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1860s Sauvie Island
“A people which takes no pride in the noble achievements of remote ancestors will never achieve anything worthy to be remembered with pride by future descendants”
(a British Historian and Politician 1800-1859)
Pioneer of 1853
SIMON MORGAN REEDER
1825 - 1902
Simon Morgan Reeder was bom on December 25, 1825 in Davies County, Indiana to Jacob and Elizabeth Bean Reeder.
On December 30, 1847 he married Catharine Abel, daughter of Brigadier General John Abel and his wife, Elizabeth (Schick) Abel. She was born on May 11, 1830 in Kilgore, Carroll County, Ohio.
The Reeder family has been covered extensively by the Columbia County Historical Society in their quarterlies and by family members.
1848 Birth of First Son
George Washington was born to Simon and Catherine on November 28.
1850 Birth of Second Son
Oliver Perry was born on March 17. He died before they left Indiana
1850 Death of First Son
George Washington passed away on August 30.
Death of Second Son
Oliver Perry died a month after his older brother on September 24.
1851 Birth of Third Son
James Lawrence was bom on August 31. James was the first in his family to be a riverboat man. He started with the Shaver Transportation Company where he advanced from deck hand to Captain. His sons followed in his footsteps. Captain Tom Reeder was a well known river pilot serving 50 years on the river.
1853 Wagons West!
The Reeders left their home in Ohio on March 27. Joseph Lane had told Catherine’s father how wonderful Oregon was. Her father felt he was too old to start over, but he encouraged Simon and Catherine to go.
1853 Arrival in Oregon
They arrived on Sauvie Island on September 17.
1853 Settled on Sauvie Island
When the family first settled on Sauvie Island it was covered with the bodies of dead Indians. So many members of the families died that there was no one left to bury them. The usual custom had been to bury them with their possessions in their canoes. The canoes were then placed high up in the ash trees where eventually the leaves and branches grew around them.
1853 Squatters Rights
Simon bought the Donation Land Claim of N. D. Miller. He purchased what were called “Squatters Rights .’’This land was the site of what was considered the largest Indian village on the island. It was called “Multnomah” and was the site of the story The Bridge of the Gods by Frederick Balch.
1855 Birth of Fourth Son
Flemin Blough was bom on August 31. He passed away on April 19, 1930 at the age of 74.
1859 Birth of First Daughter
Evaline Mortimem was bom on July 20. She married Lewis Bonser, from another early island family. She passed away on July 6,1927 and is buried next to her husband in Bayview Cemetery in Warren Oregon.
1860 Census, Multnomah County, OR, #686
Reeder, S. M. age 33 Farmer
Catherine age 30 Wife
Lawrence age 09 Son
Clement age 04 Son
John ageol Son
1861 Birth of Second Daughter
Josephine Louise was bom on April 22.
1863 Birth of Fifth Son
Paul Sposito was bom on June 30. He passed away on March 18, 1932
1865 Birth of Third Daughter
Dollie Elizabeth was bom on April 23.
1867 Birth of Sixth Son
Daniel Simon was bom on July 10.
1870 Birth of Fourth Daughter
Mary Catherine was bom on June 8.
1880 Census, Columbia, Mult Co, OR, NAF T9-1082, page 199A
Reeder, Simon age 54 Farmer
Polly age 54 Wife
L. J. age 28 Son Fishing
Fleming age 23 Son Fishing
Eveline age 21 Dau
Joseph S.age 19 Son
Thomas age 17 Son
Dolly age 15 Dau
Eliza age 11 Dau
John age 09 Son
Mary (Peck) age 23 Wife
James age 08 Son
Mary age 01 Dau
1902 Death of Settler
Simon Morgan Reeder passed away on June 18. He is buried in the Riverview Cemetery in Portland, Oregon.
1905 Death of Settler’s Widow
Catherine Abel Reeder passed away on November 22. She is buried next to her husband at the Riverview Cemetery in Portland, Oregon.