After traveling the Oregon Trail in the 1860s, James K Weatherford chose to settle in Albany, Oregon. In 1875, he founded the firm of Weatherford Thompson and so began over a 130 years of continuous legal service. Now in its second century, Weatherford Thompson is one of the oldest law firms in the state continuing to provide legal services and individual contributions to the communities of Albany, Corvallis, and the entire state.
In July, 1875, a young man named James K. Weatherford was admitted to practice law in Oregon (Vol. 4 Oregon Reports.) He chose to settle in Albany, and so began 60 years of continuous legal service to the citizens of Linn and Benton counties. After his death in 1935, his law firm continued to grow and prosper; in 1975 it celebrates its 100 years anniversary. Known currently as Weatherford, Thompson, Horton, and Jordan P.C., the law firm founded by J.K. Weatherford in 1875, has for a century provided legal services and individual contributions to the community of Albany and the entire state.