lane County Clerk – Joel Ware pass.
“Our citizens were greatly shocked and surprised Friday evening to learn that G.W. Adkins was found dead in his bed. Thursday he complained of theumatie pains in his chest, but aside from this he was enjoying his usual health. J.T. Kirk called at his residence Friday morning and found the house was closed. He was informed by someone that Mr. Adkins had gone to the country. Miss Ida Adkins who makes her home with Mr. Kirk, became alarmed and at her instigation Mr. Kirk and others broke down the door Friday evening and found him dead in his bed. He evidently died without a struggle as his arms were crossed on his breast. Mr. Adkins was 72 years old and was a fine old man. He was one of the trustees of the M.E. Church, South, and lived an upright life. Services were held Sunday at 10 o’clock by Rev. McFarland. The remains were interred in Baker Cemetery.
S.C. Thompson died at his home near Monroe, Monday June 16, aged about 62 years. Mr. Thompson was a Lane County pioneer, but moved to Crook County in 1870. He traded his Hay Creek ranch and stock for the Ames Dunham place near Coburg and moved there in 1884. He was elected to the lower house of the legislature in 1886 from this county. About 1890 he sold his farm and went into business at Monroe, dispensing of the same a few years ago on account of ill health. Since then he gradually failed in health until death. The burial took place at Bellfountain Tuesday.
Joel Ware died at his residence in Eugene Sunday morning after a long illness. He was born in Ohio in 1832 in the Spring of 1852 he started across the plains for California, reaching that state in September of that year. He located to Eugene in 1858. In 1870 he was elected county clerk of Lane County on the Republican ticket, though the county was Democratic at the time. He was elected continuously and filled that position for 20 years, when in 1890 he refused further nomination.” Junction City Times (Oregon), June 21, 1902, pg. 5, col. 3.
Joel Ware is buried at the Eugene Pioneer Cemetery (IOOF) near the University of Oregon Campus. Cemetery records list the following Wares. Joel Ware Sr. born 2/19/1832 in Columbia Co., Ohio and died 6/21/1902. Mrs. Elizabeth F. Cochran Ware born 7/4/1846 Illinois, died 2/26/1901 in Portland, Oregon. Both Elizabeth and Joel are buried in block 337.