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The Ogden Family

The Ogden family came from Indiana by train to San Francisco, then by boat to Portland. They lived for a time at Two Cannons, 40 miles from Vancouver, Washington. Later they moved to Government Island. Here they lived in a shed and cooked over a camp fire the first winter.

They sold out on the island and moved by team and wagon to a place on the river where there was only the Camp Harlow store. Later Troutdale was located near here.

The youngest daughter became a missionary and went to Africa in 1887. Later she married and never returned home.

Two sons, Alonzo and Will, worked with the father splitting and shaving shingles for a living. They also sold chickens to the Chinese who were working on the railroad which was being put through at that time. Camp Harlow was responsible for getting a train depot at Troutdale.

Father Odgen passed away March 10, 1899. Mother Ogden passed away August 19, 1917.

By A. D. Ogden

Rt 1, Box 45, Otis, Oregon

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[Source:  Submitted by Dorothy Keefe, from a compendium of biographies hand typed and distributed by the East Multnomah Pioneer Association in about 1972, pp. 132-133.]

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