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A question lately arose on the
Genealogical Forum of
Oregon's Message list about the source of the naming of the Banfield Freeway. So thanks to everyone there who provided
The short answer is:
The Banfield Freeway, completed in was named for Thomas
Harry Banfield, Chairman of the Oregon Transportation
Commission from March 16, 1943-March 31,1950.
A longer answer is:
Thomas Harry Banfield was born December
20, 1885 in Portland, to Sarah and Jacob Banfield, both
natives of England. Jacob had come to America in 1871, and
was a naturalized citizen,
Here are some websites about the
Banfield and the neighborhood it is in:
A "MAX tour" (Portland's Light Rail System) of the
MAX vs. the
Sullivan's Gulch Neighborhood Association
The Lloyd District History
A nice photo of the Banfield
The State Reference Capitol's Who's
Who for Oregon 1948-1949. (Portland, OR; Capitol
Publishing Company, 1948), 41.
Banfield, Thomas Harry
Iron Fireman Manufacturing Co.
Civic and Club Leader
b. Portland, Oregon, December 20, 1885; educ. public
schools, Portland; m Margaret Elizabeth Weston at
Portland, Oregon, October 18, 1921: daughter, Harriet
Patricia; member partnership of Parker & Banfield Co
1912 to date, incorporated 1915, now pres; also president
Parker-Banfield Holding Co and Portland Wire & Iron Works
Co; chmn, State Highway commission (reappointed Apr 1944)
[and goes on for three inches of his memberships].
The "Oregon Book A-Z" says the Banfield highway was named
after Thomas Harry Banfield born about 1886-1950. He was a
Portland Industrialist and a Civic leader.
He was Chairman of the State Highway Commission from
Polk's City Directories
Henry Banfield, mining engineer, 332 Market.
Mrs Jane Banfield, S Lipman & Co, clerk, 332
Jacob Banfield, mill hand, south side Davenport, Portland
Martin C Banfield, dairy, Patton rd 2 w of S 7th, same.
Thomas Banfield, street grader, Whiteaker n w corner S 3d.
Sarah Banfield, (widow Henry) s e corner J and 13th.
John Banfield, laborer, boards s e corner J and 13th.
Richard Banfield, agent, s e corner J and 13th.
Sarah J Banfield, dressmaker, boards s e corner J and
Henry Banfield mining engineer 336 Market.
Martin C Banfield Patton Co rd dairy same.
Thomas Banfield street grader Whitaker n w corner S 3d.
Mrs Jane Banfield S Lipman & Co clk 336 Market.
East Portland, 1891
Jacob Banfield, carpenter, J s e corner 13th.
John Banfield, Richard Banfield, driver boards
Richard Banfield, propr, stage line, J s e corner 13th.
Sarah Banfield, (widow Henry), J s e corner 13th.
Sarah J Banfield, boards J s e corner 13th.
R Banfield, Eagle Creek Stage Line, propr, J s w
R Banfield, Sandy Stage Line, propr, J s e corner