Frederick Wolcott Geer

  • Birth 24 May 1817 Willimantic, Windham County, Connecticut, USA
  • Death 20 Mar 1896 Butteville, Marion County, Oregon, USA
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 118540787

Fred Geer of Butteville Dies After a Life of Honest and Honorable Usefulness.

News came to Salem yesterday that Frederick W. Geer, a resident of Clackamas county just across the river from Butteville, had passed away, almost 79 years old. He was born in the state of Connecticut May 24, 1817, and was the son of Joseph C. Geer, also a native of the state of Connecticut and an Oregon pioneer of 1847. Mr. Geer was the second son in a family of five sons and five daughters. When he was two years old he removed with the family to Ohio, where he remained until 1840 and then removed to Illinois. In 1841 he was married to Miss Mary A. Prentice, a native of Rochester, N. Y., a cousin of the noted General Banks. Two children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Geer in Illinois: Adelia H. and Theodore D. Adelia became the wife of Charles M. Cartwright and died in her fortieth year, leaving two daughters and a son.

With his wife and two children Mr. Geer made the trip with oxen across the plains to Oregon in 1846. The journey was a successful one, and they enjoyed it and were just six months less one day in making it. The family settled upon a donation land claim, in Clackamas county, of 640 acres, on the opposite side of the Willamette river from where Butteville now stands, and on this property he has ever since resided. In late years he has subdivided his farm into ten small ones for the cultivation of hops. He was one of the first ones in that section to engage in the raising of hops and found that his land was well adapted to the hop culture. In one year he raised from six acres $5,600, the price then being seventy cents per pound, but lately he has used fifty-three acres for hops.

For sixteen years Mr. Geer was engaged in the mercantile business in Butteville, and he also at an early day kept a hotel. His wife cooked for the man who ran the first steamboat on the Willamette river. Mr. and Mrs. Geer have had a family of ten children, of whom six are living. The children born in Oregon are Frederick Corydon, born July 24, 1848; Annette, now Mrs. J. Handly, and resides in Idaho; Violet Amelia, now Mrs. A. McCulley, and resides in Portland; Ella died in her twenty-second year; Archibald is a steamboat captain and resides in Portland; Prentiss died in his seventh year; Eva and Effa were twins, but Eva died in her seventh year, her clothing having accidentally caught on fire and she was so badly burned that her little life passed out; Effa married Joseph Hoeze and resides with her father.

Socially Mr. Geer was a member of the Masonic fraternity and has held the most of the offices in his lodge.In his youth he was a democrat, but when the civil war came on he was a strong Union man and joined the republican party, and since has faithfully adhered to that party. He served several years as a justice of the peace and discharged the duties of the office in a fair and creditable manner.

Obit from= Oregon Daily Statesman, Salem, Marion County, Oregon, Saturday, March 21, 1896.

It is unfortunate that Mr. Geer's obit did not say where he was being buried which would have proven that fact.

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Gravesite Details My best guess is that Frederick is buried by his wife in Butteville Cemetery. He died after his wife and his kids may not have taken the time to have his name added to the gravestone?

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