James M. Kyle, mayor of Stanfield, has for many years been a prominent factor in the agricultural circles of
Umatilla county. A native of Ohio he was born at Cambridge, Guernsey county, on the 2d day of July, 1869, a son
of David and Marget (Wallace) Kyle, the former a native of Belmont county, Ohio, and the mother a native of Guernsey
county. The father spent the greater part of his life at Cambridge, where he owned and operated a granite works
and there he and his wife passed away. He was a stanch republican and both Mr. and Mrs. Kyle were consistent members
of the United Presbyterian church.
James M. Kyle received his education in Cambridge, where he remained until he was twenty one years of age, at which
time he removed to Salem, Oregon, and was connected with the Salem Canning Company for a number of years. He then
started into business on his own account, conducting a fruit and produce establishment until 1904, when he went
to California, residing in that state for one year. Returning to Oregon he spent some time in the produce business
in Portland, but in March, 1907, removed to the Furnish project at what is now Stanfield, then being only a sidetrack
called Foster. There Mr. Kyle, in connection with F. H. Page, improved one hundred and sixty acres of land, one
and three quarters miles northeast of the present depot, which they operated with a gratifying amount of success
for two years. They have the distinction of putting into cultivation the first land on this project. For the following
two years Mr. Kyle was associated with Dr. Henry W. Coe of Portland in the colonization of the project and in December,
1910, he was elected to the office of mayor, the town of Stanfield having become a reality. His popularity in this
office is manifest in his reelection in 1912, and although not a candidate for the office in 1914 he was elected
but resigned in 1916. In December, 1918, he was again elected to that important position and is now serving his
fellow citizens to the best of his ability, endeavoring in every way to promote the improvement and welfare of
the community. He is the owner of fifty acres on the project, which he is actively operating. Always having at
heart the interests of the community and wishing to do everything in his power to assist in furthering any movement
for the general good, he has been one of the important factors in the fruit industry of the state, prominent in
the tree planting campaign and a tireless worker in the good roads movement.
In 1894 Mr. Kyle was married to Miss Jennie Gray, a daughter of George W. and Prudence (Minerva) Gray, and a native
of Iowa. Two children were born to the union of Mr. and Mrs. Kyle: Gray and Hugh W.
The political faith of Mr. Kyle is that of the republican party, in the activities of which he takes a keen interest.
Fraternally he is a member of the Masons, Elks and the Odd Fellows, taking a prominent part in the affairs of these
organizations. In both political and private life Mr. Kyle has achieved a gratifying amount of success and he is
a man any community would be proud to have as a citizen.
History of Oregon Illistrated
BY: Charles H. Carney
The Pioneer Historical Publishing Company
Chicago - Portland 1922
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