Many wonder about the beautiful stained glass in Portland’s ‘Rae Room’ tomb. Some suggest that wooded scene was placed inside the elaborate sepulchre given George Rae’s work as a lumberman. But might there be more behind this seemingly minor clue? Some determined research provides tantalizing hints that there is indeed a bit more to the story.
A popular song containing those lyrics was released nearly a decade before Rae’s passing. Yet here’s where it gets really interesting. That song was even part of George Rae’s 1918 funeral in Portland, Oregon:
There’s much more to this fascinating story. That’s because long before George Rae was interred in the stunning Rae tomb, he was first buried across the Willamette River at Portland’s Riverview Cemetery. Then years later after a monumental legal fight all the way to the Oregon Supreme Court, his body was exhumed. That’s when George Rae reached his final resting place, at what’s now known as Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial mausoleum.
This Memorial Day beginning at 11:30 AM at Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial, a limited copy run of the non-fiction book ‘Whispers From The Tomb’ signed by the author will be available to purchase for $25.
Tour the historic Rae Room tomb where this fascinating story begins and meet Oregon author Roy Widing, while you’re there.
Hell0, my name is Elizabeth Rae.
This Memorial Day, you’re invited to learn about my life and view the magnificent tomb built for my husband George and I.
Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial recently announced the historic Rae Room tomb will be open from 11:30AM to 5PM on Memorial Day, May 25th, 2015.
The recent publication of a new book, Our Portland Story Volume 2 features an article by author Roy Widing about Oregon’s intriguing Rae tomb. Graphic design is by Joan Lundell.