After a long illness here in The Dalles, Victor sold his Mt. Hood “gentlemen’s saloon” at 215 Union.and he and Mary moved to San Francisco, where they hoped to recover his health. He had spent what money he had and continued to get worse. Victor and Mary were only married for 4 months when he died of consumption (now known as tuberculosis) in San Francisco on January 23, 1883 (McNeal lists the date as Jan. 27, 1883).
Mary Trevitt was sick in San Francisco. His estate had been settled and all his things disappeared. She was the proprietor of “Arlington”, 2nd and Morrison.
His body was shipped to Portland on the steamer State of California and consigned to Col. John McCrakin, also a Mexican War veteran. It was taken to the Clarenden hotel where Capt. Thomas Mountain took the casket. The Masonic Relief Board of San Francisco paid for his last care, coffin and boat transportation to Portland and the bringing of the body to Memaloose Island all amount to $192.5 paid for by Wasco Masonic Lodge. His remains were sent to The Dalles to be disposed of on Memaloose Island as he had desired. .
His funeral was delayed due to temperatures of -20 degrees. The island was closed at the time with ice, and heavy snow had fallen; and the body was placed in a snow bank, until the river should open and steamboat traffic be resumed. His funeral was finally held on March 10, 1883. He had a Masonic funeral.
Trevitt’s burial on Memaloose Island
Trevitt was buried on Lower Memaloose Island located in the Columbia River, just downriver from Lyle, Washington. He left a request in his will to be buried “with his friends the Indians” on Memaloose Island. Trevitt was the only white man to be buried there.
He told his friends: “I have but one desire after I die, to be laid away on Memaloose Island with the Indians. They are more honest than whites and live up to the light they have. In the resurrection I will take my chances with the Indians.” –Source: History of Oregon Literatur
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