Oregon Republican League: History 104 Biographies
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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. 410.
ALBERT FRIEDLY. - Albert Friedly, the prosperous and respected young farmer that we now have the pleasure of sketching, has made a name for himself in this his chosen county that is really enviable and is the product of intrinsic worth. He came from the good old state of Ohio, where he was born October 23, 1872. That the “Buckeye” state can furnish first-class farmers as well as presidents is evident to any one that will take the trouble to look over the fields and possessions of our subject.
In his native state he received a good common school education and then began to look the world square in the face, ready for the commencement of life’s responsibilities. The west was where his interest lay and at the early age of seventeen he started to see its various fields. In 1889 he arrived in this county, and being satisfied with its outlook selected land nine miles northwest from Pendleton, on Despain gulch, and bought it. That his youthful judgment was good is evidenced in that he still retains that land as his home place. He owns one hundred and sixty acres, but farms four hundred and eighty acres, raising wheat mostly. He has been enabled through his thrift and good financiering to add to his property good improvements in substantial buildings, etc. In politics he pulls with the “grand old party,” and is ever interested in the matters of school affairs and county government. The people have chosen him for school director for three years and he is still serving in that capacity.
His fraternal associations are with the Maccabees, where he holds a membership.
On February 11, 1895, Mr. Albert Friedly and Miss May, daughter of Alfred and Jane (Arnold) Simpson, were joined in matrimony. They have two children, Earl and Olney.
The parents of our subject, John and Nancy (Freed) Friedly, are still residing in Hardin county, Ohio, where the father is a leading figure in politics, being one of the ablest attorneys in that portion of the state. He was mayor of the city of Ada and has always been identified with the Republican in political matters. But to till the soil was more congenial to the tastes of his son and hence Umatilla county is favored with his presence here among us and the neighborhood has captured one of Ohio’s excellent citizens.