Benjamin Franklin Burch, Sr

Benjamin Franklin Burch, Sr

Birth
Chariton County, Missouri, USA
Death 24 Mar 1893 (aged 67)
Independence, Polk County, Oregon, USA
Burial Rickreall, Polk County, Oregon, USA
Memorial ID 34921189 · View Source
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Oregonian March 25-1893
Benjamin F.Burch

Another Of The Few Remaining Pioneers Of Oregon Is Dead-

Independence,Or.,March 24- Benjamin Franklin Burch,of this city,breathed his last this morning at 3:40 o'clock,of heart failure.He was 68 years of age,having been born in Charltan county,Mo.,May 2,1825.He had been sick for nearly a year,and yesterday he was feeling so much better that strong hopes were entertained of his recovery.Last evening a relapse came,and he suffered paroxyams one after another until this moring,when he passed peacefully away, apparently without pain. Mr.Burch was a Mason,having been a charter member of the lodge here in 1859.He will be buried Sunday by that organization. B.F.Burch has figured prominently in the early history of Oregon.He was one of the leading democrats of the state for many years.He came to Oregon in 1845,crossing the plains. Arriving here a young man of twenty years,he took up a claim on the Yamhill river,in Polk county,but later abandoned it and took one two miles south of Independence,which he and his wife,who survives him,partly owned at the time of his death.It was in 1848 that he married Miss Eliza A. Davidson,and seven children were born to them.Only one is now living, B.F.Burch,Jr., who is in Independence now. In 1846 Mr.Burch taught school in Polk county. This was the first school in the county.During that year he was among those who "viewed out" the Southern Oregon wagon road,and was accompanied by Jesse and Kindsay Applegate,Levi Scott, David Goff, William G.Parker,William Spotsman, John Jones,John Owens,William Wilson,Robert Smith,"Black" Harris, John Bogus, F.H.Goodue,John H.Scott, and Bennett Osborne. Under Governor Chadwick he was superintendant of the Oregon penitentiary and served so acceptably that he was continued in office a second term.He was adjutant under both Colonel Gilliam and Waters in the Cayuse Indian war,and also captain in the Yakima war,of 1856.In 1857 he served as a member of the constitutional convention in the territory of Oregon,which met at Salem. His services were recognized in forming our state government by being elected a representative in the Oregon legislature of 1868. Afterward he was elected to our senate,and was president of that body during his term of service.He was
appointed receiver of the land offices at Oregon City,in 1887,by President Cleveland,and served almost through Harrison's term of office. Although occupying many positions of trust and receiving salaries in proportion, Mr.Burch leaves only a moderate estate,which his only son and his widow inherit.Brothers of the deceased are Judge S.T.Burch and J.J.Burch,of this county,and J.W.Burch,of Palouse,Wash.


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  • Created by: Tami K.
  • Added: 17 Mar 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 34921189
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Benjamin Franklin Burch, Sr (2 May 1825–24 Mar 1893), Find A Grave Memorial no. 34921189, citing Burch Pioneer Cemetery, Rickreall, Polk County, Oregon, USA ; Maintained by Tami K. (contributor 46628603) .