From "A History of Baker, Grant, Malheur and Harney Counties"
Provided by The Grant County Museum




JOHN HYDE - Under the stars of the occident, where he has remained since, was born the subject of this sketch, and faithfully has he wrought to augment the wealth of the county and has earned a place for himself among the leading stockmen of the county, since he has displayed an unswerving intergrity and intrinsic worth that can but commend him to the esteem and draw forth the encomiums of his fellows, and it would be serious incompleteness in our volume were there failure to incorporate in its pages a resume of the salient points of his interesting career.

In 1854 John Hyde was born in Jackson county, this state, being the son of Perry and Eliza (Tyler) Hyde. The parents came across the plains in 1852 with ox teams from Missouri and lived at Harrisburg, in Linn county. When our subject had attained the years of his majority he embarked in the industry of raising cattle, and therein continued, near Prineville, this state, for some time, about six years in all. From that place he came direct to Grant county and selected a homestead near Izee, where he lives at the prestent time. His place has been increased by the purchase of one hundred and sixty acres and his estate lies two miles northwest from Izee. Cattle raising has occupied his attention since settling here and he has been attended with gratifying success in his endeavors.

In 1878 Miss Mary, daughter of William and Julia (Hungate) Bunton, became the wife of Mr. Hyde, and to them have been born the following children: Maude, Perry, Ollie and Nellie.

An interesting reminiscence that occurred on the journey of his parents across the plains is worthy of mention here. There was in the train one young man of a very aggressive and boastful disposition. It was his delight to constantly affirm, despite the reprovals of his elders, that he was determined to shoot the first redskin that he should see, whether it were man or woman. One luckless day the foolish bravado spied a harmless and innocent Indian woman, and in cold blood he shot her down. Not long after an overwhelming force of redskins equipped for war, surrounded the train. A hasty corral was formed and the women and children protected as well as possible. A messenger from the Indians announced that no harm would be done to the train if the murderer of the Indian woman was delivered to them. Justice demanded that the young man be delivered, and accordingly it was done. The enraged savages chained him to a tree and burned him to a crisp.