Guyon Springer served as early Crook County politician
Guyon Springer was born in Grande Ronde, Oregon Territory, on March 8, 1854. He attended schools in Yamhill County, Oregon. He attended and completed studies at Portland Business College. He moved to Whitman County, Washington, in 1876 and partnered with his brother in raising bred stock.
Springer returned to the Willamette Valley in 1880 and farmed there until 1887. At that time, he came to Central Oregon and homesteaded southwest of Old Culver. He traveled east and purchased some fine thoroughbred horses and brought them back to his homestead. Springer began a large thoroughbred horse operation. He raised Clydesdale, Standard Trotters, Cleveland Bays and other breeds of horses. He also raised blooded cattle and poultry.
He married Nora Goucher (1865-1911) on Dec. 15, 1883. They had two children. His homestead was in Old Crook County. He was elected as a Crook County commissioner, serving from 1890 to 1894. He was elected as Crook County judge in 1913 and served until 1917. He was county judge when Jefferson County was created from Crook in 1914. He continued to serve as judge until his term expired, but his holdings were in the newly created Jefferson County. His last two years of office was surrounded in controversy.
After the death of his first wife in 1911, he married Rebecca Bayard in 1913. He expanded his holdings to include more than 800 acres of agricultural land and 3,000 acres of grazing land. He made major improvements to his holdings and was one of the most prominent men in Central Oregon.
Springer died on Oct. 13, 1926. He is buried in the Gray Butte Cemetery in Jefferson County. Rebecca lived on for several years and died on May 29, 1960, at 100 years old. She was buried beside her first husband in The Dalles, Oregon.
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