Portrait and Biographical Record of the Willamette Valley - Oregon," Chapman 
Publishing Company, Chicago, 1903, pages 466 & 467.

Strauder Froman  

A typical representative of the pioneer farmers of Oregon, Strauder Froman 
has long been identified with the agricultural interests of Linn County as 
proprietor of a well kept and finely improved ranch in Albany township.  Possessing 
an unlimited amount of energy and push as a young man, he labored 
intelligently and diligently by thrift and good management acquiring a competency, and is 
now living retired from active pursuits, enjoying the reward of his early 
toil and self-sacrifice.  He was born in Danville, Ill., May 2 1832.  His 
grandfather, Jacob Froman, was for many years a farmer in Kentucky, but, subsequently 
removed to Indiana, where he remained until his death.

When a boy of twelve years Thomas Froman, the father of Strauder, left his 
Kentucky home, going with his parents to Indiana, where he grew to man's estate. 
 Ambitious and enterprising, he subsequently engaged in business in Danville, 
Illinois, and in partnership with his brother Isaac made money in river 
trading.  One of his earliest ventures in this line was the taking of one hundred 
head of beef steers, and two hundred and fifty hogs, with sufficient hay and 
corn to feed the same, to New Orleans, going on a flat-boat down the Vermillion 
river to the Wabash, thence down the Ohio river to the Mississippi, which he 
followed to his point of destination.  Being successful in this venture, he 
afterward did considerable trading in cattle, hay and grain, shipping to the gulf 
ports.  Disposing of his Illinois farm in 1854, he removed to Nebraska, going 
with horse teams to Richardson county.  Two years later, Thomas Froman, whose 
son, Isaac and daughter America, now Mrs. Price, had settled near Albany, 
Oregon, in 1851, conceived the idea of joining them.  Starting with his wife and 
seven children in an ox-train, he followed the old Oregon trail for a time, 
but on account of the Indian troubles in Oregon and Washington  he pursued the 
California trail from Soda Springs, the thirty men of the train with their 
families proceeding to Chico, Cal., arriving there in August, 1856.  The journey 
had consumed four months.  Leaving his son, Strauder, the special subject of 
this sketch, in charge of the loose cattle. One hundred head of them, Thomas 
Froman went with the remainder of his family to San Francisco, thence by boat to 
Oregon City, and from there came to Albany by team.  Immediately purchasing 
land in this locality he engaged in farming, his ranch containing three hundred 
and twenty acres, on which he resided until his death, in 1880, at the age of 
eighty-two years.  At the same time he bought an adjoining farm equally large 
for his son Strauder, purchasing both pieces of land from Judd Ness Robinson.  
He was a member of the Baptist Church and in his early life was a Whig, but 
afterwards became identified with the Republican party.  He served in the Black 
Hawk war while a resident of Illinois.
 

Thomas Froman married Elizabeth Rand, who was born in Ohio.  Her father, 
James Rand. a native of Ireland, emigrated to this county when a boy of seventeen 
years, and subsequently served as a soldier throughout the Revolutionary war.  
Settling then in Virginia, he married Miss Carder, and afterwards removed to 
Ohio, where he lived for a few years.  Going from there to Indiana, he 
continued his agricultural pursuits until his death.  Of the union of Thomas and 
Elizabeth (Rand) Froman twelve children were born, eleven of whom grew to years of 
maturity, namely: Frances died in Oregon; America, now Mrs. Price, of Albany, 
came here in 1851, settling on a donation claim; Louisa, who died in Illinois 
in 1853; Isaac, who came to Albany in 1851, resided on the donation claim 
which be then purchased; Strauder, the subject of this sketch; Minerva died in 
Nebraska; Mrs. Hannah Foster, who died in Oregon; Mrs. Elizabeth Pate, of 
Albany; Mrs. Mary Lagsdon, of Albany; Thomas who resides on the old homestead; and 
Mrs. Martha Wyatt, of San Francisco, Cal..  The mother died on the home farm, 
in Oregon, at the advanced age of eight-four years.

Brought up on an Illinois farm, Strauder Froman obtained his education at a 
subscription school in a rude log school-house, the teacher boarding around 
among the families during the annual term of three months.  Going with his 
parents to Nebraska in 1854, he remained there two years, then, as previously 
stated, started in April, 1856, for California, arriving in August at Chico.  Being 
left in charge of the cattle at that place, he stayed there until 1857, when 
he sold the stock and came to Oregon, locating on the ranch which his father 
had purchased for him in July of that year.  Taking a drove of cattle across the 
mountains to California in 1859, he disposed of them at an advantage, and 
remained in the Sacramento valley until 1861.  Returning to Oregon, he 
subsequently engaged in mining for three or more years, first at the Oraphino mines, 
then at the Powder river mines, near the present site of Baker City, thence to 
the Idaho City mines.  Coming back to the Willamette valley in 1864, Mr. Froman 
resumed charge of his farm on three hundred and twenty acres, which is finely 
located about three and one-half miles southeast of Albany, and for more than 
a score of years was prosperously engaged in general farming and 
stock-raising.  Since 1885 he has rented his ranch and resided in Albany.  He is one of the 
organizers of the Albany Creamery Association, of which he has been president 
from the time of its inception, managing its affairs most successfully and 
satisfactorily.

On November 11, 1868, Mr. Froman married, in Albany, Ophelia C. Moore, who 
was born near Middletown, N.Y., a daughter of Henry Moore.  Her grandfather, 
Jacob Moore, was born of Scotch ancestors, in the North of Ireland, and emigrated 
to this country from there, locating as a farmer in Orange county, N.Y.  
Henry Moore, a native of Orange county, N.Y., was a farmer by occupation, and 
removed from his native town to Illinois, purchasing a farm at Whig Hill, near 
Rockford, where he engaged in farming until his death.  He married Frances 
Slaughter, who was born in Orange county., N.Y., of German ancestry, being the 
daughter of Isaac Slaughter, a farmer.  She survived her husband, and, in 1864, 
started across the plains with her six children, three boys and three girls, in 
the train commanded by Captain Medorum Crawford, the train consisting of three 
wagons, each drawn by four horses.  At Fort Laramie she was taken sick and 
died.  The children continued with the company and after spending a year at Walla 
Walla, Wash., came, in 1865, to Linn county.  Three of the children are still 
living, Mrs. Froman being the eldest.  Politically Mr. Froman is an 
uncompromising Republican, ever loyal to the interests of his party and his community.  
Fraternally he was made a Mason in Chico, Calif., and is now a member of 
Corinthian Lodge. A.F.& A. M.   He likewise belongs to the Albany Grange, which he 
has served as master.  Mrs. Froman is a member of the Eastern Star Lodge.