December 2004 Newsletter

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The Jory Pioneer Cemetery received an extensive face-lift this past summer. When a snowstorm downed numerous Black Locust trees in the winter of 2001, the cemetery was covered with 20 feet of trees and branches. Fortunately, the trees did little damage tot he monuments themselves. A volunteer cut the trees up for wood and exposed the cemetery to sunshine. Dozens of stumps had to be removed from the site. Tow of these trees that stood on either side of the James Jory obelisk were removed professionally by Greer Brothers Landscaping who generously donated their talents and effort to the project. The two trees were threatening the few monuments still standing. JF&A Association is very grateful for the Greer Brothers donation.

Jack Jory did some research and cleaned most of the headstones. The marble markers turned our a beautiful white. Oregon State University Extension Service work crews and many family & friends have worked on clearing the brush from the area where the monuments now stand. Evidence was earlier found of other burials on the property and eventually a monument will be erected with the names of all who can be confirmed as buried there from local mortuary records.

There is the strong possibility that there are Indian burials on the site. At least one name sounds like an Indian name and more research will need to be done. Archaeologists believe they discovered other burials in different places on the property when the area was first explored during early discussions with Marion County, and there was an arrow-chipping site found earlier, but unfortunately destroyed before it could be documented. History books are full of Indian battles between Indian tribes and between Indians and white settlers in that area. Some stories will be published in later newsletters.

Willamette Memorials in Hubbard did most of the restoration work on the monuments thanks to a grant from the Oregon Historical Cemetery Commission. They poured bases for the headstones that were broken from their pads or had no foundations. They also put them in straighter order. One was broken in three pieces and it looks very elegant now.


Many people have made this restoration possible. Thanks to the grant from the Oregon State Historical Cemetery Commission, much restoration work was completed this summer. We couldn’t have accomplished as much without the grant we received and without the help of many hands. The Jory Family and Friends Association is very grateful for the help received from all sources. The following people contributed much time and effort in the restoration process.

Dan Hoynacki, OSU Extension Service and his crew of about 10 people.

Greer Brothers Logging professionals.

Willamette Memorials Company.

Friends of Joryville Park – Tom Oliver & Son

Jory Family & Friends Association members.

Doug Deglow Tractor Service


The big news is the growing or our Jory Family and Friends website which has been recognized now by Google and is accessible to all who wish to contact our family. Jack Jory is the creator of this site and anyone having information about the family that they would like to share with the world can reach him at The URL for the website is

Jack is a retired Army Warrant Officer with over 50 years total federal service in the Air Force, Army and federal civil service. He served on Okinawa during the Korean War in the Air Force and in Vietnam three times. He and his wife Bonnie, live in Olympia, Washington. They have one Son, Robert who lives in Madison, Alabama.


For those of you who have e-mail, we would like to have your address so the newsletter can be sent directly to you instead of by snail mail which takes longer and requires postage. You may send a message to Jan Walker at or yours truly, Bev Koutny at and let us know how you would like to receive the news. If you are in the Salem area and want to take a tour of the cemetery, just e-mail or call and I would gladly take you on a tour.


July was a long time resident of Carson, Washington and died at her home on November 6th, 2004. She was born in Los Angeles, California on October 10th, 1940 to Audrey Pearl (Hibberd) and Manley Raymond Moore who preceded her in death. Judy lived in Salem, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington in the 1940’s. In 1952 her family moved to Stevenson, Washington and she graduated from high school there. She is survived by her husband, Al, at home in Carson; Sons Mike McKee of Lynden, Washington and Craig McKee of Stevenson; Daughter LeeAnne Shaw of Stevenson; Sister Ginger Lumpkin of Tacoma, Washington and six Grandchildren. Judy was a bookkeeper, a gracious hostess and a devoted Mother and wife.


There have been several meetings this past summer and fall and we are establishing a working board again. Is there anyone among our family an friends who would like to become a board member to accomplish the orderly restoration and upkeep of the 1.6 acres that was given to us by Marion County in May 2003? I would like to hear from you.

The next project will involve the creation of a monument to memorialize all those who have been buried in the cemetery. There are only 8 markers and about 26 confirmed burials. Suggestions have ranged from formal monuments to a simple, large rock with a brass plaque containing names.

It takes time to be a board member and it takes money to sustain our organization. Dues are $15 per year. If you haven’t contributed lately, please keep us in your budget. All large donations are appreciated and will be put to good use. Thank you to all who have made contributions in this past year. Your dollars have been well spent on this project.


Much work has also bee done in Joryville Park this summer. Tom Oliver Jr. has been logging dead trees to make the trails safer and volunteers installed a new bridge over a swampy area. The park is used extensively by nearby horse farms and neighbors. Marion County Parks officials have been very helpful and appreciative of the work done by Friends of Joryville Park. Tom Oliver Jr. accidentally cut his leg with a chain saw while working in the park last summer and we hope he is mending nicely by now. it is not easy work and there is a lot to be accomplished yet in the Park.

The following article appeared in a Central Washington biography book and is an interesting account of one of our early pioneers about 1920:

“HONORABLE HENRY DOUGLASS JORY – James and Sarah (Budd) Jory, the parents of the prominent Yakima county citizen whose name appears at the beginning of this biography, were members of that heroic band of pioneers who toiled across the continent in 1847, enduring all the hardships of exposure, starvation and traveling through a wilderness inhabited by murderous Indians, for a home in the famed Willamette valley. The brave your pioneer was born in England in 1821, and previous to his immigration to Oregon, was an Illinois farmer; his equally brave wife was born in Michigan territory in 1828. In the Willamette valley James Jory settled upon a donation claim – a whole section of land – and upon his old homestead he and his aged wife are still living. The old homestead situated near Salem, is the birthplace and boyhood home of Henry Douglass, who was born April 18, 1859, while yet the Northwest was barely awakening to its new life. The young Oregonian attended the schools of his neighborhood until sixteen years old; then for five years assisted his father in improving the farm. Upon arriving at his majority he settled upon a homestead in Sherman county and was there engaged in general farming with fair success until 1888. That year he sold his place and moved into Crook county, living in that frontier region, farming, mining, teaching and merchandizing, five years. One year he was engaged in organizing Farmers’ Alliance granges and Industrial unions. In August, 1894 he purchased land near Sunnyside (Washington) and cultivated it until December, 1902, when he removed to his present home above Sunnyside canal. He did this for the purpose of experimenting with the un-irrigated soil of the valley as grail soil. Should he be successful in demonstrating this, hundreds would doubtless follow his lead in wheat farming above the ditch.

At Wasco, Oregon, May 6, 1883, Mr. Jory and Miss Almira Laughter were joined for life. She is a native of Illinois, born January 1, 1867, to William and Sarah (Beals) Laughter. Her Mother is also a native of Illinois, and now lives in Yakima county; the Father was born in South Carolina, and is now dead. Seven children have resulted from the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Jory, all of whom but one are living at home; Mrs. Althea Herim (sic) living in Yakima county; Melvin, Edith, Harmon, Ernest, Clyde and Elfie, the 1st three having been born in Yakima county , the others in Oregon. Mr. Jory is one of a numerous family, his Brothers and Sisters being: Phebe, Thomas, John, Mrs. Mary Reynolds, Mrs. Elizabeth Swayne, Mrs. Mattie Myers, Arthur (deceased). Those living reside in the states of Oregon and Washington. Mr. Jory belongs to three fraternities, the Odd Fellows, the Modern Woodmen and the Order of Washington. As a Socialist, he has been and is prominent in political circles. In 1896 he was elected state representative from the nineteenth district on the Fusion ticket, defeating his opponent by a majority of two hundred and forty-eight votes. His record in the legislature is that of a faithful, honest lawmaker, consistent with his reputation as a scrupulously honorable and conscientious man and good citizen. Both himself and his wife are active members in the Methodist church. Mr. Jory owns two hundred acres of farming land, well equipped with machinery, buildings and stock, and is fortunate in possessing the confidence and sincere esteem of his fellow men.

Bev Jory