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James M Cameron

  • Birth Mar 1849 Dearborn County, Indiana, USA
  • Death Jul 1920 Douglas County, Oregon, USA
  • Burial Non-Cemetery Burial, Specifically: buried at Caps Illahee, Douglas county
  • Memorial ID 51212290

"Uncle" Jim Cameron, aged 81 years, an old pioneer prospector, died at Caps Illahee Friday of complications due to old age and exhaustion. Uncle Jim was one of the early "characters" of the county. Drifting in from "no-where" he mixed in the early life of the county gaining no wealth living in the hills and mountains whenever he could obtain a grub stake and doing odd jobs as might come to hand whenever he became broke. He prospected all likely looking territory in the county, and a short time ago without funds and without a home he was taken to the county home where ihe was given good care.
Several weeks ago he took a notion to leave. He saw a prospector with his two loaded burros going by and a talk with the gold seeker renewed the flame that lives in the breast of the true prospector. Packing his few things in a sack, and with $1.35 in money and no food he started out. Having no legal recourse the county could not stop or hold him on to Glide, and then for a short time was not heard from.
A few days ago Perry Wright phoned to County Judge Stewart that the aged man had reached Caps Illahee, the old Inidan rendezvouz, fully 50 miles from Roseburg. He was found stumbling along the pack trail and as Perry Wright stood talking to him dropped to the ground completely exhausted. Dr. Miller, the county health officer, knew of the condition of the aged man and sent in medicine and funds were provided at the county's expense to care for the aged man, and last night came the expected word of his death.
Because of his condition it was impossible to bring him out prior to death, and after death there was no possible manner in which the body could be embalmed, as the outward trip would take several days, it was decided to bury the body there. Consequently a grave was prepared and the body will be buried at Caps Illahee. So far as is known, Jim Cameron leaves only two children, both daughters, one residing at Grants Pass and the other in Canada.
The News-Review, Roseburg, Oregon, 8 July 1920, page 3

Caps Illahee is located up the North Umpqua River, and is a plateau above the community known as Dry Creek. Jesse Wright's ranch was located on Caps Illahee. At one time there was a U.S.F.S. Guard Station located there, and a small recreation area is still available for tourists at the site of the former guard station. It is about eleven miles east of Steamboat. Bob Casebeer

Jim was married to Josephine M. about 1875. She was born about 1856 in Oregon. They had two daughters, Virginia, born about 1877 in Oregon; and Sarah Agnes, born about 1879 in Oregon.

Jim was the fifth child of John L. and Catherine Cameron of Kelso, Dearborn, Indiana (1850 federal census).

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  • Created by: Dot Hosking Huntley
  • Added: 16 Apr 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 51212290
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for James M Cameron (Mar 1849–Jul 1920), Find A Grave Memorial no. 51212290, ; Maintained by Dot Hosking Huntley (contributor 46502633) Non-Cemetery Burial, who reports a buried at Caps Illahee, Douglas county.