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 Margaret <I>Wilson</I> Beecher

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Margaret Wilson Beecher

  • Birth 12 Oct 1853 Missouri, USA
  • Death 6 Oct 1913 Wallowa County, Oregon, USA
  • Burial Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon, USA
  • Memorial ID 27279094

Enterprise Record Chieftain Newspaper, Enterprise, Oregon, dated (Thursday) October 23, 1913.

"Mrs. H.W. Beecher Is Taken By Death"

'Pioneer Woman Succumbs to Two Strokes of Paralysis - Came Here 1876"

Mrs. H.W. Beecher, one of the pioneers of Wallowa county, died at Thursday morning, October 16. She had been in good health until the Friday preceding, when she suffered a stroke of paralysis. A second stroke followed Saturday evening and Mrs. Beeche hardly regained consciousness after that. Her life continue to ebb away from day to day until the end came.

For some years she had had a growth on her head, and the physicians thought this had contributed to her death; that a blood vessel might have burst within her brain, causing the paralysis.

The funeral was held at the home on Friday. It was conducted by Rev. J.F. Murphy of the Catholic church of Wallowa. Burial was in the Alder cemetery, where a son and a daughter of Mrs. Beecher were laid to rest.

Mrs. Beecher, before her marriage was Maggie Wilson. She was 64 years old October 5, and was born in Ladaire county, Missouri. In 1872 she was married to Mr. Beecher and they came west by way of San Francisco. Thence they traveled by boat to Portland and stopped a short time in the Willamette valley. In 1875 they moved to the Grande Ronde valley, and the following year took up as a homstead the Alder Slope land which has been their home ever since.

Last winter Mr. and Mrs. Beecher went to Floriade and they had been thinking of going back there before the cold weather came this year. Mr. Beecher enjoyed the mild winter, with the opportunity for outdoor life, but Mrs. Beecher always longed to be back near her children. On the way to Florida they stopped in Missouri at their old home, but Mrs. beecher could find none of her relatives there.

Eight children surviv their mother: Lawon and Oral of Enterprise, Mrs. Jessie Cowles of Portland, Mrs. Etta Brown of Huntington, Mrs. Elsie Stanley of Joseph, Mrs. Myrtie Davis, Mrs. Maggie Davis and Mrs. Elnora Green of Enterprsie. There are 20 grandchildren.

Mrs. Beecher became a member of the Catholic church after her marriage. She was known as a woman of many excellent qualities.

The members of the family fell very grateful to friends for many acts of kind assistance during Mrs. Beecher's illness and after her death.


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  • Created by: CA Croft
  • Added: 2 Jun 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 27279094
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Margaret Wilson Beecher (12 Oct 1853–6 Oct 1913), Find A Grave Memorial no. 27279094, citing Alder Slope Cemetery, Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon, USA ; Maintained by CA Croft (contributor 46846919) .