George G. Rae

Birth
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Death 12 Feb 1918 (aged 74)
Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
Burial Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
Memorial ID 37419368 · View Source
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George G. Rae was born in Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland to John and Isabelle (Mutch) Rae. He grew up there, but left Scotland in 1869 and emigrated to the U.S. "For a time he resided in San Francisco and then came to Portland, where he entered the employ of the Willamette Steam Mill, with which he was connected for fourteen years.... When at length he left the company he became [in 1890] one of the organizers of the Inman-Poulsen Lumber Company, of which he was made vice president... [He] was active in the management and control of the business, with which he was connected until 1906, when he retired." Charles H. Carey, History of Oregon, vol. 2, p. 380 (1922). According to the newspaper The Oregonian (2 Jun 1906), the firm established a world record for lumber production in the summer of 1906. Much of the lumber went to San Francisco to help that city rebuild after its devastating earthquake. And, many of Portland's finest homes were built with lumber from Rae's mill.

George's first wife Charlotte ("Lottie") died 12 Jan 1914, while a resident of the Oregon State Hospital in Salem. Later that same year, on 6 Nov 1914, George married Elizabeth E. Maxwell, who was 26 years younger than he, and who theretofor had been a maid or servant in the family household. The wedding took place at the Multnomah Hotel, and was performed by minister F. H. Hayes. (Multnomah Cnty, OR, Marriage cert. # 294296, filed 5 Dec 1914.)

George and his adopted daughter Maud had become estranged; she had moved to France in 1913 and had no contact with him. George executed a new will on 9 Dec 1914, after his second marriage. The new will essentially disinherited his adopted daughter and left the bulk of his estate to his second wife, Elizabeth. After George's death, Maud filed litigation to have the will declared invalid. (In re Estate of George Rae, Multnomah Cnty, OR, Probate Court #16511 [Feb 1919].) The case resulted in a sensational and highly publicized trial in 1920. Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge George Tazwell signed a decree in Elizabeth's favor and upheld the will's validity on 8 Sep 1920. The case was finally dismissed in Jan 1923.


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