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Source: History of the Willamette Valley (Oregon), By Herbert O. Lang
PORTLAND, OREGON: Geo. H. Himes, Book And Job Printer. 1885


Born in Connecticut in 1806; was raised in that State and Massachusetts, and came to Oregon at the mature age of forty-five. Took up a donation claim in Polk County and still resides thereon. Occupation, farming. Married in Maine in 1849, Miss Susan McClench. They have six children — Sarah L., Susan A., John S., Ephraim C., Ellen A., and Mary Ida.

Name Age
Selden Higgins 51
S H Higgins 37
S L Higgins 9
S A Higgins 7
J F Higgins 5
C E Higgins 2
E M Higgins 1

Name Age
Seldon Higgins 60
Susan Higgins 44
Susan Higgins 18
John Higgins 15
Ephriam Higgins 12

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Selden HIGGINS Self M Male W 71 CT Farmer CT CT
Susan HIGGINS Wife M Female W 56 ME Keeping House NH NH
John S. HIGGINS Son D Male W 25 OR Farm Laborer --- ---
Ephraim C. HIGGINS Son S Male W 21 OR Farm Laborer --- ---
Ella M. HIGGINS Dau S Female W 20 OR --- ---
Ida M. HIGGINS Dau S Female W 18 OR At School --- ---
Source Information:
Census Place Bethel, Polk, Oregon
Family History Library Film 1255083
NA Film Number T9-1083
Page Number 439C


25 Jan 2009

From Nova Scotia to Oregon: Biographies of Charles R. Higgins and James Edward Higgins with selected census

Source: The Centennial History of Oregon, 1811-1912 By Joseph Gaston CHICAGO -THE S. J. CLARKE PUBLISHING COMPANY -1912 (Page 502)

CHARLES R. HIGGINS, the assistant cashier of The Astoria National Bank, is likewise connected with the Higgins & Warren Insurance Company at Astoria and is an extensive landowner. His birth occurred at Wolfville, Nova Scotia, on the 26th of October, 1866, his parents being W. J. and Rachel (Strong) 'Higgins, of whom more extended mention is made on another page of this work in connection with the sketch of James Edward Higgins, a brother of our subject.

Charles R. Higgins supplemented his preliminary education, obtained in the common schools, by a course of study in the Horton Collegiate Academy of Wolfville, Nova Scotia, of which institution he is a graduate. In 1891 he won the degree of Bachelor of Arts from Acadia University at Wolfville. Subsequently he entered the service of the Peoples Bank of Halifax at Wolfville and was transferred successively to Halifax, Lun- enburg, Mahone Bay and Riviere du Loup in Quebec, Canada. In 1893 he became identified with the Astoria National Bank at Astoria, Oregon, of which institution he is now serving as assistant cashier. He is likewise connected with insurance interests as a member of the firm of Higgins & Warren at Astoria. Mr. Higgins owns an interest in many tracts of land in the vicinity, and is a holder of timber land in southern Oregon. In association with his brother-in-law he owns what is known as the Page block in Astoria. He also has a handsome
residence at Astoria and is widely recognized as one of the leading and prosperous citizens of the community. For four years he served as secretary of the Chamber of Commerce.

On the 18th of October, 1899, Mr. Higgins was joined in wedlock to Miss Maude M. Warren, who was born at Astoria, Oregon, on the 26th of October, 1872. Her father was Daniel K. Warren, of whom more extended mention is made on another page of this work in connection with the sketch of George Wright Warren, a brother of Mrs. Higgins. Our subject and his wife have one daughter, Maude Elizabeth, whose natal day was February 11, 1907. Mrs. Higgins acquired her education at Auburndale, Massachusetts, and also pursued a course of study in Snell Seminary of Oakland, California.

In politics Mr. Higgins is a republican, loyally supporting the men and measures of that party. At the present time he is serving as treasurer of the centennial committee at Astoria. He is a member of the National Union of the state of Ohio, an insurance organization. His religious faith is that of the Presbyterian church. The success which he now enjoys is well merited, for he has ever followed the most honorable business methods in his dealings with his fellowmen and therefore enjoys the high regard of all with whom he has been associated.

(Appears to have been enumerated twice)
Name Age
Chas Higgins 34
Maude W Higgins 28
Alvira Petersen 21

Name Age
Chas Higgins 33
Maude Higgins 28

Name Age
Chas R Higgins 42
Maud Higgins 37
Maud E Higgins 3

Name Age
Charles R Higgins 53
Maud W Higgins 47
Maud E Higgins 12


Source: The Centennial History of Oregon, 1811-1912 By Joseph Gaston CHICAGO -THE S. J. CLARKE PUBLISHING COMPANY -1912 (Page 545)

JAMES EDWARD HIGGINS, a prominent and leading resident of Astoria, is a member of the firm conducting business under the name of Ross. Higgins & Company and is likewise identified with financial interests as the cashier of the Astoria National Bank, having held that position for a period of eighteen years. His birth occurred in Halifax. Nova Scotia, on the 29th of March. 1849. his parents being William T. and Rachel (Strong) Higgins, who were horn, reared and married in Kings county, nova Scotia. The father, who conducted a mercantile establishment during the greater part of his life, passed away about 1905, when eighty-three years of age. The demise in his wife occurred three years later, when .she had attained the age of eighty-one. Unto them were born eight children, namely: James Edward, of this review; Susan, who passed away at the age of seven years; Jessie, the wife of Albert Coldwell, of Wolfville, Nova Scotia, who is an ex-college
professor and is now serving in the capacity of town clerk; Thomas F., who is H a resident- dent of Portland; Minnie, the wife of George F. Baldwin, who is serving as comptroller at Vancouver, British Columbia; Linda, who resides with her sister at Vancouver; William J., a merchant of Vancouver, Washington; and Charles R., a sketch of whom appears on another page of this work.

James Edward Higgins entered the Wolfville Academy of Nova Scotia when a youth of eighteen and at the same time began working in his father's mercantile establishment, being employed therein until twenty-one years of age* At that time he went to Halifax and secured a position as clerk with a mercantile concern, acting in that capacity for three years. On the expiration of that period he went to Boston, Massachusetts, and was there employed as clerk for a similar period. Returning to Wolfville, Nova Scotia, he became associated in business with his father and remained with him for five years. Coming to Oregon he settled at Astoria, where he was employed as bookkeeper by the firm of Badollet & Company for five years. He was then appointed a special deputy in the custom service, under Cleveland's administration, holding that position four and a half years. Subsequently he embarked, in business in partnership with J. T. Ross, E. Z. Ferguson and H. C.
Thompson, under the firm style of Ross, Higgins & Company and has since remained an active factor in the control of that concern. In January, 1893, h« became cashier of the Astoria National Bank and for the past eighteen years has ably discharged the duties devolving upon him in that connection.

On the 29th of November, 1878, Mr. Higgins was united in marriage to Miss IsabelTe J. Fraser, a native of Halifax. Nova Scotia, and a daughter of James Fraser, who was born, reared and married in Scotland. He and his wife emigrated to America shortly after their marriage, settling at Halifax. Nova Scotia, where they spent the remainder of their lives. Mrs. Fraser died in middle age. leaving! a family of five children, as follows: Margaret, who is a resident of Boston, Massachusetts: Mrs. Higgins; Jesse, living at Lunenburg. Nova Scotia; Minnie, of Portland, Oregon; and James William, of Nova Scotia. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Higgins were born five children. Margaret M., who is a high school graduate, completed a course in Stanford University of California, and also studied music. Herbert A., who was born in November, 1879. passed away at the age of fifteen years. Minnie died when a little maiden of seven years. Edward A., a graduate of Portland Academy, is now
employed by the firm of Ross, Higgins &, Company, of Astoria, in which he is a stockholder. Winifred, whose natal year was 1885, is a high school graduate, pursued a course of study in the Annie Wright Seminary of Tacoma, Washington, and likewise attended Stanford University of California. She also has an excellent musical education. Her husband is Lieutenant Richard Pork, located at Washington, D. C.
Mr. Higgins gives his political allegiance to the Democratic party and has served on the school board of Astoria for a period of twelve years. He is now acting as treasurer of the city of Warrenton. Fraternally he is identified with Seaside Lodge, A. O. U. W., at Astoria, while his religious faith is that of the Baptist church. His interest in matters of public concern is deep and sincere and his influence is always found on the side of progress and improvement, while to many measures for the public good he has been a most generous contributor. Throughout his business career he has endeavored to make all his acts and commercial moves the result of definite consideration and sound judgment. There have never been any great ventures or risks in his business career, but by honest, slow-going, dependable methods he has made steady progress, his course at all times being characterized by energy and good system.

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
James E. HIGGINS Self M Male W 31 CAN Book Keeper CAN CAN
Isabelle J. HIGGINS Wife M Female W 27 CAN Keeping House CAN CAN
Maimy M. HIGGINS Dau S Female W 2 OR --- ---
Herbert A. HIGGINS Son S Male W 6M OR --- ---
Source Information:
Census Place Upper Astoria, Clatsop, Oregon
Family History Library Film 1255080
NA Film Number T9-1080
Page Number 251C

Name Age
James E Higgins 51
Isabella F Higgins 45
Margaret M Higgins 20
Edward A Higgins 14
Winifred Higgins 12

Name Age
James E Heggins 61
Isabella Heggins 55
Edward Heggins 24


1930; Census Place: Astoria, Clatsop, Oregon; Roll: 1941; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 12; Image: 156 (No Image Available)
Name               Age
Isabella J Higgins 76
James E Stoker   20

Name Marital Status Gender Ethnic Origin Age Birthplace Occupation Religion
Jno.W HIGGINS M Male Irish 60 Nova Scotia Merchant Baptist
Rachel HIGGINS M Female French 57 Nova Scotia Baptist
Charles HIGGINS Male Irish 14 Nova Scotia Clerk Baptist
Melinda HIGGINS Female Irish 25 Nova Scotia Baptist
Minnie HIGGINS Female Irish 25 Nova Scotia Baptist
William HIGGINS Male Irish 18 Nova Scotia Merchant Baptist
Source Information:
Census Place Wolfville, Kings, Nova Scotia
Family History Library Film 1375809
NA Film Number C-13173, District 17,Sub-district H, Division 1,
Page Number 27, Household Number 128

1891 Census of Canada
Name Age
William Higgins 70, Food Merchant,Gender: Male,Marital Status: Married,Age: 70, Birth Year: abt 1821,Birthplace: Nova Scotia
Relation to Head of House: Head,Religion: Baptist
French Canadian: No,Father's Birth Place: Nova Scotia
Mother's Birth Place: Nova Scotia

Rachel Higgins 67, Tailoress, Gender: Female,Marital Status: Married,Age: 67, Birth Year: abt 1824, Birthplace: Nova Scotia,
Relation to Head of House: Wife,Religion: Baptist
French Canadian: No,Father's Birth Place: United States
Mother's Birth Place: Nova Scotia

Linda Higgins 32 ,Artist - Painter,Gender: Female,Marital Status: Single,Age: 32, Birth Year: abt 1859,Birthplace: Nova Scotia
Relation to Head of House: Daughter,Religion: Baptist,French Canadian: No

Thomas Higgins 30 Gender: Male,Marital Status: Single,Age: 30
Birth Year: abt 1861,Birthplace: Nova Scotia
Relation to Head of House: Son,Religion: Baptist,French Canadian: No

Charles Higgins 24 Gender: Male, Marital Status: Single,Age: 24
Birth Year: abt 1867,Birthplace: Nova Scotia
Relation to Head of House: Son,Religion: Baptist,French Canadian: No

Province: Nova Scotia,District Number: 37,District: Kings,
Subdistrict: Wolfville, Archive Roll #: T-6317

1901 Census of Canada
Name Age
William Higgins ,80,Gender: Male,Marital Status: Married,Age: 80,
Birth Date: 11 Feb 1821,Birthplace: Ns,Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's Name: Rachel,Racial or Tribal Origin: English
Nationality: Canadian,Religion: Baptist,Occupation: Retired Merchant

Rachel Higgins 77 Gender: Female,Marital Status: Married,Age: 77
Birth Date: 21 Jan 1824,Birthplace: Ns,Relation to Head of House: Wife
Spouse's Name: William,Racial or Tribal Origin: English,Nationality: Canadian,Religion: Baptist

Malinda Higgins 43, Gender: Female,Marital Status: Single,Age: 43,
Birth Date: 29 Apr 1857,Birthplace: Ns,Relation to Head of House: Daughter,
Father's Name: William,Mother's Name: Rachel,Racial or Tribal Origin: English,Nationality: Canadian,Religion: Baptist,Occupation: Artist

Province: Nova Scotia,District: Kings,District Number: 36
Sub-District: Wolfville (Town/Ville),Sub-District Number: A(1)-1
Family Number: 112,Page: 11

22 Jan 2009

Source: The Centennial History of Oregon, 1811-1912 By Joseph Gaston, George H. Himes, Chicago ,The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company 1912

JAMES W HIGGINS. The name of no single individual is perhaps more closely associated with the development, upbuilding and improvement of Montavilla than that of James W. Higgins, for he located here when the town contained only one hundred and fifty inhabitants. He has lived to witness the growth of its population to eight thousand and in all the material improvement of the city he has taken active part. He was born in Brunswick, Missouri, November 20, 1857, and is a son of Robert H. and Rebecca A. (Henderson) Higgins, in whose family were six children. Fannie, the eldest, is the wife of George Brannon, of St. Louis. Missouri, the oldest engineer on the Missouri river, having entered the steamboat service a long time prior to the Civil war. He was engineer on the first boat that went up to Fort Benton and he has a very wide acquaintance along the Mississippi and the ports to which his work has taken him. Unto him and his wife have been born four
children, Cora, Lee, Joe and Edna. Arbelia Higgins, the second of the family, became the wife of Major J. H. Townson, of Gallatin, Missouri, and they have three children, Walter, Robert and Bessie. John, the next of the family, is living in Arleta, Oregon, and has one child, Mabel. Charles G. is a resident of Guthrie, Oklahoma. James W. is the next of the family. Minnie is the wife of W. E. Osborn, of Gallatin, Missouri, and they have three children, Robert. Margaret and Edwin.

The youthful days of James W. Higgins were passed in the manner of most boys of his locality and period and when sixteen years of age he began learning the carpenter's trade in Missouri, in which state he resided until the spring of 1879. At that date he went to Leadville, Colorado, where he worked for a short time, receiving fifteen dollars per day as his wage for carpentering. He next proceeded to Canon City, Colorado, where he also spent but a brief period, and later was located for a time in Colorado Springs and afterward in Kansas. From the latter point he returned home, continuing in Missouri until the spring of 1880. when he went to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he worked for the government for four years. On the expiration of that period he removed to Harrisonville. Missouri, and while living there was married.

He wedded Miss Emma Abbott, a daughter of Silas and Mary J. (Webb) Abbott. Mrs. Higgins is a native of Illinois, but the family had removed to Harrisonville. Missouri, ere her marriage. Three children have been born to them: Blanche, who is engaged in dressmaking and makes her home with her parents; Lee R. S.. who is engaged in the plumbing business in Montavilla and is married and has two children, Elnery and Dorothy; and Roy, who is at home.

Following his marriage Mr. Higgins continued to reside in Harrisonville for a year. after which he located in Oberlin. Kansas, where he lived for two years. He then returned to Colorado Springs, where the succeeding four years were passed, after which lie came to Oregon, making his way at once to Portland. He chose Montavilla as the place of his residence, arriving here in 1891. He found a small town of about one hundred and fifty inhabitants. There was a little grocery store owned by a Mr. Johnson, now deceased, a small meat market owned by Murray & Sloan and a little water plant, which was the property of Warren Burrden. School was held in a" hall and the only car service was a motor ear running to Mount Tabor every thirty minutes. A year later a car line was built out Glison street to Eighty-fourth. The town has enjoyed substantial and rapid growth, having now a population of eight thousand. There are six handsome churches, a line school, built in an
attractive style of architecture, and the improvements of the town include electric lights, cement sidewalks, water works and a thirty-minute car service to Mount Hood and seven-minute service to Portland. After living in Montavilla for a few months Mr. Higgins purchased property and built a home, erecting the first house on Eightieth street. He has continuously engaged in contracting and building, erecting the first house in Hawthorne's first addition and carrying on his building operations throughout the town. He has been an active participant in the growth and progress of the city and he owns business as well as residence property in Montavilla, which has increased largely in value since he made his first investment.

In his political views Mr. Higgins has always been a stalwart democrat and has taken an active interest in politics but not as an office seeker. He has been offered political positions in the city of Portland but would not accept, preferring to concentrate his energies upon his business affairs. He and his family are members of the Methodist Episcopal church and fraternally he is connected with the Woodmen of the World and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. In the latter organization he has filled all of the chairs in the subordinate lodge and he is ever loyal to the teachings of the order and faithful to the high principles for which it stands. His upright and honorable life has gained for him the high respect and good-will of those with whom he has come in contact during the twenty years of his residence in Montavilla.

- Webmaster's Findings -

Name                  Age
R H Higgins           37
Rebecca A Higgins 34
Fannie E Higgins    16
Arbelia V Higgins    13
John H Higgins       9
Charles G Higgins   7
William Higgins       2
Robert Sonner       38
Margaret E Sonner 33
Jennie E Sonner      3
James W. is not listed on this census

19 Feb 2008

John R. Higgins - Baker City Herald -
Dr. John Higgins

Dr. John R. Higgins, 81, a Baker City native, died March 23, 2002, at his Baker City home.

He was lovingly cared for at home by his wife, Esther, following his stroke in November 1996. The rosary will be said today at 7:30 p.m. at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, corner of First and Church streets. Mass of Christian burial will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the cathedral. Father Rob Irwin will officiate. There will be a luncheon following at the cathedral.

Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Dr. John achieved a life of fulfillment devoted to his family, his medical practice and his community. He was born May 6, 1920, in Baker City to Maude Apple Higgins and Thomas J. Higgins. He was the youngest of four children. His brothers, Thomas and Paul, and sister, Katie, preceded him in death. John received his elementary and secondary education at St. Francis Academy. Following his graduation from Oregon State he entered medical school at the University of Oregon School of Medicine in 1939. He received his doctor of medicine degree in 1943 and did his internship at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland in 1944. There he met his lovely wife, Esther Natterlund, and they were married July 31, 1944. John served his country in the military from 1943-46. In October 1946 he joined his father, Dr. Thomas Higgins, in general practice in Baker City, until his fathers retirement in 1956.

Dr. John, or "Doc" as he was often called, received his board certification as a charter member in Family Practice in 1972, and continued that certification until his retirement in 1996.
He belonged to multiple professional organizations: the American Medical Association, the Academy of Family Practice, and Oregon Physicians Service. He was on medical staff at St. Elizabeth Community Hopsital and served on its board of trustees. The Union Pacific Railroad had him serve as district physician for 44 years.
Dr. John was committed to his involvement in his community by his participation in the Elks, Kiwanis, Junior Chamber of Commerce, Knights of Columbus, St. Francis choir, Baker Sheriff?s Posse and as Baker County Medical Examiner. His ability for leadership was recognized often as he held positions in any number of his professional, community and church organizations. He served more than a quarter million patients, and delivered 2,600 babies in the Baker community.

Dr. John and his wife, Esther, were married 57 years and were a beautiful example of love and devotion to their family of eight children. He took time to encourage family togetherness. He spent his days off enjoying skiing, hiking, picknicking, fishing and exploring with his family. His famous spaghetti sauce and garlic bread dinners will long be celebrated as a remembrance of him.

He nurtured interests in a number of hobbies. His most recent was his love of spinning and weaving. Prior to his stroke he was often seen at the ?swimming hole? (Sam-O Swim Center) doing his laps. He was always striving to learn more and expand his knowledge. He loved his Baker Valley and hearing the train whistles echoing through its expanse.

Dr. John is survived by his children: John and Bobbi Higgins, Tim and Paula Higgins, Mary Ellen Fullmer, Patty Lee, Matt and Nancy Higgins, Dr. Milt and Catherine Schild, Frances and Glen Hellings, Tom and Ann Higgins; 24 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Surely he is bouncing his grandson, Tyler Higgins, on his knee up in heaven this very day.
© Copyright 2001-2008 Western Communications, Inc

1930; Census Place: Baker City, Baker, Oregon; Roll:
1939; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 3; Image: 23
(No Image Available)
Name Age
Thomas J Higgins 47
Maud E Higgins 45
Katherine Higgins 22
Thomas Higgins 19
Paul R Higgins 15
John Higgins 9

1-PCT 1920
Name Age
Thomas J Higgins 38
Maude E Higgins 37
Catherine Higgins 11
Thomas Higgins 8
Paul Higgins 4
Tena Berg 59

Name Age
Thomas J Higgins 28
Maud E Higgins 28
Catherine E Higgins 2

Obituary of Thomas J. Higgins jr.'s wife
Published: February 28, 2003 Eva Dickerson

Eva E. Dickerson, 85, of Baker City died Feb. 22, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Services after a short illness.

Recitation of the rosary will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. The Rev. Robert C. Irwin will celebrate. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the funeral home. There will be luncheon in the basement of the Cathedral after the service, provided by St. Francis Altar Society.

Mrs. Dickerson was born at Hereford on Sept. 30, 1917, to Henry Lance Koontz and Orpha Lucretia Willey Koontz. She was the fourth child of the family, joining a sister, Mary Ferne, and brothers, Clifford and Leslie. Her childhood was spent on the family farm at Hereford, which had been homesteaded by her grandfather, Orlando Chester Koontz in the late 1800s.
Both brothers were taken by illness at the age of 18, leaving her and sisters, Ferne and Colleen (born in 1925) as the "ranch hands." They worked side by side with their parents, Lance and Orpha, to keep the ranch going.

After a brief move to Cascade, Idaho, during the Depression, where Lance and the boys worked in the Eccles Lumber Mill and Orpha baked pies for a local boarding house, the family returned to the ranch in 1930.

Eva attended her junior year of high school at Grant High School in Portland, then returned to graduate with her longtime class friends from Hereford Union High School in 1935. In November of that year, she married Thomas J. Higgins Jr., son of Baker City doctor, Thomas Sr., and wife, Maud. They had four children: Nancy (1937), Mary Jo (1940), Mike (1941) and Richard (1944). Tragedy again touched Eva's life in June 1944, when Tommy was struck and killed by lightning while irrigating their farm ground. Left with four children between the ages of 6 and three months, a high school education, and no formal job training, Eva, through her family support group and a lot of determination, moved her small family to Baker City. In 1946, she met and married James Dickerson. She and Jimmy had four children: Kay (1947), Don (1950), Pat (1952) and Percy (1960). In addition to this family of eight, Eva and Jimmy helped raise Jimmy's two children, Judy (1940) and Bill (1943).

Hereford was the magnet that kept drawing Eva back in those days, to live and to raise her children. After short stays in Baker City, Caldwell, Idaho, and John Day, the family moved back to Hereford in 1949.

After the partial shutdown of Ellingson Lumber Co. at Unity in 1959, Eva and Jimmy and the five children who were still at home relocated to Baker City, where Jimmy continued his employment with Ellingson's until retiring in 1976.
He and Eva worked to develop their newly started Amway business. They met new friends, traveled (especially on an airplane, for Eva!) and they thrived on this experience.

After Jimmy's sudden death in October 1983, Eva continued her involvement with her Amway group and her bowling group, while residing in the home she and Jimmy bought in 1978.

With the responsibility of caring for that home becoming more of a burden, Eva decided to move to an apartment, now owned by a niece, Mary Lou, and husband, Alex Sackos, in 1997. With the loving care and assistance of her sister, Colleen, she was able to live in her apartment until her death.
Eva will be remembered by her family and friends as a positive, up-beat person who, in spite of life's challenges and stresses, continued to look for the good in each person and each situation. Through her determination and persistence, she provided opportunities for her children to grow up in a close-to-ideal situation, first in Hereford, then in Baker City.

She had the knack of knowing when to be a firm guide and when to back away and give her kids room to grow and learn from their own experience, which resulted in a family of children and grandchildren with the self-confidence to choose their own paths.
Her love of the outdoors was passed on to her children, in the form of an appreciation for and respect of nature, a legacy she was extremely pleased and proud to pass down to her offspring.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Clifford and Leslie; sister, Ferne Anderson; husbands, Tommy Higgins and Jimmy Dickerson; and her grandsons Jeremiah Dickerson, Donny and Mark Curtiss.
Survivors include her sister, Colleen Jones of Baker City; children, Nancy and her husband, Alan Endicott, of Pendleton, Mary Jo Higgins and her husband, Bob Kowing, of John Day, Mike Higgins and his wife, Donna, of Halfway, Dick Higgins of Baker City, Kay and her husband, Vernon Nakada, of Ontario, Don Dickerson and his wife, Dorothy, of 100 Mile House, British Columbia, Pat Dickerson and his wife, Jill, of Jacksonville, and Percy Dickerson and his partner, Leslie Maiwald, of Baker City; stepchildren Judy and her husband, Bill Blevins, of La Grande, and Bill Dickerson and his wife, Tami, of Boise; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Slocum of Portland; an aunt, Erma Cole of Hillsboro; 30 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, Eva could best be honored by planting a tree or a rose bush in her memory, by taking a walk in the buttercup-covered hills, by putting up a bird feeder, or by thinking good thoughts of her on your next picnic. Buttercups were one of her favorite wildflowers as they emerged from the snow-covered, sagebrush hills around Hereford in the spring.

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06 Feb 2008
The Oregonian  - (Nov/19/2003) 
Walter Gilbert Higgins

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2003, in West Portland United Methodist Church for Walter Gilbert Higgins, who died Oct. 30 at age 88.

Mr. Higgins was born May 29, 1915, in Portland. He graduated from Washington High School. During World War II, he served in the Navy in the South Pacific. He was an electronics technician for Bonneville Power Administration. In 1938, he married Dorothy Pratt.

Survivors include his wife; son, Donald; daughter,Barbara Holland; sister, Genevieve Schade; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Remembrances to the church. Arrangements by Finley's.  �2003 All Rights Reserved.

Social Security Death Index
Name: Walter G. Higgins
Last Residence:97008 Beaverton,Washington,Oregon,USA
Born: 29 May 1915 Died: 30 Oct 2003
State (Year) SSN issued: Oregon (Before 1951 )

1930; Census Place: Portland, Multnomah, Oregon; Roll:
1952; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 348; Image: 578
(No Image Available)
Name                       Age
Donald J Higgins         47 
Eva P Higgins             44 
Walter G Higgins        14 
Genevieve M Higgins   13 

Name                        Age
Donald Higgins            37 
Eva Higgins                 32 
Walter G Higgins           4 6/12 
Genevive Higgins           3 8/12

27 Feb 2007 
Oregon Death Index
Name                   Death Date County                       Certificate # 
Higgins, Alice S July 6, 1927 City_of_Portland 1841 
Higgins, Anna M January 6, 1924 Marion 22 
Higgins, B Wright January 17, 1916 Multnomah 12 
Higgins, Benjamin F December 20, 1916 Tillamook 60 
Higgins, Charles August 12, 1927 Multnomah 233 
Higgins, Charles Rupert August 20, 1923 Clatsop 165 
Higgins, Dewey Harry January 31, 1930 Multnomah 29 
Higgins, Eleanor Rae July 15, 1918 Baker 94 
Higgins, Elizabeth July 7, 1926 Marion 475 
Higgins, female infant February 8, 1905 Umatilla 180 
Higgins, Frank P August 22, 1930 City_of_Portland 2437
Higgins, Frank June 13, 1930 Klamath 139 
Higgins, G R December 20, 1925 Coos 315 
Higgins, George July 7, 1921 Multnomah 146 
Higgins, George O February 17, 1913 Marion 547 
Higgins, George September 6, 1917 Marion 392 
Higgins, Guy August 31, 1926 City_of_Portland 2232 
Higgins, Henry C June 8, 1920 Coos 104 
Higgins, Isaac November 22, 1920 Lane 371 
Higgins, James M August 25, 1926 Malheur 55 
Higgins, James Edward June 19, 1918 Clatsop 132 
Higgins, James Wellington October 18, 1929 City_of_Portland 2972 
Higgins, Jas H May 30, 1909 Lane 1422 
Higgins, Jemina July 15, 1929 Lane 291 
Higgins, Jennie B June 15, 1926 Lane 248 
Higgins, John December 20, 1913 Multnomah 4174 
Higgins, John August 15, 1927 Wasco 115 
Higgins, John T May 19, 1930 Marion 355 
Higgins, John February 28, 1928 Marion 167 
Higgins, John S October 10, 1928 Lane 411 
Higgins, John August 6, 1927 Wasco 115 
Higgins, Joseph William April 16, 1930 Clatsop 66 
Higgins, Lafe January 5, 1929 Douglas 2 
Higgins, Lillie May August 23, 1907 Jackson 4559 
Higgins, Little Berry February 14, 1921 Umatilla 24 
Higgins, Margaret A September 5, 1926 City_of_Portland 2267 
Higgins, Maria March 22, 1909 Yamhill 902 
Higgins, Mary Ann December 25, 1914 Lane 3316 
Higgins, Maud December 1, 1925 Clackamas 362 
Higgins, Ora Belle November 10, 1929 Lane 443 
Higgins, Patricia C February 1, 1930 City_of_Portland 384 
Higgins, Patrick May 9, 1908 Marion 6863 
Higgins, Peet August 15, 1927 Wasco 115 
Higgins, Peet August 6, 1927 Wasco 115 
Higgins, Rhodia June 4, 1910 Lane 1610 
Higgins, Robert January 26, 1928 City_of_Portland 314

Higgins, S A D March 5, 1930 Jackson 70 
Higgins, Sarah A February 22, 1912 Marion 352 
Higgins, Shirley December 6, 1919 Coos 195 
Higgins, Thomas Francis June 21, 1930 City_of_Portland 1861 
Higgins, William P November 30, 1929 City_of_Portland 3387 
Higgins, William December 11, 1928 City_of_Portland 3372 
Higgins, William May 22, 1924 Douglas 94 

03 Nov 2006  
                       Salem Pioneer Cemetery
(aka- Rural, I.O.O.F.)     Salem, Oregon 
Located at the corner of Hoyt and Commercial Streets in South Salem. The land on which the cemetery is located was originally part of the Reverend David Leslie land claim and was set aside by him for family burials in 1841. Reverend Leslie was one of the Methodist Missionaries sent to the Willamette Valley along with Reverend Jason Lee.
Last First Born Died
Higgins Amos 15 Sep 1861 4 Jun 1885
Higgins Anna 23 Jan 1842 6 Jan 1924
Higgins Emma 6 Nov 1866 5 Sep 1950
Higgins George 9 Jun 1831 17 Feb 1913

 Census connection based on info given at above links


Higgins, Amos H
LAST: Higgins FIRST: Amos MID: H. 
BORN: 15 Sep 1861 DIED: 4 Jun 1885 BURIED: 7 Jun 1885 
BIRTH PLACE : California 
DEATH PLACE: Salem, Marion Co., Oregon 
NOTES:  IOOF - Amos Higgins, died near Salem of consumption, son of G. O. Higgins; 
1870 Census - Amos Higgins, age 8, b. California, is enumerated with father George O. Higgins, age 39, farmer, b. New York, and Anna M., age 30, b. Maryland, along with Veva. age 6, Minerva, age 4, and Mary, age 1, all born in California; 
On June 4th, 1885, at his home, four miles and a half southwest from Salem, Amos Higgins, aged 23 years and 8 months. Oregon Statesman 8 June 1885 8:6 

Amos H. Higgins
Born in Cal. Sept. 15, 1861
Died           Jan.  04, 1887
Sleep, son sleep, thy toils are over
We thought that we loved you
But God loved you more
And called you away
To that bright happy shore.

  (photo available) 

SOURCES:  LR LD IOOF Register of Burials
1870 Oregon Census (Marion Co., S. Salem Pct., pg 91, FA #725) DAR pg 43
OS 10 Jan 1886 (Necrological listing)
OS 8 June 1885 8:6 IMAGE 1: IMAGE 2: 
LOT: 433 SPACE: 2 SW LONG: N 44� 55.226' LAT: W 123� 02.833' 
Higgins, Anna M. 
LAST: Higgins FIRST: Anna MID: M. 
BORN: 23 Jan 1842 DIED: 6 Jan 1924 BURIED: 10 Jan 1924 
BIRTH PLACE : Maryland 
DEATH PLACE: Salem, Marion Co., Oregon 
NOTES: IOOF - Mrs. A. Higgins, age 80 y's, died in Salem of TB; OSBH DC (Marion County 1924) #22 - Anna M Higgins, female, widow (Geo. Higgins), b. 23 Jan 1843 in Maryland, d. 6 Jan 1924 in Salem, Oregon (RFD #3, Livesly Station) at the age of 80 y's 11 m's 13 d's, name of father Amos P. Stewart (b. Pennsylvania), maiden name of mother Debrah McGorthlen (b. Maryland), interment 10 Jan IOOF, undertaker Webb & Clough, informant Geo. Higgins of Rt. 3, Salem; 
1870 Census -Anna M. Higgins, age 30, b. Maryland, is enumerated with husband, George O., age 39, farmer, b. New York, along with Amos, age 8, Veva. age 6, Minerva, age 4, and Mary, age 1, all born in California; 
1900 Census - Anna Higgins, age 58, mother of 7 children, 6 of whom are living at the time of the census, b. Maryland, is enumerated with her husband of 38 years George, age 69, farmer, b. Jun 1831 in New York, along with Fannie, age 26, b. May 1875 in Oregon, Ida, age 24, b. Jan 1876 in Oregon, and George S., age 22, b. Oct 1877 in Oregon; 
Anna M. Higgins, age 81 years, died Jan. 6, 1924. Funeral services will be held at the Webb Funeral parlors Thursday, Jan. 10, at 2. Rev. A. Hawthorn will have charge of service. Interment in IOOF cemetery. Oregon Statesman 9 January 1924 5:3

Anna M. Higgins, 81 years of age, widow of the late George C. Higgins, died late Sunday evening, Jan. 6, 1924, at her home at Levesley. Survived by six children, Mrs. Deborah M. Gilliam of Roseburg, Miss Emma M. Higgins, Mrs. Mary E. Zilke, Mrs. Clymer and George F. Higgins of Salem and Mrs. Ida M. Tracy of eastern Oregon. Also four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon from the Webb funeral parlors at 8 o�clock. Interment IOOF cemetery. Rev. Hawthorne will officiate Capital Journal 9 January 19224 5:5 
Anna M. 
   1842 - 1924

  (shares marker with husband George)
  (photo available)
IOOF Register of Burials OSBH DC (Marion County 1924) #22 
1870 Oregon Census (Marion Co., S. Salem Pct., pg 91, FA #725)
1900 OR Census (Marion Co., S. Salem, ED , sheet 8A)
S&H pg 7 OS 9 January 1924 5:3 CJ 9 January 19224 5:5  IMAGE 1: IMAGE 2: 
LOT: 433 SPACE: 2 NW LONG: N 44� 55.226' LAT: W 123� 02.833' 

Higgins, Emma Minerva 
LAST: Higgins FIRST: Emma MID: Minerva 
BORN: 6 Nov 1866 DIED: 5 Sep 1950 BURIED: 7 Sep 1950
BIRTH PLACE : Sacramento, California 
DEATH PLACE: Salem, Marion Co., Oregon 
NOTES: OSBH DC (Marion County 1950) #9807 - Emma Minerva Higgins, female, single, housekeeper, b. 6 Nov 1866 in Sacramento, California, d. 5 Sep 1950 in Salem, Oregon (Rt. 3, Box 900) at the age of 83 years, iin Salem area for 76 years, name of father G. O. Higgins, maiden name of mother Henrietta Harl, interment 7 Sep IOOF, undertaker Golden, informant G. S. Higgins; 1870 Census - Minerva Higgins, age 4, b. California, is enumerated with father George O. Higgins, age 39, farmer, b. New York, and Anna M., age 30, b. Maryland, along with Amos, age 8, Veva. age 6, and Mary, age 1, all born in California; 
Emma Higgins Taken by Death. 
Emma Minerva Higgins, 83, a resident of the Salem area for nearly 80 years, died Tuesday at her home at Salem route 3. Miss Higgins was born Nov. 6, 1866, near Sacramento, Calif., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. O. Higgins. She came to the Salem area with her parents in 1869. Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Ida May Tracy, Salem; a brother, George S. Higgins, Salem; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Virgil T. Golden chapel with interment in the IOOF Cemetery. Oregon Statesman 6 September 1950 4:6 
  Emma M. Higgins
  1866 - 1950
   (photo available)
SOURCES: LR LD OSBH DC (Marion County 1950) #9807 S&H pg 7
1870 Oregon Census (Marion Co., S. Salem Pct., pg 91, FA #725) OS 6 September 1950 4:6 IMAGE 1: IMAGE 2: LOT: 433 SPACE: 2 NW LONG: N 44� 55.226' LAT: W 123� 02.833' 
Higgins, George O. 
LAST: Higgins FIRST: George MID: O. 
GENDER:       TITLE: Mr. 
BORN:     9 Jun 1831 
DIED:    17 Feb 1913 
BURIED: 19 Feb 1913 
BIRTH PLACE : Syracuse, Onondaga Co., New York 
DEATH PLACE: Salem, Marion Co., Oregon 
NOTES: OHSB (Marion County 1913) #547 - George O. Higgins, male, married, b. New York, occupation: farmer, name of father Alvin Higgins (b. N.Y.), maiden name of mother Jane Castle (b. N. Y.), interment IOOF 20 Feb 1913, undertaker: Lehman & Clough, informant: A. M. Clough; 1870 Census - George O. Higgins, age 39, farmer, b. New York, is enumerated with wife Anna M., age 30, b. Maryland, along with Amos, age 8, Veva. age 6, Minerva, age 4, and Mary, age 1, all born in California; 1900 Census - George Higgins, age 69, farmer, b. Jun 1831 in New York, is enumerated with his wife of 38 years, Anna, age 58, mother of 7 children, 6 of whom are living at the time of the census, b. Maryland, along with Fannie, age 26, b. May 1875 in Oregon, Ida, age 24, b. Jan 1876 in Oregon, and George S., age 22, b. Oct 1877 in Oregon; 

At the family residence south of Salem, Monday, February 17, 1913, George O. Higgins, aged 81 years 8 months and 8 days. The deceased was born June 9, 1831 in Syracuse, N. Y., coming to California March 15, 1852, the trip being made by way of the Isthmus of Panama. He was married at Sacramento, California to Miss Anna Stewart, October 4, 1860, at the home of her father. They moved to Marion county in 1869 and have since resided south of the city.
Mr. Higgins leaves a wife and six children, Mrs. Phil M. Kilham, Willamina; Mrs. O. M. Jones, Salem; Mrs. L. F. Clymer, Auburn, Washington; Miss Emma Higgins, Miss Ida May Higgins and George S. Higgins; three grandsons; a brother, Charles H. Higgins, in Syracuse, N. Y.; one nephew and two nieces in Syracuse. Funeral services will be held at the home Thursday morning, February 20, at 10 o'clock.
Daily Oregon Statesman 18 Feb 1913, 5:5.

The funeral of G. O. Higgins was held at the residence, on the river road, yesterday afternoon, Rev. P. S. Knight of this city having charge. Services at the grave were in charge of the Odd Fellows, of which lodge the deceased was a member. A trio consisting of Mr. and Mrs. Morrison Reid and William Ketchum sang two selections at the grave. The following members of the I. O. O. F. acted as pallbearers: J. A. Patterson, James Mothorn, J. W. Roberts, Amos Vass, C. O. Engstrom and Joseph Martin. Burial in the I. O. O. F. cemetery.
Daily Oregon Statesman 21 Feb 1913 5:4. 

                   Higgins George O. 
                   Born in Syracuse, New York June 9, 1831
                                                      d. Feb. 17, 1913
  (shares marker with his wife, Anna)
  (photo available) 

SOURCES: LR LD OHSB (Marion County 1913) #547
1870 Oregon Census (Marion Co., S. Salem Pct., pg 91, FA #725)
1900 OR Census (Marion Co., S. Salem, ED , sheet 8A) S&H p. 7
DOS 18 Feb 1913 5:5 DOS 21 Feb 1913 5:4. 
LOT: 433 SPACE: 4 SW LONG: N 44� 55.226' LAT: W 123� 02.833' 

View 1870 OR Census Scan HIGGINS GEO O 39 MARION SALEM Pct

 View Higgins 1880 OREGON MARION S SALEM Series T9 Roll 1082 Page 16
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age
Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace 

Ell HIGGINS*        Self M Male     W 50 NY Farmer CT CT 
Looking at original image, it appears to be a cursive "G." & " O."
Amia HIGGINS      Wife M Female W 35 MD Keeping House MD MD 
Ama HIGGINS       Son Male        W 18 CA NY MD 
Deby HIGGINS      Dau Female     W 16 CA NY MD 
Menerva HIGGINS Dau Female      W 14 CA NY MD 
M. E. HIGGINS     Dau S Female   W 12 CA NY MD 
T. C. HIGGINS     Dau S Female   W 10 OR NY MD 
Ida M. HIGGINS   Dau S Female    W  8 OR NY MD 
Geo. S. HIGGINS Son S Male        W  6 OR NY MD 

Source Information:
Census Place South Salem, Marion, Oregon Family History Library Film 1255082 
NA Film Number T9-1082 Page Number 16D 


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