Based on Census enumerations before the 1910 Portland Census and Illinois State records, the occupant in your home in 1910 was Edwin S Burgan, b. April 1849, his wife Emma E Hefeley, b. August, 1849, m. November 16, 1876 in Vermilion County, Illinois. In 1880, Edwin and family are living in Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois, where Edwin is shown to be a Bookkeeper. In 1900, Edwin and family are found in Pullman, Washington, where he identified as a Merchant. In 1880 and 1900, Edwin and family also had a house servant.
Edwin and family moved from Portland to Spokane where in 1915 he and his son, Jesse W. Burgan (not James as enumerated in 1910 Census) opened Burgan’s Furniture which operated until this last April when the company sold their building (originally built in 1920).
Weirdly, there are some crazy parallels between Edwin and Emma and ourselves. Like us, Edwin and Emma had a November wedding anniversary. In fact, their anniversary was just two days before ours. Like us, they moved to Washington State from Illinois, and like us, they moved to Portland (and into this very house!) from Washington.
Thanks again Dan and Dawn for discovering (uncovering?) our home’s past!