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|Birth: ||Feb. 20, 1820|
|Death: ||Apr. 18, 1917|
Grays Harbor County
February 20, 1820
April 18, 1917
Reuben Redman, one of the early pioneers of this county, died Wednesday morning at his home in Melbourne where he had resided for more than 50 years. The deceased was 97 years and 2 months of age and until recent years had retained his health and strength to a marked degree.
He had been confined to his home for several months preceding his death.
The funeral services will be held this afternoon at 2 o'clock from Rufus Redman's Hall in Melbourne. Rev. D.C. Loucks of Montesano will conduct the services. Interment will be in the Melbourne cemetery.
The deceased is survived by two daughters, and one son; eleven grandchildren, and seventeen great-grandchildren. The daughters are Mrs. Samuel Benn, of Aberdeen and Mrs. Margaret Rafferty, of Portland, Ore. The son is Mr. Joseph Thomas Redman, of Melbourne.
Reuben Redman was born February 20, 1820 in Monroe County, Ohio. His father was a native of Delaware, and his Mother was a native of New Jersey. As a boy he worked on a farm, removed to Illinois, and in September 1843, was married to Margaret Thomas.
The young couple removed to Polk County, Iowa and on June 2, 1852, the family consisting of father, mother, and 3 children, started in a prairie schooner for the Pacific Coast. The mother died shortly after the pilgrimage had begun and was buried on the plains near the Platte River.
Indians were plentiful at that time and were hostile to the few white settlers and the journey of the father and the children was a hazardous one. Mrs. Redman was buried on the night of her death owing to the dangers that were besetting the party.
The trip across the plains and over the mountains was made in company with various caravans which were met on the trip, but Mr. Redman arrived with his children on the Willamette River, near The Dalles, Ore, the following November, making almost a record breaking trip from the low plains of the Mississippi valley, crossing the Rockies, Sierras, and Cascades and arriving in Oregon within five months after starting.
The hardships of the early pioneer were endured by Mr. Redman and his children. He worked in the woods and in the mines and made a trip to Olympia in this state in 1853, returning to Oregon.
Upon the outbreak of the Indian War of 1855, Mr. Redman began investigating Washington. In 1858, he came to this county and secured a timber claim near Ocosta. In 1862, he located at Aberdeen. He secured 56 acres of land in the western part of what is now the city limits of Aberdeen and later bought 80 acres on the north. But previous to locating at Aberdeen, he made a trip to the eastern part of the state but preferred the coast country.
In a trade with Samuel Benn, who was then sheriff of the county and his [Reuben's] son-in-law, Mr. Redman acquired a tract of land at Melbourne and moved to this land where he has since made his home.
Through all of the long years of his life, Mr. Redman enjoyed good health and retained possession of his mental faculties in a remarkable manner until just a few months ago. His mind was clear and active and he possessed a wonderfully retentive memory.
He was a splendid example of a hardy pioneer type of men who have changed the West from a wilderness and the home of savages, into the highly advanced stage of the present day. He has seen Grays Harbor County change from a vast forest to a thickly peopled, prosperous community and has seen the cities rise upon the mudflats of the harbor, where once their sites were held in contempt.
He had an ambition to live to be 100 years old and until the past year has hoped to achieve that gosl. For some months he had beem unable to leave his room and his mind commences to fail.
He was a picturesque figure at the gathering of pioneers in recent years. He had enjoyed these meetings very much and always made a great effort to attend. His last appearance was the the meeting of the county pioneers association held at Aberdeen three years ago.
It is men of Mr. Redman's character who have made the nation great and have brought about the great things that have been accomplished in the land in the last century. He was of a sterling character and all of his dealings with his fellow men were marked with honor and justness.
He has earned a rich reward in the better life.
Margaret P. Thomas Redman (1823 - ____)*
Joseph Thomas Redman (1843 - 1935)*
Martha Redman Benn (1845 - 1917)*
Margaret Redman Rafferty (1848 - 1939)*
Frances Redman Luark (1851 - 1871)*
Grays Harbor County
Created by: Chad Eugene Schneider
Record added: Jan 20, 2012
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