Biography of L. D. Montague
Round Valley Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





L. D. Montague. Whose portrait appears in this history, was born in Windsor county, Vermont, June 14, 1836, where he lived on a farm with his parents until nineteen years of age, when leaving his parents, he came to California, rounding Cape Horn as a sailor before the mast, and arrived at San Francisco May 1, 1856. He went at once to Half Moon Bay, where he spent the summer working in a dairy, and in the fall went to the mines, where he followed mining in different places until the fall of 1860, when he came to Mendocino county, and to Round valley, where he has since resided. For the first six years he followed fishing, hunting and fighting Indians, leading a frontiersman's life generally. In 1866 he commenced the hotel and saloon business, which he followed until 1876, when he leased his property and made a trip to his native State, leaving San Francisco June 12th. He visited the Centennial Exhibition at Philadelphia, as well as his native State, Vermont, and returned in August of the same year. In the spring of 1877 he bought an interest in a general merchandise store, and was associated with J. P. Thomson at Covelo through the summer, selling his interest in the fall. Since that time he has turned his whole attention to stock raising and wool growing. For the first six years of Mr. Montague's life in Round valley the Indians were troublesome, making raids into the valley and driving off stock, etc. The settlers had frequent fights with them, in which the subject of this sketch always took a very prominent part. The Indians, after making an attack, would come into the valley for protection at the reservation. The settlers became so enraged at this that they made an attack upon the reservation on August 16, 1862. In this fight about twenty two Indians were killed, and one white man by the name of Shady Lamb. The subject of this sketch received a gun shot wound in the right leg, which disabled him for three years, and from which he still suffers. In the fall of 1861, in a fight in Horse valley, he was wounded by an arrow which took effect in his breast, but not seriously. Mr. Montague was always ready and at his post, escaping many times by only a "hair's breadth." Was married August 25, 1870, to Mrs. Ann J. Martin, a native of Ohio. Their children are: Henry W., Lemuel D., and Franklin.

From:
History of Mendocino County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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