Edmond Elze Weekly



Children with: Mary Jane Waterman, b. 31 Nov 1859 - d. 10 Aug 1923

Ora E (Laird)
William W, born ABT 1885
Opal L (Barker), born ABT 1888
Irene J (Steele), born ABT 1890
Smith A, born ABT 1893
Edmund, born ABT 1904
Edith, born ABT 1905



12 Jan 1859 - Born at Eighteen Mile House stage station (home) in Reston, Douglas County, Oregon

July 1, 1879 - Married Mary Jane Waterman

1880 Census: Brewster Valley, Coos, Oregon; Roll: T9_1080; Family History Film: 1255080; Page: 386.1000; Enumeration District: 31; Image: 0767.

Edmond Weekly 21 
Mary Weekly 20 


1890 - Census records for Oregon were destroyed.


1900 Census: Dora, Coos, Oregon; Roll: T623 1346; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 9.

Edmund E Weekly 41 
Mary J Weekly 40 
William Weekly 15 
Opal L Weekly 12 
Irene E Weekly 10 
Smith A Weekly 7 


1910 Census: Enchanted Prairie, Coos, Oregon; Roll: T624_1280; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 54; Image: 107.

Edward S Weekly 51 
Mary J Weekly 50 
Irsael E Weekly 20  [Irene]
Smith Weekly 17 
Edwin Weekly 6 [Edmund]
Edith Weekly 5 


1920 Census: Enchanted, Coos, Oregon; Roll: T625_1493; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 119; Image: 852.

Edmond E Weekley 60 
Mary J Weekley 59 
Edwin L Weekley 16 [Edmund]
Edith R Weekley 15 
Ruth Dixon 20, boarder 
L E Ron 77, brother-in-law

Mary died 10 Aug 1923.

1930 Census: Enchanted, Coos, Oregon; Roll: 1942; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 58; Image: 625.0.

Edmond E Weekly 71 


Edmond died 25 September 1930.

Edmund's obituary (The name is spelled Edmund on his grave stone, but at other times it is spelled Edmond):

Edmond Elza Weekly (spelling variations!)

E.E. Weekly, an old pioneer of this section died Sept. 25th at the home of his son, William at Bridge.  His wife died 7 years ago.  Edmond Eliza [Elze] Weekly, known to many of his friends as "Dad" Weekly was born Jan 12, 1859 at Reston, Douglas county, Oregon.  The house in which he was born was known for many years as the Eighteen Mile House stage station.  He was educated in the public schools of Douglas and Coos counties and was active in assisting his father on the farm during his boyhood. 
He was married at age 20 years to Mary J Waterman, July 1, 1879.  He and his bride took a pre-emption claim and started farming for themselves.  He proved up on the land, then bought a part of his father's original Donation Claim in Douglas county [in Reston/Tenmile] and for several years continued to farm there.  He then disposed of his holdings in Douglas county and moved to Coos county where he spent 2 successful years farming.  He then moved to Klamath Falls where they spent 6 years, then returned to Coos county, then in 1906 bought a ranch one mile east of Bridge, comprising 160 acres. 
The Weekly ranch, as is well known, was for many year a stage station where passengers were always welcome to a warm hearth fire, a good bed and splendid food, for Mrs. Weekly had a reputation as a good cook.  To them was born 9 children of which seven survive and are living in different sections of the state, 12 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.  The old home place is now owned by William Weekly. 
Surviving is 1 brother, William W Weekly of Myrtle Point and 1 sister, Mary Turner of Portland and his 7 children and their families.  Mrs. Clyde Barker was one of his children.  Buried in Dora cemetery beside his wife.  He was a member of Knight of Pythias. 

- Myrtle Point Herald, Oct 2, 1930


Mary Jane's Obituary

Mary Jane Weekly

Mrs. S.J. (Waterman) Weekly was born in New York, Nov. 31, 1859.  She came west to Oregon in 1878 with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Wilson and Mary Scofield.  She married Edmond Elze Weekly July 1, 1879.  Passed away at her home Aug 10, 1923, age 63 years 8 months and 19 days.  Member of the Methodist church.  Mother of 9 children, but 2 passed away.  Survived by her husband and 7 children : Mrs. Ora Laird; William Weekly; Mrs. Opal Barker; Mrs Irene Steele; Smith Weekly; Edmund Weekly and Edith Weekly ; 2 sisters, Mrs. Loretta Young and Mrs. Emma Otis; a brother, Raymond Waterman.  Buried at Dora.

- Southern Coos County American, Aug 16 1923
At the age of 11, Mary Jane was living with her grandparents, Wilson and Mary Scofield, in the Otho, Webster, Ohio 1870 Census (page 8).  She was the only child in the household.  Also living in there was 84 year old W. Scofield, male, born in Connecticut.  Her obituary states that she had two sisters, Loretta and Emma, and a brother, Raymond, who survived her, although it appears that they did not live with Wilson and Mary.
It seems certain that the daughter of Wilson and Mary Scofield, Elisabeth Scofield, is Mary Jane's mother. Elisabeth would have been 19 years of age in 1859 when Mary Jane Waterman was born.
Additionally, the names of Mary's surviving siblings, listed in her obituary, match up with the names of the children of Elizabeth Scofield Waterman and Azariah Waterman.  Elizabeth and Azariah are both buried at Dora Cemetery in Coos County, Oregon - the same cemetery where Edmond and Mary Weekly are buried. I feel fairly confident that Azariah and Elizabeth are Mary's parents.  
For whatever reason, Mary lived with her grandparents, while her siblings lived with her parents.

Strangely enough, the Scofields and Azariah and Elizabeth Waterman don't readily show up in the Census search for 1860 on Ancestry.com.  Sometimes errors in spelling will cause this to happen.  If I could find those records it might clear up some confusion as to what happened, but it still would not explain why Mary was living with her grandparents.

[In the 1860 Census, enumerated on the 26th day of June, there is an Emma A Waterman, one year old, living with Edward and Elcida Waterman in Berlin, Rensselaer Co, NY.  Additionally, there is an Emma M, age 12, living in the household in 1860.  But in 1870, the younger Emma is not living with them.  It seems to me that the younger Emma may have been a foster child, possibly Mary's sister.  If she were, it might indicate that both of the girls had been fostered by other families.  (The only problem with this theory is the birth date of Nov 1860 given by Emma Otis in the 1900 Census of West New York Ward 2, Hudson, New Jersey.  If that is Mary's sister Emma and the birth date is accurate, that would mean that Emma had not been born at the time this census was taken.)]

Mary Jane Waterman may have been named for the first wife of Azariah Waterman.  Azariah married Mary Jane Lewis on 10 of July 1856.  She died a short time later, on 12 May 1857, and is buried at the Lewis Cemetery in Ellery, NY.

Reston, Oregon
Edmund Weekly was appointed as the first postmaster of Reston on August 25,1890.  (Not to be confused with the Tenmile Post Office.)  Edmund is mentioned in one story of how Reston got it's name.  A traveler was said to have suggested the name "Rest" while Ed was considering names for the Post Office.  Finding that there was already another Post Office in Oregon by that name, the letters o-n were added to the name (by either Ed or the government, depending on the source of the story).

Interestingly, Ed and his wife may have run the 18 Mile House in Reston for a time (Ed's parents having run it until about 1872).  One of the stories about the origin of the name Reston mentions "the front porch of the Weekly stage station". 

See this page for more info (short Bio):

In the book, Historic Douglas County, Oregon 1982, published by Douglas County Historical Society, 1982, page 19, under subheading Early Post Offices: 

RESTON: Established in August 1890 with Edmond Weekly as postmaster.  Located in Weekly's store.  Named because of its convenience for tired stage passengers.  Weekly was postmaster until his resignation in 1898 - then the office moved to George Wilson's "Mountain House" (also called "Nineteen Mile House") with Mrs Wilson as postmistress.  One of the first mail carriers was James G Laird.

 July 15, 1910 issue of The Coos Bay Times: EE Weekley appointed as a judge in Enchanted Prairie, Coos County.

Aug 19, 1911 issue of The Coos Bay Times: Notice of delinquent taxes, Image 15, 1st column, bottom half of page.