George W. Walling was born in Ohio on December 18, 1818. He moved with his parents to Iowa in 1828, and remained there ten years. He came thence to Oregon in 1847, crossing the plains by ox-team with his parents. He was married in Iowa to Miss Frances Nye. His first son was born at a place called Mud Springs, on the summit of the Rocky Mountains. He arrived in Oregon City on the 10th of September, 1847, and remained there one year, when he moved to the place he now occupies about two miles from Oswego, on the west bank of the Willamette river, where he has lived for over forty-one years. He once owned the Willamette Nursery; but as old age grew on, and feeling unable to attend to the business himself, he turned it over to his oldest son, who now owns it. He has a family of seven children, four boys and three girls. He has been a school superintendent for fifteen years, and is one of the leading old pioneers of his section. He still retains his vigor, and takes an active part in the working of his magnificent orchard and farm.
Source: Evans, Elwood. 1889. History of the Pacific Northwest. Portland, OR: North Pacific History Company.