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Fred Luscher

Fred Luscher was born in Switzerland, March 6, 1856, and came to Oregon in 1882. He went to Bridal Veil where he took up a homestead in 1883. In 1884 he married Anna Barbara Zuercher, who was born May 25, 1858, in Bern, Switzerland.

Their first home was a little log cabin where they sold chickens and milk to make a living. At that time the O.R.&N. railroad was being built and Mr. Luscher was hired as track walker.

Indians were very common but all were peaceful. A paper mill was soon built, making employment for new settlers that were fast coming in.

The Luschers then went into the milk business. They also owned a farm near Crown Point.

Their first child, a daughter named Marie, was born August 4, 1885. The next four children, August, Julia, Emma and Freddie, died within one week in December from diphtheria. In 1895 another son was born named Fritz, who still operates a dairy near Bridal Veil. Ben was born in 1891. Another daughter, Ella Marie, was born in 1891. She passed away in 1945, leaving one son, Stanley Gray, now living in Portland.

Marie married in 1904 and has two sons, Lionel H. Woodworth of Vancouver, Washington, and Miles E. Woodworth of Boston, Massachusetts. Lionel has two sons and a daughter, and Miles is the father of two daughters. Marie married again in 1943 to Percy Levisee, and lives at 5328 N.E. Cleveland St., Portland, Oregon.

Mr. Luscher passed away March 28, 1924, and wife in March, 1944.

[SOURCE: From a compendium of biographies hand typed and distributed by the East Multnomah Pioneer Association in about 1972, pp. 122-123.  Submitted by Dorothy Keefe.]

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