We talk a lot about the pace of change these days, sometimes shaking our heads and marvelling out loud how hard it is to keep up with it all. But in the 80 years between 1804 and 1884 (Augustus's life span) an entire continent and everyone on it was changed in ways we still don't fully comprehend. Fanno had not only been swept up in those changes, he had fashioned a number of them himself. When I reflect on his accomplishments and his time, the very first word that springs to mind is "citizen." He was, among a great many other things, the kind of man who exercised his rights primarily so that he might better do his duty.
Below: Robert Fanno (L) owner of the Fanno Saw Works in Chico, California, and direct descendant of Augustus Fanno's first son, Eugene. This photo was taken during the Fanno Family Reunion held in the summer of Oregon's sesqui-centennial year, 2009.