From the book, "Settlers in Summer Lake Valley"
Eldon Marcellus Brattain was born March 23, 1862, near Springfield, Oregon. His parents were Thomas Jefferson and Permelia Jane (Gillespie) Brattain.
Eldon Brattain earned an A.B. degree from the University of Oregon, then returned to Lake County to establish a law practice in Lakeview. He was elected to be a county judge in 1894 and held the office for four years, then was appointed to the United States Land Office.
In December 1897 Judge Brattain married Myrtle E. Best, by whom he had two sons, Virgil and Eldon, and a child who died in infancy.
In 1910 Brattain purchased in partnership with Charles E. Campbell, the Charles Innes estate, formerly the Sherlock brothers and Bonham homesteads. Mr. Brattain settled on the southern portion of the 1,600-acre ranch. It consisted of a long strip, having a gentle slope towards the lake, with a dozen springs, half of them large and the rest smaller, which supplied sufficient water for two hundred acres of wild meadow hay. The judge had a barn and an attractive house built under imposing poplar trees near the foothills, but never spent much time there as his wife preferred to live in town. Tom Nelson leased the Brattain-Campbell place for four or five years, and farmed extensively, using twelve mules hitched to a three-bottom plow.
When the Fremont Highway was built in 1928, dynamite was used to make a cut through a small hill on the Brattain ranch. The blasting caused some of the springs to stop flowing and much of the value of the property was lost. After Verle Emery purchased the property in 1973, he had wells drilled, and restored the land (still called Brattain Field) to its former productiveness by raising alfalfa and pasture.
Brattain eventually sold his interest in Summer Lake ranch to Charley Campbell. Eldon Brattain died January 19, 1939, in Lakeview at the age of seventy-three.
Myrtle E. Best Brattain
1876–1940 (m. 1897)
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