Thomas Barbre was born April 1, 1829, in Washington county, Vt., and when six months old his mother died, and when ten he was also bereft of the care of his father. For three years following this last event he lived with his brother, and then found a comfortable home, with a kind family, where he remained until he reached his majority, receiving his education in the subscription schools common to the day. On leaving the home which had been his for so many years Mr. Barbre came as far west as Iowa, and there engaged as a teacher for a period of two years, at the end of which time he started across the plains as the driver of an ox-team, every foot of the distance between the Mississippi valley and the northwest being traveled on foot. On his arrival in Oregon he spent about a year in Marion county, located near Salem, and in 1853 he came to Lane county and took up a donation claim of three hundred and twenty acres in Lost valley and one mile south of Dexter. This has remained his home since, with the exception of two and a half years, which he spent upon a farm north of Eugene, having purchased land in that vicinity, and owning at the present time three hundred and eleven acres, seventy-five of which are under cultivation, and is carrying on general farming and stock-raising, in the latter business having a number of Hereford cattle.
Mr. Barbre and wife are the parents of the following children: Irvin, located in this vicinity; Minnie, now Mrs. Vorgli, of southern Oregon; Lurilla, now Mrs. Hanna, of Baker City; Alma, now Mrs. Handsaker, of Eugene; Clyde, Mrs. Jinks, of Butte, Mont.; and Earl, at home with his parents. Mr. Barbre is a Republican, and in religion belongs to the Christian Church, in which he has always manifested great interest and activity.
"Portrait and Biographical Record of the Willamette Valley"