The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.) 1881-current, April 23, 1911, SECTION FIVE, Page 2, Image 44

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TTTE SUNDAY OREGONIAN.. PORTLAND. APRIL 1011.
LONE FIR CEMETERY RICH IN HISTORIC INTEREST
Many Stories, Tragic, Pathetic and Heartwarming, Could Bo Told by Thoso at Best in Portland's Pioneer Burial Tract Graves of Famous Men of Oregon Are There.
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erersJ who, during their tenure of life.
wer known to fame, and many of the
moat honored pioneers of Portland. The
cemetery has been In as alnc 1847. be.
tna; at Crst 10 acres In extent. It was
opened by Cotburn EarrelL
Among those who found tbetr last
restlns; place In this historic spot were
William Evans, a brother of Keax-Ad-mlral
Robley . Evans, retired; Samuel
I Simpson, tb poet: Ueutenan t-Colonel
J- o. Ivackenstos. who commandel the
First Mounted Rifles, tha first mllltarr
fore to arrlv in Oregon; Rodney It. I
Uorrla. a son of BIshon B. W. Morris. I
who when 1 years of ace, lost bis life
In a Tain attempt to save the lives of
three persons: tun Ice Torrance, who at
the as; of It crossed the plains to Or.
Con In latu. and who was the oldest
woman to accomplish this frat; Mary E.
Miller, a niece of Joaquin Miller. "Poet
of the 6ierraa"; and Sylvester Pennoyer.
W. V. Thayer and George U. Curry.
each of whom occupied the position of
Coventor of Oregon.
Many stories, trairlc. pathetic and
neart-warratntr. could be told by those
who He buried In I-on Fir cemetery
war they able to speak. Inclosed In a
aeat hedge Is the prave of a young- col.
lege man whlcn for years has been de
votedly tended by a Portland woman
wbo had promised to becom Ms bride.
Along; one of the prettiest walks Is the
grave of Rosa Rankin, younic girl who
lost her life by falllns; through a de
fective plan In the old Fourth-street
bridge over Sullivan's Gulch many years
i go. When found, she held still clasped
In her hands two small palls which her
mother bad placed there.
Explosion Victims at Kct.
In another part of the tract are the
srraves of Iavid P. Kulier and Crawford
II- Iwbblns. killed by an explosion on
the steamer Gazelle In April. 1SS4. They
were burled In Mr. Rarreil's "family plot.
and his remains were Later laid to rest
beside theirs. Many s tranters and
friends were Interred by Mr. Barrell at
his ownxpens and In many Instances
he aiso erected headstones to their
memory. II erected neat monuments
at the graves of the victims of the Ga
sell explosion.
A oathetie feature or ine Gasell
trasredv was the fact that Mr. Fuller
waa soon to havo married the daughter
f a pioneer Portland lami.y. a very
beautiful young woman. Iir heart
Kroken. the younc woman lived only a
few months after the death of her
fcance.
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lawyer, was taken sick with typhoid son and Brown, two desperat young
and pneumonia, lie was attended by men who, detected in a robbery, lost their
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his dearest friend. rr. John T. Wells,
of the United States Navy. When Evans
breathed his last, the physician wept at
his bedside. The two men bad sat side
lives for commit tig nmurder. In shooting
at tho officers, they killed snainnoceni
boy who was crossing tho street. They
were hanged In this city. Kvery dii or
n IS Deasioe. X i.w I V men piu - . . l ,
b.l... on an old bench in a Virginia . ' J""1 '"XlTtv rel c
scboolhoos and bad come to the North
west together. Soon after his friend's
death r. Wells also passed away. The
graves lias been carried away by relic
hunters.
In 1SSJ. a well-known character named
bodies of th two men lie side by sld Mitchell, who mad his living by Jig
i vr r,m,(,rr ' dancing, was frosen to death on an ex-
Lou Fir contain the graves of John. traordlaarlly cola night, January U. His 1
friends placed a monument to his mem- buried was Eliot Ordway, a youth of 19.
ory on which is engraved the following
Here Ilea one wbo bas taken steps
That won the applsasa of men;
But grlra death came and took a step
Which he could not withstand.
Several young men who lost their lives
In defense of th Stars and Strlpe dur
ing the Spanish-American War are In
terred at Ion Fir. Th first to be
He was 'given a military funeral which
was attended by more than 2000 citizens
of Portland. Others, all members of the
Second Oregon Regiment, also buried in
thla tract, are: Jesse M. Ribinson, Harry
Anderson, Guy Millard, vv imam Alien,
Guy Packard and Joseph I Berry. A
beautiful monument stands In commem
onptloa of those Oregon men who par-
ticipated In the Spanish-Ame, ican. Civil,
Mexican and Northwest Indian wars.
Among the pioneers of Portland and
Oregon at rest in Lone Fir Cemetery
are Captain John H. Couch, Dr. J. C.
Hawthorne, Valentine Brown. James W.
Robb, Judge Earl C. Bronaugn, Sr., Dr.
William Weatherford. Dr. J. B. Pllking
ton. Dr. W. H. Watkins, Dr. Justin Mil
lard, Judge E. D. Shattuck, James B.
Stephens. Frank Dekum, Miss Emma
Millard, Matthew Kleth, Mrs. James H.
McMillan. Levis Estes. Bishop B. 'W.
Morris, E. J. Northup, Howard Northup,
Rev. Crawford Rockwell Thoburn, W. W.
Spauldinir. Captain Turnbull, Captain
James Strang, George E. Cole, J. A.
Strowbridge, Sr., A. G. Cunpingham and
W. A. McPherson.
Mr Thoburn was a noted missionary
and college president. Born In India
in 1862; he died in Portland in 182.
"Ever a good and faithful servant" is
the Inscription on the headstone erected
in his memory. John W. Robb was mur
dered at Astoria, April 25, 1SS1. Miss
Millard was organist of a Presbyterian
church which stood on the ground now
occupied by the Dekum building. Mr.
McPherson was a well-known state edi
tor, having edited the Roseburg Plain
dealer and the Ashland Tidings. George
E. Cole, at one tlme. was Postmaster of
Portland.
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