Califf, Samuel B.

Oregon City Courier, Friday, December 14, 1906
Captain S. B. Califf.

Captain S. B. Califf died Tuesday night at his home, aged 81 years. He was born in Pennsylvania, and went to Iowa when a young man. He enlisted as a private in Co. K, 38th regiment, Iowa Volunteers, and served with distinction during the was of the rebellion, being promoted to the grade of captain before the close of the struggle. He came to Oregon in 1873 and located in Oregon City. He was elected Justice of the Peace and served two terms, and was treasurer of Clackamas County for two terms. He is survived by three sons and three daughters: Mrs. Lizzie Bellamy and Mrs. Ida Kline of Portland; Mrs. Nora Muir, of Iowa; Charles Califf of Ventura, Cal.; George and Edward Califf, of Oregon City. The funeral was held at 10 o’clock Friday morning from the First Presbyterian Church, Rev. J. Landsborough officiating. The services were held under the auspices of Oregon Lodge, No. 3, Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

Oregon City Enterprise, Friday December 14, 1906
Captain S. B. Califf died Wednesday morning at three o’clock at his home, Ninth and J. Q. Adams streets, at the old age of 81. Mr. Califf had been gradually failing in health for a number of years. The funeral will take place Friday morning at 10 o’clock under the auspices of Oregon Lodge No. 3, I. O. O. F., of which he was a member. Rev. Landsborough of the Presbyterian church will also take part in the services.

Capt. Califf was born in Bradford county, Pa., but at a very young age moved with his parents to Iowa. While in that state he enlisted as a private in Company K, 38th Regiment of the Iowa Volunteers and served during the Civil War. His deeds of valor were rewarded by being promoted to the captaincy before the war came to an end. In 1849 he was married to Elizabeth Holenbeck in Waterford, Wis.

In 1873 he moved to Oregon and located in the pioneer city where he has spent the remainder of his life. Capt. Califf always took prominent part in the affairs of the city in the early days and served as justice of the peace for some years. Later he was elected county treasurer and this office he filled for two terms.

A wife and six children remain – Mrs. Lizzie Belding, Portland; Mrs. Ida Kline, Portland; Mrs. Nora Muir, Bently, Iowa; Charles Califf, Ventura, Cal.; Geo. Califf, and Ed. Califf of this city, 23 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Civil War Pension Index: Califf, Samuel B.
Widow: Califf, Elizabeth
Capt. K 38 Ia Inf
1879 Jan 24, Invalid, Application: 265476, Certificate: 210823
1908 May 18, Widow, Application: 894544, Certificate: 658131, Oregon

Name: Samuel B . Califf
Side: Union
Regiment State/Origin: Iowa
Regiment: 38th Regiment, Iowa Infantry
Company: K
Rank In: Second Sergeant
Rank Out: Captain
Film Number: M541 roll 4

Name: Samuel B Califf
Residence: Iowa
Age at Enlistment: 36
Enlistment Date: 9 Aug 1862
Rank at enlistment: 2nd Sergeant
State Served: Iowa
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Enlisted in Company K, Iowa 38th Infantry Regiment on 06 Oct 1862. Promoted to Full Captain on 10 Sep 1863. Mustered out on 31 Dec 1864.
Birth Date: abt 1826
Sources: Roster & Record of Iowa Soldiers in the War of Rebellion


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