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William R. Mason and James N. Mason
Posted by: Deborah Brownfield Stanley Date: March 18, 2002 at 01:00:24
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He resides on Section 5, Jefferson Twp., a prosperous
farmer of Henry County. he is the only male represent-
ative of the Mason family in this county. He was born
18 Aug 1830 in Monroe County, Tennessee, and was 12
when he came to Henry County. On 21 Apr 1851, with his older brother James
N. Mason,and two Moore brothers,
he went in an ox-team and covered wagon to the far West
country to engage in mining. There was a small skirmish
with Indians at Ft. Hall on the Snake River. Their
first house was made in Oregon on 21 Sept 1851. He
hired out to drive cattle over the Cascade Range at
$2 a day. he reached Portland and took the steamer
Columbia, plying between there and San Francisco.
He stopped at Milwaukee, Oregon, and worked on a
dam construction, then to southern California,
receiving work with the Bear River Water Co., which
furnished water to miners.
Three months later he went to the mountains and began
mining. He took a claim in Yolo County, 25 miles from
the city. He next farmed for two years, and then in partnership with
Messers. Ball and Leach, opened
a mine, the Scent Diggings, which he operated for
six years, and William sold out for $3000, and hired
to another company for $4 a day. He then farmed in
Bodega Valley for fourteen years.
He married Miss Adelia Clark who died soon after. He
next returned home after 23 years.

Henry County, Iowa 1888 bio.

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