Excerpt From Samuel Moore's Memoirs


When a Brimfield boy gets good and started here is just no telling how far he’ll go.  The old town had produced many men of prominent in all walks of life, doctors, lawyers, legislators judges and right now a candidate for governor of Oregon, Sam Moore.  Sam was born and reared in Brimfield, was a farmer, grain buyer and all round good fellow.  He went to Oregon a number of years ago, where he became a prosperous businessman, introduced new methods of farming and became widely known.  And now his party is grooming him as a candidate for governor.  The Benton County Review contains the following editorial concerning his candidacy.

  “Regarding possible democratic candidates fro governor, we have made no inquiry as to whether or not he would accept the nomination but one of the ablest men in the state is Sam H. Moore of Corvallis.  We should like very much to see his name on the ballot at the coming primary election May 16th.  Knowing him exceedingly modest about personal preferment, we are of the opinion that he would refuse to run, but because of his many years of unselfish devotion to interests of the farmers of the state and his many other public activities of an unremunerative character, we believe he should be accorded the honor of serving his state as governor.  In outstanding character, business acumen, and success in whatever he undertakes, breath of vision, loyalty to the best interests of the state, he is one of the big men of Oregon.

   Having known him for the past thirty years in a very personal way permitted us to recite some of his achievements.  These achievements are common knowledge to the order of residents of Corvallis, especially, his home and in other parts of the state.

   He was one of the first in this section to take definite action in securing connections with the east and in establishing correspondence that brought a heavy immigration to the state.

   He is by instinct a farmer and was one of the first to recognize the value of vetch as a forage crop.  Thirty years ago is was looked upon by farmers as a pest in the fields.  Now it is one of the farmers most valuable dairy feeds.

   In 1912 Mr. Moore having been instrumental in getting the first school and the first rural route for his community, became the state’s most active agitator for new concrete roads, now so popular and introduced legislation for the purpose of having cement manufactured with state convict labor.

   Out of this grew the present Lime Board, created by Mr. Moore’s persistence against great opposition.  While the plan finally adopted did not coincide with that of Mr. Moore, he did succeed in having the lime ground by convicts at Salem.  Although opposed in his plan to have lime ground and sold by the state as a matter of economy to farmers, his plan undoubtedly will eventually be adopted.  Lime is necessary to rejuvenate the depleted soils of Willamette Valley and cheap lime will mean millions of dollars in the pockets of Oregon farmers.

  In recognition of his service particularly regarding lime activity and legislation relating to it.  Mr. Moore received formal expression of appreciation for the Oregon State Grange for his work.

   During all the years of Mr. Moore’s public activities the state daily papers and farm journals have commended him in unmeasured terms.

   Form the wide acquaintance enjoyed by Mr. Moore throughout the state, and his standing in his home community, we are satisfied that if his name should appear on the primary ballot May 16th, he would undoubtedly receive strong support.”



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