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Emma Olive Burkhart
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Birth: Nov. 25, 1880
Linn County
Oregon, USA
Death: Dec. 30, 1960
Linn County
Oregon, USA

The photo on the right is of Emma and her sister, Carrie. Carrie is on the Left, and Emma is on the Right. They were two of the three children born to Charles Marion Burkhart (1853-1915) and Mary Ellen (Morgan) Burkhart (1856-1948). Edith was born in 1877 and must have died before 1910 as, in the Census for that year, her mother, Mary Ellen (Morgan) Burkhart, stated she was the mother of three children and only two children were living. As Pleassa and Emma were still living, only Edith could have died. Pleassa Caroline, known as "Carrie" was born on Dec 7, 1878 in Polk County and Emma Olive, known as "Olive" was born on Nov 25, 1880 in Albany, Linn County, Oregon. The girls attended school, as their parents agreed that education was important to their children regardless of gender. Carrie went on to marry James Edwin Foster on Jan 2, 1901, and three children were borne of their union. Emma did not ever marry, always living at home. The family had lived in Monmouth, Polk County, in a new dwelling, when the 1880 census was taken in June, 1880. They had relocated to West Albany by 1900, however, and were living near Emma's uncle, John David Burkhart, and his wife, Sylonia, when the census was taken on June 11th, 1900. Her father was still farming, as was her mother. Carrie and Olive were at home in 1900, but Carrie married in 1901 and then it was just Olive and her parents on the family homestead. Ivan Tennant, (b.1876, West VA.) came to Oregon wanting a place of his own to farm, but he arrived prior to 1910, and found that most of the land was gone. Property values had climbed and he found he only could be hired on as a farm laborer for the Burkhart family and try to save what earnings he could. Then Charles Marion Burkhart died suddenly on Dec 9th, 1915 from a brain tumor. He had been having terrible headaches, so the family had known he was ill. Now Mary Ellen Burkhart found herself to be a widow with no desire to ever remarry. She buried her beloved husband and tried to go on. Some time between 1915 and 1920, she made an agreement with Ivan to sell the farm to him provided she and Olive be allowed to remain there as long as they lived, a "Life Estate", which Ivan readily agreed to. It was understood that Olive and her mother would be lodgers and do the housework, including cooking, cleaning, canning, etc. The 1920 Census, taken in early Apr 1920, shows Ivan Tennant as being a farmer now, and Olive and her mother as lodgers. Their neighborhood had been renamed from West Albany to "Sunrise". [The Sunrise district was SW of Albany & the Albany-Junction City Hwy.99E, & E. of Hwy.99W. It was East of Corvallis & the Willamette River, North of Hwy. 34 (Corvallis-Lebanon Hwy.), West of Hwy.99E, and S. of Albany.] Olive had lived there all of her life, since 1880, and it was the only home she had ever known. Mary Ellen had also lived there since about that date and didn't want to relocate at this time in her life. They continued to live in their family home while Ivan farmed the land which produced crops that supported them all until his demise on Apr 25,1942 at the age of 65. As he had no heirs, the farm reverted back to Mary Ellen, who had him buried in the area of Riverside Cemetery, Albany, Linn County, where her own dear husband had been laid to rest some 27 years before. Mary Ellen passed away at the age of 92 yrs., while ill with bronchial pneumonia, on Jun 7, 1948. She was buried next to her loving husband at Riverside Cemetery in Albany. Emma Olive Burkhart outlived her sister, Carrie, who had married James Edwin Foster in 1901. Pleassa Caroline Foster died Oct 24, 1952 at the age of 74 yrs. It was Olive who had to notify the coroner. Olive herself passed from this life on Dec 30th, 1960. Her nephew, Merlin Foster, notified the coroner. She was laid to rest with her parents and nearby Ivan Tennant who had been a steward of their land after the passing of her father all too early in her life. May they all Rest in Peace in Paradise. 
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  Charles Marion Burkhart (1853 - 1915)
  Mary Ellen Morgan Burkhart (1856 - 1948)
  Pleassa Caroline Burkhart Foster (1878 - 1952)*
  Emma Olive Burkhart (1880 - 1960)
*Calculated relationship
Riverside Cemetery
Linn County
Oregon, USA
Plot: 45S
Maintained by: Kathie L. Webb Blair
Originally Created by: David J Bollman
Record added: Jul 21, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28423589
Emma Olive Burkhart
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Emma Olive Burkhart
Added by: Kathie L. Webb Blair
Emma Olive Burkhart
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Dear Cousin, you lived your life of 80 years in the home you'd been born in, which is what I think you ever wanted. You also outlived your parents and sisters, joining them 54 years ago today in Paradise. I hope to meet you some day, God Willing. With Aff...(Read more)
- Kathie L. Webb Blair
 Added: Dec. 30, 2014
of Emma Olive, my Cousin. Rest Peacefully in Paradise.
- Kathie L. Webb Blair
 Added: May. 2, 2014

- Sharon
 Added: Sep. 29, 2013
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