|Birth: ||Nov. 26, 1820|
|Death: ||Aug. 11, 1908|
Nicholas was the beloved son of Henry B. Day and Rosannah Tarter.
He was the dear brother of Dr. John Harvey, Jesse Newberry, Henry Bingham, Mary Justice, Jane Tarter, Dr. David and James.
He was the devoted husband of Martha Ann Forrest.
ROSEBURG, Or., Aug. 13, 1908 - Death Tuesday summoned Nicholas T. Day, an Oregon pioneer, who in the '50s saved an inoffensive tribe of Indians in this county from probable extermination at the hands of a company of volunteers from the Willamette Valley. General debility was the cause of Mr. Day's death. He was almost 88 years of age. The funeral was held in this city today, interment occurring beside the grave of Mr. Day's wife, who died in 1897.
Mr. Day was a native of Virginia. At the age of 21 he emigrated to Wisconsin and in 1850 journeyed across the plains into Oregon, stopping first at The Dalles, where he was employed for two months on the historic old log fort, built as a precaution against Indian attacks. Two years later, after a trip to Yreka, Cal., Mr. Day settled on a farm at the mouth of the Calipooia River, in this county, where he resided up until the time his health began to fail.
It was in 1855, shortly after the outbreak of the Rogue River Indian War south of here, that Mr. Day performed the humane deed of preventing an attack upon the Umpqua tribe of Indians, about 400 in number, who dwelt on the Calipooia, near his place. These Indians were on peaceful terms with the white settlers, but this fact was unknown to a company of Willamette Valley volunteers, organized for the Rogue River campaign, and which was bent on attacking them. Learning of this plan, Mr. Day intercepted the company, acquainted the men with the peaceful character of the Umpquas, and requested that they be let alone. The captain of the company at first resented what he termed an interference on the part of Mr. Day, and threatened to shoot him. Standing his ground unflinchingly, however, Mr. Day calmly defied the officer, who gradually cooled off, and then moved his company to the Rogue River, where the volunteers rendered valiant service against the hostile Indians there.
In January, 1856, at the order of the government, the Umpqua Indians were assembled at the mouth of the Calapooia and placed in charge of Mr. Day. This was done to prevent their being approached by other tribes who might be inclined toward war. Later they were moved to the reservation on the Siletz.
Mr. Day leaves five daughters and one son -- Mrs. Isadore Abraham and Miss Jessie Day, of this city; Mrs. H.D. Yett, of Long Beach, Cal.; Mrs. J.F. Fowler of Steilacoom, Wash.; Mrs. Roy Whisler, of Winlock, Wash., and Fred Day, of Portland.
Henry Ballard Day (1787 - 1834)
Rosannah Rosina Tarter Day (1794 - 1868)
Martha Ann Forrest Day (1844 - 1897)
Ada May Day Yett (1863 - 1940)*
Rose Belle Day Fowler (1865 - 1951)*
Jessie Luella Day (1867 - 1932)*
Eva Viola Day Abraham (1870 - 1957)*
Gordon Forrest Day (1872 - 1920)*
Mollie Leona Day Whisler (1878 - 1958)*
Fred Rhea Day (1883 - 1947)*
Roseburg Memorial Gardens
Created by: James Burke
Record added: Jan 19, 2007
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