Salem Pioneer Cemetery ~ Alfred Anderson
~ part of the Marion County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
LAST NAME: Anderson
FIRST NAME: Alfred
MILITARY: Civil War - Confederate
BORN: Abt 1831
DIED: 19 Aug 1911
BURIED: Aug 1911
OCCUPATION: Sewing Machine Repairman
DEATH PLACE: Salem, Marion Co., Oregon
Rigdon - died at Salem Hospital from a fall on the street, age 80 or more, funeral ordered by Marion Co.
OBITUARY: AGED WANDERER DIES, IDENTITY A MYSTERY.
Alfred Anderson Refuses to Talk up to the Time of His Death.
The aged clock-tinker who was picked up by the city police several days ago, as noted by the Statesman at the time, died Friday evening at the Salem hospital. The old man was 86 years old, and when found by the police was in such a dazed and weakened condition that he was at first thought insane. He refused to reveal anything as to his past, and the only means of identification were a clipping from a Portland paper, telling of an aged man who had been found wandering the streets of Vancouver, and a newspaper advertisement of Alfred Anderson, clock repairer of Vale, Oregon.
Served Under Lee
Reports from Vancouver state that he told of having served during the Civil was under Robt. E. Lee. He carried a grip containing a heavy burden of tools. From the time of his being taken up by the police to the time of his death he steadfastly refused to give his name or reveal any clue as to his past, merely muttering about the ingratitude of this world, and of his dislike of newspaper publicity. He will be buried by the county. Daily Oregon Statesman 20 Aug 1911 1:2
OLD MAN DIES
Alfred Anderson, 80 years old, who, while in an exhausted and enfeebled condition, fell to the sidewalk last Tuesday evening, died at the Salem hospital yesterday. As far as known the aged man has no relatives, and on account of ill health and his advanced age, was not able to earn a living. The remains are at Rigdon’s undertaking parlors today, and the expense of burial probably will be borne by the county. Anderson is said to have been a Confederate war veteran. Capital Journal 19 Aug 1911 8:2
SOURCES: OSBH DC (Marion County 1911) #2454
DOS 20 Aug 1911 1:2
CJ 19 Aug 1911 8:2