JAMES W. BRASPIELD-Was born in Platt county, Missouri, January 16, 1846 His father Thomas W. R. Brasfield, was
a pioneer of 1825 to Missouri. At the age of fourteen our subject entered his father's store where he received
his early education in the mercantile business. In 1860 he went to St. Joseph, where he clerked for two years;
he then joined a party of young men to seek their fortune in the Golden State, bout on arriving near Fort Hall
their route was changed and they came to Oregon. In 1863, Mr. Brasfield went to Harrisburg and entered the employ
of Hon. Hiram Smith, and one year later was admitted as a partner under the firm name of Smith & Brasfield.
This firm continued for ten years, when Mr. B. sold out and started a store in Junction City where he did business
until 1885, when he sold out and selected Yaquina Bay as his future home and at that time opened his present general
store in Newport. In 1883 he purchased the well known Seal Rock property, one of the most delightful places to
be found on the Pacific Coast, a description of which will be found in its proper place in this work. Mr. Brasfield
was married in Harrisburg, Linen county, January 1, 1865, to Miss Lydia Owens, a native of Kansas, and a (laughter
of Col. Henry Owens, of Topeka; by this union they have an interesting family of five children, Arthur S., Hiram,
Thomas W. R., Sank O. and Sadie.
History of Benton County, Oregon
Published by: David D. Fagan
A. G. Walling, Printers, Lithograohers, Ect.
Portland, Oregon 1885
Benton County, Or
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