industry, which has furnished fortunes to thousands who have settled in
the west, is appreciated by Benjamin F. Beezley, who, at Falls City, is
engaged in locating timber, and dealing in real estate. He has made a
practical study of the timber industry, has examined the forests, and
knows where the best may be found, and in this way is of valuable
assistance to would-be purchasers. He probably has as accurate an idea
of the kind and extent of the timber lands of Oregon as any man now
engaged in locating claims. So successful was he during about four
years of this kind of work, that in 1902 he associated himself in
business with Zimri Hinshaw,
and in consequence the business increased and is becoming widely known.
Benjamin F. is not the only worthy representative of his family in Falls City, for his father, Edward E., the founder of the name in the west, is engaged in a flourishing nursery business. The father was born in the state of Illinois, and when a yound man removed to Arkansas, thence to Missouri, where he married Sarah Cossairt, a native of Jay county, Ind., near the Ohio line. His son, Benjamin F., was born September 3, 1875, where he engaged in the nursery business in Hickory county. In 1888 he removed to the west and located in Whitman county, Wash., and the following year came to Polk county, Ore. Near Dallas he rented land and started a nursery business, conducting the same with fair success from 1889 to 1893, when he transferred his business to Falls City. He is still active and devoted to his chosen occupation, for which he possesses special aptittude. To some extent he ships his goods out of the state, and, altogether, conducts a fairly successful business.
The oldest of the three sons born to his parents, Benjamin F. was early in life taught self-reliance, and was given a good education that he might better succeed in his life work. His education at Dallas College was of his own provision, for, at the age of fourteen, he hired out as a farm hand, and carefully saved his earnings, that he might gain a knowledge of the higher branches. Eventually, he engaged in teaching for a year, and, in 1900, started the business in which he is still interested. He is a very intelligent and well-posted man, and it is his aim to increase his general knowledge as opportunity shall present itself. In January, 1900, he took up a homestead claim of one hundred and sixty acres on the Siletz river, which he proposed to improve and sell. Three children have been born into the family of Mr. Beezley, of whom John E. is attending the normal school at Monmouth, Ore., and Jessie is living at home.
B. F. Beezley is a Republican in politics, and is fraternally prominent, being a member of the Eastern Star, the Blue Lodge, F. & A. M.; the Independent Order of Odd Fellows; the Modern Woodmen of America, and the Grange.
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