Tombstone Tuesday – Ruby (Dodd) Loundree

Memory is one gift of God that death cannot destroy

Ruby Isabelle Dodd was born 17 Jan 1903 in Kenniston, Ward, North Dakota to Elkanah John and Elizabeth Ann (Somers) Dodd.  On 19 Oct 1923, she married Carl Dean Loundree in Vancouver, Clark, Washington. Ruby and Carl were my great-grandparents. They had one son, Junior Carl “Jude” Loundree.

Ruby was the first female postmaster in Sandy, Clackamas, Oregon. As of 1973 she was the only woman to have ever held that position.

On 15 Jul 1951, Ruby passed away from ovarian cancer. Her Oregon Journal Funeral Announcement, published on July 16, 1951 read Loundree, Ruby Isabelle, Sandy, OR July 15; beloved wife of Carl; mother of Carl Jr; sister of Mrs Elsie Danielson, Mrs Ellery McDougal, Mrs Edna Goheen, Mrs. Dell Larson, Mrs Stanley McDonald, Mrs Curtis Bacon, George and Wilbur Dodd.  Funeral Services Tuesday, July 17th at 2pm Chapel of Carroll’s Funeral Home, Gresham.  Interment Sandy, OR.

Published in: on December 14, 2010 at 10:28 am  Leave a Comment  

Sunday’s Obituary – Pearl Mae Harrington Oak 1883-1976

A TRIBUTE published in the pages of YOUR LOCAL NEWSPAPER Jan 10 1976

Memorial Obituary

Entered Into Eternal Rest Saturday, Jan 10, 1976

Pearl Oak

Pearl Mae Oak, Beavercreek, died Jan 10 at a Portland hospital following a short illness. She was 92.

Born Pearl Mar Harrington in La Porte, Indiana, she married William Henry Oak in that city on Dec. 21, 1901.

The couple moved to Oregon in 1923. She enjoyed gardening and crocheting. Her husband died in 1951.

Survivors include: a son, Clarence, Oregon City; three daughters, Mrs. C.G. (Margaret) Fellows, Portland, Mrs. John (Gertrude) Harris, Gresham; and Mrs. Bob (lila) Larson, Beavercreek; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a sister, Sylvia Guthu, Sandy.

Services were Jan. 13 at Carroll Funeral Home, Gresham, followed by interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Sunday’s Obituary – if you have obituaries of family members and ancestors, consider posting them along with other information about that person as part of Sunday’s Obituary. This is an ongoing series developed by Leslie Ann at Ancestors Live Here.

Published in: on December 12, 2010 at 4:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

Surname Saturday – Loundree

My maiden name is Loundree. I can trace the name back through 6 generations, and then I hit my brick wall:

  • 1st gen: Tara C Loundree b. 1977 in Oregon
  • 2nd gen: Larry Dean Loundree b. 14 Sep 1948 Portland, Multnomah, Oregon d. 20 Sep 1999 Zig Zag, Clackamas, Oregon
  • 3rd gen: Junior Carl “Jude” Loundree b. 04 Apr 1924 Oregon City, Clackamas, Oregon d. 11 May 1980 Sandy, Clackamas, Oregon
  • 4th gen: Carl Dean Loundree b. 08 Nov 1904 Independence, Polk, Oregon d. 17 Oct 1985 Sandy, Clackamas, Oregon
  • 5th gen: Joseph Carl Loundree (Jr) b. 14 Jan 1871 Balsam Lake, Polk, Wisconsin d. 31 Mar 1938 Sandy, Clackamas, Oregon
  • 6th gen: Joseph Loundree/Laundree (Sr) b. abt 1820 in “Upper Canada” d. 22 Jun 1910 Independence, Polk, Oregon

Joseph Loundree Sr is also frequently recorded as Joseph Laundree. He immigrated from Canada to Wisconsin about 1854, and married a Native American woman named Sophia. They had three children, all born in Polk County, Wisconsin: Elizabeth (Jan 1860, St Croix), Josephine (Apple River, 1865) and Joseph. Joseph Sr’s naturalization paperwork was filed in Polk County, Wisconsin in 1870. It stated that his Declaration of Intent was filed in Marathon County, Wisconsin in 1854, but this record has not been found. Joseph and family are recorded on the 1860 Census in Polk County, Wisconsin. Before that, his whereabouts remain unknown.

It is known that his native language was French, and he frequently listed his birthplace as Upper Canada. Various records put his birth between 1818-1825, with Apr 1820 being the most common. Other than Joseph’s descendants, I have not been able to locate any other relatives. It is a tradition in my family that the surname is French, and was originally spelled Loundré, but we have no proof of this.

Published in: on December 11, 2010 at 6:18 am  Leave a Comment  

Funeral Card Friday – Amanda M Harrington

Amanda Mahala (Ray) Harrington passed away at the home of her daughter, Sylvia Ruth (Harrington) Guthu on 25 Sept 1942, in Sandy, Clackamas, Oregon.  Amanda was born on 1 Jan 1863 in Kosciusko County, Indiana to Joseph and Elmira Ray. She married Orlando Mayne Harrington on 11 Feb 1882 in Berrien County, Michigan.  They had a total of 5 children: Pearl Mae, Rozilla Ann, and Sylvia Ruth. The other two children’s names are unknown; I only know they were born and died before 1900.


Pearl Mae, Orlando, Sylvia, Amanda (I don't know who the children are)

Orlando preceded Amanda in death in 1941. She was survived by her three daughters (Pearl “Mae” (William) Oak, Rozilla (Frank) Ray, and Sylvia (Oscar) Guthu), and several grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Chapman Funeral Home in Sandy, Clackamas, Oregon, with the Rev. L. C. Des Voine of Portland officiating. Committal was at the Sandy Cemetery (Fir Hill Cemetery.)

Published in: on December 10, 2010 at 6:02 am  Leave a Comment  

Tombstone Tuesday: Joe and Nealie Loundree

Joseph and Nealie Loundree Tombstone

My great-great-grandparents, Joseph and Nealie Loundree

This is the tombstone of my paternal great-great-grandparents, Joseph Loundree and Nealie (Shafer) Loundree. They, along with several other family members, are buried in Sandy Cemetery, which contains both Fir Hill Cemetery and Scandinavian Cemetery. The cemetery is located on Hwy 26, just west of downtown Sandy, Oregon.

Joseph C Loundree was born 14 Jan 1871 in Balsam Lake, Polk, Wisconsin. He was the youngest of three children born to Joseph and Sophia (unknown) Loundree, and the only son.

Cornelia “Nealie” R Shafer was born on 30 Oct 1875 in Rock Island, Illinois.  She was the second of ten children born to Peter Henry and Anne Elizabeth (Middleham) Shafer. Note her tombstone gives her birth year as 1876, although her death certificate has it as 1875. I’m still working on clarifying this fact.

Somewhere around 1896 near Albion, Wright, Minnesota, Grandpa Joe and Nealie were married.  Their first son, Glenn Cecil, was born in Minnesota on 9 Aug 1900. By the time their second son, Carl Dean, was born on 8 Nov 1904, they were in Oregon. Land records indicate they had arrived in Oregon by 1902. In 1915 they had a son, Merle Joseph, who was born with a congenital heart defect and only lived 23 days. He is buried near his parents.

Nealie passed away from a staph infection in her face and jaw on 27 May 1930. Grandpa Joe followed her on 31 Mar 1938. His official cause of death is listed as Cardiac Failure.

Published in: on August 31, 2010 at 10:54 am  Leave a Comment  
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