A well known and highly esteemed resident of Baker City, is an active, energetic citizen and a gentlemen that takes an active interest in the welfare and prosperity of both the city and county, of which he has been a resident for the last twelve years. He was born in Maine in 1837, and remained there till his eleventh year. Moving to Minnesota with his parents he remained there for ten years, during which time he received a public school education. Arriving at the age of manhood he moved to California, but spent only a year there, going to Washington Territory for a short time. He then went to Caribou, B. C. In the spring of 1863 he passed through the county, near where the town of Huntington now lies, and went to the Boise Basin country, later crossing the Fayette and Weiser Rivers, he crossed the mountains to Lewiston, where he operated on the bars of the Snake River for gold. He gave that up to follow the Kootenay excitement in the spring of 1864. He stayed but a short time, then went to Virginia City, Montana, and later, in the fall of 1865, moved to Salt lake, and that was nominally his home until 1876, although he was largely interested in mining, both through Utah and Montana. During ’79 and ’80 he operated in Colorado in the interest of the Omaha refinery works. and later erected a smelter at Bay Horse. Severing his connection with it in 1882 he established a smelting works at Wood River, Idaho and also conducted the smelting plant at Ketchum for Philadelphia parties. In the spring of 1885 he lane to Baker, and was successfully engaged in the cattle business up to his retirement, some three years ago. He acted as one of the first councilmen under our new charter for a term, and two years ago was elected by the council to fill a vacancy which he has held since. He is also a member of the County Court and chairman of the school board. Being a firm believer in the fact that our school system underlies the success of our republican form of government, he has aimed in every way possible to aid in making those of our county as efficient as possible and take, particular pride in the position they occupy. In 1868 he married Miss Annie Hedges, of Salt Lake, but lost her by death a year later. In 1881 he remarried Miss Ellen A. Paxon of Salt Lake and has three children, two boys and girl, all attending the public schools. He has been a member of the Masonic fraternity for 31 years.
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