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George Logan


Life has been by no means all sunshine and pleasure with the subject of this review. Fortune has buffeted him with vigor and opportunities for profit have been swept away just as they were almost within his grasp. The unkindness of man has hampered him and the wrath of the elements has wrought him violent and permanent injury. Yet he has met all misfortune with a courageous and conquering spirit. He was born in Nova Scotia on January 11, 1831 the son of Hugh and Jeanette Logan, natives of Scotland. When he was seven years old they removed to Fall River, Mass., and soon after to Newport, R. I. where he was educated and passed his majority. In 1858 when he was twenty-seven he emigrated to Kansas and took up his residence at Manhattan. There a cyclone demolished his home and made him a cripple for life. In 1865 yielding to the persuasive voice of the siren that proclaimed the discovery of gold in what seemed fabulous quantities in Alder Gulch, Montana he sought that promising field for wealth locating at what is now Virginia City. He did not follow mining for any great length of time however but courted fortune’s winning smile in other directions worked at the erected and later operated Mr. Harrison’s sawmill to supply a very exacting and growing demand for their products. When the demand had in a measure subsided or was supplied he engaged in freighting fruit from Salt Lake City to the new mining camps he had helped to build. While doing this he made a trip with his team to Los Angeles, California crossing the desert daring the dangers and enduring the hardships of the long and tedious journey. On his return he hauled quartz mills to Virginia City for the miners, later lived for a short time at Salt Lake City, and in 1868 came to Wyoming being a veritable pioneer in the state. He located at what is now Atlantic City in Fremont County and for Twenty-six years was engaged in a sheep industry of good proportions. In 1888 he made a trip east and on his return therefrom took up a homestead in Bighorn County on which he now lives. He owns 158 acres on the North Fork of the Shoshone River and carries on an active stock business. A few years ago he sold his sheep and now raises only cattle of which he has about 200 head. They are mostly well-bred stock and are kept in good condition. His ranch is an attractive and productive one and well adapted to his business. Mr. Logan was married while living in Kansas and his wife died in that state. He is one of the substantial and enterprising citizens of the county and has the respect of all who know him, commercially of socially having met the responsibilities of life in a manly manner wherever he has lived and under all conditions.

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