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Biography of Samuel Hadlock

SAMUEL HADLOCK. – The people of the Pacific coast at present belong to that time in the history of their states and society when they do the things that the after-time lovers to look back upon and scrutinize. They are full of restless energy, and experience all that falls to the lot of man. The old free days, when the country was new and towns were built, will ever be regarded by the populous and crowded future as the golden days of our history, – mixed with severe toil and deprivation alternating with abundance. Samuel Hadlock, who founded Port Hadlock, Washington, of which we give a partial view, is one of the men who belong to and have made this age. He was born in Hudson, New Hampshire, in 1829. Both his parents were New Englanders of old family; and life on the farm developed in our subject the nervous, muscular and mental force which were his by inheritance. In 1850, the year of his majority, he went out to St. Louis, and in 1852 was on the plains for Oregon with Captain Morgan’s train. He reached The Dalles in September, and leaving behind him the fields and valleys of the Columbia went gold hunting to Southern Oregon. He was as far south as Yreka before the new year, and endured great hardships in the way of sickness and well0nigh starvation. Flour was a dollar a pound. Making his escape the next spring with his pair of blankets on his shoulder, he went afoot to the vicinity of Portland, finding employment with a farmer. In 1854 he found more...

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