Thursday, August 31, 2006

Katy Crockett: "Who's your momma/daddy?" Genealogy Project 401 Findings

Katy Crockett, from Bend (Deschutes County), recently asked for assistance in outlining her family tree and looking for any historical information regarding her family.

A few of our favorite Katy Crockett Family Tree findings:

1) Katy is a sixth generation Oregonian.

2) Katy's fourth great grandfather, William Crockett, was the uncle of Alamo patriot Davy Crocket.

3) Marion Edgar was an Oregon Pioneer of 1845, while census records suggest the family may have settled in the Oregon Territory as early as 1843.

4) Reverend Robert Doke Gray, born 1805, Washington Co., Tennessee, settled on Donation Land Claim Number 4890, in Benton Co., Oregon. His party arrived in Oregon on November 1, 1853. In 1859 he and Deacon John Lloyd were sent to Washington Territory where they organized the first Baptist churches in that area. He established Baptist churches in Benton Co. and preached in Lane and Benton Co. churches, Ore. He moved to Cove, Ore., 1868; d. 18 Sept. 1870, Union Co., Oregon.

5) Ancestor Lazarus Wright was a Captain in the Rogue Indian Wars of 1855-56. Thereafter, moved from Myrtle Creek, Oregon to Union County, Oregon.

6) Nicholas Cairn, and family, immigrated from Germany in 1732 aboard the ship "Pink Plaisance". His first wife, Margaret, died in transit.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Oregon Republican League: History 104 Biographies

Every Wednesday, the Oregon Republican League will post the biographies of important figures, in the League's/State of Oregon's history. Feel free to comment or share stories of your family's Republican affiliation.

Portrait and Biographical Record of the Willamette Valley - Oregon," Chapman
Publishing Company, Chicago, 1903, pages 466 & 467.

Strauder Froman

A typical representative of the pioneer farmers of Oregon, Strauder Froman
has long been identified with the agricultural interests of Linn County as
proprietor of a well kept and finely improved ranch in Albany township. Possessing
an unlimited amount of energy and push as a young man, he labored
intelligently and diligently by thrift and good management acquiring a competency, and is
now living retired from active pursuits, enjoying the reward of his early
toil and self-sacrifice. He was born in Danville, Ill., May 2 1832. His
grandfather, Jacob Froman, was for many years a farmer in Kentucky, but, subsequently
removed to Indiana, where he remained until his death.

When a boy of twelve years Thomas Froman, the father of Strauder, left his
Kentucky home, going with his parents to Indiana, where he grew to man's estate.
Ambitious and enterprising, he subsequently engaged in business in Danville,
Illinois, and in partnership with his brother Isaac made money in river
trading. One of his earliest ventures in this line was the taking of one hundred
head of beef steers, and two hundred and fifty hogs, with sufficient hay and
corn to feed the same, to New Orleans, going on a flat-boat down the Vermillion
river to the Wabash, thence down the Ohio river to the Mississippi, which he
followed to his point of destination. Being successful in this venture, he
afterward did considerable trading in cattle, hay and grain, shipping to the gulf
ports. Disposing of his Illinois farm in 1854, he removed to Nebraska, going
with horse teams to Richardson county. Two years later, Thomas Froman, whose
son, Isaac and daughter America, now Mrs. Price, had settled near Albany,
Oregon, in 1851, conceived the idea of joining them. Starting with his wife and
seven children in an ox-train, he followed the old Oregon trail for a time,
but on account of the Indian troubles in Oregon and Washington he pursued the
California trail from Soda Springs, the thirty men of the train with their
families proceeding to Chico, Cal., arriving there in August, 1856. The journey
had consumed four months. Leaving his son, Strauder, the special subject of
this sketch, in charge of the loose cattle. One hundred head of them, Thomas
Froman went with the remainder of his family to San Francisco, thence by boat to
Oregon City, and from there came to Albany by team. Immediately purchasing
land in this locality he engaged in farming, his ranch containing three hundred
and twenty acres, on which he resided until his death, in 1880, at the age of
eighty-two years. At the same time he bought an adjoining farm equally large
for his son Strauder, purchasing both pieces of land from Judd Ness Robinson.
He was a member of the Baptist Church and in his early life was a Whig, but
afterwards became identified with the Republican party. He served in the Black
Hawk war while a resident of Illinois.

Thomas Froman married Elizabeth Rand, who was born in Ohio. Her father,
James Rand. a native of Ireland, emigrated to this county when a boy of seventeen
years, and subsequently served as a soldier throughout the Revolutionary war.
Settling then in Virginia, he married Miss Carder, and afterwards removed to
Ohio, where he lived for a few years. Going from there to Indiana, he
continued his agricultural pursuits until his death. Of the union of Thomas and
Elizabeth (Rand) Froman twelve children were born, eleven of whom grew to years of
maturity, namely: Frances died in Oregon; America, now Mrs. Price, of Albany,
came here in 1851, settling on a donation claim; Louisa, who died in Illinois
in 1853; Isaac, who came to Albany in 1851, resided on the donation claim
which be then purchased; Strauder, the subject of this sketch; Minerva died in
Nebraska; Mrs. Hannah Foster, who died in Oregon; Mrs. Elizabeth Pate, of
Albany; Mrs. Mary Lagsdon, of Albany; Thomas who resides on the old homestead; and
Mrs. Martha Wyatt, of San Francisco, Cal.. The mother died on the home farm,
in Oregon, at the advanced age of eight-four years.

Brought up on an Illinois farm, Strauder Froman obtained his education at a
subscription school in a rude log school-house, the teacher boarding around
among the families during the annual term of three months. Going with his
parents to Nebraska in 1854, he remained there two years, then, as previously
stated, started in April, 1856, for California, arriving in August at Chico. Being
left in charge of the cattle at that place, he stayed there until 1857, when
he sold the stock and came to Oregon, locating on the ranch which his father
had purchased for him in July of that year. Taking a drove of cattle across the
mountains to California in 1859, he disposed of them at an advantage, and
remained in the Sacramento valley until 1861. Returning to Oregon, he
subsequently engaged in mining for three or more years, first at the Oraphino mines,
then at the Powder river mines, near the present site of Baker City, thence to
the Idaho City mines. Coming back to the Willamette valley in 1864, Mr. Froman
resumed charge of his farm on three hundred and twenty acres, which is finely
located about three and one-half miles southeast of Albany, and for more than
a score of years was prosperously engaged in general farming and
stock-raising. Since 1885 he has rented his ranch and resided in Albany. He is one of the
organizers of the Albany Creamery Association, of which he has been president
from the time of its inception, managing its affairs most successfully and

On November 11, 1868, Mr. Froman married, in Albany, Ophelia C. Moore, who
was born near Middletown, N.Y., a daughter of Henry Moore. Her grandfather,
Jacob Moore, was born of Scotch ancestors, in the North of Ireland, and emigrated
to this country from there, locating as a farmer in Orange county, N.Y.
Henry Moore, a native of Orange county, N.Y., was a farmer by occupation, and
removed from his native town to Illinois, purchasing a farm at Whig Hill, near
Rockford, where he engaged in farming until his death. He married Frances
Slaughter, who was born in Orange county., N.Y., of German ancestry, being the
daughter of Isaac Slaughter, a farmer. She survived her husband, and, in 1864,
started across the plains with her six children, three boys and three girls, in
the train commanded by Captain Medorum Crawford, the train consisting of three
wagons, each drawn by four horses. At Fort Laramie she was taken sick and
died. The children continued with the company and after spending a year at Walla
Walla, Wash., came, in 1865, to Linn county. Three of the children are still
living, Mrs. Froman being the eldest. Politically Mr. Froman is an
uncompromising Republican, ever loyal to the interests of his party and his community.
Fraternally he was made a Mason in Chico, Calif., and is now a member of
Corinthian Lodge. A.F.& A. M. He likewise belongs to the Albany Grange, which he
has served as master. Mrs. Froman is a member of the Eastern Star Lodge.


Conspicuous among the early settlers of Jackson County is Abel D. Helman, who came here a full half century ago, and has since been an important factor in developing its resources and advancing its interests. Prominent in the upbuilding of Ashland, which he had the honor of naming for the Ohio county in which he was born, he is one of its most respected residents. Soon after locating here, he succeeded in having a post office located in Ashland, in 1855, and was appointed its first postmaster, giving a bond as security. At first mails arrived once a month only, later coming once a week. When a daily mail was established, he gave a new bond, and when the office was made a money order office his bond had to be made largely increased. As postmaster he served twenty-seven consecutive years without re-appointment, no one offering opposition until the salary reached the sum of $600 per annum, when others sought to secure the plum, and, in 1882, a successor was appointed, Mr. Helman made no effort whatever to retain the position. Coming from substantial German stock, he was born, April 10, 1824 in Wayne, now Ashland, county, Ohio, where his father, John Helman, was engaged in agricultural pursuits.

Born in Germany, John Helman immigrated to this country with his parents, locating first in Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the War of 1812, and afterwards removed to Ohio, where he was for many years successfully engaged in general farming. His wife, whose maiden name was Sophia Dougherty, was born in Pennsylvania, and died on the home farm in Ohio. Four sons and three daughters were born of their union, and of these three children are now living. One son, Harmon, came to the Pacific coast with the gold seekers in 1849 and died in California. Another son, John, came to Oregon in 1853, but is now a resident of Montana.

The fourth child in succession of birth in the parental household, Abel D. Helman grew to man's estate on the home farm in Ohio. Obtaining his early education in a subscription school, he was a pupil in the pioneer log schoolhouse with its puncheon floor and rude slab benches, learning to write with a quill pen. Subsequently learning a carpenter's trade in Wooster, Wayne County, Ohio, he followed that in connection with the trade until he was twenty-six years old. In January, 1850, anxious to follow the gold hunters, he sailed from New York in the streamer Ohio to Aspinwall, and then preceded on foot to Panama, where he waited a month for a vessel to take him to California. Arriving in San Francisco in April, 1850, he went to Weaver Creek, where he was engaged in mining for a time and subsequently worked his trade in Sacramento for about a year. In 1851 Mr. Helman made a trip to over the mountains to the Willamette Valley, Ore., driving a mule team from Yreka,Cal., to Salem, Ore., on the way crossing a part of the tract that he afterwards took up as a donation claim. Returning to California, Mr. Helman resided in Yreka until January, 1852, when, with two friends from Ashland County, Ohio, he came to what is now Jackson County, Ore., and took up three hundred and twenty acres of land on what was then called Rock Creek. Erecting a log cabin on the thoroughfare now known as Helman Street, he kept house until the arrival of his wife and children, for whom he returned to Ohio in 1853. In 1852, with his two companions, he built a saw-mill on Mill Creek, and two years later erected a grist-mill near by. In 1855 Mr. Helman laid out 12 lots around the plaza, naming the settlement Ashland from his native county. During the Indian Wars of 1855 and 1856 he took part, being assigned to home duty at a fort on Wagner creek. for a number of years thereafter he operated the mils, then sold out and resumed work at his trade. As a carpenter and contractor he erected several fine residences and barns, and as a cabinetmaker did a good deal of work. Mr. Helman has within a few years laid out three or four additions to Ashland, his entire home farm being now included within the city limits. Of this he still owns about sixty acres, which he devotes principally to the culture of peaches. He is almost the oldest settler of this locality, he and Mr. Hargadine having taking up the first two donation claims in Ashland.

In Wooster, Ohio, Mr. Helman married for his first wife Martha J. Kanagy, who was born in Pennsylvania, came to Oregon by the Nicaragua route in 1853, and died soon afterwards on the home farm. Eight children were born of their union, namely: Mrs. Almeda L. Shepard of California; John K., living in Ashland; Mrs. Mary E. Niles, of California; Martha Jane, wife of J.A. Carter, of Ashland; Abraham Lincoln, of Ashland; Benjamin Butler, also of Ashland; Ulysses Grant, of Ashland, and Otis O., of Ashland. For his second wife Mr. Helman married Mrs. S.A. Rockfeller, who was born in Ohio, and came to Oregon in 1873. Politically Mr. Helman is an ardent supporter of the principles of the Republican party, and has served as councilman one term. Fraternally he is a member of Ashland Lodge, No. 45, I.O.O.F., of which he is past noble grand, and was Grandmaster of the Grand Lodge in 1892; is a member, and past chief patriarch, of Pilot rock Encampment. In 1891 he was grand patriarch of the Grand Encampment; in 1892 was grand representative to the Sovereign Grand Lodge, at Portland, Ore., and in 1893, went to Milwaukee,Wis., as grand representative to the Sovereign Grand Lodge. He is also identified with the Rebekah's, and is a member of both county and state Pioneer associations. Possessing deep religious convictions, he is a firm believer in the Bible, and although not a church member is inclined towards the Methodist Episcopal faith.

(Portrait and Biographical Record of Western Oregon 1904)

Monday, August 28, 2006

CRITICAL: Take a moment to update your voter registration status, if necessary...

Please click the headlink, for redirection to the Dept. of Elections Oregon Voter Registration Form....

Having received a large number of inquiries, regarding when a person should get a new voter registration card... I can say PLEASE.. if you have any questions at all... UPDATE YOUR REGISTRATION !! Have you moved? UPDATE YOUR REGISTRATION !! Has your name changed at all?? UPDATE YOUR REGISTRATION !! Decided to change your political affiliate to REPUBLICAN?? UPDATE YOUR REGISTRATION !! All new registrations must be complete and correct by no later than 21 days before an election. If you've moved,.. please update your registration as soon as possible, because ballots WILL NOT BE FORWARDED.

From the elections website:

Voter Registration
You may register to vote in Oregon if:

You are a resident of Oregon.
You are a United States citizen.
You will be 18 years old by Election Day.
To register to vote or update your current registration:
Complete the Voter Registration Form. The form is in a fillable .pdf format. Open the form using the free Adobe Acrobat© Reader and complete it online by tabbing through the fields and typing in the requested information.
Print the completed form and sign it.
Mail the form to your county elections office or drop it off in person.
If you do not wish to complete the voter registration form online, you may print the form and complete it using black ink.

Your county elections office will mail you a card to let you know that your registration was received. If you are registering in Oregon for the first time, your completed voter registration form must be postmarked by the 21st day before an election in order to vote in that election.

A voter who is unable, because of the disability, to sign their name should also complete the Signature Stamp Attestation form.

Identification Requirements

New laws require that people must provide identifying information to register to vote. If you have
a current, valid Oregon DMV Driver's License/ID, you must provide that number. If you do not have a current, valid Oregon DMV Driver's License/ID, you must provide the last four digits of your Social Security number.

If you do not have a current, valid Oregon DMV Driver's License/ID or a Social Security number, you must affirm this on the voter registration card, and if you are registering by mail, you must provide a copy of one of the following:

valid photo identification
a paycheck stub
a utility bill
a bank statement
a government document
proof of eligibility under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) or the Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act (VAEH)

If you have any questions, be sure to call your county elections office.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Oregon's Homegrown Heroes: Benson Polytechnic Training Detachment in World War One

The Benson Polytechnic Training Detachment. Located at the current Benson Polytechnic High School facility. July 24, 1918. Captain Robert A. Roos, Inf. R. C. Commanding.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Alex T. Yonetani: "Who's your momma/daddy?" Genealogy Project 401 Findings

Alex T. Yonetani, from Milwaukie, recently asked for assistance in outlining his family tree and looking for any historical information regarding his family.

A few of our favorite Alex Yonetani Family Tree findings:

At least fourteen generations of Alex's family have called the New World "Home". The earliest known amongst them, settling in 17th century Maryland.

Alex's heritage entails a rich tapestry of histories, cultures and traditions. From the mystique of Feudal Japan, to the British Imperial components of Canada, England, Ireland and Scotland.

One ancestor, John P. Wise (1831-1880), was both Blacksmith and Doctor, in Estill County, Kentucky.

Another, Joseph Charles Spencer (1738 - 1837), was an enlightened man of his day, and came to hold slavery as abhorrent. Document No. 1 - Deed Book 3, Page 20, Lee County: Know all men by these presents that I, Joseph Spencer,being convinced that Freedom is the natural right of every human being hereby from that conviction freely voluntarily and of my own choice emancipate and forever set free a certain mulatto man slave by the name of George Freeman being about twenty-four years of age well set and about five foot ten inches high. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 26th day of July 1814.

A very exciting discovery, was that Alex's ancestors fought in the Revolutionary War,.. as both Royalists and Rebels. William Deaton was a Captain in the Loyal Militia of Randolph and Chatham counties in North Carolina. He was killed in an ambush, by General Butler's forces, at the Battle of Cane Creek (Lindley's Mill) in 1781. On the other side, Godfrey Isaacs was a Captain in the Virginia Militia.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Oregon Republican League: History 104 Biographies

Every Wednesday, the Oregon Republican League will post the biographies of important figures, in the League's/State of Oregon's history. Feel free to comment or share stories of your family's Republican affiliation.

"Portrait and Biographical Record of the Willamette Valley - Oregon," Chapman Publishing Company, Chicago, 1903

Samuel Lincoln Bond

As a merchant of Irving, Lane County, Samuel Lincoln Bond occupies a prominent and influential position in this section of the community. He is a native of this state, having been born on his father's donation land claim one mile west of Irving, February 27, 1861, his father, Allen Bond, being a pioneer of 1853. He was born in Shenandoah County, Virginia, December 5, 1833, and was taken to Indiana at the age of three years. There he married Rachel Robinson, and shortly after their marriage the young people crossed the plains with ox-teams. During the passage Mr. Bond met with the misfortune of losing his team, and was thus compelled to complete the trip with the assistance of his brother. He at once took up a donation claim of three hundred and twenty acres upon his arrival in Lane County, Oregon, and here he erected the first log cabin in the neighborhood, and remained an active citizen of this locality until 1898, when he removed to Irving and died here, October 22, 1902, his wife having passed away in 1901. He was a Republican in politics and always took an active part in the promotion of the principles which he so heartily endorsed. As a member of the state legislature he ably represented his party in 1876, and as a patriot he was a member of the home guard during the Indian troubles of the early days. His wife was a member of the Christian Church. Eleven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Bond, of whom four sons and five daughters are now living.

S. Lincoln Bond was reared upon his father's farm and educated in Clear Lake, Lane County, and in Portland Business College, in the latter receiving a thorough course in business training. On returning to the farm he engaged in agricultural pursuits and carried to the work the advantages of his business training, remaining so employed until the fall of 1882, when he came to Irving and entered upon a mercantile life in partnership with his father. This partnership was continued until the death of the latter, and since then Mr. Bond has continued the work alone, having a complete line of merchandise such as usually found in a general store. He has also a lumber-yard and deals as well in grain, hogs, etc. At the death of his father he was appointed one of the administrators of the estate and sole administrator of the firms of A. Bond & Son.

December 24, 1884, Mr. Bond was united in marriage with Miss Belle Bushnell, the daughter of G. E. Bushnell, and they have the following children: Livia, now attending the academy at Philomath, a young lady of excellent attainments, having just completed a four-years course in music; Franklin L. and Samuel C. Like his father, Mr. Bond has always been public-spirited, and takes an active interest in the affairs of the community, and as such he holds a position on the board of trustees of Philomath College, and in the United Brethren Church, of which he is a member, he is also trustee, having previously served for three years as steward.


James H. Brown

No more enterprising farmer is maintaining the excellent standard established by a pioneer father than James H. Brown, one of the three sons occupying the original donation claim of their father, the elder James H. Brown. The latter was born in Virginia November 10, 1796, his remote ancestors having pursued their various occupations in the German empire. From Virginia Mr. Brown removed to Illinois, where he engaged in farming, and where he married Sophia Hussey, a native of that state. He was an ambitious man and readily absorbed the glowing accounts of superior chance in the west, and finally sold his Illinois farm and outfitted for the transportation of his wife and children to the coast. The journey was accomplished with three wagons and six yokes of oxen, a team of horses and a spring wagon for the family, and the train moved along leisurely and without incident until after the Missouri river was crossed. About that time cholera broke out in the hopeful little party, and Mr. Brown was sorely afflicted, barely coming through the ordeal alive. Their misfortunes were further added to by one of their children, James H., having both legs broken, but as far as the Indians were concerned there was no particular trouble from them.

For a short time Mr. Brown lived in Gopher valley, but the first winter in the state was spent with Nathan Hussey, one of the very early settlers in the west. In the spring Mr. Brown bought a donation claim upon which he spent the remainder of his life, and which consists of six hundred and forty acres along the Yamhill river. So successful was he that in time his interests demanded more property, and by frequent purchases he increased his possessions to seventeen hundred acres. His death, May 30, 1875, removed a useful and capable citizen, one devoted to the Methodist Church and to the Republican party. Originally a Whig, he naturally stepped into Republican ranks and among the offices held by him with distinct credit was that of county commissioner, which he held for two years. He is buried in the little cemetery in Willamina, as is also his wife, who died November 8, 1894.

Coming to Yamhill at the age of eight, James H. Brown remembers but little of his father’s farm in Illinois, where he was born, near Springfield, Sangamon county, June 14, 1892. He early evinced habits of industry and thrift, and as opportunity offered he attended the district schools. November 30, 1865, he was united in marriage with Evelyn Yocom, daughter of Franklin Yocom, and soon after came into his share of the family claim, which has since been his home. In addition to the one hundred and forty-five acres of the home place he has seventy-five acres adjoining, besides eight hundred acres in another place, and enough more land to make up fifteen hundred acres. The entire donation claim is owned by the three brothers, all of whom are enterprising and prosperous members of the community. Mr. Brown has extensive interests both as to general farming and stock-raising, and in the latter capacity has Cotswold sheep, Hereford cattle and horses. The farm is located three miles west of Sheridan, and the improvements thereon are of the most modern kind, both as to buildings and implements. For many years the owner has derived a substantial income from the purchase and sale of all kinds of stock, and is one of the best judges and experienced men in the business in Yamhill county.

A chief avenue of interest to Mr. Brown has been the promoting of the educational opportunities of his district, and in this capacity he has been a member of his district, and in this capacity he has been a member of the school board for twenty years. Like his father and brothers he is a Republican. His family consists of his wife and the following children: Wilbur N., Minnie, Henry H., Franklin Y., Dudley (deceased), Althea, Bertha, Lloyd L., and Pearl. Lloyd L. and Pearl were twins, but the latter died in infancy.


"History of North Washington" Published 1904

John Burden

John Burden is one of the substantical farmers of Stevens county,
Washington who came there in 1892, and is now located on an eligible piece
of property five miles south of Springdale. Though born in Sangamon county,
Illinois,July 15,1840, he has been a western pioneer during the greater
portion of his life.

His parents , Job and Temperance (Ford) Burden,were natives of Ohio and
crossed the plains to the Willamette valley,Oregon,in 1845 when our subject
was five years of age. They located in Polk county,Oregon, where they
followed agricultural pursuits until they died. The father had a donation
claim of six hundred and forty acres, and was interested in the stock
business. They were the parents of twelve children,four of whom are still
living: Julia,wife of W.R,Kirk,in Linn county,Oregon; Mary, married to
Jesse Eaton, at The Dalles, Oregon; Nancy, wife of R.P.Erhart, in Portland,
Oregon; and John.

The latter was reared and educated in the Willamette valley,and at the
age of twenty-three he came to northern Washington and Idaho. In 1861 he
assisted in building the Old Mullan Government Road. After a short trip
back to Oregon he went to the Boise mines where he remained a short time,
and then drove a ten-mule freight train from Wallula to Boise,continuing
this employment three seasons. On his return to Oregon his father divided
the farm,giving him a quarter section which he continued to work until 1870
when he disposed of it and went to Ochaco,Oregon and engaged in the stock
business. In 1892 he went to Stevens county,where he has since resided,
having eighty acres of land, thirty of which are cleared and under
cultivation. It is devoted to stock breeding and hay.

Mr. Burden is an advocate of Republican principles,taking an active
interest in the live issues of the day,and in every way is a solid,
substantial citizen, and one who possesses the confidence and seteem of the
people with whom he resides. He always has a good word to say for the state
of Washington,and has great faith in its future.

Oregon Republican League Photo History Series: Multnomah County

Oregon Yacht Club. Oaks Park. Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon. 1908. RPPC in the Oregon Republican League collection, on loan.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Bin Laden Observations...

Bin Laden Observations

"What we know about Osama bin Laden is this -- he's worth $300 million, he has five wives and 26 kids ... and he hates Americans for their 'excessive' lifestyle." -- David Letterman

"The leaders of the Taliban said today that killing bin Laden won't
solve the problem. But, you know, it couldn't hurt." -- Jay Leno

"You read about all these terrorists, most of them came here legally, but they hung around on these expired visas, some for as long as 10- 15 years. Now, compare that to Blockbuster; you are two days late with a video and these people are all over you. Let's put Blockbuster in charge of immigration." -- Jay Leno

"This Osama bin Laden guy, spoiled rich kid worth $300M. I have three words for this guy: Anna Nicole Smith. We send her over there, she'll get his money, he'll be dead in a week." -- Jay Leno

"It was reported today that Osama Bin Laden has 50 brothers and sisters. Which absolutely shocked me because I had no idea he was Catholic" -- Conan O'Brien

"Things have really changed here in Hollywood. Used to be people in this town couldn't wait to get an envelope full of white powder." -- Jay Leno

"I don't mean to harp on this, but it's like the networks are a how- to manual for terrorists. You see them on the news. This reporter is standing outside a water treatment plant, going, 'If they poured the poison here it could wipe out thousands because the guard is off duty from noon until 1 every day!'" -- Jay Leno

"In Pakistan anti-American protesters set a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant on fire. The protesters mistakenly thought they were attacking high-ranking U.S. military official, Colonel Sanders." -- Jimmy Fallon on Saturday Night Live's Weekend

"People want to say there isn't racial profiling at the airport, but
let's be honest. If you first name is Mohammed, and your last name isn't Ali, arrive at the airport extra early." -- Jay Leno

"More and more facts coming out about Osama bin Laden.
You know, he never sleeps in the same place two nights in a row, just like Clinton." -- Jay Leno

Friday, August 18, 2006

Oregon's Homegrown Heroes: Benson Polytechnic Training Detachment for World War One

The Benson Polytechnic Training Detachment. Located at the current Benson Polytechnic High School facility. June 18, 1918. Captain Robert A. Roos, Commanding.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Lisa M. Ivers: "Who's your momma/daddy?" Genealogy Project 401 Findings

Lisa Ivers, from Coos Bay, recently asked for assistance in outlining her family tree and looking for any historical information regarding her family. We were all excited at the findings, from her 186 known ancestors.

Amongst her many ancestor's achievements:

1) One of her four known Revolutionary War veteran ancestors, one Samuel Porter (with 23 others) rushed from the Clinch River settlements to aid Daniel Boone, and company, to break the siege of Boonesboro, Kentucky.

2) Ancestors, Joseph Rife and Andrew Musick, lost their lives in the Civil War.

3) Abraham Lincoln, a young country lawyer of the day, would recount the services he heard by Preacher James Glenn, III. According to James's diary and state archival material, James and brother John were so opposed to slavery, that they depleted their funds in the acquisition of 46 slaves which they set free.

4) Johann Melchior Bierly arrived in the United States, from Germany, on October 7, 1743, at the Port of Philadelphia, aboard the ship "St. Andrew", then commanded by Captain Robert Brown, age 30.

5) Lisa is a seventh generation Oregonian.

A few of Lisa's Porter kin:

Descendants of Washington Tubbs Porter

1 Washington Tubbs Porter b: 11 Nov 1855 in Pointsville, Johnson, Kentucky d: 15 Feb 1938 in Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon
.. +Edea Elizabeth Musick b: 02 Sep 1860 in Johnson County, KY m: 24 Feb 1877 in Litchfield, Meeker, Minnesota d: 28 Aug 1938 in Broad Acres, Oregon
........ 2 William Preston Porter b: 11 Jan 1890 in Minnesota d: 18 Jan 1955 in Oregon
............ +Flora Elma Carver b: 01 Dec 1891 in Mahaska County, Iowa m: 30 Jun 1920
................... 3 Raymond Kenneth Porter b: 1917 in Oregon
....................... +Mary Elizabeth Waggener b: 02 Jan 1924 in Oregon
............................. 4 Flora Jean Porter b: 14 Dec 1950 in Oregon
................................. +Joseph Lynn Ivers b: 22 Dec 1950 in Oregon
........................................ 5 Lisa Margaret Ivers b: 07 May 1987 in Albany, Oregon
............................. 4 Mona Rae Porter
................................. +Haselton
............................. 4 Living Porter
................... 3 Wesley W. Porter b: 09 May 1914 in Oregon d: 02 Oct 1989 in Tillamook County, Oregon
....................... +Eve Mcholey
................... *2nd Wife of Wesley W. Porter:
....................... +Marcella M Blum
................... 3 Dorothy Porter b: 1919 in Oregon
....................... +Martin White
............................. 4 William White
................................. +Calley
............................. 4 Margie White
................................. +Thynes
............................. 4 Barbara White
................................. +Bell
............................. 4 James White
................................. +Peterson
................... 3 Vera R. Porter b: 1923
........ 2 Andrew Martin Porter b: 15 Jul 1881
........ 2 George Washington Porter b: 16 Aug 1884 in South Haven, Van Buren, Minnesota d: 10 Feb 1962 in Portland, OR
............ +Ethel Alberta THOMPSON b: 11 Feb 1890 in Montavilla, OR m: 06 Feb 1908 in Portland, OR d: 14 Nov 1944 in Portland, OR
................... 3 Veva Leona PORTER b: 07 Jul 1909 in Portland, OR d: 23 Aug 1954 in San Bernadino, CA
....................... +Homer Olin
............................. 4 Living Olin
................................. +Sam Anewishki
............................. *2nd Husband of Living Olin:
................................. +Marstrom Leek b: Abt. 1921
........................................ 5 Living Leek
............................................ +Fague
........................................ 5 Living Leek
........................................ 5 Living Leek
........................................ 5 Lorraine Patricia Leek
............................. *3rd Husband of Living Olin:
................................. +Frank Winn
............................. 4 Ruth Leona Olin b: 28 Jun 1927 in Portland, OR d: 06 Mar 1996 in Salem, Oregon
................................. +Inujosa
............................. *2nd Husband of Ruth Leona Olin:
................................. +Magsulit
........................................ 5 Living Magsulit
........................................ 5 Living Magsulit
........................................ 5 Living Magsulit
........................................ 5 Living Magsulit
................... *2nd Husband of Veva Leona PORTER:
....................... +Scott Alexander WHEATLEY b: 23 Mar 1892 in Richfield, OH m: 19 Aug 1932 in Grants Pass, OR d: 20 Feb 1968 in Salem, OR
............................. 4 Living WHEATLEY
................... *3rd Husband of Veva Leona PORTER:
....................... +James Harlow Ingram b: 1905 in Coberg, Oregon m: Dec 1941 in Portland, Oregon d: Feb 1973 in Highland, California
................... 3 Norma Alice PORTER b: in Portland, OR
....................... +Emil Henshew
................... *2nd Husband of Norma Alice PORTER:
....................... +James Hodge
............................. 4 Toni Rae Hodge
................... *3rd Husband of Norma Alice PORTER:
....................... +Lincoln
............................. 4 Jon Lincoln
................... *4th Husband of Norma Alice PORTER:
....................... +William Lindi
................... *5th Husband of Norma Alice PORTER:
....................... +Stan Reed
................... 3 Thelma Mae Porter b: in Portland, OR
....................... +David Grotto
............................. 4 David Louis Grotto
............................. 4 Theresa Margaret Grotto
............................. 4 Leon Francis Grotto
............................. 4 Mary Ethel Grotto
................... 3 Edward Leroy Porter b: in Portland, OR
....................... +Georgia E. Smith
............................. 4 Edward Louis Porter
............................. 4 Ann Louise Porter
................... 3 Betty Jean PORTER b: in Portland, OR
....................... +McBride
............................. 4 Living McBride
............................. 4 Living McBride
............................. 4 Living McBride
............................. 4 Living McBride
............................. 4 Living McBride
................... 3 Marjorie Helen Porter b: in Portland, OR
....................... +Merritt Crooker
............................. 4 Marvin Crooker
............................. 4 Sharon Crooker
................... 3 Robert Lester PORTER b: 11 Aug 1911 in Portland, OR d: Nov 1981 in Portland, OR
................... 3 Ruth Irene PORTER b: 25 Dec 1914 in Portland, OR d: Dec 1914 in Portland, OR
........ 2 Mary Jane Porter b: 24 Aug 1886
............ +Elmer Petrie
................... 3 Viola May Petrie
................... 3 Lester Lavern Petrie
................... 3 Albert Washington Petrie
................... 3 Melvin Clyde Petrie
........ 2 Edna Leota Porter b: 07 Sep 1898
........ 2 James Porter b: 07 Jan 1898 d: 02 Oct 1963
........ 2 Elmer Porter b: 14 Jul 1878 in South Side Twp, Wright County, MN d: 11 Aug 1961 in Mabel's House. Park Rapids, MN
............ +Mary Elizabeth Petrie b: 06 May 1875 in Reynolds Twp, Todd County, MN m: 08 Nov 1900 d: 01 Jan 1951 in At Home, Straight River, Hubbard County, MN
................... 3 Carlton Porter
................... 3 Raymond Porter
................... 3 Arthur Porter
................... 3 John Porter
................... 3 William Anthony Porter b: 17 Oct 1910 in Cottage Grove, Lane County, Oregon d: 25 Jul 1960 in St. Mary's Hospital, Duluth, MN
....................... +Sophie Julia Olson b: 27 Jul 1913 in Eagle Valley, Todd County, MN d: 27 Sep 1976 in Hibbing, MN
............................. 4 Otto Porter
............................. 4 Mabel Porter
............................. 4 Oliver Porter b: 1909
................... 3 Mabel Elizabeth Porter b: 16 Sep 1916 in Cottage Grove, Lane County, Oregon d: Sep 1977 in Todd County, Clarissa, MN
....................... +Edward Warner b: 23 Aug 1899 in Chokio, Minnesota m: Abt. 1937 in Browerville, Todd County, MN d: 08 Jul 1985 in MN, Todd, Clarissa
............................. 4 Living Warner
............................. 4 Living Warner
............................. 4 Living Warner
............................. 4 Living Warner
............................. 4 Living Warner
............................. 4 Living Warner
............................. 4 Living Warner
............................. 4 Living Warner

Oregon Republican League: "Who's your momma/daddy?" Genealogy Project 401

The Oregon Republican League is pleased to announce it's latest program:

"Who's your momma/daddy?" Genealogy Project 401

This project seeks to inform community members, of their ancestry and familial contributions to their nation and State of Oregon.

Dependent on community interest, please find postings of findings here every Thursday.

Upon request, the Oregon Republican League will endeavor to put together a member's family tree, and any historical data found in our multiple ancestral databases/subscriptions. Members are asked to allow the general posting of any findings.

To participate, please contact our project coordinator. Please provide a brief overview of as much family background as possible (full birth names, approximate birth dates/locations or dates of passing/marriage if available). Depending on time available, findings are available between two and thirty days after a request is made.

Project Coordinator: Tony Larson

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Oregon Republican League: History 104 Biographies

Every Wednesday, the Oregon Republican League will post the biographies of important figures, in the League's/State of Oregon's history. Feel free to comment or share stories of your family's Republican affiliation.

From "History of Central Oregon" published 1906
Biographical Sketches of Lake County


Svante F. Ahlstrom is a native of Christianstadt, Sweden, and was born May 12, 1850. His father was John F. Ahlstrom and died at the age of seventy-seven. His grandfather, of the same name, was a soldier of Sweden, and lived to the age of ninety-nine years and nine months when he died from the effects of an accident. Mr. Ahlstrom's mother Johannah (Warling) Ahlstrom died in 1861.

In 1869 Mr. Ahlstrom went to Denmark, Germany, France and England, afterward coming to New York. From the latter state he came by the first overland train ever run over the Union and Central Pacific railroad from Omaha to San Franscio. He removed from San Francisco to Red Bluff, California, where he learned the saddler's trade, which he has followed as means of livelihood ever since. In 1873 he went to Marysville where he worked with H. M. Harris as a saddle and harness maker until 1886, when formed a partnership with his employer and came to Lakeview. Here they engaged in business under the firm name of Harris & Ahlstrom, and continued in partnership until 1889, when Mr. Ahlstrom purchased the interests of Mr. Harris, since which time he has conducted the business independently. Fire destroyed his shop and the greater part of his stock in 1900, since which time Mr. Ahlstrom has erected a modern brick building on the site of the old. In addition to his building he own a first class two-story residence in Lakeview.

Mr. Ahlstrom was married in 1876 to Mary Gunther, who was born in San Francisco and reared in Marysville, California. Her parents, were Jacob J. and Sarah C. Gunther, natives of Germany and early pioneers of California.

To Mr. & Mrs. Ahlstrom have been born three children; Elmer C., a Lakeview merchant: Fred O., also a merchant and treasurer of Lake County; and Lottie Ahlstrom, bookkeeper for Ahlstrom Brothers.

Our subject was elected county treasurer on the Republican ticket in 1898; he has been school director for six years and has been a councilman and mayor of this home city. He has been a member of the Odd Fellows lodge for a period of thirty years, is now a member and past grand of Lakeview lodge, No. 63, is a past chief patriach of Lakeview encampment, and has on different occasions represented his lodge in the conventions of the grand lodge. Both he and Mrs. Ahlstrom are members of the Rebekah degree, and he is also a charter member of the Foresters, of which order he has been chief ranger and is now district deputy.

Mr. Ahlstrom may feel justly proud of the business he has built up in his line since location in Lakeview. He manufactures a special grade of saddle know as the "Lakeview saddle." The popularity of which has become so great during recent years that he ships great quantities of them to the states of Idaho, California, Nevada and the eastern states, besides the great number which find ready sale in his home state. Some have found a market in even as remote a locality as the Hawaiian islands. He also makes a specialty of manufacturing saddles and harness to order. From a beginning the most meager his establishment has grown through the popularity of his goods into the most extensive plant of its nature in the state, outside the city of Portland.

Roswell L. Bewley

While his mother was on a visit to Salem, Marion county, Ore., Roswell L. Bewley was born, December 24, 1864, one and a half miles from Sheridan. Judging by his present success, he must have had an excellent agricultural training, his educational chances being also far above those of the average farm-reared youth, for he was permitted the advantages of the public schoools, the Forest Grove College, and the McMinnville College.

Mr. Bewley assumed charge of one of the finest ranches in this county in 1888, and on October 7, 1888, married Anna R. Young, who was born in New York state, and who has borne him twin boys, William H. and James Garfield. At the present time Mr. Bewley owns five thousand acres of land, nearly all in one body, of which one thousand acres are devoted to farming enterprises, and all under cultivation. Also, he owns a stock ranch of eight hundred acres in Polk county, and has some of the finest stock in the state. He is one of the most experienced and influential stockmen in Oregon, and one of the largest land owners. Mr. Bewley is a Republican in politics, and is fraternally connected with Sheridan Lodge No. 64, F. & A. M., of which he is a past master.

From "History of Central Oregon," published 1906
Biographical Sketches of Lake County, pgs. 905-906


John B. Blair, a prominent citizen of Lakeview and formerly county assessor of Lake county, is a native of Lee county, Iowa, born March 23, 1844. His father, Hon. Colbert P. Blair, was one of the earliest pioneers of southern Oregon coming here with an ox train, of which he was captain, in the summer of 1853. He was a native of North Carolina, born January 1, 1805, and for the past fifteen years has made his home in Pendleton, Oregon. Although on the eve of his on hundredth year he is as hale and hearty as many men a quarter of a century his junior. He is a veteran of the Black Hawk and Rogue River Indian wars, in both of which he saw active service as a scout and much server fighting. After coming to Oregon he settled in Benton county, which county he at one time represented in the state legislature. Our subject's grandfather was Colbert Blair, a native of Scotland and a soldier during the Revolutionary War. Mr. Blair's mother was Elizabeth (Hill) Blair, also a native of South Carolina and of Scotch parentage, her father being Henry Hill. He, too, served in the Revolutionary War. The mother lived to the age of sixty-five years, when she died in Benton county, Oregon.

The brothers and sisters of John B. Blair are: Thomas J., Pendleton; James H., and Mrs. Meeky Trapp, both of Lincoln county, Oregon. One brother, Oliver P. Blair and four sisters, Mrs Fally Scovel, Mrs. Cloe Jane Skipton, Mrs. Sophia Irwin, and Martha B. Blair are dead.

Mr. Blair crossed the plains with his father and family, the family at that time consisting of the parents and eight children, and assisted his father in opening a ranch in the wild and unsettled prairie in Benton county, Oregon. Opportunities for attending school were at that time decidedly meager. But notwithstanding that fact our subject managed to obtain a fair common school education by applying himself to study at home. He was married during August of 1867 to Jennie Fuller, and in the spring of 1872 he came to the Chewaucan valley, now Lake county, but at that time Jackson county, Oregon. The valley at that time contained only five settlers and was not improved even by as much as a public road. The following spring he went to Summer lake valley and took a preemption and worked for wages in order to make improvements on his ranch. Later he traded his claim for cattle and engaged in the stock business. Returning to the Chewacucan valley, he took a homestead, upon which he made his home until 1901. In 1900 he was elected to the office of county assessor and two years later he was elected to succeed hlimself. He was elected on the Republican ticket, and was the first man in the county to be elected to the office of assessor a second time. He removed to Lakeview in 1901, where he has since made his home. He is one of the most highly respected citizens of Lake county, where he is universally regarded as a man of ability and of honor. As an example of the trust reposed in him by him by his fellow citizens we may mention the fact that he is at the present time executor for two estates, the testator in each instance appointing him with the request that he perform the duties of the position without being placed under bond.

Mr. Blair has been a member of Lakeview lodge, I.O.O.F. for twenty-five years, that being the only secret order with which he is affiliated.

To Mr. and Mrs. Blair, five children have been born: Wellington S. married to Birdie McDonald and residing at Paisley, Oregon; Dollie Viola, deceased; Tracy C.; Richard, deceased; and Dovie Maria, the wife of James Reeder, of Silver Lake, Oregon. Wellington and Birdie Blair have three children. Tracy C. Blair, the second son mentioned, is married to Annie Miller and has one child. He is a surveyor and civil engineer of prominence in Anaconda, Montana. He has been a surveyor on the Great Northern railroad for three years, and is now in the employ of the Anaconda Copper Company for which he engineered the flume and great smoke-stack at Anaconda.

It is pleasant to state that since the above was written, our subject went to Pendleton, Oregon, and there, January 1, 1905, with other members of the family, celebrated the one hundredth anniversary of his father's birth, Hon. Colbert P. Blair.

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Friday, August 11, 2006

Oregon Republican League: Biographical and Photo History Project Success

The Oregon Republican League History 101, 102 & 103 biography review, transcription and dissemination projects are concluding this weekend. A wildly successful endeavor, we received several hundred emails (all saved), expressing the appreciation of folks from every corner of the state and all across our nation.

The Oregon Republican League also concluded our Photo History Series 201, 202 & 203 historical photo search, acquisition, reproduction and dissemination effort. Photo images of Oregon, of up to 150 years past, were shared from all 36 counties in the state. Again, scores of emails expressed the appreciation of the citizenry and historical organizations throughout the Northwest.

The Oregon Republican League: Our Republican Family Sharing 300 Project is still underway. This effort is pushing out our historical data to core genealogical databases nationwide, and has resulted in thousands of postings and grateful feedback.

Still, we have much to do.

To run concurrent to our Oregon Republican League: "Bridging the Generations Project 400", and after much experimenting on some of our skittish volunteers, who are now RAVING about our results, we are due to announce our next effort: The Oregon Republican League "Who's your momma/daddy?" Genealogy Project 401

Notice coming soon.


Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Oregon Republican League: History 101

Every Wednesday, the Oregon Republican League will post the biographies of important figures, in the League's/State of Oregon's history. Click on the head link above, to visit more of our listings at Feel free to comment or share stories of your family's Republican affiliation.

Oregon Republican League:

Republican League Register of Oregon, The Register Publishing Company, 1896, pages 282-286.

WOOD, FRANK D., of Albany, was born in Rutland, Vermont, in 1834. At the age of fourteen he went with his parents to Illinois. In 1854 he went to California, and in 1858 came to Oregon. Mr. Wood was reared and educated in the quarry business and stone carving, and is owner of the Albany and Yaquina quarries, from which have been built some of the finest structures in state. He is an earnest and active Republican. His name will live long in association with Oregon, as he is the designer and executor of the Oregon memorial stone for the Washington Monument, delivered in 1885. The dimensions of the tablet are four and one-half feet by two feet and six inches thick. The center-piece is the coat of arms and seal of the state of Oregon. Ocean scene, American steamer coming in and English vessel going out; sun setting in the West; mountains with snow peaks; elk, representing game. In the foreground pine and oak trees and shrubbery, with an old-time immigrant wagon, showing early immigration. In a raised band across the face of the shield is cut in block letters, “The Union”. Beneath the band sheaves of grain, plow and rake, representing agriculture, and pick to represent mining. Surmounting the shield is an American eagle holding in its talons arrows and laurels. In the band around the shield are inlaid the thirty-two diorite stones highly polished and very brilliant. Around the outside of the shield cut in rustic letters is “State of Oregon, 1857.” On either side of the center-piece is represented productions of the state – fruits and grain, corn, peas, grapes, apples, pears, peaches, plums, prunes, currants, hops, strawberries, cherries, grain in the head, etc., etc., and flowers in profusion. Surrounding all is a fine, heavy-molded frame, with oak leaves and acorns in the corners, the whole carved from a solid block of stone in high relief. Inscribed on the opposite side of the stone is the following: “Commissioners to procure a memorial stone for the Washington Monument: Hon. Z. F. Moody, Governor; Hon. R. P. Earhart, Secretary of State; Hon. Ed Hirsch, State Treasurer. Designed and executed by Frank D. Wood, corner Second and Elsworth streets, Albany, Oregon.”

WOODCOCK, A. C. [Editor inserted: Absolam Cornelius Woodcock], a prominent attorney of Eugene, was born in Clackamas County, Oregon, July 23, 1859. He lived in Wasco County from 1874 to 1879, and since then in Eugene. He graduated from the State University in 1884, remained there three years, and was admitted to the bar in 1887. He has been a delegate to the county convention since 1890, and in 1894 was Chairman of the county committee; was a delegate to the state convention in 1894 and to the club convention in 1895and in 1896. In 1892 he was elected a member of the State Board of Equalization, and is again the nominee for that position.

WOODS, HON. GEORGE L., deceased, ex-Governor of Oregon and of Utah, was born in Boone County, Missouri, July 30, 1832, and came to Oregon in 1844. He mined in California a short time, then returned to Oregon, studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1858. He was one of the founders of the party in Yamhill County in 1856, and one of the foremost defenders of the Union in those trying times, and one of the most forceful and eloquent orators on the Pacific coast, his voice being heard in every campaign for thirty years. In 1858 he was the Republican candidate for Prosecuting Attorney in the Portland district, and in 1863 was appointed Judge of Wasco County. In 1864 he was elected Presidential Elector, and in 1865 was appointed to the Supreme Court bench of Idaho. In 1866 he was elected Governor of Oregon, and in 1871 was appointed Governor of Utah. From 1875 to 1885 he practiced law in California and Nevada, and from 1885 to January 14, 1890, the time of his death, in Portland.

WOODS, DR. L. N., a physician at Dallas, was born in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, October 10, 1835, and came to Oregon in 1883, locating in Dallas in the practice of medicine. He cast his first vote for john C. Fremont, and has voted the Republican ticket ever since. He has been a delegate to the Polk County convention ever since 1888. In 1886 he was the Republican nominee for Coroner, and is again nominated for that office.

WOODSWARD, TYLER, of Portland, was born in Windsor County, Vermont, in 1835. He went to California in 1861, Nevada in 1861 and Oregon in 1862. In 1864 he took a stock of goods to Hell Gate, Montana. In 1870 he settled in Portland, investing his earnings here, and has since been largely interested in real estate and financial business. He cast his first vote for John C. Fremont, and has since been an active Republican ever since. He was Postmaster at Hell Gate, and has been a member of conventions and club meetings, and is Secretary of the Weston Republican Club.

WORTHINGTON, P. A. [Editor inserted: Preston A. Worthington], of Weston, was born in East Tennessee in 1853. He settled in Weston in 1875, and has been one of the most successful business men of Umatilla County. He is manager of Saling & Co., and of the Weston Flouring Mills, and helped organize the Farmers’ Bank of Weston. He is a Republican worker and a frequent member of conventions and club meetings, and is Secretary of the Weston Republican Club.

WRIGHT, HON. JOSEPH A., of Sparta, was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky, October 23, 1855, and is a son of James A. Wright, ex-Governor of Indiana, ex-United States Senator, and ex-Minister to Prussia. Mr. Write is a graduate of Wesleyan University in 1879. He was in the Park National Bank and Secretary of the West Indian Manufacturing Company, New York, till 1883, when he embarked in mining in Baker County, Oregon, later in Union County. Mr. Wright has taken an active interest in Republican politics and has been continuously a delegate to conventions and league meetings. In 1890 he was elected to the legislature, again in 1892, and again in 1894. He was a member of the Oregon World’s Fair Commission.

WRIGHT, ORRIN H., of Macksburg, was born in Prescott, Wisconsin, in 1866. He lived there two years, in Missouri six years, in California three years, and in Oregon nineteen years. He is a farmer. He has been secretary of primaries and clerk of election ever since his precinct was created, and was a delegate to the Clackamas County convention in 1892 and 1896, and the state convention in 1896. He is secretary of the club at Macksburg.

WRIGHT, HON. W. T. [Editor inserted: William T. Wright], of Union, was born in Illinois ion 1845. He came to Oregon in 1852 and grew to manhood in Portland. In 1865 he located in Union County, and engaged in mining and milling. In 1883 he organized the First National Bank, and has since been its manager. He has taken an active part in politics and has been a member of nearly every Republican state convention for twenty years. He was elected County Clerk in 1892, and Mayor in 1891 and 1892. He was appointed a member of the Silver convention of 1890 and the Irrigation congress of 1892, and was an Alternate Commissioner for the Worlds’ Fair.

WYATT, J. R. [Editor inserted: John R. Wyatt], a prominent attorney of Albany, was born in Linn County, Oregon, December 13, 1865. He attended the State University, graduated from the Willamette University, and was admitted to the bar in 1891. He has served two terms as Deputy District Attorney. He has been a delegate to the county convention since 1890, to the state convention since 1894, was Chairman of the county central committee in 1892 and 1894, member of the state central committee in 1894, and delegate to the league in 1894, 1895 and 1896.

YATES, W. E. [Editor inserted: William E. Yates], an attorney of Corvallis, was born in Linn County, Oregon, December 24, 1856, and has lived near Corvallis continuously. He graduated from the Agricultural College in 1880 and taught school till 1890, when he was admitted to the bar and has since practiced law at Corvallis. He was appointed a member of the Board of Regents of the Agricultural College and elected secretary. In 1882 he was elected Superintendent of Schools of Benton County, and was again elected in 1888. He has several times been a delegate to the county convention, was a delegate to the league in 1895 and 1896, and is President of the Corvallis Club. Mr. Yates is now the nominee for District Attorney of the second district.

YATES, HON. CHRIS. P., of Manning, was born in Chataqua County, New York, June 23, 1835. He enlisted in the First Colorado cavalry as a private and served through the war, being mustered out as Captain and Assistant Surgeon. He was a member of the first constitution convention of Colorado. Mr. Yates traveled all through South America as a special correspondent. In 1871 he came to Oregon and was connected with the Portland Telegram, News and other papers, and in the music business till 1882, when he located on a farm in Washington County. Mr. Yates was a delegate to he Multnomah County convention in 1876 and 1878 and the Washington County since 1888, a delegate to the state convention in 1892 and 1894, and the club meeting of 1895 and 1896. In 1890 he was appointed Postmaster of Manning. Mr. Yates was elected to the legislature in Multnomah County in 1878, and in Washington County in 1894.

BRADLEY, JOHN C., of Oregon City, was born in Morgan County, Indiana, September 21, 1850, and came to Oregon in 1867, and has resided continuously in Clackamas County, a farmer, by occupation. He has taken an active part in Republican work continuously, having been a delegate to the county convention in 1872, 1876, 1882, 1884, 1886 and 1890, and to the state conventions in 1884 and 1890. In 1890 he was United States Census Enumerator. He was School Director six years and Road Supervisor several years. In 1892 he was elected Assessor of Clackamas County, and was re-elected in 1894.

BULTMAN, HENRY, in the life saving service of the United States, with post office address at Gardiner, is secretary of the Binger Hermann Republican Club at Florence, and was a delegate to the Lane County Convention in 1894. He was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1863, and came to Oregon in 1885. He has been an earnest and unswerving Republican since casting his first vote, and is as loyal to the party of Lincoln, Grant, Garfield and Blaine in defeat as in victory.

DRYER. HON. THOMAS J., founder and for ten years editor of the Oregonian, was one of the early and controlling forced of the Republican party in Oregon. He was born in New York, January 10, 1808, and went to California in 1849, and worked at his trade as a printer. He brought material to Portland in December, 1850, and founded the Oregonian. He conducted the paper with vigor as a Whig organ. He was several times elected as a Whig, or Independent, to the legislature, and to the constitutional convention. In 1859 eh became a Republican, and in 1861 sold the Oregonian to H. L. Pittock and accepted appointment to the United States Minister to the Hawaiian Islands. He later returned to Portland and filled the office of the Justice of Peace for a time. He died March 30, 1879.

GIBSON, H. S. [Editor inserted: Henan Scott Gibson], of Oregon City, was born at Monmouth, Iowa, in 1862, and came to Oregon at the age of six years. He worked on a farm and attended school till 1881, when he went to California and attended the Pierce Christian College three years, graduating in 1884. He has since taught school as a profession, and in 1862 was elected Superintendent of Schools of Clackamas County on the Republican ticket, and was re-elected in 1894.

MOORE, HON. CHARLES S., of Klamath Falls, is one of the leading Republicans of Southern Oregon, and a delegate to the national convention at St. Louis from the first congressional district. He has been frequently a member of county, district, and state conventions, and club meetings, and of the state central committee. In 1894 he was elected County Judge of Klamath County. For several years he was Assistant Adjutant-General on the staff of brigade commander, O. N. G.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Oregon Republican League Photo History Project: Coos County

North Coos River Diary Farm. 1915. Coos County. RPPC from the Oregon Republican League collection, on loan.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Oregon Republican League: History 101

Every Wednesday (a day late, due to travel this week), the Oregon Republican League will post the biographies of important figures, in the League's/State of Oregon's history. Click on the head link above, to visit more of our listings at Feel free to comment or share stories of your family's Republican affiliation.

Oregon Republican League:

Republican League Register of Oregon, The Register Publishing Company, 1896, pages 281-282.

WAKEFIELD, F. H. [Editor inserted: Fitz Henry Wakefield], of The Dalles was born in South Bridge, Massacusetts, in 1829. He came to Oregon in 1858, and has lived in Wasco County for fourteen years. He was elected Assessor in 1894.

WILSON, FRED W., editor of The Dalles Chronicle, is a native of College Hill, Ohio, and a son of Hon. Joseph G. Wison, whose name is closely linked with the earl judicial history of Oregon. He is publishing a paper that has established itself in the front rank of Oregon journals. He was a delegate to the last two league meetings.

WILSON, JAMES A., of Albany, was born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, February 28, 1853. He came to Oregon in 1880 and located in Josephine County, being in the Sheriff's office and engaged in mderchandising till 1890. In that year he went to Alany in the interest of the S. P. D. & L. Co., and a year ago became Deputy Sheiff. Mr. Wilson was a delegate to the Josephine County convention from 1882 to 1890, and the Linn County convention in 1894. He was a delegate to the first district congressional convention in 1894 and 1896, and Secretary of the Congressional Committee 1894-1896 and 1896-1898. Mr. Wilson was a delegate to the State League in 1895 and 1896, and was in February, 1896, elected the member of the executive committee for the first district.

WILSON, HON. JOSEPH G., deceased, representative in congress fom Oregon, was born at Acworth, N. H., December 13, 1826, and graduated from Marietta College, Ohio, in 1846. For several years he taught school and studied law, and then began practice in Oregon in 1852, at Salem. The same year he was appointed Clerk of the Supreme Court and held he position three years. In 1860 he was appointed District Attorney of he third district. In 1862 he was appointed Judge of the fifth district by Governor Gibbs, and in 1864 was elected to that position. In 1865 Marietta College conferred the degree of LL.D. upon him. In 1870 hw was the Republican nominee for congress and made the canvass against Hon. J. H. Slaterwhen the state was hopelessly Democratic, losing by 343 votes. In 1872 he was renominated against Hon. John Burnett, and was elected by a majority of 850, leading his ticket largely. July 2, 1873, while at Marietta for the purpose of delivering an address before the alumni of the college, he died suddenly of paralysis, and the undelivered address was printed by the alumni as a memorial.

WILSON, W. H. [Editor inserted: William H. Wilson], of The Dalles, was born in Fairfield, Illinois, October 19, 1858, and came to Orego in July, 1882. He was District Attorney for the seventh district from 1890 to 1894. He was a member of all county conventions from 1884 to 1890, the state convention of 1888 and the league meetings of 1895 and 1896.

WOLCOTT, CHARLES E., editor of the South Oregon Monitor, at Medford, was born in Vernon, Michigan, July 24, 1868, and came to Oregon in May, 1890. He engaged in newspaper work in Eugene three years, and then founded his paper in Medford December 4, 1894, publishing semi-weekly. He was a delegate to the Lane County convention in 1894, and the league from the Medford Club in 1895.

WOLVERTON, HON. CHARLES E., Justice of the Supreme Court, was born in Iowa, May 16, 1851, and came to Oregon at the age of two years. He graduated from the Christian College, at Monmouth, in 1872, and from law school of the Lexington, Kentucky, University in 1874. He began practice in Albany and continued it till elected to the Supreme bench in 1894. He has been a frequent member of conventions, and was a delegate to the National Republican convention in 1892.