Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
OSCAR A. HOAG. One of the
model farms of the Lake Chelan country is owned and operated by the subject
of this article. It lies four miles west of Lakeside and is a producer
of diversified crops of fruits, vegetables, grains and so forth.
Mr. Hoag is classed as one of the leading men of Chelan county and an account
of his life will be interesting to the readers of this volume.
Oscar A. Hoag was born in Allamakee county,
Iowa, October 3, 1856, the son of A. W. and Celestine (Dye) Hoag, natives
of New York. The father came from an old and influential Quaker family,
which is and has been very prominent politically and commercially.
He died in March, 1898; the mother died in 1888.
Oscar A. was well educated in Iowa and Missouri,
spending eleven years in the former state and twenty-three in the latter.
His vocation was that of the agriculturist, and in 1891 he became interested
in the western country, especially through the papers in the Lake Chelan
district. Upon coming out to investigate he ascertained that the
wealth was fully equal to the description and he immediately filed on a
homestead, on which he later proved up, and since that time has shown his
skill and wisdom in conducting one of the best estates in this vicinity.
Mr. Hoag has, himself, been a very active
and influential man in political matters. For several years he was
an organizer and officer in the Farmers' Alliance, and lectured extensively
through Missouri, Kansas and Washington. In 1897 he left the ranks
of the Peoples party and allied himself with Democracy. In the following
year he was appointed state road commissioner by Governor Rogers, and did
excellent work in that capacity for one year. In 1900 Mr. Hoag's
name appeared on the Democratic ticket as candidate for state representative.
Although he ran ahead of his ticket he was beaten by less than sixty votes.
He is now chairman of the county central committee and is also a state
committeeman. Mr. Hoag has two brothers, Wilbur C. and Clark W.
On January 2, 1879, Mr. Hoag married Miss
Addie F., daughter of William H. and Amy A. Hoag. The wedding occurred
in West Union, Missouri. Mr. Hoag has two brothers, C. W. and W.
C., the former living in Kansas and the latter in Missouri, and three deceased.
Mrs. Hoag has four brothers, Alasco, Alva, Walter and Charles, and three
sisters, Ella Curtis, Ada Sanders, and Eva Dodd. To Mr. and Mrs.
Hoag three children have been born, Otto T., Edna A., wife of Louis E.
Dart, who has a farm adjoining that of our subject, and Lilly M.