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Benjiman Franklin Bare
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Birth: Nov., 1891
Colorado, USA
Death: Nov. 4, 1912
Wallowa County
Oregon, USA

Benjiman Franklin "Frank" Bare 1891-1912

Benjiman Franklin Bare was born February 19, 1891 in Colorado to Isaac Newton Bare and Laura Belle (McIver) Bare.

His siblings include; John Robert Bare, Daisy Belle (Bare) South, William Isaac Bare, Nellie M. Bare, Clarence S. Bare, Mollie B. Bare and Myrtle B. (Bare) Perkins Carey.

Frank worked as a ranch hand in the Imnaha area for Mark Thompson. He had suffered from depression and it is believed that during one of his "spells", he committed suicide by shooting himself in the heart at the home of his employeer. He was 21 years old, had never married and had no children.

He was laid to rest in "The Bridge" cemetery outside the city limits of Imnaha, Oregon.

Enterprise Record Chieftain Newspaper, Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon, dated (Thursday) November 7, 1912.


Frank Bare Shoots Self After Writing Note Saying He Has Few Friends

Frank Bare shot and killed himself last Saturday at the home of Mark Thompson on the Imnaha, 12 miles above the bridge. He had been afflicted with melancholy frequently and it is supposed he took his life while in these spells of depression. No inquest was held and burial was at Imnaha.

Bare was 21 years old and for two years had been making his home with Mr. and Mrs. Thompson who have a name for befriending and helping those in need. The young man had no relatives in the county, so far as is known, his people having moved to Eagle Valley.

Recently Bare took up a homestead in the upper Imnaha valley. He had put up a cabin and taken in part of his provisions. On Sunday he was to go to the cabin. But he wanted to go to the bridge on Saturday and so saddled up his horse, brought it out in front of the house and then went in and up to his room to clean up and get ready for the trip. As he passed through the house, he remarked to Mr. Thompson: "We won't go to the homestead tomorrow; maybe we'll never go."

A few minutes later a pistol shot was heard upstairs. Bare was found shot through the heart, with his pistol by his body. On the table was a note saying he had no friends except Mr. and Mrs. Thompson and intimating he was tired of life.
Bare was a brother of John Bare, who is remembered in Enterprise for shooting "Brick" Johnson six years ago in a saloon row. It was one of the last incidents of the kind before Wallowa county closed its saloons.

Enterprise Record Chieftain Newspaper, Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon, dated (Thursday) November 14, 1912.


At the home of Mark Thompson on the Imnaha River about 32 miles from the city of Joseph, about 11 o'clock Saturday forenoon, Nov. 2nd, 1912, Frank Bare shot himself and died instantly. He was upstairs in his room when the shot and fall were heard by some of the family. They ran up to see what was wrong and found him lying in a pool of blood, shot through the heart. He left a few lines saying he was going to kill himself, so it is believed it was no accident.

No one can imagine what should have caused him to have committed such an act. He had been so jolly all the day before, getting ready to go over to Snake river where he had taken a homestead. Just at bedtime, he said he believed he would not go the next morning but would go down the river. No one thought anything wrong in that as he had friends down there that he had promised to go and see before he went to his homestead for the winter.

In the morning he seemed about the same as usual. After breakfast he caught and saddled his horse, then went to change his clothes, as the folks supposed, but instead took his own life. It is a terrible shock to his friends.

Benjamin Franklin Bare was born on the Imnaha Feb. 19, 1891, and was the youngest of seven children of whom five are living. John, William and Clarence Bare of Richland, Ore., Mrs. Myrtle Perkins, Homestead, Ore., and Mrs. Daisy South, Cottonwood, Idaho. His sister, Mollie, died some years ago. He was laid to rest beside his mother and sister in the Imnaha cemetery, Nov. 4. Besides five brothers and sisters he leaves a host of friends to mourn his death.

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  Laura Belle McIver Bare (1852 - 1897)
  Mollie B. Bare (1886 - 1904)*
  Benjiman Franklin Bare (1891 - 1912)
*Calculated relationship
Imnaha Cemetery
Wallowa County
Oregon, USA
Maintained by: Michelle Drayton-Fisher
Originally Created by: CA Croft
Record added: May 30, 2008
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Benjiman Franklin Bare
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