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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Grandfather Rescued from Tin Can

From the (Klamath Falls, Ore.) Herald and News:

Discarded soul at peace

Published Tuesday August 30, 2005

By ANGELA TORRETTA

A small group of family members gathered Monday afternoon around a simple granite headstone at Linkville Cemetery.

The gleaming new headstone shone in sharp contrast to the tattered can that contained ashes which had spent close to a century gathering dust on a shelf at the state psychiatric hospital in Salem.

The ashes belonged to Oscar Caldwell, a one-time Klamath Falls resident who spent the last five years of his life at the Oregon State Hospital in Salem.

When Caldwell died in 1919, his ashes joined what eventually became more than 3,400 other unclaimed tins at the hospital.

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