Cochran, Louise “Lou” Gertrude


Oregon City Enterprise, October 24, 1939


Another pioneer family of Oregon City was visited by death Monday morning when Miss Louise Gertrude Cochran, daughter of settlers of 1852 and a native of this city, passed away Oregon City hospital. In failing health for more than four years, Miss Cochran’s condition became critical a week ago.

For many years a familiar figure in the business life of the city, Miss “Lou” Cochran, as she was best known by intimates, was for a long period connected with the county recorder’s office, serving first as a typist and rising to the chief deputy’s post before leaving the courthouse in 1921.

The same year she established the Oregon City Business college where many of the city’s present office workers received their training, and which she operated until ill health forced her retirement in 1935.

Miss Cochran was the daughter of Hiram and Frances Kelly Cochran, who came to Oregon City in 1872 from Fort Vancouver, Washington. She was born here and attended local schools, graduating from Oregon City high school. Her first employment was as a reporter on The Enterprise. She had lived at 1115 Washington Street since infancy.

She is survived by four sisters, Mrs. J. B. (Jeanette) Robinson and Mrs. J. P. (Azalie) Keating of Portland, and the Misses Harriet and Nan Cochran of Oregon City; 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 (Virginia) Wells of Portland; and one aunt Mrs. Eleanor Kelly of Portland. Two sisters, Mrs. Fred. R. Charman and Inez Cochran, and her parents, died many years ago.

Funeral services have been planned for Wednesday at 2 p. m. at the Holman and Hankins Chapel. Rev. A. J. Mockford, rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, of which Miss Cochran was a member, officiating. At her request friends are asked to kindly omit flowers. Private committal services will be held at the Portland Mausoleum, where vault entombment will take place.



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