|Birth: ||Jun. 4, 1891|
|Death: ||Jul. 4, 1984|
Zella Mae Burkhart (1891-1984) was one of three children born to Crill Davidson and Lola Amelia (Froman)Burkhart in Harrisburg, Linn County, on part of the original Coriolanus Domarus Burkhart Donation Land Claim that had been divided between his children. Her older brother, Tommy Leander only lived 3 years, but her younger sister, Verl Eliza Crielle, born just 9 months later, lived a long life as did Zella. Following high school, Zella attended Albany College (which later moved to Portland and renamed to Lewis & Clark College) and, upon graduation, became a qualified teacher, which became her life long career. She taught grade school in Albany, Oregon. Zella was fascinated with her family's history and the need to keep it from being lost. She spoke before the Modern Traveler Study Club among countless other ventures. She was deeply involved in the dedication of the Marker of the Soldier of the War of 1812 to John Burkhart (1787-1856), her great grandfather (who died just three years before Oregon became a state), which was dedicated at his grave site on Aug 30, 1959, the centennial year of Oregon's statehood. I would not be surprised if she hadn't traveled to the Bancroft Library, Berkeley, CA which holds much Burkhart documentation from when they 1st arrived in the little settlement of Albany, in October, 1847. She felt it was important to give many Burkhart memorabilia to close relatives before her passing after the disappointing outcome of Maple Lawn Place in 1964. She never married but lived with her sister, Verl, who was also a teacher, some of her adult life in the now thriving city of Albany, Linn County, Oregon. She was an independant woman who drove most of her life. Zella was intelligent, good natured, kind and generous once you knew her. My only concern is regarding certain things she wrote later in her life regarding the Native Americans who lived around her grandfather's donation land claim. He had openly traded with them, considered them friends and was kind to them. They used to sit under the trees in the front yard and would light campfires; the scars from the fires are still on the trees. I don't understand any prejudices towards them as she grew older & can only make allowances for early stages of Alzheimer's which caused her personality change. I, unfortunatelly, was not able to see her at this time due to job and health issues; how I wish I had. She had a strong Christian faith when she passed from this life to be with her Lord on July 4th, 1984 at the age of 93 years, one month. It must have devastated her sister, Verl, who was now alone until she passed the following year on Oct 17th, 1985. The two sisters share a headstone by their brother and parents at Albany Masonic Cemetery, Albany, Linn County, Oregon. Modified July 1st, 2012
Crill Davidson Burkhart (1864 - 1936)
Lola Amelia Froman Burkhart (1867 - 1955)
Tommy L Burkhart (1889 - 1892)*
Zella Mae Burkhart (1891 - 1984)
Verl Eliza Creille Burkhart (1892 - 1985)*
Her parents were Oregon Pioneers. She shares a headstone with her sister, Verl E C Burkhart.
Note: Daughters of C.D. & L.A.
Maintained by: Kathie L. Webb Blair
Originally Created by: David J Bollman
Record added: Aug 04, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28764808