Gillespie Butte & Cemetery

May 5, 2004

Gillespie Cemetery is named after Jacob Gillespie (1809-1898) who organized the first Cumberland Presbyterian church of Eugene. The cemetery overlooked the home where he first settled in Oregon. Eight of us walked from Starbucks at Valley River Center to Gillespie Butte and Cemetery. We took note of names on monuments like Goodpasture, Armitage, and Young. Of interest was the Woodsmen of the World tree shaped monument. It was well worn which made it difficult to locate the traditional symbols of the dove with an olive branch, axe, beetle, wedge and broken limbs. People who had never been to the Butte with its views of the city and hills were pleased to discover such a treasure. This was Margo Fetz’s first trip as a member. It was Joanne Gukvig and Dorothy Quirk’s third trip. They had their membership applications for us to sign. Dick Hildreth got the most exercise since he bicycled to Valley River. Also hiking were Vi Johnson, Marshall Kandell, Margaret Prentice and Janet Jacobsen, leader.

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