Josephine County Historical Society's "Passport To History" - Gotcher Cemetery - Williams, OR

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Josephine County Historical Society's "Passport To History" - Gotcher Cemetery - Williams, OR

The Josephine County Historical Society's "Passport To History"program took us to Williams, Oregon today.  Williams is a small, quiet community of rural homes, ranches and several businesses located in the beautiful Applegate Valley.

Josephine County Historical Society Passport To History - Gotcher Cemetery

While there, we visited Gotcher Cemetery.  This quiet resting places was established in 1891 on a small knoll.

Josephine County Historical Society Passport To History - Gotcher Cemetery     Josephine County Historical Society Passport To History - Gotcher Cemetery

We found some of the Gotcher family here, and typical of many early cemeteries, it is named after a prominent family of the time.

Josephine County Historical Society Passport To History - Gotcher Cemetery

This is the first round headstone we have so far found in our many cemetery searches.

Josephine County Historical Society Passport To History - Gotcher Cemetery

This beautifully etched granite tombstone marks the resting place of a gentleman with the nickname "The Mule Man."   It's too bad that we couldn't find out more information about how this gentleman got his nickname, but how interesting it would be if it were possible for it to have the persons' history engraved on their stones.

Josephine County Historical Society Passport To History - Gotcher Cemetery

Looking at this monument, isn't it strange that  this husband and wife were born only a month apart and died little more than a month apart.  It's almost like they were meant to be together forever.

Josephine County Historical Society Passport To History - Gotcher Cemetery

"Hoot" Gibson and his wife are resting here.

Josephine County Historical Society Passport To History - Gotcher Cemetery

I would guess "Hoot" was named after Edmund "Hoot Gibson, an early cowboy film actor, who appeared on screen with the likes of Harry Carey, under the direction of John Ford.  The original "Hoot" served in World War I as our "Hoot" served in World War II.  The original "Hoot" won the all-around championship atthe Pendleton round-up in Pendleton, Oregon. 

Josephine County Historical Society Passport To History - Gotcher Cemetery

In Gotcher Cemetery we found Veterans who had served in wars from the Vietnam War all the way back to the Civil War. 

Josephine County Historical Society Passport To History - Gotcher Cemetery

We found a couple of markers made from wood,

Josephine County Historical Society Passport To History - Gotcher Cemetery

and a marker made from a pretty, natural stone.

Josephine County Historical Society Passport To History - Gotcher Cemetery

All in all, this seems to be a well-maintained cemetery, with signs throughout of many visitations.

 

Please visit the Josephine County Historical Society's website Josephine County Historical Society Passport To History - Gotcher Cemetery for more information on the Passport To History program.

Below are the links to my earlier Josephine County Historical Society's Passport To History blogs.


Introduction        Caveman        Schmidt House

Blind George's Newsstand      Grants Pass Historic Homes Tour

Historic District Tour      Grants Pass Pharmacy      Rogue Theatre

Hugo Community Church      Haines Apple Tree      Ament Dam

Grants Pass Cemeteries      Pottsville      Sportsman Park

Griffin Park      Lake Selmac      Granite Hill Cemetery

Pleasant Valley Cemetery        Josephine County Bridges

Grants Pass Fire Department      Reinhart Volunteer Park      Wolf Creek Inn

Applegate Trail Interpretive Center        Golden Townsite

Grave Creek Covered Bridge        Robertson Bridge

Wilderville Store and Post Office        Wilderville Cemetery

Granite Tombstone Quarry       Merlin Park - Veterans Walk of Honor      

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