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Willson, Dr. William H

Transcription from back: “Dr. William H. Willson, Pioneer of 1837 from Massachusetts via Cape Horn on board the ship “Hamilton” from N.Y. to Sandwich Islands, and on the Brig “Diana” from the Islands to the Columbia River. Was born in New Hampshire in 1805. When a mere lad, his parents removed to Salem, Mass., where he learned the trade of a ship carpenter. Afterwards he went in that capacity upon whaling vessels out of New Bedford. Upon these trips he studied medicine, according to the method in vogue in the early days, and in due time came to be called “Dr. Willson.” He came to Oregon in that capacity with the reinforcement to the Methodist mission of Rev. Jason Lee in 1837. In June, 1840, he was sent as a layman to assist Rev. John P. Richmond in establishing a mission at Fort Nisqually on Puget Sound. He was married there to Miss Chloe A. Clark. August 16th—the first wedding in the Puget Sound country among Americans. The mission was given up in 1842, and then he and his wife return to the Willamette Valley. Thereafter as long as he lived Dr. Willson was prominent in public life. In 1843 he was Treasurer of the Provisional Government. He held the position of loan commissioner in 1847 by appointment of Gov. George Abernethy. In the winter of 1848-49, he was a member of the Oregon Exchange Company, which coined the first gold coins on the Pacific Coast, known as the “Beaver Money.” He was the founder of Salem, and left several tracts of land for city parks. He established the first drug store in that city, a business that he was engaged in at the time of his death on April 17, 1856. He was one of the persons who voted in favor of the Provisional Gov’t at Champoeg Oregon [May 2, 1843].”

Woodard, Harvey R.

Transcription from back: “Harvey R. Woodard. First locating near Vancouver, W. T., but not long after removing to the Puget Sound Country. Father of 3 boys: Theodore, Delbert, and Alonzo B. Woodard. For an account of H. R. Woodard’s early days on Puget Sound by his oldest son – Alonzo B. Woodard – see: “Tillicum Tales” or “Early History of Thurston County, Washington – page 255.”

Williams, Senator George H.

Transcription from back: “Hon. George Henry Williams. Pioneer of 1853 from Iowa – via Mississippi River, New Orleans, Isthmus of Panama, and San Francisco. Married at Keokuk, Iowa, in 1850, to Miss Kate Van Antwerp. For biography see - “History of the Bench and Bar of Oregon” - page 282.”

Wilkinson, Col. Melville C.

Transcription from back: “Col. Melville C. Wilkinson. Came to Oregon in 1874 on the staff of Brid.-Gen. Oliver Otis Howard, who came in that year to assume command of the Dept. of the Columbia. Under direction of Ge. Howard, he established an Indian School at Forest Grove, Oregon, which was the beginning of the Chemawa Indian School of today. Prominent Y.M.C.A. worker both in Washington, D. C., and Portland, Oregon. Killed in an Indian outbreak in Minnesota in [1898].”

Wilcox, William F.

Transcription from back: “William F. Wilcox. An Oregon Pioneer. The Pioneer stair-builder (that is he was the first man in Oregon to specialize on building stairs). He was also a Cabinet-Maker. He was in business in Portland many years. In 1873 his place of business was at Number 210 Front Street, and his residence – 207 Front Street, Portland, Oregon. Photo presented by David Monnastes, a close friend of Wm. F. Wilcox, on March 21, 1900.”

Welch, Ralph

Transcription from back: “Ralph Welch, Pioneer of 1847. In employ of Wells, Fargo & Co. for a good many years. Youngest son of Russell Welch, a Pioneer farmer of 1847 to Polk County. Brother Thaddeus and Matthew Welch. Messenger, clerk, and agent for Wells Fargo Express Company. 1870 – Pressman in the “Oregon Herald” office in Portland. 1873 – Clerk for W. F. Exp. Co. 1876 – Forwarding clerk for W. F. Exp. Co. 1881 – Way-billing clerk for W. F. Exp. Co.”

Watson, J. R.

Transcription from back: “J. R. Watson. Pioneer of 1852 to California. Removed to Victoria, B. C. in 1858; and to Olympia, W. T., in 1861. Republican – but edited both a Republican and Democratic paper at the same time in Olympia, W. T. Started the first newspaper in Seattle, W. T., Dec. 10, 1863 - “The Seattle Gazette” - and was its editor for a little over two years.”

Walker, Cyrus Hamlin

Transcription from back: “Cyrus Hamlin Walker. 1st Lieut. 1st Oregon Infty. Vols. This photo taken at The Dalles – April 1865. Born at the Whitman Mission [about 6 miles west of the present city of Walla Walla, Wn., on the 7th day of December, 1838. Oldest son of Rev. Elkanah and Mrs. Mary (Richardson) Walker, Pioneers of 1838 from Maine – via the Plains.”

Woods, George L.

Transcription from back: “Born in Boone County, Missouri, July 30, 1832; crossed plains to Oregon, 1847. Governor of Oregon 1866-70. Governor of Utah, 1871-75. Lawyer. Died in Portland, Jan. 14, 1890.

Wood, Sarah Frances (Welch)

Transcription from back: “Sarah Frances Welch married Capt. George Wood of Astoria – was able shipmaster and Columbia River bar pilot.”

Buchtel, Joseph, 1830-1916

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