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George T. Cary

A descendant of a descendant of a pioneer is George T. Cary, his father, Job Cary, being born in Yamhill county, February 14, 1855, the son of Miles Cary, who crossed the plains in 1843, in the interests of the Hudson's Bay Company, settling in Yamhill county, Ore., where he took up a donation land claim of six hundred and forty acres near the town of St. Joseph. Upon this claim he lived for many years, rearing his family here, and putting into the broad acres the strength of his manhood that the tangled wilderness demanded should a harvest time be desired. His son Job worked with him until he was twenty years old, going at that age to make a home for himself. He first bought a farm north of Lafayette, which he worked for some time, but becoming dissatisfied he sold it, investing the money in the land whre his son now lives. He married Miss Sarah Perkins, a native of the eastern state, and of this union three children were born: Elma Doney, of Lafayette; Edward, engaged in the dairy business in Tillamook county; and the youngest, George T., who waas born December 29 of the Centennial year, and died February 13, 1903.

At nineteen years of age, George T. left home to engage in the teaming business over the country, a business which at that time, though full of hardships, still meant a great change from the humdrum existence of life on a farm, he being just at the age when he could most enjoy the adventures incident to such a life in a new country. But having been reared with the broad acres of harvest promise about him, the hills covered with the life for which he must care, it was impossible to keep away from the joys of tilling the soil, consequently he came back and occupied the farm which his father had bought and which the latter now left, purchasing another in the near neighborhood. Of one hundred acres in the homeplace, forty-five are in active cultivation. Twelve acres are devoted to the cultivation of hops, the remainder being utilized for stock-raising.

December 5, 1895, Mr. Cary married Miss Sarah Rogers, a native of Cowlitz county, Wash., and three children share the home, Luvern, Leonard and Sirene. Mr. Cary took pride in the fact that he was independent of any political party, voting rather for the man than the platform, believing that the greatest good will result for his country in a ballot so cast.

source - "Portrait and Biographical Record of the Willamette Valley", pages 715-716

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