Tripp, Frank A

From Lane Co Oregon


Belongs to that class of young men to whom Oregon is looking for her future development and prosperity. He is well known in the business circles of Eugene and in other parts of the state as a member of the Devereaux & Tripp timber company. He was born near Binghamton, New York, April 24, 1879, and is a son of George H. and Naomi (Dunham) Tripp. Moreover, he is descended from on of the old New York families but his father left the Empire state and removed to northern Minnesota in 1880. He settled about three hundred miles north of Minneapolis, and Crookston, twenty-five miles distant, was his nearest post office. At the place of his location, however, he opened a little post office, which he called Mentor, giving the name to the tiny village which sprang up in that district. He was a farmer and to his agricultural pursuits devoted the greater part of his time and attention. However, he was active and influential in the public life of the community and did all in his power to further general progress. He served as clerk of the school district and the cause of education found in him a stalwart champion. He was also for many years chairman of the board of supervisors and in that connection did much for improvement and progress in the county.

Frank A. Tripp was educated in the schools of Mentor and in the high school of Park Rapids, Minnesota, and when he had put aside his text-books he turned his attention to lumber and timber interests, spending about six years in the timber woods of northern Minnesota before coming to Eugene in February, 1903. He thoroughly understands woodcraft and is an excellent judge of the valuation of timber properties. In the spring of 1903 he joined C.P. Devereaux in organizing the Devereaux & Tripp timber Company and they have since been successfully engaged in buying and selling standing timber, their operations covering much of Oregon and northern California. They carry at least two hundred million feet of standing timber all of the time.

Frank A. Tripp was married on June 27, 1911, to Miss Sadie Addison, a daughter of John Addison, of Eugene. They are well known socially and are prominent members of the Congregational church, in which Mr. Tripp is serving as secretary and treasurer. He takes most active and helpful part in various lines of church and Christian work and is now state treasurer of the Oregon Christian Endeavor Union. His religion is not a matter of Sunday observance but a factor of his life seven days in the week. He belongs to that class of young men who are alert and enterprising and who hold also to high ideals -- the class of young men who are making Oregon one of the great states of the union, building upon a safe foundation of material, intellectual and moral progress.

[Gaston, Joseph. "The Centennial History of Oregon, 1811-1912." Vol. 2. Chicago, Clarke Publishing Co., 1912. p. 115.]

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