Getting Ready for Spring!
Spring is always a busy time at the cemetery. We need to get things spruced up after the winter, and have everything looking good for Mother's Day, Memorial Day, and Father's Day, when we tend to have the most visitors. Starting the weekend of March 22nd we will have a portable toilet on site for everyone's convenience and this year we have decided to make it a permanent addition. We are hoping to have a 5' X 5' concrete pad made for it to sit on, so if you know anyone who might be able to assist with that please let me know! Charlotte
Restoration Underway: This spring we have undertaken some of our largest restoration projects to date, repairing about 16 of our marble tablets that were broken back in the 1980's. We have been working to locate and level their bases, even though the weather has made a muddy mess of things. The tablets are in the process of cleaning and when we get a few dry days we will begin the reconstruction work. We hope to have them upright and looking good by Memorial Day.
Spring Cleaning: Speaking of
cleaning, we are in the process of cleaning and treating all our
marble monuments (about 150 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.
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.
Here is the schedule so far for this spring:
Saturday May 3rd: Annual Meeting and Work Day
We held the Annual Pleasant View Cemetery Association Meeting at the cemetery last year, and it went well enough that we thought we would give it another go. We will plan on a work session from 9AM to Noon and then break for lunch and a brief meeting. We will provide sandwiches, snacks, and beverages, or you can bring your own. We will have a cover in case of inclement weather. We will provide some chairs, but if you have a couple to bring that would be great! Come for any part of the day you can fit in your schedule.
If you did not get a notice last year we probably don't know your contact information. Send it to me here or call and let me know - Charlotte 503-313-8040.
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 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.
We hope to see you then!
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):
A Few Research Tips for this Site
There are two primary ways to search for people here: 1)The main alphabetical listing and the 2)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 a 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
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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.
If you did not get an annual meeting notice in the mail, it is because we don't have a current address for you.
To send us your address - email, regular mail, or both - click here.
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Site launched 6/19/06
Last Update 10/22/11