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 Musa C Geer

Musa C Geer

Death 15 Jan 1968 (aged 95)
Burial Salem, Marion County, Oregon, USA
Plot Section E Lot 5
Memorial ID 27015178 · View Source
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daughter of Lagrande Byington Geer & Eglantine Dehart

Memorial services for Miss Musa Geer, 95, who died January 7 in a Salem hospital, will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Geer Crest, the Pioneer Century Farm home that has remained in the possession of her family since it was built in 1851.

Following services at the farm, 12390 Sunnyview St. NE, private interment will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery. After her graduation from Willamette University in 1895, Miss Geer taught school in the Salem area for nine years. In 1904 she moved to New York City, where she was employed in the advertising department of a leading newspaper. She also compiled an exclusive style book and did some modeling for Lord & Taylor there.

She returned to the West in 1910 and took a homestead claim in the Goodnoe Hills area of Washington near Goldendale. For the next 50 years she lived there, operating a general store and the local post office in her home. She also served as an adviser and unofficial interpreter for the nearby Rock Creek Indians. She returned to Salem in 1961, spending two years at the farm and the past five in a nursing home. Surviving are brothers Arch A. Geer, Salem and Bert B. Geer, Vancouver, Wash.
Oregon Statesman 14 Jan 1968 Sec III 40:1.


Musa Geer Dies; Memorial Held at Waldo Hills

Memorial services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Geer Century Farm in Waldo Hills for Miss Musa Geer, 95, who had lived much of her youth on the farm. She was a cousin of the late famed cartoonist, Homer Davenport.

She died January 7 at a Salem hospital and private interment was at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Waldo Hills. Miss Geer is survived by brothers Arch A. Geer in Salem and Bert Geer in Vancouver, Wash.

She spent several years alone on the farm within the past seven years and was an authority on the historical background of the pioneer family that lived there and on Homer Davenport, who had also lived on the farm as a youth.

Miss Geer was well known herself and had a colorful lifetime. She did a variety of things, including teaching school and working with the Indians in the Goldendale, Wash., area. She was honored and rode in the Century Parade in Silverton several years ago and with her brother Arch had started a small museum on the Geer farm.

Silverton Appeal Tribune 18 Jan 1969 5:5.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Musa C Geer (23 Dec 1872–15 Jan 1968), Find A Grave Memorial no. 27015178, citing Mount Hope Cemetery, Salem, Marion County, Oregon, USA ; Maintained by Patty C (contributor 46926670) .