An Illustrated History of Central Oregon, Western Historical Publishing Company, Spokane, WA. 1905, page 305-306.

* A portrait of Mr. Henderson and Mrs. Henderson appears between pages 305 and 306.

* A portrait has been posted on-line at

WALTER HENDERSON is a man of industry who has labored for many years in agriculture in Wasco county and has today a nice farm about one mile northwest from Kingsley. He was born in Washington county, Oregon, on September 6, 1862, the son of Aaron and Sarah (Butts) Henderson. They crossed the plains with ox teams in early days and settled in Oregon when the hardships of the pioneer were not light to bear. Their donation claim was about five miles from Portland and there the father labored some years, then went to Douglas county where he died when our subject was a small boy. Later the widow gathered her substance together and came east of the mountains. Walter had gained his education from Forest Grove and Hillsboro schools and came with his mother to Wasco county. He labored on the homestead she took and for the farmers near by and in 1895 took the place where he now lives as a homestead. Mrs. Henderson married William Nichols, who lived but a short time. She remained on the homestead with our subject until her death which occurred on August 13, 1890. Mr. Henderson has continued in his chosen occupation since coming here and is a man whose life testifies of his sound principles of honesty and uprightness.

At the home place on October 26, 1884, Mr. Henderson married Miss Alice Brown, who was born in Butte county, California. Her father, John Brown, followed farming and died at Roseburg, Oregon, in 1902. He had married Miss Catherine Higgins, a native of Iowa, and now lives in Modoc county, California. Mr. Henderson has two brothers, John F., and Silvio, and one sister, Mrs. Laura Hutchison.

Mrs. Henderson has the following named brothers and sisters, George, Milton, Mrs. Susan Cole, Mrs. Sarah Wamac. To Mr. and Mrs. Henderson ten children have been born, whose names and ages are given below: Perry, eighteen. John, seventeen. Mary, fifteen, Arthur, thirteen, Rena, eleven, Lillie, nine, Arlie, seven, Louis, five, Willie, three, and Orville, an infant. Mr. Henderson is a Republican and evinces a lively interest both in politics and, educational affairs.


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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