Biography of William M. Winn

WILLIAM M. WINN. – Although the subject of this sketch has not been domiciled within the borders of Union county a sufficient length of time to be called a pioneer, still he has been here long enough to thoroughly demonstrate to all that he is a man of capabilitities and enterprise and favored with those qualities that make the upright man and substantial citizen, while his industry and thrift are apparent, as well as his good judgment and financial foresight.

On December 28, 1858, he was born to Thomas G. and Phoebe (Orton) Winn, in Springville, Utah, and there he was reared on a farm and attended the public schools during his boyhood days. The family removed to Idaho and later returned to Utah, whence they went to Colorado and from that place Mr. Winn came to Union county. It was in 1898 that he settled here purchasing a farm of three hundred and twenty acres about twelve miles south from Lagrande. He also owns one hundred and sixty acres of fine timber, making his entire estate four hundred and eighty acres. His home place is well improved and is one of the valuable farms of the county. He is enterrising and industrious and is very successful in raising stock and the fruits of the soil. Mr. Winn started in this world for himself when he was nineteen years of age and at the time of his marriage his bank account revealed but tend dollars to his credit. Since that time he has been especially successful and now has a home place for which he refused recently four thousand dollars, besides much other property of value.

The marriage of Mr. Winn and Catherine K., daughter of Hiram and Elisabeth (Clapper) Hendrickson, was solemnized on July 6, 1884 at Summit, Iron county (?), Utah. They have become the parents of five children: Pearl R., William M., Forest L., Clyde V. and Irene. Mr. Winn is affiliated with the A.O.U.W. of Lagrande. He is well esteemed by his fellows and neighbors and stands as one of the substantial citizens of the county.



An Illustrated history of Union and Wallowa Counties: with a brief outline of the early history of the state of Oregon. Western Historical Pub. Co., 1902.

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