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Rose Taber  

Jan 9, 1895- Jan 14, 2003

Rose Gutzman was b. Jan. 9, 1895 near Cambridge NE. The 6th child
of Daniel Gutzman and his second wife Dina Keppels. In the 1800's, Daniel
homesteaded about 2 1/2 miles east of Cambridge in the Republican River
Valley. He owned about 180 acres. He had said that there were still
buffalo roaming when he first came. He built a sod house for his  family
that he replaced with a stick frame house sometime before 1895, as Rose
was born in the new house. There were also 2 barns and a big grainery for
the shelled corn and threshed grain. The old sod house was tore down when
Rose was 5 or 6 years old. The children went to the Sunny Hillside
School. The building was also used as the Church on Sundays. About 20 or
25 students attended and the teacher was paid $25. a month. Rose went to
school through the 9th grade, age 15. At some point, the Sunny Hillside
School was closed and moved to a park in Cambridge. A FEW OF ROSE'S
MEMORIES: Skating on frozen ponds in the winter. Always celebrating
Fathers birthday. Fourth of July reunions in the park. Easter time
socials in the schoolhouse. Going to dances at other peoples homes and
one they had in the new barn that Daniel had built. Dust storms,
Grasshoppers that came and took the crops. "They would come in black
clouds, thousands of them, making a terrible noise." Rose married Homer
Albert Taber in MC Cook, Nebraska. The Tabors lived south of the Gutzman
place until about 1902 when they moved to Oregon. Homer returned to
Nebraska in 1910 to work. Rose and Homer were married 12-12-1912. Rose's
father gave them $10.00. They headed to Oregon by train and arrived New
Years day 1913. The fare was $40.00 each. They lived with Homer's brother
while Homer found work. When Daniel died in 1913, Rose received $200.
from his estate. With that they bought eight acres and built a house.
Rose and Homer lived at various places in Oregon , going where there was
work, it seemed. They had six children between 1913-1924. They settled in
St. Helens, Oregon in 1962. Rose had a strong work ethic and was active
in the community. They always planted a large garden and canned fruits
and vegetables. As many as 1000 cans each year while raising a family.
Homer died in 1974 and Rose lived in their home until 1993 at age 98. She
then lived with her daughter Berneice for about two years before moving
to a care center where she celebrated her 107th birthday, Jan. 9, 2002.
(The in formation and memories for this page were taken from a history of
her life written by Rose in 1980.)


Rose Tabor was four years old at the end of the 19th Century, 105 years old at the turn
of the 21st.  In between, she raised six children and worked as a homemaker on a small
ranch in the Scappoose area before moving to St Helens and eventually living in Measow
Park Health and Specialty Care Center.
After a lifetime  of hard work and healthy living, Mrs Taber died on
Jan. 14 at the age of 108.
She wsa born Rose Gutzman on Jan. 9, 1895, to German-Dutch
parents.  She grew up in  Nebraska with nine brothers and sisters.  There she
received her education and met her husband, Homer A Taber.  Rose and Homer
Taber were married in Nebraska in 1912.  They moved to Scappoose
later the same year.
In Scappoose, the Tabers raised their own food, growing fruits and vegetables
and keepin pigs, goats and calves."In those days they lived healthy, they raised their
own food, there were no pesticides or anything, no chemicals in the growing
of things, I think that has a lot to do with it" said Bernice Bennett, Mrs Taber's
84-year-old daughter, when speaking of her mother's longevity.  "She never took any
medication, she ate well and she never weighted more than 120 pounds."
Even during the depression of the 1930's when people in town were struggling to
make end meet, the six Taber children were always well-fed thanks to the hard
work of their parents, Mrs. Bennett said.
After retirement, Mrs. Taber moved to St. Helens.
On Jan 9 her family gathered to celebrate her 108th birthday.  Five days later, she
passed away in her sleep.  Mrs. Taber was prededed in death by her
 husband and four of her children. She is survived by two daughters-Mrs.
 Bennett and Nancy Triplett - and by numberous grandchildren.
No service is planned.
The family asks that remembrances be made to the charity of the donor's choice.