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Elisha B Dean

Elisha R. Dean Dead - Elisha R. DEAN died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C.F. DILLMAN, No. 1314 N Street, last night. The deceased was born in Onondago County, New York, in 1826, and came to California in 1872, settling in Oakland, where he resided until about three years ago, when he came to this city to make his home with his daughter. The interment will be in Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland.

Sacramento Evening Bee, Wed. Dec. 27, 1905 pg. 5

"He was brought up on a farm until eighteen years old, when he commenced teaching school, taught four terms, then, thinking that was not the way to get rich, started West, landed in Oshkosh, Wis., then a new village, without money, among strangers, and at the beginning of winter, when he could neither teach nor find work on a farm. But he was not easily discouraged. He was young and possessed courage and perseverance, and the faith that success was hidden for him somewhere, was continually with him. In one year he was owner of seventy-five lots in a new village called Omro, and one-third interest in a steam saw-mill. The fourth year he sold out and built a mill on Lake Michigan; run this mill eight years, burned out, with a loss of $100,000; rebuilt , and in three years bought a share in mills on Monistigue river, upper peninsula of Michigan; five years later sold out and went to California, arriving Dec. 5, 1872; purchased land and mills in Oregon, and is still in the lumber business, marketing fifteen million feet of lumber a year. His home is in Oakland, Cal." --- Alonson Gray 1889

E. B. Dean and Company, a firm of California-based investors, threatened the supremacy of the Luse and Simpson mills when it purchased a small mill and shipbuilding operation in the hamlet of Marshfield in 1873. The company constructed a new steam-powered plant capable of cutting 50,000 board feet a day, more than twice the combined capacity of the Luse and Simpson mills. E. B. Dean and Company operated nine logging camps by 1874 and began to turn out an impressive number of small ships. At the onset of the 1880s Coos Bay mills had a daily capacity of 100,000 board feet and by mid-decade, the area was an important center of cargo mill production. Those water-oriented outfits produced rough, unfinished lumber that was shipped to finishing plants in established markets like San Francisco.
Hard times in paradise: Coos Bay, Oregon By William G. Robbins, p. 17


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  • Created by: Coquillevalley.org
  • Added: 27 Jan 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 47199770
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elisha B Dean (26 Oct 1826–26 Dec 1905), Find A Grave Memorial no. 47199770, citing Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA ; Maintained by Coquillevalley.org (contributor 47092749) .