Robert A. Skeen

Oregonian, Saturday, 21 Dec 1929, page 10

Robert A. Skeen, 68, prominent in the electrical business and in fraternal circles of this city, died Thursday night at his residence, 741 Weidler street. He was president of the Robert Skeen Electric Works, Tenth and Everett streets. Mr. Skeen was born in Venice, Ill., July 4, 1861. He came to Portland in 1905 to attend to the electrical work at the Lewis and Clark exposition, and liked the city so well he remained here. He was a prominent member of the Masonic lodge and Elks lodge, and a life member of the Multnomah club. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary Caroline Skeen, and two sisters, Mrs. Robert A. Anderson and Mrs. Ida B. Jones, both of Los Angeles. Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Scottish Rite temple, Lownsdale and Morrison streets.


Oregonian, Sunday, 28 Jan 1940, page 13

Ill for several weeks, during which she suffered a series of paralytic strokes, Mary Caroline Skeen, proprietor of the Skeen Electric company, died Saturday morning at her home at 2171 Northeast Weidler street.

The funeral will be held at 1 P.M. Tuesday at the Holman & Lutz Funeral Home, Northeast Fourteenth avenue at Sandy boulevard.

Mrs. Skeen was born at Greenville, Ill., July 29, 1872. She married Robert Skeen in 1903 and they came to Oregon several years later to make their home and establish the Robert Skeen Electric Company, which she continued to operate at 835 Northwest Everett street after his death.

She was active in the Daughters of Nile as a charter member of Nydia temple No. 4. and she held the office of banker for several years. She was a member of Myrtle chapter of the Eastern Star.

Surviving her are a brother, G. H. White; a sister Mrs. Hattie McFee, both of Portland, and her nephew, Charles White.