Oregon Obituaries - St. Johns Review - Feb 17, 1905


A Well Known and Highly Respected Citizen Passes Away

Oscar O. Benson, of University Park, well known and respected by every one on the Peninsula, died at the North Pacific Sanitorium, Wednesday, February 15, aged 54 years, from the shock following a surgical operation performed for intestinal troubles.   Mr Benson had been ill for about a week and his illness developing seriously, he was hurried to the sanatorium on a special car, at 4 o'clock on the morning of February 8th.   An operation was performed, at which a considerable portion of the diseased intestines were removed.   Mr. Benson rallied quite well from the shock, and indications pointed to a complete and speedy recovery until a few hours before his death, when he gradually grew weaker, and all hopes of his recovery were abandoned.   His wife and children were called to his bedside and were all present when death occurred.   The reniains were removed to Finley's undertaking parlors and prepared for burial.

The funeral took place today at one o clock from the family residence on Portsmouth avenue.   The services at the house were conducted by Rev. G. W. Kennedy.   The interment took place in Riverview cemetery and services at the grave were conducted, at his dying request, by Peninsular Lodge, No. 128, I. O. O. F., of which he was an active member for two years.   The remains were conveyed to the cemetery in a hearse and the family in carriages.   Two special cars were also chartered for the conveyance of the Oddfellows and friends of the family.

Mr Benson was born in Grundy county, Missouri, August 25, 1850, came to Oregon with his parents in 1864 and resided in the state ever since.   The first nine years of his residence in Oregon was spent on the family homestead in Umatilla county.   In 1877 he went to the Granite mining district where he resided for 22 years, coming to University Park in 1899.   He was one of the owners of the famous ReD Boy mine and was interested in the Tabor placer mines.   He also conducted a general store at Granite and at Sumpter.   After coming to the University Park retained his mining interests, and was also engaged for about a year in the grocery business.

Mr. Benson was married on July 7. 1888, to Miss Mattie M. Tabor, of Granite.   He is surviwd by his wife and six children, Roy. Clyde, Alberta, Paul, Gladys and Mary, the 4-months-old baby.

Besides his membership in Peninsular lodge No. 128, I. O. O. F., Mr. Benson belonged to Golden Rule Encampment, No. 28, I. O. O. F., and Baker City lodge, No. 100, A. O. U. W.   The deceased occupied a large place in the community where he lived, and his death was a great shock to his friends and neighbors.   The highest tribute is paid to his character by everyone who enjoyed his acqquaintance.   He was a kind and indulgent husband and father, a model citizen and his death is a severe shock and a great loss to University Park.   "He never spoke ill of any one, no matter how deserving of censure he might be," was the tribute paid by every one who commented on his untimely death.   Mr. Benson was a successful business and mining man and leaves his family well provided for financially,

Source = St. Johns Review; Friday, Feb 17, 1905, Page 2 Column 2