A large marker for James P. McGee, which is surrounded by several other family members, can be found in the cemetery’s southeast section. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Published as it appeared on July 17, 1906, in the Corvallis Times, Page 2, Column 2.

And Blood vessel Burst in
Brain — Passing of J.P.
McBee — Another

The funeral of the late J.P. McBee, one of the substantial citizens of Benton county, occurred from the family residence near Independence school house Sunday. The interment was in Newton’s cemetery, and was attended by a large concourse of relatives and friends. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. M.S. Bush. Mr. McBee died Saturday morning, after an illness of only a few days. The cause of death was an abscess on the brain, and is believed to have been caused by the rupture of a blood vessel sustained while Mr. McBee was lifting heavily during the removal of a woodshed. He was about his duties as usual after that, but a week before his death he became violently ill and in spite of medical aid, finally succumbed. A short time before the end he became partially paralyzed.

Mr. McBee was a thrifty farmer, and was one of the biggest land owners in the county. He was born in Ray county, Missouri, September 1, 1849. He came to Oregon with his parents, traveling by ox team across the plains in 1852, and settled on the old donation claim in the Willamette river bottom, a dozen miles south of Corvallis. About 1870 he moved on his own home place on the prairie, where he resided until his recent occupancy of the farm home near the Beulah church. He was a brother of Joseph and W.H. McBee and of David McBee, of Lane county, and a sister of Mrs. T.W.B. Smith of Benton. The surviving members of the family are, besides the widow, Edna and Elsie, daughters, and James and William, sons. Mr. McBee was an excellent citizen and an honorable man.

Editor’s note: According to the grave marker, Mr. McBee was born Sept. 12, 1847 (not Sept. 1, 1849 as the obituary shows).

A full view of James P. McBee’s marker. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

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