Walk Through History…

Mary E White
Mountain View Cemetery

The stories a headstone tells are brief…a name, a few dates and maybe a short remembrance…Mother, Father, Beloved Wife, Daughter of, Son of…or a symbol of a membership, occupation or military service that were important parts of the deceased’s life…

As you wander through an old cemetery, do you ever wonder who the person under the headstone really was? What did they do, who did they know or how did they die? Many of the early pioneers of Oregon City and their descendants are buried in Mountain View Cemetery, the oldest public cemetery in the Oregon Territory. Others are buried in Portland cemeteries such as River View and Lone Fir or, beginning in the early 1900s, were cremated and inurned at the Portland Crematorium, now Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial Funeral & Cremation, in the Sellwood area. 

Wander through these cemeteries with me and meet the people who were a part of Oregon City’s history. The pioneers, the politicians, the business men and the women who kept the homes, ran their own businesses or served the city through their committees and clubs…those who died too young and those who lived long lives before going to their final reward. Those who died of disease, accidents, misfortune or natural causes…

 

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