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Salem Pioneer Cemetery ~ Velleda Wealthy Ohmart ~ part of the Marion County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
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Velleda Wealthy Ohmart
MAIDEN NAME: Smith AKA 1:  AKA 2:  AKA 3: 
BORN: 22 Jan 1855 DIED: 6 Aug 1943 BURIED: Aug 1943
BIRTH PLACE:  Salem, Marion Co., Oregon
DEATH PLACE: Salem, Marion Co., Oregon

MARRIAGE Adam Ohmart, over 21 and Veleda W. Smith, over 18, m 3 Apr 1877 at house of Fabritus R. Smith; F.P. Tower, MG. Wit: T.J. Davis & Amos Strong. Aff: G.E. Davis

1880 OR CENSUS Veleda Omert (254y, b Oregon) enumerated with husband Adam (25y, b Indiana, occupation farmer) and son Leroy V. (2y, b Oregon)

1900 OR CENSUS Veleda W. Ohmart, age 45, b. Jan 1855 in Oregon, is enumerated with Leroy V., age 22, b. Apr 1878 in Oregon, Lois L., age 16, b. Jul 1883 in Oregon, Reynolds W., age 13, b. Dec 1886 in Oregon,and Chauncy, age 11, b. Mar 1889 in Oregon.

1910 OR CENSUS Velleda W. Ohmart (55y, b Oregon, mother of 5 children, 4 living at time of census) enumerated with husband Adam (55y, b Indiana, married 33y, occupation farmer) and 3 children, Lois L. (26y, b Oregon, occupation bookkeeper), Reynolds W. (23y, b Oregon) and Chauncy S. (21y, b Oregon, occupation farm manager)

1920 OR CENSUS Velleda W. Ohmart (64y, b Oregon) enumerated with husband Adam (65y, b Indiana, occupation farmer) and daughter Lois L. (36, b Oregon, occupation bookkeeper)

1930 OR CENSUS Velleda W. Ohmart (75y, b Oregon, widowed, occupation farmer) enumerated with daughter Lois (46y, b Oregon, occupation bookkeeper) and son Reynolds W. (43y, b Oregon, occupation clerk)

1940 OR CENSUS Velleda W. Ohmart (85y, b Oregon, widowed) enumerated with daughter Lois L. (56y, b Oregon, occupation bookkeeper) and grandson Rex A. Ohmart (23y, b Oregon, occupation bank posting machine); family was living in same house in 1935
Article regarding her 85th Birthday celebration reported in the Oregon Statesman 28 Jan 1940 pg 10:3. It mentions that at the time of her birthday she was "one of the three oldest living graduates of Willamette university, having graduated in 1873". The article also states that she was born "within a short distance of her present home just south of Salem, and all but two years of her life has lived on the property taken up by her father, Fabritus Smith." Photo accompanies article.

BIOGRAPHICAL SEE - THE BROWN FAMILY HISTORY II, rev. by Judith Young and Celista Platz. Pub. Newton, KS, Mennonite Press, 1992.

BORN - OHMART - To the wife of Adam Ohmart, South Salem, Tuesday, March 12, 1889, twin boys. Hurrah! The boom has struck South Salem in earnest. Adam is the republican committeeman for that precinct and this is a double endorsement of the two victories of last year. Hurrah for Adam, Mrs. Ohmart and the twin republicans.
Daily Oregon Statesman 13 Mar 1889 3:5

PHOTOGRAPH NOTE - The photograph of the Smith-Ohmart house is courtesy of Salem (Oregon) Public Library Historic Photograph Collections. The caption for the picture is "The Smith-Ohmart House at 2655 E. Nob Hill Street SE in Salem, Marion County, Oregon was built in 1870 for Fabritus R. Smith. For 73 years, it was the "home place" of the families of Fabritus Smith, his daughter Velleda (Mrs. Adam) Ohmart, and his her son, Roy V. Ohmart. Fabritus Smith served two terms in the Oregon Legislature (1876 and 1878), was a successful farmer, trustee of Willamette University, local school board member and a leader in the First Methodist Church of Salem (First United Methodist Church). In addition to its association with prominent Salem pioneer families, the house is a well-preserved example of western rural Italianate architecture. The Smith-Ohmart House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979."


Mrs. Velleda W. Ohmart, daughter of pioneer Oregon families and native of the Salem community, died Friday at a Salem hospital after an illness of six weeks.
Daughter of Fabritus and Virgilia Pringle Smith, she was born January 22, 1855, on her parents’ donation land claim just south of Salem. She was a granddaughter of Virgil and Pherne Pringle and great granddaughter of Tabitha Brown, all of whom crossed the plains to Oregon in the year 1846.
At old Oregon Institute and Willamette university, she received her education, graduating with the class of 1873. Only one older graduate of the century-old Salem university survives her.
In 1877 she was married to Adam Ohmart and to this union were born five children, of whom three survive, sons, Roy V. Ohmart and Reynolds W. Ohmart, and one daughter, Miss Lois Ohmart, all of Salem. Another son, Chauncy died in 1935 and his twin, Chester, in infancy. Five grandchildren and five great grandchildren also survive. Mr. Ohmart preceded her in death 14 years ago, and her only brother, Hamlin F. Smith, died on May 23, 1943.
Throughout her life, Mrs. Ohmart was an active member of the Methodist church, having served several years as president of the Ladies Aid societies of the First Methodist church and later of the Leslie Methodist church, of which she was a member at the time of her death. An enthusiastic gardener and lover of flowers, she was a lifelong member of the Little Garden club, activities of which she greatly enjoyed; other members, in turn, appreciated her wide knowledge of flowers. During her long and active life she had lived within the boundaries of her parents’ donation land claim, for the past 45 years in the old home erected by her father in 1870, and when her funeral services are held at 1:30 Monday afternoon, they will be from the Roselawn Funeral home, which stands on a portion of the old homestead and near her birthplace.
Oregon Statesman 7 August 1943 1:3, 2:7

Mrs. Velleda Ohmart, 88, native of the Salem community and great-granddaughter of Tabitha Brown, Oregon’s most distinguished early pioneer woman, died Friday at a Salem hospital. She had been ill for six weeks. She was born January 22, 1855 on the donation land claim of her parents, Fabritus and Virgilia Pringle Smith. She was granddaughter of Virgil and Pherne Pringle. Her great grandmother, Tabitha Brown, who crossed the plains in 1846, settled for a short time in Salem and then removed to Washington county, opened a school for pioneer children there out of which emerged the present Pacific University. Mrs. Ohmart was educated in the old Oregon institute and Willamette University, graduating in the class of 1873. She is survived by only one older graduate of that institution which had just passed the century mark.
She was married in 1877 to Adam Ohmart and five children were born to this union, three of whom survive; Roy V. Ohmart, Reynolds W. Ohmart and Miss Lois Ohmart, all of Salem. A fourth son, Chauncy died in 1933, and his twin, Chester, died in infancy. Five grandchildren and five great grandchildren also survive. Her husband died 14 years ago and Hamlin F. Smith, and only brother, died May 23, 1943.
Her long life was one of activity. She was a lifetime member of the Methodist church in which she was a devoted worker. For several years she was president of Ladies Aid societies in the First Methodist church and later in Leslie Methodist church. Throughout her life she lived within the boundaries of her parents’ donation land claim, the past 45 years of which were in the old home which her father erected in 1870.
Funeral services will be held next Monday afternoon at 1:30 at Roselawn funeral home with Rev. Joseph Knotts officiating. This also stands on a portion of the old donation land claim and near her birthplace. She was a member of the Little Garden club and an enthusiastic gardener.
Capital Journal 7 August 1943 10:5


Velleda W. Ohmart
1855 - 1943


Marion Co, Oregon, Marriage Records, 1874-1879, Vol 3, page 27

1880 OR CENSUS (Marion Co, S Salem, ED 79, FA#154)

1900 OR CENSUS (Marion Co., Yew Park, ED 144, sheet B 12)

1910 OR CENSUS (Marion Co, Liberty, ED 214, sheet 2A)

1920 OR CENSUS (Marion Co, Salem Heights, ED 323, sheet 10B)

1930 OR CENSUS (Marion Co, Salem, ED 72, sheet 5A)

1940 OR CENSUS (Marion Co, Salem Heights, ED 24-81A, sheet 1B)

OS 28 Jan 1940 10:3
OS 7 August 1943 1:3, 2:7
CJ 7 August 1943 10:5


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