April 2005 Newsletter

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It’s time to think of a work party to spruce up the cemetery before Memorial Day. We can use all the help we can get to work on the fence line. the date is May 21st at 9:30 a.m. Please bring gloves and tools to go after the weeds. Remember that we can park at the end of Sarah Lane and go through the gate to save energy. The Parnes family has graciously allowed us to use their driveway.


Start making plans to attend the Jory Family and Friends Reunion, perhaps near the end of July on the 29th. If anyone would like to work on that committee, we would like to hear from you. Many minds would make a better reunion, so start thinking now about entertainment and ideas for the event.


Plans are being made to place a large rock in the area of the headstones with a bronze plaque fastened to it with the names of all those who are known to be buried in the cemetery. so far, we have 24 names. The monument is estimated to cost about $1,000. Any donations from family and friends would be very much appreciated. It is possible that we can find a suitable rock from an excavation company and save a little money. The plaque will be molded from brass and will cost $850.


Our Jory Family and Friends website has been recognized now by Google and is accessible to all who wish to contact our family. Jack Jory is the creator and webmaster of our site. Anyone having information about the family that they would like to share can reach Jack at jackjory@nocharge.com or jack.jory@us.army.mil or 1961vet@msn.com. You can reach Jack at 360-456-8755. His address is: 9516 Marlbrook LP SE, Olympia, WA 98513 for written correspondence.


MAXINE WEBBER: Many of you may remember Maxine Webber who was an early and enthusiastic supporter of our organization. A Brother and Sister have died within a short time of each other this past winter.

NORMA FLORENCE (QUIMBY) YATES: Norma was born August 26th, 1923 in Klamath Falls, Oregon to Henry (Jory) Quimby ad Blance Elizabeth Gourley. Norma died January 20th 2005 in Forest Grove, Oregon. Norma had previously lived in Salem and was a member of the Brush Hills Ward of the Church of Latter Day Saints in Salem. She was also a member of the Jory Family and Friends Association.

Norma is survived by by a brother , Dawain Quimby in Roscoe, Texas, a granddaughter, Becky (Darnell) Shellers of Hillsburo, Oregon, a grandson, Rick Jory of Roberts, California, a nephew and three nieces and many other extended family members. She was preceded in death by three husbands Her Son, Dale Roberts in 2001 and her sister, Maxine Webber in 2000. Her resting place is next to her last husband. Johnny Yantis in Klamath Falls, Oregon.


Harry was born March 4th, 1934 in Klamath Falls, Oregon and died March 4th, 2005 in Roscoe, Texas. His wife, Mary Jean and daughter Mary survive him. There are many extended family members in the Northwest. His parents were Henry (Jory) Quimby and Blanche Elizabeth Gourley. He worked as a cowboy in Klamath Falls and in Texas.


Cindy (Koutny) Allen has joinded the Board of Directors. Her addition makes a full nine members on the Board. Cindy is a teacher in Salem and she is he oldest daughter of Beverlee (Jory) Koutny. Cindy is an avid genealogist and a hard worker when it comes to working on the cemetery maintenance. It is convenient that she lives in south Salem with her husband, John Allen, also a Salem teacher. She has two boys, Joshua and peter and one daughter in law, Christina.


The following letter was written by John W. Jory and printed in the Ladd & Bush Quarterly in April, 1915. The title of the article is “Bunker Hill & Battle Creek”.

Dear Sir,

In reply to your letter of inquiry as to the origin of the name “Battle Creek” as applied to the stream that runs eastward through Rosedale, Marion County, I would state that while I have no personal knowledge of the matter, I was told by Rev. Ramsdell, one of the early pioneer preachers of this section, that the name had its origin in a fight between the settlers and the Indians in 1844 or 45. The Indians had become troublesome and would enter the settler’s cabins when the men were away and order the women to cook them meals, and annoy them in various ways until they became frightened.

When the nuisance became unbearable, the men organized and ordered the Indians to leave this section. They gave them so many days in which to comply and when the time was up, formed a company and went in search of them. They located them about a quarter of a mile west of the spot where Rosedale now stands. The whites took up a position south of the creek on the hillside just north of where the Jory cemetery is now located. The Indians were along the creek among the alders and underbrush.

Who fired the first shot I do not recall, but in the fight two Indians were wounded, one receiving a bullet through the hips, and another was shot twice, one bullet raking him across the side of the head and another across the forehead without penetrating the skull. None of the whites were wounded, but one of them fainted and fell from his horse. There were twenty or twenty five whites engaged in the fight, but in the fifty years which have intervened since the story was related to me, I have forgotten the names of all but two, that of Rev Ramsdel, who told me the story and a young man by the name of Patterson, who owned the claim just east of Liberty. I think some of the Looneys probably took part in the fight but I do not know, nor do I know whether any of the participants are still alive. Rev, Ramsdell died in Portland this winter (1915-16). In 1849 my grandfather, James Jory Sr., settled on his donation land claim which includes the old battle ground and built his cabin a little west of the point where the Indians fought from the creek bottom on the north side.

In answer to your second question, I would say that the hill, now known as “Bunker Hill” was formerly called the “Bald Hill” to distinguish it from the other hills in the vicinity. While most of the hills nearby were quite well covered with trees and underbrush, this one was bare. Especially so near the summit, except for a few scattered oaks. I’m inclined to think that the name was changed to “Bunker Hill” either by Perry Watson, a brother-in-law of Mr. I.C. Needham, or by Henry Ankeny, son of the late Captain A.P. Ankeny of Portland, who owned a large tract of land (some 5,000 acres), including the summit of the hill. The name “Bunker Hill” has been in general use for forty or forty five years. It is one of the picturesque spots of Marion County, as it affords a most magnificent view of the Willamette River, the Cascade and Coast Range Mountains and the lovely valley lying between. It was a famous resort in the early days (missing script)——-house about three-fourths of a mile southeast of the summit of the hill. Here the Coxes, the Pettyjohns, the Marlatts, the Crumps, the Neals, the Elgins, some of the little Jorys, the Simpsons and others took instruction from and lerned obedience to such a famous pedagogues and wielders of the “hazel” as Francis McDonough, C.H. Maton, and Lizzie Sager – the latter a survivor of the “Whitman massacre” in 1847. Sam Simpson and his sister Louisa attended school here, and it takes no great stretch of imagination to see the embryo poet, standing at the summit of “Bunker Hill” watching the beautiful river and following with fascinated gaze its forest lined banks to where (missing script——)’From the Cascades’ frozen gorges, leaping like a child, Winding widening, through the valley, Bright Wilamette glides away, and filing his young soul with those lovely pictures which a few years later found expression in the immortal poem “Ad Willamettam”