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The Dr. Elmer Ray & Cora Maude Todd House (part 1)

102 East Third Street
By Gail J. McCormick

The Dr. Elmer Ray & Cora Maude Todd House is located at 102 East Third Street in Molalla, Oregon.  The overall architecture is the popular Craftsman Bungalow Style.   The 107 year-old house still has the original Arts and Crafts Style front door.  The Arts and Crafts Movement pre-dated the Craftsman style by 80 years.  It has medieval undertones and was developed to elevate the decorative arts to the level of fine art.  The house has a recessed entry supported by cast stone columns and it still has the original narrow bevel siding with shingles on the gable peaks.  The house was built in 1912, and is in excellent condition today.  It is privately owned.

On March 7, 1913, the Molalla Pioneer announced the Todd family's move into their new home:  "Dr. E. R. Todd has moved into his beautiful residence on the corner of South Molalla Avenue and East Third Street.  This bungalow adds greatly to the appearance of the town and is a delightful home."

Elmer Ray Todd

Elmer Ray Todd was born, in 1880, at Marquam, Oregon.  His father was James R. Todd, who was born in 1851, at Tennessee.  His mother was Rachel Leabo Todd, who was born in 1858, at Nebraska.  In 1905, Elmer married Cora Maude Moore at Salem, Oregon.  Cora was born in 1880, at Stayton, Oregon.  Her parents were Joseph G. Moore and Barbara Hartman Moore.  Joseph G. Moore was born around 1854, at Indiana.  Barbara Hartman was born in 1856, at Silverton, Oregon.  Elmer and Cora had one son, Robert Brady Todd.

Both sets of Elmer Todd's grandparents were early Oregon pioneers.  His paternal grandfather, John Todd, was born in 1815, at Scotland.  He was a painter who immigrated to the United States about 1847.  John Todd's wife, Esther, was born in 1817, at England.  Elmer Todd's maternal grandfather was Josiah Joseph Leabo who was born in 1830, at Indiana.  Josiah's wife, Nancy, was born in 1832, at Missouri.  The Leabos were farmers.  Both families eventually settled in the Marquam area in the 1860s and 1870s.

Dr. Todd

Dr. Todd was called "a horse and buggy doctor".   He served the Molalla community from 1911 until 1948, when he passed away.  He maintained offices in the I. O. O. F. building in Molalla with a partner, Dr. Frank E. Hume.  At Dr. Todd's home, the parlor doubled as a home office and surgery room.  Over the years, the doctors mended many broken bones and stitched up many cuts.  They made many trips to the nearest hospital at Oregon City.   Dr. Todd was the one that was called when the body of Indian Henry was found murdered after the 1913 Celebration in Molalla.  Dr. Todd was very well liked and, at the time of his death, was Mayor-Elect.   He had graduated from  Willamette University Medical School in 1904.  He started his practice in Eastern Oregon shortly thereafter.

Dr. Todd was a charter member of the I. O. O. F. Lodge, organized in 1909.  He was also a director of the Molalla Buckeroo Association.  He served eight years as a Molalla councilman and, before that, was Mayor from 1936 to 1940.  He died at an Oregon City hospital, in 1948.  Cora Todd died in 1973, at Molalla.

Photo Gallery


"Death Takes Mayor Elect", Oregonian, June 1948
"Dr. E. R. Todd", Obituary, Molalla Pioneer, June 1948
"Dr. Elmer Todd House", Self-Guided Tour of Molalla, by Judith Sanders-Chapman and Lois Helvey Ray, 2009
"E. R. Todd", U. S. School Yearbook, 1903,
"Elmer Todd", Clackamas County Deed Records, Bk 124, Page 602
"Elmer R. Todd", U. S. Census: 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 & 1940, Molalla, Oregon,
"John Todd", U. S. Census: 1860, Marquam, Oregon,
"Josiah Joseph Leabo", U. S. Census: 1870, Marquam, Oregon,
"Molalla Suffers A Double Loss", Molalla PIoneer, June 1948
"Molalla To Have Surgical Hospital", Molalla Pioneer, September 13, 1923
"Noah Leabo", U. S. Census: 1870, Marquam, Oregon,
"Todd Residence", Building #814, Clackamas County Resource Study, 1984, Altier & Hayden

© Gail J. McCormick, 2019

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