The Love Story

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Inside the ‘Rae Room’ Tomb

This November 106 years ago, the couple in Portland, Oregon’s opulent Rae Room tomb finally married. As revealed in ‘Whispers From The Tomb,’ tough and craggy lumberman George Rae was actually a closet romantic:

“At first glance, the wedding date chosen seems odd. That’s because after years of friendship with George Rae, his new bride Elizabeth is denied a traditional June wedding.  Neither will it occur amid bursts of sunshine, lush with the promise blossoms bring.  Even more puzzling, instead of a Spring rite, an especially rainy season is selected for the nuptials.  Nor will they celebrate among evergreens in the forest setting George finds so familiar.  The lumber executive and his new bride hold the glorious event indoors—during a season famed for short days and wet weather.” 

George & Elizabeth Rae

“Is George Rae uncaring, unthinking, or merely impulsive?  Actually, he has good reason to select this seemingly inauspicious time to pledge himself to the woman he loves, for November 6th is Elizabeth’s birthday.  Marrying her in the royal suite of Portland’s grand Multnomah Hotel is a special gift on his bride’s special day.”
Whispers From The Tomb by Roy Widing


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Give A Book This Christmas

It’s not too early to start Holiday shopping. For that fan of history, Oregon, romance or non-fiction on your list, we’ve got you covered. Order a copy of ‘Whispers From The Tomb.’

About The Book
The accidental discovery of a magnificent tomb launches a quest to know more. Who are these people and why was this lavish structure built? ‘Whispers From The Tomb’ begins with the accidental discovery of a private mausoleum unlocked to the public once a year. Inside are two enormous marble sarcophagi standing side-by-side for more than half a century. We learn the deceased man is a wealthy businessman who immigrates to the United States in his youth.

But little is known about the mysterious woman next to him. Digging back in time yields tantalizing clues. Almost worthy of a spy novel, we learn the man’s body is exhumed from his initial burial plot and spirited to his final resting place inside the opulent tomb. ‘Whispers From The Tomb’ next uncovers multiple headline-making courtroom dramas. Each involves the deceased wealthy man, his massive estate, those expecting to gain from it and the mysterious woman resting beside him. Buy ‘Whispers From The Tomb:’ History, mystery, romance…and all true! Now available in e-book, print and now audiobook. Order from any of these three book formats here.

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Video of Portland’s Rae Room Tomb

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The End Of A Perfect Day

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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.

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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:

Hear the Bing Crosby version of the song here.

Portland Tomb, Whispers From The Tomb, Oregon Non-Fiction, Wilhelm's Portland Memorial, Mausoleum, Oregon, Cemetery, RaeThere’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.

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Memorial Day Book Signing

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.

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Meet Oregon Author Roy Widing

Tour the historic Rae Room tomb where this fascinating story begins and meet Oregon author Roy Widing, while you’re there. 

Click here or view the image below for the 2019 Memorial Day ceremony schedule.

 

 

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Portland’s 2019 ‘Rae Room’ Tomb Schedule

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Hello, My Name is Elizabeth

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. 

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Portland’s 2018 ‘Rae Room’ Tomb Schedule

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Portland’s 2017 ‘Rae Room’ Tomb Schedule

The 2017 Memorial Day schedule for Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial and the Rae Room has been announced. 

 

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Rae Room Tomb Opens Memorial Day

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. 

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