|Birth: ||Dec. 24, 1852|
|Death: ||Nov. 24, 1923|
HON. CHARLES D. HUFFMAN. - It would be quite inconsistent with the defined province of this compendium were there failure to accord consideration to the prominent citizen whose name is at the head of this article and whose life of intelligent activity in our county has commended him to his fellows in such a praiseworthy manner that they have repeatedly shown their appreciation of his ability and integrity by placing him in charge of the important duties of the county's affairs.
Charles D. was born in Portland, this state, on December 24, 1852, and thence the parents soon moved to Lane county and shortly thereafter to Jackson county, and five years later returning again to Lane county. In the common schools of these various places our subject received the elementary part of his education, and then, at the age of sixteen, went to Monmouth and completed a scientific course in the institution there. Subsequent to his graduation he joined the ranks of the educators and was numbered with the leading ones of his section for some time, having the distinction of holding one school for four years. Then he laid aside the garb of the instructor and bought a hop farm, and three years later had the sorrow to see the flood wash it all away. Not daunted by this, he repaired to the Grande Ronde valley and rented a farm in March, 1890 (?), continuing in this occupation for eight years, when he purchased his present place, immediately northeast from Lagrande, which consists of ten acres of fine land all in bearing fruit, having all the varieties indigenous to this latitude, besides many nut trees, as walnuts, chestnuts, hickory nuts, mulberries and so forth. In 1898 he built a fine house, a commodious barn and good outbuildings. Politically, Mr. Huffman is allied with the Populist party. While in the western part of the state he was nominated as assessor for his county on the Democratic ticket, and although the county was Republican by nearly two hundred majority he was elected by one hundred and fifty-six majority, being one of three that were elected on his ticket. I 1898 he was nominated by the same party in Lane county against S.R. Reaves and J.A. Wright, Re was also nominated by the Populist party here for the assessor's chair, but as the party was new he was defeated but in 1894 he was nominated by the same party for representative against S.R. Reaves and J.R. Wight, Republican, and D.A. McAlister and Henry Henson, Democratic, and he was elected by a majority of sixty-six and one other on his ticket was elected, his majority being sixty.
On July 20, 1886, Mr. Huffman married Miss Jerusha A., daughter of Harvey and Rebecca (Anderson) McAlister, and two children have come to bring joy and gladness, Fred M. and Etha S. Mrs. Huffman came to this country in 1862, being one of the noble number that crossed the plains, enduring the hardships to bring here the joys of civilization. Mr. Huffman is a member of the Masons and has held many important offices in that order.
History of Union and Wallowa Counties
Page 311, 312
Jerusha Ann McAlister Huffman (1860 - 1935)*
Fred McAlister Huffman (1887 - 1966)*
Plot: Division B, Block 10, Lot 1, space 5
Created by: Jim Wierman
Record added: Jun 25, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 38753753