Captain Joseph Kellogg
Captain Joseph Kellogg was born June 24, 1812, in Canada, though by
action of congress he is declared to be American born. The circumstances
will be found in the biographical sketch of his father,
Captain Orrin Kellogg, in this number. The
most of his life up to 1847 was passed in the state of Ohio, leading the
life of a farmer. In 1844 he met and married Miss Estella A. Bushnell, a
young lady of noble character, who was born February 22, 1818, at
Litchfield, N. Y., and who moved to Ohio in 1820. Mrs. Kellogg still
survives to bless his home. In 1847 he caught the western fever, and made
one of the party of which his father's family were members, to rendezvous
at St. Joseph, Mo., expecting to begin their journey in the spring
following. In May, 1848, the march was begun, and after an uneventful
trip, though trouble with the Indians, who were reported to be on the war
path, was looked for, they arrived at Oregon City in the following fall.
He took up a land claim near Milwaukee, and at once began that career of
activity which has made him one of the foremost business men of the state.
Captain Kellogg began with Captain Pease the navigation of the Tualatin river, with the little steamer Onward, and constructed the canal from that river to Sucker lake, making it possible to bring freight to Oswego from the Willamette. In connection with this enterprise, he bought the ground and platted the town of Oswego, then made an agreement with the Iron Works Company, by which they were able to resume business. In 1870 the People's Transportation Company sold out to Ben Holladay, and the Willamette Transportation Company was formed, of which Cap-tam Kellogg was vice-president and a director. He subsequently sold his interests in this company and formed the Joseph Kellogg Transportation Company, composed of himself, his brother and his sons. Under his direction the steamers Joseph Kellogg and Toledo were built, and operate on the Cowlitz river route to Toledo, 40 miles from the Columbia river. Although nearly four score and ten years age, he is still hale and hearty, and is actively engaged in business in this city.
Source: Oregon Native Son and Historical Magazine, June 1899
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