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 James L. Cole

James L. Cole

Coles Valley, Douglas County, Oregon, USA
Death 22 May 1948 (aged 87)
Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Oakland, Douglas County, Oregon, USA
Memorial ID 62716979 · View Source
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James L. Cole was reared at home in Cole's Valley, Douglas Co., Oregon in the usual manner of farm lads, early becoming familiar with the duties and labors incident to the development of the fields. He acquired his education in the public schools and after reaching young manhood was associated with his brothers in the development and improvement of the home farm, for the father was for many years in ill health and thereby incapacitated for farm work.

The early experiences of James L. Cole well qualified him for the duties and labors that have devolved upon him in later years and which have brought to him a substantial measure of success.

In November, 1887, James celebrated his marriage to Miss May Starr. After his marriage, Mr. Cole continued to reside on the old homestead until 1892, when he and his wife purchased two hundred and eighty-eight acres of the Felix Starr home farm, to which they removed and upon which they have since resided.

Mr. Cole, however, still retains his equity in the Cole homestead. He is one of the substantial citizens of this part of the state, enterprising, industrious and energetic, and the methods which he employs in the cultivation and development of his place indicate that he is thoroughly conversant with the most progressive ideas of farming.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Cole have been born four children:
Grace M., who is now a student in the senior year in the State University of Oregon; Bessie, deceased; Lucian, at home; and Elsie, who is attending the Eugene high school.

The parents are members of the Christian church and Mr. Cole is a republican in politics. While he has never been an office seeker, he has served for the past ten years as deputy assessor of his district. Matters relative to the welfare and building of this part of the state receive his earnest consideration and when his judgment dictates, he gives to all such stalwart endorsement. He stands for all that is progressive in matters of citizenship, as he does in business life, and he is justly accounted one of the leading farmers of Douglas county.

(Data from "The Centennial History of Oregon 1811-1912, Vol. 4" by Joseph Gaston and George H. Himes, S.J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill.-1912, p. 343-344)

Note: Add'l data:

1900 U.S. Census for Oakland Precinct, Douglas, Oregon:
James L Cole M, 39 yrs, b. Sept. 1860 Oregon; farmer
Wife Mary M Cole F, 37 yrs, b. July 1862 Oregon
Dau Gracie M Cole F, 12 yrs, b. Dec. 1877 Oregon
Son Prince L Cole M, 7 yrs, Aug. 1892, Oregon
Dau Elsie Cole F, 5 yrs, b. Nov. 1894 Oregon
Mother-in-law Icephena Starr F, 76 yrs, b. April 1824, Indiana, widow

1910 U.S. Census for Coles Valley, Douglas Co., OR:
James L Cole M 48y Oregon
WIFE May Cole F 47y Oregon
SON Lucian Cole M 17y Oregon
DAU Elsie Cole F 14y Oregon

1920 U.S. Census for Douglas Co., Oregon:
J L Cole M 59y Oregon
WIFE May Star Cole F 57y Oregon
SON Prince Lucian Cole M 27y Oregon
Eldwin Baldwin M 3y6m Oregon; grandson
Grace Mary Baldwin F 1y10m Oregon; granddaughter

1930 U.S. Census for West Sutherlin, Douglas Co., OR:
James L Cole M 69 Oregon
Wife May Cole F 67 Oregon

1940 U.S. Census for Coles Valley, Douglas Co., OR:
James L Cole M 79 Oregon
Wife Mary S Cole F 77 Oregon
Son Prince L Cole M 47 Oregon

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for James L. Cole (21 Sep 1860–22 May 1948), Find A Grave Memorial no. 62716979, citing Cedar Hill Cemetery, Oakland, Douglas County, Oregon, USA ; Maintained by J.D. Larimore (contributor 47030633) .