Miss Pioneer Oregon to give Clackamas Pioneer Cemetery tour
On Memorial Day, volunteer Becky Sands and Miss Pioneer Oregon Grace Irving will lead a tour of the Clackamas Pioneer Cemetery
Irving plans to discuss the many pioneers buried at the cemetery, as well as talk about the cemetery's two wooden markers.
Irving, a Tigard resident, was selected as Miss Pioneer Oregon as part of the Sons and Daughters of Oregon Pioneers' annual program to keep the spirit, memories and stories of our forebears alive for future generations.
The Milwaukie American Legion Post 180, led by Chaplain Jerry Craig, will conduct a flag ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday, May 28. Following the ceremony, Irving will lead the cemetery tour, which is free and open to the public.
The graves of Charity Mariah Mills Phillips, and her husband, William, two of the more than two dozen pioneers buried at the cemetery, will be featured on the tour. Charity, born in 1830 in Tennessee, made the trip on the Oregon Trail with her family at age 13. The Mills family was part of a wagon train organized by Dr. Marcus Whitman in 1843 in an effort to bring settlers to the Willamette Valley. About 120 wagons, 1,000 settlers and 5,000 head of cattle arrived at Fort Vancouver on Oct. 15, 1843. Charity married William Phillips in 1848, and they settled in Clackamas County.
The Clackamas Pioneer Cemetery is located on Ambler Road off Highway 224 between Southeast 82nd Drive and Interstate 205. Donations for cemetery maintenance are always appreciated.
The American Legion will be marking all veterans graves with an American flag for the holiday 10 a.m. Saturday, May 26. The flags will remain over the Memorial Day weekend.