Pioneer of 1851 Details in obituary
differ from ledger and monument.
Ledger Notes: Age:
81 Years Nativity:
Obituary: Sherwood News-Sheet July 24, 1914
Mr. and Mrs. Rider
The last sad rites were
performed over the bodies of Mr. and Mrs. Granville C. Rider last
Sunday afternoon in the Pleasant Hill cemetery, who died at their
home in Portland only a few hours apart, the wife going first. Rev.
John Foster of the local Congregational church officiated at the
Granville C. Rider was born in Missouri in 1833, and
moved to Oregon in 1851, where he has since lived.
Mary Ellen Westfall was born near Mt. Pleasant, Iowa,
January 29, 1845, moving to Oregon with her parents in 1852.
This couple were married in 1861. To the couple two
children were born, Nancy E. and Johnny C. Rider, who died at the
ages of seven and four respectively. Mary Ellen Rider died
last Friday, July 17 at the age of 69 years 5 months and 18 days.
Granville C. Rider died July 18, 1914, at the age of 81 years.
Two brothers of the wife are left to mourn their loss
besides a host of friends.
Sherwood Journal July 24,1914
Double Funeral Is Long Love Sequel
Grenville C Rider dies of Grief while friends await him for wifes burial
50 years Wedded Life Happy Pioneer of 1852 is unable to stand shock of life long
mate and heart breaks. Rites held in Sherwood
Behind the double funeral here Sunday at 11 o'clock of Mr and Mrs Grenville C
Rider was one of the most pathetic stories of love and devotion that probably
has ever come to light.
A week ago today Mrs Rider died at the Mt Scott (Portland) home of the aged
couple, who were pioneers of the period of 1852. At the Portland depot Saturday
friends waited in vain for Mr Rider, who is 79 years old, to accompany the body
of his beloved dead wife to burial in Sherwood. While they waited, Mr Rider was
lying on the floor of his home at 5326 Foster Road, Portland, dead from grief
over the loss of one who had been as life itself to him since their marriage
fifty years ago. Left alone in the world a week ago, the old gentleman was
grief stricken. Death itself intervened to relieve the mourning husband and
sweetheart of many years.
The friends at the depot waited and waited, missed one train and then
another. With the kindly aid of friends, arrangements were made to take Mrs
Riders body here, but the husband did not come. Becoming alarmed, the friends
went to the Rider home. The doors were locked. Through a window they saw the
old man lying prostrate on the floor. They summoned the coroner and detectives
accompanied the party of investigation. Death, it was stated, was due to heart
disease, undoubtedly brought about by grief over the death of his wife.
The bodies of the aged coouple were buried here side by side.
Mrs Rider is a sister of S. T. Westfall of this place and at one time was a
resident of this vicinity making her home on the Bauer place. The Journal
extends sympathy to the bereaved brother and the many friends here who mourn