Stayton was named for him only after he moved there.) 1853- The Hobson-Whitney cemetery was established east of Sublimity. Brewer, who were among the founders of Sublimity College, are buried there, along with other pioneers. Salem Dixon, perhaps the first to be buried in the cemetery, died by "accidental" shooting. the last remnants of the tribe were moved to Grand Ronde in 1906." 1853- A group of 98 members of the United Brethren in Christ church, which opposed slavery and secret societies, made up a colony that came by ox train from Indiana, arriving in the Willamette valley near Albany in September.
His epitaph: According to May Neitling, local historian: "The last chief of the Santiam Indians was buried in the northwest corner of the cemetery near a large old maple tree that has been struck by lightning several times. They established churches and schools there and later John F.
Brewer, in search of more land for the members, came to the Sublimity area. The school constructed that year was a log cabin near the present west end of Division St.
Partial records list 18 petitions for the degrees of Masonry from 9 farmers, 4 carpenters, a miner, schoolteacher, merchant and mechanic. The town became deserted; the college closed but reopened in 1865 at the end of the war. However the withdrawal of the United Brethren church and the depression following the Civil war hastened its closure. Swartz became postmaster 1870- Sublimity College closed suddenly and permanently.
The first elected officers were: Willis Duningham, W. Too, both the public school district, which itself had decreased to 50 students, and the college taught some of the same subjects and both depended on the available public money. 1870's- The first Catholic settlers, German immigrant farmers, came to Sublimity. He had lost his left leg in the battle of Shiloh ("Hornet's Nest") in the Civil War in 1862.
The area was a mostly a vast forest before the 1840's, but the Sublimity area was bare because the Indians regularly burned it to provide feeding grounds for deer which they hunted for food.
Government surveyors were among the first white men to look over the area.
Josef Brohn was noted as a white man that surveyors encountered in the Sublimity area.