From "A History of Baker, Grant, Malheur and Harney Counties"
Provided by The Grant County Museum

GEORGE W. PORTER - Among the progressive and thrifty population of Grant county that give their attention to the art of agriculture and raising stock are found many of the most substantial and worthy citizens, and the gentleman of whom we now have the pleasure of writing is one whose industry, energy and wisdom are manifested to all and who has wrought with faithfulness in the good work of developing the resources of the county and advancing its substantial interests, while in his personal demeanor there has ever been manifested a stanch uprightness and unswerving integrity that are both attractive and commendable.

Mr. Porter was born in Dixmount, Maine, in 1832, and when but three years of age his mother died and he spent his childhood and youth in the home of relatives. When he arrived at the age of twenty his attention and time were turned to teaching school, and for a series of years he was numbered with the active and progressive educators of his native place. Following this he learned the wagonmaker's trade and wrought at it for ten years, then turned to farming for a time, and in 1870 he migrated to this section of the west. For a period he was occupied in farming near to John Day and then took a homestead in Malheur, but subsequently he bought the place where he now lives two miles west from John Day. Here he owns and cultivates three hundred and twenty acres of land and is counted one of the leading stockmen and agriculturists of the county. His place is well improved and an air of neatness and thrift characterize everything about his premises, and he has added many things that make rural life attractive and comfortable, while his care and ability as a farmer are manifested in every department. Mr. Porter also owns the ranch that he secured in Malheur and considerable other property, being a substantial representative of the property interests of his region. His herds are extensive and his skill in handling them gives him the best of returns from his investments.

The marriage of Mr. Porter and Miss Caroline Prentice was celebrated in Maine in the year 1856. To them have been born four children: Francis, Edith, Lesley and Mary, all of whom are married. In fraternal affiliations Mr. Porter is identified with the Masons, Archon Lodge, in Dixmount, Maine. In politics he is a stanch Republican and has always been an upholder of their platform. He has a goodly prominence in local affairs, having served as justice of the peace for two terms in succession, and is always wide awake in matters that pertain to the welfare of the state and education.

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