Biography of George W. Hufford
Humboldt County, CA Biographies





GEORGE W. HUFFORD. - In the capacity of stage driver, running between Bridgeville and Ruth, Trinity county, Mr. Bufford is known to a majority of the residents of this part of the state, by whom he is held in high esteem. In addition to conveying passengers, he handles the mail between these towns, making three round trips each week, and has just renewed the mail and parcels post contract for another four years. His father, David Hufford, was born in Kentucky and removed with his parents to Iowa, where his youth was uneventfully passed in attendance at the district school and assisting his father. At the time of the discovery of gold in California, David was just entering manhood and was eager, ambitious and fearless. With a desire to see more of the world than was possible in his own neighborhood, he started, in 1849, with several others for the coast, making the long trip with ox teams, during which time they were beset with constant dangers from the Indians, with whom they had several skirmishes. Young Hufford located a claim on the Pitt river, which he worked for a time and then removed his outfit to Trinity county, spending eleven months prospecting on Coffee creek. Although not successful in his mining ventures, he was not discouraged, and in fact was so well pleased with the opportunities offered a young man in the west, that he determined to make it his future home. With this end in view, he returned to his old home in Iowa, and was married to Miss Mary Morris, the young couple making the trip back with a mule team. Their first home was at Clayton, Contra Costa county, where Mr. Hufford embarked in the livery business, in which he continued for a period of twenty years. George W. was a lad of eight years when the parents, in 1876, came to Humboldt county and entered a claim of one hundred sixty acres near Trinidad. After proving up on this tract and placing it under a high state of cultivation the parents continued to reside there until retiring from active farm life and moving into the town of Arcata, where the father died, in 1906, at the age of seventy six.

George W. Hufford is a native son, having been born at Clayton, Contra Costa county, September 24, 1868. Of his two brothers and two sisters, Walter is a prominent attorney and judge in Oregon. By the second marriage of his father, there were four children. George W. Hufford was married at Ukiah, Mendocino county, October 29, 1893, to Miss Jennie Babcock, a native of Chico, but reared at Ukiah, this state. After their marriage they established a home at Orick, where he was in the employ of Mr. Swan for five years, then removed to Trinidad, where he opened a meat market, conducting a profitable business for five years. On selling out his business he was engaged as buyer for Ralph Bull, proprietor of a large meat market at Arcata, and in this capacity made long trips covering Trinity, Del Norte, Humboldt and parts of Mendocino counties. Three years later, however, we find him in the employ of McConnaha Bros., liverymen of Trinidad, which connection lasted for seven years, when Mr. Hufford purchased the Bridgeville and Ruth stage line and removed with his family to Bridgeville. He owns six acres of land near town, where they have a comfortable home. May 14, 1912, he sustained a severe loss in the burning of his residence, but a larger and more modern edifice was soon erected in its place. The family of Mr. and Mrs. Hufford includes eight children, namely: May, Mrs. Edwin Bunese, of Bridgeville; Imogene, Rosa, Georgia, Grace, William, Lola and Baby. In politics he is a Republican

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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