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Hart-Riggs Cemetery ~ George LaFrance ~ part of the Polk County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
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LaFrance, George
BORN: 9 Apr 1868 DIED: 22 Aug 1939 BURIED:  (Hart-Riggs Cemetery)
OCCUPATION:  Logger; Farmer
DEATH PLACE: Polk Co., Oregon
Name of father Joseph LaFrance
Maiden name of mother Charlotte Miller
1880 MI CENSUS - George LaFrance, age 12, b. Canada, is enumerated with Joseph, age 49, occupation farmer, b. Canada, and Charlotte, age 44, b. Canada, along with James, age 20, occupation saw mill worker, b. Canada, William J., age 16, b. Canada, Henry, age 14, b. Canada, David, age 9, b. Canada, Mary L., age 6, b. Canada, and Hannah J., age 3, b. Canada.
MARRIAGE: George LaFrance (age 22 years, b. Canada, son of Jos. LaFrance & Charlott Miller) married Lillie Yorton (age 20 years, b. Michigan, daughter of Osra Yorton & Rozilla Schultz) md 25 June 1890, Evert, Osceola Co, Michigan.
1900 MI CENSUS - George LaFrance, age 32, married 10 years, occupation saw mill laborer, b. Apr 1868 in Michigan, is enumerated as a boarder in the residence of Persis Jones.
1910 OR CENSUS - George LaFrance, age 42, divorced, occupation laborer, b. Canada, is enumerated in the home of [his brother] Henry, age 44, occupation farmer, b. Canada, and Henry's wife of 12 years, Ida, age 36, mother of 4, b. Minnesota, along with their children Carl, age 10, b. Minnesota, John, age 8, b. Michigan, Vernie, age 6, b. Minnesota, and Frank, age 3, b. Washington.  Also enumerated with the family is Charlotte LaFrance, identified as mother [of Henry], age 75, widowed, mother of 11 children 7 of who are living at the time of the census, b. Canada.
DISCREPANCY - birthplace info conflicting between Michigan and Canada.
OSBH DC (1939 Polk County) #95
George LaFrance, for over thirty years a resident of the Monmouth district, died Tuesday [Aug 22] from an affliction of the heart. He had been ailing for several months past. Funeral services are held this afternoon in the Smith-Baun mortuary, with Rev. David Walker officiating. Burial conducted by the Odd Fellows, will be in the Riggs cemetery near Dallas. 
Mr. LaFrance was born and reared in the vicinity of Mt. Clemens, Michigan. As a young man he worked in the logging camps in winter and did general farming in summer. One summer he changed the program and joined in a log drive down the Muskegon river in which 225 men participated. 
With the Michigan pine region cleared up, George came west and worked in camps in the vicinity of Olympia, Washington, in 1906. Two years later he came to Monmouth. His brother Henry was a farmer in the Mistletoe district. 
George first went to work on the Ireland place, then known as “Walnut Acres” south of Monmouth. After seven years with them he hired with Jacob Smith and was on the Smith farm something like 20 years. He became a dairyman looking after pure bred Jerseys. A few years ago he started to work for the Clow sisters where his work was with sheep. He was married in Michigan and became a widower but is survived by one child and grandchildren. 
George was a companionable man and made warm friends. He was an Odd Fellow with a membership of twenty years. He held all the offices in the lodge and was for a time a member of teams which did degree work. He was born April 9, 1868. 
Monmouth Herald 24 Aug 1939, 5:2-3

George LaFrance
1868 - 1939

For marker photographs and pictures showcasing the restoration work at Hart-Riggs Cemetery, please see:

Branigar Survey
Saucy Survey & Photographs
Osceola Co, MI marriage records
1880 MI CENSUS (Osceola Co., Hershey, ED 224, pg 137C)
1900 MI CENSUS (Osceola Co., Marion, ED 151, sheet 5A)
1910 OR CENSUS (Polk Co., Bridgeport, ED 237, sheet 5A)
MH 24 Aug 1939, 5:2-3

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