When five years of age John W. Bland became a resident of Oregon, being brought here at that age by his parents, Moses and Martha (Needham) Bland, who were pioneers in 1851. John W. Bland was born May 4, 1846, in Bartholomew county, Ind., but was reared upon his father's donation claim in Linn county, Ore., remaining upon this farm near Lebanon until he had attained manhood, learning many practical lessons in agriculture under the direction of his father. He also learned the carpenter trade, and early began to work at this, which he continued at intervals for many years. He finally located upon the farm where he now lives, near Lebanon, upon the Sodaville road, the dwelling being abouth three-quarters of a mile from the city. There are one hundred and ninety acres in the place, upon which he is engaged in carrying on general farming, stock-raising and dairying, in all of which he has been successful.
September 28, 1865, before he was twenty years old, Mr. Bland was united in marriage with Elizabeth J. Powell, and the children born to them are as follows: Lillie, deceased, who married first Dexter Harris and afterward Charles Blodgett; Mareda P., who married Miss Laura Cornett, and who lives in Linn county; Wesley, also a resident of Linn county; Saloma, the wife of Homer Osbourne, of Lin county; Carrie the wife of William Calkins; Lucy, who died in Linn county; Charles and Mae, at home. In his political relations Mr. Bland affiliates with the Republican party, and, like his father, is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Fraternally, he is a member of Lebanon Lodge, No. 47, I.O.O.F., having belonged to this order for twenty-four years. Mr. Bland has always been interested in all public movements, and especially along educational lines, in the interest of the latter acting as a member of the school board and trustee of the Santiam Academy, which position he held for several years.
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