Monday, April 11, 2005

A Couple of Suggestions

Why doesn't the Sherwood Historical Society Blog have an open section where folks can list their historical or genealogical queries? People from across the country should post a query about their relative that lived or died in the Sherwood area. I'll bet people could find relatives they didn't know they had, plus it would might even increase their interest in visiting the area. Right now the closest we have is Washington County query sites on Rootsweb and Ancestry.com.

A couple of easy questions that come to mind:
1) Who established the Middleton Pioneer Cemetery?
2) Who was the first person buried at Middleton Pioneer Cemetery?
3) Who was the local surveyor who surveyed the land for the Middleton Pioneer Cemetery, the Middleton School and the Middleton Baptist Church?
4) What is the "oldest" cemetery in the Sherwood area?

Just a suggestion.
Anne

19 comments:

jaycee said...

Middleton Cemetary is a bigger enigma than I am! There's plenty of room to plant more bodies, but there's no body who has the authority to tell you where to dig. The local funeral director keeps wanting to know who to call and no body raises his hand.

Mrs. Jewett said...

The Middleton Cemetery is about 133 years old. The oldest readable stone is Johnie Abercrombie who passed away on July 11, 1871. The Sherwood Field Study Team recorded 391 readable headstones. We know that some of the trees, except for the pine tree
were planted as headstones to graves.

jaycee said...

It's strange that so many of Sherwood's finest aren't buried there. I'm next to my wife, Mary Ellen Sebastian, at Pleasant View Cemetary. Sherwood's first Mayor, C.G. Reisner likewise. His wife, the famous Anna Reisner, is buried on the opposite side of town, at Maple Lane.

Lilly Morgen said...

Mary Brickley is the oldest recorded person in the Middleton cemetary. She died at the age of 105 in 1926. There are veterans from the Civil War, World War I and
World War II buried there. The ancient maple tree in the center of the cemetary marks the grave of Mary Smith who was born sometime in 1866 and died August 6, 1866.

Mrs. Jewett said...

The property of the Middleton
Cemetary (and the old Middleton School) was originally owned by Green Olds. The lone sugar pine tree was found by Green as he cleared the land and plowed the field in 1853. He left it there because it was such a rare specimen. There is a lot of speculation as to why this tree was
there. What theories do you have?

jaycee said...

Beats me. The Olds family arrived a few years earlier than my adopted family, the Halls. We were from the border South. Maybe the Sugar Pine has special significance down there. I left there when I was a tad, so I don't remember.

Lilly Morgen said...

I've been think'in on this an' I have to tell you that the oldest
cemetery is probably a filbert orchard off of Baker or or Parrett
Road down towards the Wilsonville side of the mountain. In the 1830's some folks from Ft. Vancouver were driving cattle to
Champoeg. Something happened and three men died. They were burried about halfway up the hill. There are rocks marking the spot in a large filbert orchard.

jaycee said...

The dates on them stones go pretty far back. Seventeen hundreds, I hear.

Lilly Morgen said...

Well, I see the snide remarks were not posted of this morning. Here here on with history!!

jaycee said...

Nope, no snide remarks. All this talk about tombstones has sobered me up. Boy when I think of all those people out there and what they'd say if your Sherwood High School crew dug them up and got them talking again the way they did me! That would fill up a blog and a half and then some. Yesseree!

Lilly Morgen said...

Question:

Does anyone know about the Bremer Family who used to live on Chapman
Road?

Anonymous said...

Lilly,

I don't have any personal info on the Bremer Family, but a Bremer Family are found in the 1930 Federal Census living in Middleton, OR. The family is listed as:
William Bremer, age 72, born in Germany, occupation farmer.
Emma A Bremer, age 55,born South Dakota. Children at home all listed as born in Oregon:
John H., age 30, laborer
Ernest A.H., age 28, Engineer
William F., age 24, farm labor
Gina or Lena (difficult to read), age 22
Herman C., age 19
Emma, age 17
Henry A., age 13
Some of the other surnames that are found on the same page of the 1930 Middleton Precinct Census include: Gale, McKay, Bond, Dewey & Spath.

Hope this helps. A. W.

Anonymous said...

Lilly,

Regarding the children of the Bremer family. I think that the daughter's name is Lena Bremer. A search of the Social Security Death Index at:
http://ssdi.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi
turns up a Lena Bremer,
born 29 March 1908,
died Jan 1982
Last Residence listed as Sherwood, Washington County, Oregon. This Lena born in 1908 would have been about age 22 as listed in the 1930 Census. You might want to hunt for a newspaper obituary to possibly verify that this person is from the same family.

A.W.

Mrs. Jewett said...

Thanks for the info, AW. I was told an interesting story about them. I thought that your Mom might have known them.

Anonymous said...

Lilly,

So are you going to tell us the interesting story that you mentioned?

A.W.

Anonymous said...

I am looking for my relatives. William Dahlke, his wife (my gga) Bertha Dahlke, and their son, Herbert J. Dahlke. I see Herbert was in the Portland Housing Authority. Bertha died in 1947 in Washington County. Herbert died 5/1978 also in Washington County. I hope someone can help me. Thank-you. Sincerely, Sarah Tesmer tesmers@dwave.net.

Anonymous said...

Sarah,

In regard to your question about the Dahlke Family. In the 1930 Census for Beverly Hills, CA there is Herbert J. Dahlke, age 30, and his occupation is "grip in talking pictures" and his wife Pauline and son Donald N.
You can find Herbert Dahlke listed as the 1948 Board Chairman of the Housing Authority of Portland at:
http://www.hapdx.org/About/
glimpses.html
Herbert J. & Pauline Anna Dahlke are found in the Oregon Death Index. Herbert died 7 May 1978 in Washington County and Pauline Dahlke died 10 July 1987 in Washington County. You can find a picture of Don Dahlke (don't know if it is the same Don Dahlke as above) of Sherwood at:
http://www.robinhoodfestival.
com/history.htm
A.W.

jaycee said...

Ah yes, Don Dahlke is well remembered. He was often seen in a wheelchair outside his business, Dahlke's Feed Store, in Old Sherwood Town. He was in a wheelchair because of a spinal tap that wasn't done right during an operation at a local hospital. His wife and his son Herb ran the business while he greeted visitors as they came in. Herb was the person to see if you had a small appliance that needed fixing. When you entered Dahlke's Feed Store on First Avenue, you were often whistled at by the minah birds, who flattered you a wolf whistle. (Inquiries revealed them to worth almost $300 apiece.) The last time I saw Herb, it was at Dale Smith's Barber Shop and he was very much alive. He was indeed a member of Robin Hood's crew and provided valuable information about the old Robin Hood photos on Dale's wall.

Anonymous said...

I am the Granddaughter of Donald Herbert Dahlke. My Great Grandfather Was Herbert J. Dahlke, He was in a wheelchair and was married to Pauline. Mother, Father and Son owned and operated Dahlke's feed store. Herb worked in motion pictures (silent ones of course)before moving to Sherwood. Don was the man to see to fix... well just about anything and the Myna Bird "Jerry" was indeed very valuable and said things like "pretty boy" and could wolf whistle, he belonged to my ggm Pauline and she was the one who taught him to talk so his voice was just like hers, it tickled me as a child. Many will remember the gumball machine that was to the left about 6 steps into the store that required you to push a lever to get the gumball through the basketball hoop to get it out of the machine. It remains in the family. I am sad to say that Donald Dahlke passed away at the age of 93 in Sherwood just last week on 7-11-13 My Grandmother Martha Dahlke still lives in Sherwood.
Bertha Dahlke is my Great Great Grandmother, (Herbert's Mother)
Dawn Espinoza
my3twinstexas@yahoo.com

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