William Jeffers Furnish (1862 - 1924)

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Birthplace: Randolph, Clay, MO, USA
Death: Died in Portland, Multnomah, OR, USA
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About William Jeffers Furnish

Three year old, William Jeffers Furnish traveled by oxteam from Missouri to Oregon. His father, James Franklin Furnish died on the trail in Lost River, ID. His wife and son continued the trail, reaching Oregon and settling in The Dalles, then moving to Dallas and finally settling in Pendleton in 1870.

Source: http://www.museum.bmi.net/Picnic%20People%20A.L/Furnish,%20w.j.htm


William Jeffers Furnish was elected to two, two-year terms in 1890 to succeed Houser. Furnish was born in Randolph County in Missouri in 1862 and moved to Oregon in 1890. Before he was elected Sheriff, Furnish was a Deputy U.S. Marshal for three years. After leaving the Sheriff s Office, he served two terms as Mayor of Pendleton.

Furnish was in the mercantile business with Sheriff John Lewis Sperry, who owned Sperry & Co. He also worked as a wool dealer and helped reorganize Pendleton Savings Bank. In 1902, he helped start the Furnish Ditch Company to irrigate 10,000 acres in the west end of Umatilla County. Furnish had a half-brother, C. J. Fraker, who was a Deputy with the Union County Sheriffs Office.

Source: http://gesswhoto.com/sheriff-umatilla.html

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William Furnish's Timeline

August 16, 1862
Randolph, Clay, MO, USA
May 3, 1890
Age 27
Pendleton, Umatilla, OR, USA
October 2, 1893
Age 31
Pendleton, Umatilla, OR, USA
June 3, 1924
Age 61
Portland, Multnomah, OR, USA
Portland, Multnomah, OR, USA