Mary Osborn Douthit

Mary Osborn Douthit

Indiana, USA
Death 25 Jul 1908 (aged 57)
Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
Burial Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
Plot Sec 101, Lot 16, Grave 3
Memorial ID 126137751 · View Source
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Miss Douthit A Pioneer
Woman Killed by Car Came To Oregon in 1853.
Was a Teacher in Portland Schools and Took Part in Suffrage Movement.
Miss Mary O. Douthit, who died Saturday afternoon as the result of injuries received by being struck by a streetcar, was the daughter of James Harrison and Lueza Osborn Douthit, who came to Oregon in 1853, settling in Linn County, near Lebanon, where Mr. Douthit engaged in farming. They were originally from South Carolina but removed to Indiana, where the late Miss Douthit was born but a short time before her parents crossed the plains to Oregon.

The family afterwards removed to Eastern Oregon, where Mr. Douthit died in 1876. His daughter, Miss Mary O. Douthit, came to Portland about 15 years ago and was for a time a teacher in the public schools. Later she went to The Dalles, where she held a similar position. For a time she maintained a kindergarten in Irvington. During her residence in Portland she had contributed to the newspapers and had an active part in the woman's suffrage movement. Two years ago she made a tour of Eastern Oregon, lecturing on woman suffrage. Last Spring she made a second tour, lecturing on woman suffrage and other political questions. She was the author of a book of reminiscences and biographical sketches of pioneers, entitled: "A Souvenir of Western Women," which was published about the time of the Lewis and Clark Fair.

Miss Douthit was a member of the Unitarian Church. For the past year she had made her home with her friend, Mrs. M.O. Moore, of 1808 East Tenth street, in Sellwood. She is survived by a brother, John Alexander Douthit, of The Dalles, formerly editor of The Dalles Times-Mountaineer. A niece, Miss Minnie Swank, of 1085 Belmond street, was the only relative in Portland at the time of Miss Douthit's death.

Services will be held tomorrow from Holman's chapel, and will be conducted by Rev. William G. Eliot, of the First Unitarian Church.

An Inquest will be held this morning by Coroner Norden to fix the responsibility for the accident.

The Oregonian, July 27, 1908, page 7.
Miss Mary Osborne Douthit Is Knocked Down on Morrison Street.
Dies Four Hours Later
Victim of Accident, Teacher, Authoress
and Prominent Worker In Cause of Woman Suffrage for fifteen Years.
Knocked down by east-bound depot car No. 826, yesterday afternoon, shortly before 5 o'clock, at Morrison and Lowndale streets, Miss Mary Osborne Douthit, one of Oregon's pioneer women, an authoress, teacher, prominent suffragist and a resident of Portland for the past 15 years, sustained a fractured skull and died four hours later at the Good Smaritan Hospital, after surgeons had operated in the vain hope of saving her life.

According to the several witnesses who saw the accident, Miss Douthit was attempting to cross the street at the time. The east-bounds car was hidden from her view as she was from the view of the motorman on that car by a west-bound car in the rear of which she walked across the tracts. No warning bell was heard. The motorman, J.A. Walters, said that Miss Douthit was between eight and ten feet from the car when she attempted to cross and that he had not time to do anything to prevent the accident, but apply the brakes as quickly as possible. The corner of the car struck her and knocked her to the pavement. She struck on her forehead with terrific violence and lay unconscious until moved to the drug store of Dr. J.A. White, Morrison and Tenth streets.
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Author of Book on Pioneers.
Miss Douthit had been more or less in the public eye ever since she took up her residence in Portland, 15 years ago. She was well known among the teachers and advocates of woman suffrage. Until a few years ago she was a teacher in the public schools. She gave up teaching then and devoted all her time to literary work and agitation of the suffrage question. She was the authoress of "Pioneer Reunion," a book pertaining to the reminiscences of prominent Oregon and Washington women, which came out in 1905,just prior to the Lewis and Clark Exposition. Beside this, she had written a number of brilliant papers on educational and suffrage subjects.

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The Oregonian, July 26, 1908, page 9.

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Gravesite Details Buried in Riverview Cemetery on July 28, 1908. No gravestone visible.

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