Descendents of Henry George Grabenhorst
Henry Christian Grabenhorst
William Henry Grabenhorst

Evelyn Iowa Grabenhorst

1-Evelyn Iowa Grabenhorst, daughter of William Henry Grabenhorst and Eva Haight, was born on 3 Mar 1901 in Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, died on 13 Aug 1990 in Scappoose, Columbia, Oregon at age 89 and was buried at Portland Memorial Mausoleum.

Evelyn married Lawrence Ernest Oberer, son of Frank Oberer and Lillian Williams, on 12 Nov 1919 in Marion County, Oregon. Lawrence was born on 6 Jul 1898 in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon. Evelyn and Lawrence were divorced on 4 May 1933 in Multnomah County, Oregon. They had no children. Lawrence died in a car accident on 23 Mar 1935 in Lincoln County, Oregon at age 36 and was buried at Portland Memorial Mausoleum.

Evelyn next married Robert Bruce Doane, son of John Bradner Doane and Lola Coburn Olney, on 2 Mar 1941 in Clark County, Washington. Robert was born on 16 Apr 1912 in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, died on 6 Nov 1979 in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon at age 67 and was buried at Portland Memorial Mausoleum. They had no children.

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Evelyn Iowa Grabenhorst was born on 3 Mar 1901 in Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, the last born and fourth daughter of William Henry and Eva Haight Grabenhorst's eight children. She was named Evelyn after her mother and Iowa after the state where she was born. In 1902, William and Eva and their family moved to Oregon from Iowa. They purchased the Frank C. Baker farm, consisting of three hundred and twenty-seven acres located four miles south of Salem in the Pringle area of Marion County. A highway intersection incorporating the farm area would later be mapped as Grabenhorst Corners. In 1910 William and Eva made the decision to subdivide the farm and sell it in small tracts of five acres while they moved into the city of Salem. That same year William and his older son, George Henry Grabenhorst, opened up W.H. Grabenhorst & Co. Real Estate in Salem to sell the tracts. The company was very successful and would go on to become a prominent real estate company in the Salem area.  

Evelyn attended local schools and then Capital Business College in Salem. After graduation she went to work for W.H. Grabenhorst & Co. Real Estate. She married Lawrence Ernest Oberer, son of Frank Oberer and Lillian Williams, on 12 Nov 1919 in Salem. The newly married couple made their home in Portland where Lawrence was employed as an accountant. After Evelyn's mother died in 1929, she and Bruce moved back to Salem to care for her nephew, Robert Johnson. Robert's mother, Anna, the oldest daughter of William and Eva Grabenhorst had died from peritonitis shortly after Robert was born in 1913. Robert's father was not able to care for him and he was adopted by William and Eva. William had died in 1923 so after Eva's death when Robert was only 16, Evelyn agreed to be his guardian. After Robert was on his own, Evelyn and Lawrence moved back to Portland. Lawrence and Evelyn had been having marriage difficulties for some time and in 1932 Evelyn filed for divorce. The divorce was finalized on 4 May 1933 in Multnomah County. Lawrence was killed two years later along with three companions when the car they were in went into the Siletz river in Lincoln county after a night of partying and drinking. After the divorce Evelyn started work at a series of savings and loan companies where she worked until her retirement in 1967.

On 2 Mar 1941, Evelyn married Robert Bruce Doane, son of John Bradner Doane and Lola Coburn Olney, in Clark County, Washington. They had met through Bruce's sister, Hazel, who was a friend of Evelyn's. Bruce had been a rancher in Aberdeen, Washington before he moved to Oregon.  He worked as a prison guard at the Salem penitentiary and later did mechanical maintenance at the Lloyd Center in Portland. Bruce died in Portland on 6 Nov 1979 at age 67 while visiting an elderly friend of his mother's. Evelyn died on 13 Aug 1990 in Scappoose, Columbia, Oregon at age 89. They ere buried at the Portland Memorial Mausoleum.


Nell and Evelyn Grabenhorst

Evelyn Grabenhorst

Evelyn Grabenhorst Doane (left) with Doane family
Her husband Bruce is 4th from left in back row

Bruce Doane


Thanks to Lola Hamilton (niece of Bruce Doane) for these two photographs

Documents and Articles

Newspaper Articles

Statesman article of March 24, 1935
Rain and wind which obscured vision were said to have contributed to an early Sunday accident which sent an automobile with four passengers into the Alsea river six miles east of Waldport. Bodies of three of the victims were recovered and grappling operations continued for the fourth. The bodies recovered were identified as those of Mrs. Ruth T Bancroft of Beaver Creek section, Timothy O'Brian of Beaver Creek, and Mrs. E.E. Wetstone of Willis, Cal, said to be a sister of Mrs. Bancroft. Oscar (note: Lawrence) Oberer of Salem was believed to have drowned also.


Evelyn (Grabenhorst) Doane

Statesman Journal Obituary March 3, 1901 - August 13, 1990
SCAPPOOSE - Evelyn Doan, 89, formerly of Salem, died Aug. 13 in Portland. She was born in Iowa and moved to Salem the following year. She married Bruce Doan in 1935. He died in 1979. She worked for W.H. Grabenhorst & Co. and Grabenhorst Bros. Real Estate in Salem, later moving to Portland, where she worked for savings and loan institutions until retiring in 1967. Survivors include her sister, Nell McAllister of Salem. At her request no services were held. Entombment was in Portland Memorial Mausoleum.

Robert Bruce Doane

Funeral Notice: DOANE - R. Bruce, husband of Evelyn Doane, Scappoose, Or.; brother of Dorr B. Doane, Philip M. Doane, several nieces and nephews. Private family service Tuesday, Nov. 13, 10 an, Sunrise Chapel, PORTLAND MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME. Private vault entombment Portland Memorial Mausoleum.


Census Records

1910 census    

William T Grabenhorst age 50 born in Maryland real estate office
Eva Grabenhorst age 48 born in New York
George H Grabenhorst age 22 born in Iowa real estate office
Charles W Grabenhorst age 17 born in Iowa farmer
Eugene B Grabenhorst age 15 born in Iowa
Nellie C Grabenhorst age 12 born in Iowa
Evelyn J Grabenhorst age 9 born in Iowa
Jacob F Grabenhorst age 52 born in Maryland farmer
Liberty, Marion, Oregon; Roll: T624_1284; Page: 13B; Enumeration District: 0214; FHL microfilm: 1375297

1920 census    
  Nellie J Ogle age 40 born in Oregon
Lawrence Oberer age 22 born in Oregon lodger works as accountant for auditor
Evelyn Oberer age 18 born in Oregon lodger
Portland, Multnomah, Oregon; Roll: T625_1499; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 33; Image: 693
1930 census    
  Lawrence E Oberer age 31 born in Oregon real estate salesman
Evelyn I Oberer age 29 born in Oregon
Robert A Johnson age 16 born in Oregon
Salem, Marion, Oregon; Roll: 1948; Page: 13B; Enumeration District: 0071; Image: 551.0; FHL microfilm: 2341682
1940 census    
  Evelyn Obere age 39 born in Iowa divorced stenographer bookkeeper
Salem, Marion, Oregon; Roll: T627_3374; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 24-64

Military Records

World War I Draft Registration

  NAME: Lawrence Earnest Oberer
CITY: Portland
COUNTY: Multnomah
STATE: Oregon
BIRTH DATE: 6 Jul 1898
RACE: White

Vital Records

Birth Records

Iowa Birth Database
NAME: Evelyn I Grabinhorst
BIRTH DATE: 3 Mar 1901
BIRTH PLACE: Dayton Twp, Webster, Iowa
FATHER'S NAME: William K Grabinhorst

Marriage and Divorce Records

Oregon Marriage Index
NAME: Evelyn I Grabenhorst
NAME: Lawrence Oberer
MARRIAGE DATE: 12 Nov 1919
COUNTY: Marion
LEVEL INFO: Index of Oregon Marriages (Bride & Groom) For the Period 1906 through 1920 Oregon Marriage Index Groom and Bride Combined 1916 to 1920microfilm: 1375297

Oregonian Divorce Degree Granted Notice
4 May 1933
Multnomah County Oregon
Oberer - Evelyn and Lawrence E.

Washington Marriage Index
NAME: Evelyn Oberer
SPOUSE: R Bruce Doane
REFERENCE NUMBER: swclkmca10766

Oregon Death Index

NAME: Evelyn Doane
AGE: 89
BIRTH DATE: 3 Mar 1901
DEATH DATE: 13 Aug 1990
DEATH PLACE: Multnomah

NAME: Robert Bru Doane
AGE: 67
BIRTH DATE: 16 Apr 1912
DEATH DATE: 6 Nov 1979
DEATH PLACE: Multnomah
SPOUSE: Evelyn

NAME: Lawrence Oberer
DEATH DATE: 23 Mar 1935

Social Security Death Index

NAME: Evelyn Doane
SSN: 542-07-5239
BORN: 3 Mar 1901
DIED: Aug 1990
STATE (YEAR) SSN ISSUED: Oregon (Before 1951)

NAME: R. Bruce Doane
SSN: 541-16-0997
LAST RESIDENCE: 97056 Scappoose, Columbia, Oregon, USA
BORN: 16 Apr 1912
DIED: Nov 1979
STATE (YEAR) SSN ISSUED: Oregon (Before 1951)


Evelyn Grabenhorst Doane and Robert Bruce Doane
Portland Memorial Mausoleum
Portland, Multnomah, Oregon



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