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Elphea Marie "Effie" Goshorn
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Birth: 1910
Oregon, USA
Death: Jul. 7, 1929
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA

Elphea Marie Goshorn was born to Gilbert S. & Marie E. (Bales) Goshorn in 1910. At the time of the 1910 census, in April, her parents were living with Oliver and Rachel Bales in Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon. These were Elphea's grandparents. Therefore, Elphea was probably born in Portland. According to the census, her father, age 24, was born in Illinois and her mother, age 20, was born in Oregon. She was referred to as both Elphea and Effie in the newspaper articles.

The 1920 census shows Elphea at age 9, with her parents, a brother, Gilmer, age 6, and they are all living with her grandparents, Oliver and Rachael Bales, in Portland, Oregon.

Elphea died, as a teenager, in a traffic accident. The newspaper reported she was on her way home from a swim at the Grant park tank, riding as a passenger on the motorcycle of a friend, when they were hit by a coupe driven by Mr. J. M. McKay. It was reported that the car skidded 60 feet after the collision and then overturned, pinning the two occupants beneath. After interviewing witnesses and measuring the skid marks made by the automobile, McKay was charged with involuntary manslaughter and with reckless driving.

Mr. McKay, his wife and the driver of the motorcycle all sustained minor cuts and bruises, and all were taken to St. Vincent's hospital. Elphea suffered internal injuries and a skull fracture, and died shortly after arriving at the hospital.

The coroner's inquest held that the circumstances were such that they should be reviewed by the grand jury. The grand jury concluded that the collision was unavoidable, and Mr. McKay escaped blame.

Morning Oregonian, Portland, Oregon, July 10, 1929, page 12. Funeral Notices.
"GOSHORN--The funeral service for Elphea M. Goshorn, late of 1340 Siskiyou st., will be held today (Wednesday) at 2 P.M. at the Centenary-Wilbur Methodist church, E. 9th and Pine sts. Friends invited. Commitment Lincoln Memorial Park."

Articles in the Morning Oregonian, Portland, Oregon can be found on the following dates, pages and headlines, regarding the accident, inquest and findings:

Morning Oregonian, Portland, Oregon, Monday, July 8, 1929, page 1. GIRL MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN COLLISION.

The Morning Oregonian, Portland, Oregon, Thursday, July 11, 1929, page 3. GOSHORN INQUEST SET.

The Morning Oregonian, Portland, Oregon, July 23, 1929, page 8. GOSHORN INQUEST HELD, VERDICT ASKS GRAND JURY INVESTIGATION OF CASE.

The Morning Oregonian, Portland, Oregon, August 3, 1929, page 3. M'KAY ESCAPES BLAME, DEATH OF GIRL IN COLLISION HELD UNAVOIDABLE.
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  Gilbert Stephen Goshorn (1885 - 1970)
  Marie Ethel Bales Goshorn (1889 - 1966)
  Elphea Marie Goshorn (1910 - 1929)
  Gilmer Goshorn (1913 - 2001)*
*Calculated relationship
Lincoln Memorial Park
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA
Plot: Section: Magnolia, Lot: 223
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Originally Created by: Jan Fenter
Record added: Aug 22, 2012
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Elphea Marie Effie Goshorn
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Elphea Marie Effie Goshorn
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Elphea Marie Effie Goshorn
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