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Posted by T. Saucy <> on Thu, 22 Jun 2000

Surname: Reynolds, Truesdell, Goltra

Pioneer Oregon Woman Sucumbed at Home North of Salem Tuesday

Mrs. Sallie A. Reynolds, widow of Dr. J. Reynolds, died at her home north of Salem at 7:20 Tuesday morning, April 4, at the age of 84 years. Her death followed a very brief illness of angina pectoris.

Mrs. Reynolds was the daughter of John M. and Delia A. Truesdell and was born near Beverly, Ohio, December 18, 1837. She was married April 12, 1859, to Dr. John Reynolds of Beverly, Ohio, with whom she came from Ohio to Oregon in 1874, and from that time until her death resided at Salem, where Dr. Reynolds was in active practice of medicine until a few years before his death which occurred in June 1919.

For the past few years the family home has been on the fruit farm north of Salem. Mrs. Reynolds life was always a quiet homekeeping one, devoted to her husband and children. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and was loved and respected by all who knew her.

Mrs. Reynolds is survived by two sons and two daughters: Lloyd T. Reynolds, Miss Mary E. Reynolds, and Mrs. J. O. Goltra of Salem, Or.; and John W. Reynolds of Portland.
OREGON STATESMAN 7 April 1922, 1:5

REYNOLDS--The funeral of Mrs. Sallie A. Reynolds will be held in the Webb & Clough funeral parlors, April 7, at 2 p.m., Rev. M. C. Wire of Newberg officiating. Burial will be in the I.O.O.F. cemetery.
OREGON STATESMAN 6 April 1922, 5:6

REYNOLDS--Mrs. Sallie A. Reynolds at her home 3 miles north of Salem, April 4 at the age of 84 years. The funeral services will be held from the Webb & Clough chapel Friday at 2 p. m., Rev. M. C. Wire of Newberg officiating. Interment in I.O.O.F. cemetery.
OREGON STATESMAN 7 April 1922, 5:5


Posted by Tracey Saucy <> on Thu, 22 Jun 2000

Surname: Forstner, Snyder


Resident of Salem for Half Century Is Found Dead in Her Bed

Mrs. Louisa Forstner, a resident of Salem for half a century, was found dead in bed yesterday morning at about 1 o'clock by relatives. She lived alone over her store property at 265 North commercial street. Mrs. Forstner was 75 years old.

On Monday night some of her relatives visited with Mrs. Forstner and left her apparently in good health and spirits. She retired and it is thought that she passed away quietly at about 10 o'clock Monday night. She had a stroke of paralysis about two years ago.

Mrs. Forstner was the widow of Benjamin Forstner who was a pioneer gunsmith of Salem. He patented the Forstner kit, which still bears his name. Mrs. Forsnter owned two adjacent buildings on North Commercial street and occupied a room in one of them, over Dr. S. C. Stone's drug store.

Surviving her are a sister, Mrs. John Knight of Portland, and a brother, Adam Snyder of 1160 Gaines street. She also leaves a foster daughter, Mrs. Frank Tyler. Mr. Tyler will have charge of the funeral arrangements. The body is at the chapel of Webb & Clough and the funeral announcements will be made later.
OREGON STATESMAN 12 Sept 1917, 5

Forstner Funeral Tomorrow

The funeral of the late Mrs. Louisa Forstner, a pioneer resident of Salem who was found dead in bed Tuesday at 265 North Commercial street, will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock from the chapel of Webb & Clough. Rev. J. M. heady will conduct the services and the interment will be in Odd Fellows cemetery.
OREGON STATESMAN 13 Sept 1917, 5

Pioneer Funeral the Afternoon
The funeral of the late Mrs. Louisa Forstner of 265 North Commercial street will be held this afternoon at 2 o'clock form the chapel of Webb & Clough with Rev. J. M. Heady conducting the service. Burial will be in Odd Fellows cemetery.
OREGON STATESMAN 14 Sept 1917, 5


Posted by Tracey Saucy <> on Thu, 22 Jun 2000

Surname: Carpenter, Coshow


Dr. H. Carpenter, who has been confined to his house for the past three months with an affection of the liver, died at his residence on church street yesterday morning at 3:20, surrounded by his family and a few friends.

Dr. Carpenter was born in Connersville, Indiana, December 19, 1827, and was married on Oct. 13, 1850, in Iowa to Miss Sarah Coshow. He moved to Oregon in June, 1861, and was during the civil war surgeon of the First Oregon infantry. He came to Salem in the fall of 1865, and remained here practicing his profession and engaging in various public enterprises until about nine years since, when he moved with his family to Portland. Dr. Carpenter was selected by the state board as the first superintendent of the Oregon insane asylum, when the state took direct charge of that institution, and he superintended the removal of the patients to Salem in October, 1883. During the three years and more in which he had charge of this immense caravansary he met and overcame successfully many difficulties, and throughout conducted the business affairs of the institution and cared for the patients with great tact and professional skill. He resigned in the spring of 1886, and resumed his residence in Salem, practicing his profession here until he died.

Dr. Carpenter was the practical founder of the medical department of Willamette university, and was its first dean. He was for years professor of surgery, and when he died was emeritus professor of surgery.

Dr. Carpenter was a physician of much professional skill and culture, and a man whose qualities won for him a large circle of friends. Having been identified with the upbuilding of the medical college of Willamette university, and having thoroughly systemized and placed on a smooth-running basis the operations of the Oregon insane asylum, his connection with both these institutions will cause his influence to be felt long after his death. He leaves a wife and three daughters -- Mrs. Geo A. Brodie, of Portland, and Mrs. A. E. Stang and Miss Mae Carpenter, of Salem. He was vice-president of the American Medical Society.

The funeral services will be conducted from the residence on Church street tomorrow (Sunday) at 2 p. m., under the auspices of Chemeketa Lodge No. 1, O.O.F, of which deceased was a member. Rev. P. S. Knight will officate.

CHADWICK,Gov.Stephen Fowler

Posted by Tracey Saucy <> on Thu, 22 Jun 2000

Surname: Chadwick



Funeral Ceremonies Under the Auspices of the Grand Lodge of Masons - Imposing Spectacle

The funeral of ex-governor Chadwick yesterday was one of the most remarkable held in Salem in many years. There were several circumstances mitigating against a large attendance: It was a business day; the strangers who has thronged the city for several days previously had departed for home the day before; the weather was miserable, being cold and damp; yet notwithstanding these facts, there was an immense gathering of men and women anxious to testify by their presence the esteem in which the dead statesman was held and the sorrow felt as his demise.

A little after 2 o'clock p. m., a stream of stalwart forms carrying emblems of their fraternal relations poured from the entrance to Masonic hall on commercial street and formed in marching order by twos, headed eastward on State street until nearly 150 members of the Masonic order were in line. They marched to the M. E. church and took their seats, the remainder of that large audience chamber being soon crowded with men and women, neighbors, friends and acquaintances of him whose final departure from earth was about to take place. Messrs. E. C. Giltner, H. J. Singleton, James H. Davis and H. S. Jordan, four young Masons, acted as ushers and handled the large assemblage without the slightest hitch or friction, although hundreds could not gain admittance.

At 2:30 the funeral cortege arrived from the residence. The casket was borne up the aisle and deposited in front of the rostrum by Dr. J. C. Griffith, Capt. Milton Meyers, D. J. Fry, Lee Steiner, John Bayne and A. H. Steiner, active pall-bearers, preceded by ex-Gov. Z. F. Moody, State Treasurer Phil Metschan, Judge J. C. Fullerton of Roseburg, Major Frank E. Hodgkin, F. C.Perrine, Jacob Mayer and John R. Foster of Portland, honorary pall-bearers. On the rostrum stood a beautiful floral execution being the motto of the 33rd degree Scottish Rite Masonry, consisting of a red triangle bearing the figures 33 surrounded by wreaths of white, purple and green, altogether forming what is called the double eagle. Besides this there were pillow of roses, lilies, and numerous varieties of flowers, also the square, compass and letter G, crescents, circles, stars and other designs appropriate and suggestive. The floral offerings were numerous, grand and costly; especially at this season.

Closely following the coffin, the bereaved widow was almost carried by the strong arms of two men, followed by the immediate relatives of the deceased in deep mourning. Immediately after these, Governor Lord, ex-Governor Pennoyer, chief Justice Bean, Justice Moore and wolverton and United States Senator Dolph entered and took seats in front.

Rev. Laurence Sinclair, rector of the Episcopal church, conducted the funeral services after the beautiful and impressive ritual of that church, during which the choir sang "Asleep in Jesus" and other appropriate selections. At the close, the funeral procession formed in front of the church, the mourners, the pall-bearers and numerous friends in carriages,, the members of the Masonic grand lodge in three large electric street cars and hundreds of Freemasons and others on foot.

At the entrance to Rural cemetery, south of the city, the members of the fraternity again formed in line behind the mourners' carriages and, notwithstanding the large number who were compelled to drop out as the procession was leaving the main part of the city, there were still ninety-eight in the march to the grave. The ceremonies on the part of the grand lodge were in charge of P. S. Malcolm of Portland, grand master, and associated with him were, Phil Metschan, deputy grand master; Senator W. H. Hobson, of Stayton, grand senior warden; George P. Litchfield, of Salem, acting grand treasurer; T. L. Wallace, grand junior warden; F. V. Drake, of Portland, acting grand secretary; J. M. Hodson, or Portland, grand senior deacon; G. E. Detmering, of Portland, grand junior deacon; J. M. Poorman, of Woodburn and S. M. Yoran, or Eugene, grand stewards; Lot Pearce, of Salem, acting grand sword bearer; M. W. Hunt, of Salem, acting grand standard bearer; J. O'Donald, of Salem, acting bible bearer; J. H. Roork, of Salem, acting chaplain; Gustaf Wilson, grand tyler.

At the grave, which is located well toward the southwest corner of the cemetery in a sightly spot, the Masonic burial service was conducted by Hon. George H. Durham, of Portland, and exactly as the town clock told off the hour of four the mortal remains of Stephen fowler Chadwick were consigned to a grave lined with evergreens and his casket was strewn with the choicest pickings from the flower gardens and the shrubbery to further attest that at every step no mark of deepest love and reverence would be neglected. The obsequies throughout were inspiring in their grandeur and earnestness and the friends and brothers who were present from Portland, Oregon City, Eugene, Roseburg, Albany, Independence, Woodburn, and other neighboring cities can feel that the love and respect which prompted their coming found ready response among the home neighbors who one and all revere the memory of the kind, charitable, benevolent Governor Chadwick.

Smith Turner Marion Cnty 1845-1850

Posted by Bobbi Capello <> on Sun, 11 Jun 2000

Surname: Turner

Seeking info on Smith Turner listed on 1845 and 1850 Marion County, Oregon census.

death record or obit

Posted by fred post <> on Fri, 26 May 2000

Surname: Potter

seek death record or obit for Elbert B. Potter, died in
Marion Co., OR, 14 May 1918, death record #261


Posted by shirley combs <> on Mon, 08 May 2000

Surname: seeber

seeber,grace buried at cityview cemetery--want copy obit
died salem marion oregon

Abigail M. Roberson

Posted by Carolyn S. Boroughf <> on Tue, 18 Apr 2000


"The Oregon Statesman", Wed., May 18, 1977, p. 10, Sec. C. (Died May 17, 1977)

Abigail M. Roberson

Abigail M. Roberson, 94, of 235 Kearney St. SE, died Tuesday at a Salem hospital.

Born in Kansas, she lived in Salem since 1970, coming from New York.

Survivors include nephews, Don, Spokane, Wash., and E. N., Denver, Colo.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Cornwell mortuary, Woodburn, and interment in Belle Passi Cemetery, Woodburn.

Theodore Howe

Posted by Jean <> on Sat, 15 Apr 2000

Surname: Howe, Hayden, Stewart

Theodore Howe b. May 1, 1853, Springfield, ILL to William R. Howe and Ella Stewart. He died June 28, 1952 in Marion co Oregon.
Mary Hayden Howe, his stepmother, drown in Portland Oregon Feb. 20 1899.
Contact me by email if you know this family.

OLSEN, Melvin R. 1925-1999

Posted by volunteer on Wed, 08 Mar 2000

Surname: Olsen, Vidie, Zollinger, Schultz, Pricket

Deseret News; Salt Lake City, UT; 25 Aug 1999

Melvin R. Olsen of Keizer, Oregon passed away on August 23, 1999.

He was born May 19, 1925 in Ephraim, Utah. He attended school in Park City. He is a retired insurance adjuster. He liked to hunt and fish. He has been a resident of Keizer since 1961, moving from Idaho Falls, Idaho where he lived 10 years and Park City where he had lived 18 years.

He married Helen Vidie in Park City December 27, 1946. Their marriage was sealed in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple August 27, 1953. He was a member of the Keizer First Ward.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Olsen, Keizer, OR; two daughters, Judy Zollinger, Burley, ID and LeAnne Schultz, Salem, OR; two sons, Ron Olsen, Charlotte, NC and Rick Olsen, Keizer, OR; sister, Jolene Pricket, Salt Lake City; 18 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Monday, August 30, 10 a.m. at the LDS Church, 1375 Lockhaven Dr. NE, Keizer, Oregon. Visitation will be Sunday August 19, 6-8 p.m. at V.T. Golden Funeral Serivce and 9-10 a.m. at the church.

CROSS, Robert 1934-2000

Posted by volunteer on Sun, 20 Feb 2000

Surname: CROSS, KIHS

Statesman Journal; Salem, OR; 20 Feb 2000

Robert Cross

April 20, 1934 Feb. 10, 2000

MANISTEE, Mich. Robert Cross, 65, died Feb. 10 of cancer.

He was born in Duluth, Minn. He served in the Marine Corps and graduated from Purdue University with a degree in electrical engineering. He worked as an electrical engineer for Boise Cascade in St. Helens and in Salem and also at the Oaks Correctional Facility in Manistee. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge, Elks Lodge and the American Legion of Manistee.

Survivors include his wife, Judith, whom he married in 1959; daughters, Teresa and Beth Cross, both of Vancouver, Wash., Suzanne Cross of Olympia, Wash., and Carolyn Cross and Judi Kihs, both of Salem; and 11 grandchildren.

Services have been held. Arrangements were by Oak Grove Cremation Center.

Contributions: American Cancer Society.

COUSINS, Wesley Lawrence 1920-2000

Posted by volunteer on Sun, 20 Feb 2000


Statesman Journal; Salem, OR; 20 Feb 2000

Wesley Lawrence Cousins

Dec. 26, 1920 Feb. 17, 2000

LAKE OSWEGO Wesley Cousins, 79, died Thursday.

He was born in Pe Ell, Wash., and served in the Army during World War II. He was an offset pressman for the Statesman Journal for years, retiring in 1985. He was a member of International Typographical Union Local 210 and was a ham radio operator.

Survivors include his wife, Audrey, whom he married in 1950; son, Scott of Scappoose; daughters, Janet Pemberton Cook of Corbett, Barbara Hilton of Jefferson and Elin Hayes of Vernonia; stepmother, Lucretia Cousins of Vero Beach, Fla.; brother, Robert Cousins of Torrance, Calif.; stepbrother, LeRoy Cousins of Vero Beach; and eight grandchildren.

At his request no services will be held. Arrangements are by Riverview Abbey Funeral Home in Portland.

Contributions: American Heart Association.

My Grandmothers Obit

Posted by Beverly Gainey <> on Sat, 06 Nov 1999

Surname: Barrett, Fribert, Frybert

I am looking for my Grandmother's Obit, she died either 1939 or 1940 no sure what month, she was buried in the old Pioneer Cemetery in South Salem, at that time the cemetery was taken care of by the Odd Fellows. If you can find her Obit could y ou pleas send it to me or send it to me by email? If you send it to me by snail mail, my address is 202 Seminole Circle, Sanger, TX 76266, and my email is Let me know what it cost and I will send you what it cost. Beverly Gainey


Posted by Kathleen Gilmore <> on Mon, 11 Oct 1999

Surname: WERNER

WERNER: Looking for family members of VICTOR VIRGIL WERNER.
Would like copy of his obituary. Any information on him or his adopted family would be greatly appreciated. He was from Deshler, NE. He was Southern Cheyenne and the George WERNERS adopted him when he was 4 yrs. old.

Death Takes Mrs. Beulah Brundrige

Posted by Dee Holden <> on Wed, 08 Sep 1999

Surname: Brundrige, Nicklin, Turpin

Statesman News Service
Woodburn-Mrs. Beulah Jane Brundrige, 63, died at a Woodburn nursing home Friday following a lengthy illness.

Born in Franklin in Lane County on Dec. 3, 1891, she came to woodburn from Salem about 12 years ago. She was a member of the Bible Baptist Church at Woodburn.

Survivers include the husband, George C. Brundrige; sons, Joseph Nicklin of Woodburn, William of Hillsboro and Roy of Mosier; brothers, Thomas Turpin of Silverton and Orville Turpin of Portland; sisters Edna Redding and Mrs. Augusta Martin both of Molalla; Mrs. May Smith of Portland; Mrs. viola Mason of Junction City; 10 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at the Ringo-Cornwell Chapel here Monday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. G. C. Brown officiating. Interment will follow at the Butteville Cemetery.
(apox. year, 1954)
Any information on any of the obove mentioned would be great.

Edward E. Shields, Salem, Marion County, OR

Posted by Shaunee Power <> on Fri, 16 Jul 1999

Surname: Shields

November 28, 1922

Funeral Notice

The funeral of E. E. Shields will be held at the home two miles southeast of Gervais today at 1 p.m.
Shields-At a local hospital Nov. 26. Edward E. Shields age 67 years, husband of Clara I. Shields, father of Cleve W. Shields, Grace S. Shields and Luke S. Shields; also survived by one brother, John W. Shields of Cheney, Wn. Was a member of the Salem grange, of which he was master at the time of his death. Funeral services will be held Tuesday Nov. 28 at 1 o'clock from the home near Gervais. Interment Pioneer cemetery. Rigdon & son directors

Kinsey E. Cahill, 1890-1934

Posted by Joyce Cahill-Chambers <> on Fri, 14 May 1999

Surname: Cahill, Bowen, Taylor, Pack

Salem, April 4, 1934, Kinsey Elton Cahill, age 44 years. Mr. Cahill leaves a widow Nellie D. Cahill, and the following children, all of Salem; Mrs. Elizabeth Parks, Lester Cahill, Mae Cahill, Jack Cahill, Delbert Cahill and Melvin Cahill. Funeral services are Friday, at 1:30 P.M. from Rigdon's. Internment in I.O.O.F. Cemetery.
(Oregon Statesman, Salem, Oregon, Friday Morning, April 6, 1934)

Cahill, Sarah E. 1848-1926

Posted by Joyce Cahill-Chambers <> on Fri, 14 May 1999

Surname: Cahill, Bowen, Wright, Lemmon, Pack, Taylor

January 2, 1926, Sarah E. (Bowen) Cahill, at the age of 77 years, she lived at 648 Union Street. She is survived by her husband, Kinsey Cahill and by four children, Mrs. Addie B. Wright of Redlands, CA, Mrs. Minnie Lemmon of Aloha, OR, George M. Cahill of San Diego, CA and Kinsey E. Cahill of Salem. The Funeral service will be held Monday, January 4th at 2 P.M. at Terwilliger Funeral Home, Rev. R. L. Putman will officiate the service. Internment will be at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery.
(Oregon Statesman, Salem, Oregon, January 4/5, 1926)

George Boedigheimer

Posted by Theresa Hixon <> on Thu, 13 May 1999

Surname: Drapela, Kerber, Welter, Shephard

George J. Boedigheimer, 92, of Salem, died Saturday.

He was born in Sublimity. He was a retired farmer, an Army veteran of World War I and the last surviving charter member of American Legion Post 58, Sublimity.

Survivors include wife, Norma; daughter, Mary Jean Drapela, son Cletus A., El Monte, Calif.; sisters Mary Kerber, Stayton, Elizabeth Welter, Lewiston, Idaho, and Caroline Shephard, Tensen, Idaho.

Rosary, followed by Mass, will be at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Stayton. Interment will be in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Stayton. Arrangements are by Weddle mortuary, Stayton.

STATESMAN-JOURNAL, Salem, Oregon Tuesday, October 29, 1985

Paul Frank

Posted by Theresa Hixon <> on Thu, 13 May 1999

Surname: Frank, Weidner, Kerber, Maertz


After a short illness of only two days Paul Frank, a well known Stayton man died at his home here of paralysis at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 7.

Paul Frank was born Aug. 29, 1861, at New Ulm, Minn. He came to Oregon with his parents in 1869 and learned the blacksmith trade at Gervais, where his parents lived, and at Turner, later coming to Sublimity where he practiced his trade for many years, later moving to Stayton.

He was married to Miss Theresia Weidner in 1878, who survives him. Besides the widow he leaves three sons, Charles, Albert and Leo, and two daughters, Mrs. Marie Kerber and Leone Frank. Also one sister, Mrs. Rosa Maertz and four brothers, Peter, Henry, Albert, Henry and Fred Frank, and one grandchild, Raymond Kerber.

Mr. Frank was always a hard working man, a kind father and well liked by everyone.

The funeral was held from the Catholic church in this city
on Saturday, Dec. 9, and interment was in the Catholic cemetery here, Rev. Fr. Lainck officiating.


Leona Boedigheimer

Posted by Theresa Hixon <> on Thu, 13 May 1999

Surname: Boedigheimer, Frank


Stayton--Mrs. Leona Boedigheimer 32, died at the Salem general hospital Tuesday morning where she had been confined for the past three weeks. She was born at Sublimity, October 20, 1920. Surviving are her husband, George Boedigheimer, two children, Mary Jean and Cletus; her mother, Mrs. Theresa Frank and three brothers and one sister, Charles and Leo, both of Stayton. Funeral arrangements have not been made.



Stayton---Funeral services for Mrs. Leona Boedigheimer will be held from the Catholic church here Thursday morning at 9 o'clock with burial in the Stayton cemetery. Mrs. Boedigheimer died at a Salem hospital Tuesday morning.


McCain descendants.

Posted by John McCain <> on Sat, 17 Apr 1999

Surname: McCain

Ernest V. McCain died May 1973 per SSDI. Residence Salem, OR. Looking for descendants.


Posted by Brian Broadhurst <> on Fri, 07 Aug 1998


DIED. RICKARD--At the Good Samaritan hospital, Portland, Oregon, June 5, 1910, Farren Richard Rickard, age 27 (CORRECTION: age 29) years, from injuries received by the breaking of a steam shovel. The deceased was a brother-in-law of W. W. Powell of the Prudential Life Insurance company of this city. Other relatives reside at Gervais. The funeral will take place today (Wednesday) from the First M. E. Church at 11 o'clock, conducted by Rev. W. H. Selleck. Interment at City View.-----DAILY OREGON STATESMAN, Wednesday, 8 June 1910, Salem, OR.


Posted by Brian Broadhurst <> on Fri, 07 Aug 1998


LITTLE BOY DROWNED.--Howard, the 3-year-old son of A. R. Rickard, of East Salem, was accidently drowned Sunday afternoon while playing along the mill race above the penitentiary. It was several hours before the body was recovered from where it had lodged in the bottom of the race. Mr. and Mrs. Rickard have a large family and lately came here from Indiana. The remains of the unfortunate little fellow were interred in the Rural cemetery (CORRECTION: Lee Mission cemetery) yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock.-----STATESMAN JOURNAL, Tuesday, 4 October 1892, Salem, OR.

A SUNDAY DROWNING--NORTH MILL CREEK DEMANDS ANOTHER VICTIM.--A child was drowned some time Sunday afternoon in the North Mill creek race, immediately above the state prison. It proved to be the son of R. C. (CORRECTION: A. R.) Rickard, aged 3 last April, who lives one-fourth of a mile east of the penitentiary, close to the race and an alarm was spread soon after 4 o'clock which brought some of the prison officials, guards and neighbors to the rescue. By shutting off the headgates and dragging the race the little fellow's body was recovered at 5 o'clock. It was thought the body had been in the water 3 hours and all hope of resuscitation was gone. The body was lodged against one of the spiles of a footbridge a little below where the child while playing is thought to have fallen into the race. This is a sad event for a large and poor family of hard-working people. They are lately from the east and entitled to a great deal of sympathy. The North Mill creek should be fenced so as to prevent the frequent recurrence of drownings.-----CAPITAL JOURNAL, Thursday, 6 October 1892, Salem, OR.


Posted by D. James <> on Fri, 03 Jul 1998



SALEM, Or., Aug. 20.--- Seized with an attack of heart failure, C. F. VanAllen, proprietor of the Eldridge Hotel, formerly a resident of Idaho and Montana, died last night at the hotel. He had been failing for over a year and had recently returned from Arkansas and California, where he went to benefit his health. He was talking to George Miller, a guest, when the attack came on, and his lat words were: "Send for a doctor; I am dying." Before medical aid could reach him he was dead. Besides his wife he leaves to survive him two daughters, Mrs. Edward Yenne and Miss Birdie VanAllen, both of this city. Funeral arrangements have not been made. He was born in Wisconsin in 1861.

Charles Freemont VanAllen died of heart failure, caused by cardiac asthma, on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 1913, at his residence, the Eldridge Hotel, Salem, aged 52 years.

The deceased was born in Crawford Co., Wisconsin, Dec. 7, 1861. His early life was spent on the farm, where he finished the common school course, which together with his natural ability, fitted him for a life of successful business.

In 1880(correction 1889), he was married to Abbie L. Farris, of the same county and state, and to this union were born four (correction 3) chidren -- one son and three (correction 2) daughters -- only two of whom survive the deceased, being Miss Birdie VanAllen and Mrs. Edward Yenne, of Salem. His son John preceded him to the Eternal City two years ago. He is also survived by his widow, by a mother and step-father, Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. Hart of Gay's mills, Wisconsin; a brother Warren VanAllen, of Nebraska; three step-sisters, Mrs. Luella Black, Mrs. Tacy Jones, and Mrs. Frank Brainard.

Soon after his marriage, he removed to Helena, Montana , where he engaged in railroading and later with a surveying party, remaining there some fifteen years; hence he went to Idaho, remaining one and one half years at the same kind of work.

In 1903, he moved to Silverton, Oregon, where he engaged in the hop business for some four years, and finally came to Salem, in 1907, purchasing the Eldridge Hotel on Commercial Street, where he successfully conducted the business for the past six years.

As a husband and father he was kind, considerate and ever solicitous of the welfare and happiness of his loved ones; as a neighbour he was highly esteemed for his noble qualities of mind and heart, and for his obliging and courteous manner; and as a business man, for his honestyof purpose of straighforward dealings; and finally, as a good citizen, for his public spirited interest in all matters pertaining to the betterment of society and business. He also possesed a charming personality, could tell a good story, and constantly looked after the comfort and convenience of his guests.

The funeral services were held at the undertaking parlours of Lehmen and Clough, Sunday Aug. 24, at 10 a.m. The exercises were conducted by the Rev. J. H. Irvine of the Jason Lee Memorial Church. His sermon was replete with beautiful thoughts on the duties we owe to our Christian faith, our goverment and our God. Mrs. Bean rendered admirably the hyms "Come Unto Me When Shadows Deeply Gather," and "Lead, Kindly Light." The text was from St. John, Chapter XIV, the first verse.

The Salem Lodge of W. O. W. then took charge of the services, with the Messrs. Charles Jaquette, W.G. Prunk, Geo. E. Trescott, Geo. Rheinschl, ____r Xoho and H.R. McWhorter as pall bearers. The remains were followed to the City Veiw Cemetary by a large concourse of relatives and sympathizing friends. The closing exercises at the cemetary were consoling, highly instructive and appropriate.

And thus has passed from earth to its eternal reward a soul which will long be mourned by relatives, and not soon be forgotten by many true and sincere friends.


from newspaper clipping.



Fatal Stroke of Heart Disease Follows Chat With Friend of Boyhood Days.

 Salem, Or., Aug, 20(Special)

"Send for a doctor; I am dying!" gasped Charles Fremont Van Allen, propietor of the Eldridge Hotel, and one of the best known men in the Willamette Valley, as he fell dead tonight in the arms of George Miller.

Mr. Van Allen had not been in good health for some time, and recently returned from a vacation in Arkansas.

Coroner Clough, after an investigation, said heart disease caused death.

Mr. Van Allen and J.H. McDonald, who were boyhood friends, talked about their early experiences in Crawford County, Wisconsin, for about an hour this evening, and when they parted the hotel man seemed to be as well as he had been for some time. He died in the rear of the hotel.

He is survived by his widow, who was Miss Abbie L. Farris, of Prairie du Chien, Wis., and two daughters, Mrs. Edward Yenne and Miss Birdie Van Allen, of this city. Several brothers and sisters live in Wisconsin.

Mr. Van Allen was engaged in the timber business in Idaho and Montana for several years, and before coming to this city had a hop ranch near Silverton.