Duncan research files of
1902 "An Illustrated History of Baker, Grant, Malheur and Harney Cos., With a Brief Outline of the Early History of the State of OR" pub. by Western Hist. Pub. Co. (FHL book 979.5 H2i and film 924,599 item 1; HeritageQuest image 2/2007, Local History Reel/Fiche Number 10474)
Pg.616-7: GEORGE W. DUNCAN, deceased. Among the living representatives of Malheur county there should apear an account of him whose name is at the head of this article, as a tribute to his memory, since he was one of the capable and upright men of this county, having ever manifested praiseworthy virtues in his life, being a devout Christian and also one of the noble men who pressed to the front to save the nation in the time of great danger.
George W. Duncan was born on January 29, 1843, in Williamson county, Illinois, being the son of Dudley W. and Elizabeth (Spiller) Duncan. He was reared on a farm and at an early age was deprived of both parents by death. He made his way in the world, encountering the adversities and sorrow of the orphan, but succeeded well in his undertakings. On September 17, 1863, he enlisted in Company B, Fifteenth Kansas Cavalry, for three years. His service was largely on the border between Kansas and Missouri and he participated in many trying skirmishes. At the close of the war he was honorably discharged and went to Linn county, Kansas, to take up the duties of civil life. And there, on May 19, 1867, he was united in the holy bonds of matrimony with Susan D., daughter of Jacob and Georgiana (Gleason) Sult. Subsequent to this important event in his life, he removed to Wilson county, Kansas, and there took up government land and gave his attention to farming until 1880. At that date, on account of failing health, Mr. Duncan sold his property and provided rigs and came overland with teams to the present home place. His health was much improved, but still he was not fully restored, and on November 28, 1892, the angel of death summoned him hence. He was fully prepared to go and he passed as the true Christian to the realms beyond.
The children born to this worthy couple are named as follows: Rosetta, wife of the late sheriff, Julian D. Locey; Alice M., wife of Cyrus W. Morfitt; Ninnie, deceased; Albert, deceased; Wiley B. married to Gretta Wisdom; Cora A., deceased; Walter T., Ralph A., Ray R., and Nannie B. Mrs. Duncan has taken up the added burdens of life since her husband's death in a noble and skillful manner and she is now attending to the management of their large estate of eight hundred acres of land, one-half mile northeast from Ironsides, where the family home is. The place is comfortable and carefully improved and provided with all necessary buildings, orchards, and conveniences for a first-class farm and stock ranch, and Mrs. Duncan has also a large herd of cattle. She is a member of the Methodist church, as her husband was, also, and she is a faithful supporter of the true faith, being an exemplary woman in her daily walk and characterized by graciousness and hospitality.
DUNCAN Family material in the Ross Coller Collection, Archives and Regional History Collections, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008 (photocopy of handwritten index cards, from Sue Husband, Curator, Regional History Collections, 10/1999; permission by Sharon Carlson, Director, to post on MAD's website)
SH: Coller was an area historian and newspaper journalist whose reference card information spans over 110 years of Kalamazoo County History.
DUNCAN, Ralph E. Sept. 22, 1915, News has been received of his death at Ontario, Oregon. Leaves wife & child. A sister is Mrs. Ward A. Lounsberry, Kalamazoo. After parents died in Schoolcraft, Duncan lived here with Dr. Foster Pratt. Learned printing trade on old Telegraph. Then became a tailor. In West 10 years. Buried there. [MAD: Ontario, Malheur Co. OR]
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