From "History of Central Oregon," published 1906
Transcribed by: Sherrain Glenn
Ahaz Washington BRYAN
Ahaz Washington Bryan resides some twenty-three miles north of Lakeview at what is known as the Bryan stage station. He is a stage contractor and has been in the business for many years in Lake county. He was born on December 16, 1858, in Mercer county, Missouri, the son of Daniel Boone and Mary (Fairley) Bryan. The father was born in Tennessee, in 1828 and served in the state militia in Missouri during the Civil War. The mother is a native of Ohio. They now live in this county. The other children of the family besides our subject are Mrs. Ella Strohm of Yamhill county, Oregon; David M., of this county; Mrs. Lucy J. Reed of this country; and Mary H. The family crossed the plains with ox teams in 1864, making settlement in Yamhill county, where our subject was reared on the farm and received his education. When still young, he took a trip to western Oregon, then returned to Yamhill county and in 1887 journeyed to Lake county. He worked for wages for several years then began subcontracting on the mail routes. Finally, in 1902, he secured the contract of the mail from Lakeview to Paisley and he has been handling the business ever since. In 1902, he purchased his present home, an estate of five hundred acres, one third of which is first class hay land. He has a good house, large barn, blacksmith shop and various other improvements. He does his own horse shoeing and blacksmith work. Mr. and Mrs. Bryan keep a state station for the accommodations of the traveling public and are doing a good business in that line. He also raises cattle and horses.
Fraternally, he is a member of the A.O.U.W. and the W.W. On July 24, 1892, Mr. Bryan married Nancy J. Moss, who was born in Modoc county, California, the daughter of Stephen P. and Susan (Casteel) Moss. To this union three children have been born, Bessie E, Tresse H. and Annie L.
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