Biographical Sketch of David Cary

The stockmen and farmers are the ones who have made Harney county what she is at this time, and it is they who have wrought out the wealth here that gives the county a standing among her sisters and to them is due the credit of opening the country and developing its resources in a commendable manner. One of this worthy class is named at the head of this article and it is with pleasure that we grant him consideration in this volume of this county’s annals.

Mr. Cary was born in Jackson county, Missouri, on January 16, 1836, being the son of Armenious and Anna Cary. David grew up on a farm in the native country, gaining an education from the primitive schools held in the log cabins. It was 1852 when the father provided the ox team conveyances and undertook the long journey across the plains to the Pacific coast. Six months were consumed on the trip and our subject drove an ox team the entire distance. They arrived at Oregon City on October 22, and settlement was made in Linn county. The train with which these people came was composed of twenty wagons and some deaths occurred from cholera, the grandmother and uncle of our subject being among those who perished. In 1854, David went to California and engaged in mining and the following year he returned to Oregon, and then enlisted in Captain Keeney’s company to fight the Indians and he participated in the struggle until the savages were repulsed and then returned to California and in 1860 came again to Oregon. Thence he went to Idaho and wrought in Oro Fino, Florence, Warren, and other camps until 1865, when we see him again in Linn county and on December 26, of that year he married Miss Rebecca A., daughter of Jesse and Anna Barr, pioneers from Iowa in 1853, having made the trip with the ox teams of the day. Our subject took up farming, and also operated at general merchandising and in 1883 he sold out and removed to Harney valley. Here he gave his undivided attention to stock raising. His present home is six miles northwest from Crane postoffice and he owns one thousand six hundred acres of good grazing and meadow land. Mr. Cary pays attention to cattle mostly and has a goodly band. He was one of the first settlers and has always wrought on the frontier and while he started the battle with nothing, he has now a commendable holding and is one of the substantial men of the valley. He is road supervisor, and always active in the advancement of the interests of the country. The following children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Cary: Mahalie A., wife of George Shelley, ex-sheriff of Harney county; Mrs. Malinda A. Stenffer; Clarence T.; John L.; Gracie. Mr. Cary has always so conducted himself that he has maintained an untarnished reputation, and he stands high among his fellows.



Whitman, Marcus. An Illustrated history of Baker, Grant, Malheur and Harney Counties: with a brief outline of the early history of the state of Oregon. Chicago: Western Historical Publishing Co., 1902, 871 pgs.

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