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Union, Union County, Oregon
Died, in Oakland, California, January 7, 1925, Mrs. Maggie P. Ames, age 89 years.
Maggie Pelham, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cyrenus Peham, was born at Malone, Clinton county, Iowa. In 1861 she was married to George W. Ames and started as a bride across the plains in a prairie schooner. They landed in the Grande Ronde Valley in 1862. It is said they were the first white folks to cross the river to where Cove now stands.
They purchased a tract of land that suited them, and today Union is built on a considerable portion of the Ames land. They homesteaded what is now the E. Draper place in High Valley and later bought up land near it. They engaged in farming and stock raising and Mrs. Ames was as active in the work as her husband until death separated them in 1904, when Mr. Ames passed on. Mrs. Ames continued her residence in Union until about 8 years ago when she went to California to spend her remaining days with her sister, Mrs. Esther Metcalf, of Oakland.
Mrs. Ames was one of the early pioneers of Union. She was a great worker, endured many hardships and privations in early days here and was rewarded with great prosperity.
She was a good Christian woman and a faithful member of the Adventist Church for the past 30 years.
She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Metcalf, of Oakland, and a number of Nieces and nephews, Mrs. W. M. Cockrell, of High Valley, being one of the nieces.
Mrs. Ames was to have been buried by the side of her husband, but owing to the illness of her sister, Mrs. Metcalf, who was unable to accompany the remains, she was buried in the Oakland cemetery, Friday, January.
Contributed by Larry Rader
The Union Republican reports the death of Mrs. Maggie Ames, at one time, with her husband, owner of a great deal of land on which the city of Union was built. She was 89 years of age and since leaving Union eight years ago, resided with a sister at Oakland, Calif. She died Jan. 7.
North Powder News
Saturday, January 31, 1925