Biography of Capt. Charles H. Kellogg

CAPT. CHARLES H. KELLOGG. – Charles was the second son of Captain Joseph Kellogg, and was born October 1, 1846, in Wood county, Ohio. Coming as a child to our state, he spent his early years upon the farm of his father at Milwaukee, and learned habits of industry there and in the sawmill. His early education at the Milwaukee district school was further advanced at the Central School and Academy of Portland, and was completed at the Portland Business College, of which he was one of the first graduates. After a short apprenticeship under Captain Baughman, he took command of the steamer Senator, owned by the People’s Transportation Company, plying between Portland and Oregon City, and kept his position until the company sold to Ben Holladay & Company.

At the completion of the locks at Oregon City, he had the honor of piloting the first steamer, the Maria, through the locks. For a time he was captain of the Governor Grover for the Willamette Transportation Company on the Willamette river. He afterwards commanded various boats for the old Oregon Steam Navigation Company until the Joseph Kellogg Transportation Company was formed, of which he was a stockholder, and at one time vice-president, and afterwards treasurer, and had command of the steamer Joseph Kellogg until his death, which occurred August 7, 1889.

He was on the water from early boyhood, and even in his youth was marked as exceptionally capable in handling a steamer, and received the praises of such old navigators as Captain Couch and other pilots. He became one of the most able and successful of the pilots that have ever run on the Lower Willamette and Columbia. His untimely death has not only been deeply mourned by his own family, but also regretted by the entire community. Men of his skill, breadth of mind and business calling are only too few in this state.

He was married February 2, 1870, to Miss Emma E. Goode of Oregon City. He was married secondly in January, 1882, to Miss Mary Ellen Copeland of Scappoose, Oregon, and had by her two children, Pearl and Earl Joseph.

William Harvey Kellogg, the third son of Captain Joseph Kellogg, was born June 22, 1859, at Milwaukee, Oregon, but died in infancy.



History of the Pacific Northwest Oregon and Washington. 2 v. Portland, Oregon: North Pacific History Company. 1889.

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