The Sunday Oregonian (Portland, OR), November 20, 1892 pg. 10
AN OLD SETTLER DYING: Captain George H. Flanders in a Critical Condition
Captain George H. Flanders, one of the pioneer settler of Portland, is confined to his home by a paralytic stroke. His condition is critical and there is no hope for his recovery, but his son, Mr. J. C. Flanders, said yesterday that there is no immediate cause for alarm.
Captain Flanders came to Portland in 1849 on the vessel Madonna, commanded by Captain Couch. This was the Madonna's third trip out from New York. Captain Flanders had been in the employ of John and Caleb Cushing. He is a man whose energy and enterprise have done much for the commerce of Portland. He was one of the few who erected brick buildings early in the history of the city. This was a two-story brick built on the southeast corner of Front and Burnside streets, in 1859, which is still standing. It was formerly occupied as the Masonic hall. He also owns a number of wharves and warehouses on the river front. He was one of the original members of the Portland Seaman's Friend Society.
Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR), November 21, 1892 pg. 6
FLANDERS – In this city, November 20, 1892, George H. Flanders, aged 71 years, 10 months, and 25 days. Funeral services from Trinity church, Tuesday, November 23, at 10 o'clock. Services at grave private.
Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR), November 22, 1892 pg. 8
In the bustle and turmoil of this world, in the struggle for existence and for preferment, one cannot but be continually impressed with man's inhumanity to man. Where one's individual interests are involved, how short a time it takes to decide in favor of self. But when there appears in the midst of the madding crowd one heart that beats with sympathy for its fellow-men, that spreads abroad the soft mantle of charity, of humility, of unselfishness, of chastity in thought and action, of disinterestedness and self-forgetfulness, the critic pauses, reflects, and modifies his sweeping condemnation of mankind. Now and again such a character is born, passes through this vale of trouble, partaking of its joys and sorrows, and finally, laying aside all that is mortal, takes on immortality.
Such was the life and character of George H. Flanders, who surrounded by his family, breathed his last Sunday morning, November 20. To those few who do not know it, let me say that he was and exception among men. His was a character so pure that it was almost beyond human comprehension. It was that of a soul that had been purified in worlds beyond that of ours – innate and never smirched by contact with impurity, a life spent in good actions to others. No seeker for assistance ever met with refusal. The unworthy, as well as the worthy, were ever aided. Practicing daily and always a secret charity, ashamed of praise, his humility gushed from the heart. In what contrast to the canting hypocrite who carries the advertisement of his good actions upon his sleeve – charitable for policy's sake, for the sake of what the world will say in praise. Without citing examples, the thousands of beneficiaries can bear witness to the works of this good man. Let their silent tribute be as a monument – their prayers united for the departed soul that is now winging its way onward in that progression towards perfection absolute, that the soul that liveth obtains.
Captain Flanders was born in Newburyport, Mass., December 25, 1821. From boyhood he followed the se, and finally, in the year 1849, accompanied his brother-in-law, Captain John H. Couch, to Portland, where he remained ever since, closely identified with the city and its interests. He never visited the Eastern states, curiously enough, since his departure for Oregon, contented always with his simple life, craving no variety. The humble tastes of his Puritan forefathers became his own. In the delirium of his last hours, of something passing in his mind, he said aloud: "If it is honorable I will do it; if it is not honorable I will not do it." A sentence beautifully fitted to be the final speech of such a man, and as the man Christ, by his pure example, influenced thousands for the right, so let us hope that with us the influence of a life such as has just now rendered its account may bear the good fruit of association to those who have been fortunate enough to come within the shadow of its shining effulgence. – W. –
Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR), November 26, 1892 pg. 7
DONE IN THE COURTS
DISPOSAL OF A LARGE ESTATE
Last Will of the Late G. H. Flanders Admitted to Probate – Some Very Interesting Suits
Maria L. Flanders and J. Couch Flanders have been authorized by the county court to settle up the estate of the late Captain George H. Flanders, whose last will and testament was admitted to court yesterday. .The document was drawn up August 7 last by deceased, with Captain Richard Hoyt, who since died, and N. B. Lappeus, as witnesses. Although it disposes of property valued at $350,000, it consists of only three widely written sheets of legal cap paper.
To his widow, Maria L. Flanders, the testator bequeaths the family home, all of his personal property, namely, notes and improvements, with these exemptions; To Caroline W. Flanders, lots numbered from 12 to 18 inclusive, block No. 291, and lots 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11, block No. 291, Couch's addition. To J. Couch Flanders, lot numbered 1 to 10 in double block 310, in Couch's addition. To J. Couch Flanders is also given in trust for Alice F. Effinger and her minor children, lots numbered 11 to 18 inclusive, block 310, Couch's addition. All the rents and incomes from this property are to be paid to Mrs. Effinger, a daughter of the testator., and in case of her death it is to go to her children, but in case of the death of both Mrs. Effinger and her children the property is to be inherited by Caroline W. Flanders. The trustee is further empowered to sell or dispose of any or all of the property for the purpose of investing the proceeds in interest-bearing securities, or property which will earn an income.
The executor and executrix are named in the will and have control of the estate without bonds.