Although it’s difficult to read, this stone marks the burying place of Joseph Schaffer, a Civil War veteran who came to Oregon from Minnesota approximately five years before his death in 1905. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Published as it appeared on Sept. 6, 1905, in the Corvallis Times, Page 2, Column 3.

Mr. Schaffer, living one mile west of Philomath, died Sunday night after several months’ illness.

Published as it appeared on Sept. 8, 1905, in the Albany Democrat, Page 3, Column 5.

Joseph Schaffer, a veteran of the civil war, died at Philomath yesterday. He leaves a wife and nine children.

More information on Mr. Schaffer’s life

According to a death certificate issued by Benton County, Mr. Schaffer, age 69, was born March 8, 1836, in Prussia and worked as a farmer. He died Sept. 3, 1905, with a cerebral hemorrhage a contributing factor. 

His wife, Julia Schaffer (maiden name of Mutta), is buried at Mount Union Cemetery in the next plot, although no stone can be found. She died on Christmas Eve 1930 at age 78 in Toledo. Mrs. Schaffer was born in Norway.

Mr. Schaffer fought for the Union in the Civil War, enlisting at age 26 in September 1862. He served in the Fourth Ohio Independent Battery.

A biography published on Mr. Schaffer’s FindAGrave page reports that he arrived in America in 1853 through New York. He traveled through Canada and the United States.

The 1900 census shows that the family was living in Sacred Heart, Minnesota, where he had lived since 1865.