Woodward, Dave – Obituary

Human Bones Found
Thought to Be Those of Dave Woodward Lost in the Blue Mountains 7 Years Ago

Wednesday of this week Baily Shelton and Geo. Garwood, who are running Mack Shelton’s sheep in the montains north of this city, found the bones of a man. Bailey Shelton was making his way through a thick patchof brush to a spring where the discovery was made. The bones were closely examined and only a very few are missing. The plaace of the discovery is about three and one-half miles west of Mud springs, and only a few miles north of Elgin.

The bones are supposed to be those of Dave Woodward who was lost in the mountains seven years ago this coming winter.

The story of the Woodwards’ disappearance is familiar to all who were living in Elgin at that time. In the winter of 1899 Mr. Woodward was living at the tollgate on the summit of the Blue mountains. During the winter he came to Elgin after a load of supplies. He reached Elgin, secured his supplies, which were loaded on a handsled, and started on snowshoes for his mountain home. The snow was very deep and large snow storms swept over the mountains after Mr. Woodward started on his return journy. He was quite an old man and its thought, lost his way and perished in the deep snow. Searching parties hunted the mountains over but no trace of the lost man was ever found.

The bones found are undoubtedly those of the lost man and his relatives at Milton have been notified of the finding.

Elgin Recorder Friday August 4, 1905

MLA Source Citation:

White, Judy Wallis. Union County, Oregon Obituaries. Published by AccessGenealogy.com. Copyright 1999-2013, all rights reserved. AccessGenealogy.com. Web. 28 January 2015. http://www.accessgenealogy.com/oregon/woodward-dave-obituary.htm - Last updated on Nov 22nd, 2011

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