HON. GEORGE RUSSELL WILBUR.
George R. Wilbur, a practicing attorney of Hood River, and a veteran of both the Spanish-American war and the World
war, was born in Dixon county, Nebraska, in March, 1879. His parents, Guy R. and Ella J. (Lineberger) Wilbur, were
natives of Illinois and representatives of old pioneer families of Nebraska. The father became one of the leading
lawyers of the latter state and held many public offices, both appointive and elective. For many years he served
as county judge of Cedar county; was district attorney of the seventh judicial district of that state and county
attorney of Wayne county. He was the son of Russell H. Wilbur, who was a member of the constitutional convention
of Nebraska and was twice a member of the state legislature, to the work of which he brought a keen perception
of public needs.
George R. Wilbur was educated at the grade and high schools of his native county, at the Nebraska Normal College,
and at the University of Nebraska. He took his law course at Ann Arbor, Michigan, and received his degree in 1903.
He commenced the practice of his profession at Wayne, Nebraska, where he remained until 1905, when he removed to
Portland, Oregon. After a stay of six months in Portland, Mr. Wilbur returned to Nebraska and in 1907 he was elected
county attorney, holding that office for one term of two years. But the call of the coast was too strong and in
1909 he returned to Oregon, locating in Hood River, where he has since carried on the practice of his profession.
Mr. Wilbur served as city attorney of Hood River for three years and in 1916 he was elected state senator. He discharged
the duties of the latter position until he resigned to go overseas for war duty in September, 1918. When America
entered the World war in 1917 he organized the Twelfth Company of the Oregon Coast Artillery and was elected its
captain. In July of that year the company was ordered to Fort Stevens and Captain Wilbur entered the service of
his country. He was transferred to other commands and was on duty at Fort Sill, Fort Caswell and other camps, and
while a captain in the Thirty eighth Artillery, C. A. C., he was ordered to Newport News for embarkation overseas.
Just prior to the departure of the regiment, the armistice was signed and on November 30, 1918, it was ordered
to Fort Hamilton for demobilization.
In January, 1919, Captain Wilbur returned to Hood River and resumed his law practice. He now holds the rank of
captain in the Coast Artillery Officers' Reserve Corps of the United States. This was not his first experience
in the military service of his country. When the Spanish-American war broke out, he volunteered as a private in
Company M, Second Nebraska Volunteers, and served to the end of the war. So, although but forty one years of age,
Captain Wilbur is a veteran of two wars. He was chairman of the military committee in the senate and revised the
National Guard code. He was the author of the anti oriental land owning bill in the senate and worked hard for
In 1903, at Wayne, Nebraska, Captain Wilbur was married to Miss Clara L. Philleo, whose father was a prominent
merchant of that city. The union has been blessed with two sons, Guy Russell and Robert Goodwin Wilbur, who are
attending high school. The Captain has a large and lucrative practice and is legal adviser of many large irrigation
districts both in Oregon and Washington. He is secretary and general counsel of the East Fork irrigation district
and is now defending the rights of the district against the power companies. Fraternally, he is a member of the
Beta Theta Pi; is a Mason, a Knight of Pythias and an Elk. He and his wife are prominent in all social and cultural
activities in the Hood River district and ever extend their support to all projects intended to promote the public
History of Oregon Illistrated
BY: Charles H. Carney
The Pioneer Historical Publishing Company
Chicago - Portland 1922
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