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William Haslam, of Pleasant Valley, was born December 17,1828, in
Manchester, England. His father, Peter Haslam, was born in England, and
his mother, nee Judy Curry, was born in Ireland. They had a family of six
boys and two girls. Mr. Haslam was the fourth child. In 1836, when he was
eight years of age, his parents came to the United States, and settled in
the northern part of New York. He attended the public school there, and at
the age of twelve he began to do farm work, spent one summer on a boat and
continued on a farm until eighteen years of age. He then went to learn the
wagon-maker's trade, which trade he followed for six years and then went
back to farming, and for a time engaged in brick-making. In 1852 he
removed to Illinois, where he remained three years, when he moved to Iowa
and bought one-fourth section of Government land. After a time he sold
that and went to Missouri and bought a farm. He remained there until 1884,
when he sold out and carne to California for the benefit of his
step-daughter's health, and purchased 280 acres of railroad land and took
up 160 acres of Government land in Pleasant Valley. Here he built his
residence and other buildings, and has improved the property, and has 160
acres fenced. He is carrying on a grain and stock farm, raising horses,
mules and cattle.
He was married in 1850 to Miss Lucinda Stewart, a native of Canada. One of
her parents was Scotch and the other American. They had twelve children.
She died in Missouri, in 1868, leaving him with a large family of small
||She was a good wife and a kind
mother. The following are the names of the surviving members of this
family: W. J. Haslam, the oldest, now
married and living near his father; Thomas, settled in Missouri; A.
J., settled near his father; D. A., C. D. and W. S. all have homes
of their own in Winchester; Lucinda is married to Mr. McEwen, and
lives at San Jacinto; Amanda is married t,, M. B. Thomas, and also
resides in Winchester; so that nearly all the children are living
near their father. Mr. Haslam was married in June, 1868, to Mrs.
Elizabeth McBride. Mr. Haslam is a member of the Congregational
Church at Winchester, and Mrs. Haslam is a Methodist. While in Iowa
he was elected road overseer and township assessor, and also
supervisor; he also held the same office a part of the time in
Missouri, and at the present time is school director in Winchester.
Mr. Haslam is one of the pioneers of Pleasant Valley and is a good
and reliable citizen.
Source: An Illustrated History of Southern California;
pub. Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1890.
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