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Salem Pioneer Cemetery ~ Daniel Waldo ~ part of the Marion County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
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Daniel Waldo
BORN: 22 Mar 1800 DIED: 6 Sep 1880 BURIED: 8 Sep 1880
BIRTH PLACE:  Harrison Co., Virginia
DEATH PLACE: Salem, Marion Co., Oregon
BIOGRAPHICAL: 1843 immigrant, farmer, father of Judge John W. Waldo.

Our fellow-citizen, Daniel Waldo, Esq., will be 75 years of age the 22d of next month. 
Oregon Statesman Mar 24, 1875 

See also: Salem history website
The remains of the old pioneer, Daniel Waldo, who died on Monday last at Salem, were borne to their last resting place by his old friends and fellow pioneers, Henry Smith, William Taylor, J. C. Caplinger, H. N. V. Holmes, William Miller and Reuben Gesner. Hon. J. W. Nesmith was also present, and made remarks appropriate to the occasion of the burial of his old friend. There, at their final parting, after the lapse of so many years since their journeying to Oregon together, the living pioneer spoke as follows over the dead: FRIENDS - We are assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to our neighbor and friend, Daniel Waldo. He breathed his last on Monday morning and we now consign the remains of the good man to his last long home. Mr. Waldo was born in Harrison county, Virginia, the 22nd of March, 1809, and was 80 years of age at the time of his death. He settled in Missouri in 1819, and there thirty eight years ago this month, I made his aquaintance. At that time there were four brothers of the Waldo's, all men of marked character and great energy. The Waldo's opened up and developed the great trade across the "staked plains" between the frontier of Missouri, and the American settlements of Santa Fe and Chihuihua. Joseph came to Oregon, and returning east, died in 1871. William went to California at an early day and upon the admission of the state into the union, was the whig candidate for governor. He is the only survivor of the four brothers. In 1843 "Uncle Dan" Waldo - as our deceased friend was affectionately and familiarly called by all who knew him - came to Oregon with his family, and settled in the hills in this county, which bear his honored name. I crossed the plains with him, and for nearly half a century have been honored by his friendship. The last time I saw him alive, after speaking of our long and intimate acquaintance, he told me that he should die soon and requested me to speak a last king word at his grave. I could not refuse such a request, but would have preferred that he had selected another more capable of doing justice to his merits. No poor words that I can speak will add to the respect due to his virtuous and blameless life. His best eulogy is to be found in the exemplary purity of his long life and spotless character. Mr. Waldo possessed a remarkable vigorous mind, and he was well read in history. The amusing and immortal satires of an older civilization, as presented by Miguel Cervantes in "Don Quixote", he knew by heart. They were adapted to a practical mind like his, which had no patience with can't, shams, pretenses, hypocrisy or hum bugs. He was modest and retiring in his nature, never seeking public positions. In 1844 his neighbors in this then sparsely settled country, sent him to the legislature of the provisional government, and he was subsequently county judge, which trusts he discharged with honor and fidelity. I do not believe he ever uttered a falsehood in his life, or wronged a human being, for he was incapable of a dishonorable act. His life, habits and dress were characterized by spartan piousness and simplicity, through which shone the brightest and best qualities of human nature. In early pioneer days his home was a home for the weary immigrant; he fed the famished and clothes the naked, and no human being ever went hungry from his hospitable door. Our friend died of a lingering disease and all though all was done for his comfort and relief that affectionate kindness could dictate, his last years must have been a burden to him, yet he manifested no impatience or repining. Having walked for years in the valley of the shadow of death, he had no dread of the "King of Terrors". Conscious of his rectitude of purpose during a long and well spent life, he had no fears about its termination. His familiar form has departed from amongst us, and he has laid himself down to rest among the friends that loved and respected him for his worth. To the mourning family we tender our sympathy. And here at last! Brave and generous old pioneer friend, after long journeying together we part at the threshold of the tomb. Farewell, farewell, Uncle Dan! Those of us who survive will cherish your memory in our hearts. May the stone that is to mark the spot where you sleep be of spotless marble, for it cannot be whiter or purer than your blameless life. 
Portland Oregonian 11 Sept 1880 pg 1
Daniel Waldo
DAR pg 18
Portland Oregonian 11 Sept 1880, pg 1
Brian Waldo Johnson, 450 Walnut Dr. S., Monmouth, OR 97361

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