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Lewis Coleman "Lute" Rothrock
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Birth: Jun. 1, 1850
Sangamon County
Illinois, USA
Death: Oct. 20, 1928
Pendleton
Umatilla County
Oregon, USA

LEWIS C. ROTHROCK

The book "Centennial History of Oregon, by Joseph Gaston (published in Chicago, Illinois in 1912) included a biography of LEWIS C. ROTHROCK in volume 3, pages 695-696. It is reproduced below.

LEWIS C. ROTHROCK, who since 1899 has resided in Pendleton, was for many years a well known stockman of Umatilla County. He was born in Sangamon county, Illinois, five miles north of Springfield, on June 1, 1850, his parents being A.B. and ELIZABETH (WHITLOCK) ROTHROCK, both of whom were natives of North Carolina and were married in that state. They removed to Illinois about 1844 and the mother died there when the subject of this sketch was only was only two years of age. In 1857 the father removed to Putnam county, Missouri, and in the spring of 1864 went to Iowa, and in 1865 crossed the plains with mule teams to Oregon, locating in Marion county on the French prairie. In 1868 he came to Umatilla county where he died in Weston in 1890, at the age of seventy years. He became a very noted and successful stockman of this county. In his family were three children: JESSE, who was killed on the railroad in 1899; Mrs. SARAH E., who is the widow of J.W. THORNBURY, residing in Marion county; and LEWIS C. After the mother's death the father was married again. To his second union were born six children, two of whom are living, JOHN and ADAM, both of this county.

LEWIS C. ROTHROCK remained under the parental roof until 1868, when he went to Montana and engaged in packing from Montana to Walla Walla and in 1869 he teamed from Umatilla to Boise. In 1870 he settled on Wild Horse creek where he took up a pre-emption claim of one hundred and sixty acres and he now owns one thousand acres in body of highly improved land in the same locality. This ranch is one of the finest tracts of land in Umatilla county. It is located ten miles east of Pendleton, adjoining the Umatilla Indian reservation. It raises from fifty to sixty bushels of wheat to the acre and from eighty to one hundred bushels of barley. Mr. ROTHROCK resided on this homestead until 1899 when he came to Pendleton where he has since made his home. Two of his sons are now operating the home ranch, which is principally devoted to the raising of wheat. The first few years of his residence on this claim Mr. ROTHROCK engaged in stock-raising but in 1882 he began general farming. He built in 1906 a home which is located at 1115 East Court street, this city.

In 1869 Mr. ROTHROCK was united in marriage with Miss RUTH MASTERSON, who was a native of Illinois. She died in Wild Horse Creek, this county, December 31, 1879, at the age of twenty-eight years; leaving five children: ANDREW of Pendleton; SAMUEL who helps to operate his father's ranch; SARAH, who is the wife of ARTHUR GIBSON of Pendleton; LUCINDA, who is Mrs. PETER RAMBO of Boise, Idaho; and FRANKLIN who died at the age of twelve years. In December, 1881, Mr. ROTHROCK was again married, his second union being with Miss IDA BOLIN, who was born at Silverton, Marion County, on February 11, 1864, a daughter of DANIEL and LUCINDA (MOSES) BOLIN, the father a native of Kentucky and the mother of Indiana. They crossed the plains from Missouri in 1852 and settled near Silverton, where the father took up a donation land claim. In 1873 they came to this county, where they both passed away. Of his second marriage two children were born to Mr. ROTHROCK: HARLEY COLEMAN, who helps to operate his father's ranch; and MAUDE, who is the wife of WILLIAM RUSH, of Pendleton.

Coming to Oregon at an early date, Mr. ROTHROCK has passed through all the hardships of pioneer life here. During the trouble with the Indians in 1878, he and his father and Mr. WILLIAM PARKER were the only white people who remained on White Horse creek, all the others having left the country, or having taken part in the fight. Mr. ROTHROCK, his father and Mr. PARKER made a fort of their house and prepared to fight the Indians, should they make an attack on them. Having resided in this county now almost forty-four years Mr. ROTHROCK is well acquainted with its early development and has ever been a cooperative factor in the general advancement. He has an extensive circle of friends throughout the country and has ever been held in the highest regard by all who know him. Fraternally he is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Adam Bennett Rothrock (1820 - 1891)
  Elizabeth Whitlow Rothrock (1823 - 1852)
 
 Spouses:
  Ruth A. Masterson Rothrock (1851 - 1880)
  Ida E. Bolin Rothrock (1864 - 1959)
 
 Children:
  Andrew C. Rothrock (1870 - 1938)*
  Samuel Bennett Rothrock (1872 - 1932)*
  Sarah Elizabeth Rothrock Perry (1874 - 1967)*
  Benjamin Franklin Rothrock (1880 - 1892)*
  Harley Coleman Rothrock (1883 - 1937)*
  Maude R. Rothrock Roesch (1885 - 1981)*
 
 Siblings:
  Jesse McLacton Rothrock (1844 - 1899)*
  Sarah Esther Rothrock Thornbury (1848 - 1924)*
  Lewis Coleman Rothrock (1850 - 1928)
  Rachel Caroline Rothrock Froome (1864 - 1888)**
  John William Rothrock (1866 - 1941)**
  Adam Bennett Rothrock (1868 - 1948)**
  Mary M. Rothrock (1871 - 1883)**
  Lucretia M. Rothrock (1876 - 1883)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Olney Cemetery
Pendleton
Umatilla County
Oregon, USA
Plot: Block 18 Lot 26 Grave 5
 
Maintained by: Dan Stevenson
Originally Created by: Dan & Barbara
Record added: Oct 21, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 43373943
Lewis Coleman Lute Rothrock
Added by: Dan & Barbara
 
Lewis Coleman Lute Rothrock
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