Salem Pioneer Cemetery ~ Richard H. Dearborn ~ part of the Marion County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
Richard "Dick" H. Dearborn
BORN: 23 Feb 1832 DIED: 29 Aug 1889 BURIED: Aug 1889
BIRTH PLACE:  Madison, Jefferson Co., Indiana
DEATH PLACE: Salem, Marion Co., Oregon
IOOF - R. H. Dearborn, age 57 y's 6 m's 6 d's, died in Salem of dropsy, was postmaster at time of his death.
1889 Directory - Spouse: Helen A. res Commercial s w corner Jackson

Miss Nellie Morgan came up from Portland last night, on a visit to the family of Hon. R. H. Dearborn, in South Salem. 
Oregon Statesman, Jan. 20, 1888, 3:3;
At his home, corner of Commercial & Dearborn streets, this city, on Thursday, Aug 19th, 1889 at 5 o'clock p. m. Richard H. Dearborn, aged 57 years, 6 mo, and 6 days. 
Few announcements have so stirred the city in many years as did this one last evening. His friends of every household had been in cheerful hopefulness the past week, having heard of his improvement and this was to the great many the first intimination that an unfavorable turn had taken place. 
Deceased was not a well man for a long time, but not until a few weeks ago was he prostrated dangerously. His affliction was of a dropsical nature and the best of medical skill was called into action for his relief. Delicate surgical operations, often resorted to in dropsy, were performed and this was followed by inflammation of the stomach, which, however, was subsided and better hopes were then entertained. he fluctuated for better and worse until about a week ago, when permanent movement appeared and continued until Sunday, when he felt able to sit up, eat and take a short ride in a Gurney. 
Since Monday, he was not so well and suffered terribly the two days preceding his death, when erysipelas attacked the lower limbs. This left the physician no hope, but the impending danger was not expected so soon, and his loving family and friends were without immediate fear until a few minutes before his death appeared and relieved him from his sufferings. 
Mr. Dearborn was born in Madison, Indiana, February 3, 1832; came to Oregon by way of the isthmus of Panama in 1853. He settled in Roseburg and engaged in the mercantile business. He was the first clerk of Douglas county. He was married in Roseburg in 1859 to his now mourning wife, then Helen A. Flint. In 1864 they moved to Salem, where he became a member of the mercantile firm of Pardue, Heath, Dearborn & Co., afterward going into the harness business and his well-known shop on Commercial street was only closed last evening. 
During his residence here he occupied many positions of honor and trust, which he filled to the satisfaction of all and the pride of his friends. He was clerk of the Capitol Building commission in 1878; he was six years the bookkeeper for the penitentiary, though not outwardly occupying the position, but his fine abilities as an accountant made his services indispensable. He was twelve years a member of the board of education in this district, and to say he was perhaps the best who ever occupied the position is voicing the sentiment of the community. To his efforts are largely due the present ample and advanced condition of the city's public school system. When Gen. Odell's term as postmaster was about to expire last spring, Mr. Dearborn received the appointment and took possession of the office just four days before President Harrison took his seat, and had his life been spared his tenure of the place would never have been questioned, for, as in all other positions he occupied, everybody was satisfied. The only fraternal order of which he was of late years a member was Protection lodge, A. O. U. W., this city, whose members are sorely grieved at his loss. 
If "Dick" Dearborn has an enemy, or one who would cast a reflection upon his name as an honorable, upright man and citizen, such a person is not known to the writer's observation. He was true hearted, faithful, manly and honest. His friendships were strong and he never had sufficient unkindness of heart to make enemies. In politics, he was a strong democrat, but to-day all partisans will mingle over his remains, either personally or figuratively, with equal sorrow. As a husband and father his kindness and care are best mirrored by the terribly severe and sincere sorrow of those he leaves behind, and whose utter prostration adds to the gloom of the picture. 
He leaves a wife and five children - three daughters and two sons - Frank S., salesman at T. McF. Patton's stationary house; Misses Elizabeth F., Ella H., S. Catherine, and the bright lad of fourteen years, Rick H., the latter his father's great pride. They do not need to be told of the deep sympathy felt for them in their grave bereavement, it is so universal they will feel sits softening influence everywhere. 
The funeral will be held from the residence this afternoon at 4 o'clock and burial at Odd Fellows' Rural cemetery. Friends of the family invited. 
Daily Oregon Statesman 30 Aug 1889 4:3 

At his home, corner of Commercial & Dearborn streets, this city, on Thursday, Aug 19th, 1889 at 5 o'clock p. m. Richard H. Dearborn, aged 57 years, 6 mo, and 6 days. 
Oregon Statesman 6 Sep 1889 2:3 

The funeral of the late Richard H. Dearborn, which occurred at 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon was a true index of the great respect and esteem entertained for him and his family, also of the deep grief caused in the community by his death and the earnest sympathy felt for the bereaved ones. 
The services were conducted at the residence by President Van Scoy, of the Willamette university, who delivered an appropriate address full of that earnest pathos which seeks the deepest recesses of the hearts and causes the chords of sympathy to vibrate in unison with those whose grief needs no prompter to bring wails and tears. 
The sight of that wife bereft of a husband so true and kind, five children deprived of a loving, indulgent father, was sad beyond description; and in a degree of grief scarcely removed from theirs was his fond sister, Mrs. Kearney, all forming such a picture of deep sorrow as all who witnessed hope to never see again. 
The coffin was placed in the hearse and the sad procession formed, making the longest line of carriages, fifty-four in number, seen in Salem in many years, upon a like occasion. At the grave the scene was heartrending and men who have not wept before since childhood or upon occasions of personal grief, shed floods of tears of genuine sorrow. As all that was mortal of Richard H. Dearborn was lowered into the ground, many a heart issued forth the thought "there goes one of nature's noblest pieces of handiwork back to mother earth; peace to his ashes." 
No more generous chaplet will be woven around Mr. Dearborn's tomb, nor one that he, in his generous heart, would value more highly, than that which was woven last evening by seven of his fellow citizens, practical men of the world though they be. the business of governments and of peoples must be carried on no matter who Death may call, so some action became necessary to fill Mr. Dearborn's place in the post office. The appointment of a temporary successor devolves upon the bondsmen of the deceased. Seven of these - Hon. Edw. Hirsch, Hon. A. N. Gilbert, Hon. John G. Wright, R. S. Wallace, Geo. W. Johnson, John Hughes and J. A. Baker - held a meeting last night and unanimously decided upon appointing Mrs. Helen A. Dearborn, widow of the deceased, to the vacant place. This was a graceful act, to which there is not a doubt the people will say "well done." These gentlemen are all republicans, Mr. Dearborn was a democrat, and it is pleasing and proper to see partisanship laid aside under such circumstances. J. J. Dalrymple, a democratic bondsman, did not appear at the meeting. 
Oregon Statesman 6 Sep 1889 2:4
Richard H. Dearborn 
Born in Madison, Indiana 
Feb. 23, 1832 
Aug. 29, 1889
IOOF Register of Burials 
DAR pg 31 
1889-1890 R.L. Polk & Co's Salem Directory pg 50 
DOS 30 Aug 1889 4:3 
OS 6 Sep 1889 2:3 
OS 6 Sep 1889 2:4 
OS 3 Jan 1890 (Necrology)