Etienne Lucier was a French-Canadian fur trader with ties to both The Pacific Fur Company led by John Jacob Astor, and later The Hudson Bay Company with John McLoughlin as the key figure.
He is known as the first farmer of European decent in Oregon. Truth, lore, or legend, local accounts have this coming about perhaps by accident. Skeptical this land would ever be settled, it is said his first desire was to travel back to Quebec. He literally missed the boat; another ship going around The Horn, then north, would not be coming through. With implements initially supplied by the Hudson Bay Company, he established a prosperous farm of wheat, peaches, pigs, and other livestock.
Years later, Lucier attended the Champoeg meetings in 1842, and was one of two French-Canadians to vote for the Provisional Government of Oregon. Accounts have him stepping over the line to make it decisive that the vast territory known as Oregon Country would become part of the United States.
8400 Champoeg Rd NE
St. Paul, OR 97137