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Marks, Christopher Columbus
BORN: 17 Mar 1865 DIED: 7 Feb 1940 BURIED: 10 Feb 1940 ~ Smith Cemetery
BIRTH PLACE:  LaGrande, Union Co., Oregon
DEATH PLACE: Monmouth, Polk Co., Oregon
Name of father William Marks
Name of mother Frances Leasey Marks Lewis
1880 OR CENSUS - Christopher Marks, age 14, b. Oregon, is enumerated with William, age 60, occupation laborer, b. Ohio, and Frances, age 40, b. Ohio, along with Israel, age 16, b. Oregon, Elizabeth, age 8, b. Oegon, Clarence S., age 4, b. Oregon, and William, age 3 months (b. April) in Oregon.
MARRIAGE - C[hristopher] C[olumbus] Marks & Cora Brown md 15 Oct 1896, Polk Co, Oregon
1900 OR CENSUS - Chriss C. Marks, age 34, occupation farmer, b. Mar 1865 in Oregon, is enumerated with his wife of 4 years Corrow [Cora] L., age 38, mother of 4 children 3 of whom are living at the time of the census, b. Dec 1861 in Indiana, along with step-daughters Ethel P. Brown, age 15, b. Dec 1884 in Oregon, and Lena E., age 7, b. Oct 1892 in Oregon.  Also enumerated in the home is Eliza Crichlow, identified as gm-in-law [of Chriss], age 84, widowed, mother of 8 children 4 of whom are living at the time of the census, b. Apr 1816 in Pennsylvania.
OSBH DC (Polk County 1940) #15 - Christopher Columbus Marks, male, widower (Cora Brown), farmer, b. 17 Mar 1865 in La Grande, Oregon, d. 7 Feb 1940 in Monmouth, Oregon at the age of 74 yrs 10 mos 21 dys, name of father William Marks, maiden name of mother Frances Lewis (b. Indiana), interment Smith 10 Feb, undertaker A.L. Keeney, informant not given.
DISCREPANCY - Chris gives his mothers maiden name as Leasey as the informant for his sister Emma's death certificate.
Christopher Columbus Marks, well-known retired farmer of the Elkins community, passed away at 8:30 Wednesday evening, Feb 7. Mr. Marks had been in failing health for some time but was only seriously ill for a few days before his death. 
The son of William and Frances Marks, well-known early pioneers of eastern Oregon, he was born at LaGrande, March 17, 1865. He spent the earlier part of his life there and on October 15, 1896 was married to Mrs. Cora Brown. Following their marriage the couple lived on their farm in the Elkins district where they took an active part in the affairs of their community. Mrs. Marks died July 23, 1927. Afterward his sister, Mrs. Emma Orsborn made her home with Mr. Marks until she died in April 1936. In 1937 Mr. Marks sold his farm and retired to lead a less active life and since that time he has made his home with relatives in the sunny slope community west of town.
He is survived by two brothers, Clarence Marks of Gervais and William W. (Ebb) Marks of Sheridan. Also by several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held in the Evangelical church Saturday afternoon with Rev C. P. Gates of Portland officiating, assisted by Rev E.C. Hicks. Burial was in the Lewisville cemetery. Monmouth Herald, 15 Feb 1940, 8:4
Christopher C. Marks
Branigar Survey
OSBH DC (Polk County 1940) #15 
1880 OR CENSUS (Polk Co., Douglas, ED103, page 16D)
Polk Co, Oregon Marriage Records, Vol 4
1900 OR CENSUS (Polk Co., Luckiamute, ED 176, sheet 3B)
MH 15 Feb 1940, 8:4
ROW: 18-8  

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