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William Penland
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Birth: Dec. 26, 1835
Fleming County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Feb. 25, 1901
Lexington
Morrow County
Oregon, USA

WILLIAM PENLAND married Jane Nordykel
in 1860.

Mr. and Mrs. William Penland left Halsey, Oregon with Mr. and Mrs. Henry Penland, L. E. Penland, Henry's son, (who was eleven years old), a hired hand, and 1,000 sheep to head for Eastern Oregon to establish a new home.

This wasn't any easy accomplishment as they didn't have much food or ammunition for the ever so long journey....

In later years William Penland became a very wealthy man due to owning the largest individual wool growing plant in the state of Oregon.

There are conflicting stories of the accomplishments of William Penland pertaining to his input in making Lexington an established town.

Some books such as the "MORROW COUNTY CHORONICLES" by Dr. Lewis Shipley, claim he was the founder of Lexington, Oregon. While others such as the "THE BUSHGRASSERS" by Sam G. McMillan states otherwise.

However, nobody disclaims the fact that Joyce Penland, his wife, was given the honor to name the town. She decided to name the new townsite Lexington after her old home town of Lexington, Kentucky. Some people felt it was a shame, however, not to name it after the surname Penland, so the family wouldn't be forgotten in later years.















 
 
Burial:
Penland Cemetery
Lexington
Morrow County
Oregon, USA
 
Created by: Michele Ball
Record added: Apr 16, 2009
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William Penland
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William Penland, It is an honor to enter you into Find A Grave. May you rest in peace!
- Michele Ball
 Added: Apr. 16, 2009
 
 
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