“Geo. W. Pickett, who for the past ten years has been prominently identified with Eugene’s business life passed away at his apartments in the Pickett block. Saturday, after an illness extending over a period of six months. Death came as a merciful release to a pitiable condition, involving as it did total blindness, softening of the brain and partial paralysis.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 pm, Monday from the Pickett block to the Masonic cemetery, Dr. D.E. Loveridge conducted the obsequies. Arrangements were under the auspices of the Masons and Elks of which orders deceased was a member. Deceased was born in Madison county, Arkansas, January 12, 1832, where he passed his boyhood. In 1853 he crossed the plains to California where he followed the avocation of miner. Came to Oregon in 1856 and after a short residence in Junction, the fever of adventure came upon him again and after several years spent in mining districts of the west, with a long sojourn in Alaska deceased returned to Oregon in 1892. Mrs. A.C. Joyce, a sister who was with deceased during his illness is the only survivor of a family of 11 children.
His will was probated Wednesday. The estate is supposed to be worth $25,000. He bequeaths to unknown nephews and nieces that may be living, children of deceased’s brothers and sisters, each $ 250.
To Katie White, niece, $ 1,000. To Henry Hoffman, $ 500. To Mrs. Helen Hoffman, $ 500. To the Masonic Lodge of Eugene $ 100.
All the remainder of his property goes to his only sister Mrs. Alice Joyce who has been with him the past eight months.
S.B. Eakin is appointed executor of the estate. Geo. B. Dorris, attorney.” Junction City Times Nov. 29, 1902, pg. 5, col. 3.