James Cooper grave marker
The Newton grave marker stands tall in the Northwest section of Mount Union Cemetery. James Cooper, described in his obituary as “one of the grand noble pioneers of Oregon” and other family members are buried here. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Published as it appeared on Nov. 27, 1891 in the Corvallis Gazette, Page 1, Column 7.

A Good Man and Citizen Gone

DIED—At his residence, two and one-half miles west of this city, November 20th, Mr. James Cooper, at the age of 67 years, 4 months and 18 days.

Mr. Cooper was a Virginian by birth — born in Franklin county, Virginia, July 2, 1824. When he was three years of age, his parents moved to Hendricks county, Indiana, where they remained until 1841, when they removed to Platte county, Missouri, where he was married to Miss Lena Evans.

In the spring of 1852 he with his wife and one child started on that perilous trip across the plains and after six months they arrived in Clackamas county, this state, where they tarried for one season and then moved to Waldo Hills, Marion county. In 1854 Mr. Cooper, with his family, settled in Kings valley, Benton county, where he resided four years. He then, in 1865, purchased the farm in the vicinity of Philomath, on which he spent the remainder of his life. Mr. and Mrs. Cooper had a family of six children — four boys and two girls. One daughter and one son are dead; the remaining four and Mrs. Cooper are left to mourn the loss of a beloved husband and a kind and faithful father. Mr. Cooper was one of the grand and noble pioneers of Oregon. He was a quiet, unpretentious man, but a man of sterling and upright character. He has trained his family to the same honest, noble, thrifty, moral characteristics that distinguished him, and has left the record of an honorable man. The beautiful farms and homes of the Cooper family west of this city are monuments to the prudence and industry of himself and his children.

His health has not been good for some time, and during the past two years, he has suffered severely, so that he has not taken an active part in business or society. Heroically he bore his suffering — bravely and calmly and trustfully he met the last enemy of life and died with faith in God and without fear. He firmly believed in doing as he could know his duty toward God and man.

The funeral, which occurred on Sabbath afternoon, was largely attended by citizens from this city and Philomath and from the neighboring county. Many were the friends that followed his remains to their last resting place in the Newton cemetery, and the entire community sympathizes with the bereaved family in their sore affliction.