Biography of Frank H. Watts
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Frank Henry Watts, well known in and about The Dallies as the owner and manager of the Watts Marble & Granite Works, whose products are widely distributed throughout the central part of Oregon, was born at Greenbay, Wisconsin, in March, 1872. He is a son of Henry J. and Rebecca (Hall) Watts, the former of whom during his active life was a successful farmer and merchant. The Watts family were residents of Wisconsin for several generations. The Halls were early New England settlers.

Frank Henry Watts was educated partly in Wisconsin and partly in Oregon. While yet a young man, he came to Salem, Oregon, on a visit to his grandparents and decided to make his home here. After living in Salem for several years, he removed to The Dallies in 1894, as agent of the Salem Nursery Company, and here he has made his home ever since. He was engaged for some time as a traveler for the Portland Monument Company, and on ending his connection with that company he established in The Dallies in 1897, the Watts Marble & Granite Works, which he still conducts. Examples of the superior work of his plant are to be found in most of the cemeteries throughout the central part of the state, and his reputation for excellent production is steadily growing. The very handsome stone fountain at the intersection of Third and Washington streets, The Dallies, was turned out at the Watts works.

While Mr. Watts has ever given a good citizen's attention to all matters intended to advance the public welfare, he has never entered political life but has always been an excellent mixer and a booster for the city of his adoption. He has dabbled to some extent in farming and is now the owner of four hundred and eight acres of fine land near The Dallies, twenty seven acres of which are in orchard, where Royal Anne and Lambert cherries are cultivated in abundance. The remainder of the land is in wheat. He is also the owner of one hundred and sixty acres of irrigated meadow land near Bend, Oregon, which is very productive.

In 1910 Mr. Watts was united in marriage to Miss Zeta Stovall, of Baker, whose people are pioneers of Oregon. Her father operated a freight line between Baker and Walla Walla, Washington, before the advent of the railroads. Mr. and Mrs. Watts are the parents of one child, Alicia Nell. Mr. Watts is a member of the Elks lodge, of the Woodmen of the World, and the Knights of Pythias, and in the last named order he has occupied all the chairs and entered the grand lodge, while in the affairs of these several organizations he takes a warm interest.

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


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