Nov. 16, 1949 Williams Josephine County Oregon, USA
______________________________________________ Elmer I. Applegate, noted botanist;
He graduated from Stanford University in the class of 1895, of which Herbert Hoover was also a member.
Dr. Applegate's life-long study of botany led him to become the worlds authority on the genusery-thronium, commonly knows ad dog tooth violet or Adder's tongue, and to establish a valuable collection of these flowers in the Dudley Herbarium at Stanford, where he held the honorary title of acting curator from 1929 until his death.
In 1899 Elmer Ivan Applegate married Esther Ogden, in San Bernardino,[sic] California. They lived in Klamath Falls until Esther died in 1931. (Submitted by Jeanie Sawyer)
* Elmer and Esther were married July 5, 1899 in Nevada, California Source: California, County Marriages, 1850-1952 Nevada, California _________________________________________________
KLAMATH NEWSPAPER - NOVEMBER 17, 1949 Elmer I. Applegate, 82 year old member of the famed Applegate family of early Oregon history, died at his home at Williams, 20 miles south of Grants Pass at 9 o'clock Wednesday morning. Death was attributed to his years.
Mr. Applegate was the grandson of Lindsay Applegate, one of the blazers of the Applegate trail to Oregon. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. Lucien B. Applegate, pioneers of Klamath and Ashland.
Final rites will be held at Whitlock's at 1:30 p.m. Friday with interment in the IOOF section of Linkville cemetery, the family plot.
Survivors include a brother Fred of Salem, three sisters, Mrs. Minnie Chitwood, Evelyn Applegate and Elsie Applegate Mill, all of Williams.
Mr. Applegate received his schooling in both Oregon and California and for a time was acting curator at Dudley Herbarium at Stanford university. He was a botanist of renown and honored by both California and Oregon institutions for his work in this field. He was given the honorary degree, doctor of science from Oregon State college, as the outstanding authority on the lily erythronium.
The pioneer Southern Oregon resident was born March 31, 1867 in Ashland, Oregon on the Lindsay Applegate donation claim. His grandfather Lindsay, was probably one of the best known of southern Oregon's early day settlers. The family settled in Ashland in 1862, coming south from the Willamette valley where they had migrated from Missouri in 1843.
He made his home in Klamath country when Lucien Applegate, his father, settled in Swan Lake district in the 1870's. He married Esther Ogden for whom Camp Esther Applegate at Lake o' the Woods is named.
Mr. Applegate farmed here and was one of the early pioneers of the U.S. bureau of reclamation, Klamath project, and the first secretary of the project. At that time he lived on Pine street near 2nd.
Several cousins live in the Klamath area including Carl Grubb, 4517 Winter avenue, who made his home with Lucian Applegate family for many years; Mrs. George Hurn of Pine street, Mrs. W.O. Smith of Conger avenue, John A. McCall of the Midland district, Mrs. Grace Spannaus of 2344 Radliffe, and Thomas Grubb of S. Riverside.
Mrs. Elmer Applegate died in the early 1930's, however, Mr. Applegate continued to maintain his home here for several years following her death.
He leaves many friends to mourn his passing.
(Submitted by Jeanie Sawyer)_____________________________________________ On August 9, 1931, Esther Ogden Applegate died of a stroke at age 66. Her obituary lauded her as a marvelous companion,secretary and assistant to her husband, sharing in his botanical research. She and Elmer were childless. Esther's death was a severe blow to Elmer. They had been married 32 years.
He wrote to Mrs.Ferris: During all the years we were together, I was rarely away from Esther, even for a day. In all my undertakings, her help and sympathey [sic] and encouragement were my inspiration. Added to this was a rare comradeship that made life very beautiful. And so I find it most dificult [sic] to bear up under the great sense of loss. Her wish has always been that I carry on no matter what happened. Carry on he did. It was during this time after his wife's death that Applegate did most of his significant botanical work, perhaps as a salve for his loneliness and grief.
Excerpt from: Kalmiopsis - Native Plant Society of Oregon,Volume 10, 2003 NOTE: This is an excellent & interesting source worth reading. (Submitted by Jen 47362231)
Note: In the same plot as Lucien B. Applegate, Margaret Grubb Applegate, Bessie Bell Applegate, Esther Ogden Applegate, Elsie Applegate Miller, Lucien B. Applegate, Jr., Evelyn R. Applegate, Fred Lucien Applegate
In the plant world, Elmer's true love was Erythronium, the lambs tongue genus in the lily family. His interest in Erythronium dated back to his boyhood when the first lamb's tongue that he learned, a southwest Oregon - Northwest California endemic, was a...(Read more) -
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