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Salem Pioneer Cemetery ~ Alford Jory ~ part of the Marion County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
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Alford Jory
BORN: 9 Sep 1869 DIED: 19 Jun 1879 BURIED: 21 Jun 1879
BIRTH PLACE:  Salem, Marion Co., Oregon
DEATH PLACE: Salem, Marion Co., Oregon
IOOF - Alfred [sic?] Jory, age 9, born in S. Salem, died in Salem of drowning, "children [4 year old Ralph Jory also died] of H. S. & Mary Jory drowned near the Capitol Saw Mills in the slough''.
DROWNED--Sad case of the drowning of two little boys in the Willamette river--About 5 o'clock yesterday morning the deep tones of the fire bell brought many of our citizens on the streets at perhaps an earlier hour than they would otherwise have appeared. The cause of the alarm was not fire, but a much more solemn one--that of "children lost," which when even spoken sends a thrill of excitement to everyone's heart. The alarm was soon spread that two little boys, sons of H. S. and Mary Jory of South Salem were lost and could not be found. The story as told us by the sorrowing parent is as follows: Thursday afternoon about 3 o'clock p.m. two of his little boys, Alfred [sic] and Ralph, aged respectively ten and five years strayed away from home and proceeded down the road towards the covered bridge. No particular notice was paid to them and they were not missed until the evening meal. Upon not appearing at that time fears began to arise of their being lost and search was immediately commenced. Many of the citizens joined in hunting the little wanderers but they were no where to be found. The last that could be heard of them was that they were playing around the large wheel in the street opposite the Flouring Mill, about 6:30 o'clock in the evening. This led some to think of the river and hastening that way, 'twas but a few moments until their hats were found, and immediately under them in about nine feet of water, the bodies were found, lying about five feet apart. Last Sunday Mr. Jory took the boys into a skiff and went over to the island, just across the slough and spent several hours in picking berries and other kinds of amusements. It is supposed that the little fellows went down to the river and in attempting to get into the skiff, from the hull of the Luckiamute Chief--which was about five feet distant, and where the bodies were found--they missed their footing and fell in. This is only supposition as no human eye witnessed the sight, and the exact cause will ever remain a mystery. The grief stricken parents have the heart felt sympathy of every one. The funeral will take place today from the residence at 11 o'clock. Rev. F. P. Tower officiating. Friends of the family are invited. 
Weekly Oregon Statesman 27 Jun 1879 1:5 

A MISTAKE--In our notice of the drowning of the little sons of Mr. and Mrs. Jory we were in error in stating the the children had been taken across to the Island on the Sunday before in a skiff, he only having taken a walk with them around the upper end of the slough, more than a mile from the place of drowning. 
Weekly Oregon Statesman 27 Jun 1879 1:9
Son of 
H. S. & M. Jory 
June 19, 1879 
Aged 9 years, 9 months, 10 days
IOOF Register of Burials 
DAR pg 3 
WOS 27 Jun 1879 1:5 
WOS 27 Jun 1879 1:9 
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