Biographical Sketch of William M. Mangin

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The subject of this article is one of the oldest pioneers of Jordan Valley, a man of ability and worth. one who has wrought here with assiduity and sagacity since the early days, is now recognized as one of the prominent men of the County, has ever maintained an unsullied reputation and manifested a stanch character of uprightness and integrity, and in business circles has won a success that is a credit to any man, therefore he is deserving of a prominent posit don in the history of his County and it is with pleasure that we accord him such at this time.

William Mangin was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on March 16, 183o, being the son of James and Elizabeth Mangin, natives of Ireland and Nova Scotia respectively. Our subject received his education at his native place and at the early age of sixteen years he embarked on the schooner, Boston, which went to Newfoundland to load with codfish for Gibraltar; thence to Madrid where they loaded with fruit and wine for America. Returning to Boston, he then went to Mobile for a load of cotton, then transferred, after a summer spent on the bay, to another ship, the Dublin, and went with a cargo of cotton to Liverpool. Returning to New York, he made another trip to Liverpool, then made several trips to foreign countries, as West Indies, France, and many others. In 1856 he arrived in San Francisco, sailing on the good ship, Wild Duck, and spent some time on the bay, and then in 1858 came to the timber regions of Puget Sound, whence he went to Fraser river experiencing some exciting times with the Indians. It was as early 1872 when he came to Jordan Valley. He had a brother living here then, who died in 1874. Our subject took a homestead and at once went to farming and raising stock. He has been eminently successful in these lines and now has one of the finest farms in the County of Malheur, it being located one mile east from Jordan Valley, and consisting of four hundred and eighty acres of fine fertile land. He has a large bunch of cattle and is a leader among the stock men. In 1878 when the savages were on the war path, Mr. Mangin was of inestimable service in defending the settlers and he has always shown the qualities of worth and bravery.

The marriage of Mr. Mangin and Martha Kellog, widow of John Kellog a pioneer of 1872, was solemnized in 1883 by her former husband. Mrs. Mangin has four boys, Warren J., Joseph M., Edward C., and George A. It is with pleasure that we have reverted to the career of Mr. Mangin during his entire stay in this County, for it has been passed with credit to himself and advantage to all concerned, while he numbers as his friends all who may have the pleasure of his acquaintance.

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. 21 December 2014. - Last updated on Jan 18th, 2013

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