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




DAVID MAGILL - There is no class of citizens of our prosperous county that have done more toward the development of its boundless resources and for the advancement of its interests than the stockmen, of which there are not a few domiciled within its borders, and among this number the gentleman whose name initiates this paragraph demands especial mention in this volume of the abiding chronicles of Grant county and the biographing records of its leading citizens, since his sagacity and enterprise have made him prominent in the affairs of the county, besides giving him good success in the private operations of his business.

Brown county, Kansas, is the native place of David, and there he passed the initial four years of his existence after his birth, which occurred in 1860. Then he was taken by his parents to Polk county across the plains with ox teams - thus did the hardy pioneers of the last century brave the dangers and endure the hardships and deprivations of a new country, far from civilization and peopled with savages. His parents were Caleb W. and Nancy Magill, the father living now in California, and the mother having passed to the rewards of another world, her remains being buried in the Willamette valley. At the age of twenty, our subject came to this county, and soon thereafter took a homestead where he still resides, one mile northwest of Izee. He has added to the original holdings until his estate is now over five hundred acres. This is well improved and he raises the ordinary products of the soil in this region, but his attention is largely devoted to raising cattle. He has some fine herds and prosperity has attended his faithful endeavors.

The marriage of Mr. Magill and Miss Lona, daughter of R.V. Office, was solemnized in 1884, and they have become the parents of two children, Zella and Arthur. Mr. Magill is a member of John Day Lodge, No. 105, A.O.U.W. He is quite prominent in politics, being a potent factor at the conventions. He allies himself with the Democrats, firmly holding the stanch old principles of Jefferson.