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Noah Buoy

To the Buoy family opportunities existed but for them to improve, and that they have done so is evidenced by the active part which they have taken in every movement pertaining to the growth of the country while maintaining their own positions as pioneers and seekers after fortunes so bountifully held out in this western state. Upon many of the important documents of the state appear the names of Laban Buoy, and those of his three sons, H. N., John and James as four among the pioneers who organized the Republican party in Oregon, as well as being connected with many other prominent movements in the early history of the commonwealth.

A representative of this family is named in the person of Noah Buoy, who was born in Danville, Ill., August 22, 1837, the son of Laban, who was born in Bourbon county, Ky., October 8, 1802. The elder man was the son of a farmer and was thus early inured to habits of thrift and industry which insured his usefulness as a citizen of a new country when combined with the spirit which had animated his own sire when he left the more settled conditions of the colonial states and took up his abode in "the dark and bloody ground" famous in the annals of the middle west. He remained at home until his marriage in 1820 with Jane Blackburn, who was born on the east coast of Maryland in 1801, and shortly afterward they removed to Indiana, where he engaged in farming and the trade of a carpenter. After a residence there of a few years they located in Illinois in 1823, and during his residence in that state he served in the Black Hawk war in the capacity of scout and spy, a dangerous and important post in which he proved of invaluable service. While living in Illinois his people joined him and made that state their home until their death. For thirty years Mr. Buoy remained in the Prairie state giving his aid toward the advancement of civilization and development of resources, but April 15, 1853, he crossed the plains with horse and mule teams and reached Oregon City, August 9, of the same year. Coming on to Lane county, he bought the squatter's right to six hundred and forty acres located a half mile south of Creswell, and upon this property he devoted his time and energy in cultivation and  improvement, remaining so employed until his death. Not long after his arrival in Oregon the Rogue river Indians caused the trouble which resulted again in war and Mr. Buoy was authorized to raise a company, of which he became captain, leading his men at once to the seat of war. The most serious of the engagements was at Looking Glass prairie, though he continued in the service throughout the entire war, receiving the commendation of all who appreciated the great danger and difficulty through which he passed. He was also influential in all public affairs for the spirit which animated him was thoroughly appreciated by his fellow-citizens and they felt their interests safe when in his hands. He held various of the minor offices in his neighborhood, among them being county commissioner in which be served for one term, and he it was who assisted in the organization of the Republican party. He had been a member of the Presbyterian church since boyhood. He and his wife both died at the age of seventy-four, and of the children which blessed their union the following are now living: James, located in Portland; Thomas, also of that city; Noah, of this review; William, of Jasper, Ore.; Jane Knox, of Prineville; and Evaline Carter, of Junction City.

Noah Buoy received his education in the vicinity of his father's farm where he grew to manhood, and was then allowed to attend the graded schools of Albany. When a young man he took tip the trade of a brick mason, being the first man to make bricks in this county. He was only fifteen years old when he set out to make his own way in the world, and his inheritance of self-reliance and independence brought about the results which follow application and energy. After his marriage, April 15, 1863, with Susan Mary Hughes, the daughter of a blacksmith of Creswell, and who crossed the plains from her native state of Missouri as a member of the same train in which her husband traveled, he located upon a part of his father's claim and has lived all his life in this vicinity. In 1880 he removed to a farm of two hundred and twenty-six acres located two miles south of Creswell and is now
engaged in the cultivation of one hundred acres which are tillable, and stock-raising, devoting much attention to Shorthorn and Hereford cattle. In addition to his farming interests be has always worked at his trade and the combined interests were productive of wide returns.

To Mr. and Mrs. Buoy have been born three children, of whom John W. is located in Harney county and George L. and Burton H. still make their home with their parents. In politics Mr. Buoy is a Republican, and takes an active part in the promotion of the principles which he endorses.

source - "Portrait and Biographical Record of the Willamette Valley", pages 1513-1514

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