“Word comes to this office that Mrs J R Stiles of Point Terrace, died Wednesday, November 15th 1899, aged about 64 years. The funeral services were held Thursday at 3pm by Rev. Knotts of Florence. Mrs J S Stiles was born and raised in St. Paul of well to do parentage travelling over most every part of United States and Canada in her early life and coming to Oregon about 1889, where she located in Eugene, afterwards removing to her picturesque home at Point Terrace.
Her husband died some years since at Santa Monica, Cal where he had been sent to improve his failing health.
Since her residence in the Siuslaw country Mrs. Stiles has become widely known on account of her great hospitality and active church work. It was by her effort that the Hope Church was erected at Point Terrace. She had been post mistress for a number of years and in her official as well as social and literary capacity was always regarded as a very gifted woman.
Her many friends very much regret her sudden departure from this life.”
Oregon State Journal (Eugene, OR), November 18, 1899, pg 5, col. 3
Oregon Geographic Names states that Point Terrace was named after Mrs. Josephine R. Styles, the first postmaster. Oregon Geographic Names, Lewis A. McArthur, 6th ed., rev & enl., by Lewis L McArthur. pg 678.