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Our Genealogy Helper for Spray ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Spray (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Spray. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the west contained birth and death records; the county to the south contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Spray is located in Wheeler County.

To see how the shape of Oregon's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Wheeler County: Crook, Gilliam, Grant, Jefferson & Sherman.

Below are the counties that are near Spray. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Spray:

  • Wheeler County     (The home county of Spray)
    • Winlock [Wheeler County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Winlock
      • Winlock [Wheeler County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Spray
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Winlock
    • Richmond [Wheeler County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Richmond
      • Richmond [Wheeler County] was located 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Spray
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Richmond have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Waldron [Wheeler County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Waldron
      • Waldron [Wheeler County] was located 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Spray
    • Kinzua [Wheeler County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kinzua
      • Kinzua [Wheeler County] was located 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Spray
    • Fossil [Wheeler County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fossil
      • Fossil [Wheeler County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the northwest of Spray
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 455 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fossil
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fossil<3>
    • Mitchell [Wheeler County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mitchell
      • Mitchell [Wheeler County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Spray
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 126 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mitchell
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mitchell<3>
  • Gilliam County
    • Lonerock [Gilliam County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lonerock
      • Lonerock [Gilliam County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the north of Spray
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 22 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lonerock
    • Mayville [Gilliam County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mayville
      • Mayville [Gilliam County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Spray
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mayville
    • Condon [Gilliam County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Condon
      • Condon [Gilliam County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Spray
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 714 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Condon
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Condon<3>
  • Grant County
    • Kimberly [Grant County]
    • Monument [Grant County]
    • Hamilton [Grant County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hamilton
      • Hamilton [Grant County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the east of Spray
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hamilton
    • Dayville [Grant County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dayville
      • Dayville [Grant County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Spray
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 144 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dayville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dayville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dayville<3>
    • Ritter [Grant County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ritter
      • Ritter [Grant County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the east of Spray
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ritter have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ritter
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ritter<3>
    • Fox [Grant County]
    • Long Creek [Grant County]
  • Morrow County
    • Hardman [Morrow County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hardman
      • Hardman [Morrow County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the north of Spray
      • Hardman has also been known as:
      • Dairyville
      • Dogtown
      • Raw Dog
      • Yaller Dog
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hardman
    • Heck and Gone [Morrow County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Heck and Gone
      • Heck and Gone [Morrow County] was located 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Spray
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Heck and Gone. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
    • Heppner [Morrow County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Heppner
      • Heppner [Morrow County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the north of Spray
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,262 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Heppner
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Heppner<3>

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Spray, see our County-by-County Page for Spray.

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Spray ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 21 newspapers that have been published in the area around Spray.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Spray. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Spray and those printed in the larger area surrounding Spray.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 37 miles [59.5 km] of Spray.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Spray:

  • Of Special Interest ...
    • The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.
    • Stories from Oregon

Cemeteries Near Spray ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Spray.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Spray covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

  • Spray Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Spray Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Spray Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Spray Cemetery
  • Haystack Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Haystack Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Haystack Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Haystack Cemetery
  • Winlock Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Winlock Cemetery
    • Winlock Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Spray.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Winlock Cemetery
  • Richmond Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Richmond Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Richmond Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Richmond Cemetery lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Spray.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Richmond Cemetery
  • Cupper Canyon Cemetery
  • Lonerock Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Lonerock Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Lonerock Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Lonerock Cemetery lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the north of Spray.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lonerock Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Foppiano Family Cemetery
    • Monument Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Monument Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Monument Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Monument Cemetery lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the east of Spray.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Monument Cemetery
    • Lost Valley Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Lost Valley Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Lost Valley Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Lost Valley Cemetery lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the northwest of Spray.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lost Valley Cemetery
    • Toney Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Toney Cemetery
      • The Toney Cemetery is located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Mitchell.More accurately, Toney Cemetery lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the southwest of Spray.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Toney Cemetery
    • Caleb Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Caleb Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Caleb Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Caleb Cemetery lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the south of Spray.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Caleb Cemetery
    • Hardman Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Hardman Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Hardman Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Hardman Cemetery lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the north of Spray.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hardman Cemetery
    • Masonic Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Masonic Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Masonic Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Masonic Cemetery lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the northwest of Spray.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Masonic Cemetery
    • Fossil IOOF Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Fossil IOOF Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Fossil IOOF Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Fossil IOOF Cemetery lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the northwest of Spray.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fossil IOOF Cemetery
    • Camp Watson Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Camp Watson Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Camp Watson Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Camp Watson Cemetery lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the south of Spray.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Camp Watson Cemetery

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<5>

While we didn't find Spray in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Spray.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Spray, with the one closest to Spray listed first.

  • Lonerock [Gilliam County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lonerock
    • Lonerock [Gilliam County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the north of Spray
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 22 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Lonerock had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lonerock
  • Monument [Grant County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Monument
    • Monument [Grant County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the east of Spray
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 122 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Monument had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Monument
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Monument<3>
  • Hardman [Morrow County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hardman
    • Hardman [Morrow County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the north of Spray
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Hardman had a post office and no railroad service
    • Hardman has also been known as:
    • Dairyville
    • Dogtown
    • Raw Dog
    • Yaller Dog
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hardman
  • Fossil [Wheeler County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fossil
    • Fossil [Wheeler County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the northwest of Spray
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 153 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 455 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Fossil had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fossil
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fossil<3>
  • Hamilton [Grant County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hamilton
    • Hamilton [Grant County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the east of Spray
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Hamilton had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hamilton
  • Mayville [Gilliam County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mayville
    • Mayville [Gilliam County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Spray
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Mayville had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mayville
  • Eightmile [Morrow County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Eightmile
    • Eightmile [Morrow County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the north of Spray
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Eightmile had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Eightmile have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Eightmile

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Spray. See our List of 1890's Communities around Spray.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Spray ...

While our initial data about Spray came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Spray in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Spray.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Mobile Oil Map of Oregon (1949)
Published by Mobile Oil Company

We have found Spray in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Spray for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Spray. See our Misc Page for Spray for more information.

Cities, Towns and Villages of Oregon

About Wheeler County

About Oregon

The official website for Spray: sprayoregon.us/

The official website for State of Oregon: https://www.oregon.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Spray) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Spray. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from SprayOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spray. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.8347, Longitude: -119.7939    
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<5>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Spray, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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