Biography of Charles W. Hitchings
Humboldt County, CA Biographies





CHARLES WILLARD HITCHINGS. - Practically all of the adult experiences of Mr. Hitchings, who is a native of Washington county, Me., and a pioneer of March, 1875, in Humboldt county, have been associated with logging camps and the lumber industry, in which he has gained such a widely extended reputation for expert knowledge that his opinion is frequently sought in determining the valuations of timber claims. It is natural that he should be an expert woodsman, for he has been familiar with lumber camps almost from his earliest recollections and as a boy he became skilled in the use of the axe in the great Maine forests. At the age of twenty one he left home and went to Pennsylvania, where he remained for two years, working in the lumber woods of Elk and Clearfield counties. Since his arrival in Humboldt county, during the spring of 1875, he has devoted his entire time to the lumber industry in one or another of its varied departments. For a time he was employed by John Smith on Elk river. At different times he has engaged as foreman or superintendent for the lumber firms prominently connected with local industrial affairs, viz.: The John Vance Company, the Dolbeer-Carson Company, the Pacific Lumber Company and the Hammond Lumber Company. Since 1910 he has been retained as timber cruiser for numerous private individuals as well as for a number of the leading lumber concerns of the county, where he is regarded as an expert in the valuation of trees and of timber claims.

At the time of coming west Mr. Hitchings was unmarried and some years after settling in Humboldt county he married Miss Alice Christie, who was born and reared here and is a member of a pioneer family of prominence. While giving his attention very closely to work in the timber industry he has identified himself also with numerous movements for the upbuilding of the county, has taken a praiseworthy interest in local projects of importance and has been actively connected with the Humboldt Club, besides being a member of local lodges of Masons and Odd Fellows.

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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