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Pam R. (#46923349)
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Bio Photo Dec. 26, 2014

Historic Oregon Newspapers has added more newspapers. Today there are 107. Check out this site:)

April 11, 2014:

Historic Oregon Newspapers has added more newspapers. Today there are 100.

*There is a new modification/feature on FindAGrave that I've just discovered by accident and that FindAGrave did not individually notify contributors about. Please check out this feature because when it works, it is a great feature:)

Go to the FindAGrave website at this link for their directions and "read everything" under "Editing and Correcting Memorial Information".

and also look under this title in the directions: "What if I suggest a correction and the contributor doesn't respond?"

On another subject:
*Recently I received an email from another contributor who told me of finding stories in Hawaiian newspapers for his relative on the Library of Congress - Chronicling America - Historic American Newspapers website. His relative was my memorial in Oahu Cemetery in Honolulu. So I searched the Library of Congress website and found numerous articles for his relative in newspapers in Hawaii and I also found numerous articles in Tennessee newspapers where I am working on a family tree for a friend. Here is the link to the Library of Congress site:

July 14, 2013:
I am currently working on a project that you might be interested in. I am searching Historic Oregon Newspapers and the Grant County News (in particular), Canyon City, Oregon (1879-1908) online for marriages, births, deaths/obits, and stories of interest and putting them on FindAGrave memorials and sometimes creating new memorials. These old newspapers are frequently difficult to read and therefore the news clips may be difficult, but not impossible, to read. I don't have time to attempt to Photoshop them to make them easier to read but I wouldn't put them on the memorials if they weren't readable. There are approximately 50 newspapers on this website (70 newspapers as of July 2013 so 20 more have been added) and they seemed to share news stories probably because some of the newspapers were owned by the same person. There is so much history "hiding" in these old newspapers - you would be amazed! If you want to search yourself - go to this link:

"The Historical Oregonian (newspaper) 1861-1987" is also a good place to search and is free "if" you live in Clackamas, Washington, or Multnomah Counties in Oregon. You have to go to the Multnomah County Library website and sign up. Or you can request a librarian do a search for you or you may need to get a library card to sign up.

Here is a link to the California Digital Newspaper Collection which is free but you have to sign up:

Please DON'T use the Virtual Flowers feature to post corrections as I get no notice when a VF is posted and therefore can't add or make corrections. Use the VFs only for tributes and condolences as per F.A.G. guidelines.


When you photograph in a cemetery, please take photos of the cemetery entrance and a picturesque view(s) of the cemetery in the event the home page for the cemetery does not have a photo(s) of the cemetery. Then you can post your photo(s) to the home page. ALSO, please don't take photos looking down on a headstone unless there is engraving on top of the headstone. If possible, squat to take a photo as it will be a much better photo.

I am willing to consider transfering ownership to you if you have a family member among my records. PLEASE use the "Edit" tab on the memorial you want transferred and then "Suggest any other correction…". This is the "correct way" to request a transfer. I may not transfer to you if the number of memorials that you manage is significantly greater than the number that you have contributed OR if you are only working on your own family and not contributing to the FAG community as a whole.

NOTICE: If you want to use any of my photos that I have posted on FAG you are welcome to do so as long as it is for genealogical research and is neither immoral or illegal! Please give me credit for my own photos if you post them in your family tree, etc. Thanks.

I liked going to cemeteries as a child, looking at headstones and listening to my relatives talk about deceased family members. Most years, I went with my grandparents, Arch and Manila Jones, to the Monument Cemetery, Grant County, Oregon which was a weed patch except for Memorial Day when family would get together and bring flowers and clean off the graves and visit.

I hope to help others by posting memorials and photos of pioneer cemeteries in Central and Eastern Oregon and the Willamette Valley, Oregon.
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Lynn Duncan Strandberg
RE: Hugh Younger
The index card, that I still need a copy of, said Mt. Hope in Baker. I have walked the Baker cem. and didn't find it. Could be that there is no stone or that the boy in Camp Watson is Hugh.
The mystery to me is why did he live as a boy with his aunt and uncle and why when he died did they mention no more family?
It was interesting that they moved the prisoner
Lawson to the jail in Union. I live in Union! The old jail is still here, in back of the high school. There was a courthouse here before they moved the county seat to La Grande. They put the high school in the same spot but kept the old jail.
I will get that index card when they finish moving the LDS library to the Stake house.
Merry Christmas!!
Added by Lynn Duncan Strandberg on Dec 24, 2014 7:26 AM
Lynn Duncan Strandberg
Hugh Younger ( a long message)
Hi Pam,
This evening I found a treasure. When I read that you were searching the catalogue of Oregon newspapers held in the Knight Library of U of O, I decided I needed to look too. I was thrilled to find the following which I transcribe with original spelling, punctuation, and capitalization. I am sorry it's so lengthy.

The Heppner Gazzette (Heppner, Morrow, Oregon)
30 Nov. 1899
HP address:

Murder Most Foul
Hugh Younger Shot and Killed by A.L. Lawson, a Negro
Evening Republican, Nov. 24th (Shooting took place in Baker City, OR. **Lynn**)
A foul murder was committed at ten minutes past noon today, in front of the main entrance of the St. Lawrence hotel. The victim was Hugh Younger, one of the dealers of the games in the Mint saloon, and his murderer was A.L. Lawson (colored)the bootblack.
The story of the tragedy, so far as can be learned at present: follows.
Lawson, a few minutes before 12 o'clock, entered the barber shop where he worked, and took his Winchester shot gun out of the corner. When asked what he was going to do with the gun he replied that he was going jack rabbit hunting. Lawson, when in drink gets crazy, but seemed sober enough this morning. Soon a shot was heard and a great crowd gathered in a moment. Jacob Gore, who stood on the opposite side of the street and saw the whole transaction, and Contractor A.A. Houston who was coming from Basche's store to the St. Lawrence for his dinner and just escaped being shot himself corroborates these facts as related by Houston. Younger came out of the Mint and started down the street. Lawson evidently lying in weight (orig. sp.), suddenly appeared with the gun in his hand and exclaimed; "I am going to kill you, you __ __."
Younger had his hands in his pockets and was in a defenseless position. He seemed to think, as did Houston, who just then reached the sidewalk, that Lawson was joking, but before either could move further the negro fired, the shot taking effect under his heart. The victim groaned, put his hands to his stomach, turned and staggered as far as the Mint, leaving a trail of blood behind. He was helped into the saloon where he fell on his face on the floor, expiring a few minutes later. Doctors were hastily summoned, but could be of no assistance, as Younger had died before they arrived. the remains were removed to Patterson and Eppinger's undertaking parlor. The family of the deceased live at Heppner.
As the excitement of the affair increased, lynching was freely talked of, with threat of taking vengeance on the entire colored population of the city. Law and order will prevail.
After committing the dastardly deed Lawson deliberately walked to the next corner where he met Chief Porter and saying, " I am the man who did it, here is the gun. ", gave himself up and was lodged in jail. No one can assign any motive for the deed, though it is said that Lawson has been gambling and lost a few dollars at Younger's table several nights ago. Others thing Lawson must have become crazy.

(After this piece came a second article evidently written the same day.)

There was a good deal of talk on the streets Sunday of lynching the negro who shot Hugh Younger at noon in front of the St. Lawrence hotel. District Attorney White thought it was best to remove all temptation to lawlessness, and so removed the murderer to the Union county jail. (Pam, this is the town I live in now.)
About dark Sheriff Huntington went to the jail and notified Lawson to get his clothes ready to move.
When the man understood what was wanted it did not take him long to put on his coat and hat, and the other occupant of the cage, incarnated for setting fire to the schoolhouse and other buildings in town, a short time ago, spoke up and said, " Take me , too, boss, they hang me sure if they come tonight. " Both men were accordingly chained together and taken to Union in a hack. The law will take a sure and swift course, it is thought, in both these cases, when court meets.

Can't tell you what a thrill it was to find this.

Added by Lynn Duncan Strandberg on Dec 22, 2014 10:43 PM
RE: Charboneau photos
Your Welcome
Added by KAREN LOVY on Dec 21, 2014 7:31 PM
M Charboneau
That's what on Heastone
Added by KAREN LOVY on Dec 21, 2014 7:02 PM
Woodley Family
Pam- Thanks for working on the Woodley family in Colorado. Memorials 38431885 Carlyle and 38432023 Walter. I am trying to find were Frank Woodley born <1911> married Elnor is buried. He was son of Walter & Caroline (Strong) Woodley. Named after his grandfather. Thanks.
Added by OhioSearcher on Dec 21, 2014 7:38 AM
Carol McVay
Pam, thank you so much for your research of my family. I so appreciate your time and research.
Happy holidays to you and your loved ones.
Carol Todhunter McVay
Added by Carol McVay on Dec 20, 2014 5:01 PM
Jhere McKenzie
RE: Helen Burton in Lone Fir
Sorry to hear there were no gravestones. Have a wonderful holiday! Jhere
Added by Jhere McKenzie on Dec 17, 2014 8:28 PM
Linda Jenkins Werts
If you find anything that needs on-the-ground attention, please let me know. I'm there several times a week - it's 12 minutes from my house. I'm a volunteer with Friends of Lone Fir and a tour guide for the cemetery.
Added by Linda Jenkins Werts on Dec 16, 2014 7:34 PM
Thanks for the edits, and thanks for creating the memorials. Quite helpful! Bill
Added by WNS on Dec 16, 2014 7:29 PM
Linda Jenkins Werts
Burton in Lone Fir
Do you know Connie Lenzen? She has information on Lone Fir from 20-30 years ago. Also, the Oregon Genealogy Guild.
Added by Linda Jenkins Werts on Dec 16, 2014 9:26 AM
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