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Salem Pioneer Cemetery ~ George E Myton ~ part of the Marion County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
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George E Myton
BORN: Abt 1860 DIED: 19 Nov 1888 BURIED: 20 Nov 1888
BIRTH PLACE:  Pennsylvania
DEATH PLACE: Salem, Marion Co., Oregon
Alias - James Payne; Possible: 1880 Census records a George Myton, age 21, b. Pennsylvania living in Colorado with his brother W. H. Also living in Colorado at that time is a Fannie Myton, with her two sisters Jennie and May, also b. in PA (they are not living at the same place as George, but these are the only Fannie and George Myton with this spelling, b. PA, approx the right age found in the 1880 Census)
Died in Prison. A convict, who gave his name as James Payne, aged 28 years, committed from Multnomah county January 28, 1888, for one year on a charge of larceny in a dwelling, died at the penitentiary yesterday from a relapse into remittent fever, from which he was convalescing until last Friday night, when he got out of bed and fell on the floor of his room, where he lay several hours before being discovered, and contracted a severe cold, from which he never rallied. The prison officials were much interested in him, from his manly bearing and fine accomplishments, readily recognizing that his troubles, as he himself assured them, were the result of dissipation, and not from inherent badness. It had been asserted by a fellow convict who was confidential with him, that Payne was of a wealthy and refined family in the East, and subsequent facts would seem to bear out this statement. In his cell was found a letter addressed to George E. Myton, from Altoona, Penn., and signed simply "Fannie", but written in a strain that would indicate a sister, who knew nothing of his serious troubles and was affectionately anxious for his return home. After his death, Supt. Downing, desirous of saving the body from the ordinary fate of unknown criminals, telegraphed to Fannie Myton at the street and number which headed the letter, and in return received a dispatch from an Altoona bank cashier to draw on sight for $200 to pay funeral expenses of George E. Myton, leaving no doubt that such was his true name, and though the signature to the dispatch was spelled differently, there is sufficient resemblance to suggest a relative, with the ordinary errors of spelling liable in the transmission. Mr. Downing has procured a lot in the I. O. O. F. cemetery, has had a fine coffin made, also a good suit of cloth money will not be needed, as he will only draw the amount expended. Daily Statesman 20 Nov 1888 FUNERAL OF GEORGE E. MYTON The funeral of James Payne, alias George E. Myton, the young convict who died at the penitentiary Monday and from whose sad story of folly, shame and death a whole volume of warning might be written, took place yesterday afternoon. Superintendent Downing had, in obedience to the dispatch from the Altoona bank cashier instructing him to draw on him at sight for $200 to defray funeral expensed, procured a lot in the I. O. O. F. cemetery, had a suit of clothes made and engaged a hearse and carriages. The banks here refused to honor the draft on the Altoona cashier until they had received further advices, so Superintendent Downing was compelled to become responsible for the expenses himself; but there can be no doubt that he will be reimbursed so soon as the Altoona man, who is supposed to be the deceased convict's brother, can be heard from. Shortly after 1 o'clock the remains of the dead felon were conveyed to the I. O. O. F. cemetery followed by a cortege consisting of the officers of the institution all of whom had become interested in him by reason of his frank and open nature and his many fine traits of character. At the grave Rev. Anslem Brown, pastor of the Congregational church, delivered a short and very appropriate address and with a prayer of supplication to God for the soul of the erring man whose sad fate had led him to a dishonored grave, his mortal remains were committed to the earth. Daily Oregon Statesman 21 Nov 1888, 3:1
LR IOOF Register of Burials DOS 20 Nov 1888 ?:? DOS 21 Nov 1888 3:1

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