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Sam Hearing 74, Native of Haines
Sam L. Hearing, 74, of 1112 Washington St., Vernonia, former mayor and city recorder for the City of Vernonia, died Saturday in a Portland Hospital.
Mr. Hearing was born and raised at Haines in Baker County. He was the youngest of 13 children of Sam P. and Susan Hearing.
His grandparents came to Baker County at the time of the Civil War.
Mr. Hearing came to Portland in 1928, where he was manager of a Safeway store, and in 1935 moved to Vernonia in that position.
In 1938 he started his own store which is now owned and operated by his son. He gave up the store in 1945 and began his own insurance agency. Mr. Hearing became mayor of Vernonia in 1939 and served until 1951. He then resigned to become the city recorder, a job he held until he retired in 1959.
He was a member of Vernonia Masonic Lodge 184, Nehalem Chapter, Order of Eastern Star; Vernonia Lodge No. 246, IOOF; Mt. Heart Rebekah Lodge, and Oregon Trailer club. Survivors include his wife, Eva; two daughters, Mrs. Clair (Virginia) Ewart, Ashland, and Mrs. Wilfred (Evelyn) Holce, Vernonia; a son Sam T., Vernonia; a brother, Earl M., Corvallis; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Evangelical Church in Vernonia. Interment was in Vernonia Memorial Cemetery.
The Record Courier, Baker City, OR,
Thursday, 30 October 1969, Page 5.
Contributed by: Robert C. Bull