After that war, in 1810 William Cannon got into the fur trade and was at the pivotal Champoeg meeting of 1843. He died in 1854 and is buried in St. Paul. It's not surprising that French Prairie would have the oldest Veteran in Oregon. (More here and here.)
|John Pollard Gaines|
1795 - 1857
So who are Salem's oldest Veterans?
The Salem Pioneer Cemetery turns up five from the War of 1812, most of whom were born in the 1790s, a generation - or maybe two - after Cannon:
- James Davidson
- John Durbin
- Levin English
- John Gaines, also Territorial Governor from 1850-53 after Abraham Lincoln famously said "No, thanks." Salem's Gaines Street is named after him, I believe.
- Thomson Ward
|Corvallis' Crystal Lakes Cemetery Walking Path Opening|
Signage: Dogs on Leash, Closes at Dusk
Our cemeteries are one of our greatest resources for connecting with local history, and the more we hew to an inflexible model of perimeter security that turns them into primarily auto-oriented destinations and discourages the casual visit, the less we will know, and the more difficult it will actually be to maintain cemetery security.
(In the cemetery there are also many Veterans of the Mexican War, the so-called "Indian Wars," and the Civil War, including at least three on the Confederate side. Plus many more in the 20th century.)
Postscript, May 9th, 2020
Here's an interesting note from a century ago that shows a moment in reviving interest in those Veterans.
|September 15th, 1922|