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very successfully operated a saw mill on Court
Creek; he afterwards purchased a farm in Per-
sifer Township, on which he worked till 1862.
He was married in Galesburg, Illinois, April 5,
1849, to Elizabeth J., daughter of Samuel B.
Anderson, an old settler in Knox Township.
Mr. and Mrs. Huggins have had no children, but
they brought up ten, two of whom they adopted:
Alpha B., wife of Dr. L. A. Burr; and Hubbard
Huggins. who was the son of James Anderson;
one of the ten children reared by them was
Cora E. Anderson, daughter of Mrs. Huggins's
youngest brother.

In April, 1862, Mr. and Mrs. Huggins started
across the western plains with a team of horses,
in a large company that, part of the way, had
nine hundred wagons. Their special company
had fifteen wagons, Anthony Colwell being its
Captain; Edson Huggins, brother of Charles
H., was also a member of the company; they
arrived in Oregon in October. Mr. Huggins
farmed a year near Salem, Oregon, and then
removed to Boise City, Idaho, where he kept
the Idaho Hotel for three years, afterwards
conducting a dairy in which he had fifty cows.
He made 6,000 pounds of butter, which was sold
for one dollar and a quarter a pound in gold,
when greenbacks were worth only fifty cents
on the dollar. He carried a cooking stove into
Boise City on horseback. He and his partner,
George Russell, bought sixty pack horses in
Salem, Oregon, and. loading them with pro-
visions, went through to Boise City. Mr. Hug-
gins managed the hotel while Mr. Russell
"packed" back and forth between Boise City
and Umatilla, on the Columbia River. The
usual cost of packing goods on that line into
Boise City was twenty-five cents a pound, and
the price of provisions was something remark-
able; live hogs brought a dollar a pound, and
chickens, large or small, a dollar a piece. They
had eighty regular boarders at the hotel, and
were prepared for as many "transients," who
paid a dollar for lodging, and furnished their
own bedding. They finally sold out and went
to San Francisco, where they took passage for
New York City, via Panama. They started from
Boise City, January 1, 1867, traveled three hun-
dred miles by stage, then by water to New York,
reaching Knoxville, Illinois, February 19.

After returning from Idaho, Mr. Huggins con-
ducted a general store in Gilson, Haw Creek
Township, for four years, when he sold out and
turned his attention to farming. For his place
of residence, he located in Haw Creek Town-
ship on the old homestead of Samuel B. Ander-
son, his wife's father, where he has a farm of
two hundred and seventy-seven acres of choice




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Online LibraryNewton BatemanHistorical encyclopedia of Illinois → online text (page 193 of 207)