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Dec. 13, 1905 Spokane Spokane County Washington, USA
Jan. 16, 1948 Portland Multnomah County Oregon, USA
Lee J. Barnum died in the hospital of peritonitis caused by a perforated ulcer, apparently a result of the poor food, difficult hours and frequent travel involved in his work as a lumber buyer. His age at death was 42 years, 1 month, 3 days. His death certificate lists his cause of death as fulminating ulcerative colitis.
Obituary from the Portland (Oregon) Oregonian: Barnum Rites Set Monday. Lumberman Dies in Hospital. Funeral services for Lee J. Barnum, 42, for several years active in the lumber industry, who died Friday night at Physicians and Surgeons Hospital, will be held Monday at 1 P. M. at the Little Chapel of the Chimes. Mr. Barnum, until his illness of a colonic ailment in December, had been associated with Bert D. Campbell & Co., wholesale lumber firm here, since 1945. Immediately prior, he had been with Oregon Pulp & Paper company at Salem, and had served as mill superintendent. Born in Spokane, Wash., December 13, 1905, he was graduated from McMinnville high school, then attended Oregon State College and was graduated from Oregon College of Education at Monmouth. He then entered teaching work, first at Aloha, Or., and then at The Dalles, where he was a junior high school athletic coach and later elementary school principal. Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Warren A. Barnum of Independence; the widow, Thelma I. Barnum, and two children, Patrick Warren and Elizabeth Ellen, residing at Briarwood, near Oswego; two brothers, Lt. Donald Warren, in the Navy at Napa, Cal., and Gordon of Sandy, and a sister, Mrs. S. J. Patterson of Berkeley, Cal. His father is a retired lumberman and his mother recently retired as assistant professor of education at Oregon College of Education.
Obituary from an unnamed contemporary newspaper: Last Rites Held in Portland for Lee J. Barnum. Funeral services were held Monday, January 19, for Lee J. Barnum, who died Friday, January 16, at the Physicians' and Surgeons' hospital in Portland after a month's illness. Mr. Barnum was born in Spokane, Wash., December 13, 1905. He was graduated from the McMinnville high school, attended Oregon State College, and was graduated from Oregon College of Education in 1929, where he was prominent in student body activities and athletics. He held track records in the high jump in both colleges. He was married to Thelma I. Pruitt of Burns, also a graduate of the Oregon College of Education, February 1933. Mr. Barnum was principal of the Aloha grade school for five years, after which for three years he served as high school athletic coach and elementary school principal at The Dalles. In 1942 he moved to Salem where he held a position in the Oregon Pulp and paper company, later becoming superintendent of the lumber division of that company. Since 1945 he has been associated with Bert D. Campbell Co., wholesale lumber firm of Portland as a buyer where he was widely known throughout the state. Surviving are his wife Thelma and two children, Patrick Warren, 6, and Elizabeth Ellen, 4, who reside at Briarwood, Oswego. He also leaves one sister and two brothers: Mrs. S. J. Patterson of Berkeley, Calif.; Gordon L. Barnum, of Sandy; and Lieut. Don W. Barnum, USN, of Napa, Calif. His parents are Warren A. Barnum, retired lumberman and Sophia E. Barnum, who was for 25 years on the faculty of Oregon College of Education at Monmouth. They live at Independence where for the last ten years Mr. Barnum has been connected with the Independence Sand and Gravel company. Services were held at the Little Chapel of the Chimes in Portland on Monday, January 19, and interment was at Rose City cemetery. Many people from Monmouth, Independence and other cities were in attendance. Pall bearers were: King Sweet, Depoe Bay; Earl Gooch, Salem; Roy Giles, Eugene; William Wessner, Vancouver, Wash.; and Emerson Haggerty, and Edward Bye of Briarwood. Honorary pall bearers were: Bert Campbell and Clare Miller of Portland; Dr. Henry Gunn and Professor Delmer Dewey of the Oregon College of Education; George Snell, Roseburg; Jean Babcock, Vancouver, Wash.; Tim Preston, Salem; Sherman Hill, Oswego; and Bob Brown and Paul Chesterton of The Dalles. Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Barnum, who were spending the winter months in Arizona were called home because of their son Lee's illness. They arrived on Thursday, January 15, the day before he passed away. Mrs. S. J. Patterson and Don Barnum came from California for the funeral services of their brother, Lee.
Note: Lee Barnum married Thelma Irma Pruitt 11 Feb 1933 in Vancouver, Vancouver, Washington. She was born 27 Jan 1911 in Fraser, Clearwater, Idaho and died 29 Jun 1992 in Lake Oswego, Clackamas, Oregon. She was cremated and has no grave marker.