Elgin, Union County, Oregon
A Pioneer Gone
Mrs. D. Sommer, a Respected and Pioneer Lady Died at Her Home in Elgin on November the 28th.
Rachael, the beloved wife of D. Sommer, died at her home in this city Tuesday morning, November 28, 1905. The fatal illness lasted only a few days. Her death was a sad blow to her family and to her many friends, and her loss is felt by all who knew her.
Rachael Wertheimer was born in Bodeschweeir, Germany, on the 6th day of October, 1852, and was 52 years, 1 month and 22 days old. She came to the United States in September, 1875, and settled at La Grande. The year following she was united in marriage to D. Sommer, and to this union three sons were born who, with the husband, are left to mourn the untimely death of a loving mother and wife. In 1892 she came to Elgin with her family from Summerville and resided here continuously until the time of her death. The remains were accompanied to Portland by the family Wednesday and in that city funeral services were conducted by Rabbi Bloch and the interment occurred in the Jewish cemetery.
Besides her husband and sons, she leaves three sisters and one brother in America and an aged mother and two brothers in the old country to mourn her loss.
In the death of this woman the people of Elgin and Union county have lost a true and noble friend. She never failed to extend the hand of helpto those in need, and doing deeds of kindness and charity was one of the objects of her life. Mrs. Sommer, as she was familiarly called, was ever present in the time of sickness and sorrow and no nobler woman ever proffered the hand of help than she. She is gone and her good deeds live after her and will be cherished by loving friends. The esteem in which she was held by her neighbors can be judged by the large concourse of people that wended their way to the depot to bid a fond farewell to her mortal remains as they started on their last earthly journey.
The sympathy of the entire community is extended to the bereaved family in their sad affliction.
Elgin Recorder Friday December 1, 1905