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Cooper Mountain Cemeteries, Aloha, OR

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There are two cemeteries named Cooper Mountain Cemetery. They are about a mile apart. One on Kemmer Rd and one on Gassner Road.

Initially I was confused as to which cemetery the Baker's and Miller's were buried in. I finally realized that it was the Cooper Mountain Evangelical Cemetery on Gassner Road. Some of my early emails, which I show below, reflect that confusion.

I talk about both cemeteries on this page because it turns out that at least one of Bette's cousins is buried at the Catholic Cemetery.

Cooper Mountian Catholic Cemetery


Cooper Mountian Evangelical Cemetery

People buried in these cemetery, read like a road map of the area: Miller, Gassner, Kemmer, Bany, Grabhorn.....

Cooper Mountian Catholic Cemetery

In Nov of 2005, I asked Sue Tenison, who lives in Beaverton and is Bette's daughter, to try to find Cooper Mountain Cemetery and take a few photos. Cooper Mountain Catholic Cemetery is located on the northeast corner of SW Kemmer Rd. and SW 190th Ave., Aloha, Oregon

Dear Sue,

I have a genealogy research task for you. First, have you looked at my web site that I started  for the Baker family?
http://www.silogic.com/clarno/Bette%20Baker.htm

I've found alot of interesting new information about the Bakers but probably the most interesting is that your great-great-grandmother, Eliza Smith, and your great-grandaunt, Alice Smith Miller, both moved to Oregon and are buried in Cooper Mountain Cemetery. Your mom already knew that your great-grandmother, Laura Ann Smith Baker Young, had moved there.

Looks like, from the death certificates, that arrangements for both were made by Pegg Paxson & Springer Funeral Home. Eliza died in 1920, Alice died in 1925 and Laura died in 1930.

The Tombstone Transcription Project walked the cemetery in 2003 and put the list of people buried there on rootsweb.com. I looked at that list but Eliza and Alice were not on it.

The 2nd husband of your great-grandmother, Laura Smith Baker Young, Thomas Young, is also buried at the same cemetery.

If you have time, how about going by the cemetery and taking some pictures. I don't expect you will find their tombstones but take a look around.

Thanks,
Mark

PS: in other interesting tidbits that I am still researching:
1. your mom's uncle, Thomas Baker, may be buried at the Los Angeles National Cemetery.
2. A first cousin of your mom, Rufus O. Baker may have lived and died in West Linn, Clackmas Co. He died in 1984.
Mark,

I drove directly to the cemetery, via your location, and still had to stare about quite a bit to recognize that the big corner lot/field, was indeed a cemetery.  I parked by the side of the road and pulled back a rickety gate (at least it wasn't posted "No Trespassing") and walked into a large field with less than a dozen grave markers.  None belonged to our family members.  Four basic families were represented, three of whom had streets named for them in the area and one additional Germanic sounding name.  Our family members are now an indiscriminate part of a larger field. Enjoy.

Sue
Sue,

Thanks for doing the feet-on-the-ground work. I didn't figure the tombstones would be there.

I might be interesting if you could find out if there are records regarding the cemetery still around. The grounds appear to be kept up so there must be a maintenance crew. If that much support in still in place, there may be plot maps available. It still might be possible to locate the graves even though the tombstones are missing. It would be an exciting task.

Mark

PS: Your great-grandmother, Laura Ann Smith Young is also buried somewhere in the Portland area. From her death cert, it appears to  read "Davis" cemetery, although it is very hard to read. I need to do a little more checking. It does not come up on a Google search.
Dear Sue,

Can I ask you to do a couple more Genealogy tasks when you have time?
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Since the Cooper Mountain Cemetery was not in good shape, we can try to find out if there are any records (like plot maps) for it.

The goal would be to check around Aloha and find out anything about the cemetery:
1. who owns it?
2. who maintains it?
3. who has records for it?

A few quick phone call to these kind of folks might lead to some info (you may think of other possibilities):
1. Aloha Chamber of Commerce
2. Aloha Library
3. Genealogical Society of Washington County Oregon
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The second thought I had would be to call
Pegg, Paxson & Springer Funeral Home
4675 SW Watson Ave
Beaverton
503-644-1176

Explain to them the situation and ask if they have any historical information about Eliza, Mary Alice or Laura.

Here is a summary of your ancestors that should be buried at Cooper Mountain with burial arrangements handled by Pegg:

Eliza Smith  died: 6 Aug 1920   buried: 7 Aug 1920   Cooper Mountain
Mary Alice Smith Miller   died: 19 May 1925  buried: 22 May 1925   Cooper Mountain
Laura Ann Smith Baker Young  died: 28 Dec 1930  buried: ??

Laura's second husband Thomas Young is also buried there but the arrangements were not handled by Pegg:

Thomas Young  died: 9 Dec 1944  buried: 14 Dec 1944 Cooper Mountain

Bette thinks that Thomas Young was brought back to Aloha after his death to be buried next to his wife Laura. So that is why we think Laura is also buried at Cooper Mountain but we can't read any cemetery info from her death certificate.
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So if you have time, Thanks,
Mark

It was after these emails, that I realized this was the wrong cemetery. I visited the cemetery in Jun 2007 and a few photos are below (furthur down on this page is information about the 'other' Cooper Mountain Cemetery.


June 2007 Trip to the Cooper Mountain Catholic Cemetery

Ron Tenison, Sue's husband, and I visited both of these cemeteries in June of  2007. Here are photos. These are Gassner's. Dora Lee Miller married into this family. The other Gassner's are not related to Bette's family.

View from junction of SW Kemmer Road and SW 190th Street
General View
ALOVIS DIZ GASSNER
1877-1942
"Dad"
DORA LEE GASSNER
1882-1942
"Mom"
Dora Lee is the daughter of George Miller and Mary Alice Smith.
Cindy Cole (cl_cndyyahoo.com), who has emailed me information, is their granddaughter.
ALOIS GASSNER
BORN
DEC. 15, 1847
DIED
JAN. 8, 1916
AT REST
(southeast face)
JUSTINA GASSNER
BORN
JULY 7, 1848
DIED
JAN. 25, 1920
AT REST
(southwest face)
JULIUS GASSNER
1884    1946
AGNES M. GASSNER
1896-1975
Eva  Gassner 1910
LEOLA LOWIS GASSNER
BORN
Nov. 27, 1903
DIED
Dec. 2, 1905
(North side of four-sided stone; other sides appear blank.  Small "L. L. G." tablet in ground nearby)
XAVIER A. GASSNER
1874-1943
HUSBAND



Cooper Mountian Evangelical Cemetery

The Cooper Mountain Evangelical Cemetery is the one where Bette's grandmother, great grandmother and cousins are buried. It is on Gassner Road just east of Miller Hill Road.

Bette and Sue,

As I continued searching for info about Cooper Mountain Cemetery, I kept being pointed to St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Beaverton.

Well, I didn't think the Smith's and Miller's would be buried in a catholic cemetery!

I finally figured it out. There are two Cooper Mountain Cemeteries. The one on Kemmer and another on Gassner Road between 190th and Miller Hill Road. This one is about a mile from the first.

I found a transcription for that cemetery
http://members.tripod.com/dgrawrock/Cemeteries/Cooper%20Mountain.htm
and there were Laura and Tom Young along with George and Mary (Alice) Miller. Eliza Smith, though, was not listed.
This web site described the cemetery on Grabhorn Road but I believe that is not correct. It is on Gassner Road.
(Mark's added note: I found Gustav and Rosa Grabhorn in the 1910 census just few pages away from George and Alice Miller, also found a bunch of Gassner's.)

I just didn't believe that tombstones from a relatively short time ago would be gone as Sue found in the first cemetery. I knew we should be finding tombstones.

Other names I recognize in this new cemetery are:
  Edward H. Miller 1896-1973 --- This is probably Edwin H Miller, the son of George and Mary Alice Miller.

So, Sue, how about another field trip to this cemetery?

Look for tombstones of:
    Laura Young  1860-1930
    Tom Young  1859-1944
    George Miller  1858-1929
    Mary Alice Miller  1858-1925
    Edward H. Miller  1896-1973
    Barbara N. Miller  1914-1983

and if you can find it of:
    Eliza Smith  ~1832-1920

Mark
Date:            Wed, 28 Dec 2005 21:22:18 -0800
From:            Don Kelly <ocollaughcomcast.net>
Subject:         Re: Cooper Mountain Evangelical Cemetery, Aloha

There are two newer transcriptions (2004) of this cemetery here.

http://www.rootsweb.com/~orwashin/Cem/cemlist.html

Mark's Note: These transcripts on this site are in some obscure format which my computer could not handle.

Here is another source for the transcription of Cooper Mountain Evangelical Cemetery.

The interesting thing is that it lists Eliza Smith but her tombstone is missing. The plat numbers are in sequential order with the other Baker's and Miller's. Below on this page are the plat numbers.
In Jan of 2006, I received a packet of information and photos from Cindy Cole. Cindy is descendant from George and Alice Miller. She had visited this cemetery and here are some photos. I don't know when they were taken.
Mary Alice Smith Miller
George Washington Miller
Laura Ann Smith Baker Young
Thomas Young



June 2007 Trip to the Cooper Mountain Evangelical Cemetery

Ron Tenison, Sue's husband, and I visited both of these cemeteries in June of  2007. Here are photos. Some duplicate the photos that Cindy Cole sent me.

Sign next to entrance driveway.
Cemetery Plaque
General view toward the northwest. The row of tombstones in the next photo is at the center rear of this photo.
Here is the row of tombstones for the Smith - Baker - Young - Miller family.
From left to right: Mary Alice Smith Miller , George W. Miller, Thomas Young, Laura Ann Smith Baker Young, Eliza Smith.
Note that Eliza's tombstone is missing.
MILLER,  Mary A.
plat location # 32/2
d. 19 May 1925, age 66 yrs. 8 mos. 31 days
(This information from the Cooper Mountain Cemetery Association.)
MILLER, George W
plat location # 32/3
d. 22 Dec. 1929, age 70 yrs. 8 mos. 13 days
(This information from the Cooper Mountain Cemetery Association.)
YOUNG, Thomas
North of plat location # 32/1
(This information from the Cooper Mountain Cemetery Association.)
YOUNG,  Laura Ann
plat location # 32/1
d. 28 Dec. 1930, age 70 yrs. 10 mos.
(This information from the Cooper Mountain Cemetery Association.)
SMITH, Eliza, Mrs.
plat location # 32/4
d. 6 Aug. 1920, age 87 yrs. 7 mos.
(This information from the Cooper Mountain Cemetery Association.)
MILLER, Mrs Barbara N.
plat location # 32/6
MILLER, Edward (Ed) H.
plat location # 32/5
d. 3 May 1973, age 76 yrs.
(This information from the Cooper Mountain Cemetery Association.)

Tombstone Missing
MILLER,  Wesley
plat location # 32/7
d. 25 Apr. 1959, age 60 yrs.
(This information from the Cooper Mountain Cemetery Association.)




Other Links

Cooper Mountian  Natural and Cultural History

Tombstone Enumeration from The Cooper Mountain Evangelical Cemetery on Gassner Rd in Aloha, OR

Tombstone Transcription from the Cooper Mountain Catholic Cemetery on Kemmer Road

Map to Cooper Mountain Catholic Cemetery on Kemmer Road

Map to Cooper Mountain Evangelical Cemetery on Gassner Road

e-Podunk Washington County, Oregon

Genealogical Society of Washington County Oregon




General Notes (These may be out of date and are here for reference ONLY).



            



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