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George Brattain

A model general farming, stock-raising and dairying enterprise is being conducted by George Brattain on the old home place located by his father, Jonathan H. Brattain, in 1849. The elder Brattain was born in the eastern part of the country in 1813, and at an early age settled with some of his brothers in Iowa. Here he married Ellen Trimble, a native daughter of Iowa, and with her settled on an average-sized middle-west farm near Fairfield, where his son, George, was born April 19, 1843. When George was three years old, in 1846, the family emigration to Oregon took place, the journey being made with ox-teams, and accomplished without any particular incident. The first winter was spent at Whitman's Station, and in the summer of 1847 Mr. Brattain arrived at Oregon City, where he worked in a saw-mill. A year later he came to Linn county, and just across the line in Benton county took up a claim, although he made his home in Linn county. In the spring of 1849 he, in company with two other men and two women, went in a little canoe down to Astoria, and from there  embarked in a sailing vessel for California. During the time spent in the mines he was fairly successful, and returned to the home place richer by several hundred dollars. This money was put into a claim the following spring, which claim is the one now occupied by his son George, and located one and a half miles northeast of Peoria, and twelve miles south of Albany. Mr. Brattain was only forty-six years old at the time of his death. He became very prominent in Linn county, was a member of the constitutional convention, and also represented the county in the state legislature. In the early days he served in both the Black Hawk and Yakima wars. His wife, who died at the age of thirty-three, bore him four children, of whom Benjamin resides at Alsea, and Mary and Edward are deceased.

Until his fourteenth year George Brattain lived on the farm which is still his home, and then ventured forth to make an independent livelihood, securing the position of cook for a mule train at Fort Benton. He also engaged in mining and prospecting, and for fifteen years made his headquarters in that comparative1y wild and unsettled region. Returning to the home farm he assumed the management thereof, and in 1879 married Margaret Bear, a native of Kansas, who proved herself a sympathetic and in many ways remarkable woman. Two children, Grant and Clarence, are living with their parents. Mr. Brattain is a Republican and has filled many positions of trust and responsibility in his locality, and he was at one time treasurer of Baker county, Ore. He is prominent and popular in his neighborhood, and has the happy faculty of making and retaining friends. An excellent farmer and practical business man, he is making success of his life, and is a credit to the thrifty community.

source - "Portrait and Biographical Record of the Willamette Valley", pages 1448-1449


 
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