Oregon Pioneer Biographies - Daniel Boone

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From "History of Central Oregon," published 1906
Biographical Sketches of Lake County, pg. 909

Transcribed by: Sherrain Glenn

Daniel BOONE

Daniel Boone was born December 28, 1842, in Lincoln county, Tennessee, the son of William and Sarah (Howard) Boone, both of English descent and the former a native of North Carolina. The father was a soldier in the War of 1812, and although still almost a boy, was with General Jackson at the battle of New Orleans. William Boone was the son of Benjamin Boone, who was the son of John Boone, the latter being a brother of Squire Boone, the father of Daniel Boone, the famous Kentucky pathfinder. This branch of the family is descended from George Boone, who came from England and who was an early pioneer of Pennsylvania.

Daniel Boone grew to manhoood on a farm in his native state, and at the age of sixteen was graduated from the Darnell College, of Marshall county, Tennessee. At the age of seventeen he went to Washington county, Arkansas, and on May 27, 1861, enlisted in the confederate army under General McCullough. He was the youngest member of Company I, but was soon made captain of his company. He served in Arkansas until the battle of Elkhorn, or Pea Ridge, when his company was transferred to Corinth, Mississippi. Captain Boone participated in the battles of Iuka. Corinth and the siege of Port Hudson, as well as numerous skirmishes, and was finally returned to Arkansas. He was involved in the battle of Prairie Grove, in the latter state, and later was sent to Mississippi. He was under General Dick Taylor against General Banks in the Red River campaign, during which he was in two hardly contested battles. Returning again to Arkansas, Mr. Boone fought his last battle with General Price at Saline river. During his military service Mr. Boone was wounded numerous times though, fortunately, never very seriously, and his army record is one of bravery and attention to duty.

Following the war our subject taught school for three years in Washington county, Arkansas. He was married June 24, 1868, to Millie Dodson, also a native of Tennessee. He was a merchant and farmer in Washing county for sixteen years, and then brought his family to Modoc county, California, Mainly for the benefit of his own and his family's health, which was very poor in their home state. They arrived in the Surprise valley, California, in the spring of 1884, but soon afterward Mr. Boone came on to Big valley, Lake county, Oregon, and purchased land. He was joined by his family in 1890. He was engaged in the cattle and mule raising business for a number of years in Warner valley, and in 1898 he gave his land and stock to his son and he accepted the position of postmaster at Plush. Here he also started a small store, which he managed in connection with the postoffice, and before many years he had a stock of general merchandise on hand and was doing a good and profitable business. He has recently sold out his store at Plush, but expects soon to engage in business at Lakeview.

Mr. and Mrs. Boone have been parents of nine children, as follows: Erin and Veva, who fell victims of scarlet fever in the Surprise valley, California; Dr. Eugene D. Boone, a graduate from the Missouri Medical College, and now a practicing physician and surgeon at Caldwel, Idaho; J. Early, E. Marvin and George P. Boone, partners in the stock business in Warner valley, Oregon; Mirth and Mayfield Boone.

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