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Willson, Douglas Joseph
BORN: 28 Mar 1892 DIED: 4 May 1972 BURIED: 8 May 1972 ~ Smith Cemetery
BIRTH PLACE:  Gardner, Douglas Co, Oregon
DEATH PLACE: Corvallis, Benton Co, Oregon

1900 OR CENSUS - Douglas J. Wilson (b Mar 1892, Oregon) enumerated with parents Joseph E. (b Sept 1850, Illinois, married 25 years) & Gula E. (b Mar 1857, Illinois, mother of 11 children, 8 living at time of census) & 5 siblings, Joel W. (b Oct 1879, Illinois), Jessie M. (b Apr 1882, Illinois), Daniel Grover (b Oct 1885, Illinois), Albert A. (b Dec 1896, Oregon) & Willis Polk (b Apr 1900, Oregon) and mother-in-law [of Joseph, Gula's mother] Clementina A. McKinney (b May 1825, North Carolina, widowed, mother of 11 children, 7 living at time of census) 1910 WA CENSUS - Joseph D. Wilson (18y, b Oregon) enumerated with parents Joseph E. (59y, b Illinois, married 35 years) & Gula E. (53y, b Illinois)and 3 brothers, Daniel G. (24y, b Illinois), Albert A. (13y, b Oregon) & Gilbert W. (10y, b Oregon) World War I Draft Registration Card - Joseph Douglas Willson, 25, of Rt 1, Jerome, Lincoln Co, Idaho; occupation farmer; born 28 Mar 1892, Gardner, Oregon; single 1920 CA CENSUS - Douglas J. Willson, age 27, widowed, b. Oregon, is enumerated with parents Joseph E., age 69, occupation farmer, b. Illinois, and Gula, age 62, b. Illinois, along with Daniel, age 33, single, b. Illinois, Albert A., age 22, b. Oregon, and Wayne G., age 19, b. Oregon. 1930 OR CENSUS - Douglas Willson (38y, b Oregon, married at age 32y, occupation bus line stage supervisor) enumerated with wife Helen (25y, b Minnesota, married at age 20y) 1940 OR CENSUS - D.J. Wilson (48y, b Oregon, occupation Greyhound depot agent)enumerated with wife Helen G. (34y, b Minnesota) and 2 children, Bud W. (14y, b Oregon) & Betty I. (12y, b Oregon); family was living at same place in 1935


OSBH DC (1972 Benton co) #6855 Douglas Joseph Willson, male, supervisor greyhound, married, spouse Helen Willson; b 28 Mar 1892, Oregon; father Joseph R. Willson; mother Gula McKinney; d 4 May 1972, 2753 NW Highland Drive, Corvallis, age 80y; bur Smith; informant Helen Willson, wife


Corvallis – Douglas Joseph Willson, 80, of 2753 NW Highland Drive, died Thursday in a local nursing home. Born near Gardner, Willson at age five moved with his family to Independence and later to Northwest Washington. He was a veteran of World War I, former lighthouse keeper at Tillamook Rock lighthouse and a longtime employee of Greyhound Corp until retirement in 1957. He resided in Corvallis 34 years. He was a member of Corvallis Lodge 14 AF&AM, past master of American Legion 11, past commander Knights of Pythias, Mountainview Grange, and for 10 years Dad supervisor of the local De Molay chapter. Surviving are daughter Mrs Robert Zeller of Portland, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Services will be 2 pm Monday at Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, Rev Charles Neville officiating. Ritualistic services will be conducted by AF&AM with graveside services and interment 4 pm at Smith Cemetery in Monmouth. DeMoss-Durdan mortuary is in charge of arrangements. The family suggests contributions to Heart Fund or Knights Templar Eye Foundation. Oregon Statesman, Sunday, May 7, 1972, 32:4


Douglas J. Willson Oregon Sgt US Army World War I March 28, 1892 May 4, 1972


OSBH DC (1972 Benton co) #6855

1900 OR CENSUS (Polk Co, Independence, ED 175, FA#168)

1910 WA CENSUS (Okanogan Co, Conconully, ED 127, sheet 6B)

World War I Draft Registration Card (

1920 CA CENSUS (Glenn Co., Nelson, ED 38, sheet 14A)

1930 OR CENSUS (Jackson Co, Medford, ED 41, sheet 1B)

1940 OR CENSUS (Benton Co, Corvallis, ED 2-42, sheet 5A)

Oregon Statesman, 7 May 1972, 32:4


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