Biographical Sketch of James Henry
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One of the members of the thrifty and intelligent agricultural population of Wallowa County is mentioned at the head of this article and to him we are pleased to accord a representation in this work that chronicles the events of Wallowa and Union counties, together with the careers of the leading men of both sections. Mr. Henry is eminently fitted to be classed with this number, since he has manifested uprightness, good wisdom, sound judgment and excellent industry and energy in all of his undertakings in the county and elsewhere, while his integrity, sound principles and untarnished reputation are manifest to all.
Mr. Henry was born in Denmark on November 20, 1842, being the son of Henry Elberg, also a native of Denmark. In his native country our subject was educated and grew to manhood, serving for eight months in 1864 in the Danish army, during the Franco-Prussian war. In 1873 he came to America, settling in Illinois, where he gave his attention to farming for two years. Then he went to California and for nine years was engaged in farming near Sacramento, after which he went to various portions of the state and finally came to Oregon, settling in Wallowa county, taking a homestead, where he now lives, four miles east from Enterprise, also taking a preemption, which gives him a generous estate of one-half section. Mr. Henry gives his entire attention to general farming and raising stock, and has gained a good success in his enterprises. Since settling in our county Mr. Henry has taken several trips to different sections, spending some time in Portland under the care of the noted Dr. McKenzie. Our subject is a member of the Lutheran church and is a faithful exemplification of the faith that he embraces while his life has been such that he has won the approbation of his fellows and is respected and esteemed by all.