Salem Pioneer Cemetery ~ Stephen T. Church ~ part of the Marion County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
Stephen T. Church
BORN: 1 Jun 1829 DIED: 28 Mar 1871 BURIED: 11 Apr 1871
BIRTH PLACE:  Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania
DEATH PLACE: Santa Clara, Santa Clara Co., California
Age: 41 years, 9 months, 27 days;
DEATH of S.T. CHURCH--Last evening we received a telegram from C. P. Church at Oregon City, giving the sad intelligence that his brother, our much respected and beloved fellow townsman, Stephen T. Church, died yesterday at Santa Clara, Cal. We individually mourn in his death the loss of a much valued and intimate friend, one who will be often missed and always remembered, not by a few merely, but by many, for he was a true man, known among men for honorable dealing and for the possession of the best characteristics that pertain to man in the capacity of citizen, neighbor, friend. His remains, accompanied by Mrs. Church, will come to Oregon on the first steamer. The sympathies of all will be accorded to his family whose loss cannot be estimated because he was all that a husband and father could be. In his business relations Mr. Church was brought into contact with many persons and he won the respect of all. Successful in business and possessing ample means he was unaffected, unostentatious and sincere. His death leaves a vacancy in our midst that cannot be easily be filled. Daily Oregon Statesman 29 Mar 1871 3:2 In Memoriam--The remains of our deceased fellow townsman, S. T. Church, are no doubt on board of the steamer which left San Francisco yesterday. It will be a sad pleasure that is left to us to honor his memory by attending the poor clay in which has dwelt the soul of him we loved to its last burial. The Societies of which he was a member have taken suitable steps to have the remains received at Portland, and on their arrival here, and no doubt this community, in which he lived so long and was so much respected, will show more than common interest in attending his obsequies. DOS 6 Apr 1871 3:2 FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS--Committees of the Lodges of Odd Fellows and Masons to which the late S. T. Church belonged, went below yesterday to be on hand to receive his remains upon the arrival of the steamer and escort them hither for burial. If the steamer arrives in time the funeral cortege will come up the river to-day on the Reliance, but probably it will not come until to-morrow. If the Reliance comes up to-day the Fannie Patton will come up tomorrow. The funeral services are set for Tuesday, and arrangements are made to have members of the Orders come down on that day, by the Reliance, from Corvallis, Albany and Independence, and also from Oregon City, and if the weather is pleasant many are expected from Silverton and Jefferson, to take part in the obsequies. After the services the up river passengers will return by the steamer Fannie Patton. 
Daily Oregon Statesman 9 Apr 1871 3:1 

FUNERAL SERVICES--The funeral service for the late S. T. Church will take place this afternoon at 2 o'clock. The steamer Idaho arrived at Portland last evening at a late hour. The boats of the P. T. Company were to be kept ready and start the earliest moment and it is expected that the Fannie Patton will arrive by 10 a.m. with the funeral escort. The place where the services will take place will be designated at an early hour this morning. 
Daily Oregon Statesman 11 April 1871 3:1 

BURIAL of S. T. CHURCH--Yesterday morning, as announced, the steamer Fannie Patton came up the river with the remains of S. T. Church, bringing, also many family friends, members of the P. T. Company and of the Masonic fraternity, of which the deceased was long a member. The flags of the steamer were at half mast, as were those of the steamers at the wharf here, and also of the Reliance, which soon after came down the river with many members of the Odd Fellows and Masons and other friends of the deceased. The remains were taken to the Congregational Church where the funeral exercises afterwards took place. Many persons had come in from inland towns, and at 2 o'clock the procession moved to the church from the Masonic Lodge, headed by about fifty of the Order of Odd Fellows, to which the deceased also belonged, but having been for many years a Mason, is which Order he stood high, the burial was conducted by them. About one hundred and thirty Masons marched to the church, which could not near hold all who were in attendance. The exercises were conducted by Rev. P. S. Knight whose address was very impressive. Afterwards the procession formed again with the addition of over twenty carriages, and proceeded to the Odd Fellow's Rural Cemetery where the beautiful burial service was read at the grave by Grand Master, D. G. Clark, of Corvallis, assisted by Rev. T. M. Martin of Salem, as Chaplain. The members of the Orders then marched around the grave and each deposited therein a sprig of evergreen, the symbol of immortality, and with the grand salute, the Order to which he so long belonged, bade adieu to a well beloved companion and friend. 
Daily Oregon Statesman 12 April 1871 3:1, 2
Stephen T. Church 
1829 - 1971 

Monument - written on west side: Stephen T. Church born in Luzerne Co. PA June 1, 1829 died in Santa Clara Co. Cal March 28, 1871
Saucy Survey & Photographs 
DAR pg 50 
Marion Co., probate files 
DOS 29 Mar 1871 
3:2 DOS 6 Apr 1871 3:2 
DOS 9 Apr 1871 3:1 
DOS 11 Apr 1871 3:1 
DOS 12 Apr 1871 3:1 2 
Pacific Christian Advocate 15 Apr 1871
LOT: 532 SPACE: 1 NW LONGITUDE: N 44° 55.191' LATITUDE: W 123° 02.875'