JOHN S. ELLIOTT. – Mr. Elliott, a representative citizen of Eastern Oregon, was born in Virginia in 1836. He received a common-school education, and remained upon his father’s farm until twenty years of age. Developing a desire for life in the Far West, he went to Texas in 1858, and at a town upon the Red river served as a salesman in the store of an uncle who was doing business there. In 1860 he enlarged his operations by taking a stock of goods to Denver, Colorado.
In 1862 he crossed the plains to Baker county, Oregon, locating in Powder valley. The next spring he engaged in freighting on the Umatilla and Idaho road with two yokes of cattle. In that avocation he continued until 1878, when he sold his team and went as a drover to Kansas, spending in this venture four years. In 1882 we find him returning again to our state and making his home at Union, in the Grande Ronde valley, and establishing a prosperous livery business. At the present time he has the reputation of having the finest livery stable in the Pacific Northwest, owning a complete stable well stocked with excellent horses. His public interests are large, and his influence in the community extensive.