Sunday, June 15, 2008

Oregon Republican League: History 104 Biographies

Oregon Republican League: History 104 Biographies

Every Wednesday/Thursday, 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.

An Illustrated History of Umatilla County & Morrow County, by Colonel William Parsons and W. S. Shiach with a brief outline of the early history of the State of Oregon. W. H. Lever, Spokane, WA, (1902), p. 401-402.

WILLIAM H. GULLIFORD. - This leading and representative citizen of Umatilla county, well known and respected by all, has frequently been honored by his fellows placing him in a position of trust, which he has ever filled with that integrity and ability that are characteristic of his entire career, while his life of brilliant success in business affairs is a bright example of industry and good financiering.

His birth occurred in Lane county, this state, on July 10, 1861, whence he was early removed by his parents, John L. and Julia Gulliford, to this county. He was educated in a private high school in Pendleton, and at the age of eighteen years commenced life’s activities on his own account. His first undertaking was herding sheep, at which he continued for three years, when his savings warranted him in purchasing a small band, which he did and located on a homestead on Butter creek. He then went into partnership with his brother, Arthur, which relation has continued uninterruptedly since. Prosperity has smiled upon them as a reward for their industry and carefulness, for to-day they number their flocks between seven and eight thousand, while their real estate aggregates over five thousand acres.On May 10, 1891, he was married to Miss Myrtle E. Montgomery, a native of Denver, Colorado. To them have been born two children, Lillian C. and William H., the latter deceased. He affiliates with the W. of W., Camp No. 41, of Pendleton. In political affairs he takes an active part, believing it the duty of every citizen to assist in handling the matters of public import. He has frequently been chosen to attend the Republican conventions as well as to the office of school director for a number of terms. He is respected and esteemed by all and is an exemplary representative of this progressive commonwealth.

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