Cheney, Orin A.

Morning Enterprise, Saturday, February 1, 1913
Prominent Member Meade Post, G. A. R., Victim of Paralysis
This City His Home Fifteen Years
Born in New York, He Goes to Wisconsin Early in Life, and Serves Three and Half Years in War.

O. A. Cheney, member Meade Post, Grand Army of the Republic, and until one year ago a resident of this city, is dying at the home of his son, A. W. Cheney, 497 Clay Street, Portland. Mr. Cheney is 80 years of age. He suffered a stroke of paralysis about a week ago, and his death since then has been expected. He conducted an insurance and real estate business here for 15 years, having lived before coming to Oregon City in Mill City, which is near Albany, Or., where he conducted a weekly paper.

Mr. Cheney was born in Boston, N. Y., and moved to Rock county, Wis., when he was a young man. When the Civil War started eh became a member of Company H, Infantry, Wis., serving three and one half years. His children are as follows:

Mrs. Thomas Keith, Portland; Miss Ethel Cheney, Portland; Chette Cheney, Chicago; Grafton B. Cheney and Eston S. Cheney, San Francisco. Mr. Cheney is a member of the Congregational Church of this city.

Oregon City Enterprise, February 7, 1913
The funeral of O. A. Cheney, member Meade Post, Grand Army of the Republic, who died at the home of his son, A. W. Cheney, 497 Clay Street, Portland, Saturday, was held Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Congregational Church. Rev. Bollinger, of Portland, conducting the services. The services at the grave were conducted by Meade Post. The interment was in Mountain View Cemetery.

Oregon City Courier, Friday, February 7, 1913
Old Pioneer and Well Known throughout Western Oregon.

Orin A. Cheney, a prominent member of Meade Post No. 2, G. A. R., and a former resident of Oregon City, died at the home of his son, Arden W. Cheney, of Portland, Saturday morning from the effects of a paralytic stroke. The funeral services were held in the Congregational church in this city Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Rev. E. S. Bollinger, pastor of the Highland Congregational church of Portland, and friend of the deceased, conducted the services, assisted by the G. A. R. at the church and at the cemetery, the impressive burial services of the Meade Post being used, and J. A. McFarland sounded taps over the departed old soldier’s grave. At the conclusion Chaplain A. W. France and Commander H. L. Hull; being assisted by other members of the Grand Army of the Republic, including A. J. Hobble, J. A. Tufts and H. S. Clyde, paid tribute to Mr. Cheney’s memory. The ball bearers were old comrades of the Civil War, and were H. S. Clyde, J. A. Tufts, Samuel Gray, A. J. Hobble, Faxon Hayford, J. L. Mattock. The remains were laid to rest in Mountain View Cemetery beside those of his wife, who died in Oregon City about six years ago. Many beautiful floral tributes covered the casket. Mr. Cheney has been a member of the Congregational church of this city for many years.

Orin Cheney was born in Erie county, New York, April 6, 1833, and moved with his father’s family to Wisconsin, in 1841, settling in Rock county, where his parents died in after years. He served in the Civil War for three years and three months and afterwards became a member of the Grand Army Post. He was on detachment service during the Civil War, and engaged in writing for different departments. Mr. Cheney returned to his home in Wisconsin about December 1st, 1864, and married Miss Nellie M. Saxe six days later.

Mr. Cheney was admitted to the bar in Jamesville, Wisconsin, during February 1866, and soon after moved to Iowa, engaging in law practice and insurance.

Having a desire for newspaper work he purchased the Boone County Advocate, published at Boonesboro, Iowa. He was also a publisher of newspapers at Boone and at Rock Rapids, Iowa, and engaged in the newspaper work for over 20 years, also engaging in this line of business at Huron, South Dakota. He also held several important county offices.

From South Dakota, Mr. Cheney came to Oregon with his family, first settling at Mill City, where he also engaged in the newspaper business. He came to Oregon City in 1892, when he engaged in the real estate business, until about a year ago when he moved to Portland, where he has since resided. Mr. Cheney was an enthusiastic member of the G. A. R. having always looked forward to the pleasure of attending the meetings whenever his health permitted. He was a staunch Republican since Fremont’s time, the first Republican nominee for President of the United States. He was well known and highly respected in Oregon City and the funeral services were largely attended by comrades and friends of this city.

Mr. Cheney is survived by four sons, A. W. Cheney, of Portland, member of the Pacific Stationery & Printing Company; A. L. Cheney of Chicago; Grafton B. Cheney of San Francisco; E. S. Cheney of Oakland, California; Miss Ethel Cheney, of Portland; Mrs. Thomas Keith, Portland.


Civil War Pension Index: Cheney, Orin A
H 13 Wis Inf
1883 July 23, Invalid, Application: 490488, Certificate: 452110, Dakota Terr.

Name: Orin A . Cheney
Side: Union
Regiment State/Origin: Wisconsin
Regiment: 13th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry
Company: H
Rank In: Private
Rank Out: Private
Film Number: M559 roll 5

Name: Orrin A Cheney
Residence: Wisconsin
Enlistment Date: 30 Sep 1861
Rank at enlistment: Private
State Served: Wisconsin
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Enlisted in Company H, Wisconsin 13th Infantry Regiment on 30 Sep 1861. Mustered out on 20 Nov 1864.
Sources: Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers: War of the Rebellion


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