Henry Heppner, Early Pioneer Jewish Businessman of Heppner, Oregon

Henry Heppner

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Henry Heppner

Henry Heppner

Henry Hoppner was born in Prussia in either 1831 or 1843 – sources differ.


Along the Way

Henry Heppner came to New York in the mid-1850’s.

In the mid-1860’s he traveled around the Horn to San Francisco.

Henry Heppner started his own mercantile business in Shasta, California.



After 18 months Henry Heppner moved his business to Corvallis, Oregon, then to The Dallas, Oregon for six years.

During Civil War years, and the opening of mines in Idaho, Happner conducted a freighting business to and from the mines.

This was not easy as the Indians of Upper Columbia River became troublesome.

Heppner ran a 29-mule pack train over the ‘Canyon City’ route – often attacked by Indians

Henry Heppner discontinued his freighting business, in 1872, and returned to mercantile business,



Henry Heppner settled in the small town of Standsbury Flats, Oregon, in Umatilla County, named after an earlier land owner.

He was involved in the first school newspaper, and the first hotel.

Heppner opened his first store in 1873, with Colonel Jackson Morrow

Their store was the first Post Office.


Heppner sold out his interest 18 months later and partnered with a Mr. Maddox.

The townspeople, over his objection, renamed the town, Heppner.

Farm Scene, Heppner, Or. Vintage Postcard

Farm Scene, Heppner, Or. Vintage Postcard

They also re-named their county, Morrow, after the name of his first business partner in that area.

Morrow County is in the Northeast Corner of Oregon.



Henry Heppner never married.

He had a brother, Phillip and a sister, Fanny Blackman.


Henry Heppner died in 1905, in Heppner Hospital, in Heppner, Oregon and is buried next to his brother, Phillip.

Henry Heppner's Gravestone

Henry Heppner’s Gravestone


The town of “Heppner”

Heppner Hospital

Heppner High School




Oregon Jewish Life, January 2015


Gladys Sturman is our Curator for this Henry Heppner Virtual Exhibit.

Any more personal information or pictures of the members of the families will be appreciated.

“Thank You” to Jean Creswick for helping us get town and county names corrected.

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