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Athena, Oregon Cemetery

Founded 1873

Location T4N R34E 28S

Compiled by:
Garland Wilson
53 S. Andrea
Milton-Freewater, Oregon 97862

    We are extremely grateful to Garland Wilson for granting permission to the ALHN Umatilla County, Oregon site to post this information on the Internet. Garland painstakingly typed this information on his typewriter--and continues to type all of his works on his typewriter. He started doing this before personal computers and feels that his typewriter works just fine even today.

    There are two sections to this Cemetery guide. The first section is the actual cemetery listings and the remaining sections contain information gleaned from area newspapers and death certificates.

    This Cemetery Section shows the location of each burial and is keyed to the plat map which was used as a guide as inscriptions were copied. Each section listed shows row numbers with the number of rows in each section. Burials listed each row as inscriptions were copied. Many unknown burials were found and several with no dates. A list of names not found in our survey which appeared in other sources are added following the index.

    An additional list of deaths in this area are listed in another section. These were copies from newspaper accounts from the Weston Leader and the Milton Eagle and from early burial certificates from both Weston, Oregon and Athena, Oregon. Some names had various spellings and some we could not make out and these were marked with a ? mark to denote possible errors.

    Roads and identifying marks are added to aid in location areas in the cemetery and on the plat map. Marks appearing on the left side of the page in front of the names designate names appearing on the same headstone.

Please note:  Information in this index is up to 1988.   While Garland had separate sections (alpha index and row-by-row index), I  have combined the two sections in one to include location info, DOB, DOD, etc. Garland also compiled information from local newspapers and information from death certificates and included this information in his index. I will not be posting this information online at this point to allow time to post other cemetery indexes and newspaper indexes.  However, if you find your surnames and wish to find if there is further information, please send queries for lookups to Umatilla County Coordinator. I have included a rendition of the map of the cemetery from Garland's book. 

Again, I wish to thank Garland Wilson for allowing his work to be posted to the Internet!

Abbreviations used

S/o - son of
D/o - daughter of
W/o - wife of'
H/o - wife of
B - born
D - died
M - married
N/d - no date given
Bur - buried

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  • Headstones with all names on one stone are in color (where a different surname is on the same headstone it has been listed in two places [alpha listings] to help researchers).
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