Biographical Sketch of Henry P. Tietsort

The subject of this article is one of the venerable and capable men of the vicinity of Nyssa, being also a veritable pioneer of the pioneers, of the west having labored with great energy in many portions of the same, and has endured the privations, hardships and suffering incident to this kind of life. Henry P. Tietsort, was born in Cass County Michigan, on October 14, 1829, being the son of John and Angeline (Meyers) Tietsort. The parents were natives of Pennsylvania, but his grandparents came from Germany. Our subject was educated in the common schools of his native place and spent the years of his youth in labor on the farm. In 1859 he went to St. Joseph, Missouri and thence he came across the plains with mule teams, consuming four months in the trip. The train of thirty wagons landed at Red Bluff, California, and he went to freighting for a time and then mined. It was 1864 when he came to Boise Basin, Idaho, and he was also in Baker County, now Malheur, near Malheur City. He mined in various localities in the country, being pretty well over the western country, until 1892, when he located his present place of forty-three acres on the banks of the Snake, three miles southwest from Nyssa. Then there were but one or two houses between his place and Ontario. He opened up his farm, labored for the building of the Owyhee ditch and now has a good place, thirty-five acres of alfalfa, a food orchard and comfortable buildings.

The marriage of Mr. Tietsort and Miss Lydia, daughter of Henry H. and Malissa Carman, of Nyssa, was solemnized on October 3, 1880, and they have become the parents of the following children: Mrs. Lizzie Davis of Okanogan County, Washington: Jay, of Okanogan County, Washington: Orville, Ada, Ray, Roy, Alta. Mrs. Tietsort’s parents crossed the plains from Kansas by wagon to Boise in 1880. The mother died in 1899, July 15.

Mr. Tietsort was a participant in the Pitt River, and Selay Indian war in California in 1859, serving under General Kirby, and the whites were universally victorious in this conflict. He was also in a fight with the Indians in the Boise Basin in 1878 when many of the savages were slain. Mr. Tietsort has seen his share of danger and hardship on the frontier and now he is entitled to the quiet enjoyment of his place, whish his labor has provided.

Mr. Tietsort is also interested in a large tract of mining land situated across the river from his home, in Idaho.

MLA Source Citation:

Whitman, Marcus. An Illustrated history of Baker, Grant, Malheur and Harney Counties: with a brief outline of the early history of the state of Oregon. Chicago: Western Historical Publishing Co., 1902, 871 pgs. Web. 16 January 2015. - Last updated on Jan 18th, 2013

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