Biographical Sketch of Americus V. McAlexander
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One of the sturdy, industrious and intelligent agriculturists and stockmen of Wallowa county is named at the head of this paragraph and we essay to outline his career, in which we are pleased to note sound principles, upright life and good abilities manifested, while he has ever labored for the advancement of the interests of the county and has manifested a broad public spirit and a patriotic heart.
Mr. McAlexander was born in Lane County, this state, on November 9, 1856, being the son of Andrew and Verlander (Dickey) McAlexander. He remained in the Willamette valley on his father’s farm until he was twenty, gaining a good education and being developed in those qualities that are the ground work and makeup of the typical man. Then he came with his parents to this county and took a homestead three and one-half miles southeast from Wallowa, where he lives at the present time. His father took a quarter section adjoining him and since that time they have given attention to the production of the fruits of the soil as well as stock raising. The parents of our subject are resting with him at the present time on the home place.
Mr. McAlexander married Miss Kate, daughter of William R. and Mary E. (Argo?) Warren on July 25, 1885 in Lostine. Mrs. McAlexander’s parents are pioneers to this country in 1850, settling in Lane County, later in Umatilla County, and in 1864 removed to the Colville reservation in Washington. The father is a native of Illinois and the mother of Missouri. Their daughter was born on September 21, 1864, in Lane County. Our subject is esteemed by all and is held in regard to the entire community, both for his stanch moral qualities and for his capabilities manifested in an upright life.