Oregon Pioneer Biographies - William H. Blurton

Oregon Pioneer Biographies


From "History of Central Oregon," published 1906
Biographical Sketches of Lake County, pgs. 889-890

Transcribed by: Sherrain Glenn

William H. Blurton

William H. Blurton who is operating a hotel and livery barn in New Pine Creek, was born on February 26, 1860, in Butte county, California. His father, John, was a native of Missouri and came across the plains with ox teams in 1858 making a settlement in Butte county, California. Later, he lived in Monterey county a short time then returned to Butte county and in 1872, came to Goose Lake valley. He settled near the mouth of Davis creek and engaged in stock raising there until his death in July, 1898. He had married Rachel L. Boydstun, the wedding occurring in Missouri. She accompanied him across the plains and was a faithful helpmeet until his death. She is now residing in this valley. They were the parents of fourteen children, eight of whom are now living. Our subject was educated in the various places where his parents lived during his youthful days and accompanied them on their journey to this portion of Oregon in 1972. He was here during the ravages of the Modoc war, there being but few settlers in the valley at that time. At the age of thirteen, Mr. Blurton began the occupation of riding the range and soon became an expert horse breaker. He has handled some of the fiercest and most stubborn animals in their county and has always mastered them in fine shape. He has the reputation of being one of the best horsemen in the county. For a time, he had a band of stock on the range, then he sold out his houses and ranch and came to New Pine Creek. Here he purchased two acres of ground and erected a fine two story hotel of thirteen rooms and a fine livery barn, thirty-six by sixty-four feet. His hotel is well handled and a fine stopping place. His livery is supplied with all rigs and horses necessary and gives a first class service. Mr. Blurton is being prospered in his and is one of the substantial men of the town.

On February 29, 1888 Mr. Blurton married Miss Annie Wallace and to them four children have been born, Edith May, Roy Earl, William Lee and Crystal Lonson.

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