Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
FLOYD HUDKINS resides one mile
south from Sherman where he has a large estate of eight hundred acres,
the same having been cleared through his industry and wise management.
The farm is well improved with buildings, fences and so forth and supplied
with plenty of stock and machinery. Mr. Hudkins came to the Big Bend six
years ago and he had fifteen hundred dollars in cash. He went into debt
for one half section of land and raised enough wheat the first year to
pay for the same,
two thousand eight hundred and seventy-five dollars. He then bought
another half section for five thousand dollars and paid for that in two
years. He has added more by purchase having his fine large estate.
Floyd Hudkins was born in West Virginia, on
February 1, 1847, being the son of Elisha and Rachel (Mearns) Hudkins,
both natives of West Virginia and people of substantial wealth and standing.
Our subject came with his people to Illinois when a boy and there received
his education. When he had arrived at his majority he emigrated to northwest
Missouri and took up
farming. For fifteen years, he toiled there and then went down to southwest
Missouri where he farmed for a time. In 1897, Mr. Hudkins came to Oregon
and remained for a short time traveling thence to his present location
in Lincoln county, being one mile south from Sherman.
In 1874, Mr. Hudkins married Miss Margaret,
daughter of Daniel and Emily (Thompson) Diamond, natives of Pennsylvania
and Delaware, respectively. Daniel Diamond was descended from Irish and
Holland Dutch ancestors, who settled in Pennsylvania in very early days.
He was a pioneer in Iowa, where he opened up a farm. About 1861, he traveled
to Nodaway county, Missouri, where he endured the rigors of a pioneer life,
having to transport all his supplies for seventy-five miles by wagon. For
twenty-one years he resided there. Mrs. Hudkins was born in Iowa, in 1854,
and has the following named brothers and sisters, Walter, Arthur, Abe,
Hugh, Mrs. Jessie Patrick, and John. Mr. Hudkins has brothers and sisters
named as follows, Walker, Andrew, Mrs. Lea Brant, and Mrs. Mary McCall.
Mr. Hudkins has an enviable standing in the community and is recognized
by all as a man of ability and integrity. He is always found on the
side of those principles which are for the advancement and benefit of all.