The marker in memory of the people known to be buried at Luper Cemetery whose graves cannot be located has been installed near the entrance to the cemetery! This memorial as well as purchasing numerous plants native to the area was made possible by a grant from the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries and many hours of work and research by dedicated friends of Luper Cemetery. The plants are being put in the ground over the winter so their roots can best be established during next spring's moisture. The work done by Ben Stinnett for his Masters Degree at the University of Oregon has been added to the Information page. It is a large file and slow to load but is worth waiting for as it includes extensive information and pictures. His gallery referenced in his paper as Appendix G is not yet available due to size.
Luper Cemetery had many visitors over the 2014 Memorial Day weekend, there were well over 120 guests on Monday alone! A lot of information about local history was shared by the visitors and volunteers. Many people were visiting the graves of relatives, some of them locating their relation’s headstone for the first time. It was wonderful to have so many first time visitors along with people coming back from years past. The organization was excited to receive a gift of two large binders of extensive information about Luper Cemetery that was researched by Karen Olson during a previous restoration effort in the 1990’s. It was confirmed by a visitor and the documents donated by Karen Olson that a son, William Carl Rice 11/21/1938 – 11/24/1938, born to Henry C & Ellen (Maxwell) Rice is buried at Luper Cemetery. He and a twin sister were born prematurely. He was only 2.3 lbs and died when 3 days old. The sister survived. His name will be included on the monument that will be installed this year thanks to a grant from the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries. Libby Bottero provided information about the Simmons family that is now posted on the Information page of this website. The good weather gave everybody a great opportunity to visit the grounds for Memorial Day. The donations and comments are appreciated! They really help to preserve the legacy of the pioneers!
Luper Cemetery started 2014 with some new discoveries! Volunteer Russ Carey located a headstone buried beneath the surface while doing work along the west side of the property. This marker was for a child named John Paul Legate. Investigation by Historical Researcher Linda VanOrden found that the Legate family were from Oklahoma and had nine children. John Paul Legate was their second child and was born in Oklahoma. He died in Oregon at less than 2 years of age. The Legates lived in the Junction City area for a few years before moving to Arkansas and Oklahoma. This headstone matched a curbed gravesite solving the mystery of who is buried there. Russ also found a marker base buried at another location that could possibly identify the original location of the Joseph S. Lyman grave. Russ' investigations with a probe while the ground is soft has revealed several other artifacts and markers. Continuing work and support by the volunteers at Luper Cemetery will help maintain, preserve, and increase the knowledge of the history of the community. We will schedule Restoration and Maintenance work days on our events calendar to continue repairs and do general work at the cemetery. We will try to post any schedule changes or cancellations of work days on this Home Page. To read about other accomplishments over the past few years, please click here for the Luper Marker newsletters.
The February 2014 snow and ice storms unfortunately caused severe damage to the large landmark Maple tree along the north boundary of the cemetery. This tree was estimated to be over 100 years old. Work was being done to have it designated as a Heritage Tree but the damage leaves an uncertain future for what remains.
Luper Cemetery is excited to have been awarded a grant from the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries to place a memorial stone for the people known to be interred at the cemetery that no longer have headstones in place. This memorial project will be completed in 2014. The dedicated volunteers and support of the community made this grant and other awards possible. We also want to thank the Oregon Country Fair for a grant that helped fund the kiosk construction and provided for native plants. Luper Cemetery, Inc is proud to have been awarded both the Heritage Excellence Award in 2011 presented by the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries and the Oakley Certificate of merit awarded in 2013 by the Association of Gravestone Studies.
Luper Cemetery is one of the oldest pioneer cemeteries in the southern Willamette Valley dating to the 1850's. There are dozens of early pioneer families represented in the cemetery with over 160 people interred. Historical Researcher, Linda VanOrden has generously contributed extensive work documenting families and their descendants relating to Luper Cemetery. Visit the Information page for Linda's work plus many diaries, journals, documents and other communications.
Mission Statement: The mission of Luper Cemetery, Inc. is to: preserve the pioneer cemetery, the history of the people who lived in the Irving area, engage local residents in the history of Luper, honor the people buried at Luper, and to maintain the site in a historically correct way.
PICTURES INSTEAD OF RUBBINGS PLEASE! Gravestone rubbings and cleaning inscriptions can irreversibly damage headstones. Any foreign substance applied to the stone can result in staining or premature wear. Help us protect our fragile Historic Resources for future generations!
Your generous contributions help finance our planned projects for 2014. We will be erecting a monument to memorialize those known to be interred at Luper Cemetery whose markers and grave locations have been lost to time. We have equipment expenses and put in many hours to maintain the vegetation. Donations and volunteers have made it possible to get much of the site restored and to complete such improvements as the kiosk, native plantings, the removal of undesired trees, improvement of pathways, signage and parking. We have established a Legacy Fund account to insure the future of the historical Luper Cemetery. Please visit the Donations page to help fund the cemetery. You might consider splitting your contribution between the Support Fund and the Legacy Fund. Thank you for all your help!
Meetings are scheduled for 5:45 pm on the second Wednesday of each month at:
Santa Clara Fire Station #62
3939 River Rd, Eugene, OR 97404
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Donations can be made to Support Luper Cemetery or the Luper Cemetery Legacy Fund through PayPal on our Donations page or by check mailed to:
P.O. Box 2588, Eugene OR 97402.
Your contributions to Support Luper Cemetery finance restoration and maintenance work at the cemetery. The Luper Cemetery Legacy Fund has been established to provide a process that will insure future preservation and maintenance. Thank you!
Luper Cemetery, Inc. is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Public Benefit Corporation established for the purpose of maintaining, improving and protecting Luper Cemetery. All donations are tax deductible.