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Scrafford, Kirk Delmar
BORN: 30 Apr 1878 DIED: 22 Nov 1934 BURIED: 25 Nov 1934 ~ Smith Cemetery
BIRTH PLACE:  Buena Vista, Polk Co, Oregon
DEATH PLACE: Monmouth, Polk Co, Oregon
1st MARRIAGE - Sept 1905 to Adna O'Kelley DIVORCE - Kirk D. vs Adona M. Scrafford; divorce granted 31 May 1910; minor child Dale M. Scrafford awarded to plaintiff NOTE - Adna was daughter of William N. O'Kelley & Martha J. Hastings; she remarried Thomas Murphy; she died 2 July 1927 and was buried in English Cemetery
2nd MARRIAGE - Rachel Shaffer, 15 June 1911 1920 OR CENSUS - Kirk Scrafford (39y, b Oregon, occupation sawmill laborer) enumerated with wife Rachel (27y, b Minnesota) and 2 children, Delmar K. (7y, b Oregon) & Doris (5y, b Oregon) DIVORCE - Kirk D. vs Rachel Frances Scrafford; divorce granted 22 Sept 1923; both share custody of minor children Delmar Kenneth Scrafford & Doris Evelyn Scrafford Newspaper Account of Second Marriage: Were Married at Midnight After An Attempt to Elope She Marries the Other Fellow in the Quiet of Night The Strong Man Tickles His Girl on the Nose with Horse Whip, But With No Avail One of the most sensational weddings that has ever been recorded in the history of Independence occurred five minutes before 12 o’clock on Thursday night of last week when Judge Wilson joined in the holy bond of matrimony, Miss Frances Shaffer and Mr K.B. Scrafford, both well known residents of this vicinity. The sensation is found in the incidents leading up to the nuptial affair, and not in the mere fact that this couple was made one at that hour when hen roosts are frequented by the “black hand,” and the peaceful citizen is in sweet repose. According to reports Al Strong, a well known Monmouth boy, was in love with Miss Shaffer – at least he thought he was in love and supposed the girl loved him, but it might have been a palpitation of the knee pans that caused him so much trouble. At any rate, on Wednesday night preceding the girl’s marriage he persuaded her to elope. He had obtained a team from Dickinson’s livery barn and drove as near the house of his intended spouse as he dared to. Here he tied the animals which were to provide conveyance for his hasty wedding tour and proceeded to the house wherein was resting the one and only one who could make his future life happy. He secured the girl and started for the buggy, and it was their plan to go to Dallas and be married. The attempted elopement was discovered, however, by an angry father and brother, who pursued them, and the long anticipated wedding was indefinitely postponed. Strong in determination, as well as name, he is said to have made another attempt to secrete the girl away. This time, it is said, he found the young lady’s mother occupying the front side of the bed as he entered the room, and for a moment he was puzzled to know just how to pursue. Necessity is frequently the mother of invention, and this, according to the story, proved true in this case. Strong is supposed to have returned to the buggy where he got a whip. With this he tickled the nose of the daughter which caused her to awaken, but her attempt at getting away also awoke the mother and the young man made a hasty exit. From all accounts it seems that the Shaffer family wanted her to marry Scrafford, a grass widower, who lives on the Luckiamute. They did not propose to take any more chances on letting her become the helpmate of the Strong man, and they forthwith arranged for a wedding. A few moments before 12 o’clock Thursday night Judge Wilson was aroused from peaceful slumber by a rap on this door. Upon inquiring “who’s there?” he was informed that a couple wanted to get married at once. The ever accommodating justice arose, put on his church coat, pants and collar, and after looking over the second license that had been issued by as many men to marry the Shaffer girl, he made her the wife of K.B. Scrafford. The reason that some of Strong’s clothing was in possession of the Shaffers is because the latter paid for the livery hire and took the clothing of both Strong and the girl, which was held by the liveryman until the bill was paid. Miss Shaffer now asserts that she did not want to marry Strong at all but was afraid of him. According to her statement before the justice she has got the man she long has sought. Independence Enterprise, Friday, June 23, 1911
OSBH DC (Polk County 1934) #145 - Kirk Delmar Scrafford, male, single, farmer, b. 30 Apr 1878 in Buena Vista, Oregon, d. 22 Nov 1934 in Monmouth, Oregon at the age of 56 yrs 6 mos 22 days, name of father Marshall Scrafford (b. Iowa), maiden name of mother Iba [sic - Elizabeth] Hiltibrand (b. Monmouth, Oregon), interment Smith Cemetery 25 Nov, undertaker Keeney Funeral Home, informant Mrs. Iba Scrafford of Monmouth.
Funeral services were held from the Keeney funeral home Sunday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock, for Kirk Delmar Scrafford, 56, who passed away at the family home Thursday, November 22, following a long illness. Kirk Delmar Scrafford was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Scrafford and was born at Buena Vista April 30, 1878. He lived practically his entire lifetime in Polk county. He was united in marriage in September 1905 to Adna O’Kelley and one son was born to this union. He was married in 1910 to Rachel Shafer and to this union a son and a daughter were born. For the past 42 years Mr. Scrafford has made his home at the old family place on route two, Monmouth. The deceased is survived by his mother, Mrs. Iva Scrafford; a daughter, Mrs. Dorris Church of Salem; two sons, Dale and Delmar Scrafford, both living at home; and a grandson, Michael Vance Church, Salem. The service was in charge of Dr H. Charles Dunsmore with interment following in the Smith cemetery at Lewisville. Bearers were Ed Fleischman, E.A. Lehman, M.J. Lehman, John D. Hiltibrand, E.E. Hiltibrand and E.W. Jones. Musical selections, “Rock of Ages,” “Nearer My God To Thee,” and “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere,” were sung by Mrs Fred Aebi and Ed Fleischman, accompanied by Mrs. Fleischman.
Independence Enterprise, Friday, 30 Nov 1934, 2:3
Son Kirk Scrafford 1878-1934
OSBH DC (Polk County 1934) #145 
Polk Co, Oregon, Circuit Court Journal, Vol 13, pages 448-49 IE 23 June 1911 1920 OR CENSUS (Benton Co, Kings Valley, ED 11, sheet 4B) Polk Co, Oregon, Circuit Court Journal, Vol 19, pages 412-13 IE 30 Nov 1934, 2:3
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