Salem Pioneer Cemetery ~ John Osborn ~ part of the Marion County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
John Osborn
BORN: 25 Aug 1831 DIED: 18 Nov 1911 BURIED: 21 Nov 1911
DEATH PLACE: Greenwood, Polk Co., Oregon
MARRIAGE - John Osborn md Harriet Martin in Benton Co., circa 1867.
1880 OR CENSUS - John Osborn, age 48, farmer, b. Indiana, is enumerated with wife Harriett, age 35, b. Iowa, along with Orange E., male, age 12, b. Oregon, Estella, age 11, b. Oregon, John, age 8, b. Oregon, D. R., age 5, b. Oregon, and unnamed female, b. Feb 1880 in Oregon.
Spelling VARIATIONS - Osburn; Osborne; Osborn
At his home at Greenwood November 18, 1911, John Osburn, aged 80 years, 3 months and 21 days. Mr. Osburn has resided near Greenwood 46 years, and was well known as a man whose word was his bond. The funeral will be held from the Cottage undertaking parlors today at 1:30 p.m. Mr. Avison will officiate, and interment will be had in Odd Fellows cemetery. 
Daily Oregon Statesman
21 Nov 1911, 8:1

A Pioneer Gone
John Osborne, a pioneer of Polk county, died Sunday morning, and was buried this afternoon from the Cottage undertaking parlors. He was 80 years old, and had lived on the home place, near Greenwood, 46 years. The remains were buried at Rural cemetery. He leaves two sons and two daughters, one of them, Mrs. Huntley, of Polk county; W. F. Osborne, of the Osborne hotel, and Miss Verneta Osborne, of Eugene, were present at the funeral in this city.
Daily Capital Journal, 21 Nov 1911, 8:3

John Osburn passed away November 18, 1911, a good man and a just one. A friend pays him this tribute: One of the thrifty and thriving farmers of Polk county was John Osburn, a well known citizen of Independence, a town which is fortunate in having been settled by a remarkable enterprising, industrious and intelligent class of people. A man of upright principles and good business ability, he won well deserved success through his own energetic efforts and wisely directed toil, and while advancing his own interests, gave material assistance in developing the resources of his town and county. 
John Osburn was born in Orange county, Indiana, August 25, 1831, and acquired his early education in the old log school house, which constituted the entire educational equipment of that region. Reared to habits of diligence, he commenced when quite young to assist in the care of the home farm remaining with his parents until 1850. Ambitious then to enlarge his field of operations, he joined an emigrant train of three wagons bound for Oregon, paying $100 for his fare. During the six months that he was on the way, he walked the greater part of the distance, driving one of the teams. Settling first in Oregon City, he remained there until the spring of 1851, when he proceeded to Salem. In March 1852 he went to southern Oregon to engage in mining on Jackson creek in Jackson county. Soon after, he took up a donation claim of 160 acres on Little Butte, and was engaged in stock raising and mining for several years, being quite prosperous in both branches of industry. Also in company with P. P. Prim, he did considerable prospecting in that section of the state. At intervals during his residence there, serious trouble with the Indians arose and Mr. Osburn took an active part in some of the engagements of those years, serving from August 8, 1853 until November 1, 1853, under Capt. J. F. Miller, in the Rogue River war. Subsequently in the Rogue River war of 1855 and 1856, he served for eight months as second lieutenant of Company G, under Capt. Miles F. Alcon. Disposing of his ranch on the Little Butte in 1863, Mr. Osburn went to Idaho, where for two years he was (missing lines) after his present farm or at least 174 acres of it, which he had received in exchange for a band of bronchos, trading while on the way to Idaho. The land was wild prairie and this he has since transformed into a finely cultivated, rich and productive farm, adding all the improvements since he came here he also bought adjoining land, his estate now containing 250 acres of land which is devoted to general farming stock raising and dairying. 
In 1867, in Benton county, Oregon., Mr. Osburn married Harriet Martin who was born in Iowa in 1846. Her father, Jacob Martin, was among the pioneer settlers of Benton county, removing there with his family in 1847. Mr. and Mrs. Osburn have five children namely: Orange, a resident of Salem; Mrs. Estella Flynt, of Baker City; Ernest, living in Alaska; R. D. of Black Rock, and Loretta Huntley of Independence. 
Mr. Osburn is a member of the Oak Grove grange and has rendered his town excellent service as road supervisor, school clerk and school director. In politics he was a staunch Republican, uniformly casting his vote in support of the principles of that party. 
Capital Journal 24 Nov 1911 4:1, 2
John Osborn 
1831 - 1911
[shares marker with Harriet]
OSBH DC (Polk County 1911) #3353
Saucy Survey & Photographs
1880 OR CENSUS (Polk Co., Eola Pct., FA #80) 
DOS 21 Nov 1911 8:1 
CJ 24 Nov 1911 4:1, 2
DCJ 21 Nov 1911, 8:3