Wednesday, September 27, 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

Catherine Elizabeth Stump

One of the oldest living pioneers of Polk county, Ore., is Mrs. Catherine Elizabeth Stump, who crossed the plains with her parents in 1844, enduring with a pioneer’s courage and patience the trials and privations incident to the life of the early settlers, and proving with the passing of the years her title to citizenship of this great western commonwealth.

The father of Mrs. Stump, Aaron Chamberlin, was born in New York, July 4, 1809, and removed to Michigan with his parents when a young man, his father having settled near Detroit. On attaining his majority he married Catherine Viles, a native of New Jersey, and after a time spent in Iowa, they removed to Missouri, locating near St. Joseph. This city was in the pathway of the western emigrants, and it was only a short time until Mr. Chamberlin was imbued with the idea of the advantages and opportunities of the west, and after two and a half years they joined an emigrant train drawn by oxen, and started upon their journey. During the six months before they reached Oregon City their greatest difficulty lay in their limited provisions, but without other incident they arrived at their destination a week before Christmas, having left their home May 10. As soon as the donation act went into effect, Mr. Chamberlin at once took up a donation claim of six hundred and forty acres, located south of Luckiamute, Polk county, upon which he remained until 1868, making a success of his western venture. In the last named year he went to Sonora, Mexico, to visit a son, and while there he was taken ill with the fever and died, March 4, 1869, in his sixty-first year. His wife died on the home place in Oregon October 20, 1883. She was the mother of 6 children, four of whom are now living, two daughters and four sons, Joseph Chamberlin, Catherine, Ann and Enoch, the third being Catherine, who was born in Michigan, near Detroit, February 23, 1835.

Though but nine years old when the journey was made to their new home, Mrs. Stump was old enough to realize the trials and privations which they necessarily experienced, and she continued to bear with patience whatever fell to her lot during the years in which her father was making his competency. A very limited education was received through the medium of the early schools located in the vicinity of their home, after which she was married March 10, 1850, to David Stump, who was born in Ohio, October 29, 1819, and who, in 1845, when twenty-one years old, crossed the plains alone by ox-team and after his marriage settled on a donation claim near Luckiamute, Polk county, and engaged in farming and cattle-raising. In his combined interests he met with most gratifying success, at his death owning in the county twenty-three hundred acres of land. Not satisfied to be alone a financial success, Mr. Stump gave much of his time to public works of various description, being actively interested in the Christian College, which was organized in 1865, and also other notable movements, whose aim was toward the upbuilding of the town of Monmouth. As a Republican he ably represented his party in the state legislature for one term. Religiously he was a member of the Christian Church. His death occurred February 20, 1886, at the age of sixty-six years. Of the four children born to Mr. and Mrs. Stump, Mary S. is the widow of Rev. T.F. Campbell, a professor in the Christian College and for thirteen years its president; since his death his widow has made her home with her mother; Joseph Solomon, a mining man of Nome, Alaska; Catherine B. also makes her home with her mother, and John B. is located on a farm of six hundred acres in this county. Mr. Stump had built a handsome residence in Monmouth, on the corner of Jackson street and College avenue, and in 1878 had occupied it, giving to his children the advantages of the college at Monmouth, now the Oregon State Normal School, while the two daughters took a post-graduate course at Wellesley, Mass.


Oregon Historical Society, published October 12, 1898 article from the Oregonian or the Hillsboro Argus
Henry Bellenger Tucker

The Tucker Family - 1852

HILLSBORO, Oct. 12 -- Oregon perhaps contains a no more interesting group of early pioneers than the Tucker family. The father, Henry Bellenger, now 94 years of age, and his two sons, Thomas and William, aged 68 and 65, respectively, are now hale and strong, living in Washington County. Having come to Oregon in 1852, they have been important factors in the development of the state.

Henry Bellenger Tucker was born in Kentucky in 1804. His father was a Kentucky rifleman, originally from North Carolina, and was with Hull in the war of 1812, from which he never returned. "Granddaddy" Tucker, as he is familiarly called by all old pioneers, was married in Indiana in 1829 to Elizabeth McKay. They had six children -- Martha, Mary, Sara, and Louisa Tucker, and the two sons, the latter only surviving. His wife died at Beaverton August 3, 1881, on the donation land claim taken up in 1852. Mr. Tucker is about 5 feet 8 inches in height, and, notwithstanding his 94 years, walks as erect as an Indian, and still retains his mental faculties. He is very vigorous, and is a good story teller. As late as two years ago he read without the use of glasses. In the early days he was a famous rifle shot, and his prowess, and that of his two sons, was undisputed at the old-time shooting matches. His first vote for president was cast for Andrew Jackson. Since the civil war he has been a Republican. He is the sole survivor of six children. His ancestors came from the Bermudas, and were early settlers of Virginia.

Thomas Tucker, the eldest son, was born in Indiana in 1831. He married Mary A. McKay in 1854. They settled on a donation land claim near Beaverton. To them were born five children -- Samuel H. Tucker, a well-known O.R. & N. engineer, who died at his post on a snow plow, near Troutdale, January 3, 1895; William O. and Lucinda J. Tucker, Mrs. U.S. Gardner, and Mrs. Charles Elwell. Mr. Tucker's first house was built of logs, which were carried to the site upon his back. He was in the early days twice elected county commissioner. He, with Jacob Hoover, brought suit against the promoters of the West Side railroad, and saved the county the payment of $50,000 bonds, with interest. The county had originally contracted to pay this sum to secure the railroad, but the company did not live up to the contract. Although the company made a hard fight, the court rendered a decision returning the bonds, and releasing the county. During war times Mr. Tucker belonged to the Union league. His first vote was cast for Abraham Lincoln. He still takes a great interest in politics, and is an ardent republican. He and his wife now reside in Hillsboro, having sold their Beaverton farm several years ago. Mr. Tucker is over six feet tall, and is an ideal pioneer. A splendid marksman, he still remains an ardent hunter, and has just returned from an elk hunt in the mountains.

William Tucker was born in Indiana in 1833. When he was but 19 years of age he crossed the plains with his father. He took up a claim near Beaverton, and he and his brother built the first sawmill in that section. In 1855 he joined Colonel Cornelius' command, and went east of the mountains to fight indians. In 1859 he married Mary J. Landess. Their children are: Mrs. George Teft, Abraham Lincoln Tucker (deceased), Thomas B. and George Tucker, Mrs. Henry Woolf, Mrs. W. B. Anderson, Mrs. J. H. Anderson, Ira, William, Lottie, and Carl Tucker. Mr. Tucker is a Mason and he has for 35 years taken an active part in local affairs. Like his brother Thomas, he is a six-footer. He still resides on a farm near Beaverton.

Obituary of Henry B. Tucker (May, 1899)

Henry B. Tucker


Washington County Pioneer of 1852 Has Passed Away


Henry Bellenger Tucker, aged 96, who came to Oregon in August 1852, died at the home of his son, William Tucker, near Beaverton, Friday, May 4, of pneumonia. Deceased was born in Kentucky, December 12, 1804. His father, Wm. Tucker, was a North Carolinan, and was one of the Kentucky pioneers. When the war of 1812 broke out he joined Hull's forces at Detroit as one of the Kentucky riflemen. From there he never returned, and it is supposed he was ambushed by the indians while returning from the frontier.

Early in life Henry Tucker went to Indiana, where he married Elizabeth McKay, daughter of a veteran of the war of 1812. The summer of 1852 they crossed the plains, their children coming with the train. They settled near Beaverton, where the wife died in August, 1881. Two sons survive -- Thomas Tucker, a resident of Hillsboro, aged 69, and William, aged 67, with whom the father was visiting when death came.

Deceased was in the early days one of Oregon's famous rifle-shots, and his prowess as a hunter was a credit to the reputation of Kentucky for producing the world's greatest marksmen. Mr. Tucker's first presidential vote was cast for Andrew Jackson. Since the civil war, however, he has been an ardent republican.

The funeral occurred Sunday from the home of his son, William, and burial took place at the Crescent cemetery, three miles southeast of Beaverton.

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