The grave site of Robert J. Arpke, who died of cancer at age 59 in 1919. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Published as it appeared on Oct. 3, 1919, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times, Page 1, Column 6.

R.J. Arpke Dead
At Philomath

Robert J. Arpke, an old resident of Benton county, died at 7 o’clock Thursday night at the family home at Philomath. Death resulted from cancer from which he had suffered during the past two years. During the past week he had gradually failed, taking little nourishment and suffering intensely. The funeral will be held from the brick chapel at Philomath at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon, with Rev. Ferguson officiating, and burial will be in Newton cemetery.

Mr. Arpke was born in Wisconsin April 28, 1860, spent his boyhood years and young manhood in Nebraska and about twenty years ago came to Oregon, locating near Albany. After a couple of years in that community the Arpkes moved to Philomath and for seventeen years have made their home at Philomath.

Mr. Arpke was aged 59 years, five months and 4 days, and is survived by his widow, and two sons, Calvin C. Arpke, principal of the schools at Enumclaw, Washington, and Victor W. Arpke, receiving teller at the First National Bank, Corvallis. Mrs. Nellie Arpke of Corvallis is a daughter-in-law. The First National Bank in this city will close Saturday afternoon at 1:30 that employees may attend the funeral.

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