THE FIELD/FIELDS - family were some of the earliest explorers of Oregon. Pvt.
Ruben and Pvt. Joseph Fields were nephews of Capt. William Clark of the Lewis
and Clark Expedition. These men were brothers to Ebenezer Fields, Grandfather
to Harve Fields of Grant County. Harve Fields father, Thomas Fields, came to
the Willamette Valley in 1845 and settled in Linn County. His two oldest boys
William and Harve, remained in Ray County, Missouri to settle the family affairs.
In 1852, William and Harve came west with one of the first bands of Merino sheep
to the Willamette valley.
Harve Fields married Nancy Jane Casner, his cousin, on July 23, 1854. They
resided in The Dalles, Oregon, where he operated a ferry between the Washington
and Oregon sides of the Columbia River. Around 1870 they moved to Grant County
where he bought a ranch between Dayville and Mt. Vernon. Here he raised sheep
and cattle. Nancy Fields died on February 21, 1892 and Harve died January 11,
1916. They are both buried in the Fields Cemetery (Moon Creek cemetery) between
John Day and Dayville. Fields Peak and Fields Creek are named for this Grant
County pioneer. To this couple were born the following three children:
Charles Wesley Fields, born June, 1855 in The Dalles, Oregon. He died at
15 years of age as the result of a farming accident. He is buried at Moon Creek
Sarah Alice Fields, born on January 30, 1867 at The Dalles, Oregon. She
married Jerome C. Moore of Mt. Vernon. To this couple were born the following
children: Albert Orestes; Lewis Sylvester; Elmer Roy; Robert; Willis Everette;
Rufus Rosco (Todd); Francis (Mrs. Earl Cummings); Jerome Walter; John Lester;
(all deceased) and Saphrona (Sally) Alice Moore Nodine (Mrs. Adrian Nodine) of
Walter Scott Fields, born November 26, 1873 at Mt. Vernon, Oregon. He
married Eliza Jane Lucas, daughter of Martin and Anna Walker Lucas, on December
15, 1892. Walter and Eliza (Jenny) lived most of their lives in Grant and Baker
counties. Walter raised cattle and sheep on the ranch at Mt. Vernon, and later
in life they moved to Canyon City where he managed the Elk Horn Hotel. To this
couple were born the following children: Irma Ann (Mrs. John A. Muldrick); Reta
Irene (Mrs. Henry Cresap); Zena Fae (Mrs. Bluford Eilerts) all now deceased.
Surviving are: Lottie Gertrude (Mrs. Mark Pugh) and Walter Anderson Fields, both
of Baker, Oregon.