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Salem Pioneer Cemetery ~ Mary Elizabeth Albert ~ part of the Marion County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
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Mary Elizabeth Albert
MAIDEN NAME: Holman AKA 1:  AKA 2:  AKA 3: 
BORN: 11 Apr 1844 DIED: 9 Jul 1905 BURIED: 11 Jul 1905
BIRTH PLACE:  Salem, Marion Co., Oregon
DEATH PLACE: Salem, Marion Co., Oregon
MARRIAGE - John H. Albert, 18 Apr 1867, in Marion Co., Oregon
1870 OR CENSUS - M. H. Albert, female, age 20, b. Oregon, is enumerated with J. H. Albert, age 31, occupation bank clerk, b. Virginia, along with J. H., male, age 2, b. Oregon, and M. J., female, age 6 months, b. Oregon. Also enumerated with the family is R. A. Cave, female, age 17, occupation domestic, b. Oregon.
1880 OR CENSUS - Mary H. Albert, age 36, b. Oregon, is enumerated with husband J. H. Albert, age 41, occupation bank clerk, b. Virginia, along with Joseph H., age 12, b. Oregon, Myra, age 10, b. Oregon, Blanche, age 8, b. Oregon, and Harry, age 6, b. Oregon.
1900 OR CENSUS - Mary H. Albert, age 56, mother of 4, b. Apr 1844 in Oregon, is enumerated with her husband of 33 years, John, age 61, occupation banker, b. Feb 1839 in Virginia, along with Harry E., age 26, single, occupation bank cashier, b. Oregon. Also enumerated with the family is Yen Sin, age 38, widowed, identified as servant, b. China, year of immigration 1879.

"The moving spirit in the promotion and organization of the Pioneer Oil company had been Joseph Holman, of the famous 1839-40 immingration from Peoria, Ills. Holman, newly arrived by foot, had seen the passengers land from the Lausanne at Fort Vancouver, and as Almira Phelps, teacher, one of the members of the party, walked down the gangplank, he whispered to a companion, "That is the lady I intend to marry." A year or so later, he secured the lady's consent and fulfilled his wish. Their daughter became the wife of the late John. H. Albert and the mother of the late Joseph Albert." 
Oregon Statesman 26 May 1940 (Bits for Breakfast, by R. J. Hendricks)
J. H. Albert's Automobile is Overturned on Steep Hill
Mrs. Albert is Badly Injured
Suffers a Fracture of Left Jaw-Bone, Collar-Bone and Three Upper Ribs
Other Members of Party Escape Injury
When Machine Was Ascending Hill, Key Came Out of Valve Pin, Allowing Links to Drop, Reversing Engine.
As a result of an automobile accident, which transpired about one mile from the Polk county end of the steel bridge, last Evening, Mrs. J. H. Albert suffered a series of injuries which, while they are not regarded as serious are nevertheless very painful, and will doubtless confine her to her bed for several weeks. The machine which was responsible for the accident was that of J. H. Albert, and, as Mr. Albert explains, the disaster was due to toe water, and, consequently, steam, having become exhausted while the car was climbing the steep incline leading to the old Rynearson rock quarry. When the car stopped and began to run back, Mr. Albert saw what was about to happen, and he applied the emergency brake, which refused to work, and he then steered the machine upon the uphill side of the road which it mounted and rolled over upon its side, precipitating the occupants, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Albert and Mrs. Harry G. Albert, into the rocky road. Mr. Albert and Mrs. Harry Albert escaped without injury. 
Mrs. Albert's injuries 
The accident transpired shortly before 8 o'clock. A cab was summoned to the scene immediately, when the numbers of the party were brought to their respective homes in the city. Dr. Richardson was called in to examine into Mrs. Albert's injuries, with the report that it was found that she had sustained a fracture of the right collar bone, three upper ribs on the right side and a fracture of the jawbone on the left side. She also suffered severe bruises about the face. Although painful and of such a nature as will confine her to her home and bed for several weeks, Mrs. Albert's injuries are not regarded as very serious, but her escape from the even more serious, in not fatal results, is little short of miraculous. Mr. Albert states that the water and steam supply exhausted and the brake would not work, when, in his efforts to avoid racing madly down the grade and upon the narrow roadway and to escape serious accident, if possible, he steered the machine upon the uphill side of the road, when it backed upon the hillside and overturned. 
Escape From Death Miraculous 
The road at this point is not only steep, but narrow and rocky. It takes its course around the hill and upon the one side is a sharp descent and the other an equally abrupt ascent. Had the car backed over the downhill side of the road there is no doubt that the accident would have been much more appalling. Mrs. Albert is about 60 years of age and has been in a delicate state of health for some time past. She was resting as easily as possible at last reports and no apprehensions is felt as to her injuries taking a more serious turn. John T. Albert, a nephew of J. H. Albert, went after the machine last night and, upon investigation, found that the accident was caused by the key coming out of the valve pin and allowing the links to drop down, reversing the engine. John Maurer, an expert upon automobile mechanism, says this a quite an unusual disorder and that under circumstances, the accident could not have been avoided unless one was fully aware of what had happened. 
Chapman, pg. 119. 

Mrs. John H. Albert Buried With Impressive Ceremonies Yesterday
Death, Which Occurred Sunday Morning at Eleven O'clock, Was Result of Automobile Accident that Happened Wednesday Night on Rynearson Road
Mrs. John H. Albert died at her home in this city on Sunday, July 9th, at noon. Although the deceased has been an invalid for years, the immediate cause of her death was the result of injuries received in the automobile accident of last Wednesday evening, which in the case of a person of good health, would not have been serious. 
The maiden name of the deceased was Mary Elizabeth Holman. The child of Joseph and Almira Phelps Holman. She was born April 11, 1844, in Salem, Oregon. Her parents both arrived in Oregon in 1840, her father coming across the plains and her mother around the Horn in the Methodist missionary ship Lausanne. Both arrived in Oregon City on the same day. Mrs. Albert was one of the first white children born in Salem, being one of a family of four. George B. Holman, a brother, in Salt Lake City, is the only surviving member of the family, two sisters having passed away in young womanhood. 
Mrs. Albert received her education in Wilbraham academy, Massachusetts, before the building of the first transcontinental railroad, making the journey with the family by way of the Panama route. The family remained in the east until the education of the children was completed. With the exception of that time, she has lived in Salem continuously. 
In April 1867, she was united in marriage with Mr. John Albert, and this union was blessed with a family of five children, four of whom are living: Joseph Albert, Harry E. Albert, Mrs. Myra A. Wiggins and Mrs. George F. Rodgers, all of this city. The fifth and youngest child, a son, died in infancy. At an early age the deceased united with the Methodist church, but soon after her marriage transferred her membership to the Presbyterian church of which she remained until her death, a consistent and devoted member. Her entire life was one of most perfect unselfishness; devotion to her home and children being her only aim. Her children were all born in the old home which stood for years on the corner of Court and Winter streets, but which was moved to its present location in University addition in 1888. At the time of her death she had three grandchildren, and the later years of her life have been full of thoughts for their pleasure and interest. 
For the past few years she has suffered considerably from nervous decline, being an invalid and under the care of a doctor and nurse for the past year. She recently returned from a trip to Hot Lake in Union county, where she spent a few weeks, in the hope that it would benefit her health. In this, however, she met with disappointment. 
The funeral was held yesterday at 4 o'clock, at the family home in University addition, being conducted by Rev. Henry T. Babcock, of the Presbyterian church, and Rev. P. S. Knight, the latter a friend of the family for the last forty-five years. The services were simple in form, in harmony with what would have been the wishes of the deceased. A quartet, consisting of Mrs. Ella McDowell, Miss Elma Byrne, Mr. [missing data] Miss Edith Ketchum as accompanist, rendered some of the old hymns familiar to Mrs. Albert in her life time. 
The pall bearers were C. A. Park, A. McGill, E. M. Croisan, A. O. Condit, John Scott, and Dr. John Griffith. The interment was in the family lot at the I.O.O.F. cemetery. A large number were present at the funeral, including many of the old residents of Salem who had known Mrs. Albert from girlhood. There were a large number of floral offerings. 
Mrs. Albert will be sadly missed by a most devoted family circle, and her kindly offices will be long remembered by a large part of the whole people of Salem, who will join with the writer in offering the most sincere sympathy to the bereaved ones. 
Chapman, pg. 119-120.
Mary Holman Albert
April 11, 1844
July 9, 1905
DAR pg 67 
Saucy Survey & Photographs
Marriage Records of Marion County Oregon, VOl. I, 1849-1871, pg 62
1870 OR CENSUS (Marion Co., E. Salem, FA #276)
1880 OR CENSUS (Marion Co., E. Salem, ED 80, pg 33C)
1900 OR CENSUS (Marion Co., Salem, ED 135, sheet 3A)
OS 26 May 1940 
Chapman pg 119-121

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