Sumner, Oregon

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Sumner is an unincorporated community in Coos County, Oregon, United States.[1] It is located about ten miles southeast of Coos Bay on the route of the old Coos Bay Wagon Road.[1][2]

According to William Gladstone Steel, the community was founded in 1888 by John B. Dalley (other sources have the spelling as "Dulley"[3]), who named it after Charles Sumner, a Massachusetts senator who died in 1874.[4] Sumner post office, however, was established in 1874, so Steel must have had the date wrong.[4] Dalley was the first postmaster and the office closed in 1961.[4] In 1915, Sumner had a population of 100.[5] As of 1990, the community had one store.[5]

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  1. ^ a b "Sumner". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved 2011-01-08. 
  2. ^ Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer (7th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2008. p. 51. ISBN 0-89933-347-8. 
  3. ^ "Sumner". Oregon Teacher's Monthly (Salem, Oregon) 15 (1): 252. 
  4. ^ a b c McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [First published 1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 922. ISBN 9780875952772. OCLC 53075956. 
  5. ^ a b Friedman, Ralph (1990). In Search of Western Oregon (2nd ed.). Caldwell, Idaho: The Caxton Printers, Ltd. p. 224. ISBN 0-87004-332-3. 

Coordinates: 43°16′54″N 124°09′03″W / 43.281778°N 124.150941°W / 43.281778; -124.150941