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Salem Pioneer Cemetery ~ James Oscar Beardsley ~ part of the Marion County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
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James Oscar Beardsley
BORN: 14 Jun 1852 DIED: 14 Apr 1939 BURIED: 15 Apr 1939
BIRTH PLACE:  Gallia Co., Ohio
DEATH PLACE: Salem, Marion Co., Oregon
BIOGRAPHICAL (Source – Portrait and Biographical Record of the Willamette Valley, pp 477-478):
No name in Marion county is more indicative of best that can be accomplished in general farming, stock-raising and fruit and hop culture, than that of J. O. Beardsley, who owns and operated a farm of four hundred and eighty-eight acres. Mr. Beardsley is a descendant of forefathers who were successful farmers in Ohio. He was born in Gallia county, Ohio, January 14, 1852, and was one of a large family of children. His mother Harriett Evaline Cassel, died at the age of thirty-five years, when James O. was but five weeks old. His father Henry Judson Beardsley, combined farming with steamboating on the Ohio river, and was captain on a merchandise craft, and also owned interests in other boats. He lived on the old home place in Ohio, enjoying a well earned rest until his death, at the age of eighty-two years, March 30, 1903. Notwithstanding his advanced age, he was in full possession of all his faculties up to time of his death.
Until his twenty-second year J. O. Beardsley worked on the home farm in Ohio. In the meantime he acquired his education in the public schools and at the Gallipolis Academy. Following a prearranged plan, he came to Oregon in 1875, arriving June 6. Having but little money, he began work as a farm hand in Marion county, but soon after was enabled to rent a place on shares, and was so successful that after three years he was able to buy a small farm in the Missions Bottoms, where he lived an prospered until 1886.
In the meantime, in 1878, he married Miss Emma Gorsline, who was born August 8, 1853, a native of New York state; she has borne him six children, the order of their birth being as follows: Effie A., Walter W., Mary A., Arthur F., Elmer O., and Harry J. Of these, Walter, who married Miss Alice Potter, of Malerne, Iowa, is engaged independently in farming in Marion county. The others reside at home. In 1886, Mr. Beardsley came to his present farm, which was partially improved, though merely incidental to the more extensive arrangement s of the present owner, He has a well appointed home, up-to-date outbuildings, and tow Allen fruit-driers, each having a capacity of two hundred bushels for each drying of twenty-four hours. Twenty-five acres of this land is devoted to prune culture, and sixteen acres to hops. During the year 1902 he raised twenty-one hundred pounds of hops. Of this farm, four hundred acres are under cultivation, the balance being devoted to stock raising, making a specialty of Durham cattle and Poland-China hogs.
In politics Mr. Beardsley is a Republican, and has taken an active interest in local affairs. He has always warmly advocated advanced ideas in the education of the youth of the land, and has served from many years on the local school board. He has also devoted considerable of his time to the duties of the office of road supervisor. Aside from these, he has never been an aspirant for political office, though frequently besought by his friends to allow his name to be presented before the conventions of his party. He is a member of and liberal contributor to the support of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Mr. Beardsley is highly esteemed by his numerous friends for his devotion to the highest interests of the community, for he has exhibited an unselfish and broad-minded spirit in his participation in all movements calculated to advance the public welfare. He is recognized as a man possessing fine business qualifications, and his integrity has never been brought into question, even by those who have had occasion to differ radically from him as to the ways and means to be adopted toward the common end sought.
PHOTOGRAPH NOTE - The picture of J. O. Beardsley is taken from PBRW, pg 476.
OSBH (Marion County 1939) #295 - James O. Beardsley, male, widowed (Emma L.), retired farmer, b. 14 Jun 1852 in Ohio, d. 14 Apr 1939 in Salem, Oregon (Rt. 7 Box 120) at the age of 86 y's 10 m's, name of father Henry J. Beardsley (b. England), maiden name of mother Eliza J. Roach, interment IOOF 15 Apr, undertaker W. T. Rigdon, informant Elmer Beardsley of Chicago, Ill.
At the residence, route 7, Salem, April 14, James O. Beardsley, aged 86 years. 
Father of Mrs. Effie Morgan and Walter Beardsley of Salem, Mrs. Mary Poole and Harry Beardsley of Klamath Falls, Arthur F. Beardsley of Albany and Elmer Beardsley of Chicago, Ill.; brother of Mrs. Hattie Priestly of Columbus, Ohio. Funeral services will be held from the W. T. Rigdon company chapel Saturday, April 15, at 1:30 p.m. Interment IOOF cemetery. Rev. Irving A. Fox will officiate. 
Oregon Statesman 15 April 1939 5:1 

James Beardsley Last Rites Today
Prominent Agriculturalist of Keizer Vicinity is Called at Age 86. 
James Oscar Beardsley, 86, for many years a prominent farmer and fruit grower in the Keizer district, died early Friday morning at the home of Mrs. T. B. Morgan on Salem route seven, with whom he had lived the last two years. He suffered a stroke three weeks ago, prior to which he had been in good health. Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 1:30 o’clock at the Rigdon mortuary, Rev. Irving A. Fox officiating and interment in IOOF cemetery here. 
Mr. Beardsley left here about 20 years ago for Klamath Falls where he engaged in business until Mrs. Beardsley died four years ago, since when he has been with his children. He was born June 14, 1852, in Gallia county, Ohio, near Gallipolis, and came around Cape Horn to Oregon in 1875, settling near the old mission farm 12 miles north of Salem. 
To Keizer in 1889. 
In 1878 he married Emma Louise Jones, who came west from New York state in 1875 also, and in 1889 moved to Keizer. Early in life he united with the Methodist church, in which he was an active worker. Surviving are six children; Mrs. Effie A. Morgan, Salem; Walter W. Beardsley, Salem; Mrs. Mary A. Poole, Klamath Falls; Arthur F. Beardsley, Albany; Elmer O. Beardsley of Chicago, Ill., who came two weeks ago to be with his father; and Harry J. Beardsley of Klamath Falls; four sisters, Mrs. Hattie A. Priestley, Columbus, O; Mrs. Effie Sawyer, Gallipolis, O.; Mrs. Mary McCormick, Athens, O.; and Mrs. Kate Graham, Berkeley, Calif.; also 6 great grandchildren, several grandchildren, nephews and nieces. 
Oregon Statesman 15 April 1939 5:8
J. Oscar 1
852 - 1939 
[shares marker with Emma L.]
OSBH (Marion County 1939) #295 
Saucy Survey & Photographs
PBRW, pp 477-478
OS 15 April 1939 5:1 
OS 15 April 1939 5:8
LOT: 663 SPACE: 1 NW LONGITUDE: N 44° 55.167' LATITUDE: W 123° 02.917'

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