Oregon Pioneers & Johnson Creek

If you have followed SwittersB for a bit, you know I love to stroll through Oregon’s Pioneer cemeteries. There are several in the Portland area that often give a view of the founders of Portland. The other day, I was walking around a cemetery in SE Portland. There I found a grave marker for Jacob and Martha Jane Lee Johnson. The marker described them as Oregon Pioneers and as the namesakes for Johnson Creek that flows across the southern part of the city from Gresham into the Willamette River. It was a fascinating discovery in an unassuming cemetery, in an unremarkable section. If one cares about local history, such cemeteries are interesting. It also makes you consider life, death, remembrance, purpose and your place in life.

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Sometimes the history, the person is less clear

6 Responses to “Oregon Pioneers & Johnson Creek”

  1. April 21, 2015 at 15:11

    Too bad about the last marker. Some ppl don’t give a damn.


  2. April 21, 2015 at 10:25

    Sometimes it’s like picking up the end of a piece of string, you never know how long it might be until you get to the other end and then there may be many more ends to unravel! Any name on any grave marker might lead to all sorts of historical detail.


  3. April 21, 2015 at 10:22

    You might be interested in this one Switters


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