CHARLES A. BARRETT. – There is no good reason why the people of Oregon should not be as state. They are a selection from the residents of communities from all parts of American, and even from Europe, possessing the culture and intelligence of their native regions with the super-added experience of Western life. And we think that the work of settlement and development done by our people would be no discredit to any in the world.
Mr. Barrett is from Maine, where he was born in 1852. After a few years in Massachusetts and also on the Pacific coast in California, he arrived in Umatilla county, Oregon, in 1872, – a young man full of courage and vigor. His life for six years was on Wild Horse creek in the employment of Mr. J.F. Adams. While there he helped drive overland to Cheyenne one of those bands of cattle which were so numerous in Oregon at that time. In 1880 he came to Centerville, and undertook the raising of sheep and the rearing of horses, retaining his sheep interest until quite recently. In 1883 he added to his other occupations the hardware and implement store of Kasson Smith, and is still operating in this line. His real estate is quite considerable, -farm of 160 acres near Weston; two hundred acres on Pine creek, ten miles north of Centerville; and four residence and two business lots on Main street in Centerville. On one of these residence lots he has a dwelling-house costing five thousand dollars. This is one of the best in the county. The fire-proof brick building twenty-five by seventy feet in which he does business also belongs to him. This makes a thrifty showing for eight years’ residence in the town.
Mrs. Barrett was formerly to Mr. Barrett occurred in Weston. Her marriage to Mr. Barrett occurred in 1877. They have two children, Arcta, the elder, and a boy, Henry.
One of the solid men financially, the man whose portrait looks from the opposite page is no less a substantial pillar of society in every interest calculated to benefit the community.