Rev. Robert Booth

By The Oregonian July 1917


Rev. Robert Booth, pioneer Methodist preacher, whose name is inseparably associated with the early history of the denomination in Oregon, celebrated the 96th anniversary of his birth today by fishing in the North Umpqua River in the vicinity of Beckley's ferry. Robert Booth and wife, of Eugene; William Booth, of Prineville; J. H. Booth, wife and son, Tedd, and Harry, Edward Singleton and wife, Herbert Ogden and wife, of Roseburg; and little Bobbie Booth, of Eugene accompanied him there. One of the features of the day's outing was a delicious picnic dinner served at noon. The trip to Becklay's ferry it's made by automobile, the machines leaving here shortly after 7 o'clock this morning,


Mr. Booth was born in Lancashire, England on August 4., 1820, His father, who was a manufacturer in his native country, brought the family to America in 1820, and settled in Westchester county, New York. Six years later the family moved to Iowa, where the elder Mr. Booth died in the year 1838. During the year 1850 Mr. Booth made a trip to the California gold fields, crossing the plains by ox-team, and arrived at Hangtown on July 31. The ox made what was considered fast time, and was the first team to arrive in California that year. By way of Nicaragua Mr. Booth left for his home in December, 1850 but encountered severe storms engage Pacific and many hardships during the trip, so that he did not reach his destination until March 25.11851.


In April of 1852, accompanied by his wife and children and wife started for the, West again, and six months later arrived in Yamhill county. In the year 1853 he took up a donation land claim near the Grand Ronde reservation. Two years later he joined the Oregon conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and in 1858 was ordained, his assignment being in Washington and Yamhill counties. In August 1867, he-moved to Wilbur Douglas County, where he assumed the Pastor ship of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Three years later he moved to Crook County, where he followed the ministry and engaged in the stock business. Returning to Douglas County in the year 1872, he bought a farm near Wilbur, and while cultivating his land, preaching whenever the opportunity was afforded. During two years of the time he was pastor at Monroe, Benton County for one year preached regularly at Turner, Gardiner and Grants Pass. He also lived at Salem for a long time.


Rev. Mr. Booth came to Roseburg a few months ago to make his home with his daughter, Mrs. Edward Singleton.




Roseburg News Review

August 4, 1916.


Rev. Robert Booth died in Eugene, Oregon, at home of P. A. Booth July 12 1917. In 1836 his family took a steamer at New York City for New Orleans and went up the Missouri river to St. Louis, Missouri, As minister he served charges at Springfield, Creswell, Monroe, Wilbur, Gardiner and Grants Pass. He was an active Mason and originated a number of lodges in southern Oregon. His second marriage was to Mrs. Mary Buslong, widow of a Methodist minister, in 1902. She died at Salem, Oregon, January 1915, after, which he lived with various children until the time of his death. His funeral was from the Methodist Episcopal Church in Grants Pass,