Oregon Pioneer Biographies - Feliz Dorris Duncan

Oregon Pioneer Biographies


From "History of Central Oregon," published 1906
Biographical Sketches of Lake County, pgs. 915-916

Transcribed by: Sherrain Glenn

Feliz Dorris DUNCAN

Feliz Dorris Duncan should be named among the early pioneers of the country now embraced in Lake county. He resides some eight miles southeast of Silver Lake postoffice on the west bank of Silver Lake and there owns a nice home place besides two hundred acres at the foot of the lake. He gives his attention largely to stock raising and has some very choice Durham cattle and Norfolk horses. He takes great pride in raising first-class stock and always has fine animals. Mr. Duncan started without capital whatever and has gained the property that he now owns through his own efforts entirely.

Felix D. Duncan was born on March 26, 1858, in Lane county Oregon, the son of George C. and Louise (Rinehart) Duncan. They crossed the plains from Iowa in 1854 and made settlement in Lane county. In 1873 they came to Silver Lake valley, where the father is now living. The mother is deceased. Mrs. Duncan's mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Rinehart, died in February, 1903, aged ninety-seven. Our subject grew up in Lane county and there received his education. When the family came on to Silver Lake valley, he accompanied them and here rode the range and took his present place a homestead. He has been laboring steadily since in stock raising and farming and has a very good holding in property at this time.

Fraternally, Mr. Duncan is affiliated with the W. W. and in 1898, he was elected assessor of Lake county on the Democratic ticket. Mr. Duncan was among the first ones of the early settlers to come to this valley. Those who located in the Silver Lake valley in 1873, were Charles P. Marshall, James Sullivan, Emery Noble, George Thompson, Albert Rose, A. V. Lane, Samuel Smith, A. R. Chase, Mr. Marshall, Mr. Sullivan and the Duncan family are the only ones of the entire number that still remain. Mrs. Duncan, Mrs. Murdock and A. V. Lane's mother were the only women that wintered here in 1873. Our subject has assisted materially in the transformation of the country from the wild to its present prosperous condition and has always been a good substantial citizen.

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