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    (OREGON). Oregon Pacific Railroad Ledger. 1880-83. Corvallis, Oregon. 8 x 13 inches, alpha index.?12, 38 pp. "Sol King 1881" on flyleaf. Paper cover torn in half, pages intact. Slight foxing, browning, legible ink. $225.00

     

         Ledger kept by Sol King (1833-1913), who came from Ohio to be sheriff and stable keeper of Corvallis. The ledger shows income and expenses; primarily for the horses and teams that serviced the railroad. Records show horse feed, buggy expenses, taxes paid, saddles, and so on. A few of the names that appear are Jack Hudson, A. Cauthorn & Son, Elvin Morris, Woodcock & Baldwin, and George Stewart, among others. The book appears to have come down in the family from Bertha King who lived in Corvallis.

         The Oregon Pacific Railroad operated in western Oregon, from 1880 to 1894, when it was sold to the Oregon Central and Eastern Railroad. A substantial part of the Oregon Pacific's abandoned right-of-way is preserved as Oregon Pacific Railroad Linear Historic District. The railroad entered bankruptcy in October 1890. In 1894 it was sold to A.B. Hammond and renamed the Oregon Central and Eastern Railway, and again in 1897 was reorganized as the Corvallis and Eastern Railroad. In 1907 the C&E was sold to the Southern Pacific.

         Much is known about Sol King, as is shown in this article by local historian Ken Munford published in the Gazette-Times of Oct. 30, 1983:

         Kings Boulevard, the link between northern Corvallis and Oregon State University, doesn't commemorate anyone of royal blood. The road is named for Sol King, sheriff of Benton County from 1876 to 1886. Sol also ran two livery stables. He supported the Oregon Pacific Railroad, Corvallis College, and the building of a new courthouse. His name appears on many legal documents of the period. Robust, affable and energetic, Sol King was five times elected sheriff for two-year terms.

         At age twelve in 1845, Solomon King had come west by covered wagon with his parents, brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. He was the youngest son, of thirteen children, of Naham and Serepta King, who had been moving westward since their marriage in Albany, New York, in 1807. Sol's eldest brother and the brother's wife and two children were drowned in the rapids of the Columbia Gorge.

         In the spring of 1846, the King family moved into Kings Valley in northwest Benton County. Sol married Anna Maria, widow of his brother Stephen. Sol bought the Corvallis Livery, Feed and Sale Stable on Main Street and moved his family into town. Beginning in April, 1872, Sol's ads in the Gazette proclaimed that his stable would be "one of the finest in the state." By 1883, he had a second stable."Owning both barns," his ads asserted, "I am prepared to offer superior accommodations ... GOOD TEAMS at low rates ... first class in every respect ... Elegant hearse, carriages and hack for funerals."

 

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