An Illustrated History of Central Oregon, Western Historical Publishing Company, Spokane, WA. 1905, page 362.

* A portrait of Mr. Fargher and Mrs. Fargher appears between pages 360 and 361.

* A portrait has been posted on-line at

HORATIO A. FARGHER, a prominent and extensive stockman of Wasco county, resides in The Dalles. He was born on the Isle of Man, on November 14, 1849. His father, Thomas C. Fargher, a native of the same place, came from an old Manx family that dates back for many centuries. He came to the United States in 1870, returned to his native home, in 1888, and died six years later. The mother of our subject was Susan (Christian) Fargher, a native of the Isle of Man, where she died when Horatio was about thirteen years of age. After receiving his education in a private school, the subject of this article came to the United States in 1867, apprenticed on the ship, Cairnsmore. In 1868, he came on another trip and deciding that he had seen enough of sea faring life, severed his connection with the vessel at San Francisco, having been two years on the ocean. For a time, he wrought on the bay schooners then went to Alaska on the ship Czarovitch. Six months later, he signed articles on the ship Favorite, from San Francisco to Liverpool then visited his old home and in 1870, his father returned with him to the United States. After a short visit in Sacramento, they came to Port-land and there our subject wrought on the river steamers for two years. Then he took a trip to Fort Wrangel, Alaska and after arduous traveling over ice and overcoming great difficulties and finding but little gold in the ground they thawed out, they returned to Puget sound. In 1875, Mr. Fargher came to Wasco county with his brother, Thomas C., Jr., and bought out a man's rights on railroad land three miles from Dufur. Later, he sold his interest in the farm to his brother and purchased his present estate which consists of twenty-six hundred acres. A portion of it is grain land and the balance is used for pasture. He handles a large quantity of stock and is one of the prosperous men of the community.

On February 7, 1889, at The Dalles, Mr. Fargher married Miss Emma Roth, born in Minnesota, on September 18, 1865, the daughter of John M. and Margaret (Unselt) Roth, natives of Germany, and mentioned elsewhere in this volume. Mr. Fargher has the following brothers and sisters, Arthur W., Thomas C. Jr., Frederick D., Walter A., Alexander, and Susannah. The last four mentioned are deceased. The names and dates of the births of our subject's children are given as follows: Susannah, July 5, 1890; Albert, October 23, 1891; Margaret, November 23, 1893; Walter, December 27, 1895; Stanley, March 5, 1898; Cecil, May 12, 1902.

Mrs. Fargher is a member of the Women of Woodcraft. Mr. and Mrs. Fargher are well known and highly esteemed people and have so conducted themselves that they have an unsullied reputation.


Submitted to the Oregon Bios. Project in January 2005 by Jeffrey L. Elmer. Submitter has no additional information about the person(s) or family mentioned above.

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