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Re: William S. McQuigg Obit: d. December, 1932, Portland, Oregon
Posted by: Jay McAfee (ID *****5224) Date: June 12, 2004 at 00:45:49
In Reply to: William S. McQuigg Obit: d. December, 1932, Portland, Oregon by Jay McAfee of 334

The following posts are from Janice Fenter regarding William S. McQuigg at the Multnomah County Oregon Genforum:

I'm sorry but I wasn't able to find anything in the Oregonian newspaper on William/Will S. McQuigg. The Oregon Death Index listed his date of death as two days earlier, on 22 December 1932. I looked for several days from the 22nd on, at the death and funeral notice sections, as well as where they had published obits in that year. (However, I did not scan every column of every page of the newspaper for those several days.)

I also checked to see if his wife Lura or Laura McQuigg might have been in the Oregon Death Index but couldn't find her listed. I thought if she died prior to William, they may have been buried in the same cemetery, and the same funeral home may have handled both deaths.

I looked in the Portland City Directories for 1915, 1917, 1918, and didn't find William or his wife. In 1920 there was a listing for a W. S. McQuigg, as a laborer for the Jones Lbr. Co., without the name of a spouse. In 1924 there was the following listing: "McQuigg, Wm S. (Lura) bkpr h546 Mason." In 1925, William's middle initial was changed to "W" the wife's name was Lura, and he was listed as "clk Lambs club" at the same previous address. In 1926, he was listed with a middle initial of "F" with wife Laura M., occupation of bkpr and still living at 546 Mason. In 1927, 1928, there was a Wm S McQuigg, without a listing for a spouse, renting at 22 10th N, listed as a salesman. In 1931, a listing for a W. S. McQuigg, clk renting at 269 Salmon.

The address on Salmon is the same one as in the 1930 Census, for Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, E.D. #26-64, sheet 2A, line 10. In this census, a "Willie S. McQuigg is listed as a lodger, M, W, 49, single, born in Ohio, father born in Ireland, mother born in Ohio, he is in a brokerage for the lumber business. The 1920 Oregon census for Portland, Multnomah County, E.D. 32, sheet 15B, lines 83-84, listed a William S. McQuigg, age 39, same birth place information for him and his parents, listed as a civil engineer. There was also a listing for a wife, Laura, age 36, born in Illinois and both parents born in Illinois. They were living at 269 1/2 Columbia St.

Is it possible they were divorced sometime after 1926, or that Lura may have died? If there was a divorce, Lura may have remarried or moved to another city or state. I found it curious that William was listed as "single" and not divorced or widower on the 1930 census.

If you still want to find where he is buried, you will probably have to write for a copy of his death certificate, which was certificate #324. This should give you the name of the funeral home, cemetery and person who supplied the family information for the certificate. The current telephone book for the Portland Metro area doesn't list anyone with the McQuigg surname.
I made some phone calls for you and found William S. McQuigg.

Holman & Lutz undertakers handled his body. Holman & Lutz is no longer in busines and their records are now with the Colonial Chapel, which is part of the "Dignity Memorial" group. The person I spoke with said it would take about 2 to 3 weeks to look up the information, depending on their schedule, and get back to me.20 N.E. 14th, Portland, OR, Phone: (503) 232-4111

His remains are listed with the "Portland Memorial Mausoleum." He was cremated 31 Dec. 1932. The card was old and didn't have family information listed. She did say that there was a note regarding his location at "Wilson D Tower," but the person who knew locations was out until tomorrow. 6705 S.E. 14th Ave, Portland, OR, Phone: (503) 236-4141
I received a call back from the funeral home. They gave the following information from their records:

William McQuigg had resided at the "Multnomah Farm."
William's father was listed as Samuel McQuigg
William's date of birth: 29 June 1852. (Jay's note: d.o.b. looks incorrect I have 1880).
Funeral: 30 Dec. 1932
Died: 23 Dec. 1932
The family contact listed was Hinda McQuigg.

Research notes:
1) The Multnomah Farm was the "Multnomah County Poor Farm," located in Troutdale, Oregon.
2) The date of death they had listed, is one day later than what the Oregon Death Index had (22 Dec. 1932).
3) The person also remarked the information they had was not complete and that she had never seen that limited amount of information on any card before.

Janice Fenter

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