It was a sad homecoming when the mangled body of Ray Swartz, who was killed in the wreak Sunday night, was brought home. Only the evening before he left home so full of life and hope.
He was associated with his father and brother in the gun store and was considered a successful young business man. He was a natural born genius and could repair anything. The various business houses of the city were closed during the funeral services in respect to his memory.
Services were held in the Christian Church and one of the active members in Sunday School and church work, He was also a member of the Degree of Honor and that order attended in a body. The pall bearers were also members of that order as well as school mates and former associates.
His age was 19 years and six days. This sad and untimely death is mourned by many outside of the family and relatives. His broken-hearted father and mother and brother, who sit in sorrow where his footsteps shall never again find echo, have the heart felt sympathy of their many friends and neighbors. Junction City Times Aug. 29, 1908.
Train wreck – The Cottage Grove local ran into a bull asleep on the track near the Bushnell farm two miles beyond Irving which resulted in the death of four men……..
Ray Swartz and the Eugene [Geo. Bailey] boys were riding on the blind as a lark. One simply dared the other to do so and the rash act cost them their lives. Ray had left this evening to go to Eugene and no concern was felt by his parents until some boys reported that he had boarded the blind with the other boys….. They went to Eugene and quickly identified him. Junction City Times Aug. 29, 1908 Junction City, Oregon
This obit came from a book project I’m working on, I don’t know anything else about this person, or other obits in this area.
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