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Edward Joseph Forbes
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Birth: Aug. 13, 1875
Broome County
New York, USA
Death: Dec. 8, 1937
Marion County
Oregon, USA

Edward’s cremated remains were never taken after his death and are still available at the Oregon State Hospital to be claimed by anyone who is related. More information about unclaimed cremains at OSH is available at A book by David Maisel and a short documentary film by Ondi Timoner & Robert James, both entitled "Library of Dust" also provide more information.

Edward was born in 1875 in Kirkwood, Broome County, New York. His mother, Catherine Grace, was born in in Ireland in 1854. She immigrated to the US in 1870. Edward’s father, John J. Forbes, was born in Ireland in 1852 and immigrated in 1872. They were married about 1874. Catherine had 11 children with 8 being alive in 1900. Their children (all born in New York) included: Mary (born about 1874), Edward (in 1875), Margaret (in 1884), Helen (in 1890), Michael (in 1892) and Catherine (in 1900).

During the 1875 census taken in June, two months before Edward was born, his parents and sister Mary were living in Kirkwood, Broome County, New York. John Forbes was a railroad trackman. At the time of the 1900 census Edward was 24 years old living in Binghamton, Broome County, New York. He and his father were day laborers. In the New York census of 1905 Edward’s parents and 3 sisters (Margaret, Helen & Catherine) were living in Binghamton. Edward was not with them.

In 1910 he was working as a blacksmith for the railroad in Wasco County in central Oregon. In 1918 Edward was living and working in the steel yards in Vancouver, Washington (across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon). He named his mother in Binghamton, New York as being dependent on his support. He was of medium height and weight with blue eyes and light hair. During the 1920 census Edward was single and living in Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon in a large boarding house. He was a laborer in the shipyards.

On10/3/1925 he was admitted to the Multnomah County Poor Farm. The counties had the responsibility of caring for the poor. The Multnomah County facility was in Troutdale east of Portland. It encompassed 345 acres and its population peaked at 614 in 1935. In 1982, the county closed the entire facilities. Today the farm is McMenamin’s Edgefield, a hotel, restaurant, golf course and entertainment facility. At the time of the 1930 census Edward was living in a very large boarding house in Seattle, Washington. He was not employed, but was listed his occupation as laborer for the railroad. In the 1930 census Edward’s widowed mother was living with her daughter Catherine Forbes Crimmins and her family.

Edward was again committed to the Multnomah County Poor Farm on 7/6/1937. On 9/15/1937 Edward was transferred to the Oregon State Hospital, a residential facility in Salem, Oregon for the treatment of people with mental illness. After being a patient at the institution for 4 1/2 months he died there on 12/8/1937. The cause of death was heart, kidney and lung problems. He was 62 years old. His sister Catherine Crimmins died in 1986 and was buried in Broome County, New York and was survived by her son Edward.
Oregon State Hospital
Marion County
Oregon, USA
Maintained by: Phyllis (Porter) Zegers
Originally Created by: Reggie Sutton
Record added: Mar 13, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 86722126
Edward Joseph Forbes
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Edward Joseph Forbes
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Rest in peace.
- Phyllis (Porter) Zegers
 Added: Nov. 29, 2016

- Reggie Sutton
 Added: Mar. 13, 2012

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