Norris, Dr. John William

Oregon City Enterprise, Friday, July 8, 1921
Dr. John William Norris, prominent pioneer physician, city health officer of this city and county physician, died at the family residence at 414 Promenade avenue, Oregon City, Thursday morning at 9:30 o’clock after an illness of one year.
Dr. Norris was born at Pekin, Tazwell county, Illinois, about 65 miles from Chicago, January 23, 1844 and was the son of the late John Pollard and Elizabeth Borden Norris. At the age of 18 years he entered the army during the Civil war, August 14, 1862, and served with Company A, 108th Illinois Infantry. He was engaged in nine battles, among these were Champion Hill, Mission Ridge, Vicksburg and Gun Town. He was honored when his name was engraved on a handsome white marble monument at Vicksburg, with others engaged in the capture of that city.
Held Lieutenancy.
Dr. Norris received his honorable discharge from the service at Vicksburg in August 1865. Entering the service as a private he was second lieutenant when receiving his discharge, his commission being signed by the governor of Illinois, Governor Oglesby. His captain was John W. Plummer, and his commander Colonel Chas. Turner.
Dr. Norris took a course in medicine at Rush Medical college, Chicago, Illinois, and was a student of that institution during the big Chicago fire. Completing his course at the college, he followed his profession, and arrived in Oregon City in May, 1873. In 1876 he married Mary Bailey Diller of this city. They have made their home here where unusual interest in the welfare of the city has been taken. Dr. Norris served as councilman for two terms and it was while serving as a councilman that the water system was installed in this city, accomplished largely through his efforts.
Friends Deeply Grieved.
Dr. Norris was a man of high character and performed many acts of charity during his residence in this city, and was favorably known throughout the state, having many friends, who regret to hear of his death.
Deceased was a member of the Masonic lodge and A. O. U. W. of this city.
Dr. Norris is survived by his wife, a daughter, Mrs. Daisy Shindler of San Francisco, Calif., a son, Dr. E. Rae Norris of Bend, Oregon; a son, Edward Diller of Seattle; a grandson, Donald Norris of this city; and also a grandson, Norris Shindler, of Oakland, Calif., who was a lieutenant during the world war, serving in France. A great-grandchild, James Norris, of Oakland, also survives.
Dr. E. Rae Norris and wife arrived here Wednesday morning from Bend.
Old Veteran Visits.
A visitor the veteran physician had was an old comrade of the Civil war and member of his company, was G. W. Wonacott, of Gresham, Oregon, who visited the Norris home Wednesday morning, when both talked of Civil War days. He also leaves his brothers, Frank and Alfonso Norris, and a sister, Dr. Fithian Miller, all of Illinois.

Oregon Death Index:
Name: John W Norris
Death Date: 30 Jun 1921
Death Place: Clackamas
Certificate: 165


Name: John W. Norris
Side: Union
Regiment State/Origin: Illinois
Regiment: 108th Regiment, Illinois Infantry
Company: A
Rank In: Private
Rank Out: First Sergeant
Film Number: M539 roll 67

Name: John William Norris
Residence: Illinois
Enlistment Date: 14 Aug 1862
Rank at enlistment: Sergeant
State Served: Illinois
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Enlisted in Company A, Illinois 108th Infantry Regiment on 28 Aug 1862. Promoted to Full 2nd Lieutenant on 01 Aug 1865. Mustered out on 05 Aug 1865 at Vicksburg, MS.
Death Place: Clackamas County, Oregon
Sources: Illinois: Roster of Officers and Enlisted Men, Research by Harold Slavik


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