Biographical Sketch of William H. Bacon

He has the distinction of being one of those who assisted in bringing the wilds of nature to well tilled farms and building thereupon comfortable homes in this section of the county, and much credit is due these worthy pioneers for this praiseworthy work. It is with pleasure that we accord to this gentleman representation in the history of Wallowa County, since he has done much towards the development of the county and the material progress since he has been here. His life of morality and uprightness has been an example in the community where he has resided and his sound principles and sagacity have commended him to his fellows in every respect.

On January 28, 1895, occurred the marriage of Mr. William H. Bacon and Mrs. Mary (Knight) McGinnis, a native of Kansas, and a pioneer to Walla Walla in 1882. Three children as follows have been the fruits of this union: Mary E. Sarah R.; and William H.

Very much credit is due to the man, whose hands, against all the hardships and deprivations of pioneer life, have developed the land, bringing the country into subjugation from the wilds of nature and the savage that roamed here and making it the abode of civilization. In this commendable work Mr. Bacon has done his part and also as a substantial, intelligent and upright citizen he has been foremost and forward in political matters, educational affairs and all that was for the advancement of his community.



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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