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Clinton Paul Alexander





  Clinton Paul Alexander

Clinton Paul Alexander, age 83, of La Grande, died Saturday October 5, 2002 at his home in La Grande.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, October 9, 2002 at 2:pm at the Island City Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Daniels Chapel of the Valley
Mr. Alexander ws born on April 25, 1920 in High Valley, Oregon to Manford and Bell (Ross) Alexander. His father died when he was young and his mother later married Albert Hutchison.

Mr. Alexander attended Frosty Grade School in Cove and graduated from grade school in Island City. In 1938  he graduated from High School in La Grande. He served in the Army Air Corp during World War II from 1942-1945, serving in the South Pacific and the Philippine Islands. In 1946 he moved to Chester, California where he worked for Collins Pine Lumber company. In 1951 he moved to Loyalton, California and worked for the Feather River Lumber company untill retiring in 1980.

Later in 1980 he moved to La Grande to care for his mother after the death of his step-father.

While living in Loyalton he coached Little League Baseball for 20 years. He enjoyed watching all sports on TV and was an avid pool player. He also liked to play Keno. He was a memeber of the La Grande American Legion and La Grande Eagles Lodge.

Survivors include his cousins Leora (Alexander) Simmons of Cove and Kenneth and Harry Alexander both of Oxbow, and other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers the family requests thast contributions be made to the Oregon Heart Association in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502  7th street, La Grande, Oregon 97850. To view the unedited obituary, leave a condolence or sign the Guest Book, visit on-line at :  www.danielschapel.com

from The La Grande Evening Observer, Oct. 10, 2002

Donated by Marjorie Rundall Campbell

Hydrophobia - Shocking Death of a Young Man

Our city Thursday, was the scene of one of those heart-rending occurences-a death by hydrophobia. The victim of the fearful malady was a young man by the name of John Alexander, son of Mr. J.W. Alexander, who formerly kept a confectionary on Limestone street, between Main and Short. The particulars of the case are most distressing.

The young man had been bitten by a rabid dog as long ago as the night of the 20th of last August. While walking along Third street, a dog ran out of an alley and without even a premonitory bark, silently but fiercely seized him by the calf of the leg, bitten clear through the boot. Mr. Alexander succeded in kicking him off but he came at him again and bit his hand, the teeth meeting through it. He did not know at the time the dog was mad. He sought professional advice, but was assured by the physician that he was in no danger. The scratches and wounds healed quickly, and he thought no more about the matter until last Tuesday night, when after being initiated a member of the Ashland Lodge of Good Templars, he experienced on taking a drink of water, a most singular and unpleasant feeling in his throat, but he soon got over it. he was troubled with nothing more unpleasant until Wednesday afternoon about 4 o'clock, when, on again, attempting to take a glass of water, he found he could not drink. He then immediately suspected the cause of his sickness, and determined to fully test it. He tried to force water into his mouth with a spoon, but his arm gave a spasmodic jerk, sending the spon flying through the air, and he fell back unnerved and wild and sick, both from the effects of the malady and the horrible certainty of his rapidly approaching fate.

He was confined to his bed all Wednesday night. On Thursday morning he got rapidly worse, and continued to suffer most terribly to the time of his death. The agony he endured no words can describe, and the physicians attending him said his was the most fearful suffering they had ever witnessed. He howled and snarled, and barked like a dog. He scratched and clawed at the bed-clothing until it was almost torn to shreds. Spasms and convulsions succeeded each other, racking his tortured body and causing him to foam at the mouth like a wilkd and rabid animal and in his frenzy the veins would swell like they would burst, and he would bark and cough as though his lungs would be forced up and blood would gush in streams from his mouth and nostrils. The bed on which he was held down by strong men was saturated through and through with the crimson stream.

Strange to say, he was conscious nearly the entire time, and devoted and self-sacrificing, he firmly insisted, that none of his agonized and weeping relatives should be allowed to come near him, as he was afraid he might injure them. His father, who had been absent, arrived a little while before his death, but on being told that he had come, he exclaimed: "Don't let him see me."

At about 2 o'clock his suffering became even more intensified, and he screamed and shrieked, "Water! Water! force it down me! His attendant physicians who had done all in their power to alleviate his sufferings, again administered chloroform, most copiously and its soothing and pain deadening effects came with thrice blessed power, breaking the force of the last fearful moments of his suffering and that unfortunate victim of that most horrible of all maladies, hydrophobia, escaped from his torture at a quarter past two o'clock Thursday afternoon.

Mr. Alexander was only nineteen years old, had lately joined the baptist Church and was known as a most excellent and industrious young man. He frequently pointed his finger heavenwards just before he died and declared his desire to be at reast. His invalid mother and all his stricken family, have the lively sympathies of this whole community.

Grande Ronde Sentinal
Saturday, January 29, 1870

The Passing of Ray Alexander

Died, October 23, 1927, at Grande Ronde Hospital, La Grande, Oregon, after a long and painful illness, Ray Alexander, eldest of Mr. and Mrs. George Mc. Alexander’s family of nine children, aged 37 years, 11 months and 9 days. The burial was at Cove cemetery the 25 t h, Rev. W. M. Bradner conducting the funeral services in the presence of a host of friends, neighbors and acquaintances from High Valley, Union, La Grande and the Cove. The pallbearers were personal friends of the deceased, Hobert Brazille, W. L. Richards, B. S. Duffey, O. R. Saunders, A. H. Orton, M. M. Murchison. The rich casket was sealed in a steel case, and the grave completely covered by floral offerings.

Besides his wife, formerly Miss Ellen Ross, and three little daughters, Mr. Alexander leaves his parents, six brothers, and two sisters, Manford, Miritte and Roy Alexander, Mrs. Maude Bates, Truman and Merlin Alexander Mrs. Mabel Bertsch and the youngest brother Glen Alexander, all except Mrs. Bertsch, resident in Union county, Oregon, where all were born and reared with the exception of the deceased, a native of Iowa, brought to High Valley when an infant. The first break in a closely united family circle, the several families have the sympathy of the entire community.

1927 newspaper item
This information donated by Larry Rader


Ray Alexander, the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. George Alexander, of Cove, passed away at the family home early Sunday morning. The deceased had been in frail health for several years and had been seriously ill for the last few months.

He was born in Missouri, Nov. 14, 1889, the family coming to Cove a year later. He was married to Miss Ellen Ross 12 years ago and they made their home on a ranch in High Valley. He leaves to morn his loss his widow and three little daughters, his parents, five brothers and two sisters.

Oregon Trail Weekly
North Powder News
Saturday, October 29, 1927

Raymond Alexander was born Nov. 14, 1889 in Iowa.  Died Oct. 23, 1927 at his home near Cove.  When one year old he came with his parents to Oregon and has always lived in High Valley and Cove.

He was married about 12 years ago to Miss Ellen Ross of High Valley who with three small daughters survives him.  He leaves also his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. McClellan Alexander, six brothers, Manford, Roy, Mirrettee, Merlen, Truman and Glen, and two sisters, Mrs. Maude Bates and Mrs. Mabel Bertsch. Interment was in the Cove cemetery Oct. 25 at 2:30 with the Rev. W. M. Bradner officiating.

Donated by Margaret Shinoki

The Passing of Mrs. Roy Alexander

Mrs. Roy Alexander who had a surgical operation at Hot Lake about the 13th and seemed to recover nicely, passed on the evening of June 17, 1928. Remains were brought to the Robert undertaking parlors, 18th, and burial was in the Cove cemetery at 2:30 p. m. Deceased was a daughter of Frank Ross of High Valley where she was born.

Delia Alexander leaves her husband, three children, father, three sisters, Mrs. Ellen Alexander, Mrs. Iva Burford, Mrs. Belle Alexander, Mrs. Virgie Burford, two brothers, Archie and Norman Ross, all of Union county, Oregon. A most estimable daughter, wife, mother, friend and neighbor, her death was a surprise even to relatives in Cove and vicinity.

1928 newspaper item

This information donated by Larry Rader

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