Biography of Warren L. Hadley
Humboldt County, CA Biographies





WARREN L. HADLEY. - The old Hadley ranch on the Mattole river, about a mile above where the Upper Mattole post office is now located, is one of the oldest settled tracts in this part of Humboldt county, and the members of the Hadley family are among the most respected residents of the neighborhood. Warren L. Hadley has become very well known all over this section, particularly as mail driver, in which capacity he acted until the route from Upper Mattole to Briceland was discontinued, August 1, 1914. Like his father, Alfred Augustus Hadley, he is also keenly interested in local politics, and he is one of the members of the Mattole brass band organized in 1913.

Alfred Augustus Hadley was one of the earliest settlers in the Upper Mattole country. A native of Ohio, he was raised in that state and in Indiana, where he began to teach school, when only eighteen years old, a fact which indicates that he had been enterprising enough to take advantage of his educational opportunities. His adventurous disposition was manifested early, for he was mining in Mexico in the forties, and came to California in the early fifties, mining in the hills back of Merced for a time. Then he came up to Humboldt county and settled on the Mattole river, on the side opposite Upper Mattole post office, where he improved land and prospered. He had at least the average share of hardships and dangers to combat. On several occasions he had fights with the Indians, and one time had his leg broken and was badly disabled, but he did not lose his grit or courage, and though his companions had fled, he drove off the savages single handed with his six shooter, with which he was an expert. His valuable service to the Republican party won him a place on the county central committee for many years, and he served a long period as justice of the peace.

Mr. Hadley was married here to Miss Annie Rouch, who was born in the Eel river valley, and eleven children were born of this union: Albert A., a blacksmith by trade, resides at Wheatland, Cal.; Rosa is the wife of R. R. Landergen, a teamster, of the Honey Dew district in the Upper Mattole territory; William T. S., a lawyer by profession, is also engaged in ranching in this section, being now the owner of the old homestead; Warren L. is mentioned below: Ida M. died unmarried, she and her sister Mary being drowned in the Mattole while out boating; Isaac Clay is a ranchman on the Hood river in Oregon; Grace, unmarried, lives on the old Hadley ranch with her mother; Frank S., also unmarried, lives on the home ranch; Mary was drowned with her sister; Nettie, Mrs. Ornbaum, taught school in Lake county for a time; Gussie is married and living in Oakland, Cal. The father of this family died at the age of seventy eight years, being accidentally killed while riding horseback.

Warren L. Hadley was born April 6, 1868, on the old Hadley ranch along the Mattole river, where he grew to manhood. He has been familiar with ranch work from boyhood, but his specialty has been sheep shearing, at which he is an expert, having sheared as many as one hundred fifty eight in a day of ten hours. For several years he followed this business almost exclusively, traveling over Idaho, Oregon and Montana as well as various parts of his own state, especially the Sacramento valley. He has taken out tanbark on contract, and is a thoroughly reliable teamster, having driven the mail from the Upper Mattole country to Briceland until the route was abandoned, in the summer of 1914. At present he is carrying on general ranch work, renting the three hundred acres he operates. His active, outdoor life has made him robust, and he is thoroughly capable and trustworthy, his intelligence and energy making him valuable to the community. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias at Petrolia, and in politics has followed in his father's footsteps, being one of the most efficient workers in the local ranks of the Republican party. He has served repeatedly on the county central committee.

When the Mattel brass band was organized in 1913 Mr. Hadley was one of the nine members, and now serves as secretary and treasurer of the organization, of which Emil Sund is leader and R. N. Holman president. The players have the following parts: R. N. Holman, B flat bass; Earl Shortgen, Jean Landergen, E flat altos; F. S. Hadley, tenor slide trombone; W. E. Thrapp, valve tenor trombone; W. L. Hadley, B flat baritone; Robert M. Hadley, B flat cornet; Frank Luce, tenor; Frank Blatz, bass and snare drums; Emil Sund, E flat cornet. The band is in great demand at Fourth of July celebrations, picnics and other gatherings.

In Garberville, September 19, 1895, Mr. Hadley married Miss Ella R. Wood, who was born at Garberville, Humboldt county, daughter of James E. and Laura (Webb) Wood. Eight children have come to this union: Robert McKinley; one that died in infancy; Rose M.; Crystel M.; Alfred J.; Herbert S.; Warren Lincoln, and Ervin A. Mrs. Hadley's mother was born in California; her father's native state was Illinois, and he became a pioneer stock raiser at Garberville, Cal., where he died; the mother now resides at Rohnerville.

From:
History of Humboldt County, California
With a Biographical Sketches
History by Leigh H. Irving
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1915


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