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Benjamin Franklin See Jr. husband of Nancy Ann Hammack See

Hermiston Herald – February 21, 1935
Pioneer of Union County called to Final Rest

Another pioneer of the plains was called to his final rest last week when Benjamin Franklin See passed away after 89 years of sojourn here on this earth.

As a youth, he braved the long journey to the West Coast and Oregon with his parents to help build civilization in the Grande Rhonde Valley in Union County.

In later years, about 1865, Mr. See freighted between Umatilla and LaGrande enduring the hardships of the trail. He was a true pioneer of this vast western empire. Benjamin Franklin See was born in Estill County, Kentucky November 26, 1845 and died in Hermiston Oregon, February 14, 1935 at the age of 89 years, 2 months and 18 days.

He was married in 1865 at Clarinda, Iowa to Nancy Hammock on their way across the plains to Oregon. They located in LaGrande where he lived until his wife died in 1913. Then he came to Hermiston and lived with his daughter, Mrs. Perry Arthur ever since.

He had eight children, five of whom survive him. They are Jefferson See of Standfield; Francis See and George See of Tacoma Wa., Albert See of LaGrande and Mrs. Anna Arthur of Hermiston. He had 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was a member of the Church of Christ for over 50 years.

The funeral services were conducted at the Prann’s Funeral Parlors Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. by C.R. Moore, Minister of the Union Church. The body was shipped to LaGrande where it will be buried in the family plot in the Summerland Cemetery beside his wife.

Contributed by: Storm See


Hermiston Herald–Feb. 21, 1935—Pioneer of Union County called to final Rest. Another pioneer of the plains was called to his final rest last week when Benjamin Franklin See passed away after 89 years of sojourn here on this earth. As a youth he braved the long journey to the west coast and Oregon, with his parents to help build civilization in the Grande Ronde valley in Union County. In later years, about 1865, Mr. See freighted between Umatilla and La Grande enduring the hardships of the trail. He was a true pioneer of this vast western empire.

Benjamin Franklin See was born in Estill County, Kentucky November 26, 1845, and died in Hermiston, Oregon, February 14, 1935 at the age of 89 years, 2 months and 18 days.

He was married in 1865 at Clarinda, Iowa to Nancy Hammock on their way across the plains to Oregon. They located in La Grande where he lived until his wife died in 1913. Then he came to Hermiston and lived with his daughter Mrs. Perry Arthur ever since.

He had eight children five of whom survive him. They are Jefferson See of Stanfield; Francis See and George See of Tacoma, WA. Albert See of La Grande and Mrs. Anna Arthur of Hermiston, He had 14 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. He was a member of the Church of Christ for over 50 years. The funeral services were conducted at the Prann’s Funeral Parlors Sunday afternoon at 2:30 by C.R. Moore, Minister of the Union Church.

The body was shipped to La Grande where it will be buried in the family plot in the Summerland (typo, should be Summerville) cemetery next to his wife.


Pioneer of 1865
Dies Friday At
Hermiston, Oregon

Benjamin See, about 88 years of age and a pioneer of the Grande Rhonde valley of 1865, died Friday at Hermiston, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Anna Arthur. He moved to Hermiston from La Grande about two years ago.

Funeral services will be held at the Summerville Chapel Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock with burial in the family plot. Snodgrass & Zimmerman have charge of arrangements.

Other children who survive Mr. See are Jeff See, of Hermiston; Frances and George See, of Tacoma, and Albert See, of la Grande.

La Grande Evening Observer
February 16, 1935
Front Page
Contributed by: Gary Jaensch of Baker City, Oregon
Sue Wells of Elgin, Oregon
Photo owned by Dave See.


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