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Biography of S. B. Williamson

S.B. WILLIAMSON. – Raising cattle on the hills, and allowing them to fatten in the summer and to starve in the winter, is being superseded by the more profitable as well as more humane method of feeding large bands in the winter to be ready for the market at any time. The Blue-Mountain region is peculiarly fitted for this manner of preparing animals. The range in the hills is good; and the rich bottom lands produce large crops of hay, grain and roots. One of the pioneers in this line is the gentleman whose name appears at the head of this article. He conducts his business in partnership with his brother-in-law, Mr. R.J. Rogers. They have five ranches, five and one-half miles east of La Grande, on the Oregon & Navigation Company’s line; on Catherine creek, two miles east from La Grande, and on the Grande Ronde river. They ship each month some three hundred animals, of which about two-thirds are sheep. This business finds its chief outlet in the markets of the Sound, and is but the beginning of greater things. Mr. Williamson is a pioneer of 1862, having crossed the plains in that year with Captain Yount, a veteran of the Mexican war. He was in the same company with Mr. Harvey McAllister of the Grande Ronde. The father of our subject, with his five children, made the trip without trouble except for high water in the streams. They reached the Grande Ronde in the autumn, and found tow clap-board shanties where LaGrande now stands. Taking a ranch near this point, the Williamsons began their pioneer life....

Biographical Sketch of William Hardin Weathers

One of the men who have wrought for the welfare of Wallowa county, as well as doing worthy enterprise for his advancement in the world of industry, is named at the head of this article, and we wish to mention that he is held in the esteem and confidence of his fellows, which his abilities and excellent moral qualities have given him both a prestige and standing that are enviable. William H. was born in Jasper County, Missouri, on August 15, 1849, being the son of John and Elizabeth (Selinger) Weathers. When he was five years of age he was taken by his parents to Falls County, Texas, where he was bereft of both parents, their remains sleeping in that section today. In 1862, when sad strife was being precipitated, our subject was with the people where he lived and as he thought was right so he enlisted in the Fifteenth Texas Infantry, Company E. and in that relation did service in the Confederate army until the close of the war and then he was honorably discharged. He had participated in several battles at Shreveport and numerous others, as well as many skirmishes. Subsequent to the war he was following industrial pursuits until 1869 and then on horseback, by cars and with stage he made the journey from the states to La Grande, Oregon. He was occupied variously here until 1878, then was instrumental in fighting the Indians and acted as guard for the stage from La Grande to Pendleton. At this time he was sent for stage horses, with one companion, and they were hard pressed by the...

Biographical Sketch of Charles W. Meek

Without dispute some of our most worthy and progressive and thrifty citizens have come to us from England whence also sprang the subject of this sketch whose life of commendable activity and successful enterprise in business relations, coupled with stanch and unswerving integrity and high moral qualities of intrinsic worth, justly entitle him to a representation in this volume of Wallowa’s abiding chronicles, and it is with pleasure that we incorporate his name here with a brief review of his eventful career. Charles W. was born to Charles and Sarah (Sparks) Meek in Hertfordshire, England, in the year 1850. There he was educated in the public schools and also learned the primary part of the carpenter’s trade. At the age of fifteen his father was taken away by death and our subject then left the native land and came to the wide and resourceful country of the free. He first settled in Canandaigua, Ontario County, New York, remaining one year, then removed to Plainfield, Kent county, Michigan. In this latter place, he was engaged at the trade of the carpenter for eleven years, and in 1878 he came to La Grande, Oregon. Six months he stayed in that city, and wrought at his trade and then sought out the fertile regions of Wallowa County, taking a homestead eight miles southeast from Joseph. To this beginning Mr. Meek has added by purchase, at times, until he now owns five hundred and forty acres of good land. In addition to farming, which he has prosecuted successfully since the date of his settlement he has also been interested in sawmilling. He first...

Biographical Sketch of Robert F. Stubblefield

In many of the walks of life are those in Wallowa County who have labored faithfully for the opening of the country and the subduing of nature’s wilds, but there are none who have met face to face the hardships of the pioneer, and done battle with the opposing forces of the obstacles of the frontiersman, more than those who follow the agriculturist’s life; and well known in this class is the esteemed gentleman of whom we have now the pleasure to write, in giving the salient points of his career, while it would be quite out of place to omit mention of his integrity and faithful qualities of uprightness and enterprise with which he is so richly endowed. Mr. Stubblefield was born in Missouri in 1855, being the son of Thomas and Martha (Kennedy) Stubblefield, natives, respectively, of Missouri and Tennessee. The mother died while the family remained in Missouri and then the father came in 1878 to Union county, settling on Cricket flat and taking a homestead. Here he gave his attention to opening a farm and building a home until just previous to his death, which occurred a short time since in La Grande. At the age of nineteen our subject commenced battle for himself on the plane of life’s activities and his first venture was to operate in the lead mines of Missouri, continuing for one year in this work. Afterward he went to Cedar County in the same state and took up farming for two years, and then he made the trip across the continent to the Grande Ronde valley and settled on Cricket...

Biography of William J. Beach

Although the subject of this sketch has not resided in Oregon as long as some within Wallowa County, still he is nevertheless a true pioneer, having wrought with faithfulness for the welfare of other sections and since coming to this region has made commendable efforts in the development of the resources of the county and in the material progress of the same, while he has ever manifested excellent capabilities and showed both zeal and integrity, coupled with which are sound principles and sagacity that dominate a tireless energy and constant industry. Mr. Beach was born in Coshocton County, Ohio, on March 13, 1852, being the son of Dr. Joshua A. and Hettie A. (Lynch) Beach. He received a good education in the schools of Bloomfield, and in Smithville College in Wayne County, and thus fortified he began the labors of life for himself at the age of twenty-three years. At that time he migrated to Kirksville, Missouri, laboring there for a time and then returned to Ohio. In his native state, on November 7, 1877, Mr. Beach married Miss Ruvilla D., daughter of Edward J. and Cynthia (Smith) Carpenter, and then he returned to his home in Missouri, where he wrought with energy and wisdom, being numbered with the leading agriculturists of his section until 1890. In that year he took the long journey across the plains to the Web-foot state, arriving in La Grande in due time, where he remained until the following spring and then came to Wallowa County, selecting here the place where he now lives, two miles north from Paradise, and entering a homestead right....
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