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Biography of F. S. Baker

F. S. BAKER. This gentleman has been one of the wide-awake and enterprising citizens of Harrison, Arkansas, since 1873, but first saw the light of day in Smith County, Virginia, May 22, 1842, a son of Andrew and Mary (Hash) Baker, who were also Virginians. They came with their family to Fulton County, Arkansas, and there the father was successfully engaged in farming and merchandising up to the breaking out of the great Civil War, and they then moved to Jasper, Newton County. In 1862 the father enlisted as a lieutenant in the Confederate service, with which he served until the war closed, being a member of Company of the Fourteenth Arkansas Volunteers. He was in the battles of Pea Ridge, Port Hudson and others, but after the close of the war Mr. Baker returned to his native county of Grayson, Virginia, where he made his home for a number of years. He then returned to Arkansas, thence to Oregon, thence back to Arkansas, and is now living retired from the active duties of life in Harrison, being in the seventy-eighth year of his age. His wife has reached the seventy-sixth milestone of her life. They reared a family of six children: F. S.; Elizabeth, wife of E. Pugh, of Boone County; Levi, who is a miller at Bellefonte; Eli makes his home in the Indian Territory; Ietitia is the wife of William Cecil, of Harrison, and William is a resident of Oregon. Louisa and another child died when quite young. F. S. Baker attended the common schools and Liberty Academy of Smith County, Virginia, gaining thus a good...

Biography of J. C. McFetridge

The subject of the following article is one of the stanch and loyal citizen of Wallowa county, where he has wrought for advancement and progress shoulder to shoulder with the best men in the county and has demeaned himself in a commendable manner meanwhile, having ever been led by his characteristic sagacity, prudence and practical judgment. It is also one of the distinctions that belongs to Mr. McFetridge, that when Columbia called for sons to stand for her honor and defend her banner in the Civil war, he stepped quickly to the front and showed his mettle in military service of merit and valor. Our subject,┬áJ. C. McFetridge, entered this life on December 22, 1844, in Smith county, Virginia, being the son of Ephriam and Armanda (Myers) McFetridge, natives respectively, of Pennsylvania and Virginia. The father was a farmer and schoolteacher and removed from Virginia to eastern Tennessee. His career ended at Maynardsville, in that state, where his remains sleep peacefully at the present time. In 1863 Mr. McFetridge crossed the mountains from east Tennessee to Kentucky and found the United States troops at Condon. He hired to work for the government as teamster, being in Bowman’s brigade, Second Division, Ninth Corps, under General Burnside. He was once called from his labors as teamster to fight Morgan’s command. After the war he returned to his home in eastern Tennessee. In 1870 he migrated to Wilson County, Kansas, where he engaged in farming and stock raising for nine years, then removed to Harper County for two years. It was in 1881 that he came to Oregon, settling on Prairie creek,...

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