Eugene Skinner
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Eugene Franklin Skinner was born in Essex, N.Y. on September 13, 1809, and moved to a farm in Green County, Wisconsin at the age of 14. As a teenager he went out on his own; returning briefly to New York and eventually ventured west to Illinois. While a resident of that state he was elected to several official positions including Sheriff of Putnam Co., and married Mary Cook on November 28, 1839. In May 1845, hoping to regain lost health, Mr. Skinner and his family joined a company going to California. The company wintered at Sutter's Fort and in the Spring of 1846 journeyed to Oregon. In June, 1846 Mr. Skinner established a donation land claim and a small cabin on the west side of Skinner's Butte (or Ya-Po-Ah). There he founded the town of Eugene City, Oregon on June 6, 1853. The city was incorporated in 1862 and later changed its name to simply Eugene.