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Biographical Sketch of Samuel I. Lisle

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SAMUEL I. LISLE. – Mr. Lisle belongs to the earlier comers to our state. He was born in Ohio in 1843, and after a few years in Iowa made the journey with his parents to Oregon. The father, John G. Lisle, made his home on Sauvie’s Island; and Samuel was there raised on the farm, and enjoyed opportunities for education and business at Portland. In 1865 he turned his attention to mining, making various stoppages at Granite and Olive creeks and on the north fork of the John Day. In 1868 he closed out those interests and located a claim near the present site of Echo, Oregon, investing in cattle. As his means increased, he purchased large tracts of valley land, and has them under high cultivation. He retains his cattle, following the policy of letting them out on shares to rangers. A band of thirty full-blooded Holsteins, however, imported by himself, he keeps at home.

Mr. Lisle’s Indian experiences include the barricade or “fort up” on Sauvie’s Island in 1856, while his father was absent purchasing supplies for the volunteers. His father is now living with him in hale age. The first Mrs. Lisle died in 1884, leaving three children. His present wife, Nancy E., daughter of Reuben Stansbery, is a native of Iowa, and a lady of education and marked social qualities.

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