Oren A., son of Jacob and Leah (Van Auken) Middaugh, was born in the town of Phelps, March 20, 1853. He was educated in the district school. In 1864 he moved with his parents to Marshall. Michigan, where his father bought a farm. Oren A. Middaugh there engaged in farming for eighteen years, and in 1881 moved back to the town of Phelps, where he is still engaged in farming. In 1909 he was elected assessor of the town of Phelps. He married, in 1877, Lucretia; daughter of John and Lany Hanes.