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Embree Cemetery ~ John Rush Sibley ~ part of the Polk County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
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John "Jack" Rush Sibley
BORN: 25 Sept 1886 DIED: 14 Aug 1949 BURIED: 17 Aug 1949 (Embree Cemetery)
OCCUPATION:  Lawyer; abstractor
BIRTH PLACE:  Fairfield, Illinois
DEATH PLACE: Dallas, Polk Co., Oregon
1930 OR CENSUS - John R. Sibley, age 43, occupation abstractor, b. Illinois, is enumerated with wife Lulu A., age 42, b. Oregon, along with Catherine, age 18, b. Oregon.
OSBH DC (Polk County 1949) #9294 - John Rush Sibley, male, lawyer abstractor, married ( Lulu A.), b. 25 Sept 1886 in Fairfield, Illinois, d. 14 Aug 1949 in Dallas, Oregon (206 Clay Street) at the age of 62 yrs, interment Embree cem, informant Lulu Sibley.
45-Year Resident Passes Sunday After Career In Abstract Office; Funeral Services Held Wednesday
John Rush (Jack) Sibley, 63, resident of Dallas for the past 45 years, died Sunday at his home following an illness of ten days. He had been in failing health for several years but had been at his office until forced to go home in early August. 
Funeral services were held Wednesday at 3:30 at the Henkle & Bollman chapel with Rev. Lloyd Rice, a long-time friend and neighbor, officiating. Burial was in the Embree family cemetery east of Dallas. 
Mr. Sibley was born September 25, 1886, at Fairfield, Illinois, the son of Dr W.C. and Mary LaLance Sibley. He came to Dallas in 1904, attracted by the fact that his uncle, the late J.E. Sibley, had located in Dallas some 15 years previously as an attorney and member of the abstract firm of Sibley & Eakin. He enrolled as a student at LaCreole academy after coming here and played on the Dallas college baseball team as an infielder. During the summer periods and at other times he worked with surveying crews in the coast mountains, a job which took him into the woods and streams and the outdoors which he loved. Later he suffered a disabling accident while with a surveying party in Tillamook county, cutting his foot so severely with an axe that it bothered him for the remainder of his life. 
In 1909 he married Miss Lulu Dempsey, descendant of a pioneer Polk family, who had been a fellow student in the local school. He later set up in the abstract business and was admitted to the bar some 30 years ago, after reading law in his uncle’s office and passing state bar examinations. The law and abstract business was combined in the firm of Brown and Sibley, with L.D. Brown, now of Baker, as his partner. Still later and for a short time, the firm became Brown, Sibley and Belt, with Harry H. Belt, present supreme court justice, associated with them. Mr Belt withdrew after being elected circuit judge and some 20 years ago Mr Brown disposed of his interest and moved away. Mr Sibley was appointed to the Dallas city council in the fall of 1924, succeeding Charles Hayes, who had resigned. He served until November 21, 1927, when he also resigned. He became a member of Marmion lodge, Knights of Pythias, in January 1913, and had served as chancellor commander. He is described by close friends as being a true fraternalist. He was among the first to visit sick friends and to comfort the bereaved among his friends. This circle of friends was not confined to lodge members but to any whom he knew that were in tribulation. A few years ago he conducted a funeral service for an aged Chinese who died friendless and alone, when he found that no service was contemplated. 
During all his life he was an ardent sportsman, leaning perhaps strongest toward fishing but also interested in hunting. Few opening days of the trout season but found his flag unfurled in the curb holder and his door locked. In the twilight league baseball days, despite the handicap of his injured foot, Jack staged a comeback in the game he loved and the league had no more ardent player and none more popular with the fans. In general sport parlance he was a National leaguer and a particularly rabid supporter of the St Louis Cardinals, home team of his south Illinois birthplace of Fairfield. 
Jack was noted for close and enduring friendships, especially with those who loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting and athletics. Among these cronies, many of whom passed away before him, were Chet Coad, Ralph Y. Morrison, Tom Stockwell, Jack Allgood, Leif S. Finseth, E.A. Wagner, Phil Begin, John Cerny and a host of others. The story is told that he once made a compact with one of his friends of surveying days that when one died the other would walk to Falls City. The friend died and Jack made the 11-mile hike, refusing all offers for a ride, but did accept a lift back home. 
During recent years his health had not permitted him the outdoor recreation which he loved, but his interest in all things pertaining to sports and fishing endured. He was a member of Marmion lodge, Knights of Pythias, and Dalore temple, Pythian Sisters. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lulu Sibley of Dallas, one daughter, Mrs Catherine Callaway and one granddaughter, Janis Carole Callaway, both of Washington, DC, and one sister, Mrs W.H. Archibald of Denver, Colorado. 
Dallas Itemizer-Observer 18 Aug 1949, 1:1, 4:2-3
John Rush Sibley
1886 - 1949
(shares marker with Lulu)
Branigar Survey
Saucy Survey & Marker Photographs
OSBH DC (Polk County 1949) #9294
1930 OR CENSUS Polk Co., Dallas, ED 43, sheet 2A)
DI-O 18 Aug 1949

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