IOOF - James C. Murphy, age 29, was murdered near Salem by James Kelly, who then committed suicide;
Marion County Burial; Probate File indicates that James C. Murphy died 16 May 1883. Adm. H. A. Johnson is selected 6 Dec. 1883. No heirs given. Shot & killed himself.
"It is estimated that James Murphy saved Marion county four thousand dollars by shooting himself. The last shot was the best"
Corvallis Gazette, 25 May 1883, pg 3
1880 census show a James C. Murphy, age 26 b. MA, living with the Harpole family in Rock Creek, Wasco Co., Oregon.