Oregon Pioneer Biographies - Alvin N. BENNETT

Oregon Pioneer Biographies


From "History of Central Oregon," published 1906
Biographical Sketches of Lake County, pg. 916

Transcribed by: Sherrain Glenn


Alvin N. Bennett is a prosperous wool grower residing one mile south of Warner Lake postoffice, in south Warner valley. He is a native of Walso county, Maine, born March 18, 1846. His father, Morton Bennett, and his mother Sarah (Martin) Bennett, were also natives of the Pine Tree State. The father was of English ancestry.

At the age of fourteen young Bennett went to sea aboard a man-of-war, upon which he served for three years, during which time his vessel was engaged in the attack on Fort Sumter. Later he shipped on a merchantman, serving nine years. While aboard this vessel Mr. Bennett saw the greater portion of the civilized world and touched on many of the South Sea islands. In 1870 he went to Nevada, with the intention of remaining there, but the longing for the sea was irresistible and he soon returned to the life of a sailor. Three years later, however, he came to California and engaged in mining in that state and Nevada until 1877, when he came to Fort Bidwell. In 1885 he settled in Warner valley, Lake county, Oregon where he was one of the first settlers in the country. He came into possession of land in south Warner valley and is today the only one of the first eight settlers to locate here, all of whom came at the same time. He first engaged in the business of raising horses, later disposed of his horses and entered the cattle business, and lastly, in 1897, he engaged in his present business, that of raising sheep. He has a flock of several thousand sheep, and has a choice hay ranch of on hundred and sixty acres where he makes his home. His land is well improved, as to buildings, fencing, and so forth, and is all under irrigation ditch, making it one of the most desirable farms in the county. He also own several hundred acres of grazing land.

On July 22, 1883. Mr. Bennett was married to Miss Jennie Morrow, born in the Sacramento valley, California. Mrs. Benetts's father was Joseph L. and her mother Sibbria (Ahart) Morrow, pioneers of California.

To Mr. & Mrs. Bennett have been born two children; Lenora E, now the wife of Irvin Wakefield of Warner valley, and Joseph M. Bennett. Mr. and Mrs. Wakefield have one child, a daughter named Daisy Wakefield.

Although Mr. Bennett came to Lake county with limited means, and a hard struggle for existence for some years after location in Warner valley, he has made a success of his business and today is in circumstances commonly classified as "well-to-do".

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