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||Dr. Oliver M. Dodson's house, 1850 Resort, Trail In Cafe at 1840 Main in foreground.
DODSON, DR. OLIVER M., of Baker City, was born at Athens, Tennessee, December 18, 1842. In August, 1861, he enlisted as a private in the First Kentucky Cavalry, United States Volunteers, was promoted to Second Lieutenant in 1862, and was mustered out in July, 1865, as Major of the Seventh Tennessee Infantry and Commander of the Regiment. He went to California in 1869 and came to Oregon in 1874, locating in Dallas. He graduated from the medical department of the Willamette University in 1877, and received the appointment as physician of the Malheur Indian Reservation. In 1878 he located in Prairie City and practiced medicine there until 1882, when he went to New York and took the degree of M.D. at the Bellevue Medical College. He practiced in the fall of 1883 in Portland, and then located in Baker City, where he has since resided. He cast his first vote for Lincoln, and has been voting and working for the Republican ticket ever since. He has been a delegate to the county convention continuously since 1884, the state convention in 1890 and the league in 1895. In 1890 he was elected Joint Senator for four years, the only Republican Senator ever elected in that district. (Source:
Republican League Register of Oregon, The Register Publishing Company, 1896, page 200.)
Mt. Hope Cemetery records show that Dr. Dodson's wife was Eliza J. (1852-1883). Malheur County records show him married to Mary B. Gray of Malheur County. Perhaps she died before he moved to Baker County.
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