|Birth: ||Jan. 12, 1793|
|Death: ||Jan. 29, 1883|
From and interview with Mrs. Calvin (Arabella Palmer) Thrasher, Granddaughter of John Grimsley, dated May 23, 1939:
"John Grimsley came to Oregon from Iowa November 1, 1847. He was a pioneer in Iowa through contract with the Sacs and Fox Indians; he had learned to like and understand the Indians, and was widely known by them. John had taught school in Iowa, but did not follow that work in Oregon. He took a donation land claim about 2 miles south of Philomath in the direction of Evergreen Community. He moved to Corvalis, Oregon in about 1859 and died there in 1883". Source: Interview with Mrs. Calvin (Arabella PALMER) THRASHER, Granddaughter of John GRIMSLEY. May 23, 1939"
Mrs. THRASHER was interviewed at the family home at 530 South Fifth Street, Corvallis, Oregon. She is one of the older people whose memory is unusually quick and sure. She said:
My grandfather, John GRIMSLEY, came to Oregon from Iowa in 1847. He came by ox-team, without any hardship other than was part of the mode of traveling. He had been a pioneer in Iowa through contact with the Sacs and Fox Indians had learned to like and understand the Indians, and was widely known by them. After he had gone some distance on his journey he was threatened by an Indian on the way when another Indian who had seen him in Iowa threw his arms about him to protect him, and explained that he was a friend. Then scouts were sent three days journey with the train to protect them. The train came through to Oregon with little sickness and with almost no loss of cattle.
Grandfather had taught school in Iowa but did not follow that work in Oregon. He took a donation land claim about two miles south of Philomath in the direction of Evergreen Community. He moved to Corvallis about 1859, and died here in 1883.
Mary M Scott Grimsley (1802 - 1883)*
Almedia Grimsley Morris (1826 - 1912)*
Pamelia Grimsley Winkle (1834 - 1905)*
Mary Ellen Grimsley Palmer (1840 - 1925)*
Note: On stone with Mary M. Grimsley, aged 90 years, 17 days.
Plot: Row 18
Maintained by: Linda Rodgers
Originally Created by: Suzanna ღ Ashworth
Record added: Jun 04, 2008
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