Location: Summerville Oregon

Biography of Turner Oliver

TURNER OLIVER. – This wide-awake citizen of Union county is the son of Hiram W. Oliver, a biographical sketch of whom is also included in this work. He was born on May 7, 1860, in Iowa; and, although but four years old when crossing the plains, he remembers distinctly some of the exciting incidents of the journey to the Grande Ronde, particularly the pursuit of a band of Indians who were making off with the horses of the train, but upon close pressure were obliged to let go all except those belonging to two Dutchmen, who were in ill odor with the train for shirking their duty as guardsmen. That day three young men were sent to a fort some miles distant for government aid, which they failed to get, and on their return to the train were fired upon by a scouting party of soldiers and had two of their horses killed. He also remembers how the following winter all his father’s family were obliged to subsist upon boiled wheat, mashed wheat, and wheat straight, without salt or other seasoning. Turned obtained the most of his primary education by a systematic course of study at home, working at his father’s mill during the day, and studying by the light of a fire of pine knots at night. By this assiduous application he fitted himself to teach school, and...

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Biographical Sketch of Wallace McClain

This well-known and representative business man and patriotic citizen of Harney county is one of the firm of McClain & Biggs, liverymen and dealers in horses and mules in Burns, where their stables are, being also owners of a fine stock ranch. Our subject was born in Scotland county, Missouri, on September 16, 1854, being the son of Martin and Sarah (Childers) McClain. The father was in the confederate army and in the battle of Pea Ridge lost his right arm. He served under Price. In 1866 the family removed to Schuyler county and our subject was educated in these two localities and he remained with his parents until 1875, when he went to Waterloo, Iowa, and took up the grocery business. In 1877 he went to Elk City, Kansas, and the next year he came to San Francisco, and thence by steamer, George M. Elder, to Portland and soon he was in Linn county. He was engaged in a flouring mill until 1881 and then came to Summerville, Union county, and freighted from Umatilla to Idaho. It was 1883 when he came to the Silvies valley, engaging with Lux & Miller, stockmen. He took a train of twenty-one cars of cattle to Chicago and another to Omaha and was foreman of the company until he met with an accident of falling under a wagon, which unfitted him for...

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Biographical Sketch of Edward B. Morelock

EDWARD B. MORELOCK. – Mr. Morelock was born in Missouri in 1845. While but a child of two years he suffered the loss of his father, who, as sheriff of Sullivan County, was killed by the owner of property that he was selling under execution. Upon the outbreak of the Rebellion, Edward, a youth of sixteen, joined the Missouri state militia, and in 1863 and enlisted in the Forty-second Missouri Volunteer Infantry, wherein he served until the end of the war. In 1865 he crossed the plains to Oregon, locating near Summerville in Union county, where he took a claim and farmed and raised stock until 1881. In that year he sold his realty and located in the town of Summerville, engaging in the agricultural implement business, in which he still continues. He has been city marshal ever since the incorporation of the place in 1885. He has also acted as deputy sheriff, and has served in similar capacities in connection with his regular business. During the Nez Perce trouble of 1877 he was a member of Captain William Booth’s company of Grande Ronde volunteers. He was also a lieutenant in Captain Morant’s company of volunteers during the Bannack war of 1878. He was married in Missouri in 1864 to Miss Rebecca, daughter of Joseph and Mary Ann Harris, of a noted family in that...

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Biographical Sketch of Hon. John W. Norval

HON. JOHN W. NORVAL. – Mr. Norval, at present state senator from Union and Wallowa counties, was born in Knox County, Illinois, June 5, 1840, and is the son of James and Mahala Applewhite Norval. He resided upon a farm at his native place until the age of twenty, having while a mere boy suffered the loss of his father, and being a member of a family of four brothers and one sister. In April, 1860, he came west to Alexandria, Missouri, where he joined an emigrant train and came across the plains to California, arriving at Stockton November 6, 1860. He first found employment in teaching school until August, 1861, after which he came to the Northern mines in British Columbia, and for five years followed mining in Idaho, Washington and British Columbia, meeting with varying success. In the fall of 1866, he located a farm near Summerville, Oregon, and resided there for two years. In 1868 he located upon his present place, three and a half miles east of Summerville, where he has five hundred and sixty acres of choice land in Wallowa county. During the Bannack war he enlisted in a volunteer company, and was elected captain. In 1878 he was appointed, by Governor Thayer, major of the Third Brigade of the Oregon militia. Mr. Norval was candidate three times for the state legislature, but, from...

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Biographical Sketch of H. A. Myers

H.A. MYERS. – Mr. Myers, for twenty-five years one of the “pillars of the community” in the beautiful north end of the Grande Ronde, was born in Kentucky in 1820, and nine years later removed with his parents to Missouri, where he grew to manhood and received what education might be obtained at the common schools of that state. In 1864 he made the journey across the plains immediately to the Grande Ronde, Oregon, and located a claim three miles west of Summerville. For six years he was engaged in farming and stock-raising, and afterwards for six years lived in the village to enjoy the advantages of education and society. Purchasing, however, a farm a short distance below town, he again engaged in agriculture, and two years later returned to Summerville, establishing a livery stable. He still pursues that occupation, although retaining his ranches, which aggregate six hundred and fifty acres of excellent land. His wife, Louisa Speaks, to whom he was married in1845, is no less prominent than himself in a public way. Their home has been blessed with three girls, Catherine, Sarah and Jeannette, and two boys, James and Franklin, all of whom have ranches of their own in that...

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Biography of William L. Fugate

WILLIAM L. FUGATE. – The well known and representative citizen whose name is at the head of this article is one of the men who have wrought assiduously for the advancement of Union county and especially of the section where he has been domiciled, being one of the leading citizens of Summerville, where he holds the responsible position of justice of the peace, and also operates a collection agency as well as attending to much business as an underwriter, being one of the highly respected and highly esteemed men of the town. Mr. Fugate was introduced to this life on September 16, 1853, in Schuyler county, Missouri, being the son of Robert B. and Elizabeth C. (McConnell) Fugate. He has been an enterprising and wide-awake man of energy all through his course. His education was gained in the common schools with a course at the Ottumwa Commercial College in Iowa, having also served a good apprenticeship as assistant to his father on the farm in his native county and in Howard county, the same state. Subsequent to the completion of his course he engaged as bookkeeper for a commercial house, then went to New Sharon, Iowa, being married in that city on June 11, 1882, the lady of his choice being Miss Susie, daughter of Cornelius R. and Sara M. (Ross) McGuire. In that same place he was also...

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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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Biography of Charles R. Patten

CHARLES R. PATTEN. – It is with pleasure that we are enabled to grant to the esteemed gentleman whose name is at the head of this paragraph a representation in this volume of Union county’s history, since he has labored faithfully here for the advancement of the county and has demeaned himself in such a commendable manner that he has won the admiration and esteem of all who are acquainted with him. Charles R. was born in Walla Walla, Washington, on December 10, 1860, being the son of William H. and Elizabeth A. (Young) Patten, natives respectively of Pennsylvania and Missouri. The father came to California in the early fifties had two years later migrated thence to southern Oregon, where he was married and then removed to Walla Walla. In this place he raised stock and did carpenter work, being the builder of the first jail in that city. In 1864 he left Walla Walla and came to Union county, taking as a homestead the ground where Summerville is now located. He took up saw milling and farming until 1888, then retired from active work, living in Elgin, in which place, in the spring of 1889, he was called hence by death, the mother having passed away in March, 1872. Our subject worked with his father until he had attained the age of twenty-three, then engaged as salesman with...

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Biography of Hyrum M. Monson

HYRUM M. MONSON. – Although the subject of this sketch has not been in Union county so long as some of the earliest pioneers, he being one of the younger men, upon whom have falen the mantles of the sturdy ones who opened these regions for the abode of their fellows, yet his achievements have been of such a commendable nature, and his life of such an exemlary character, that he is entitled to representation in the history of the county, and it is with pleasure that we accord to him a place among the builders of the county, in its more recent development. Hyrum M. was born to Christian H. and Ella Monson, on November 19, 1873, in Richmond, Cache county, Utah, and there he worked with his father in the lumbering business until he had attained the age of twenty one, gaining meanwhile a good education from the common schools, after which he attended the Brigham Young College at Logan, Utah. Subsequent to that valuable course, he took up the creamery business and perfected himself in the art of making cheese and butter. In 1897 he went to Preston, Idaho, continuing in the creamery business there. In June, 1900, he came to Lagrande, being engaged in the sugar factory there, and in May, 1901, he came to Summerville, taking charge of the creamery association’s excellent plant at...

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Biography of Edward B. Morelock

EDWARD B. MORELOCK. – As one of the oldest pioneers of the Grande Ronde valley, and a wel-known citizen, the subject of this article appears today, having discharged the duties incumbent upon him in both public and private life during the long years that have intervened since he has domiciled here, in a manner that betokens the excellent capabilities of which he is possessed as well as with manifestation of those stanch qualities that are a concomittant part of the upright man and loyal citizen. From the state whence come so many of our best citizens, came also the subject of this sketch and in Sullivan county, Missouri, he was born on May 25, 1845, being the son of Enoch B. and Susan A. (Limbaugh) Morelock, natives of Tennessee, but pioneers to the above place in 1841, and there the father served as the first sheriff of the county, being called from life while in the discharge of his duties, in the year 1846. In 1885, in the home of our subject came the summons that called hence the mother and her remains are buried in the Summerville cemetery. In May, 1862, when the call came for men, true and brave, to stand and face the cannon in the defence of their country, Edward B. enlisted in the Sixth Missouri Cavalry, and on July 27, 1864, he reinlisted in...

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Biography of John A. Murchison

JOHN A. MURCHISON. – The subject of this sketch is one of the younger men of Union county , having the distinction of being a native son of this section, and to his credit it may be said that he has so demeaned himself that his life reflects credit upon his native county and her institutions. Mr. Murchison is a man of energy, ability, and sagacity, which have given him a good success in his chosen line of occupation-farming- and he is numbered with the enterprising and successful agriculturists and stockmen of the county. John A. was born in Union county, on the old farm that joins the town of Summerville, where he now lives, the date of this event being June 5, 1871, and his parents were Murdo and Marion (Matheson) Murchison. His parents were born in Canada, the father on January 6, 1818 and the mother on October 12, 1824, the former coming to Stark county, Illinois, in 1853, and the mother in 1849. In April, 1863, they were married, and immediately started across the plains, in the large train, known as the Scotch train, composed of two hundred and fifty wagons, the trip being completed without serious accident of any kind. They settled on the present home place in the suburbs of Summerville, where the father devoted himself to farming and raising stock, and has constantly...

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Biography of Benjamin F. Myers

How different today appear the rich farms of plenty and the scenes of prosperity in this county, where but a few years since were the wastes of unbroken wildness, peopled by the occasional savage and his attendant companions, the coyote and the timid deer. Men, like the subject of this sketch, stanch, stable and true, came with hearts determined and hands willing to subdue the wild, to repel the savage, and build themselves homes, where now are in evidence the comforts of civilization, wrought out by their faithful endeavors. We are glad to make mention of one who has had a part in this good work and establish his name in the abiding chronicles of Wallowa county. Benjamin F. Myers was born in 1861, in Missouri, to Henry A. and Louisa (Spikes) Myers. The parents were pioneers to Missouri and migrated to the Grande Ronde valley in 1864, settling at Summerville. There the subject of this sketch was reared and educated and wrought with his father until the latter’s death. The mother is still living. Benjamin F. continued to operate the home place until about eleven years since, when he purchased a place in Wallowa county, and there wrought for a period of years. He was thrifty, industrious and handled his land in a becoming manner to one skilled in husbandry. After some time spent in this way he...

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Biography of Neil C. McLeod

NEIL C. McLEOD – The legal fraternity of Union county embraces men of ability and talent who have been instrumental in achieving much for the benefit of the county in various ways, and one among this number who has exerted an influence far reaching and favorable toward advancement and progress, is he who is named at the head of this article, and to whom we grant a representation in the volume of his county’s history, both because of his achievements and his standing, having attained these by dint of hard labor since he was a boy, being a self-made man, and, as Mark Twain aptly says: “Not one of those who stopped before the job was done,” because our subject is pursuing his way with the gratification that at every turn he is favored with substantial and even brilliant success. Neil C. was born in the seagirt land of Prince Edward Island, August 15, 1859, being the date, and the booming billows chant was the music familiar to his infantile ears. His parents, John and Margret (Shaw) McLeod, natives respectively of Isle of Sky, Scotland, and Prince Edward Island, were numbered with the progressive and intelligent tillers of the soil in his native place. In 1875 they bade farewell to their island home and traveled to Otoe county, Nebraska, where they settled to farming, the son working with his...

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Biography of Roderick MacKenzie

RODERICK MacKENZIE. – Any compilation that gives mention of the pioneers of Union county would be open to serious criticism were there failure to incorporate an epitome of the sturdy pioneer, leading farmer, and prominent citizen, whose name is at the head of this article, and who has wrought for many years for the advancement of this county and the development of its resources having won here the smiles of fortune by the display of untiring energy, wise management and unswerving integrity, while he is to-day one of the real builders of our county and one of its distinguished citizens. To Robert and Catherine (Macbeath) MacKenzie, on February 14, 1834, in Sheildaig, on the Applecross estate, in Rosshire, among the highlands of Scotland, was born the subject of this sketch. His father died when Roderick was a child, and he remained with his mother until he had arrived at the age of twelve, then embarked with an uncle on a sailing vessel, bound for the fishing regions, and for four years he filled the position of cook, subsequent to which he spent two years in fishing off the east coast of Scotland, then was a sailor before the mast on a trading vessel out from the ports of England to the neighboring countries. In the spring of 1857 he came on a sailing vessel to Montreal, Cambria, of Greenock,...

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Biography of Allen Long

ALLEN LONG. – The agricultural population of Union county is well known for their progressiveness and enterprise, and one of this capable number is mentioned at the head of this article and it is with pleasure that we accord to him a representation in this volume, since he is one of the builders of the county and has manifested that broad public spirit in all of his ways that makes the loyal and up-to-date man, while his sagacity and uprightness have no less been displayed. Our subject was born in Noble county, Indiana, on May 5, 1851, being the son of Jacob and Hanna (Waybel) Long, natives, respectively, of Pennsylvania and Ohio. The father was a farmer and blacksmith in Indiana until 1855, when he transferred his residence to Boone county, Iowa, and there engaged in the same occupation until 1864, when he brought his family to the Willamette valley across the dreary and dangerous plains with ox teams. The same occupations were there prosecuted until 1872, when a removal to Union county was made and he bought two hundred acres of land from the state, giving himself to its cultivation and laboring at the forge until very recently, the latter business has been retired from. Our subject, remained with his parents, laboring with his father until the age of twenty-eight had been reached, when he took a homestead...

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