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Staats, Orlena M.
MAIDEN NAME: Williams AKA 1:  AKA 2:  AKA 3: 
BORN: 4 Mar 1828 DIED: 24 Mar 1907 BURIED:  ~ English Cemetery
BIRTH PLACE:  Granger Co., Tennessee
DEATH PLACE: Independence, Polk Co., Oregon

DISCREPANCY - Marker gives year of death as 1906, but obits and DC show death actually occured in 1907.

OSBH DC (Polk County 1907) #3188 - Orlena M. Staats, female, housewife, widowed, b. 4 Mar 1828 in Granger Co., Tennessee, d. 24 Mar 1907 in Indepenence, Oregon at the age of 79 ys 21 day, name of father William Williams.
Dies at Her Home Near Airlie, Aged
79 Years.
Mrs. Orlena M. Staats, a pioneer of Polk county, died Monday morning after an illness of several months consequent upon old age. “Grandma” Staats, as she was familiarly called, was born in Granger County, Tenn, March 4, 1828. She crossed the plains with her parents in 1845 at the age of 16 years. On May 10, 1846 she was married to the late Isaac Staats, who crossed the plains in the same company. They took up a donation land claim of 640 acres in what is now known as the Luckiamute alley, in this county, on which she resided up to the time of her death, her husband preceding her in death in August 1889. 
The deceased was the mother of six sons and one daughter, all of whom survive her but one son. They are J.M., H.D., J.O., C.E. and A.C. Staats, all of Airlie, and Mrs. M.I. Dalton of Monmouth, J.J. Williams of this city, and W.E. and T.B. Williams of Airlie being her brothers. 
The funeral will take place at her residence tomorrow. Interment will be at the old English cemetery at Airlie. 
Polk County Observer (Tues) 26 Mar 1907, 2:1

Respected Pioneer of Polk County
Passes Away
Mrs. Orlena M. Staats of Airlie, a pioneer of 1845, died at the old homestead at 7 o’clock on Monday morning, March 25th. Deceased was the widow of the late Isaac Staats, who preceded her in death in 1889. Grandma Staats was taken ill in November last and gradually failed until death came. She fully realized how serious was her illness and expressed herself as being willing and ready for the last summons. She was born in May Springs, Granger county, East Tennessee, on March 4, 1828, and was 79 years and 21 days old at her death. She was married to Isaac Staats May 10, 1866 [sic - 1846], and had resided on their homestead ever since, or 62 years. She was the mother of six sons and one daughter, all of whom survive her except one son, all residing in Polk county. She was a sister of J.J. Williams of Dallas and of T.B. and W.E. Williams of Airlie. Her children are J.M., H.D., J.O., C.E. and A.C. of Airlie, and Mrs. M.I. Dalton of Monmouth, D.V. Poling of The Dalles will conduct the funeral services. Interment will be in the English cemetery near Airlie, on Wednesday. 
It was at the home of this worthy pioneer couple that was established by the government the first postoffice south of Dallas, and which they continued keeping for over 30 years, and in connection with the postmastership her husband filled the office of justice of the peace for a like number of years, and it was through these offices came their acquaintanceship with almost all pioneers through the valley.
Polk County Itemizer (Thurs) 28 Mar 1907, 2:3-4

Mrs. O.M. Staats widow of the late Isaac Staats, died at the family homestead, one-half mile south of Airlie, at 8:30 o’clock on Monday morning, March 25th. She had been in feeble health since November last. 
She was born in the state of Tennessee, March 4, 1828, and at her death was 79 years and 21 days old. She crossed the plains with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James E. Williams, in the year of 1845, arriving here late in October of that year. 
She was united in marriage to Isaac Staats, May 10, 1846. They took up a donation land claim comprising 640 acres, on which she had resided for 62 years. Her husband died in August, 1889. Their lives comprised an important part of the history of Polk county. She raised a family of six sons and one daughter, all of whom, except one son, survive her, and all are residents of Polk county.
Polk County Observer (Fri) 29 Mar 1907, 1:2
Orlena M.
Mar 24, 1906
Aged 79 Ys
20 Days
Saucy/Tolle Survey & Photographs
Branigar Survey
OSBH DC (Polk County 1907) #3188
PCO 26 Mar 1907, 2:1 
PCI 28 Mar 1907, 2:3-4
PCO 29 Mar 1907, 1:2
ROW: 21-1  

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