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 August Blomquist

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August Blomquist

  • Birth 12 Jun 1886 Ostrobothnia, Finland
  • Death 25 May 1932 Salem, Marion County, Oregon, USA
  • Burial Salem, Marion County, Oregon, USA
  • Memorial ID 67048878

August’s cremated remains were never taken after his death and are still available at the Oregon State Hospital to be claimed by anyone who is related. More information about unclaimed cremains at OSH is available at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/amh/osh/pages/cremains.aspx A book by David Maisel and a short documentary film by Ondi Timoner & Robert James, both entitled "Library of Dust" also provide more information.

The Oregon list of unclaimed cremains refers to him as Blomquist (one O) with an alternate spelling of Bloomquist which is on his death certificate and news articles. Blomquist is used here because he signed his name that way on the draft registration.

August was born on 6/12/1886. Hospital records say he was born in Finland, but when he completed a draft registration form he report he was born in Oravais, Russia. Both are true. Oravais, Finland was the site of a battle after which Finland became a Grand Duchy of Russia.

No records of his parents’ names have been found and it is not known whether they moved to the US. Hospital records say August immigrated to the US in 1909 and never applied for citizenship. Other records indicate he filed an intention to become a citizen. As an adult he was slender, of medium build, with brown hair and dark brown eyes.

When the World War I draft registration was collected in 1917, he reported he was living on a scow (boat) at Tongue Point, Oregon in Clatsop County just west of Astoria. That area, whose county seat is Astoria had a large population if Finnish immigrants who came to the area to work as fishermen and cannery workers. He was reportedly a farmer in Clatsop County, Oregon, but was more likely involved in the fishing industry. On the draft registration he said his nearest relative was Mike Blomquist who also lived at Tongue Point. Mike was a Columbia River fisherman born in Finland about 1850. He arrived in the US in 1889. He may have been August’s father or uncle.

About 1922 August was admitted to the Oregon State Hospital, a residential facility in Salem, Oregon for the treatment of people with mental illness. He was listed among the patients at the state hospital on the census of 1930. In August 1930 he and two other inmates escaped out of a second floor window.

After being a patient at the institution for 10 years he escaped again and was killed when he was hit by a train in Lane County, Oregon 18 miles south of Oakridge. The cause of death was a broken neck. He was 45 years old. Hospital records indicated he had no relatives on the west coast.


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  • Maintained by: Phyllis (Porter) Zegers
  • Originally Created by: jessicado
  • Added: 17 Mar 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 67048878
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for August Blomquist (12 Jun 1886–25 May 1932), Find A Grave Memorial no. 67048878, citing Oregon State Hospital Patient Memorial, Salem, Marion County, Oregon, USA ; Maintained by Phyllis (Porter) Zegers (contributor 47125324) .