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Julius Logus, my great-great grandfather and the first in my direct line to live in Oregon City, Oregon, came from Kahwinkle, Prussia  in 1864 at the age of 25. 
The following biography was reproduced from the Oregon City newspaper in 1892. 



A Prominent and Respected Citizen of Clackamas-A Biographical Sketch

    The city was shocked by news of the sudden death of Julius Logus last Monday afternoon.  The news spread rapidly and business was temporarily suspended.  His was the most familiar figure on the street and he always presented a picture of rugged health.  It was hard to realize that he had died in a moment without any warning.
    Mr. Logus had been down town as usual in the morning.  He ate a hearty dinner and then took a horse and rode down to the farm just north of the city.  He returned about 3 o'clock and for a little while sat on the porch reading a newspaper.  He then went to the hammock under the trees at the north side of the house and lay there for some time when workmen engaged in putting down a cement walk noticed that he was breathing heavily and went to him.  His hat had fallen down over his face and when it was raised he opened his eyes but did not move.  The alarm was given at once and one of the men hastened  for a physician.  It was about three minutes from the time the alarm was given that Dr. Carll arrived but Mr. Logus was then dead.  The cause of his death was pronounced to be apoplexy.  The end came silently and swiftly and he lay dead in the hammock. 
    The Misses Logus, who had gone to Mrs. Bestow's a short time before were notified of the occurance.  Messages were sent to relatives in Portland.  Undertakers Holman & Warner dressed the remains and the Knights of Pythias provided a watch.  Portland relatives arrived Tuesday morning and the funeral arrangements were made.
    The obsequies were set for Thursday morning at 8:30 and were under the auspices of the Knights of Pythias, of which order the deceased was an active member.  Mr. Logus was a member of the Episcopal church but in the absence of a clergyman of that faith, Rev. O. W. Lucas of the the Congregational Church officiated.  Achilles lodge No. 38, Knights of Pythias, attended in a body as did also the board of trade.  After a short service at the house the remains were conveyed to the steamer Altona and taken to Lone Fir cemetery for burial.


The pall bearers were Geo. A. Harding, Chris. Hoberg, E. Mathias, J.E. Rhoades, Geo. C. Brownell and Gordon E. Hayes.  Business houses were closed during the hour of the funeral. 
   Julius Logus was born in Kahwinkle, Prussia, October 20, 1838.  He came to America in 1864 and on the 28th of November of that year he landed in Oregon City and obtained employment with the firm of Albright & Logus the members of which were an elder brother of deceased and the father of C.O. Albright, the present junior member of the firm.  In 1869 Julius Logus purchased his brother's interest in the meat market and ten years later Charles O. Albright succeeded his father, and the firm name continued "Logus & Albright" to the present.  Mr. Logus was one of the incorporators of the bank of Oregon City.  By his unwearying industry and frugality he accumulated a great deal of property in Clackamas, Linn and Multnomah counties.  He owned a well stocked ranch of 680 acres near Lebanon and held considerable valuable property in East Portland.  The estate is estimated to be worth between $50,000 and $75,000 above all indebtedness.  Deceased had served as city councilman several times but had never held any other political office though he always took a lively interest in politics.
    In 1870 Mr. Logus married Miss Antonia Shweiker who preceded him to the grave a little more than two years, namely, April 6, 1890.  Three children are left, Misses Augusta and Sophia, and William a lad about twelve years of age.  One brother, Charles, and two sisters, Mrs. A. Burghardt and Mrs. J. Wentze live in East Portland and another brother, Frank, and sister, Mrs. William Shiley, are in Germany.
    Mr. Logus was one of the most popular men in Clackamas county and he was universally held in high esteem.  Though born a German he was proud of his American citizenship and was as active a patriot as any native Yankee.  His homespun geniality, his rugged honesty and his liberality have him much influence among the people.  He was a man of strong convictions but was always disposed to be fair and reasonable.  He was progressive in business and active in supporting any measure he endorsed.  His death is a distinct loss to the community.
    The following resolutions of respect to the memory of Julius Logus, were passed by Achilles Lodge No. 38 K. of P.:
    Whereas, The Supreme Ruler, in his infinite wisdom, has removed from our order a well beloved member in the person of Julius Logus, therefore, be it
    Resolved, That in the death of Brother Julius Logus, we have lost a well tried, brave and worthy knight, who, by his consistent life and knightly conduct, has won a warm place in our lodge and hearts.
    Resolved, That this lodge hereby extends to the family of our late lamented brother in sympathy in the hour of their severe and sudden affliction.
    Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be spread upon the records of this lodge, that a copy be sent to the family of the late deceased, and that the charter and door of the lodge be draped in mourning for thirty days.
Isaac Ackerman, 
Chancellor Commander.
J. E. Rhoades, K.of R.and S.

This anecdote appeared in the paper about the same time...
Do you remember when Julius Logus, who was among the most patriotic citizens of Oregon City, always one of the first to head the list with a neat sum to start a Fourth of July celebration in Oregon City; how proud he rode his favorite horse, "Patsy Duffy" during the big parades, for he was always selected as grand marshal, and when he would escort the Republican party to Portland to take part in the big Republican parades in that city and selected to lead the Oregon City delegation while seated on "Patsy Duffy"?  P.T.

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