Cochran, Harriet “Hat” Alexandria


Oregon City Enterprise, December 8, 1939


The death of Miss Harriet A. Cochran, for more than a half a century a resident of 1115 Washington Street, occurred Thursday morning at Oregon City hospital where she was taken last Saturday.

Her death closely followed that of her sister, Miss Louise Cochran, who passed away October 23, and removes all but three of the seven daughters of Hiram Jerome Cochran and Frances L. Cochran, pioneers of 1852 and 1849.

Miss Harriet Alexandria Cochran was born at Vancouver, Wash. and came to Oregon City as a young girl, receiving her education here. She taught school at Meadowbrook, later at Blalock in Sherman County, and for 13 years she was the second-grade teacher at Barclay School in Oregon City. Many of this city’s present-day business and professional men were numbered among her pupils.

In 1909 when her mother died, Miss Cochran gave up teaching to become the housekeeper at the family home, a position she filled until she was taken ill last Friday.

She was a member of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, of the Clackamas County Humane Society and of the Clackamas County Republican Club. In 1893, she became a charter member and first secretary of the King’s Sons and Daughters, predecessor of the King’s Daughters, and only last week was voted an honorary membership in the latter group.

She is survived by her three sisters, Mrs. J. P. (Jeanette) Robinson; and Mrs. J. P. (Azalie) Keating of Portland and Miss Nan Cochran of Oregon City, society editor of the Enterprise; and leaves five nephews and one niece, Fred C. Charman of Juneau, Alaska; Norwood R. Charman of Hoquiam, Wash., Kenneth and Donald Robinson, Rodney Keating and Mrs. Willard B. Wells of Portland. One aunt, Miss Eleanor Kelly of Portland also survives.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m., at the Holman & Hanks chapel, Rev. A. J. Mockford officiating. Vault entombment will follow at Portland Mausoleum, where services will be private. Omission of flowers is requested.



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