Grant County, Oregon

This is an unofficial list of possible graves at the Austin Cemetery.  The cemetery served Austin and Bates (first named Batesville). 


Mary Rozalia Taylor, born January 17, 1918, died April 2, 1918, buried April 3 in Austin.  Slept with parents.  Found dead in bed.

Baby Tripp, born October 26, died October 29, 1918, buried Batesville. Accidentally smothered. * See note below

Baby Kockenspocker, female, born November 5, died Batesville, November 10, 1918, buried Batesville November 13. Defective heart. * See note below

Marshall van Bibber, 65 years, 3 months, 16 days.  Died Austin, September 14, 1921, buried Austin.  Body later disinterred and moved to Long Creek Cemetery.

Robert Edwin Fleming, born October 26, 1921 died November 22, 1921, buried November 24 in Austin.  Acute gastroenteritis.

Lily Helen Ladd, age 2 years 9 months, 16 days, died Austin, Sept. 17, 1924, buried Austin.  Acute gastroenteritis.  One of triplets.

Baby Raines, born and died May 16, 1926.  Still born.

Rose Elma Ladd, born June 15, 1922, died September 13, 1928, died Austin, September 23, 1928, buried Austin.  Acute enteritis with diarrhea.  Another of the triplets.

Emma Marie Ladd, born March 30, 1927, died September 20, 1928, died Grant Co Hospital, buried Austin.  Acute enteritis with diarrhea. 

Betty Jane Kimberling, born November 17, 1929, died June 9, 1930, buried Austin.  Burned at home.

Baby Frazier, female, died October 18, 1932.  No indication as to place of burial.

Warren Douglas Meadows, born September 20, 1933, died Grant Co Hospital, September 24, 1933, buried Bates. * See note below

Kenneth E. Meadows, January 12, 1934, died April 6, 1934 buried Austin. Bronchitis pneumonia.

Sharon Lee  Heaton, born August 12, 1935, died October 4, 1935.  Premature birth. Died at Bates, buried at Austin.

Unnamed baby, age 1 hour, mother Irene Nelson, died and buried at Camp II 10 miles north of Bates, June 23, 1931.


A small child who died in Bates (or Batesville) may have been buried at the Austin Cemetery.

However, the child may have been buried on one of the hillsides around Bates.  Reliable records are very sketchy.  

The records listed here are for the Austin Cemetery only.  The records are from official State of Oregon Board of Health Death Certificates, Austin Cemetery Death Certificate Records, Grant County Records and other sources.  There are many conflicts in the records.  Depending on the record you read, the spelling of a person may differ or the dates may differ.  This report started with the State of Oregon Board of Health Death Certificates as a base and added information from the other-named sources. 

There are references of other adult deaths in the Austin / Bates area.  Some of the old timers may have been buried near their cabins. Other adults were often transported to locations near their families.  At the Austin Cemetery, the vast majority of burials were for the children of people who lived in the Austin / Bates area.  In these records you will note the high number of early childhood deaths.  Many of those children died of intestinal problems.  This may have been the result of poor sanitation in the kitchens of homes lacking refrigeration.  Note that three children of the Ladd family died with the same diagnosis.  Carol Johns reported that after the last Ladd death the state intervened and the remaining Ladd children were scattered among relatives.

There may be additional burials at the Austin Cemetery.  There is a report of a Cranenberg baby who died at Bates was buried at the Austin Cemetery.  There is no death certificate for this burial.  There are no official death certificates for many of the deaths.    

A report dated 1970 on the Austin Cemetery reads:  'In 1918 when the Spanish Influenza epidemic swept the nation, four victims were buried there in canvass bags as a railroad strike prevented coffins from being shipped in.'  This report seems to be false.  The influenza epidemic began in Grant County mid-October, 1918 and faded out in early-January, 1919.  There were 1000+ reported influenza cases in Grant County and 32 deaths.  A review of the Blue Mountain Eagle newspaper from October 1918 through January 1919 found no reference of these alleged four Austin deaths and there is no official documentation of the alleged deaths.  The only recorded influenza death in Austin was Clarence Miller and he was apparently buried elsewhere.     

There are very few remaining burial memorials at the Austin Cemetery.  Often memorials were scratched on stones or carved or painted on a wooden slab, which have now disintegrated.  In about 1955 the owner of private property surrounding the cemetery took down the fence around the cemetery.  The cattle that then roamed the site destroyed most of the remaining memorials.

May 15, 2009

Much thanks goes to Gregg Smith, former Bates resident and Eastern Oregon historian, for doing the research and making this historical compilation available for all to read.

Link to another short writing on the Austin Cemetery:  Austin Cemetery