Richard Ward Montague


Richard Ward Montague

Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, USA
Death 17 Jul 1935 (aged 73)
Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
Burial Cremated, Specifically: The body was cremated at Portland Memorial Mausoleum and Crematory in Portland, Oregon, and the inurned cremains released to the family.
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He married Ellen Amelia Barton at Mason City, Iowa, on June 5, 1889.

R. W. Montague, Attorney, Dies

Civic, Professional Leader Passes at Home Here

[Photo with caption: “Career Ends. Richard W. Montague, distinguished citizen and leader of the bar, who died last night following a long illness.”]

Richard Ward Montague, 73, leader of the Oregon bar, trustee of Reed college and one of the most prominent democrats in Oregon, died late Wednesday at his home, 1627 Northwest Thirty-second avenue.

Mr. Montague was born February 11, 1862, on a farm in Iowa. He attended city schools and the University of Iowa, graduating with the degree of bachelor of philosophy. He then completed the law course of the same university and received the bachelor of laws degree in 1884. He was admitted to the bar the same year.

Soon thereafter Mr. Montague moved to New York to gain legal experience. In 1880 [sic] he determined to make the far west his home. He returned to Iowa and at Mason City married Miss Ellen Barton. The honeymoon was a continuation of the westward journey which took the couple to Portland.

In this city Mr. Montague plunged into the practice of his profession. One of his first works was to assist W. P. Lord, ex-governor of Oregon, in compiling the Oregon Code.

In the field of politics, Mr. Montague was chairman of the state democratic central committee in the campaign of 1892, when George E. Chamberlain was first elected governor of Oregon, and his active participation in democratic affairs continued throughout his active career. He served on the city charter committee, and was president of the State Bar association in 1908. The University of Oregon some years ago conferred on Mr. Montague the honorary degree of master of arts in public service.

Mr. Montague had been for many years a member of the board of trustees of the Library association of Portland. In June, 1930, he was made a trustee of Reed college, a life appointment.

Mr. Montague took a keen delight in Oregon’s rugged mountain scenery and was active for many years in the Mazamas, mountain climbing organization. He was president of the club for three years, in 1922, 1923 and 1924.

Mr. Montague is survived by his widow, two daughters — Mrs. Buford Payne of Berkeley, Cal., and Mrs. George J. Beggs of Portland — and a son, Dr. John R. Montague of Portland, as well as a brother, James J. Montague of New York, formerly of Portland, and two sisters, Mrs. S. S. Montague and Mrs. C. M. Sargent, both of Portland, and six grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements will be made by J. P. Finley & Son.

[The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon, Thursday, July 18, 1935, page 1]

Montague Rites Held At Church

Friends Pay Final Tribute to Leader of Bar

Funeral services for Richard W. Montague, Portland lawyer, were held here yesterday at the Church of Our Father and brought together some 250 of Mr. Montague’s friends to render final tribute. Masses of flowers crowded about the altar. The service was conducted by Rev. W. G. Eliot Jr., pastor of the church, and music was provided by the church organ. Committal services, at the Portland crematorium, were private.

Active pallbearers were Alfred F. Parker, Robert T. Platt, Dr. Goodrich C. Schauffler, E. C. Sammons, Aubrey R. Watzek and Lamar Tooze. Honorary pallbearers included William L. Brewster, Charles H. Carey, Dr. Ralph Fenton, Mark M. Mathiesen, E. B. MacNaughton, Dr. Herbert Nichols, Robert R. Rankin, Frank Ransom, Robert H. Strong, Robert L. Sabin Sr., Dr. Edward O. Sisson, Donald Sterling, Simeon R. Winch and Erskine Wood.

Mr. Montague, who died Wednesday, had been active for many years in his profession and in the councils of the bar association and the democratic party. Survivors are the widow, Mrs. Ellen Barton Montague; two daughters, Mrs. George L. Beggs of Portland and Mrs. Buford Payne of Berkeley, Cal.; a son, Dr. John R. Montague of Portland; two sisters, Mrs. C. M. Sargent and Mrs. S. S. Montague of Portland, and a brother, James J. Montague of New York city.

[The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon, Saturday, July 20, 1935, page 6]


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