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Location: Sand Ridge Oregon

Biography of Fred D. Gaskill

FRED D. GASKILL. – As a typical representative of the progresive western agriculturist and stockman, than whom there is not a more wideawake and up-to-date individual in the United States, the subject of this brief review stands, and although a man just entering the walks of life, he has manifested an industry and thrift and ability that have rewarded him in a great measure, and which he justly deserves from the efforts put forth. It is gratifying to note how excellently our subject has wrought out for himself here a prosperity and competence that demonstrate both his good financiering and his keen foresight, and practical judgment, while also he has shown the fine moral qualities of worth with which he is so liberally endowed. Mr. Gaskill was born in Lapeer county, Michigan, on September 3, 1871, being the son of Ebenezer D. Gaskill, now a resident of the Grande Ronde valley. As soon as our subject had arrived at school years he attended nine months in every year, until he was thirteen years of age, when he gave his entire attention to assisting his father on the latter’s farm, continuing in this praiseworthy occupation until he had reached his majority. In the year 1887 he came with his father to Union county, locating on Sand Ridge, there remaining until twenty-one years of age. At that age he commenced operations...

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Biography of Alpheus Terwilleger

ALPHEUS TERWILLEGER. Deceased. – As a builder of Union county and a loyal and patriotic citzen, and a man of marked capabilities and stanch moral qualities, we are constrained to mentin the gentlman whose name is at the head of this article, and we grant this memoir to his name since he was richly deserving of the commendation and esteem of all of his fellows,and it is with pleasure that we announce that he enjoyed the same in generous measure. In Hamilton county, Ohio, our subject was born on April 8, 1824, being the son of Mathew and Cherlottie Terwilleger, farms of that county, but later removing to Indiana, where the father died. Our subject took active management of the home place after the father’s death, until 1855, when he came to Iowa and secured a farm for himself in Marion county. There he remained until 1862, then sold his fine farm of thre hundred and sixty acres and removed to this valley, taking a homestead two and one-half miles north from Summerville, on which place and one other which he bought on Sand Ridge, he remained for seventeen years, producing the fruits of the field and raising stock. Then he removed to the place where the widow now resides, in the edge of Elgin, having eighty ares there and other land in other parts of this county. On...

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Standley, Louie E. – Obituary

Louie E. Standley, Pioneer Rancher, Dies One Week Before 71st Birthday Funeral services for one of northeast Oregon’s most prominent pioneer ranchers, Louie E. Standley, 70, life-long resident here, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Snodgrass funeral home, followed by burial in the family plot at Summerville. Born on the family ranch near Sand Ridge in 1879, Mr. Standley died in a city hospital yesterday after a long illness. He was prominently in Elks lodge activities since 1907, and his funeral will be in charge of the lodge, with Rev. Louis Samson officiating. Standley, who would have been 71 March 30, started a partnership on the old family ranch with his father in 1900. Size of the ranch was increased from 400 to 600 acres, with stress laid on raising of top Herefords. In 1920, he and his father sold out their acreage and cattle, the father dying in 1934. Standley, always active, returned to cattle raising in 1922, acquiring a huge range in the Jordan creek district. In 1934, he entered a partnership with his wife and son, J. Dale Standley, ranching 3,000 acres in the Jordan creek area. Long-time member of the cattlemen’s association, he retired in 1944. Unable again to stand inactivity, he emerged from retirement a year later, and took over management of the range until his death. Survivors include his widow, Mrs....

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Biographical Sketch of Robert D. Ruckman

ROBERT D. RUCKMAN. – Mr. Ruckman was born on a farm in Iowa in1843, and received a common-school education. at the age of twenty he leased a neighboring farm and conducted it till 1870, when he engaged in the mercantile business. In 1872 he crossed the plains to the Grande Ronde valley, Oregon, bringing with him a few fine horses. He purchased a farm on what is locally known as the Sand Ridge, and also secured and developed a band of cattle. In 1885 he enlarged his business by taking an interest in the Victor Roller Mills of Summerville, of which he is the present business manager. He resides with his family on his farm three miles southeast of Summerville, Oregon. besides other stock he keeps a handsome herd of imported thoroughbred shorthorn Durham cattle, a breed which is now the general favorite in the Pacific Northwest, and which commands almost fabulous prices. He owns over eight hundred acres of rich, level land, and in the parlance of this day is “well-to-do.” In Iowa in 1866 he married Miss Emma S. Coen of Ohio. Their one son, Elbridge H. Ruckman, is now a resident of Union county. The mother died in 1867, when this son was four months old. In Union county in 1881 Mr. Ruckman married Mrs. Martha J. Mitchel, née Neville, a native of Iowa. He has...

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