ALASKANS BURIED AT THE CHEMAWA INDIAN SCHOOL 1890-1944  

ALASKA NATIVE STUDENTS BURIED AT
CHEMAWA INDIAN SCHOOL CEMETERY



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The Chemawa Indian School, in the middle of Willamette Valley,
opened in 1880 for grades 9-12. One quarter of it's pupils came from Alaska.


The information on this page was extracted from the files of S.M. Reddick,
a Chemawa Indian School historian, as well as the Dept. of Interior records,
Chemawa school records, National Archives, death certificates,
US Vital Statistics and the Find a Grave web site.
These records (especially the newspaper records) have a lot of spelling
errors (names of the children and where they were born). 

My personal research is marked in BLUE

NAME DATE
ENROLLED
VILLAGE/TRIBE FAMILY STUDENT
DIED
CAUSE AND AGE
OF DEATH
ANDERSON, IVAN "Edge"
(Ivan - Eben - Evan)
10/1/1911
Nushagak
( 1/2 Aleut) 
Unknown
Grave says
10/18/1918
Spanish Influenza 
Age 14-15
BETTLES, ANDREW
Grave spells it Andrew Bittles
8/21/1902 TATITLEK



Father: James Bettles
Mother: Alena Bettles
Sister: Alice Bettles
Brother: Charlie Bettles
Brother: Joseph Bettles
Sister: Annie Bettles
Grave says
 9/8/1909
Tuberculosis 
Age 26
BETTLES, CHARLES
Grave spells it Charles Bittle
8/21/1902 TATITLEK Father: James Bettles
Mother: Alena Bettles
Brother Andrew Bettles
Brother: Joseph Bettles
Sister: Annie Bettles
Grave says
3/1/1908
Tuberculosis 
Age 14
BORG, MAGGIE (Andrew)
5/13/1922
Nelson Lagoon
Unga
Step-father: Oscar Borg
Mother: Ida Andrew
Brother: Sam Andrew
Sister: Lucie Day

Grave says
8/4/1929
Tuberculosis 
AGE 16-17
BUCHERT, MARY 11/16/1912
KOGGIUNG, AK Father: Rudolph Buchert
Mother:Anuska Buchert
Brother: George Buchert
Brother: Peter Buchert
Brother: Charley Buchert

Grave says
11/2/1918
Spanish Influenza  
Age 18
CHARLES, GEORGE 11/6/1914
AK (Tlingit)
Grave says
6/5/1915
Drowned near
School  
Age 18-19

CHURCHILL, GEORGE 9/27/1919
WRANGELL, AK
1900 Census says his
 mother was of the Hidah+Kasaan Tribe

1910 Census says his
mother was
White+Stikine Tribe

Father: Leonard  Churchill
Mother: Emma Jones
Brother: Roy
Brother: David
Sister: Elizabeth
Grave says
7/1/1920
Age 14
DAHLGREN, KATIE (JOHNSON)

8/30/1920
AK (Tlingit) Father: James Johnson
Mother:
Gertrude (Yahktoak)
Step-father:
Gustav Louis  Dahlgren
Sister: Grace Gertrude
Sister: Edna Marion
Grave says
3/16/1923
Age 16
DICK, JENNIE 2/23/1916
AK (Tlingit)
Born in Dry Bay

Father: Blind Dave
Grave says
12/28/1916
Tuberculosis  + Measles
Age 16
DIRKS, PAUL (#2) 9/1/1912
ATKA Father: William Dirks
Mother: Anna Dirks
Brother: Paul Dirks
Grave says
4/18/1914
Long Illness
Age 9
DRUCK, WILLIAM 9/21/1922
FORT YUKON (Kutchin) Father: John Druck
Mother: Agnes Druck
Brother: Joseph Druck
Brother: David Druck
Brother: Harry Druck
Adopted: Sarah Druck

Grave says
5/26/1923
Pneumonia
EATON, WILFRED 10/24/1919
AK (Tsimshian) 
Grave says
6/14/1921
Age  14
EMANOFF, ALEXIS GEORGE 10/1/1915
ST. PAUL, AK  (Aleut) Father: George Emanoff
Mother: Catherine Butrin
Nephew: Nicolai Krukof
Niece: Katherine Krukof

Grave says
10/14/1918
Spanish Influenza  
Age 19
EVANS, EMILY MABEL
10/17/1899
AK
Grave says
5/14/1900

Tuberculosis
Age 12
FIELDS, EDWARD 10/2/1915
AK (Tlingit)
Grave says
7/16/1916
Age 17
FLANNERY, ESTELLE 8/25/1883
JUNEAU, AK     Brother: Jimmie  
Grave says
10/7/1890
Typhoid
Age 19
FLEMMING, JAMES 8/21/1902
CHENEGA, AK (Aleut)  Father:
George Flemming of N.Y.
Sister: Ella
Brother: Henry
Grave says
9/1/1906
Typhoid
Age 12
FRANCIS, MARTHA 10/16/1923
BETHEL, AK  (Eskimo) Nick Francis
Grave says
1/25/1923
Pneumonia
Age 7
GABRIEL, EDNA 8/21/1922
AK (Eskimo)
Dillingham
Father: Elakwak Gabriel
Mother: Lucy
Brother: James
Brother: Alfred Glenn
Grave says
Born: 2/20/1909
Died: 4/27/1933
Tuberculosis
Age 24
GUEST, FRANK 11/13/1921
SEWARD, AK Father: Robert  Guest
Mother: Mary Guest
Sister: Susie
Brother: George
Sister: Edith
Brother: Allen

Oregon Death
Index says:
Born 4/23/1912
Died  2/4/1924

Buried in Seattle?

Tuberculosis
Age 12
HENRY, JOHN 9/15/1896
HOONAH
 Grave says 12/30/1897

Spinal Abscess
HICKS, CHARLES 11/2/1896
(Tlingit)
Grave says
3/24/1903
Tuberculosis
Age 16-17
HURLEY, VIELLA 7/18/1922
EKWAK VILLAGE Father: Walter Hurley
Mother: Nastacia
Sister: Zara
Brother: William
Brother: Fred
Sister: Emery

Grave says
11/9/1927
 Age 14-15
JOHNSON, HELEN 10/19/1919
SHAKAN, AK  (Tlingit) Father: Skan Johnson
Mother: May Johnson
Sister: Bessie
Brother: Joseph
Brother: George

Grave says
11/2/1920
Age 12
JOHNSON, LENA
"Nellie"

Mouth of Ambler River   Father: Charlie Johnson
Mother: Mary Johnson
Brother: Jacob
Brother: Elton

Original family name
was Niyook

Grave says
Born: 2/1/1913
Died 1/22/1920
Age 6
KENNEDY, CORA
METLAKATLA , ALASKA Sam and Ellen  Kennedy
Grave says
Born: 4/17/1906
Died: 11/7/1921
Age 15
KETCHIKOFF, JOHN 10/29/1909
Full Aleut
Grave says
2/25/1912
Tuberculosis 
Age 15
KING, MARTHA
CHITINA, AK  (Athabascan) Father Harry King
Mother Lottie Allen
Uncle:  Sam Allen

Grave says
3/3/1944
Age 21
KOEPP, CHARLES 1/3/1900
CHITINA, AK
Grave says
5/24/1902
Age 11
LARSEN, LAWRENCE 11/4/1919

AFOGNAK, AK Father: Antone Larsen
Mother: Olga Naumoff

Grave says
Born: 10/3/1908
Died: 10/12/1922
Encephalitis
Age 14
LILLIGREN, FREDA 6/27/1910
CORDOVA, AK  (Aleut) Father: Frederick Lilligren
Sister: Amanda
Brother: Charles Walter
Brother: John Edwin

Grave says
Born: 1904
Died: 4/21/1920
Peritonitis
Age 15
MARCELL, VINCENT 10/22/1921
IDITAROD, AK (Eskimo)     1. Sister Nellie at school
2. Sister at Blind School
in Salem, Oregon

Grave says
1/4/1923
Tuberculosis 
Age 8
McNEIL, PAULINE
Grave incorrectly spells her last name McBiel
7/16/1923
NENANA, AK (Aleut)   Father: Joseph McNeil
Mother: Annie McNeil
Sister: Helen
Brother: Joseph

Grave says
4/14/1927
Tuberculosis
Age 11
McCLUSKEY, HARRY 9/10/1923
PETERSBURG, AK Father: Charles McCluskey
Brother: John
Brother: Peter
Brother: Howard
Brother: Charles
Sister: Mary

Grave says
6/4/1925
Pericarditis
Age 12
McCLUSKEY, WILLIAM 11/30/1922

KILLISNOO, AK (Eskimo)
Grave says
5/9/1925
Tuberculosis 
Age 9
MacFARLAND, CHARLES
McFARLAND, CHARLES
5/1/1899
SITKA, AK
Grave says
7/19/1901
Age 17
MERCULIEF, TERENTY 8/19/1917
AK (Aleut) Father: Alexander
Mother: Agafia
Brother: Paul
Sister: Auxenia
Brother: Dosefay
Brother: Paul

Family information
found on Find a Grave
Web Site

Grave says
Born: 4/22/1903
Died: 6/18/1918
Pneumonia
Age 14
MILES, JOHN 6/11/1898
AK (Aleut)
Grave says
10/29/1907
Tuberculosis
Age 19
NASHOALOOK, ALEXANDER

NASHOLOOK,
ALEXANDER
9/14/1921
UNALAKLEET, AK 1920 U.S.
Census says parents
mother tongue was Inuit

Father: Nasalook
Mother:  Tooksak
Brother: Henry
Sister: Lily
Sister: Avibrak
Grave says
7/24/1927
Surgery
Age 25
NEKETI, HENRY 8/14/1913
AK (Tlingit)

Grave says
9/11/1914
Age 13
NELSON, PELCA (Peter) 2/5/1912
SITKA, AK
Grave says
11/27/1914

NEWTON, LOUISE 9/30/1901
Port Grenia  (Tlingit)
Grave says
3/9/1905
Age 15
NYSTRUM, FRED 9/19/1923
Pyramid Harbor in 1900
Mother listed as Chilkat
Father: Charles Nystrum
Mother: Mary Nystrum

Grave says
12/22/1926
Age 23
ODINZOFF, DAN 8/21/1922


AK (Eskimo)

10/17/1937



OSCAR, JESSE 10/23/1903
AK  (Tsimshian)
12/25/1903
Pneumonia
Age 17
OSUK, MABEL 11/15/1919
POINT BARROW, AK (Eskimo)
Grave says
4/30/1923
Age 17
POLTY, ABRAHAM  8/21/1922
NOME DISTRICT (Eskimo)
Grave says
2/3/1924
Peritonitis
Age 13
POYNE, NELLIE (possibly spelled Payne?) 10/23/1908
COPPER RIVER, AK
Grave says
1/8/1913
Age 11
ROMER, MATILDA 3/15/1899
SITKA, AK
Grave says
7/14/1902
Meningitis
Age 15
RUKIVISHOFF, ANDREW
(or) ANDREY
9/28/1923
SAINT PAUL (Aleut) Father: Stepan
Mother: Elizabeth
Sister: Elizabeth
Sister: Marfa

Grave says
10/25/1924
Cardiac
Age 18
SHAUGHNESSY, FRED 11/17/1923
SULLIVAN BAY, AK (Eskimo)
Grave says
12/12/1924
Pneumonia
Age 13
SQUARTZOFF, LYCONDRA  11/10/1915
AK (Aleut)
Grave says
1/6/1918
Tuberculosis  
Age 20
UTTECHT, ALBERT ALFRED 8/14/1921
PAVLOF, AK Father: Michael Uttecht
Mother: Zenia Uttecht
Sister: Annie
Sister: Ida
Brother: Mike
1/2 Sister:
Alma Bendixon

Grave says
6/6/1925
Meningitis
Age 12
WAYDELICK, FRANCIS 3/24/1900
HANYAN , AK
(Hoonah?)

Grave says
5/24/1901
Tuberculosis 
Age 10
WELLINGTON, CHARLES 9/13/1923
METLAKATLA, AK
1/18/1924
Buried in
Metlakatla

Measles
Age 12
WELLS, CHARLES ALASUK 9/9/1922
Born: Norvik, AK
 (Full Eskimo)
Father: Frank Wells
Mother: Kitty Wells
Brother: James
Sister: Hildred
Brother: Delbert

Grave says
3/12/1925
Pneumonia

BURRELL, WALTER
4/25/1881
SITKA, AK

Grave says
9/2/1887

WALTON, CHARLIE

AK

Grave says
3/21/1909
Drowned in
Tualatin River
while running
away from
school
JENSEN, ANNIE
12/10/1902
KATALLA, AK
Grave says
7/4/1907
Drowned in
Willamette
River during
school picnic
SCHULZHAGEN, JENNIE
12/2/1902
JUNEAU, AK

Grave says
7/4/1907
Drowned in
Willamette
River during
school picnic
Age 15
JACKSON, JOHN
1/3/1906
AK

Grave says
3/29/1925
Meningitis
SNYDER, FLORENCE
11/3/1906
CANDLE, AK
(1/2 Fish River Eskimo)

Father: Robert W.
Mother: Susie
Sister: Tacoma
Brother: Roy
Sister: Bessie
Sister: Ella
Sister: Martha

Grave says
2/21/1924

JACKSON, SALLIE
10/3/1914
KARHEEN, AK
Charles Jackson
born: Karheen, AK
8/6/1915
Tuberculosis 
Age 13
LAWSON, SIDNEY
10/1/1913
1910 Family living in
Metlakatla, AK

TSIMSHIAN
Father: Simon
Mother: Hagar
Brother George
Sister: Matilda

Died 5/24/1915
Buried 5/27/1915
Idaho Death Cert.

Died in Lapwai,
Idaho, buried at
Chemawa,
(Death Cert.
)
OLAFSON, ADOLPH
8/31/1902
SAXMAN
1900 U.S. Census

Mother was Tlingit from
Cape Fox

Father: Young Olafson
Mother: Emma Olafson
Sister: Effie
Brother: John
Brother: Oscar
Brother; Karl

Grave says
12/25/1905

Age 12
MITCHELL, ARTHUR
11/28/1900
Tsimshian

4/30/1901
Pneumonia
Age 7
DEMMERT, WINIFRED
10/21/1919
Tlingit


Age 15
ESCHOLT, THERESA
9/18/1920
Tlingit


Age 17
DURKEE, SADIE
9/10/1907

Sister: Pearl Durkee?
Pearl Durkee Age 10
in Chemawa School
on 1910 U.S. Census


Age 14
EATON, WILFORD
10/24/1919
Tsimshian  
Metlakatla?



DIRKS, PAUL  #1
8/31/1903


1909

FRAPP, SUSIE
10/18/1919



Age 17
GRAVELLE, FRANK
10/5/1893
Ft. Wrangell

4/13/1894

JACKSON, ARTHUR
4/13/1881
Ft. Wrangell

9/12/1887

JOHNSON, JESSE
1/15/1904


1905
Age 15
JOHN, PETER
10/12/1910


9/7/1911
Age 18

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