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Martha Ferguson Dana
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Birth: Sep. 13, 1903
Clatsop County
Oregon, USA
Death: Aug. 11, 1974
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA

Martha Dana, Indian historian educator, dies.

Martha Ferguson McKeown Dana, an educator, author and lecturer in Oregon, died Sunday in a local nursing home at the age of 70.

Mrs. Dana was an authority on Oregon Indians and Indian artifacts. One of the six books she wrote, "Linda's Indian Home," was a study of the Celilo Indians near Hood River. She was adopted into the Wyam tribe at Celilo, and befriended many Indians throughout the Northwest.

Most of her writings dealt with Northwest history. She also earned acclaim with a three-volume biography on her uncle, Mont Hawthorne, an Alaskan Pioneer.

In the 1950's she strongly advocated Indian treaty rights, and testified for natural conservation.

Mrs. Dana was born Sept. 13, 1903, in Astoria, and attended Willamette University, continuing with graduate work at the University of Oregon and University of Washington. She began teaching in 1923, at Mosier High School, and for the following 45 years taught in area high schools, including Odell, Sherwood, Tigard and Oregon City.

She was the widow of the late Marshall N. Dana, former Oregon Journal editor, and had resided at 1717 SW Park Ave.

Survivors include her son, David F. McKeown of Hood River, stepson, Marshall Dana Jr., of Portland, step daughters, Mary Lois Gilbert and Marjorie Holte, of Brookings, 10 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Private services will be Tuesday in, J. P. Finley & Son mortuary with interment in Mountain View Cemetery, Oregon City.

The family suggests remembrances be contributions to the Clackamas Community College library.

Published in The Oregonian (Portland, OR) Tuesday, August 13, 1974

Family links: 
  Marshall Newport Dana (1885 - 1966)
  David Ferguson McKeown (1927 - 1998)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Age 70
Mountain View Cemetery
Oregon City
Clackamas County
Oregon, USA
Plot: Section D, Block 18, Lot 3, Grave A
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Record added: Jul 08, 2012
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