GEORGE W. CAWLFIELD – This worthy gentleman is to be numbered with the younger
men of Harney county who have attained a good success in the stock business here
and who bid fair to gain much better in the future, judging by their faithful
and wisely bestowed labors of the past. George W. was born in Johnson
county, Kansas, on October 21, 1870, being the son of David A. and Abigil
(Evans) Cawlfield. The father was a native of Tennessee, and went across
the plains to California in an early day and then returned via Panama, after
which for some time he acted as government freighter on the frontiers and
finally settled in Kansas. In 1874 the family came overland to Pueblo
county, Colorado, and there the father followed stock raising. In 1888 the
father, with his wife and ten children, came by covered wagons to Harney and
settled on Rye Grass flat, east from Burns, and there engaged in raising stock.
Our subject attended schools in various places of his residence, and in 1891 he
went to Portland and acted as express messenger and baggageman to two different
points on the O. R. & N. This continued for two years, and he returned to
Harney county, and there, on November 24, 1897, he married Miss Hattie, daughter
of Jesse O. and Emma Bunyard. To them have been born two children –Gladys
R., born February 3, 1899, and Edna, born July 1, 1901. In 1898 Mr.
Cawlfield located a homestead twelve miles north from the Narrows, where he
lives now. This he has improved in good shape, having a good six-room
house, barns, outbuildings, corralls and all necessary conveniences for a
first-class stock ranch. In 1899 he formed a partnership with his father,
in the stock business, and they are succeeding well. His parents live with
him now. The father also owns a ranch of one-half section on Cram creek.
Our subject started in with no capital and now has a large band of cattle, a
good home and is prospering well. He has labored faithfully and managed
his business interests with excellent wisdom and practical judgment, all of
which combine to make him the competence which he now enjoys.
Transcribed from Pages 671-672
of Harney County Biographies from “An Illustrated
History of Baker, Grant, Malheur and Harney Counties with a brief outline of the
early history of the State of Oregon”, Published 1902 by Western Historical Publishing