Oregon Pioneer Biographies - Frank M. Duke

Oregon Pioneer Biographies


From "History of Central Oregon," published 1906
Biographical Sketches of Lake County, pgs. 887-888

Transcribed by: Sherrain Glenn

Frank M. DUKE

Frank M. Duke has a home consisting of two hundred and thirty-seven and one-half acres of land three miles south from Lakeview, where he is engaged in farming and stock raising. His land is well improved and is for the most part devoted to the growing of hay for feed for Mr. Duke's large heard of cattle.

Born April 18, 1861, Frank M. Duke is a native of Morgan county, Missouri. His father was William H. Duke, a native of Madison county, Kentucky, and went to Missouri at the age of nineteen years. He came to the Goose Lake country in 1876, and lived there until his death at the age of seventy-three years, March 18, 1904. William H. Duke's father was Patrick Henry Duke and his grandfather served in the patriot army during the Revolutionary War. Our subject's mother was Ann (Thompson) Duke, who was born and who died, in Missouri.

Mr. Duke came west with his father in 1876. He began life for himself in 1882, his start being by working for a salary on a ranch. He located a home stead in 1888 and has been engaged in stock raising and farming since that time.

In 1904 Mr. Duke was the nominee of the Democratic party for the office of county sheriff, but owing to the great strength of the Republican party in Lake county, and to the popularity of its nominee for office to which Mr. Duke aspired, he was defeated at the polls.

Mr. Duke was married November 20, 1887, to Mary E. Feeler, born in Walla Walla county, Washington. Her father is Simon Feeler, a native of Indiana and an early pioneer of Walla Walla county. From Walla Walla he removed to California then to Goose Lake valley, and lastly to the vicinity of Fruitland, Stevens county, Washington, where he is now living. Mrs Duke's mother was Martha (King) Feeler, a nativce of the state of Missouri.

Mr. and Mrs. Duke are parents of one child, Lora Ethel Duke.

Mr. and Mrs. Duke are regarded as being among the most strictly moral and honorable residents of Lake county, and both are members of the Baptist church.

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