Biography of Haskett Severance
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Haskett Severance. Who that has ever passed along the Mendocino coast road for the past dozen years does not remember, with feelings the most kindly, the genial " mine host " of the Nevarra Ridge Hotel, Haskett Severance? There is absolutely no one, for he is a gentleman to the manor born, and one whom all will remember as such. He was born in Belmont, Waldo county, Maine, July 29, 1820, and was the oldest child of Benjamin and Lydia Sanborn Severance. He remained at his birthplace till he was ten years of age, when his parents moved to Windsor, Kennebec county, Maine. Here he received a common school education. When he arrived at manhood he embarked in farming and lumbering on the Penobscot river, which business he followed till 1858. April 5th of that year he sailed from New York City on the steamer Moses Taylor, bound for California, via, Panama. On this side he sailed in the steamer Sonoma, arriving in San Francisco May 1st. He proceeded at once to the Noyo mill, where he was employed as saw filer for a year and a half. In July, 1861, he took the logging contract for Tichenor & Byxbee at the Nevarra Mill, which business he continued for the subsequent six years. In July, 1868, he purchased his present place and began the hotel business at Nevarra Ridge, and also conducting farming, stock raising and dairying, owning one hundred acres of land. In 1871-3 Mr. Severance held the mail contract from Navarra Ridge to Point Arena. June 6, 1852, he married Miss Annie R. Clapp, a native of Eddington, Penobscot county, Maine, born December 5, 1830. They have one son living, Frank, born in Enfield, Penobscot county, Maine, April 22, 1853, and one daughter deceased, Mary E., born March 9, 1856, and died July 17, 1872. It is with pleasure that we present our readers with a portrait of this pioneer of Mendocino county, which will be found in the body of this work. He is public spirited, always taking an active part in whatever will advance the best interests of the county and that section in which he resides. He is generous to a fault and the soul of honor, obliging and accommodating in his business relations, and withal, the right man in the right place. And we must not close this sketch without making honorable mention of his most excellent and worthy wife, who presides over the destinies of the internal arrangements of the house with the skill of a master hand, adding no little to the justly deserved reputation it bears all over Mendocino county.

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


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