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Honorable Alfred Blevins

As a farmer and cattle-raiser, Indian fighter, miner and state legislator, Hon. Alfred Blevins has filled an important niche in the development of Oregon, and especially of Linn county. He is a member of a prominent pioneer family of this state, and his birth occurred in Rockcastle, Trigg county, Ky., October 24, 1837, a son of Isaac Blevins, of whom extended mention is made in the sketch of his son, Andrew J. Blevins.

Educated in the district schools of his home township, Mr. Blevins early came to realize the limitations by which he was surrounded, and when twenty-one years of age left his home and came to California in search of a fortune in the mines. After a short time spent in mining and prospecting he came to the conclusion that he was not one of the elect, so turned his attention to mining and cattle-rasing in Jackson county, Ore. His operations were necessarily retarded by the precarious condition of the country at that tie, for the Indians were constantly harassing the white men and resenting the encroachment upon the land hitherto their sole possession. To suppress the rising rebellion, Mr. Blevins enlisted in Company C, Second Mounted Volunteers, and served for one hundred and three days, mostly on guard duty. He also served as guard for freighters between the Willamette valley and southern Oregon, but it must not be understood that he escaped active duty, for in the capacity of private he came to a full realization of the barbarous warfare of the supplanted red men.

Returning to his home ranch, Mr. Blevins took advantage of the Salmon river excitement in Idaho, and was so successful that he remained there about six years. In 1869 he returned to his old home place, and the following year, in 1870, was united in marriage with Lucina Maxie, who was born in Missouri, June 8, 1852, and with whom he went to housekeeping on a farm he purchased that fall and which is still their home, one and a half miles west of Tangent, the same being a part of the old James Cochran donation claim. The farm consists of two hundred and seventeen and a half acres, one hundred and seventy-five of which are under cultivation. The majority of the improvements are due to the enterprise and progress of the present owner, who has a comfortable dwelling, good barns, outhouses and fences, and who is extensively engaging in general farming and the raising of fine stock, principally Shorthorn cattle. Mr. Blevins possesses pronounced business ability, and for fourteen years managed the Albany Farmers Company Elevator at Tangent. Other business projects have benefited by his far-sighted judgment, and, taken all in all, his active life has been diverse, interesting, and above all useful, and productive of general excellence. A Socialist in political affiliation, he has held many minor local offices, and has twice represented his district in the state legislature. He is a member of the Grange at Tangent, and is identified with Corinthian Lodge No. 17, A. F. & A. M. Nine children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Blevins, of whom Lillie died in infancy; Laura also died at the age of seventeen years; Wade H. lives in Douglas county, Ore.; Clara, Alfred, Georgia, Edna, Hattie and Glenn are at home. Mr. Blevins is one of the representative men of this county, and to an unusual extent enjoys the confidence and good will of his fellow agriculturists.

source - "Portrait and Biographical Record of the Willamette Valley", pages 1058-1059

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