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Salem Pioneer Cemetery ~ Tilmon C. L. Ford ~ part of the Marion County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
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Tilmon C. L. Ford
BORN: May 1849 DIED: 1 Mar 1908 BURIED: 3 Mar 1908
ETHNICITY:   OCCUPATION:  Attorney; State Representative
BIRTH PLACE:  Missouri
DEATH PLACE: Salem, Marion Co., Oregon
IOOF - Tilman Ford, age 63, died in Salem of parlaysis, "he was one of Salem's best lawyers".
OSBH DC (Marion County 1908) #6289 -Tillmon Ford, male, white, single, occupation: Attorney; d. March 1, 1908, age 65; 597 Liberty; b. 1843 in USA; parents not given; informant: Charles Ford of Salem, Oregon; burial in I.O.O.F. Cemetery, March 3, 1908. W. T. Rigdon undertaker. 
1860 OR CENSUS - T. C. L. Ford, age 17, occupation farmer, b. Missouri, is enumerated with Jno. Ford, age 39, occupation blacksmith, b. Tennessee, and P. A. [B.A.], female, age 37, b. North Carolina, along with T. H., male, age 15, M. J. E., female, age 14, F. M., male, age 12, I. E., female, age 10, J. F., male, age 7, L. A., female, age 5, E. A. J., male, age 3, and C., male, age 1, all born in Oregon. 
Rigdon Records, Vol. 4, #22: Tilmon Ford, d. March 1, 1908, age 65, burial in IOOF, funeral ordered by Charles Ford; 1870 CENSUS - he is living with his parents, John and B. A. Ford in Salem. His name is shown as: Teleman Ford, age 28, b. Missouri and a student. 
He was a Volunteer fireman in the 1880's. 
1900 OR CENSUS - Tilman Ford, age 51, b. May 1849, occupation Attorney.
Hon. TILMON FORD -- One of the Representatives from Marion county, is an Oregon-raised boy; was born in 1845 and lived with his parents on a farm in old Marion until the year 1865 when he went to Idaho to try his luck in the mines, and being tolerably successful with the pick and shovel, accumulated sufficient means to enable him to return to Salem and enter the Willamette University as a student. He graduated from that institution in 1870 and immediately commenced the study of the law and was admitted to the bar by the Supreme Court of this State in the fall of 1872. He then opened a law office in Salem, where he has resided ever since, and has been favored with a lucrative paractice in his profession. 
In 1880 he was nominated by the Republican County Convention and was elected to represent Marion county in the House of Representatives of the Oregon Legislature in that year. He was the author of the bill which passed at that session to erect the State Insane Asylum building at Salem. Mr. Ford was re-elected as one of the Representatives on the Republican ticket in 1882. At this session he was very active and energetic in procuring the passage of laws to complete and finish the asylum and govern and control that institution under the charge of the State. 
He was a member of the Judiciary Committee of the House in 1880 and also in 1882. He became somewhat noted for being always on the side of economy upon all measures which required money to be paid out of the State treasury, and to his financial ability is due many of the economical features of measures requiring expenditures of money by the State. He was not given to "much speaking" as a member, but whenever he did speak upon any question before that body he was clear and forcible as to the position which he occupied on the subject under debate, and always received the close attention of the members while speaking upon any question before the House. It can be truthfully said of Mr. Ford that he was one of the real working members of that body. 
PEN PICTURES OF REPRESENTATIVE MEN OF OREGON by Frank E. Hodgkin and J. J. Galvin. Portland, Oregon; Farmer & Dairyman Publishing, Co. 1882. pg. 154-155. 
AN ANECDOTE OF THE LATE TILMON FORD (From the Oregon Oriano, Malheur County] 
One of Oregon's unique characters is gone in the death of Hon. Tilmon Ford of Salem. He was one of Oregon's presidential electors in 1900, and was noted as a stump speaker and a prominent lawyer. He was a peculiar character and enjoyed a good joke. While visiting in California, it is told of him, that to create amusement he purchased the full supply of newspapers from several newsboys, stating that he "believed in helping out the boys," and the result was that he was a "shining mark" for a pack of 50 boys. He also went into one of the best cigar stores and played the Uncle Reuben, stating, "Say, friend, isn't this a fine place, big looking glass all around so you can comb your hair without going to the hotel. Give me one of your finest cigars. Price $1? Say, isn't that rather high? Down in Oregon we get 'em three for a nickel. Hat's this dinkis for? To light your cigar with, you say? Well, I guess we'll try it." Stands on his tip-toes; sticks his face down into alcohol burner and lights his cigar, instead of using the lighter, and states, "Well, this is just grand." He then moves on with his friend, to whom he says, "Say, partner, those tenderfeet think I am a damned fool, don't they?" 
Oregon Statesman 22 March 1908 10:5,6
Leader of the Local Bar Failed to Rally From Recent Stroke. 
Passed Away Quietly on Sunday Afternoon at the W. M. Kaiser Home. 
Funeral Will be Held This Afternoon From the Congregational Church. 
Sermon by the Rev. P. S. Knight. 
Short Talks by Judge Burnett and Judge Galloway. 
Tilmon Ford, who suffered a stroke of paralysis three weeks ago, died Sunday afternoon between four and five o'clock, at the home of his cousin, W. M. Kaiser, corner of Liberty and Union streets. 
Mr. Ford had not been in the best of health prior to the stroke of paralysis and from the time of the attack failed rapidly. Funeral Today 
The funeral will be held from the Congregational church, corner Liberty and Center streets, at two o'clock today. The procession will leave the house at 1:45. The services at the church will be in charge of the Rev. P.S. Knight, who will preach the funeral sermon. In addition, Judge Geo. H. Burnett and Judge Wm. Galloway will speak briefly of the life and work of their associate in the practice of law. The interment will be in the Odd Fellows cemetery, and the Odd Fellows will have charge of the services at the grave. 
The deceased was a charter member of the first Odd Fellows' lodge organized here, known as Anniversary lodge. He was also a charter member of the Elks lodge. Bar Association Acts At a meeting of the Marion County Bar Association held yesterday, the following well known men were appointed by President J. H. McNary to act as honorary pall bearers: Hon. William Waldo, Hon. George H. Burnett, Hon. William Galloway, Chief Justice Bean, Governor Geo. E. Chamberlain, Hon. A. Bush, Hon. Will R. King, Hon. George G. Bingham, Hon. W. H. Holmes, Hon. George H. Williams, Hon. A.C. Woodcock, Hon. H. H. Hewitt, Hon. Charles E. Wolverton, Hon. M. L. Jones, Hon. Edward McKinney. 
Mr. Ford left one sister and two brothers: Dr. Angie Ford Warren, of Portland; Charles D. Ford, of Seattle, and Frank Ford, of Rochester, Montana. These relatives will all be present for the funeral except Frank, who will be unable to reach here. 
Born in Missouri Mr. Ford was born in Missouri in 1843, while his parents Mr. and Mrs. John Ford, were crossing the plains to Oregon. The family arrived in Oregon in the fall of that year and settled on a farm north of this city, where Tilmon spent his boyhood days. He was educated in the common schools and at Willamette University, from which institution he was graduated in 1870. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1874. Career at the Bar Taking up the practice of his chosen profession in this city, Mr. Ford soon won recognition as a reliable legal adviser, a tactful trial lawyer and an orator of unusual ability. 
Like most of the old school of attorneys, he spent little time searching for precedents, but was well grounded in the principles of law and equity. Though he was very frequently employed to defend important criminal cases, he never based his defense upon unimportant technicalities. His skill in clearly presenting facts to a jury made him a strong advocate in the trial of cases upon the merits. 
The suits which brought him most to public attention were the damage cases against the Southern Pacific, arising from the wreck of a passenger train at Lake Labish in the early '90s. He was attorney for nearly all the claimants, and won every case. 
His ability as a public speaker made Mr. Ford a strong factor in politics and he served two terms in the Legislature from this county, one in the early '80s and the other in 1893. While a member of the Legislature Mr. Ford introduced the bill to move the state insane asylum from Portland to Salem, which became a law. He was chosen one of the Presidential electors from Oregon in 1900. As a stump speaker in an entertaining manner, he was one of the most popular Republican campaign speakers in the state. 
Gave to Willamette University 
Mr. Ford's law practice brought him a large income, which he invested in farms, and in recent years he devoted much of his time to the management of his ranches. 
In all business relations, whether in his personal affairs or work as an attorney, he enjoyed a reputation for the strictest integrity. It is understood that in recent years he made liberal donations to Willamette university, but with the agreement that his contributions should not be made known. 
Daily Oregon Statesman 3 Mar 1908 1:1-2. 

Tilmon Ford Dead.
Tilmon Ford, a prominent lawyer of Salem, died Sunday afternoon at the house of W. M. Kaiser in the Capitol City. Death was caused by paralysis. Mr. Ford was born in Missouri in 1843, while his parents were on their way to Oregon. He was educated at Willamette University, and was admitted to the bar in 1874. He was a lawyer of marked ability and accumulated a fortune in the practice of his profession. He was twice a member of the Legislature and twice a Presidential Elector from Oregon. He was a prominent member of the order of the Odd Fellows. Mr. Ford had a wide acquaintance in Polk county, and his death will be mourned by many friends.
Polk County Observer 3 Mar 1908, 1:4

Body of Veteran Attorney Consigned to Earth After Impressive Ceremonies. 
Clergy and Associates Unite in Praise of Character of Dead - Sermon By Rev. Knight and Short Addresses By Judges Galloway and Burnett - Odd Fellows’ Cemetery. 
A great concourse of people assembled at the First Congregational church yesterday afternoon at 2 o’clock to pay a last tribute of respect to the memory of that sterling character, Tilmon Ford, who died on Sunday afternoon after several weeks illness following a stroke of paralysis. 
The procession formed at the home of W. M. Kaiser, where Mr. Ford died, shortly before two o’clock, and wended its way to the church. At the church a double line of the friends of the dead was formed, from Liberty street to the north door of the church on Center street. When the coffin had been place before the altar and the crowd had filed in to take seats, there was no room to spare. 
The services opened with appropriate music by the choir of the church. The funeral sermon was delivered by the Rev. P. S. Knight. Rev. Knight delivered a very able and affecting discourse, in which he reviewed his life long acquaintance with the deceased, whom he had found ever upright, honorable, just – a manly man in every sense. Although perhaps not a Christian in the sense in which the churchman uses the work, the speaker said Mr. Ford’s life had been animated, and a life time of noble deeds inspired by a broad spirit of Christianity which many orthodox church goers never attain. 
Judge Galloway made a short by eloquent address in which he recited several incidents of his boyhood days with Mr. Ford, calculated to illustrate the high character of the deceased. He said that while all men may not have agreed with Mr. Ford, none could say that he was not a thoroughly upright and honest man. Judge Burnett told in an impressive manner of his professional associations with the deceased, whom he had always found to be a man of the strictest integrity, and with many fine impulses. 
The service at the church closed with another selection by the choir, after which the procession was formed and the cortege made its way to the cemetery. The services at the grave were in charge of the Odd Fellows. The beautiful ritualistic ceremonies of the order were gone through with and the body of Timon Ford had gone "forever to mix with the elements." It was a notable fact that the crowds at the cemetery was nearly as large as that at the church. The floral offerings were numerous and very beautiful. 
Oregon Statesman 4 Mar 1908 1:4
Vault burial.
IOOF Register of Burials 
OSBH DC (Marion County 1908) #6289 
Rigdon Vol. 4, #22 
1860 OR CENSUS (Marion Co., Salem, FA #369)
1870 CENSUS of East Salem pct., Marion Co., Oregon, pg. 40 
1900 OR CENSUS (Marion Co., ED 220, sheet 4B) 
Hodgkin pg 154-155 
OS 3 Mar 1908 1:1-2 
PCO 3 Mar 1908, 1:4
OS 4 Mar 1908 1:4 
OS 22 March 1908 10:5,6
LOT: 035 SPACE: Ford Vault - left LONGITUDE:  LATITUDE: 

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