Wetherell, John Otis

Oregon City Enterprise, Friday, March 24, 1893
John O. Wetherell
On Thursday John O. Wetherell, county treasurer of Clackamas county, died at his home in Canemah of heart failure, aged 62 years, 3 months and 10 days.
Mr. Wetherell was born in Worcester county, Mass., in 1830 and moved with his parents to York state the following year, where he lived till he was thirteen years of age when they moved to Wisconsin where he was lived till after he was a man grown. In December he was married to Nellie Wetherell, a distant relative and two years later they moved to Martin county, Minn., which was in the midst of the Indian depredations of 1862 and ’63. Here he acted as frontier scout till the spring of 1864 when he entered the volunteer service as an artilleryman his first service being at Chattanooga as a private. He remained with the Army of the West till the close of the war and returned to his home in Minnesota with lieutenant’s stripes on his shoulder having been promoted for bravery in service. He afterwards moved to Missouri and Kansas in both of which states he held several offices of trust. In October 1885 he moved with his family to Oregon stopping at Oregon City till spring when he moved to Eugene where he lived till 1889 when he returned to this place where he has since lived. In April 1892 he was nominated by the republicans for county treasurer to which office he was elected in June following by a good majority.
For years he had not been strong and especially during the latter part of the summer he was in poor health. In the latter part of November he had a severe attack of spinal and heart trouble which nearly terminated fatally but from which he subsequently rallied and was able to visit his office a few times. On the 26th of December he had a severe attack from which he never recovered. After nearly three months confinement to his bed during all of which time he suffered intense pain and during the last two months of which he took almost no nourishment, he quietly passed to the great beyond on Thursday last leaving a wife and six children, Hattie, Myrtle, Maude, Opal, Gladys and Earle to mourn their loss.
Mr. Wetherell was a member of Multnomah Lodge, No. 1, A. F. & A. M. and of Meade Post No. 2 G. A. R. The funeral services were held at the house on Sunday afternoon and were conducted by the Masonic lodge of which he was an honored member. The remains were laid to rest in the Masonic cemetery and were followed thither by a large procession of Masons, members of the G. A. R. and citizens.
Mr. Wetherell was a quiet conservative citizen who was well and favorably known in this community. Those who knew him best esteemed him highest. While his death was not unexpected it falls with bitter severity upon his family and numerous friends.


Headstones Provided for Deceased Union Civil War Veterans, 1879-1903
Wetherell, John O.
Pvt Co. F Regt. 1st
Minnesota Heavy Artillery
Oregon City or St. Mary’s
Oregon City, Oregon
Date of Death: Mar. 17, 1893

Civil War Pension Index: Wetherell, John O.
Widow: Wetherell, Nellie M.
F. Minn H. A.
1893 June 17, Widow, Application: 578595, Certificate: 410267, Oreg.

Name: John O . Wetherell
Side: Union
Regiment State/Origin: Minnesota
Regiment: 1st Regiment, Minnesota Heavy Artillery
Company: F
Rank In: Private
Rank Out: Second Lieutenant
Film Number: M546 roll 10

Name: John O Witherell
Age at Enlistment: 33
Enlistment Date: 15 Jul 1865
Rank at enlistment: Private
State Served: Minnesota
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Promoted to Full 2nd Lieutenant on 14 Aug 1865.Enlisted in Company F, Minnesota 1st Heavy Artillery Regiment on 15 Jul 1865. Mustered out on 27 Sep 1865.
Birth Date: abt 1832
Death Place: Clackamas County, Oregon
Sources: Minnesota in the Civil and Indian Wars 1861-65, Research by Harold Slavik


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