Oregon Pioneer Biographies - Daniel Chandler

Oregon Pioneer Biographies


From "History of Central Oregon," published 1906
Biographical Sketches of Lake County, pgs. 884-885

Transcribed by: Sherrain Glenn

Daniel Chandler

Daniel Chandler has an extensive stock ranch on the Lakeview and Klamath Falls stage road twenty-one miles west from Lakeview, upon which he lives during the summer months, and he also owns a a fine modern home in the city of Lakeview where he lives with his family during the school year in order to give his children the advantages of the city school.

Born January 13, 1854, in Dane county, Wisconsin, Mr. Chandler is the son of Bazelial S. and Rebecca M. (McKinney) Chandler. The mother died in 1902, in Lakeview, while the father is still living in that city, being over eighty yeas of age. Bazelial Chandler is a native of the state of Ohio and was an early pioneer of Dane county, Wisconsin. He served two years during the Civil War, the second year being spent in a hospital as an attendant, and he was an active participant in many of the most bloody battles of the struggle. He is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic and is now living a quiet life in his own home in Lakeview.

Mr. Chandler is a member of a family of nine children, seven of whom are still living. Omitting our subject, their names are: Salmon B., Lakeview; Mrs. Mary E. Kinsey, Lakeview; James A., Mrs. Adell A. Tucker, and Heaton L., of Lakeview. Two sisters, Armonia A. and Ellen are dead.

At the age of seven Mr. Chandler went with his parents to Fayette county, Iowa, and in the fall of 1866 he came with them via the New York and Panama route to San Fransico, and settled in Yolo county California. Here the father took a homestead and settled, but the son left home and went to Plumas county, Califronia, and in the fall of 1875 came to the Crooked Creek valley, Lake county, Oregon and began work on a ranch for wages. Three years later he filed a homestead on the tract of land where he now lives and began to make improvements on his land. He also invested the small amount of money he had in cattle and engaged in a small way in the stock business. In 1899 he went into the sheep business, which he still follows greatly to his profit. He has now a flock of a few thousand sheep, and a tract of seven hundred and forty acres of land. His ranch for the most part is natural meadow land, though he cultivates some timothy for hay. He makes a specialty of raising hay on his land to feed to his sheep. He now has his ranch in a high state of improvement in regard to fencing, buildings, and so forth.

When he first came to Drew's valley Mr. Chandler found a few settlers, but all whom he found here then are gone elsewhere now, so in reality he is the pioneer inhabitant of the valley.

On June 1, 1886, Mr. Chandler was married to Elva C. Sanders, daughter of Jacob and Kate Sanders, who now live near Avon, Washington. To this union seven children, all girls, have been born. Their names follow, Mable F., Evalyn, ___, Opal, Edith, Belle, Pearl and Leah. (written in pencil Thelma)

Mr. Chandler is a member of the Woodmen of the World lodge of Lakeview. He is a prosperous and, one might say, wealthy man today, despite the fact that he came to the country absolutely without means.

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