DEARDORFF, Tobias G - Putnam

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Souce: Spokane, Washington Semi-Weekly Review 11 June 1907 p 7 (Tuesday)

Portland, Ore – in the death of Tobias Grider Deardorr, Clackamas County loses one of its well-known pioneers of 1850 and an Indian War veteran. He belonged to a distinguished family, after whom the Deardorff Valley in Clackamas County near Mount Scott was named. Tobias Deardorff was born in Putnam County, Indiana Sept 10, 1829, his father, Christian Deadorff being a pioneer of Indiana. With his father and his brothers, John M, David and James, Tobias came to Oregon in 1850 and settled in the Deardorff Valley then a wilderness and here the father and sons developed productive farms.  David Deardorff was a Methodist minister and teacher. The others remained on the farm. The family became a force and factor in the development of the country. When the Indian Wars in Oregon broke out the Deardorff brothers enlisted and bore a creditable and honorable part in defense of the settlers against savages in remote districts. Christian Deardorff, the father died December 14, 1884, and all the brothers of the once well-known family have now passed away. - kbz
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