85 Years Ago Today

Horace Lapham’s Death Certificate

On September 18, 1927, eighty-five years ago today, Horace “Harry” Irving Lapham (1869-1927), my 2nd great grandfather, died in McMinnville, Yamhill Co., Oregon at the age of fifty-eight.

Horace was a laborer, working as a blacksmith, rancher, and day laborer throughout his life. This often required him to live apart from his family, which he was doing at the time of his death—working in McMinnville while his family was living in Portland. According to his death certificate, he died from exhaustion following a bone plate operation to repair a fracture in his left femur, and injury he undoubtedly sustained while working. (His son Wilbur died about seven years earlier in a logging accident.)

Two days after his death, on September 20, 1927, Horace was buried in an unmarked grave in Masonic Cemetery in McMinnville, Yamhill Co., Oregon.

Horace was born in 1869 in Michigan, and was the first child born to William B. Lapham (1838-1925), a Civil War Veteran, and his first wife, Emoline Pauline Reynolds (1844-1886). He married Anna Margaret Leishman (1875-1951) in 1895 in Nebraska, and had by her eight children. Horace and Anna (a.k.a. Margaret) were the grandparents of my paternal grandmother, Margaret Ann (Lapham) Kernan (1936-2004), who married William Kernan (LIVING).

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