The Fay Family: Genealogies: Harrison K. Fay

Harrison K. Fay (1808 - 1850)
And his Descendants
Moving West
Trail of the Pioneers


Trail of the Pioneers
"Milton's first lumber mill was initiated in 1874 by Walter Scott Brown and his partner, Johnathan Talbert. The Talbert and Brown Chop Mill stood on what is now W. E. Ninth Street, near the Rogers-Walla Walla Canning Company. Brown hailed from Wisconsin, where he was born on April 12, 1833. Little did he know that he was to be a valuable pioneer of the Milton-Frewater area when he moved out here in 1864 from Racine, Wis.

As a young man, Brown worked in the woods of Fond Du Lac, Wis., floating logs down the Fox River to Chicao. Ill. On November 13, 1860, he married Maria Clarrissa Fay in Facine, where she was born on August 25, 1836. The family headed west four years after their marriage along with their two daughters. They traveled by wagon train, and along the way, they stopped at Cowl Crossing where Daniel Frank, their first son, was born. The Brown's arrived in Milton in the fall of 1864.

After Brown settled in the area and started the mill, he and Frank Hull, his son-in-law, later bought the Milton Eagle from a party named Brewster. He owned and published the newspaper for twelve or fifteen years. Brown later sold the publiscation to his son, Winfield, who managed the newspaper until 1908.

The Brown family donated a parcel of land to the city of Milton. Part of the doncation now is located on S.W. Sixth Street and formerly known as Brown Street.

Walter Brown and his wife, Clarrissa, lived in Milton until his death on June 2, 1908. Mrs. Brown died on June 26, 1916. Members of the family continued to reside in the local area and descendents [sic] continue to remain in Milton-freewater and surrounding communities. Mrs. Anna L. Wallace, a granddaughter and three great-grandchildren, Mrs. Harold Wagner, Mrs. Al Beard and Mrs. Florence Gleason live in Milton-Freewater. A great-grandson, D. Wallace, lives in Umapine."
--Transcription of a photocopied article; W.S. Caverhill, in cooperation with the Valley Herald (now the Valley Times) compiled records of the families listed, in order to publish the history of Milton-Freewater and the Walla Walla Valley in a book called "Early History of Milton-Freewater," and a supplement entitled "Trail of the Pioneers." See Frazier Farmstead Museum
Steps were created for the "Trail of the Pioneers" at the Marie Dorion Park; the 16th step is in honor of Walter S. & Maria C. Brown and was paid by Mrs. A. J. Beard, Great-Granddaughter. Click here.

Oregon in 1879
Milton can be seen at the northern border of Oregon in the detail below.

A few links that I found in my searches:
Frazier Farmstead Museum
Umatilla County; an excellent site for history.
Oregon Trail Diaries and Emigrant Biographies; good primarily for links.
ORGenWeb; The GenWeb site for Oregon.
Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests