Died – At his home in Eugene City, Or., September 1, 1886, Rev. Edward R. Geary, D.D. His remains were buried in the Masonic Cemetery Thursday afternoon, after impressive funeral services at the Presbyterian Church.
Dr. Geary was born at Hagerstown Md., April 30, 1811, and during his boyhood attended the common schools, from which he entered Jefferson College, completing the classical course and graduating with honor. After this he went south and taught two years in the State of Alabama, and then occupied the chair for a time as principle of an academy at Alexandria Virginia. After having been engaged for several years as an instructor he entered the Western Theological Seminary, completing its course. He removed to Ohio, where he remained for several years engaged in the ministry, to which nearly all the remainder of his life has been devoted.
Dr. Geary came to Oregon in February, 1851, and shared the joys and trials of the pioneers of that early period. During President Buchanan’s administration he was for three years superintendent of Indian affairs on the coast, and was afterward offered positions of trust under President Lincoln, which he declined.
Dr. Geary’s first wife died in 1844, leaving him two daughters. He was married to his present widowed wife in 1846, by whom he has had three sons and five daughters.
His life was that of the righteous man, and his end peace. Of his host of friends it can truly be said, “the mourners go about the streets”.
The following action was taken by Ivanhoe Commandery No. 2, Knights Templar, at their meeting last Monday evening:
WHEREAS, The first alarm has been sounded at the entrance to our asylum by Him whom no sentinel may assume to disarm and called Sir Knight Edward R. Geary from the devotions on earth, into full fellowship with Supreme Commander of the Universe; therefore
RESOLVED, That in the death of Sir Knight Geary our commandery has lost a devoted friend, and the fraternity a wise and prudent Christian Counsellor.
RESOLVED, That by the aid of the Light given “to all those who sit in darkness and shadow of death” we will continue to acknowledge our Heavenly Father’ power, and say, “Thy will be done.”
RESOLVED, That in token of regard for the Knight, Christian character of Dr. Geary, his chair and the jewels of Ivanhoe Commandery be draped in mourning for the period of ninety days.
R.S. Bean, F.B. Dunn, G.B. Dorris – Committee
Eugene City Register (Oregon), Sep 8, 1886, pg. 5, col. 5.
Find a Grave lists him as Edward Ratchford Geary and includes two pictures with additional information on him and his family.
Knights Templar Grand Encampment describes the organization and its purpose today.
“Integrity, Obedience, Courage
The Knights Templar is a Christian-oriented fraternal organization that was founded in the 11th century. Originally, the Knights Templar were laymen who protected and defended Christians travelling to Jerusalem. These men took vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, and were renowned for their fierceness and courage in battle.
Today, the Knights Templar display their courage and goodwill in other ways. They organize fund-raising activities such as breakfasts, dinners, dances, and flea markets. They support Masonic-related youth groups and they raise millions of dollars for medical research and educational assistance.
Currently, Templar membership consists of people from all walks of life, including doctors, lawyers, clergy, businessmen and entertainment personalities, all of whom profess a belief in the Christian Religion.” Knights Templar