Mrs. Mary E. (Messenger) Van Houten, daughter of Colonel E. and Elizabeth M. Messenger, and wife of W. P. Van Houten, was born in Marion county, Ohio, January 14, 1848, and died in Baker City, Oregon, December 27, 1905, aged 57 years, 11 months and 13 days.
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She was married to W. P. Van Houten, October 10, 1866, at Marion, Ohio, and came west wither her husband and family in 1891, and settled in Union county where she has lived ever since. She was the mother of ten children nine of whom are still living, four girls and five boys. One married daughter lives in Ohio, and one in Union, Oregon.
Mrs. Van Houten was converted to God in middle life and became a member of the church and died with implicit faith in the Redeemer whom she has gone to meet. She was a loving, tender mother and an affectionate wife, and beside her immediate family and loved ones, leaves many near and dear friends to mourn her loss.
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