Historical Picture of Crowd in McMinnville, Oregon


Sebastian C. Adams Jr., arrived in Oregon in 1850. He was known as a teacher and land surveyor. Adams married Martha McBride on February 6, 1851, in Yamhill County.


E. C. Apperson is a native Oregonian, born in Oregon City, May 30th, 1870 and came to McMinnville in 1884.


John Gordon Baker, known locally as “Uncle John”, was born in 1818 in Madison County, Kentucky. When he was 19, he moved to Missouri and married Catherine Blevins. In 1844, the Bakers built a cabin on present junction of Baker and Panther Creek confirming their status as the first residents of McMinnville.


Solomon “Dutch” Beary was the first shopkeeper in McMinnville.  He opened a general store adjacent to the Cozine’s blacksmith shop, the General Store was called “Dutch Beary’s General Store.”

Chinese Immigrants in McMinnville

The basement of the Old Elks Building housed a Chinese restaurant from 1908 to 1920. The basement covers an area of about 9,000 square feet. Chinese immigrants who came to Oregon were forced into the most dangerous jobs and were generally mistreated.


Samuel Cozine was born in Kentucky in 1820. He headed west to Oregon on the 1843 Wagon Train where he met his future wife, Mahala Arthur.


Frank S. Harding was born in Three Rivers, Michigan, March 10, 1856. He moved with his parents to Lagrange, Indiana in 1870 where he attended high school and learned the printers' trade. Harding came to Astoria, Oregon in June 1877 and worked in the office of the Astorian with D. C. Ireland.


Walter L. Hembree was a native Oregonian, born in McMinnville October 6, 1872. he was reared and educated in the public schools and college and at the Monmouth state normal.


George W. Hendershott, an honored veteran of the Civil War, was a native of Lenawee County, Michigan.


Orlando Orville Hodson was born in Carthage, Indiana in 1857. He moved to Oregon in 1878 and after working two years in Salem, moved to McMinnville.


Samuel Howorth, of the firm of S. Howorth & Co. of McMinnville, was the son of Daniel Howorth of Niagara Falls.


Hon. Lee Laughlin was president of the McMinnville National Bank beginning January 1897. He was vice-president from his beginning until 1897.


Arthur McPhillips was Mayor of the city of McMinnville, attorney at law, and member of the Encampment Executive Committee.


Charles P. Nelson is one of McMinnville's native sons. He was manager of the McMinnville Grange & Farmers Co., the largest general merchandise business in the city.


William T. Newby was born March 23, 1820, in McMinnville, Tennessee. He was orphaned at the age of six and later moved to Missouri, where on October 14, 1841 he married Miss Sarah Jane McGary. Newby was a traveling companion of John Gordon Baker during the 1843 Great Migration.

Walker, E. C.

E. C. Walker, of the grocery house of Wallace & Walker, was born in Shelby county, Illinois, in 1849.





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