Alfred Bainbridge Collver (1819 - 1902) MP

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Place of Burial: Coos River, Coos, Oregon, United States
Birthplace: Warrensville Heights, Cuyahoga, Ohio, USA
Death: Died in Independence, Polk, Oregon, USA
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About Alfred Bainbridge Collver

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Birth: Dec. 12, 1819 Warrensville Cuyahoga County Ohio, USA

Death: May 7, 1902 Independence Polk County Oregon, USA

ALFRED BAINBRIDGE COLLVER was born 12 Dec 1819 in Warrensville Township, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, the son of Gabriel Culver and Philura Brown. He was of Scotch Irish descent. Alfred crossed the plains with his wife Ruth Rice, whom he married in Iowa in 1845. They first settled on a donation claim near Roseburg, in Douglas County, Oregon. Collver blazed an Indian trail into the headwaters of South Coos River in 1857. He then bought homestead rights from James Gordon. This land in now known as the R.G. Rooke farm. The patent which Collver received for the place bears the date June 15, 1864 and the signature of Abraham Lincoln. The patent which Collver received May 1, 1869 for adjoining 44.5 acres was signed by President U.S. Grant.

Alfred was a pioneer of Coos River. He brought the first dairy cattle to the region, and planted the first orchard. Within 8 years of planting his orchard, he was ready to market his fruit, and, if necessary, to devise methods of getting it most adequately to the consumer. Collver initially considered constructing a Plummer Fruit Dryer on his property so that he could dehydrate his apple crop and pack it for shipment. That he needed some special assistance in the pre-refrigeration era was evident. In 1874, his first year of the harvest, Collver shipped 7000 boxes of apples to San Francisco.

Alfred was among those who helped organize the first public school in the county, in a district numbered 1, which was Coos River. He helped organize the first church (United Brethren) on Coos River.

His wife Ruth Collver took pride in her Herb garden and often collaborated with Dr. Jonathon Hodson, also an herbalist, in caring for the sick.

11 children were born to the Collvers. The 3 youngest, Andrew, Howard, and Tillo, were born on Coos River.

Alfred Collver contracted cancer of the face and received word that treatment was available at Independence, Polk County, Oregon. He was unable to travel by coach because of his condition, so he walked the distance from Coos River to Independence. At age 82, he passed away on May 7, 1902 at Independence. He is buried at the Buena Vista Cemetery, space 55, near his mother-in-law and other relatives.

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Spouse:
  • Ruth Rice Collver (1827 - 1903)
Children:
  • Henrietta Mathilda Collver (1848 - 1917)*
  • Ansel Mark Collver (1850 - 1932)*
  • Adelia Emily Collver Powell (1852 - 1920)*
  • William Albert Collver (1855 - 1940)*
  • John Truman Collver (1857 - 1947)*
  • Sarah Dewey Philura Collver Church (1860 - 1900)*
  • Andrew Freeman Collver (1863 - 1939)*
  • A Howard Collver (1866 - 1956)*
  • Tillo Monroe Collver (1869 - 1954)*

Inscription: A. B. COLLVER 1819 -- 1902


Burial: Buena Vista Cemetery Buena Vista Polk County Oregon, USA

Maintained by: KHaining Originally Created by: David J Bollman Record added: Jul 13, 2008 Find A Grave Memorial# 28258960

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Alfred Collver's Timeline

1819
December 12, 1819
Warrensville Heights, Cuyahoga, Ohio, USA
1844
December 25, 1844
Age 25
Palo Alto township, Jasper, Iowa, USA
1846
August 16, 1846
Age 26
Tipton (Cedar) IA
1848
1848
Age 28
Tipton (Cedar) IA
1850
July 15, 1850
Age 30
Tipton IA
1852
January 17, 1852
Age 32
Provo, Utah, Utah, USA
1854
February 16, 1854
Age 34
West Looking Glass OR
1855
May 14, 1855
Age 35
Melrose (Douglas) OR
1857
February 15, 1857
Age 37
Noti (Lane) OR
1860
1860
Age 40
Empire, Coos, Oregon