Wingville, Baker County, Oregon
Wingville: Once a thriving little village northwest of Baker City. Wingville is now a productive farming community noted for its very historic site of the Wingville Cemetery. It is located on Pine Creek road between Brown Lane and Pocahontas Road.
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Wingville Grange, Membership List, past Masters
Wingville Home Economic Club Organized 1933
Centennial Pioneer Families of Baker County Oregon
Updated with Long, Payton, Love, Colton family photos
Settled in Sept. 1862, Wingville derived its name from the General Price's Army during the Civil War years.
The early settlers of this vicinity are to be noted for many of the first Spiritual and Material, contributions to Powder River Valley. The first furrow turned in this fertile valley was plowed in the spring of 1863, bringing forth bountiful harvests.
These pioneers men and women contributed greatly to the entire region, first child born in Powder River Valley, First Church building erected, (still standing on this site), First County Commissioner, First District Judge, First Land Claim (1883), First State Legislator, First Druggist, First Subordinate Grange Chartered (1874), in what is now Baker County, First US Post office was established to serve this prosperous community
Erected 1963 by Wingville Grange
Wingville was once a thriving little village northwest of Baker City. Major General Sterling Price of the Confederate Army, was active in Missouri and Arkansas in 1861-64. He was finally defeated by the Union forces in 1864. Many Southern Democrats thereafter migrated to Oregon. Numbers of them had been soldiers in Price's campaigns.
The newcomers in Oregon were derisively termed by Republicans, "the left wing of Price's Army." They contributed largely to the southern admixture in the pioneer population of Oregon. A community of these people near Baker City was referred to as Wingville.
Wingville post office was established June 23, 1871, with John R. McLain as first postmaster. The office was closed in July 1879.
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