GEORGE M. HAIGHT
For the past two decades George M. Haight has been one of the most prominent stockmen of the Little Shasta valley, where he has a large and well improved ranch. He was born in this part of Siskiyou County, in February, 1877, and is a son of Charles and Fannie (Earhart) Haight. His father was born in Michigan, where he was reared to farm life. In 1856 he started west by the overland route, with ox-teams and covered wagons, as part of a company which took the Oregon Trail. They had no trouble with Indians and eventually Mr. Haight arrived in Siskiyou County. He and his brother Cornelius bought a tract of land, on which he engaged in farming. He lived to the age of ninety years, dying in April, 1926. He had long survived his wife, who passed away in 1883, when her son George was but six years of age. Of their seven children, all but one are living. Ira Haight is a farmer and stock raiser near George’s ranch.
George M. Haight received his education in the public schools and has followed ranching and the live stock business all his life. He raises thoroughbred Shorthorn cattle, doing his own breeding, and sells his bulls to his trade. He has two hundred and ninety acres in the home place, and also has two thousand acres in the mountains for pasturage purposes. He has an attractive country home in Little Shasta valley, which he bought from his brother about twenty years ago, and altogether is very comfortably situated. He owns the water rights from Little Shasta creek, whereby he is able to irrigate his land.
In 1900 Mr. Haight was united in marriage to Miss Mattie Boyce, a daughter of Charles and Margaret (Combs) Boyce. Her father, who was a pioneer of Siskiyou County, was the owner of the old Boyce ranch in Butte valley, and was one of those who were early prominent and effective in building Siskiyou County. Mr. and Mrs. Haight are the parents of two children, Gladys, who teaches school, and Dan, who is assisting his father in the stock business and ranching. Mr. Haight is a Republican in his political views and, though not an aspirant to public office, has served as a member of the board of school trustees and has been a strong advocate of the best educational facilities obtainable. He is a member of Ashland Lodge, No. 944, B. P. O. E., at Ashland, Oregon. Hunting and fishing are his favorite outdoor sports and he is an agreeable gentleman, deservedly popular among his associates and acquaintances.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 2 Pages 236-237. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.
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