The birth of Henry T. Bristow occurred September 13, 1852, in Macon county, Mo., he being a son of Wesley O. and Sarah (Cherry) Bristow, natives respectively of Virginia and Illinois, the former born April 15, 1815. The father's family, who were of English descent moved from the Old Dominion when their son was a mere youth and settled in Illinois in the early days of that state's history. It was while residing there that he met and married the future sharer of his joys and sorrows, Sarah Cherry. Some years after their marriage, in 1839, they removed to Missouri, which was their home thenceforth until their death, Mr. Bristow passing away when seventy-two years of age, and his wife when comparatively a young woman, at the age of forty-one.
Of the twelve children who comprised the parental family, Henry T. Bristow was the eleventh in order of birth. His earliest knowledge of books was obtained in the district schools in the vicinity of his home in Macon county, Mo., and subsequently it was his good fortune to attend the state normal at Kirksville, Adair county, Mo. Upon graduating from the latter institution he began teaching school, and for the following ten years was engaged in this vocation, a portion of the time in Missouri and the remainder in Oregon. It was in 1874 that he became identified with this growing state in the west, settlement being made in Lane county. There in 1884 he was united in marriage with Joycy Laird, a native of that county, and there the young people made their home for five years, or until 1889, when they located in Polk county. His identification with Benton county dates from the year 1890, when he purchased his present farm of five hundred and sixty acres, conveniently located one and one-half miles west of Bellfountain. Many improvements have been made since the property came into Mr. Bristow's possession, and he now has one hundred acres planted to prunes, and fifty acres to apples and pears. In order to properly prepare the fruit for the market Mr. Bristow has erected a large modern drying house, equipped with all the latest improvements and devices that can be utilized in the business.
To the marriage of Henry T. and Joycy (Laird) Bristow four children were born, and all of them are at home with their parents, their names being as follows: Gretta E., Floyd O., Hazel D. and Dorothy R. Although Mr. Bristow has resided here but a comparatively short time, the improvements he has caused to be made and the regard in which he is held by his fellow-citizens might represent a much longer residence. In addition to his fine fruit ranch he also raises stock quite extensively, and from this branch alone realizes a good income.
Mr. Bristow and his family are identified with the Church of Christ, and are ever to be found on the side of all measures that have for their object the betterment of mankind. Fraternally he himself is identified with tile Fraternal Union of America, and in politics is a stanch believer in the principles laid down by the Republican party.
"Portrait and Biographical Record of the Willamette Valley", page 946
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