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Mail Tribune 100

July 18, 1915


"Uncle Vint" Beall died Saturday morning, July 17, at his home near Central Point, where he has lived for practically an even half-century. He was in his 85th year. Probably no other pioneer of the valley has been better known or more generally beloved.

His full name was Robert Vinton Beall. he was born in Montgomery County, Md., June 15, 1831, and was of Scotch ancestry. With his parents he moved to Sangamon County, Illinois, in 1834. With his brother, Thomas F. Beall, he arrived at Oregon City on the 18th day of July, 1852. They had made the trip with a six-mule team from St. Joseph, Mo., in 78 days. So far as is known, this is the shortest time in which this tro was made by any of the early settlers.

Like the other pioneers, Mr. Beall was drawn here by reports of gold discoveries, and he at once engaged in placer mining in Josephine county. On Sept. 27, 1852, he came across the mountains from Josephine County to Jacksonville, where he likewise engaged in mining. He has often said that his first view of the Rogue River valley was from the hills back of Jacksonville, and that it was the most beautiful sight that he had ever beheld.

He and his brother Tom operated a packtrain from Oregon City to Jacksonville and teamed and freighted from Crescent City, Calif., to Jacksonville. At this time the boat service from San Francisco to Crescent City and the river transportation to Oregon City offered the best means of transportation of supplies for the valley.

Subsequently the Beall brothers settled upon adjoining farms, near what is now the town of Central Point. They had practically the entire valley from which to select, and they certainly made no mistake. They threw their rail fences around what is undoubtedly the most beautiful spots in the valley.


Vinton Beall was the ideal type of the Rogue River valley pioneer. He was a man of very strong convictions, outspoken, fearless, and yet always kind and considerate of others. he was particularly progressive: he was one of the many pioneer contributors to the expense incident upon Ben Holliday's first survey for the Oregon & California railroad through Jackson County.