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Roland C. Morgan

Roland C. Morgan, born July 31, 1881, married Elizabeth J. Benn at Wardner, Idaho. Three daughters and one son. Roland passed away November 26, 1919 and his wife Elizabeth February 2, 1963.

Jessie K. born July 13, 1884—married Roy E. Emily. Raised two daughters and two sons. Jessie passed away January 10, 1964 and her husband Roy on August 26, 1940.

Oscar M., born May 6, 1886—left home at an early age and spent years in the Merchant Marine service. He joined the Canadian armed forces in World War I and while overseas married Jean, in Culliston, Arbroath, Scotland. They had one son. In later years Oscar married Nora Rickert Littlepage. Oscar’s ship carrying ammunition to our troops in World War II was torpedoed in the Sulu Sea and all hands were lost "in line of duty," January 4, 1945.

Lloyd Ough, the surviving child of Isabel Bates’ second marriage married Frances Moore in Bend, Oregon. Their only child, a son, passed away some years ago. Lloyd and his present wife Emma live in Portland.

Mr. Morgan worked on the OWR&N railroad with Thomas L. Evans. They worked away from home all week and came home weekends, walking both ways. Their wives stayed together during the week, taking care of the children and keeping the home fires burning. Later Mr. Morgan went to work in a sawmill at the top of Latourell Hill, on the Wash place. Here he met with an accident in which he lost a leg. While recuperating from this misfortune he died very suddenly in about 1888 on the place known in later years as the Russell place.

Following his death times were very difficult for Mrs. Morgan. Her elderly parents helped her take care of the children for a time until she was well enough to go out and work. She placed her children in an orphanage in Portland and secured employment in a dressmaking shop. Here, Olive, at three years of age, met with accidental scalding which took her life.

On August 28, 1894 Mrs. Morgan married Frederick W. Ough and brought her children all home to be together as a family. Mr. And Mrs. Ough had two sons, Sidney and Lloyd. Tragedy again touched Mrs. Ough when Sidney at three years, as Olive, died from accidental scalding.

[Source: Submitted by Dorothy Keefe, from a compendium of biographies hand typed and distributed by the East Multnomah Pioneer Association in about 1972, pp. 128-129.]

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