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  

Tombstone Tuesday

Oscar Palmer Guthu and Sylvia Ruth Harrington Guthu tombstone

My great grandparents, Oscar Palmer Guthu and Sylvia Ruth (Harrington) Guthu are buried together in the Scandinavian Cemetery in Sandy, Oregon.  The cemetery is located on Highway 26, just west of downtown Sandy. The sign next to the driveway says Fir Hill Cemetery, but Fir Hill is only the portion to the right of the driveway. Scandinavian Cemetery is the portion to the left (west) of the driveway. Last time I checked, there was no marker for Scandinavian Cemetery, and most people don’t realize they are actually two separate cemeteries. They are also collectively known as Sandy Cemetery.

Oscar Palmer Guthu was born in Harrison, Waupaca, Wisconsin on 11 Feb 1880.  He married Sylvia Ruth Harrington in RyeGate, Golden Valley, Montana in 1913. They had six children, and moved to Oregon in the late 1920s.

Oscar passed away in Gresham, Clackamas, Oregon on 13 May 1964. Sylvia passed away in Sandy, Clackamas, Oregon on 05 Jul 1987.

Published in: on October 19, 2010 at 7:18 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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