Biography of E. Henry McCraken
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E. HENRY McCRAKEN.
Among the native sons of Oregon who have contributed to the upbuilding and progress of the state was numbered E. Henry McCraken, who continued a lifelong resident of the northwest and throughout his entire career was actuated by the spirit of enterprise and progress that has been the dominant factor in the upbuilding of this section of the country. He was born at Oregon City, Oregon, February 3, 1854, a son of Colonel John and Ada (Pambrum) McCraken, the father being a prominent early pioneer of the state, closely associated with the history of its pioneer development.

E. Henry McCraken acquired his early education in the schools of Portland and then went to Benicia, California, where he attended a military college. When eighteen years of age he returned to Portland, where he engaged in the wholesale commission business in connection with his father. In this line he continued for many years but at length retired from that field of business and turned his attention to the sale of building material, in which he continued until his death in 1913. Since that time his only son, Harry S. McCraken, has carried on the business, which is today the leading enterprise of this character in Portland, the trade having assumed mammoth proportions. Mr. McCraken was long recognized as one of the most progressive and successful business men of the city. He readily discriminated between the essential and the non essential in business affairs and his enterprise constituted a strong force in solving commercial difficulties and developing his interests to a point of high efficiency and prosperity. He was a valued member of the Commercial Club and his opinions were always eagerly welcomed when he discussed important matters before that organization.

On the 1st of January, 1874, Mr. McCraken was united in marriage to Miss Mary Agnes Shea, a daughter of Roland and Annie (Holland) Shea. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and in early life accompanied her parents to California, where the death of her father occurred in 1863.

In his political views Mr. McCraken was a stanch republican and his religious faith was that of the Episcopal church. He possessed a sunny disposition, a genial nature and was very popular, being beloved by all who knew him. He won friends wherever he went, but the best traits of his character were reserved for his own home and fireside, his greatest happiness being found in the companionship of his family.

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


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