Republican League Register of Oregon, The Register Publishing Company, 1896, page 256.
NORVAL, HON. J. W., of Union County, was born in Fulton, Illinois, June 5, 1840, and was educated at Lombard College. At the age of twenty he went to California and began teaching school. In 1861 he went to the mines of Eastern Oregon, and mined there and in British Columbia and Idaho seven years. In 1868 he located in Union County, and has since been engaged in farming and stock-raising. E was three times nominated to the legislature in that strong democratic section, and for the fourth time in 1888, when he was elected Joint Senator for Union and Wallowa counties. He has frequently been a member of county and state conventions.