|Birth: ||Apr. 25, 1876|
|Death: ||Apr. 17, 1964|
Marguerite Alderson was born April 25, 1876 in Oregon, a daughter of pioneers, Thomas & Annie Alderson of Benton County, Oregon. Her father had fought as a Union soldier in the Infantry during the Civil War & then had moved with her mother to Benton County, Oregon in the early 1870's, where she, her brother and sister were born, near Palestine. She had attended college & was living in Newburg as a trained music teacher when she met, came to know & then married Robert Lee Burkhart, a son of Leander & Melissa Burkhart of Albany, OR. They married in Salem on Jan 17, 1901 in a lavish ceremony. Following many years of marriage, "Rob", commenced in building, with the aid of his brothers, a beautiful home for his bride which they named Maple Lawn Place, located just off the then Burkhart-Salem Road that led from Albany to Salem and is now called Albany-Salem Road. They farmed their property and Rob became a well known breeder of registered Jersey cattle which were sold throughout the United States and even shipped overseas. Marguerite raised prize winning roses and registered chickens which were also sold throughout the United States and shipped overseas. Many breeders from other countries visited with them for counsel regarding breeding and raising of cattle. Rob and Marguerite had no children. They traveled quite extensively throughout Europe and the Holy Lands prior to World War II and brought back numerous momentos from their many ventures. They made many trips to the Holy Lands as their faith was very important to them.
Many of the countries they visited no longer exist due to political changes resulting from World War II. Rob died on November 17th, 1946 following 3 months of heart complaints. It was 8 days before his 82nd birthday. Marguerite began to catalogue their numerous treasured possessions after that, creating a complete manifest of their entire household. Marguerite died on Apr 17th, 1964, just 8 days before her 88th birthday. She is buried at Riverside Cemetery, next to the man she loved and who was her constant companion for 45 years. Maple Lawn Place and all of it's possessions were left to the City of Albany, Oregon for it to become a Burkhart Museum, but that has yet to come to pass.
As of Oct. 2013, Maple Lawn Place is now a Pre-School. I think Marguerite would have liked that, as they did love children even though they couldn't have any. Rest Peacefully, my dear Great, great Auntie.
Thomas Alderson (1840 - 1898)
Anna McLeod Alderson (1844 - 1912)
Robert Lee Burkhart (1864 - 1946)*
Marguerite Alderson Burkhart (1876 - 1964)
Ethel Alderson (1877 - 1891)*
Howard Pennington Alderson (1879 - 1934)*
They share a headstone. It reads,
"Descendants of Pioneers" and
"I Know That My Reedeemer Liveth"
Note: My great, great aunt. The wife of my grandmother's uncle, Rob Burkhart.
Maintained by: Kathie L. Webb Blair
Originally Created by: David J Bollman
Record added: Jul 21, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28423623