Elgin, Union County, Oregon

Herb Daron Is Laid To Rest Here Thursday

Funeral services for Herb Daron, well-known life-long resident of Elgin, were held from the Elgin Christian Church Thursday, at 2:00 p.m. Mr. Daron died at Elgin Monday, March 15, at the age of 78 years, having been in failing health for several months.

Officiating at the last rites were Rev. Ed Liggett of the Christian Church and Rev. Leonard Gallivan of the Nazarene Church. Soloist was Mrs. Dorothy Gallivan, accompanied by Mrs. Mabel Bendshadler.

Interment was in the Elgin Cemetery, with the Pallbearers being John Hathron, Walter Cross, Dean Moore, Arthur Smith, Stub Krause, and Les Quesenberry.

Herbert Francis Daron was born April 16, 1886, in the Pine Grove district at the east end of Cricket Flat. He grew up, and went to school, in the district, the old Daron farm being the place now owned by Dick Walter.

In 1888 his father built the now famous Pine Grove Church, which in a picturesque setting of pine trees, has become a famous landmark on Cricket Flat. It was the center of community activity in the early days.

Herb’s father died when he was 9 years old, and he and his brothers, sisters, and their mother, continued to operate the farm. On July 4, 1905, Herb was married to Stella Long, and he went to work in the logging and sawmill business. He drove the team for Elgin’s early-day Dr. Kirby, taking him on many calls out in the country.

He worked on the building of the Stella Mayfield school house, and the Masonic Hall in Elgin, where he was on the job in 1948 when a scaffold broke. He fell to the pavement and broke his back, and never regained his full strength and health.

Mr. Daron was known as one of the best teamsters in the country and he always had time to admire good horses. He owned many fine horses in his lifetime.

Elgin Recorder March 18, 1965
Contributed by: Larry Rader