The grave marker for Albert G. Payne, who died at age 33 in 1917. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Published as it appeared on July 5, 1917, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times, Page 4, Column 1.

Funeral Today.

The funeral of Albert G. Payne, farmer who resided about five miles south of Corvallis, was held today at two o’clock, Rev. E. Burton and Undertaker Conger having charge. Mr. Payne was aged 33 years and died of a lingering illness. A widow and five children are left.


Additional notes on Mr. Payne’s life:

According to an obituary published in 1943, Payne’s mother, Etta Mattison, died when he was 5 years old in September 1886. He had a younger brother, Alfred. His father, Fulwar S. Payne, remarried in 1888 to Ellen R. Stevenson. The family lived in Nebraska until 1914 before moving to Corvallis and soon thereafter, on a farm in the vicinity.

Records available on show that Albert Garfield Payne was born May 8, 1881, in Ida Grove, Iowa. He married Minnie Beller on Nov. 26, 1902, in Dixon County, Nebraska.

In a somewhat curious news/advertising item, the following appeared in the July 17, 1917, edition of the Corvallis Gazette-Times, page 3, column 4: “Most life insurance companies take pride in the speed with which they pay death claims, and sometimes they have a right to feel proud. D.M. John, of the Oregon Life, is just now puffed up — the check in the case of Albert G. Payne coming just one week after his death.”