Wednesday, December 20, 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 "
Biographical Sketches of Lake County, page 893 (1906)


Elmer E. Rinehart is sheriff of Lake county, Oregon, having been elected to that office on the Republican ticket in the spring of 1904. He came to Lake county in 1894 and engaged in the saw mill business in partnership with Resa A. Hawkins, a pioneer of the county, under the firm name of Hawkins & Rinehart. Their plant is situated in the Crooked creek valley, where the company also owns a large tract of timber and agricultural lands. They are still running the mill with profit, and in addition they are quite extensively engaged in the business of raising and farming.

Mr. Rinehart, is a native of Chillicothe, Ohio, and was born January 29, 1864. His father David G. Rinehart, is a native of Pennsylvania, but removed to Ohio about the time of the construction of the Baltimore & Ohio railroad. Upon the outbreak of the Rebellion he enlisted in the army and his military record covers a period of three and one-half years, during which time he was a participant in some of the most severe battles of the war, among which may be mentioned the battle of Bull Run. He is still living in Ross county Ohio, at the age of eighty-two years. Our subject’s mother was Elizabeth (Erlywine) Rinehart a native of West Virginia. She hat attained the age of sixty-five years when she died in 1895.

Mr. Rinehart was a member of a family of eleven children, eight of whom are still living. The first twenty years of his life were spent in the state of his birth. In 1884 he came west and settled in Surprise valley, California. during his boyhood he mastered the trade of stationary engineer, and since coming to the west has followed that trade, his work being confined to the running of engines in lumber and grist mills.

On May 20, 1888, Mr Rinehart was married to Addie Peters, a native of California, and daughter of Claus Peters, a German by birth and a pioneer of California. Claus Peters was one of the first settlers in Surprise valley, and his death occurred there December 14, 1904. Mr and Mrs Rinehart have been parents of one child, a son by the name of Clarence D.

It may be said to the credit of Mr. Rinehart that he started in business in Lake county ten years ago without a dollar in his own name; but so diligently has he applied his energies to his business and so faithfully has he met all adversities that he is now in the best of circumstances and enjoys the good will of a wide circle of friends.

Oregon Historical Society Library
Portrait And Biographical Record Of Portland And Vicinity
Chapman Publishing
March 17, 1905
Pages 353-354

Daniel Albright

Daniel Albright, who for many years was connected with the farming interests of Clackamas county, was born in New Lisbon, Columbiana county, Ohio, April 22, 1832, and died on his farm of four hundred and sixty acres one mile east of Marquam, May 5, 1892. His father, John Albright, a brick manufacturer, crossed the plains with his family in 1852, and took up a donation land claim of three hundred and twenty acres. His death occurred near Silverton, Ore. When Daniel Albright was fourteen years of age, the family moved from Ohio to Iowa and settled in Burlington, and he was just twenty-one when the family started overland for Oregon. In the new locality he found employment among the farmers, and by economy and industry managed to save sufficient money to purchase a quarter section of land. To this he added from time to time until he owned the farm where he engaged in general farming and stock-raising, and where his last days were spent. He was a successful farmer, and bore an honorable name in the community. A republican in politics, he was never active in soliciting office, although he staunchly and on all occasions promoted the best interests of the party. He was a member of the Grange and of the Methodist Episcopal Church. His father, John, married Sarah Baker, the ceremony being performed in Pennsylvania on March 28, 1822. Eight children were the result of this union, all of whom grew to maturity.

Through the marriage of Daniel Albright and Mary J. Marquam, Mr. Albright became allied with one of the oldest and most honored families of the county, its members being intimately connected with the leading agricultural interests of the county, and the members of which have invariably possessed marked and leading characteristics. The town of Marquam, which perpetuates the pioneer citizenship of the honored father of Mrs. Albright, had not been thought of when this capable and far sighted man arrived on its site in 1845. Alfred Marquam was born in Frederick county, Md., March 14, 1818, and died in Marquam February 22, 1887. When fourteen years of age he removed to Ohio, lived there for seven years, and then went to LaFayette, Ind., where he learned furniture manufacturing and painting. After removing to Clay county, Mo., he was united in marriage with Olive Burbage on November 6, 1842. She was born near Riddle Mills, Bourbon county, Ky., March 17, 1824. Her father Ezekiel Burbage took up a donation land claim of six hundred and forty acres near Marquam. He crossed the plains at the same time the Marquam family made the trip, walking nearly the entire distance.

After this marriage, Mr. Marquam continued to live in Missouri, and for three years sustained a commercial partnership with a Mr. Watt, with whom he eventually came across the plains. The start was made on April 21, 1845, and they arrived in Oregon City December 7 of the same year. After a year spent in the town Mr. Marquam moved to the six hundred and forty acres of land, on a portion of which the town of Marquam now stands, and the old homestead is still standing, a monument to the worth while efforts of this pioneer. In 1877 Mr. Marquam moved into the little hamlet bearing his name, and there opened the first store and became the first postmaster. For some time he continued to conduct the business alone, but finally took in his son-in-law, E. M. Hartman. From that time up to his death he remained an active factor in the business world of the county. He was a very prominent man in his locality, and possessed the traits of character most useful and highly appreciated in comparatively new countries. He was a Republican in political belief and was at all times interested in the issues, which confronted his party. Education had had in him a staunch supporter an when it became time to build a schoolhouse he promptly came forward with the offer of the land on which to erect the building. He was a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal Church during his entire active life, having united with that denomination when fifteen years of age. He contributed generously towards its support, and in all ways promoted it growth and usefulness. Eleven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Marquam, the order of their birth being as follows: Mary J.; George W., of Idaho; William T., of Portland; Sarah E., who died November 9, 1867, aged about twenty-one years; James E., of Marquam; P. A., of Marquam; Melissa, now Mrs. Hartman, of eastern Oregon; A. B., of Marquam; Mrs. Olive W. Logan, of Marquam, and an infant which died unnamed.

To Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Albright were born five children, three of whom grew to manhood, namely; Francis Elmer; Alva Wallace and Edward B. The two who died were George W. and Asa.

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