The Great Reinforcement

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     By the following spring Jason Lee had raised contributions totaling about $100,000, had recruited 51 people to join forces with those already on the Willamette.  During his time in the east he had met and married Lucy Thompson.
    Upon his return to the mission with the reinforcements, it was decided to move the mission to a more healthful location in what is now downtown Salem. The ensuing years were hard ones for Lee. His second wife died after only two years and the differing philosophies with his laymen created tensions that finally resulted in his recall. He returned to Stanstead, Canada, in poor health, and died there shortly before his 42nd birthday in 1845. It wasn't until 1906 that he was reinterred in the Lee Mission Cemetery in Salem beside his two wives, baby son, and daughter.


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