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Scott Sasser served as Wheeler County Clerk for 50 years and was involved in numerous businesses

PHOTO COURTESY OF BOWMAN MUSEUM - Scott and Lillian Reams Sasser met in Mitchell and were married in 1910. They had seven children.

Scott Sasser was born near London, Kentucky on Sept. 16, 1880. His family moved to Oregon in 1882. They lived in Springfield until 1884, when they moved to Mitchell. His parents operated a hotel and rooming house in Mitchell. Scott attended schools in Mitchell. He passed the first teacher examination in Wheeler County and taught school for three years.

He completed his formal education at the Capital Business College in Salem. He had difficulty in finding a job and herded sheep for three years. He partnered in operating a drug store for a while. He then joined his brothers in operating a men's clothing store. He served as justice of peace for three years while living in Mitchell. He was elected as Wheeler County Clerk in 1910 and began serving in that office in 1911. He served in that office continuously until his retirement in 1961, a remarkable feat that may never be equaled again in Oregon.

Scott met Lillian "Lillie" Reams at one of the ranches in the Mitchell vicinity. A romance blossomed and they were married on March 27, 1910. Lillie was also born near London, Kentucky on March 24, 1890. She came with her family to Mitchell in 1907. Scott and Lillie moved to Fossil after the birth of their first son in 1911 and after his election to the county clerk position. Scott and Lillie had seven children.

Scott had to supplement his income from the clerk position and did a variety of part-time jobs including homesteading, house-building, bookkeeping, dairying and selling insurance. He established an insurance business in 1918 and continued that business until his death. Lillie raised chickens and maintained a large vegetable garden for many years to help supplement their income. Scott and Lillie participated in numerous civic and social organizations through the years. Scott died on July 24, 1964. Lillie reigned as Queen of the Eastern Oregon Pioneer Picnic in 1973. Lillie lived on for several years and died in 1992. Both are buried in the Fossil IOOF Cemetery.


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