Biography of R. D. Greer

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It is with pleasure that we. are enabled to grant consideration in this volume of the history of Malheur County to the estimable gentleman whose name is at the head of this article, since he is one who partakes of die real spin of the pioneer and since he is a man of excellent qualities and since he has wrought in this vicinity for the substantial progress and up building of the same for many years.

Mr. Greer was born in Ohio, on September 28, 1850, being the son of Guin and Elizabeth Greer. In 1866 he came with his parents to Lancaster County. Nebraska and there he received the completion of his education and gave his attention to farming. He first came to Malheur County in 1875, and then two years later returned to Nebraska, only to come west again in 188o. Settlement was made at Emmett, Idaho, and twelve years he labored there, then removed to Weiser, where he operated in the lumbering industry and then moved to Ontario, and there embarked on the mercantile sea. He continued in a successful business there until 1900, when he sold his interests and came to his present place, one mile southeast from Owyhee post office. He has one quarter section, well irrigated and improved and productive of good dividends annually. Mr. Greer is active in the affairs of the County and has ever been allied on the side of progress and enterprise.

The marriage of Mr. Greer and Mrs. Alice L. Conley, a native of Michigan, was solemnized in 1872, at Lincoln, Nebraska, and they have one daughter, Myrtle. By her former husband, Mrs. Greer has one daughter, now the wife of Frank Davis, of this County. Mr. Greer is one of the leaders in the establishment of the Owyhee ditch and has always been dominated by a keen foresight and perception which has given him abundant success in his endeavors. Fraternally, he affiliates with the W. of W., in Ontario.




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. AccessGenealogy.com. Web. 21 April 2014. http://www.accessgenealogy.com/oregon/biography-of-r-d-greer.htm - Last updated on Jan 19th, 2013

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