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Thomas Jefferson Kirk
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Birth: Aug. 12, 1839
Platte City
Platte County
Missouri, USA
Death: Jan. 26, 1910
Umatilla County
Oregon, USA

In 1871 Thomas J. Kirk arrived in Umatilla County and acquired 450 acres adjacent to Darwin A. Richards. Others who settled in the area about this time included Benjamin D. Clemons, who built a smithy in 1878 and also the first house in the townsite which Richards and Kirk platted from their lands. This was accomplished in June of 1878, at the time of the Bannock Indian War. The civic-minded T.J. Kirk, who donated property for the early churches, also provided land for a school. D.W. Jarvis was hired as superintendent in 1877, and 12 years later he suggested the name "Athena" replace "Centerville" as there were already two other Centervilles in the region. As a classical scholar, Prof. Jarvis said the rolling hills around the town were similar to those surrounding Athens, Greece, hence the new name. It was made official by the state legislature on May 16, 1889.
Family links: 
  Alexander Kirk (1805 - 1877)
  Sarah H. Sweeten Kirk (1811 - 1858)
  Anne Mary Coyle Kirk (1839 - 1907)*
  Nancy E Erhart Kirk (1850 - 1916)*
  Clarra Kirk (1863 - 1863)*
  Alice Kirk Ackles (1864 - 1919)*
  Charles Henry Kirk (1867 - 1878)*
  Katherine Kirk Jack (1870 - 1900)*
  Lucy May Kirk (1873 - 1878)*
  Maude Kirk (1876 - 1878)*
  Anne Kirk McCammon (1878 - 1968)*
  William Riley Kirk (1826 - 1901)*
  Polly Ann Kirk Finley (1827 - 1866)*
  Henry Harrison Kirk (1836 - 1910)*
  Thomas Jefferson Kirk (1839 - 1910)
  Hiram Leander Kirk (1847 - 1943)*
  Amanda Ellen Kirk Hyde (1850 - 1942)*
*Calculated relationship
Athena Cemetery
Umatilla County
Oregon, USA
Created by: Betty from OR
Record added: Jan 17, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7090234
Thomas Jefferson Kirk
Added by: Carrie and Allen
Thomas Jefferson Kirk
Added by: Carrie and Allen
Thomas Jefferson Kirk
Added by: Betty from OR
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