Pleasant View Cemetery
A Pioneer Cemetery in Clackamas County, Oregon
"There is a history in all men's lives."    -- William Shakespeare

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May 24 - 26  Memorial Day Weekend

       Once known as Decoration Day, this is the biggest weekend of the year at Pleasant View Cemetery.  Lots of folks work to get their family plots and the cemetery in general, looking their best.   We always have visitors from far and wide who come to honor our veterans, clean and decorate family monuments, and generally pay tribute to pioneers and community members who have come before us.  It is an important day of family traditions and an opportunity to connect across the generations.  Thank you to everyone who made the effort to visit this year!

       Restoration Completed:  This spring we undertook some of our largest restoration projects to date, repairing 16 of our marble tablets that were broken back in the 1980's.  We have been working to locate and level their bases, reassemble them, and clean them.  The tablets are all upright now so take a few minutes to appreciate the craftsmanship of these old marble tablets.  Full Report (The pdf may take a minute to download the first time.)

Spring Cleaning:  Speaking of cleaning, we have cleaned and treated all our marble monuments (about 165 of them) with a product called D2 that kills lichen, an annoying little plant that can turn white marble nearly black and hasten deterioration of the stone.  It is used by stone conservators at places like Arlington Cemetery and the Washington Monument, so it comes with good credentials.  It takes several months to fully lighten the marble back to its original color, so you might notice our marble in a variety of stages of lightening.  Never use bleach or other cleaning products on historic marble because it can permanently damage the stone and hasten its deterioration.
 
BEFORE CLEANING
WITH D2
AFTER CLEANING
WITH D2
6 MONTHS LATER

        Looking to Volunteer?  We rely mostly on volunteer help from family and community members, scout troops, and the Clackamas County Community Service Crew.  If you or your family would like to join us sometime, there is always work to be done.  From big projects like uncovering and leveling sunken monuments, to lighter work like trimming, sweeping and raking, to cleaning out engravings where your largest tools might be chopsticks and a toothbrush!  If your family or group would like to help out on a day not currently scheduled, please let me know and we will do our best to accommodate your schedule.   Charlotte


 


A  Family Cemetery
Many of the names in Pleasant View Cemetery are related to each other in one way or another. 
Here is a chart, called a mind map, that shows some of those connections. 
Click on it to see the updated, larger and clearer .pdf  version.
More explanation and full name list below.




Six Degrees of Separation or what is going on with this chart??

      The chart above is a map of the connections among family names at Pleasant View Cemetery.  We have been working on it for some time as we research family connections, so more names keep getting connected.  With a few exceptions, a connecting line between two names indicates a marriage between those two families, sometimes multiple marriages.  If any of those unions produced children (and most did) then the various descendants are cousins of some sort, or at least cousins of cousins!  One exception is the Parrett - Parrott connection which is not a marriage, but a change in spelling that occurred in one generation.  The colors don't represent much, but make family groupings easier to spot. 

      All of these are names that someone was buried with at Pleasant View, so maiden names are not included here unless we have someone buried under that name. The exceptions to that are the names in black & white (Galbreath, Boeckman, and Edy).  We don't have anyone by those names at PVC but we have multiple connections to those families.  In parentheses is the primary cemetery where this family can be found.  The Galbreaths are at Winona Cemetery in Tualatin, the Boeckmans are at Meridian on 65th near Stafford, and the Edys are at Gibbs near Sherwood. 

       So have fun exploring your connections and check back as the chart continues to grow in size and complexity.  I wish I could make it more searchable, but I have added a list of the names that are on it below.  If your name is there, you are on the chart and related by blood or by marriage to everyone else on the chart. 
      I challenge you to find anyone who is more than six degrees of separation from the Bakers!

Names currently on this chart (and connected in some way to every other name on this chart):
 
Adams
Allison
Ashpole
Auld
Badley
Bailey
Baker
Ball
Ballard
Barber
Barnes
Bartholomew
Batalgia
Baxter
Beavert
Bell
Boland
Boozier
Boston
Boyce
Bristow
Brobst
Brookman
Brous
Brown
Bruckhart
Brunner
Brush
Butson
Calkins
Case
Catching
Cereghino
Chance
Chapman
Christensen
Clutter
Cochran
Collier
Comstock
Conner
Crisell
Crist
Crocker
Crow
Curry
Cuthill
Daniel
Davis
Day
Demeritt
Dittman
Dygert
Edwards
Ellison
Epler
Eyman
Fadley
Failmezger
Fitzwater
Fletcher
Forney
France
 
Franklin
Fray
Frye
Fuhrer
Gagne
Gaines
Gotthardt
Graff
Graham
Gregg
Guild
Hacker
Hagey
Hall
Harris
Hasselbrink
Haynes
Haywood
Heater
Heimbach
Herman
Herron
Hoffman
Howard
Humble
Iler
Irwin
Jaeger
Jewell
Johnston
Jones
Kelly
Kiser
Knight
Knutson
Korb
Krause
Kruger
Lamont
Landwehr
Larson
Lehan
Lichtenthaler
Lucas
Luehmann
Lukes
Lyons
Macinaw
McConnell
Meeks
Mellen
Miller
Moad
Morgan
Morrissy
Moss
Mulloy
Munsell
Muralt
Murdock
Murray
Myers
Newby
Nordin
Ogg
 
Palmer
Parrett
Parrish
Parrott
Penzig
Peters
Poteet
Quigley
Reissner
Riggs
Rilee
Ripley
Roberts
Roellich
Ross
Russell
Scheerling
Schlickeiser
Schulpius
Schultz
Scott
Scott
Sears
Seely
Shaver
Short
Shupe
Smith
Smith
Smock
Snyder
Spencer
Stahlnecker
Stewart
Storey
Strang
Swope
Tatom
Taylor
Thies
Thornbrue
Todd
Tonning
Tooze
Tuckness
Vaughan
Vincent
Vinson
Vlahos
Voss
Warner
Welch
Wengenroth
Weston
Wheaton
Whitmore
Wilson
Winters
Woodruff
Worth
Wright
Yaeger
Yates
Young
Zumwalt


A Few Research Tips for this Site

          There are two primary ways to search for people here:  1)The main alphabetical listing and 2) the cemetery map.  Either way will take you to individual links to people in the cemetery where you will find whatever information we have about them.  If you are researching for genealogy info, you should try the alpha list first, find what Lot they (or a close relative) are in, and then go to the cemetery map.  Click on the block that contains that Lot # to see where the individual is located and most importantly, who the near neighbors are.  Cemetery lots were often sold in groups of 6 or 12 (a half row or a whole row) so if the near neighbors are related, probably all 6 or all 12 for that row are relatives as well, regardless of their surnames. 

          People are generally filed here by the name they had when they were buried, so women who marry - especially more than once - may not be readily apparent as relatives.  Or they may be elsewhere in the cemetery under another married name.  You can check first names and dates to see if those match the person you are looking for.  Try the Site Search below to search by first names (or by any other term).  Of course this will be easier if you are looking for Hilda than if you are looking for Mary!

Unmarked Graves
       
Checking the block map is especially important because it shows burials without a monument as well as those with monuments.  It will also indicate who shares a monument with someone else.  There are between 200 and 300 missing monuments at Pleasant View, a combination of those lost or deteriorated over time and those who never received a permanent marker.  Early burials were recorded as "south half of Lot 25" or sometimes just "Lot 25", so for those without a marker, the exact location within the family plot may be an estimation.  We do occasionally find missing monuments that have just sunk below the sod, and when we do, that information gets updated.

Additional Family Members
          If your genealogy research is based heavily on census records (Ancestry.com, for instance), keep in mind that children who are born and die within one ten-year census reporting period will never appear in any census.  The family cemetery plot is often the only place to find evidence of these additional family members who belong in the family tree.

On-going Data Management
          As any researcher knows, data from different sources is not always in agreement.  Even monuments carved in stone have been known to be in error!  Information on this site comes from the following sources, any of which may, or may not, agree with each other or with the information you have, so you will have to use your best judgment as to its veracity: 

1) Monuments - There are photos and transcriptions for each one with the date of the last survey. This next year (2014) I plan to do a full re-survey that will pick up recent monuments, new inscriptions, and monument repairs completed since the last survey date.

2) Ledger Notes - I have transcribed these exactly as they appear in the original ledger, but the ledger's completeness and accuracy varies. In some cases individuals did not make it into the ledger at all.

3) Obituaries - When people find obituaries in newspaper archives, they are often kind enough to pass them along to me.  I post them, with their source when I have it. Obituaries often contain a wealth of information, but they are not infallible either.

4) Family Contributions and Remembrances - When people send them, I generally identify them as such and post them as is, without further verification.  This includes photos as well.

5) My Own Research - As I work with Ancestry.com and discover maiden names that can help identify relationships, I have been adding those, as well as verifying other information and relationships.

Your Assistance is Appreciated
          If you come across information that I can add to any of these individuals please send it along with directions for who it should be posted with.  A scanned .jpg file or text that I can simply copy and paste under a specific individual is best.  If you discover obvious errors that I have made - entering the wrong century for instance, or someone who seems to have been buried before they died - by all means let me know so I can correct it!  You can email it to me here: 
                                                                           Charlotte Lehan, PVC Webmaster

Other Cemeteries to Consider - 
     
The chart below indicates some of the family connections among area cemeteries.  Pleasant View Cemetery is by far the largest of these historic cemeteries that we know share multiple family connections.  Champoeg and Butteville are south, just across the Willamette River from PVC.  Before 1920, the Willamette was the primary means of travel  in the valley, so there were lots of connections across the river.  St. Paul Catholic is in St. Paul and is the oldest Catholic cemetery in the Northwest, so it draws from a wide area.

Gibbs, Middleton, St. Paul Lutheran, and Maple Lane are to the northwest, in the Sherwood area.  Meridian and Robert Bird, which is adjacent to Stafford Baptist, are to the northeast in the Wilsonville-Stafford area.  Winona is north in Tualatin.  Philip Foster is far to the east in Eagle Creek, but for early pioneers, the Philip Foster Farm, like Champoeg and Butteville, was an important way station for travelers.  Several very early pioneer names like Case and Bell occur at Philip Foster and at PVC and Champoeg.  Geer is an early family cemetery across from Butteville that has family connections to several other cemeteries.

Besides the local cemeteries, there is Willamette National in Portland, the large military cemetery where veterans and their spouses from throughout Oregon might be found if you can't locate them with the rest of their local family.

Happy Researching!
If you did not get an annual meeting notice in the mail, it is because we don't have a current address for you.
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Pleasant View Cemetery Association

Annual meeting
May 3, 2014
Noon at Pleasant View Cemetery
 

                            1.  Call to Order/Introductions

                                 2.  Treasurerís Report

                                 3.  Old Business
                                        Approval of Minutes of the May 2013 annual meeting

                            Projects Report  (Ledger Update, Marble Tablets, Glass
                                        Markers, Marble Cleaning, Porta-potty, Work Days, Dogwood
                                        Designation, Lane Markers, Utility Shed/Signage, Others)

                                 4. New Business
                                        Adoption of Bylaws Amendments

                            Other Issues or Announcements

                                 5.  Election of one or two directors for five year terms

                                 6.  Adjourn

 Board Members
Charlotte Lehan, President
Liz Myers, Treasurer
Julie Edy, Sexton
Jeannette Voss
Vicki Bonagofski

 

  

            
AMENDED AND RESTATED BYLAWS
           OF
             PLEASANT VIEW CEMETERY ASSOCIATION

          ARTICLE I

          Name

                    Section 1.1:     The name shall be the PLEASANT VIEW CEMETERY ASSOCIATION, a
non-profit cooperative perpetual organization. 

ARTICLE II

 

Purpose

 

                                          Section 2.1:     The purpose of the Pleasant View Cemetery Association is to maintain, operate
                                           and govern the use of the Pleasant View Cemetery located in the County of
                                           Clackamas, at 14250 Westfall Road, Sherwood, Oregon.

ARTICLE III

 

Membership

 

                                          Section 3.1:     All people who own a grave and the descendants and next of kin of deceased
                                          buried in the Pleasant View Cemetery shall be considered a member of said
                                          association.

 

ARTICLE IV

 

Administration

 

                                           Section 4.1:     The powers vested in this corporation and the government and management of its
                                           funds and business affairs shall be exercised by a Board of Directors.

 

                                           Section 4.2:     The Board of Directors shall be composed of at least five and no more than nine
                                           duly elected members, at least one of whom shall be elected each year for a five
                                           year term of office at the annual meeting in May. A quorum shall consist of the
                                           majority of the current board.

 

                                           Section 4.3:     The Directors shall have the power to call the annual meeting, or special meetings
                                            if needed, shall see that the cemetery is kept in good repair; shall have full power
                                            to transact business necessary to the upkeep of the cemetery;

 

                                           Section 4.4:     The Board of Directors shall prescribe from time to time such rules and regulations
                                            as may be necessary for the conduct of the Pleasant View Cemeteryís activities,
                                            operation and management of the property, as it may find proper.  Such rules and
                                            regulations, upon approval of the membership present shall be binding upon all the
                                            members.

 

 

 ARTICLE V

 

Meetings

 

                                           Section 5.1:     The association shall meet annually in May for the purpose of electing members
                                            of the cemetery board of directors and transacting necessary business to the
                                            upkeep of said cemetery, at the discretion of the board.

 

                                           Section 5.2:     The notice of meeting shall be published in advance in a local newspaper or other
                                           media
.

 

                                           Section 5.3:     A quorum for an annual meeting shall consist of seven (7) members eligible to
                                           vote.  At least three (3)  A quorum of the directors shall be in attendance at the
                                           annual meeting.

 

                                           Section 5.4:     No member may vote by proxy.

 

                                           Section 5.5:     No member may vote by mail.

 

ARTICLE VI

 

Officers

 

                                           Section 6.1:     The officers of the Pleasant View Cemetery shall consist of a chairman and a
                                            secretary-treasurer who shall be elected by the Board of Directors at the first
                                            Board meeting after the annual membership meeting.

 

                                          Section 6.2:     If a vacancy occurs during the year, the vacancy shall be filled at a special
                                          meeting of the Board of Directors.

 

ARTICLE VII

 

Duties of Officers

 

                                           Section 7.1:     The chairman of the board shall preside at all meetings of the cemetery
                                            association and shall be elected for one year.  In the Chairmanís absence, the
                                            Secretary/Treasurer will preside.

 

                                          Section 7.2:     The secretary-treasurer shall be elected for one year, shall keep an account of the
                                           business done at all meetings, shall receive all monies and pay out from such
                                           monies for services rendered to the Cemetery Association and issue deeds to
                                           purchases of lots, which are to be countersigned by the Chairman of the board.

 

  ARTICLE VIII

 

Sexton

 

                                           Section 8.1:     The sexton shall be appointed for one year term by the Board of Directors.

 

                                           Section 8.2:     The sexton shall keep a book and enroll all the names of those who have been or
                                            may be hereafter buried, in the Pleasant View Cemetery.  Each burial place to be
                                            designated as to lot and plot number.

 

                                           Section 8.3:     The cost of the plot shall be determined by the Board of Directors.

 

ARTICLE IX

 

Assets

 

                                            Section 9.1:     The Pleasant View Cemetery Association shall be a non-profit organization.

 

                                            Section 9.2:     Monies of the Pleasant View Cemetery Association shall be obtained from the
                                            sale of graves and contributions from the members and others.

 

                                             Section 9.3:     A special fund, the interest from which will eventually be used for maintenance of
                                             the Pleasant View Cemetery, will be established and held in a financial institution
                                             as determined by the Board of Directors.  Contributions to this fund will be
                                             solicited from the membership.  Monies received from others and the sale of plots
                                             may be added to this fund at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

 

                                            Section 9.4:     In the event of the dissolution of this cooperative, non-profit organization, said
                                            monies shall be turned over as stipulated in the articles of incorporation, namely
                                            ďassets may be transferred only by gift to a cemetery district or a governmental
                                             unit organized for non-profit purposes, including charitable, religious,
                                             eleemosynary, benevolent, scientific, educational or similar purposes.Ē

  

ARTICLE X

 

Amendments

 

                                           Section 10.1:   The membership may amend these bylaws as needed at the annual meeting in
                                           May.  Notice of such amendments with contact information is to be published
                                           in a local paper or other media at the same time as the notice of the annual meeting
                                           date is published.

 

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Site launched 6/19/06
Last Update 10/22/11