Biography of Frank R. Davenport
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Frank R. Davenport, manager of the Hood River business of the Tum-a-Lum Company, was born in Cache county, Utah, July 15, 1878, his parents being J. Frank and Helen B. (Remington) Davenport, who were representatives of old American families. In the early '80s they removed to Oregon and to J. Frank Davenport the Hood River valley owes its world wide reputation as a great fruit producing country. Shortly after his arrival in the valley he saw the necessity for irrigation and under the most adverse circumstances proceeded to build what is now the Farmers Irrigation Company's ditch. This enterprise has made Hood River valley one of the great fruit sections of the United States. The courage, energy and determination which he displayed were apparently not appreciated at the time by the farmers and orchardists who were benefited by his foresight and capability. Promises to pay their share of the expense were never kept but in spite of the many difficulties and obstacles he encountered he continued his good work and today there is no one in the valley but says that J. Frank Davenport stands first among those who were the promoters and builders of its greatness. Mr. Davenport was for many years manager of the Oregon Lumber Company later buying their interests and conducting the business as Davenport Brothers and in 1905 sold to the Stanley-Smith Lumber Company, and since 1916 he has been engaged in the sawmill business and in farming in the John Day country.

Frank R. Davenport acquired his education in the graded schools of Cache county and in the Utah Agricultural College, and also attended the Brigham Young University at Logan, Utah. His father's lumber business in Hood River was sold to the Oregon Lumber Company, the predecessor of the Stanley-Smith Company, and Frank R. Davenport was employed by the company until it passed into the hands of a receiver, for whom Mr. Davenport continued to work from 1916 until 1917, when he was made the receiver of the company, which in 1918 passed out of the hands of a receiver, Mr. Davenport then became manager of the Hood River business of the Tum-a-Lum Lumber Company, one of the large lumber concerns operating in Washington and Oregon. This position he has since occupied, his business qualities well preparing him for the responsibilities devolving upon him in this connection. He is regarded as one of the best business men of this section, having inherited much of his father's pluck, determination and ability.

At Logan, Utah, in 1901, Mr. Davenport was married to Miss Kate Lutkin, a daughter of G. W. Lutkin, an old and valued citizen of the Cache valley. They have eight children: Franklin, Dorothy, Hazel, Violet, Kenneth, Naomi, Rodney and Remington.

Mr. Davenport is a member of the city council of Hood River and exercises his official prerogatives in support of all plans and measures for the general good. He has membership with the Knights of Pythias and is a most highly esteemed citizen. He has always made good in anything he has undertaken and his enterprise and determination have enabled him to overcome all difficulties and, obstacles in his path and make his way continuously upward. He is a worthy son of an honored father and the name of Davenport is one that figures most prominently in connection with the history of the Hood River valley.

From:
History of Oregon Illistrated
Vol. 3
BY: Charles H. Carney
The Pioneer Historical Publishing Company
Chicago - Portland 1922


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