|Birth: ||Jun. 12, 1851|
|Death: ||Jun. 22, 1923|
THE CENTENNIAL HISTORY OF OREGON 1811-1912
GEORGE N. FRAZER. The industrial activities of Eugene find a worthy representative in George N. Frazer, proprietor of the Eugene Iron Works. Since starting out in business he has engaged in this line of trade and his long experience, combined with unfaltering ambition and indefatigable energy, have placed him at the head of one of the leading industries of the city. He was born in Brockport, New York, June 12, 1851, and is a son of James Scott and Sarah (Kenworthy) Frazer. The father was born in Lancashire, England, and there learned the trade of an iron worker, following that pursuit until he came to America with his wife and two children, at which time he located in Brockport, New York. There he again worked at his trade until 1858, when he came to the Pacific coast, settling at San Francisco.
A year later his family joined him, making the trip by way of the isthmus route. The father remained in San Francisco, employed at his trade, until 1868, when he arrived in Oregon, taking up his abode in Portland, where he embarked in business on his own account as owner of a foundry. His enterprise was conducted under the name of the Eagle Iron Works and the Pioneer Bell & Brass Foundry and as the years passed by the undertaking prospered, owing to his comprehensive knowledge of the business and his sound judgment. He was a member of the English Order of Odd Fellows.
George N. Frazer attended the public schools and learned the molder's and machinist's trade in San Francisco. He was associated with his father until the latter met death by drowning in 1873 at the foot of Main street in Portland.
George N. Frazer cast the first bell, the first cannon and the first steam whistle ever made in Portland, the bell being used on Joe Knott's ferry boat. The second bell which he made was for a Methodist church at Hillsboro and he also cast bells for the fire department of Portland. In 1875 he left the Rose City and removed to Ashland, Oregon, where he established a foundry, and about twenty-eight years ago he left that place for Roseburg, where he engaged in business for a few years. In 1886 he arrived in Eugene, which then contained a population of about two thousand, and established his present business, which he has since conducted under the name of the Eugene Iron Works. He carries on a general machine business, which
he has developed from a small beginning.
He had a little plant at first and employed only one man beside himself. Today he employs about twelve men and does work for sawmills all over this part of the state. He is also the owner of another foundry at Springfield, Oregon, and he was one of the organizers of the Osborn Hotel.
In 1875 Mr. Frazer was united in marriage to Miss Ella E. Jackson, who was born in Millville, California, and they have two sons: George N., who is associated with his father in the Eugene Iron Works; and Arthur, a talented pianist located in Chicago.
Mr. Frazer holds membership in Spencer Butte Lodge, I.O.0.F., of which he is a past grand, and he is also a past chief patriarch of Wimawhala Encampment, No. 6, and also a member of Canton Hovey, No. 4. He has likewise been a delegate to the grand lodge of the Odd Fellows and both he and his wife are connected with Eugene Lodge, No. 55, of the Order of Rebekahs of Oregon, in which Mrs. Frazer is past president. Mr. Frazer is also a member of Eugene Camp, No. 115. W.0.W. In politics he is a republican but has never sought nor desired office, preferring to concentrate his energies upon his business affairs. He is a self-made man, who has been very successful, having wide knowledge of the machinery business in all of its branches. His patronage is steadily growing, giving broad indication for the future, for the community is also growing and his operations are being continuously extended.
Ella Emeline Jackson Frazer (1858 - 1935)*
George Newton Frazer (1878 - 1924)*
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Record added: Jul 17, 2009
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