Confer, John A.
Oregon Death Index: October 19, 1933
Oregon City Enterprise, September 24, 1897
FROM THE KLONDIKE COUNTRY.
John A. Confer Writes of His Experiences En Route.
In a letter to E. E. Williams the grocer, written at Lake Bennet September 8, John A. Conofer tells some things that are of special interest to his friends hereabouts. The letter was mailed at Mary Island, Alaska, September 15 and reached Oregon City Sunday morning, the 19th.
Confer wrote by the light of a candle, which he says was very dim though it cost him 50 cents. He says all the horses belonging to the party died on the Skaguay trail. The supplies he started from Portland with he left near the coast and bought another outfit, near the lakes. A boat that would carry about four tons cost him $200 at Lake Bennett.
“It is a tough layout,” says Confer, “but I am going through it if I live. There are hundreds turning back, but that makes no difference to me. I started to go through and if I don’t I will know the reason why, though it is going to cost me a dollar a pound to get my outfit through. I am all right. I don’t have any money left but I will have a year’s supplies, about 800 pounds. I will sail in five or six days, but I don’t think I will go down as far as Dawson this winter. The mountains are white with snow and it freezes some at night.”
“Since we came to Skaguay about 4000 people have landed there. Out of that number about 200 will get through. The most of those going down the lake came in over the Dyea trail. It is the best. Only one man has died since I came here and he worked himself to death. We have to pay 30 per cent duty on our goods.”
“Following are some of the prices that prevail here, for one pound of each: Flour, $1; tea, $1; bacon, 80 cents; liquor, 50 cents a drink. It cannot be sold here for less, for it costs nearly that much to get it in here.”
“There is no doubt that this is a mineral country. I can’t say I am stuck on the country, but I think it is all right.”
Oregon City Enterprise, October 20, 1933
JOHN A. CONFER, 91, CIVIL WAR VETERAN, DIED, ILL 7 MONTHS
Resident of Oregon City for 43 Years; Funeral Rites Saturday Afternoon
The ranks of “The Boys in Blue” were thinned Thursday in the death of John Andrew Confer, 91 who passed away at 4 a. m. at his home 312 Monroe street, after a 7 month illness. He had lived in Oregono 45 years and at the Monroe street address for 43 of them.
Mr. Confer, whose death leaves but nine members of the disbanded Meade Post No. 2, G. A. R., was born September 4, 1842, in Oil City, Pa. He lived there until he was nine years old, moving to Wisconsin, where he engaged in the lumbering business until his enlistment in the 16th Wisconsin regiment. After he received his discharge he was married in 1879 at Crookston, Minn. To Olivia Godfrey, whose death occurred three years ago.
Four sons were born in Minnesota, the second eldest dying before the family came west to Oregon in 1888. After a year’s residence in Portland, Mr. and Mrs. Confer moved to Canemah. While living there Mr. Confer was employed in the construction of the old Willamette Paper mill; on the island west of the falls, and was the first man injured on the project. Later the Confer home was on a 160-acre farm near Jones mill on Abernethy creek and 43 years later the family moved to the Monroe street address.
Mr. Confer, who served as sexton at Mountain View cemetery a number of years in his later life, engaged in the real estate business here several years as a member of the firm of Confer, Mead & Mecham and later with Confer & Grout.
He was one of the early day members of Meade post and established the first drum corps here shortly after the post was established. He was for 50 years a member of the I. O. O. F. order, and was a member of Oregon lodge No. 3 after coming to Oregon. He joined the Woodmen of the World when the local lodge was organized.
Mr. Confer’s mother died in Texas at the age of 96, and his father,
J. A. Confer, died in Oswego at the age of 92. One brother, Reuben, who is 84, lives in Kalama, Wash.
Seven children survive: Fran, who has cared for his father throughout his last illness; Leonard of Knappa, Ore., J. A. of Wauna, Ore.; R. W. of Glenmorrie; Edward of Sellwood; Harry of Canemah and Mrs. Fred (Mary) Sweeney of Medford. There are four granchildren, Roma Confer of Glenmorrie, a freshman at Oregon State college; Eugene Confer of Sellwood, Maxine confer of Canemah and Frank Confer Jr., of Medford.
The six sons will act as pallbearers Saturday at 3:30 o’clock at funeral services to be conducted from the Oregon City Funeral Home chapel. Interment will be in the I. O. O. F. plot at Mountain View. Rev. P. K. Hammond will officiate.
Civil War Pension Index: Confair, John A.
C 30 Wis Inf, E 16 Wis Inf
1890 Nov 29, Invalid, Application: 964585m Certificate: 985802, Oregon
Name: John A . Confair
Regiment State/Origin: Wisconsin
Regiment: 30th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry
Rank In: Musician
Rank Out: Musician
Film Number: M559 roll 6
Name: John A Confer
Enlistment Date: 1 Aug 1862
Rank at enlistment: Musician
State Served: Wisconsin
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Enlisted in Company C, Wisconsin 30th Infantry Regiment on 01 Aug 1862. Mustered out on 20 Sep 1865 at Louisville, KY.
Death Place: Clackamas County, Oregon
Sources: Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers: War of the Rebellion, Research by Harold Slavik