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Pioneer Memorial Cemetery ~ Elza Parker
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Parker, Elza
LAST: Parker FIRST: Elza MID: 
BORN: 28 Dec 1849 DIED: 24 Feb 1918 BURIED: 27 Feb 1918
BIRTH PLACE:  Silverton, Marion Co., Oregon
DEATH PLACE: Gervais, Marion Co., Oregon
1st MARRIAGE - "Elza Parker & Mary E. (Ellen) Cline, m 07 Jan 1872 at house of William Cline; H. P. Jackson, J. P. Wit: W. L. Townsend & Francis Bramis. Consent of William Cline #1411 pf 10 & Bk 1 pg 20"
1880 CENSUS - Elza Parker, age 30, occupation tanner, b. Oregon, is enumerated with wife Mary E., age 25, b. Oregon, along with Linda, age 5, Edward F., age 3, and Dora Bell, age 1, all born in Oregon.
2nd MARRIAGE - "Elza Parker, over 21, & Josephine Woolery, over 18, m 22 OCt 1893 at house of & by L. H. Poujade. Aff: James D. Bowman. Wit: J. M. Woolery & Homer Lerwill. #4549 pg 430"
1900 OR CENSUS - Elza Parker, age 49, b. Dec 1850 in Oregon, is enumerated with his wife of 6 years, Mary J., age 32, b. Aug 1867 in Iowa, along with Imy E., age 5, b. Nov 1894 in Oregon, Elsie L., age 3, b. Aug 1896 in Oregon, Velma P., age 2, b. Oct 1897 in Oregon, and Daisy, age 10 months, b. Jul 1899 in Oregon.
1910 OR CENSUS - Elza Parker, age 60, farmer, b. Oregon, is enumerated with his wife of 17 years, Josephine Parker, age 42, b. Iowa, along with children Imy, age 15, Elsie, age 13, Velma, age 12, Daisy, age 10, Irene, age 7, and Vena, age 4, all born in Oregon. 

BIOGRAPHICAL (from photocopy of a page from The Centennial History of Oregon, page not given):
"Elza Parker, who is residing on his farm of one hundred and seventy acres three miles southeast of Gervais, was born in Silverton, Marion county, Oregon, on December 18, 1849, his parents being William and Cynthia A. (Davis) Parker, the former a native of England and the latter of the state of Ohio. The parents were married in Ohio where they remained for a few years before removing to Illinois, and after having resided in Illinois and Missouri for a short time they traveled across the plains in 1846. They made the trip with ox teams and came direct to Silverton wehre William Parker located on a donation claim of six hundred and forty acres. After improving this and residing upon it for two years he disposed of it and moved to what is known as Parkersville, twelve miles northeast of Salem. At that place he purchased a sawmill, together with six hundred and forty acres of land, and resided there until his death in 1857. In addition to operating the sawmill he also built a gristmill which he managed until 1857. Idleness and indolence were foreign to his nature, and realizing that the rich soil of the country was one of the greatest of its resources and offered abundant remuneration, he also undertook the cultivation of a small portion of the land which he owned. Mrs. Parker’s death occurred in August, 1905. To them eight children were born, the eldest having died in the east. The others are: William D., of St. John, Washington; Steven A.D., whose birth occurred in Illinois and who is now residing in Silverton, Oregon; Mrs. Mary E. Bruner, deceased; Eliza, the subject of this sketch; Freeman, whose death occurred in 1853; Lucinda, who died when eighteen years of age; and George, whose death occurred when he was thirty-seven years of age.
Mr. Parker has been twice married. His first union occurred in 1877, when he was married to Miss Helen Cline, a daughter of William and Lorinda (Fuller) Cline. Her birth occurred in Marion county, Oregon, her parents having come to this state in 1852. The father and mother have both passed away, the former in December, 1911, at Mount Angel, aged eight-three years. To Mr. and Mrs. Parker four children were born; Linda C., whose birth occurred in 1879 and who is the wife of George Nice, of Seattle, Washington; Ed F., born in 1881, who is married and living in Olympia, Washington; Dora, whose birth occurred in 1883, and who is married and living in Olympia; and Dick, born in 1884 and also residing in Olympia. Mr. Parker’s second union occurred in 1893, when he married to Josephine Woolery, whose birth occurred in Iowa on the 18th of August, 1867, and who is a daughter of Henry L. and Margaret (Lightfoot) Woolery. The father was a native of Canada and the mother was born in Illinois and their marriage occurred in Iowa where they lived for the ensuing four years. At the end of that time, they went to California where they resided for twenty years before coming to Marion county and settling near Brooks. Subsequently they removed to Gervais where they are still living. To this union five children were born, namely: Mrs. Parker; Walter, who is residing near Gervais; Henry, who is living at home; Rosa, who is the wife of George Ritchie; and Mrs. Nettie McDougal, also a resident of Gervais. To Mr. and Mrs. Parker six children have been born: Ima, Elsie and Velma whose births occurred in 1894, 1896 and 1897 respectively; Daisy, born in 1899; Irene, whose birth occurred in 1902; and Vena, deceased, whose birth occurred in 1905".
Elza Parker Dies.
Elza Parker, one of the early pioneers of Oregon, died at the old homestead known as Parkersville, three miles Southeast of Gervais, early Monday morning, February 25, 1918, after a few weeks illness.
Mr. Parker was born December 28, 1849, in Silverton, Oregon, and spent most of his life on the old homestead at Parkersville, named after his father, and where he built the first grist and saw mill. He was twice married and is survivedby his present wife and five daughters: Ima, Elsie, Velma, Daisy and Irene, and the following children by his first mariage: Mrs. Linda Nice and Ed Parker of Seattle, Wa.; Mrs. Dora Fresch of Olympia,Wa.; and D.R. Parker of Vancouver, B.C.
The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the old home and burial took place in Pioneer cemetery. J.A. Johnson officiating.
Gervais Star [newspaper clipping, not dated]
[shares marker with Josephine]
Saucy Survey & Photographs 
OSBH DC (Marion County 1918) #96
Marion County Oregon Marriage Records, Vol. II, pg 3
1880 OR CENSUS (Marion Co., Gervais, pg 109A)
Marion County Oregon Marriage Records, Vol. VII, pg 35
1900 OR CENSUS (Marion Co., Gervais, ED 124, sheet 3A)
1910 OR CENSUS (Marion Co., Gervais, ED 210, sheet 1B)

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