Oregon Pioneer Biographies - William Andrew Currier

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From "History of Central Oregon," published 1906
Biographical Sketches of Lake County, pgs. 880-881

Transcribed by: Sherrain Glenn

William Andrew CURRIER

William Andrew Currier, who is engaged in stock raising, resides fourteen miles northwest from Paisley, his postoffice. He was born at Corvallis, Benton county, Oregon on October 12, 1851. His father, J. M. Currier, was born in Irsburg, Vermont, February 12, 1827. He went with his parents to New York state in 1842, thence journeyed to Missouri in 1844 and two years later, crossed the plains with his brother-in-law A. L. Humphrey, and two sisters, and settled on a donation claim near Corvallis where he still resides. He took part in the Cayuse Indian War. In August 1850, he married Maria Foster, who was born in Coshocton county, Ohio, April 11, 1834. Her father, Andrew Foster, fought in the War of 1812. She had crossed the plains in 1845 with her parents. To Mr. and Mrs. Currier, four children were born, of whom our subject, Mrs. J. W. Belknap of Hanford, California, and M. C. Currier of Paisley, are still living. It is of interest to note in this connection, that Mr. Humphrey was a member of the first Oregon Legislature.

William A. Currier came to Lake county in 1875 and settled at Summer Lake where he still lives. He had married on January 19, 1875, Miss Kitty E. Hadley and to this union three children have been born, Eva, Ada and William Manley. Mr. Currier is in Lake county a most prominent and respected citizen and has the confidence and esteem of all who know him. He has been instrumental with others in making the county what it is today and has been very faithful in his labors. Since Mr. Currier has been elected commissioner of the county, it has prospered beyond expectations and is now centrally out of debt and he deserves great credit for bringing about these desirable ends. He is a successful business man and has accumulated a snug fortune since he came to Lake county. He owns seventeen hundred acres of land, all under fence, good comfortable house and barns, and raises all kinds of fruits and vegetables. Mr Currier also owns two thousand head of cattle and is considered one of the largest horse owners in Central Oregon, having over a thousand head of these valuable animals.

Fraternally, Mr. Currier is a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge, No. 177, of Paisley.

Mrs. Currier was born on July 7, 1862, in Siskiyou county, California. Her father, S. B. Hadley, was born May 10, 1828 and died April 20, 1891, at Paisley, Oregon. Her mother Amelia (Shinn) Hadley, was born September 21, 1825. and died October 3, 1886, at Myrtle creek, Douglas county, Oregon. Mr. and Mrs. Hadley were married on April 10, 1851, and the same year crossed the plains from Galesville, Illinois, and settled in the Umpqua valley, Oregon, in 1852. To them were born the following named children: Albert, December 20, 1852, Deceased; Margaret, March 9, 1854, deceased; Samuel, December 3, 1856; Melvin and Melvina, April 21, 1858; John, March 14, 1860, deceased; Kitty, July 7, 1862 and Henry, June 18, 1866.

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