ELDRIDGE HARTLESS, deceased-The subject of this sketch, a highly esteemed pioneer of Benton county, was born
in Rockbridge county, Virginia, February 22, 1816, but at an early age was taken by his father to West Virginia,
where he was left an orphan. When twenty years of age he removed to Indiana. At the age of twenty seven he was
married and two years later removed to Missouri, whence, in the spring of 1846, he joined a party coming to Oregon.
Having first settled in Oregon City, in 1848 he came to Benton county, located the claim on which he died, September
1, 1882, and during life was remarkable for his public spirit and energy. Save a few trips to California, Idaho
and Montana on business he never left the county of his adoption He married in Lowell, Massachusetts, July 27,
1857, Miss Emily C. Bates, by which union there were nine children, five of whom now survive, viz: Sarah J., Virginia,
William, Eldridge and Clara.
History of Benton County, Oregon
Published by: David D. Fagan
A. G. Walling, Printers, Lithograohers, Ect.
Portland, Oregon 1885
Benton County, Or
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