Oscar Macy

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Oscar Macy

  • Birth 22 Jul 1829 Knox County, Indiana, USA
  • Death 1 Nov 1910 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Memorial ID 72997641

Los Angeles Herald - November 2, 1910:


Aged Resident Leaves Memorials Connecting Name With Early History of the City

Oscar Macy, one of the pioneers of California, who crossed the plains in a prairie schooner with his parents and five brothers and sisters in 1850 and settled in Los Angeles, died yesterday at his home in this city.

Mr. Macy was 81 years old and had been prominent in the political life of the early history of the state. He was appointed one of the first deputy customs collectors of San Pedro in 1861, during the administration of Lincoln. He was twice supervisor of Los Angeles county and had been a member of the city council and city treasurer. Macy street was named for him. For years his home was at Macy and Main streets.

Mr. Macy was last out of the house when he attended the opening of the new federal building in company with the pioneers of the southern half of the state. He was a native of Indiana, and leaves a son, Oscar Macy, jr., three daughters, two brothers and four sister.

The funeral will be held from Bresee Bros.' chapel at a date to be announced later. Interment will be in Rosedale (sic) cemetery.

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Los Angeles Herald - November 3, 1910:

MACY - At the family residence, 519 Plymouth street, November 1,1910, Oscar Macy, age 81 years, father of Oscar A., Estelle and Alice Macy and Irene Macy Whitney; brother of Obed Macy and Mrs. Lucinda M. Foy of this city. Funeral from chapel of Pierce Brothers, Eighth and Flower, Thursday, November 3, 1910, at 10 a.m. Interment Rosedale (sic) cemetery.

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From member Christopher Bell:

Fought Indians

In the passing of Oscar Macy yesterday morning at the family residence, No. 319 Plymouth street, Boyle Heights, at the age of 81 years, the city loses one of its few pioneers of the early 50's, and one who was prominently identified with the early life and development of Los Angeles. Macy succumbed to an attack of bronchial asthma from which he has been a mild sufferer many years.

Oscar Macy had been a resident of Los Angeles since 1852. During that time he held many responsible positions, among others city treasurer, county supervisor, and county jailer. During his term as supervisor the old county jail, which was recently razed to make way for the Hall of Records, was built. The structure at the time was known throughout the West as a model institution.

Like all the pioneers of the early 50's, Macy crossed the plains via the ox-team route in company with his father, mother, several relatives, and more than fifty families. The Macy's came from Indiana, and nine months were consumed in the trip. The party was attacked by Indians several times en route, but managed to arrive in Los Angeles without casualties.

The first place that the Macy's resided in Southern California was El Monte. Early in 1852 however, the family removed to Los Angeles, and ever since have resided here. The elder Macy shortly after his arrival became proprietor of the Bella Union Hotel on North Main street on the present site of the St. Charles. The hotel under the management of Mr. Macy became famous in the southland, and all the pioneers whose names are linked with early California history were guests of the Bella Union while in Los Angeles.

Among the relatives who survive Mr. Macy are one son, Oscar Macy Jr., three daughters, Mrs. Irene Whitney, Misses Alice and Stella Macy. one brother, William Macy, Medford, Or., and four sisters, Mrs. Ellen Foy of Los Angeles, Mrs. Urania Cheeseman, Medford; Mrs. Tahesin Evans, Oakland, and Mrs. Nancy Woodruff, Nevada City.

Mr. Macy was a member of the pioneer's society, and of other fraternal organizations. The funeral arrangements have not been made as yet, and will be announced later.

Published in the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, California, November 2, 1910.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 72997641
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Oscar Macy (22 Jul 1829–1 Nov 1910), Find A Grave Memorial no. 72997641, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Don Lynch (contributor 47271760) .