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Peter Hume, b. 1849 Nova Scotia, Canada to Oregon
Posted by: Tony Larson (ID *****4612) Date: May 08, 2006 at 10:08:12
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Oregon Republican League:

Republican League Register of Oregon, The Register Publishing Company, 1896, page 226.


HUME, PETER, of Roseburg, is one of the men of affairs of the state. He was born in Nova Scoria, August 16, 1849, his grandfather, Peter Hume, having moved there from New England, to engage in the lumbering business. His youth was spent at the head of the great Bay of Fundy, where he served eight years at carriage making and painting. In 1862 he came to Portland with the great rush to the northern gold fields, and went to Victoria. In 1863 he was in the famous Cariboo mines of Northern British Columbia. In 1865 he located at Nanaimo, British Columbia, and in 1867 returned to Oregon, location in Brownsville. From that time he helped the Republican party fight against heavy Democratic majorities in Linn County. In 1872 he associated himself with W.R. Kirk in the general merchandise business, and in 1873, with Thomas Kay and others, revived the Brownsville Woolen Mills, which have been running almost constantly ever since. He was chosen president of the company. In 1889 Albany offered a bonus of $25,000 for the mills to move to that city, but Mr. Hume organized a new company, bought the mills and kept them in Brownsville. In 1887, with J. M. Moyer and W. R. Kirk , he organized the Bank of Brownsville. In 1891 he moved to Roseburg, where he is cashier of the Douglas County Bank. In 1873 Mr. Hume was appointed Postmaster at Brownsville, and was elected first Recorder of the city. He again became Postmaster in 1881. He was president of the first City Council of South Brownsville and City Recorder two terms. He has been a prominent figure in conventions for the last quarter of a century.

-Tony Larson


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