Mr. Pilcher was one of the oldest ranchers in this community, having taken up a homestead on the North Powder river more than fifty years ago. He made his home there the greater part of his life, moving to this city about three years ago because of the convenience it afforded him and his wife in their old age.
James Alexander Pilcher was born in Jackson county, Missouri, October 1, 1854, and died April 1 1925, being 60 years and 6 months of age. He crossed the plains in 1875 arriving here in the fall of the same year. He as married to Mary E. Jobe, December 17, 1876, and to this union was born four children, two of whom, with the widow, survive the deceased; they being J.O. Pilcher, of Huntington; and Mrs. A.L. Craig, of this city. He is also survived by four grandchildren: Mrs. Earl Snyder, of St. Joseph, Mo; Bessie and Ina Pilcher, of Huntington and James Klinefelter, of this city. All members of the family were present at the funeral except Mrs. Snyder, who could not be reached in time to get here.
Besides his homestead, Mr. Pilcher owned a homesite near the place which he purchased from William Haines, and on which he lived for many years after retiring from active farming. He was a member of the Masonic, I.O.O.F., Eastern Star and Rebekah fraternities, and also a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.
The funeral was in charge of the Masonic lodge of Union, and was attended by members of all organizations, the services at the church being conducted by Rev. Ira McFarland. Interment was made in the North Powder cemetery.
North Powder News
Saturday, April 4, 1925