Galloway family papers, 1851-1981  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Galloway family
Galloway family papers
1851-1981 (inclusive)
.7 cubic feet, (2 document cases)
Collection Number
Mss 730
Papers of the Galloway and related families or Oregon, including the Baker, Finel, Cooper, and Lord families. The largest groups of materials are papers of and related to Judge William Galloway, Kenneth L. Cooper (a Portland City Commissioner), and the Baker and Finel families (relatives of William Galloway's wife Emmaline Baker Galloway). Of note is political correspondence of William Galloway.
Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Davies Family Research Library
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
Telephone: 503-306-5240
Fax: 503-219-2040
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

William Galloway, Oregon political figure and Circuit Court judge, was born in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, in 1845. He came overland to Oregon with his family, settling at first near Amity. He graduated from Willamette University in 1868, taught school, and served in the Oregon House of Representatives in 1874, 1878, and 1880. After a stint as a judge in Yamhill County, he ran unsucessfully for governor in 1894, served as receiver of the U.S. Land Office from 1896 to 1902, and sat as a Circuit Court judge until 1917.

In 1875 Galloway married Emmaline Baker (1851-1919), a native of Adams County, Wisconsin, who had crossed the plains to Oregon with her family in 1865. Her mother was Sally Finel Baker (1832-1907), daughter of Edward Finel; and her sister was Lydia Baker Hendricks. Emmaline and William Galloway had three children, Charles (1878-1947), who became the state tax commissioner; Zilpha (1879-1963); and Francis (1885-1942), who served as district attorney at The Dalles. William Galloway died at The Dalles in 1920.

Kenneth Leigh Cooper (1884-1972) was related to the Galloway family through his sister, Mildred Cooper Galloway. A native of The Dalles, Oregon, he served in World War I, was a Veterans' Affairs administrator, ran an investment business, and was elected a Portland City Commissioner in 1940, remaining in office for ten years.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection documents the Galloway and related families, including the Baker, Finel, Cooper, and Lord families. The largest groups of materials are papers of and related to Judge William Galloway, Kenneth L. Cooper, the Baker and Finel families (relatives of William Galloway's wife Emmaline Baker Galloway). Of note is political correspondence of William Galloway, including letters from Asahel Bush, Henry W. Corbett, General Joseph Lane, John H. Mitchell, James Nesmith, and J. M. Thompson; correspondence between members of the Finel and Baker families of Oregon and Wisconsin, in the 1850s and 1860s; documentation of Kenneth L. Cooper's career in World War I and his service as Portland City Commissioner; and letters of a Civil War soldier, J. M. Patterson, whose relation to the Galloway family is unknown. Also included are letters from Louis Scholl to Elizabeth Lord concerning the history of Fort Vancouver, Washington; a narrative of A. A. Cooper's journey across the plains in 1863; and a scrapbook of Mildred S. Cooper Galloway from her years at the Portland Academy, 1909.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

The collection includes materials formerly designated Mss 730, Mss 730-1 and Mss 730-2.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The Oregon Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library prior to any use of reproductions. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use of reproductions may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright holders.

Preferred Citation

Galloway family papers, Mss 730, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Baker and Finel families correspondence, 1851-1866Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/1

Burke, Ellen (possibly neice of William Galloway)--Letter, 1879 October 12Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/2

Cooper, A. A., "Journey across the plains" (trip of 1863)--Original manuscript, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/3

Cooper, Kenneth L. [materials formerly designated Mss 730-1]Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
World War I materials
General materials
1903-1908; undated
Clippings on Warm Springs tribe
1932-1933; 1976
Scrapbook relating to Portland City Commissioner activities

Finel family genealogy, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/10

Galloway, Emma Baker [materials formerly designated Mss 730-1]Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Teaching certificates, funeral notices

Galloway, Mildered S. Cooper--Scrapbook, Portland Academy, 1909Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/14

Galloway, Sam--Correspondence, 1970, 1977Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/15

Galloway, Sam--Land patent research, 1877, 1959-1981Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/16

Galloway, WilliamReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Letters from Joseph Lane
Letter from Stephen F. Chadwick
1874 March 9
Letters from James W. Nesmith
Incoming correspondence, general [formerly Mss 730-1]
Incoming correspondence, general [formerly Mss 730-1]
Letters from Galloway to his family, will [formerly Mss 730-1]
General materials and ephemera, including biographical note
Clippings concerning William and Emma Galloway
Oversize folder
Scrapbook of clippings concerning William and Charles V. Galloway

Lord, Elizabeth--Letters from George Himes of the Oregon Historical Society, 1904-1905Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 2/6

Lord, Elizabeth--Letters from Louis Scholl regarding Fort Vancouver, 1904Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 2/7

Patterson, J. M.--Civil War letters, 1861-1862Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 2/8

General family papers, including genealogies, 1871-1898, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 2/9

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Overland journeys to the Pacific
  • Personal Names :
  • Cooper, Kenneth L.--Archives
  • Corbett, Henry W. (Henry Winslow), 1827-1903--Correspondence
  • Lord, Elizabeth
  • Corporate Names :
  • Portland Academy (Portland, Or.)
  • Family Names :
  • Baker family--Archives
  • Cooper family--Archives
  • Galloway family--Archives
  • Lord family--Archives
  • Geographical Names :
  • Fort Vancouver (Wash.)--History
  • Oregon--Politics and government
  • Oregon--Politics and government
  • Portland (Or.)--Politics and government
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Scrapbooks
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Bush, Asahel, 1824-1913--Correspondence (creator)
    • Cooper, A. A. (Arvazena Angeline) (creator)
    • Galloway, William (creator)
    • Lane, Joseph, 1801-1881--Correspondence (creator)
    • Nesmith, James Willis, 1820-1885--Correspondence (creator)
    • Patterson, J. M. (creator)
    • Scholl, Louis, 1829-1911