OBITUARIES OF NORTHWEST PIONEERS

There is no rhyme or reason to the obituaries included here. They are just records I have run across that may be of interest to someone else. Most involve Oregon immigrants of 1852 and 1853, but there are others.

Updated May 2015


GENERAL

Anonymous. 1915. Many pioneers die. The Sunday Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), 14 February 1915.

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BLAIR

Anonymous. 1917. Mrs. Rebecca Blair died. Oregon pioneer of 1853 succumbs at Newport. Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), Sunday 18 February 1917.
"Newport Or., Feb. 17. -- (Special.) -- Mrs. Rebecca Caroline Blair, Oregon pioneer of 1853, died here February 9 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. F. M. Carter. She was born in Clark County, Indiana, February 11, 1833, and crossed the plains to Oregon, with her parents from Iowa in 1853. The family settled on Soap Creek near Lewisville. In 1860, Mrs. Blair, whose maiden name was Montgomery, was married to J. H. Blair. They moved to Elk City on Yaquina Bay in 1866, where Mrs. Blair passed most of the time until her death.
"The funeral was conducted by Rev. George T. Pratt, pastor of the Presbyterian Church here. Burial was in the Eureka Cemetery. Mrs. Blair was a member of the Rebekah Lodge and the lodges of Elk City and Newport attended in a body. Surviving Mrs. Blair is a widower, her daughter, Mrs. Carter, a brother, James Montgomery, and several nieces and grandchildren."


BRIGGS
Anonymous. 1904. Mrs. W. W. Briggs. Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), Wednesday 25 May 1904.
"Albany, Or., May 24.--(Special.) -- Mrs. W. W. Briggs, of Halsey, an Oregon pioneer of 1854, died at her home yesterday, at the age of 60 years."


BRIGGS
Anonymous. 1904. Pioneer of 1854 [Harriet Briggs]. Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), Tuesday 24 May 1904.
"Harrisburg, Or., May 23. -- (Special.) --Mrs. Harriet Briggs, wife of W. W. Briggs, a pioneer of 1854, died at her home in this city today, at the advanced age of 60 years, of organic heart trouble, after many months of intense suffering. She was the mother of eight children, five of whom, with her husband, survive her."


BRIGGS
Anonymous. 1917. Pioneer of 1853 passes. Wesley W. Briggs was oldest resident of Harrisburg, Linn County. Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), Sunday 10 June 1917.
"Harrisburg, Or., June 9. -- (Special.) -- Wesley W. Briggs, oldest resident of this city and an Oregon pioneer, died June 4. He was born in Rush County, Indiana, December 4, 1932, spending his youth in the state of Iowa, and came to Oregon in 1853. He assisted in erecting the first business building here and this place became the distributing center of supplies for the entire Upper Willamette Valley. Through his efforts the first flouring mill in this section was made successful in 1862. He conducted various kinds of business, from running a steamboat to running a general store, in some successful, in others not. In his long period of activity no man ever contributed a greater share acccording to his means for the development of the country. He had no schooling, yet he early became a fluent writer and for many years was The Oregonian's representative for this section.
"He was married to Miss Harriet Tompkins, of this city, July 4, 1858. To them were born five children, all of whom are living. They are Calvin and Oliver Briggs, San Francisco; William Briggs, Walla Walla, and Mrs. Charles Buchanan and Mrs, Lou Baker, of Harrisburg.
"Mr. Briggs was the oldest living member of Thurston Lodge No. 28, A. F. & A. M., being made a Mason May 6, 1860. Funeral services were held by the lodge, interment in the Masonic Cemetery, S. M. Yoran, of Eugene, officiating."


BRIGGS
Anonymous. 1917. W. W. Briggs succumbs. Stroke of paralysis fatal to Oregon pioneer at Harrisburg. Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), Wednesday 6 June 1917.
"Harrisburg, Or., June 5. -- (Special.) -- Westley W. Briggs died here Monday after a stroke of paralysis. Mr. Briggs was an Oregon pioneer, settling here in the early '50s. He was 85 years of age, and his health had been failing rapidly for the last four months. He was the oldest living member of the Masonic lodge of this city. The funeral services will be held by the Masonic lodge Wednesday with interment in the Masonic Cemetery. He is survived by five children: William Briggs, of Walla Walla; Oll Briggs, of San Francisco; Calvin Briggs, of Pendleton; Mrs. Charles Buchanon, of Harrisburg; and Miss Lou Briggs, of Harrisburg."


BRYANT
Anonymous. 1911. Pioneer of 1853 dies at daughter's home, aged eighty-nine years. Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), Monday 2 October 1911.
"Mrs. Sarah A. Bryant, 89 years old, a pioneer of 1853, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. E. Altree, at 507 Roselawn Annex, in the North East Side [Portland], Tuesday. The funeral will be held today in King's Valley. Mrs. Bryant was married in Missouri in 1849, and in 1853 she and her husband, Thomas P. Bryant, came to Oregon, settling in the Willamette Valley, where they lived until 1861 when the flood swept away their home. Then they moved to the Yaquina River district, settling on a homestead. Mr. Bryant died at Nashville, Or., in 1895. Mrs. Bryant is survived by five children -- Mrs. A. E. Altree, Portland; Harry Bryant, Myrtle Point, Or.; Joseph Bryant, Siletz, Or.; E. Bryant, Nelson, Or.; and Mrs. Mary Watson, Dallas, Or. Interment will be made in Kings Valley Cemetery where her husband was buried."


BRYANT
Anonymous. 1915. C. W. Bryant passes. Pioneer, who introduced clover in Oregon, dies at 88. Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), Thursday 28 October 1915.
"Charles Wesley Bryant, a pioneer of 1853, died early yesterday morning at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. E. L. Lane, 1749 Wayland street [Portland], after a prolonged illness, at the age of 88 years and seven months. Mr. Bryant was born in Allegany County, New York, March 28, 1827, of Irish and English ancestry. He married Miss Mary Elvira Fay on January 30, 1848. The young couple with two children left their early home on April 12, 1853, cross the plains from St. Joseph, Mo., with ox teams, arrived at Portland October 3 of the same year, and at once located on a donation land claim at the head of Walluga Lake (Oswego Lake) in Clackamas County. While Mr. Bryant cleared up considerable land and cultivated the soil, his chief business for many years was that of mill wrighting.
"In the fall of his first year in Oregon Mr. Bryant noticed the absence of red clover and inquired why it was not raised in Oregon. 'It will not grow in the Willamette Valley,' he was informed. 'I will prove that it will grow here,' he said. Suiting the action to the word, he sent by way of the Isthmus to New York for one bushel of clover seed and it was sent in packets through the mail. It arrived in time to be sown upon his place in the latter part of April, 1854. From that time there was no further question raised about the growing of clover in almost all localities in Western Oregon.
"Mrs. Bryant died several years ago, and was the mother of seven children, as follows: Mrs. Alta B. Young and Lee Bryant, born in New York; Mrs. E. C. Durham, Charles P. Bryant, Mrs. E. L. Lane and Mrs. James Bell, Hale D. Bryant, born in Oregon. Lee Bryant died in childhood and Mrs. Bell died in July 1910. Five children survive the father and mother, as follows: Mrs. Young, Mrs. Durham and Mrs. Lane, Portland; Hale D., of Gaston; Charles P., of Fresno, Cal. In addition there are ll grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
"The funeral will take place at Finley's tomorrow at 1 o'clock."


BYARS
Anonymous. 1922. Mr. Byars old resident. Late Salemite closely identified with early history of Oregon. Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), Monday 24 April 1922.
"Salem, Or., April 23. -- (Special.) --William Henry Byars, who died at his home here last night, had been a resident of Salem for 39 years and was closely identified with the early history of Oregon. Mr. Byars was born in Des Moines county, Iowa, in 1839, and was 82 years of age. He crossed the plains when 13 years old and while in his teens carried the United States mails from Oakland, Or., to Yreka, Cal., 175 miles. In 1865 and 1866 he served in the Oregon volunteer cavalry, which at that time was participating in the Indian wars in southern Oregon.
"Besides his widow Mr. Byars is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Ronald Glover, Mrs. S. W. Thompson and Mrs. J. F. Dunlap of Salem, and three sons. William F. Byars, physician of Goldendale, Wash; Fred H. Byars of San Diego, Cal. and Collins Lee Reed of Roseburg. The funeral will be held here Tuesday."


BYARS
Anonymous. 1922. William H. Byars dead. Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), Sunday 23 April 1922.
"Salem, Or., April 22. -- William H. Byars, 83 years old, who many years ago was prominent as a public official and newspaper man in Oregon, died at his home here late today. Mr. Byars served Oregon as state printer, surveyor-general and as commandant of the state soldiers' home at Roseburg. He also was county school superintendent and county surveyor for Doughlas county and held other public offices.
"He was publisher of the Roseburg Plaindealer, dater of the Oregon Statesman at Salem and next became one of the founders of what is now the Salem Capital Journal. He was a veteran of the Oregon Indian wars."


CHENEY
Anonymous. 1913. A. P. Cheney dies aged 91. Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), Sunday 25 May 1913.
"Albion Paris Cheney, aged 91 years, a pioneer of 1853, died May 10 at the State Asylum at Salem. Mr. Cheney was born in Livermore Falls, Me., and sailed from Boston for San Francisco February 4, 1849, arriving July 5 of the same year. After four years in California, Mr. Cheney came to Portland on the old steamer 'Columbia.' He married Miss Harriet A. Clark at Butteville, Or., May 7, 1854. Three children were born to them, but a serious epidemic carried off his wife and children in the space of nine days.
"Mr. Cheney lived on various farms and finally engaged in business in Portland. Later he was committed to the Patton Home, and following that his mind grew so weak that he was committed to the asylum under the name of Henry McHenry, of Boston, Mass., October 11, 1911. Burial took place beside his family in Butteville Cemetery."


COWLES
Anonymous. 1892. Pioneer dead [Cowles]. Capital Journal (Salem, Oregon), 5 February 1892.
"McMinnville, Feb. 5.--Mrs. L. M. Cowles, wife of Hon. J. W. Cowles, president of McMinnville National bank, died last night. She was a pioneer of 1844."


CRAWFORD
Anonymous. 1910. Woman pioneer is dead. Mrs. M. Viola Crawford crossed the plains in 1853. Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), Thursday 13 October 1910.
"Mrs. M. Viola Crawford, an Oregon pioneer of 1853, died at the home of her son, E. W. Crawford, 741 East Pine street [Portland], yesterday, aged 58 years. Mrs. Crawford was a daughter of the late N. P. Briggs, of Corvallis. She was a native of Iowa and was six months old when her parents crossed the plains to Oregon. Mrs. Crawford was married to the late Rev. W. C. Crawford, of Corvallis, and lived for many years in that city. She had been a resident of Portland several years. She is survived by three sons, E. W. Crawford, B. E. Crawford, of Portland, and W. C. Crawford, of San Francisco. Mrs. Crawford was a member of the Portland lodge of Daughters of Rebekah and the Ladies of the Maccabees.
"The funeral arrangements have not been completed."


GOING
Anonymous. 1915. J. W. Going is dead. Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), Monday 6 December 1915.
"James W. Going, a pioneer of 1853, died yesterday morning at the home of his son, A. C. Going, 662 Wasco street [Portland]... Mr. Going was born in Baltimore, Md., in August, 1833. He left Baltimore in March, 1853, and crossed the plains with Charles E. Fendall and George Frazier on his way to Oregon. On the night of October 1, 1853, Mr. Going reached Portland.
"In November, 1854, Mr. Going married Mrs. Isabella W. Eads Penney, who came to Portland the year before. Mr. and Mrs. Going became the parents of Alvin Clinton Going, J. Hosea Going, Thomas E. Going, of Portland, and Alvah Seymour Going, engineer of construction of the Grand Trunk Railway, Montreal, Canada.
"The old Howard House, one of the historic hostelries of the early days, was built by Mr. Going on Front street, between Ankeny and Burnside, in the heart of the city in 1860.
"Mr. Going was in the 60s one of the partners of the firm Bloch-Miller Co., at The Dalles, Or. For many years he was cashier of the wholesale house of Goldsmith & Loewenberg, of this city, and in later years he was one of the senior members of the Loewenberg & Going Co. He served as City Assessor in this city for two terms, first in 1860-61 and again in 1873-74. In 1855 he became a memberr of Samaritan Lodge, No. 2, I.O.O.F. He was past chief patriarch of the lodge at 25 years of age. Mr. Going was one of the first readers of the First Christian Science Church of this city. Going street was named for Mr. Going, who owned a large amount of property in that vicinity.
"The funeral will be held tomorrow at 2:30 o'clock from Finley's chapel. It will be under the direction of the Odd-fellows."


HASTINGS
Anonymous. 1916. Polk pioneer is dead. John C. Hastings passes away at Independence home. Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), Sunday 24 September 1916.
"Independence, Or. Sept. 23. -- (Special.) -- John C. Hastings, a pioneer of 1852 and an Indian war veteran, died suddenly at his residence here September 11. His daughter, Mrs. Hedges, was with him when he died. Mr. Hastings was born in Tennessee in March, 1833. He was the fourth of a family of seven children and early faced the necessity of helping earn a living for the family. He was ambitious and , with two of his brothers, took advantage of the opportunities then offered in the West and, with ox teams, came West in 1852. That same year they went to the mines of California, but returned in 1853, locating in Polk County again.
"He enlisted in Company K, Second Regiment of Oregon and Washington, and served for more than four months in the Indian war, participating in many skirmishes and in the battles at Grand Ronde and Walla Walla. After his discharge from the service in 1856 he returned to Polk County and married Melissa Wood. To this marriage were born eight children, two of whom are deceased. Mr. Hastings lived for many years near Airlie on a farm, but of late years has resided in Independence."

HOLT

Anonymous. 1900. Benjamin Rice Holt, an Oregon pioneer of 1852. Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), Wednesday 4 July 1900.
"Harrisburg, Or., July 3. -- Benjamin Rice Holt, who was born in Tennessee in 1824, and came across the plains to Oregon in 1852, died here Friday. He had an honorable record as a soldier in the Mexican War. He left two sons - D. C. and C. R. - both in business in Harrisburg."

HOLT

Anonymous. 1901. Oregon pioneer of 1852 [Samuel D. Holt]. Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), Sunday 21 July 1901.
"Eugene, July 20. -- Samuel D. Holt, an Oregon pioneer of 1852, died at his home here last night, aged 70 years. He was born in Green County, Tenn., and enlisted from Missouri for the Mexican War, serving 18 months. The deceased settled on a farm near Coburg in 1852, but since 1872 had resided in Eugene. A wife but no children survive him."

HOLT

Anonymous. 1909. Oregon pioneer dies in San Jose. Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), 16 June 1909.
"Oregonian," 16 June 1909 - James E. Holt, an Oregon pioneer of 1852 [1953??], died in San Jose, California, 3 June 1909, of apoplexy. He was reported as a native of Green County, Kentucky [sic - Green County, Tennessee]. A Mexican War veteran who later settled in Missouri. Went to California in 1849, returning to Missouri in 1851. He crossed the plains in 1852 [1853?] with Donald A. McCully*, arriving in the Willamette Valley in August and taking up a donation land claim at Harrisburg [??]. He moved to Eugene, Oregon, in 1880, and was county commissioner there for several terms. He went to San Jose in 1889, and lived there until his death at age 84.
*NOTE: No one named Donald McCully is known to have come to Oregon at any time during the 1850s. This may be a mis-remembrance of either David McCully or Asa A. McCully. David came in 1852, Asa brought wagon trains in both 1852 and 1853.

HOWELL

Anonymous. 1917. Former Portland woman buried at Harrisburg. Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), Sunday 11 November 1917.
"Harrisburg, Or., Nov. 7. -- (Special.) -- The funeral of Mrs. Savannah S. Howell, who died at her home in Portland, November 2, was held at the Methodist Episcopal Church in this city. Mrs. Howell was 87 years of age. She was born in Jefferson County, Tennessee, October 20, 1830, moving to Missouri with her parents in the year 1845. She was married to Benjamin Rice Holt, in Jefferson County, Tennessee, March 19, 1850. They crossed the plains in 1852, locating at West Point, Or.
"In the year 1912, she was married to Rev. George Howell, of Portland. Mrs. Howell was well known in Portland and Harrisburg, where she divided her time for several years prior to her death."

LISTER

Anonymous. 1892. Local and personal [Mrs. Lister]. Capital Journal (Salem, Oregon), 5 February 1892.
"Mrs. Dr. Lister who died Feb. 2 at Portland , from la grippe, aged 74 years, was a pioneer of Linn county, residing here until a few years ago, both at Harrisburg and Albany. She was the mother of O. P. Tompkins and Mrs. Weeks, of Portland, Mrs. W. W. Briggs of Harrisburg, and William Lister, of Grants Pass, and was a woman highly respected."

MILLER

Anonymous. 1901. Mrs. R. C. Miller, Oregon pioneer of 1853. Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), Sunday 21 July 1901.
"Lebanon, July 20. -- Mrs. R. C. Miller, an Oregon pioneer of 1853, died here today from cancer, after an illness of several months, aged 64 years. She was born in Missouri January 31, 1837, and was married to Hon. R. C. Miller in 1869, who, with six children, survives her -- M. A. and B. F. Miller, Lebanon; C. F. Miller, Forest Grove; Mrs. C. D. Montague, Mrs. Lee Armstrong, and Miss Nona Miller, of Lebanon."

MONTGOMERY

(see BLAIR)

PATTON

Anonymous. 1892. Pioneer gone [William Thomas Patton]. Capital Journal (Salem, Oregon), 5 February 1892.
"T. T. Geer was in Salem Thursday and brought the news of the death of Wm. Thos. Patton, a Waldo Hills farmer, who came to Oregon in 1848, and lived and died on his donation land claim. He was well known among the pioneers, and respected by every one. He had not been well for six or seven years, and had suffered more than usual the last six or seven weeks. He was the father of Mrs. Dr. Golden, of Salem; T. B. Patton, ex-county assessor, Macleay; Frank Patton, cashier Astoria Savings bank; Mrs. Ed. Downing; Mrs. E. M. Clymer, of Fossil; A. J., E. B. and C. R., at home; and J. L., a student of dentistry at Salem. His wife survives him. The funeral will be held from his home at 11 o'clock Friday, conducted by Masonic lodge of Turner, Rev. Whitaker of the Salem Baptist church officiating. Interment was in the family burying ground on the place."

RIDER

Anonymous. 1914. Pioneer woman dies. Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), 19 July 1914.

  "Mrs. Mary E. Rider, pioneer of 1853, died at her home, 570 East Morrison street, Friday, at 69 years and one month. The funeral will be held today at Sherwood, Or., her former home. Mrs. Rider crossed the plains, settling first in Washington County, where she was married to Granville C. Rider. They moved to Portland 20 years ago. Ward Westfall, of Fairview, and Samuel Westfall, of Tillamook, are her brothers. Mrs. Rider was ill only a few days."

 Anonymous. 1914. Death announcement - Rider. Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), 19 July 1914.

  "At their late home, 5326 Foster road, July 17, Mary Ellen Rider, aged 69 years, and on July 18, Granville C. Rider, aged 73 years. Remains will be forwarded by the Holman Undertaking Co. to Sherwood, Or., where funeral will be held and interment at Sherwood, Or."

 Anonymous. 1914. Man arranging for funeral drops dead. Oregon Daily Journal (Portland, Oregon), 19 July 1914.

   "Granville C. Rider, 80 years old, one of Portland's pioneer violin makers, was found dead yesterday afternoon in his home at 5326 Foster road, where his wife, 70 years old, died Friday morning. Both died from natural causes. This morning the bodies will be taken to Sherwood, Or., for burial.

   "Mrs. Rider died from an ailment with which she had been suffering several months. The remains were taken to the Holman undertaking parlors, where the husband had intended to call yesterday afternoon to make arrangements for his wife's funeral. As he did not appear by noon, the funeral director called a neighbor and asked if the violin maker had been seen. Investigation led to the discovery of his body.

   "Two brothers of Mrs. Rider reside in Sherwood. Rider and his wife lived in the rear of a store building. He used the front part as a work shop and sales room. In the workshop are violins of various makes, sizes and values. Some are said to be 200 years old, with a history reaching to the old country."

 Anonymous. 1914. Mr. and Mrs. Rider. Sherwood News-Sheet (Sherwood, Oregon), 24 July 1914.

   "The last rites were performed over the bodies of Mr. and Mrs. Granville C. Rider on Sunday afternoon in the Pleasant Hill cemetery, who died at the home in Portland only a few hours apart, the wife going first. Rev. John Foster of the local Congregational church officiated at the funeral.

   "Granville C. Rider was born in Missouri in 1833, and moved to Oregon in 1851, where he has since lived. Mary Ellen Westfall was born near Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, January 29, 1845, moving to Oregon with her parents in 1852. The couple were married in 1861. To the couple two children were born, Nancy E. and Johnny C. Rider, who died at the ages of seven and four respectively. Mary Ellen Rider died last Friday, July 17 at the age of 69 years 5 months and 18 days. Granville C. Rider died July 18, 1914, at the age of 81 years.

   "Two brothers of the wife are left to mourn their loss besides a host of friends."

SMEAD

Anonymous. 1899. Northwest dead. Amasa Daniel Smead. Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), Sunday 19 February 1899.
"Amasa Daniel Smead, better known as 'Pony' Smead, died recently near Warren, Idaho, aged 72 years. He crossed the plains in 1850, and went to Idaho in 1863, being one of the first to reach the mining camps of Florence, Oro Fino and Warren. He had lived at or near Warren continuously for the last 30 years."

TOMPKINS

(see Harriet BRIGGS)

WESTFALL (see RIDER)

ZELL
Anonymous. 1923. Obituary - Mrs. Abraham Zell. Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), Saturday 17 March 1923.
"The Dalles, Or., March 16. -- (Special.) -- Mrs. Abraham Zell, 80, an Oregon pioneer and early resident of Crook county, died here this morning at the home of her son, C. M. Zell. Funeral services will be held in Prineville Sunday from the Baptist church. Mrs. Zell, when a girl of nine years crossed the plains with her parents with a team of oxen from Ohio in 1852. The family settled in the Willamette valley, near Lebanon, where the daughter, Nancy, was married in 1862 to Abraham Zell. Mr. and Mrs. Zell moved to Prineville in 1862 and settled about a mile above the present site of that city. There they resided until a few months ago, when failing health brought them to The Dalles to live with their son. At a recent meeting of pioneers held in Prineville Mrs. Zell was crowned the 'Queen Pioneer.'
"Mrs. Zell is survived by her husband, who is one of the two living pioneers of the Ochoco country, the other being Newton Johnson of Prineville. She also leaves two sisters, Mrs. C. C. Holt of Harrisburg and Mrs. Dora Hickman of Monmouth. Of her own immediate family, she is survived by a daughter, Mrs. J. O. Powell of Prineville; three son, Fred A. Zell of Texas, C. M. Zell of The Dalles and W. H. Zell of Prineville. Six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also survive."

ZELL

Anonymous. 1923. Ochoco pioneer passes. Last survivor of famous settler band dead. Oregonian (Portand, Oregon), Thursday 15 November 1923.
"Prineville, Or., Nov. 14. -- (Special.) -- With the death of Abraham Zell Monday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. O. Powell, the Ochoco valley has lost the last survivor so far as is known of the little band of pioneers who first settled in the valley. Mr. Zell was born October 1, 1833, in Indiana, and crossed the plains by ox team in 1853, settling in the Willamette Valley near Lebanon, while Jacksonville, Or., and Yreka, Cal., were booming. He and the late James Combs, also a pioneer of the Ochoco valley, followed 'packing' for several years. Together with James Combs, he owned the first threshing machine in the Willamette Valley, which was shipped by boat around the Horn from New York to Oregon City, then the principal town of Oregon.
"He married Nancy E. Johnson at Lebanon in 1862. Coming to the Ochoco country in 1868, the party of which he was a member went up to the old Claypool place, where they found the first cabin in the valley had been burned by Indians. Coming back down the valley, the party cooked supper near the site of the W. R. McFarland residence and crossed to McKay creek and camped near the mouth of that stream. Mr. Zell returned to the Willamette Valley and came back in the fall of 1868 and spent the winter with others in the valley. During this time he built a large house one mile east of Prineville, where he had made his home ever since. Among the early settlers with whom he was associated during his early residence in the Ochoco valley were James Combs, James Elkins, David Templeton, S. R. Slayton, Daniel Powell, Hugh Snodrly and Kinman Elliott."


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