1952-6-14 Parker reunion centennial
Parker Descendant's Reunion Note Centennial Of Arrival Commemorating the centennial of the crossing of the plains to Oregon in 1852 by Allen, Moses and John Parker, nearly t An ilnnnnndnnta rrn t U m i-nl i-nl i-nl Ciinflnii u t i lmtl I M I rrfulirrn V a 1 1 VT T v 6...B .... in North Albany, I Oregon, Washington and California residents enjoyed the! bountiful dinner at noon which preceded the special afternoon afternoon program. A feature of the day was the display of old pictures and relics. These included a black silk cape belonging to Nancy Dris- Dris- coll Umphrey, mother of Allen Parker's wife Julia and Moses Parker's wife Mary; a carpenter' plane owned by Moses Parker; family Bibles of the Allen and Moses Parker families and the Cowan family Bimle (Samantha Umphrey, sister of Julia and Mary, was married to Columbus Cowan); An old washer for blankets and quills used by the Moses Parker family; cups, a sugar bowl, buckle and comb belonging to Samantha Cowan; a .45-70 .45-70 .45-70 rifle used by Perry Parker, a son of Moses; a fluting machine used by Mrs. Churchill, mother of Mrs. Fielding Parker; A watch belonging to Moses Parker; old letters and newspapers, including one of the first issues of the Yaquina Dally Post (1886) where the Allen Parker family lived after moving from Albany. New Officers Named A program, arranged by Jessie Baldwin, was presented and included included reading of an essay by June Parker which won second place In this year's Pioneer Picnic esay contest and which was based on a day in the life of Mary Umphrey Umphrey Parker. A minature paper titled the Parker Plainsman, published published by the Francyl Howard family and containing family historical historical information was passed out. New officers elected were Alex McMillan, Albany, president and Mrs. Polly Chapman, Portland, secretary. Retiring are Russell Parker, president and Shirley Parker, secretary. .Coming the farthest distance were Mr. and Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Wilkins of San Diego, while Ruby Olson came the shortest (from across the road.) The Parkers arrived in Oregon in October of 1892, and the Urn-phreys Urn-phreys Urn-phreys followed the next year. Both families came to America from England many years before the Revolutionary war. Ethan Allen, Moses and John were sons of Moses and Elizabeth Bryant Parker (their grandfather Bryan was ambushed by Indians in Kentucky and his family had owned a sawmill in Washington, D.C. which was destroyed when the British captured the city.) Allen Allen was born in 1828 and Moses in 1830 in Ross county, Ohio. Settle Heads Train The family later moved to In diana, where John was born in 1840, and then in 1845 to Iowa near Burlington. Allen was married to Julia Umphrey in the fall of 1851 at the home of her parents, the Thomas Henry Umphrey, near Burlington. Their home was near Sand Ridge, and It was for this community that Sand Ridge in Linn county was named. Julia was born in 1833 in Ohio, where the Umphreys came from in 1839 and Mary was born in 1836. The next spring Allen and Julia Moses and John set out for Oregon with a covered wagon and four yoke of oxen. Allen was 23, Julia 18, Moses 21 and John 11. With them was the Parker brothers' aunt, Mary Bryant, who later mar- mar- ried Mr. Cottle and became the mother of Mrs. J. K. Wea'herford, sr. The 20-wagon 20-wagon 20-wagon train was headed by Captain Settle. They were not bothered too much by Indians (al though staving off several attacks), tho worst enemy of the trail being being cholera which struck twice. When the wagon train got to The Dalles (the Journey took five months), the women, children and old people look a flatboat down the Columbia lo Sandy and once almost capsized. The men took the cattle and oxen around Mt. Hood on the Barlow trail. The Parkers continued on to the Willamette valley, settling near Tallman on the prairie where the grass grew almost over a man's head and wild Spanish cattle grazed. There the Umphreys joined them in 1853, Buys Threshing Marhlne In a few years Allen had 360 acres, Moses 320 and Thomas Umphrey, Umphrey, their fathcr-ln-law, fathcr-ln-law, fathcr-ln-law, fathcr-ln-law, fathcr-ln-law, 470. Moses was a journeyman carpenter and the men cut logs for cabins, split rails for stakes and rider fences and sold them. Moses bought the second threshing threshing machine In Linn county in 1855. Three years later he sold his farm and bought a 320-acre 320-acre 320-acre farm on which he resided thereafter except except for three years spent near I Sweet Home. He later added another 160 acres. In 1856 he enlisted In the Second Oregon Mountpd Cavalry and saw service in the Walla Walla country, taking part in many of the principal principal battles. He was married Oct. 9, 1856 to Mary Catherine Umphrey, Umphrey, and they had eight children; children; Perry, Louis T., Ann Elizabeth, Elizabeth, John, Mary Alice, Hiram, William E. and Ethan Allen. Moses died in 1005 and his wife in 1926. The Allen Parkers moved in to Albany in 1867. With his partner, Mr. Morris, Allen built the Red Crown Mills in 1873, operated as a grain warehouse. They shipped wheat to China and England, The Parker home was at the southwest southwest corner of First and Montgomery Montgomery streets and they had the second mirror in Albany and one of the first stoves. They had a square grand piano which was brought by ship around the Horn. Allen served as councilman in 1868, 1872 and 1875 and as mayor in 1877. In 1872 he. was elected sheriff of Linn county, and in 1875 was appointed by the state legislature legislature as lock commissioner of the Willamette Falls. Ho served in the legislature from Linn county in 1876 and from Benton county in 1880 and 1882. He was a charter member of the Masons here and Julia of the Eastern Star, The Allen Parkers had eight children, Thomas Lyle, William Henry, Nancy Jane, Ann Elizabeth, Rowcna, Clara and Frank, In the fall of 1878 they moved to Oneutta on Yaquina Bay, where Allen had bought a sawmill and which in those days was a booming shipping center. The house and mill burned May 22, 1880 and all the old records were lost. A hotel operated by them at Yaquina, the Parker House, also burned down. They later I moved to Toledo, where Allen died i 105 and Julia a good many years later. John Parker, Allen and Moses' brother, was married in 18r4 to Martha Cluypool, who was born in Missouri. They had four child ren, all born in Albany; Minnie, Charley, Walter and Omar, the three boys dying in childhood. John later went to there. Alaska and died - .