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Eulogy for Heman Johnson Geer
In October, 1848, Mr. Geer married Miss Cynthia A. Eoff, a native of Ohio, and to them were born two children; Theodore T. Geer, the present governor of the state; and Theodosia C., wife of Joseph Janes, warden of the state penitentiary.
In October 1867, Mr. Geer
married a second time.
was called from her
home and family on February 5, 1901, by the relentless hand of death.
is a man that always manifests a proper interest in the affairs of government.
In 1877 he
was nominated for the state legislature but owing to the fact that the county was strongly Democratic, he
was defeated by his
opponent, C. M. Jameson.
Since 1862 Mr. Geer has been a Mason and he is a charger member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge of Cove.
For three terms he
has done excellent service on the school board at the request of his
It is of note, by way of reminiscence, that Mr. Geer
did excellent scout service in 1848 under Captain Scott, in the Modoc and Klamath Indian war . The Indians made a raid into the Willamette valley for horses and cattle and two companies of whites were raised quickly to pursue them, and they were successful in capturing the camps of the Indians with all of the stock, but the savages themselves escaped.
has had a long and eventful career in this western region and is a man of great erudition and practical knowledge, and his
experience has been of untold benefit to the orchardists and horticulturists of this valley, while his
life of uprightness has always been a bright example to all.
The name of Geer is so well known in our state that the following account of the father of T. T. Geer
of the Waldo hills will be of interest to all.
T. T Geer
Fifty Years In Oregon holds the first two chapters of the book published by T.T. Geer, a past governor of Oregon.
TDP - Connecting Oregon
Geer observed: "Every family within a radius of ten miles was on a 'party (farmer) line,' and when two people were indulging in local gossip it was usual for every family between Salem and Silver Creek Falls and from Silverton to Sublimity, to have a receiver down - learning the latest."
 T.T. Geer, Fifty Years in Oregon: Experiences, Observations, and Commentaries upon Men, Measures, and Customs in Pioneer Days and Later Times (New York: Neale Publishing, 1912), 314-15.
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Information is widely available on the ...
Information is widely available on the web, through sources including the Oregon Historical Society, the Oregon History Project and the Oregon Blue Book on Notable Oregonians, as well as Wikipedia, and in many books, including a biography of Joseph Lane and "Fifty Years in Oregon" by T.T. Geer, an early governor of Oregon.
Eoff Cemetery ~ John Leonard Eoff ~ part of the Marion County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
BIOGRAPHICAL (Source - Fifty Years in Oregon EXPERIENCES, OBSERVATION, AND COMMENTARIES UPON MEN, MEASURES, AND CUSTOMS IN PIONEER DAYS AND LATER TIMES, By T. T. Geer, Chapter 3):
, and a son, Geo.W. Eoff, who lives on the old homestead, and has for the past eight years looked after the wants and needs of his
...The funeral will be held at the farm home of the family, at 2 o'clock this afternoon; interment will be had in the Eoff Cemetery, on the farm now owned by Governor Geer, where the wife and three of the deceased pioneer's children lie buried.
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In addition to three different trail diaries by our family of their trip to Oregon via the Oregon Trail, we have recently been adding the full text of Fifty Years in Oregon, a book by T.T. Geer, a former Governor of Oregon, on the early history of Oregon with a focus on politics.