Washburne, Byron A.

From Lane Co Oregon

Washburne, Byron A. (1865-1955)

With the coming of the railroad, Springfield’s industrial activity turned around. In 1890 Charles W. Washburne, a Junction City banker, purchased the flour mill from William Pengra and set about enlarging the mill and refitting it with new high-speed machinery that increased flour production to 150 barrels a day. Son of Charles W. Washburne, who managed the Springfield Roller Mills, Byron A. Washburne, was put in charge of the operation which became extremely successful in producing a brand of flour called “Snowball XXX” (Clarke 1983:35-41).

He was co-organizer in 1906 of the First National Bank of Springfield, for which he served as a director. Washburne owned extensive property in several Oregon counties. He was a Republican and active member of numerous fraternal organizations. Washburne was born in Junction City.

[edit] Eugene Daily Guard, Tue December 8, 1903

Springfield Election

Citizens, Ticket Won by Good Majority - Issues Involved Not Shown on Surface.

Springfield held an election for city officials yesterday and after an exciting election has settled down to business again.

The citizens' ticket made a clean sweep, electing all their candidates by a good majority.While the election was supposed tobe on the temperance question, yetthis was not the case as the real is-sues involved did not show up on the surface. The vote stood as follows:

For mayor -

Dr. R. A. Jayne ... 73

E.C. Martin ... 52

Councilmen, two years' term

M.M. Peery ... 75

J. D. Cox ... 73

W. M. Sutton ... 50

J. T. Tuffs ... 52

Councilmen, one year term -

Henry Sinner ... 72

Milton Bally ... 35

For recorder -

E. Sxxxxxxx ... 75

L. E. Thompson ... 49

B.A. Washburne, for treasurer, was on both tickets and he received the full vote cast, 125.

[edit] Eugene Daily Guard, December 3, 1907 Newspaper Clip




At the Springfield city election yesterday the "taxpayers" or "wet" ticket won over the "citiens" ticket by a good majority. Both sides voted for George Perkins for councilman and B.A. Washburne for treasurer, but on the other candidates there was the usual opposition, John Kestley was put up by the "wets" for councilman to run against Perkins, but he withdrew his name before the election. M. M. Peery, the druggist, is the new mayor, succeeding R.A. Jayne. The old council consisted of the followinig: H.W. Stewart, E.E. Kepner, E.C. Martin and Henry Sinner. The election is an endorsement of the old council, as the new mayor and council were elected on the same platform upon which they stood. The vote was as follows.

Taxpayers' Ticket

Mayor M.M. Peery... 137

Councilman, Harry Stewart... 129

Councilman, George Perkins... 188

Councilman, Nate Hill... 131

Recorder, L.M. Beebe... 124

Treasurer, B.A. Washburne... 203

Citizens' Ticket.

Mayor, G.O. Bassett... 81

Councilman, J.J. Browning... 83

Councilman, George Perkins... 188

Councilman, Henry Cogill... 87

Recorder, George McCauley... 93

Treasurer, B.A. Washburne... 202

The total number of votes cast was 219.

[edit] Eugene Daily Guard, November 3, 1913


Prohibition Forces Win by Majority of 58


Nearly Entire Citizens' Ticket Is Elected - Hot Fight Closes

Violent partisan feeling ran high in Springfield today as an aftermath of the particularly bitter election fight that has been waged in the neighboring city. Many waited until the entire vote was counted at a late hour this morning and there is some talk of contesting the election. Reports to the contrary are also circulated and it is not known definitely as to what the ultimate action will be. The "drys" are naturally jubilant over the 58 majority which rendered the city saloonless and the "wet" interests are just as full of gloom.

Charles L. Scott was elected mayor over B.A. Washburne by 38 votes and an entire landslide for the Citizens' ticket followed with the exception of Mark Peery, who was elected councilman.

The women took an active interest in both the campaign and the election, polling about 400 votes out of the 1000 cast at the election.

Here is the Result

The result of the final count is as follows:

For Mayor - Charles L. Scott, citizens' ticket. 508. B. A. Washburne, people's progressive ticket, 470.

For councilmen- two elected) J. Randolph Barr, people's progressive ticket, 467; J.W. Coffin, citizen's ticket, 481; Mark Peery, people's progressive ticket, 481; Thomas Sikes, people's progressive ticket, 463.

For Recorder - John C. Mullen people's progressive ticket, 437; Herbert E. Walker, citizen's ticket, 517.

For Treasurer - Lillian Gorrie, citize's ticket, 508; E.R. Lemley, people's progressive ticket, 446.

For Prohibition - 502; against prohibition 444.

Charter Amendment - The common council shall not grant any license for the sale of intoxicating liquor, yes, 440. no, 482.

Paving Street Intersections - Yes, 385. no, 429.

To levy a tax to help support a band, yes, 477. no, 354.

Repealing assessment for the paving of Fifth Street, yes 360, no, 410.

Closing moving picture shows on Sunday evenings, yes 401. No, 517.

Imposing a license fee on theatres, moving picture shows and like entertainments, yes 470. no, 558.

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