Sunnyside, July 13--As a community project, the Sunnyside Rosedale Agriculture Club is
engaged in clearing brush and briers from a pioneer cemetery in its district.
For years it has been obscured from public view by trees and underbrush. Many who live
nearby have not been aware of its existence, and once can pass within thirty feet of the
headstones without seeing them.
It is largely known as the JORY cemetery, although other persons are also buried there.
The land was once owned by the JORY family, who possessed 2,560 acres of the Rosedale
countryside. The patriarch of the family, James JORY, was originally from Cornwall, England.
He left England because of a law that would have compelled him to apprentice each of his sons
whenever they became 12 years old.
Sons Marry Sisters
He spent some time in Illinois, and in Michigan three of his sons married three sisters.
He came to Oregon in 1847, settled in Rosedale, partly because the rolling hills reminded him
of his home in Cornwall, but chiefly because his family had suffered from malaria in the flat
low land of Illinois and he thought the hills would be more healthy.
All of the boys but one, took up donation land claims in the vicinity and two of them built
a cabin on the boundary line between their lands. In this way they could live in one house and
yet comply with the requirement that each have habitation on his claim.
The JORYs took a very active part in the development of the district. Their life was a
cross section of the life that included trips to the mill on the pudding river. It included
falling a tree across a swollen creek, disassembling the wagon and carrying the parts, as well
as the sacks of grain, across the log and then reassembling the wagon. Other troubles included
struggling through the mud of the unpaved roads in the winter time and an occasional argument
with Indians who sometimes asked women to cook a meal for them.
Life also held an occasional trip to California and the gold mines. These were usually
moderately successful and the money was used to develop the farms.
Six members of the family invented and patented devices, five of which were for farming.
They included a fruit drier, grain header, grain separator and two forms of swivel plow.
The family is scattered now and most of the land is owned by other people. The plot on
which the cemetery stands was deeded to the community. The agricultural club has gone into
wilderness of brush and trees with bulldozer, chain saws and brush hooks, and members of the
JORY family have contributed money.
New Road Built
Now there is a road over which people can drive a car. Some work remains to be done around
the headstones and a part of the area is to be sprayed to keep down growth.
Inscriptions on the stones tell a sorrowful story of early deaths, one family losing four
of their children in early years, but James JORY lived to be 85 and his wife 96." illus.
Oregon Statesman, July 13, 19??.