Timothy Alexander – Fell to His Death – 1907

Timothy Seymour Alexander was born January 3, 1879 in DeWitt County, Texas, the son of George Leander Alexander and Anna Amanda Hill Alexander.

He enlisted in the US Army – Co. A, 14th US Infantry – on April 11, 1904. On July 19, 1904 he boarded a ship for service in Manila, Philippine Islands where he served out his three year enlistment. He was discharged April 10, 1907 at Vancouver Barracks, Washington. Notes in the Army report for the month noted: “Character – Very Good – service honest and faithful”

Instead of returning to his family in Texas, Private Alexander came to Oregon City and began work at the Willamette Pulp & Paper Company.  But, after surviving his military service, his career as a paper worker was tragically cut short on July 2, 1907…


Oregon City Enterprise, July 5, 1907

(Alexander’s first name is wrong in this article and was corrected in the next issue in article about his funeral.)


James Alexander, and employee of the Willamette Pulp and Paper Co., fell a little before noon Tuesday, killing him almost instantly.

Alexander was walking along in the old grinder room of Mill A, and was seen to turn to descend the steps. He was by himself and that was the last seen of him until he was picked up unconscious on the cement floor in the room below. It is supposed death was caused by concussion of the brain from striking on the hard floor. It is not known whether he fell over the railing or under.

When the body was rescued, the neck had been broken and a gash cut in his throat.

Alexander was mustered out of the Army April 15 and went to work in the paper mills April 29. Little or nothing is known of his personal affairs. But it is known that he has a sister, Mrs. Susan Cooke, residing in Houston, Texas, who is his only relative.

Dr. Sommer was summoned, but of course could do nothing. Coroner Holmes was called to the scene and shortly afterward the body was removed to the morgue. An inquest will be held Tuesday evening.

Mrs. Cooke was wired concerning the accident and the body will be held pending her instructions.

Oregon City Enterprise, July 12, 1907


Alexander: The funeral of Tim C. Alexander was held from Holman’s undertaking parlors at 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon, July 7, services conducted by Rev. J. R. Landsborough of the First Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Elmer Cooper and Mrs. W. C. Green sang two beautiful duets, “Sometime We’ll Understand,” and “Rock of Ages.” Boys from the mill, co-workers with Mr. Alexander, acted as pall bearers and the remains were laid to rest in Mountain View cemetery. The high esteem in which Mr. Alexander was held among his acquaintances was attested by the many friends who attended the funeral and the beautiful floral offerings. Tim C. Alexander was 26 years of age. He leaves a mother, Mrs. Anna Alexander, at Yorktown, Texas, and sister, Mrs. Nellie Wilson, at Westfall, Texas, to mourn his sudden death while away from home. After three years in the service of the regular army he was honorably discharged at Vancouver last April on his return from the Philippines. About two weeks after his discharge he began work in the mills of the Willamette Pulp and Paper company at Oregon City and was well thought of by all who knew him.


Alexander Household goods shipped to fatherAlexander left an estate of several hundred dollars and had no will. Local business men served as the administrator and bondsmen to file a probate on his estate. In the course of the court proceedings it was learned that his father, George Leander Alexander, was also alive in Texas. The balance of the estate after expenses, including $126.00 for his funeral, the balance of $185.73 was sent to his father along with two crates of household goods, a bed and a commode.

Alexander costs to estateThe family chose to have him buried in Oregon City, rather than being returned for burial in the family cemetery in Stratton, DeWitt County. Texas. He is buried in Mountain View Cemetery, First Addition, Lot 224, Grave 5. There is currently no headstone marking his grave.

Alexander funeral bill from Roswell Holman





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