Oregon Pioneer Biographies - Warren M. Duncan

Oregon Pioneer Biographies


From "History of Central Oregon," published 1906
Biographical Sketches of Lake County, pgs. 918-919

Transcribed by: Sherrain Glenn

Warren M. DUNCAN

Warren M. Duncan the senior member of the firm of Duncan & Company, is managing a livery and feed business at Silver Lake. He was born on July 31, 1854, where the town of Vale now stands, in eastern Oregon, while his parents were crossing the plains to Oregon. His father, George C. Duncan, was a native of Tennessee and came to Iowa at the age of sixteen. He located near Des Moines and there married Louise Rinehart. They started across the plains in the spring of 1854 and arrived in Lane county, Oregon, September 17th, of the same year. Mr. Duncan took a donation claim in Lane county and for four years was assessor of that county. As early as 1873, he came to the Silver Lake country, location on the west bank of Silver Lake, and engaging in the stock business. He is now living a retired life in Harney county, this state, being nearly eighty years of age, his birth occurring on October 12, 1825. The mother is a relative of the Rinehart family of Union county, this state, and her mother, Isabel Rinehart, died in 1903, in her ninety-seventh year. Mrs. Duncan died in 1882. The children born to this venerable couple are Mrs. Sarilda Comegys of Burns, Oregon; Mrs. Emma Bunyard of Harney county, Oregon, Warren M. who is our subject, Feliz D., of Silver Lake; and George W., of Lakeview. Our subject located on a farm with his parents in Lane county and came with them to Silver lake in September 1876. He engaged in the stock business and took a preemption and a homestead in the Silver Lake valley. Later, he sold this property and came to the village of Silver Lake where he built a large livery stable. Since that time, he has been engaged in the livery business, his son being his partner. He has some good rigs and plenty of horses and does a general livery, feed and sale business. Mr. Duncan also has a good six-room residence in Silver Lake and one hundred head of cattle.

On December 31, 1880, Mr. Duncan married Ida Vanderpool, who was born in Marion county, Oregon. Her father, James Vanderpool, was a pioneer of Oregon in 1856 and also was one of the earliest settlers of Cook county, coming there in 1871. He died in Prineville in 1898. Her mother, Mary (Moore) Vanderpool, is now living at Prineville. Mr. and Mrs. Duncan have one child, Leslie Willard, who is actively engaged with his father in the livery business.

Mr. Duncan is a member of the W. W. and is very active and stirring man.

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