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  Ramp, Benjamin Franklin
NameBenjamin Franklin Ramp
Brooks, Oregon , United States
Born July 23, 1850
DiedApril 18, 1952 (101 years)
ContributorThomas Walker
Last ModifedThomas Walker
Dec 14, 2009 11:18am
InfoB. F. Ramp, Nearly 102, Dies in Convalescent Home.

Ben F. Ramp, 101, pioneer settler of the Brooks district, died in the Brooks Convalescent home Friday afternoon while asleep.

Mr. Ramp's death removed one of the few remaining pioneers who crossed the plains by ox team to settle in the Willamette valley.

Born near Galesburg, Ill., July 23, 1850, Mr. Ramp crossed the plains with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Ramp, in 1850.

The family first settled on Howell Prairie near Silverton, abut in 1856 moved to Brooks where Sam Ramp acquired the 324 acre Smith claim.

Only recently Mr. Ramp recounted his vivid recollections of the flood of 1861 when, accompanied by his father, he went to Wheatland to see the Willamette swirling through the tree tops in the bottoms and watched Capt. Pease in his steamboat, Onward, taking refugees from the trees and housetops.

When the pioneer youth matured he taught school for many years, and also farmed extensively.

At one time he operated a grocery, for a few years near Albany, shortly before 1910.

Since 1904 Mr. Ramp made his home on Highway 99-E north of Brooks until two years ago when he moved to the convalescent home.

He is survived by three sons, Willard Ramp, who occupies the family home at Brooks; Floyd of Roseburg, and Rollie of Newport. Mrs. Ramp and another son, Verne, preceded him in death.

W. T. Rigdon company, Salem, is in charge of funeral arrangements.



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