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Pam R. (#46923349)
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Bio Photo Dec. 26, 2014

Historic Oregon Newspapers has added more newspapers. Today there are 107. Check out this site:)

April 11, 2014:

Historic Oregon Newspapers has added more newspapers. Today there are 100.

*There is a new modification/feature on FindAGrave that I've just discovered by accident and that FindAGrave did not individually notify contributors about. Please check out this feature because when it works, it is a great feature:)

Go to the FindAGrave website at this link for their directions and "read everything" under "Editing and Correcting Memorial Information".

and also look under this title in the directions: "What if I suggest a correction and the contributor doesn't respond?"

On another subject:
*Recently I received an email from another contributor who told me of finding stories in Hawaiian newspapers for his relative on the Library of Congress - Chronicling America - Historic American Newspapers website. His relative was my memorial in Oahu Cemetery in Honolulu. So I searched the Library of Congress website and found numerous articles for his relative in newspapers in Hawaii and I also found numerous articles in Tennessee newspapers where I am working on a family tree for a friend. Here is the link to the Library of Congress site:

July 14, 2013:
I am currently working on a project that you might be interested in. I am searching Historic Oregon Newspapers and the Grant County News (in particular), Canyon City, Oregon (1879-1908) online for marriages, births, deaths/obits, and stories of interest and putting them on FindAGrave memorials and sometimes creating new memorials. These old newspapers are frequently difficult to read and therefore the news clips may be difficult, but not impossible, to read. There are approximately 50 newspapers on this website (70 newspapers as of July 2013 so 20 more have been added) and they seemed to share news stories probably because some of the newspapers were owned by the same person. There is so much history "hiding" in these old newspapers - you would be amazed! If you want to search yourself - go to this link:

"The Historical Oregonian (newspaper) 1861-1987" is also a good place to search and is free "if" you live in Clackamas, Washington, or Multnomah Counties in Oregon. You have to go to the Multnomah County Library website and sign up. Or you can request a librarian do a search for you or you may need to get a library card to sign up.

Here is a link to the California Digital Newspaper Collection which is free but you have to sign up:

Please DON'T use the Virtual Flowers feature to post corrections as I get no notice when a VF is posted and therefore can't add or make corrections. Use the VFs only for tributes and condolences as per F.A.G. guidelines.


When you photograph in a cemetery, please take photos of the cemetery entrance and a picturesque view(s) of the cemetery in the event the home page for the cemetery does not have a photo(s) of the cemetery. Then you can post your photo(s) to the home page. ALSO, please don't take photos looking down on a headstone unless there is engraving on top of the headstone. If possible, squat to take a photo as it will be a much better photo.

I am willing to consider transfering ownership to you if you have a family member among my records. PLEASE use the "Edit" tab on the memorial you want transferred and then "Suggest any other correction…". This is the "correct way" to request a transfer. I may not transfer to you if the number of memorials that you manage is significantly greater than the number that you have contributed OR if you are only working on your own family and not contributing to the FAG community as a whole.

NOTICE: If you want to use any of my photos that I have posted on FAG you are welcome to do so as long as it is for genealogical research and is neither immoral or illegal! Please give me credit for my own photos if you post them in your family tree, etc. Thanks.

I liked going to cemeteries as a child, looking at headstones and listening to my relatives talk about deceased family members. Most years, I went with my grandparents, Arch and Manila Jones, to the Monument Cemetery, Grant County, Oregon which was a weed patch except for Memorial Day when family would get together and bring flowers and clean off the graves and visit.

I hope to help others by posting memorials and photos of pioneer cemeteries in Central and Eastern Oregon and the Willamette Valley, Oregon.
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RE: Jackson Abel
You're very welcome Pam. I just happened to run across notice first, instead of the complete obit., so no problem, leaving off the notice is what I'ld do too. Found Captain, Orin Abel's wife, Abbie Abel, but no Orin, although there was a short notice for an Orin Abel Hanks, but no place of burial. Since it said he was adopted by Jackson, thought Hanks might have been his birth name and he took it back after Jackson's death.
Added by Sheila on Jan 15, 2015 9:58 AM
Janet Johnston Alder
RE: William and Loree Oertel
Thanks for the message. I went in and claimed your request for Loree, too. Usually I grab both spouses, but missed this one. They are in the same niche, so it will be one photo uploaded twice. Will try to get there in the next few days.
Added by Janet Johnston Alder on Jan 13, 2015 6:50 PM
Lynn Duncan Strandberg
RE: Hugh Younger
I think that works well. For some reason I think the index card said Mt Hope, but I've been there and there was no indication. Another possibility is Malheur City, but the wooden grave markers burned in 1957. His father is buried there.

I think, let's just leave him as is with an explanation that this is the best guess we have because of his mother's reference.

Thanks Pam, you've been great!
Added by Lynn Duncan Strandberg on Jan 11, 2015 12:49 PM
RE: Harold Oertel
You're welcome! =o)
Added by JJG on Jan 08, 2015 9:43 AM
Nathan Haines
RE: Richard Keith Compton
Yup, that is by far thee most pictures I have ever seen anyone put on someone's page. Pretty neat.
Added by Nathan Haines on Jan 01, 2015 11:47 AM
Nathan Haines
Corp Dallas Franklin Vancil, I
I got your pictures for Dallas Vancil. I could have gotten a lot better pictures in the summer. The ground was frozen up there on top of Mt. Scott.
Which do you like better, the picture of the stone dry, or the one that I wet the stone down? Wetting it down makes the letters stand out better. In the summer the heat dries out the surface of the stone and the water takes a lot longer to dry out in the letters so they stay wet longer and stand out even better yet when the surface dries off. The water froze to the stone so I could not wipe very much of it off.
Anyway, there you go.
Added by Nathan Haines on Dec 31, 2014 10:50 PM
Doc Wilson
RE: Oscar Jackson photo in Arlington National Cemetery
Feel free to use it privately however you wish. If you post it online anywhere, though, I would appreciate getting a byline: "Photo by Paul F. Wilson, Fayetteville, NC."
Added by Doc Wilson on Dec 31, 2014 1:59 PM
Linda Arnold
Paul Cochran
Hello: Thanks for your contact. Not sure what you mean about Paul Cochran's wife "Mary". His wife was Martha Greer (named as Martha Cochran in his will.) Thanks! - Linda
Added by Linda Arnold on Dec 30, 2014 8:35 AM
Lynn Duncan Strandberg
RE: Hugh Younger
The index card, that I still need a copy of, said Mt. Hope in Baker. I have walked the Baker cem. and didn't find it. Could be that there is no stone or that the boy in Camp Watson is Hugh.
The mystery to me is why did he live as a boy with his aunt and uncle and why when he died did they mention no more family?
It was interesting that they moved the prisoner
Lawson to the jail in Union. I live in Union! The old jail is still here, in back of the high school. There was a courthouse here before they moved the county seat to La Grande. They put the high school in the same spot but kept the old jail.
I will get that index card when they finish moving the LDS library to the Stake house.
Merry Christmas!!
Added by Lynn Duncan Strandberg on Dec 24, 2014 7:26 AM
Lynn Duncan Strandberg
Hugh Younger ( a long message)
Hi Pam,
This evening I found a treasure. When I read that you were searching the catalogue of Oregon newspapers held in the Knight Library of U of O, I decided I needed to look too. I was thrilled to find the following which I transcribe with original spelling, punctuation, and capitalization. I am sorry it's so lengthy.

The Heppner Gazzette (Heppner, Morrow, Oregon)
30 Nov. 1899
HP address:

Murder Most Foul
Hugh Younger Shot and Killed by A.L. Lawson, a Negro
Evening Republican, Nov. 24th (Shooting took place in Baker City, OR. **Lynn**)
A foul murder was committed at ten minutes past noon today, in front of the main entrance of the St. Lawrence hotel. The victim was Hugh Younger, one of the dealers of the games in the Mint saloon, and his murderer was A.L. Lawson (colored)the bootblack.
The story of the tragedy, so far as can be learned at present: follows.
Lawson, a few minutes before 12 o'clock, entered the barber shop where he worked, and took his Winchester shot gun out of the corner. When asked what he was going to do with the gun he replied that he was going jack rabbit hunting. Lawson, when in drink gets crazy, but seemed sober enough this morning. Soon a shot was heard and a great crowd gathered in a moment. Jacob Gore, who stood on the opposite side of the street and saw the whole transaction, and Contractor A.A. Houston who was coming from Basche's store to the St. Lawrence for his dinner and just escaped being shot himself corroborates these facts as related by Houston. Younger came out of the Mint and started down the street. Lawson evidently lying in weight (orig. sp.), suddenly appeared with the gun in his hand and exclaimed; "I am going to kill you, you __ __."
Younger had his hands in his pockets and was in a defenseless position. He seemed to think, as did Houston, who just then reached the sidewalk, that Lawson was joking, but before either could move further the negro fired, the shot taking effect under his heart. The victim groaned, put his hands to his stomach, turned and staggered as far as the Mint, leaving a trail of blood behind. He was helped into the saloon where he fell on his face on the floor, expiring a few minutes later. Doctors were hastily summoned, but could be of no assistance, as Younger had died before they arrived. the remains were removed to Patterson and Eppinger's undertaking parlor. The family of the deceased live at Heppner.
As the excitement of the affair increased, lynching was freely talked of, with threat of taking vengeance on the entire colored population of the city. Law and order will prevail.
After committing the dastardly deed Lawson deliberately walked to the next corner where he met Chief Porter and saying, " I am the man who did it, here is the gun. ", gave himself up and was lodged in jail. No one can assign any motive for the deed, though it is said that Lawson has been gambling and lost a few dollars at Younger's table several nights ago. Others thing Lawson must have become crazy.

(After this piece came a second article evidently written the same day.)

There was a good deal of talk on the streets Sunday of lynching the negro who shot Hugh Younger at noon in front of the St. Lawrence hotel. District Attorney White thought it was best to remove all temptation to lawlessness, and so removed the murderer to the Union county jail. (Pam, this is the town I live in now.)
About dark Sheriff Huntington went to the jail and notified Lawson to get his clothes ready to move.
When the man understood what was wanted it did not take him long to put on his coat and hat, and the other occupant of the cage, incarnated for setting fire to the schoolhouse and other buildings in town, a short time ago, spoke up and said, " Take me , too, boss, they hang me sure if they come tonight. " Both men were accordingly chained together and taken to Union in a hack. The law will take a sure and swift course, it is thought, in both these cases, when court meets.

Can't tell you what a thrill it was to find this.

Added by Lynn Duncan Strandberg on Dec 22, 2014 10:43 PM
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